Hey, munchkins. So, I…

Hey, munchkins. So, I have another poll for you (I hope you don't mind doing these). I'm still thinking it would be fun to do a mug, but I'm having a terrible time trying to decide what text to use for it. I went through my poems and came up with a few possibilities (some of my favorites are much too long, and I think some of these may be pushing it, but we'll see), plus there's the option of using the fragmentary section near the end of "Esthely Blue". I'd really appreciate your input -- what do you think? (You can vote for more than one, but please only vote for ones you'd actually like. Sorry if the link color is hard to read; they didn't give me any option on that, and I wanted you to be easily able to review the poem in question).

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Which of these poems would you prefer to see on a mug?

Sitting Under a Tree, In the Rain
Listening to My Daughter
Spinning Down
Last Night
Return Visit
Dreams of a Lover
Text from end of "Esthely Blue"

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In other news...hmmm...is there any other news? I guess I woke up really cranky, but that's passing off now. I forgot to take my Synthroid yesterday until almost 6 p.m., and I really wonder whether it's worth taking at that point -- the excess thyroid hormone coursing through my body invariably gives me anxiety dreams and I sleep really poorly. I don't remember what the dreams were about, but they sucked. I woke up in such a foul mood I almost just plopped in front of the tv and watched stupid cartoons for hours...luckily, I wanted to read journals and that saved me. I cheered up slowly while reading them, and am now drinking tea and feeling pretty close to just fine. And I have very little to do before brunch -- cook for an hour and mop the kitchen floor -- so I'm feeling moderately in control. I might even watch some cartoons, but I won't be in a foul mood while doing it, and that will make all the difference. :-)

Oh, and Jen? I must admit that I also love logic problems, and standardized tests in general -- let me dispense a little unasked-for advice. The single best thing you can do to prepare is to take a few practice tests -- you've already started on that, which is great. If you're having trouble in an area (I had some trouble with the pure math), the best thing you can do is find someone who easily does well in that area (like Kevin) and have them go over the problems with you. He reviewed them with me for about an hour and my score went up 80 points in that section. I think the key is seeing/understanding how they approach each kind of problem in that section; it can be immensely helpful.

Oh, and if you have to take the English subject test -- well, there's just no hope. It sucks. It's a poorly designed test and I hate it lots. The only advice I have is to take the most recent practice test, see which areas you've read nothing in, and then try to read some books from those areas before you take the subject test, in the faint hope that they'll stick with the same areas. But really, it's just a dumb test. I hope you can skip taking it. I gather that even among those that require it, only a few schools actually take it seriously.

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