Monday, October 30, 2006


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Its almost here!  

What are you going to be & do for tomorrow?

I'm heading to my folks to pass out candy for them. I don't get any trick or treaters by me & I only have 1 class tomorrow so I can head there early. Not sure if I'm going to dress up yet.

Have to go get a pumpkin today!

Too much to do today! UGH!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

My New Toy & Random Neuron Firing!

Ugh...3 hours of sleep last night! Had to get up early for our all day In-Service meetings...ICK! I'm still not good in the mornings! Getting better until that cold hit me a few weeks ago & screwed up my hours again. Falling Back soon will definitely help me! ;-) I did finally order my upgrade! :-) I am goingto try the MDA. It should arrive Fri morning. I'm so excited! I was going to get Verizon's Q & they had an educational discount on it & services but then the internet package was so much cheaper with T-Mobile since I was just upgrading. We'll see...I have 14 days so...

You know it really bugs me that people make assumptions. Why don't they go to the source & ask & find out. People just think they know someone or what they do & they really do not investigate. They just listen to gossip. I mean it is so logical...obviously there is gossip or assumptions about yourself that is not true so why wouldn't you assume gossip or assumptions about another may not be true. We look at a person & just download the whole list of characteristics. It just amazes me how much people really do this! I don't know if I just never saw it before or as much or if it is getting worse. Maybe I never payed attention to it before.

Ok, ok, I'm not saying I never do it myself! I can think of a certain gentleman in college that I thought was a complete jerk (probably some stronger word used then!) because he was to me the first time I met him...but so I was young & stupid then! HA! Well, later he was nicer & I did say maybe he isn't so bad but he never did anything more about it so...Anyways it has been irritating me more lately that people do not take the time to find out & they miss out on so much in life. The tendency to just see the negative in people rather than the strengths. And you know there is something even more...when people see another not doing well why do we just say they are a jerk & not be empathic & say I wonder what is bothering them or why they are like this, either at the moment or overall? Maybe their home life is "unacceptable" (remember Breakfast Club?).

Can you see why I'm in psych now! HA! Yep, I was like this when I was a kid! Must have drove my parents crazy...not Why is the sky blue? but why do parents call their kids names? Probably why I always sat at the adult table at family parties rather than the kiddie table! HA!

You will have to excuse my jumping to topics as my lack of sleep has my brain firing strange. I was watching "Little Giants" with Rick Moranis just a bit ago. Did I tell  you I got to talk to him last spring? Yep! He called me when I requested to use his Agoraphobic Cowboy song for my class & a conference. We had a lovely 30 min conversation. Great guy. Then later we discussed ideas for a video! :-) Well, I'm watching Little Giants & I know it is a bit dated but you know he is just adorable! Yes, I like the goofiness that guys can have. When they can make me laugh so much I'm in tears they got me! ;-)

Man this brain is really going...I have to go to bed! Can't keep my eyes open! More tomorrow!

Monday, October 23, 2006

Definitely a "Trick or Treat!" HA!

Yep, my bathroom fire alarm battery is going for about oh 2 weeks now! Ha! I have the battery just have to get it in. Anyone want to do it for me? See, it times like this I could use a nice brawny guy around! HA! Perferable in short cut offs & no shirt! ;-) Man....I'm in a interesting mood! HA!

Ok, someone emailed me Dolly Parton's "PMS Blues" song today & I thought it was hilarious! HA! No, I don't think he sent it for a reason but....ha! Now, somehow I'm thinking that most guys would take the "Trick" of PMS Blues from Dolly for the later "Treat"! HA! No, I didn't insert the picture so you can enlarge it...I didn't want you guys drooling all over your computers! HA! I can just hear them say "I'll go Trick or Treating with her!" HA! Yes, ladies if you email me I'll send it to you large so you can use it as a dart board! Ha! Just kidding! I know it is probably "such a curse" for Dolly to look like that! HA! Well, enjoy the song!

