October 20th, 2006


We've got colds, Laurel's first report card, Halloween pack meeting and getting ready for camping.

I had a bit of a sore throat yesterday and woke up with a full-blown cold today. (trshtwns01, you might want to take note of that since I saw you yesterday.) I don't mind the losing my voice part as much as the fact that I had to muster enough to call Laurel in absent (she woke up in the middle of the night coughing and was feverish when Vogon checked on her), call the Book Fair chair to let her know I wouldn't be in for my shift this morning, and later talk to someone about working up a quote for our Cub Scout pack t-shirts.

Laurel got her first nine weeks' report card yesterday and is doing well across the board: every percentile grade was 90% or higher, 1-4 graded subjects like arts and character development are 3s (performing consistently as expected) with 4s in citizenship, integrity, cooperation and respect. I'm proud of her.

While home sick today, she's mostly rested, helped me with an Elmo's World episode synopsis for MuppetWiki, dictated her artist statement and process statement for her Reflections entries (one photograph, one collage), read and is now playing with her LeapFrog Turbo Twist Math since she's been struggling with word problems.

We went to our costumed pack meeting last night, her in a store-bought Tinkerbell costume and me dressed as a lost tourist, complete with lei, enormous "diamond" earrings and black socks. My den cheered really loudly for me in the funniest costume part of the adult costume contest!

I'm getting ready for camping next weekend -- Laurel's really excited about it! Left to do are finding out if Vogon wants to go (he doesn't do cold anymore), buying or borrowing some sleeping bag pads or an air mattress, buying a couple of Coleman fuel canisters for our lamp and possibly our stove (we bought firewood, but I'm more comfortable on camp stoves and charcoal grills), drawing up our menu and making sure our camping Dutch ovens are ready to go.

I'll post something more interesting when I'm feeling a bit better.

If you do machine embroidery, here's a GREAT deal on thread.

A quick heads-up for the machine embroiderers: Hancock Fabrics has its Madeira Incredible Threadable boxes on sale for $99.99. They're regularly $150 at Hancock Fabrics stores.

They come in two varieties:

- 40 1000m spools (40 colors) of Rayon No. 40 and 2 1500m spools of Bobbinfil No. 70 in a thread box with a built-in threading system

- 80 200m spools (80 colors) of Rayon No. 40 and 2 1500m spools of Bobbinfil No. 70 in a thread box with a shoulder strap and base, a Madeira® conversion chart and a pack of Klasse embroidery needles.

200 m is good for about 40,000 stitches or 40 designs for a typical 6-color design.

Sale ends October 21, 2006.

Meme: what I remember from 8th grade, nicked from lori_zo.

1. Who was your best friend? I didn't have one.
2. Who did you like? Jason Dobbs. I doubt he had any idea who I was.
3. What sport did you play? I didn't play team sports.
4. Did you buy your lunch? I carried my lunch every day.
5. It's Friday night, where were you? At home, probably using some BBS or using telnet from my Colorado Freenet account. Sometimes I was out overnight at a Girl Scout activity.
6. Were you a party animal? No.
7. Ever skip school? No. The only time I ever ditched school was for one period my junior year of high school.
8. Ever smoke? No.
9. Did you go to football games? No.
10. Did you get suspended/expelled? No.
11. Can you sing the alma mater? We didn't have one, just the "Go... Fight... Rams!" cheer we did at pep rallies.
12. Who was your favorite teacher? Mr. Reese and Mrs. Tenney. He retired a few years later; Mrs. Tenney moved up to Evergreen High School when it went 9-12 and I think she retired a year or two ago. I'll ask Mom or Sarah about that later.
13. Favorite class? The Challenge block (social studies and language arts) or the home ec sampler course.
14. What was your school's full name? Evergreen Junior High School. It's a middle school now.
15. School mascot? Ram.
16. Did you go to the dances? No.
17. If you could go back and do it over, would you? No.
18. What do you remember most about middle school? Punching someone on the first day of seventh grade for calling me a racial slur and the Canterbury Tales unit in 9th grade language arts. Jim Fuchs brought in a bagpipe for the character he protrayed and it was so loud when he played the administration came in to see what was going on. I was the Yeoman and the only interesting things about that were that I made the long tunic and hat myself and spent some of my babysitting money on a St. Christopher medal for the costume.
19. Favorite memory of your 8th grade year? I have no idea.
20. Were you ever posted up on the 8th graders' wall? I doubt it. I did go to the state National Geographic Bee and got my photo and a mention in the Denver Post for it, though. (It's in the lifestyle section of 2 April 1993 paper if you're curious.)
21. Did you have a job your 8th grade year? Just babysitting.
22. Where did you go most often for lunch? The cafetorium. I sat with the religious kids first semester and the Challenge kids second semester.
23. What did you do after 8TH GRADE GRADUATION? We didn't have an 8th grade graduation, the school was grades 7-9 then and 9th graders had a Continuation event in the spring.
24. Did you like your 8th grade year? I guess. 9th grade sucked less and I met iconoplast that year.