Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Mail

The peeps and I sent an email to the author of this great book. She wrote back to us today. She listened to our podcast and gave the peeps some kudos. What a buzz to get an email from an author. I have read it over and over this morning, to the detriment of the cleanliness of my house.
On a Barack note, sister woman says that our dad is voting Obama. "Our Democrat dad is back!" she emailed this weekend. Sister Woman requested a moment of silence in honor of this momentous moment.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Registering

I'm going to blog Barack until he wins.  Today's blog is about registering to vote.  My sister in law Eve registered 9 people to vote just yesterday.  So if you know anyone who needs to register to vote, you might want to give them a friendly, but urgent, reminder.  
I'm going to buy a car magnet for 15$.  You can too.  Click on the link in the title of this blog entry.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Election

I would like to help with the election, but I only want to do jobs where I don't have to talk to other people.  Licking envelopes, or maybe making bag lunches for the people doing the hard job of talking to others.  I think I will buy a yard sign this weekend.  

Monday, September 22, 2008

The Podcast

Please. Humor me and listen to our third podcast. It's about William Miller's book, Frederick Douglass: The Last Day of Slavery. Our podcast is only 7 minutes long, so you can probably squeeze in a listen. We heartily enjoyed it, here at the homestead.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Election

I think Obama's going to win, but many of my pals are not so confident.  I have friends who are really ready to move if things don't go our way.  One pal's moving to Canada, but I suggested Mexico, because I've always wanted to live somewhere in the Yucatan.  Barack can not lose and he's not going to lose.  I feel it in my heart of hearts.

Friday, September 19, 2008

The Fun

We had a heavy week of testing this week.  ISTEP testing.  I do not care for ISTEP testing.  One kid cried through much of it, asserting over and over again, "I can't read this!"  He was right of course, but I cajoled him into filling in circles.  He did not want to do that and who can blame him?  I felt a bit like a rat. I probably should have told him to sit and draw.  We have one more test next week.  Then we take ISTEP again in spring.  And we're adding a 4 times a year 3 hour test called "Acuity."  And we still will take NWEA 3 times a year, another 3 hour computerized test.  So we've got testing covered.  Please don't have any doubts about that.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Power

I've become a bit of a brat for the modern age.  We had no power in our home for 4 days and I didn't weather the storm well at all.  Sure it was kind of fun laying on my bed projecting light onto the ceiling with my flashlight for a night or two, but after awhile it got a little annoying. The real kicker though was coming home yesterday all geared up to check facebook and blog and edit fotos to find that while we had lights and laundry, we had no internets, no tv, no phone.   At that point, I lost all will to live and started to take out my frustration on family members.  I really disappointed myself and yes I do have some regrets. 

Friday, September 12, 2008

The Job

Nothing to say tonight, but here's a rainy day photo and some wishes for a good weekend for all of us.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

The Cash

Someone left a door open in the school and one of my peeps entered the building over the weekend and stole some fake cash, the currency we call "cat cash."  The mini economy is highly motivating to the students, but it can lead them astray.  Kid got caught and now he thinks he's pretty tough.  I'll be bringing him down a peg or two.  

Sunday, September 07, 2008

The Bragging

I don't really want to brag, but the peeps' second podcast is even better than the first.  I love it so much.  Sarah taught me how to do a little editing, so that was a blast-o-rama.  Thanks for making the podcast, S!

Saturday, September 06, 2008

The Work

I saw many hummingbirds today, while working over at Mitzi's house.  Pleasant.  

Thursday, September 04, 2008

The Marlin

This is weird. I'm all underlined. And here's the other thing. Rosalyn started talking about how she's terrified of marlins and then I had to tell her that I had a MARLIN hanging on my livingroom wall for most of my childhood. So now we're both kind of freaked out.

Gratitude #9: Power of Song

We've been listening to , singing, and reading about, songs for social change.  Fables of Faubus, Which Side Are You On?, Wavin' ...