Friday, June 29, 2007

Me and my Harry

I am starting to get really psyched about the upcoming Harry Potterfest that will be July of this year. I'm buying my tickets today for the midnight showing of the movie (less than two weeks away!) It looks like it's going to be awesome. And then the book comes out the next week! I can't even focus too much on it - it's too exciting!! Luckily I've got lots of distractions currently, in the form of two little girls and lots of assignments for my classes. July is going to be crazy busy for me with everything I've got going on, plus we're planning a family weekend/mini-vacation once my classes are over with. It is starting to get a little overwhelming again, but hopefully once I get a few more assignments done and turned in the pile will look smaller and more manageable. And school starts back up for me on the 19th. Well, as long as I make it to August 1st, I'm in good shape.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

New Blog

One of the classes I'm taking this summer involves learning about web tools - how to use them and incorporate them into teaching in the classroom. It's pretty interesting, and it has forced me to do a few things I haven't made time for - like updating this blog (although I'm coming to realize it's really more of a journal) and developing another blog for more professional use that ties into instructional technology and teaching.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Venting and Spanish

I am trying to make a concerted effort to be better about updating. Here is my current conundrum. What is it about the toilet paper holder that is so confusing? My husband has many little annoying habits that drive me crazy -but this one just seems like such a small thing to be corrected, and yet after almost 7 years of marriage...nothing. Here's the thing: this man is a mathematical genius and extremely intelligent - one of the main reasons I married him. Is there just something about the Y chromosome that makes this a difficult task?

Ok...sorry. I feel better now. I fully recognize that in the grand scheme of things, it could be worse, and I can live with this one. But still.

In other news, I'm learning Spanish! Ok, I do already know some Spanish from high school, but it turns out the only refresher course you really need is a few thosand hours of "Dora the Explorer". It's good to know that having a preschooler doesn't turn your brain to mush...much.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

A break in the action

Well, I've obviously done a very poor job of updating! I think that's due in large part to the fact that I started my master's program in January. That first semester taking two classes and managing everything else just about broke me...and now I'm back to it, taking two classes this summer. At least this time I'm off, but with the kids it is still hard to find time to get schoolwork done. I really do not know how single mothers do it - I complain about my husband a lot, but at least I do have some help. Since having my second child, I've developed a whole new level of respect for those doing it alone!

The worst thing about having such a busy summer is that it's cutting into my Harry Potter obsession. As my husband says, I'm a stark, raving lunatic when it comes to the Wonderful World of Harry, and this summer is such a big one for myself and the rest of the fans! I had planned on re-reading all of the books to prep for the final installment, but there is just no way I'm going to have the time. I got to the middle of the second book and have had to put it aside for more pressing assignments. I guess I'll just have to skip to #6 and hope I get it done before July 21st!