Thank you, InsideHigherEd

Dear InsideHigherEd “Around the Web” editor(s),

How sweet of you to link to the previous post today, on my birthday! (Come on, don’t tell me that wasn’t intentional — I mentioned my birthday in the post.)

And thank you, too, for linking to this blog over the years. I feel like we go way back, since this blog and IHE started up at about the same time — a seeming eon ago in internet years. And I appreciate the higher profile your links have given the blog. At first it was a little unnerving, but over time, I got used to it. Sometimes I even write thinking that you’ll link to the post (and I’m usually right about the kinds of things you go for) and that helps me speak to a larger audience.

So thanks and, well, see you “around the web”!

Dr. V


This Virago drives a nicer car than I do

Courtesy of the blogger of Stories That Are True, I now know that I have an evil twin (or maybe *I’m* the evil one) in New Zealand. She even drives a blue car, but a nicer one than my Honda Civic:

If I didn't want my students to know about the blog, I'd get this license plate, too.

I need searches for “Dr. Virago” to end up here

OK, since Quod She 1.0 is/was a Blogger blog, and it’s thus owned by Google, it tends to come up in Google searches pretty easily.  Right now, if you search “Dr. Virago” on Google, it comes up very first — hooray! — and my Blogger profile comes up sixth.  But this blog is down at the bottom. (Meanwhile, my LiveJournal profile page comes up on the third page and my Technorati page shows up on page 4, along with mentions of me on other people’s blogs.) Apparently Virago is also the brand of a motorcycle starter system (weird), so a guy incorporating that into his name shows up with me on the first page.  More annoying is that there’s another Dr. Virago blogging (or at least commenting) out there (she shows up on page 2). Since she also considers herself a feminist, someone could, potentially confuse us.  But that Dr. Virago is not this Dr. Virago. Just so you know. Oh, also, there’s Blogger blog called Dr. Virago (instead of Quod She) that shows up on the fourth or fifth page, but it’s in Spanish and I don’t speak or write Spanish, so I’m pretty sure no one will confuse us.

There, do you think I’ve mentioned Dr. Virago enough to push this blog up a little? 🙂

>A meme for a lazy Saturday


Things I’ve done are in bold.
Things I am indifferent towards or actively would like to avoid are crossed out.
Things in normal type face are things I’d like to do.

Comments in parentheses are my addition. I got this version from Squadratomagico (though I took off her additions).

Start my own blog
Sleep under the stars
Play in a band
Own a cell phone
Visit Hawaii
Watch a meteor shower
Give more than I can afford to charity (Well, in this case, “more than I can afford” means on the credit card, to be paid next month)
Visit Disneyland / Disneyworld (both!)
Climb a mountain

Sing a solo
Bungee jump
Participate in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony
Teach myself an art from scratch (If you define “art” broadly, this is what academics do all the time)
Adopt a child
Purchase real estate
Had food poisoning
Visit Parliament / Capital Hill
Grow my own vegetables
See the Mona Lisa in France
Sleep on an overnight train
Have a pillow fight
Take a sick day when you’re not ill (but only prior to becoming an academic)
Build a snow fort
Hold a lamb
Go skinny dipping
Run a Marathon
Been on television
Ride in a gondola in Venice (how about a punt in Cambridge?)

See a total eclipse
Watch a sunrise or sunset

Hit a home run
Go on a cruise
See Niagara Falls in person
Visit the birthplace of my ancestors

See an Amish community
Teach myself a new language (Haven’t done it yet, but I’m thinking Old Norse.)
Have enough money to be truly satisfied
See the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person

Go rock climbing
See Michelangelo’s David
Sing karaoke
See Old Faithful erupt
Buy a stranger a meal at a restaurant
Visit Africa
Walk on a beach by moonlight
Be transported in an ambulance
Have my portrait painted
Be arrested
Go deep sea fishing
See the Sistine Chapel in person
Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
Go scuba diving or snorkeling
Kiss in the rain

Play in the mud
Go to a drive-in theatre
Be in a movie (but I’ve been on a number of sets)
Visit the Great Wall of China
Start a business
Take a martial arts class
Visit Russia (one of the few places I don’t really have a burning desire to visit)
Serve at a soup kitchen
Sell Girl Scout Cookies

Go whale watching
Get flowers for no reason

Donate blood, platelets or plasma
Go sky diving
Visit a Nazi Concentration Camp
Bounce a check
Fly in a helicopter

Save a favorite childhood toy
Visit Quebec City
Eat Caviar

Piece a quilt
Stand in Times Square

Tour the Everglades
Been fired from a job
See the Changing of the Guards in London
Been on a speeding motorcycle
See the Grand Canyon in person
Published a book
Visit the Vatican
Buy a brand new car

Walk in Jerusalem
Have my picture in the newspaper
Read the entire Bible
Visit the White House
Kill and prepared an animal for eating
Had chickenpox
Save someone’s life
Sit on a jury
Meet someone famous
Join a book club
Lose a loved one

Have a baby
See the Alamo in person
Swim in the Great Salt Lake
Been involved in a law suit
Been stung by a bee
Ride an elephant

29 — I better get cracking!

