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What movie have you seen the most times in your life? How many times have you seen it? Will you ever grow tired of it?

I have a tendency to watch movies over and over. Some of my favorites are G.I. Jane, Labyrinth, Die Hard With a Vengeance, The Bone Collector, and Mean Machine. I think the record goes to Goonies, though. My youngest brother and I once watched that 19 times in one weekend.

The fire department was just here

I did not set anything on fire. Neither did the kids. I was making rice and went upstairs, it scorched the pan, causing lots of smoke and set off the alarm system. The alarm system hijacks my phone line, so I can't cancel the alarm. I swear, I'm not really a bad cook. I was talking to the boy in his room, that's all.

Writer's Block: Bite Me

From Dr. Polidori's Lord Ruthven to Stephenie Meyer's Edward Cullen, the annals of vampire lore are filled with attractive, charming bloodsuckers. Which one would you most want to be bitten by?

I'd prefer to be bitten by either Maharet, or Vamp-Willow, but I want to live out my vampire days in Broken Heart, OK.

Sep. 16th, 2008

Your result for The Harry Potter Wand Test...

12", Holly, Dragon

Holly is a powerful protective wood that good for use against evil, but it also represents dreams and fertility. Your dragon's heartstring core makes your wand very effective in hexes.

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I should be in bed

But I still have to take my medicine.

Stayed home today, which was the plan, anyway. Walter called out of work this morning and walked Saul to the ER. Nothing major, he just had a sty.

Yesterday I had database training. It was over-booked and not all of the computers worked. I think I understand how it works, but I don't really know how much I'm actually going to have to use the database once I start the job. After all, I'm only going to be working there for less than 3 months.

Thursday, my mom and I took the kids to Wildwood for the day. I spent a lot of time in the ocean. I think I have a piece of shell in my foot, but I can't actually find anything. At least I didn't get sunburn this time.

Oh, I found some really cool "all about me" worksheets for the Sunday School class this week. Originally, I had planned to do the theme "favorite things", but couldn't find anything interesting to do for that theme.

song lyrics

I got this in my email from several sources today and just wanted to share:

Originally written and produced by Freddie Perren and Dino Fekaris
Originally performed by Gloria Gaynor
Mercilessly altered with apologies by Natalie Criss

First I was afraid, I was petrified.
Kept thinking I could never teach , 'Cause I'm not certified.
But we spent so many nights
Re-teaching homework that was wrong.
I grew strong, so now I teach my kids at home!
We learn 'bout math and outer space.
I just kept on despite the fear with a big smile across my face.
I bought a set of Base Ten blocks.
I bought books with answer keys.
My parents think we're nuts,
but they don't even bother me

Come on, let's go walk out the door.
We're on the road now, 'cause we're not home much anymore
My friends would laugh and say we'd be unsocialized.
I heard one mumble that I'd give up by July.
Oh no, not I! I will survive!
As long as I know how to read
I know we'll be alright.
I've got all my life to learn. I've got energy to burn.
and I'll survive. I will survive.

It took all the strength I had not to fall apart.
Decided to attend a play date at the local park,
and I met oh so many moms who offered eagerly to help.
They used to cry. Now they hold their heads up high,
and so do we! My kids are cool!
They're not those chained up little people stuck inside at school.
So if you feel like dropping by and just expect us to be free
you'd better call ahead first 'cause we're probably busy!

