Friday, February 27, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Amazingly, within minutes I got the following reply:
"I have to say first off that my boyfriend and I are fans of Pooch. We are also fans of a TV show called Trailer Park Boys. We found your most recent blog post about Poncho and his peepers funny since he looked like Bubbles. Attached is a little slide that I made comparing the two characters. Check out Trailer Park Boys, it is almost as funny as Pooch."
"This is hilarious! I LOVE the TP Boys! I'm going to post this up on the blog site right away. Thanks for sending that, and for the props on the strip."
Yup, you read that correctly, my comment and pictures have now been posted on the Pooch blog, check it out here!
Monday, February 23, 2009
In Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel's memoir Night, a scholarly, pious teenager is wracked with guilt at having survived the horror of the Holocaust and the genocidal campaign that consumed his family. His memories of the nightmare world of the death camps present him with an intolerable question: how can the God he once so fervently believed in have allowed these monstrous events to occur? There are no easy answers in this harrowing book, which probes life's essential riddles with the lucid anguish only great literature achieves.
The reason why I re-read this book is because this coming week I am starting my portion of the integrated unit on the Holocaust. In case you are not familiar, one of the teaching strategies of middle school is to teach on a team of teachers who all teach the same students. Since we all of the same students this means that we can teach lessons around a central theme. This can be a very exciting and challenging undertaking. One of the integrated themes that the team that I teach on uses is the Holocaust. In years past when we teach our Holocaust unit I have done activities about how big one million is. We have done everything from figure out how many boxes of macaroni we would need to have one million elbow pieces, to taping together sheets of paper that have 10,000 dots on them.
This year I have decided to try something different. The Terezin Concentration Camp had over 15,000 children pass through between 1942 and 1944. Of these 15,000 children very few of them survived, but their poetry and pictures did and can been seen in the book I Will Never See Another Butterfly. In order to understand the number 15,000 and to tie into the butterfly project that the language arts teacher is teaching my students are going to collect 15,000 soda pull tabs. These pull tabs, once collected, will then be donated to the Shriners.
So, if you have any soda pull-tabs please send them my way. I am sure that my students will greatly appreciate them in our efforts to reach 15,000.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
1. A is for age: 28
2. B is for beer of choice: Not a big beer drinker
3. C is for career right now: 8th grade math teacher
4. D is for your dog's name? Gretal, she is my childhood dog who lives with The Mother
5. E is for essential item you use everyday: Lotion all day long on the face and hands.
6. F is for favorite TV show at the moment: House and Grey's Anatomy
7. G is for favorite game: Kakuro
8. H is for Home town: Dixfield
9. I is for instruments you play: Viola
10. J is for favorite juice: Blueberry
11. K is for whose butt you'd like to kick: I don't kick butt, just my own to get stuff done
12. L is for last place you ate: Home, a few cherrystone clams before the turkey pie later on tonight, YUM!
13. M is for marriage: Been there, done that, moved on
14. N is for your full name: SJI
15. O is for overnight hospital stays: none
16. P is for people you were with today: The Music Man, Stanley, and Phoebe
17. Q is for quote: "Everything happens for a reason"
18. R is for Biggest Regret: The long list, or the short list? See #17, there are none.
19. S is for status: Happily seeing The Music Man
20. T is for time you woke up today: 11:30, I woke up earlier and fed the cats and decided on the last day of vacation to go back to bed.
21. U is for underwear you have on now: Cotton
22. V is for vegetable you love: Fresh asparagus
23. W is for worst habit: Nail biting, but I'm doing better
24. X is for x-rays you've had: My teeth last time I had them cleaned
25. Y is for yummy food you ate today: Cheerios with almonds, dried cranberries, and frozen blueberries - Cheerio should call this the special SJ cereal blend.
