Sunday, January 31, 2010
I'm happy with where I am at as far as juggling. I just like that I have the technique down. I have no plans on juggling knives or chain saws in the future.
11 of 11 for January done! I barely made it, but I did it!
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
After Monkey Joe's, we headed back to Matt's and I really wasn't feeling too good. I spent the rest of the day with Kleenex in hand and trying out other medications to get myself better for the race the following day. I went to bed feeling terrible and slept horrible. I got up at 2 a.m. to throw-up and finally decided at 6 a.m. that I was up for the day. Matt and I made it over to the Pettit Center and got everything in place for the race. After the race got started, I felt better, but not great. Matt got a good laugh out of me after I pointed out that my shoe had come untied in the first lap. Talk about lack of preparation! I did feel pretty good after the race started and actually had a decent time in the first half. It all went downhill after that. The second half was really rough. I stopped to try to throw up a few times but nothing happened. It got better when Melissa showed up with the girls. They were the motivation that I needed. I am not saying I ran faster, I just was motivated to run more than I was walking. My legs were dead and my body was incredibly sore. I just kept plugging away.
With about 12 laps left, I started running with the guy behind me. His name was Matt and he is a chiropractor from Columbus. We definitely pushed each other to get to the finish line. I was happy that we came across each other to push to get the run over with.
As I got down to the final 4 laps, they went really "fast". It was so exciting each time I ran around to have the numbers get so low. When I got to the final stretch, I sprinted to the finish line. It felt great. I walked over to get my medal and then found the girls and gave them a big hug.
Melissa and Gretchen made signs with the kids before they made it over to cheer Matt and me on.
We all got up on the podium for a picture afterward.
Looking back two days later, it was a good experience. At the moment it was rough, but it is another accomplishment that no one can ever take away from me!
Through the last couple of weeks I have had one of my students tutoring me with a few knots. He is the ring leader of the class who is always asking how my goals are doing and wants to start his own blog to keep up with his list. He's a great kid and wants to help. He's also a Boy Scout! When I was looking over my goals one day, I asked him if he could teach me some knots. He was VERY eager to show me some and to help me attain this goal. I asked for knots that would serve different purposes and would help to give me a broad area of uses when the time comes.
Here are the knots that I have learned over the past few weeks:
Square knot or Reef knot
This is a common knot, but if done incorrectly, it will slip on you and not be very effective.
This is a fun knot to tie. It doesn't slip and it can be done at any part of the rope, you don't need to find the end of the rope to make it.
This can be used to tie two different types or sizes of ropes together.
This knot is useful when you want to attach a piece of rope to another one in the middle of the rope. It doesn't move. I don't know how it doesn't slide, but it is solid!
Hangman's knot or Noose
This knot was a group effort from Matt and me to learn. They definitely don't teach it to fourth grade Boy Scouts. It is a useful knot for holding suspended items secure, but it's dark past makes it one that I might not be using it but for special occasions.The more loops you make around the rope, the more secure the rope will be.
Pictures don't really do too much justice for the knots. They all look the same when you look at them in the pictures.
Overall, I'm happy with the small collection of knots that I have learned and now know that when I need to tie a rope, I should have a way to secure it!
Another goal down! 10 of 11 for the month! One more to go. Not so sure if I will get it in time or not.
I know 20 is a long way off, but I am still feeling good about this one. This is one of those goals like the Time magazine goal where you just have to keep trying and eventually I might get surprised and get on a roll.
Friday, January 22, 2010
I started Joshua last night and read through the first five chapters. I almost feel like it is a movie coming to the climax. Since Exodus they have been talking about making it to the Promised Land. At the beginning of Joshua they are just across the Jordan River from their quest to overtake the land that was promised to them. While I already know the story and the ending, I am excited to continue on in my reading to see what will happen.
I never thought I would make it through the Bible at the pace that I have been going, but I have really been interested and have found it quite easy to get into reading on a very regular basis. I haven't had that in a very long time!
I already told Matt that I am going to add this to my next list of goals.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
The languages I picked were Spanish, American Sign Language, French, Japanese, and Sinhalese. Spanish was easy, as was ASL. I already knew them pretty well. French and Japanese were two of the languages that I tried a year ago so it was just some refreshing to get them again. Sinhalese was the tough one.