I am soooo bored

Walter hasn't been feeling well, so he went to bed around 8. The kids are in bed. I have checked all of my email accounts. I have stalked craigslist. I have caught up on LJ, craftster, and TtH. I finished the hem on the skirt I started a few weeks ago. I would do more, but I'm too lazy to go looking for a new bobbin, and the one I was using is no longer workable. I washed all of the dishes. I really want potato chips and a soda, but I only have a handful of change. I hate being this broke. I've been poor my entire adult life, and a good portion of my childhood, so it's nothing new, but this sucks. I went grocery shopping with the little bit of cash I had left this afternoon. $23 I was able to get enough food to get us through till Friday, except I don't know what to do about lunch for the kids. I didn't have enough for peanut butter. Also, I have no gas, and I have a database training on Thursday, and I have to get to work on Sunday. I can take the bus on Thursday, I think, since Walter is staying home with the kids, but I don't have enough bus fare for the kids on Sunday, so I have to drive. (bus fare for the three of us, to and from the church would be $16.50. The same amount spent on gas would get me through most of an average week when I'm not working)

ever so slightly over my head

It started off so slowly. I work 3 hours, one day a week. Hardly worth mentioning. Than I register for Fall classes. Can I take 3 online classes? Sure! The class I want most is available at a reasonable time. Great! I'll register for that, too. Run into a friend at the grocery store who asks if I might be looking for work. I could certainly use the money, so I say sure. I interview for the position, and get it with no problem. I know that the job is only for a few months, so I keep looking for more long-term work. I've apparently also been hired for an after-school program. I'll be at a music school, tutoring kids in reading and math.

So far, my schedule, come Fall, will look something like this:

Sunday: work at the church nursery, where I have been given more freedom and responsibility in regards to non-religious crafts and lesson plans, from 9am to noon, get home by 2pm and work on schoolwork for online classes (Computer Applications, Web Page Design 1, and Creative Writing) to have everything submitted by midnight. Make sure everything is ready for the Parenting Program and the after-school program.

Monday: drop Saul off by 8:30, work at Frankford Group ministry from 8:45 - 2:45, drop Cherokee off at Saul's school so she can walk him to their after-school program, drive out to 17th & Allegheny and work at the after-school program from 3:30 - 5pm, pick up kids, go home and make dinner, check homework, make sure everything is ready for Tuesday

Tuesday: drop Saul off by 8:30, work at Frankford Group ministry from 8:45 - 10, drive to the college, from 11am - 1pm I have Teaching With Technology, then I have lunch with Cher and head to the library to study for a bit before I have to leave for the after-school program from 3:30 - 5. Pick kids up from their after school program by 5:30, go home, dinner, study, prep for Wednesday.

Wednesday: same as Monday, prep for Thursday

Thursday: same as Tuesday, prep for Friday

Friday: drop Saul off by 8:30, work at Frankford Group ministry from 8:45 - 2:45, pick Saul up from school and drive out to Exton (or West Chester, depending on how things work out, wither way, it's about an hour drive) Run my own after-school program (chess club, book club, and arts&crafts) from 4-6pm, drive home, dinner, study, collapse

Saturday: STUDY and do schoolwork, rest as much as possible, laundry, prep for the coming week.

Keep in mind, I'm still Cherokee's home facilitator, and possibly still the Regional Activity Coordinator for 1/6th of the state. I've also applied for a few babysitting jobs in the evenings, but we'll see how that goes.

quiz result

Your result for The what kind of pagan are you test....


Some say you have no style, but you take what works and leave the rest. You can get along with most other pagans, but they might think you're a bit of a solitare. You don't need others to validate your beliefs.

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I'll post a real update later, once the cobwebs are out of my head.

renting a classroom?

Can anyone here help me figure out where to look for classroom space? I've already checked local libraries and Craigslist, but the libraries close too early for my needs, and I don't really have much of a budget for renting an office.

I basically need a large classroom, 20 - 50 students, for two hours every Friday afternoon. I'd prefer something in Chester County, since the cyber school I'm planning this for has an office in West Chester. I need someplace that is kid-friendly, and preferably accessible. Bucks county would be okay, too, I guess, or even the fringes of Philly. I live in Philly, so wherever I set up has to be less than an hour commute from say, Fishtown.

I know this is a long shot, but any advice on how/where to search would be greatly appreciated.

(cross posted to philadelphia and my chester_county)