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Jun
30

I have to run to the grocery store on this nice hot day and an idea came to mind. Why don’t stores place their ice packs for sale inside the freezer? Stores will put their umbrella racks in front of the doors when it’s raining outside, but I’ve never seen a cold ice pack for sale. How are we supposed to bring home our perishables on a hot day? They sell coolers and those freezer bags to keep items cool, but no frozen ice packs! How come no one has even thought of this idea? Or have they and I’m just not shopping at the right stores? Just a thought!

 

May
31

I have a nest under the deck.  It is a very messy nest!  They (the mom and dad birds) were very kind to leave me a mud mixture splattered all over my patio window and ground.  It’s quite lovely, but doesn’t really match the decor.  I’d clean it up, but I’m afraid I will scare them away.  I managed to get a few snapshots of the birds.  Maybe you can help me determine what kind of birds they are.  Thanks for your help!

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Mar
31

Being lactose intolerant has had it’s difficult moments. Time after time having to explain to people why I can’t eat pizza. Not going out on a hot summer night for ice cream. The worst part? Knowing exactly what pizza and ice cream tastes like. Growing up eating a bowl of cereal for breakfast every morning. Eating an ice cream cone from McDonald’s while watching the airplanes take off with Grandpa. Through the years, there have been improvements and alternatives. Yogurt with live active cultures and cheese alternatives such as soy and tofu. I made due. I tried cheeseless pizza. I’ve traveled many miles to go to a TCBY. Though it will still bother me, I have gotten used to not being able to have dairy. Then things became more difficult. I am also gluten intolerant. Isn’t life grand!! There are plenty of options for me. I have my bitter moments, but for the most part it’s not too bad. Just the other day I was at Meijer and found they have their own brand of gluten-free cereal. Even Olive Garden had gluten-free pasta (just make sure the teenage waiter/waitress understands the difference between gluten-free and whole-wheat). It’s a good thing I can tell difference just by looking at it!! Boy could that have been an adventurous evening.

Anyway, getting back to the topic at hand…Yumz. My Mom and I went for a road trip the other day to go to Yumz Gourmet Frozen Yogurt. It was my first time, but she had been there before. It’s an amazing experience and a very creative idea. The idea was very well planned and thought out. When you walk in, the design of the store is very simple, yet fun, festive, and entertaining. Each customer takes a dish and chooses their choice(s) of frozen yogurt from the many soft-serve machines along the wall. Each machine has two choices with the added option of swirl. Once you fill up your dish with frozen yogurt, it’s on to the toppings. Sprinkles, crushed candy bars, cereal, fruit, flavored chips, syrups and more. Now for the best part….The Scale! The only item on the so-called menu – $.42 per ounce. This is where your eyes, stomach and reality meet. Oh, don’t forget your wallet. Either make sure you bring enough cash or have a credit card, but just remember, you can’t put anything back. Once it’s in your bowl, you’re buying it! After you’ve spent your weekly allowance on the first day of the week, it’s time to sit down and enjoy. There are comfy couches, chairs, and little tables. To get a better picture, imagine a page is ripped out of the Ikea catalogue. Don’t get me wrong, I love Ikea…and the cool green spoons you get with your Yumz!

Some things to keep in mind as you take the soccer team for a post-game celebration:

  • smaller is better – it’s not a requirement to completely fill your dish
  • keep an eye on your kids – their eyes are bigger than their stomachs…and your wallet
  • ask for a frequent filler card – the fabulous teenagers working behind the counter won’t offer you the option to get 6 oz free after you spend $42 (which for some could add up pretty quickly!)

Enjoy 😀

Mar
22

One of my students introduced me to this interesting new website, www.wallwisher.com. The student is using it in her English class to communicate with students in a middle school. The middle school students actually created the site as an assignment asking questions about high school. It is free to use. Anyone can leave a comment, or sticky note with their thoughts, questions, pictures, videos, etc. I haven’t looking into it too much yet, but it will definitely be added to my list of things to do!

If you are already familiar with this site, feel free to share your thoughts, experiences, or examples. Anything new and technological is worth looking into and trying out in the classroom. Currently I am experimenting with a document camera, and so far the students are totally into it!!

Mar
11

It’s difficult to imagine what the Japanese are going through right now. It makes all of my worries and life troubles seem so pleasent compared to theirs. I am thankful for what I have, and I pray that they can recover from this tragic event. From all the videos I’ve seen so far, I feel this one captured the most.

Jan
25

Why do we measure computer monitors and tv screens diagonally?

Jan
06

I just watched a clip about how people can use computer programs to correctly guess a persons social security number just by using information from social networking sites. I started thinking and wondered what happens to a number after a person passes on. Does their number get re-assigned after a certain amount of time? How many possibilities are there to assign someone a social security number? Doing a little research online, I found that the government does not re-assign numbers. Being a math geek, I also wondered about the number of possibilities. The obvious answer is one billion! But the video clip I watched today, as well as during my quick research, informed me of some information that I did not know. The lowest number issued was 001-01-0001, numbers will never start with 666, 9, or 000, nor will you find one with 00 as the middle two digits or 0000 as the last four digits. This website is very helpful, but still leaves it as an open question for you to solve…. If I wasn’t so tired and ready to fall asleep, I’d be working on this solution, but I must get some sleep tonight. Tomorrow will be a long (but fun!) day. Here is the link to the video that started this brain tornado of numbers!

Good luck, and good night!

Jan
01
Jan
01

2010 went well…I’m half way to completing my masters degree, I learned how to snowboard, I still have a job, stayed pretty healthy (except for the one trip to the hospital), road trip to Branson to see Grandma, Tom, and ‘uncle’ Don, went down a zip line (totally awesome!), started kickboxing, and much, much more.

I hope the new year continues to bring good health to my family, my friends, and myself. I also hope that job openings increase and that my Mom and sister find a job they enjoy doing on a daily basis. My new years resolution….to make a very good attempt to not let things get to me, be less stressed, and more outgoing.

May 2011 be as great as heaven!

Nov
01

I came across this video from Ewan McIntosh’s blog.  It’s pretty funny! What would you do if you were in this situation?

Here is a link to a list of educational technology blogs I got from my professor. The video came from one of these blogs.