Thursday, March 30, 2006

Monopoly: What are you?

Most of us have played this game at least once in our lives.  Do you always have to have the same token each time?  I usually try to get the race car.  What does it say about me?  I'm confident and fast!!  LOL....  What about you?  What do you always choose and what are you?  Take the Monopoly Personality Quiz!!


Monopoly Token Personality Quiz - What Kind of a Player are You?

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Spring Break

Spring break, 2006 is over....  actually, it was over as of Friday afternoon at 3:15.  There is a lot to be said for the break. 

 It was cold, sometimes wet, but none the less, it was a needed break for me. 

 Hours of playing Mah Jong online, movies, reading, napping, chatting with people I rarely visit with. 

 I've also thinking about how to organize myself for the end of the year.  I am ready to get on with the last 7 or 8 weeks of the school year!! 


Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Book Review: A Smile as Big as the Moon

By: Mike Kersjes

This true life story is about a couple of special education teachers and their hurdles, triumphs, and the rewards of getting their learning-disabled class to the Space and Rocket Space Camp in Huntsville, AL.  This inspirational story that could be a spirit-lifting read for those teachers who are in need of a pick-me-up when you begin to wonder what your classes could truly learn if inspired.  I can see where some science fiction fans might enjoy it also due to the large amount of space technology language. 

BTW, if you have never toured the Space and Rocket Center it is amazing!  Here is a link to their site:  U.S. Space & Rocket Center   The real Saturn V that can be seen for miles is breath-taking!! 

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

You know Easter is coming when...

You know Easter is right around the corner when you can walk down the isle at any Wal-Mart or Target and see these guys.  How can anyone resist?  These are a weakness of mine....  at least, one of them!! 

What is your favorite Easter candy?

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Life and it's unexpected surprises....

I got a phone call early this morning from one of my kids at school.  He told me his father had phoned him Friday morning, wanting to visit with him during the day. That was why he wasn't at school.  I said I was glad to know and I had been worried about him.  Then he told me his father unexpectedly passed away yesterday morning.  And he sobbed.  And, I cried with him.  He doesn't come from the most upstanding family, in fact, most of them have been arrested on drug charges.  All with the exception of this kid.  He's a good kid with a bad hand dealt to him in life.  And what can you do?  I found this quote and think it's rather appropriate for my mood tonight.....

   "We all carry around so much pain in our hearts.  Love and pain and beauty.  They all seem to go together like one little tidy confusing package.  It's a messy business, life.  It's hard to figure-full of surprises. Some good.  Some bad."  Northern Exposure, The Big Kiss, 1991 

Which Star Trek Character Are you?

I've never been a huge Star Trek fan, but saw this one on John Scalzi's journal site... Just had to do it because my sister and her hubby love it... I thought maybe it would be something we could chat about at some point....  Here's the site:


Which Star Trek Character Are You? Quiz

Your results:
You are Deanna Troi Deanna Troi 75% Jean-Luc Picard 70% Beverly Crusher 60% Geordi LaForge 60% An Expendable Character (Redshirt) 60% Chekov 55% Uhura 55% Mr. Scott 50% Will Riker 50% James T. Kirk (Captain) 40% Worf 40% Mr. Sulu 35% Data 31% Spock 30% Leonard McCoy (Bones) 25% You are a caring and loving individual.
You understand people's emotions and
you are able to comfort and counsel them.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Tomorrow is Friday and 3:00 can't get here fast enough!!  If I had my wishes, I would come home, turn on some relaxing music, get something cold to drink and step into a hot tub!  Doesn't that sound relaxing??


Friday, March 10, 2006

March Madness

I've been out of town the last couple of days...  We went to Speical Olympics Basketball Tournament in Tuscaloosa, AL.  It's always fun and the kids really love it!!  The guys played hard... they won the first game, so we had to wait and play the last game of the day.  What a game!  The guy running the clock had some issues... such as not running the clock when at times.  The other team played way to dirty, and the fowls, of course were not always called as they should have been. 


Never believe it when someone is talking about Special Olympics and they say, 'It's only Special Olympics.'  These kids play their heart out... they want to win, they want the gold!  The last game was so intense, I thought I was going to have to leave the gym, but I couldn't leave.  I had to be there.  The parents and I had to be the cheerleaders.  We called to the guys, giving them encouragement, but at the last minute, the clock-guy had a relapse on how to run the clock, the refs said they 'kept' the time in their head and we.....


