Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Happy Birthday Katie

whoosh

Settling in for the first quiet night since the holiday. This season has been joyous, stressful and sad for us. Our family time is always a joy, albeit chaotic joy sometimes. The sadness and stress came as we moved Mom into an assisted living facility yesterday. I would be less than truthful if I didn't mention that there is also a good deal of relief associated with this action but still a lot of guilt and sadness. Rationally I know that we have her in a good place with the around the clock care that she needs but emotionally it still feels like abandonment.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Sunday, December 21, 2008

progress

Making lots of progress around the house today. We've cleaned and hung curtains and moved the furniture back in place. The new windows are lovely, at least from the inside. We can't move forward with the outside until after the holidays. Three of the windows were defective. The replacements will be here next week but the carpenters weren't available until after the first of the year. Then the balcony has to be installed off our master suite and then we can finally stucco. We will still have to have a driveway installed, trees removed, fencing installed and landscape. There's more being done inside but other than the kitchen it will be in an area that we aren't living in and we can close off the mess. Here's a partial list of our misadventures. Really.

This is long and boring so don't feel as if you have to read it all. I just want to record it. We really don't want to forget this experience. However if you are considering buying or remodeling an old house you should read every word.

Demo phase- tearing off the upstairs porch left a gaping hole in the roof. Big rain came before roofers. Plastic placed over opening failed. Ceiling in recently remodeled room is ruined and collapses. Sprayed insulation escapes.

Same day - An outside water pipe is broken as the porch is demolished.

Next day- one of the window installation guys breaks a pipe upstairs and doesn't notice. Carl does when he walks in the laundry room downstairs and water is pouring in from the light fixture. Another ceiling needs to be replaced.

Another water pipe is broken outside. Carl can fix these. To quote G'ma, he can do so many things and he does them well. These plumbing repairs usually involve me making one or two trips to the hardware store with muddy pipes and connectors in hand. Safest way to get it right.

The washing machine drain pipe is broken as a truck drives over it.

First two windows go in. I notice immediately, when I get home that evening, that they aren't the same height. They are right beside each other. Kind of hard to miss. They come out and are redone. Three times.

After five windows are in place architect points out they don't meet code. Windows come out, all are sent back and new ones are ordered. Holes are boarded up and there is about a three week delay before windows arrive and workers can be rescheduled.

Window guys demand extra money to carry old windows downstairs. Whatever.

Carpenters work to reinforce roof trusses. Find lots more work than expected. Takes longer than expected. Roof repaired delayed.

New roof goes on. New gable goes on at an added expense. Carpenters who lost money repairing roof trusses stick it to us to cover their previous loses. Whatever.
Fascia boards go on.

Bathroom shower enclosure is damaged when the window opening is enlarged. Tile is no longer available, has to be costumed ordered from factory. We were told 100 tiles needed for a minimum order. Fine, we thought we would have plenty of spares. Only thirty tiles show up. Five are broken.

Second dry wall repair guy doesn't work out. Tile guy isn't available either.

Three windows are defective and have to go back. New ones won't be installed until after first of year. Another delay.

Getting ready for the office Christmas party. Running late. Hop in shower. No water. Electrician had rewired box with different breakers. Not the right ones evidently. Went dirty to my Christmas party.

Water was back on soon but laundry had accumulated. Went to start a load. Nothing happened. More wiring issues. At this point I am seeing some humor in this. I'm cursing but thinking we really need to be documenting this because nobody is gonna believe it, right?

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Livi's first recital



So sad that I missed this great performance. Too cute!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Home

Just had a surprising conversation about moving into an assisted living facility with Mom. Mom is 87 years old. She is very healthy and mobile physically but has no short term memory. She needs someone with her all the time now. She wants to go look at a facility next week and said we should all talk about it when we are together for Christmas. She asked how we would pay for it. She asked if it would be better for her to look at homes in Florida or go back to Alabama. She mentioned there was a nice place near her home. She was rational and thoughtful and she said she thought it was time. I wonder if she will remember this conversation tomorrow. Mom's illness is saddest to me when she has moments of clarity and I get a glimpse of the old Mom.

