Monday, October 29, 2007

so much to read and learn

Ran across Will Richardson weblogg-ed this evening and am thinking about one of his post. He's referencing this teacher's blog ".. check out her unit on the uses of multimedia to “write” online. Not only will her students be blogging, they will be creating group “Twitterstories“, linking to pieces of art and posting links to the class Flickr group, writing in one-sentence hypertext shorts, and creating digital stories using the tools outlined in Alan Levine’s 50 Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story resource..."

Saturday, October 27, 2007

So sad

I added a Bush quote generator to my iGoogle page for giggles. Holy cow. I have been mortified daily. Here's today's quote

"Reading is the basics for all learning."

George W. Bush
March 28, 2000
Comment from campaign stop in Reston, Virginia. The candidate was announcing
his "Reading First" initiative.

How embarrassing to be represented by this man. His policies, his lack of foresight, his lack of sense, his lack of understanding of our language - all make me want to cry. We could do a "remember when" meme for eight years ago. Remember when we lived in peace. Remember when our environmental policies made sense. Remember when we had a budget surplus.

I usually avoid talking about politics here or anywhere else because I hate conflict but we all need to speak out. W and VP Halliburton have done too much damage. Democrats in 08.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Cystic Fibrosis Fund Raiser - The Haunt


These folks have been working hard getting ready for The Haunt, this year's fund raiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In years past the event was held at the Ravines State Park but the new Director decided not to do scary this year so the CFF event is on it's own. Kudos to Jim and Brenda and the others who are working so hard to make this happen. I'll be there helping and I've been involved on a limited bases but it's been like another full time job for them. They are pretty amazing people. Last week a spokesperson from the CFF came to the planning meeting and shared a video and facts about the disease and what strides have been made in prolonging the onset of the worse symptoms. The Foundation funds important research. Did you know that all kids born in Florida are tested for CF at birth now? That's a step in the right direction. If you are up for a fright you should come join us on the 30th or the 31st at the Haunted House in P-town at the Elks Club. It was sort of scary even before they started decorating so it should be really horrifying by Tuesday.If you can't make it but would still like to help you can donate here.
Jim, I know I've got some left over ProActive around here someplace.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Should be Fall


But it is going to be 90 degrees tomorrow and really humid.

Jesse and Leaa sounded great yesterday and Livi got to see them perform. She came in the door clapping her hands.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Fall Festival




We're going to the Fall Festival at St.Monica's to hear Jesse and Leaa.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Local monsters travel to California

Very cool idea spreads to local elementary schools...such fun. I love to see how each person interprets the blots. You should try it yourself. Stefan's creativity is infectious.

meme number two - I Remember...

Ford and Aly tagged me. This was actually fun though. Since I don't know ten bloggers well enough to tag them maybe some of my non-commental friends and family members would like to leave comments of things that you remember back in the day

I Remember ...
When I didn't know what a meme was :)
When Sky King, Lassie, The Lone Ranger, Spanky and Our Gang and the Keystone Cops were the Saturday morning line up in B&W
When I carried a metal lunch box to school
When you could get Vanilla Cokes at a Soda Fountain in a Drug Store
When I saw a color TV for the first time
When I liked to dance with a bolster off our day bed to Andy Williams songs (the records were my sister's and I was too young to dance with boys... but she wasn't.)
When the homecoming parade stopped because we learned that JFK was dead
When I bought my first Mac Classic with it's 2MB of memory - it was great
When I got my first cassette player and marveled at how superior it was to my eight track
When I liked the Cowsills - I would like to forget that though
When it was hard to keep that little plastic piece that went inside a 45
When Naru jackets were the thing

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Kept Livi last night and she was too cute-big surprise, right? She came in the door calling Cara's name. We telephoned her and Livi kept giving her mmmm kisses through the phone. If that doesn't make you want to come home for a weekend soon Cara, nothing will! We played with a wooden puzzle that was a big hit. It's a Discovery toy that is about twenty years old. It was made in Sweden. It's about the only toy in the house that I feel may be safe. I just hate that our toy industry has been so irresponsible. They've put profit over our children's safety and I can't forgive them. I know about Discovery toys ...wonder who else I can trust.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Cara's first costume



Cara as a whittle wabbit.

Katie and Jesse - 24 years ago


I love this business of archiving our old photos. Not only am I protecting our family treasures and taking fun trips down memory lane but I can organize our collection differently too. Rather than a timeline, like our poor old yellowing albums, we can do themes like costumes. This isn't all of the costume pictures. I really wanted to find the picture of Katie around age five, dressed as a movie star who unfortunately looked a bit like a hooker. I think it was the gold lame tube top. I had to make her a little Oscar statue to carry to make sure there was no confusion. We're missing Jesse as Elvis, Cara as a dalmatian, and Katie as Dorothy. Seems like there were lots of witches and a scarecrow or two.

I think I may need to upgrade my storage. The only bad thing is that I am scanning small pictures on a big scanner so I have to crop each image. There's probably a setting somewhere...

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in years past



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Friday, October 12, 2007

week in review

Grant writing is almost as much fun as building email accounts all day.

Best tech story of the week - Matt our new person, who is wonderful by the way, was at a school checking on a problematic machine. While looking at the network settings he noticed that in the space provided for the proxy server's address someone had typed the street address. No lie.

In my dream house I will have a computer station in the kitchen. That way the smoke will not have to fill up two rooms before it gets to me and reminds me that I am cooking. opps I've done it again. Beef chips anyone? anyone?

Carl is a sanding fool. Dry wall dust is flying everywhere even though he is trying hard to contain it. I may be able to paint next weekend. Will definitely be spending lots of time with the Animal. Guess I had better start with the shop vac though. This could kill the Animal...us too...cough wheeze...oh wait, that's from the kitchen.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Faces

Sisters



Katie is back in Birmingham. I rubbed her belly a lot. I feel better now. Thanks Katie. Lil Smokey is growing nicely. Cara is back at school and she is swimming in a meet today. Good luck CB. I didn't go to work today after I got back from the airport. I was stuck in traffic for an hour or so and by the time I got home it didn't seem like it was a big deal to miss a couple more hours and if I don't check my email I'll not know just how bad it might be when I go in tomorrow. Makes perfect sense to me.

Off to wash the dirty car. If the dog is in the neighborhood she may get it too.

Livi Oct. 2007



Livi had a stomach virus this weekend. Hopefully she is over it but we're all still paranoid that she may spew at any time. Poor baby.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Jane



This is Carl's mom. I think Cara looks like her. Jane died in the early seventies , when Carl was still in his twenties.

scanning our treasure



hehe.I've started archiving our old photos so pardon me while I pelt you with historic family pictures. Aren't my men cute? This was taken on Captiva Island, 1987ish. Click on the image for a larger view.