Wednesday, December 25, 2013

"Adoration of the Shepherds," by Gerard van Honthorst, 1622

Merry Christmas!


"Therefore, the Lord himself shall give you a sign - Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and shall bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel."

Saturday, December 21, 2013


Are you tired of getting junk mail?
Do you open the mailbox, only to find nothing but advertisements?
Then I have the app for you!

Really, though.  Joel and I discovered an app called PaperKarma.  They're dedicated to being green, or something, I think, because it's free (currently - I don't know if permanently) and there are no ads or other catches.  They really are as good as they sound.  All you do is use the app to take a picture of junk you get in the mail, and then they unsubscribe you from that company's ads!  It's wonderful!  Scanning mail in is oddly calming, and, added benefit, there has been a noticeable decrease in the junk mail we get!  I would recommend this app to every person I know, especially those who (like me) enjoy signing up for free samples (and thus get their address sold to every ad-sending company in the world).


I misplaced my bunch of book quotes... Don't worry, though.
I'll come back and add quotes in when I find the ones I've tabbed.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

"Believe" - Polar Express

I love this song, both at Christmastime and during the rest of the year.  Every single time I hear it, it reminds me of looking into the computer room, specifically toward the computer desk, from the kitchen at the Thomases' old house.  I'm sure I think of their house because that's where I first saw Polar Express, but I don't know why I always remember that particular room... 


"The school nurse had seen what Aunt Petunia's eyes... simply refused to see: that far from needing extra nourishment, Dudley had reached roughly the size and weight of a young killer whale."
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Monday, December 9, 2013

the most bizarre note I ever intercepted

If you're uncomfortable with potty talk, this post is not for you!

Don't say I didn't try.  

As a teacher, I see a lot of funny things.  I see a lot of weird things.  I also occasionally see notes being passed around.  Usually they're notes like, "Wat did u bring 4 lunch?" or "Do you no were my backpack is?"  [misspellings intentional, on my part]  One time I got a girl's full after-school schedule, to the minute: "3:24 Get home. 3:25 Eat 4 cookies.  3:37 Watch TV.  4:18 Get ready for dance..." etc.  When I see kids passing notes, my policy is that the notes become mine.  I walk over, hold out my hand, and the contraband communication is handed over.  

A couple weeks ago, I intercepted a note unlike any other.  It was a poem, to be sung to the tune of "I Love to See the Temple."  I'm warning you - it's pretty disgusting.  But I also find it hilarious that someone would actually take the time to write this, so I had to share it with someone.  You're the chosen ones.  All spelling and grammar has been left as written by the original author.

Lyricts written by: [name removed]
tune: I [heart] to see the temple

I love to see the tolet.
When I have to poo.
I pee with the poo.
to make it more juciy.

Courus: because a tolet
is a wonder ful place, a
place of love and poopy.
I will poop in it evry
day.  and treat it

2nd vers: on the back

2n vers:
I love to look at my
poo, when I am hungry
I use my pee for lovly
scrup [syrup]. and eat it respectfuly.

Courus: Because a tolet is
a wonderful place, a place of
love and poopy.  I will poop
on it evry day. and treat
it respecfuly.

the end:


“You don’t think - not Moaning Myrtle?”
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Thursday, December 5, 2013

that reminds me... "Happy" - Jesse Palter and the Alter Ego

I like this song a lot. :)  Every time I listen to it, I think of sitting in my craft room making roses out of squares of felt and feeling thankful for Pandora and songs that make me feel happy when I need the help.  

Also, of Joel telling me it sounds like a Sesame Street song.


“You will find that I will only truly have left this school when none here are loyal to me.  You will also find that help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it.”
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Monday, December 2, 2013

you've just won... a new car!

Okay, we didn't win a car.  It's just, every time I get a really great deal on something, I hear Bob Barker's prize guy's voice in my head.  We actually just bought a new microwave.  

We had two microwaves.  They both broke.  One was an over-the-range microwave that broke a few months after we moved into our house.  The timer and fan worked, but it just stopped heating one day.  The other was the countertop microwave we already had that we used when the first one broke.  A couple weeks ago, it started sparking when we put food in it, and sometimes when you opened the door, it let out smoke and smelled like weird burning electricity.  In order to avoid blowing up our house, we stopped using it.  

When our second microwave went out of commission, I started doing some research.  And we found a new over-the-range microwave!  For only $250!  (which is a lot for a microwave, but really good for an over-the-range model. They're usually closer to $500.)  Home Depot carried the one we wanted - for $228!  And then, when I called to see if they had it in stock, I learned they were having a "Black Friday all month on appliances" deal, and it was only $199!  I had to do some griping (the advertised price - 199 - was not how it was labelled - 249 - was not how it was ringing up - 228), and it took us probably 20 minutes to check out, but we got it for the price we wanted.  Joel doesn't love when I argue over prices at the store, but man, can it pay off!  

Moral of the story: You don't get what you want unless you ask for it.  Also, you can [almost] always find a good deal if you look hard enough and are patient.

We now are the proud owners of a microwave that heats food and doesn't threaten to blow up, we didn't have to pay a fortune for it, and things are lovely.  


“Amazing!  Amazing!  This is just like magic!”
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets