Thursday, May 21, 2015

Spin Cycle--Teachers



A teacher can make or break a child when it comes to learning.  We have had a mix of good teachers and not so good teachers with Turbo. Thankfully, more good ones than bad.  We are embarking on the journey with Bruiser.  so far, so good.
There truly is a difference between a true teacher and one who merely presents the material and puts the learning on the child. A teacher is interested in how and what the children learn.  They will work hard and not let a child fall through the cracks and fail.
We have skated close to the line with Turbo this year.  Having the Junior High not follow the 504 plan he had has made 6th grade a bit more of a challenge for him. He's scrambling to catch up now but working hard none the less.
As for Bruiser, he is a sponge and is soaking up all he can learn in school and is hungry for more.  It is so gratifying to see him excited to learn. He is so enthusiastic about everything.  He loves his teacher and we really hope that next year he gets a good teacher again.
What are your feelings on teachers?


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Hodgepodge Today

And here we go with the Hodgepodge:

1.  Did you make someone laugh yesterday? Was it intentional? I made nick laugh by telling him about this:
And, yes, it was intentional.

2. What's a simple question with a complicated answer? Why is the sky Blue?

3. Rhododendrons or azaleas...you have to choose. Are either currently blooming in your yard? Neither really grows here.  To dry and cold and we have a really short growing season.  I had to Google pictures so I knew what they looked like.  Taking a shot in the dark--I'll go with Rhododendrons.

4. May 21st is National Waitstaff Day. Have you ever worked as a waiter/waitress? How would you rate the experience? What was the best/worst part of the job? Not officially.  The closest I ever got to being a waitress was the summer I worked at the country club snack bar. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either.  The hours weren't bad and the pay was OK.  The tips were nice though.

5. What fashion trend for women should be outlawed? How about one for men? For men definitely the trend that has the boxers showing and the pants about falling off.  One good tug and major wardrobe malfunction...
For women, well, acid washed jeans should have stayed in the 80s.  Leggings worn with short shirts, hip huggers, the list could go on and on.

6. Name a writer who inspires you....now tell us why.  I have read so extensively, it's hard to narrow it down.  I think I have to go with David Eddings.  Mostly because I have been reading his books since I was 14.  I still love them and am sharing them with Turbo now. He writes real characters, has interesting stories and epic adventures.  In my opinion, a writer that can write a story that I will read over and over again is a very good writer.

7. What well known quote or saying sums up your plans for today or this week?
Some reading and family time thrown in for good measure.


8.  Insert your own random thought here.Well, we had snow, yes, snow falling from the sky yesterday.  Spring time in the Rockies. Or at least, spring time here.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tuesday Thinking

Hey all, how's things been?  I really do thing it's time for a chat up, don't you?  This Tuesday random is perfect.
  • Things have been...unsettled around our house recently. Work has been going through a sift up and it causing some stress.  Namely will there still be a job type stress. We got good word yesterday that we are safe for at least another year, we don't have to move to another city, and we are appreciated and wanted at work.  Can you say huge relief?  We certainly can.
  • In Turbo news, he's scraping by at school.  Turbo has a 504 plan, but they had a counselor go on maternity leave at the beginning of the school year and Turbo's plan got a bit lost, therefore, he got a bit lost.  We are playing catch up now. It's not that Turbo can't do the work, he just isn't wired to do the work independently. He needs lots of encouragement and prodding.
  • Loved this:
  • In Bruiser news, he's loving Kindergarten and really looking forward to first grade.  He's on the verge of reading and writes relatively legibly.  His spelling is amusing, but he gets his point across. He's even good at the math stuff they have them doing. The kid is excelling.
  • Turbo has started basic algebra.  In other words his math is shacking up with the alphabet.  He's learning it, but seems unimpressed with the mixing of letter into the math.
  • We have finally jumped on the Netflixs bandwagon.  Nick got hooked on The Walking Dead.  I am loving watching episodes of Bones and CSI New York, in order. We are also enjoying the sit-coms that are available like Wings and 3rd Rock From the Sun.  The kids are loving the Cartoon Network shows and kid movies that mom and dad don't really want to watch. It's nice to have the variety, but we did have to up our internet capacity.
  • I have days like this:

