Friday, February 29, 2008
This card I did not make- I received it from my friend Etha. For many years now I have been following her lead in various crafty areas- she tries something new and says "you have to try this" and I do, and then we BOTH have another addiction. I was a perfectly contented scrapbooker until she came along with her cards and her stamps; now I have stamps and inkpads and markers and H2Os and watercolor pencils and a whole bunch of stuff I never heard of a year ago. Aren't friends the best???
This card I made because our longtime and dear friends first became grandparents a few weeks ago. The new parents had not known whether it would be a boy or girl, so the "stuff" for the new baby was built around mint green. Well, she is a girl, so I added the pink. I got to play with SU stamps, H2Os, the cuttlebug with texture plates, the CB with nestabilities, a clear stamp and a Creative Memories punch all in one card. (It doesn't show in the scan, but the pink cardstock is embossed with little hearts.)
Well, that's enough for now. I'm off to get some things done to get ready for the %^&* operation next week.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
The picture was taken on a scrapping weekend and is one of the few fullface closeups I have. It was LATE in the day- so please excuse the fact that I look like hell. Anyway- here it is- it's a HOOT!
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
There was a truly dreadful TV show a few years ago called Witchblade. One of the characters used to say "every day above ground is a good day". I am focusing on that thought. Bad legs are bad but things could be worse.
Friday, February 22, 2008
1. If your doctor told you TODAY that you were pregnant, what would you say? Call the people at Guiness- I had a hysterectomy 15 years ago!
2. When was the last time you flew in a plane? January 1st coming home from Florida.
3. What did the last text message you sent say? Likely either "np" or "ty"- I respond to them but never initiate them.
4. What features do you find most attractive in the opposite sex? loyalty and humor
5. What is a goal you would like to accomplish in the near future? Getting my house cleaned up and fixed up.
6. Shoe size? 8 1/2.
7. Been to Mexico? Yes, during a cruise in 1996.
8. When is the last time you had a massage? A long time ago- with Fibromyalgia they are dangerous if the masseuse hits a trigger point.
9. What was the last TV show you watched? Actually, I watched a little of "All My Children" this afternoon! Had not seen it in about 10 years, but while checking the guide on the TV, it mentioned Jesse and Angie and since they went off about 20 years ago, I could not resist seeing what was going on.
10. What are your plans for the weekend? Shopping for that ring if the weather improves; keeping the ^&*# legs propped up a lot of the time; getting some downloads for my Silhouette; laundry; and maybe some crafting.
11. If your significant other asked you to marry them TODAY what would you say? Absolutely YES!!!!!!
12. What is in the back seat of your car right now? A pair of crutches, a box of tissues, an umbrella, my shoebox full of tapes (old car!), and Travelling Teddy.
13. What were you doing at 8 am this morning? SLEEPING!!!!
14. If you could marry any celebrity today who would it be? Hmmm, this is a hard one- cannot think of anyone better than the DH I already have.
15. Have you ever been to a strip club? No! And DH loves telling that he has not either!
16. What is the best ice cream flavor? Haagen Daaz Dulce de Leche
17. What is the last sporting event you watched? A golf tournament
18. Ever go camping? No- and not likely to! For me, any hotel without hairdryers, coffee pots and continental breakfast is "roughing it".
19. Last phone call? My "oldest" friend- she is younger than me, lol, but we've been friends since we were six years old.
20. Are you allergic to anything? Penicillen, sulfa, wool, and lots of seasonal allergies
21. What is one thing you have learned about life recently? That is takes a turn whenever you least expect it. Which I already knew but got ANOTHER reminder of.
22. What do you do at work? Teach physics!
23. What is your mom's name? Teresa
24. Ever cried for no reason? No, but I don't always need a sad reason.
25. Can you do the Crank Dat dance? Maybe I could if I knew what it was!
26. What is your favorite color to wear? Black
27. What is the longest plane ride you have ever been on? 11+ hours to Honolulu.
28. What is the longest road trip you have ever taken? Depends on how you define road trip. Usually about 2-3 days, going to Florida or St. Louis. As for the longest time "on the road", that would be the three week trip "behind the Iron Curtain" I took in 1972 with a student group.
29. What are your turn-offs? People who are lazy, incompetent and make other people's lives worse as a result. (Gee- wonder who I am talking about?)
30. What was your last alcoholic beverage? Harp beer.
31. What are you craving right now? Comfort food- so I think I'll go make some homemade macaroni and cheese!
I've been playing on the computer, reading, chatting on the phone with friends who are also home today, and just generally have a nice day.
DH is currently in Tampa visiting our aunt and spending time playing golf and attending spring training practices. While it would be nice to have him home for my birthday (and Valentine's day- he had already left) there are some perks to his guilty conscience.
Around 2 PM, two dozen long stemmed red roses arrived- gorgeous!!! I was not expecting this as I have spent some time in the last week looking for the EXACT birthday/Valentine's present he told me to choose while he was away- a diamond wedding band. When we got married I was still in school and he was making about $6K a year- hard to believe now- so there was no money for diamonds. I want something small and thin as I have since inherited my grandmother's engagement ring, and do not want to give up wearing my original wedding band, so there will be 3 rings on that finger. I *think* I have found the one I want- if the weather clears tomorrow I am going to go back to the particular jewelry store and order it- but it is MUCH fun shopping.
DS gave me a gift certificate for Shutterfly, so I will be making one of their new large albums- LOVE Shutterfly and all the books I've already made there.
Instead of birthday cake, I am going to make DS and myself Amish Friendship Bread in a fancy bundt pan. So it will be a quiet birthday evening but in weather like this staying in with comfort food and old movies feels great!
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Some fool (I could say worse, but not on a family-rated blog!) decided that 7:45 this morning would be a great time to call in a bomb threat at the school where I teach. Just the right time for everyone to have their coats off, most people already in their first class and the rest on their way there. Why are coats an issue? Because at 7:45 this morning, it was 19° with a wind chill of about 11°.
The fire alarm went off, the loudspeaker immediately announced "this is not a drill", the faculty all knew it was serious because there is never a drill during first period, and so 1000 people piled onto the sidewalks outside our huge school building.
It was immediately apparent that no one could stay outside for long in the weather and equally apparent that no one could go back into the building. So, we were all off to our emergency evacuation site- a large church 4 city blocks away, the only place in the area big enough to hold all of us. It was quite a sight, watching 1000 people marching down the street in the arctic temps with no coats. Actually we would make quite a sight even with our coats, lol!
It all went extremely well. The kids were GREAT!!!! They were cooperative, followed directions, and behaved wonderfully in the church for about an hour and a half while the police bomb squad and the dogs searched the building. Then everyone marched the 4 long cold blocks back to school, met in the auditorium for announcments of exactly what had happened and how the day would be finished out, and finally went back to classes.
So, the fool accomplished nothing. Stuff like this, handled well by the adults and dealt with terrifically by the kids, just makes our community stronger.
Then, serendipity struck in my physics class today. The lesson that came up for today, in the normal course of the book and the semester, was satellites. Being able to talk to the kids about how and why satellites stay up on the very morning it was announced that the Navy had exploded the decaying-orbit satellite was amazing timing. The kids decided that everyone who worked on this was a hero who had "saved the planet". The best part though, was that after they understood the basic principles and then we talked about how complicated the calculations had to be to have a missile launched at the exact time to intercept a satellite moving at 17,000 mph, I could say to them that everyone involved in the success of this project had started out at some point in a classroom just like theirs learning that distance= velocity x time. The looks on their faces were priceless- I think maybe a few engineers were born this morning.
All in all it was quite a day!
Monday, February 18, 2008
It was an excellent night on the game drive at WildEarth. We saw several of the Mapogo although this is the only one that I could get a clear picture of.
After the Mapogo, there was a visit to a hippo at a waterhole.
Then came another delight! There has been for many months a female leopard and her 2 cubs in the Djuma area. We saw all three of them tonight, but only the young female cub was in a position to get her picture taken- Mom and bro were resting in the tall grass and were too hard to see to take a picture. Here she is:
She is quite beautiful, I think. Here she is resting about 20-30 feet above the ground, laying on a tree branch.
The rest of the weekend was a bit of a dud. I ended up having to come home early from my scrapbooking weekend and the weather is rotten and in general it was not terrific- but seeing both Mapogo and Karula and her cubs sure cheered me up!
Time to get to bed so I can do the morning drive tomorrow. Then I need to upload a bunch of snaps from WildEarth- I am way behind in posting them to my link.
Happy President's Day!
Friday, February 15, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Our Craft Club Christmas card sale to raise money for the school's Appalachia project was very successful. Apparently, it got noticed. The National Honor Society has decided to imitate our efforts and are going to have- they think!- a Valentine's Day card sale. However, whoever is running this project clearly has no experience with making cards. How do I know this?
During the morning announcements on Thursday (Feb 7), there was a reminder to all members of the NHS that their design ideas for the Valentine's Day cards were due that day.
Hmmm....design ideas due one week before they need the cards to sell.
Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but asking for advice is sometimes a better idea.
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Like I said before, I am NOT a Giants fan, but having anybody beat those Patriots is always a good thing. And to do it like that! Nobody will ever say that *this* was a boring Super Bowl.
My leg still hurts, but I am in a MUCH better mood than an hour ago.
As usual, its Sunday night and I am getting ready for a new school week. Clothes are laid out but not ironed yet, and my previous schoolbag contents have been relocated to the hated backpack. Handbags and schoolbags do not work with crutches and wheelchairs.
I saw a few WildEarth drives recently and have been trying to get better with the snaps.
This is a picture of sunrise at Djuma.
I've been taking lots of snaps but so far I have none that I am thrilled with.
More practice is definitely necessary.
No stamping or crafting have been available lately- the setup and moving around to do them are too much for the ^&*% leg. So, no new things to show off. DARN!
OK- this post is getting to sound pretty miserable. I'm off to check out the game again, get those clothes ready, set up the DVR to record "House", and get ready for tonight's drive.