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17 October 2006 @ 04:21 pm

Do you need to get out of your room to study?

Does it help you study if someone else is there studying too? 

This is true for me, so I am starting STUDY HALL. 

Wednesdays, fall semester,1-4 pm
Butler Hall 1st floor classroom

Sometimes there may even be goodies for those who attend and stay at least two hours. 

No need to sign up, just show up.

01 October 2006 @ 05:49 pm
Mobile home for sale in Aztec Village in Kyle, Texas
Appraised at nearly $10,000; asking $5700 OBO:

Just on the other side of Post Road by Yarrington Road exit and IH-35
  • 1978, 14 x 80
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, eat-in kitchen, washer & dryer hookups, cable ready, oak trees on lot, cement patio, nice neighborhood, empty lot with trees on one side
  • appliances negotiable: refrigerator, propane stove, front-load washer, elec. dryer; we'll even throw in an outdoor propane grill and patio furniture if the price is right
  • some materials for fixing up—like paint, double-sink vanity, dishwasher, base cabinets, bathroom light fixtures, bathroom pedestal sink
  • Rent in park: $238 (that is what I'm paying, anyway), must be approved by management; flip it or live in it!
  • We cannot sub-let; therefore, buyer must pay with cash or cashier's check and it's all yours!

Perfect if you are a handy person and want to flip it, or a cheap place to live while going to TX State, or a cheap place to live! —sold AS IS. Needs work, but live-in immediately (we are mostly moved out). I lived in this home from 8/05 until 8/06; I got a job with a free apartment so now we want to sell.

Needs a little serious work and a lot of cosmetic stuff. We've got a lot of the materials and they are included in the sale, including a hardwood double-sink vanity w/antique brass fixtures. Would like to get this sold ASAP (I've already started the job and have mostly moved out), so make an offer. I bought the appliances separately when I bought the trailer, so if you want them they will cost you a bit more.

28 September 2006 @ 06:58 pm
C. gave us a wonderful reading of this poem in class today and we had some interesting responses.  What do teachers make? What about lawyers? What are your experiences with either?

What Teachers Make, or
Objection Overruled, or
If things don't work out, you can always go to law school

By Taylor Mali 

He says the problem with teachers is, "What's a kid going to learn
from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher?"
He reminds the other dinner guests that it's true what they say about
Those who can, do; those who can't, teach.

I decide to bite my tongue instead of his
and resist the temptation to remind the other dinner guests
that it's also true what they say about lawyers.

Because we're eating, after all, and this is polite company.

"I mean, you¹re a teacher, Taylor," he says.
"Be honest. What do you make?"

And I wish he hadn't done that
(asked me to be honest)
because, you see, I have a policy
about honesty and ass-kicking:
if you ask for it, I have to let you have it.

You want to know what I make?

I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could.
I can make a C+ feel like a Congressional medal of honor
and an A- feel like a slap in the face.
How dare you waste my time with anything less than your very best.

I make kids sit through 40 minutes of study hall
in absolute silence. No, you may not work in groups.
No, you may not ask a question.
Why won't I let you get a drink of water?
Because you're not thirsty, you're bored, that's why.

I make parents tremble in fear when I call home:
I hope I haven't called at a bad time,
I just wanted to talk to you about something Billy said today.
Billy said, "Leave the kid alone. I still cry sometimes, don't you?"
And it was the noblest act of courage I have ever seen.

I make parents see their children for who they are
and what they can be.

You want to know what I make?

I make kids wonder,
I make them question.
I make them criticize.
I make them apologize and mean it.
I make them write, write, write.
And then I make them read.
I make them spell definitely beautiful, definitely beautiful, definitely
over and over and over again until they will never misspell
either one of those words again.
I make them show all their work in math.
And hide it on their final drafts in English.
I make them understand that if you got this (brains)
then you follow this (heart) and if someone ever tries to judge you
by what you make, you give them this (the finger).

Let me break it down for you, so you know what I say is true:
I make a goddamn difference! What about you?
I Feel: excitedexcited
24 September 2006 @ 08:09 pm
1. Where were you 1 hour ago? in my car driving south on I-35

2. Who will be your next kiss? pulledup, in a few minutes

3. Is there anything pink within 10 feet of you? magazine covers

4. When is the last time you went to the mall? yesterday--Tanger

5. Are you wearing socks right now? no

6. When was the last time you went out of town? 2 weeks ago to Chicagoland (unless going from San Marcos to Austin counts)

7. Have you been to the movies in the last 5 days? no

8. What was the last thing you had to drink? water

9. What are you wearing right now? comfey grey shorts & black tank top

10. Have you been in a car wash? um, in a car

11. Last food you ate? bbq roasted chicken, garlic bread, hash browns, applesauce

12. Where were you last week on Saturday? tailgating

13. Have you bought any clothing items in the last week? yes: skirt, tank top, top, work out pants, cross-training shoes

14. When is the last time you ran? embarassingly, I can't remember

15. What's the last sporting event you watched? as in the whole thing? years ago

16. What is your favorite class? fundamentals is my favorite grad class to teach

17. Your dream vacation? all expenses paid

18. Last 3 people's houses you were in? rj10's, mom & dad's, my grandma's

19. How old are your parents? 60 & 61

20. Are you in love? yep

21. Do you miss anyone? quite a few

22. Last play you saw? Nickled & Dimed @ Clemson U

23. What are your plans for today? blog, set goals for the week

24. Who is the last person you commented on myspace? I've never been to myspace

25. Ever go to camp? yep, with school and brownies

26. Were you an honor roll student in school? sometimes

27. What do you want to know about the future? will I make tenure

28. Are you wearing any perfume or cologne? Jessica 3

29. Are you hungry? no, but I do have a sweet tooth

30. Where is your best friend located? ah, this is so HS--I have a select few and they are around the world

31. Do you have a tan? no

32. How old do you want to be when you have kids? I think that ship has sailed

33. Do you collect anything? bills

34. Last time you got stopped by a cop or pulled over? last fall--got a warning (she asked if I were a student or faculty, when I said faculty, she gave me a warning)

35. Have you ever drunk your soda from a straw? are there people who have had soda who haven't?

36. How do you like your drinks? sweet

37. Do you like hot sauce? no

38. Who do you have a crush on? no crush

39. Are you someone's best friend? doubt it, I'm not good at keeping in touch--maybe my mom's, as she's even worse at keeping in touch with people

40. What's the last book you read? The Davinci Code
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23 September 2006 @ 10:17 pm
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22 September 2006 @ 06:37 pm
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19 September 2006 @ 08:28 pm
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19 September 2006 @ 08:27 pm
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