Random Notions and Stories of Teaching

July 31, 2006

Baby Fever

In an effort to lessen her workload once the bathroom is renovated, my mother is cleaning the cupboards in the bathroom. Plus, the woman is trying to figure out where she is going to put the 6 drawers worth of stuff that will need a new home once the drawers on that side of the room are gone. It's not an easy task. My brother is still in college and has some basic things still at my parents house. (Work shoes, old cowboy boots, cowboy hats, etc)

I entered the bathroom today to see what she had accomplished and noticed our old music stands sitting on the counter. I picked them up and told Mom that obviously these were going to our date-to-be-determined yard sale.

Mom: Oh no! I'm saving those.
Me: Why on Earth are you saving these, Mother?
Mom: Well, when you have kids, you may need them.
Me: Mom. Seriously. You don't think we can't/won't get them if and when our kids need them?
Mom: Well, you wouldn't have to buy them.
Me: But Mom, how long are you going to store these? I mean, really...
Mom: I don't know, Erin. How long am I going to store them?

Oh no, not her too! She must be catching my mother-in-law's baby fever.

100 Things

Just about everyone in BloggerLand has one of those pesky 100 Things About Me lists. I don't. Frankly, I started mine in December of 2005 and still can't think of 100 things to add to it. People, I'm just not that interesting. Most of you know this since you are here - reading my blog.

In an effort to get the dang thing done I've decided to post my 100 Things in groups of ten. Maybe they won't seem so daunting in 10 thing bunches. Ha! Plus, I can add interesting little side notes to my 100 things. Some really need clarification.

No promises to add to this daily, weekly, or monthly as I think of interesting/noteworthy things about myself I will update.

Things About Me
1 - 10

1. My name is Erin.
Throughout school, I hated my name. Mainly because I was one of 8 Erin's in my grade level. I detest going by Erin X. I hate calling kids that in my classroom. I usually try to let them choose what they want to be called. Since I was never given that choice. I am neither Irish or red-haired. My mom just liked the name.


2. My parents are still married after 35 years.
They seldom fight. They've been an excellent model for a good relationship for me.

3. I have one brother, who is 4 years younger than me.

He will graduate in December from his university and start graduate school. He will be a civil engineer.


4. My anniversary is December 30th, 2000.

We got married when we were 20 and 22, respectively. Many told us it was too soon and sometimes I think I might agree. However, everything we have we've built together. We're a team through and through. I'd like to think even with HH's illness our marriage is rock solid. You know, I know our marriage is solid BECAUSE of HH's illness. It doesn't seem like it's been five and a half years.


5. I have four pets - Hokie, Ollie, Socks, and Lucy.

Each with their own distinctive personality. Hokie is the oldest and the calmest. He is friendly when he wants attention, otherwise he is content to sleep and watch. Ollie is our Persian primadonna. He sits in front of the fireplace doors after trips to the groomer for days just oogling himself. Lucy is the hyper one. She loves people and animals. She just wants to be your friend. Take her for a car ride and she'll love you forever. Some people think beagles are dumb - Lucy is dumb like a fox. Socks is our newest addition and the baby. He's also bigger than Hokie and Ollie (soon to be bigger than Lucy). He's a rescued barn kitten who thrives on attention. He greets us - and any visitors - at the door. He comes running when my cousin's wife comes over. Basically, he's a big love bug.


6. When you call my house, the answering machine will tell you that you have reached The Hubby, Erin, Hokie, Ollie, Lucy, and Socks.

It will also tell you to leave a message, but speak slowly as Socks isn't that smart. Someday I will change it. Suggestions welcome.

7. I am a proud 2001 and 2003 graduate of Virginia Tech.
Go Hokies!

8. I am exactly 5 feet 6 1/2 inches tall.

I need that half inch as The Hubby keeps saying I am shrinking. I think his head is shrinking. So nah.


9. I love to grocery shop!

It's most fun when I get to push the cart. Most everyone I know hates it. I love trying new products and new foods. It's the one time I can purchase something without immediate buyers remorse. Besides, who doesn't love shopping!?

10. I have lived in 3 states and 4 "cities".

Blacksburg, Virginia - Salem, Virginia - Strawberry Festival Town - and my current hometown. However, I did a survey at FindYourSpot.com and it told me the best place for me to live would be Charlottesville, Virginia. Uh, HELLO, I'm a Hokie. No way am I living in Charlottesville. ;o)

July 30, 2006

Yessss

I am nothing if not dedicated.





