Friday, October 31, 2008
Her very first Jackolantern
We had some friends over for the evening. It was nice. I made 5 bean chili with extra tomato, pumpkin soup with Romano and Pumpkin seeds topping... and we brought out our extra table leaf. Its been awhile since our house has had so many guests! The doorbell broke somehow, so the children had to knock. It was interesting to see how persistent they were... loud knocks for little kids! Two friends from Brazil were especially delighted to experience Halloween Haid Style, and they made this general Pumpkin Fest Scrooge see the holiday with new eyes - a fun way to spend a beautiful fall evening.
And the little Lion Girl was especially fun to watch.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Yes, let's hold parents accountable for helping kids succeed. Yes, let's save money for the future. Let's let Iraq be empowered to enforce laws. Let's cut unnecessary spending.
Whoa, whoa, whoa. Wait! No, I want someone to reduce government influence in my daily lives! Taxes smaxes. Why should I pay more to live in America? I shouldn't have to pay for every one's health care with my tax increase. Please don't redistribute my wealth... I work too hard and too long to get less take home pay. Please don't mess with my husband's gun rights, either. He's pretty into this hobby and is responsible with it. Oh, and I aspire to b e quite wealthy, so don't punish me for making good choices and working hard to make money by promoting different tax brackets. That's punishment for hard work. As a middle class-er who might benefit from wealth redistribution, I still think its unfair and ridiculous.
And, although a hugely unpopular decision with friends, I support and enjoy Sarah Palin. I like her fresh perspective, free from Washington DC Cloudiness. I trust her to candidly "say it how it is".
Disclaimer...this post is full of my own ideas! I chose to use this space, my place, to write whatever I want; you can write all about your (opposing) ideas on your blog!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Dancing with the Stars... I am watching it as if the stars are the real dance professionals. I know more about Julianne, Cheryl, Maksim, Mark Ballas, and Edyta than the stars this season! I really want to go see them on tour this year.
We probably don't get enough calcium in this house. Our milk has gone "chunky" and blue tinged the last two times. And its 2 weeks past due when I finally notice! Ew.
I should grow my hair out. Recently some students saw a picture of me from a few years ago and commented on how good it looked. Yeah, it was a self esteem boost! I always feel older and less beautiful with shorter hair. Now its long enough for a back ponytail, chin and shoulder length. It needs about seven inches! I think that VS models have led us all to believe that women with long hair are more attractive. Like on Desperate Housewives! Bree and Susan are so beautiful and in real life are ... well... about twenty years older than me!
Politicians are spending SO MUCH MONEY on advertising. Every day we get these glossy, full color, 8.5 x 17 flyers. We've been getting at least three a day for the past month! Its annoying to me that I have to recycle all their ads. Why be so wasteful, you politicians? I can use an educated guess to estimate they each cost 40 cents... so we're talking big bucks if they are giving them to all Americans!
Another thought - how can I get my students to understand the difference between bar and line graphs? I feel like I say "line graphs are for continuous data" over and over. One girl told me that "bar graphs are just more fun to make because you get to color". Oh, of course.
I'm having some international guests on Friday night - a couple from Brazil and an an 18 year old from South Korea. Its their first Halloween to make jackolanterns or give candy to kids. That should be fun for them! And having guests makes our house super clean, because we go on a cleaning frenzy!
Wednesday night marked the end of my husband's 2008 softball season. He had four teams that were league champs, and two that got second place. He hit two homeruns and three triples last night. I'd say that is a good way to end the season!One last thing... gas prices! Is it an election ploy... or is it the value of the US dollar compared to other currencies... or is gasoline more of an elastic purchase in regards to supply-demand graphs I had to make in Ag Econ 41?
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
This year my husband and I are going to make a conscious effort to cut our energy use. We never keep the heat on super high... but I think we'll try 67 degrees this winter. In the summer, we kept it at around 82.