As I have shared before, I talk with my students about my goals. One of my students told me that I should learn to count to ten in his home language. His family is from Sri Lanka. The language he uses is Sinhalese and he was excited to share with me the numbers. I worked on them for a week and a half until I finally had them all down. There isn't much of a pattern to them, but I got them. I tried yesterday but got a few mixed up. Today I recited them to him and he said I did them perfect. This is another of those goals that was easy to do as long as I put the time in.
Another goal down! 8 of 11 for the month!
Monday, January 18, 2010
Here's a video of Maddie giving a push up a try. She couldn't quite get to one. She'll keep trying!
Another goal done! 7 of 11 done for the month. Hopefully I will get the other 4 done in the coming weeks.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
It was difficult at times not watching TV. I'm not saying I was never in the room when the TV was on, but Imagination Movers and Sesame Street don't count in my book. I think not watching TV was what motivated me to get moving on so many other goals. I know I wouldn't have finished the reading goals that I had. I also know that during that time I made a conscious effort to spend more time playing with the kids. That is motivation enough to stop watching!
This was my second attempt at this goal. The first one was back in June. All of the spring shows had wrapped up and I was off on a canoe trip for a few days to keep me busy. It all came to a fail when we were at Judson and took some relaxation time to watch an NBA playoff game (was it the finals?). It was worth it at the time to just sit and relax in front of the TV after the days and hours of paddling that we had gone through.
Overall, this goal was a nice one to have taken part in. I'm pretty sure in the coming months I will have similar experiences with a lack of television while studying for my classes. It was nice to do it with a conscious effort to go without, but I am definitely glad it's over. With a few new shows starting up again I know I will be back on the couch watching.
On a side note, ironically enough, I almost got up to $50 on centsports.com during this time. While I couldn't watch the games, I could still put money on them. I am currently back in the $20s and trying to figure a way out to be able to truly get my cash. I'm thinking it will never happen, but we'll see!
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Here's the start. Yep, it is an 18+ lb. turkey for a family of 4. This also didn't cost us $18.27, I had a $10 off coupon for a turkey which made it be $8.27. Not too bad. This dinner is going to keep giving back for quite awhile with all that was remaining when we were finished.
I separated the skin from the meat in order to season the meat. It was pretty gross at first, but it turned out to be fun.
Who knew that the elasticity of the skin would be so high?
Getting ready to be put into the oven.
The finished product. I was glad that we only had four of us eating. It was so hot! I took out the electric knife and got a good slice of the breast off and was able to get some pretty good pieces out of it. I'm definitely no expert in cutting!
Here are the girls excited to begin dinner. I made some mashed potatoes to go along with it and Melissa cooked up some Broccoli. Good dinner all around!
Here's what we had left over when we were all done. I shredded it and Melissa put it into 2 cup bags for future use. Melissa already has two meals planned for this week to put this to use. It's always nice to have prepared meat on hand when preparing dinners for the week.This goal is done! I can now confidently say that I can and have cooked a turkey dinner. It's a nice thing to have done. Thanks Gretchen for the suggestion.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
I finished my last of 5 books to read for fun. I have never read more than a few pages of any of the Harry Potter books. I have taught for 6 years and watched my students proudly keep these books on their desktops in an effort to show that they were indeed reading a Harry Potter book. All of these books are huge. The shortest book is about 300 pages with the longest probably being 500+. I had thoughts of wanting to read the first book to see what it was like and this was the perfect opportunity.
I began reading this book before winter break but foolishly left the book at school so I couldn't read any of during my time off. When I got back to school I quickly began picking it up at down times at school when I didn't have students in the room. When the kids knew I was reading it they were excited and many of them kept asking what part I stopped at last. It was fun to see them reliving the book as I would tell what I had just read and me telling them what I had thought was going to happen next in the book. It really was a great teaching opportunity to show them how to retell a story.
I am excited to tell them on Monday morning that I finished the book and to have a discussion about it with them. They truly are a great class and have taken quite the interest in my goals. They are excited every time I tell them that I have accomplished another goal or gotten any closer to finishing any part.
Friday, January 8, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Last night was my final night of reading. I initially began on December 28th, but went to the Bulls game on the 29th, so I had to start over. This was an interesting goal. I was not for lack of material to read. I went between three different books.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Saturday, January 2, 2010
While this may be ambitious, I think I will be able to finish 11 goals this month. I'm thinking that both setting this mini goal and sharing it with everyone else will be the motivation to get all of these done. I'm not going to tell you which ones I am planning to do, but I have written down 11 of them that I do see as highly attainable this month. It will take some extra work, but I don't think it will be too much of a stretch to get them accomplished. When that happens, I will be over half-way done!