Monday, April 30, 2007

End of semester and other rambles

OK not a long blog today – hehe – going crazy – my three college courses end around the 12 of May plus my online VHS high school course – their projects are due the 8th so I have a buttload of grading - which is always hard and slow for me – and finishing up other things with in the next few weeks – DAMMMMMMMNNNN and PHEWWWWWW and I am so celebrating when this semester is over – it has been very long for a number of reasons related to work changes, social changes, family changes and just a lot of stuff

Saw Meet the Robinsons last night – it was cute – little one and I had the run of the theater for a bit, the theater overall was empty – I guess with no big releases yet no one is up for a Sunday movie – but I liked the music – also started teaching little one how to throw popcorn up and catch it with your tongue - hehe ahhh those important life skills you pass on… next week I am teaching her the all important skills of sliding down a banister (hehe j/k that is not until she is 7 ;-)

Took my environmental class on a field trip Saturday – we did coastal environments

First stop was the Wetlands Institute and we played in the mud, I mean studied the hydric soil an important part of said environment (and why marshes and such stink – hehe awww science taking the mystical fantasy out of things like why sunsets are red and orange, why the sky is blue and why marshes smell like rotten icky eggs). But we then stopped in Ocean City looking at beach barrier islands. Next Saturday we have another trip to Wissahickon.

My swirly, twisty, spaceyness has been raging lately :-P I have been noticing many odd things of late – I need to write some of these down one of these days, like the local Burger King having stickers on the doors so as you go out it says Buh-Bye – haha that one made me laugh out loud in the restaurant and even got a few stares….

Been thinking about May 19th of late – I know I shouldn't and it will be 3 years so things should be healed and settled– but still – funny how the Pink song I really like right now, Who Knew uses 3 years in the lyrics as well….. so lots of retrospectiveness about that which fuels other thoughts and how I act and such….

Got my ticket for my sister's b-party – sister one is taking sister 2 to Vegas for sister 2's 30th – as a surprise, sister 1 wanted me to come, so the three of us are hitting Vegas (sister one does not even speak to sister 3 any more, sister 1 was the one who did not invite sister 3 to her wedding, so that is why it is just the three of us and not all four sisters) – but yeah I got my plane ticket – plus as a surprise and extra special (sister 2 been having a lot of bad stuff, I mean a lot of stuff happen to her the last while) well sister 2 has this thing and well we wanted to do this special thing so we are. Hehe

plus we are staying in the Imperial Palace which is like mid strip – we are all interested in like flair bartending and the little local lounge acts (the ones sooooo bad they are good – haha the ones that are free and the more alcohol you consume the better they get type – I love those and will get my craving for lounge acts satiated I hope) – also sister 1 is like big into country so we have to go to Toby Keith's bar – hehe – and sister 2 and I do not gamble really but we found these cool dice games in New York New York and plan on gambling a little (NY NY also has an awesome piano bar with great music – dueling pianos and also the main bar in the casino has a stage over the bar and bands play – hehe I ALWAYS FIND MUSIC – ALWAYS)

But that should be nice and fun and wheee : )

Thursday, April 19, 2007

A Dedication to my friends (and even future friends)

Ok – it seems most of the few people I call friends are either sick, not feeling good, having problems, stressed and depressed and life in general has brought out the nerf bat and begun beating on them

So I dedicate, as a reminder I am always around and willing to do anything I can, a couple of songs… not sure they will help y'all right now, I wish I knew what would or you could tell me – I would do it in a snap – I am like that for my friends…

So for you out there who read this – please take the lyrics to heart and know I am around and willing to help however

Call Me When You Are Down (by Le Click – yes I like techno pop :P )

Call Me When You Are Down (by Le Click – yes I like techno pop :P )

Call me when you're down
Call me when you need someone
Call me when it's rough
And you think that there's no one

Call me when you're down...

Love just for the understanding
Things that love carries, what we're demanding
Listen to the heart thats beating
Forget about lust and all misleading
Love, talk about me and you
My love just makes everything come true
Questions lies in the heavens and ground
It's up to me and I'll call you when I'm down

I will be true, too many ups and downs with you
I know what to say to you, so here's what I tell you

Repeat Chorus

Chorus 2:
But 'till you need someone to love
I will be searching for my love
I will, but I will be there for you

Sitting at a park, holding hands at the dark
With a love so strong to break my heart
This is your heart that's beating
Forget about fuss and all misleading
Love, summer, winter, spring or fall
Love is wishing that we had it all
Questions lies in the skies and ground
It's up to me and I'll call you when I'm down

Repeat Bridge

Repeat Chorus 1 & 2:

I will be there for you...
I will be there for you...
I will be there for you...

If you need someone
Call me when you're down
If you need someone
Call me when you're down

Call me when you're down...

