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Pooh and the Gang join me in wishing you the Happiest of Birthdays!


Have a great one.

Real Life

Jun. 1st, 2010 10:49 pm
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Ahhhh, home at last, with a glass of wine and grateful to still be alive. We were coming home from band rehearsal (a bad final rehearsal means a great show, right?) when a semi tried to run us off the road. Now M is an excellent driver. As we're merging onto the freeway the semi sped up. There's a retaining wall on the right side of the car and the trailer of the truck coming at the left. Luckily no damage to either us or the car, just our nerves but it was really scary.

We're both still unemployed. I've discovered that I don't have the experience to do anything but teach, so out go the resumes and we'll see what happens. M is sending out at least five a day. The UC Berkeley one didn't pan out, but there are other positions that she is qualified for, so we're hopeful.

Alameda Civic Light Opera is no more. It's really very sad. We've performed with this company for ten years. On the upside though, we're pit singing for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in Livermore. That's going to be fun. Then we'll decide where to audition next.

Memorial Day was great fun. We had a houseful of people for a barbecue. Our son had some of his friends over and we had some friends over. Everyone played Rock Band, I suck at it unless I'm singing a song I know. The kids had great fun watching the older adults playing. You would have thought we were ready for a road tour the way we cheered when we got a high score.

Well, I have MFU stories to read and I really need to try to do some writing. After I look and see which schools are hiring for next year. I do know that one of the high schools I interviewed for a couple of years ago. They're looking for a new biology teacher. Wish us luck.
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Hope it's wonderful. Sorry I couldn't give you the guys, but this sentiment works too. :)

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Your rainbow is intensely shaded indigo, blue, and yellow.


What is says about you: You are a joyful person. You appreciate cities, technology, and other great things people have created. Friends count on you for being honest and insightful. You share hobbies with friends and like trying to fit into their routines.

Find the colors of your rainbow at spacefem.com.

The End

May. 1st, 2010 10:38 am
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Well, it's over. On Thursday the tutoring center M and I have been working at closed it's doors. So off we go, job hunting. Bleeech. M is looking to going back into student services. She did that while she finished her degree and really liked it. I'm going to give laboratory science a try. California is just ridiculous with regards to the teaching profession. For the last ten years I haven't minded jumping through the hoops, but as I have seen some teachers who shouldn't be in the classroom anymore protected by tenure and some really good teachers lose their jobs, I'm afraid I'm leaving education. Sad thing is that I love teaching, but the hoops don't guarantee a great teacher in each classroom. The newest thing is that districts are now giving preference to teachers with master's degrees. What a pain!

On a happier note, I may be able to keep some of my single subject students. I'll charge less than the center. I'm in touch with some of them on Facebook. I'll probably put a notice on Craig's List as a math/science tutor. Then I can still teach. Yay! Even better, M has an interview at UC Berkeley this week. Apparently, it's really difficult to get an interview if you are not already working there. We're hopeful, and it's what she wants to do. Fingers and toes crossed.

All in all, we've always been okay in the past so I have no doubt we'll be okay now too. I get that when God closes a door he opens a window, but really...I'm getting a little old to keep climbing through windows.
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Hope it's full of good things and great friends.

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As a general rule, I'm a fairly optimistic person. I'm losing my optimism. Faculty meeting tonight. The big news? We may have to close the center, complete with the executive director in tears. It wasn't like most of us didn't already suspect. No one has hours, except me because I teach SAT prep and have some single subject students. So in about two or three weeks both me and M may well be unemployed. Just once I'd like something to go right. So M is frantically looking for a job and I really have no skills, except teaching. I'm too expensive for the Diocese to hire me as a high school teacher and the latest is that the public schools want master's degrees. 

I had hoped that we'd actually be open through the summer so I could take some classes to regain my lab skills. Yep, have to go back to school in order to get a job. If I can't teach I want to be in the science field. So off I go!

Just to cheer me up and remind myself that I produced and raised an incredibly kind and talented son I'm posting this vid here. It's just a clip of something my son and a friend did. My son did all the editing. We've got to get this kid in school. My son is the long haired 'hippy' you will see frolicking. His friend is the narrator.

Hippy Trailer

Whoo Hoo

Apr. 19th, 2010 10:11 pm
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It's official! I'm going to be published in Kuryakin Files #29. I hadn't said anything before because I didn't want to jinx it. I can't wait to see the zine! And I'm in really good author company: Linda Cornett, spikesgirl58 (wow, and she writes way more than I do). I am so excited, I can't even think of anything else to say. 
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And all the kids are doin' it...

1) Kate
2) Katie (only by the Sisters I had in college and older people who don't get that I'm really to old for cute)
3) Ms. Anders ( to my students)
4) Kathleen (only by my family)
5) Kathy
6) The Diva

1) a butterfly nightshirt
2) my wedding rings
3) a cross

1) a new job
2) to be able to buy something when I want to
3) nothing else (I'm pretty low maintainance)

1) went shopping
2) read MFU stories
3) slept

1) my mother
2) my partner
3) my son

1) go to work
2) practice
3) relax

1) diet coke
2) blue drinks
3) Simply Orange orange juice

1) finally getting my books unpacked and into bookshelves
2) my sweetie
3) flute lesson
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Two weeks off before the next set of band rehearsals starts up again. The concert went well. I got to hear a bit of what was recorded and wow we really sounded good. Haven't posted M's Christmas piece yet because we haven't gotten the cd. Now there will be two to put up. The music for this concert was probably the most challenging this band has ever played but it was really awesome music. Only one march and that wasn't by Sousa. Now I can go back to practicing scales and technique for a couple of weeks. That will seem easy after this.

