5
November

Technology Rocks!

Sometimes technology is frustrating but for me right now I’ve got nothing but praise.. I’m lounged out in bed in my flannels and I was just able to do my students report cards and IEP progress notes in comfort. (I’m rushing through this post because my battery is almost dead though!)

Last night I was lamenting about being able to Skype video chat with my mom who lives in Arizona and to be able to readily Facebook chat with my daughter every night while she’s living away at school.

So, for me,  (at least today) I’ve got nothing but praise for the digital age!

NaBloPoMo 5

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21
January

Back to work

TEACH

TEACH

I’m still flying high from yesterday’s historic Inauguration Day and shed more than a few tears as it was very emotional. I had such a sense of pride in our nation and hope for the future. Hope that we’re REALLY going to take to heart that we’re all in it together and that there’s lots of work to do. We need to do it as a nation, with commitment and as a team,  and we ALL need to pull our own weight to make this a better place for all.

I was so happy to be sharing the event with my students. (It was my free period but I kept them with me as we’ve been anticipating it for a very long time and they were super excited.) Luckily, they were able to play it on the TVs throughout the building. I had brought my laptop in, just in case. It wouldn’t have been ideal to all gather around the 15″ MacBook Pro’s screen but it would have been better than missing it!  It was awesome to see them standing to salute the flag and singing the national anthem together. You could hear a pin drop in my room as all eyes were glued to the set.  As it turned out,  because we watched it on TV, I was able to pull up Tweetdeck and was able to tweet along with my friends and read the reactions from around the world.  The excitement continued right up until I fell asleep watching the festivities.

Just as Obama partied for one day then headed to work to deal with business today, the party is over at school as well. Between the snowdays, MLK events and the Inauguration, it’s been pretty hectic but special for the entire month of January. Today was a  “get back on track” day in terms of our routines and schedules and expectations. I’ll be starting some new units and upping the ante from here on out. Second quarter ends Friday and we’re fast approaching the halfway point at school.  There’s lots of learning to be done and time is flying by.

My To Do list is growing and I’ve got to start heading to bed at a decent hour again so that I can squeeze the exercise in. I’ve got lots of paperwork that I’ll be needing to do for work and I’m going to try to stay late a couple of days a week so I don’t have to take it home. (I carry it home and never have time to open the school bag once I’m here because I have a whole list of things to do here.)  I’m hoping to stay one day a week to plan and make copies for the following week and one day a week to work on assessment stuff and IEPs, PLPs, and other Special Ed paperwork.

I’ll also be out at night a bit for Jake’s wrestling meets but most nights I’m home with the girls. :-)  I’m tucked in now and will be rolling over to turn out the light soon. You can be sure that I’ll be drifting off to sleep with a smile on my face and determination in my heart.

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27
December

Now Reading Fixed!

Yippee!!! Thankfully, there was an easy peasy fix to my Now Reading plug-in problem that I mentioned yesterday. Since the upgrade to WordPress 2.7,  it hasn’t worked completely and I thought there was some kind of broken code on my end,  but it turns out that it’s due to the incompatibility since the upgrade. There was a fix though and it was as simple as choosing a different admin option among two offered. Thanks @Kate!

The technology gods like me today 😉

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26
December

Random Things

With Christmas in the rear view mirror, I’m moving forward and just enjoying being home. One of my goals for this vacation is to get back to a consistent gym schedule and I’m happy that I’ve been able to stick to that. Today was spent running errands and YIKES… the traffic was nutty!  I had to do some practical things: bank, market, pet store, etc…. I would have prefered to not be out there with the crowds but I really had no choice.

I also went to Joanne‘s to spend the gift card that I got for Christmas. When asked what I wanted, I said that I needed some new  knitting needles and sewing notions so my niece obliged.  I bought some nice yarn as well and some candles which were marked down 70% because they were part of red, white, and green section of holiday stuff. (I always have candles lit and had run out of tapers.)

