Saturday, September 15, 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012

military men...


What do I stand for......

respect


I'd like to take a picture of me with a sign that says "Sorry Muslim world, this filmaker's disregard and disrespect for one's faith and personal beliefs does not represent me as an American or my Christianity"

Thursday, September 13, 2012

one with nature...



pretty pictures...



ever feel convinced after watching a foreign film from Denmark that anyone from there must be absolutely beautiful. ha, I dunno but "Italian for Beginners" makes a good argument. These styles are looks from Norse Project. In another life I must be an architect, florist, or corporate trainer in Denmark. :)

big ben

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

midweek..

Dang here I am in bed, all showered up and tv off, lights off, nightguard in (I grind my teeth at night. ugh), and wanted to post some before going to sleep, but I just remembered I need to turn of the hose timer since it's raining tomorrow. also might as well put some trash out on the street while I'm out there. blah
but first. man this week is flying by and I can feel it, so busy. yesterday I was after school helping with some files and sorting after the teacher meeting, and made it to the college with no time to work out. some quick office hours after running by the cafeteria for a corndog and large ice water refill. didn't get all the papers graded that I'd planned, went to class. was getting through the material swimmingly well, students are talking a LOT more in this class. We discussed multiculturalism and bilingual education. then covered some grammar rules with commas, and then peer review time for the rough drafts due. I have a nice variety of students and I fell like I'm going to fall in love with all of them. I just get a feeling that regardless if any of them are into ENglish class or writing or just taking the class as a requirement, that all of them find it's worth something and want to improve in some way in their writing college papers. there is this on very lanky tall thin blond guy with wire rim glasses and buzzed hair, a sort of nerdy look to him, and his goal is to get reading/writing scores up so he can get accepted into the military. ahhhh. and then this other guy works hard labor blue collar job all day, then makes it to clas, he's trying to take one or two classes a semester as he has time and money just to better his future career choices. btw he's tall, wide shoulder, big round muscly pecs and arms, but not the gym boy kind, the work hard out on the field kind. short straight black hair, pointed nose, high cheek bones, average sized eyes, I'd have to say he's definitely got some Indian blood in him. super country straight boy charm, and very aware he sucks at spelling and grammar. but again he says he's willing to try to improve some. lots of girls in this class all very sensible seeming and intent on understanding and doing the work.
they all have a final paper do next week (which I'll be grading all next week) and then they have to read Civil Disobedience. I got them started on the first part of it, reading it aloud in class, jsut a few paragraphs, and then we ended class.
work today; I brought my ladder in the back of my pickup, and during planning went in search of old ceiling tiles for my classroom. It's actually what used to be a storage closet, a very small room at the end of the hall, but it has a window. anyway, there is no ceiling in there so there is a pretty bad echo bewteen the tiled floor, brick walls, window and then the ceiling above. I climbed up the ladder in this little small space and put some old ceiling tiles across some wooden beams to help absorb sound and worked very well. I already had fabrics and sheet hanging from closet door and one wall to try to help the effect as well. next week I'm buying a pencil sharpener and wastebasket for the room . ha it's great getting to know the kids more , at the same time I have to tighten up ship and demand respect and quiet during class as they warm up to me and feel pretty comfortable already. I have a pretty cheerful personality and it's difficult for me to keep a quite silent ship going. but a few phone calls or lunch detentions and they are believers. ha
had to stay after school today to meet with a new young teacher who was more than willing to discuss with me what she can do with half the kids in one of her 10th grd classes who are all very limited English. So got home later than usual and was hard getting up to the gym, finally did and got a brief workout in. but highlight. ran into young gym buddy int he locker room on my way out, he was sitting there shirt off texting on this phone. I grabbed my bag from the locker behind him and started some small talk. Hey man, you getting big? ha, yeah trying... .and some point he said what am I doing for dinner, and then I went into my story of how I'm eating Steamed broccoli, cashews, and a banana for dinner. and how I have big breakfasts etc etc. and he said my dinner sounded like an appetizer for him . I told him well now that I'm working out again, I'll probably need to start eating chicken at night with my current meal plan etc etc.. more small talk about eating. Anyway, I noticed tonight that he has a very subtle stutter. just made my heart jump wanting to do anything i could not to notice.. and of course I had to remember to give him his turn to talk and shut my trap long enough to let him get something out. ha good gym connection and i like running into him. now if I could just get big ole arms shoulders like that kid has!
tonight I worked outside in the yard mostly after dinner before coming in before it got dark. crashing to sleep now. :)
btw, I woke up randomly this morning around 3 am. had a headache for some reason, I think i might have been grinding my teeth mroe than usual as my nightgear felt uncomfortable. I got out of bed and took an Aleve. does it affect anyone else this way? it always makes me sleep so well when i take one at night. well anyway, taking one at 3, when the alarm went off at 5:30 this morning I was way more groggy than usual and could myself not waking up as easy. I swear it was the Aleve I'd taken at 3.
okay enough chitter chat. hope all are having a good week. let me know what's up. cheers

