Dramatis persona*

helenhead Helen Chick

I've always wanted a bumper sticker that said "I'm a female, LDS/Mormon, Scout leading, geocaching, piano-playing, bicycling, mathematics educator with a PhD in maths ... and I VOTE"!

I think this makes me a minority group of cardinality 1!

* Since there's only one of me and "personae" is plural (I think), I've gone with dramatis persona.
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12 of 12, December 2018

Things were a little frantic this morning as my New Zealand-based brother and his family were arriving for Christmas and I am their local hotel. Trouble is, I had been occupying the rooms — yes, all of them — that they needed, and although I have spent time in the last week getting things ready there […]

12 of 12, November 2018

I kind of forgot it was 12 of 12 for most of the day, and so was forced to resort to desperate strategies at the end of the day. When I got home, I decided to look for patterns, or interruptions to patterns.

This is from the pebble patch by the front door.

Here’s a coastal daisy hiding […]

12 of 12, October 2018

Today was a very miscellaneous day, and so I have ended up with a very miscellaneous collection of photos for this month’s 12 of 12. I kept forgetting to take photos for some of the things which were happening, and so, as I tried to get a full set of 12 shots, the degree of miscellaneity […]

12 of 12, September 2018

[I’m writing this up more than four months after the event, and I pretty much have no recollection of this day or why I took some of the photos. You may take some of the descriptions with a grain of salt.]

A friend and her family stayed at my place overnight because one of her children was […]

12 of 12, August 2018

The second day of Scoutfest just happened to be the 12th, and so I had to take 12 photos.

I probably should warn you about the first one. I had a toothache … so I took a photo of the offending area, as you do. It’s the very back tooth. It was not a happy tooth. [Some […]

12 of 12, July 2018

This particular conference, occurring every four years, seems to be very consistent with its dates, since I have a “12 of 12” record dating from Flagstaff, Arizona in 2014 and from Ljulbljana, Slovenia in 2010 (which, scarily, also indicates that I have been “12 of 12”-ing for over 8 years!). Today was a routine conference day, and […]

12 of 12, June 2018

My computer is suffering from an attack of the sooky-la-las. It claims its brain is full. Since I use this as an excuse for my own poor performance I suppose I should cut it some slack. What I haven’t done, however, is tell it that a replacement is being sought.

One of my PhD students is getting […]

12 of 12, May 2018

And so life gets back to normal.

My lounge room is a mess of works-in-progress and drying washing;

there were work samples to prepare for my students for an assessment task that they have to undertake;

in the afternoon I got together with some of the Scouts to do some badge-work … in which we (a) totally failed to […]

12 of 12, April 2018

[Advisory notice: This post contains some fairly frank discussion of what’s been going on with my health in the past couple of months and one graphic but pixellated photo (!). All 12 photos were taken on the 12th, but I’m going to use them to tell more than just the story of that single day.]

Back in […]

12 of 12, March 2018

As promised a year ago, the 12 of 12 for March this year fell on the final day of the annual Scout regatta. It’s an in-tents occasion.

I had been carefully monitoring how well I was feeling during the week after surgery and leading up to this, and although I still felt a bit tired, I thought […]