Pay day is here! Yay!

Also, Thanksgiving is a week early (or does it just seem that way?). This is somewhat strange. It feels like I just finished up doing Halloween activities with my students and - pow! - get your turkey crafts ready!

Trust me - I'm not complaining. I've already got my winter decorations set up in my work room, including a basket filled with those cinnamon pinecones. I wander back to that room between classes, wondering what I went back there for, and realize it was probably just to get a lungful of cinnamon. Yum. :D

Well, I'm the only one in my family who ever gets excited for the holidays anymore, but I'm not going to let that bring me down! Full steam ahead to good food, time off, and festivities.

ps - Yesterday I got (unofficial) word that my contract will be extended to the beginning of April - yay, employment!


[ profile] fridayfiver:

1. What's the last thing you threw away?
A Hershey bar with almonds wrapper (yay, leftover Halloween candy!)

2. Have you ever been to Paris?
Yes. :)

3. What do you stare at?
I stare out the window when I should be working.

4. What do you hurry for?
I hurry to get things prepped for some of my classes - sometimes I only have five minutes between different grades which have completely different lessons.

5. Friday fill-in:
I could have been___.

I could have been a contend-ah! No, no, sorry, that wasn't me. I could've been at work all day today, but we had a half day. Yay!

From this week's [ profile] thefridayfive:

1. Do you really make wishes when you blow out the candles on your cake?
Yep. :-)

2. Have any of the wishes ever come true, if yes?
I honestly don't remember. I usually wish for silly things like, please let it snow next week so that I don't have to go to work!

3. How do you feel about birthdays? (e.g., love the attention, just another day, don't want anyone to know my real age, etc.)
I love having my birthday. It's something cheerful to look forward to in the middle of winter. I don't suppose I'll always feel that way, but while I'm still only in my twenties, I say, bring it on!

4. Tell us a favorite gift you've received, or something you'd really like for your next birthday.
My Galileo thermometer is definitely a favorite. :-)

5. What flavor cake?
Chocolate cake with chocolate icing and my mother's almond icing decorations. Yum!

Today's weather was so much better than that of the last eternity couple of weeks. Breezy, less humid, and it only reached 92 F (ha - only!).

Also, this must be the greatest year that I can remember for both tiger swallowtails and monarch butterflies here in the mid-Atlantic East coast. It's been unbelievable this year. I walk around the garden and the air just swirls with large, bright butterflies. I must post some pictures...

And now, The Friday Five )

From this week's [ profile] thefridayfive:

1. Are you named after anyone? If so, explain.

2. Do you have your children's names picked out already? If so, is there any significance?
I haven't picked out any children's names - I don't plan on having children.

3. If you were born a member of the opposite sex what would your name have been?
Daniel or David

4. If you could re-name yourself what name would you pick and why?
I have no idea! I rather like the name I have.

5. Are there any mispronunciations/typos that people do w/ your name constantly?
Nope; my name is nice and easy.

1 - number of monarch butterfly eggs on our milkweed as of this morning

3.119 - the amount of dollars and cents per gallon I paid to fill my car yesterday

4 - number of days I've spent looking for the remote to my old stereo (still haven't found it)

5 - number of clocks I have in my bedroom, not including my watch. Why, I do not know; I just like clocks

8 - number of meteorites I saw at Cherry Springs Park a few weeks ago

16 - minimum number of single-spaced pages I had to write for my graduate class (who wants to grade things that are single-spaced? Just tell me I need to write 32 pages and get it over with). I met the minimum requirement.

27 - number of bobby pins it took to keep my hair in place for the wedding

32 - number of mosquito bites I had on my legs as of last night

36 - number of miles per gallon my Ford Escort got after my last trip to Lancaster

And now, the Friday Five... )

Half a cup of coffee and my heart's already racing. Stupid caffeine... but this pumpkin spice coffee is just too good to say no!

I'd better never try hardcore drugs; I have no will-power to speak of.

I ended up taping Nova last night. I just couldn't force myself to stay awake any longer. Thank goodness for technology, I suppose.

I have the whole day left ahead of me, and I'm not sure what to do. Should I go shopping? The Strawbridges near us is closing... I'm just not much of a shopper, though, and I generally dislike going to the mall. It's probably crawling with high schoolers who had a half-day, anyway. There are things I'd like to buy, but nothing that I actually need to get today.

It's not warm enough to go hiking, but if I don't go out soon, I'm looking at an enforced indoors stay this weekend as we're expecting a hefty snow storm tomorrow night - something like ten inches of snow.