Saturday, October 21, 2006

A bit of Humor

My cousin sent these to me this morning & they are too funny!  You know as much as we my shake our heads at our teens, I think it is great too. How creative is that! I'm sure we could come up with some also. I need a laugh I know. I thought you might also so I wanted to share them with you! Enjoy! :-)

Intellectual Prose

Every year, English teachers from across the country can submit their collections of actual analogies and metaphors found in high school essays. These excerpts are published each year to the amusement of teachers across the country. Here are last year's winners.....

1. Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two sides gently compressed by a Thigh Master.

2. His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.

3. He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country speaking at high schools about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it.

4. She grew on him like she was a colony of E. Coli, and he was room-temperature Canadian beef.

5. She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just before it throws up.

6. Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.

7. He was as tall as a six-foot, three-inch tree.

8. The revelation that his marriage of 30 years had disintegrated because of his wife's infidelity came as a rude shock, like a surcharge at a formerly surcharge-free ATM machine.

9. The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn't.

10. McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a Hefty bag filled with vegetable soup.

11. From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie, surreal quality, like when you're on vacation in another city and Jeopardy comes on at 7:00 p. m. instead of 7:30.

12. Her hair glistened in the rain like a nose hair after a sneeze.

13. The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when you fry themin hot grease.

[Fried Maggots - who in the world fries maggots?!?]

14. Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left Cleveland at 6:36 p. m. traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at 4:19 p. m. at a speed of 35 mph.

15. They lived in a typical suburban neighborhood with picket fences that resembled Nancy Kerrigan's teeth.

16. John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had also never met.

17. He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant, and she was the East River.

18. Even in his last years, Granddad had a mind like a steel trap, only one that had been left out so long, it had rusted shut.

19. Shots rang out, as shots are wont to do.

20. The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil. But unlike Phil, this plan just might work.

21. The young fighter had a hungry look, the kind you get from not eating for a while.

22. He was as lame as a duck Not the metaphorical lame duck, either, but a real duck that was actually lame, maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.

23. The ballerina rose gracefully en Pointe and extended one slender leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant.

24. It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing kids around with power tools.

25. He was deeply in love. When she spoke, he thought he heard bells, as if she were a garbage truck backing up.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Some Feminine Strength! ;-)

Well, I have a lot to post. I've been working on the computer all weekend, trying to chill as my doc wanted me to. Well, sort of...I was working on stuff for my students so not quite as relaxing as it could be but at least I wasn't thinking of what I all had to do & getting behind etc. My normal voice is coming back but this cold is still lingering and I'm really tired from the whole thing.

I did go to see "The Guardian" this afternoon with Kevin Kostner. I'll post on that later. I just thought a bit of Kevin would make me feel "all better now!"

Robin is not feeling too great & I left her a comment on a song that has been really making me strong lately. I've been blasting it in my SUV on the way to work for the past 2 weeks probably. It really raises your spirits & makes you strong! It is by Taylor Dayne. Do you remember her? "Tell it To My Heart", "Love Will Lead You Back" (I Love!), "Send Me A Lover" (Can't listen without Crying!)  If you go to Media on her website there is a media video you can watch to remind you of these songs!   AOL also has samples of each song here!

Well, there is just something about her spirit? My spirit just seems to have some kind of connection. Wynnona too. Must be the low growly devil spirit!  HA!  The song I have been playing lately is called "Stand" and I'm going to post the lyrice below for Robin & anyone else that may find it helpful! I love the whole "Naked Without You" CD! "Unstoppable" is great too. I really like"Whenever You Fall". It is quite a lovely thought about what Love is! I remember I was walking with a wonderful guy in a store one time just browsing & it was playing in the store. I was like Wow! It really made me wonder....

I just noticed she is suppose to be singing the National Anthem at the First Game of the World Series on Tues night! YES! That should be great!

Well, hope this helps Robin! The Strength is in you...just have to find it! Somedays it is hard for all of us!