Love, love, love the orange one. She's beautiful! (And I have a soft spot for orange kittens)

Curses!

Foiled Again!

HH and I threw on some clothes and dashed outside when I spotted the two new barn kittens (orange and white and white and tabby) outside the house.

They're quick little buggers. All I got were some blurry shots of them leaving.

I don't have Elmyra tendencies. Really!

July 26, 2006

Rave Review

For her retirement, my mother received books. Books, upon books, upon books, upon gift cards for books.

She refuses to read any of them until she "officially" retires (i.e. when summer is over). However, she has no trouble sharing those books with me. Two of the books she received were by Janet Evanovich. One was a typical romance novel. Funny and a quick read. The other was One for the Money.

One for the Money is the first book of the Stephanie Plum series. I am a sucker for series. For example, I love the Madeline Bean series by Jerrilyn Farmer as well as the Desiree Shapiro series by Selma Eichler. I like getting to know a single character though many different books.

I would recommend (and have) the Stephanie Plum series to anyone who enjoys romance, comedy, and mystery. The books aren't gory (unlike the Nora Roberts books I read) and are amazingly witty. I'm so hooked on them that I'm reading them out of order! I never do that!

If you have the opportunity to listen to the books on tape/c.d. do it! C.J. Critt does an amazing job. Her voices different for each character. You can rent the recordings of the books directly from the recording studio. I haven't done it yet as I am too cheap.

Happy reading everyone!

Ooojaboo



If kitten looks could kill.

July 25, 2006

Cranky

HH and I finally got some pictures of the new barn kitten. HH was brave and picked him up. That is one cranky kitten! I've forgotten how sweet Mokey's kittens are now. We only had to handle Skittish to make her more friendly. Otherwise, they come running when they hear my voice.


July 24, 2006

Random

* If I were a Brazilian soccer player, this would be my jersey:


* This would be HH's:

* In other news - the Fuzzy barn cat had kittens again. Well. Kitten. She brought it to the porch tonight. Gee, thanks. The kitten is all white (well, cream) with black ears. Soooo cute. I also found 2 more kittens this evening. Orange and white and black and white. Yay!

* My mother is FINALLY getting her bathroom remodeled! Thank goodness! The house was built in 1880 and they have no shower on the bottom floor. Plus the bathroom used to be the kitchen (no idea how that worked as the bathroom is teeny tiny). Meeting Wednesday to finalize stuff. I'm very excited for her!

* Last, but certainly not least - my mother (and father) bought a golf cart! She's wanted one to go from our house to their house for some time now. I can't argue with it since it's safer than the 3 wheeler we currently own and the 4 wheeler we previously owned. Besides, Lucy LOVES riding on it. Not that that had anything to do with the purchase. Heh.

It's lots of fun to drive. Now it just needs fixed up. MTV! Pimp my golf cart!

July 23, 2006

We're home

Photographic Highlights:





July 22, 2006

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

"Vicksburg Road

Closed 7AM - 5PM

Dailey"


Please, I beg you, get me out of this town!

July 20, 2006

Guilty Pleasures

It is with some shame that I admit one of my summer guilty pleasures is CBS's Big Brother. I've watched it from the first season, which was my favorite, through now.

I am going to attempt to write my thoughts each week of what is going on in "the house." First, I don't have the live feeds (too cheap), but I do keep up with what is happening through a great updates site.

I missed week 1. But the important thing is Allison went home. Can't stand her. She's sneaky, she's manipulative, and dag nabbit she annoys the heck out of me. That leaves the following people in the house:
  • Danielle
  • Diane
  • Erika
  • George
  • Howie
  • James
  • Jase
  • Janelle
  • Kaysar
  • Marcellas
  • Mike
  • Nakomis
  • Will
First, it is important to note my favorites. They may not be yours, but I like them. My absolute favorite would have to be Kaysar followed by Janelle and Erika. I admire their intelligence and their competitive nature. From what I have seen of them in the house, I really like their character. Does everyone have their breaking point? Yes. I can forget lapses in good judgement.

It is also important to note my loathes. I cannot stand Mike or Will. What kind of name is Boogie? Seriously, it's sounds like something that comes out of your nose. Furthermore, if their lives are so great and they make so much money, why are they doing the show? Go be cool off television. Will makes my skin crawl. Ugh.

