Wednesday, December 19, 2007
We had our pack meeting after that and everyone got pinewood derby cars. Woohoo! G2 wants to make his into the cheesemobile (sshh-it's a secret!).
Friday, December 14, 2007
This pair is going to another teacher at school. It's the least I can do for all the advice she's given me and the shoulder to lean on.
We're expecting bad weather this weekend. After our two snow days and one two-hour delay last week, I'm glad this is happening on the weekend. We're losing too much time at school. Everything will be crazy enough next week anyway with it being the week before break.
The kids and I tried our hands at baking cookies last weekend. G2 picked out cupcakes from a box and G1 and I actually tried to bake from scratch. We made Chocolate Crinkle cookies from Family Fun magazine. They look great--just like the picture. The taste, however, is not quite sweet enough for me. They need a little more sugar.
This weekend we're making brownies for the Cub Scout Pack Meeting Monday and I want to try some pumpkin muffins with a streusel topping. I'll let you know how they turn out.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
When she was little, she loved to watch Barney and sing. One of her favorite songs was "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." Her version of it was "Fruit fruit fruit for the home team." We would ask her how tall she was and she'd answer "free foot free." One of her favorite movies was "Fumberia" (Thumbelina for those that don't speak Katie-ese!). She's always been a good aunt, even though she's only six years older than G1. She would lay on the floor with him and read to him. This was in 1998, when Katie was seven and G1 was 8 months old.
She's had some big life changes in the past couple of years, but I know she's strong and she can survive it all with her head held high. She's become a beautiful young woman. And I'm starting to cry. Love you lots, Kaitlyn Anna! I just wished we lived closer so I could see you more often.
I also realized I don't have this year's school picture.....
Monday, December 3, 2007
Here is my sister Katie for those of you in 3rd period who couldn't believe I had a 15-year-old sister.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
The third pic is my Jaywalker/Chevron scarf. The yarn is Deluxe Chunky LP from Universal Yarn Inc. I love the color combination, but the yarn itself irritates me. I started the scarf and after the first two stripes, the yarn just quit. Literally. It was like it was torn apart. I put the two stripes aside and started the scarf again. After three stripes, the yarn had a huge knot in it. I haven't had any problems since, but those two were enough. Anyway, the pattern is from the Jaywalker sock pattern. Instead of knitting even every other as in the sock, I purl. Easy peasy!
Still working on the Tweedy Vest...almost to the neckline!!
We had a great visit down South. Thanksgiving was good and I got to see my family. My nephew R is getting really big. He's walking now and is into everything. He loves to give high-fives and play with the light switches. He can go to Lowe's and stare at the ceiling fans with lights for an hour.
Dad gave me a huge stack of books to read. I don't know when I'll ever find the time.
It was great to see everyone, especially since I probably won't see them again until summer.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
I'm thankful to have a warm house to come home to everyday, two kids who make me laugh with their crazy dancing, a job that's pretty secure, and a husband who is always on top of things. Lots of people in town are losing their jobs shortly after Christmas because one of our main employers has decided to move out of state. Things are not good here for many people right now. One man who's losing his job has a six-year-old little girl who has been diagnosed with a tumor on her brain stem. My prayers go out to them. Please send your good thoughts along, too...
Sunday, November 18, 2007
In other news, I saw this on Dana Huff's blog and had to try it out. It's a check your blog's reading level website. I always feel like I have nothing to say on my blog. I'm not a big talker in real life and it carries over to this blog. I'm also hesitant to say much about school here just in case a parent/my principal or superintendent should happen to see it. So I was really surprised to find...
We're celebrating Christmas next weekend with my family in South Carolina. I haven't seen them since September. We'll be having Thanksgiving/Christmas. So I'm skipping the NASCAR party and I'm off for a day of shopping....
I don't mind, even though I have a ton of papers to grade. I hope to get caught up over Thanksgiving break. However, I kind of would rather not have a holiday right now. Both of my classes are in the middle of books that they almost all like--To Kill a Mockingbird" and "The Outsiders." Mockingbird is one of my all-time favorites and I knew my General English kids would love "The Outsiders." One boy, who REALLY doesn't like English, came into class Friday and said, "I love this book." That made me very happy.
I'm really glad I made the switch from 11th grade British Lit last year to 10th grade American Lit this year. Although I have the OGT, our standardized graduation test, to worry about, everything else is great!
Monday, November 5, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Craft Pirate had a Halloween meme on her blog and I'm borrowing it from her.
