Tuesday, December 29, 2009
We also had Adam open the rest of his presents (we didn't bother to haul them MI and back). He adored his train set! He was Adam-zilla - climbed right up on the train table to destroy and play! I took some videos that I'll get up tomorrow or the next day. Most of the toys he got in MI stayed here - PaPa's house toys. That means they are like new each time he goes up, so that is great. By summer, he is going to be all over PaPa's driveway with that Hot Wheels trike!
I'm also working on laundry - mostly the new stuff we brought back - and making peach cobbler to take to card night tomorrow.
Right now I'm trying to motivate myself to work on my class stuff. I still have a lot of lecture notes to write....but I don't wanna......oh, well....no one said life was fair!
Overall, it has been a productive day, just feeling like we are treading water at the moment. Hopefully tomorrow will be forward motion!
Monday, December 28, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Adam, Daddy and PaPa were playing basketball today - they were quite good....maybe better than some of those NBA players! Their hoop height might have helped....
Sometimes the ball doesn't go the right way though...
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Opening up the bowling set
Hmm...how can I knock these down?
I know - dump the ball on top of them!
Hmm...what's in here?
What can I find in this thing?
What do I do with this thing?
Okay, Daddy, you help me get this open!
Also raining here - also not Christmasy! Adam is sleeping right now - he was so overstimulated he crashed at naptime!
Update: Yep, Brittany has it now...we got EVERYONE sick!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
New garage door opener
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Oh, though, I do think Adam planned one thing...I spent today rewashing most of the sheets/blankets I just washed!
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
I also just started a book by John J. Lamb - it is a teddy bear mystery series set in Viriginia. So far, so good!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
First, we still have to have all the same requirements as we do in a 16 week class. That means taking an eight week class is NOT easier - just more work in less time. I find many students seem to think that they will have to do less work if they take an eight week class - that is SO not true. It will just be faster and more work each week. So when you take an eight week class, assume you will be doing double the work each week - plan for it! That means you have to have double the time to devote to the class!
Second, if you are bad at a subject (whether you are or just think you are - I find many students think they are bad at a subject, but really aren't - it is all mental), taking it in a shorter time will make it miserable for you - you don't have time to take the time you will probably need. So if you know algebra will be a painful subject for you, take the full term class! Taking it quicker might get the "pain" over faster, but you are more likely to fail or not get the knowledge you need for later even if you do squeak by.
Third, don't take an eight week class if you know you are going to have a high workload in other classes or at work (or at home) at the same time. Eight week classes (and some universities offer even shorter) require a ton of work each week, so you have to have time to devote to it.
I also find that students have a lot of misconceptions about online courses - they are usually more work, not less work, like some students seem to think. Yes, you don't have to go to "class," but you still need quality time every week to devote to class. You just pick the time, not the university. While that gives flexibility, you still need time. Students seem to think online classes will just "fit" in between their other things - you have to devote time to it just like any other class. That time you'd normally spend in class, you will spend on discussion.
That's my rant for the day!
- lots of laundry (I stripped every bed in the house and every blanket I had out to get rid of the "cold" cooties)
- Grading (one class is now completely done, one is VERY close (long story - don't want to get into as it will make me furious), and another ends tomorrow)
- House cleaning - cleaned the bathroom
- Prepped tests to scan and go out next week
- Caught up checkbook
- Got Adam to eat veggies!
- Some fun - blogging and pictures
My main disappointment this week is that with my "derailment" on Wednesday, I got very little done on Math 210 (my new class) for next term.
We did make the decision to put off the terra cotta warriors visit to Spring Break - their last week is our first weekend. We'll go then and buy the tickets next week to make sure we can get in. That will make this break not so hectic (since we are going to MI for Christmas then HI in January).
2 tbsp oil [she used EVOO, I just used vegetable oil.]
1/2 large onion, minced as well [same here]
4 small carrots, shredded [she just minced, I shredded so it would disappear into the sausage - this actually tastes really good with the sweet sausage!]
salt and pepper
1 tsp celery flakes [she put in minced celery, which I seldom have...I would use if I had it, I wouldn't buy it for this recipe (or really most recipes), so I use celery flakes for flavor in place.]
1 1/2 lb bulk sweet sausage [I actually used straight sweet sausage this time, and it was just fine - I was doing it convince Adam to eat and he loves sausage, but I think I will use the ground beef next time]
1/2 lb ground beef [she also used some hot sausage, but I wanted Adam to eat it, so I just went with the sweet and regular beef....she used all three - I really liked how the sweet tasted]
3/4 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 425.
Heat a small skillet with oil. When oil is hot, add red pepper and onion. Then add carrots a few minutes later (celey if you are using it here). She did this all together, but since I shredded my carrots, I didn't saute them as long. Saute about 5 minutes or until veggies are tenders. Season with salt, pepper and celery flakes (obviously you can leave these out if you use real celery). Remove to cool.
Combine meats with egg, bread crumbs, cheese and cooled vegetables. Mix well.
If you wanted to make the BBQ sauce, you'd make it while the patties are baking.
Servings: 6 (in my opinion easily, especially with sides - as you can see I got four hamburger sized patties with half of the recipe.)