How's your week going?
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wed. Hodgepodge--I'm Back

So, here I am after an unexpected break.  We had some not so feeling good times at our house.  But we are on the mend now.  So, Hodgepodge:

1. When is your next big deadline? What's it for? I don't really have a deadline right now.  I suppose that plans for summer must be made, but we are sort of letting the grandparents figure that out. The kids are almost self sufficient, for short periods of time anyway.

2. May is National Barbecue Month. Do you prefer cooking indoors or out? What's the best thing about a barbecue? What's the last thing you cooked on an outdoor grill? I love cooking outdorrs--the dishes are much reduced when cooking out and I love Barbequing meats.  It really is a process that demands socializing. The last thing we cooked out was chicken breasts last month.  The weather has not been conducive to cooking out recently--rain and snow are not cooking out weather.

3. What is one thing on your "never again" list? Liver.  I loathe liver.  I will never eat it again.  As for an activity...
Well, We will never travel with Nick's parents again.  We will meet them where ever, but not get there with them. We traveled to Vermont at Chreistmas the year Turbo was 2.  They made all the travel arrangements. Being there was nice, traveling there with a two year old, not so fun.

4. What's something that annoys you about people your own age? Something you love about your generation?
Mostly, the urge to label everything as someone else's fault.  There is not personal responsibility anymore.  Also a lack of common sense n day to day things.
As for something to love about my generation, our ability to adapt to the changing technological landscape.  My generation spans the Atari game system to the Xbox and Playstation of today. We remember phones that were tethered to the wall, the ten pound "cell phone" and VHS movies.  WE have rolled with it all.

5. Lilac, iris, hyacinth, pansy...your favorite purple flower? OH, lilacs are my favorite, they smell so good. I like pansies too.

6. What's a song that always calms you down?
Sugarland with All I Want to Do:


7. What's the last thing you donated? A couple bags of clothes to the ARC thrift organization.  They come once a moth for donations.  We just have to leave the bags on the front porch and they go away.  So nice and easy.

8. Insert your own random thought here.  We are struggling with getting Turbo in a more organized school mode.  He needs more structure than what he has in the junior high.  He needs to be told that something is homework, not told that if he finishes he has no homework because he just does what he thinks he need to to finish, not do the best he can.  It's frustrating. But hopefully we can get him figured out before he has to repeat 6th grade.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Spin Cycle--Grow

Spring is slow to come to these parts, but it is coming, even if we have snow threatened for Mother's day again. Here, we have the unique ability to be 65 degrees in the morning with lovely blue skies and by 1:00pm have things change dramatically to 4 inches of snow on the ground and you can't see across the street.
Spring is a time of growth and flux here.  The weather changes at the drop of a hat and the plants have to be hearty and tough to make it. 
I like watching things grow.  Flowers, my kids, our trees. 





Watching my kiddos grow has got to be the best thing in the world.  Seeing flowers I planted and cared for grow is great too, even if I'm not the biggest fan of gardening.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Random Random

Howdy on this Tuesday--second day of the week.
Blah.  I have been feeling all sorts of blah.  So lets see what sort of random I can come up with today:
  • We sort of celebrated May the Fourth be with you yesterday.  We did watch Star Wars.  Just the original one--you know the first one with Luke and Leia.  It is so confusing to talk about them these days.
  • I caught up on some sleep last night.  I was so tired that there was no other choice. I feel somewhat better now.
  • In honor of Star Wars day:


  • Nick heads off to a conference tomorrow.  The boys and I will be on our own.  Happily, Nick will be home on Saturday.
How's your week going?
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Monday, May 4, 2015

Monday Can Go Hang

Yeah, so not feeling the Monday this week.  Could have used a ton more sleep last night.  I'm blaming the full moon for my poor sleep. Have to blame something right?



