Monday, January 31, 2011
But once I was done at work, I still had a LOT to get done.
Got my application in for Apple Distinguished Educator (fingers crossed!), stopped by the Scout Store, had dinner with my boys, did the grocery shopping, got a birthday card for my girlfriend, set up online access to my HSA account, and refilled a prescription. Now I just need to get those two blog posts uploaded that have been sitting in my files for weeks.
Mondays kind of hit me hard lately.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Kyle did not know I was taking this picture during the Twitter Chorus at Macworld. Chris Bell and Carol Anne McGuire were talking about how to use Twitter as an educational technology tool, and they were just discussing blocking users when I saw Kyle holding his hand in this way while he worked away on something else.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Thank goodness there was a sign, so I did not mistake these for some kind of wall-mounted bidets. The best part? Someone I know came along (also to use the ladies' room) while I was taking this picture with my iPhone and curiously inquired as to what I was doing.
Friday, January 28, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Cameron also got to hold the American flag for this morning's first and second grade flag salutes.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
One thing I really like about this project is that it is one of the first in which my second graders start demonstrating some independence while repeating a series of steps to identify and locate clip art they need, insert it, change the wrapping and size, and put it into the correct part of the template diagram. After this project, they really show more confidence with a lot of what we do in the lab. It's probably at just the right time in the school year too.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
One of the things I learned early in the day yesterday is that our brand-new, very small Pack (14 boys, grades 1-3) is barely a fledgling Scouting unit. There are so many huge Packs with multiple Dens at each level (Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos I, Webelos II). I started to feel really isolated and discouraged. I heard about Pack Committees that consisted of a number of people, whereas I alone AM our Pack Committee right now. I heard about Cubmasters of Packs so large they did not know all the boys' names, Assistant Cubmasters, Den Leaders, Assistant Den Leaders.
We have nothing like this kind of structure. The afternoon went a little better for me and I got some real positives out of all six sessions I attended throughout the day. I came away from the entire experience feeling that I need to help each adult in our Pack find his or her special role. And EVERYONE gets a job. Now, after some work I need to get done for another responsibility of mine, I just need to make a list of adults and jobs and help each one find the perfect fit.
Friday, January 21, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
This was the best of the pictures from the set I took on my walk out to the parking lot. I love the intensity of the orange.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
I don't know if he's homeless and looking for money or just a really happy dude. But when I looked out and smiled at him, he flipped the sign over, revealing the word "SINGLE?" I had to laugh.
The light changed, and Ken was like, "Can I drive yet?" because he knew I was taking this picture.
So, thanks Ken!
Monday, January 17, 2011
Today I took pictures of our family bowling, lunch at the burger joint, sunset over the mountains from the airport, and my suite and the entire hotel in La Jolla, San Diego. I've flown hundreds of miles and taken 49 pictures. This one came out the best and has the most meaning for me.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
It's better all around than lying on the couch with the laptop literally in my lap, looking upwards at the screen, right? Tonight I am working on getting EyeFi cards working with my new Canon SD1300IS. (Hubby has the blue one, and my brown one arrived today!) So this has been my view this evening.
So I need to get back to setting up and experimenting with the EyeFi cards. This was a quick, fun diversion.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
These are just some of the African-style masks made by our seventh graders during their World History study of Medieval Africa. Their history teacher has a number of fantastically creative projects that tie into the cultures and civilizations they study with her. They also make Adinkra cloth designs and Samurai helmets, among other things.
I went and took a bunch of pictures of the masks hanging in the hallway near her room, and I liked the composition of this shot best.
Monday, January 10, 2011
Their wreath is still looking fantastic, but it's on the ground next to the door right now. I cropped a shot I took, then boosted the color a bit and blurred the edges in, all using iPhoto.
Today was a bit crazy, but yesterday I took a number of shots I liked, and even a few I was proud of once I edited them a little. This was one of those.
I love Christmas. I love the music, the decor, the holiday spirit. But most of all, I love its true meaning, what it stands for, and the message of hope it brings. We live in a world that can sometimes feel completely devoid of hope. Now that my son is approaching seven, I don't know how many more years of magical Christmas seasons we'll get. But this one was wonderful for him, and for us by extension.
