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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Here is an example of a stem and leaf plot.

1| 2, 3, 3, 4
2| 0, 4
3| 1, 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9
4| 9, 9, 9

The numbers are 12, 13, 13, 14, 20, 24...anyway, you get the idea. I'm not completely sure why anyone would want to want to ever use one of these, but apparently you have to know what they are if you want to pass 5th grade math.'s 6th grade math. DS was placed into the more advanced math for his class. Of course, you have to hand in your homework to pass. emoticon emoticon

Aren't you glad you asked? emoticon

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BKNOCK 5/26/2010 9:37AM


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BETHGILLIGAN 5/26/2010 7:48AM

    I'm pathetic--still don't get it!! But that's OK--thanks for trying to explain! LOL

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LMB-ESQ 5/26/2010 7:13AM

    Oh, but I AM a math nerd... or at least I used to be. So I get the name, stem and leaf, but what's it used for? Everything in math is sequential... so, where did it originate from and where does it lead to?

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CONNIELEE54 5/26/2010 1:48AM

    emoticonI am so glad you got to help with this homework and not I...still am not sure what is happening. They are number patterns, and the size of the numbers increase as the pattern builds, but HOW do you figure out what the next number in any given pattern is???
When I saw "stem and leaf" pattern on the title, before I read the blog, I thought you were going to be writing about some gardening situation!!! (Smile!) emoticon emoticon

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FIT_BY_2012 5/26/2010 12:47AM

    It took me a few minutes to get it, don't remember these in school, and I still don't understand what this knowledge would need to be known/used for. I never was very good at math.

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LUNADRAGON 5/26/2010 12:36AM

    Wow, I am not smarter than a 5th grader! I didn't learn about these in grad school.

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STEELERCRAZY 5/26/2010 12:07AM

    What the heck in Sam's tarnation is this??? Wait...I missed your last blog...maybe it'll shed some light on it.......

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MUSIC66 5/26/2010 12:04AM

    was nevrer good a maths at lol but at least my 3 sons are good at math lol.

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Stem and leaf plots will not defeat me!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

DD had a softball game tonight. I had a meeting after work, so I got home late, of course. I had time to make myself a sandwich to take to the game and scooch out the door. Oh...and to ask DH to check DS's homework to make sure he did it AND that it was right.

I get a phone call as I'm gathering my gear to go watch the game. DH is letting me know that whatever it was in my son's homework (yes, he was my son at that point), it would be up to me to check it. emoticon Oh. Okay.

After the game, we get home and I start looking at DS's math. It's just stem and leaf plots! Yippee! I know how to read those, create those and help the boy with those! emoticon My reputation as the family math nerd is still intact! The boy really didn't like me checking his math though. I told him that 8 was not a correct answer. Eight what? Eight horses? He rolled his eyes and fixed it. Tee hee.

So there you go. My big accomplishment for the day. I can still do 5th grade math! LOL!! emoticon

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STEELERCRAZY 5/26/2010 12:10AM

    Nope. Still don't know what the heck they are. No, no, you don't have to explain because I wouldn't understand anyways. I am not mathematically inclined. I have to use a calculator TO ADD, LOL!

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BEHMOM 5/25/2010 11:42PM

  I worked with my girls on Math through Grade 12 (in Canada), and I don't ever remember hearing about Stem and Leaf plots. And now that I have read your explanation, too, I still can't figure out what they would be used for..........

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GEEMAWEST 5/25/2010 10:30PM

    Stem and leaf plots?? I used to be really good at math, I missed something along the way. It's a good think you're his mom and not me. LOL

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BKNOCK 5/25/2010 1:25PM

    Wow, I am having some issues with 3rd grade math! Wanna come over and show me how?

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LADYIRISH317 5/25/2010 9:32AM

    Stem and leaf plots? Not familiar with that term.

Thanks a lot, DH, for stepping up like that. Sure appreciate it...

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LMB-ESQ 5/25/2010 9:15AM

    Okay... now... I used to TEACH 5th grade math.... what the h3ll are stem and leaf plots???

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CARLANNIE 5/25/2010 8:34AM

    See? Lots of good reasons to keep mom around.


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BETHGILLIGAN 5/25/2010 8:27AM

    I thought you were talking about your garden!! LOL I, obviously, am not a math nerd!!!!

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RWETHAIRYET 5/25/2010 7:28AM

    Haha, not being a math geek, I can barely manage anything past 2nd grade math"!!

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FRIENDOFBACH 5/25/2010 1:07AM

  Your title really interested me, but I am not sure I understand, Guess I'm not much of a math nerd.

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I found a workout I really liked

Sunday, May 23, 2010

I mentioned earlier that I went to the library and picked out three workout DVD's. Tried the Urban Beat one and that was so not good. emoticon Today I decided to try the Power 90 Interval Cardio. I think it's part of the P90X, but I'm not sure. I think it said P90X behind the "uber" models, but the sweat was flowing into my eyes so freely that I couldn't be sure what it said.

