Jep Prep

Nov. 10th, 2010 12:00 am
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One week until my Jeoparday!  I am beginning to study in earnest.  www.j-archive.com/ has been a huge help to me.  Its an archive of all the games from recent years.  Its overwhelming to think that I could be asked anything in the world, but really there are only so many facts that are interesting.  To take a random example, here are all the clues they've had about  Klimt.  If you knew that he was from Vienna, Austria, and his most famous painting is The Kiss, you would be able to answer most of those.

But most importantly, I've been watching the show every day and practicing my buzzing.  If I don't ring in first, I'll never get a chance to answer at all.  This isn't shown on TV, but there are white lights around the board that light up once Alex is finished reading the clue.  You can't ring in before they light up, and if you ring in early you're locked out for a fraction of a second, enough time for those crass opportunists going against you to scoop it up.  My friend Colette advised me to say a short syllable under my breath (I've chosen "Duh") before ringing in after Alex finishes the clue.  It seems to be syncing up with the people on the show ringing in, but I'll have to wait until I get there to see if it works.  I hope I'm not called up for the first game so I can practice a little.

Our week of dinner guests is over.  It was fun and really not that much extra work (we just didn't have leftovers like we usually do, and baked a few batches of brownies).  The JVs really want me to join them for trivia night, but in so many words they said they needed me because I'm so old!  I've lived through so much more history then those fresh out of college kids.  In nine months I'll be 30, so I guess I am old to them.

Jep Prep

Nov. 10th, 2010 12:00 am
girafferty: (Default)
One week until my Jeoparday!  I am beginning to study in earnest.  www.j-archive.com/ has been a huge help to me.  Its an archive of all the games from recent years.  Its overwhelming to think that I could be asked anything in the world, but really there are only so many facts that are interesting.  To take a random example, here are all the clues they've had about  Klimt.  If you knew that he was from Vienna, Austria, and his most famous painting is The Kiss, you would be able to answer most of those.

But most importantly, I've been watching the show every day and practicing my buzzing.  If I don't ring in first, I'll never get a chance to answer at all.  This isn't shown on TV, but there are white lights around the board that light up once Alex is finished reading the clue.  You can't ring in before they light up, and if you ring in early you're locked out for a fraction of a second, enough time for those crass opportunists going against you to scoop it up.  My friend Colette advised me to say a short syllable under my breath (I've chosen "Duh") before ringing in after Alex finishes the clue.  It seems to be syncing up with the people on the show ringing in, but I'll have to wait until I get there to see if it works.  I hope I'm not called up for the first game so I can practice a little.

Our week of dinner guests is over.  It was fun and really not that much extra work (we just didn't have leftovers like we usually do, and baked a few batches of brownies).  The JVs really want me to join them for trivia night, but in so many words they said they needed me because I'm so old!  I've lived through so much more history then those fresh out of college kids.  In nine months I'll be 30, so I guess I am old to them.
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Everyone!

We were supposed to have met one-on-one with all the JVs by November, and it never happened.  So now we're cramming it all in the last week before their area visit.  Its actually been quite fun to have someone new each night.  And JVs always appreciate free food.

The last two days Biggie has been very clingy.  He won't even nap by himself, so I'm typing with one hand while my right hand slowly falls asleep under his head.  He's never getting out of our bed, is he?
girafferty: (Default)
Everyone!

We were supposed to have met one-on-one with all the JVs by November, and it never happened.  So now we're cramming it all in the last week before their area visit.  Its actually been quite fun to have someone new each night.  And JVs always appreciate free food.

The last two days Biggie has been very clingy.  He won't even nap by himself, so I'm typing with one hand while my right hand slowly falls asleep under his head.  He's never getting out of our bed, is he?
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I never realized before Biggie was born that I wanted a baby just like this. One with a dimple on his chin and pointy Spock ears, rolls of fat all over, and with a passionate relationship with our ceiling fan.

We went to the new JVs potluck yesterday, and Biggie was good for 90 minutes! During the early evening too, when usually all he does is nurse, nurse, nurse. Being around 22-year-olds makes me feel old now. They were talking about how strange it was to go to work every day.

He slept until 7 a.m. today, too. I could get used to this.
girafferty: (Default)
I never realized before Biggie was born that I wanted a baby just like this. One with a dimple on his chin and pointy Spock ears, rolls of fat all over, and with a passionate relationship with our ceiling fan.

We went to the new JVs potluck yesterday, and Biggie was good for 90 minutes! During the early evening too, when usually all he does is nurse, nurse, nurse. Being around 22-year-olds makes me feel old now. They were talking about how strange it was to go to work every day.

He slept until 7 a.m. today, too. I could get used to this.
girafferty: (Default)
I never realized before Biggie was born that I wanted a baby just like this. One with a dimple on his chin and pointy Spock ears, rolls of fat all over, and with a passionate relationship with our ceiling fan.

We went to the new JVs potluck yesterday, and Biggie was good for 90 minutes! During the early evening too, when usually all he does is nurse, nurse, nurse. Being around 22-year-olds makes me feel old now. They were talking about how strange it was to go to work every day.

He slept until 7 a.m. today, too. I could get used to this.

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