Now, we've got to think of a good way to reduce our water use... I admit I turn on the water when I use the bathroom out of an old habit.... once upon a time my husband was a CA at MU and had a bathroom in his room. Since we were newly dating and the door was thin, I wanted to mask any bathroom noises. Its become a like a Pavlovian response for me - I almost always have to turn the water on in order to "go"! I realize this wastes water. I have got to break the habit! In an effort to offset the water waste, I started collecting the "warm up" water when I run the shower. There is about 45 seconds of water that is just wasted down the drain when we run water for a shower. I collected it in big spaghetti pots. It felt weird to keep spaghetti pots n the shower! I used the water to water house plants and our patio flowers.
Why do I make an effort to do this? Nah, I'm not an environmentalist per say... I think it goes along with the Stewardship series I wrote about. Its our responsibility to care for the amazing gift of Planet Earth.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
MU has a significant place in my heart and life. It was where I met my husband (sophomore year, standing in front of Graham Hall) and were we both got our undergraduate degrees. I continued my education there for an additional, non-consecutive two years and obtained a Masters in Education. Beyond those important life goals achieved at MU, I've experienced more subtle life moments as a result of this University.
- I met one of my best friends in Hatch Hall whom remains a close confidant and favorite walking buddy.
- I discovered a love for curriculum planning and Educational Interactions while working on student staff for residential life.
- I tried my first Starbucks - Mocha Frappacino - which has been my guilty pleasure ever since.
- Nearly our entire wedding party was MU alum.
- My closest long distance friend also went to MU and married another closest MU engineering grad.
- I began to notice more of nature and respect for architecture and appropriate landscaping because of our campuses attention to detail.
- I tried yoga for the first time, as well as Pilates and reformer Pilates, all of which I took regularly as Tiger X classes. I miss Tiger X!!
- I introduced gold into my wardrobe for the first time.
- I met some phenomenal education professors who taught me the value of the constructivist theory and authentic assessment.
- I learned about many other cultures and have friends from a dozen different countries as a result of working in the International Center. I also have improved my ELL teaching abilities through meeting so many language partners!
So ... MU had the longest parade ever. I think it was totally worth it. I could feel the nostalgia and sentimentality of others in the crowd, too. I over heard people talking about roommates, cousins of classmates, etc. and had to wonder how many of the babies dressed in tiger ears were "True Sons and Daughters" and how many marriages, business partnerships, and lifelong friendships were formed because of Ol' Mizzou.
Hurray, hurray, and a bully for old Mizzou! Rah, rah, rah.....
Saturday, October 25, 2008
I've learned how uninformed people are about this matter, and how "fat talk" and comparison talk is commonplace. I wanted others to know that what you say and how you say it may dearly affect those who struggle with body image issues, abnormal eating patterns, and self-confidence.
As I research more about this and participate in research programs with the University in my town, I am drawn to find ways to make a positive difference, not only for myself, but also for others. This is partially why I devote my career to work with children. I have started to have a secret (no longer secret) dream of becoming a psychologist or LSCW who works with young girls in treatment programs or counseling programs. I have a few counselor role models whom I've met and taken classes from, and I think that I could find a true intrinsic reward working in some of their programs.
I also want to post an open forum about eating disorder questions... if you ever have any, please ask. I've read so many books and spoken with so many experts, that I could perhaps find a resource for your question. Or perhaps I could answer it directly...
Friday, October 24, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
How's it going? In a word: better. The students are getting acclimated to a different type of science class - science by doing, not by viewing. Its frustrating when they'd much rather just be listening to a lecture, doing a word search. I want them to want to learn! Fostering curiosity about the world is one of my main classroom goals.
The labs are still chaotic. I am not the most organized person, and I don't' always know how to plan things to work the most logically. However, I learn with each class that arrives and make adjustments for the other classes.
Students haven't written offensive graffiti about me in the last month, though I have sent some to the office for disrespect. Its never okay to say you hate a teacher or she's stupid to her face. Come on! Wait or text it.
Student HAVE said some positive things, such as "Thanks for teaching me" and "I liked that activity we did" and "I never knew that before" and "This class goes by so fast!". I thrive on those comments, positive feedback.
