Sunday, August 31, 2008

Stella's Veggies

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

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

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

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.

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


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.