Friday, April 29, 2005
- We put a pat of butter on the end of a wooden spoon, a metal spoon and a plastic spoon. Then we put the other ends of the spoons into boiling water. The point of the experiment is that metal conducts heat. Well, nothing happened. None of the butter melted, not even a little bit. How does that happen?
- We filled two identical shallow tuna cans with water. We put white paper over one and black paper over the other. We then positioned a 60-watt light bulb over first one, then the other. The temperature of the water under the black paper was supposed to increase more than the water under the white paper. It didn't.
- We mixed corn starch with water in predetermined amounts to make "goop" that has the properties of both liquid and solid. It didn't work.
Those are just three of the many experiments we've tried this year. Now every time an experiment comes along in the curriculum, I hold my breath. Will this one work? Is my son actually going to believe me when I tell him what was supposed to happen, or will he say, "Yeah, sure."
I love science. I always have. Why has it turned against me?
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Thursday, April 28, 2005
Basically, they asked if more expensive coffee is necessarily better. They listed several brands. One was $12 a pound, but I can't remember the name. Starbuck's was $10 a pound. Folgers was $5 a pound (this is according to 20/20). They also listed Marques de Paiva, an organic coffee sold by Sam's Club. Anyway, they did an unscientific taste test of 8 or 10 coffees, and Starbuck's won! Now, I have only had Starbuck's once, and I didn't like it. But then again, it could have been the way it was brewed. Second place was Marques de Paiva. I am always one to take recommendations for good coffee, so last night I picked some up.
Let me tell you, it is good coffee! It's not flavored (so hubby probably won't drink it), but for coffee lovers, I highly recommend it. And it's less than $4 a pound for whole beans. I get coffee from Greencastle Coffee Roasters all the time that's twice that! What a deal!
I just have to add that the #1 brand in America, Folgers, came in dead last. Which just goes to show once again that if you advertise enough, the quality of your product doesn't matter (sorry, Rockapella).
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Until the last few days, I wouldn't have thought that people who don't know me would have so much to say to me. So much that I had to turn off my comments. I certainly appreciate those of my friends, both online and IRL, who left me kind and encouraging comments. For the hundreds of you (yes, hundreds) who have been flocking to my site since Friday, please stay and get to know a little about me. It's much harder to badmouth someone you actually relate to than it is when you read only one thing she wrote.
It really makes me wonder, though. Is it that easy to create traffic on my blog? What if I were to say (this is not true, BTW, just an example) that I am a cannilesbian - I sleep with women and then I eat them. How many people would come flying over here from their seach engines to tell me I am depraved? I bet you a hundred bucks it wouldn't be as many as showed up when I used the "h" word!
But I have learned my lesson. Don't mud wrestle with a pig. You'll just get dirty and the pig will enjoy it. 'Nuff said.
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Monday, April 25, 2005
And we actually have a door on the room now! It's an outside door, good and strong, to withstand all the pounding to be done by the boys. Next comes the deadbolt... (just kidding)
Thursday, April 21, 2005
Monday, April 18, 2005
Well, somewhere along the way, this chore became my husband's. And I kind of forgot how much fun it can be. Truth be told, he sort of scared me away from it. "Oh, the land here is so rocky. It's easy to hit the blades on a stone. Be careful of the hills - you don't want to tip over." I admit it - I'm a chicken. It sounded awfully risky. So I let him do it.
Well, Saturday, I was faced with a choice of either A) keeping BIL company while he worked on our new room or B) cutting the grass. I gladly let Hubby keep his brother company and took what I saw as the easier of two tasks. I was a bit trepidacious at first, but cutting grass sounded easier than sanding drywall.
Let me tell you, I had a wonderful time! I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Just me, along with my thoughts, cruising around the better part of two acres all alone. Granted, it's spring and not hot yet, but I have totally been missing out! The only bad part was when I drove too close to the ash pile and got a faceful of black powder. But as soon as I finished, I told Hubby I would be happy to take over this chore from now on while he stays inside with the boys. There is no where else in or out of the house that I can be that alone for that long!
And then I get to take a nice long shower. Mmm, bliss!
Thursday, April 14, 2005
Seriously, is it June yet?
Saturday, April 09, 2005
I've just finished digging holes for some plants I bought at Sam's Club. Hopefully they will not die. I got them because I was told I could return them within 90 days if they do die. I have two blackberry, two raspberry and two blueberry plants. I also have four different kinds of grape vines, for which Hubby is going to have to build an arbor of some type. If all goes well, then by next summer at the latest we should have our own crop of goodies.
We also have a bunch of seeds planted in little starter pots in the house. I think so far just the cabbage and broccoli and some of the flowers have come up. The kids are very excited about planting a garden. My SIL is helping them with it, which is good, because we all know I don't have enough interest in gardening to sustain a whole garden of my own for an entire summer.
The boys are out playing right now, which I'm glad of. They've been cooped up all winter driving each other nuts, and they seem to get along better when there's plenty of space between them. I've got to get their work samples for the month of March together and mail them, so I am stuck in the house for a bit. The baby should be waking up soon, too.
Enjoy the weather, everyone! Happy Spring!
Thursday, April 07, 2005
Of course, it doesn't help that the school I'm using for 5+ hours a day is also online. So there I am in front of the computer anyway - might as well open another window while the oldest is reading or the five year old is painting and check my email and bulletin boards again! It's like making a drunk work in a bar and expecting him not to take a drink!
My latest thing is figuring out how to add stuff to my blog sidebar. I've found all sorts of cool things on other people's blogs and I want them on mine! See my new blogroll list? Cool, huh? And I added a button in my favorites so no matter where I am online, I can click once and add that site to my list. I'm having fun spreading the word about my blog, too.
You know, when Andy Warhol said that in the future everyone would be famous for 15 minutes, I don't think he could've envisioned the internet. But he was absolutely right. There are people out there with websites and blogs that get thousands of hits a day, and people all over the country "know" them. How cool is that?
Surf's up, dude! Hang ten (fingers on the keyboard, that is)!
Monday, April 04, 2005
I'm reminded of that old Garfield cartoon in which Jon combs him until he has a huge pile of cat hair, and then asks, "What am I supposed to do with all this cat hair?" and Garfield says, "Build another cat?" Maybe I could scrape together all my lost hair and build another mommy. She can take care of the laundry and the cleaning and the cooking while I teach. Yeah, this sounds like a plan.
Speaking of hair, stay tuned for pics of the boys' new haircuts later today, after I seize my computer back from the oldest, who must play Buzz Lightyear the minute he wakes up (it only runs on our computer).