The Big DumpTruck

Throwing Little Thought Pebbles at Your Windshield Since 1996

Month: November, 2007

Winding Up or Down

I think I ate too much sugar today. I was eating gumballs. Ya, you know you wish you had a box of gumballs! But I’ve had about 10 of them and they are not playing nice with my lunch. Well, not the gumballs themselves, I throw that out when they flavor is gone. The sugar though. Or maybe it’s just my lunch. Damned cafeteria food. Always attacking delicate little me.

I’m several thousand words behind on NaNoWriMo and I’ve only processed Disney photos from a single day of vacation.

I’m such a slacker.

The good news is that I didn’t have an cavities Tuesday night, in spite of my gumball addiction, and my annual boob-squishing went off without a hitch and the radiologist said I’m good to go for another year. So that’s a dental visit and a mammogram in the same week. Oh, and I need to see the eye doctor tonight for my contact lens fitting.

I should have scheduled a pap smear and had my taxes done. Sheesh.


Robots Are Invading!

Okay, maybe not the world, but they are invading my life. You see, I signed on to coach Junior’s FIRST LEGO League Robotics team. They started a league at his elementary school this year (and one other in town – it will expand out next year) and he’s on team Funny Bones. Our team, plus the 4 others from our school and the 4 teams from the other elementary school attended the Mindstorm Madness tournament in Shrewsbury yesterday, 6 weeks or so after our team formed. We were up against 17 other teams, some of them middle school teams who had better robots and competition experience. Our plucky little robot soldiers, after 9 challenge rounds, were seeded FIRST(!!) for the playoff rounds. FIRST! Our average score over the nine rounds was the highest! Was that even possible? I can tell you, I almost cried I was so proud of these kids, and so shocked. When I went into the gym during the break and saw the list of teams, and saw #7 listed first, I refused to believe it was a ranking. But it was.

So we explained to the kids that really, that was the highlight of the tournament, because that’s the REAL show of who did the best. Anyone could get knocked out of the semi-finals by just having a robot malfunction.

Except they didn’t have a robot malfunction. They won each of their semi-final rounds, and won the final against a team from the other Leominster elementary school by a mere 5 points. We won the tournament, the whole thing. And we also got the robot performance award. Our simple little last-generation robot was a tireless little engine that could.

To say I was beside myself about the whole day is an understatement. 7 of the 9 Leominster teams made the elite 8, and 3 of the final 4 and both of the finalists were from our schools. I don’t think I’ll ever see such a thing again, and I will be happy HOWEVER they do at the Leominster Tournament this week. Funny Bones rule!


Anyone Else Want to Join Us?

So far one of last year’s Nanoers has joined up to contribute over at the new and improved Nano Blog (2007 NaNoWriMo Rest Area). So what about the rest of you? Or some new people? I’ll just yammer like a crazy person with or without you, you know?

In other news, it is FREEZING OUTSIDE! Oh man, it might not have been the best weather in Florida (“sunshine state” my large white arse) but at least it wasn’t 30 degrees when I left the hotel in the morning!

Still no pictures for you. I’m guessing it might be Sunday before I have some. I’m very sorry about that, but that’s just the way it’s been going this week. If someone figures out how to slow down time a bit, I may get to it Saturday, or even do a little tonight, but I still have to get the pictures off Mr. Dump’s laptop (we took his old PC with us) and onto my Mac, where my editing software lives. What, you think this stuff just magically happens?


49,999 to Go

It’s that time of year again! NaNoWriMo 2007 is upon us, and if you haven’t signed up yet, go sign up and then join us on the Nano blog I’m setting up for more detailed posting and sharing. Last year 5 of us contributed to that blog, and we were all happy and sad to see December arrive. (You don’t have to sign up to just read, but if you want to contribute, sign up and then let me know to “upgrade” you.)

So I woke up this morning, declared the word “The” to be the first word of my novel and dozed off for another 10 minutes. Writing is hard work. Since then I have decided that “The” is probably not going to be the first word, but no editing allowed when you’re trying to write 50,000 words in a month, so I’ll just write around the “the” and use it later.

For those waiting for Disney pictures, I have to work my way through about 5 gig worth of them. For those of you not waiting for Disney pictures, be happy, I haven’t gone through them all yet.