She has been here through the worst of the construction mess. We've had to move her out of her room twice now and will have to move her out again tomorrow. I know it's upsetting to her. She's really done pretty well though all this, all things considered. We are living in a plastic wrapped nightmare of a mess. Every room has to have the drywall repaired around the new windows. The only room that hasn't been trashed is a small downstairs bathroom. We are all sharing it now. Hopefully we will be able to paint and clean this weekend.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

put the fire department on standby



I've started my Christmas baking

Thursday, December 11, 2008

messed up

I have reached the threshold of my tolerance level again for living in construction !@#$. Cement dust everywhere. Holes in walls. Furniture piled up everywhere and now all my clothes are missing from my closet. I should check into a Holiday Inn Express. I need to feel better tomorrow.I should definitely check out of here. Has anyone seen a study, article,segment,Ophra show,etc.on what living in construction mess does to a woman's mind.

about those lights

Aly, mother of adorable Alyzabeth An, asked me about Livi's entanglement in Christmas lights (pictured below.) Livi was helping with the decorating and was getting tangled up in the lights so it seemed like a good idea just to decorate her too. She was happy about it and fascinated by the lights. She was only decorated for a minute and then she was off to the next great thing. Probably to find gum in her Mom's purse. She sneaks to do this and then comes into the room with her little checks puffed and smackingly announces that it's mmmm alicious. It's about the cutest thing I've ever seen.

yummy soup

Here's the recipe for the easy Thai soup that I've been enjoying lately. I discovered that if you use lite coconut milk it is a diet friendly choice too. It only takes a minute to make but seems luxurious. Maybe because it reminds me of our favorite Thai restaurant, Surin's, in Birmingham.

1 can of organic chicken broth
1 can of Hokan lite coconut milk
lemongrass
red curry paste
mushrooms
cooked and cubed chicken breast or shrimp

Heat the broth and coconut milk to boil, add curry paste and lemongrass to taste (about a tablespoon of curry is right for us, but it really depends on the paste, Padi Thai is my fav. Warning- lemongrass paste is stronger than you might imagine. I can't find real lemongrass so I use a paste that Publix carries. About 1/2 tablespoon is plenty.

nutrition info based on 1/2 cup
calories 75- plus whatever lean protein you add
fat 4g
carbs 4.5
sugar-no added sugar but 1 g from milk

Monday, December 08, 2008

PBL

You say you want a revolution in our classrooms?

http://www.putnamschools.org/employees/for_teachers/pbl.html

Inspiration

http://mywebspiration.com/go/42572

So Inspiration's concept mapping software has an online version now in beta. I like this product! Wonder how it will be priced? Very easy to use and share.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Free Rice

Just read on Carl Fisch's blog that Free Rice has added other subjects. This post is for Abbie. Your Dad said you are working on memorizing your multiplication facts. Click on the more subjects button and you can practice your facts while helping others.Pretty cool if you ask me! You can also practice foreign languages, grammar, art, chemistry, biology, etc. Go check it out.
http://www.freerice.com/

Livi Lights


photo by Katie

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Saturday, November 29, 2008

501 posts

Just noticed that I've posted 500 times here. That seems like a lot for a little project that I was just playing around with to learn more about blogging.

We have enjoyed a wonderful holiday with family. I am filled (to the point of unexpectedly overflowing with tears of gratitude and thankfulness) with love for our family. Sharing pictures in an album below.
Thanksgiving Day

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

baby cuteness

Baby Cutenes

swing


Livi, your Dad liked to swing on this swing too when he was little. How cool that we got to see both of you swinging on it today.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Rails to Trails

Yea for a great idea that is actually being put into motion. Carl and I walked for an hour on this lovely trail today. It is right beside our house and is part of the Rails to Trails Project, although I can't find any details about this specific area on their website. It has been mowed and widened and cleaned up and they (?) have placed plywood over the old trestle to make that portion of the trail a little less scary. When we first bought this barn, thirty years ago, the train was still running. Let's just say this is a much better use of the land. We were use to the house shaking twice a day but it was pretty disturbing to some of our guests. We thought it was kind of funny and had been told that the train wouldn't be in service for much longer when we purchased the house. Much longer turned out to be about twelve years I think.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

PalatkaPalooza

Good Luck, I mean break a leg, to all the musicians involved in Palatka Palooza today. Cool that you are using your talent to help others.

