After a snowy few days, it feels like spring is returning to North Dakotaland with temperatures set to soar into the mid or even upper 50s today. Remember to wear your sunscreen, stay hydrated, and limit vigorous outdoor activities until your body adjusts to the warmer temperatures!
I’m planning to take lots of little breaks in front of the ole TV this weekend, catching the Formula 1 guys back in action, Cup in Richmond, the Sixers at home against the Clippers and the Phillies series against the Cards. If there were more hours in the day (or night), I might even catch an IPL match or the Sheffield Shield final, but I suspect any free time will be spent cleaning up the mud the dogs have tracked into the house from the garden.
Or, you know, doing my job.
In the meantime, here are some quick hits and varia:
It feels like the beginning of the end, at least of the semester (maybe of the world, but I’m not entirely qualified to say).
That said, it also means baseball season is starting, the NBA season is starting to get a bit more serious, and NASCAR (and, eventually, Formula 1) will start to roll. The Cup guys are in Martinsville on Saturday night, the Fightin’ Phils are on ESPN Sunday night, and Joe Smith will take on Maxim Vlasov for one or another Light Heavyweight belt in Tulsa on Saturday. In other words, there’s a lot going on for a lazy April weekend!!
Looking for something to watch tonight? I heartily recommend the Laurel Tree Theater’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. It’s called A Doll’s House 20/20 been running digitally for the last couple of weeks, but TONIGHT is the last night. Go here for a trailer and here for tickets.
Fortunately, I have a book to finish and some grading and writing of my own to do so that I won’t become too relaxed by the abundance of entertainment. Gotta keep my edge!
In the meantime, here is a very small gaggle of quick hits and varia:
Wind and pollen make for a perfect storm of allergies this time of year, but I’d still take the milder temperatures for snow or cold! Easter this year should be almost balmy and dry (and we probably need rain).
I plan to try to catch up on odds and ends over the long holiday weekend, but I’ll also make time for opening weekend of baseball, some basketball, and probably the Frampton-Herring boxing match on Saturday.
Mostly, though, I’ll try to get on top of a disturbing backlog of work and set myself up for a more comfortable run to the end of the semester!
Wishing all my readers a productive and happy weekend with some quick hits and varia:
It’s well and truly spring here in North Dakotaland! This means brisk 50 degree days with just a bit of bluster and cool nights in the 20s and 30s.
It also means that baseball is around the corner (opening day is Thursday!) and the Formula 1 guys are getting ready to launch their season this weekend. An added treat this year is that the Cup Series is going to try to race at Bristol on the dirt on Sunday afternoon! Amid the various NCAA basketball games, there’s also a heavy weight fight: Alexander Povetkin vs. Dillian Whyte. (I’ve always wanted Alexander Povetkin nickname to be “Battleship,” but it’s not. His knockout of Dillian Whyte last year was serious.)
With all this going on it’s easy to look forward to the weekend!
In the meantime, enjoy some quick hits and varia:
It’s the final Friday of spring break and I feel like the entire week has slipped away before I either recovered or got much done. I suppose holding station before the hectic final weeks of the semester is not a bad situation.
It has well and truly decided to be springtime here in North Dakotaland with temperatures soaring into the 50s during the day and staying in the 20s at night. It makes it good sleeping weather (or so I’ve been told) and fine weather for lazy walks or slightly less lazy runs along the Greenway as the Red River start to flow again and the trees are tinged with green.
It also means college basketball which will provide some background music to my weekend. And Saturday night will feature what might be an entertaining fight between Virgil Ortiz and Maurice Hooker. The NASCAR guys at in Atlanta for the snore before next weeks chaos at Bristol and the Sixers continue to weather the storm without The Process.
I’ll likely take a break from reading this weekend or focus on the little stack of articles that’s accumulating in my “to read” pile and in that spirit, here’s a little gaggle of quick hits and varia:
It can’t decide whether we’ll enjoy an an early spring or continue to suffer the long tail of winter. Until the weather sorts itself out, I’ll be inside, by the fire, with a book or two.
Despite the uneven weather here in North Dakotaland, the car racer types are at it in the desert: the Cup guys are in Phoenix and the F1 show is testing on Bahrain. In Dallas, Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez prepare to face off in a mini-mega fight between two iconic junior bantamweights. The Sixers host the Wizards at home and the Phils try to settle their rotation in the Sunshine State. In other words, even if I run out of books (which is almost impossible), there’s other stuff to do that doesn’t involve me having to even look outside.
I just got word yesterday that NDQ 88.1/2 is entering into production. This issue is pretty great with a distinctive bias toward prose. You can check out the table of contents here, subscribe here, submit something here, or read a lovely pair of poems from the issue here.
If that’s not your style, check out some quick hits and varia here:
It’s Friday and it feels like the first Friday of Spring here in North Dakotaland. The temperatures have soared into the mid-40, the snow is mostly melted, and the ground has that spongy, post-frozen feeling to it. For a semester and a year that seemed to be a bit relentless, an early Spring seems like a great act of mercy.
This week has been pretty exciting. First, The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota published Deserted Villages: Perspectives from the Eastern Mediterranean edited by Rebecca M. Seifried and Deborah E. Brown Stewart. Download a copy here!
I also sent issued North Dakota Quarterly issue 88.1/2 to our publishing partners at University of Nebraska Press. You can check out the table of contents here. We’re excited to announce that UNP has also made some discounts on subscriptions and back issues available during this years AWP meeting. Check them out here.
Finally, did I mention that it’s Friday and that means some quick hits and varia:
It’s feels like winter may be almost over here in North Dakotaland (but everyone know that this is not the case) and the temperatures are set to soar into the mid-40s today! If it wasn’t for puddles the size of small lakes and ice that lingered in the shade, I would even consider running outside.
The weekend will likely feel more seasonally appropriate which will be conducive to wrapping up any number of projects due at the end of this month. I hope to also catch my Mighty Spiders play the Bilikens of St. Louis this evening on ESPN2 as we work to get ourselves off the bubble (and feel lucky to be spared having to watch the T20 match between Australia and New Zealand, which has been disappointing, but not in the way that this Test result between India and England was disappointing).
I hope your weekend is restorative, productive, and fun, and maybe these quick hits and varia can play a role:
It’s finally Friday in what felt like a long week despite being a short one. I have a few little projects that I need to finish today which will lift a bit of weight from my shoulders. I also have a few larger projects that will reward some attention this weekend, including putting North Dakota Quarterly 88.1/2 in order.
That said, I’m also pretty intrigued to watch the NASCAR guys on the Daytona road course on Sunday (it’s as close as we get to V8-Supercar racing in the US). I’m excited to watch the Sixers play tonight on national television. But most, I’m counting down the hours to the Miguel Berchelt – Oscar Valdez fight on Saturday night. It’s obvious premature and inappropriate to make such comparisons, but it’s also hard to avoid seeing the similarities to the great Morales-Barrera fights of the early-2000s. If Berchelt-Valdez is half as good as any one of those fights, it’ll be worth staying up to watch it.
My list of quick hits and varia is a bit thin this week, but I like to think that its filled with things worth reading!
It’s cold here and, for lack of any other comparison, it’s North Dakota cold. As I write this, it’s -24 and it feels like -35. It doesn’t even matter if its Fahrenheit or Celsius to be honest.
Fortunately, we have heat and a fire place and books. So, it actually isn’t that bad especially since we don’t have to be outside much. Plus, this weekend, there’s a light heavy weight title fight on the weekend that should entertain and, on Sunday, there’s the Daytona 500.
And, in the meantime, there are some quick hits and varia: