Monday, January 31, 2011

Can I get a redo?

I really need a Monday redo 


I got my first math test back
which I barely passed 
if you consider a D+ passing
and at this point I will

The paper that caused me so much grief
just keeps on giving
apparently the only thing I did right was format it
you would think that would count for something
but it doesn't

on second thought
I don't want a redo

I want to pretend this day never happened instead

Until next time ~ Kris

Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Conduct of Life

(or why I now hate English 102)

I've spent the last two days staring at blank word document trying to write a comparison paper for my English class.

Don't get me wrong - I love to write, if that writing is me, sitting here doing a blog post.  You know, my mind is free to think about what it wants, I can type at will, no special formatting, no works cited.  You get the idea here, right?

I hate writing when I have to write about something that doesn't interest me.  at.all.   zilch. nothing doing with this play.  Seriously, I couldn't find one good thing about it.  The paper was supposed to be about the play "The Conduct of Life" by Maria Irene Fornes.  hated it.  I know, hate is a strong word, but really, that's all I got.

And I didn't even hate the play because it took place in the 80's and some punk had the nerve to say he wasn't alive then.  Which made me feel old - but now that I think about it, he probably was, right??  Everyone say 'yes' even if it's a lie.....

I hated the play because it showed women in a bad light.  I'm not super Mrs. Uber Feminist or anything, but I think women are much stronger and less well, self centered, than shown here.  If you love this play or by chance are the actual Maria Irene Fornes, I hope I didn't hurt your feelings.  But I can't sugar coat.

It took me forever to figure out how to set my margins.  The last time I took an English class I typed it up on a typewriter.  No lie.  And that was a college class - so think about that for a minute.  Laugh at how old I really am.  It's ok, I don't mind.  Then I realized halfway through that there was only supposed to be one space at the end of each sentence.  One - really?  When did that happen?  Geez, so back through the whole think I go to make sure there is only one space.

Four pages.  This is a gray area - four full pages, or enough that you have something written on the fourth page?  Hmm  I'm really hoping the latter because I only managed to get like half of the fourth page with anything on it.  And I really need her to read it so I can know where I went wrong.  And she won't if it's not long enough.

So, now you know, why I hate English 102.  When does the semester end again?

Until next time ~ Kris

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Science Project

This year Zach had a science project
Zach loves science - I mean
Me, well, not so much but I'm a mom and I do what needs to be done
Just like every other mom

So, the project part wasn't so bad, really
it was the whole 'putting the board together' thing that killed us
For the record, no one in this house has ever done a science board before
no one

So, thanks to my dearest friend Shannon for posting pictures of her daughters project so I could get some idea of what we were working towards!  The computer was right by my side the whole time so I could copy at will!  Also, thanks for the idea for next years science project!!

His project was "do plants grow taller with our without plant food"
aka - Food or No Food
he did all the measuring, watering, and caring for the plants
he also typed up all the sections for his board
he picked those bright background colors
he decided how to lay it out
I did the gluing because let's face it *attention span of a gnat* seriously

see all this paper - yep we killed more than a
few trees working out font sizes and styles
finished project
finished project
that board is about as tall as him!

I hope that we he did a good job since this thing is most of his third quarter science grade!

And for the record - plant food does not make plants grow taller - but it makes them larger and greener.
I don't think any of us saw that result coming!

Until next time ~ Kris
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Friday, January 28, 2011

Blizzard Bloghop

Who's late to the party?

this girl
as usual

Household 6 Diva is hosting a Blizzard Bloghop this weekend and I thought I'd participate

I know, Friday is usually my 'Weekly Wrap Up'
and I have a ton of pictures
but my old camera requires batteries to download
and mine are dead

Whatcha gonna do?

