Monday, March 31, 2008

Sunday, March 30, 2008


This should be interesting.

Also... apparently some Gotham citizens aren't thrilled with Harvey Dent: CCfaBG
And Dent's due for a Town Hall appearance on Tuesday.
Viva la Viral Marketing! Something's going to happen on Tuesday that's big. We're due for another trailer, so here's hoping.
There are so many Gotham sites now, it's hard to know which ones will be involved.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

We now return to our regularly scheduled programming:

Apparently no one thought to check at Grandma Radish's house.

Viva La Viral Marketing!

The Gotham Times was updated this week, and quickly following, so was The HaHa Times (which can also be accessed by clicking on "Gotham" in The Gotham Times title, you'll know when to click). Clues abound. Only 110 days until The Dark Knight. Not that I've been counting....

Cracking the code in this one makes my brain hurt. I'm going to have to cheat....

red herring?

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Anti-Student X Medication

This is actually from last year's garden, but this year's crop looks the same, happy way.
You can't drag me down, Student X, you and your 6th-semester-in-a-row of negativity! I have daffodils.
So HA!

Student X

Yeah, and believe or not, I also am thinking, "OMG this is so stupid!" whenever Student X turns on the whine.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Anchor Forked!

Or something like that.

Monday, March 24, 2008

What News Captions Should Say...and Shotweed Sucks

This one speaks for itself.
In other news: I forgot how large my lawn is. Especially when there are copious raking and picking up of giant pine cones to do. But I love my new mower! It's quiet! And I can push it with one hand! And I can turn it on just by grabbing the lever! And it's pretty! And I haven't run over the extension cord yet!

I only managed to mow the front and half of the side yard, but the tallest grass is mowed. And by the way, shotweed is a scourge. I refuse to put chemicals on my lawn, so I will have to endure as the shotweed takes over the world!

And then my neighbor from across the street offered to remove my embarrassing downed-branch pile which I was intending to make into firewood but then never even used my wood-burning stove this winter. Neighborly! This isn't a neighbor I've talked with much in the last 13 years, so it was even more neighborly. I used to work with his brother-in-law at one of the Elementary schools I passed through. Anyhow. Nice of him.

One last thing: UPS, I love you! My mower came while I was at work and when I pulled into the driveway, the large box was concealed from view. It was not at all obvious. I just think that it is nice that they make the effort to keep deliveries from waving at passersby and calling out, "Steal me!" At least the drivers that deliver to my house always tuck stuff out of view...apparently no matter how large.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

I heart you, too

I'm very grumpy today. I'm having one of those days where it's a good thing my head is attached to my body or I would have left it somewhere. Actually, I have those days a lot and they are all called "morning."
So here are two things to be thankful for:
1) I've had Spot for 10 years and only noticed recently that one of his spots is heart-shaped. So while he's sitting on my lap (his favorite place to be), he's showing me that he loves me. Aaaaw.
2) It's cherry-petal-snowing season. One of my favorite things about spring is walking under an ornamental cherry tree that is snowing pink. It just makes everything better.

Late-breaking News

So Amy and I were conversing over e-mail during 3rd period Friday about what exactly is in Anti-villain Goo besides Ranch. And the answer to that is: I don't know. Obviously one of the other ingredients is something really sticky. So I asked my 3rd period class, and they recommended syrup or sap. I have a giant White Pine in my back yard, and sap is perfect. So Garlic should probably be spraying nail-polish remover out of that hose....

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Yard Anxiety

I've been having someone else mow my lawn for 6 or 7 years. This year I decided to take back the lawn. So I just bought an electric mulching mower. Now I feel all panicky about the purchase. I don't know why.
  • Pros of having Raul mow my lawn: Not having to mow my lawn.
  • Cons of having Raul mow my lawn: Being awakened early on a weekend morning by Raul mowing my lawn. Discovering my hose lumped on top of my fuschia, "Grumpy." Discovering footprints in my garden on top of seedlings. Gasoline usage. My yard waste can full of grass when I desperately need to fill it with copious amounts of pine needles or weeds. Weed whacker slicemarks on my trees and shrubs and/or flowers weed whacked to death.

