Abdul Rehman

Someone named Adul Rehman, from Greece, hacked into my account on Paypal and bought a shit-ton of computer crap. And I am SO MAD. I even looked him up on facebook to see if I should send him some scathing messages. But there were more than one. They all look pretty shady to me.

Abdul #1:

Abdul #2:

(Miley Cyrus . . . SERIOUSLY?!)

Abdul #3:

GRRRR. I am so mad. It might not even be one of these guys, but the douche-bag level of their profiles . . . and the profiles of EVERY Abdul Rehman from Greece . . . leads me to suspect otherwise.

I don’t even know what this next thing says, but it looks like DAMIT and ANGST together, so it seems fitting. Plus its in German, which is angstier than any other language I’ve encountered.

Take that, Abdul.

The United Kingdom: Inherently Magical?

Maybe it comes from watching BBC’s six hour Pride and Prejudice more times than I can remember, or perhaps it’s a result of obsessing with Harry Potter for the past, oh, ten years or so, but it seems that the exceptionally magical can only come from Britain these days. Seriously, perhaps it’s only because I work in a high school, but in my recent experience all I have to do is talk with a fake English accent and people immediately joke around about being in class at Hogwarts, or feeling like wizards.

So, maybe it should come as no surprise that the most magical television experience I’ve had in recent memory hails from none other than the British Broadcasting Company.

To what do I refer???

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I am truly, madly, deeply in love with this series. There are two seasons, each with three episodes, and I was beyond hooked before the first episode was even halfway finished. (Season 1 is on Netflix streaming!) The two main characters are played by Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, both of whom astounded me with their character portrayal.

The nuance of the acting really highlights the brilliant writing. Even hard-core Arthur Conan Doyle fans are proclaiming it genius!

If nothing else, you should watch this show for the witty conversational interplay and the incredible characters!

Exhibit A:

Sherlock: Punch me in the face.
John: Punch you?
Sherlock: Yes. Punch me. In the face. Didn’t you hear me?

Exibit B:

Sherlock: “I dislike being outnumbered,

it makes for too much stupid in the room.”

Exhibit C:

Mycroft Holmes: Just once can you two behave like adults?
John: We solve crimes, I blog about it, and he forgets his pants. I wouldn’t hold out too much hope.

What’s more . . .

. . . there’s something incredible about the bromance between Holmes & Watson . . . and not just because they are good looking themselves. The interplay and character friendship development is exceptional! At first you just see a veteran war doctor with some PTSD problems and a brilliant egomaniac asshole, but – facet by facet – the glowing aspects of these men are revealed, and you just fall in LOVE.

Which leads me to my current problem.

In fact, one of my roommates came home yesterday to find me, eyes glued to the TV, practically in tears as I listened to John speaking the following words to Sherlock’s tombstone during the season 2 Finale.


Break my heart into itty-bitty little pieces.

I don’t think I’ve felt this devastated on behalf of a character since, well, since Dobbie died. It’s downright stressful.

In summary, you should watch this show, you should love it, you should let it break your heart (because it will a little bit anyway) and then you should wait with me, with baited breath, for season 3. Apparently, sources say that the filming is going to begin in 2013, so I can only imagine what kind of emotional state I’ll be in by the time I actually view the season. . . I think I need someone to commiserate with if I’m going to make it!

If I Ruled The World. . .

There is a certain comfort in knowing that my students view me as a zany character. . . so I knew that it would likely be a colorful response when I asked them to create imaginative hypothetical situations where I am the Queen of the World. It gave me something to look forward to reading while grading their final exam. And what did I discover? My reign will definitely go down in history as . . .  well, lets just say, I will be remembered by several titles.

Abby, Benevolent Purveyor of All Hitherto-Unattainable Ideals

According to one student, my reign will be nothing less than a paradise. I will achieve happiness and good music for all, not to mention universal bilingualism. Oh yeah, and while I’m at it, I will eradicate world hunger and poverty. To top it all off, I will singlehandedly eliminate political strife, shallow movie stars, and negative advertising.

What he wrote:

Si Abby devient la reine du monde, nous aurons tous de la bonheur. Tout les enseignés auront deux langues, le national et le français. Tout le monde sera nouri, et la musique sera très bonne. Les pauvres nations d’Afrique, d’Amérique, et d’Asie auront les richesses pour leurs peuples. Nous n’aurons plus de vie politique, ni de vedettes sans talent, ni des publicités méchantes. La vie pendant le règne d’Abby serait comme un paradis.

