Tuesday, June 26, 2007

I can't help but notice...

...my blog links disappeared. Has anyone seen them? I remember them being right there, to the right of my posts, but they seem to be gone now.

Tuesday

Officially, Day Two of my summer break. I already feel broken. Yesterday was very busy! After running errands, I picked up Jack and took him to Target with me. He was such a good boy! He stayed with me, held onto the cart and walked alongside it, and he wanted everything. To help keep him involved I handed things to him to put into the cart, and it backfired just a little when he decided that meant he could put anything in the cart...still, he was very well-behaved, and helped me drag in the packages when we arrived back "at yaya's house."

Then we played with Crayola Color Wonder, played a matching card game, blew bubbles, hosed off the patio...give a 3-year-old a hose! I was certainly ready to drop him off at home when the time came, but it sure was a fun and busy afternoon. Today I am expecting him in about 2 hours. I'm going to get him busy with the vacuum cleaner, another one of his joys. Listen, he loves vacuums, and even wanted to look at "da bacuum cweaners" at Target. Well it makes perfect sense, doesn't it? It has wheels and a motor.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

One Step Closer

I found the password for OSPI, and to my delight, I was able to do a lot of the renewal process online. I still have to drive it to Olympia in the morning, and I hate the thought, but I can do it. So I feel better about that. Son in law came over and unloaded assorted odds and ends (a chair and two beanbags from my office, a humongoid bag of clothes) that I can't lift. Jack and I played with some number tiles.

Cassie is just about at the milestone at which, if they had to be born, the girls could survive. She said that it is 25 weeks for twins, and she is at 24 and 3 days. I'm beginning to breathe more easily. So I plan to pick up Jack about lunchtime and bring him here, so mama can sleep. She is very tired--I suppose because she's busy growing spleens and brains and things--and she doesn't feel too great. Now that I am on summer break, I can help by keeping Jack occupied in the afternoons so she can rest. If she goes into hospital, I suppose I will really have to step up to the plate.

Someone sent this to me. Enjoy.

Australian Tourism Q & A

The questions below about Australia are from potential visitors. They were posted on an Australian Tourism Website and the answers are the actual responses by the website officials, who obviously have a sense of humor.

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Q: Does it ever get windy in Australia? I have never seen it rain on TV, how do the plants grow? ( UK ).

A: We import all plants fully grown and then just sit around watching them die.
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Q: Will I be able to see kangaroos in the street?

A: Depends how much you've been drinking.
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Q: I want to walk from Perth to Sydney - can I follow the railroad tracks?( Sweden)

A: Sure, it's only three thousand miles, take lots of water.
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Q: Are there any ATMs (cash machines) in Australia? Can you send me a list of them in Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville and Hervey Bay ?( UK)

A: What did your last slave die of?
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Q: Can you give me some information about hippo racing in Australia ?(USA )

A: A-fri-ca is the big triangle shaped continent south of Europe. Aus-tra-lia is that big island in the middle of the Pacific which does not... oh forget it. Sure, the hippo racing is every Tuesday night in Kings Cross. Come naked.
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Q: Which direction is North in Australia ? ( USA)

A: Face south and then turn 180 degrees. Contact us when you get here and we'll send the rest of the directions.
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Q: Can I bring cutlery into Australia ? ( UK)

A: Why? Just use your fingers like we do.
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Q: Can you send me the Vienna Boys' Choir schedule? (USA) )

A: Aus-tri-a is that quaint little country bordering Ger-man-y, which is. Oh forget it. Sure, the Vienna Boys Choir plays every Tuesday night in Kings Cross, straight after the hippo races. Come naked.
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Q: Can I wear high heels in Australia ? (UK)

A: You are a British politician, right?
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Q: Are there supermarkets in Sydney and is milk available all year round? (Germany)

A: No, we are a peaceful civilization of vegan hunter/gatherers. Milk is illegal.
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Q: Please send a list of all doctors in Australia who can dispense rattlesnake serum. (USA)

A: Rattlesnakes live in A-meri-ca which is where YOU come from. All Australian snakes are perfectly harmless, can be safely handled and make good pets.
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Q: I have a question about a famous animal in Australia , but I forget its name. It's a kind of bear and lives in trees. (USA)

A: It's called a Drop Bear. They are so called because they drop out of Gum trees and eat the brains of anyone walking underneath them. You can scare them off by spraying yourself with human urine before you go out walking.
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Q: I have developed a new product that is the fountain of youth. Can you tell me where I can sell it in Australia ? (USA)

A: Anywhere significant numbers of Americans gather.
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Q: Can you tell me the regions in Tasmania where the female population is smaller than the male population? (Italy)

A: Yes, gay night clubs.
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Q: Do you celebrate Christmas in Australia ? (France)

A: Only at Christmas.
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Q: I was in Australia in 1969 on R+R, and I want to contact the girl I dated while I was staying in Kings Cross. Can you help? (USA)

A: Yes, and you will still have to pay her by the hour.
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Q: Will I be able to speak English most places I go? (USA)
A: Yes, but you'll have to learn it first.


Doncha just love the answers? Imagine what the questioner thought

I'm Expiring

That is, my teacher/counselor certification is expiring on June 30...this means I have to find my password to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction's online renewal, download and complete the correct form, and take it, along with my verification of clock hours, to Olympia tomorrow to be registered, then take the newly endorsed certificate to my district to be logged in. It's not a difficult process, but guess which part I'm having trouble with?

Yeah, the darn password. I know what it is, basically, but I can't remember the variation of it I had to use, and can't find the scrap of paper on which I wrote it. So, instead of ransacking the house, I have been reading, looking at blogs, stopped by church for a 50th anniversary party, watching tv, rethreading my sewing machine.

I'm just about out of delaying tactics, unless I want to clean house.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Talk About Hard Work!

I have been trying for a few weeks (since April 22) to post on my blog...but somehow I forgot who I was and what my password was. Duh. Actually, I knew, but for some reason I couldn't quite get the combination right. I have user names and passwords for a lot of accounts, here on blogger, on various lists, at work...and I do have a system for remembering, but somehow the right combinations weren't coming up.

Also, haven't been able to post to anyone else's blog, so the internet has had to survive without me. The fact that it actually HAS survived without me is kind of a blow.

Today was the last day of school. I spent half the morning at the first school, hugged some kids, signed autograph books, and got checked out for the summer (that means my office was packed up properly, not that someone was taking a look at me). I ambled over to the other school in time to wave good-bye to the kindergarteners. I finished closing up that office, then joined the staff for the traditional wave. That particular school is about 85% free and reduced lunch, which is how the government decides we get extra money to close the achievement gap. About 1/3 of our population speaks Spanish, which is new in the last 3 years for the area we serve. We have a wonderfully mixed population, ethnically; much like working in a little United Nations, but no perks.

Two weeks ago the principal of the second school resigned to work closer to his home. This week the superintendent resigned. Today the staff met a candidate for principal of our building. Lots of major changes in a very short time. People have been short with each other. Tempers are frayed. Laughter has a hollow sound, and there is a sense of holding on by the fingernails. I don't know if education is getting harder as a career field, or if I am getting to a point where I'm tired. I look forward to doing nothing...

...except looking after Jack at least part of the time, so his mama can rest and grow those little twins into good, healthy babies. I also hope to do some sewing, finish my quilt, read a few dozen books, do some painting and drawing, and write some poetry. I wonder how much of this list will be complete by the time school begins?