(S. Saraco, H. Hey)

So I will stand with my head held high
Even though I'
m up against the wind
And I know I will survive
It is my destiny
Ah ah
With my head held high
I won't fall down
With my head held high
I won't surrender
I know I'm not the only one
To ever stand alone in the dark
Not knowing how I'm going to carry on
But sure I never will surrender
I know exactly who I am
And that theres a purpose and a plan
So I will stand
With my head held high
Even though I'm up against the wind
And I know I will survive
It is my destiny
All right
With my head held high
I won't fall down
With my head held high
I won't surrender
I believe that theres a higher love
Its give me the power
To find my way through the worst times
Turn them into my finest hour
And with this strength I will move on
No matter how hard I won't fall down
So I will stand
With my head held high
Even though I'm up against the wind
And I know I will survive
It is my destiny
I will stand
With my head held high
Oh oh oh oh
Even though I'm up against the wind
And I know I will survive
It is my destiny
With my head held high
In my life
With my head held high
Paid the price
Oh oh oh
In my life
Paid the price
With my head held high
Oh oh oh
In my life.I made my own choices
Paid the pricewith my share of losses
But eachtime I only get stronger
And I know I've got the power inside
I will stand with my head held high
Even though I'm up against the wind
And I know I will survive
It is my destiny
I will stand with my head held high
Even though I'm up against the wind
And I know I will survive
It is my destiny
So I will stand with my head held high
Even though I'm up against the wind
And I know I will survive
It is my destiny

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Brrr....But Trying!

Well, I woke up early & so I didn't get much sleep. Ugh!  Always takes me about an hour when I get up & get meds in me to even feel like eating that is why I sometimes don't. Just finished though & thought I'd let you know I am going to try to go to work today.

I have an appointmentt up north with the doc in the afternoon and then I have to return for my evening class. I'm hoping I can handle it if I bring water or juice. My voice is still pretty low but I don't think it is laryngitis so I don't think talking will make it worse. Energy, now that is another thing. We'll see. At least my 3 hour evening class I'll just have to do an hour & then we have "Crash" showing on campus for the students so we are all going to see that so it is fresh in our minds & we can use it in class.

I headed to get some groceries last night - SOUP! UGH! I really didn't feel like it. I knew there was a reason to get married! HA! Not that I see it as a "have to thing" but hopefully someone would go eagerly because they loved me. I mean that is what it is suppose to be about right. It was a challenge pushing that cart! Then when I came home I had to get the plants off my deck since it was going to freeze. It was 35 when I woke up. 42 now. You know I think Weathermen (woman!) should get paid per how accurate they are. They drive me crazy! They have put snow on & off the forcast so much for this morning I can't keep up. I was just starting to get excited thinking it might cheer me up & now it is off again. Ugh!  Looks like it is a bit up north, maybe an hour from me though. Last couple of years we keep missing the big snows. It is almost like a hole around us. Everyone surrounding us gets it but we miss it? Strange. We'll see this winter. I check & it is 87 today in AZ where my folks have a winter place. They are leaving to go back I think the end of next week. I now know why! HA! I think I'll go too!  Well I'll let you know how it goes later tonight. Stay warm & have a great day.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Still Icky!

Well, called the doc today. Said to give it one more day & see how I am. Colds normally last 10 days...did you know that? I didn't know that. Said the 5th day you usally see it getting better. Tomorrow will be my fifth day so, ok I'll wait one more day. Only had 99 today so that isn't too bad. My head is starting to hurt in the last hour though. Haven't been sleeping very well though.

I'm very pissed though! Comcast got a nasty call from me tonight. I turn on the tv & I'm checking for Ted Danson's new show "Help Me Help You" & Dancing With the Stars is on still. They are talking in Spanish! I'm like what is that! No other channels were doing that. Then when Ted's show came on & it was just broken up audio...then I got really pissed because it meant I missed Boston Legal! Ugh!!!! I missed last week because I was traveling! So anyone who has watched the last too weeks please email me what is happening! I saw tonight the guy that was in Upside of Anger.

They took off the snow for Thurs & now they have flurries back. Odd...I love snow but I'm in denial on this coming? Don't know why. Maybe because I'm sick & can't play in it. I love the snow where I grew up. All wooded, so it would look like a winter snow castles. I remember this one guy I was dating, it had been snowing all evening while we were out & stopped by the time we got back about 11pm or so. We went walking through the streets in the snow at night with the stars. You know that hush when you have a heavy snow & the crispness of new snow. It was very lovely & romantic...though wrong guy to have it with! HA!