I am still exhausted each day, and each morning I feel as if I need 2 hours more sleep to be refreshed. I am just used to the circles under my eyes and the chronic imperfect hair days.
I've added an aquarium to my classroom now. It has 3 newts, 1 dwarf African frog (1 died in shipping), a dozen guppies, 2 huge snails, a dozen small snails, and about 20 water plants. Its a nice thing. Maybe I'll post a picture. One big difference I've noticed is that no student has even mentioned naming the animals. When I had 2 anoles in my 8th grade class, there was a class vote on their names - Jack Sparrow and Jeff. Hm.
So, in short... school's still kicking my butt in the endurance category. The morale is pretty high, which makes for a good professional environment. Students have trouble with respect and responsibility, but that might be a characteristic of all high school students. Idk. The best part of each week (a high light anyway) is Mashed Potato and Homemade Roll Wednesday. Our cooks are phenomenal. Mashed potatoes make the whole week better!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
It has been a year and a few weeks since I experienced my first pregnancy loss. I think about it nearly every day, but the depression and tears that hallmarked my year have become more manageable and less frequent.
I am married and 25. The pregnancy wasn't planned, and I felt incredibly nervous and ambivalent about being pregnant. I wasn't sure I wanted it and it felt so permanent. I started buying books from Amazon, looking into names, and told friends and family who would be delighted. I did get excited and I did begin to picture my life as a mother.
I had a few ultrasound appointments and doctor appointments during the first 8 weeks. I was told they were standard, but I didn't think it was normal to get blood tests every two or three days to monitor the FSH levels - prg hormone. I needed support and a cheering crowd, so I invited my girlfriends to the ultrasound heartbeat appointment. My husband didn't come with me because they did. They stayed in the room and chatted with me, until the technician brought in the radiologist. He recommended they all leave. He then told me that there was no heartbeat and the embryo was no longer properly implanted, which signaled miscarriage. He related that he had been with his wife during four similar ultrasounds and recommended I call my husband immediately to meet me at my doctors office. He also communicated the news to my girlfriends and showed me the "side door" exit, which I could use if I felt the need. I felt the need to just collapse on the pavement and wait for my friends to find me.
It was so difficult going to the OB after that appointment. My friend Mary drove me. She was kind enough to get Dan on the phone and at the office immediately, and to arrange for us a ride away from there. When we got into the office, I couldn't stop crying or thinking about ALL the pregnant women in the office. Why don't they have a separate waiting room that is for non-preg happy women?? The OB told me that the radiologist was probably overreacting and that I might not miscarry. I felt as if I had to convice her to believe me and to look at his fax again.
After a unconsoled ten minutes, she came back in and told me that she didn't' have all the information and that I should naturally pass the tissue in about two weeks. This was really difficult to hear. She scheduled an appointment with a specialist a few days later to confirm her diagnosis.
I left her office feeling so numb and so ill-informed. She didn't tell me how much it would hurt physically. It would have been so helpful to know what would happen, what it would look like, and what I should do.
I started having the miscarriage bleeding the night I got back from the hospital. I told my husband I wanted to be alone, so he left the house. I detached from people during that week and didn't want any help. I was fortunate to have a boss who covered for me for a few days, and also fortunate to have some students who had gone through difficult lives of their own and let me be to just teach.
About three days later, I invited my friends who had gone to the appointment with me to my house as a sign of "I am back to normal". I wasn't though. I was irritable, grumpy, a bad hostess. And then the PAIN started. I had to just excuse myself and endure it. I couldn't get comfortable. It was unpleasant, it was gross, and it hurt so much I couldn't do anything buy yell. My husband waited for awhile, but then he tool me to the ER. Just as we arrived, most of the bleeding and tissue passing started pouring out of my body. Later, the nurses gave me an IV for the pain and I just slept.
I had a really dark time. I was so angry, so depressed, so out of it. I think that the emotions I felt were the exact opposite of how others feel when they have a baby. They feel sparkly, hopeful, and alive. I felt black, despair, and dead.
That is the story of it, though I don't think there is ever an "ending".
