Friday, May 29, 2009
We were watching Kurt Russell in "The Thing" last night and I noticed a resemblance... (But at the end, when Kurt's hair is far
As of this afternoon, he's trimmed up a little more...
And looks more like this...
Frank's a little elusive and hard to photograph, like a deer or some other wildlife. If he was amenable to posing, I could have gotten much better look-alike poses but you get the drift.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Yes, they were a little wild when they got out of the car after a 3 hour drive.
This is the entry to the museum. That's about 900 paper cranes up there.
I highly agree with this statement:
Only one child on the red pony at a time!
There was also a wing devoted to the agricultural history of the area. Did you know Marilyn Monroe was the Artichoke Queen in 1948?
We also had a walking tour around Old Town Salinas. The kids enjoyed the train area.
Sorry about the bad photo quality here...see that handle on the right? EVERY student got to pull that handle and set off the steam whistle. Can you say "LOUD?"
We visited the first mayor's house, built in 1868. Look how small and narrow the women's shoes were! My foot and 2 13-year-old girl feet are in there for scale.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
We enjoyed some sunshine in the cold dark night. And I'm ready for summer, a tropical island, and a little rum....Enjoy!!!!!
Ain't No Sunshine
Sex and Reggae
The Rum Song
Friday, May 22, 2009
This was another PW recipe. What the recipe didn't tell us is that you need a pan with extra high sides. This is what happens if you don't:
Because of the overflow, the cake itself was very thin. And our strawberries would not smash with a fork - we had to chop them in the food processor. And they stuck like crazy to the frosting. I was so disappointed in the whole mess I was ready to put it in the trash...I told Frank, "I'll just get something else tomorrow." So he, my sweet devious boy, pretended he was going out to get gas for his car. And instead, he got a replacement cake.
Frank wrote the messages himself:
Thursday, May 21, 2009
this arrived a few days before my birthday so I held onto it until the day...
My very own goddess...
And these fabulous handmade zoris...
And from Mooselet in Australia...
This arrived on my actual birthday!
And joy of joys, she also sent a pack of TimTams. I'm going to hide these from Frank. He brought TimTams home from his trip to Australia 3 years ago and hardly shared them at all!
So thank you, Debbie and Mooselet! Not only did you make my day, you made my month. Here's Aussie saying No. 2, "Get a mullet up ya!"*
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Our school doesn't have a cafeteria. The hot lunches are made by the high school ROP class. Every day we get the exact number of lunches that are paid for or on the program, no extras. Which can be a problem if the child drops it on the ground. Then we go to the lunch lady and hope that someone else is absent.
And they don't eat the darn food anyway. I do lunch duty every day at our school, and it is appalling how much food the kids throw away. And it's decent food, it's not disgusting. One of the administrators ate the hot lunches for 6 weeks to be sure that it was tolerable food.
The other week, there were 6 vegetables into the chicken chow mein lunch: green beans, peas, carrots, red bell pepper, celery, bean sprouts. It looked good to me, but most of the kids were challenged.
Today they wouldn't eat the yummy dried cranberries.
Here's another food related pet peeve -- parents, please just cut the crusts off the sandwiches and your kids will be willing to eat a lot more. When they tear the crusts off themselves (and they will!) they waste so much.
Oh, oh and another peeve. When they don't have enough food in their lunchbox, they complain to ME! What am I, a vending machine? I say, "tell your Mom or Dad you'd like extra food tomorrow."
Thanks for letting me rant. Anything you'd like to rant about today?
Monday, May 18, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
- One Drama King can't get through more than 15 minutes without calling attention to himself. (He's either interrupting, tattling, or having a personal problem. Yesterday I found him face down on the blacktop, moaning sadly to prolong the drama. No injuries. I offered him
a placeboan ice pack.)
- Two hats were tossed up on the roof.
- Three students did not know how many minutes are in an hour.
- Four swings were wrapped around the bar.
- Five students caught ladybugs.
- Six girls protected a grasshopper from the boys who wanted to squash it.
