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1. I think I'm doing pretty well in my tax course so far. I got 90% on the first quiz (would've been 100% but I counted dependents instead of exemptions and forgot you can exempt yourself, whoops) and 100% on the first graded review. I have also not had any problems with the software, aside from the known practice environment glitches, and have played around a little to see what making random changes in the case studies' givens will do. In a few cases this has gotten downright weird since I've been messing around with credits and deductions we haven't yet reached in the textbook, but hey, what's the point of a safe play-space if you're afraid to break stuff?

2. I have two prompt!ficlets left to write, and am willing to accept more prompts until October 1 if anyone is still interested. This round has been almost entirely Homestuck, Naruto, and Narnia, but I am more than happy to write in other fandoms if you have an idea you want to see.

3. I may be dogsitting Dottie from late October through the first week and a half of November. Watch this space.

4. My dentist called me today and said it's about the time I usually have an autumn appointment, and would I like to schedule one? I haven't been to the dentist since a year and a half ago, I think, because I've been unemployed and dentists are expensive. I am apparently prone to cavities, though, so I probably should go and even get X-rayed... but X-rays are even more expensive than a basic checkup and cleaning... *weighs options, reaches no conclusion, tables the issue until next week*

5. I will be picking up some extra hours at the health garage next week when another of the front office staff goes on vacation. Yay money!

In other health garage news, we were supposed to switch over to a new computer program today, but implementation was delayed because of various issues. This is not the first time implementation has been delayed; apparently the program in question was originally meant to go live this past spring. O_o

The switch will make part of my job simpler by rendering it irrelevant, but it will make other parts a lot more complicated, because among other issues, the new program does not have any way for the front office to access clients' financial information. Do they have a copay? Do they use a sliding fee scale? Do they owe us a back balance? Who knows! We sure won't! (We do have a kludgy workaround involving manually updated tables in Word documents, but that is a gigantic pain in the neck and I am not looking forward to it. I really hope that issue gets addressed and fixed before implementation actually happens.)

6. Yesterday was Porchfest. As always, Downstairs Neighbor S volunteered our house as one of the stages, so I got to listen to some nice jazz while I took a nap after church. Later in the afternoon I went to hear Boss Lady and her band play a few blocks down my street, and caught up with Sweetheart who was also there to listen.

Porchfest has been getting bigger every year, and this year my church got in on it! We moved Sundae Sunday (which celebrates the invention of the ice cream sundae -- in Ithaca, in 1892, by Unitarians! -- and is an annual church event) from the first day of fall services to the 27th and served ice cream sundaes to anyone who walked past. We also had three musical acts on the porch of the parish house. So that was fun. :D
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While looking into things to do when my parents visit on Wednesday (said visit is mostly an excuse to donate ridiculous amounts of stuff to my church recycling sale), I ran across this wonderful page on the official Ithaca tourism website: Ithaca: Home of the Ice Cream Sundae.

I love how proud my adopted town is of this culinary claim to fame. :-) Also, did you know the ice cream sundae was invented by Unitarians? Because it was, true facts! And we have documentary proof!

...

Okay, back to excursion planning.
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As [personal profile] snacky says: July is National Ice Cream month here in the US! So to celebrate, of course we need another Deathmatch. :D

All posts will be on her livejournal under the ice cream deathmatch 2013 tag. This year there are no frozen treats to confuse the issue, just ice cream flavors going head to head until only one is left. The opening match is Chubby Hubby vs. Cherry Garcia.

Go! Vote! Dream of ice cream!
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I love Google: today their header graphic is a picture of an ice cream sundae (the two scoops are serving as the two Os in the site name), in celebration of, and I quote, the "119th Anniversary of the First Documented Ice Cream Sundae."

Which would be Ithaca, on Sunday, April 3, 1892.

:-D


The Google logo designers are hedging their bets, of course, by saying first "documented" sundae rather than flat-out first sundae -- not that Two Rivers, Wisconsin needs appeasing, because they are wrong in their claims. But anyway, Ithaca really is the only town that has proof of a sundae's invention at the time we say it was invented. There is a local newspaper advertisement for a cherry sundae on April 5, 1892. None of the other places have anything other than hearsay for decades after their claims. We have documentary proof within three days. Take that!
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Today was not much of a lesson, as such. First classes never are; they're for introductions, nametags, and sometimes basic procedural things like writing a classroom covenant and explaining the pattern that subsequent lessons will take. Except today was also Water Communion, which meant the kids were down in the sanctuary until 11:15 rather than until 10:45, so we only had half an hour. We did nametags, a basic opening -- chalice lighting, pass the squeeze, joys and sorrows -- and then some icebreaker/bonding games, which were basically designed to integrate the 3rd grade and 2nd grade kids, because they haven't previously shared a class.

