Saturday, July 29, 2006


Numbers! So many numbers! They rules our lives! If we let them! Wikipedia states that: A number is a mathematical concept used to describe and assess quantity. Yes, that ever popular subject of Math rules our lives every day! Still, I cannot convey enough to my students that Math is part of every day life!
Anyway, what do the numbers above mean for me!? Well, one is the amount of money I have left in my main checking account--I don't get paid till Monday! :-( I have another checking account for rainy days but it's not raining today and I've been depleting that account too much of late too! One number is the temperature of what it feels like outside at this very hour that I am typing and we're not even at the peak of afternoon hours as it's only 11:30 that I am typing this. One number is the number to my office of which I will be spending quite a bit of time in the upcoming month. This past Thursday, I didn't get off work till after 9:00 p.m. A few of the other numbers are related to the current book that I am reading. Anyone care to guess what book that is?! Hint--Phi! Yes, I"m late reading it but better late than never!
Finally, one of the above is the number of days left until I take a quick trip to New Mexico--of which I cannot wait for. It will be a very quick trip but I plan to enjoy every minute of it! It will be a Fanmencotastic time! Now back to the other thing that rules my life--CLEANING! I love Wikipedia! BTW, what numbers rule your life?!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Ogre Achiever

Ogre Achiever
Originally uploaded by nieve44.

Believe in Yourself!
Pass it on!

Obviously not my photo but coming home from work today, I saw a billboard that had a picture of Shrek with the above words on the billboard! I was laughing the rest of the way home! I'm thinking I might print this out and hang it in my office to motivate some of my students as well as share a little laughter. :-)

I just learned that the billboard is courtesy of "The Foundation for a Better Life". Check out the billboard here! They have some awesome billboards! Thanks, MJ.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Peace on Earth

Listen, children, to a story
That was written long ago,
'Bout a kingdom on a mountain
And the valley-folk below.
On the mountain was a treasure
Buried deep beneath the stone,
And the valley-people swore
They'd have it for their very own.
So the people of the valley
Sent a message up the hill,
Asking for the buried treasure,
Tons of gold for which they'd kill.
Came an answer from the kingdom,
"With our brothers we will share
All the secrets of our mountain,
All the riches buried there."
Now the valley cried with anger,
"Mount your horses! Draw your swords!"
And they killed the mountain-people,
So they won their just reward.
Now they stood beside the treasure,
On the mountain, dark and red.
Turned the stone and looked beneath it...
"Peace on Earth" was all it said.
Go ahead and hate your neighbor,
Go ahead and cheat a friend.
Do it in the name of Heaven,
You can justify it in the end.
but there won't be any trumpets blowing
'Come the judgement day,
On the bloody morning after....One tin soldier rides away.
I was listening to this song on the way home from work this afternoon. Can anyone name the movie it comes from? I came home and searched the internet for the lyrics and found this story by John Luke which can be found here....
....The song was written during the anti-war movement of the late 60's. Also going on at that time was the Six Day War of 1967 in Israel. The "Kingdom on a mountain" is none other than The Temple Mount in Jerusalem. It sits on Mt. Moriah. The people of the valley are the Muslim or Palestinian people who live in the Kidron Valley adjacent to Mt. Moriah. The Stone with the treasure underneath it is the stone that the Muslims claim Mohammed ascended and the Jews claim was the base in The Holy of Holies. The treasure underneath "the stone" which is up to 120ft.under the Temple mount is where the supposed hidden treasure of the Jewish treasury was. The Templars of the early 1000 a.d. were said to have found this treasure. The song closely discusses details of "The Crusades". The people of the Valley who did not want to share was none other than the leader of the Muslims, Saladin the Turkish leader who had restricted visitation of other religions to Jerusalem which in turn intitiated the crusades. Saladin(the Muslims) did regain the Temple Mount. So, the song's message is that we fight wars and shed blood for greed in the name of our God's but God just wants "Peace on Earth" as was written on the stone when it was turned over. The One Tin Soldier riding away just says that masses die in war on both sides and only one or a few are left. It sarcastically says go ahead and do evil but you will not escape your deeds on Judgment Day.
Ironically, while riding home and listening to the song, I thought about the battles occuring overseas in the Middle East & SE Asia and the killing for today's gold (land, oil, religion, etc...) and then I come home and find the story above. How many bloody mornings after can we as humans endure and inflict on one another in the name of Heaven before there can be "Peace on Earth"? And now, comes word that Israeli children have been writing words of praise on the bombs that are being dropped in Lebanon. Just sickening!

