aisforamy: december 2011 (beaker is watching you)
WE WON!!!!!!!!!!!WE WON!!!!!!!!!!!WE WON!!!!!!!!!!!WE WON!!!!!!!!!!!
MY KIDS' SCHOOL IS STAYING OPEN! IT WAS A UNANIMOUS DECISION BY THE BOARD! WOOOOOO!

I actually spent a good portion of the day today making huge banners to put on the fence in front of the school. They read: "WOOHOO!!!" "YIPEE!" and "JAGUAR PRIDE" I am going to go extra early and hang them up! Hee! I also stopped and got six dozen donuts for the teachers to put in the work room where the teachers visit every morning to check their mailboxes, as a special treat! VICTORY DONUTS!

Can you tell I'm excited and a bit hyper right now? Wheeeeee!
aisforamy: december 2011 (hedgehog rasberry)
cut for long account of family doings )

And because it's been a while, have a fun link! http://www.addictinggames.com/puzzle.html
aisforamy: december 2011 (candle)
Well, the public hearing is over, and we had really good attendance. They had to use the cafeteria for the overflow...and that has never happened before for a Board Meeting. I got up and spoke, as did a dozen or so others, and gave the board something to think about. I think we made a good impression, and have a very real chance of keeping our school open.

I got interviewed by News Channel 3, but I don't think they ever aired it, and I got interviewed by KTAR talk radio, though I never heard whether that aired either. Doesn't matter, since I never wanted to be on camera, and I hate the sound of my voice. I WAS on channel 99, which is the Mesa Public Schools channel here. Woo! I am famous! Not.

Now, it is on to getting Carnival done, and that is going well. I sent out several flyers today with students. I think the teachers are going to start hating me, for all of the stuff I have been sending out lately, but a lot of it has to do with saving their jobs, so I don't think they can mind that much. It appears that I am going to be PTO President next year by default, because you have to serve on the Board for one year before you can be president, and no one on the Board wants the job. I don't mind. I love being involved at my kids' school.

Today, I ran into the special ed preschool class hunting for their classroom teddy bears. It was SO ADORABLE!! The teachers were leading them around, asking everyone if they had seen their teddies. It was some sort of activity, so I don't know where they actually hid them.

Speaking of Special Ed...this is the coolest thing EVER: http://www.flaghouse.com/itemdy00.asp?T1=31248
How cool is that? I am going to have to see if we can find sponsors next year to equip our Special Needs Program with some interactive stuff and playground tools.

Today, I have a PTO meeting after school, and tonight I will be refreshing my memory on the life Georges Rouault for tomorrow's Art Masterpiece presentation. I hope to RP a little tonight, but I will have to wait and see how that goes.

I also have to run very soon to return a book to the library, and figure out what the heck I am going to make for dinner tonight. I'm thinking spaghetti sounds good.

OH!!! Also, your prayer and good vibes would be appreciated for the grandson of our Media Specialist at the kids' school. He was born with a lot of health problems, and today they finally got the liver for the transplant he desperately needs. The surgery is probably already under way, and the family needs all the support and prayers they can get! Also, a prayer for the family that donated the liver, as well...I am sure they are dealing with no small amount of grief and hardship, too.

I hope everyone has a great day!

Today I...

Mar. 11th, 2008 12:00 pm
aisforamy: december 2011 (stop volunteering)
Things I have done so far today:

Stood in front of the school with a large poster/sign reminding the parents dropping off their kids about the Public Hearing of the School Board tonight.

Made two posters/signs to stand in front of the school with on Wednesday and Friday respectively reminding people of the PTO meeting and that Jamba Juice is going to be coming to sell smoothies on Friday as a fund raiser.

Went to Walgreens to get my prescription and buy more poster board,

Smiled pleasantly even though I was Not Pleased.

Took meds.

Went back to the school and made two large posters/signs for people to hold tonight at aforementioned Public Hearing of the School Board.

Met President of the School Board and Arizona Senator Rich Crandall.

Smiled pleasantly even though I was Not Pleased.

Made two MORE large posters/signs for people to hold tonight at aforementioned Public Hearing of the School Board.

Came home and checked my flist, and printed out online petition to present to the School Board tonight, protesting the closure of the school.

Later, I plan to:

Get gas in my truck.

Hold up sign again to remind people picking their kids up to come to the Public Hearing tonight.

Pick up kids from school.

Supervise kids' homework, make dinner, possibly nap.

Go to Public Hearing and encourage others to be rowdy and possibly chant before the Board Members arrive, so they can hear us before they even enter the room.

