Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Coming up for air!

Boy, it sure never seems to slow down any around here! We had our district land judging near Parker yesterday so I hopped on the big yellow school bus with about 40 of my students and off we went to "play in the dirt". It was a beautiful day and a nice way to get to spend an afternoon outdoors.
It's Homecoming week here at WC so the craziness abounds! We have different dress up days each day. Tomorrow is "Fake Injury" day- hmmmmmmm, I may have to think about that one for a while?
National Convention is a little less than a month away. I'm so excited! It's just aobut my favorite time of year. Preparation for convention this year is totally different. Since Noelle is our National Officer Candidate I've been trying to help out wherever I can in developing test questions and sending her practice tests. I should have quite a database of questions when I'm finished with this process. Today I started a blog for Noelle today and will post writing prompts for her there. Ideally, she'll post her response then several colleagues will read and respond to her post. I hope it works as well as I think it will!
Jenna had her first crew practice today. She texted and said that "rowing is fun". They had their first workout over lunch today! As a result, she's eating granola bars in her math class!
I've finally downloaded pictures off of my camera. Found some real treasures! Pictures from last spring - evidence that Jenna and Rowdy have very little artistic talent!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Recovering from the water and electronics don't mix episode!

Well, the week started out kind of tough! My freshman class was really a comedy of errors so if it could go wrong, it did! We had a little water episode which ended up soaking much of my classroom and my teaching laptop. Just to you know, water and electronics don't mix! The computer remained running, only a few of the keys would not work. We finished class and then things got ugly. No more computer. Not even the blue screen of death! After "baking" the laptop in my truck for the rest of the day I was able to log on and boot the computer and burn a cd of all of my tests that are stored on it's hard drive! YAY! The next day - only annoying beeping noises could be made by my laptop.
I've got another laptop rebuilt with all my software and my test files loaded. Now I just have to learn the new version of the software. I guess things could be MUCH worse.
On the kid front - Noelle leaves this afternoon for a National Officer Candidate training weekend in Minneapolis. I hope that the experience gives her a good bench mark for what she knows and where she needs to work. National Convention is coming up fast, I hope not too fast! Jenna is continuing with the New Student Orientation events at Stanford. She met with the Crew coach yesterday and is pretty pumped to try out this new opportunity.
At home things are pretty much the same. Jay worked until 8:30 last night. The grasshoppers are taking over the garden. They have stripped the broccoli and eaten 90% of the leaves off of the potato plants. Guess I won't be harvesting any more broccoli? Tonight is KRRO fest at the Canaries Stadium featuring Avenged Sevenfold, Buckcherry, Avenged Sevenfold, Shinedown and Saving Abel. Not my normal choice in music, but should be fun!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

It's officially Fall!

It must officially be Fall. School has been back in session for almost a month, we've had the first threats of frost over night and football season in in full swing. Jenna flew out to California today to begin her adventures as a college student at Stanford University! I'm excited for her yet so sad to say good-bye. We've spoken a couple of times and I know she is fine, but can't help but worry. I guess that's what mom's do best? I'm so excited to hear about her adventures and all the new experiences she will be having.