Monday, October 6, 2014

NaNo 2014

I'm feeling hopeful about National Novel Writing Month this year. The kids are asleep or in bed reading by about eight, consistently. I should be able to type on a laptop rather than my phone (which really hampers writing, although I will miss some of the autocorrect). I'm trying to spend time this month warming up as a writer and planning what I'll write. It's tempting to embark on a new story, just to bang it out and go for the 50k. But it's also tempting to use the challenge to get back into one of my unfinished stories. I really miss Eden and her gang... My ultimate goal is to create a practice of writing, which I imagine I'll begin sharing online... Just to practice and improve. I've set up a cozy writing corner in my own space. So no matter what story I take up, it's a new adventure for me as I move into a season of life with more independent kids!  

Friday, September 19, 2014


My day: 

Plumbers (calling for the third time to fix one issue, which was the second of two this month). 

(And that's not even mentioning the dryer that's breaking and laundry I did not do because I need to observe it when it goes through the dryer and did I mention...)


Doctor's office 

Dealing with multiple insurance claims issues (second round in a month of insurance refusing to pay for things my kids need because of some random age restriction that baffles everyone).

Spiders (at least they waited to the end of a big courtyard clean out and pruning to present themselves... In the hundreds.)

Kids counting to one hundred... Two hundred...

Kids giggling over Mr Tumnus.

Kids creating a zoo of stuffed animals and telling me, exasperated, how every time they try to get work done in their office an animal calls to have its territory cleaned. 

Kids creating a family tree. 

Kids creating autumnal art. 

Kids asking to do the same one science experiment they love and settling for water colors. 

Kids listening to Stephen Fry reading Paddington. 

Watermelon for dessert. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Bird by bird

I don't want to attempt a big here we go again post. I want to start writing regularly (NaNoWriMo is just around the corner and my stage of life is finally affording me a solid if occasional hour) so I'm just going to jump in with trivialities, which are really the big stuff around here. 

1) Sophie finally asked the final exactly does this step in the baby-making process take place? And a determinedly straight-faced answer was met with a follow-up question. I told her I'd tell her when Nate wasn't hanging on our every word. 

2) Nate counted to 100 (he's been interested for about a week) with prompting. He was gleeful. 

3) They are now eating pasta with slightly hidden squash and plotting the family tree they decided to make. 

And so on and so forth. Looking forward to journaling and writing stories here (on my phone mostly because every computer we own is dying) (along with my paper notebooks stashed around the house.) 

Monday, September 7, 2009

Shameless brag post

Okay, I have been way busy with work (and erm facebook) but I'll try to get a quick update in here at least weekly for a while. So here's something I was writing up as I pondered Sophie's recent explosion in a lot of areas... copy and pasted here, so yeah, brag brag brag!


We seem to be getting renewed interest in Starfall, maybe as she realizes its use as she gets more intense about sounding things out. DD is reading out words many times a day now. Tonight it was "Exit" at the restaurant where we grabbed dinner. After saying "There are four squares and that one looks like an I, and a C, and an E" (these were noodle illustrations, penne, curved, and really twisty... took me looking at it from her POV to see how the counter cut off hew view to make the rectangles all look like squares and cut off the twisted pasta picture so it did just look like a cursive sort of E to figure it all out). "And a fork! hahaha..."

She's also really into being read chapter books, and broadening out into books, movies, rides at Disneyland, etc with "scary parts." Not sure what this is all about; she was super timid and still is often, but then she goes on real rollercoasters and asks for scary books. But then some things randomly still scare her.

She's started asking questions, looking for us to reassure her that people/animals do not each ANIMAL fish/mice/chickens/what have you, but just FOOD fish/mice/chickens. I had to speculate today on whether some owls like to eat seeds, especially as she has been an owl all night (she is ALWAYS something). I wonder if this is just something for her to wrap her mind around, or if we'll be going veggy in our home soon....

She's been telling amazing stories about magical creatures and animals. I want to write them down for her just so she can enjoy them someday, but of course I just enjoy them right now. Tonight it was a purple cow was on her straw getting a drink, then it grew a little and sat by her plate to eat, then it grew wings and flew up through the air....

She's obsessed with distinguishing between rhyme and alliteration. She heard me and DH mention this term once (I'm an English teacher, he's a nice nerd, we were talking about how nice something sounded with it) and now she gets it really well. So everything with an echoing sound gets defined, rhyme or alliteration.

And she can suddenly, on her own, draw entire faces and then says "this one is mad because he has no legs!" and scribbles red all over her, and black all over another who is angry some other day... so I showed her some ways to make legs and stick bodies. She completely and perfectly traced a striped cat I had drawn for her. She has been drawing faces and then turning them into suns, saying this is a girl in a sun, this is Sophie in a sun (COSMIC b/c I drew a baby-her in a sun for a life map thingy I made for a model for my students at school). Today it was a girl, who then had fur b/c she was in a kitty costume, apparently. Then the other night she had a rage and methodically knocked every paper and crayon off her art table. I've never seen her like that, but it looked satisfying. It wasn't too hard to get her to clean it up, either. She said she just got mad. (I wonder if it was again cosmic and she KNEW I was having a rough management day and threw that back at me, lol-- the next day the freshmen and I clicked much better!) I want to laugh, it's so temperamental artist, so... me:o

S I guess as a teacher I'm just amazed at each step as she goes. Of course, as a teacher the hardest thing is for me to step out of the way and only help very rarely. She really drives herself, then hits a wall and only sometimes wants us to give her a little guidance.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

"Pit to Distress"

Everyone needs to know about this. The standard of care for mothers and babies in the US (and other countries I'm sure) is just abominable. That we allow the medical industry to get away with this kind of BS is terrible. This is why I will never birth with anyone besides Dr. Wonderful and his team, or at home (more and more likely as the pit-loving, cut-loving OBs at the hospitals around here try to run them out of town, because they actually help women birth, instead of just inducing and cutting).

What is WRONG with people?????!!!!!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

And while we're on the subject...

So, there are two bad secret ingredients of Hershey's chocolate...

First, most chocolate is on our don't-eat list (as I mentioned in my previous post) because it has artificial flavors. And, well, it tastes like crap. Luckily there's plenty of real chocolate available, even at the regular grocery store. It's just European and pricey. And there's even more choice at Jimbo's and the like. I remember what Hershey's chocolate used to taste like, how it used to melt in your mouth... it's just not the same anymore. It tastes fake and yucky. And of course Hershey's bought Cadbury and now the Cadbury we get in the USA is not the same stuff from England imported over here (which would be a dream-- yum!) but more of the same garbage. They ruined Cadbury Eggs! The gall.

And of course, another very important reason to avoid this stuff: The other secret ingredient is slavery. Yum!

It's not like I'm going to buy Hershey's if they switch to fair trade, unless they also switch back to selling chocolate and not just chocolate-FLAVORED bar food products. Or what have you. But I will still tell them to stop supporting slavery.