I wrote this during the summer for an interview sponsored by one of my favorite philanthropies, Share. I encourage others to check that site out, as well as other ones I have found particularly helpful in thinking about this topic:
Very appropriate book- best one I read
Somewhat helpful book - had 2 or 3 very good excerises
Monday, October 20, 2008
Eating disorders are just about food and weight.
Eating disorders are about real underlying issues --- a combination of social, psychological, interpersonal and biological factors.
Only people who are apparently overweight or underweight may have or will have eating disorders.
Individuals struggling with eating disorders come in all shapes and sizes. In fact, people with bulimia usually maintain an average or above-average weight. Eating disorders do not discriminate and exist at every number on the scale.
Only women have eating disorders.
Although most individuals with eating disorders are female, men also suffer with the disease and account for approximately 10 percent of all cases. As many as 1 million males in the United States have an eating disorder.
An eating disorder is about vanity; it is the "attention-getting" disease.
Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening diseases that should never be taken lightly or thought of as a "phase" or a diet. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any psychological illness.
A person with an eating disorder needs to just eat more, just learn when to stop eating, or just not eat this or that specific food.
Eating disorders are not about food. Eating disorders are about constant self-criticism, painful unrelenting perfectionism, and low self-esteem. When a person with an eating disorder hears someone say, "just eat," it only contributes to his or her already low sense of worth.
People who have eating disorders are weak-minded.
Unlike alcoholism and other addictions, recovery from eating disorders is especially challenging by the fact that sufferers must come into contact with food daily and cannot survive without it. It takes a very strong person to constantly be in contact with a substance and to try to lead a normal life around it.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Today I got brave and plugged her in. There were some start-up irregularities, and the backlight isn't lit, BUT IT PLAYS! Even the head phones, which also were washed, work. Hip, hip, hooray!
I've really missed listening to these pod casts:
Stin (especially the fall asleep meditations)
New Life Live
Joyce Meyer Ministries
As well as the mixes I've made that are called:
Super Pump Up Workout: Please Don't Stop the Music
Good Night, Bethany: Music to Sleep
Bring the Christmas Cheer: Holly Jolly Mix
Because the warranty runs out on November 1st, I am shipping it back to Apple to fix or replace the parts that are broken. The estimate is only $31.22. So, it was a costly mistake, but one I'd happily pay rather than $250 to replace! So, I convinced my husband I was actually "saving" money.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Life is meant to be lived, not meant to be spent thinking about how you wished you looked like someone else. ED makes us believe we can only be happy if we are exactly the same as others... same body type, same lifestyle choices, same size... but really life is interesting and beautiful because we are all different,
ED is very good at getting you to think unique-ness = isolation or imperfection. But he's wrong. I'm happy you are unique.
WARNING: May cause sugar rush...Its super delicious. Maybe the sugar makes it so delicous?
2 or 3 apples, cored and cut into thick slices
2 cans crescent rolls
1/2 stick butter
1/2 cups sugar-
1 teaspoons vanilla
A little bit of cinnamon or apple pie spice
1 small can Mountain Dew
Roll one, two or three apple slices in a crescent roll. Place in a 9 x 13 buttered pan. I toss in a few more apple slices into the pan, because I like cooked apples. Melt butter, then add sugar and barely stir. Add the vanilla, stir, and pour over apples/crescent rolls. Slowly pour Mountain Dew around the edges of the pan and over the apples/crescent rolls. Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
You could serve with ice cream, but with the fruit and bread, I'd prefer to think of this as a super tasty breakfast food.
I made a half portion of this recipe, and my husband chowed it down too quickly for me to eat it for breakfast the next day!
Friday, October 17, 2008
I am looking forward to my day. I was able to be up at the same time as my husband. We ate breakfast and read (him: Rifle magazine. me: Ashland community cookbook). It was pleasant!
