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Thursday, February 26, 2009

"Getting it"

I assigned my 8 year old this morning, Geography from A to Z. Starting on the first page she was to copy the definition of archipelago in her best handwriting and then draw a picture of one, like the one on the page.

Typically, she began the drawing first. As I am happily watching The History of Britain while I work out on my elliptical she is chattering away while she draws.

"Mom, this island is going to have all the resources, so it will be the only one populated". "Mom, this island is going to have very limited resources, well food and wood I guess because there are going to be coconut and banana trees"

And as she thinks aloud I am wondering where in the heck has she learned so much about "resources" in that context and wow, the kid really understands those concepts!

Then it hits me. All those hours she has spent conquering civilizations in Age of Mythology!!!! I guess there may be a place for computer games in our lives after all. :)


You Need This

Trust me, you need this. That is all.


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Doing flips in the pool at Camp of the Woods


Rock climbing at Camp of the Woods, Speculator, NY


Wordless Wednesday

Tubing at Oak Mountain!


Thursday, February 5, 2009

I got tagged on facebook, killing two birds with one stone today.

25 Random Things About Me

Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you.

(To do this, go to “notes” under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.)

Ok, I am finally playing. Not my fault all you brilliant writers and thinkers had me intimidated!

1. I smoked heavily since the age of 13 or so but actually did quit 4 years ago. I never thought I could or would and honestly, I really didn't want to. I still don't want to. I loved smoking and I hate that it is both bad for you and cost prohibitive.

2. I have worn the same black sweater for more than 10 years. And I still love it. With jeans which, sadly, have changed sizes over the years.

3. I hate clothes shopping for myself and my 12 year old. We are hard to fit. The little one is off the rack perfect. That can be annoying for the rest of us.

4. I have a thyroid issue and take a pill for it every day but I can't tell you if I am hypo or hyper without having to look it up somewhere.

5. I am passionate about reading and history, especially historical reading. :)

6. On my nightstand I have, a Burts Bees chapstick, my cd player with The Fellowship of the Ring disc 7 in it, Answers magazine, a book on the Brother's Grimm, and a book on the literary analysis of ancient literature by Peter Leithart called Heroes of the City of Man, my earrings, a bottle of water and a Calvin and Hobbes retrospective. (It said RANDOM)

7. I have on our bathroom walls, a Van Gogh print, a Cassatt print, a collage of the kids and an ancient history timeline. Right smack in front of where you sit. I figure if they stare at it over the years, they will eventually memorize it.

8. I belong to a social group called Draconian Homeschoolers. I am a charter member and proud of it. Yes, I think both mental and physical hard work is good for them. Sue me.

9. I think my husband is absolutely wonderful and there isn't a single thing I would change about him. Although I do have the urge to occasionally fix his hair. :)

10. I hate mean people. They should not exist.

11. I dislike judgmental people even more than I hate mean people. (Therefore I try not to be judgmental about mean people except to quantify the category, in general, as sucking big-time)

12. My sisters rock. My twin is my very best friend and she is never moving out.

13. My Mom is my second best friend. I think she is the most wonderful person in the world. I wish we had more time to spend one on one.

14. I hate doing dishes, especially ones left from the night before. My husband knows this and will occasionally take pity on me and do them. He did them on my birthday. :)

15. I will probably never stop adopting animals that need me. Ever.
I am up to 2 Guinea Pigs (technically my daughters), a budgie and a cockatiel,( a stupid trip to friends day at a kids Animal friend camp) an Aussie shepherd,(Mike left me alone in the mall near a pet shop, I look at it as a very expensive rescue) a Siamese cat,(from the Siamese Rescue Center of Virginia) a black and white cat,(Because I walked in to People for Cats with Elaine) 2 hermit crabs,(Martha was creeped out by it and then I read they don't like to be alone) assorted fish....I think that's it.

16. In spite of my literary pretensions, my favorites remain the same and I re-read them. The LOTR trilogy, The Belgariad, The Dragonriders of Pern, the Darkover novels, Robert Parker's Spencer novels, Clive Cussler's older stuff (not the new Numa files), The Amelia Peabody mysteries and Harry Potter.

17. I am adept at rationalizing almost any book purchase. I love old books. I collect old children's books.

18. I love sushi. I went to Japan for a month to help out after the Great Hanshin Earthquake. I was really looking forward to Japanese food. I arrived to England-East. A houseful of vegan Brits. Tea, toast, butter, eggs, marmite. Absolutely horrific. And I got shin splints.

19. My sister's sneaky habit of putting yucky dishes from 3 days ago into the sink and leaving them there is a violation of the you cook, I clean rule. There is a time limit on these things. The only other person who has ever so blatantly abused the "You Cook I Clean" Rule is my old room mate, Jimmy. He used every pot, pan and utensil every time he cooked. I would bet even money he still does.

20. I bitch slapped a swan once. Long story.

21. I am very grateful for Bear, who is bringing me some dry wood this morning.

22. I have always wanted a birdbath warmer. I am tired of standing outside in pjs using pots of boiling water to unfreeze the birdbath every morning. But I will keep doing it anyway.

23. I still miss my Grandmother and Alex like crazy. I always will.

24.I believe hermit crabs to be just about the stupidest pet ever.

25. I have a blog that I update fairly frequently because if I don't the two people who read it begin to think I am ill. Or ignoring their reading needs. :)


Tuesday, February 3, 2009

For My Birthday

My daughter wrote me a song. And sang it. It was beautiful and all I could think was, in spite of all the years she and I have been dysfunctional to one extent or another, she gets that no matter what, I love her. I love that. What a blessing.

Here it is as it was given to me:
Written January 19th 2009, For my Mom

I'm not a bad girl, I've just made some mistakes.
More than I care to count.
I'm growing up and I'm realizing, I'm not as independent as I thought.
I'm on life's never ending road and I don't, don't quite know which way to go,
and I run home into my mother's arms.
I thought I was ready to go out into the world, boy was I wrong.
I start to cry and I tell her that I'm sorry and I won't leave again so soon.
Then she tells me, really reassures me, it's going to be ok. And I say...

I'm not a bad girl, I've just made a few mistakes, more than I care to count.
That leaving home was one of them, I'm sorry, I'm not a bad girl.
In some ways I'm still a child and I'll always be in my mother's heart. I'll always be her little one, her first born, her precious child.
One day I'll grow up and leave but hopefully it won't be anytime soon.
But when I do leave, I know I can always come to you, no matter how big the problem, or how small the issue, I know you'll always be there for me.
You'll be there to tell me, to assure me, it'll be ok
And you'll say,
"you're not a bad girl, you just made a few mistakes and you're stuck on life's never ending road. Well don't worry, I'm here, you're not a bad girl, your are my loving child and I love you,
I love you."


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