So, here it is - 
my intro
in case you don't know me already

My name is Kristin ~ but everyone calls me Kris
I joined the Air Force in January 1988 and retired February 2008
While I was in the AF, I met my husband, Erik
cool factoid - we met in Belgium
he was stationed there - I was TDY to his base

We met in 1994, got married in 1996 and had our son Zachary in 2001
The boys in 2001

Zachary is our only child - not by choice - we wanted at least two
but it's said that God never gives you more than you can handle
I guess He knew me too well!

This is what our family looks like now
the boys in 2011

My dearest is still in the Air Force
yes, he's quite a few years younger than me!
We currently live in South Carolina

This month I returned to school to earn my degree in Elementary Education
I also have another blog
cuz I'm original like that
it is what it sounds like
where I write about reading
and books and school

I guess that's me in a nutshell

If you want to peek at all the hoppers (and there are a lot of them!) use this link
you can also join in - all the hopping rules are there too!

Until next time ~ Kris

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Embrace the Camera 1.27.11

It's time to

 Here we are
Me and The Boy
 On Saturday
Getting ready to go to the Cub Scout Bonfire

Now, go to Emily's Blog and link up your embrace!

Until next time ~ Kris

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Reality Television

I'll admit - I'm totally addicted to reality television.  Sometimes because it's so ludicrous and sometimes because it can just be interesting!

Here are some of my favorite reality shows:
The Amazing Race
Sister Wives
Big Brother
American Idol (just the auditions though!)
Dirty Jobs - (ummm Mike Rowe)
Deadliest Catch

I would love to be on the Amazing Race - my sister and I talked about doing it before she passed.  I think it would be a blast (except for the icky strange food eating!).  I could do Big Brother - well, I probably wouldn't last more than a week because I'm not good at handling DRAMA!!  But it would be fun to try!! 

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

What's on Kris' Phone

Time to find out 
What's on Kris' phone this week!

Use the cool button and link up 
for real
you know you want to

what I usually have every morning on my way to school
it's the breakfast of champions

this was supposed to be a cool shot of the moon
it was full
and orange
but you can't tell from this picture

Our Tiger Den trip to the Fire Department
I figured out how to blur the kids
The adults are on their own!

the following pictures are from the mid to late 80's
they were sent to me from a dear friend
and although these pictures are not of me
they could be!
Damn the 80's rocked!!

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Random Things I Learned in School Today

Today was an exciting Monday at school!  
You know, as exciting as school can be
on Monday

In Sociology I learned that people who go to church are less likely to commit suicide

In math I learned that 8-15 does not equal -3
it equals -7
I'm sure I already knew that
but somehow I got it wrong
and it was the reason I missed one problem on my quiz
One little problem
so I guess the lesson is "pay attention to details"
which by the way I also already knew
I guess Math was a wash today

In English we have been reading and discussing a play called "The Conduct of Life"
today we were talking about how our papers need to be organized
and someone said something about his grandmother going to school with Pee Wee Gaskins
and everyone was shocked
but I didn't know who they were talking about
turns out he's some prolific SC serial killer
How did I NOT know about this guy?
Me, the true crime junkie?
So, of course I had to Google it when I got home
and if you're into weird true crime stuff like me
you can find the story here
I haven't had time to read it all yet
it's now on my list though
Did I learn how to organize my paper?

Overall, a pretty good day at school

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Blogging Communities

My Bloggy Moms Dare offering for today is something I wrote about Blogging Communities a couple weeks ago.  I don't re-edit anything I write and save to post later.  You will learn that I'm a rambler and have trouble staying on track sometimes.  Well, you probably already guessed that anyway.  Have a great Sunday!

I've joined a couple of blogging communities in the last month or so. I'm still out on them.

I think the concept rocks. I really do – but I've noticed that a lot of people blog reviews, give-aways, and the like exclusively. I obviously don't, and I don't really want to read only blogs that offer that stuff. It's my personal choice. I don't have a ton of time to spend on the computer anymore just roaming blogs for no apparent reason, so I would rather read stuff. Know what I'm saying here?