I need to try on my winter coats & get a new one I long one is no lie...from 1987! I had it in grad school! It is great though with a hood & thick! The one's with hoods now are sooo thin! I want a black leather stadium coat with the brown fur on the hood too but can't find one.I had a plum stadium & that is so old it has no lining to it anymore. See when I fall in love, then that is got me forever! HA! Maybe I just want to enjoy the fall before we get into Thanksgiving & Christmas. It all goes by so fast. I do have some Christmas presents already though.

I'm not going into work again tomorrow but not quite sure yet if I'm canceling my classes or getting someone to cover them. I feel so out of it, not being in my regular routine & being able to do what I love to do, but at the same time I know I can't. I just don't have the energy & I would look pretty pathetic dealing with this cold in class. Well, hopefully I'll be much better by tomorrow evening. Starting to get tired so I think I'll lie down & see if I can fall asleep for awhile, now that I can breath better. HA....did you see the new Volvo commercial with the little girl telling her dad so much...I LOVE IT! I'd love a girl like that. That was probably me! I
can't think anymore...gotta go! I know that is pretty major for me! HA! Later!

Yes, I Have Had My Head Examimed! :-)

Well haven't been to bed yet! Hours all screwed up since I slept from 2-7:30 yesterday...ugh...I hate being sick! Seems to be all throat/chest now. Going to call the doc today & see what they think. Everyone is emailing me telling me by them everyone is sick at work etc. Something going around that is for sure. At least I don't feel alone.

I did watch Dr. Zhivago though...ha! I haven't seen that since I was young...if I did, I don't even remember. John Cusaks character loves the movie in Must Love Dogs, so I thought I'd watch it. For those who saw Must Love Dogs, did that ditzy blonde girl bug you as much as she irritated me. OMG! Like nails on a blackboard to me.

Well, I told you I would post about cracking my right sinus bone. I use this example for my A&P discussion in class. It was end of my 8th grade year. Now this is the end of the 70s when Roller Rinks were big then. I couldn't do figure skating for ice skates due to a bad knee already so I did Roller Skating lessons like ice skating. I still was not that great, but it was something to do & Fri & Sat I would be able to go out with my friends & have a great time.

The owner of the rink closed the rink to the regulars for a graduation party for 8th grade & HS. We made our own food, picked out our own music & generally had the run of the place. She stayed in the office with the Dobermans. Last thing I remember was picking out music. Then a flash of light "Ladies Dance" which must have been the board on the wall. Next thing I hear my friends laughing & I can't seem to open up my eyes. I had to use my fingers to open my eyes. I couldn't talk either. Now my friends are clueless apparently to the extent of this. What do you want from a bunch of 13 & 14 yr old hormonal girls! HA! I have no thought to why I can't open up my eyes etc yet.  When I opened my eyes I see what they are laughing about. They are immitating me how I feel apparently. Well, they got the cake out & I remember I walked ok to that...don't remember if I had my skates on still...I tend to think ya, so that is ok. I remember I only at the

It was only when I got to the bathroom & was coming out & noticed in the corner of my eye my face in the mirror. I then stopped & really looked. Then I went & layed down & it was then the owner came out to make sure we were getting ready to leave. She sees me & says OMG do you want me to call an ambulance. I say, "No, my friends mom will be here to pick us up in 10 min." I still am clueless. I don't remember my friends mom being excited or asking anything. My dad nearly had a heart attack when I walked in the door. He excitedly asked me what happened. I said I didn't know. I didn't! He said, "What do you mean you don't know, you look like you have been hit with a baseball bat!" I told him to go ask my friend.

Now you'd think if my dad made that comment he would have taken me to the ER! Nope, doctors & dentists are pathetic. He told my mom "I was fine!" Right! She kept waking me up every hour to make sure. Now my mom just told me last year that my speech was slurred when I came home also! I totally do not remember that. I remember waking up about 3am & sitting up in bed & thinking "Its all over" and like I had clear consciousness then. Well my eye closed shut & swelled out to the tip of my nose. Thank God this was after graduation!

