Monday, June 30, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Saturday Photo Scavenger Hunt, June 28th
Labels: Saturday Photo Scavenger Hunt
Friday, June 27, 2008
This is the feast we got to eat last night---all you can eat seats at a Rangers-Astros game in Houston, Larry's Father's Day present from B.
What is the weather like today where you live?
From my news station's website:
"Friday: Partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers or thunderstorms. High 98. Winds S 10-15 mph.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy. Low 76. Winds S 10-15 mph."
We haven't hit 100 degrees here yet this summer. Of course, it's only June! I think August is the hottest month. Our humidity is 79%---so it's pretty hot and humid here today.
On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how career-minded are you?
In the past month or so, it's become a 10! Well, really, I have to say it's got to be a 9 or 8 because nothing can be more important than my own family, and my own well being. But the reason it's gone up a lot lately is that I am in training for my teaching certification, and I'm working on the schoolwork this summer. And I'm enjoying it, too. :-)
What type of window coverings do you have in your home? Blinds, curtains, shutters, etc.?
I have blinds everywhere, and some curtains up in the living room and bedrooms. Not a big priority with me.
Name something that instantly cheers you up.
A big Sonic Coca-Cola. Big calories!
How many times do you hit the snooze button on a typical morning?
One. But often I don't hit it at all. Once I get waked up in the morning, if it's light outside (6:30 or so right now?), I can't really get back to sleep anyway.
Labels: Friday's Feast
Monday, June 23, 2008
Hey! Life is happening!
Now J is taking care of his own laundry! He got the load going before track this morning. (I had been a bad mom and he didn't have clean shorts---one he wanted for walking, anyway.) How wonderful to be teaching him to do his own stuff. :-)
A conversation a few minutes ago:
B: J, will you vote for me for president?
J: Well, if you're the best candidate, I'll vote for you.
Me: I guess he wants to agree with your policies, B.
J: Yeah, what are your policies? If I agree with you, I'll vote for you.
Nothing is a simple matter to these kids.
Labels: around the house
Sunday, June 22, 2008
THE BIG TEST
I took the Generalist 4-8 test, which means I have to know everything a teacher would teach any kid from 4th through 8th grades. At first, I was thinking, sure---I'm a grown-up woman---I'm smarter than an 8th grader. But as the test approached, I worried about it. There is actually SO much to know! Especially in Math---it has been about 19 years since I took a Math class.
So I got to the testing site at 7:30 a.m. like they told us test takers to, and the doors opened to the building at 7:45. This is a hot Texas morning, mind you, and I dared to wear jeans because I knew it would be cold in the testing room. (So cold, in fact, that after the 3 hour mark, my nail beds were purple---and I am usually a hot natured woman!) So I got to sweat for about 20 minutes outside. Lovely start to the day when I'm probably already sweating from a bit of nervousness! ;-)
I got all my important numbers bubbled in on the answer sheet and the test booklet, and the test began about 8:30. I thought surely I'd get done with it before noon, and I almost did. 130 questions, and none of them simple. I had 4 sections---4 content areas to cover. First Science. I don't remember as much as I should! If I had taken this test right after I graduated form college, I'd be so much better off. Next, Language Arts, which should be the easiest, since my degree is English. It wasn't too bad. Math was next, and I'm sure I spent the most time here. I had to guess on some questions. Lastly was Social Studies, which was the easiest section, I felt, but by this time, my brain was fried and I was getting tired of reading and bubbling in. So who knows if I answered those questions right.
Now the waiting---three to five weeks. I hope I did well!! I can just say that I did as well as I could have yesterday, thinking through stuff and making logical choices as well as I could. I'll have to wait and see!
Saturday, June 21, 2008
I'm a talent!
I copied this off the top of the quiz I just took-----
"In the mid-90s, in articles in The Atlantic and Time Magazine, Nicholas Lemann introduced the idea of three paths to success in American society -- that of Talents, Lifers, and Mandarins. He later went on to write a book, The Big Test, about the SAT as the Mandarin path to success.
Which path are you on? That's what this test aims to find out."
I'm a Talent!
