Today I pulled a bunny out of my hat. And I mean that almost literally.
On my way to work, I noticed a man and a woman staring down into an egress window–one of those basement-level windows surrounded by an enclosure. The man explained that a little rabbit was trapped down there.
Sure enough, a baby bunny not much bigger than my fist was frantically trying to hop out of the enclosure. But the concrete walls were too high. The man and his girlfriend made sympathetic noises and wondered how the poor thing would ever get out.
The bunny didn’t like it when I climbed into the enclosure. The bunny liked it even less when I tried to coax him into my straw hat. Each time I had him cornered, he scampered to the other side of the window. The bunny was convinced I wanted to eat him.
Eventually the young woman came down and herded the bunny to me. Once I finally caught the bunny in my hat, I closed the hat over him like a bag. I lifted the hat out of the enclosure, opened it up, and told the bunny to be on his way.
It took a moment, but the rabbit finally came to his senses, hopped out of my hat, and dashed out of sight.
For some reason, I don’t feel like wearing my hat now.
Taking Microsoft Office and desktop publishing classes from one of the local academic libraries is one way I’m keeping busy this summer. While many of the classes only cover the basics, others go deeper–like creating pivot tables in Excel, or efficiently using master pages in Adobe InDesign.
However, even the introductory classes taught me new things. If I’d known Microsoft Word had as many features as it does for citing sources and creating bibliographies, it would have made my life easier when I was writing essays last spring. (However, EndNote and Zotero are apparently even better solutions for that sort of thing.)
Regardless of where I go in life or what degrees and certifications I might pick up along the way, I don’t intend to stop learning. Whether I’m taking college courses, attending continuing education classes, watching math tutorials at Khan Academy, or taking advantage of free workshops–school will always be in session.
In my quest to find a source of free-to-use images for my blog, I discovered a collection of icons that I can only describe as, “Shiny!”
OK, I can actually think of a few more descriptors than that. They’re eye-catching, attractive, professional, slick, and shiny. Did I mention they’re shiny?
Have a look:
These sets and more were designed by Tanya from Latvia, and they’re available at both her website, artdesigner.lv, and IconArchive.