Pretty much how my nights go any more.  Now on to better things, or at least more entertaining things than my complaining about my lack of sleep.

MMMM is a freebie week so lets see what catches my fancy this week:

AD/DC with You Shook Me All Night Long:


Def Leppard with Pour Some Sugar On Me:

Poison with Nothin' But a Good Time:
Yeah a bit of old skool 80s rock.
Have a great week!



Thursday, April 30, 2015

Spin Cycle--It's Pure Poetry

So, April is poetry month.  This week the Spin Cycle is about poetry. Namely writing poetry.  I am not a poetry writer.  My mind does not think in those terms.  I will be sharing another favorite poem.  I've already shared The Highwayman and The Cremation of Sam McGee.
I've chosen a poem from James Whitcomb Riley, Little Orphant Annie:
 
Little Orphant Annie
To all the little children: -- The happy ones; and sad ones;
The sober and the silent ones; the boisterous and glad ones;
The good ones -- Yes, the good ones, too; and all the lovely bad ones.
 

ITTLE Orphant Annie's come to our house to stay,
An' wash the cups an' saucers up, an' brush the crumbs away,
An' shoo the chickens off the porch, an' dust the hearth, an' sweep,
An' make the fire, an' bake the bread, an' earn her board-an'-keep;
An' all us other childern, when the supper-things is done,
We set around the kitchen fire an' has the mostest fun
A-list'nin' to the witch-tales 'at Annie tells about,
An' the Gobble-uns 'at gits you
Ef you
Don't
Watch
Out!
 
Wunst they wuz a little boy wouldn't say his prayers,--
An' when he went to bed at night, away up-stairs,
His Mammy heerd him holler, an' his Daddy heerd him bawl,
An' when they turn't the kivvers down, he wuzn't there at all!
An' they seeked him in the rafter-room, an' cubby-hole, an' press,
An' seeked him up the chimbly-flue, an' ever'-wheres, I guess;
But all they ever found wuz thist his pants an' roundabout:--
An' the Gobble-uns 'll git you
Ef you
Don't
Watch
Out!
 
An' one time a little girl 'ud allus laugh an' grin,
An' make fun of ever' one, an' all her blood-an'-kin;
An' wunst, when they was "company," an' ole folks wuz there,
She mocked 'em an' shocked 'em, an' said she didn't care!
An' thist as she kicked her heels, an' turn't to run an' hide,
They wuz two great big Black Things a-standin' by her side,
An' they snatched her through the ceilin' 'fore she knowed what she's about!
An' the Gobble-uns 'll git you
Ef you
Don't
Watch
Out!
 
An' little Orphant Annie says, when the blaze is blue,
An' the lamp-wick sputters, an' the wind goes woo-oo!
An' you hear the crickets quit, an' the moon is gray,
An' the lightnin'-bugs in dew is all squenched away,--
You better mind yer parunts, an' yer teachurs fond an' dear,
An' churish them 'at loves you, an' dry the orphant's tear,
An' he'p the pore an' needy ones 'at clusters all about,
Er the Gobble-uns 'll git you
Ef you
Don't
Watch
Out!

Now there is a bit of a back story on this.  In my junior year we had an exchange student from Sweden.  He had an accent.  Then he chose this poem to perform for the Speech team. He did it with his accent and with the inflection that is written into the poem.  It was really fun to watch adn listen to him.

Have a great week!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

50 Questions

So, there is no Hodgepodge today, but in keeping with Wednesday being a question day, here are 50 questions:


1. What are you wearing?  Gray skinny pants and a multicolored top.  Relatively casual, I'm lucky that work does not require dress clothes.

2. Ever been in love? Oh, yes, currently with my loving hubby Nick.


3. Ever had a terrible breakup? Not really.  Of course, it's been a really long time since I had a breakup.

4. How tall are you? 5'6"

5. How much do you weigh? Ummm, not really sure at the moment.  Hopefully under 150.

6. Any tattoos? Nope.  Would like on though, just haven't gotten it done.

7. Any piercings? Just my ears.

8. OTP (one true pair, favorite fictional couple)?  Oh, I've read so many romances that it's very hard to pick a pair. Let's choose a couple from the movies--Nick and Nora Charles from the Thin Man series.

