Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Finally an evening at home. Yeah!! This will be the last one for the next five days. I suppose I should take advantage of the time and do some homework. We will see if that happens or not.

I am happy to report that my linguistics class went pretty good last night. I received an A- on my paper which came as a complete surprise. I also thought the mid-term was not too bad. Some of the teachers in class have determined that we can miss 160 points and still get an B. Good information to know since we have to have a B to remain in the program. We celebrated my A- with dinner at Pei Wei.

Today after school, I had to run to Walmart. I had sent a request to our local Super Walmart last November for AVID supplies needed at school. Well, three months later we are getting closer to getting assistance. However, they were very nice and offered some money today to help us purchase binders and few other supplies. Thank you Walmart!!

The sixth grade solar ovens are coming along pretty well. Of course sticking the thermometers in the dirt was not a highlight especially since they were purchased by ASU. I guess we needed to know the temperature of the ground!?! Unfortunately however, we have not had much sun this week. I find that kind of funny and sad at the same time. Phoenix is suppose to be the Valley of the Sun. Finding the sunshine was not suppose to be a problem! I know that I should not even say one unkind word about our weather considering what is happening back East. We also practiced our AVID presentation today that we will be giving to the school board next week. A couple of students will be giving a short report on how AVID has helped them. I know they are nervous, but both of them have some really great things to share.

An Alpha Delta Kappa meeting and a church conference are a few of the things I have going on the next few days. Hope everyone enjoys the last few days of this week.


Monday, February 8, 2010

Ok...I know I should be studying, but Kansas is playing Texas. Sorry linguistics, but you lose tonight! Which is really a silly thing to say since I'm the one who has to take the midterm tomorrow!!! Oh well, it's Texas!! Sacrifices have to be made for the team.

My Monday was okay. I did have my bi-annual visit to the dentist. We tried new dentist, but unfortunately for me it is the same story. "Your have a cavity and we want your money." I think I'm going to start my dentures fund. I know this is where it is heading someday.

Oh well, I need to pretend to be reading about pragmatics.

Have a great night!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Wow!! Has it really been two weeks since I last blogged?? So much to write about, but I will try not to bore anyone. I started off the week trying to make sense of linguistics enough that I could write a coherent paper about it. I spent much of last weekend, working on it. I had spurts where I had some good ideas and then it would all dry up. It was very frustrating to say the least. I really don't like that class. I thought I had it all wrapped up so that on Monday I would just be tying up any loose ends. Well, at about 11 that night I suddenly realized that my margins did not fit the ALA format. I quickly fixed them and hoped I would still have enough information to cover four pages. Well, unfortunately, I was a whole page short!!! By 1 a.m. I had managed to come up with enough words to finish the last page. I say words because I'm not sure they had anything to do with my topic, but they did fill up the page. Linguistics is probably the wrong class to try to find irrelevant information and try to make it work. Oh well, I guess I will find out Tuesday night how I did.

Not only did I have my class Tuesday night, but I also had the "fun" opportunity to take 160 sixth graders to Tucson, so they could tour the University of Arizona. On the bright side, I did have 4 hours to just relax in the charter bus. I had never been to the U of A (we are more loyal to ASU) so it was interesting getting to see it You may wonder why we are taking the students to visit the different state universities at their age. Well, if it encourages at least one of them to pursue higher education then it was well worth the effort.

You may have noticed from my blog that I like cats. Annie had been a barn kitten. In fact she was only six weeks old when I picked her up from my friend who lived out in the country. The year was 1992!! She was this cute gray kitten that quickly became a member of the family (don't ask my mom about that). Annie saw me through college and all the various moves we had made in the last 15 years. I had her before I was even married!! Anyway, after Annie turned 17 last April, I could tell her health had deteriorated. Now she was still cranky and bossy, but she was slowing losing weight and not eating her cat food. Lately, her diet had become baby food, but she did still enjoy a good powder sugar donut every once in a while. The last few weeks she was having even more difficulty digesting her food. The writing on the wall was slowing coming into focus. I was hoping she would make it to April, but that was not to be. I came home Thursday from school, to find Annie really suffering. I knew she was not going to get better and a decision needed to be made. We decided to go ahead and have Annie put to sleep that afternoon. While it's always a difficult decision to be made, I knew that Annie had lived a great life and shouldn't suffer anymore. It is definately the worst part of owning pets.

So there is the week in review. Looking forward to a more calm week ahead!