26. Z is for zodiac sign: Sagittarius
Saturday, February 21, 2009
The article from the Associated Press stated that after the Clinton's left the white house Sock went to live with Betty Curie, Bill Clinton's secretary. Living at the White House was not all fun and games for this black and white cat, before the presidency he was accustomed to roaming outside at his own will. His romps outside had to be curtailed, and on occasion was spotted outside on a leash. The entrance of Buddy, the chocolate retriever added even more entertainment for Socks, even President Clinton confessed that the relations between these to presidential pets was difficult when he said "I'm trying to work that out, it's going to take a while. It's kind of like peace in Ireland or the Middle East."
I am guessing that the White House must be some sort of fountain of youth for cats, Socks lived to be over 18 years old. India, the Bush's cat also died at the age of 18. I see Phoebe and Stanley writing to Obama to see if he will adopt them.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Since first impressions mean the world, that means that your opening act sets to tone for what else is to come about you. I got thinking about myself, how is my opening act? What are other people's opening acts?
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
On the afternoon of September 2, 1993, Greg Mortenson realized that he had failed in his attempt to climb K2, the world's second-highest mountain. But disappointment was the least of his problems. Emaciated, exhausted, thoroughly disoriented, and suffering from edema, his grip on life was loosening. He was taken in and nursed back to health by the impoverished populace of a remote Pakistani village. Grateful, he promised to return someday to build them a school. Three Cups of Tea is the story of that promise and the story of how one man changed the world, one school at a time.Enjoy ~SJ
Monday, February 16, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Firefly Lane is a beautiful story about two girls who grow into women and their friendship and life choices. Although it doesn't receive wonderful reviews (too made-for-TV-movie, cliche), it is a timeless story of the struggles that women face: career vs motherhood, family vs friends. I would have to agree with the Publisher Weekly review "with an over-the-top tear-jerker ending, though her upbeat message of the power of friendship and family will, for some readers, trump even the most contrived plot twists." The message rang through for me through the plot. It seems like a great while you're traveling book.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Here is what I submitted:
I love my iGoogle page because it is a page just for me and it looks like none other. I can change it whenever I want and change its theme. I can read my email, blogs, comics, news, weather, get directions, and lots more all in one place! It is my virtual internet home, my living room, the place I go to first, and the tab I always have open. I don't know what my life would be like without my iGoogle page!
I know, not overly creative, but I let them know and that is what matters! Want to send a Valentine and tell Google how much you love your iGoogle page? Simply click here, and if you contact them soon enough you might even get some free iGoogle artist stickers!
Friday, February 13, 2009
1 1/4 cup of warm water
4 1/2 teaspoons of yeast
2 tablespoons honey, or molasses
1 cup of warm milk
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 tablespoon salt
2 cups white flour
2 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
Mix the water, yeast, and honey (molasses) together, set aside to let the yeast activate. Melt the butter in the warm butter. In the mixing bowl mix the flours and salt, add the milk mixture, and then the yeast mixture. Blend until it forms dough, spend plenty of time mixing and kneading it, this will make a more tender bread. Put the dough in a greased bowl and let rise to double its size at least twice. Divide the dough in two, take 1/2 and roll out and form a loaf, repeat with the other part. Let the loaves rise once more in the greased pans. Preheat the oven to 450, bake the loaves for 10 minutes, then reduce the oven to 350 for 30 minutes.
