Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Over the Hills and Far Away, new project, finding my mind after weeks of beeing too busy to think

  1. Proving to my girls that I do sometimes listen to classical music by pulling up "Over the Hills and Far Away" on my computer. What an awesome bassoon part!

  2. A fun new SAS program to work on for a client.

  3. Remembering to make doctor appointments for check-ups this month.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Monday, Monday, Happy Birthday!, my groove

  1. A good start to the week for the girls and for me

  2. Happy Birthday to Kathy!

  3. Watching a "history" movie this evening. My oldest convinced me that we needed to watch The Emperor's New Groove because she was studying early American cultures in history.

    It was fun to watch it for my own family's history. For example, I remember when the girls were little and would quote lines from the movie to me.
    A girl: Oh, and by the way, you're fired.
    Me: Fired? What do you mean, "fired"?
    A girl: Um, how else can I say it? "You're being let go." "Your department's being downsized." "You're part of an outplacement." "We're going in a different direction." "We're not picking up your option." Take your pick. I've got more.

    And when I'm driving down a steep hill, they still like to tell me, "Yzma, Yzma, put your hands in the air!"

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mothers' Day

  1. The youth were in charge of the service today, and they did a "dramatic reading." My oldest had the line, "Because I said so, that's why!" It was in response to the kind of logic she had been taught by her mother. She said that she knew she could do the line well since she heard it so often from me. Another line was about the kind of justice we learn from our mothers, and that line resonated with me because I heard it so much from my mom: "I hope that when you grow up you have a child that is just like you!" Happy Mothers' Day, Mom!

  2. "Lay Up Your Treasures in Heaven" by Choplin for the choir anthem, sang by the youth choir.

  3. "Toccata in F Major" by Buxtehude for the organ voluntary.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Baking day

  1. The girls made a cake for my husband, and they did it without help from me.

  2. I made my husband a coconut pie, and it looks beautiful.

  3. No one else likes left-over, raw pie crust dough, so I had all of it to myself.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Out to lunch, three-day weekend, holding hands

  1. We went out to lunch today for my husband's birthday weekend. Then we went shopping a bit to be sure we were ready for his birthday and Mothers' Day.

  2. My husband started a new schedule starting this week and will have more three-day weekends now. It had been several weeks since he was off work on a Saturday even. It was nice to have him back.

  3. Holding hands with the girls in parking lots so that we all don't get hit by cars. It's nice that they want to hold my hand now.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Spanish classes, potluck lunch, hummingbirds

  1. My oldest daughter is definitely a teacher's pet in our Spanish class. She always does really well on the assignments.

  2. A potluck lunch after Spanish class today with the ESL classes. Though it defeated the purpose a bit for my daughter, we sat with some Japanese ladies. They were very sweet, and I got to practice my Japanese a little bit.

  3. The hummingbirds are back!

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Half a second, grading and mailing, driving weather

  1. Watching the movie Memento backwards, and finally understanding it. We found the half of a second of movie that was the key to the whole thing.

  2. Getting completely caught up with grading for the girls, and getting tests mailed off to the correspondence school

  3. Beautiful weather to take a trip into town with my husband to run some errands

Monday, May 05, 2008

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, ready to mail

  1. Mexican food for lunch and French food for supper to celebrate Cinco de Mayo

  2. Watching Once Upon a Time in Mexico

  3. Finishing up a batch of copying for my oldest so that we can send the tests into her correspondence school

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Sunday music, husband's cooking, choir

  1. "Sheep May Safely Graze" on piano and flute as the communion music

  2. Hamburgers from the grill and homemade onion rings for lunch that I didn't have to make

  3. Choir practice

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Finished grading, "Craft and Movie Night", Muppet humor

  1. I finished grading all the final exams, with help from my middlest. In one of my classes, everyone made an A, a B, or a C. I love it when everyone studies and comes to class and I don't have to fail anyone.

  2. My middlest and I had our first weekly "Craft and Movie Night." We decided that it was a great way for us to spend some time together, watching movies and either knitting or cross-stitching.

  3. Camel's Eyes for supper, while watching an old Muppet Show episode with Mac Davis. He sang "Baby, Don't Get Hooked on Me" while sitting on a giant fish hook.

Friday, May 02, 2008

Fairness, pig pictures, shopping

  1. Today's test was not so much fun because the questions were about Belmont students instead of movies. But still, the kids who studied and came to class did well, and person who never does his homework, never turns in a quiz, and lies to me every chance he gets did very poorly. It might seem cruel to rejoice in others' misfortune, but as a teacher, I just want everyone to get what they deserve.

  2. My middlest daughter came with me today to work. She was the only one who hadn't had a day at Belmont with me, so I forced her to come. She had a chance to meet one of my students who likes pigs, and they exchanged pig pictures.

  3. After we were finished, we stopped by a mall and did some shopping. My daughter found some adorable pig earrings.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Movie-themed final exam, good grades, girls day out

  1. I wrote an incredibly beautiful test. Every question had a movie theme, including a question about Will Turner and Captain Jack Sparrow. I don't know if the students appreciated it or not, but I'm very proud of myself.

  2. The kids who studied and came to class did well on the test, and those two people I haven't seen in weeks did very poorly.

  3. All my girls came with me today to work. My oldest and I have been going to Spanish classes in the mornings and then on to Belmont, and I thought that it would be a good day to get everyone out of the house for a while.