You're a risk-taker, and you follow your passions. You're determined to take on the world and succeed on your own terms. Whether in the arts, science, engineering, business, or politics, you fearlessly express your own vision of the world. You're not afraid of a fight, and you're not afraid to bet your future on your own abilities. If you find a job boring or stifling, you're already preparing your resume. You believe in doing what you love, and you're not willing to settle for an ordinary life.
Talent: 54%Take the Talent, Lifer, or Mandarin quiz.
I don't know what a Mandarin is, but I'm almost as much that as Talent!
Saturday Photo Scavenger Hunt, June 21st
This is the coast of Texas, South Padre Island. I have very fond memories of this trip playing in the water with my friends/workmates at a training conference.
This is MY water----Lake Jenny in Wyoming. It was unbelievably beautiful up there, very different from the landscape where I live. Also from 2006.This is Old Faithful, a geyser of water. The people in these two photos were with me on a high school mission trip to Dubois, Wyoming. I went as a chaperon in 1994---I was 23, a newlywed, and not a mother yet. One of my favorite memories form that trip was watching that water shoot up in the air, right on schedule, while I sipped hot cocoa on the inn's deck that evening. This last one is also In Yellowstone Park, WY, as the last one was. We were standing at an observation deck watching the power of water as it fell over a waterfall. This picture is looking down the river, and the landscape and rainbow make everything look like a fairytale. I hope to go back and see all these things again someday, taking my family with me.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Friday's Feast, June 20
If you could live on another continent for 1 year, which one would you choose?
Which browser do you use to surf the Internet?
On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being highest), how much do you know about the history of your country?
Finish this sentence: Love is…
Have you ever been in or near a tornado?
Labels: Friday's Feast
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Track Meet Last Thursday
Here she is about to take off . . .I have a camera feature where I can take 3 pictures rapidly. :-)
Here she is in mid-air . . .
And here she is landing. She told me the best thing was her bottom didn't touch the sand, so it didn't take off some of her inches. Not the jump with the best form, but the farthest one she's done!
Too bad we have a super girl in this age group who can jump over 12 feet!
Can you see Larry in the white hat? B's coach form her elem. school is there on the far left with a gray shirt and tan baseball cap. He's her P.E. coach, but also went to the high school to coach the running backs this year. B said we had to post a picture of her friend jumping, too, because she is important.
We finally talked B into doing the 800 meter (half a mile) after she refused to run the mile. In the 800, she got first place, and beat some of the boys, too. Fortunately, you just compete with the same gender and age group, so B is golden in this event. She's made for distance, not the sprint! ;-)
Proud of you, baby girl!
I put a few more pictures on my other blog---I'm still posting one picture for every day! Stop by there and comment, too!
Heat index 96 degrees.
Only 49% humidity.
Our low tonight will be 73.
High tomorrow 97.
And Larry's working outside this weekend at a softball tournament! I feel especially bad for the girls out on the field playing. Whew!
Saturday Photo Scavenger Hunt, June 14th
Here is J and another J in a skit called "Extreme Sports." They were the newscasters reacting to athletes doing sports "without a net" so to speak. (Taken with no flash----excuse the blur!)
Here's J in the back yard. The emotion----surprising me? Is that an emotion?
This was last summer before he left for camp. What's funny about this is, there looks to be the emotions of concern and maybe worry or frustration. I'm sure Larry was concerned, but J was excited to be going that day. I think they were just discussing something like money for a meal along the way, nothing major. But it *looks* like an emotional exchange between father and son.
This little girl--no names!---was very emotional about having to come to Circle Time. She had some adjusting to do, and after I took this one picture, she'd want to see it and asked me again through the year to take her picture when she was crying. I guess that was better than looking in a mirror! This one was true emotion---frustration with her teacher.
If you'd like to see more photo hunters' emotions, go to TNChick's site and have fun! Next week's theme is Water, which means we better go to the pool this week!
My kids are ASLEEP right now, at 8:06a.m., a miracle. J and I were up until midnight scrapbooking, though, so I am especially glad my early riser is still in bed. B is tired from going to bed late too many nights in a row, I bet, and if I can keep quiet, she may sleep longer. She does not like having to get up, but she gets up earlier than this most days.
Please leave me a comment if you dropped by!
You Are a Realist
You don't see the glass as half empty or half full. You see what's exactly in the glass.
You never try to make a bad situation seem better than it is...
