Which was good, because one of the new people hired didn't show this morning. (Turns out her paperwork isn't completely processed, but I guess the office didn't know that.) So, independent, well-mannered workers was a plus.
Meanwhile, and totally unrelated except that I was on a Loreena McKennitt kick while getting my classroom ready, I have realized that somehow -- despite being quite a fan of European history -- I missed the extent to which the Vikings were involved in British history.
The notion was sparked while reading Stephen Baxter's Time's Tapestry series (awesome books, btw).
Ironically, very soon thereafter, I something clicked while listening to Loreena McKennitt's "Bonny Portmore" (which is on an earlier album -- The Visit, I think). As she says in Nights From the Alhambra, the song is a lament about the fact that a beautiful tree has been cut down.
"For it stood on your shores for many's the long dayYeah, somehow I missed the reference to "longboats" every one of the hundreds of times I've listened to the song. D'oh.
Till the longboats from Antrim came to float it away."