Rationalization for Levitation: I had promised myself that if I finished in the top half in the crossword tournament, I would give myself permission to spend huge amounts of money for a weightless flight. I have, indeed, gotten out the plastic and booked this. In the process of doing so, I came up with an even more absurd rationalization. See, I had been looking into going to the North Pole as a 50th birthday present to myself. The dates didn't work, alas. The flight, while absurdly expensive, is still only about a quarter of the price of going to the Pole. So I am saving money.
Public Crafting: I have been known to work on my nalbinding in public. When somebody asks me what I am knitting, I usually say something like, "I'm working on slipper socks. But this isn't knitting." They inevitably say, "oh, of course. It's crocheting." And I have to explain that it isn't crocheting either and tell them all about how nalbinding is what the Vikings did because they didn't know how to knit. For the record, knitting involves two or more sticklike needles (sometimes joined together by a cable, as in circulars). Crocheting involves a hook. If somebody is using what looks like a tapestry needles, they are probably doing something else. (Tatting needles are generally longer and thinner, by the way.)
Food Network: Since I don't have cable, I don't watch the Food Network often. However, that does not seem to stop them from stalking me. First, there was the Dinner Impossible banquet at the ACPT. Then I learned that Nongkran Daks was on Throwdown with Bobby Flay last night. Who is Nongkran Das, you might ask? Just the owner / chef of Thai Basil in Chantilly - where I had eaten lunch on Tuesday. (It's the best restaurant reasonably near my company's Chantilly offices, so I go there regularly during the rare occasions when I have to visit the mothership. I usually get the kra pow.)
Pangram: A pangram is a sentence that contains all of the letters of the alphabet. The one Americans tend to find most familiar is "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog." A fair number of people will recognize "Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs." Apparently, the British favor a different pangram since a recent BBC item calling for people to send in samples of their handwriting used "How quickly daft jumping zebras vex."
I also have a note I jotted down about white-nose syndrome killing bats in northeastern caves, but I don't remember what I intended to say about that. Except for it being bad, of course.
At some point, I will get around to writing about The Amazing Race and about tonight's "Music and the Brain" lecture.