it

Cold Saturday morning in Florida. I love this weather! Hope it hangs around through the holidays. We're usually in t-shirts rather than sweaters this time of the year. We have drywall men in today repairing a ceiling upstairs that was damaged as a result of the demolition and they are finishing some of the stationary windows that are installed already. The roofers are here and will be able to complete most of that today I think. The new roof line threw that schedule off a little but I am more resolved about our delays than I was when we started this process. CC has done a great job of finding good people to do the work. I don't find myself wanting to cry as often. That's progress I guess. After seeing all the problems that are being addressed now I am glad that we are doing all this. This old barn needed a face lift and some structural shoring up. We knew we had termite damage on the porches so that wasn't a surprise, although it was surprising to see just how much they can eat, but the sagging rafters and dry rotted boards elsewhere are being systematically replaced. The floors are filthy from all the traffic - no walkways left, so rich black Florida soil is all in our house. I'll just have to deal with it when it's all over and shovel it out as I can. The family is all coming in next week for Thanksgiving. Yeah! So we're trying to maintain some sanity in the kitchen,bedrooms and living area but "it" keeps encroaching. It is the demolition / construction chaos. But I have faced that beast and overcome my fears, sort of.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Saturday, November 15, 2008

code



Window egress is important. Minimum net clear opening height dimension shall be 24 inches. Who knew? Not the inspector who granted the permit evidently for all our windows that don't meet the code. Starting over now.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Sunday, November 09, 2008

eek

Another week in paradise here. The demolition continues and now Carl has a front end loader. He is a menace. Pictures later. Got to go save a tree.

Sunday, November 02, 2008


Cara is a river cleaning kind of girl. She's been in Apalachicola this weekend on a service trip.

Stella the Penguin





Stella with her Mom and Dad and Uncle Matt

CC AKA Demo Man

Welcome to our house

video

Carl is making lots of progress today. He has a helper, Roy, so they have been able to demolish both porches this weekend. Demolition makes me nervous.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

my fear

I fear there are a lot more people of this mentality supporting McCain/Palin. I fear they will crawl out from under their rocks on election day and elect the wrong person for our country. I fear they cannot read. I fear that they have listened to the rhetoric being spun by crazies. They get their facts from email forwards and fear mongering stump speeches. It's not to late to do some homework. See factchecker.org or taxcut.barackobama.com/ I could go on but I will be accused of being fanatical

I voted today. Obama in 08, please dear Lord.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

sigh

I can breathe again. All twelve labs are in place, as well as the projectors, cameras, and extra batteries. Meetings are scheduled and mentors arranged. Now what have I forgotten? I met one of my EETT teachers in Publix last night who said that she realizes now what she needs to be effective; a laptop for every student. Cool. I actually dealt with email and email accounts and the mundane today. I had over seven hundred messages in my inbox. eek. Can't believe I am that person. I use to roll my eyes at admins in our building who never cleaned out their inboxes.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Unedited Giggles

video

Pots playing with Livi while she was having a bedtime snack.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

sharing family photos

memphis_Oct.8

Click on the album cover to see more photos

Stella Bella Ella Boo


This book is shocking!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Saturday, October 04, 2008

the very hungry baby



On Monday Stella ate one book.


photo by Katie

Matt the mobile cart man!


Six down and six more to go. I thought we would be further along when I planned a trip for next week but OH WELL I am going anyways. Stella, Mimi is coming to see you soon.

Art-oberfest

New Album 10/4/08 5:59 PM

Click on the photo to see the entire album.

Walking by the river

Jesse and the General Lee


When Jesse was a little boy he liked the Dukes of Hazards TV Show a lot so when we saw this car today at a car show I thought he should pose. He humored me.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Tess



This is my niece Tess. She was asked to read the school's mission statement in front of her entire school, their superintendent, local state and federal representatives, and a U.S. Dept of Education official yesterday when her school was awarded the Blue Ribbon of Excellence Award.  Did I mention she is five? Isn't she adorable? She has an adorable sister too, who is also sharp as a tack. This picture appeared in their newspaper.

slowly but surely

One more lab in place. I feel like we are working so hard but can't get it done fast enough. Thank you Matt H. for working tirelessly.