I also like Howie and George. Though both can get on my nerves. George is either and idiot savant or he's playing a spectacular game. Howie provides much needed comic relief. I also find myself liking Jase. I don't know what his new woman did to him, but she deserves a medal. He seems like a nice guy.

Week In Review
Kaysar won HOH (Head of Household) and nominated Nakomis and Diane for eviction. Diane seems to have lost her mind so I wasn't all that sad about seeing her up on "the block." Nakomis is just Nakomis - quirky, earthy, peace-love-and-happinessy, strange haired chick. She is who she is and while I respect that I think she comes across too harsh. I won't be sad to see either leave.

I am also annoyed that Kaysar took the safe way out and nominated two "floaters". Get rid of Booger, excuse me, Boogie and Will! They have the capacity to turn that house on a dime. Don't trust them. Don't believe them. They'll turn on you in an instant. Why don't people "get" that!?

Erika won the POV (Power of Veto) and chose not to use it. Wise move on her part since if she had used it someone would be out to get her. POV has been a dud, I hate to break it to CBS. A dud.

Oh, the irony.





Tonight is eviction night and I predict Diane will go. Of course, I could be wrong seeing as I haven't had time to actually keep up with what is going on with the house this week since we're on vacation.

July 19, 2006

Why is it?

Why is it that West Virginia makes me nuts? I mean, nuts.

From the moment we cross the state line, I eat. And eat. And eat.

I'm not even hungry! And I eat.

I get random headaches and dizzy spells.

West Virginia makes me neurotic.

I swear West Virginia makes me crazy.

I would say that I eat because I'm bored, but that's not it. True, there isn't a lot to do around here currently - but there isn't a whole lot to do at home. HH thinks its because his mother makes me nervous - and she does, but the nervousness she inspires should make me want to not eat.

Argh! I've lost my mind!

July 18, 2006

Cinnamon Rolls

One of HH's aunt's made cinnamon rolls for the 4th of July shindig that MIL throws each year. MIL said they were delicious and really easy to make.

She was right!

Cinnamon Rolls

We used two tubes of instant biscuits (like Grands). Dip biscuits in butter. Then coat in sugar mixture (equal parts brown and white sugar with cinnamon to taste). Place sideways in a 13 x 9 baking dish. Bake according to directions on the tube (we had to bake a little longer). Then turn rolls out into another pan so melted cinnamon and sugar tops rolls. Top with standard confectioner's sugar "frosting".

We didn't have them with the frosting (I don't care much for that part anyway) but they were delicious!

Trying to talk myself out of making them again as they don't really jive with the whole diet thing.

July 15, 2006

Wrong

I know it's wrong...but I find this video hilarious.

I caught part of it last night on Web Junk on VH1. I also enjoy Best Week Ever. Good shows, people. Good shows.

P.S. I'm bored.

July 14, 2006

Birds of a feather

Have I mentioned that I love Head Coach? HH is unbelievably lucky to have lucked into working for this man. He's been a wonderful role model.

Until things pick up next week with camp, things here in sunny WV have been....well, mind numbingly boring. I'm up to date on the professional development class I am taking. HH has planned soccer camp out 3 different way and today we ordered his camp shirts (always major drama with that it seems).

So while he has extra time HH has been gathering information about the other teams in The College's conference - creating a scouting report of sorts. He's always thinking and luckily, Head Coach is too. I mean, he (Head Coach) called us last weekend because he was waiting for his car to have the oil changed and he was thinking of new line ups. It's what they do. I've accepted it.

Last night as I was listening to my book on tape that I couldn't wait until the drive home to finish HH finished up his report and emailed it off to Head Coach. This morning he received the following email:

"That's great! But stop. You are on vacation, chill-out and enjoy your family; The College Soccer will still be here when you get back.

Have fun; that's an order!

Coach"

Who could ask for a better boss!?

July 13, 2006

Hmm

Helpful...or not so much?

HH and I enjoyed our lunch today at C.J. Maggie*s. I did find little jalepeno land mines in my sandwich, but that just encourages me to read my menu more carefully next time. Luckily, I think I only ingested one and after copious amounts of water my mouth simply tingled for the rest of the meal.

However, when our check arrived I noted this at the bottom:

"Thank you for dining with us at C.J. Maggie's

For your convenience we are providing the following gratuity calculations:
15% is $2.55
18% is $3.07
20% is $3.41"

Is it weird that this annoyed me? Anyone ever seen this before?

