Archive for April 23rd, 2008

Thursday Thirteen Photobucket Meme

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

(Thanks to Hootin’ Anni for the Thursday 13 header.)

I found this meme over at my friend Storyteller’s Small Reflections. Thank you, Storyteller, for the fun idea!

Here is how you play:

  • Go to
  • Type your answer to the question in the SEARCH box.
  • Choose a graphic from the first page that comes up.
  • Insert the picture into your blog.

1. What is your current relationship status? Married

2. What is your current mood? Tired

3. What is your favorite band/singer? Eva Cassidy

4. What is your favorite movie? Pride and Prejudice

5. Where do you live? Pacific Northwest

6. Where do you work? School

7. What do you look like?

(This is what happens when you search for images of yourself on photobucket that don’t exist. :P)

8. What do you drive?

9. What is your favorite TV show? Don’t watch TV

10. Describe yourself: Loving

11. What are you doing today? Some 6th graders and I played this game. Fun!

12. What did you do last night? Sleep 😛

13. What is your name?

My blog’s readability level

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

blog readability test

I suppose this is appropriate, since I work at a Middle School. But I do think that I have a good vocabulary. Maybe my writing style is too simple and straightforward to be considered high school level. (sigh) 😛

“A Happy Family” by Giovanni Battista Torriglia

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

A HAPPY FAMILY by Giovanni Battista Torriglia

As I was looking at other blogs this morning, I came across this lovely image posted on someone else’s blog. I found it again at Painting Place, where one may purchase artwork.

Some things in the picture that speak forth happiness, I think, are:

  1. The mother is smiling at the children, and the children are smiling at one another.
  2. The mother is enjoying her children even while she is busy.
  3. The mother is busy for the benefit of her family vs. self-centered or self-indulgent. Those varients see children as interruptions and burdens, an attitude not conducive to family happiness.
  4. The house looks clean (See the shining floor?) but not insanely neat (which drives one insane to maintain). As the saying goes, it’s clean enough to be healthy, and messy enough to be comfortable.
  5. The children are cheerfully helping Mommy by watching and entertaining the baby.
  6. The son has just arrived home from school (See his school bag on the floor by his chair?). His first focus is not on himself, but on greeting and enjoying his family. Wow!
  7. Subconsciously, the late afternoon lighting contributes to the feeling of coziness.
  8. I always wanted the cottage look, with those deep-set windows in the thick walls. Is that a hidden desire of lots of folks, which is nurtured by this homey scene?