Here are the things I will do today:
- Mail my friends Mary and Ann some present packages
- Re-try the Panera Bread
Broccoli Cheese Soup recipe I made last night, this time with steamed broccoli in hopes that it will be less "crunch"
- Complete my fall wreath decoration that I bought in early September and hang
- Have lunch with my friend Hilary, perhaps re-color her hair
- Mop Kitchen floor
- Check out the book "Wicked" and begin reading
- Address the growing pile of laundry collecting on my bathroom floor
- Watch the new SATC movie that arrived on Wednesday
What will you do on this fall Friday?
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I try to create balance in these ways:
Read a fiction book for each non-fiction book
Spend time with each of our in-law families
Go outdoors and breathe fresh air
Ask others about their days, especially if I've been ranting about mine
I have very few strategies for maintaing balance. I'd like to hear tips from others about balance, so please share!
I really like to study brain-based educational research. One snippet of information I learned from Dr. Huntze's ED200 class during Phase 2 at the COE was about brain-based learning theories, which states that emotional reactions to subject information promotes long-term memory. That is why you can remember traumatic events of kindergarten, your favorite teacher's handwriting, the best Christmas present you ever received, the worst date you went on, etc.
Definition: This learning theory is based on the structure and function of the brain. As long as the brain is not prohibited from fulfilling its normal processes, learning will occur.
Discussion: People often say that everyone can learn. Yet the reality is that everyone does learn. Every person is born with a brain that functions as an immensely powerful processor. Traditional schooling, however, often inhibits learning by discouraging, ignoring, or punishing the brain's natural learning processes.
The core principles of brain-based learning state that:
- The brain is a parallel processor, meaning it can perform several activities at once, like tasting and smelling.
- Learning engages the whole physiology.
- The search for meaning is innate.
- The search for meaning comes through patterning.
- Emotions are critical to patterning.
- The brain processes wholes and parts simultaneously.
- Learning involves both focused attention and peripheral perception.
- Learning involves both conscious and unconscious processes.
- We have two types of memory: spatial and rote.
- We understand best when facts are embedded in natural, spatial memory.
- Learning is enhanced by challenge and inhibited by threat. Each brain is unique.
The three instructional techniques associated with brain-based learning are:
Orchestrated immersion--Creating learning environments that fully immerse students in an educational experience
Relaxed alertness--Trying to eliminate fear in learners, while maintaining a highly challenging environment
Active processing--Allowing the learner to consolidate and internalize information by actively processing it
How Brain-Based Learning Impacts Education
Curriculum--Teachers must design learning around student interests and make learning contextual.
Instruction--Educators let students learn in teams and use peripheral learning. Teachers structure learning around real problems, encouraging students to also learn in settings outside the classroom and the school building.
Assessment--Since all students are learning, their assessment should allow them to understand their own learning styles and preferences. This way, students monitor and enhance their own learning process.
Teachers must immerse learners in complex, interactive experiences that are both rich and real. One excellent example is immersing students in a foreign culture to teach them a second language. Educators must take advantage of the brain's ability to parallel process.
- Students must have a personally meaningful challenge. Such challenges stimulate a student's mind to the desired state of alertness.
- In order for a student to gain insight about a problem, there must be intensive analysis of the different ways to approach it, and about learning in general. This is what's known as the "active processing of experience."
- People learn best when solving realistic problems.
- The big picture can't be separated from the details.
- Because every brain is different, educators should allow learners to customize their own environments.
- The best problem solvers are those that laugh!
- Designers of educational tools must be artistic in their creation of brain-friendly environments.
- Instructors need to realize that the best way to learn is not through lecture,
but by participation in realistic environments that let learners try new things safely.
I try to associate both positive and negative emotion with the subject area I teach. I know that students who have an aversion to something or a conflict of opinion with a subject will be very engaged in my lesson plans. I also know that adding humor, comics, heartwarming anecdotes, and favorite pop culture items to my lesson plans engage student learners. As I type this, I am trying to figure out how to connect Osmosis, Diffusion, and Protein Transport to the lives of 16 year olds. I'll let you know when I find out how to do this!
This week I assigned a project closely correlated to brain research. Students had choice in their project, were able to use creative reasoning and parody, and were presented with a project based assessment rather than a traditional assessment. Here is a link to the Cell Presidential Election 2008 project.
