Monthly Archives: August 2011

Better late than never…


Ok folks….sorry I didn’t keep my promise on Monday to post pictures.  You see, I was very depressed.  I still have my job. Don’t worry!  I was depressed because when I walked into what I though would be my empty classroom with just a stack of textbooks, this is what I saw.

Note the half used coffee mix, the desks all piled up and the mountain of unorganized textbooks on the bookshelf and….just everything.  It was yucky! I cleaned for over three hours and it didn’t look any better than before…I knew it was better, it just didn’t look better.

Then yesterday my knight in shining armor came and helped me move furniture, set up the computer, move and reorganize the reading area, and be generally wonderful.

Today I took two loads of recycling to the recycling center, signed contracts and tried to excavate my desk area.  It now looks like a classroom!


And this is a close-up of the reading nook. (You can see in the background the all the textbooks have been organized now too!)

I will display final pictures when I get my circle time carpet, easel, white board, and bulletin boards up.


A reason to celebrate


I love holidays, and not just because many holidays have food/drinks associated with them.  I just love celebration–they’re happy and fun.

Most people celebrate:

  • New Years
  • Valentines Day
  • Easter
  • Mother’s Day
  • Father’s Day
  • July 4th
  • Halloween (though, for adults, this is more participation than celebration)
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas
I celebrate:
  • New Years
  • MLK Day
  • Valentine’s Day
  • St. Patrick’s Day
  • The First Day of Spring
  • Easter
  • Cinco De Mayo
  • Mother’s Day
  • Father’s Day
  • Juneteenth
  • The First Day of Summer
  • July 4th
  • Grandparent’s Day
  • Diez y Seis de Septiembre
  • Constitution Day
  • The First Day of Autumn
  • My birthday (October 13)
  • Halloween
  • Thanksgiving
  • The First Day of Winter
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas
  • various sundry holidays that I come across and can bake something for
I bet you didn’t know that today was National Toasted Marshmallow Day? No, you didn’t.  And I bet you forgot that this whole month has been Psoriasis Awareness Month. OK, do not despair, my guilty and contrite readers! I will help you gear up for next month (which starts on Wednesday).  That will give you a whole day to write these on your calendar.
September is…chili peppers and figs month
September 10th is…national lacemaking day
September 13th is…INTERNATIONAL chocolate day ( I told you that you’d want to write these on your calendar)
September 18-24th is… balance awareness week
In case you thought I was making any of this up, you can check my sources right here:

What I will be when I grow up: a discontinued segment!


I have some great news!  I will no longer be trying out new careers on this blog because….I accepted a job as a first grade teacher yesterday! I will be teaching at a small private school starting on September 12.  The great thing about this job is that I have a lot of freedom to teach the way I think is best for my students.  They have high curriculum standards, which is important, but the way I teach and the way I conduct my classroom are up to me!

I’ll post some pictures later today!

Jack’s Blog: It’s Football Time in Texas


This Saturday, September 3rd, marks the beginning of the beginning of the Longhorn football season when the University of Texas hosts Rice University.  I LOVE Texas football (and all other Texas sports for that matter) and I’m very excited for the season to start.

Fortunately, I didn’t have to wait until the 3rd to see some great football.  Yesterday I went the Westlake vs. Lake Travis high school football game, which has taken place that the University of Texas stadium for the past two years now.  Unfortunately, the best school didn’t win the game yesterday (my wife and I are both Westlake High School alumni), but we both had a great time.

For those of you who don’t know, football is a really big deal in the state of Texas.  When the Westlake vs. Lake Travis rivalry game first started six years ago, Lake Travis sold so many tickets to the game that they ran out of seats for the bands and the band had to sit in folding chairs on the sidelines of the field.  Eventually, the crowds outgrew Westlake’s stadium as well.  Last year, the game was held at the University of Texas’s DKR-Memorial stadium and the attendance was over 30,000 people (the stadium seats over 100,000 people and almost always sells out for Texas games).  To put that number into perspective, Westlake High School has a student body of around 2500 students and Lake Travis around 2000 students.  If every student and two parents attended the game, the attendance would only add up to 13,500 people.  This year the attendance was only just over 17,000 people, but it was also 109 degrees outside at 7:30 p.m.

A cool place to visit


I would just like to point out that there is a star that is 30 degrees cooler than it is in Austin right now. You heard read me right: a star. Not a planet, not an asteroid, but a star!

Scientists at NASA have discovered a Y-dwarf that is only 80 degrees F.  And it’s a mere 40 light years away; just a hop, skip and a jump from my house! While I contemplated pouring water all over myself while I was watering my poor, pathetic plants yesterday, I could have been frolicking on a nice balmy star in my space suit.

This is my plan. The space shuttles have all been retired, right?  Well, all we have to do is borrow one of them.  If they can hold gear for the International Space Station, they can certainly hold some wood, shingles, a few thousand cans of tuna and a few tanks of water.  Then, we just ride out the summer….

A Summer Soup


Here is a dandy little recipe that I tried yesterday for a Summer Soup. I got it from a recipe card that I had, from a magazine that I got, that I no longer remember.  I’ve been holding this recipe for a while, but I decided to try it last night and it was good. I would give you the exact measurements, but it’s really not important. It should be cooked to your liking.  If you like really heavy soup, don’t use a lot of milk. If you hate squash, put in a lot of celery and onions.  This soup really is that forgiving.

  1.  Turn on “Music to Chill By”
  2. Cook some bacon, dry it off and leave it alone
  3. Cook some celery, squash and green onions in the pan until they are tender to your liking.
  4. Mix 1/2 the corn you want in your soup in the blender with as much milk as you want in your soup.
  5. Pour it in the pan and add salt/pepper to your liking.
  6. Pour in the other half of the corn.
  7. Cook for 5-10 minutes until it is the consistency that you want.
  8. Eat it.
Bon Appetit! 

I should know how to do this…


Yesterday, I cleaned the house. Sweeping I don’t mind; Swiffering I don’t mind; tidying I don’t mind; what I can’t seem to do correctly is wipe. Did I miss the class in how to be a grown-up titled “How to wipe a countertop clean”?  All I do is move the dirt around. Instead of a uniform, semi-invisible layer of dust or dirt, it just becomes a clean counter with nasty dust balls stuck together by cleaning solution and mutual griminess.

Am I using too much solution?

Am I using not enough solution?

Is there a special wiping pattern?

Do I need a certain rag? (I bought one at the grocery store. It is green and makes no difference in the results)

Am I just destined to have an ugly house?

I would like to rectify this problem ASAP. In the dorms, I would just have Kathy clean the countertops and I would do the mirrors and floors. Now I just have myself, and only myself to blame it on. And if you’re thinking, “You have a husband! Why can’t he do the cleaning?!”  I would say: he vacuums and I HATE VACUUMING.

But that’s another post.