Random Notions and Stories of Teaching

June 29, 2006

I'm being stalked

By two little girls. Apparently, my cousin knew the instant I arrived home today.

While we were working on her essay for her online course, who do you think was scampering through my backyard to play with the Lulu.

Tonight we made visors and pillowcases. I even added an iron on picture of the girls to the back.

I'm definitely going to miss those girls when they go home tomorrow. A#1 has told her mother that she is not going home. I would go and say goodbye in the morning, but I don't think she would handle that well.

June 28, 2006


This and That

First - Happy 22nd Birthday Little Brother!

It's been quite the week here. My cousin is visiting with her 3 daughters. They are 6, 3 (almost 4), and 1. Saturday Head Coach and his wife came for dinner and brought Head Boy. I am on baby overload.




Yesterday, A#1 (the 6 year old) and A#2 (the almost 4 year old) came over for the
afternoon. We had quite the afternoon. We made break and bake cookies (because I'm quite the baker). Then we wrote everyone's name on some snack size bags and decorated them with stickers. We put two cookies in each bag and then passed them out at dinner. The girls just loved it.

We made sheep pictures for Auntie Em. The girls colored the background then added cotton balls because sheep are fluffy. Monday was Auntie Em's birthday so it worked out well.

We also made Gak. I haven't made Gak since Lab School. I like it much better than playdough. Playdough ends up getting stuck everywhere. It gets dry and crumbly and icky. Gak is neat because you can draw on it with markers, cut it with scissors, drape it on stuff and watch it take that shape - it's just nifty junk. We made ours purple...well...lavendar. It's just as easy to make as playdough. If I were to make playdough it would be the smelly playdough they made at Lab School using Kool-Aid. It smells delicious. Of course, the paint we added Jell-O to smelled pretty good too.

The gray barn kitten left today for it's new home. She's going to a horse farm owned by a colleague. They have other cats and live far back from the road. I hope she has a good life. Four more to go!

The girls went to the zoo today, but we're having a weenie roast tonight. Woohoo! It will be a nice change from chicken and rigatoni leftovers from the graduation party Sunday. I'm going to try to make a movie for the girls from the pictures and videos I've taken while they've been here. They ought to like that. I know it sounds like fun to me!

Friday we're going to visit Little Brother. Yippee! I hope we'll get to go here. Otherwise, we'll end up back here. Even though I love Cosi, everyone else is getting tired of it. Pray for some nice weather!

June 25, 2006

Party Favors

Mom and I tried a new "treat" for my cousin's graduation party. They actually turned out pretty neat.

VERY easy to make.

Here's the picture we had of them (the video made them look deceptively easy):

Here's what ours looked like (please ignore my lunch remnants):

50 things

50 Things

Shelly tagged me and since I spent the day with my cousin's daughters (who are adorable) and can't post pictures, I thought, "why not?"

