Sunday, December 31, 2006

The Return

We're on the road once again. We'll stop in Nashville for the night. I hope to finish reading Octavian Nothing to Husbandman on this leg of the trip. Offspring not listening to the story, preferring music. A sign of independence, most likely.

Friday, December 29, 2006

The Mullet

I saw many dolphins yesterday, right next to shore on Caladesi Island. They were fishing for mullets, I've been told.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

The Fortitude

I have a wicked bad sore throat, but I'm resolved to go forth and vacation well.

Friday, December 22, 2006

The Gifts

Lots of baked goods have been coming in this year. I'm eating cookies, lemon bars and fudge all day long. The madness must stop. In 2007.
I'm a little down on myself today. Because I'm a bad wrapper. I keep getting gifts that look like works of art, beautiful ribbons, handmade tags. My gifts look hideous. I don't even try to make them look nice. And that's why I'm down on myself today. That, and the constant cookie eating.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

The Movies

I'm a little sad after watching Infamous, a movie about Truman Capote. He's more sympathetic in this film. The two movies provide contrasting pictures of Capote, a guy who played around with truth and fiction himself. Check it out this holiday season. I'd really like someone I know to rent both Infamous and Capote and then report on both films using a Venn Diagram. Posted by Picasa

Friday, December 15, 2006

The Comments

This year's sixers and cincos are really taking up my invitation to comment on the edublog I set up. Right now they're debating the use of the term "food insecurity" that's being used instead of the word "hunger." We read about this in a Newsweek article by Anna Quindlen.
Some of the quieter sixers really let loose with their opinions on the blog. I like that. One sixer calls himself Mr. Turkey and writes ridiculous comments. We're all trying to determine Mr. T's identity, so that lends an air of mystery to the edublog as well.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The Tree?

We watched a PBS show on Walmart last night. Thanks, Walmart, for wrecking the entire planet.
Thinking more locally, I am worrying about getting a Christmas tree. We'll only be in the house for ten more days, then we travel over hill and dale. I think we probably waited too long. I wonder if the offspring will tolerate a bunch of santas displayed everywhere, rather than the tree. I broached the subject with teendaughter and she seemed not too happy about it. If I were Bewitched or I Dream of Jeannie, this wouldn't even be a problem.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

The Dench

I like Judy Dench's hair in Casino Royale. My hair might be too bushy for her cool cut though. I'm growing my hair out and it just looks like a lawn is growing on top of my skull. It's driving me crazy. But just because I want a certain hair style doesn't mean I can have it. I've learned this.

The Weekend

Ho Ho Ho. Holiday shopping today. I'm going to get it all done. Because I'm so awesome.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

The Midterms

Many parents don't understand the whole concept of the midterm. This week the midterms went home and I got quite a few notes back that read, "Call me immediately if he/she has missing work in the future." I need to get these folk into the huddle and explain to them that the midterm IS the way I contact them about missing work. One sixer's parent was upset with me that I hadn't called her about two missing assignments. I told the sixer to come to my classroom every Friday afternoon from now on so that she can call her mom and let her know if she has missing work or not. She didn't look thrilled, but what am I supposed to do about it? Another mom was screaming at me on the phone that she didn't want to be angry with me, but she wanted to be "transparent." She kept repeating that phrase. I thanked her and added that I wanted to be transparent as well, and I told her, "I've been teaching for over twenty years and I have every confidence that I know what I'm doing." Not sure I have EVERY confidence, but it seemed important to communicate that at the time. This hasn't been the greatest day. After the slew of notes, I ended up getting a paper cut in third period. I kept calling kids over to look at it, but they didn't think it looked so bad.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

The Humans

A new website is born and it's a darned good one. I'm going to share it with the cincos and sixers as we are working on the food drive this month. Cool letter writing activity here. Check it out. Website created by friend and Husbandman's pool playing pal.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

The Tasks

I've edited most of the plays, about 1/5 of the fiction stories and about 1/3 of the zines. I'm heading into the compound to finish up the job. I regret, but accept, that I must neglect my family for the sake of the progress reports that go out tomorrow. If I finish this job, it will be a superhuman accomplishment of unprecedented proportions. It will be done. Oh yes. It will be done.

Friday, December 01, 2006

The Astronauts

 From a Lynda Barry book, I've used the idea to have the Thirdlanders draw self portraits on occasion.  Draw yourself as Batman, a monst...