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Hacking Programmable Road Signs [Jan. 26th, 2009|07:27 pm]
This is so many levels of awesome.

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Spend my as-yet-unearned grant money [Jan. 19th, 2009|10:39 pm]
So there's a fabulous grant called Fund for Teachers that could give me $5000 to spend doing ANYTHING this summer that benefits my curriculum. I contemplated this briefly last year but didn't apply, since you can't get the grant more than once every five years, and I wanted to save it for something good.

This year is something good.

I'm designing and teaching a trimester-long course next year called "Literature of the Wilderness," and it will involve reading wilderness texts and taking students backpacking, camping, climbing, etc. I'm going to use my money to get as well-trained for this as possible. I'm going to attend some cool courses this summer with the grant money I hope to earn. I'm teaching another course for 3 weeks from July 18 - August 8, and thus I'm not free during that time, but otherwise I'm open. So give me your ideas!

So far, I'm planning on the AMC's mountain leadership school, the Maine Primitive Skills "Earth Living" course, and the EMS 2 or 3-day rock climbing course.

(For the record, I did scope out some trips to New Zealand, but everything would be mostly just AWESOME and yet wouldn't really teach me anything, so I can't justify it.)

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2008: The Year in Review [Dec. 31st, 2008|06:01 pm]
1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
Got married.

2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I made some New Year's resolutions and didn't keep them. I will indeed make more for this year.

3. Did someone close to you give birth?
bonewitness did.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, and I hope that doesn't change.

5. What countries did you visit?

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
A more successful business.

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
2/21/08 - We got engaged
4/17/08 - We rescued Beaker the mourning dove
10/11/08 - We got married

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Hmm... is getting married an achievement? If so, that. If not, I suppose my most recent Nano novel will have to qualify.

9. What was your biggest failure?
No business progress at all. Too distracted to give it the effort it deserves.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I had the flu earlier in the year, and some minor colds, but nothing too serious.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
I bought He-yet a weekend away with me for his 30th birthday and it was awesome.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
He-yet's, for being amazing.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Drivers on the road, and that's it.

14. Where did most of your money go?
The mortgage, the wedding, and the bills.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Getting married! Oh, and rescuing and saving Beaker. And getting an IUD, which although painful was so very worth it.

16. What song[s] will always remind you of 2008?
Silly as it sounds, that Taylor Swift song "Love Story" started being played on the radio about two days before we got married, so it makes me think of the wedding, as does "Into the Mystic" by the Wallflowers (our first dance song).

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

i. happier or sadder?

ii. thinner or fatter?
About the same, despite my efforts otherwise.

iii. richer or poorer?
Poorer, alas. Working on it.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Paying off debt.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
We spent it with He-yet's parents.

22. Did you fall in love in 2008?
I fall in love with him all over again every day. Or at least every week.

23. Any one-night stands?
Does it count if they're with the same guy?

24. What was your favorite TV program?
That 70s Show and Top Chef.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Nah. Hate is too strong a word.

26. What was the best book you read?
I didn't read much this year. Isn't that terrible? After my 100-books-in-a-year and everything. Let me think about this one some more. I just read 50/50 today (about the Ultramarathon guy) and it was pretty awesome.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Nothing much, actually.

28. What did you want and get in 2008?
An engagement ring and a husband.

29. What did you want and not get?
To lose more weight.

30. Favorite film of this year?
HP5. Wait, that was last year. Oh, well, doesn't matter.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 27, and we went out to dinner, I think.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
NOT having my dad diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
Jeans and cute blouses.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Orlando Bloom, as usual.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The pharmacists who are allowed to refuse to fill birth control prescriptions. Assholes!