Monday, September 29, 2008

progress

Two labs placed in schools today. Ten more to go. We are stretched way too thin but it is such a joy to see these put into our classrooms. It's worth the effort.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Livi at the Park

Livi at the Park

Click on the cover to see the entire album

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Update

Yeah! Our labs are on schedule to be delivered next week. We ( mostly Matt) are imaging about 80 machines a day. We are delivering the image from the server but we're still having to use boot camp to partition the hard drive before adding the Windows image. It would have been so much easier to not include Windows on these. Next time maybe we won't have to.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Woe is me

Still no unified dual boot image for the Macbooks yet but we are closer. Tomorrow we go to Plan B. Say hello to my old friend firewire. Our new server uses a newer firewire called firewire 800. It's suppose to be a lot faster, however no one in Putnam carries them, and no one from Apple pointed out that we would need one. So I checked in Gainesville and St. Augustine. Nada. Had to order one on line with my own credit card and have it overnighted. ouch. It will be so worth it though if it will expedite this process. Once again, had I known I would have gladly scheduled Mac technical services to be delivered. I know this is a live and learn process that we are going through but a little more help from my Apple Sales peeps would have been really nice. They are nice guys but don't remember evidently, what it is like to deploy a new platform. My Windows IT friends are more than a little hacked.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Grills


Who knew these were available? The things I learn on twitter. My goodness. There's more.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

running on empty

Not feeling the blog lately. I apologize to my seven faithful visitors. I am writing some on a private wiki that we are using for the EETT Grant but seem to have more of a twitter mentality these days. That's scary.

Today at work I posted a webcast for our new superintendent. He wants to do that often so I foresee a learning curve in my near future. We have a big fat new Mac server that will host podcasts, wikis, blogs and who knows what else. I can't wait to learn more about using it. Today I just put up a .mov file on our ftp server but I used Garage Band to save it for the web. It worked well. Nice compression, fast and simple. I'm sure there are better ways to do it but if I can accomplish something quickly with drag and drop simplicity, well why not? Now if we can just figure out how to deliver an image to the labs through the server I will be happy ( relieved, overjoyed, delirious, etc)
I want labs in schools starting next week.If nothing big crashes, requiring immediate band aides, maybe we can roll em out. So many details in a project this size. It's hard to let go long enough to relax.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Advisory Board Meeting

I'm sitting in a cold Hilton Conference room in St.Pete longing to be warmed by the sun on the bay.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Newsletter: Month 240


Dear Cara,
Today you are 240 months old. Holy crap. Can you believe it?!!!Luckily for me I never committed to writing the other 239 newsletters. I wonder if Heather will still be at it when Leta celebrates her 240th month. Anyway, I wanted you to know that we are proud of you and we love you. Happy Birthday.
Mom and Dad

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Saturday reread

Just reread that last post. I was watching the Republican Convention and ranting. I do not dislike John and Cindy Lou. I think they are admirable people. Did her attire really cost 300,000.00? Yep she's got my value system for sure. I probably couldn't find that at Bealles though. However I can not believe that anyone would think that any of that was about the real world in which we live. And the entire spinning of Palin's image was rather nauseating. Go read about her beliefs. eek. Can you imagine this lady running our country.

Getting ready for a shower for Ford and Aly. They are going to China next week!!! We could not be more excited for them.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Fear Mongers

Need I say more? Well maybe a few more words. Greedy, oil thirsty, tasteless, fear mongering,head-in-the-sand,propagandists.

Let's see how many propaganda techniques we can find here boys and girls.
Assertion - check
Glittering Generalities- check
Name Calling - check
Plain Folks - check
Simplification (Stereotyping)- check
Testimonials- check
Pinpointing the Enemy-check
Band Wagoning - check

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

I'm a Mac

The conventions are reminding me of Apple Ads. Guess who the PCs are?

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

moving up

Many more Macbooks in town now. Twelve labs waiting to be locked and loaded. Yehaw!

Monday, September 01, 2008

durn google ads

I almost fell out of my seat tonight when I opened my blog and saw an ad linking to a site that was bashing my presidential candidate. I tried to follow the directions to remove all the ads, didn't work. Reverting to this template was the fastest fix but I've lost all my links. So much for my experiment with google ads. Just as well. Obama in 08.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Stella's Veggies

Katie shared these great pictures and captions of Stella's first veggies.

video

The Flip

Received 104 Flip video cameras to be distributed to EETT teachers this week. I was a little disappointed when we cracked one open to play. There was a huge software update needed. I knew the teachers were going to struggle with that on our network so I had to look for another option. That's when my brain finally started working again. duh. These are 100.00 cameras that create pretty good little AVI files. Period. You don't need their software. You can import into iMovie right off the camera. A restless night of worried troubleshooting for nothing. I talked with tech support too from Pure Digital and they confirmed that their software is great for uploading files to YouTube and Facebook, which are both blocked in our district. So we aren't getting the updates. Problem solved. Next problem. I should have ordered the rechargeable batteries at the same time as the cameras. Now I must do a budget amendment to order them because it's a different cost strip. eek. Who knew spending money was so hard?

tweets and politics

The twitterverse is exploding with election news too.