Hm. Apparently I should be feeling no anxiety over the new mower at all. But now I have to mow. After it stops raining. Besides, I got this mower for about as much as two months of Raul mowing my lawn, so by mid-May, I will be saving money. Yay.

Also, while whining to my mom about the lack of hummingbirds, a hummingbird cruised the yard looking for the feeder. So double yay. Of course, I had taken the feeder down because it hadn't been touched and the syrup was old, so he immediately left. I put out a clean feeder with fresh syrup last night and even though I haven't seen hummingbirds today, the syrup level shows that visitors were here while I was at work. I'm sure the cats were poised by the window, binoculars in paw, watching intensely.

On the Lam

Just follow the trail of Ranch.

This is one of my favorites so far because it came out exactly as I pictured it in my head.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008


Anti-villain goo seems to have some drawbacks.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Non Sequitor

While the Red Radish and Garlic while away their time behind bars, here's a look at what "Socratic Seminar" would be like if they were in the class. For those of you who don't know, Socratic Seminar is where you arrange your class in a circle and have a practically unprompted intelligent and respectful discussion about whatever topic the students are studying. No arguing. No interrupting. Just kick off the topic and watch intelligent discussion bloom before your eyes! One out of my 5 classes actually does this naturally. I love them. My other 4 classes--not so much.
Yes, that is okra. The okra does not represent me. The above comic strip actually represents teachers learning about Socratic Seminar. I am probably Radish in the above scenario. I hate being told how perfectly something will work in every class and that something is an example of how fabulous teachers teach (except those of you who are completely subpar since this will only work some of the time for you, nyah nyah) knowing that it will a) only work a smidgeon of the time in my classes (which means I suck as a teacher) or b) the amount of work I'd have to put into getting it to work in my classes will obliterate any other learning for most of the semester when there are so many other things I am being asked to accomplish at any given time.
Hence the fork o' doom in my little Radish hand.
OK now I need a drink.

Sunday, March 16, 2008


That anti-villain goo really sticks around! I have one more Red Radish planned, plus I'll post "Red Radish Goes to School" tomorrow--it doesn't fit in the current storyline. But then, I have no idea where this story is going.

We had a half-day of school on Friday. I came home and took a 7-hour nap. I must have still been getting over last week's ick. Yesterday I went out and cleaned out some of my gardens in an attempt to get some fresh air. I haven't seen any hummingbirds in weeks. I'm bummed. Some of my daffodils are beginning to bloom and so are the hyacinths I got from Grandma's garden last spring. Maybe some blooming things will bring back the hummers.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Sometimes Things Still Work Out

...just not how you imagined they would.

Friday, March 14, 2008


Try, try again.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Monday, March 10, 2008

Out of the mouths of...cherries

I was icky sick this weekend, but I did manage to ink my staff-meeting store of strips and start coloring them.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Anti-Villain Goo Trial Run

Yesterday was a planning day, which means it was a full day of meetings--one big meeting actually. So now I have several Red Radish strips to scan and color. I'm trying out inking over my pencils. We'll see how this works.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Wednesday, March 5, 2008


I went to a workshop today on conducting a Socratic Seminar. There may be a "Socratic Seminar with Radish & Garlic" vignette coming up. Just too easy to look at it from the cynical point of view.

Meanwhile, there are ramifications to Pearil's machinations.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Monday, March 3, 2008

Wistfully Oblivious I

I have a backlog of Radish strips. I swear, I do spend my work hours actually doing my job, but lately I've had quite a few odd minutes. Maybe it has something to do with my smaller class sizes this semester (sshhh, don' tell anyone). So here's the first of many.

On another subject: Flickers are beginning to drum. And this year I can feel secure in the knowledge that even if they drum on my chimney, they won't be falling down it.