37. Who do you miss?
I miss my parents all the way in Florida.

38. Who was the best new person(s) you met?
Lisa! My carpool buddy.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008:
I can make beautiful things happen.
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Heyet-inspired QOTD [Dec. 17th, 2008|08:46 pm]
Today I had to utter these words:

"Honey, gravy is a topping, not a soup."
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Meme [Dec. 5th, 2008|05:18 pm]
During my life I have:

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo

11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm (been stuck out in one, actually)
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept overnight on a train

21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse (lunar, not solar)
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset

31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen the Mona Lisa in person (this one seems to be a repeat)
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied.
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo's David

41. Sung karaoke.
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant.
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted.
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the Eiffel Tower
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class.
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen

61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Saw the changing of the guards in London
77. Broken a bone.
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book

81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating.
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone's life.
90. Sat on a jury

91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a mobile phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day

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Star Wars revision: a travesty. [Nov. 30th, 2008|08:15 pm]
I don't have much to say tonight, but one thing I must say:

Revising the music in Jabba's palace in Return of the Jedi was terrible. What a bad idea. I miss the old animatronic puppets.

I'm so glad I have the original non-remastered movies on VHS.
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Missed a day. But I'm back. [Nov. 30th, 2008|12:55 am]
My reunion last night was pretty fun. We didn't stay late, because He-yet had to work early. The food was terrible. But I got to see some old cronies. I got lots of compliments on my appearance, which I suppose is nice. Everyone seems to have gotten over their shit. So it was a long-ass drive, but it was fun, and I'm glad we went.
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Food, glorious food! [Nov. 27th, 2008|09:54 pm]
Thanksgiving today was a wonderful celebration of family and food. We ate a lovely turkey dinner at He-yet's parents' house, where we were joined by our friends Barney and Holly. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce (the good kind where it retains the shape of the can), mixed vegetables, butternut squash, my homemade cranberry bread, and graham cracker pie and pumpkin cake. I didn't eat too much, just enough to tide me over for the day. It was delightful.

I have a lot to be thankful for this holiday, and I'm very grateful for everything in my life. Last year at this time, I never dreamed I'd be married before the following Thanksgiving. Life moves fast. I have a wonderful family, extended and otherwise, and my friends are blessings in themselves. I have my health and moderate financial solvency. I may not be as happy with my business progress as I could be, but I'm moving in the right direction, and I have companions on the road ahead. Life is blessed.
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Holiday List [Nov. 26th, 2008|07:23 pm]
Stolen, like all memes.

- Make a post (public, friendslocked, filtered...whatever you're comfortable with) to your LJ.
The post should contain your list of 10 holiday wishes.
The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ("I'd love a Snape/Hermione icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV.")
The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.

- If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you. [Note: Your home address is not required!]

- Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ so that the holiday joy will spread.

- Surf around your friends list (or friends friends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now here's the important part:

- If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use--or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free--do it.

You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf--to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not--it's your call. There are no guarantees with this project, and no strings attached. Just...wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.

Repost this in your journal so that others can see what you would like to have. Maybe someone will be able to make a holiday wish come true for you! :)

My List:

  1. A house to come up for sale in Granby, MA that costs $150,000 or less.

  2. A gift card to a certain online store. I want to post this publicly, but many people read my journal including one or two nosy students, so I won't post the name of the store. Email me if you're that curious.

  3. A plane ticket round trip from BDL to SAN from 1/2/09 to 1/4/09.

  4. Three new business partners.

  5. A ton of candy buttons.

  6. This wireless laptop mouse

  7. This awesome virtual laser keyboard

  8. Diamond earrings.

  9. A wax seal/stamp kit.

  10. Bubble bath. I'm totally out.

Contact info is Lyet at comcast dot net.
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Planning? Bueller? [Nov. 25th, 2008|09:21 pm]
I'm in the interim between one trimester and the next, and I'm starting to do the in-depth planning for next trimester. My "Crafting the Novel" class will be a relative piece of cake, since I've taught it before, but I'm a little concerned about my "Speech and Debate" class. I was the speech coach at New Leadership, and I know all the basics of it, but the last I approached Debate was when I was a neurotic train wreck in high school who quit the team four days before the first debate because I was having a nervous breakdown. Really.

So... I'm not so "up" on my debate terminology, and having to teach it intelligently? Research, ahoy!

I guess the next step is just to divide up the trimester, figure how much time I'm spending on each, solidify my learning targets, and start generating product ideas. Then we'll just go from there.

In other news, I'm a little more excited about my 10-year high school reunion this Friday than I care to admit.
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