I assigned homework tonight that asked students to consider some meaningful, realistic problem solving. The two questions asked students to explain how a person can smell bacon, even though the source of the smell is downstairs in the kitchen AND to come up with ways to mix Kool Aid and water without stirring. In both cases, I asked the students to draw a picture showing molecules and their movement. I am exicted to see how they are thinking.
This post is long, and probably very dull as few readers are science teachers. I'll post something more appeal to all later... this apple and mountain dew delight recipe or perhaps some pictures of Octoberfest 2008!
When I read this, I thought... do I agree? Does Anais simply mean that I can gain a new perspective from another person, or that I am aware of a new personality and perspective? I'd like to think that each new person I meet is a new potential character in a novel, a soul for Christ, or an open hand to help.
What do you think?
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I completed two semesters of graduate level elementary mathematics instruction, so I am by no means an expert. I was trained at a University that holds forth the constructivist point of view. Basically, this means all of my professors taught me that effective instruction creates meaning making in students, allows them to think creatively, and develops problem solving skills. This means: calculators are tools, group work and sharing of problem solving strategies are emphasized, and the often the process rather than the answer is at the heart of the lesson. Students learn to SOLVE the problem rather than regurgitate back a step by step teacher directed formula.
How can students "make up" a formula? Gosh, I was surprised to learn that it is quite possible and altogether likely! Human brains engage in challenging problems, but give up when the problems are surface level or too difficult. Given scaffolded guidance, students can make sense of problems without ever being taught a formula.
I didn't call into the show, because I get flustered in debates. Its obvious he thinks his educational experience is far better than all the educational research, and my effort would be futile.
I learned a lot in my mathematics methods courses, so much that I realized just how little math I understood from my traditional mathematics background. When my formulas were taken away and I really had to think logically and struggle, I gained confidence. Rather than saying, "This is the answer because when I plugged in x number, I got y..." I could offer evidence based claims.
So parents out there... please don't get freaked out by the mathematics curriculum being taught in Columbia and abroad. "New Math", or whatever you call the nontraditional, problems based math curriculum, won't cause dependence on computers or a generation of students who can't do simple math problems. It may create a generation of kids who have no idea what it meas to "cross multiply and divide" or "carry the one" or know where to put "remainders" outside a bracket... but these kids will be able to solve problems using prior knowledge, estimate logically, or offer proof of their work.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
1. Had lovely weekend Octoberfesting with Haid family and AMY
2. Discovered love for grilled eggplant - made it 2 times!
3. Fall color is creeping in!
4. Almost caught up on kitchen cleaning
5. Two dvds we want - Office Season 4 and SATC movie are coming this week from amazon!
6. No work on Friday!
7. I might get to serve our fine country as a juror this week - could be interesting!
8. My husband read a book I suggested and I can hear him laughing aloud in the next room
9. Friend returned the most COMFY pants I've ever owned after 2 years!
10. Bought some tasty homemade gooseberry jam Saturday
11. Revived by weekend of great conversation and fun meetings
12. Just finished first quarter grades... Only 5 of my students got Fs in Bio... and 5 of them got 99%s!
13. Motivated to work out with weights this week - post later
14. Will make first crockpot veggie soup this week!
15. Bought and shared PUMPKIN beer ... more of a novelty, but not bad
16. Have resisted all Halloween candy thus far!
17. Two besties, Rach and Mary, have October birthdays
18. Husband has been extra caring and funny lately
19. Softball season is coming to an end!!!!
20. Due to Parent Teacher conferences and some HS activites, I can watch my fav shows online, commercial- free next weekend!
Well, there are twenty things that pump me up or have watered my soul. I am actually pretty excited for this week to start!
Friday, October 10, 2008
What Can I Do?
Tips: Three Things You Can Do To Help Save Forests
1. Buy paper products with recycled content -- especially post-consumer
fibers.Look for products that have a high recycled content, including high
post-consumer content. Post-consumer fibers are recovered from paper that was previously used by consumers and would otherwise have been dumped into a landfill or an incinerator.
