What fun it must be to grow up with cousins so close.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
What fun it must be to grow up with cousins so close.
Friday, January 30, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Plates rescued from the trash by our left coasties.
Cousins being cute.
Linda bringing big hair back.
Happy Birthday Jeanette! We're so glad you're here.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
1. I'm particular about sock height. Too low, and my ankles get cold, too high, and it bugs me.
2. I love my bed.
3. I sleep in earplugs.
4. I'm afraid my memory is poor.
5. I like to pray the rosary.
6. I can drink a Route 44 Diet Coke from Sonic in 30 minutes.
7. Sometimes I get overwhelmed by all of the crafting possibilities in the world.
8. I tend to do things too quickly.
9. Cold weather sucks my will to live.
10. Being around babies doesn't make me want one.
11. I love giving presents.
12. I love sending mail.
13. I like to decorate the house a little for each month.
14. I don't like to watch TV.
15. I don't like movies much either.
16. I like to read silly books that don't make me think.
17. I feel a little guilty about #16.
18. I speak without thinking.
19. I'm a night owl.
20. I'm testing myself to see how long I can update the blog everyday. I've been going since October 20, 2008.
21. I always put off going to the bathroom.
22. I can't stand having hair in my face.
23. I'm too self-centered.
24. I like to bake.
25. I like music and movies I'd never like otherwise if they're in Spanish.
Monday, January 26, 2009
The Glory Be
Glory Be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
A little about it.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
I listen to the Daily Audio Bible in the mornings when I jog, and though it's ridiculously dramatic, it's a nice way to finally meet the omnipresent goal of getting through the whole book in one year. I just listen to the Bible part, and skip over his analysis at the end.
This American Life is always fun too.
Poetry Off the Shelf is great because I get to listen to all different kinds of poetry and hear the writers talk about it, what it means and where it comes from, and I feel like I'm learning something.
My newest favorite is The Spanish Podcast, because I get to learn all about culture and phrases and, best of all, really hear lots of the subjunctive tense. I think maybe I'll finally start to get that into my head. And it's from Spain, so it's a different accent than I'm used to hearing, with the vosotros and everything.
What are your favorites?
Friday, January 23, 2009
These are portraits of people wearing clothing made from the hair of their dogs, which was spun into yarn and then knitted into garments.
(Thanks to CRAFT and If It's Hip, It's Here ...which contains some objectionable content)
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
But for now! La-de-da! I'm in school! I'm reading and learning things!
Aside from the intermittent terror-with online classes, that old nightmare of forgetting completely about a class or test or assignment seems COMPLETELY possible. And what if my brain has atrophied completely after years of skimming chick-lit? There is a sort of happy ending when reading about second language acquisition theory, but it's not quite the same.
This first class is FL 664 Second Language Acquisition Theory and Practice. We're learning about the difference between learning and acquiring a second language, about the psychological history of SLA research, about methods and approaches to teaching language.
Before I went to college, Dad told me about how it was going to be-all people who were really interested, highly motivated, similar to me. He said I'd get to learn about things that were just exactly what I was interested in, instead of messing around with everything.We were both a little disappointed when I came home the first time and told him it was nothing like that.
But this! This feels like that. We're all language people, all language teachers, all dreaming of starting to learn another one, just for fun. We all get excited and care deeply about how to motivate kids to really acquire language.
And where else in the world, would my textbook contain the following quote:
"Language may not be merely a vital link in the social side of intellectual development, it may be the very foundation of intelligence itself" (Oller, 1981)
(yikes, I'm going to have to learn all over again about citing and stuff)
It made me giggle when I read it.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I can't throw them away without looking through them first. I love looking at all of the ridiculous things available for purchase.
and all of these:
and I secretly want this, and this.
Go on, dish. What's your secret fun?
Monday, January 19, 2009
I had a technology inservice on Friday, and we learned to use MovieMaker. It was a fun and helpful lesson, they gave us all of the things needed to make a video, and then showed us how to do it. I tried to use MovieMaker to make my Mom video in December, but got frustrated. I might try again now.
It was pretty simple, and I have loads of ideas for more things I could do with it for the kids.
Anyhoo, for MLK day, here's the video I made.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
I'm happy with it, but I think for the Laundry and the Kitchen I might have to do the taping and let Mr. Perfectionist do the painting. He's a good painter.
A project together? I wonder how that would work...