It was a little windy today, according to the Beaufort Scale I would estimate that we were between force 4 and 5. With the use of the Beaufort Scale whether on land and at sea you can use some simple observations to determine the wind speed. Happy Skywatch Friday!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
1.YOUR REAL NAME:
2.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME:(mother and fathers middle names)
3.NASCAR NAME:(first name of your mother's dad, father's dad)
4.STAR WARS NAME:(the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first name)
5.DETECTIVE NAME:(favorite color, favorite animal)
6.SOAP OPERA NAME:(middle name, town where you were born)
7.SUPERHERO NAME: (2nd fav color, fav drink, add "THE" to the beginning)
The Pink Coffee
8.FLY NAME:(first 2 letters of 1st name, last 2 letters of your last name)
9.STREET NAME:(fav ice cream flavor, fav cookie)
10 ROCK STAR NAME (pet's name and street where you live)
11. PORN NAME: (1st pet, street you grew up on)
12.YOUR GANGSTA NAME:(first 3 letters of real name plus izzle)
13.YOUR IRAQI.. NAME:(2nd letter of your first name, 3rd letter of your last name, first two letters of your middle name)
14.YOUR GOTH NAME:(black, and the name of one of your pets)
15. PIMP NAME: (street you live on, daddy)
Give it a try!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
- MP3 Player
- Camera (Digital & Video)
- Internet Browser
- Language Translator
- Video Projector
- Coffee Maker
Yes you read that correctly, coffee maker and harmonica! I know, this is the cell phone of your dreams! And the manufacturer took a page from the Apple book and named it after a fruit - brilliant! The cell phone of your dreams yes, the cell phone of your reality not yet. This is actually an out there marketing ploy by our amazing neighbors to the north, the Canadians of Nova Scotia! Click through the website to watch all of the funny movies about it, and make sure to click on the release date tab to link to the Nova Scotia ad.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
There is a house not very far from my house that sells pumpkins every fall. They have hundreds to choose from in every shape and size imaginable. It always makes for a fun little adventure to go and pick out the pumpkins for the house.
The Scott/Ross Center for Community Service is currently recruiting
volunteers from the Simmons community for this year's Promising Pals
program, a writing initiative with student from the James P. Timilty
School in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood. Through a series of letters
exchanged over a six month period (December - May), the program
fosters relationships between middle school students and adults in the
Greater Boston area.
Promising Pals is collaboration between the James P. Timilty Middle School
and the Greater Boston community. Started in 1986, the program highlights
literacy and mentoring by giving students exposure to the outside
professional world through an exciting writing initiative with an area
Simmons College is one of the largest participants involved in the program.
Last year over 160 Simmons faculty and staff members, graduate
students, and alumni joined over 600 professionals from greater Boston
to be a part of this program. By establishing a correspondence
relationship between Timilty students and professionals in the Greater
Boston area, the Promising Pals Program encourages self-expression,
role modeling, and skill development. Through the program, adults and
students correspond regularly by writing letters at intervals
throughout the second semester of the school year.
I got my first Promising Pal letter a few days ago in the mail. My Pal wrote a lengthy letter telling me about herself, as well as asking all sorts of great questions. I plan on answering her letter over the weekend, and look forward to hearing back from her.
Monday, February 9, 2009
This happened to me one other time in life, when I was a senior in college. I missed a stabbing on my way to the T stop by minutes. If I had been a few minutes earlier what would I have witnessed? Would I have been the victim? My roommates heard about it before me and flooded my cell phone with messages wondering where I was and if I was ok. I didn't find out until I was finished with my long day of student teaching. Apparently I walked over a bridge with a bleeding woman under it. Events like this always leave me asking myself so many questions, and being more thankful for the life that I get to live.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Rules: It's harder than it looks! Copy to your own blog entry, erase my answers, enter yours. Use the first letter of your name to answer each of the following questions. They have to be real, nothing made up! If the person before you had the same first initial, you must use different answers. You cannot use any word twice and you can't use your name for the boy/girl name question.
1. What is your name: SJ
2. A four Letter Word: Surf
3. A boy's Name: Sam
4. A girl's Name: Samantha
5. An occupation: Sales
6. A color: Sienna
7. Something you wear: Sandals
8. A food: Squid (a.k.a. calamari)
9. Something found in the bathroom: Soft towels
10. A place: Sarasota, Florida
11. A reason for being late: Seven car pile up
12. Something you shout: Shit!
13. A movie title: Shrek
14. Something you drink: Soda
15. A musical group:
16. An animal: Serpent
17. A street name: Sandy Lane
18. A type of car: Subaru
19. Something scary: Snakes
20. Ice cream flavor: S'mores (one of my many favorite Ben & Jerry's flavors)
Ok, kind of fun, I hope to have better material for tomorrow.
Friday, February 6, 2009
A girl I knew in high school has memorized all of Janet Jackson's dance routines. A college acquaintance is afraid of train whistles. Five separate people harbor lifelong desires to visit New Zealand. How do I know these things? Because they won't stop writing about them on Facebook!
Facebook's "25 Things About Me" meme seems harmless enough; people write 25 facts about themselves and post them on their Facebook pages, just as they do with videos, status updates and photos of last weekend's party. An estimated 5 million of these notes — that's 125 million facts — have appeared on the website within the past week. Assuming it takes someone 10 minutes to come up with their list, this recent bout of viral narcissism has sent roughly 800,000 hours of worktime productivity down the drain. (Read "Does Facebook Replace Face Time or Enhance It?")
But it's just so stupid. Most people aren't funny, they aren't insightful, and they share way too much. Facebook is a loose social network; a "friend" on Facebook might translate to someone you'd barely recognize in real life. I don't care that my college roommate's sister is anemic or that my stepcousin's boyfriend gets nervous around old people (apparently he's afraid they're going to die). (See the best social-networking applications.)
Below are 25 facts I wish people hadn't told me about themselves. They come from friends, friends-of-friends, friends-of-friends-of-friends and coworkers. They are all real, though I wish some of them were not.
1. I eat tacos with a fork.
2. I was fat in middle school. The wake of that horror has yet to subside.
3. I keep forgetting that Barack Obama is our President. (See pictures of Obama behind the scenes on Inauguration Day.)
4. I have been pooped on by a monkey. (See the top 10 animal stories of 2008.)
5. I am addicted to the ass-slap dance move. Sometimes I don't even notice I'm doing it.
6. When I finally told my now fiancé that I liked him (as in, liked him liked him), I drunkenly gave him the Anchorman line, "I want to be on you." He had only seen the movie once and had no idea what it was from.
7. Just because I realize that Asian women are smarter, more attractive, and have about themselves a generally superior level of class does not mean I have a fetish. Just that I'm racist.
8. I eat gummy bears by tearing them limb from limb and eating their heads last.
9. I can't grow hair on my arms.
10. Two of my best friends are under five feet tall and I have an intense fear of midgets.
11. I think yoga is incredibly spiritual. I know the Lord is with me in my downward dog. (See pictures of facial yoga.)
12. I was born with jaundice.
13. I was born pigeon-toed.
14. I was born with an extra kidney. I wish I could have sold it on the black market and made some money, but it was underdeveloped and did nothing but cause me to wet the bed until the third grade.
15. I like to tape my thumbs to my hands to see what it would be like to be a dinosaur.
16. A horse once fell over while I was riding it.
17. I don't believe in democracy.
18. I cried when Spock died in Star Trek II. (See the top 10 1950s sci-fi movies.)
19. I drink two glasses of wine every night before bed. Wait, did I just admit to alcoholism?
20. If you asked me to tell you my favorite movie, I would have a hard time not saying Titanic. (See the 100 best movies of all time.)
21. I once sent a teacher into early retirement by pretending to be a cheetah and swiping at her from under a desk.
22. I once ran into New Kids On the Block's Joey McIntyre in the lobby of an off-Broadway show. I told him he was the first boy I ever loved. He laughed and kind of smiled. This was the most gratifying moment of my life.
23. My friends say that when they shave my back, I purr like a walrus.
24. I don't understand what people see in the Godfather trilogy.
25. Sometimes I think pee smells like Cheerios.
I can't believe I'm saying this, but I've finally found something more stupid than Twitter.
I'm scare and hope that Time doesn't find me! But seriously folks, is Facebook and the 25 things meme a waste of time?
Dear Mother Nature,
You are an impressive and powerful woman who gets to decided the weather fate of many people. I know that I choose to live in New England where we are known for our cold and snowy winters. I have to admit that this winter has been much better in comparison to last. I have enjoyed some snowshoeing, skiing, and haven't complained too much about the shoveling. I know that Mr. Phil saw his shadow earlier in the week and he predicted six more weeks of winter. I was wondering, oh wonderful and intelligent Mother Nature, if there was anything that you could do about his prediction? Is it possible if I sent you a petition with 50 signatures on it for spring sooner if this could possibly overturn Mr. Phil's prediction? Please let me know soon so that I can start collecting the signatures.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Where is your cell phone.....coat
your hair .........brown
Your father? ....... brilliant
Your favorite thing? …. Saturday afternoon
Your dream last night?.... none
Your favorite drink? ........... milkshakes
Your dream/goal? .......... happiness
The room you are in? .... living room
Your fear? ......... loosing inspiration
Where do you want to be in 6 years? Done with school (being a student)
Muffins? ............. Yes!