Monday, May 11, 2009
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I'm like this on Mondays. Only 4 more "work" Mondays to go! (Not counting Memorial Day.)
I had a good weekend, though. I did no laundry and very little cooking. That's my idea of Mother's day!
The Handy Husband is working hard on the bathroom update. We had a fruitless search for flooring...one floor store only had fancy flooring -- that looked like fake wood, fake stone, etc. I just want something cheap and bathroomy. The next floor store was closed, with no hours posted. Don't they want our business? The HH will look around in the big town this week.
We enjoyed Star Trek.
As far as the no cooking, we had Chinese food on Saturday and the HH barbecued last night.
And how was your weekend?
Friday, May 08, 2009
Wondering...what to cook for dinner...what we're going to do tomorrow besides pick out flooring for the bathroom...why my freezer is full of ice packs that fall out on my foot (actually I have an answer but I can't upload the photos right now)...
Worrying...about friends that have had to evacuate from the fire south of us...about how far it's going to spread...and how long it's going to last.
What are your 3 W's for the weekend? What are you waiting, wondering, or worrying about?
Thursday, May 07, 2009
And there's a new stoplight in the small town to the West.
What has changed in your town lately? Good or bad, please tell me!
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
1) All my dental work is done. Done, done, done. Instead of a mouthful of silver, I now have a nice mouthful of tooth-colored teeth. Whoo-hoo.
2) I broke out my Mother's Day present to myself a little early. Wow, did I receive a lot of compliments on my beautiful Lori Anderson cameo. Thank you, Lori! I can't wait to get the bracelet I bought for my birthday!
Photos from Lorianderson.net
3) I asked for a new toilet and bathroom floor (for the upstairs bath) and the Handy Husband is in the process of making that come true. What is it with me and toilets? I got one for my birthday last year. Maybe it's like the dental work, getting rid of the old and ucky before it breaks down.
4) Cinco de Mayo is the perfect excuse to celebrate with a margarita and a batch of guacamole. Never mind that the rest of the dinner isn't Mexican-themed.
I called it Scarborough Fair Lamb because I seasoned it with parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. This song was my inspiration for dinner. I even started to sing it as I seasoned, while Ernest looked askance* at me.
I couldn't find a solo S&G clip of this song on YouTube. This version has Andy Williams and it's lovely.
*Oh, I've been waiting to use that word.
So besides Cheeseburger in Paradise, is there any other music that inspires you to cook? Because I need some inspiration.
Monday, May 04, 2009
Saturday night I was troubled by dreams of one of our most challenging second graders: He is smart and articulate, but he is also the most argumentative, interruptive, disruptive...you get my drift? He'll probably grow up to be a lawyer? Politician? CEO? But right now? He's my nightmare.
In my dream, he had scribbled over the entire test packet, both in a black marker and a pink highligher. And he had gone ahead, far far ahead of the stop signs. Is this a premonition of the week to come? Save me...
(Update: I'm assigned to the other classroom for the testing so I don't even have to worry about this little dude!)
Friday, May 01, 2009
I take reasonable precautions...like handwashing whenever I can.
Today I saw young Master C stick his right index finger up his nose, probe around, and then put the finger in his mouth. And presumably whatever came out of his nose went into his mouth, too. Eeew, a bugger eater! And he was just about to be called to use the classroom computer.! "C!" I cried, interrupting the teacher's conversation with the ELD teacher. "Go wash your hands." She gave me a mental high five. And less than 5 minutes later, there was young Master P with his fingers in his mouth...both hands. And he was about to hand a paper to the teacher. "P! Go wash your hands." And the teacher said "I don't even want to touch that paper." And I agreed.
And this is not some knee-jerk reaction to the H1N1 (Hiney is my word) flu virus....we've been dealing with this for the whole school year.
And I'm guilty of the fingers in my mouth thing...I bite my nails. But I try not to do it in public, and I wash my hands. Again and again and again.... And again and again and again. I think they are getting chapped.
But Holy Moly, today I saw a child eat his bugger. I am SO glad it is the weekend.