Ah, decisions, decisions. At least I'm going out to dinner. And there will be birthday cake to be had. I do love having my birthday in the middle of winter - it's something to look forward to, and it breaks up the dreariness of the season (not that this winter has been terrible, mind you). Besides, there's Valentine's Day left in February, St. Patrick's Day in March, and Easter this year is in April. Any excuse for a celebration, I say. :-D

And the US vs Japan match is tonight! And the Winter Olympic games are starting! Happiness!

I really ought to stop rambling and go do something. :-D

But first, the Friday Five and a quiz )

This week's [ profile] thefridayfive is just too weird for me to answer this time around. It's like a bad fanfic plot challenge.

From this week's [ profile] thefridayfive:

1) Name your fave song at the moment.
Siúil A Run from the album Celtic Woman (2004)

2) What is the most recent album/CD/Cassette you purchased?
Moulin Rouge OST 2

3) Which song will you never get sick of hearing?
Throwin' Stones by The Grateful Dead - it's been my hands-down favorite for many, many years.

4) What is your current fave music video?
I don't watch music videos.

5) If you could be a famous music artist, what type of music would you produce?
I'd produce Loreena McKennitt-esque music. It's all just so beautiful.

From this week's [ profile] thefridayfive:

1) What word irks you everytime you hear someone say it?
"Hoodie." It just sounds so ridiculously silly.

2) What is your favorite word?
I can't think of any.

3) What does it mean?
La la la la la la.

4) What word do you say far too often?

5) Name three words you think other people overuse:
I think people overuse swear words in general to the point where their meanings are diminished. It's really aggravating to hear kids swear all of the time, especially. Children, each time you utter a curse word, you lose a hundred brain cells, increase your chances of having to work menial jobs for the rest of your life, and decrease the amount of respect I would otherwise have for you.


Oct. 28th, 2005 05:04 pm

My brother's moving to Boston! He got the engineering job he interviewed for a couple of weeks ago! I'm so happy for him! And I'll have a place to stay to go see Revolution games next season!



ETA: From this week's [ profile] thefridayfive:

1. If you had all the money in the world and could choose to own anything, what you would get and why?
I would choose to own my parents' house; that is, I'd pay off their mortgage and buy it from them so that when it came time for them to retire, we could sell the house. Then my parents would be free to move wherever they wanted.

2. If you were to do something that scares you, what would it be?
...huh? You mean voluntarily allow something to happen? If that's the case, then I'd voluntarily allow myself to be abducted by aliens, as that's my biggest irrational fear (and I realize that it's really stupid and silly, but ever since I was a little kid, that's terrified me).

But since I'd probably die of fright, maybe you mean something like going hang-gliding to conquer a fear of flying or what-have-you. If that's the case, then I'd be a passenger in a car that my father was driving on the Autobahn. If you ever drove with my dad, you'd understand why.

3. What was your first pet?
We had loads of family pets, but the first one of my very own was a hamster named Jeremy. She was pretty entertaining, too.

4. What's the farthest you've traveled?
Paris, France and Glacier National Park, Montana.

5. If you were a season, which one would you be and why?
Spring because it's all about the return of life and good spring-smells.

Extra one: If you were a song, which one would you be and why?
I have no idea and choose not to answer. Song questions always seem a bit pretentious to me, anyway, mainly because more often than not I don't recognize some artist or composer that someone else has listed and wouldn't get the significance of the song, anyway. :-P



You Passed 8th Grade Math

Congratulations, you got 10/10 correct!

Which is a relief considering that I taught it for about nine days at the beginning of the school year... yay for having a leg to stand on!

From this week's [ profile] thefridayfive:

1. What do you like or dislike about autumn?
I absolutely love autumn - the smell of the air, the colors of the leaves, the cooler temperatures, the migrating birds and butterflies. Nothing quite rivals a sunny, fall day, except maybe a fresh, spring day. :-)

2. Have you raked leaves into a pile just to jump in them?
Yes, indeed.

3. Have you ever carved a pumpkin and how did it turn out?
I try to do one every year! I learned from the very best (my mom) - a big, snaggle-toothed grin with no nose makes for a wickedly amused pumpkin-face.

4. Have you ever eaten anything made from pumpkins other than pie?
Yep. Just last week I made a pumpkin-shrimp bisque (I found the recipe at here), and everyone loved it. My mom used to make pumpkin cookies with raisins and white icing when we were kids, too. They're still one of my very favorite kinds of cookies.

5. Where is a good spot to see the leaves change color where you live?
I suppose the Poconos would be the place, but it's a couple of hours north-west of here, and the leaves may already be changing. I always liked the look of the trees planted on Millersville University's campus in the fall, especially when they began to drop their leaves. You'd be walking to class, and it would be raining down red and yellow leaves everywhere - just gorgeous.

