Tuesday, October 30, 2007
7 random things about me:
1) i recently learned that i'm a blue red personality and that many of my closest friends are blue white and other friends think i am white when really i'm not.
2) i have a bit of nerve damage so my right foot always feels funny - like it's asleep. sometimes the numbness spreads and i can feel it in my leg and bum. i'm feeling that way now. too much sitting at a computer that is not at the right height.
3) i have lived and traveled all over the place but truthfully i just enjoy a day of sleeping in (not that it goes very late but it's the fact that i can), reading, emailing, cooking, rose bush trimming, taking a walk, or just lounging outside. travel is good but even when in a cool place i'm content to sit and read or people watch.
4) i like food of all kinds. i like discovering new ways of eating it. cereal, cakes, pies, cookies, ice cream are all major weaknesses of mine.
5) i've always dreamed of being a tour guide somewhere. i like knowing stuff and and i think tour guides know stuff and get to share that info. this is why i teach - it's like a tour guide but with more responsibility and stress.
6) i could live in a library. i'm currently blogging from the city library. i came here to listen to a debate on school vouchers - go figure (read previous post).
7) i hate being scared. i believe in facing fears, though. i've done haunted houses - i hate them - and i'm done with facing that fear - it only makes me angry now.
okay, that's the best i could come up with and it only took me 6 minutes! i'm a fast thinker and typer. i'm also a fast talker, i'm told. one year at a teacher workshop i was presenting something to my faculty and writing on the board - the teachers all told me i was the fastest board writer they'd ever seen. there's the bonus number 8 random thing about me - i'm fast like wind!
I'm attending a debate at the library. It's sadly under attended but fox13 seems to be doing a good job covering and mediating it. So far I really don't like the tone of voice of the guy on the left. It's enough to make me think he's slimey and represents a slimey argument.
update: i just finished attending said debate. kcpw was also helping moderate and broadcast. they took phone calls and emails besides live audience questions. i never got my question answered by the panel, but the woman sitting behind me who was pro-vouchers answered for me. i wanted to know where the money was coming from that was promoting their side of the issue. she said 85% comes from instate. i want to know who those instate donors are. as far as i know, much of the money donated to fight vouchers, whether from utah or the rest of the nation, comes from the poor pocket books of teachers who care about the nation's children. anyway, i found out the slimey sounding guy is richard eyre. i've respected him in the past for the work he's done with families. now that i think about it, though, he's always had a bit of a condescending salesman tone to what he has to say. i've not minded before because he says things i agree with. today i felt like he was oversimplifying the issues. i didn't like his analogies. he comes from a view that we should run schools like a business - market system - but since when has education for all (a socialistic ideal) been able to function with capitalist methods?
the highlight for me was getting interviewed by a tribune reporter afterward. i'll have to watch for the story!
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
2006 - i was the flapper. there are better photos of me in costume, but this was my favorite because of all the action around me.
2005 i dressed up twice. here i am as bride of frankenstein at my friend sacha's place. it's my backup costume and has been used twice. at the party we went to i made a really good friend - i was glad i went. the other party i went to wasn't as fun and the corresponding costume is not pictured.
this was the first of my big parties - halloween 2004. here i am as elvira (wig isn't on properly) with my siblings and their significant others (now spouses). this was the first of the great halloween parties that have followed ever since.
here is a shot of many of my friends at that same great party.
2003 was an off year for me. i felt "blech" - it was the year i had some back problems and wasn't the happiest, so i didn't dress up or attend any parties. the good friends, though, were kind enough to gather at my house before heading off to parties so i got to take pictures of them all. it was a happy year despite my "blech."
this was a classic year. 2002 i went as "jami palmer, miss utah 2000." if you lived in utah at any point during 2001 or 2002 you may have noticed the jami palmer billboards. i couldn't miss them. i think i saw a total of 5 on my drive to work. i found them inspiring and began to use them as good omens. when it was time to think of a costume, well, jami was it. (i've been thrilled since then to hear even president monson reference her in a conference talk!)
this was also halloween that started it all - gave us our groove and set a high standard for costumes. here is the gang as the love boat. notice the picture of relief society presidents in the background - this was a ward party - good old roosevelt ward.
prior to that were a few other parties that were good but maybe not as memorable. 2001 i went as diana ross from "mahogany" - the movie about fashion design and loneliness. "success is nothing without anyone to share it with," or some similar quote, is the theme. she wore a beautiful yellow dress with a rainbow cape - it was her hit design that set her on the road to success. the rest of the gang is made up of my dear lake street neighbors, plewe, and a guy i knew back in high school that i tried to befriend again. it didn't take so well. too bad.
and that my friends is the last 6 years of halloween fun. if i had photos dating further back then maybe i'd remember them as well, but you know how it is. as one of the ny times editorials was trying to say today - we don't remember so much these days - we've outsourced our brains.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
i think this photo is a favorite of mine because i like beans too. i just don't often wear a tie when eating them.here the younger one is brushing his teeth. i'm assuming a parent put him there. i really like the night light behind his head - it looks like some sort of indian creature from outer space.
okay, at the last minute i decided to add one more. i'm not sure whose rear this is - probably the oldest - but it makes me laugh!
another shot of "gramps" from my wednesday photo. i just couldn't resist posting the original "sauced" picture (as my good friend ed described it years ago).
and here's another of him a few years older. this nephew of mine is seriously the most photogenic. he's always making the best faces and putting the craziest things on.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
First off we have Vanya and Simon - our token FBI agents. Every party needs at least one so that you can have stories when the other chit chat dries up. :) Actually they really did add some enjoyment to the festivities. Vanya introduced Simon as Sam thinking that was a natural nickname - he felt sheepish later when he was corrected. I think they had a good time as they were the last ones to leave.
Below is a rather festive cake the Plewe brought. It was beautiful and had a sentimental thought to warm our hearts. I think Mark was touched.
This is me trying to get in a picture. Plewe and Dona had endured endless attempts on my part to photograph them alone that I was impressed they allowed me one more while sticking my head into it. At least the background is the blurriest part.
In the center of this picture is the reason for the season. Mark! He and Lynn were our chief BBQers. They graciously allowed me to take this photo with Jann since I wanted an action shot. Lynn has improved his "posing skills" as he and Mark just returned from a trip to Europe where they had to be in lots of photos. I think the practice paid off.
Be sure to not miss next year's Marktoberfest!
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
Friday, October 5, 2007
i can't remember exactly who sings that - but it's beautiful. and sort of stuck in my head. except i'm singing "that i hate you." not you. shakespeare. and not really shakespeare. he's a good guy. or something. i like his plays. mostly. i hate my shakespeare class. i can't remember the last time i struggled so much to do an assignment. poorly! yep, i'm doing a homework assignment very poorly and i'm miserable. probably because i'm doing such a bad job. going against your grain is painful. it makes you unhappy and irritable. why does my class have to be so annoyingly challenging and painful? i think i've only worked on it an hour so far. i don't know if that's a lot or not. but it's an hour too long and i'm not even done. one last response question. ugh. maybe i should post my assignments on here and have you guys do them for me. i know many of my readers are probably better writers than i am. what do you say? up for it?
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Another Sarah for Christopher Smart
by anne porter
When winter was half over
God sent three angels to the apple-tree
Who said to her
"Be glad, you little rack
Of empty sticks,
Because you have been chosen.
In May you will become
A wave of living sweetness
A nation of white petals
A dynatsy of apples."
thank you! and did you notice i made your name a link - just like you showed me - double thanks!