Abby, Great Domesticator of The Wild Moustaches

According to another student,my reign will be characterized by the great war between humanity and moustaches. I will lead humans to victory, and the now-domesticated moustaches will become house-pets for my thankful people.

What she wrote: 

Si Abby devient la reine du monde, il y aura du désordre. Les moustaches attaqueront le royaume d’Abby, mais Abby les conquerront. Après la guerre, Abby domestiquera les moustaches, et, dorénavant, les moustaches seront les animaux domestiques dont tout le monde en aura . . . et tout le monde aimera Abby bien. Si Abby devient la reine du monde, ça sera un monde fou!

Abby, the Last Queen of the World

This student believes I will be promptly assassinated by an evil frog overlord named Vincent, who will subsequently become the king of the word, and then, in his paranoia, destroy it.

What he wrote:

Si Abby devient la reine du monde, Vincent la Grenouille l’assassinera. Si Vincent l’assassine, il deviendra le roi du monde. Si Vincent devient le roi du monde, comme il est paranoïaque, il pensera que le peuple ne l’aime pas assez. Si Vincent pense que nous ne l’aimons pas assez, il nous attaquera et le monde sera complètement dévasté.

Abby, the Stylishly Zany and Devout


Apparently, according to this young lady, I will wear an incredibly new dress on a daily basis (she knows me well)! Society itself will be transformed into a delightfully zany version of a Disney Film. This student’s only concern was that the evil frog overlord, Vincent, might gain too much control, since I will have many temples to him in my castle.

What she wrote:

Si Abby devient la reine du monde, elle portera une nouvelle robe incroyable chaque jour. La société deviendra comme un film de Disney, mais plus bizarre. Abby serait une bonne reine, pourvu que Vincent La Grenouille ne contrôle pas trop les affaires de trône. En tout cas, le château d’Abby aura beaucoup de temples pour apaiser Vincent la Grenouille.

Abby, A One-Continent Dancing Queen

One student decided I would be a party-queen extraordinaire, spending all of my nights dancing. I would also bring all of the continents together into one great continent, which I would subsequently assign homework.

What she wrote:

Si Abby devient la reine du monde, elle créera un jour pour fêter la joie de vivre. Elle dansera toutes les nuits. Elle unira et joindra tous les continents. Elle donnera les devoirs à tout le monde.

Well, there you have it! My students think this is my future as queen.

I guess it’s a good thing it’s up to Kate M. . . Huh?

Blog Lovin?

Have you ever heard of “Bloglovin'”?

I am always in search of a way to make blog-reading less AD/HD and more manageable. I love Google reader, but sometimes I just forget to go check it, or when I do, I wind up distracted by every passing link! Well, then, as I was perusing the fabulously designed 20goingon80 (which I found by looking up the designer for my fabulous friend’s blog!) for the first time, I found bloglovin’. Which seems do-able, so here goes a new attempt!

How do you keep your blogs straight?

Woops. . .

Checking my e-mail today, I found an interesting message from my lovely landlord (truly – I adore my landlord) that I am absolutely sure I wasn’t supposed to receive! 

I probably wouldn’t even have read it, except I thought it was from my friend who has the same first name and last initial as my landlord. HOWEVER, I did read it, and now I just need to share my experience with you. With a few changes to names and dates (some privacy is needed – I’m sure you understand), I am sharing this e-mail with you in all its. . . interesting glory. It was just too good not to share.

Check it out: 

Hey guys,

I am sitting in the airport trying to plan my next fun time……….
As you know, we were talking with K___ and S___about trying to take the boat to P-town for the weekend so we can party like gay rock stars!
We were thinking of two weekends in July…..just in case of bad weather 
The four of us are all available on the weekend of XX-XX and XX-XX.
How do these dates work for you guys?
Also, while we are down, S___ and K___ want to take you guys and your roommates out for a boat ride, P-Diddy style!
Let me know if these dates work ……talk to you soon……have to go work now 😦

So. Many. Things. 

1.) My landlord’s name is not Bubba.
2.) I know it’s P-town, but I never knew that to “party like gay rock stars” apparently involves boats.
3.) It is possible to take a boat ride P-Diddy style. Who knew?
4.) Saving the best for last: One of the recipients of this e-mail has an e-mail address at the MA Department of Education. Yup. We’re talking “@doe.mass.edu“.
Now I am going to delete the e-mail and pretend I never received it.