Monday, April 30, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
Rock Garden Re-do, continued
Readers, look at the above photo. Chuck thinks I need at least two more bags. After I spread these, we'll make a decision. Or, I'll make a decision. This time, I think I'll proceed without the engineer's input.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
I am woman, see me vote.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
I set up my new mug on the picnic table outside the rental cottage with the beach in the background. I wanted to show the little lobster inside the mug as well as the one on the front, so I propped it with a few of the seashells and stones we'd found.
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Friday, April 20, 2012
Keeping Safe at Any Age
- Learn to swim.
- Watch kids closely around water.
- Always use seat belts & safety seats.
- Use booster seats that are correct for a child's age and weight.
- Use safe-driving agreements or contracts with teens.
- Insist on soft landing surfaces on playgrounds (i.e. sand or wood chips).
- Install protective rails on bunk beds and loft beds.
- Wear a helmet. Listen up, kiddos, Aaron Rodgers wears one.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Rock Garden Re-do
- Take the entire collection out.
- Place new barriers (corrugated cardboard and/or newspaper) on the mint-filled and weed-filled soil.
- Dump stones back on top of barriers.
- Artistically place the larger rocks.
- Hope for the best.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Respect and Politics: can they coexist?
Monday, April 16, 2012
Random Leftovers, thoughts, and reactions
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Saturday, April 14, 2012
Zero Water Pitcher Review - How's your TDS?
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Matchless Match or Does the Shoe Fit?
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Teacher Profiling - hearing aid compatible version
Ah, readers. You've come through for me in the past. I'm working on a post describing what it's like to be a hearing impaired person teaching in a virtual school. Here's my draft. Let me know what you think. Since I hit copy and paste, I've already made three changes. Five. Now I've lost count.
I entered the teaching field armed with a music degree, two teaching licenses, and two powerful hearing aids. The degree and teaching licenses got me hired; the hearing aids helped me thrive. My condition is a progressive loss, one that has worsened with time and will continue to change as I grow older. This loss is due to nerve damage, and hearing aids are the correct and only treatment. As my hearing loss worsened, I looked for an alternative to a traditional classroom setting, and Wisconsin Connections Academy attracted my attention. I was fascinated by the variety of families enrolled, the unique program, and the commitment to learning, and the enthusiasm for technology in education.
My hearing loss is only one part of who I am as a teacher. Sometimes I need small modifications, or reasonable accommodations as the law calls them. This was easy for WCA; all of the headsets are hearing aid compatible. My students and my coworkers take my hearing loss in stride.
At one time I taught students with hearing impairments – not as a specialist, but as their regular classroom teacher. The presence of a role model, a professional with the same disability they had, motivated these children more than any lesson I could teach. I hope that my current students see my disability, when they think of it at all, as an example that they, too, can succeed, no matter what challenges lie ahead.
Well, readers? I feel like it's still rather stiff, rather bland. Help me out, please?Stumble It!
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Next election: we're ready
Monday, April 09, 2012
Making the Cubicle Home
Saturday, April 07, 2012
Friday, April 06, 2012
Dear Pharmacy; your carbon footprint stinks.
Thursday, April 05, 2012
How to Adjust to a New Sleep Medication
- Have coffee with a friend. The coffee will infuse caffeine; the conversation will be enlightening.
- Snuggle a blanket. This acknowledges the desire to sleep again while not giving in completely to the call of the pillows.
- Put pots and trays of seedlings outside. Between the sun and the cool temperatures, nature helps wake up the soul.
- Blog. But be careful; proofread later when feeling less loopy.
- Feed and pet a rabbit. This is a valid strategy for almost any condition. Rabbits are magical.
- Watch the weather channel or CNN, depending on the mood.
- Avoid game shows on TV. The over-animated applause and the bells & whistles are annoying and all too often generate headaches.
- Contemplate changing timing of taking medication at night to allow for successful awakening in the morning.
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
- no naps
- keeping busy outside (re-potted tomato seedlings)
- half-caff coffee, none after noon
- keeping busy inside (laundry, a necessary evil)
- keeping mind busy - this is the toughest element in the list.
- melatonin, in small doses
- notebook next to the bed for writing concerns, even poems
- Music: when I'm obsessing over regrets from the past, remember "Let it be."
- Music: "Morning has Broken" to ease me out of bed whether I've slept or not