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Throwback Thursday: A Decade of Blog-tastic March(s)

Many of my recent blog posts have focused on the fact that 10 years have passed since I started this blog, which has brought up a certain nostalgia for me, as well as the stark reality that my posts need to be cleaned up. Ten years will accrue a lot of broken links and unnecessary tags, if my blog is considered to be a representative sample. It also means that I’m in the depths of making sure all my photos aren’t being pulled from Flickr, which has proven a real treat.

March, like February, is a month that I posted rarely in over the years, but there are still some good bits around. I think I go into hibernation every spring, pretty much. Regardless, here is the best of March that my blog has to offer through the decade.

A Decade of Blog-tastic March(s)

March 30, 2008: Honeybee Haiku Cycle: Part 1
This is part one of my four part haiku cycle and contains three poems, most of which I still think are worthwhile.

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

March 27, 2013: The Martian Chronicles: “Ylla” by Ray Bradbury and The Problem That Has No Name
This is an analysis of the story “Ylla” from Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles in the contact of Betty Friedan, for all the feminist Science Fiction scholars out there (which I need to be). This analysis is short, but I’m proud of it nonetheless.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

March 22, 2014: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
This is my only post from March 2014, written after my first time teaching Gatsby to Juniors in public High School.

Like I said, slim pickings this month, but I guess it’s good to know that my Marchs of the past weren’t a total waste?

Throwback Thursday: A Decade of Blog-tastic February(s)

Many of my recent blog posts have focused on the fact that 10 years have passed since I started this blog, which has brought up a certain nostalgia for me, as well as the stark reality that my posts need to be cleaned up. Ten years will accrue a lot of broken links and unnecessary tags, if my blog is considered to be a representative sample.

February is the one month that I wrote the least over the years, but there are still some good bits around. Here is the best of February that my blog has to offer through the decade.

A Decade of Blog-tastic February(s)

February 2, 2008: Squirrel Haiku
My muse eternal: the squirrel.

February 20, 2008: Downpour Haiku
I would consider this one of my better, if not my best haiku, of all time. Even if you disagree, you would have to admit that it’s an unnecessarily violent weather-themed haiku, and that’s something.

Etsy Quote

February 23, 2010: Etsy vs Big Cartel vs Storenvy
This is probably my all-time most popular post, so much so that I feel compelled to update it regularly eight years later. All told it’s been view over 50,000 times (that’s a lot for me), and I’m extremely appreciative of everyone who reads it, comments on it, and shares it.

February 23, 2011: Our New Mouse, Niblet
This post commemorates adopting Niblet, a pet mouse, and probably the last mouse I’ll ever own. She was very cute, but never really warmed up to me as much as I wanted. Mice as pets are sort of like fuzzy goldfish.

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Snake Person or Rat Person, a Conversation

Student 1: [talking about pet snakes]

Me: I’m a rat fancier myself.

Student 1: Rats, really?

Me: Yeah, I’m like a crazy rat lady.

Student 1: I don’t know, I really likes snakes.

Me: Well, you’re either a rat person or a snake person.

Student 1: [acknowledges the truth of the statement]

Student 2: Did you just say, “you’re either a rat person or a snake person”?

Me: It’s like the weird people version of being a cat person or dog person, basically.

The Daily Post “Compromise”

Miscellaneous Theatre and Dance Reviews of 2017

I just realized, looking through my very small selection of local theatre and dance production reviews, that I missed quite a few that I’ve been to in the past couple of years. In fact, I didn’t write up any of the performances that I saw in 2017. The only reason that I write the reviews here, incidentally, is because I usually spend quite a lot to attend them, but if I don’t write my thoughts on them, I barely remember going. Here are a few capsule reviews for local dance, music, and theatre productions that I didn’t review in 2017, but meant to. They are presented in reverse chronological order.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze at the Van Wezel, December 2017

The performance of Cirque Dreams Holidaze that we attended in December 2017 was a holiday present from us to us for my partner and myself. It was their 10th anniversary tour, and they made their way around Florida during December, stopping here the week before Christmas. They were not in town long, and we were very excited to go to the performance, since my partner and I are both Cirque du Soleil fans. The tickets, which all Cirque fans will know, were extremely expensive, so I got us seats in the nosebleed section. I’ve never been to the Van Wezel before, but it was massive, and the seats went up to the ceiling in the back (not exaggerating). The audience we were with (like the Momix audience below) was horrid. Committing such audience crimes as taking flash photos, recording long videos, leaving in the middle of acts, and coming in late.

We missed the first scene because the people in our row, and the row in front of us, were late, but they were allowed them in anyway (about ten people in total). The show itself was amazing, and I would absolutely see it again. It wasn’t the typical holiday show at all, with very few religious overtones, which I really appreciated. Some of the performances left me wondering how a human being was able to perform them at all, which is a really cool feeling.

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