For my neighbors, in front of whose house I took yesterday's and today's Project 365 shots, this was their first Christmas with their baby boy. I am so happy for them. I remember that joy. Our son's first Christmas was less than a month before he turned one. We spent it in Britain. He doesn't remember it, of course. All that travel made it a little hectic. This year, we stayed home. It was quiet. We have no family nearby. And it was still okay.
So, even though there's a lot going on between now and next November (when I start celebrating and breaking out the Christmas music), I'll hold on tightly to that little remnant of Christmas spirit for as long as I can.
Sunday, January 09, 2011
Then it would be chair building time. Cameron was anxious to help Daddy, so I knew a task that would normally take half an hour could expand to an hour or more. For the sake of my blood pressure as an innocent bystander, I grabbed hubby's new camera and went for a walk around the neighborhood.
I took a number of pictures I like, but as I headed home I spotted some things right next door on my neighbors' steps. I took a couple of pictures of these flowers pots because I really liked their arrangement. Then, in iPhoto, I boosted the colors just a bit to make this richer.
It ended up being my best shot of the set, but a few others may make appearances in the coming week depending on how busy things get around here.
Saturday, January 08, 2011
The picture of my parents was from a place they stopped on one of their last drives to and from California to visit us. They visited after, but only via airplane from New Jersey. My father loved driving cross-country, but as they got closer to their 70s, we convinced them that flying was safer, quicker, and easier.
Today I spoke to a neighbor about his recent loss of his mother. It brought up a lot of feelings about losing my Dad (March 28, 2008). My neighbor's mother was diagnosed with cancer in mid-November, and it destroyed her body VERY fast. She died on December 22. With my father, we had no warning (as little time as six weeks is, granted), but we also did not have to watch him deteriorate like that.
Losing a parent, even though you know that's the natural order of things, is never easy, and it's not something you ever really get over. I feel so much for my neighbors. They've had a rough year or so with losing both their dogs since November 2009 and now this crushing blow. They've been together 20 years, so she was a mother to both of them. I just keep thinking of both of them as they face some big changes ahead and try to find a way to cope.
What I loved about this was that it really embodies so much of what we enjoyed about our time spent in the hotel room. We faced Coronado Island and a wonderful view of the harbor. My son spent a lot of time looking through binoculars at the water and boats. We had two pairs of binoculars, so sometimes both he and my husband stood gazing out at the sailboats and occasional Navy vessels.
Thursday, January 06, 2011
I liked the spirit of this one a lot, and the fact that you can't tell who the kids are unless you know them, due to the light and shadow. Plus, the boy who is so high off the ground had been whining to me earlier about how many turns each kid was getting. So I was glad to see him joyful instead.
Wednesday, January 05, 2011
I was kicking myself multiple times for not bringing a camera out with me. The weather was perfect: a tad chilly, but sunny and fresh. I was also using my iPhone to look up information about the geocaches I was seeking, so it was a bit cumbersome to keep switching back and forth between the geocaching app and Hipstamatic or my iPhone's default camera feature.
I think my new resolution, then, is to take a camera with me EVERYWHERE. All the more reason to pick up a little Canon SD1300 IS for myself now too.
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
I went out to my car to get some money -- no, I do NOT keep cash in my car, so don't break in to it! -- and I saw my co-worker's pickup truck parked next to my vehicle. With an entire dining room set in the bed. Now, he and his wife DID recently buy a house, and I am sure there's a great, simple, boring story behind this. But he's also from Nebraska, so I call him Cornfed and give him a hard time about being kind of a redneck. Former Marine and all that.
The subtitle for this picture would have to be "Now, you just might be a redneck..."
In other news, I am telling my 7th and 8th grade students about Project 365 today and encouraging them to try it. Let's see how that goes. A bunch of them have seen my soda can and beer bottle picture already. Oh, good.
Monday, January 03, 2011
So I think I am going to need to start going on little walkies during my off periods.
Sunday, January 02, 2011
We picked up a soft-sided case, an 8GB SDHC card, and also a new case for his iPhone -- since that broke last week too.
Battery finally charged, so while we're both laughing away to Kathleen Madigan -- recorded on DVR when we realized her language is a tad too blue for our first grader to overhear -- I just took a few quick snaps with it. This is the only one I really liked.
But I plan to try the camera some more this week, and Alec will too, of course. So I should be able to post some more from the new camera as well as my own and my iPhone too.
Saturday, January 01, 2011
But I also downloaded the Hipstamatic app for my iPhone, so there may be some more interesting stuff on the way soon.