I enjoyed this one from Hodgeman about the republician vp nominee. Hodgeman is the pc guy in the mac commercials.

"Palin will almost certainly woo away all of Hillary Clinton supporters who are pro-life and pro-gun.

... I forgot those Hillary voters who are creationist and want to drill in ANWR."

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Signed Sealed and Delivered

Stevie is singing at Mile High Stadium.How cool is that.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Fuzzy Wheezy Weather Channel

video

Carl and I make fun of the weather men and women who think they need to be in the eye of the storm to bring us coverage. So we decided to make a parody. Unfortunately we have no talent but we are very easy to entertain.

not to worry anyone


weather underground www.wunderground.com


It looks like this could be the next topic of conversation too. It is not named yet. Maybe it will just go away.

today's topic yet again.


Made this in photoshop today. I needed something for the district's page. I love photoshop but have a hard time finding time to explore and play. This isn't perfect by any means, the sides are not straight, but it was pretty fast and easy.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Go away Fay



Fay is unraveling evidently but doesn't she look ominous? Collier County has five feet of water standing in some places. Fay stalled and sat stationary on Cape Canaveral for four hours today. She is expected to pass over us tomorrow. No school. No music lessons. Probably no power but maybe she'll stay relatively calm and not uproot a lot of trees. But since she is not one to follow conventions, known to be highly unpredictable in fact, I think I'll keep my eye on her.Picture lifted from weather underground.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

storm's coming

I like to watch computer models when hurricanes are heading our way.The models shared on Weather Underground started predicting the path of Fay before the forecasts were changed. I saw the first one at 8:00am yesterday and thought that would not be a good scenario for us and by noon another had join that path prediction. By 5:00 another and now they are all converging on the same path. I think we'll start a pool next time. Which computer model will nail it?

Our schools will be in session tomorrow so I started gathering up some things today since I won't have time for that tomorrow. Batteries, candles, etc. We have a generator this time. A week without power a few years ago provided the incentive for that purchase. If the path doesn't change they predict the power outages will be as bad as four years ago when Florida was hammered repeatedly. eek. That was not cool.We had friends who were without power for two weeks.

Other news - I actually got to order the Labs today!!! Even though the phone was ringing off the hook and everybody needed email accounts yesterday.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Friday Night in the Sticks

Carl and I ate at Blue Water Bay in Melrose tonight. The food was delicious. I had a really fresh mixed greens salad with mango chutney dressing topped with blacken tuna. (Maggie says you don't care what I had for supper but I don't care so there.) It was a nice change of pace for us. Must remember to make time to do this more often.If you go there be sure to take time to look at all the local art on display. Good stuff. Note the well done oil painting of a beautiful antebellum home that looks like it surely sits on one of the moss-covered lanes leading to Lake Santa Fe. The jacked-up high, four wheel drive vehicle sitting on the curb confirms it.

This week at work has been action packed. We've got clearance to order the labs next week and the flip cameras should be on their way. I keep getting positive feedback from our participants who are anxious to implement what they've learned. Now to continue to build on this by providing the equipment and support that they need. This week I also taught a few of the usual things for this time of the year including a class for our New Teacher Orientation. In years past we've trained around 100 new teachers. This year there were 14 present. That's scary and makes me wonder how many students we plan to put in each classroom?

Carl got to spend the day with Liv. I'm a little jealous.

Gonna go watch a movie with CC. Happy Friday Night.

Monday, August 11, 2008

There's a party going on


The long wait for Ford And Aly is almost over. They will get to see a picture of their precious daughter tomorrow. Our family is growing again. I can't wait to meet Alyzabeth An. We are so happy for you three.

flash ad

One of my MDE leaders shared this flash ad in a tweet. It's mesmerizing. No knowledge of German needed to enjoy.

http://producten.hema.nl/

Saturday, August 09, 2008

just a little bit cute
















Hope moving day has gone well for this cutie pie and her parents. It's never easy but as Mom would say ( repeatedly) one does what one must do now, doesn't one?