Come home and crash.

It's an exciting life I lead, isn't it?

Your reward for reading all of this: An addicting game! http://flasssh.com/blocky2/
aisforamy: december 2011 (ninja powers)
I know I haven't updated with anything truly newsworthy in a while, but life has been going on.

My birthday was nice, even if I did get stricken with a virus of some sort halfway through the day that sent me to bed with a mega sick headache. Thank you to all of you lovely people who wished me a happy day. I am still fighting a cold, but nothing as bad as it was.

My good friend in Tennesee sent me the funniest birthday present EVER! She sent me the world's largest gummi bear! I swear it weighs something like five pounds. When my son saw it, he asked if he could have a slice of it! (I said no.) My family pooled money together and renewed my Zoo membership for another year, so I might start taking the boys to the zoo every Wednesdays, since they get out early from school on those days. I got some spending money from my mother in law, and my husband gave me some money to buy myself something as well. I got some nice new clothes, and got my nails done and a pedicure!

I got a letter in the mail the other day informing me that a proposal has been put before the school board to close down my kids' elementary school, and to send the kids to other schools. The distirct is facing the task of addressing a twenty million dollar deficit, and they think that consolidating schools is the best way. Obviously, we think this is a Bad Idea, and want to fight this. I am heading a PTO meeting tonight to try an organize our group and make us less like an angry mob, and more like a force to be reckoned with. We have several people who have formed little Save Our School things going on, and information being gathered, but no one is sharing it with anyone else, and it's just a mess. I hope we get a good turn out tonight, so that we can be coherent and on the same page when the time comes to address the board in the scheduled hearings. The final decision will be made in mid-March.

I started planning the school carnival, which will be held at the end of March, and that is also a lot of extra work on my plate at the moment. I am hoping to get some more volunteers to help, soon. I keep having people asking me if we are still having carnival if they decide the school will be closed next year, and I keep telling them, "YES!" I don't get why they think the world is going to just come to an end if this happens.

In other news, I had to take my dog to vet today. She has been limping lately, and not moving around very well, but she is a young dog. Her hips may be displaced, and one of her knees seems to have torn cartilage. I have to take her back tomorrow morning for sedation and X-rays, then will likely have to take her to an orthopedic specialist vet for a cat scan and maybe surgery. This could get to be majorly expensive!

I also had her nails cut and her booster shots given. You would think that they had come at her with a chainsaw and and a branding iron for all of the noise she made while having that done.On a positive note, she met a cat that didn't attack her, and she was completely fine with it. Now, if I can find a cat that is indifferent to dogs, I might be able to get one, some day.

Speaking of pets...one of my turtle tank filters died yesterday, so that was another expense I had to take up...I just got an inexpensive one, but one day, I am going to have to bite the bullet and get that pond built in the back yard with the really good equipment.

Other than that, life is just...life. Busy and full of mom-stuff. I have really been wanting to RP more than I have--especially my remaining Milliways pups, but simply haven't had the time. I think I am just going to have to put them in one day with warnings for all taggers that replies will be slow.

Tomorrow after I take Sadie to the vet, I am going to go and see the Spiderwick Chronicles movie while the kids are in school. I have been waiting a long time for it to come out, and while I don't expect it to be anything like the books (at least the trailers lead me to believe the story is quite different), I still expect to enjoy it.

That's about it for now. The boys get out extra early today, and I need to take them to get their teachers some little Valentine's gifts, and get ready for the big meeting tonight. Wish me luck!!

Link of the day: Make your own girl scout cookies!!
http://bakingbites.com/2008/01/homemade-girl-scout-cookies-samoas
aisforamy: december 2011 (flammable zombies)
I really haven't been updating much, other than silly memes or links. I have been busy now that the school year has started (I think I said this before), and will probably BE busy for the foreseeable future.

Today, I went to the school and sent out two separate flyers to parents about an upcoming PTO meeting and a Pizza Hut fund raising night, when we encourage everyone to clog their arteries in the name of better educational tools. I also went and visited one of the ladies from church I was supposed to, and mailed a shipment of cell phones to the recycling place for a fund raiser from last year. I set up four more fund raising events with restaurants for the next couple of months, as we try to have two per month...one pizza, and one actual go-to-a-place-and-sit-down with a waitress and stuff kind of place. It's served us well in the past.

Tonight was Curriculum Night at the school, where parents came without their children to see the classrooms, and to get a good idea of what their children would be learning. It was nice to get the info and meet the teachers and stuff, even though I already know most of them. I signed up two new families for the PTO, and sold a couple of t-shirts, so that was nice, too!