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, in 4th and 5th grade, we had an accidentally fantastic lesson. We're learning about food, and some other items, and stores. I had some posters for stores that I made when I was at the High School, so I pulled those out. We reviewed the vocab flash cards, gave each table a store, decided what store they would be sold in, and then talked for a minute about the peso versus the dollar.
Then we had some more time, so...
I gave each table a whiteboard and a marker and had them set prices and make a price list.
Then I remembered that I had some pesos back in my office, so I gave them a minute to write and went back to fetch them.
We counted out the money together, and then I went shopping. The kids got really excited, and started trying to sell me their items. I passed by the tables if they weren't speaking Spanish, telling them: "Lo siento, no hablo ingles" In seconds, the ENTIRE CLASS was engaged, in the language, trying to get me to buy whatever they had. It was loud and crazy and exactly what you would experience in a Mexican market.
Then at the end we had a discussion about culture, and the markets in Mexico, and the kids who have been to Mexico got to tell their classmates about it, and they all got to see the coins, and they're begging to go shopping themselves.
I wish I could plan a lesson like that, instead of just stumbling into it.
But I'll take it.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
(photo from doe-c-doe)
The artist is from Wichita! Here's her blog, and her etsy shop.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Last weekend on the way home from school I thought: "There's nothing going on, Matthew still can't play for church because of his finger...we should run away."
So we did. This time we left Anna with Grammy Joan and Poppa Marion and headed to Wichita. Totally different from my usual escapes, this time Matthew and I were focused on being lazy in the Big City.
We ate Chipotle, watched cable, shopped a teensy bit, went to the super cool car wash, crashed The Wheatland Mission, and saw LOTS of friends. Still not everyone we would have liked to, but seeing Heath and Jenny, Kent and Jenni, and Matt and Michele was just what the doctor ordered.
On the way home I read the Wichita magazine that was in our hotel room, and was irritated with this paragraph in an article about the rebuilding efforts in Greensburg.
--Greensburg lies 110 miles west of Wichita. You get there on a two-lane strech of U.S. Highway 54 that snakes through dusty antique towns and sprawling milo fields. The shoulder is littered with road kill and tumbleweeds. The sky is endless. The clouds are epic. The sky touches everything.--
But being irritated does nothing-so let me just encourage you to visit some of the wonderful country west of Wichita, or south or north or east. Or cool things in Wichita.
How about 2009 is the year of the local escape!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
by Peter Pereira
If you believe in the magic of language,
then Elvis really Lives
and Princess Diana foretold I end as car spin.
If you believe the letters themselves
contain a power within them,
then you understand
what makes outside tedious,
how desperation becomes a rope ends it.
The circular logic that allows senator to become treason,
and treason to become atoners.
That eleven plus two is twelve plus one,
and an admirer is also married.
That if you could just rearrange things the right way
you’d find your true life,
the right path, the answer to your questions:
you’d understand how the Titanic
turns into that ice tin,
and debit card becomes bad credit.
How listen is the same as silent,
and not one letter separates stained from sainted.
Peter Pereira, "Anagrammer" from What's Written on the Body (Copper Canyon Press, 2007). www.coppercanyonpress.orgSource: Poetry (September 2003).
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
We have until February 17, 2009 to vote, so there's not much time to visit, but you can read all about them and make plans for the future.
I've been to Brant's Meat Market in Lucas, and of course I know about Brookover, but many of the others are new to me.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Friday, January 09, 2009
And that was it for that day. I was tired.
Thursday, January 08, 2009
It didn't stop here...
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
I went to put a towel away and found this:The next thing I knew, everything was out in the hall, being sorted and tidied. This is not the best way to get a lot of things done.
But it is nice at the end. Once this starts, I know I'm in trouble for awhile. Stay tuned to see what else fell into my path...
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Monday, January 05, 2009
Sunday, January 04, 2009
Here's Matthew with the still-sealed ketchup. It was really fun to be part of their first crowd, all of the workers still trying to figure out what to do. Anna chose the corn dog bites, and I had a corn dog too. Matthew had a cheeseburger of some sort, I think. You can tell it was very tasty.
It was a fun New Year's surprise.
Saturday, January 03, 2009
I tried the past few days to do less, but now the house is messy and I feel cranky.
In this new year, I'm going to try to do less and enjoy more, but it's hard. How do you know what's fun and what's obligation and what's important and what's not?
I took 10 blogs off of my reader. That ought to save a few minutes a day.
Friday, January 02, 2009
Thursday, January 01, 2009
I will try to do more of what I know is right and less of what I know is not.
Not measurable or clear or any of those goal setting things, but one I feel good about for 2009.