Now after returning to the rink everyone got to see how bad I was & explained to me what happened. You know how Nascar has wind drafts when you are behind, well we use to skate close behind another & I was behind my friend. She saw the guy in front of her turn around because someone had fallen & when she moved I apparently didn't expect that & his head went into my eye. The force of my eye going back made my cheek bone crack. I hit the wall with my head & knocked out! Oh I remembered blone hair too & found out that was one particular tall guy who got me off the fall.

Missed my All Star Softball game though. So did my co-captain...blew out her knee on the last game. We were quite a pair. Looked like we both went all out for the team. I had the most home runs in the league that year. I use to hit them out to the parking lot. This is 16 inch btw. Someone beat me with grandslams by one. Still remember who & saw her like 5 yrs ago & thought "She's the one!" HA!

After a few days of getting worse and nose bleeds my dad takes me to his oral surgeon friend to do a panaramic of my face. Ya! OMG! Finds the crack in my cheek bone. I thought they took me to an ER but they didn't. It is amazing! They are so lucky...ya me too. I try to blame my math problems on this accident but I don't think that will work. When I started Volleyball practice in the fall I was still having trouble so I went in to get xrays then & they found I believe some cracks in my inner ear & more bruising of th brain...I think they said triple concussion. Now this is a few months later. I wish I could even find a report but they get rid of records. Only know is stuff on computers. This is over 20 yrs ago so....

I remember the whole summer vegging watching the Cubs & falling asleep to Harry Cary's voice. I also remember my mom tricking me to go to the store because she knew the local Boy Scouts were doing car washes. The troop mother and my mom were friends & I liked her son & my mom knew he would be there. I think my mom needed her head examined! Ya, mom, my face looks like I got hit with a baseball bat, what is it you think he is going to find attractive? UGH! Who knows, maybe she didn't like him & did it purposely hoping he would leave me alone at 14? Well he was a few years older & I looked much older. Man, I'm going to ask her that tomorrow! He was a nice guy & he made me laugh...ok so it helped he was a great kisser too! ;-)

Well, I do have a great neurologist for migraines & more recently muscle tension headaches & they did a MRI & MRA about a year ago & said my brain was COMPLETELY NORMAL! HA! I asked for that in writing for my friends & relatives! And no, they didn't say I think too much!!!!  My eye sight was a tad worse in that eye for quite a while but now age has them caught up. My vision isn't really that bad though.

Well, I'm starting to yawn, so I better try to get some sleep to fight this cold. Later!

Monday, October 9, 2006

Ugh...I HATE being Sick!

Ok, so maybe God listened to help me out? Ugh! Nose is bit better last night but now going to bottom of my throat/voice & chest & now had 100.4 last night & finally took some Tylenol! Ugh. One night I wish I had someone to keep me warm...I was freezing, shaking & achy. I know fevers are for fighting it actually but.....UGHHHHHHHH! God apparently listens to me! Go figure! Actually, if I was going to pick this would not be the time for him to start listening! HA! Throat red...I'm not a happy know, I think there is actually another WORD for that! Canceled my classes for today. I don't feel like talking on the phone...too much energy. Typing not so bad. I can take out my frustration on the keyboard! I know, I know...I'd rather this than my foot hurting, migraines/muscle tension headaches, backaches ETC but I'm not going to say Woo Hoo I'm sick! Grandma use to say kiss someone & give it to them (yes, it was a joke!) but for some reason no one wants to kiss me since I didn't take a shower, I have no make-up on, in my jammies, with the sweet sound of blowing my nose and sounding like Kathleen Turner with her low voice...or maybe James Earl Jones! I have no idea why ! I was thinking of placing this picture on my online dating profile but I just don't want to have to decide between so many reply messages! Right!

I only slept about 3 hours. Hard to breath. I still feel that warm sick feeling where you eyes even feel warm. Not so achy but my teeth hurt. My sinuses come low into my gumline. My dad showed me the x-rays one time. It also doesn't help that I cracked my right sinus check bone at the end of my 8th grade year. (Pathetic story of the 70s! Roller Skating accident. I'll tell you about it in my next posting! ) So that is bothering me too!

I think I better go lay down. Later!

P.S. from the cats...."Someone Save Us!"  (Just kidding they are saving me right now!)