Tomorrow is another insanely busy day, where I am going to go visit a woman from church, pick up Lai and do some running around, pick up the kids, take the turtle to the vet, hang out at home for a bit with Lai and maybe watch a movie, and at some point, go grocery shopping. Also? My tweezers have gone mysteriously missing, and I need to get another pair.

Robert also has his first cello lesson tomorrow, and he's really excited about it. The cello was delivered yesterday, and he just sat and admired it for a while. I hope he takes to it, because sometimes I worry that the poor boy takes after my father, who was tone deaf.

I also have about a bazillion loads of laundry to catch up on, but that is nothing new.

Not getting enough sleep, but have been having a great time with my RP, both at Milliways and at my new game over on GJ. PSSSST--why haven't you all joined yet? It's awesome!

And tonight me and Lai did the happydance, because I figured out how to put tags in the sidebar at the new game's main page, and Lai figured out how to make them show up in indiviual posts. Now all we have to do is find out why we can't edit entries at all, and we will be GOLDEN.

Other than that, life continues apace...things are good, if a little hectic. Hope everyone out there is doing well!

Link of the day: http://algebraoflife.blogspot.com/2007/02/unlocks-your-car-using-tennis-ball.html

I don't know if this really works, but if it does? Sweeeet.
aisforamy: december 2011 (beaker is watching you)
SO!

Yesterday, my kids’ school had a book fair, which was buy one, get one free! Oh, my God, you guys! I spent early a hundred dollars!! They had software, too, so I got TWO of the SIMS complete collection, a CIV CITY Rome (You can build Rome and protect, beautify, farm, and fill it with people and culture! It looks awesome!!), and a collection of games with Boggle, Hangman, Upwords, etc. I also got a few books. *sheepish*

My son’s little play went well…well, it was adorable, at least. They all forgot their lines at least once, the props were a little wobbly, and the music cues were off. It was very entertaining, and the kids put a lot of work into it. I am going to buy the DVD they’re making from it, so I can burn copies for my family.

Last night (early this morning) at 1:30, my dog needed to go out, so I let her out back, and waited by the door for her to do her business, so I could lock the back door and go back to bed. Well, on the way back into the house, she decided to stop and investigate the hole beneath our shed where a stray cat had had kittens. Oy. The mother cat attacked Sadie and chased her all over the yard. She wouldn’t back off until I came and scared her off, and took the dog inside.

The commotion woke my husband (and probably a couple of neighbors), and he went to investigate, and the mama cat came after him, too. My husband doesn’t put up with that crap, and stuck the hose in the hole they’ve been living in, and turned it on. His reasoning is that the cat could have rabies, or something, and if it will attack the dog and a full grown adult, it could seriously hurt one of our kids.

Evidently the rabbit we used to have living under there dug a hell of a burrow, because it took over an hour to fill it up. My husband said that the mother came bolting out and took off running at one point, and he saw at least one kitten after he’d blocked up the main entrance hole, so there must be a back way out of there. I hope the kittens didn’t drown, and that the mother came and took them away somewhere else, but they are wild cats, so they likely wouldn’t have been able to be anyone’s pets. If I thought that the kittens could have been salvaged, I might have made an attempt to nurse them myself until they were old enough for homes, but I don’t think the mother would have allowed it.

My father in law brought by a cat trap this morning, and we are going to try to catch the mother and her mate (who also hangs around, I guess). We can take them to the city dump/landfill and let them loose there, to live happily on mice, roaches, lizards and the like. I don’t know if they still do, but the landfill workers used to encourage this, when people would call to ask if they needed cats down there.

School is out after next Thursday. I am going to be the room mother for the last day of school party in my son’s first grade class. It is going to have a pirate theme, so I am going to be busy making eye patches out of fun foam or felt, or whatever, and finding fun little trinkets for “booty” and getting games ready. I also promised snow cones, so it should be a lot of fun.
That’s pretty much all the rambling I have for now. Hope everyone is doing well!
aisforamy: december 2011 (Gir with Piggy)
A short story by Jared (they were given the first words as a prompt). He brought this home from school.

Meanwhile…back at school a plan landdid in the feld. Annamls came out and atke evrone exet me they like me.

Translation: A plan landed in the field. Animals came out and attacked everyone except me. They Like me.


I wish I had a scanner, so I could also post the picture he drew! It really brings the story to life there is a plane, and someone running screaming from a charging bull. XD! Not too bad for a first grader who hates to write. The page is now on my refrigerator, where it shall stay until he comes up with something cuter.

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