Tuesday, October 10, 2006


So my appointments to go over work from class last week both showed up. I like my little students a lot. I wish I could have taught them for more than 2 days. In regard to their test, the password problem was fixed. Unfortunately, there seemed to be some sort of scoring problem. I kind of gave up on asking them to come back again. We just made do with the data we had and I am going to make it work. It’s not fair for them to have to come back and take an 115question test over again. They did a good job on their homework too. I really liked reading some of their answers. Some creative thinking was had. My last student has his appointment tomorrow. I am debating if I should give him the test at all. I did not, however, get any answer on when they can take the national certification test, as was expected. The program director is back in town now so maybe that will happen sooner. Apparently the person I called at the testing site is the only person at that office that knows the program exists there. I hate non-profits sometimes.
Luckily, I have the rest of this month to work the rest of the kinks out of my training class. Unless we decide to have another class on the 23rd, which is an option, all kinks will be gone. I should still have two weeks to work out kinks in case we do have a class on the 23rd. Huh, I wonder if that is a good idea. See I may not need until the 5th but I may need more than the 23rd. Decisions, decisions.

I can’t wait to go home and play Dark Cloud 2. That game is so gosh darned adorable that I want to plotz. Speaking of games and plotzing, I remember a game called Storybook Weaver. You could write little stories and put little creatures on a stage and they would act out the stories. When you typed run they ran, when you typed plotz they did a thing that looked like teleporting in the original Star Trek and disappeared. It was a really good game. I hope that plotz is the word they used in the game. I wonder if they have a PS2 version. Last night I was too “sleepy” to defeat the Rainbow Butterfly who is the boss on the second level. I shot the tentacles in the flower it liked so that it split into many different butterflies vs. one huge one but then I died. Those butterflies kicked my ass. One of the characters is named Monica (like my friend) she can morph into some of the monsters and then communicate with them because they think she is one of them. Then she can turn back into a person and kill them. Plus she is from the future. It’s so cool. There are creatures called Furbits who like grape juice, a fish king with eyelashes and lipstick, and best of all a talking tree with the exact same voice of Moira (sp?) the talking turtle from The Never Ending Story, it also shoots things from its nose which is very Moiraesque. Max gets to travel to the future to see how things done in the present change future history and then Monica helps him get back to the past/present or whatever. You have to take pictures of strange monsters doing stranger things and make inventions from pictures around town. Basically what I am saying is that this game is a wondrous fairyland and I can’t wait to go play in it again. I love being in fairyland. I am semi-convinced that I am supposed to live in the middle of the woods somewhere and flit about in nature. Except I really like showers.On the topic of fairyland, apparently Ice-T is trying to turn prep school kids into a rap group. That show promises to suck.

Being that it is the start of a new work week, that means it’s guessing game time again. So here are our first five.

1. I wanna kiss you in Paris. I wanna hold your hand in Rome. I wanna run naked in a rainstorm and make love in a train cross-country. You put this in me so now, so now… Justify My Love, Madonna- Identified by Jaclyn

2. Yesterday I went outside with my mammas mason jar. Caught a lovely butterfly. Butterfly, Weezer. Identified by Monica

3. The breath of the morning. I keep forgetting the smell of the warm summer air. I live in a town where you can’t smell a thing you watch your feet for cracks in the pavement. Subterrenian Homesick Alien, Radiohead. Mostly identified by ShadowFalcon but I gave her a little break on the title she said Alien

4. The very first time that I saw your brown eyes your lips said hello and I said hi. I knew right then you were the one. If I Ever Fall In Love, Shai. Identified by Monica

5. I’m on my time with everyone. I have very bad posture. Pennyroyal Tea, Nirvana. Identified by ShadowFalcon

*Correction to last night’s very late night post. Tony did not say the guy wasn’t that bad of a sex offender. He said he was not all that threatening of one. As previously noted I do a really bad job of making it known that Tony is a really awesome guy. Also his sarcasm and dry humor doesn’t transfer well to the written page. Both he and I like to make jokes about things that are not funny because it helps us deal. I realize that vocal intonations are lost in this medium. Those who know us will probably understand and not think we are crazy awful people. Those who don’t know us; just believe me when I say we are not crazy awful people.*


Jaclyn said...


Your first song is "Justify my Love" by Ms. Madge herself.

Monica said...

I know 1,2 and 4. Dang Jackie got 1 first

well, 2 is Butterfly by Weezer and 4 is If I Ever Fall in Love by Shai

csmc said...

"Those butterflies kicked my ass.." Haha that's awesome. :D

Mom said...

Dang! I did not know a single song...
But #2 seems rather um, reminiscent of a Joni Mitchell song, The Circle Game: "Yesterday a child came out to wonder; caught a dragonfly inside a jar..."

And I hate to say it (truly!) but you've got your children's software titles mixed up. The program you describe is Story Machine by Spinnaker I believe, which we had when you were real little, on the Commodore 64. And I think it was "blotz" or something; close to "plotz" but not quite. Maybe I'll have to dig out the old Commodore 64 and see if I can get it to work, so I can let you know. Storybook Weaver was published quite a bit later by MECC and is the one where you could write stories and illustrate them from a pretty vast array of graphics. You once used the Spanish version to write and illustrate a story for a high school assignment.

ShadowFalcon said...

3, Radio Head -Love sick alien
5, Nirvana - Pennyroyal Tea

p.s Morla is the giant turtle i Neverending story (I love that book)

Natalie said...

Mom- thanks for clearing up the story game titles. I liek to make things up in my memory sometimes.

Shadow- Morla, that sounds so much more correct, because it is. Thanks!