Thursday, January 31, 2008

Curriculum Review and a UFO report

On Monday, Ace begun her new math book. We are using Singapore's New Elementary Math, Book 1. You can look at it here. Well, it's been a week and I can say, so far, so good. It is more advanced, but Ace has completed the Singapore Primary Mathematic course, so she is ready.

The toughest adjustment is that she actually has to write out the problems and solve them on notepaper, not fill in the blank in a workbook. Anyone who uses Singapore will be familiar with this if they do the Practices in the textbook. There is a workbook for NEM, but it is mainly test papers to follow up finishing a chapter or section. Not for daily work. Otherwise, I think it will be rigorous, but not too difficult. I hope the explanation in the book will be sufficient for learning the skills, though, because there are no other explanation - even the solution manual has no teaching strategy, and the teacher's manual is mainly a schedule to get it all done in a year, and solutions to the workbook. We will have to update as it goes. I asked Ace what she thought of the new math book. Here was her response:
Just kidding, I just thought that this picture was hilarious.

In other news, Three just finished her Singapore Earlybird 2B today - with flying colors!! Yaay!

Big Smiles!!

Now for the UFO report. You might remember the list of 13 UFO's I posted. Well, I've made real progress on Ace's sweater. I've finished the back, and have begun the front. Yay me! In the meantime I've also knitted a couple of hats. Pictures sometime.

Thursday, January 24, 2008


So I decided to dye my hair - This is nothing new, since my hair went grey back in the 1990's, I've been diy-ing my own. Normally it is either light ash brown or dark ash blonde, depending on whether it is summer or winter. Maybe I'm a little tired of shades with the word "ash" in them, or just need a (major) change, but I decided that this time I'd try auburn.

I can't say it looks auburn. It looks more like this:Does that mean that I deserve a break today?

Man, I hope so.
Or at least free burgers.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

When was the last time you blogged?

Mea Culpa!

I've been in the middle of my life, and haven't really touched the keyboard, except to check my e-mail and download soup recipes. No excuse really, just that my dear hubby has been traveling an awful lot, and by the time evening rolls around I'm just to pooped to think of anything interesting to say.

Except have you ever experienced a panic attack? I don't mean a moment of panic, but a real, middle of the night, heart pounding, think you are having a cardiac arrest, panic attack? I've had a couple now (conveniently when my husband is traveling) and they must be stopped. My girlfriend asked me, well, what do you do for you? I thought she was asking something in a foreign language, so I just looked at her with a blank look, but she continued, that maybe I need to blog more about the stuff that I feel anxious about.

Sorry, no.

I will keep my anxiety in a little box with my irrational fears, and maybe my paranoia as well, and it can be one big party in there, and I will not look and see what that noise is, because it might really be something this time, and I really, really don't want that, so there.

In other words, my anxiety isn't up for blogging. Unless the panic attacks get really bad. Maybe then, unless I'm dying of a heart attack.

I saw some friends for breakfast this morning. I've decided that I need to tap into my friends' creativity more - one of them SPINS FIBER!!! and the other one does floral arranging type stuff. These are things I cannot do. Not that I've tried spinning, but my floral arranging looks like something that my 5 year old did -- and she has a better idea of it than me. (the joke here is that I did my own flowers for my wedding) They looked o.k. Still they'd look better if I had any actual skill, rather than enthusiasm. (loads of that, though.)

So that is it in a nutshell, aren't you glad you asked?