June 12th, 2012

old-skool: science!

Five things.

  • The following exchange took place in our household recently.

    Him, born & raised British: "It's chilly in here. Shall I put the heating on?"
    Me, born & raised in Hawai'i: "No, it's June. Put another jumper on."

    I still can't quite believe that this actually happened.

  • I finally posted out letters to all the people who won at the Geography Pub Quiz in April (DW/LJ). I think this sets a record for the longest it's taken me to fulfill a promise for post. My apologies.

  • All the extra Dreamwidth points I purchased have been distributed to nominated recipients (and a couple of others). Thank you to those who participated in the nominations.

  • Passenger and I recently passed the twenty-week mark together so we are now more than halfway through the pregnancy. I honoured this landmark by listening to this on repeat for a day or so. "Ohhhh we're halfway there/WHAAHOOH livin' on a prayer/Take my hand, we'll make it I swear/WHAAHOOH livin' on a prayer." THE HAIR. \m/ \m/

    [YouTube video of Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer", 04:09]

  • I ran a small, last-minute, poorly organised outreach event at a school in Woodford (east London) today. There were only ten* students in attendance. I was told there were going to be thirty.

    Normally this would make me rather angry, as it was pretty far out of my way and took up half a day of work. Not today.

    As soon as I walked in the room, I saw the girl sitting in the front row turn expectantly toward the door. She fastened her eyes to my face and they strayed for scarcely a moment for the hour and ten minutes I was there. Nearly every question I posed was answered by her. Correctly. No sooner did I ask it than all the other students in the room - boys and girls alike - turned toward her to see if she would speak. I tried to share my attention equally out among the students, but it was quite clear she was the star of the set. And I could see this written on her face throughout: I am going to be her when I grow up. I desperately wanted to tell her, You already are, and you will surpass me.

    It was worth being there just for her sake.

    (Did I mention that she was stunningly pretty? I bet all the boys are terrified of her.)

    Only two of the ten students were white. And half of them were girls. This also helped make it worth while.