Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Things I WISH I could have at my disposal at the snap of my fingers ... but, let's face it -- it's NEVER going to happen.

  1. A Starbucks kiosk in my classroom.  The mind reels at the level of productivity I would have if I had a kiosk in my room.
  2. A good-looking, tall, dark, and handsome type that would be available at a moment's notice for odd jobs around the house that I neither can do or care to do.  This list is a long one ... I might need to let him live in my basement or something.
  3. A personal chef ... I can cook.  I just never have the motivation to do so.
  4. A personal massage therapist. 
  5. A cat that actually listens to my directions and FOLLOWS them.
  6. A never-ending closet, wherein, I could open it up and new, hip, and exciting outfits would always pop out and be ready to go.  The closet would TOTALLY know the weather too.
  7. Let's extend the idea in #6 to a refrigerator.  I mean, really!?  Who wouldn't want that piece of handy technology?
  8. A running tab that someone else would be responsible to pay at the local bookstore.
  9. Endless amounts of time and energy to tackle all the latest and greatest schemes that pop into my head.
  10. Children in my presence that never whined or asked WHY NOT?, and were generally pleasant at all times. 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

A Thanksgiving Cook's THANKFUL List

10.  A pampered chef chopper.  That invention is brilliant in my mind.  For instance, I don't have to spend the rest of the day smelling onion on my hands.

9.  Easy pour chicken broth.  I'm not sure whose idea that was, but I certainly hope you were paid handsomely for that little beauty!

8. Turkey farmers of America!  If any of my family members or friends had to rely on me to kill, pluck, dress, and dissect a turkey ... well, we'd be vegetarians.

7.  The turkey neck.  Seems I can make some sort of soup or broth in the coming days with that nasty mess.  Yay for me.

6. Glad Press 'n Seal.  OMG ... this stuff is the schizz-nitz!  I'm pressin' 'n sealin' all sorts of crap in my kitchen.  If the cat's not careful, she'll be next!

5. Ziploc plastic containers.  I realize this has put a dent in Tupperware's wallet, but seriously, people!  These containers have saved my bacon the other 364 days of the year as well.

4. Kentucky Brand Country Spice.  This little mixture of spices just could be my secret weapon this year...just sayin.'

3. Caffeine. I'm going to need it and in copious amounts when my Thanksgiving Day Turkey Wake Up Call finally hits me.  By the way, that's what I named the alarm on my Smart phone.  I'm clever like that.

2. Refrigeration.  This sort of goes along with my Number 1 reason to be a thankful Thanksgiving cook.  I mean, need I say more?

1. Electricity.  Thanks a million Thomas Edison for your work in furthering our modern day electricity.  Five hours and this bird will be done.  You rock, dude!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


I echo Linus' prayer tonight, this, the eve of THANKSGIVING DAY. In the flurry of shopping madness that seems to have overshadowed the feeling of blessing and thanksgiving, I echo the sentiments in a simple children's Thanksgiving special ... I thank God for my family and my friends, all of whom are an extension of my family, for my house and my food and my safety, and I thank God for my freedom and for my health.

So many abundant blessings. May you all enjoy the abundance of His blessings.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

When Your Life Consists of Putting Off Writing THE PAPER

To be honest, I just haven't felt like writing recently.

And perhaps, not so recently.

In fact, I've spent a lot of time whining .... and complaining ... groaning ... moaning ... digging my heels in ...  getting all stubborn and pig-headed ...

It's not been my best past few weeks.

However, in two days, I will be done.  Done with my latest class, and I will be two more classes away from being COMPLETELY DONE.

When I was a kid, my mother said I used to spend an entire day complaining and crying about getting busy and cleaning up my room -- I can remember thinking that it was too overwhelming.  So, instead of just getting to it, I'd cry and scream and attempt to negotiate my way out of it, and by the time I was done, my day was wasted, and I could have just shoved all the crap under my bed and been done with it all.

So, on Wednesday morning, when I arise, hopefully, a little later than usual, and I realize that I have absolutely no ugly writing deadline hanging over my head, I plan to do a little happy dance, wherein I will attempt to NOT throw my back out.  And I will be celebrate and be thankful ....

Right now, I plan to whine a bit more before I dig in my heels and crank out this last paper.

Bear with me, dear readers.  I will be back soon ...

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Breaking my silence

It's been pretty quiet here in my little blog land.  But I have a good excuse!  I've been busy teaching ... in Russian.


You need proof that I can teach in Russian?

All right!

Picture this.  I was reviewing with my students, concepts that they we had learned -- or so I thought -- first quarter, when I posed this first question.

"So, before the first white settlers every set foot on the land we now call Kentucky, who were our very first residents?"

Lots of eagerly waved hands.

I point to one little eager beaver, and they shouted enthusiastically, "THE PILGRIMS."

"Ummmm ... okay ... uh nooooooo ...."

We finally got it straight -- Native American's = "first peoples"

And then I did it ... I dared to ask the next question:  "So, if the explorers and settlers didn't travel through the Cumberland Gap to get here, how did they travel?"


Yep, it's true.  I'm teaching in Russian.  Clearly.  There was something lost in translation.