P.S. I laughed til I cried last night while listening to my book on tape (Jane Evanovich) when the character said she got a "tingle all the way down to her hoo-ha" when another character kissed her. The look on HH's face was classic.

People I have not laughed so hard in weeks. Hooha...

July 11, 2006

Disappointing

Today was the summer test day.

I am so depressed.

For three weeks, I have been fighting all the classic summer distractions to actually help these kids do better on their test. I understand that twelve days isn't a lot of time to help kids learn, but I expect some progress. Call me naive.

I had four students in my room to take their test. I was supposed to have six but three didn't show and one passed her test, but her mom wanted her to take the test again anyway. (WTF)

One student did pretty well. I'm hoping he will pass. I'm not really counting the retaker since she's passed it once and I don't know what happens if she fails it this time. Another student answered all her questions, but in the fill in answers wrote things like, "he felt sad because he felt sad". Grrrrrrrrrrr. The other student really upsets me. This student filled in all (but one) of the multiple choice questions. However, he did not even ATTEMPT the short answer or extended response questions. Didn't even attempt.

Furthermore, the movie that I have spent hours upon hours upon hours working on for my cousin's girls will not burn to a dvd. *&^% #$^% piece of *&^%! I don't know what I'm doing wrong. It's done it before perfectly. I've checked the dvds, the program, everything I know how to check. Anyone have any suggestions? I'm using Windows Movie Maker.

Now, I must stop procrastinating. Tomorrow we are going to WV for a week and a half. HH has a soccer camp next week so he'll be working and I'll be attempting to drown myself in the hot tub. Besides, I can't keep making excuses to the HH why I haven't packed when he is completely packed (show off). I never put off doing things like this, but I just can't seem to muster the energy to care.

Grrr

Zidane Headbutt

I can't believe he won the golden ball. What a crock.

July 10, 2006

Big Trouble

We (the teachers of our district) are in for big trouble. As I've mentioned, they're raising class sizes in our district to save money.

However, teachers don't think it's going to go too well.

Why?

Consider the following conversation today between Math Teacher and a summer school student (4th grader in the fall).


Principal: Here are your ice cream coupons for having perfect attendance this week at summer school! (Principal passes out coupons and leaves)
SSS: (looking at their coupon in confusion) Mrs...is this coupon good for the ice cream, too?
MT: Uh...yes, it's for an ice cream cone.
SSS:
Oh, so we get ice cream too!? Awesome!

I believe the words you are looking for are...Oy vey.

July 09, 2006

Congratulations

The World Cup is finally over. It was very enjoyable for me. I've never actually followed a World Cup event, which is weird considering how long HH and I have been together.

Today's match was a wonderful hard fought match. I couldn't wholeheartedly support the Italians since I agree with Drew Carey that they cheat. They dive. They act. Head Coach says its all mafia related and its ok. Heh. (Head Coach is Italian) I couldn't really root for the French because...well...they're French! Since I really didn't know who to root for, I rooted for everyone.

During overtime, I decided to root for the French because it was Zidane's last game ever. Then the "horrific" head butting incident occured. Then I had to root for the frickin' Italians! The head butt was so immature. As a captain and a professional player he should have known better. End of story. It's so sad that a great career had to end with such a horrible action. I guess there was talk of him being remebered like Pele or the other soccer greats. For me, it'll never happen. Bad sportsmanship is inexcuseable.

Congrats to the Italian National Team and all their fans.





I also thought the center ref (far right) was fantastic. Incredibly fair.






P.S. When you lose, don't cry. There are 34 other teams that would kill to be in your
position. Be a man. When you win, then cry.

Now on to the Running of the Bulls / Festival of San Fermin!

July 07, 2006

Just a peek

into the life of my dear HH.

In our house, when HH is sick - he sleeps on the couch.

When I am sick...HH sleeps on the couch.

He's really sweet in that way.

When HH snores in my ear...or at all, I nudge him and tell him to roll over or to lay on his tummy. He promptly buries his head in his pillow somewhat muffling his snores (there's a reason why I've nicknamed him HH the Freight Train). If it still keeps me awake he moves to the couch. In fact, all I have to say is, "HH...couch." And off he goes.

So this weekend while we were in the hotel apparently, I was snoring. (I do not snore! I breathe loudly.) But anyway...I was breathing loudly. HH nudged me gently and whispered, "Erin, you're snoring...roll over."

