May 14th, 2016


May 13--Arietty's country house

Malida came to the campus with me so she could spend some time studying before her final next week. She is easily distracted by the tv at home and her Korean dramas. I, on the other hand, haven't watched any tv at all in the past couple of months. I have some shows recorded that I might catch up with over the summer, but maybe not. I think I am out of the tv habit.

We went for a walk in the morning. It was a nice day, but a little bit windy.On our walk we found a tiny door in a tree. It was pretty cool. Not sure who lives there. Put me in mind of the book The Borrowers that I loved reading as a kid.

tiny door

I spent half my time on campus clearing out my filing cabinet and putting the contents into boxes. I am glad that I don't yet have a bunch of stuff there. It will be easy to pack it all up. The other half of the time was spent rehearsing the students for their graduation/pinning ceremony next week. We have it on the performing arts center on campus. It is a cool old building, built in the 1930s, that has been recently renovated.

In the lobby is a fresco mural by Ralph Stockpole, which was funded by the Works Progress Administration, part of Roosevelt's New Deal. It is a cool mural depicting college life and vocations.

mural detail
Detail from the mural.

After we were done on campus, we went to a tapas place and had the worst tapas we have ever experienced. Yuk.

Later in the evening our friends started texting us about a house that is for sale near us. They live way on the other side of Sacramento, and want to move closer. She went to nursing school with Malida back in Thailand, so they have been friends for a long time. The house is three doors down from ours, the same floor plan, and has a nice pool in the back yard. It would be great to have them closer, as we are babysitters for each others' cats, and they are good people. They will come look at it today.
  • Current Music
    Radiohead--Glass Eyes

May 14--...why not tag an old mural?

I had lunch with a former student today. He is on his way out of town to take a nursing job down in Bakersfield, which is at the southern edge of the central valley of California, before heading over the mountains into LA. It sounds like it is a good opportunity for him, and I know he will do great. I like seeing my former students grow into real nurses. It is one of the best things about my job.

The place we had lunch was about two blocks from my old hospital. I used to walk all over that neighborhood. My first job in Sacramento was just down the street. I didn't have a car, so I either walked or rode my bike everywhere. It is a great way to learn a neighborhood.


Our friends came over this afternoon to look at the house down the street from ours. It was interesting. the same floor plan as mine, but they kind of completely reoriented the kitchen by about 90 degrees. Anyway, it wasn't for my friends, so they keep looking and I abandon hope to be able to walk down the street and swim in their pool.

Tomorrow is Sunday, and I will have to start doing homework again. whee!
  • Current Music
    Black Rebel Motorcycle Club--Lullaby