The workout consisted of a fairly long warm-up (and an equally long cool-down) and eleven different exercises. Each exercise was done for one minute, 20 seconds at a different level (easy, medium, hard) and then repeat the whole thing again. I like that there were modifications for every exercise and that you only had to do each one for 20 seconds. I could do anything for 20 seconds...well, most anything! LOL! The time flew by. I think I will be sore tomorrow...hopefully I can still walk tho.

Today was a combination of busy and sloth. The morning and early afternoon were favorite part! LOL! I ate the breakfast that DH made for me and read the paper and watched TV. Then, I decided I need to be productive. I started some auctions, burned some old papers, made potato soup, tried a new "wings" recipe (made with legs, tho!) and made lasagna for supper.

And in that time, walked down to the video place that was going out of business twice. Once to buy the girl a video game. The second time to buy me "The Biggest Loser" for the Wii. Woo Hoo!!!! Is any one else this excited about finding new ways to get their butt kicked? emoticon

After dinner, I walked to the Chevron for dessert (didn't have any!) and then did the Power 90 workout. Fixed my lunch for tomorrow and am now Sparking. Gotta finish my book too. I only have about 11 pages left. Finish that and move on to the next book in the pile. I have about 10 books awaiting my attention. I'd better get crackin'!!

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RWETHAIRYET 5/24/2010 8:47PM

    I love the combination of busy and sloth..always trying to find the perfect balance of both, haha
I'm still lookinig for exercise that I like, hahaha!

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GEEMAWEST 5/24/2010 6:11PM

    Totally Awesome!! I will have to check out our library for new videos. I'm bored with my exercise bike.

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BKNOCK 5/24/2010 10:56AM

    You will have to let me know how you like the Biggest Loser for the wii! Wow I am glad that you found something you like and it sounds interesting!

Sounds like a pretty productive day to me!

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ELYMWX 5/24/2010 12:04AM

    If you liked that, keep an eye out for Insanity or ChaLEAN Extreme the next time you're at the library - you never know!

The Power 90 workouts (P90, P90X, P90M and P90X+) are a mix-up of a lot of different routines but is mostly focused on strength training (the video you did today is probably the purest cardio workout - I think it's in the P90M series), and Insanity is pretty much purely focused on Cardio and Endurance (pretty much like the one you did today) while ChaLEAN Extreme is somewhere in between.

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A Few Updates in the Amazing Life of CartoonB

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Went to walk my street corner today for Fill the Boot. Got there and there was no one there. No cute firefighters for me to ogle! emoticon emoticon I called the coordinator and it turns out that the firemen did not have enough volunteers to work fill the boot! emoticon It turns out that there was testing going on for firefighters AND some training for the EMT's. That took out most of their folks. One of the corners was still working so I headed up there. They really didn't need the help, so I went to the library and then came home.

Which brings me to the next update. At the library, I picked up three new DVD's. Two of them were Power-90, Plyo Legs and Cardio Intervals. The third was a two-DVD set called Urban Hip Hop and included Urban Heat and Urban Beat. The Urban ones sounded like fun. Cardio to hip-hop music. The two DVD's together would be 70 minutes. I can do this! Or not. The moves were way too complicated for this old white girl from Idaho! LOL! I ended up pretty much just flopping around, trying to keep moving. Every once in awhile, my moves accidentally looked a little like what they were doing on the TV. But not in a cool, urban hip hop way. More in a "is she having a seizure" way. emoticon Didn't help the DS came up to ask me a question and stayed to laugh. The laughing wasn't so bad, but he was louder than the instructor. Since I couldn't hear her, I REALLY had no idea what I was supposed to be doing! That DVD set is going back tomorrow.

About three weeks ago I posted goals for the month. I've already gotten off track for most of those! I'm still doing the pushups, but not as faithfully as I should be. I am ready to do Week 5, Day 3. If I was on program, I'd be onto Week 6 by now. Not beating myself up for that, just reminding myself. And to top it off, I did something to my shoulder today and it just hurts! No pushups today. Hoping I slept on it wrong and it will feel better tomorrow.

Since one month is too long for my short term memory, or ADD, or whatever it is that drags me off the wagon, I am changing my goals...AGAIN! Keeping the pushups. Gonna finish out the six-weeks and see where I am there. If I'm not to 100 pushups yet, I'll repeat week 6 (maybe 5 and 6) until I do get there. My other goal (yes, one goal) is to eat mindfully tomorrow. I'm going to sit at a table with no book, no phone and try for no TV (DH might not allow that one!) for each of my meals and snacks. I'm going to pay attention to what I eat and how it tastes. I'm going to notice the texture, the smell and how those things make me feel. For one whole day!