Friday, July 14, 2006


Word of the Day:
Wikipedia states that: As of 2006,
there are 11,880 known ant species,
most of which reside in hot climates
and that Ants have colonized almost every
landmass on Earth.
....including my bathroom shower!
I've been trying to figure out where the heck they are coming in from and I've yet to pinpoint the point of entry! UGH! :-( The temperature s outside have been hovering in the mid 90's and when you factor in the humidity that spikes up the temps to over 100 and with no rain! Thus, the ants have decided to come marching inside! They seem to be the office, bathrooms and kitchens! Any suggestions for how to get rid of them!?
...Update! I found the culprit and reason for the ants which were sugar ants who appeared because I started using a sugar scrub from Bath & Body Works. I pulled the scrub jar from the shower and POOF...ants are gone! I also found their point of entry and exit! I still want to keep using my sugar scrub and thus have Windex and cinnamon readily available. If need be, I will mix the boric acid too! Matt...still looking to get some Avon Skin So Soft! Thanks for all the suggestions!

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Life planning

Daily Libra Forecast:

Quickie: You've done excellent planning, so enjoy watching everything run like clockwork.
Overview: Are your goals, plans and dreams the same now as they were five years ago? Hopefully the answer is no -- life is far too rich and interesting to stay in the same spot. It's time to redefine your ambitions.
My thoughts: Don't know what the quickie is all plan!? The overview is interesting though. Life is far too rich but sure would help if I felt the same richness in my pocketbook!

Friday, July 07, 2006


Originally uploaded by nieve44.

I can tell by the way you're walking
That you don't want company
So I'll let you alone and I'll let you walk on
And in your own good time you'll be
Back where the sun can find you
Under the wise wishing tree
And with all of them made we'll lie under the shade and call it a jubilee

And I can tell by the way you're talking
That the past isnt letting you go
There's only so long you can take it all on
And then the wrong's gotta be on its own
And when you're ready to leave it behind you
You'll look back and all that you'll see
Is the wreckage and rust that you left in the dust
On your way to the jubilee

And I can tell by the way you're listening
That you're still expecting to hear
Your name being called like a summons to all
Who have failed to account for their doubts and their fears
They can't add up to much without you
And so if it were just up to me
I'd take hold of your hand, saying come hear the band
Play your song at the jubilee

And I can tell by the way you're searching
For something you can't even name
That you haven't been able to come to the table
Simply glad that you came
When you feel like this try to imagine
That we're all like frail boats on the sea
Just scanning the night for that great guiding light
Announcing the jubilee

And I can tell by the way you're standing
With your eyes filling with tears
That it's habit alone keeps you turning for home
Even though your home is right here
Where the people who love you are gathered
Under the wise wishing tree
May we all be considered then straight on delivered
Down to the jubilee
Because the people who love you are waiting
And they'll wait just as long as need be
When we look back and say those were halcyon days
We're talking about jubilee.

Music & words by the great Mary Chapin-Carpenter and her words have been hitting really close to home these days. I've been drifting of late and it's easier to do when you're on vacation but as vacation comes to an end, I want to hear my name being called like a summons and listen to the band playing.

Sunday, July 02, 2006


Music: The Longest Night, Ottmar Liebert
Mood: Frustrated!
Word of the Day...
yes, piles...
as in piles of laundry
piles of magazines and books to read
piles of CD's to sort and play
piles of bills to pay
piles of paper
a pile of dirt
a pile of trash
piles of shoes
a pile of this and that
a pile in that corner and this corner
piles in my closet
I'm beginning to loathe piles!!
I'm on vacation this week and one of the things on my list of things to do is to sort through all my piles of crap! I should be out having fun on vacation! I could be reading a book or I could be watching a movie but no, all the piles need to be sorted as they are stacking up higher and higher and controlling my life! UGH! Enough venting and playing on the computer...time to get back to my piles! I'm curious for any passerby...
What's in your pile? Oh well, at the least the music is good! Nothing like Holiday music to while away the hours in the heat of summer!
...Progress-in the hour since I've typed this...I got rid of one pile! Well, most of it!! I did move some of it to my other piles but the night is still young! :-)

Saturday, July 01, 2006


ready and waiting
Originally uploaded by ochazuke.

A very special thank you to Yumiko for the wonderful gift. I shall treasure it and tomorrow, I am going to buy a frame for this to hang in my office! Fanmenco fans are the best!