In other news, the MLS playoffs begin tonight with Chicago hosting DC United. I'm rooting for the Fire, since as a Revolution fan, I'd rather New England faced them later on rather than face DC again. Of course, that's all dependent on the Revolution having success against the MetroStars in the next two games. Ah, the pressure!

From this week's [ profile] thefridayfive:

1. What sport do you most enjoy watching on television (or tolerate most)?

I enjoy watching soccer (understatement).

2. If you could be really, really good at one sport (we're talking world elite here), what would it be?

Um, soccer? Not much money in it for women, but the coolness factor trumps that.

3. Have you ever been active in some form of sports?

Intramural volleyball a loooong time ago

4. Would you rather be a computer geek or a sports geek?

These days I'm happy if I can successfully download and install a program without screwing things up. I'm definitely a bigger sports geek now.

5. What teams do you cheer for?

Soccer: The US Men's National Team and a couple Major League Soccer teams - New England Revolution, Kansas City Wizards

Baseball: Philadelphia Phillies

Don't forget: US vs Mexico, Saturday @ 7:30pm on ESPN Classic and Telemundo. Talk about a rivalry, kids; it doesn't get any bigger than this in the US.

From this week's [ profile] thefridayfive:

1. What was your first job?
I worked at an amusement park in high school.

2. How much did you make?

$5.10/hour the first summer; $5.25/hour the second summer.

3. Describe your least favorite co-worker of all time.

I can't really think of co-workers off-hand... I had a supervisor once who had real power/control issues who liked to take it out on me when I was a new hire. I think it was because I was going for my degree while she had to work the over-night stocking job probably for the rest of her life. I guess I'd be pissy, too, if that was my future.

4. What is your dream job?
To be a trail guide at a national park somewhere west of the Appalachians. Heck, west of the Mississippi River, while we're at it...

5. What do you currently do and do you like it?
I'm a substitute teacher in an over-crowded school district that's still expanding. How much longer I'll have that job, I don't know, as the budget is being cut for the upcoming school year. Usually I don't mind the job, but sometimes it's really stressful. The pay is pretty crappy, too, but I get on all right since I moved back home. My goal is to get the majority of my student loans paid off so that I can move out of state somewhere.

In other news, my uncle has been back in the hospital this past week after he fell and broke his leg. He had surgery to screw the bones back together, but I can't imagine that he'll be out of there any time soon. It's always something, isn't it...

From this week's [ profile] thefridayfive:

1. How much money is in your wallet right now?

2. How much money would you need in the bank to feel secure? Rich?
$15k would definitely make me feel better. Thirty thousand, and I'd feel rich.

3. If someone gave you $100, no strings attached, what would you do with it?
Put it towards my $530/mo. summer health coverage bill.

4. If someone gave you $1 Million, no strings attached, what would you do with it?
Pay off my student loans, my family's car & house, and then move the heck out of Dodge.

5. How much does something have to cost before it starts counting as "real" money, as a purchase to be considered and evaluated, but below which you'll buy without really thinking about it?
Ten dollars for a non-essential item. The essentials had better be way less. I only pay ten dollars a month for my cell phone, for instance.

I've been living in a soccer-induced haze for the last couple of days, so I've forgotten about some of the little things in life... like the Friday Five! :-P

From this week's [ profile] thefridayfive:

* What things did you enjoy as a child that you no longer do?
Playing games in the neighborhood like manhunt and cops & robbers.

* What things did you enjoy as a child that you still do today?
Reading, drawing, hiking, and playing in the dirt. :-)

* What things do you do now, that the child you were never thought you'd like?
I watch sports - soccer and baseball - on television. I didn't want to have anything to do with sports when I was kid, unless it was the Winter Olympics.

* If you could go back to one age and stay there for a while, what would it be?
I had a lot of fun in 10th grade... so I guess 15-16.

* If you could fast forward to an age (you do get to come back!) for a while, what would it be?
I'm guessing this question is for the Under-21 crowd. I can't say that I'm really looking forward to getting older, thanks. If it were a chance to see my future-self, I guess I'd like to see how I'm doing ten years from now: 34-35.

From this week's [ profile] thefridayfive:

1. What made you happy this week?
I had Tuesday off from work, and it was a beautiful day that I enjoyed all to myself.

2. What made you sad?
I got sick Thursday morning and had to call out of work, thus breaking my perfect attendance for the school year. And, you know, losing a day's worth of pay. :-(

3. What made you angry?
Not being a Democrat or a Republican, I could only vote on the referendum in the election. Pennsylvania is truly backwards in its primary election policy. And, of course, one of the candidates I absolutely cannot stand won the primary. Fools.