2. Buy paper products made with clean, safe processes.Paper products are bleached to make them whiter and brighter, but chlorine used in many bleaching processes contributes to the formation of harmful chemicals that wind up in our air and water and are highly toxic to people and fish. Look for products labeled totally chlorine-free (TCF) or processed chlorine-free (PCF). In some cases, elemental chlorine-free (ECF) may be acceptable.
3. Tell tissue manufacturers to stop using virgin wood for throwaway
products.If a brand you buy for your home doesn't have any recycled content,
contact the manufacturer (click here to
send a message to paper giant Kimberly-Clark). Tell the company to use more
recycled fibers, to avoid sourcing from ecologically valuable forests such
those in the Cumberland Plateau and Canadian boreal, and to ensure any
fibers used are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Saving
helps reduce global warming pollution.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Cut Eggplant into quarter inch half moons.
Mix two dollups of Mayo with several shakes of dried onion flakes
Mix some Italian style breadcrumbs and Parm Cheese
Spread the mayo mix on both sides of eggplant.
Roll eggplant in the cheesy crumb mixture.
Place into a lightly olive oiled dish.
Bake on 350-375 until the crumbs are golden brown.
Enjoy with marinara, if necessary.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
I experienced a loss. I spent a lot of time being angry about it. I was angry at God for allowing this to happen.
I went on in my anger, depression, and discontent for over a year before I learned some powerful truths about God that changed my disposition.
I learned this about God only this summer, perhaps I'd heard it before and it didn't stick. It was on the radio. I learned these truths:
- God didn't plan for us to die
- God didn't plan for us to suffer
- God didn't plan for our loved ones to die
- God didn't want us to die
- God didn't want us to suffer
- God didn't want our loved ones to suffer
The truth is that God had a perfect plan, looking back to Genesis. Sin destroyed His perfect plans for us. Sin came in between us and God, and separates us from God's love.
Its untrue when people say:
- God meant for this to happen
- It's God's will for us to hurt
- A loving God wouldn't let such unlovely things happen
God grieves with us. He grieves our losses because they are His losses, too.
The next time someone reacts to a tragedy and says "Its God's plan, we can't know WHY he had this happen" think carefully about the plans God had in store for us. Confront them and let them know that God is indeed in control, but that he wanted a life free from pain, suffering, and death for His children.
The next time you are faced with tragedy or loss, be careful to just say:
- "I am sorry for your loss"
- "This is a terrible, terrible thing that has happened"
- "I love you"
- "God loves you"
- Nothing, just give a warm touch to the hand or a hug.
I think I will write a little more on this topic of personal loss and encouragement in a future post.
However, you are likely to receive the following lower-impact-earth friendlier items:
- Movie Tickets, play tickets, event tickets
- Gift certificates
- Flowers or a plant
- I Tunes cards
- Delicious food prepared by yours truly
- Super EBay purchases
- A hand made present, probably from my favorite online store:ETSY
And so begins the quest for Christmas Presents - yep, I love the mall and its decorations, energy, and things to look at. Nope, I don't love the excessive price hikes on items that will only be in the store three-four weeks. Nope, I don't love the mass merchandising of same-old, same-old gifts.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
So, here's how it works:
1. Set your iPod to shuffle
2. Press play
3. For every question, type the song that's playing
4. When you go to a new question, press the next button
- Opening Credits: - Maroon Five - If I Never See Your Face Again
- Waking Up: Dido Don't Leave Home
- First Day at School: Jakob Dylan - Something Good This Way Comes
- Jr. High: ACDC - Thunderstruck
- High School: David Grey This Year's Love
- Friends: Jack Johnson Dreams Be Dreams
- Puppy Love: Justin Timberlake featuring Timbaland and 3 Leg Mafia - Chop Me Up
- Fight Song: Creedance Clearwater Revival Have You Ever Seen The Rain
- Breaking Up: Dido Here With Me
- Prom: Britney Spears I've Just Begun (Having Fun)
- Graduation: U2 - Stuck in a Moment I Can't Get Out Of
- College: Lifehouse Sick Cycle Carosel
- Mental Breakdown: James Blunt Goodbye My Lover
- Driving: Jimmy Buffet Tin Cup Chalice
- Flashback: Manhiem SteamRoller O Christmas Tree
- Falling in Love: Micheal Buble Home
- Wedding: Bob Marley Don't Worry, Be Happy
- Birth of Child: Britney Piece of Me
- Life:When You're Gone - Avril Lavigne
- Final Battle: U2 Walk On
- Death Scene: Lifehouse Hanging By A Moment
- Funeral Song: Whitney Houston Joy To The World
- Ending Credits: Jimmy Buffet Jolly Mon Sing
How weird was that? Not only do I have lots more artists like DIDO than I had thought on my shuffle, there were some chuckling coincidences. I thought the funniest ones are the funeral song and graduation and the most appropriate ones were Graduation, Falling in Love, and Mental Breakdown!PS - If you forward me things via email, this is where they end up!
