Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Just Checking In...
Saw the above cartoon on Google+ and don't think the person who shared it created it, but when I find the source, I will share it. I thought of you knitters out there and knew you'd appreciate it.
Other random tidbits I want to share (and don't want to hold til Friday)...
***For some reason, I stopped receiving comment notifications via email last Friday or so. Consequently, it is much more difficult for me to reply to your comments, so while I try to figure out what's going on, I thought I would post a little catch-up stuff, some of which is in reply to your comments.
***For those wondering, pseudonyms are not (at this point) allowed on Google+. They want you to use "what people call you in real life." When I joined, I signed up as Mrs Fours (to sneak around the rule, which also does not allow numbers or symbols). They caught me and threatened expulsion (haha, not really, but I like that word) and gave me four days to change my name "or else," so I'm now Barbara Jean. What?! Some people do call me that IRL. I'm not going to give on this issue--I'm just waiting for them to change their policy.
***Other than that, I love Google+. It will not replace Facebook for anyone (at least not at this point), but if you are a lifelong learner who loves meeting new people, learning about stuff you are otherwise clueless about (culture, art, photography, politics), and/or enjoy networking on topics of importance to you (especially those about which your friends/family could care less), then you will love Google+. It is NOT the type of place where you go hang up a profile and wait for stuff to happen, though; the only way to enjoy Google+ is to interact, engage with people you find inspiring, entertaining, etc.
***School officially starts for students on September 1st. I have been working for weeks (home visits, IEP stuff, planning). My official start day is the 26th (I think.)
***I'm having my Difference Makers kids over tonight for a little "reunion." Since we're not going to meet until October (September's too busy for me.), I wanted to be able to catch up with them, see how their summers went, and do a little bit of planning for this year. I'm looking forward to it.
***Brennan (my student who was hit by a car) didn't so much as "snap out of it" as he did move into what I'm told is a "new phase" of coma--He is wide awake, looks around, moves a bit, but does not communicate. I saw him yesterday, and he clearly did not recognize me but did look directly at me a couple of times in a mildly-curious manner. It's kind of like the lights are on, and somebody's home, but he's sitting in the LazyBoy, watching TV and ignoring the doorbell. Still, this is a major improvement--waaay better than was predicted for him a week ago, so I'm impressed. Today he starts a six-week, intensive therapy program at the hospital. I know he's going to keep making progress. Keep those prayers coming, as they are working!
***In response to my share of Dear Photograph on Friday, Dave, of 42North, recommended How to Be a Retronaut. It's great! I especially loved the Back-to-Their-Future shots, like this one:
***By the way, Kyle has received all of the textbooks he rented from Campus Book Rentals and is very happy with the speed with which they arrived, as well as the quality of the books--Some are brand new, and others look "just fine." Thought I'd mention that, in case you were wondering.
Okay, I'm happy now--Just had to check in. I hope this finds you all enjoying what's left of your summer. (If you're in the path of Hurricane Irene, I'm keeping you in my prayers.)
Have a Happy Tuesday :)