Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
The other big discovery for me yesterday was NaNaWriMo. I did it! I wrote 50,000 words in less than 30 days. I even had 3 days to spare. When I first began this project, I thought there was no way I could make that word count. I have only written picture books that range from 500 to 1000 words. The only exception was my one middle grade novel, which topped at 10,600 words. I thought there would be no way I could reach 50,000 words, but I did it. I received my winners web badges and printed up my certificate from NaNaWriMo, so that was cool and gave me a sense of accomplishment. Of course, the manuscript is long and drawn out and rambles, but with time I hope to clean it up and make it presentable. Just being able to reach my goal was a big discovery for me. And finally, the day before yesterday I began working on my upcoming website. Just getting this started and learning how to use the program was a discovery in itself. I hope to have the site up soon.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Nicole loves to read, write and draw. Whenever I do fun theme weeks for the boys in school, I usually have Nicole do some sort of drawing and poem to go with it. Some of these were from those weeks. She didn't want me to include any of her self-portraits, but those are really good. One that I really like in particular is of part of her face as seen in a small mirror. She really has a talent and I hope she keeps up with this. I posted this slideshow on my Multiply site last week, so I thought I would share it with you here too.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Did you ever make handprint turkeys in school? I loved making these when I was little. We homeschool and every year we make them. This year I found printable handprint turkeys from Family Fun Magazine online. I printed up a few pages for the boys and they traced their hand and colored them in. Then they glued colorful feathers onto the fingers. It was a fun new twist on an old favorite craft project.
I really think Thanksgiving gets overlooked. By the time Halloween is over, most people start focusing on Christmas. They only take a break in the middle to indulge and overeat with one big meal. I like to use the month of November not only to teach the kids the real meaning of Thanksgiving, but also to do fun crafts with them. We've already had Corn Week and Turkey Week. There are only 3 days next week, but I'm planning on doing something with Pilgrims. If you haven't done your Thanksgiving dinner shopping yet, I wish you luck. This is a busy weekend for that. And finally, I would like to leave you with one happy thought -- Gooble! Gooble!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
A few months ago some people were talking about nightmare-induced bestsellers on a message board and someone mentioned lucid dreaming. I knew I did this, but I never knew there was a name for it. For as long as I can remember, I've had dreams that were going a certain way and somehow I managed to change the outcome. A lot of times I've woken up completely and then gone back to sleep to continue the dream.
I did this the night before last. I was dreaming about a tiger that I thought was trying to get into my house to attack me. I dream about wildlife all the time, but it's almost always bears. We've had bears come right up to our glass doors and they could bust open the door if they tried, so I think that fear slips into my dreams a lot. The other night it wasn't bears, but tigers. The tiger had cubs and for whatever reason we were being terrorized by this thing. It was horrible. I woke up fully and told Rick all about it, much to his dismay because I tend to go on and on and on about my dreams. He left for work and then I went back to sleep and the dream started up again, but I changed how it was going. Instead of tigers, it was now mountain lions. I thought they were still trying to "get me" at first, but they weren't. In fact, I had a bunch of people show up for a party instead and everything was just fine. Now I don't know if this qualifies as lucid dreaming, but it's weird. I can remember doing this for a long time. Does anyone else do it?
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
HONEY WHEAT BREAD
- 2/3 cup powdered milk
- 2 cups warm water
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup honey
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- dry active yeast (1 envelope or 2-1/4 tsp)
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup flour
Directions: Dissolve powdered milk in warm water and then combine with oil, honey, salt, yeast and have of both flours. Beat on low for 2 minutes with an electric mixer until combined. Place dough in a greased 4-6 quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours. Remove stoneware from cooker and allow to stand for 5 minutes before removing. Serve with honey, butter or jam. Mmmmm!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
JOHN McCAIN: My friends, that chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road.
HILLARY CLINTON: When I was First Lady, I personally helped that little chicken to cross the road. This experience makes me uniquely qualified to ensure right from Day One that every chicken in this country gets the chance it deserves to cross the road. But then, this really isn't about me.
GEORGE W. BUSH: We don't really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road, or not. The chicken is either against us, or for us. There is no middle ground here.
DICK CHENEY: Where's my gun?
COLIN POWELL: Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite image of the chicken crossing the road.
BILL CLINTON: I did not cross the road with that chicken. What is your definition of chicken?
AL GORE: I invented the chicken.
JOHN KERRY: Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken's intentions. I am not for it now and will remain against it.
AL SHARPTON: Why are all the chickens white? We need some black chickens.
DR. PHIL: The problem we have here is that this chicken doesn't realize that he must first deal with the problem on this side of the road before it goes after the problem on the other side of the road. What we need to do is help him realize how stupid he's acting by not taking on his current problems before adding new problems.
OPRAH: Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross this road so bad. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I'm going to give this chicken a car so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.
ANDERSON COOPER, CNN: We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed access to the other side of the road.
NANCY GRACE: That chicken crossed the road because he's guilty! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks.
PAT BUCHANAN: To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.
MARTHA STEWART: No one called me to warn me which way that chicken was going. I had a standing order at the Farmer's Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider information.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Oh -- and now for something totally different! I woke up around 6:45am this morning to the strangest sound. I thought one of my boys was crying downstairs. I got up and noticed the sound was coming from outside. I opened the front door to take a listen. I'm not positive, but it sounded like wolves! It could have been coyotes, but my first thought was wolves. FREAKY! I used to hear coyotes at our California house all the time, but I've never heard them here before. It was bizarre and it definitely wasn't a domestic dog making that sound. My cat was all freaked out. Arrrroooo! And on top of this, just now I saw 22 wild turkeys wander by. They're going up the hill behind my house. Run turkeys run -- Thanksgiving is coming!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
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Friday, November 7, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
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Monday, November 3, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
1. My nickname in high school was Rena Who.
2. I've had tea with Roger Daltrey of The Who in his house, twice.
3. People on cell phones in public restrooms are my biggest pet peeve.
4. I collect & save the fortunes from fortune cookies I eat.
5. I hate shoes, but love boots, especially cowboy boots & UGGs.
6. I eat baked potatoes cold, like how you'd eat an apple.
7. I cut my own hair and haven't been to a salon in years.