To which I promptly replied, "Deal with it." And went back to sleep.

Luckily, for some reason, he loves me. He's a saint, I tell you. A saint!

July 06, 2006

Good times

Went to see The Devil Wears Prada today with Twin. Good flick. Good company. Good times.

I really enjoyed the movie. Anne Hatheway's love interest in the movie is the same guy that was in a Melissa Joan Hart movie I liked years ago. What was the name....Drive Me Crazy, I think. He's the Entourage guy. You know. That guy. Anyway, Meryl Streep is wonderful as usual. Joanne from Rent is also in the film. I recommend it as a good chick flick. Definitely a movie we will be purchasing and book I will be getting from the library. Why did no one tell me it was a book!? I need to read the book BEFORE I see the movie. Sheesh. Note: Must reread How to Eat Fried Worms.


Contrary to how I dress, I'm really addicted to fashion programming. America's Next Top Model, love it. Project Runway, definitely. It's truly bizarre. I guess I'm living vicariously through these thin people that I will never be.


Hmm...suffering from a little self-loathing lately. Does it show?

July 05, 2006

Phases

As a teenager, I fell in love with the idea of naming my children (all girls, of course): January, February, and Summer (don't judge me). Luckily, I have since outgrown that phase.

My current name phase surrounds a Disney movie. I'll wait while those who know me pretend to be shocked. I love the Princess Diaries movies and the books (I own them all). While I have talked myself out of naming any future female child, Mignonette, I do adore the name Amelia. I have visions of naming my future daughter, Amelia.

I mean it's not like the White family that is currently in my school district. They named their children after literary characters. There's Aramus, Scarlett, and you guessed it - Snow. I am somewhat restrained in that manner.

However, HH's cousin just had a baby last month and guess what she named her...

Amelia Sage

I'm somewhat miffed. Another cousin has a daughter named Abbigail, which I also love. Now they've taken out another favorite. I may name my future daughter Amelia anyway. Or I may have progressed to a whole new phase. For now...it's a moot point.

July 04, 2006

What's in a name?

This was amazingly accurate. The creepy thing was that it didn't change when I used my maiden name or my married name. Doo doo doo doo. Get your's here.


There are 13 letters in your name.
Those 13 letters total to 70
There are 5 vowels and 8 consonants in your name.

Your number is: 7

The characteristics of #7 are: Analysis, understanding, knowledge, awareness, studious, meditating.

The expression or destiny for #7:
Thought, analysis, introspection, and seclusiveness are all characteristics of the expression number 7. The hallmark of the number 7 is a good mind, and especially good at searching out and finding the truth. You are so very capable of analyzing, judging and discriminating, that very little ever escapes your observation and deep understanding. You are the type of person that can really get involved in a search for wisdom or hidden truths, often becoming an authority on whatever it is your are focusing on. This can easily be of a technical or scientific nature, or it may be religious or occult, it matters very little, you pursue knowledge with the same sort of vigor. You can make a very fine teacher, or because of a natural inclination toward the spiritual, you may become deeply emerged in religious affairs or even psychic explorations. You tend to operate on a rather different wavelength, and many of your friends may not really know you very well. The positive aspects of the 7 expression are that you can be a true perfectionist in a very positive sense of the word. You are very logical, and usually employ a quite rational approach to most things you do. You can be so rational at times that you almost seem to lack emotion, and when you are faced with an emotional situation, you may have a bit of a problem coping with it. You have excellent capabilities to study and learn really deep and difficult subjects, and to search for hidden fundamentals. At full maturity you are likely to be a very peaceful and poised individual.

If there is an over supply of the number 7 in your makeup, the negative aspects of the number may be apparent. The chief negative of 7 relates to the limited degree of trust that you may have in people. A tendency to be highly introverted can make you a bit on the self-centered side, certainly very much self-contained . Because of this, you are not very adaptable, and you may tend to be overly critical and intolerant. You really like to work alone, at your own pace and in your own way. You neither show or understand emotions very well.

Your Soul Urge number is: 7

A Soul Urge number of 7 means:
With a number 7 Soul Urge you are very fond of reading, and retreating to periods of being alone and away from the disruptions of the outer world. You like to dream and develop you idealistic understandings, to study and analyze, to gain knowledge and wisdom. You may be too laid back and withdrawn to really succeed in the business world, and you will be much more comfortable in circumstances that are tolerant of your reserve, your analytical approach, and your desire to use your mind rather than your physical being.

