Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Arch

Last night, went to the Arch.  Today I'm tired, but ready for Day 2, Building Common Assessments.  A colleague is telling a story about choking on a steak kabob.  I need more coffee.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Travel

Okay, BLOG, I've been traveling.  Was at one conference and now here I am at another.  Sure I'm super tired, but I'm all about the learning. And sure I've neglected the blogging enterprise, but there was stuff going on.  I am now in a hotel, in an undisclosed location in Missouri.  I plan to stay in this hotel, which has a chalet decor, for the next 48 hours.  Be patient, blog.

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Shirt

Every morning at 8:45 am, I stand outside and open car doors for kids arriving by car.
Mr. 3rd Grader hopped out of his car and then stood talking for awhile, "It might be near 80 degrees today and that's why I'm wearing shorts."
"And you're also wearing this nice shirt," I answered referring to his short sleeved plaid number.
"This shirt is very light.  Feel it."
While pinching the fabric on his sleeve I concurred, "It is light.  I love cotton."
"I could wear this shirt to a dance and dance all night."
"Yeah, I guess you could.  That would be fun."
"I could dance all night," Mr. 3rd Grader announced again. Then he walked on up the ramp to school.

Then another kid, Little Kinder Girl, hopped out of her car.  She came at me with 
her mouth open wide.  I looked in there, thinking maybe she lost a tooth or something.  "Is my mouth
bleeding," she asked me.
"No, I saw no blood in there."
"Well it was bleeding a few days ago."
"Looks pretty good today."
Little Kinder Girl seemed satisfied.  She turned and walked up the ramp to school.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Bedroom

I was going to head out to work at a coffee shop, but then I decided to sequester myself in the bedroom.  Offspring won't wake up for hours and Husbandman is off in a faraway land called Illinois.  I have everything I need nearby, so this should not take long.  I have to read an article, and think hard about all the meanings in a little kid's story.  It could be fun if I keep the right mindset in mind. And speaking of right mindsets in mind, Tomorrow I go back to school.  I'm ready, Freddie.  I am going to keep my head down and focus on work like nobody's business. Copying In Other Words, my aim is to finish strong.  As my dad likes to say to me at this time of year, "You're on short time now Pal."

Friday, March 18, 2011

The Child

20 something daughter came home today.  She slept a lot and now we're watching a movie.  #1 son is in the RED RIVER GORGE!  Due home tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Rain

Spring Break Fairy's going to kick me into gear today.  I have some writing to do.  I am reading about glocalization and flows.  This stuff is pretty hard to understand, but it's interesting none the less. 

I'm trying to think of an April blogging challenge topic.  Maybe we should all commit to 30 days of blogging and imagery on our own topics?  

Big news:  yesterday we saw some northern shovelers at the duck pond.  And of course we saw quite a few ring necks as well. 

I'm a little down today because of all the time I wasted watching The Bachelor.  The finale really freaked me out, with Chantal crying and then the disclosures after the show about Brad's horrible anger management issues.  Geez.  I've got to up my game here.  Obv.

Monday, March 14, 2011

The Second Day

Second day of spring break was a big improvement.  First of all, I love Sunday mornings. Because Husbandman and I work on the Sunday puzzle and read the paper.  So I was already in a good mood to begin with.  Then we headed out to Leonard Springs Nature Hike.  We're pretty sure we saw a Greater Scaup there.  After that I read a 2 books, back and forth.  The day could not have been better.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

The First

First Day of spring break?  A bit of a bust, but it can only get better from here.  I was already in kind
of a bad mood after waking up from a a crazyheavynap, when we decided to watch our Netflix movie, Never Let Me Go.  If you want to see an
extremely sad movie that could very possibly make you cry and feel depressed for the rest of the afternoon, go ahead and see that one.  On the upside, after I decided to stop crying, we headed out to the bird platform and saw some ring necked ducks.  On the bad side, this guy pulled up and told us we couldn't be there without a permit.  Geez.  I didn't let the guy get to me because he was friendly enough and used a courteous tone.  Now #1 Son and Husbandman have headed out to another movie and I'm going to read books on my iPad in solitary confinement.  Tomorrow I expect to wake up cheerful and energetic.  Tomorrow will be a first day of spring break redo.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Xenosound - Just Kids

#1 son plays in this band and this song is my new favorite song.
You'll see him playing bass out at 3rd Street Park.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

The Sweet Gum

I saw this painting a few weeks ago and thought it was by Tanguy, one of my favorite painters, but come to find out, Kay Sage was the artist.  Find out more about Kay Sage below.  She's pretty neat.

Walked with the firsties over to the park this week.  To collect leaves and nuts and seedpods.  One little held my hand and walked along with me.
"I still have your song," she told me.  "I sing it every night."
I came in her room over a month ago and sang zippidy doo da, so I asked her if that was the one she was talking about.  It was. I was pretty flattered, but also a bit sad that I hadn't been back in a month to sing cool songs with the firsties.  "I'll bring more songs soon," I told her.
"You know those wooden benches?" she asked me.
I didn't know them for certain, so I just said, "Yes I do."
"Well that's where my father slipped with his slippery shoes and broke his arm really bad."
I asked, "Was that when he was a kid?"
"Yes, he broke his arm when he was a kid and then he grew up and had heart problems and he died."

So that was a little sad so I gave her a hug and some sympathy, but just then another little straggler who had been listening said, "My aunt was in a coma and then she had a funeral!"

Again, sad, but a little funny with the peculiar phrasing.  Soon I had a covey of little girls talking about cigarette smoking and lungs popping out.

Happily we got to the park and the entire group saw a huge tree branch had fallen in the middle of the field.  They all tore off to check it out with their cheap plastic magnifying glasses.  One firstie stayed behind, chuckling.
"What's funny?" I asked her.
Shaking her head, "It's just so funny that we keep asking these kids not to run and they just keep running."
"That is kind of funny I guess," I told her.  And then we started searching for artifacts from nature.  I was the only one to find a walnut.  We found a ton of those prickly balls but we could not remember their exact name.  Turns out, those come from the sweet gum tree.

The Crawfish

A few crawfish are coming to live in Room 200.  Not sure what to do about that.  They've donated their lives for science education.  I...