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Aug. 9th, 2013

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I bought the book/writing instruction program, "Writer's Jungle" by Brave Writer. It's pretty inspiring. Among other things, I realize that I've long been a decent writer. Pulling a 5-paragraph essay out of my hiney has never been a problem, and once upon a time before I got angsty about my online persona and over-sharing, I used to be a pretty profligate contributor on LJ and message boards. I remember reading Anne Lamott's "Bird by Bird" and being crazy inspired to do more journaling with pen on paper.

I kind of want to start stretching those writing muscles again. Trying to decide whether to practice writing more frequently here, or on my Wordpress blog, or in my notebooks. Regardless, I really do like the way words flow sometimes. My personality is an interesting blend of right-brained and left-brained, where I crave both creative outlets and logical rules. Knitting fits that need for me, and gardening. I'm working on developing my eye for photography and sometimes that clicks. But I think that writing might be an art form that can be very "me". Creative use of words, cycling with brainy applications of grammar and editing, repeat? Yeah, I need to do this more.

In (related?) news, I think I can see why "they" say that early readers and later readers tend to even out by third grade. Today we went to the library and it happened to be during "read a book to a dog" time, and our friends happened to be there. They have a little guy who's been in school with Eddy since pre-k, fall of 2011. He's been reading well since halfway through his pre-k year, like honestly impressively well with a large vocabulary. I was in reading lessons with him a bit at the beginning of kindergarten, and he was obviously one of the most advanced in the class. Well, today based on his reading to the doggie and also based on his choices for library books to read afterward, I think he and DS are pretty much on par for fluency, comprehension, content. DS might even be pulling ahead. Which, whatever, all I want for my kiddo is for him to be an enthusiastic reader, and I'm grateful we seem to be heading that way. But I've been watching that little boy because I'm wondering how public school affects those who come in advanced, because...

Natalie is reading *really* well. Like, she's catching up to DS. She just turned 4.5, and she's reading Magic Treehouse. Now, I'm not saying this is drop the phone and hold on to your hats amazing. Heck, my mom insists I was reading well by the end of being two/beginning of being three. And I've been reading the Accelerated Learner board on WTM and HA! They have three year olds with ridiculous vocabularies and reading abilities and whatever. But still. She's a bit advanced, and I foresee some tightrope walking ahead of us as we keep her interested and continuing to progress without pushing her or making her feel unusual. In pre-k this will be no problem, she'll get plenty of chances to work on new and stimulating stuff at home, but I dunno about public school. We'll see, I guess.

Apr. 16th, 2013

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It warms my heart to see so many Fred Rogers pictures and quotes and references on Facebook this morning.

But it also suddenly chills me to think that this incident has us all justifiably freaked out. The graphic photos and video footage are horribly disturbing. The thought that our friends or family or WE could be in a situation like that makes us feel a little panicked.

And yet in war torn areas of the world, a day like this would be par for the course. A few fatalities and a few traumatic injuries and the constant threat of same are basically an everyday occurence in Syria...Israel and Palestine...Afghanistan...Iraq...Colombia. One of my high school friends had her father's car targeted by a massive car bomb explosion in Bogotá last year. One of my friends in Phoenix is married to a Syrian man who can hardly stay in contact with his family in his home country; their family lives every day worrying that their kids' cousins or grandparents will be the next casualties.

The world is such a vast place that it's hard to put yourself in someone else's shoes. But today, I really really wish for peace. I guess the first step is to raise my kids to be helpers.

Mar. 22nd, 2013

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Dawkter's wife online: "The private preschool that we have our children at right now is very good and both kids are doing well. But we just found out that the very best private school in the area will have some openings this year. I think this will be a good fit for my kids because my 3-year-old is smart and this private school encourages smartness. My husband originally hesitated because of the cost but now he's coming around." Tuition at this school would be around $25K per year for the two kids.

Preschool parent at my kids' school: "I think if I sell some of our belongings I can cover the $50 per month tuition (after scholarship) despite my husband's unemployment."

Yeeesh.

Feb. 4th, 2012

Writer's Block: School Ties

What is (or was) your college major? Do you use it for your career?


I have a Bachelor of Arts in Physics with a minor in Mathematics. And I stay home with my two kids. So in a manner of speaking I don't *use* my degree, but it has certainly come in handy and I can't say I regret it. I might have regretted it more if it were a more focused BS, but since I went to a liberal arts school I feel like I've got a well-rounded education under my belt and I'm grateful for that. And if/when I start looking again to work outside the home, I'll definitely be glad of the degree even if I move toward a tangential field (I keep thinking of going for further training in accounting and bookkeeping.)

Jun. 7th, 2011

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Someone loaned me a paperback reference book that was in like-new condition and I got a crease in the cover and a few wrinkles on a couple pages. Should I replace the book? :(

Apr. 21st, 2011

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OMG I AM SO EXCITED I COULD BURST AND I HAVE TO WRITE IN ALL CAPS BECAUSE IT'S THE NEXT THING TO RUNNING AROUND THE HOUSE SQUEEING AT TOP VOLUME FOR NO ONE BUT THE KIDS.

Sock Summit class list: http://www.socksummit.com/classes/
Sock Summit teacher list: http://www.socksummit.com/teachers/

I am all a flutter and I can't stand it and I'm going to spend this evening staring at the class schedule and deciding what to take (other than EVERYTHING that Judith has to offer). I am seriously about to hyperventilate over the excitement, the indecision, the fear that even after I decide what to take it'll be a zoo at registration (two years ago the server crashed hardcore with the thousands and thousands of hits when registration went live) and it'll end up being a complete crapshoot whether I even get my chosen classes or not. Ahh ahh AAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!

*deep breaths*

There are 24 hours of instruction that can be filled with 6-hour, 3-hour, or 1-hour courses and lectures. (Advice from 2009 attendees is NOT to fill your roster completely or it may be overwhelming and exhausting. Besides, there's also BrewFest to sample...) Most courses are offered only in one or two slots, and there's some overlap: Judith is teaching a 6 hour sock spinning course from fleece to yarn, and a 3 hour choosing and preparing fleece for sock spinning course, and giving a 1-hour lecture on choosing fleece. I think I'm just going to have to read the course description for EVERYTHING, look carefully at the lineup, and come up with a game plan...

(It's also $75 per 3 hours/$150 per 6 hours so that has to temper my enthusiasm a bit too...)

Feb. 5th, 2011

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For someone I know:



Don't worry though I continue to find you HILARIOUS for some reason!! :P

Jan. 9th, 2011

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"I'd love to stay and chat, but you're a total bitch."

Phew, just had to get that out of my system.

Dec. 8th, 2010

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OMG, this is the most precious baby announcement I have ever EVER seen. I am bursting with love for Casey and Jess and I don't even know them. OMG I am tearing up. Precious, precious, precious.

http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/for-the-love-of-ravelry/848/301-325#317

Nov. 13th, 2010

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This is why I hate doing the math to construct a soaker from scratch, and am trying to write up the pattern so I never have to do it again.

I usually do trial and error to a point and then jimmy some figures so they work. This time I'm trying to be more methodical about it so I've come up with a system of equations to solve.





Solve for k (in inches) and a (in stitches).

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