I want to read about the kids yelling “I got to poop mom” in the middle of the store, or how a mom figured out how to engage their child in reading, or some random thought process about whatever. I'm not a stalker, but I love to see pictures of people enjoying life. Share the pictures of the 10 feet of snow so I can think “oh, I'm glad I don't live there” or the beautiful tropical shots so I can think “I want to live there”. Life blogs I call them.

Anyone that reads this blog knows I do talk about all those things and more. Life memories. You also know that I do participate in a couple link ups every week. I think the two I participate in are awesome. Cute, funky, pictures. Who doesn't love that? Well, obviously I do or I wouldn't join in!

When someone follows my blog I most often feel obligated to follow them back. I don't know, maybe I think it's some blogging etiquette I didn't know about. The reality is though, most of the time, I'm not going to follow a blog with only reviews and give-aways. I don't expect people to follow my blog just because I follow them. And I think it's wrong for people to expect the same out of me.

Sometimes I think the bloggers in the communities do expect that. And it makes me uncomfortable.

Besides the communities, there are groups within them. The Blog Frog actually calls the sub groups communities too – Mommy Bloggers calls them groups. I belong to a few groups in each one. I see a lot of the same people in all my groups. Which is the point I guess, right? Join a group that has like interests. But I'm going to tell you secret – my favorite groups are the Mormon Groups.

What? I know you're thinking it – “Why would a Catholic be in Mormon Group?” It's very simple. I've known a lot of LDS people over the years. Some of them have been very good friends. When I quit drinking I gravitated towards them because they also don't drink so I wasn't such an outcast. They are probably the least judgemental Christian group I have ever known. In short – Mormons Rock!

Why am I not a Morman? Because if I was I couldn't indulge in coffee or my very nasty habit of smoking. While I know smoking is bad, I don't believe that caffiene or cigarettes will keep you out of heaven. That's a huge point you should probably agree with, dontcha think? But it doesn't stop me from liking them or thinking they rock. And most of them still like me too – I just have to bring my own Mt. Dew to their house (and they've never complained!).

See, I rant again. I'm trying to stay focused – I really am! My point about blogging groups is this:

They are an awesome way to discover new blogs. You may even gain new followers (if that's a huge thing for you). But to make the most out of it you should pick the groups that fit you best – even if you don't think they will! And most importantly – don't follow a blog out of obligation.

Now if I could just follow my own advice on that point.

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Birthday Wishes

Today my twin nieces are celebrating their birthday
I believe they are 24
Here are our video wishes for them
because they live too far away



Hope you girls have a great day!

We love and miss you!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Weekly Wrap Up

It's time for my Friday Wrap Up
I don't have a ton of pictures 
(I'm saving a lot of them for Tuesday!)

Today I finished my second week of school
I've still not gone a full week
because of the weather
but I have had time to take a quiz in math

that's right, I only missed two!  I rock!

 I have decided that even though I don't like math
 and I really like to read
I like math better than English
numbers aren't subjective
 like writing a paper is

Since my check engine light is still on
I drove the truck to school today
Why is this such a big deal?
Do you see the size of this thing?

 ok it's a little hard to tell - I'll get a better picture
it's a 2500 crew cab

this is me by my car - which I usually drive
a little Malibu Maxx
so the truck is pretty much a monster compared to this!

And I'm getting a little better at self portraits
they still need some work though!

Also our Tiger Den took a trip to the Fire Department
We had a blast and I have pictures for Tuesday
 because I only took my phone

Zach's science project is done projecting
now we need to set up his display board
this will be a first for both of us
kind of exciting though

And that was our week
mostly just life happening on a daily basis

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Puppy Embraces

Yes, it's time to 

over at Emily's blog.  
She has all the rules posted over there
and I'm breaking them
because I'm not in any of the pictures

these are from when Zach was about 8 months old
we still have the boy
the dog is no longer with us

I really miss that big ol' ball of fur....

