I get a whole week off! I’ll use that time to catch up on grading and get a few lectures ahead, of course. It’s not like I’m going to be frolicking in the sunshine.

-17°C right now. I wasn’t wearing enough layers this morning and really felt it.

We are going to do one thing fun, though: we’re driving east today, stopping for a brief while in St Cloud to visit Eldest Son, then off to Wisconsin to visit Youngest Granddaughter for a day. I may overdose on cuteness for the weekend.

Oldest Boy is adorable. Granddaughter is pretty sweet, too.


  1. moarscienceplz says

    “We’re driving east today.”
    Don’t have a heart attack when it’s time to fill up the tank.
    I topped off my tank as soon as I heard about fucking Putin’s attempt to be Stalin 2.0. Paid $4.39/gal (California prices). Today, same gas station is $5.65. Luckily, I drive a Prius, so I can’t even buy 10 gallons at a time. Maybe a few of those monster SUVs I have to play DodgeEm cars with each day will get taken off the road permanently.

  2. blf says

    @2, One is allegedly quite hot, and the other is notable for generally being quite cold… no idea which causes overdosing on cuteness.

  3. birgerjohansson says

    Do you follow the example of Monty Burns of hunting minions with a rifle during your time off?

  4. blf says

    @4, The mildly deranged penguin claims a probable technique to acquiring more minions is to have trained squads of zebrafish sappers tunnel to within range and then launch jet-propelled cephalopods to parachute down spiders who enclose the minion-to-be in a web. She’s a bit vague on what happens next, but doesn’t think it involves cheese — but alarmingly, peas might then be involved, or possibly, lutefisk.