Saturday, October 7, 2006

Cool Letter

Got this from John & wanted to share it all with you. It is a really cool letter from a Marine going around!

I love the "Kiss a Cop" line! ;-) Do you think they would actually form a line! HA! I'm thinking of those Kissing Booths! HA! I'm sorry my brain is also sick...well more than usual with this cold...though  is that a good thing? Ha! Takes a lot to knock my dirty brain down! HA! So far it is working just fine! ;-)

It is really amazing how we have no clue what they all do just like the Marine mentions! We just "don't get it" & very true how those who do the most get paid the least most of the time! Incredible! I know many of them do it for a more intrinsic reason, but still it would be nice to show how appreciative we are. Perhaps that is it...we don't know all they do & if we really did then we'd be more appreciative. Well do something, just send some goodies to your local department from some Bakery or something. Ya, I know that is not great all the send a fruit basket or something. Maybe something you do? You can provide some free service...where are all those massage therapists, I'm sure they can use a free one once in a while! ;-) Just once a month or couple times a year even. Maybe a local classroom can adopt a shift of officers, send letters etc. Maybe I should start offering free Tai Chi & Meditation? Hmmm? We have one officer that comes once in a while.

All I have to say is when these guys finally all do come home we better have the Biggest Celebration FOR them! We should start the planning now! Drape Lady Liberty with Red, White & Blue Streamers & a big Sparkler! Ha!

Take Some Bill Maher & Some Extra Love...

Ok, it is official, I think...after being around my sick students for weeks I think I have a cold! UGH! I can't stand being sick!!!! ARRRGGGHHHH! Ya, I know like everyone else does but still! And I had soooo much energy & passion this past week...ugh! I have this one student who had been sick for like a month & yesterday she comes up right next to me. She also sits in front of my desk so the chances were good. Ugh! Why don't these sick students stay home...ha! There is so much going around right now with our cold rainy weather we have been having lately. Actually, changing weather. It just doesn't want to make up its mind. It is beautiful outside though. I love the in between stage....there are beautiful contrasts of yellow & orange against trees that are still green. I saw one yesterday that was 1/2 green & 1/2 not like split down the middle but just mixed all over. Maybe I should go take a ride up near where I grew up. We lived on an 1 1/3 acres of woods. The whole area is just gorgeous this time of the year.

I thought I'd embed some Bill Maher. He makes me laugh & I had to try to make myself laugh this morning instead of "being icky sick!" Last night Robbin Williams was on the show & he was hysterical! I love who make me laugh. Robbin's mind is just amazing! Can you imagine him in kindergarten.

Well, I better go do what I tell my students to do & take a shower & get dress so I feel better than just laying around. Probably should eat something too. Need Fuel to fight this thing. Then again I could do what my grandma always told me...Kiss someone & give it to them! HA! And hmmm that sounds like a good idea anyways! ;-) Then again, I better make sure they go kiss someone so they don't get sick & can "come play outside!" :-) Of course they can kiss someone platonic! HA!

Oh I love this song....When Did you Fall by Chris Rice. Go to this link on his website to hear the song & to send it as an e-card to someone you love! ;-) It does make me think of how we don't always know when someone falls in love with us. Isn't that interesting. What was the moment you realized it? What an interesting question that would be to investigate & ask people. Do you remember the exact moment???

Chris Rice - When Did You Fall
From the album Amusing

You’re all smiles and silly conversation
As if this sunny day came just for you
You twist your hair, you smile and you turn your eyes away
C’mon, tell me what’s right with you
Now it dawns on me probably everybody’s talkin’
And there’s something here I’m supposed to realize
‘Cause your secret’s out, and the universe laughs at it’s joke on me
I just caught it in your eyes, it’s a beautiful surprise

When did you fall in love with me?
Was it out of the blue
‘Cause I swear I never knew it
When did you let your heart run free?
Have you been waiting long?
When did you fall in love with me?
When did you fall in love?