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Things You Find

I'm glad I waited until late in the day to post.  I actually didn't wait on purpose, it was a busy day - but it ended up working out pretty well.

 Tonight the Tiger Cubs went to the local fire department for a tour.  The boys usually always have a good time (this was not my first Tiger visit to a fire dept!).  It went well until they got called out.  

Anyway, I'm rambling and off track - I know you're surprised!  Not.  But there was a newspaper clipping on their bulletin board.  It was from when the fire fighters on base rolled a truck.  My dearest is the fire truck mechanic.  This is what I saw:
See the guy looking down?
That's my man!

I have more pictures from the visit but they'll have to wait until Tuesday because they're all on my phone! 

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Planet Caddick - What's on my Phone Tuesday

Time for the weekly edition of What's on My Phone!  Make sure you hook up with Jessica at The Lowe Family News and get in on the fun!

Did ya know Krispy Kreme's have 0 grams Trans Fat
That makes them fat free!

Another shot of my newest chunkster nephew!
He's too stinkin' cute 
Props to my niece for making such cute kids!

I've found a new respect for those moms who can take pictures in the mirror and have them look incredible!  I learned a few things about 'mirror' pictures this week

First - take everything off the counter
laying it down doesn't make it go away

Don't make concentration faces when you're snapping the picture
or look down
or hold the phone right up there 

When all else fails just have your kid take the picture
also, how crappy your pictures turned out has no bearing on how your team does
"Da Bears"

 I guess I will have to continue practicing mirror pictures

Here is a another cutie - 
of course, made by my niece
told you she makes cute kids!

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Meet Me on Monday

Today I decided to join in the Meet Me on Monday blog hop.  It's hosted by Java at Never Growing Old.  I love her blog - so I figured why not?  If you get the chance read some of her posts.

So here's how it works - she asks questions, you answer then you link up.  Here are her questions for the week.

1.  Do you like your ice cream in a dish, waffle cone, pretzel cone, sugar cone or cake cone?
2.  Do you read the newspaper daily?
3.  Marinara or meat sauce?
4.  Last time you cried?
5.  What word/phrase do you find really annoying?

My answers:
1.  I like my ice cream in a dish, with Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate Syrup.
2.  I don't read the newspaper.  Sometimes I get news on the internet, sometimes local news, but I usually don't watch (or read) the news at all.
 3.  Meat sauce - no doubt
 4.  Yesterday when I watched this video clip you'd have to be completely heartless not to.  Well, at least I think so!!

5.  Hmm  I don't know if I have a phrase that drives me up the wall.  I'm pretty good at blocking stuff out!

 So, if you'd like to read some of the other blogs in the hop or join in yourself, link yourself up and have fun!

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

When I was Little I wanted to be....

I'm using another blog prompt for today's post.  Not today's prompt though - one from a couple days ago - cuz, well that's how I roll!  I picked it because it would be easy.  I roll like that too!
When I was little I wanted to be a teacher.  Always.  I've never wanted to be anything else.  I played school during summer break.  I always had my face stuck in a book.  School was my haven.  

And while my path may have wandered over the years, I know what I'm supposed to be doing.

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos


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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Weekly Wrap Up

Because I had some pictures left from the week I figured I'd wrap it all up today.

First I did buy a domain name my blog will now be here.  It's still my blog and supposedly Blogger will redirect.  Hopefully that works out!

I did finish my first (almost) full week of school.  Surprisingly, even though it's a very early class, I am enjoying my Sociology 101 class.  Maybe because I'm a people watcher?  Except for the Professors chicken scratch it's not so bad!  Not surprisingly, Math is my nemesis!

And now, onto the pictures!

 The ice off one of the cars

my poor car hasn't been this icy since Spokane!

Luigi, Mario, and Zach in a rock band

 Did you know Luigi can play with his nose?

Zach decided to make "Mr. L" He made all
the stuff himself.  Sometimes he crafty.

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