Sunday, April 29, 2012
I've been working on this since September. Because of tendonitis in my right thumb and the inability to use the computer mouse, the book took a back seat for most of November through January.
Spring break gave me the time to jump back in and finally finish it. After I got it done, I had my mom proofread it before I sent it in to be printed. She had some good questions and some suggestions to make the journaling more specific. I wanted to be good and sure that it was exactly what I wanted- when you print a whole book, you can't just reprint a page here or there that didn't turn out the way you wanted.
I did a little research and found that blurb.com would probably give me the best value for the money. I checked with snapfish, shutterfly, and other sites, but none of them allowed for a book that was 200 pages. Blurb was the only one that did, and at a lower cost than the others.
It's due to be here on May 10th. I can't wait to see it. I would give you access to the book online, but inside there are photos of people who want a higher level of privacy and I won't violate that. Maybe I'll take pics of it when it gets here so you can see snippets and decide whether blurb.com is for you.
The most fun was reliving the trip. I have shown some bits of it here on the blog, and will get back into it soon, but organizing the lay-outs and planning the placement of the photos was just great for reminiscing and learning more about the history that we saw.
May 10th, May 10th... I'm all a-tingle.
Thank you to those who commented here, via email, or in person to express their concerns for my student with the dog bite, and to remember her in their prayers. I'm sure she will appreciate it. I'll let you know how she's doing!
Friday, April 27, 2012
Pit bulls need to be eradicated. They are horribly aggressive fighters. There is no need for them to exist.
Please don't give me the one example of the "very loving" pit bull you grew up with. I am not talking about individual dog temperaments here, I am talking about breeding and instincts.
Dogs are dogs, but some are specialized. Hounds can hunt by sight or by scent. They are bred for those purposes- they have both the physical attributes of good vision or olfactory senses, and the instincts to hunt. Herding dogs will herd. They are bred to be agile and quick thinking, and their instinct is to keep the herd moving all together in the right direction. (Even if the "herd" is the neighborhood kids that must be kept in the cul de sac.) Greyhounds are bred for speed, but only those with the best chase instincts are used for racing.
Pit bulls are bred to have extremely strong jaw muscles, and their instinct is to hold on at all costs. They are bred to fight, there is no other reason for their existence. They are menacing, dangerous, and altogether useless.
I don't want to hear the tired cliche, "It's not the breed, it's the owner." While it may be true, I've never met a decent person who owns a pit bull. All the pit bull owners I have met seem to be as useless as their dogs. They seem to consist mostly of insecure guys who are trying desperately to make up for some of their shortcomings by owning vicious dogs. They and their clueless girlfriends often use the dogs to keep people out of their yards and their methamphetamine cooking operations. Classy folk.
Speaking of pit bull owners, you might be wondering what the owners of the attack dog did while the dog was chewing on my student's face.
Monday, April 16, 2012
Friday, April 6, 2012
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Monday, April 2, 2012
Correction: kiddo says I should state the actual time that it said on my stopwatch. Ok. 29 min. 30 sec. And more importantly, it did not rain.
UPDATE: Our secondary goal of spring break is to spend some time together. To that end, we will try to find an interesting place for lunch every day.
Today we ate lunch at Pine State Biscuits in Portland.
We brought friends with us.
Ab had the biscuits and gravy.
I had the Reggie.
Looks like tomorrow we might have to ride a little longer than 29 min. 30 sec….