Make your way over here, sit down by this fool, and let’s rewind
C’mon, let’s go back and replay all our scenes
You can point out the hints, the clues, the twists and the smiles this time
All the ones that slipped by me
I bet my face is red, and you can hear my heart poundin’
Well I guess it don’t matter now that I realize
‘Cause baby I missed it then, but I can surely see you now
Right there before my eyes
You’re my beautiful surprise


Was it at the coffee shop
Or that morning at the bus stop
When you almost slipped, and I caught your hand
Or the time we built the snowman
The day at the beach, sandy and warm
Or the night with the scary thunderstorm
I never saw the signs
Now we’ve got to make up for lost time
And I can tell now by the way that you’re looking at me
I’d better finish this song so my lips will be free

Have you been waiting long, when did you fall in love
I kept you waiting so long, when did you fall
Have you been waiting long
When did you fall in love with me
When did you fall in love?

Friday, October 6, 2006

Wknd Asgn 132: Cell Phones

Oh think a college professor isn't going to respond to this Homework Asgn? HA!

John wants us to respond about the professor's behavior in this video & the cell phone issue in class. Check out the cartoons too...some great ones for Remo! :-)

In my classes I ask my students to put their phones on vibrate. Of course I warn them on this too because if they have this in their pocket & then scream from the vibrate, we really haven't accomplished much. As one who has screamed herself when she got vibrated (man I have to reword that don't I...oh boy!) I have had my cell phone go off in class while teaching actually! Ya, I gave my students a "free pass" on their's going off then. Now I will say it does not happen too often in my classes. After someone's phone goes off loudly with some "interesting song" they feel a bit embarrassed. What do you have as your ring tone? I have Edna from the Incredibles right now. In tha past I'd have Christmas in the summer & Take Me Out to the Ball Game at Christmas. Hey, it isn't definitely know it is yours then! HA! I wanted this one that said Santa is calling but it wouldn't load right. Can you imagine the kids that hear it! HA! I have to try this Christmas. I'm ordering my MDA tomorrow! I'm sooo excited.

Even at major conferences there is typically an announcement to turn off cell phones. See we are just as bad. Everyone usually appaulds the announcement. I will say I do like having them in today's world. You never know when you may need it. We just finally got phones in our smart classroom but in other rooms if we had an emergency, especially at night it would be hard without a cell phone to get quick care. I know some professors who confiscate the phone for the term! I don't think that is legal actually but???

Now as to this professor's behavior....It was totally against what EDUCATION is all about! He should be disciplined in my opinion! There was no reason to do this. He has no idea if this is someone calling about a family member ill or a child kidnapped ETC! I'd be suing if I was the student. Seriously! That professor should also apologize to all the students. The professor certainly has an anger management problem. What would be next. I agree with some comments it was not wise. You never know if that would have escalated not to mention turn up on the web & be oh such a great highlight for a resume! You know all you have to do if it becomes a problem is ask students at the beginning of class to all turn them off. Of course you get the student who comes in late but...generally speaking when you treat them like adults they will act like adults. I don't mind if they step out to talk for a bit. I have even had to have mine on when I had a family member who was ill and dying etc. You know it makes me wonder what this guy does at home when he is pissed at the dog or a wife & kids? I certainly would not want to go out with him. |

Someone said it would not be real...why not? Students have video cameras on phones! Perfectly possible. We also have cameras in our hallways now. Some do have them in the lecture halls for cheating during exams! Also there are professors out there that do lash out quite a bit! It is just amazing the stories I could tell you!

I really do not like when people have loud personal conversations. I will answer for them. If I'm in the grocery store & they are talking loud etc when I'm next to them I'll join the converation! HA! I love it! It is fun! I embarrassed one guy one time when we were having dinner. Some teens came out of the restaurant talking across the parking lot & I responded. I tell you he just doesn't know how to have fun! ;-) I couldn't believe he was embarrassed considering I think he is not the most conservative straight laced guy...HA! Me with a prime & proper dude...yuck! Then again have I talked in the store etc...sometimes but usually about buying something I'll call & ask a size. I don't talk long on a cell phone while out to dinner with someone else etc.

Hey...did anyone catch the Ellen show last week where she was answering all her audience's cell phones? Matthew Perry was too! Ha!

Extra Credit:

Well, a few of us seem to get my mom when she is in the bathroom while out shopping. Of course the odds are quite good...ha! That woman can have a whole conversation in the bathroom. She is the most open person I know! If you met her within 5 min you'd be hearing about the latest in our family! HA!

