Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Happy Early Valentine's Day

I made this for my students.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Happy Birthday Ajay Naidu!

Okay, he may be known as the go-to Indian and/or Middle Eastern guy in a lot of movies and TV shows, but whenever Indian-American actor Ajay Naidu is in a movie he steals the scene. I have to admit, I'm not too familiar with his larger roles. Of course, I remember him best as Samir Nagheenanajar in Office Space, but other than that, I've mostly seen bit roles. Even so, he's a character actor - my favorite breed - one of the guys who shows up in a movie, and I say, "Oh, it's that guy! I like him!"

Happy 36th, Ajay Naidu!

Oh, and what's up Arsenio Hall? Happy 53rd Birthday!

Friday, February 8, 2008

Five for Friday 2-8-08

Thing 1:
Fatty's Magic Pants
In 1914, Fatty Arbuckle made the movie Fatty's Magic Pants. I learned this after Googling 'Magic Pants.' The funny thing is that I've always felt a connection with Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle. No, it's not because I violated a woman with a wine bottle (which led to her death). Nope, never did that. Actually, all I thought we had in common was our birthday (Mar 24), but it turns out we both have the name 'Magic Pants' in our lives. What a neat coincidence.

Thing 2:
Magic Dinosaur:
This is my classroom's magic dinosaur. Put her (him? I have no experience in determining toy dinosaur gender) in water and she grows, take her out, and she shrinks over time. He (she?) came in an egg, and she (he?) busted out. I have one unspoken rule for this dinosaur, and it's that his (her?) name and assumed gender change every time she's (he's?) mentioned. One minute, the dinosaur's name is Steve, the next, it's Louella. If you look closely, you can see the abscess in her (his?) torso. I think there was a flaw in manufacturing, which grew with the Dinosaur.

Thing 3:
Shands Pier -
This is the view from Shands Pier on Wednesday afternoon. It was a gorgeous, but windy day, and I had been riding my bike for 14 miles when I stopped. I love resting at the pier during a ride. It's a great place to stop, have a drink, and enjoy the sound of the waves. And with an 83 degree day in February, that sounds alright with me.
Thing 4:
Mold Experiment -
My students and I are seeing which foods go moldy quickly. We want to try to figure out what mold and bacteria are after, and under what conditions they thrive. Although not a perfect cross-section of foods, this should be a fun (and filthy) investigation for the kids. You see pictured(L to R):

Row 1: apple, dill pickle stacker, jelly doughnut, chocolate chip cookie

Row 2: moist bread, dry bread, fried cake doughnut, mini marshmallows
Row 3: orange soda, sour gummi worms, gummi bears.

Thing 5:
Riding my bike -
I know this should be expected by now, but I can't think of anything I'd rather be doing. Whether it's with a fast group, or a laid back ride with friends, riding feels so good. Solo riding offers a two step solution to problem solving. Not only does it give you time to think, but you also absolutely de-stress, allowing you the ability to think. Keep it up, bike riding!

Eat more blue foods.

Friday, February 1, 2008

It's...Five for Friday!

1. Positivity
For some reason, at this point in history, I am unable to write about living with a positive outlook without sounding like my words are coming out of Parade magazine or a Family Circle cartoon. So here's the rub: life is full of crap. Quit worrying about it and have fun. Be nice. Laugh. Make jokes for yourself, and be relentlessly happy even when it doesn't make sense. You will rub off on yourself, and life will seem better.

2. Friday Breakfast at work
I work at an elementary school. Right across the hall from my classroom door is a kitchen. It's there for the teachers and their classes in my part of the building. Each Friday, someone makes breakfast (there's a schedule). I usually put music on because it seems evil to cook and eat in front of the kids without sharing.
Anyway, it was my morning to make breakfast, and I cooked up some sweet potato/red skin potato hash browns(onions, peppers, and olive oil finished the main ingredient list out) for the folks. It turned out well, but it always makes me so happy. It's nice when we have a chance to hang out during the school week. The pressure's off us and the kids, and for a little while, everything is totally swell. It's a great way to start Friday. It was also a perfect 'make' for my Thing-a-Day2 entry for day 1.

3. This Lady
The Smoking Gun has a weekly roundup of mug shots, and this lady was featured three times in a row! What is she doing to keep getting in trouble? She has nice teeth, so it's not meth. From seeing a lot of stripper busts on the site, I'm inclined to go that way, as she certainly is quite pretty, but I feel bad just making assumptions. Here's a thought, though: She's used to getting busted - she's flashing that dazzling smile in two of the photos. Mystery jailbird, I heart you.

Okay, color me lame for getting all excited over a TV show, but I get excited over some of them. I admit it. 30 Rock and Arrested Development have actually caused me to fall out of a chair. Veronica Mars succeeded in making me watch a teen soap opera. Sure, it was a twisted, noir soap with snappy dialog, but it was soapy nonetheless. That said, LOST has me in a spin. There are times when I'm not sure if I think it's as awesome as it feels like, there are times when I think it's just silly, but I can't stop. I have a tendency to get swept up in things as I'm watching them, but this does have the lingering feeling that I love. I don't get that feeling with the movie you like as you're watching it, but as soon as it's over, you can't remember why. Keep it up, creators of LOST. If you can give 7 more episodes as good as the season premiere, this half season will rock. (Please, producers, just make nice with your writers.)

5. Instant Oatmeal
I bought the Fruit & Cream Variety Pack (Publix brand). Hooray for oatmeal. It makes a great happiness inside me every time.

Ride your bikes, people.