I think that is a big enough glimpse into my amazing world. Don't want you to get too overwhelmed by the awesomeness! LOL! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GLOBALKEEWEE 5/24/2010 7:11PM

    Walking the street corner, trolling for hot guys...yep, that's what I would expect from you emoticon

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DUTCHIEKIWI 5/24/2010 6:53PM

    Tell DS to make a video!!! I agree with Michelle, we really need to see it.....

come on.... one more time!!



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STEELERCRAZY 5/24/2010 3:23PM

    THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN AN AMAZING VIDEO BLOG! Don't feel bad...I think I gave myself a stress fracture during my morning jog. I has a feelin' that tomorrow will be spent on the stationary bike.

I'm glad you clarified that your walk to YOUR STREET CORNER was for Fill the Boot. Sorry it didn't work out the way you planned. Especially the lack of firefighters.

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LADYIRISH317 5/23/2010 11:24AM

    I always love reading your blogs! They remind me so much of Erma Bombeck.

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BKNOCK 5/23/2010 8:47AM

    Too bad your son did not take any video because I could really use a good laugh! You did give me a good chuckle reading this though! You sound like you have a lot of energy even if you can't get it to do what you want!

Short term goals are always a good thing!

I hope that your Sunday is just as amusing!

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MARLOU4 5/23/2010 8:16AM

    Truly amazing. Now true to visualize senior citizen white girl hip hop. I make sure I'm alone in the house and the shades are closed. It seems to amuse the dog and cat.

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CONNIELEE54 5/23/2010 4:29AM

    emoticonI really needed something to give me a smile and a lift so I stopped by to read your blog--I hear you, about the DVD P.E. I never can quite get the hang of all the actions!
Good Job, to try, though!

Our firemen also have been out this weekend, filling the boots for Jerry's Kids...I got to donate a little of our yard sale money to the cause! emoticon

Good Luck on your goals...I had to write Coach Nancy as I got very tangled up this week, so it happens to all of us! Hang in there!! emoticon

Thanks 4 all the smiles U bring my way!! I really need them--I've been taking myself WAY 2 seriously, lately!! emoticon

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USFBULL 5/23/2010 12:26AM

    You have way more energy than I today. Lots of walking at work today so I don't feel to bad, just no energy. So its take it easy read and maybe get a good walk to the market tomorrow. emoticon emoticon

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My song and dance explained

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Yesterday, my status referred to me getting ready for my "song and dance" planned for today. Today's status refers to my successful performance. I had a few people ask me for a few more details. So, here they are.

Two days ago, we found out that every single package we had ever built of one particular variety had a defect. Not a big enough defect to make the package unusable. Just big enough to make our more particular customers sit up and notice. Today's song and dance was my time to explain to all of the powers that be what happened, why it happened, how we were going to fix it and what do we do with all of these packages we've already started.

Lots of preparation went into this performance. Pre-meetings, side meetings, hallway conversations, documentation and more documentation (oh nuts! Just remembered I need to send out meeting minutes!) and minutes of said meetings. Luckily, my team and I had prepared very well. We went into the meeting and told the powers our story.

In the end, they agreed that we do not have to throw everything away, that we can finish the stuff we've started and we just need to fix the new stuff we start making. emoticon That is EXACTLY the answer I wanted. So what if we had to help steer them in that direction? We got there, didn't we? LOL!! My boss was even pleased with the outcome!

On a completely separate note, tomorrow is going to be the coldest May day in recent (if not in all) recorded history for my area. During this "lovely" cold snap, I will be outside for a full three hours helping with Fill The Boot. Fill The Boot (for those unfamiliar) is a fundraiser for MDA (Jerry's Kids). Fire fighters stand at intersections with a fireman's boot and people give them money to fill it...hence the name... emoticon One of my son's friends has MD and his mom organized volunteers to assist the firefighters during this time. I said I would help. No...of course not...I know what you're thinking! I did NOT sign up just so I could ogle all the hunky firemen! Well, that's not the ONLY reason! emoticon If you have a "Fill The Boot" in your area, please go help fill it up!

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DONNAORLENE 5/23/2010 1:08AM

    Thank you, thank you, thank you..I would have always wondered about that! You're too funny! LOL! And Smart on top of that! I can always count on you for something interesting and funny! Just when I need it the most. Thanks!

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CARLANNIE 5/22/2010 8:07AM

    We are expecting 4 inches of snow during the day today! What is that all about? And more snow for the next few days. It's insane. Stay warm while you're filling the boots - want to borrow my down coat? That's awesome you saved the company a ton of money with your preparation and silver tongue. You rock!

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BKNOCK 5/22/2010 7:01AM

    I am glad that your song and dance was a success! Have fun filling the boot and I hope it is not too cold! Wow cold in May? The strange weather patterns continue! It looks like rain by us today :(

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MUSIC66 5/22/2010 1:28AM

    that sounds like a good cause hope you get the boot filled.

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