Oh...I did just think of something...that same guy above, I got very frustrated with him one day & was driving & was expressing my frustration. Not a good thing to do in general & certainly not with him. I'm not good expressing myself when I'm hurt. It is like all my circuits get frazzles when I'm personally hurt. Only people I care about deeply can hurt me like that. That was not a good day. I regret it soooo much. I don't even remember what I said.....just passion from hurting & being frustrated with the situation & my feelings. It was the exact opposite of what I wanted to do. He was the last person I wanted to behave that way with. I would have rather got together & talked it out but that was not an option. I figured some of it out later...he was the most indirect man I have ever met in my life!!! I'm still figuring things out. You see I'm very direct. :-) I tell people how I feel...well if I'm hurt & frustrated I USUALLY walk away & want to be alone and then talk later when I figure out my feelings. Except in this case apparently UGH! I think I never dealt with someone like that before & didn't know what to do...out of my element. I wish he just said what he felt or asked me directly. Ugh! Oh well, just have to believe things happen for a reason & a purpose or that if they didn't they evetually will. Well, there may be a bit that I didn't say directly either so I can't blame him completely, but he stopped me from saying what I wanted so....I'm still not sure I figured out everything. I think there were things I was suppose to respond to & I didn't? Ok, enough of that! Driving me crazy. Can't do too much about it now anyway. Oh just thought also, some professors answer the students phone & say sorry they can't talk! :-) I don't think that is great either!  

Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Yipee...No School!

Now let me just say, "I love helping my students learn any chance I can get" ...there I said it! Now.....

YIPEE!!!!! Happy Dance! My school is closed due to the bad storms we had last night! :-)

Apparently 320,000 people are out of electricity in the state! I am fine (obviously!) I was online when my campus servers went down because I was trying to enter grades. Tried to phone campus nothing! I didn't get up early to listen to the radio so I check online.

Now mind you I only had 1 class to teach today but that is still good  because now I can relax & go run some errands & head up to my folks. Mom is going to teach me how to make her beef stew. First, I have had it in like God more than 10 yrs probably. She really stopped cooking like that since us kids have been gone & too much to make for just dad & her. I don't have some of her recipes & I keep asking. Dad seems excited I'm coming to do that...think he might want some..ha! I want her Chili recipe too. Oh & her Chop Suey! :-) I got a slow cooker last Christmas from my bro...or was that the Christmas before? I've only used it once so far...ugh. Anyone has any good recipes for it I'd love them!

My folks are leaving for AZ for the winter in like 2 more weeks because it has been so cold here so early. My parents....last night my mom tells me my dad killed a rattle snake last year at their place! I'm like WHAT???!!!!! With a shovel! I'm like why is he killing it? She says, "Well, it was too close to his foot not too." WHAT!!!!!! I'm thinking maybe it wasn't a know...I asked if its head was up ready to attack him & how did he get to kill him before he attacked him then. She said he was just laying there between the bush & him. They were cutting the bush down. Said his head was not up...he was "dopey" she says. I'm like ya, I'm sure you have snakes on drugs mom. So I asked how she knew it was a rattler for sure & she says, well it is a pretty distinctive rattler on the end of the tail...ARRRRGGGHHH! My dad the rattle snake killer? Ugh! Then she reminds me that her dad killed snakes with his hands! I didn't know that but I certainly knew he killed mice that way. I hated it when he did that. When Dusty would catch them at my folks house (they lived on 1 1/3 acres of woods!) I would have to get them away from Dusty (he just played with them until they died & didn't eat them) and scooped them up between 2 bowls & then threw them outside. I know they probably came back in but heck, maybe they learned their lesson "not this house" and had a story to tell all their family about "surviving the Big Bad Cat" can you imagine the fish story they could tell! HA! Did I ever tell you about the Raccoon in the house that Dusty saved us from? Another entry I guess!

Well I'm going to take a nice relaxing shower (I need a place with a big tub!!!) and just enjoy my lovely day. Tell you later about any damage I see when I go out. Probably be late tonight when I get back but I'll get online! Have a great day!