by Catriona Mills

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Eating Lamb At Easter

Posted 11 March 2008 in by Catriona

Once again, I’m addressing a topic that has little to do with my proposed focus for the blog, although it did come out of something that I’ve been reading.

Namely, I’ve been reading forum postings about inviting family for Easter dinner, and it took rather a strange direction: people started wondering why it was okay to eat lamb at Easter, which many posters said made them feel a bit funny, but not to eat rabbit.

I think this is a case of confusing the metaphorical with the actual.

Sure, Jesus is frequently referred to as The Lamb of God.

But he isn’t actually a baby sheep. It’s a metaphor.

But the Easter Bunny, on the other hand, is actually a rabbit. A real rabbit. (Yes, he is a real rabbit. I’m not accepting any suggestions that he doesn’t actually exist, even though the Easter Bunny that I grew up with bought his eggs at Woolies on Easter Monday once they’d gone on special.)

So eating rabbit on Easter might lead to some fairly horrified children if someone can’t distinguish an anthropomorphic animal from his less vocal colleagues, and the next Easter rolls around without any eggs at all.

Blogging in the Living Room

Posted 8 March 2008 in by Catriona

Just, as Nick suggests, as some beneficent deity intended.

The new MacBook is here—and it’s lovely. The keyboard is a vast improvement on the last one, and this one hasn’t had a chance to turn a nasty, grubby colour yet.

I would love a black one at some point, but for now the extra cost isn’t worth it yet for an aesthetic improvement.

But the most important thing? Now I can play Packrat in the living room.

Sorry

Posted 4 March 2008 in by Catriona

I have a lecture and two tutorials to give today and my thesis needs to be ready for copying by tomorrow.

But I will update properly soon!

Eerie . . .

Posted 3 March 2008 in by Catriona

There are currently four crows in my back garden, two more than usual.

If there’s any increase in numbers, or I catch even a glimpse of Tippi Hedren, I’m cancelling today’s classes.

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