Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Rally

KC's video and Nance's enthusiasm resulted in this brief production documenting our local rally to support public education.  There's been a lot of  hating on teachers lately.  What in the world is up with that?    Teachers and other public workers don't deserve the disdain of our government. We deserve appreciation and support for a job well done!  It was great to have our wonderful Senator Vi Simpson at the rally.  If she could be our next governor, we'd be in like Flynn.  Mayor Mark Kruzan was there too.  I think he's a great mayor.  And Rep. Matt Pierce called us, from an undisclosed location in Illinois.  THANKS for fighting the good fight, MATT!

Not sure I picked the best music for the vid, but the song is about love and teachers should be appreciated, as I've already stated.  It's a stretch I know, but I do have Bieber fever right now.

The Cedar Waxwings

My whole life all I've ever wanted was to see a cedar waxwing.  Today I saw an entire flock of them, eating
berries in a tree on the B-line Trail.  I had the flip camera with me and tried to document. 
Didn't work out so well, but I'll always have my memories of the Cedar Waxwings.  Nance was there
too.  We were thrilled.

You can't really see the cedar waxwings in this video, but click here if you want to see how marvelous they are.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Men

Yeah, it's one of those hell in a handbasket kind of weeks.  Husbandman up and left the country to Canada.  #1 and I are surviving on nuts and berries (restaurants and pizza deliveries).  

But something sweet happened at artful school this week.  I gave some comprehension tests to a bunch of kinders. After hearing a story about a group of nameless construction workers who bulldoze and knock down buildings, they answered questions about the characters, setting, and important events.  Most kiddos answered the questions orally and all did well.  I asked a few of the kiddos to write down their responses and they did so happily.  When I tried to explain the graphic organizer to one little one, she said, "I know how to do this.  I know how to read!"  Awesome possum, go for it.  Another little adorable seemed stuck on the "character" box, so I asked if he wanted some help. He paused for awhile and then said, "Well, I really don't know their names so I'm thinking about just writing MAN MAN MAN MAN MAN."

Don't you love that?

Friday, February 18, 2011

The Openness

Last night was our first informational night for people who might want to transfer their kids to our
artful learning school.  2 families came.  It was dispiriting.  We have to keep plugging along, and we do.
The other dispiriting thing that's happening at this moment in time is the loss of my dear #1 son to a weekend trip to visit 20 something daughter.  I know they'll have fun, but I am crying to have both of them gone.  I prefer them to be home.  It's time for me to suck it up and do something a little on the wild side to take myself out of my funk.  Hence, I'm blogging at work.  This might do the trick.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Review

Saw Marwencol last night.  It's a great documentary about this guy who created a World War II Belgian town in his backyard with dolls and little buildings and complex story lines.  This guy considered
his town a type of therapy because he was viciously attacked years ago, leaving him with both physical and mental impairments.
As I watched the movie, the dolls became much more realistic and life like.  Husbandman and #1 thought the same.
Try to see this film if you want to.  You will like it.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Birthday

This week was the birthday of this blog.  Six years ago, around Feb 6 or something like that, I started blogging.
I want to tell this blog something.  Blog, I just love the heck out of you.  And happy birthday.

Stupid Weather Reflections

I kind of want to see that Justin Bieber movie, but # 1 son really does not want me to see it.  He has told me repeatedly that I should not go to see it. I don't want to break that sacred bond between us so I'll probably just do something else instead.
Right now we're heading to the Art Museum to see various works of art. Everyone I've spoken to today keeps talking about how great it is that it's warmer today and the sky is blue.  Whatev.  It's still 30 degrees and I slipped last night on some ice and this morning I had to walk like a penguin to get to my car.  I'm not ready to tell the cheerful isn't this great weather story? I'm just not feeling it.  Really not a weather wimp, but I'm
not falling for the spring is coming narrative.  That's just plain idiotic, given that it's Feb. 12 and we're not above freezing.

Monday, February 07, 2011

The Challenge!!!!

Try to get your votes in here.  2 gals will go home.  But if you don't get them in, join us next week, peeps!

Saturday, February 05, 2011

The Thing

It's snowing again.  Seriously snowing.  It's a beautiful snowfall but I'm probably going to sit here
doing nothing most of the day because of it.  Last night we saw Keb Mo and that was delightful.  But here's the thing.  Most of the people were older people like us watching the show.  And these people kept shouting out obnoxious things, which did displease me.  Keb Mo didn't seem all that amused by it either, but he's probably more used to it.  It's fine to clap, give an occasional whoop, but do you really need to become part of the show with stupid inane comments?  Are you intoxicated?  Is that the problem? I basically do not want to hear your words AT ALL when I'm watching Keb Mo.  Overall, though, great show, Keb Mo.  Thanks!  And thanks for the tickets, E and B.  We loved almost every minute of it.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

The Thing

Every few minutes I think, Hey LEEWAY, stop spending so much time on the internets.
PULL IT TOGETHER and go do something creative and purposeful.  But here's the thing.
I keep running across stuff like this and I just think, Thank God I just saw this.  Because this is super fun and puts me in a good mood.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

The Names

Well, a friend posted this as her facebook status today, "Off to Zanzibar on holiday."  I don't even know where Zanzibar is.  Zanzibar sounds so wonderful and exotic. A facebook status like this makes me reflect on my own life, and not too favorably if you must know. I am really not doing much these days.  Maybe a movie once in awhile.  Walking 20 feet out into the backyard to take some pix of the ice.  Contemplating making a meal in the CROCKPOT! WOOHOO!  Not much else.  Gotta step up my game.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

The Ice

 I did not want #1 son to venture out into the ice storm this afternoon, but a bunch of his pals came over and they talked me in to letting him go out for a bit.  Even though he was only going about 6 blocks, I hesitated, fearing the treacherous storm abrewin'.  His friends all stared at me while I tried to decide.  "I'm usually a fairly lenient parent...." I muttered lamely.
"But this ice is complicating things, isn't it?" a helpful Teen offered sympathetically,
   "It really is, Teen. I'm having high anxiety."  In the end #1 got to go out for a bit of course, but now he's back home safe and sound, eating chicken.  Relief.

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...