Wednesday, February 25, 2009

I am a famous American author (?)

I can't believe it's only Wednesday. I feel like I've already lived through five days this week. Maybe it's because Hubby's out of town. I don't know.

I gave an assignment to my class yesterday to start a research paper. The thesis must be that an American author of their choosing holds a particular philosophy on life (chosen from the different philosophies we have studied this year). For example, a thesis could be, "Nathaniel Hawthorne is an example of the romantic view of life as expressed through his literature." Well, that's not very good, but you get the idea.

I gave several criteria: it has to be an author not covered in our book (can you believe a text on American literature doesn't have F. Scott Fitzgerald in it?), it has to be someone who has at least two published works (novels, preferably), and it has to be an American writer.

Almost without missing a beat, one of the boys asked if he could do his paper on me. Me. Yeah, nice try, but I don't think a couple of newspaper articles about Rockapella are going to reveal my philosophy on life. Granted, it would be a lot easier to get quotes from me as opposed to Fitzgerald.

I'm excited to see who they pick to write about. How much do you want to bet at least one of the girls will pick Stephenie Meyer?

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Dental drama

Fake quote of the day:
"I don't see why people keep telling me to go to the dentist, baby." --A. Powers

Yesterday I had my six month dental checkup. I already knew one of my molars was cracked, but I'd been putting off getting it crowned until our insurance rolled over for the new year. So while I was already at the dentist, I decided to have the crown done.

Well, he started drilling my old filling out and, surprise surprise, the decay had snuck in through the crack in my tooth and was entirely too close to the nerve for just a simple crown. He had to do a root canal. Fortunately, I was plenty numb and didn't feel anything. And he sent me home with pain meds in case it gets unbearable. So far it's just a little ache, unless I try to chew on the right side of my mouth.

So for those of you keeping score, that's three root canals in three years.

Monday, February 16, 2009


Did you see The Amazing Race premiere last night? Okay, if you didn't, go to right now and watch it - there's a link on the front page.

I have never laughed so hard at that show as I did when all those wheels of cheese were rolling down the hill. And the best part was all the Swiss guys standing at the bottom of the hill laughing at the contestants! Now that's some good television. HAHAHAHAHAHA (deep breath) HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Free books!

If ever there were two words I love to hear together, it's "free" and "books." Right now if you go to, you can get up to 16 books from many of their popular lines totally FREE. The books are available in PDF, as well as three other popular ebook formats.

Personally, I downloaded both the PDF and the .lit files and then I converted the .lit files to Kindle format so I can read them on my Kindle. But all you really need is Adobe reader, or the fancier Adobe Digital Editions reader, either of which you can get on Adobe's web site.

A word of caution - some of these books are for adults only. But Harlequin also produces the popular Love Inspired series, which are nice wholesome romances. Just so you know.

So what are you waiting for? Go get your free books!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Potty humor

Yesterday, my four year old wanted to know what the word "potty" means. I told him it's just another word for toilet.

"I have a word for toilet, too," he said. "When a boy uses a toilet, I call it a boy-let."

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

What's new with you?

It's awfully quiet around here, isn't it?

I went on a two-day trip down to Florida last week and got to see my parents, my bro, and my grandmother. It was a really nice vacation and I came back feeling so rested, I felt like I'd been gone for a week.

Now it's back to the craziness of my life. Things are going well with school this year. The two younger boys are both learning to read (and actually, the four year old is picking it up faster than the six year old). I spend about an hour a day with each of them. The older two need to put more time in, and it's been hard getting back in the swing since I was gone for over a month and then sick for so much of January. We'll get there, though.

I've been put on the ballot of my local homeschool association for the position of Head of Development or something like that. If I'm elected, that won't start until June. I would be the person new homeschoolers would call for advice and information, among other duties. I told them I already do that, so I'd be happy to do it "officially."

So that's what's new from here.

Monday, February 02, 2009

A proposition

I've come to a conclusion: laundry is by far my favorite household chore. And you can imagine how much laundry four boys and two adults generate. I just genuinely enjoy doing it.

My least favorite chore? Scrubbing the floors. Because even though I have my handy Scooba robot to do some of them, and my beloved Hoover Floormate for the day-to-day cleaning, I can never keep up. The floor is always dirty.

So here's the deal: I will come do your laundry if you will come scrub my floors.

What do you say?