Least favorite pieces on this concert...actually none but was it really necessary to write things in five flats?!? Really???? Guess what I spent lots of time doing this past 10 weeks. Playing the Db major scale. Did I mention five flats?? I thought M's A# in the Christmas piece was over the top.

Okay, here's the actual story. I decided I wanted to play the flute five years ago. Never played before but I do play recorder, guitar, and I'm a singer. I've always wanted to play the flute. Couldn't play much of anything that first year with the band. Why did I join the band as a beginner you ask? Because I'm basically lazy and if I don't have a reason I won't practice. (You get the picture) Anyway, the first chair flute player is also a teacher so I got a teacher really quickly. So I've actually come a really long way in five years. Luckily, the director of the band is very kind and didn't throw me out because I couldn't really play. What I could play had good tone and was in the right key, so I guess it worked out. Now I just need to work on my nerves. At the end of most concerts my shoulders hurt and my back aches. Yep, I think I tense up the muscles when I play in public.

Well, I hadn't really meant to ramble about my musical life but I got a little carried away. I just wanted to say we had a great concert. M and I have spent way to much time on stage. She played this concert sick as a dog, poor baby. But she was wonderful too. : )

Tarot Meme

Mar. 30th, 2010 09:29 pm
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Okay, just cuz. I'm not entirely sure I agree with this, but hey, who am I to question the great test makers?

You are The Moon

Hope, expectation, Bright promises.

The Moon is a card of magic and mystery - when prominent you know that nothing is as it seems, particularly when it concerns relationships. All logic is thrown out the window.

The Moon is all about visions and illusions, madness, genius and poetry. This is a card that has to do with sleep, and so with both dreams and nightmares. It is a scary card in that it warns that there might be hidden enemies, tricks and falsehoods. But it should also be remembered that this is a card of great creativity, of powerful magic, primal feelings and intuition. You may be going through a time of emotional and mental trial; if you have any past mental problems, you must be vigilant in taking your medication but avoid drugs or alcohol, as abuse of either will cause them irreparable damage. This time however, can also result in great creativity, psychic powers, visions and insight. You can and should trust your intuition.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

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Well, gee, everyone's doing it!!!

You Scored as Perfectionist

You are the perfectionist procrastinator. Perfectionists fear failure or not doing a good enough job. They suffer from too high standards. Lest it be less than perfect, perfectionists have trouble starting or finishing a project. However, if the procrastinator does not get an "A," the fact that he or she did not give him or herself enough time to properly do the project excuses the procrastinator from not having done a perfect job. "If I had started earlier..." is a common lament from the perfectionist trying to excuse him or herself.

Not a procrastinator
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To my favorite co-mod and beta. Hope it's grand.

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The first major new event I remember was JFK's assassination. My dad was stationed in France, so we were living there. I was six and in first grade. My mother came into my bedroom and told me there was no school because someone had killed the president. She was crying.

It didn't really have an impact on my world view because I don't think, at six, I really had a world view. Other things had more impact as I got older and started to understand more. Things like the Viet Nam War, The Cold War, other assassinations. Most of those things turned me into a complete pacifist.
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Borrowed [livejournal.com profile] sparky955's markers. I'm actually surprised at how accurate this one is. Interesting.

you are lightskyblue

Your dominant hues are cyan and blue. You like people and enjoy making friends. You're conservative and like to make sure things make sense before you step into them, especially in relationships. You are curious but respected for your opinions by people who you sometimes wouldn't even suspect.

Your saturation level is lower than average - You don't stress out over things and don't understand people who do. Finishing projects may sometimes be a challenge, but you schedule time as you see fit and the important things all happen in the end, even if not everyone sees your grand master plan.

Your outlook on life is bright. You see good things in situations where others may not be able to, and it frustrates you to see them get down on everything.
the spacefem.com html color quiz
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Very productive flute lesson today. Didn't play much but fixed some issues with some of the pieces we're playing for the next concert. Apparently my stubbornness is a plus to my playing the instrument. I started in this community band five years ago having just taken up the flute. I did play recorder and guitar and I do have a degree in music. That first semester the director was very patient  and let me be in the group even though I couldn't play much of anything. My flute teacher is the first chair, got her as a teacher after just a couple of weeks in the band. She's been great. Five years later, we are playing the most difficult concert music I've ever seen and low and behold, I can actually play most of it.

The lesson dealt with some scale runs that change key with each run. We determined what key each was in and no more problem. Second major problem was playing between high E and F on really fast notes. The fingerings are not conducive for the speed of the notes. Learned the trill fingering for the notes and now I can play that section too. My teacher is the one who said that my stubbornness is my greatest plus. It has allowed me to play music that most folks couldn't play at my level. Whee!!! I'm am so psyched. I intend to play every note of the next concert.

In other news, I've reconnected with an old friend that I had lost track of about 5 or 6 years ago. It's been really nice catching up with him (he was at one point in my life the love of my life). We've been friends for more than 30 years. I can only say that about one other person. My sweetie thinks he's a male chauvinist pig, and he probably is, but still, I'm very fond of him. We're hoping to get together soon for a visit. He was telling me about how his daughters turned out. All I have to say is thank God for my son. I couldn't wish for better.

Off to bed. Gotta work tomorrow.


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