LOST.  By one point: 28-27......  The boys were silent.  The parents were pissed.  We questioned it all.... and before the officials gave out the medals, they said some ugly things about our parents.  As one parent said, "When your kids are born with disabilities, you have to fight for everything for them."  This is so true.  Our guys played a good, fair game.  So, I have to give out a big salute to them tonight!  Guys, you played a great game!! 

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Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Spring is popping out!!

As you can see from my pictures, spring is in the air, even if it is two weeks away... I love this time of year!  I see the world coming to life after a long, cold winter and it makes me smile...  I can feel myself almost stretch out to the sun, just like the buttercups in the picture....  If it isn't spring-ish where you are, just come back to my journal and get primed  for it! 

Sunday, March 5, 2006

What kind of soda are you?

Yep, one of my favorites, but usually I drink diet....

You Are Dr. Pepper You're very unique and funky, yet you still have a bit of traditionalism to you.
People who like you think they have great taste... and they usually do.

Your best soda match: Root Beer

Stay away from: 7 Up




Blogthings - What Kind of Soda Are You?

Working under pressure...

Just taking a little time from 'working under pressure' to say hello to everyone.  Also, have tv on, but turned way down with Andy Griffith show in background.  As you might know, Don Knotts passed away last weekend and they are having a marathon tribute to him on TV Land.  I don't have to really watch them to know what is going on.  I can almost say them line by line.  bcounter.jpg (21005 bytes)

Working under pressure, you might ask yourself?  Yes, that's me... I seem to kick in and get the job done when I've procrastinated the allowed allotted amount of time and then realize I better get it going since it's due tomorrow afternoon.   So, what do I do?  I think this is the perfect time to make a journal entry. Oh well... 

Just a bit of news about what's been going on in my life this week.  My mom had a pacemaker put in on Tuesday.  She is doing so MUCH better since having it!!  She is almost back to her most normal self. 

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 They are going to do a c-scan this week, though because they saw a 'shadow' on an x-ray from last week.  No clue what that means....  We had an interesting time in the waiting room.  My dad, of course, was with my mom until they to<SPAN class=spell id=sp-1 title="No spelling suggestions" style="PADDING-RIGHT: 2px; BACKGROUND-POSITION: left bottom; PADDING-LEFT: 2px; BACKGROUND-IMAGE: url(; PADDING-BOTTOM: 2px; CURSOR: pointer; COLOR: black; PADDING-TOP: 2px; BACKGROUND-REPEAT: repeat-x; BACKGROUND-COLOR: yellow" _backupTitle="null"> her to surgery.  The minister, mom's friend, Ruth, and another man from their church were there.  Then, my ex-boyfriend stepped off the elevator.  We actually get along ok.  My dad came out when they took mom to surgery and was surprised to see  him there, but was ok with it.  Then, my cousin stepped off the elevator.  Then the 'party' started!!  The conversation ranged from shoes to politics.  All interesting stuff....  In the middle of it, my ex left (and rather abruptly, I thought).  Later after it was just my dad, cousin and myself, Daddy told us my ex and the other man from their church know each other and apparently, they don't care for one another. How funny, I thought each one of them knowing my parents.... 

Monday begins IEP 'season' for me.  In fact, the IEP meeting I am having tomorrow afternoon may be cancelled due to a fire that totally destroyed this kid's home yesterday.  I can't say this is a good way to begin the season... for him, or me...  I've had a couple of calls about it today.  The family never had much, but they were buying (or had bought) this place.  Now, it's all gone.  I think we are going to take donations for them.  Perhaps a food and clothing drive.  Not sure about the IEP thing.  Total meetings for this week: 3 

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Thursday and Friday this week, I am traveling to Tuscaloosa for Special Olympic Basketball State Tournament.  We have a few strong guys on the team and should do fairly well.  These kids are fun to watch... Should be a fun time.  Back on Friday night... then, on Saturday, I have been invited to a Pampered Chef party at my friend Pam's house and to the baby shower for one of the peer tutors that comes to our room.  She is going to have twins, a boy and a girl.... and at 18 years old....  Oh well...  I'm almost 30 years older than her (ok, no comments here....) and wouldn't trade places with her for anything!!  LOL  Just thinking about having 2 babies at the same time is scary for me now.  Perhaps being younger has some advantages?

Well, guess I'll get back to it....  Hope you guys have a great week!!