4. What are you looking forward to in the next week?
Soccer Saturday (4pm on ESPN2) - the Revs are on national TV again. Joy! And next Friday is my mother's birthday... and there's Memorial Day weekend, too. Happiness. :-)

5. What are you not looking forward to?
Hmm. Making my next car and student loan payments. XO


Apr. 29th, 2005 03:15 pm

From this week's [ profile] thefridayfive:

1. You have the summer and plenty of money to travel abroad. Where all would you go?
I'm going to narrow it all down to two things (one summer is not really long enough, you know). I'd like to go see the Grand Canyon and Alaska.

2. What foods would you be sure you got to eat?
Well, I'll try most anything at least once, except for really hot things. I'm a total pansy when it comes to foods that can cause a person pain.

3. What landmarks would you be sure you got to see?
Any kind of scenery or national preserve.

4. What airline would you use?
I have no idea. I'm not a big fan of flying, to tell you the truth.

5. Would your knowledge of other languages influence where you went? (i.e. would you be more likely to go to France if you spoke French?)
It would if I knew any other languages besides English and a smattering of French. In which case, I'd probably grab up a teach-yourself CD to learn some handy phrases or take one of the ESL kids I teach to give me a tour. I've already been given an offer of a tour of Cairo someday, which would be pretty cool. :-)

From this week's [ profile] thefridayfive:

1. How often do you get sick?
I rarely get sick; in fact, I can remember exactly when I was sick last (June 2004 - I caught a sinus infection after babysitting my infant and three-year-old cousins. There's very little defense against being spit up on by a baby, unfortunately). But really, I've got an incredible immune system. I've only had the flu once in my life, and that was only after I was sneezed on by a seventh-grader while teaching a class of the little squirts about orientation and pest management.

2. Do you take a lot of over the counter medicine?
I'll take Ibuprofen for headaches and the occassional antihistamine to combat the pressure in my sinuses. That's it.

3. Have you ever been in the hospital for an extended period of time?
I was dropped as a baby (shut up!) and thus spent three weeks in traction in the hospital for a broken leg. I was ten months old, so I don't remember a single minute of it.

4. Are there any diseases that run in your family?
Diabetes and heart disease.

5. What is the best remedy for the common cold?
Time and a positive outlook. If you mope about it, you'll only make yourself feel worse. Of course, it does help to have someone around you can commiserate with and count on to bring you fruit juice every now and again. :)

And I'm back for more of Friday.

[ profile] thefridayfive

1. What are your five favorite all time TV shows?

1. M*A*S*H
2. Star Trek: The Next Generation
3. The X-Files
4. Highlander: The Series
5. Batman: The Animated Series

2. What five things do you want to do before the year is out?

1. Make enough money to stay on top of my student loans/car payment/car insurance
2. Update my resume/teaching portfolio
3. Try to network out West where I'd like to live
4. Lose five pounds
5. Hike/bicycle more

3. Who are five people (alive, dead, or otherwise) you would want to have dinner with?

1. My granddad, who I miss
2. My grandmother, who I never knew but have always heard great stories about
3. My great-uncle Jim, for the same reason as above
4. My great-great grandfather Myers, who taught music lessons and had a wooden leg
5. My great-grandfather Cole, who owned a dairy farm and was a veterinarian around the same time as James Herriot (except he lived in Pennsylvania, not Yorkshire)

4. Where are five places (cities, states, countries, etc.) you would like to visit?

1. Australia
2. Glacier National Park (again)
3. Alaska
4. the Redwood forest in California
5. The Grand Canyon

5. What are your five favorite desserts?

1. chocolate cake with my mother's homemade almond icing
2. apple pie
3. pistachio pudding or ice cream
4. homemade milkshakes
5. cookies of all kinds

[ profile] thefridayfive

1) What was your favorite toy as a child?
I only get one? Hmm... oh, my bicycle. That counts, I think.

2) What is your favorite toy now that you're "grown up"?
Erm. My computer. Yeah, I'mma geek.

3) What is the most dangerous toy you had growing up?
My brother and I both had these plastic mazes from Woolworth's that contained a ball of liquid mercury. The object of the game was to get the ball through the maze without the ball breaking apart. Or without breaking the maze and poisoning yourself. :^D

4) What is the most dangerous toy you have now?
I still have the maze. It's on the floor of my room as I type.

5) What one toy do you wish you had/have?
As a kid, I wanted to have a Lite Brite (remember those boards with the glowing pegs?). My cousins had one, but they never wanted to play with it when we came to visit. :-P

There's fun and excitement around every corner, I swear.

In the realm of not-so-fun, my cousins' dog was attacked and killed by their neighbor's pit bull in my cousins' backyard. They live out in the country where people let their dogs have the run of the yard, fields, and forest, so encounters between neighboring dogs are fairly common. Still, it's sad. So, here's to Keno, the nicest black lab/shepherd mix in Punxsutawney from 1994-2005. You were a good boy.

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