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Day 3

I am sitting in the lobby of a lovely building on UCF's campus, waiting to collect signatures on district forms from our participants. Day three is always welcomed at these institutes. By then I think information overload is replaced by excitement and teachers are working on projects with a lot of enthusiasm.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Orlando

I'm in Orlando with 78 teachers from our county. They are here for a Teaching and Learning Institute. My Master Digital Educator compadres are teaching. I'm doing Photoshop in an advanced track. This is the fun part. Except I miss Carl. I snore I mean sleep better with him near. Cara's with me and she says I don't have any problems snoring but I can tell there is a difference.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Livi art

yea!

I work with some awesome people. They all worked so hard today to get the new laptops finished. And they did it without the extra help we were counting on. And they were good natured while they did it. We're distributing MacBooks tomorrow. wahoo. That's a relief. Of course this is still a new process for us so I'm sure we'll run into some bumps along the way. Being the worrier that I am I keep waiting for the next thing to go wrong. That's a bad habit. Maybe everybody who works in technology has that same dread though. You know it's coming. But for tonight I want to revel in the good news. We did it! Philosophically speaking, if you are brave enough to try something new then you should expect a learning curve while keeping in mind that curves can be painful when navigated at high speeds. We want that on a plaque in the office now.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

cuteness galore

Happy weekend

Running errands today and anticipating Cara's arrival this afternoon. Trying to stay out of the office until tomorrow. So this is it for me and computers today. I still have an unsettled feeling of dread that the imaging will not be done in time but I need to just let go of that and have some faith. We'll have plenty of help on Monday. Unfortunately I ran into problems replicating the procedure yesterday - hopefully because I was multitasking and in a hurry and not because we have lurking technical issues. Good news is that a server will be here for the next round of deployment. That will be several hundred machines for twelve learning labs. The folks at Apple have been apologetic and I appreciate that. I also appreciate the additional compensation. I am starting to feel all aglow again. kinda. Except for that reoccurring nightmare I am having about being strangled by a firewire.

I am bummed that I couldn't go to Destin for the weekend with my Alabama girlfriends. They all called last night so at least we got to talk for a minute. Have fun gurls!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

disillusioned

So the deployment of our 80 new MacBooks isn't going well. We are new to this platform and thought that we could use any ftp server to deliver the image that would be loaded on each machine. Nope. We need a Mac server which I would have certainly purchased had I known!!! Now we are going with a firewire from machine to machine and we may never finish and if we do it will only be because we'll be working many many extra hours. I'm frustrated. Can you tell? I was counting on people who had done this before for support and guidance. That was naive of me. I am not really all aglow about our new machines any more. We could have had Windows machines ghosted in a few hours. If I could drink I would.

Must go now and search for a way to boot to a target disk on a new machine without going through the set up. arrgh.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Our laptops arrived around 1:30 today. We're working on setting up the perfect machine to image. Got home at 7:30 and still haven't finished that process.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

grant news

Eighty Mac Books have left California on their way to Florida. The count down begins. Will they arrive in a timely fashion? Can our team image eighty machines in time? Will our teachers check their email and do what needs to be done before Aug.4th? Will USF have to schlep eighty machines to Orlando? Stay tuned for a blow by blow account. That should really increase my readership. :)

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

on/off switch

To conclude the aforementioned medical saga: Sunday night I got up to take another percocet and had a jolt of pain so severe that I saw stars. As I straightened up, it was as if someone flipped a switch and the pain was gone completely. This was pre percocet, so it was not drug induced relief. At any rate, good riddance. I've felt fine since then so I have concluded that it must have been a kidney stone. Who needs stinking House. He's so rude anyway.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

