Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sunday Sketches: Oh Me, Oh My

My Sunday Sketch this week doesn't look as good in the picture because my scanner isn't working so I took a photo and, well, it's just not the same.

Anyway, I saw the NOAA image of the size of the tsunami waves after the massive earthquake last week in Japan. The image is just overwhelmingly surreal.


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Oh My Garsh!

I totally forgot to remind you to go vote for my Whimsical Wednesday entry! Don't worry! There's still time!

Voting ends tonight at 10pm EDT... just under 2 hours! Whoot!

Monday, March 14, 2011


I realize that writing is not a strength for many, if not most people. Really, I get that. As a teacher, I've seen some VERY interesting attempts at writing a coherent paragraph, and am usually fairly lenient regarding mechanics as long as the student has a clear grasp of the content.

But seriously? In a college class, how am I supposed to grade shit like this?

The Hinduism unquestionably has some unity beliefs that all the people of the faith follow. There is of several beliefs just like in Christianity where there is Orthodox, Eastern Christian Catholics to Baptists. They have some part god similar to Christianity. They believe in three of one god known as Brahman known as the creator. They believe in Karma and reincarnation. They also have a heaven like place known as Nirvana. The Hinduism are from an close knit group of India it holds worship an adopted, provided one reorganization of supremacy of the Brahmins, and the word Hindu is not a Sanskrit word it is not found in to many languages of India. It wasn’t to the eighteenth century that the Europeans that the Father, and the missionaries develop knowledge of the Sanskrit and the allied tongues in the way they arced literature of India was preserved.


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sunday Sketches: Inside Joke

Here is my contribution to this week's Sunday Sketches.

It's from the October 1922 cover of Woman's Home Companion. I'm not loving how "hard" her facial features look especially compared to the original. I've been practicing faces, though. I think I just should have put her eyes a little lower. Also, I'm almost done with last week's sketch, and I'll link to that once its posted.


Friday, March 11, 2011


Some things in a list.
  • I have had a very long week and today ended especially frustratingly. However, per the consequences of this article, I will direct you merely to what she may or may not have already said on her own blog.
  • I had to go shopping after school today. Because I was that stressed. I saw an Old Navy trench on a blog of someone whose fashion I admire, so I went to go buy it. LOVE IT. Also LOVE the other $120 worth of stuff I bought there.......
  • Also went to the grocery store. In addition to beer, I bought this lovely hyacinth for only $2.50. It's sitting on my desk right now smelling SO LOVELY. PS. I already had the vase. I think it's a perfect fit!

  • Today is Ken's 50th birthday. Yes, THAT Ken. I never knew he was only a day younger than my mom! (Happy Birthday, momma!)
  • We're going to visit la familia manana. Eric will get to meet Blake for the first time. He's already gained OVER a pound in 2 weeks!!!
  • I like peacocks. Also, I bought a peacock-y necklace from LovMely.


Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Handsome boy and darling big sis

The niece and nephew were in a little photo shoot to celebrate their sweet, new family. I saw a preview of the photos and just died over how darling the sibling shots are.

And another of the baby, just for kicks. Love!

(photos taken by Rebecca Wilson Photography of Richmond, VA)

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

When I was a child

I was in a dance recital group. I remember one time going down to a TV studio to perform "All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth," and we had to use these silly, huge, fake microphones.

Another time, I was in a performance at the mall and I was so excited that my dad was there to watch that I got too distracted by looking at him and forgot to dance.

But. Right now I have in my head one of my favorite songs from the group.

"Never smile at a crocodile
No you can't get friendly with a crocodile.
Don't be taken in
By his welcome grin
He's imagining how well you'd fit within his skin!"

A fairly reassuring song for children to sing!

I'll have to find some old pictures somewhere.........

