1. It's the feast of St. Andrew, patron of Scotland! We always celebrate: we hang up a Scottish flag and eat (vegetarian) haggis and neeps and tatties. The younger kids do not love vegetarian haggis. This morning I asked the boy whose feast day it is if he might rather have some nice Scotch broth. "It's a tradition to have vegetarian haggis," he said staunchly.
Part of the tradition is that he doesn't eat much dinner, I guess. But he was enthusiastic about the shortbread afterward.
2. Don't forget to start your St. Andrew novena today if you're a St. Andrew novena-er. I am praying for the same intention for the third or fourth time running. Third (or fourth) time's the charm?
3. If I were completely anonymous I would have to tell you about the plagiarism issue I am dealing with, because it's a doozy. It's probably more prudent to leave it to your imagination, though.
4. It caused me to tell Elwood that I'd be revising my syllabi for next semester to include the following: "If you plagiarize in my class, I will find you out and kick your ass."
I hate plagiarism.
5. This will be a quick post because it may be a long day tomorrow. I am going to Henry's funeral.
6. Do people say "died" less than they used to? I remember reading Freaky Friday, where the narrator talks about how strange it sounds to her when people say "passed on" or "passed away." I remember thinking, "Who says THAT?" Everyone, really. I wonder if I just hadn't come across it at the age of 8 or whatever I was, or if we've become more euphemistic.
7. One more week of classes, and then finals, and then break. I can't believe how quickly it's gone by.
7.5 OH! I almost forgot to tell you that I submitted an application today for a tenure-track job. Prayers appreciated.
7.75 AND! It's the end of NaBloPoMo. Phew!
More quick takes at Jen's.