We had ten kids (three from 3rd grade, seven from 2nd grade) and four teachers, and our classroom is very small and uncarpeted, so we decamped to the Arch Room for the morning. We also will have the use of the room across the hall (except for the weeks when the 1st grade is doing the OWL program) for spillover or maybe supplementary arts and crafts activities, which should come in handy since our class could easily hit fourteen kids.

Anyway, I think the intro went fairly well, and Helen Ann and I explained to David and Joanna most of the stuff we'd talked about yesterday. They also filled out the potential schedule, which means that tomorrow (when I am less tired) I get to take that information and write it up in a more useful format, then email it to them and Jennifer (the DRE), because while I am not fond of scheduling, I do a careful and thorough job of it -- and, frankly, I am a bit of a control freak and don't quite trust other people to do it properly. *wry*

After class we had the kids clean up a bit, and then led them over to the annex for ice cream, because today was not just Water Communion -- the first day of regular services is also Sundae Sunday, in honor of the invention of the ice cream sundae. For those of you who don't know the story, the ice cream sundae was invented in Ithaca in 1892, when a soda fountain owner whipped up a few scoops of vanilla ice cream with cherry sauce and a candied cherry for the Unitarian minister after a service one Sunday. We like to keep the tradition alive at First Unitarian. :-)

Then I went to work. End result? I left home shortly before 10am, and did not return until shortly before 10pm. Long day. I am out of practice at this!
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Sundae Dinner starts at 5 today on The Commons

Free ice cream is a thing of beauty. Also, apparently the state legislature has decreed July 2007 a Month of Sundaes in a rather tongue-in-cheek proclamation that will be sent to Gov. Spitzer as well as the governor of Wisconsin (where Two Rivers, the town that just wishes they'd invented the ice cream sundae, is located).

I continue to be tickled by the controversy.

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HP and the DH arrives in our store on Friday. We are strictly forbidden to even open the boxes until Saturday, and reading the books is even more of a no-no.

Unlike SOME PEOPLE, we are going to follow the rules.

OH has been scheduled to help me open the store Saturday morning, which is a great relief. I don't expect to be mobbed, but we are selling the books at 40% off (the same as large chain stores are doing for customers who pre-ordered), and several people have expressed interest and an intention to either show up early in the morning or reserve a book once we have them in-hand and available (we don't pre-reserve things, but we do day-of holds), so... there's always a chance we could get overrun. Fortunately, I know who to call if we look like we'll run out. :-)
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In August last year, I posted about the low-level tiff between Ithaca and the town of Two Rivers, Wisconsin, over which town is the real birthplace of the ice cream sundae.

Anyway, new evidence has come to light which seems to definitively prove that we're right and Two Rivers is wrong and/or lying through their pointy teeth. Details are here at the Ithaca Journal.

*makes taunting faces at Two Rivers*
edenfalling: colored line-art drawing of a three-scoop ice cream sundae (ice cream sundae)
In August last year, I posted about the low-level tiff between Ithaca and the town of Two Rivers, Wisconsin, over which town is the real birthplace of the ice cream sundae.

Anyway, new evidence has come to light which seems to definitively prove that we're right and Two Rivers is wrong and/or lying through their pointy teeth. Details are here at the Ithaca Journal.

*makes taunting faces at Two Rivers*
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To start: Ithaca is the birthplace of the ice cream sundae. Pay no attention to those poor deluded people in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. :-)

(Also, the sundae was invented by Unitarians! I am not kidding about that. This is why the resumption of regular Sunday services in the fall -- after the congregation-led summer sessions -- is called Sundae Sunday, and everyone gets free ice cream during coffee hour after the service.)

Anyway, a while ago, people in Ithaca and Two Rivers realized that they both claimed to have hosted the true origin of the ice cream sundae. The argument has continued to grow, and now CBS is doing an "Assignment America" segment on the story. The Ithaca Journal has more information here.

This is at one and the same time hysterically amusing, and kind of sad in its utter triviality.
edenfalling: colored line-art drawing of a three-scoop ice cream sundae (ice cream sundae)
To start: Ithaca is the birthplace of the ice cream sundae. Pay no attention to those poor deluded people in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. :-)

(Also, the sundae was invented by Unitarians! I am not kidding about that. This is why the resumption of regular Sunday services in the fall -- after the congregation-led summer sessions -- is called Sundae Sunday, and everyone gets free ice cream during coffee hour after the service.)

Anyway, a while ago, people in Ithaca and Two Rivers realized that they both claimed to have hosted the true origin of the ice cream sundae. The argument has continued to grow, and now CBS is doing an "Assignment America" segment on the story. The Ithaca Journal has more information here.

This is at one and the same time hysterically amusing, and kind of sad in its utter triviality.

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