Wednesday, April 25, 2007

BIZZY WEEEEEK

busy week!
I've been working on a report all week for the night job boss. crazy month by month hours of each student....
and then at school day job, I'm traveling from school to school and pulling kids out of class and testing their English for the end of the year testing. what really drives me crazy is the ACCESS test that OK has chosen to use for Englihs proficiency testing is LAME and so hard to pass. It tests their testing ability and normal native born English speakers would not pass as proficient most of the tests. ARGH. but I carry on. I received some attitude from some punk 6th grader today, and left the school thinking, why am I still working at middles schools!!! I have GOT to find a job in higher Ed nest year. or better yet. SPAIN teaching English to college or adults, yes!

I'm completely overbooked this weekend. I'm suposed to be going to visit Arkansas but I'm about to cancel it becasue I have to be in OKC friday night, volunteer Saturday morning, and then sunday after chuch go to the arts festival with some friends from school. maybe ARkansas another weekend. sorry dogwood and siloam! ughh.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

song of solomon.........







this is one of my favorite plants I brought back from the Henry's garden, and I'm so glad to see it each yeah coming back and growing so well in my yard. these pictures don't really show how great it looks.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Oklahoma City Bombing 12th anniversary





i went by the memorial park today between jobs.......





Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Virginia tech

I feel like it will get worse before it gets better. but it will get better soon. There are many stories that remain to be told about each of the victims, and each of the survivors, as well as an account of what happened Monday at Virginia Tech.
It's overwhelming to watch and listen to the news, and yet it's difficult to just turn it off, because we want to understand, and we want to know, and we want to empathize with our fellow American man.

I am trying to think what sort of printout I can make, and what prayer might be nice to include on something to hang at the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial here in OKC this weekend. Tomorrow is the anniversary of that other tragic day, April 19 1995 when the Murrah Federal Building was blown up taking 168 vicitims.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Tragedy today at Virginia Tech. remember all in prayer

"'Joy cometh in the morning,' scripture tells us. I hope so. I don't know if life would be worth living if it didn't. And I don't yet know who set off the bomb at Kennison State. I don't know if it's one person or ten, and I don't know what they want. All I know for sure, all I know for certain, is that they weren't born wanting to do this. There's evil in the world, there'll always be, and we can't do anything about that. But there's violence in our schools, too much mayhem in our culture, and we can do something about that. There's not enough character, discipline, and depth in our classrooms; there aren't enough teachers in our classrooms. There isn't nearly enough, not nearly enough, not nearly enough money in our classrooms, and we can do something about that. We're not doing nearly enough, not nearly enough to teach our children well, and we can do better, and we must do better, and we will do better, and we will start this moment today! They weren't born wanting to do this."

from an episode of "West Wing", Bartlet says this to a teacher's union.

this trailor for "TRANSFORMERS" looks really really really really good


let the nasty affair of toy marketing ensue...! ah yeah!

spring, i think, finally, maybe, yes....

I moved ALL plantlife out side my house this past weekend. boy, the ROOM I have now in the living room and my bedroom. wow.
I'm looking forward to it getting warm and me keeping my house cool for some reason. I guess I just feel better being inside and too hot than I do feeling too cold inside. at least I have ceiling fans to get under to feel cool. ha
didn't mow this weekend but I prolly should have. It will be ready next week, definitely.
I worked an ACT test Saturday morning, then went and ran and ran at the gym, and then lunch at the Cafe do Brazil. I cant' recomend going saturdays anymore because the guy that performs music there quit playing saturdays! but I will keep going back for the food. my new indulgence there is the same Club sandwich, but now it comes with a spinach salad with some grated mozorella and straberry dressings, it Delicious and I eat it right up (minus the strawberries, of course). and then the indulgent part is the apple spice cake. oh this cake is SO good. with coconut in it and warmed up and its so soft and then they put some cool whip on top. YUM!
Saturday night i went and saw a new movie out called "Namesake". it was an awesome Eastern Indian generational film. really good.
Sunday was church, lunch at CItybites with mom dad and aunt Judee, then home for relaxing time at home, clean house, laundry, piddle outdoors, etc. I drove over to Zorbo's a Greek food place and got a chicken Gyro for dinner. very good. and HAS to be healthier than my usual chimichanga.
last night I played the piano for just about over an hour. was very relaxing and fun. started with a CHopin Nocturne, and then a Polanaise no. 10 that I hadn't played before. then some debussey arabesques, some scott joplin ragtime, and then my book with Gershwin show tunes, finishing with "love is sweeping the country".
My friend Brady from JBU found me online last night. he was getting up and ready for work at 7:00 am his time. he lives with his wife in Europe and teaches there. We discussed Honduras and I was remembering some good times. ahhh, anyway that's why I posted the pic below.

ah Roatan, (that's me on the dock)


Thursday, April 12, 2007

more art from the Impressionist...


this one is titled "horse study". I like the browns, and this guy definitely knows horses, he lives near a field of them and is a natural born Texan. ha. you can check out more art at John Lasater's website here.

busy week

THis week hasn't been too busy but it's been a lingering blah sort of week so I am glad the weekend is here tomorrow!
I sent an email out to some teachers that I acutally talk to, mostly the English department. we had recived an email from the techers union rep about a survey in our boxes to fill out and return so the contract negotiation will be aware of our concerns. Anyway, the day before a lot of teachers had been discussing the sick days bank andhow there are only 3 poeple on the commitee that decides who is rewarded them, and that those three are only union members. SO there was a discussion about why only union teachers were on the comittee when not every teacher at the highschool was a union member. and also wouldn't more than 3 be better for the large number of teachers at our school, etc etc.
anyway, so I sent an email back to a few of these teachers, saying hey, this would be a good time to ask on the survey about what you were talking about - if its fair to have only union members on the sick day committe and only 3 on the comittee... and that was that.
Well I never should have bothered, a few teachers started emailing the rep back with questions about the policy, and I guess she got all offended that someone thought the sick day committee was not being fair or showed bias to union members asking for sick leave. and THIS WAS NOT THE CASE AT ALL. and I got an email asking why I didn't come to her directly with my questions, and then another email to the group saying thank you to those who came to her directly, and another email stating the policy in our contract about sick leave... blah blah
I DON"T EVEN CARE about any of this to be honest. gee whiz. ANd when I see this teacher I will say; I didn't come to you directly because I didn't have any question for you. I was reminding the teachers that your survey would be just the place to voice concern. (yeah, like I"m looking forward to running into this teacher)
I have learned next time, listen to conversation and walk away and let it go. ha!
we got another email today to all the MHS teachers from the district union president talking about how she was aware of a lot of questions about the policy and blah blah blah.
Basically its the union that goes to the district to negotiate our teacher contracts, and the same contract states the policy of sick days and all that. etc etc. all in our own best interest of course.
SO now I guess my question would be, what if there are teachers belonging to another union besides the NEA and could they form their own comittee to also negotiate with the district? in other words, why not have a comittee that negotiates representing all teachers that is made up from teachers regardless of being in NEA or not?
anyway, like I said I don't even care, just considering the discussion...

btw I am not a paying member of NEA. I wisened up to that years ago. why would I pay money every month to be used by some lobby group I may not agree with 100% politically. Sandy Garret's sell out to the state lottery bill last year for example.... dont even get me started. ha

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Monday, April 09, 2007

Easter pics
















well this is me on the way to mom and dads after church, and then mom cutting the homade buns for the hamburgers, and my dad getting ice for the ice chest. Had a great Easter although we missed seeing my brother and his family, and my sister and her family, and some my neices weren't there also.
Very good food and realxing times chatting away with fam.
I stayed until the end of the Masters golf on tv.

hopefully last freeze.




I had all my beds covered with sheets and blankets and material and what I could find, like jackets and pillow cases etc... all weekend, fri, sat, and sunday night. just moved it all this morning but I took some pics first. The peonies I had in my jackets, and the daylilies and annuals I got a week ago I had covered with sheets and stuff.... I think, just maybe, spring is here this week. still cool but with rain and maybe no more FREEZE> ha.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

boardshorts.....


summer's coming and I recommend boardshorts. I found this pair at Modern Amusement. Very cool, and reversible. Great to consider while here in OKC it may freeze this weekend. ahh man

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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

stock and bonds?

I was asked if I'd like to join a stock club today at school. I'm seriously thinking about it. The club meets the first Monday of every month and discusses which stocks they like and/or want to invest the groups money in. Each month you bring $50 to the group to invest. So far the group has been long on their investments. I'm interested. for example I think it would be fun just to join the discussion and perhaps bring in the ethics of investing. for example mining companies in Sudan which financially support a corrupt government that funds the Janjaweed army there.

i want these thongs...


I was put off buying these all last summer, so I think this year I WILL get them.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

full of ideas

I was thinking of quite a few things while running laps yesterday and today.
FOr example, it's time to send out surveys to all my students' 4 core teachers to see how they are doing in class, and what I can do to help or if they need something etc etc.
I was thinking maybe I will send a letter to ALL teachers at all 4 schools while I"m at it, but I want to do it in question form. FOr example;
Q. should I file this hand out or just throw it away?

A. When you have an ESL student someday, you'll want to refer back to this information, so I suggest filing it somewhere you'll remember where to find it. (You'll notice I began with WHEN and not IF, because odds are that if not this year, the next or the next you will have an ESL student in your classroom eventually)

Q. WHy should I take the extra time to modify my instruction if it's only going to benefit one student?

A. ESL modifications make your lessons more clear and understandable for ALL students. After all not all students have the exact same learning style. regardless of being an ELL.

anyway, you get the idea, of course I'd have to really revise and re revise any actual handout.
I have also been thinking of a way to write a short story about a guy who finds a youtuve clip that somehow ahs been posted from the future. ANd so the video camera switches back and forth from a camera on the kid in the futre to the kids own vision ( recorded by the computer connected and linked inside his breain) and also the speaks some in his video and mentally types some of what he says in the video. I think that would make a cool short story, or actually it would be cool to just make a fake video on youtube as if it were from the future.

I'm also thinking where in the heck am I going to put these two castor bean plants I got last weekend, and how much work will it be to put in a new bed on the north side of the house etc etc.

good week more or less

I"m not doing too much this week, my first hour class has been going pretty steadily along, the class I don't like much. At the high school we are beginning a unit all about diagramming sentences. so basically I'm going to teach them and make them write a lot of sentences diagramed. This helps them understand how the ENglihs language is broken down and then willhelp them in their future writing also.
I picked up all the English Proficiency tests today, the ones that I"ll give all my ESL students to show how much they've improved this year. yee haw.
I was down in the basement this morning before eating breakfast with a broom and pushing some water into the sump pump, I guess I'll find out tonight if that helped any or if it's still getting some water draining in. we had mucho rain in Bethany last weeked.
I also decided to call a plumber about unclogging the sewer lines, it's definitely backed up somewhere because my dishwasher and washer maching and bathroom sink are not draining properly. and they have all worked perfect up til now.

who killed the electric car



I rented this movie from blockbuster online, but have yet to watch it, I'll let you know. another one I rented and am watching now is "speaking to people is easy" about Radiohead doing intereviews and hating it when OK COMPUTER came out.