Repeat Chorus 1 & 2

Story Of My Life (Smashmouth - this song always makes me laugh go awww damn)

I get to the party, but I'm too late
And I got stood up on my very first date
I listen to country and everybody goes rock
I get to the dance floor, that's when the music stops

It doesn't matter what I do, I just can't seem to win
But here I go again

And I say
Hey that's the story of my life
I had a good plan but it didn't go right
Oh no I'm overdrawn
I check my account and the money's all gone
Why me I don't know what to think
I finally get aboard and the whole boat sinks
Seems to be the story of my life

I pick a slot machine and lose it all again
But when I walk away, someone else always wins
When she finally calls me, I forget my phone
And when I'm starving, you know the kitchen's closed

It doesn't matter what I try, it all ends the same
And here I go again

Hey that's the story of my life
I had a good plan but it didn't go right
Oh no I'm overdrawn
I check my account and the money's all gone
Why me I don't know what to think
I finally get aboard and the whole boat sinks
Seems to be the story of my life

Just when it seems like it's turnin' 'round for me
There's always something that ends up happening
I found my car but I can't find my keys

I get to the party a little too late
And once again the music stops to play

Hey that's the story of my life
I had a good plan but it didn't go right
Oh no I'm overdrawn
I check my account and the money's all gone
Why me I don't know what to think
I finally get aboard and the whole boat sinks
Seems to be the story of my life

Monday, April 16, 2007

Vacation and busy

OK - been ultra busy with work, school and took last week to go on vacation to Arizona to visit family as well as head out to Disneyland for a few days too - will have pictures and some comments as soon as I get caught back up with work and into more of my normal routine.

I saw this bumper sticker on theback of a car while in Tucson and liked it (yes I like bumper stickers and love reading them and yes I have some stickers - actually they are in my back window, but I have some on my car too)

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens. - Jimi Hendrix

- I also went and looked up more quote by Mr. Hendrix - I really like a bunch of them

here are a few and the site I pulled them from

I used to live in a room full of mirrors; all I could see was me. I take my spirit and I crash my mirrors, now the whole world is here for me to see.

I was thinking too fast. It seems like a person has the tendency to get bored, because he always wants to try to do all these accomplishments.

I'm gonna put a curse on you and all your kids will be born completely naked.

Music is a safe type of high. It's more the way it was supposed to be. That's where highness came, I guess, from anyway. It's nothing but rhythm and motion.

The story of life is quicker then the blink of an eye, the story of love is hello, goodbye.

(I really liek this one for some reason) - If I'm free, it's because I'm always running.

And this one too! =- You have to go on and be crazy. Craziness is like heaven.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Movie - The Prestige

Watched the movie The Prestige – very interesting movie - kinda weird - liked Christian Bale and Michael Caine - not much of a soundtrack..... magic, illusion, reality and lie - how fun....

Some neat quotes

Every great magic trick consists of three acts. The first act is called "The Pledge"; The magician shows you something ordinary, but of course... it probably isn't. The second act is called "The Turn"; The magician makes his ordinary some thing do something extraordinary. Now if you're looking for the secret... you won't find it, that's why there's a third act called, "The Prestige"; this is the part with the twists and turns, where lives hang in the balance, and you see something shocking you've never seen before.

Nikola Tesla: Things don't always go as planned, Mr. Angier. That's the beauty of science.

Alfred Borden: You went half way around the world... you spent a fortune... you did terrible things... really terrible things Robert, and all for nothing. Robert Angier: For nothing? Alfred Borden: Yeah Robert Angier: You never understood, why we did this. The audience knows the truth: the world is simple. It's miserable, solid all the way through. But if you could fool them, even for a second, then you can make them wonder, and then you... then you got to see something really special... you really don't know?... it was... it was the look on their faces...

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Assorted Moments in One Day

Some random thoughts from my Friday

- listening to Gwen Stefani's latest CD in the car driving to drop of little one. The 6 and a ½ year old explains she liked the first song on the CD (Wind it Up) which the kid calls the yodel song because the song starts with Gwen doing a take on yodeling and using a bit from a kinda Sound of Music Like yodel song. She says she likes it because it is an action song. I go it is fast? And she is no, it has more action. I realize the song changes tempo a number of times, goes from the mock yodel to a rap kida, to other forms of singing and uses a few bridges – oh man it does have more "action" – Now I will listen to songs to see which have more action – do you know action songs?

- helping a student who rushes in frantic to try and convert his PowerPoint for a presentation today from his version to one that works on the school computers. We be stylin' as we got him set – go us!

- judging the science fair at the high school I work at – I start the interview process each time shaking their hand, introducing myself and asking for their name, they are amazed at the greeting and the hand shake – what is this asks one….

- I always ask each student I interview why they chose the project they did – the answers amaze me and make me think how many times when asked about a project in my life I was motivated such to answer similar ways… yay for the honest ones and yay for the thoughtful and through-provoking ones
Why Did You Do This Project
· Because I had to
· Because I play these instruments and I wanted to do something with music
· It was easy and would be no work
· My dad is a cop and I am interested in his safety
· Work with kids and thought this would help me keep them settled
· Because the flowers are cool and I want to save money and do it myself
· Because my friends teased me so now I know

- getting to try the catapult one of the students built for the science fair and loving it : )

- Getting into a discussion over a project being written for the summer program I am the coordinator for – we will be building devices to drop eggs - wheeeeee

- Sitting in my car, listening to the radio, waiting to pick up little one from school. I watch in the rear view mirror as an older woman is on a ladder at a house across the street form my car. She is using a sponge to wipe the vinyl siding on her house. Panel by panel, then she starts on the windows. When was the last time you washed the windows on your house? When have you washed the side of your house? Ever with a sponge, by hand?

- Watching some of my college students forget it was a test tonight - hoo boy

- watching a jet create a condensation cloud line high in the sky and picking out images from the cloud. Then going through the scientific reason in my head why that cloud forms and how I just taught that principle to my students.