Tuesday, October 30, 2007

It's halloween time

And I really don't care. Which is sad, because Halloween was always my favorite time of year. Maybe it's the 80 degree weather, or the fact that most trees in Texas don't change color and lose their foliage. Maybe I'm too old *gasp* to enjoy it anymore.

Whatever. this isn't going the way i thought it would. and i'm getting upset. oh well. i'll post it anyway

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

So, apparently...

Chimps are pretty good actors, and have much more control over their vocalizations than previously thought.

Speaking of monkeys...Not everything is bigger in Texas. Need to go a little further south.

A recent experiment questions how both art and science are used "to construct meaning out of memory, location, and psychosis." Very interesting!

Why arguing is healthy for women

(like they need another excuse)!! ;-) j/k!

Things to see...


Thursday, October 11, 2007

And so it begins...

Some people just need to get over themselves. Seriously whatever your (this is a general "your", not pointing to a specific "you"-- Romance languages are so much better for pointing out this differentiation in singular vs. plural or specific vs. general) personal issues are.... just do everyone a favor and deal with them.

They're not my issues; I don't want them, nor do I want to have them cast onto me because you can't deal with them on your own.

If you're not doing that, thank you. I appreciate it. Don't feed the drama. No one benefits from that. We all have enough of our own problems to deal with on a daily basis.

In Lighter news (well, I think so)...an article in Scientific American claims that language evolves over time based on the common usage of words-- or lack thereof-- here's a link to the article: Use It or Lose It: Why Language Changes Over Time

I wanted to insert a picture here, but it's not working, so I guess I'll just say "hai-fyves" lols

Monday, October 8, 2007

Busy, Busy, Busy

Let's see what I've done this past month

Texas Independent Winterguard
A non-profit youth organization based in Denton, TX (3 hours away from where I live). I've been asked to be the assistant director for this group. The job pretty much entails running business/administrative aspects--such as public relations, budgeting, scheduling, etc.--for the group. So far I've created a budget, a calendar, flyers, press releases, and been in almost constant communication with the Frontier Performing Arts Association board of directors who oversee the operations of TXI and a number of other groups in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

Frontier Drum and Bugle Corps
I can't get into too much detail about this, but I've been talking with the current and former directors of this group, as well as with the current program coordinator. Looks like some interesting developments will be taking place in the upcoming year. I'll probably give more information next week...if I remember.

Elgin High School Marching Band

I was brought in to teach some work and help the guard out. Now they want me to take over the winterguard program and to come back next year and possibly take over, as the current guard director wants to get pregnant. I'm not sure if I really WILL be taking over, if she doesn't get pregnant, but in any case, I'm going to be taking on more of a role in the development of the visual package (and in particular of the colorguard).

So far I've already picked a potential winter guard show, uniforms and have started trying to create the show in my head. We'll see if it works, if anyone wants to join, etc. My goal is 12-18 in the winterguard (last year they had 8), and hopefully a bunch of them will carry over into marching band season next year.

Work
I've been reassigned to 2 different projects in the past month. This month alone I've been asked to work on 2 literacy projects (I was hired to work on math). But, since everything it kind of up in the air right now I spend a lot of my time "researching" (i.e. playing) on the internet. Every few days I'm thrown a manuscript and asked to look it over and make any comments regarding the contents that I think are appropriate. So far I haven't been asked to really make any major changes to the manuscripts, but the little I have done has been looked at positively and will probably only help.

That's pretty much all I want to talk about right now. Except that No One ever leaves me comments! How sad :(

At least my counter shows that a few people have visited the site. that's always fun to see :-)

Monday, October 1, 2007

Welcome to a new month

October 1. Usually around this time I'm thinking of leaves changing colors, a cool crispness in the air, hot cider, warm sweaters, and kissing my baby after a haunted hay ride. Today is no exception...However, we live in TX (and before that in FL), so very few, if any of these thoughts will become actuality.

As I look out my window, the sky is blue, the clouds are high, and the leaves are green. The current temperature is 75 with a high of 90. I'm not sure if that has been reached already. It's only 1 pm, so probably not. It just strikes me as exceptionally odd.

October is actually one of my favorite months of the year, but since moving to the south, it's just not the same. We went to a street fair this past weekend, but...I don't know.. it wasn't fun. Maybe it was the people we were with? Maybe it was the fact that the fair was more like a market place. There wasn't much to do but walk around and spend money on stuff--and by that I mean on objects like jewelry, pictures, paintings, blah.

October 1. It's just not the same