Well folks, here we are. The last day of Thanksgiving break, the day before we have to go back to work. Why does it seem these fun days are so short?
As we all know, the banners have been causing a bit of stir among many of the J-Land Bloggers. I read an blog earlier that carried this link: Bank of America, Fleet pay $675 million fund settlement - Mar. 15, 2004 ..... As you know, this is one of the many advertisors that seems to be pasted across the top of our blogs upon occasion. I just wanted you guys to see their past. I will say this is my favorite part of the article:
Bank of America, which uses the promise of "higher standards" in its advertising campaign, has been caught up in various investigations.
And everyone thought Martha Stewart was a bad ass.... 'It's a good thing!'
Friday in my classroom was the big event of fall for some of my kids. It was the '2nd Annual Invention Convention'.... We had a variety of entries.... For example: Alabama Plane, Auburn Plane, Speedster Plane, Steam roller, Mark Martin race car, Magic Trick, the Yin Yang Project (3 guys worked on that one), and a Camera, TV and Microphone.
Each person (or group) had to demonstrate or explain about their invention. The planes flew, the steam roller and race car worked, the magic trick was a hoot and the project from the 3 kids was well organized, well presented, the kids were well spoken and the camera, tv and microphone needed a lot of imagination, but made with the excitement only a teacher can dream of! Each entry won first place in their 'category' (can you believe that? hehe)
Let's talk about the camera, tv and microphone.... This invention won the award for BEST USE OF TAPE. This kid loves to invent things. Last hear he made a 'Wheelchair Telephone'. All of his projects consist of at least one main ingredient. Tape. Somehow, he can get anything to hold together with tape. The invention this year had a wooden door stop taped to the side!! Other parts used were boxes, paper, plastic cups and who knows what else!
The only disappointment I felt about the 2nd AIC is no girls participated this year (I got into trouble for making participation a requirement last year, thanks to all those parents that live within a box with their little closed minds that get smaller and smaller with each breath of air they take in... but hey, the ring leader parent's kid didn't waste any time making something other day the minute he learned there was a prize involved..).
Last night I was chatting with a friend about life's goals and such. I was asked what my goals were for the year 2010. I can add to the typical list I gave to my friend. I am adding to that list this: Hosting the 6th Annual Invention Convention!
Well, it seems people are leaving J-land in droves. Most of my favorite 'reads' have passed along their other links and that is ok. It's much better than falling off the cyber mountain of life while people are wondering where the heck you went!!! Thanks guys for sending those links! I have dealt with the ads this way: When I first sign onto the journal, I just use the little 'roller' on the mouse about 1 notch. I don't have to see it anymore! I know it's not the point. It would be nice if there has to be ads if we could just choose the ones we want to see. For example: I might choose Red Cross or United Way. Oh wait, I forgot.... those organizations don't have money to spend on advertising on AOL. My bad.
Another thought I've had this week is this. I wonder what has been happening in the main offices of AOL with all the people leaving. My opinion is they expect after all is said and done, given a little time for those who will leave to go, things are expected to be back to normal. New journalers will slide into favorite positions taking the place of Patrick, Jimmy, Wil, and Remo (just a few of my favorites that have chosen to use other sources...). And yes, I may even decide at some point to join them out there....
This is my first time to answer Patrick's questions. I love this set!!
1. You are invited to spend a night, alone, in a large house that is believed to be haunted. A close friend of yours whom you trust tells you of his or her own experience, and you have sufficient reason to believe that there may be a genuine haunting going on there. Without promise of any kind of reward for staying the night, would you agree to do so? I would have to stay, if nothing else, for the adventure of it... and besides, it may be someone I know!
2. What do you most enjoy about your job? The different and wonderful personalities of the kids! I enjoy them everyday! (Except November 1, but that's another entry....)
3. Who was the last person you had a conversation with? What was the main topic of the conversation? Marion- We talked about Thanksgiving at her house. Would I drive up on Wednesday? Would I stay until through Friday? Do we want to go shopping (NO!!!). Do we want to visit estranged family members (this brought giggles from us both...)
4. Take this quiz: What kind of "smart" are you? I am all around smart... 'a well-rounded brain'... hey! Matches the rest of me!!
5. What was the last food that you totally ruined -- to the point that it was inedible -- when trying to cook? Rice with dill weed... I wept.
6. STRANGELY-OBSCURE QUESTION #1: Ifyou had to do over again, would you change anything? Yes, there are a couple of things I would do differently.... but then, of course, I wouldn't be the person I am today!
So, what about you?? How would you answer?
OK.... who ever said I didn't have a southern accent was wrong. I just took this quiz and my score is: 83% Dixie. They also added this little question: Do you still use Confederate money?? The answer is no. It ain't no good! (Yes, I know.... that's a double negative....) What about you? I dare you to take the quiz and post your score!! I can't wait to see just exactly how southern or yankee you are!!