Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Very Merry June Unbirthday

Just a monthy update on Challenge 25

Was undecided on a passage. (#8)
Finished The Simiarilion. (#11)
My preschool class planted beans as part of our farm unit and back in Canada my family replanted my garden. (#12)
Still behind on the sketches. (#14)
Went mini bowling with Maki, Tiff, and Steve. (#20)
Had an interesting talk with a Buddhist friend. (#23)

A very merry unbirthday to you all.


Challenge #20: " Go bowling " was a success. We were at Round one today and did a little "mini bowling". It was ten pin but to make it more mine the lanes were smaller. It was odd. Then we tried some virtual bowling which was just weird.

Three challenges down only twenty-two to go.

Saturday, June 10, 2006


I use MSN almost daily. I like it –most of the time. It has been a wonderful tool for staying in contact with friends and family. But it is not perfect, I need to again state my issues with it (even if its just for myself). My "hatred" is more a deep frustration with the communication flaws it allows or encourages:

-Good communication is more then just words. Its signs, gestures, voice tone, inflection. How many different ways can you say "great"? Something is always lost in typed messages, which is a head start of misunderstandings.

-Crash course in compartmentalizing. Thinking of the times when there are three or more conversations on the go. Your jumping back and forth in talks on a wide range of topic. One is high hearted joking, another personal relationships, another resent event, and still another about God and spiritual thoughts. It can be emotionally confusing.

-So easy to ignore people. So easy not to listen. We are distracted and multitasking. It is allowing selfishness.

-I can say almost anything on MSN to almost anyone. I don’t think I’m alone in that trait. Can create a few different problems the biggest being. We have false sense of intimacy and it teaches us to be impersonal by just talk to "the computer".

-Seems you only have two options on MSN a very short conversation that doesn’t go past how are you or something deep. There doesn’t seem to be a middle ground. Which is sad when you just want to hang out. I miss just hanging out with good friends doing stuff like euchre, watching movies, or going for coffee just being together.

MSN is no substitute for real people.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Beauty Uncaptured

"I don’t think I’ve ever seen any pictures that come close to matching the evocative strength of Tolkien’s writing about Lothl√≥rien, including my one. It is not a matter of simply translating his descriptions into pictorial form, because their strength is not so much in the pictures they conjure up as in the feelings that evoke. I think these feeling are derived from something primordial, a connection with the forest that was broken early in mankind’s development –a lost paradise that part of us still yearns for."
-Alan Lee
He did the conceptual art and set decorator for the movies.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

# 11

Challenge #11: "Finish the Simiarilion" is done. Two challenges down only twenty-three to go.

I enjoyed Ainulindal√ę the most. Understand little details of the Lord of the Rings better. And surprised that I actually liked the book enough to read it again…but not for some time.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Life looks simple on paper.

The Ants Go Marching

Killed my first cockroach of season the other night, got to love the creepy crawlies. Not everyone does, but most four and five year olds do. Whenever my kindergarten class is outside, they must show me every bee, ladybug, caterpillar, ant and fly they find. Since they’re so interested in insects the next two weeks are going to be "Bugs Days". Today’s class was all about ants. Preparing for the class was actually fascinating, which surprised me. If I were not a teacher I know what I would be "an insect specialist". I could go the whole forensic scientist, CSI, real life Grissom route. Okay maybe not, but I am now thinking about getting an ant colony when I get back to Canada.

Neat things I learned about ants*:

-Ants "talk" by smell and the use pheromones. Another ant can tell the health, nutrition
and job function just by the scent. When a gather-ant finds food she lets off a chemical all the way back home for the others to follow.
-Honeypot ants have a special worker that just eats, and eats, and eats to store food for the rest of the colony. They can hardly moved cause their too fat. These are normally the ants that are considered delicacies, yum yum.
-Weaver ants make their "hills" in trees by sewing together leaves.
-Some types of ants raid other colonies, steal the eggs. Once hatched they become workers even though they are not related to the queen. A few species wouldn’t be able to feed themselves because they’ve become so dependent on this slave labour.
- Ants have been known to "herd" different species of caterpillars. Daytime the caterpillars are lead to feeding areas and at night brought into the anthill. In return the caterpillars produce honeydew when massaged by the ants.

*I’ve rewritten these facts but all facts can from a preschool site I was looking at. They may or may not be 100% factual I have no idea.

Thursday, June 01, 2006


Steve was at the library today and signed out the Lord of the Rings Sketch book by Alan Lee for me. Looking through the book makes me want to pull out my pencil and just starting drawing. I love the studies, the details, the beauty. I'd love to be able to put to paper some of the images I dream up.

I want to go to art school