Thursday, May 29, 2008
it cracks me up that this should happen, and kind of creeps me out a little. i'm not sure what to think.
Monday, May 19, 2008
the man we are most proud of today is my amazing husband brian, who gave up tobacco and nicotine one year ago today! quitting was hard for him and i imagine it continues to be a struggle (especially with all our life stress lately), but he did it. i cannot even describe how insanely proud of him i am!
Thursday, May 15, 2008
am i the only one who thinks that he is out of touch with reality? i mean, when has education actually been a priority in california? it's not like the state schools (sfsu in particular) make it easy to get credentialed - it's a year and a half of full time grad school classes, and then a year of student teaching - unpaid, of course. if you're a normal (read: not independently wealthy) person, it's pretty difficult to live on that. after that, you get a job that pays a pittance of a salary, so you'd better have a spouse making some good money if you want to be able to pay your bills, because it's not like it's cheap to live in california.
oh, and then you have to deal with all the political crap (because, you know, education really ought to be a political subject). in the meantime, you also have to buy books and supplies for your students and classroom, because california schools are so chronically underfunded that they often cannot provide these things themselves. not to mention dealing with parents who just don't care.
no, we've certainly made education a priority. definitely.
* i admire anyone who has a passion and a desire to teach in this kind of environment, because you really have to have a calling to do it. i think teachers should be revered not only because they are the keepers of our culture and pass it on from one generation to the next, but because they do it in an environment that is so hostile to their profession.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
the earliest buttons are from about 2,000 b.c. (from egypt), but they appear to have been decorative rather than functional.
button was not used a verb in english until about the 1200s.
charles de gaulle and jackie kennedy collected buttons. louis xiv spent $6,000,000 on buttons over his lifetime.
in victorian times perfumery buttons were popular and contained little cotton swatches moistened with perfume.
buttons in intrigue: smuggler's buttons are like a tiny pillbox with a twist cap for hiding diamonds or messages inside. also, special army commandos sometimes had uniforms with these buttons on them, to carry poison (presumably in case the soldier was captured and tortured).
poison buttons are different: they have a sharp stud on top that was attached to a tiny vial hidden in the assassin's clothing. the assassin could just "accidentally" brush his victim's skin with the stud, and the poison would flow into the scratch.
dash my button! is an old-fashioned expletive. (love that!)
Friday, May 2, 2008
on a completely unrelated note, how awesome is this new website? (yes, new new, not just-discovered, new-to-me new.) soooo right up my alley, it's insane.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
well, the night is still young.
and it truly has been a fabulous birthday, all things considered. i really have amazing friends and family who love and support me, and the absolute best husband in the entire universe. i know some of you married ladies out there may beg to differ, but you just don't know any better, because really, brian is the best. he will be completely exhausted when he gets home tonight (he was up at 4a for work this morning) but he will still be sweet and wonderful and make me feel like a princess on my birthday.