But you also never sabotage any good things you have going on.
You are brutally honest in your assessments of situations - and this always seems to help you cope.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Friday's Feast, June 13
Do you consider yourself to be an optimist or a pessimist?
What is your favorite color of ink to write with?
How often do you get a manicure or pedicure? Do you do them yourself or go to a salon and pay for them?
Have you ever won anything online? If so, what was it?
In which room in your house do you keep your home computer?
Labels: Friday's Feast
Monday, June 09, 2008
Movies in May (or June)
Lar, J and I saw "Iron Man." I didn't really know what it was all about before watching it. I really liked it, though! The effects were cool, for sure. And I was totally skeptical that Robert Downy , Jr., would be a great superhero, but he played this part really believably, very cool. It was intense!
THE movie of the season for our J is Kung Fu Panda, which we saw on Saturday. J loves Pandas right now, don't ask me why---it's that mysterious time of his life where he is part man, part child still. And part obnoxious person, but this is part of his persona right now. I enjoyed the movie, and I'm not a kung fu movie aficionado. It was beautifully animated, and I enjoyed the characters. The story was pretty predictable, but not entirely so. It was witty, and I heard the Dads around me laughing a lot. (Larry included.) I relented at the grocery store ad let J get two boxes of Eggo waffles so he could get the UPCs and send in for a King Fu Panda pillow. You know how that is . . . I usually buy the store brand to save some money! Sacrifices for the children . . .
On video, I just saw The Martian Child. I'd recommend it! There was a lot of things said about being unique that rang really true with me and the way I see my kids. This one wasn't too predictable, so it was interesting to me. You can tell this is important to me---element of surprise. Of course, if I know what's going to happen before it happens in the screen, then why bother with that movie?
There is an exception to this----Star Wars Episode III. I knew exactly how that was going to turn out, and I had to watch that train wreck happen. I even watched it again today. BooHoo!!
The one movie I am still wanting to see is the Narnia movie. I don't know how I saw King Fu Panda before that one! ;-)
Money Money Everywhere . . .
$200 Annie Camp for J (it starts on the 17th)
$50 for Track camp for B
$350 for church camp in July
The good thing is, I was able to just pay for it all already. No split payments I'm stuggling to pay for in the summer months (when I don't get paid).
We also had some repairs for Lar's truck. $400, Ug. He still needs to do tires and some other thing that's going to cost $350!
I'm nervous, though. I've put some back for summer, so we can stimulate the economy later. And I know we've done some extra entertaining of ourselves (movies!) and eating out. And it came before Mother's Day, so the kids bought me nice gifts---and Larry did, too, even though I am not his Mom.
So for the record we stimulated the following industries:
the arts (Annie Camp)
anything involving church camp (I assume it's a break-even endeavour, so it's for food, Bible class materials, craft materials, etc.)
Doing our part!
Saturday, June 07, 2008
Saturday Photo Scavenger Hunt, June 7th
I decided to not pick on anyone but myself for this category. As you can see, I have had this thinning straight hair for a few years now. I know I have more recent pictures of myself with bad hair! Believe me, nothing's changed. These pictures were taken when I wasn't looking to get my photo taken, of course. The Christmas one was just a waking up and rolling out of bed picture. I am sure this other one was after we'd stood out in the sun at the parade.
If you'd like to see more Bad Hair, go over to TNChick and see what others did for the theme. Next week's theme is emotion. Come back to see what I found!
Labels: Saturday Photo Scavenger Hunt
Friday, June 06, 2008
The "feast" table the night J had his awards banquet
When you drink soda/pop/coke, do you prefer to drink it from the bottle, a can, or after pouring it into a cup?
What television show are you willing to stay up late to watch?
Name one person, place, or thing you think of as brilliant.
Would you be willing to work 4 10-hour days instead of 5 8-hour days in order to save gas?
If you were a superhero, what would you call yourself?
Labels: Friday's Feast
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
I'm alive! Nothing's wrong!
I just posted some pictures on the other blog. Mom and Dad thought something was wrong with me because I have not been posting. I've just been so busy. This week is the most filled up of all the weeks of the summer, I think. So I'll get to posting again when I'm not so busy. Go look at the highlights of the week on the other blog!