I’ve been pretty productive so far this week too, having uploaded all of my holiday pictures, tailgate pictures, writing up the latest tailgate report and updating the website. I also upgraded all of my blogs (except the podcast one because podpress doesn’t work with the newer versions). Unfortunately, my Now Reading plugin is broken for my Book Nook. I really hate upgrading wordpress and hold my breath each time I do!  Hopefully I’ll be able to figure it out and not lose all of my information in my library. Right now, I can only see one page of entries and also have no links to add images to blog posts. It’s late now, so I’ll research it in depth tomorrow.

I hope to get a lot of reading done this week and some relaxing once the decorations are down and put away. I’m excited for the HUGE Patriots game on Sunday but don’t want to wish away this vacation so I’ll be content if time drags… Anyone who knows me knows: I Love Being Home!

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20
November

NaBloPoMo #20

I should be in bed… I’m tired and I’ve got a big day ahead of me tomorrow because my class is cooking a Thanksgiving dinner and I need to go in extra early to get the turkey in the oven. (The kids are cooking everything else!)  I’m up though, because it seems that when technology fails it seems to be catchy. I’ve mentioned in the past that my iPod won’t mount and there doesn’t seem to be anything that I can do about it. :(  I’m quite ticked about that not only because I don’t have the money to waste on a new iPod right now but because they only seem to last less than 2 years and I don’t think they should be “disposable technology”. It doesn’t seem that Apple has even acknowledged the problem and it occurred when I upgraded iTunes.  I even took it apart (nothing to lose) to see if something wasn’t connected or was dirty but everything looked ok.

I did have better luck tonight with our old laptop that hasn’t been able to boot up for the last month. It’s been hanging on the start up screen so I reinstalled everything and have been waiting for the updates to finish all night. The boys are heading to Florida for the Miami game and would like to have a laptop for the trip. (Since I’m not going, they’re on their own this time around.)

I’ll be home with the girls and hope to have a productive weekend. For now, I’m beat and heading to bed for a couple of hours before my day begins.

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26
July

Busy, but productive week!

Fans lining up to get into Patriots Training CampIt’s been a GREAT week!  Patriots training camp is in full swing, and I got together with 3 friends to catch up earlier in the week; two that I don’t see nearly enough and one that I’ve reconnected with after years and years. It’s not that we had a falling out, it was just that life took us in different directions and we just lost touch.

Bella had her eye follow-up yesterday and her eye is healing well so she’s free of the satellite dish and is a very happy girl. Over all she managed well with the collar but it’s such a relief to have it off to return to life as normal. :-)

I’ve also had some “luck” with some technology issues that I’ve need to take care of. I’ve added an email subscription box to each of the sites so that folks can subscribe to receive content delivered to their in-box if they prefer that over rss. While setting that up, I discovered that 3 of my feeds weren’t working right and fixed them just in time for the start of camp. (Thanks for the help, Ed!) Also,  for some reason, the podpress player is magically working on my podcast page once again. I don’t know how it suddenly started working but I don’t really care, I’m just glad it is!

Joephoto and MrsB at camp.One of the best things that has happened to make my life so much easier is that Patsfans and Patriotsplanet agreed to subscribe to my rss so that my Training Camp Reports would be automatically posted on the forums there rather than have me cut and paste all over town. It really does cut down on my workload when I get back from camp. Speaking of which, the first training camp report has been posted and yesterday’s podcast has been as well.

MrsB151: Welcome to Camp!

Game plan for today is to unplug and take advantage of the gorgeous day to work in the yard and around the house. After all of that rain, my zucchinis are like baseball bats and the tomatoes are ripening all at once. I’ve got weeds to pull and laundry backed up. We’re heading to a party this evening and another tomorrow.

Tomorrow is a double session day at camp but I’ll likely only make the morning session. At that, I probably won’t even have time to post a report right after because I’ll have to rush to make it to the Christening  on time.

Hope you had a great week as well!

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21
July

Great time at Podcamp Boston 3!

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20
July

Uttering from Podcamp :0

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