Taking the Scenic Route

Monday July 30, 2007

30th July 2007

Monday July 30, 2007

From this morning

Zora is very impressed by the new mower, but very unimpressed that she can’t go outside while daddy is mowing.

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From this afternoon – to speech therapy

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Zach said she was wanting to go into the room next to where she was standing and was not happy he wasn’t following fast enough.

She insisted on clutching her little purse (from her baby shower centerpiece), with a teether in it, and a single sock.  She wouldn’t let go of any of them from the time we were trying to get her dressed.

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29th July 2007

Sunday July 29, 2007

Lip Dub – Flagpole Sitta by Harvey Danger a bunch of people did this video after work one night.  Their enthusiasm and fun just has to make you smile.

Mac or PC Rap

Physics Guy Rap

I found a country music video I liked.  You have to see the video, all the way to the end.  Look carefully at the cameos.  Brad Paisly-Online  edited to add Celebrity by the same dude.

http://www.youtube.com/user/RoyZimmerman

 I particularly like:  “Defenders of Marriage” – Roy Zimmerman

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26th July 2007

Thursday July 26, 2007

updated with video

It isn’t on YouTube yet, but there is a place you can watch it on NBC’s site.  Look at the ventriliquist Terry Fator from tonight’s performance on the voting page:  http://www.nbc.com/Americas_Got_Talent/vote/register.shtml#  I actually teared up a little listening to it, it really struck a chord with me.

 

 

 

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26th July 2007

Thursday July 26, 2007

http://www.autismkey.com/best_states_for_autism.htm

 

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26th July 2007

Thursday July 26, 2007

IDEA Report Cards: Did Your State Pass or Fail?

From The Special Ed Advocate Newsletter.
http://www.wrightslaw.com/

Last week, the U.S. Department of Education published IDEA Report
Cards for the 50 states and 8 territories. The news is sobering.
Only 9 states met the standards for educating children with
disabilities
Alaska
Connecticut
Hawaii
Michigan
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Tennessee
Virginia
Wyoming.

36 states and 3 territories fell into the “needs assistance”

Alabama
American Samoa
Arizona
Arkansas
Bureau of Indian Affairs
California
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Guam
Idaho
Illinois
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
Ohio
Oklahoma
Palau
Republic of the Marshall Islands
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Texas
Utah
Vermont
West Virginia
Wisconsin

or 5 states and 5 territories”needs intervention” categories.

Colorado
Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands
Washington, DC
Federated States of Micronesia
Indiana
North Carolina
North Dakota
Puerto Rico
Virgin Islands
Washington

If these states do not significantly
improve how children with disabilities are educated, they face
sanctions,
including loss of federal funds.

Weaknesses cited by the U.S. Department of Education include:

States fail to ensure that local school districts comply with the law.

States fail to comply with requirements about the transition from
school to college or work.

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26th July 2007

Thursday July 26, 2007

Remember that job we have been hoping for recently?  The one they said that they were really happy with him but couldn’t hire him?  Today there was a news story…they are laying off thousands of people.  I guess it is good we didn’t get all excited to get a job just to lose it a week or two later.  I wonder if they actually hired for the job or if they got the word before and just didn’t hire anybody.  Still disappointing, but at least it makes more sense now.

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25th July 2007

Wednesday July 25, 2007

 

Please see Sarah’s blog

 

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24th July 2007

Tuesday July 24, 2007

The kids test drive the automatic sprinklers

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23rd July 2007

Monday July 23, 2007

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22nd July 2007

Sunday July 22, 2007

Sucky thing #1

Got a call today (yeah, on a Sunday, very weird) that he didn’t get the job he was wanting.  They were very happy with his interview, and she said not to get discouraged because they probably just hired from their pool of interns instead and that they felt he was very qualified for the job.  Ah well. 

Sucky thing #2

Apparently our landlord, who was great about the rent being late, it a bit on the fastidious side when it comes to lawn care.  Granted, our lawn isn’t in the kind of shape we would prefer because our weed wacker died, but she was really upset when she saw it, more upset than I would have anticipated.  *sigh*  She wants us to run the sprinkler system every other day and not cut the grass too short because then it would get brown.  She is a Master Gardener, so this is sort of one of her things.

I know it was more overgrown than is typical, and I just didn’t realize what a big deal it was to her.  Ugh.  She is coming back tonight with a good mower and the weed eater.  (Our mower only cuts grass, but leaves all the weeds, which is part of why we have gotten behind on it.  We just haven’t felt like going out in the heat and pull a weed every 6 inches out in the lawn because our mower missed it after we go across it with the mower).  If a new mower weren’t already on the top of our list to buy when we get money in, it sure is now. 

Cool thing #1

Ten minutes after the call from the recruiter, he got a call from the Prof that he went to NASA with last summer.  The department bought a bunch of little robots and he was hoping Zach would be interested in working with him to help program them.  Zach would be able to continue the work he started on NASA and now has access to top notch equipment instead of the old outdated stuff he was getting discouraged by.  He is re-energized about his thesis now because it looks like he will actually be able to work on something that excites him. 

Cool thing #2

He signed up for classes yesterday when he applied for financial aid (the last bastion of the grad student who doesn’t have a good job yet…take more classes.  lol).  He has to be enrolled the semester he plans on graduating, and we don’t have the funds for even a single thesis hour right now, so we decided to apply.  If something comes up between now and then, we don’t have to accept the Financial Aid, but at least it will be there in case nothing else comes available.

edited to add Cool thing #3

The landlord told us to find a decent lawnmower and weed whacker and let her know where it was, and she would pick it up for us and we could tag on payments to our rent to pay for it.  You have to really like somebody who helps solve the root of the problem instead of just criticizing somebody because they can’t accomplish things to your level.  She also explained a lot of the lawn care things that I was just totally naive of, including the fact that some of the things I thought were normal landscaping are volunteer bushes and basically really elaborate weeds.  I didn’t realize they weren’t supposed to be there…they look like the stuff that is supposed to be there to me.  I imagine she was horrified that we were so uneducated when it came to lawn stuff, but she was pretty patient in explaining it to me so I can do a better job in the future.  I decided now was not the time to tell her I think dandelions are really pretty.  When I own the lawn, I can have a lawn full of them, but since I rent, I should try to keep it up to at least the level I rented it with, and because of who I am, try to leave it in better shape than I found it.

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