ellen show..


anyone see this? a gay college student had his car written all over and vandalized for being gay, a guy with a garage offered to repair and fix the car for free since the guy pretty much had to drive around 6 months with his car all written on since he only had $500 to get his windshield replaced etc etc.. owing $10,000 already in student loans etc. so Ellen had both the garage guy and victim on her show. both got $25,000 checks, and then she kept mentioning the name of the guy's shop and then did this commercial bit just to give him even more publicity. very cool

Nebraska, yes!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Monday, September 10, 2012

dumb and dumber...

well guys, dumbing down America just got a bit dumber. We were told today that this year we're adopting the following grading standards. An F is 59% or below, however no grade lower than 49% can be recorded. That means any work attempted receives 50% and a zero will be recorded as 49% no lower. yes, that means even if they skip more than half the questions, or miss more than half on a quiz, etc.... you get the picture.
We teachers just sort of question it, discuss, and comply. :P
in other exciting news, yes it's first working Monday of the month, and I had stock meeting after school today. We talked a while about F squared! using alpha sector strategies......requiring a minimum of $100,000 investment but after ten years will way way beat out the S&P. For those investing way less, they have other markets, symbol VAPCX. They are not about gains so much as avoiding losses with a history chart showing the last big dips in the market with their graph just making a straight line at those moments. otherwise they rise and gain same as the market. well hopefully that made sense. I just sit and listen at most meetings. Tonight we were considering purchasing these stocks: Canadian oil EWC, IBM, MSFT, Utility AEP, and ABT - all which pay dividends blah blah
I was more interested by the car story of the banker who runs our meetings. He had his car converted to natural gas for about $6,400 at a local garage. He says the garage has 4 cars getting converted at a time with jobs waiting 2.5 months lined up. He's saving tons on gas and at the end of the year will get half back from the state, $3,200. Engine runs so clean without the carbon gunking stuff up and he said it will pay for itself within 11 months. How cool, I wish i could get one, but not on my 2000 Ranger. but my next car I'd consider. There are enough places here in the metro to keep him gassed up, plus the car retains its gasoline tank as a back up, and actually it's needed to start the enging. man! I'm telling ya $3.65 today to fill up my pick up. ugh!
Other wise I'm ready to get this week moving on, class tomorrow night and then work up to the weekend. fall is coming, ho ho. :)

muchuu magic

Sunday, September 09, 2012

by the light of the moon....




fall color palette around the corner...


not saying I'd buy any of these things, but I'd probably try 'em on and consider...
just surfing around this weekend gets me looking forward to fall dress. :)
most of this stuff is out of a public school teacher's budget anyway. ha here are some links if you likey anthing...
( the shoe is also at Revolve clothing which has free shipping, fyi )

one in ten right... :P