One of your wish list items?......... More time for me
Where you grew up? ........... Dixfield
The last thing you did? ...... Played on Facebook
What are you wearing?....... sweatshirt & pj pants
Your TV?........... Nothing
Your pets? .......... Two amazing cats
Your computer? ...... laptop
Your life? .......... AMAZING!
Your mood? ....... Happy!
Missing someone? ...... Nope
Your car? .... Picture of cool
Favorite store?..... Eddie Bauer
Your summer? ....... Fun!
Your favorite color? ........ Red
When is the last time you laughed? ........ this morning
Last time you cried? ........ can’t remember
Three people who email me? .... ...... Mom, Beth, Music Man
Three of my favorite foods? ......... Fresh strawberries, ice cream, meatloaf
Three places I would rather be right now? .... Visiting Mom, the beach, sailing
SJ's Beat for you!
Jesus loves SJ's Beat.
Feel the magic of SJ's Beat.
Think SJ's Beat.
SJ's Beat - The Revolution.
SJ's Beat innovate your world.
SJ's Beat, stay in touch.
and the winner is..... SJ's Beat is what the world was waiting for. I can see the t-shirts, coffee mugs, and bumper stickers now!
Monday, February 2, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
44 - Number of posts for the month, that is the same as last month - odd.
62 - Number of comments.
211 - Number of returning visitors.
1 - Number of interstate travel, also the number snow days (I think).
404 - Number of cell phone minutes used.
4 - The number of books that I read, also the number of days that I was out of my classroom.
From the Official Punxsutawney Groundhog Website (Adapted from "Groundhog Day: 1886 to 1992" by Bill Anderson)
Groundhog Day, February 2nd, is a popular tradition in the United States. It is also a legend that traverses centuries, its origins clouded in the mists of time with ethnic cultures and animals awakening on specific dates. Myths such as this tie our present to the distant past when nature did, indeed, influence our lives. It is the day that the Groundhog comes out of his hole after a long winter sleep to look for his shadow.
If he sees it, he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his hole.
If the day is cloudy and, hence, shadowless, he takes it as a sign of spring and stays above ground.
The groundhog tradition stems from similar beliefs associated with Candlemas Day and the days of early Christians in Europe, and for centuries the custom was to have the clergy bless candles and distribute them to the people. Even then, it marked a milestone in the winter and the weather that day was important.
According to an old English song:
If Candlemas be fair and bright,
Come, Winter, have another flight;
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
Go Winter, and come not again.
Early observances of Phil's predictions were conducted privately in the wooded areas that neighbor the town. Today's celebration sees tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world as revelers await Phil's appearance as most fans wait to see their favorite rock stars.
Over the course of Phil's appearances, Phil has had numerous noteworthy highlights:
During Prohibition Phil threatened to impose 60 weeks of winter on the community if he wasn't allowed a drink.
In 1981 Phil wore a yellow ribbon in honor of the American hostages in Iran.
Phil traveled to Washington DC in 1986 to meet with President Reagan. He was joined by Groundhog Club President Jim Means, Al Anthony and Bill Null.
In 1993, Columbia Pictures released the movie Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray.
Phil appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show in 1995.
In the years following the release of the movie, record crowds numbering as high as 30,000 have visited Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney!
In 2001, Phil's prediction was shown live on the JumboTron at Times Square in New York City.
And Phil's prediction this year? Six more weeks of winter, I hope that Mother Nature is kind during those weeks.
Sitting on the back of Feeder #1's office chair, "Hold on tight with the claws, you never know when she is going to move!"