You are very timid around people that you don't know very well, so much so at times that casual conversation and social situations can be strained. You tend to repress your emotions to the extend that some people have a good bit of difficult understanding you. You tend to be very selective with friends and you don't easily adapt to new environments or to new people very quickly.

The negative traits of the 7 include becoming too much the introvert and isolated from others.

Your Inner Dream number is: 9

An Inner Dream number of 9 means:
You dream of being creative, intellectual, and universal; the selfless humanitarian. You understand the needy and what to help them. You would love to be a person people count on for support and advice.

What's in a number?

Got this as an email from my cousin's wife. You can get your own here.

Your date of conception was on or about 27 November 1979 which was a Tuesday. (Ewwwww, definitely too much information!)

You were born on a Tuesday under the astrological sign Leo.
Your Life path number is 9.

Life Path Compatibility:
You are most compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 3, 6 & 9.
You should get along well with those with the Life Path numbers 1 & 5.
You may or may not get along well with those with the Life Path numbers 2, 7 & 11.
You are least compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 4, 8 & 22.

The Julian calendar date of your birth is 2444470.5.
The golden number for 1980 is 5.
The epact number for 1980 is 13.
The year 1980 was a leap year.

Your birthday falls into the Chinese year beginning 2/16/1980 and ending 2/4/1981.
You were born in the Chinese year of the Monkey.

Your Native American Zodiac sign is Salmon; your plant is Raspberry.

You were born in the Egyptian month of Paopy, the second month of the season of Poret (Emergence - Fertile soil).

The date of Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 6 April 1980.
The date of Orthodox Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 6 April 1980.
The date of Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent) on your birth year was Wednesday 20 February 1980.
The date of Whitsun (Pentecost Sunday) in the year of your birth was Sunday 25 May 1980.
The date of Whisuntide in the year of your birth was Sunday 1 June 1980.
The date of Rosh Hashanah in the year of your birth was Thursday, 11 September 1980.
The date of Passover in the year of your birth was Tuesday, 1 April 1980.
The date of Mardi Gras on your birth year was Tuesday 19 February 1980.

As of 7/4/2006 10:40:21 AM EDT
You are 25 years old.
You are 311 months old.
You are 1,350 weeks old.
You are 9,450 days old.
You are 226,810 hours old.
You are 13,608,640 minutes old.
You are 816,518,421 seconds old.

Your age is the equivalent of a dog that is 3.6986301369863 years old. (Life's just a big chewy bone for you!)

There are 46 days till your next birthday on which your cake will have 26 candles.

Those 26 candles produce 26 BTUs,
or 6,552 calories of heat (that's only 6.5520 food Calories!) .
You can boil 2.97 US ounces of water with that many candles.

In 1980 there were approximately 3.6 million births in the US.
In 1980 the US population was approximately 226,545,805 people, 64.0 persons per square mile.
In 1980 in the US there were 2,406,708 marriages (10.6%) and 1,182,000 divorces (5.2%)
In 1980 in the US there were approximately 1,990,000 deaths (8.8 per 1000)
In the US a new person is born approximately every 8 seconds.
In the US one person dies approximately every 12 seconds.


Your birthstone is Peridot
The Mystical properties of Peridot

Peridot is used to help dreams become a reality.
Some lists consider these stones to be your birthstone. (Birthstone lists come from Jewelers, Tibet, Ayurvedic Indian medicine, and other sources)
Sardonyx, Diamond, Jade

Your birth tree is
Cedar, the Confidence

Of rare beauty, knows how to adapt, likes luxury, of good health not in the least shy, tends to look down on others, self-confident, determined, impatient, wants to impress others, many talents, industrious, healthy, optimism, waiting for the one true love, able to make quick decisions.


There are 174 days till Christmas 2006!
There are 187 days till Orthodox Christmas!

The moon's phase on the day you were born was waxing gibbous.

July 02, 2006

Vacation

Our visit to Toledo was very enjoyable. Here are two pictures of Lake Erie I took...well, I made HH get out of the car and take them. We went to a big nursery up in the area and got to see a bunch of greenhouses (hundreds) that have been made, in part, by my dad. Very cool.

If you look very closely you can barely see Cedar Point in the distance of the second picture.