1. Do you believe in ghosts? I'd like to say yes, but I just don't.
2. Have you ever seen a ghost? No. I've experienced deja vu, but I've never experienced any paranormal activity.
3. Have you ever experienced something that is best described by the word "paranormal"? see #2
4. Do you watch any ghost or haunting themed shows? I am a sucker for anything "haunted," "scariest," "ghost," etc. My DVR is set to record every episode of Ghost Hunters. I have always been interested in ghost stories. I've watched all the Scariest Places on Earth, Celebrity Fear (or whatever that show was where the participants wore cameras pointed up to their faces). I don't even know the names of all the shows.
5. If so, do you sometimes sleep with the lights on or wake up your partner because the show scared you a whole lot and you can't sleep and don't want to be awake alone? I haven't ever been THAT scared. However, after reading some scary books or watching some scary movies, I won't go outside with the dog at night or go into the basement.
6. Have you ever been to a supposedly haunted place? If so, did you experience anything spooky? I've been to houses that have been rumored to be haunted. Famous places I've been are Athens, Ohio, where I went to college at Ohio University. See the link for more about that. My husband and I went to San Francisco for our honeymoon and I insisted we see the Winchester Mystery House. I've also been to the Mansfield Reformatory (see Summer 2007 posts). I experienced nothing. Maybe if I went at night, though, it would be different.
7. How much do you love Halloween? see the top of the post!!
Happy Halloween everyone!!!
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
I've started knitting again. I'm working on a pair of Jaywalker socks. I couldn't decide which picture looked better-with or without the flash-so I used both. I love this pattern and started a pair of socks about a year ago, but after I turned the heel and tried them on, they were way too small. I couldn't even get them over my heel. I am definitely not a swatcher. I took it apart and didn't try again. Until now. I sorta remember how many I had cast on last time and I added a few more stitches. I keep trying it on after every couple of rows. So far so good.
On Monday night we had a cookout at MVSR in place of our regular Cub Scout meeting. The kids got to roast their own hot dogs and marshmallows. We had a potluck dinner. In the first picture below, G2 is roasting his hot dog. In the second, G1 is the one in the middle playing games. The third picture is all three of us on the hayride.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
I finally got my Ravelry invitation today. I never thought it would come. Last time I checked there were about 3000 people ahead of me. My heart jumped a little when I saw the email invite! I'm so excited to get started on it.
I don't have any new knitting pix to show. I'm still working on the Tweedy Vest I had started in my last post. I did knit a pair and a half of socks in the meantime, though.
I do want to post about something we did last summer. We went to the Mansfield Reformatory. And I'd like to say that it was awesome. The movie "The Shawshank Redemption" was filmed there. We took the Hollywood Tour, which showed a lot of the rooms where the movie was made. Take a look at these pix:
This is G1 and G2 in front.
In the movie, this is where Brooks and Red carved their names (this is a reproduction. the real one was stolen.)
The hole in the wall where the warden kept his safe. The safe was taken out after the movie was completed.
This is the warden's office where Andy locks himself in and plays music over the intercom system and the guards have to smash the window to unlock the door.
This tour was great. The tour guide, I think his name was Greg, was excellent and knew so many facts about the prison itself and the movie. It was very interesting and he does a terrific job.
This prison was also on an episode of Ghost Hunters on the Sci Fi channel. We got to see some of the places they went, too. I didn't the prison was spooky at all, but we were there in the daytime. I definitely wouldn't want to spend the night, which you can for about $50.
Other than that, I've spend the summer preparing for school, which obviously has already started now. I switched from 11th grade British Lit to 10th grade American Lit. I've been rereading stories and coming up with plans.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Monday, July 2, 2007
We went to South Carolina to visit my family. I visited The Peace of Yarn in Matthews, NC. I picked up some Rowan Big Wool to make my vest, four skeins of Fortissima Socka, and one skein of Austermann Step with jojoba oil. I've been wanting to try Austermann Step for about a year. From what I've seen, I like how the stripes come out wide. If anyone knows of any other sock yarn that comes out in wide stripes, please let me know.
While visiting my family whom I hadn't seen since Thanksgiving, I realized how bad my dad's eyesight is getting. He was diagnosed with macular degeneration a few years ago and his sight has become bad lately. He is now completely blind in one eye and can only see 25% of what healthy eye sees in the other. He has stopped driving. I had to help him down steps and read a wall menu at a fast food restaurant for him. I can't put into words how I feel about this. Simply, it makes me cry.
The kids, Katie (my sister), and I went to Carowinds and had an awesome time. It wasn't crowded at all. The lines weren't long. The weather was great. We rode a lot of water rides and after riding the Nickelodeon Flying Super Saturator, we were completely drenched. We saw the parade with all the Nick characters, too. It was fun.
We're off to Buckeye Lake tomorrow for their fireworks show. Have a good 4th, everyone.