>6 word memoir meme

>New Kid tagged me awhile back for the 6 word memoir meme, and it’s been driving me crazy ever since. But, after writing the last post, I figured out the *perfect* 6-word memoir for myself. Granted, all but one word of the following belong to the inimitable Dr. Seuss, but that’s part of the point — it’s a literary allusion, see?

What if I ran the zoo?

Here are the instructions for the meme:

1. Write your own six word memoir

2. Post it on your blog and include a visual illustration if you’d like

3. Link to the person that tagged you in your post and to this original post if possible so we can track it as it travels across the blogosphere. (Note: I have no idea who the originator was, but New Kid was tagged by Dr. Crazy.)

4. Tag five more blogs with links

I’m going to tag two bloggers I know haven’t done this yet — Tommy at Macerating Shallots and also The Pastry Pirate (because I’d like to see her try to fit *her* life into six words! hee!) — and if you haven’t either, consider yourself tagged if you wish.

>Still here

>Although my last post talked about inspiration, for some reason I haven’t felt all that inspired to blog in the last week. Things are kind of busy around here, too — job candidate visits, a book review that I need to finish (and that’s causing me a bit of “imposter syndrom” anxiety), an article due in March that’s in progress, and the usual teaching and advising stuff.

In the meantime, you may not have noticed this if you read me in an RSS feeder, but I redesigned the blog over the holidays. I’m still fiddling a little, which you may have noticed by my constantly changing avatar. First it was a South Park style image of me — or close enough — that I made some time ago when everyone was doing those things, but never used. But that was just a place holder until I decided which photographic image of myself to use. I settled on a picture that the Pastry Pirate took back in 2004 when we did a week’s hiking trip around the Isle of Man. The fact that my back is turned is useful and functional for a pseudonymous blog (although if you know me you’d probably recognize me in an instant, even with my hair in braids — but that’s OK, too), but I also like its somewhat melancholy, wistful, or at least contemplative spirit and its suggestions of journeys, stopping places, horizons, and points of view.

Oh, and if you haven’t noticed it, the picture at the bottom of the front page of the blog is one I took in Cumbria in 2004. There was this old stone mill house that had been renovated into a modern home, and in addition to its general coolness, the owner had a great talent for gardening in a limited space. This particular planting was in a hole in the garden wall. I just think it’s pretty — it doesn’t really mean anything, except that it’s English.

Anyway, I’ve got some things to post about and will start back up again today.

>Insomnia + blog meme = 7 random things

>I’m definitely going to have to take an Ambien tonight because it’s 11 p.m. and I feel like it’s about 7 p.m. But first, before I make offerings to Morpheus, Dance has tagged me for a meme. If I do it right away, I won’t let it slip like I generally do all other memes.

So, forthwith, here are 7 strange and random things about me. (Note: I think that’s “random” in the colloquial sense — seemingly unrelated, perhaps quirky — and not in the technical sense, because if I’m deliberating coming up with these things they’re not random, right?)

1. I freak out when any TV show, book, or movie mentions internal bleeding or organ failure. Since I like police procedurals, this happens more often that you’d think.

2. I remember the very first moment I consciously realized what emotional intimacy was outside of a family relationship. (Or maybe it’s just the first moment I remember.) I was in 2nd grade and playing with my friend Teresa. She was showing me something to do with one of her dolls or stuffed animals that only she knew — some bald patch in its hair or something like that — and I was suddenly struck with a sense of the two us being alone in the world, but connected. I don’t remember the external details very clearly, but I remember the feeling of warmth.

3. I can’t say the word “breadth” right. I can’t make it sound different from “breath.”

4. I have been flirted with by an orangutan named Bruno.

5. I once briefly had a crush on a friar named Brother Mike. (Hey, he was smart and funny and not at all like the butt of medieval anti-fraternal satire.)

6. I sometimes play Scrabble by myself; it’s a habit picked up from my mother. [Updated to add: Not the online kind, but the old fashioned three-dimension kind with the wooden letters.]

7. I love the logic games on the GRE.

The rules of the meme:
1. Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 random and/or weird things about yourself.
3. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
4. Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

OK, I’m going to break rules 3-4 and just say that if you haven’t done this meme yet (and I know many of you have at one time or another) and you want to, consider yourself tagged.