home


I'm home from teaching at a T&L Institute in Lake City. It was an interesting week. I am also home from a day in the emergency room. I am home and do not want to leave again. While I was in Lake City last week my back started hurting in a very specific spot, lower left side around my waist, or at least what would be my waist if I had one. The last time I had this pain (six or seven years ago) it was diagnosed as kidney stones or gravel actually. We never saw any stones but the pain made it difficult for me to stand up straight. Same thing this time and no visible stones again. After another CT Scan, chest x-ray, blood and urine test we still have no diagnoses. Where is House when you need him? We were there from 7:30 until 2:00. Poor Carl. I came home with a bottle of pain pills and slept all afternoon and night. Today the pain is better but not gone and I am not sure what to do next. I've got lots to do to keep me busy so guess I'll try not to think about it and drink lots of water and wait and see. The ER people at Shands get an A+ even without a diagnoses. They could not have been nicer. Much different from the last experience we had there several years ago when Mom broke her foot.
I am posting a picture of a restaurant in Lake City. One of my teammates took it but not sure which one. I can't really recommend their food, (could this be why I am sick?) but enjoyed their name.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Matt Matt is da Man

Our nephew, Matt, competed in the Ford Ironman, Coeur D'Alene last weekend. He raced for twelve hours, swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles and running 26.2 miles. Good Lord. I cannot imagine enduring that. We are proud of you Matt. The thumbnail image belongs to these professional photographers that covered the event.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

ads

Ok, Google. I've got to say it. I will never receive my first check from you if you only put up ads about, I can't type it for fear of making it worse, if you only put up ads about a holiday that occurs in May to honor women who have nurtured others. As Liv would say, pease stop. Chank Chew.

Tasteless Tucan

Just so you will always remember and never forget that bad decor does not necessarily dictate a bad vacation. The beach was lovely, the beds clean and comfortable but somebody really needs to redecorate.I think we could have been happy in a shack as long as we were together. I miss my children and grandchildren.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Mo beach pictures

The three day challenge. I did it. Here are the rest of my pictures from the beach.
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Click on the picture to see the entire album

Six Word Meme

Ford and Aly tagged me with a "six word story" meme. We've had a lot of fun with these at work and find ourselves counting our words frequently whenever we say something humorous, hoping to proclaim, "there's a six-word story for you!" Did you notice that was six words? Smith Mag has had themed six word stories and one of mine for Mother's Day was published. I think everybody's is published though, so I probably shouldn't be too proud. :) I used this blog for a workshop. I thought it would be a good way to get my students use to leaving comments. Maybe I should try the same exercise here since "NO ONE HARDLY EVER LEAVES COMMENTS". There you have it. That is my story, at least for today.

If you are willing, here are the rules: you need to describe your life in 6 words, link back to me, and then tag another 5 people. Leave them a comment to let them know they are tagged.

I am tagging Cara, Danielle, Karen Seddon, Karen Lee, and Katie.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Stella Faces

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I sure do miss this face. Click on the picture to see the entire album.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Beach 08

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Photos by Phyllis Redman. Click on the picture to see the entire album.

Our friend and excellent photographer, Phyllis Redman, came to take family pictures for us earlier this week. I have about 300 pictures to share...but I'll refrain. I'm still going through them trying to decide. Thanks Phyllis!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Wide awake

We are waiting for the arrival of Katie, Barrett, Cara and Stella and even though we are up long after our bedtime we are stoked and not even yawning. Well actually I just yawned as I typed that but it was the first one.

Livi is sleeping over tonight. She wasn't too happy about the sleeping part, which is unusual. She was happy to come home with me and all was well until about 9:00 when I started talking about going night night. Her response to that was an emphatic "NO night night". I finally had to put her down and let her cry it out but it broke my heart. She pulled out every trick in her arsenal. She called me by name in a pitiful voice, she called her Pops. She threw her toys out of the crib and screamed oh oh like it was an accident, she cried bo bo,bo bo ,she knew that would bring me running. She cried "eat eat" like she was really hungry. It was a tough few minutes. It's good she gave up when she did. I was about to cave.

I went to another county in South Florida to train this week. It is always nice to meet other teachers and I enjoyed the trip but it is becoming more and more difficult to share what we want and need to share because many districts have locked down their networks and machines. I sort of felt sorry for the participants. Here we were in a beautiful new high school but we didn't have access to things like i-tunes(couldn't share i-tunes u) or Google's goodies (couldn't share Picasa). I understand why IT departments in k-12 institutes have to be cautious but a balance would be good.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Traveling the Dirt Roads of Life

Carl and I took a walk this evening. I'm starting a dirt road photo collection. There's a lot to be said for dirt roads. We met a fearless bunny, got serenaded by thousands of frogs, crickets and maybe a gator or two. Click on the album cover to see more pictures.

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