9. Favorite show? I have several. Currently I'm really enjoying Castle.  We also like Big Bang Theory.

10. Favorite bands? Always been a fan of Bon Jovi. 

11. Something you miss? The care free days of my youth--you know those days when summer stretched before you and there was nothing you had to do but figure out ways to not be bored.

12. Favorite song? Again, there are so many songs I like, let's go with the most recent--Litte Red Wagon by Miranda Lambert


13. How old are you? 41.


14. Zodiac sign? I fall on the cusp of Leo and Virgo. I tend more toward the Virgo, but some leo traits fit.

15. Quality you look for in a partner? Loyalty, fun and understanding--all of which Nick has in spades.

16. Favorite Quote? The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half inch eraser - in case you thought optimism was dead. Robert Brault

17. Favorite actor? Matt Damon.

18. Favorite color? Green

19. Loud music or soft?  More toward the loud.  I want to hear it while I'm working or hanging out with friends.

20. Where do you go when you’re sad? I dive into a book.  Snuggle up in a chair and read away my troubles.

21. How long does it take you to shower? About 5-10 minutes on average.  Depends on whether I wash my hair or not.

22. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? Roughly 20 minutes counting shower. I have perfected the scrunch and go hair style.

23. Ever been in a physical fight? Nope.

24. Turn on? The lights.  Don't stumble around in the dark.

25. Turn off? The devices when out with friends.

26. The reason I started blogging? For a connection.  I don't make in person friends easily, so I turned to blogging to meet like minded ladies.  It's been a wonderful adventure.

27. Fears? Public Speaking.  I loathe speaking in front of people. Also cold calling.

28. Last thing that made you cry? The end of Harry potter and the Deathly Hallows 2.  Sappy, but it gets to me.

29. Last time you said you loved someone? Last night to Nick.

30. Meaning behind the name of your blog? I live with three guys.  Granted two of them are under the age of 13, but still that's a lot of testosterone to deal with.

31. Last book you read? The most recent Lynsay Sands vampire book: The Immortal Who Loved Me

32. The book you’re currently reading? Amanda Quick's Garden of Lies.

33. Last show you watched? Bones.  On Netflix.

34. Last person you talked to? A co-worker.

35. The relationship between you and the person you last texted? A very good friend, to set up a drink date last night.

36. Favorite food? Lobster or any shellfish really.

37. Place you want to visit? Yellowstone when we have more time to spend really enjoying the park.

38. Last place you were? Denver for Spring Break.

39. Do you have a crush? Yes, again Nick is the one.

40. Last time you kissed someone? Yesterday.

41. Last time you were insulted?  It's been a while--at least to my face.

42. Favorite flavor of sweet? Dark Chocolate Turtles.

43. What instruments do you play? I sort of play the trumpet. Had one year of lessons in the fifth grade.

44. Favorite piece of jewelry? My wedding ring.


45. Last sport you played? I'm not one for organized sports. I have swam laps.  I've also run for exercise.

46. Last song you sang?  Singing along to the radio: Kasey Musgraves Biscuits:


47. Favorite social website? Facebook

48. Have you ever used it? Practically Daily.


49. Last time you hung out with anyone? Last night, out for drinks with a friend.

50. Who should answer these questions next? Anyone who wants to.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Hey, Tuesday!

It's Tuesday.  I've already survived and interminable staff meeting, no breakfast, and Tons of stress.  So much fun!  Shall we random?
  • So, last night I got the grocery shopping, laundry and dishes done.  I felt ridiculously productive.  Tonight I think I may vacuum.  It frees up time on the weekends.
  • I felt like this in just about every college lit class:
  •  On every toy:
  • In keeping with the lit comment, since I am a scientist:
Have a great week!
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