  1. What curse word do you use the most? Hell...definitely hell. Don't tell my mom. Mwahaha.
  2. Do you own an iPod? No, but I want one really, really bad!
  3. Who on your MySpace “Top 8” do you talk to the most? Ok...interesting MySpace story. I have an account but don't use it. Much like Shelly. Until Friday evening when someone possessed me to search for my best friend from elementary school. I found her! We've been talking via their messaging system ever since. You know...two whole days.
  4. What time is your alarm clock set for? 6:30ish
  5. What color is your room? Right now it's white, but someday it's going to be cobalt blue.
  6. Flip flops or sneakers? Flip flops
  7. Would you rather take the picture or be in the picture? Take them
  8. What was the last movie you watched? Cars
  9. Do any of your friends have children? Yep.......::not jealous or bitter, at all::
  10. Has anyone ever called you lazy? Probably
  11. Do you ever take medication to help you fall asleep faster? Yep, especially when HH has been keeping me awake snoring.
  12. What CD is currently in your CD player? None at this very second, but Rascal Flatts new cd, Me and My Gang is spending a lot of time on Windows Media Player.
  13. Do you prefer regular or chocolate milk? If there is a gun to my head and I have to drink milk then at least make it chocolate.
  14. Has anyone told you a secret this week? Yup, A#1 told me one today as a matter of fact.
  15. Have you ever given someone a hickey? I've tried! HH is such a prude. Mwahahaha.
  16. Who was the last person to call you? Twin
  17. Do you think people talk about you behind your back? Yep, please people don't whisper and then ALL TURN AND LOOK AT ME. It's really not as covert as you may think.
  18. Did you watch cartoons as a child? Yes. I loved The Jetsons
  19. How many siblings do you have? 1
  20. Are you shy around the opposite sex? Depends who it is and how well I know them.
  21. What movie do you know every line to? Bridget Jones' Diary
  22. Do you own any band t-shirts? Nope.
  23. What is your favorite salad dressing? Seven Seas Creamy Italian
  24. Do you read for fun? Don't you?
  25. Do you cry a lot? Only at stupid things.
  26. Who was the last person to text message you? Since the screen is broken on our cell phone text messages really aren't that useful. But to answer the question - Head Coach, back in January.
  27. Do you have a desktop computer or a laptop? Both
  28. Are you currently wanting any piercings or tattoo? Nope, I'm good.
  29. What is the weather like? B-E-A-U-tiful. Sunny and 75...well, the sun is setting, but you know.
  30. Would you ever date someone covered in tattoos? Only this guy. He's my idol.
  31. Is sex before marriage wrong? I believe people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. :o)
  32. When was the last time you slept on the floor? Not in the last 15 years. I don't do sleeping on the floor.
  33. How many hours of sleep do you need to function? For 1 day? 2 or 3...for a few days at least 6.
  34. Are you in love or lust? Yes
  35. Are your days full and fast-paced? No way! It's summer. I'm trying to relax! Though with A cubed here (A, A, and A) everything is an adventure.
  36. Do you pay attention to calories on the back of packages? More than I used to. I am trying to make myself more aware of what I am eating.
  37. How old will you be turning on your next birthday? The big 2-6.
  38. Are you picky about spelling and grammar? Yes, Yes, Yes! My mother wouldn't have it any other way.
  39. Have you ever been to Six Flags? Yes, but it wasn't called Six Flags then and it's not called Six Flags now. Figure that one out.
  40. Do you get along better with the same or opposite sex? I try to get along with everyone, but it's usually girls or homosexual men. :o)
  41. Do you like cottage cheese? Yum!
  42. Do you sleep on your side, tummy, or back? Tummy...if I sleep on my back I have nightmares.
  43. Have you ever bid for something on eBay? Definitely!
  44. Do you enjoy giving hugs? I suppose. Depends on the person. Giving them to HH, definitely!
  45. What song did you last sing out loud? Me and My Gang
  46. What is your favorite TV show? I couldn't pick one if I tried. Reba, Amazing Race, Desperate Housewives, I could go on and on.
  47. Which celebrity, dead or alive, would you want to have lunch with? Ummm...Drew Carey?
  48. Last time you had butterflies in your stomach? Job interviews...eons ago.
  49. What one thing do you wish you had? Definitely a toss up between a full time job and a baby. Job first, then baby.
  50. Favorite lyrics? Oooo, I don't know. How does one pick their favorite lyrics?

June 24, 2006

Oh good gravy

Little Brother is home for the weekend. He has a few "free days" with no school requirements looming.

So what is my brother, the future engineer, going to do with his free time?

Try to do some sort of experiment with Diet Coke and Mentos. I had never heard of this Diet Coke and Mentos phenomenon. Have you seen this stuff? Insane.

I'm sad to admit that one of the videos I've watched with Little Brother was done on the Virginia Tech campus. I'd recognize that Hokie Stone anywhere.

He's such a nerd.

Study Island

During summer school, we are "testing" out the new software (well new to us), Study Island. It's geared toward the Ohio Achievement tests.

Yesterday, as the kids were leaving, Math Teacher (who is also teaching summer school) came out to tell us about a new "discovery". One of the students told Mrs. Math Teacher that this window kept popping up. Math Teacher told the student to let her know the next time it came up and she'd come take a look. She clicked, it came up, and she called Math Teacher over. What did her pop-up window say?

"The computer has detected that you are guessing. You must wait 10 seconds before answering."

Mwahahahahahahaha! I love it!

June 23, 2006

When it rains...

Well, you know.

It's been a rough week here at the Hokie Homestead

First, my aunt's dog. Then one of the barn kittens. Yesterday, my uncle had to spend the night in the hospital.