Monday, March 07, 2011

Famous Visitors

Those of you that have followed my blog for awhile know that I teach at a school that's been fairly popular among the current administration. Bill Richardson campaigned for Obama during the presidential race in 2008, Obama gave his opening day address to schools from our gym in 2009, Arne Duncan (the Sect. of Education) has visited our school at least four times, and today, Duncan, Obama, and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard stopped in to chat with an AP US History class

Nobody else in the building got to see him, even though we had to go through security, etc, so it was a bit anti-climatic for most, but yay for the kids in there! And Ms. Fraley (the teacher) is a good friend of mine - holla! What a fun way to celebrate your birthday :)


Sunday, March 06, 2011

Sunday Sketches: In Progress

My Sunday Sketch is kind of late today because I wanted to finish it before showing it. However, I started reading The Hunger Games instead, which is really good! In fact, the ending was so suspenseful that I bought the second book (it's a trilogy) on my nook right then (the direction the story line is going in this book is annoying me, though, so we'll see how I feel at its end before picking up the third book).

So, here is my work in progress.

Go check out the others!

Saturday, March 05, 2011

March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb

When I was a kid, I thought way too much about silly things.

For example:
  • Why does my younger sister's birthday come before mine in the year if I'm older than her?
  • What kind of fancy technology is in that water fountain that recycles and cleans the water before it comes back out?
  • Since I'm turning 5 this year, will my birthday be on March 6 next year?
  • If I wear my Sunday undies on Friday, will I get in trouble?
And, of course:
  • Why is my birthday in the lion part of March? I'd rather be a lamb!
Although, now I think the lion fits me much better - rahr!

So yes, today is my birthday. 29 and doing fine. At work yesterday, a colleague asked me my new birthday age. When I said 29, she laughed and said, "Ah, eternally 29!" That cracked me up. "No, I'm REALLY turning 29!!" Whee!

We're having a Cuban-inspired birthday bash tonight. Food, drinks, music, and reruns of I Love Lucy. Okay, just joking about that last one, but ay Ricky!


Friday, March 04, 2011

Whimsical Wednesday: Spring Dreams

This week's Whimsical Wednesday entry comes fairly early, especially since our host is out for a week, meaning voting won't happen until Tuesday, March 15. Don't worry, I'll remind you to vote!

I went with another magazine cover inspiration, this one from the May 1939 issue of Woman's World. I am MOST definitely ready for the warm spring to arrive! It actually didn't take me very long, and it was fun to see the colors come to life!

Next area of focus: faces. Yeesh, I have a hard time with those!

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Wedding Plans

We're going to a wedding in Chapel Hill, NC in June, and I'm so excited because I just booked a room at a Bed & Breakfast down there that is also a GOAT FARM and they serve their own chevre and eggs from their chickens and HOORAY!


Tuesday, March 01, 2011

At least it was a thoughtful poo?

  1. While I was out of town this weekend doting over my niece and new nephew, Eric and Ramona were home dealing with a(nother) power outage. To charge his dead cell battery, Eric took the dog with him to our friends' place. They have a cat. Who is currently taking laxatives for tummy issues. And our dog likes to eat things she shouldn't.
  2. We've been a bit slackey on our morning dog-walking duties, lately. (Although I must add that I DID take the dog out yesterday morning. TODAY was Eric's day for the walk. Which he skipped because he woke up late.)
  3. Eric accidentally left the basement door open this morning, which caused the motion sensor down there to go off at some point today.
All this to explain how our poor, poor greyhound must have had such a rotten tummy today that she just couldn't hold her poo in a second longer. Mind you, she has NEVER messed in the house in the two years we've had her.

But she was SO concerned and thoughtful that instead of leaving a pile of shit the size of MONTANA in the living room, she discreetly found a clear spot in the basement. And, I KID YOU NOT, she was so extra sweet and affectionate once we got home, that I am SURE she was afraid she would get in trouble, and just wanted to butter us up.

ALSO. The feeling of cold dog poo is SO MUCH MORE DISGUSTING that warm poo. UGH. Don't believe me? Just try taking a runny dump sometime (think *pudding* consistency), leave it to get basement-cold, and then pick up with only a plastic bag between you and that monstrosity. Vomit.

PS. Yes, that is her, lying on MY pillow under MY blanket while I was gone this weekend. Suffering from a night of laxative-induced restlessness. Damn dog, I just love her SO MUCH!


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