Thursday, December 16, 2004

the burrow

well, i'm a week away from christmas vacation (finally) and 5 days after that we finish our first semester. we're on block scheduling, so i see my kids for 90 minutes every day and they finish a year of material in a semester...supposedly. anyway, the point is that in spanish II i just finished teaching THE PRETERITE. these kids are so far behind. at osky we started learning the preterite at the end of spanish I. needless to say, i'm trying to cram this stuff into their heads as quickly (yet effectively) as possible. all i have to say is that i've been relying heavily on the burrow's material these last few weeks...and if it's possible, i actually respect that man even more. whoa. in the last 3 weeks, i've taught the present perfect, past perfect, future, future perfect, conditional, and conditional perfect....all to spanish III. they're going to kill me when it comes time for their final exam!! anyway...the entire point of this message is that today i was teaching irregular preterite verbs. the kids loved it...especially when we got to the preterite of PONER (say it with me all you former spanish students)....puse, pusiste, puso....wait, hang on, did miss foster just say "PUSE"????? believe me, it's a lot funnier when you're sitting in the desk snickering than when you're at the front of the room trying to give disapproving looks to all the snicker-ers. i was very proud of myself for not giving in and laughing myself. maybe i've finally matured. ;)

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Christmas & New Year's

Back to some form of Jay's question... What's everyone doing for Christmas and New Year's?

I will be working until who knows when on Christmas Eve and then driving down to my parent's house in Carroll. I think I will be somewhere in Iowa around New Year's. Those plans aren't very finalized yet... Or are we getting together to make puppy chow again this year, Rebs? ;) :)

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Christmas Quiz

I barely passed. 6 for 10 is what...a D?

Tuesday, December 07, 2004


And that's all the words I remember, though I did look up the complete lyrics on November 2nd, after getting my election coverage from the Daily Show with John Stewart, of course.

And speaking of the fair nation to our north, I think those that have shown an appreciation to the current state of national stupidity would appreciate this gift idea for all those like-minded, yet hard to shop for people. In any case, it's a heck of a lot easier than picking up an authentic sounding British accent.

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Who woulda thought My Scottish Heritage could be this fun?!!

Ok, so I don't wanna work this afternoon!!

Here is another fun little thing to try. I suggest trying it with or without bagpipes and see which you like best!!

yet again, enjoy,

Another British jab at the American "culture"

Since Jay found that last British posting amusing (as I did) , I thought I'd throw this out there. My sister always finds quirky-british-anti-american humorists here.

So enjoy.