Well, they were taking down a barn that is going to go out west with my cousin when he moves in the spring and apparently a beam (huge, steel beam) slipped and dropped onto his foot. Luckily he didn't lose his foot but it was pretty painfu
l from what I hear. Lots of broken bones.

Barn in January 2006. (It's the teal/blueish one)
Barn now. Actually, right now there aren't any beams left up. So its all flat.

He's home as of this morning and using a walker. I'm starting to wonder about my family and feet. Foot injuries include:
  • A dropped cement block on my cousin's foot back when we were little.
  • My father's foot troubles 2 years ago when he "dropped a lawn mower deck on his foot".
  • My uncle getting some welding embers caught in his boot and getting a pretty nasty burn.
  • This accident.
I'm concerned about my feet!

P.S. It's raining.

June 21, 2006


One of the striped kittens got hit.

I need to work harder to find them good homes.

One of the grays is going to a colleagues farm to live. It's one I won't have to worry about.

Two animals in one week is too much. Just one more example of the impending urbanization of my area. I used to feel safe. Other stuff going on that makes me just as unhappy.


Let's try this again....

Also known as time when "Mom" has way too much time on her hands.

Right Ollie?

June 18, 2006


We came.

We saw.

We zoo'd.

P.S. The link is right, the website is just down.

June 17, 2006

We'll Miss You

My aunt's dog escaped last night. No sign of him this morning, though HH and I did hear jingling out by Lucy's pen last night. We didn't "see" anything.

I'm just holding out hope he returns safe and sound. So, if you see this dog - tell him to go home. We all really miss him.

** Update: Alex is where he can run and play all day and eat as much food as he pleases. Sleep well, Alex. We miss you already.

June 14, 2006


So ... I didn't say much last week because I tried to put it out of my mind when I heard.

Last Thursday evening, on the last day of school, one of "our" kindergarteners drowned at the local state park. She was at the park with her family celebrating the last day of school.

Once again, I knew this little girl. I had subbed in her kindergarten classroom several times. Her teacher is dealing with her own family problems currently. However, I can only imagine how she must be feeling.

Such a sweet little girl. Such a short little life.

My point is this: Hug your children tonight, extra tight. It only takes a minute and they could be gone.

Rest in peace, little

June 13, 2006

Cars and Soccer

First, it's World Cup time. Yay! Actually, since HH doesn't make me watch every. single. game. I'm enjoying watching the World Cup. We were in Florida years ago when the World Cup was in the USA and I remember being in the hotel and my mother telling us not to make any comments about the Irish (?) team because soccer fans are, and I quote, "crazed hooligans". Mwahahahaha. She was so right!

Me? Well, you see, I live for the cards. In fact, I am thinking of cutting out my very own yellow and red cards that I can wave in the air while I enjoy the game at home (stole that idea from one of the state championship teams last year). Cards are awesome. The cards given at a professional game are much less impressive than the ones given at the men's games at The College. There's cursing then. Lots of cursing and that's just the head coach.

Head Coach is coming over Saturday after the USA game versus Italy. All I can say is I hope they play better than they did yesterday or I am going to have two very cranky men at my house speaking in tongues.

I find myself really rooting for this man.

I think I have gone insane. A man who has been a goalkeeper professionally for 15 years has to be insane (as I told HH). Must be the gloves.

Last night, HH and I went to the drive-in to see Cars and The Shaggy Dog. We've seen the Shaggy Dog before, but he really wanted to see Cars and I wouldn't contemplate sticking a pencil in my eye if we saw it, so we went. First, I do like Larry the Cable Guy and he was a hoot. Second, it was a wonderful movie! I laughed and laughed and laughed. Between all the NASCAR voices in the movie and the jokes it was well worth the money. We must get my father-in-law to see it. He would love it.

Holy Kittens, Batman


6 more

Meanwhile, half of the other kittens are here:

Yep, they're stuck in the tree again. I keep telling myself they got up there they can get down. However, I am totally trying to figure out a way for HH to scale the tree.


June 09, 2006


All that remains after 35 years...

June 08, 2006


Last Day.

So tired.

Didn't Cry.


Still lots of room to purge/move.

Getting up tomorrow to do it all over again.


June 07, 2006


Field Day highlight. Him and the rain starting literally as the kids walked in the door at the end of the day. Hooray!