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Its a collection of short stories with accompanying doodles that tell the tale af a seventh grade boy. I giggled all night. To learn more about this fun book go to:Diary of a Wimpy Kid's Blog
You can read most of this "novel in cartoons" online, as it originally started as a webcartoon.
I picked out several new books at our school's book fair and at the library this week. Other new books for me to read are:
The Naked Mole Rat Letters by Mary Amato
Twisted by L.H. Anderson (one of my favorite authors)
The last few "Series of Unfortunate Events" books
The Transall Saga by Gary Paulsen
Feed by MT Anderson
and some book about the the Romanovs and a Princess Anastasia mystery
Thursday, October 2, 2008
I remember putting both on early this morning in an Ambien induced lethargy and thinking to myself "After I put on the makeup, decide which one is more comfy and looks better."
Then as I walked down the hall at 8:30 this morning to the copier, I looked down. It took a full 30 seconds to realize! Sure, a few students did notice, but most were oblivious.
(The map to the right is clickable)
Shop around the perimeter of the store. Grocery stores know that it’s easiest to keep the foods with the highest turnover rate (i.e., those that spoil the fastest) on the outside of the store. That way, they can stock and replace these foods more quickly as people buy them. These are things like vegetables, fruits, meat, fish, cheese, eggs, and dairy products. For the most part, the foods around the edge of the store are the healthiest foods. They are rich in nutrients that will keep you healthy and energetic. They do not contain lots of preservatives and have not been refined to remove all the good nutrients.
By contrast, often the foods in the middle of the grocery store have been sitting on the shelves for month, sometimes even years! They have had many of their nutrients removed by refining and processing. They are full of sugar, white flour, and corn syrup, which are very easy for your body to store as fat. They often contain unhealthy trans fats. They will drain you of energy and cause you to crave more sugary, nutrient-poor foods. Foods on the edge of the grocery store will almost always give you more nutritional bang for your buck.
There are a few exceptions to the “perimeter rule.” The first is the bakery section: the place where breads, cookies, cakes, and pies are sold. This is a section to avoid walking past at all. There is no temptation if you never walk past in the first place. Why make it hard on yourself? The second exception is for products like bottled water, seltzer, teas, cooking spices, and nuts. They are usually kept on the inside isles of the grocery store, and they are, in my opinion, the only reasons to venture into that domain!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
- Fresh Broccoli
- Butternut Squash
- Acorn squash
- Green Onions
- Red onions
- Yellow onions
- Gala apples (from MO)
- Crackling Oat Bran
- Munster Cheese
- Colby Jack Cheese
- Swiss Cheese
- Yellow Raisins
- Sunflower seeds
- Frozen Spinach
- Whole Wheat Noodles
- Chicken Breasts
Less Than Healthy Choices:
- Fitz's Root beer
- Peanut M and Ms
- Red Hots
- Plain M and Ms
- Country style sausage
So, its obvious I shop for two different taste buds in my house and that I am getting really good at following the advice of shopping the perimeter of the store!