Monday, June 11, 2007
We also had a "Flag Respect" given by a Korean War Vet that was interesting. I learned quite a few rules about handling and hanging the flag that I hadn't heard before. I also learned that when the flag is properly folded--ending up with a triangle--that each fold symbolizes something different. He named several things. I tried to look it up but couldn't find it. Graham and I decided to take a few pictures of the flag as we were looking up at it. This is one of our better ones.
More scout camp posts tomorrow.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
I also finished the reversible scarf from Cables Untangled. I gave that to Graham's kindergarten teacher. Miss Cores, as an end of the year gift. We were really sad that she would no longer be his teacher. She was awesome.
An annual local event that we always look forward to is the Hot Air Balloon Festival. The balloons land pretty close to my in-laws and we sit in their backyard and watch. Sometimes the balloons fly really low. Low enough so that you can yell up the the people in them. We can hear them coming when they light the fires to heat the air. Here are some of the pix we took yesterday.
They also do a "night glow," which means they illuminate the balloons after it gets dark. They are really pretty. You can also go up close during this time and talk to the balloonists(?).
Thursday, May 31, 2007
I wore my Mary Jane Crocs today for the first time. I've had them for a while, but the weather has been so hot I've just worn sandals. The Crocs are SO comfortable. It's like walking on marshmallows. They aren't exactly the most attractive, but they're kinda cute. They feel great on the feet, though.
Monday, May 21, 2007
This week's question is...
Rick is asked to carry a barrel of water across the desert for his Cub Scout troop. The barrel is 2 feet high, 1.5 feet in diameter, and it weighs 100 pounds. What can he add to it to make it lighter?
Answers must be emailed to me at email@example.com by the end of the school day Friday, May 25.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
The answer to last week's question about the bleachers was 11 rows of 29 or more unlikely 29 rows of 11.
This week's question is not so mathy. Here it is:
I start with the letter E. I end with the letter E. I usually contain one letter, but I am not the letter E. What am I?
Answers should be emailed to me by the end of school on Friday, May 18, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck.
Monday, May 14, 2007
Mark with bold the things you have knit at least once, with italics the ones you plan to do sometime, and leave the rest.
Knitting with metal wire
Knitting with camel yarn
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Domino knitting (modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Knitting with circular needles
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Graffiti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Publishing a knitting book
Teaching a child to knit
American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)
Knitting to make money
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Dying with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cozies…)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars
Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Knitting with DPNs
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting two socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars simultaneously
Knitting with wool
Knitting with beads
Swatching **not as often as I should**
Long Tail CO
Knitting and purling backwards
Knitting with self-patterning/self-striping/variegating yarn
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Cuffs/fingerless mitts/arm warmers
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Knitting in public
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Monday, May 7, 2007
26 x 1.04 = 26 + 1.04 = 27
Here's this week's question:
When the bleachers at a high school basketball game were filled to capacity, they held 319 people. Assuming that each row contained the same number of people, how many rows were there?
Email your answer to me at email@example.com by the end of the school day Friday, May 11. Good luck.
Sunday, May 6, 2007
Give it try. READ A BOOK!
1) The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy-Joan Quigley
2) Nineteen Minutes-Jodi Picoult
3) The Secret Life of Bees-Sue Monk Kidd
4) Mayflower-Nathaniel Philbrick
5) My Sister's Keeper-Jodi Picoult
6) The Melungeons: The Resurrection of a Proud People: An Untold Story of Ethnic Cleansing in America-N. Brent Kennedy
7) Second Glance-Jodi Picoult
8) The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America-Bill Bryson
9) The Pact-Jodi Picoult
10) I Feel Bad about my Neck-Nora Ephron
11) Vanishing Acts-Jodi Picoult
12) Cell-Stephen King
13) Different Seasons-Stephen King (this is a reread)
14) To Kill a Mockingbird-Harper Lee (for school)
15) The Outsiders-SE Hinton (for school)
16) Paula Deen-Paula Deen with S. Suib Cohen
Monday, April 30, 2007
This week's question is...
There are infinitely many pair of numbers whose sum equals their product. But there is only one solution to the pair of equations below, assuming that A, B, C, D, and E each stand for a single, distinct digit
AB x C.DE = AB + C.DE
Can you find the solution? Email me your answer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Suppose the numerical pyramid below kept on going. What would be the sum of the numbers in the 10th row?
7 9 11
13 15 17 19
Email your answer to this question to email@example.com by Friday, April 27 at 2:00. Good luck!
(I can't get the pyramid to come out looking like a pyramid when I publish the post. Use your imagination.)