June 06, 2006

Retirement Ideas

So, as I've mentioned my mother is retiring this year after 36 years of teaching. I had her students (all 80 of them) make a page in a book for her. The book is called: "Finally! A Retirement Book" It's bound and everything, thanks to Kinko's.

Each student completed the sentence...

"When Mrs. retires she can finally..."

Here are some of my favorites:
  • Get Mrs. Daugther (that's me) a kitten and then Mrs. Daughter will end up with one million kittens and Mrs. faints.
  • Relax and stay up as long as she wants.
  • Go dancing with her husband.
  • Go on, "So You Think You Can Dance?"
  • Go on Survivor and win 1,000 dollars.
  • Run off into the jungle and make monkey friends.
  • Go on "Whose Line is it Anyway" with Drew Carey.
  • Be on the "Amazing Race" and go sky diving.
  • Work at Wal-Mart because you will be able to see us there.
  • Forget the old cursive "Q".
  • Become a flamenco dancer.
  • Find a friend and become "Women in Black" (a la Men in Black).
  • Go on "American Idol" and try to win.
  • Be rich from saving money for 36 years. (::snort, snort::)
  • Become Super Mrs. and save the world from evil.
  • Go vote for the Virginia Tech Hokies. (I think she meant root.)
  • Go on a brand new show called, "Writer Idol".
  • Drive a stock car in NASCAR.
  • Sit back and relax and make your husband do the rest.
  • Become a children's book writer.
And my personal favorite:

When Mrs. retires she can finally...become a hard rocker in a band with Mrs. Best Friend. (Her best friend and fellow team teacher retired last year.)

I just love kids!

Interview Update

Well, I think my interview went well. There were only a few moments where I felt I had said something wrong/stupid/not good. Let's just leave it at - I don't use jargon. Never have. I can tell you exactly what I can do, but I can't always tell you the technical name for it. Luckily, I never resorted to using the word, "thingamabobber". I'm so proud.

I have an appointment to teach a "model lesson" in 2nd grade math next Tuesday. I am vascilating between "EEP!" and "Ok, it's just another day of subbing."

Currently, it's EEP!

June 04, 2006


I have a phone interview for a teaching job at a L*ighthouse Academy school tomorrow night.


Fingers crossed people. Fingers crossed. (Still hoping for the other job though.)

Death Stare

Death Stare
Originally uploaded by h0kieerin.
She's the sweetest, friendliest, most neurotic cat I know. She also takes the funniest pictures.

June 02, 2006

Meme of 5

Hey, why not?

5 items in my fridge
1. Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr Pepper
2. Fresh pineapple
3. Cucumbers
4. Tomatoes
5. "Authentic" caesar salad fixings: romaine lettuce, minced garlic, red wine vinegar, and worchestershire sauce

5 items in my closet
1. Summer dresses
2. Comfy sweatpants
3. Winter pajamas
4. Three identical t-shirts that I love
5. Books, piled to the ceiling

5 items in my car
1. Disc 2 of Rent
2. Moonlit Path perfume from Bath and Body Works
3. Kleenex
4. My purse
5. Maps of various cities in Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Roanoke

5 items in my purse
1. Gardenia perfume from Bath and Body Works
2. A bunch of pens
3. 3 chapsticks - all different flavors
4. Checkbook
5. A little notebook with odds and ends in it (printer #, cartridge #s needed for said printer, size of dining room table, bulk prices of Gatorade at different stores, etc) that I need when shopping


Dang, I'm getting old. I stayed out until 3AM last night and boy am I out of it.

Twin is in a wedding this weekend. Since she's the maid of honor she's in charge of the Bachlorette Party. We're not big drinkers (she doesn't drink and her friends don't either). So they're just going to stay in, play silly games, and just hang out. With work and Stiltz, her boyfriend, she was getting mighty overwhelmed. So I offered to help.

Oh. my. God.

First, let it be known that I didn't have a Bachlorette Party, so this is all new to me.

There are naked men everywhere and I swear everything looks like a set of...well, you know. We're giggling like idiots in the middle of the bread section of the grocery store. And I won't even rant about the pregnant woman in Spencer's with her toddler daughter encouraging the child to pick up packages with adult content. There are some crazy people in this world.

Lack of sleep and naked male parts makes me incredibly stupid. Thank goodness I'm not going to the party.