Monday, April 16, 2007
Here is this week's question:
If two earthquakes are a point apart on the Richter scale, then the one with the higher reading is ten times as powerful as the other. Suppose that two earthquakes differ by half a point. How much more powerful is the one with the higher reading?
The answer to this question is due by the end of the school day Friday, April 20 and must be emailed to me. Note the new email address firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck!
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
There was only one entry for last week's questions about the chimney; however, no one got the answer correct. Therefore, I'm leaving the question up for this week. Click here for the question. Entries MUST be emailed to me by the end of the school day Friday, April 13. When I receive your entry, I will reply to let you know I did receive it. Good luck. And to the student who sent in the incorrect answer last week, you can try again.
Sunday, April 8, 2007
And last but not least is the beginning of His/Hers Reversible Scarf from Scarf Style. I'm using doubled Knitpicks Swish in Red Pepper for this project. The pattern is very easy to remember.
Saturday, April 7, 2007
The color didn't come out right in the picture. It looks gray, but it's a light blue. I'm using the yarn Lion Brand Wool-Ease like the pattern calls for. It's been pretty quick to knit because the yarn's so bulky.
I've also still got the reversible scarf from Cables Untangled going and I started my first pair of toe-up socks after seeing the episode of Knitty Gritty. I could never figure out how to cast on. The figure eight wasn't too bad after trying it about seven times.
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
I have a drawing of the side of a chimney. No bricks were cut to form the chimney; the half-bricks are the ends of bricks that extend along one of the other sides. How many bricks were needed to build the entire chimney?
The diagram of the chimney will be posted above my computer in my room.
Good luck! This question is due by the end of the school day Thursday, April 5, (no school Friday!) and MUST BE EMAILED TO ME!! email@example.com
Monday, March 26, 2007
We've just started the last nine weeks of school. Boy, this year has flown by. I used to do journal questions for bonus points each week. We're going to try something different now. I'm going to give you a brainteaser each week. I think Jamie M. will love this. It's right up his alley. In order to get credit, you must email me the correct answer by the end of the week. This question will expire at the end of the school day Friday, March 30. The question is...
In this word ladder, your task is to convert the word PASSER into the word SPARSE by switching two adjacent letters at a time in five moves. Type each interim step on one of the blank lines.
You may not use either PASSER or SPARSE on any of the lines. Good luck.
Email your answer to me firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Saturday, February 3, 2007
I'd Still Say Yes-Klymaxx
I'll Always Love You-Taylor Dayne
I'll Be Home for Christmas-Harry Connick, Jr.
I'll Fly Away-Allison Krauss & Gillian Welch
I'll Still Be Loving You-Restless Heart
I'm Gonna Get Through This-Daniel Bedingfield
I'm Head Over Heels in Love-Earl Scruggs
I've Done Everything for You-Rick Springfield
I Am Changing-Jennifer Holliday
I Can't Stand the Rain-Missy Elliot
I Can't Wait-Nu Shooz
I Can Dance-Leo Sayer
I Don't Hurt Anymore-Dinah Washington
I Don't Want Your Love-Duran Duran
I Drove All Night-Cyndi Lauper
I Feel for You-Chaka Khan
I Feel Lucky-Mary Chapin Carpenter
I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues-Elton John
I Know What Boy Like-The Waitresses
I Like to Move It-Sacha Baron Cohen (Madagascar)
I Love Your Smile-Shanice
I Melt With You-Modern English
I Only Want to be with You-Dusty Springfield
I Remember You-Skid Row
I Saw Her Standing There-The Beatles
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For-U2
I Walk the Line-Johnny Cash
I Wanna Be Sedated-The Ramones
I Want It Now-Veruca Salt (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory)
I Want to Hold Your Hand-The Beatles
I Want to Rock and Roll All Night-KISS
I Want You to Want Me-Cheap Trick
I Would Die 4 U-Prince
Ice Cream Man-Van Halen
If I'd Been the One-.38 Special
If It isn't Love-New Edition
If You Could Only See-Tonic
If Your Heart Isn't in It-Atlantic Starr
In a Sentimental Mood-John Coltrane
In the Jailhouse Now-Suzy Bogguss & Chet Atkins
Inside Out-Eve 6
Into the Groove-Madonna
Into the Mystic-Van Morrison
Is There Something I Should Know-Duran Duran
Isn't It Time-The Babys
It's a Long Way to the Top-AC/DC
It's Gonna Take a Miracle-Deniece Williams
It's Like That-Run-DMC
It's No Good-Depeche Mode
It Ain't Me, Babe-Johnny Cash & June Carter
It Don't Mean a Thing-Duke Ellington
It Feels So Good-Sonique
It's So Easy-Guns'n'Roses
What's on yours?