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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

My dad, two nephews, one niece, and a niece-in-law are coming for Carnival!!! Wooohoooo!!

No one is staying with us, I have a friend with a hotel who gave us a GREAT rate! But we'll definitely be driving everyone around to various Carnival events.

So I designed a T shirt on Monday, input it into the computer with the help of the Graphics Design teacher, and today he and I printed them on the shirts (with the help of some handy dandy graphics machinery).

Here's the shirt everyone will receive:

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WATERMELLEN 4/21/2012 10:21AM

    Love this! And your family members will love it too!! Retirement business??? (just kidding . . . )

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JLPNURSE 4/21/2012 9:01AM

    How fun is that?

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PLATINUM755 4/19/2012 3:29PM

    Carnival sounds and looks like so much fun...and the tee truly reflects that. Excellent job!

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WERNERETTE 4/19/2012 2:41PM

    That came out awesome!! You are going to have a blast with your family!!!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 4/19/2012 11:20AM

    That's an awesome shirt! And beautiful to boot.

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PHEBESS 4/18/2012 7:01PM

    C'mon down, Tara! My dad is flying out tomorrow, overnighting in Miami, and gets here on Friday - but you can do it in about 12-15 hours. (Lots of time to read!)

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TARABEAR 4/18/2012 5:06PM

    I LOVE it, Phebe!!! How fun! Is it too late for me to join, too? ;)

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PHEBESS 4/18/2012 10:10AM

    The Caribbean islands have Carnival at different times, so that we can travel from island to island and celebrate Carnival with our neighbors. Yes, it started as a pre-Lenten party (Mardi Gras is Fat Tuesday, right before Ash Wednesday) - but in St. Thomas, Carnival is in late April. On St. John, it's Emancipation Day (July 3), and a week or two before that. On St. Croix, it's the time between Christmas and Three Kings Day (Jan. 6). And we get all those days as holidays from school or government work!

And I'm retiring shortly, so I'm sorry, but no I won't be available for illustration work, we're heading off travelling for our retirement. (When I was in 4th grade I wanted to be a children's book illustrator when I "grew up" - might take it up when we stop travelling!)

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BESEVEN 4/18/2012 9:39AM

    Awesome design! You are so talented! I don't suppose you feel like illustrating a children's book on spec?

Have a wonderful time with your family!

P.S. I always thought Carnival was the same as Mardi Gras, which was around a month ago. I guess I was wrong!

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PHEBESS 4/18/2012 8:56AM

    Oh, my father was a coastal geologist and still is involved in publishing about beaches, so that's why the background is waves! Colors are sunset, hills, and the sea. The stilt dancers are called moko jumbies, and are very traditional for Carnival!

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Planning fun school events

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

One of our assistant principals (who is a fairly good friend of mine) sent out an email to all faculty and staff, with the guidelines for our school's pre-Carnival parade on Friday. Yup, we're having a parade. In the afternoon. All around school. Then a faculty vs. students volleyball game. Controlled craziness.

Anyway, the email said students could wear jeans and a solid colored T shirt (instead of our school uniform), plus any headdress from a previous Carnival costume. Imagine tall feathery and glittered up things - those are the headdresses. We're not talking a little tiara here, we're talking CARNIVAL, baby!!!!!!

So I emailed back that it was too bad I had just mailed off my wedding dress, train, and veil, I could have worn that on Friday for the parade.

She emailed back that I was a hot mess, LOL!!!!!

We crack ourselves up!

Seriously, though, I've always said that I could get a white or silvery bathing suit, attach the wedding dress train, add the veil and maybe a tiara, and it would be a perfect Carnival costume!

Of course, I'm personally not ready to march down Main Street in a swimsuit, but that's beside the point!

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PHEBESS 4/21/2012 10:55AM

    I just wore dark shorts and a colorful top - few kids in carnival costume, but the ones that were had lovely colorful costumes and headpieces.

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JLPNURSE 4/21/2012 9:02AM

    I want you to take pictures!

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SECRETFUN 4/20/2012 8:14PM

  I am just LoL at this. So what did you wear? Say hi to your dad from us!

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ROCKYCPA 4/18/2012 9:43PM

    Have fun with the students - sounds like a great way to end the week.

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PLATINUM755 4/17/2012 6:21PM

    It sounds like you have a ton of fun with your students...I'm sure you'll come up with something that will make a statement. Have fun!

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PHEBESS 4/17/2012 10:56AM

    I think I'd better not be TOO off the wall for Friday, LOL - my 86 yr old father is arriving later that afternoon, and I'll go straight from school to the airport!

Although I do have a gorgeous white hat with lots of tulle and little flowers - very "tea with the queen" kind of hat!

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WATERMELLEN 4/17/2012 9:06AM

    That pink and coral ensemble sounds pretty gorgeous! Here's hoping you do something totally outrageous for the parade and create yet another dazzling memory for your students. Thanks for your comments on my red cowgirl boots picture too: I do so enjoy being silly now and again!!

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Sometimes the Spark ads are scary

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Not spooky scary. More like "Big Brother is watching" scary.

I will admit to loving clothes, especially now that my body is in a more-easily-clothed size range. So I'll browse through some website, looking at a specific designer or two.

And then, for a week or so, all the Spark ads are from that store, featuring ONLY that designer! Or only the kind of shoe I was looking at! Or whatever!!!!

I understand that this is the world of internet shopping, niche marketing, doubleclick and other marketing tracking software.

But it definitely makes me feel like some Big Brother agency is watching my "window shopping" habits - and it feels kind of scary!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 4/19/2012 1:18AM

    What's weirder is just before I read this blog, I read your blog about the Schwartz Family Carnival Celebration and the t-shirt you designed... and what was the ad on top??? Wholesale Screen Print, offset printing, foil printing etc. everything for printing up a huge t-shirt order!!!

Pretty soon... we can't even burp while sitting at the computer before an ad will show up offering some medication to control the burps!! emoticon

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BESEVEN 4/18/2012 9:48AM

    Same here. The truth is that Big Brother IS watching. Google and Bing are now our shopping overlords. They track everything we search and everywhere we shop online. You can avoid this by clearing your cookies every time you go online, but that makes things inconvenient as far as things like saving passwords and logins for various sites--all that gets cleared out too. So yeah, the price we pay for convenience is loss of privacy.

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FLEURGARDEN 4/16/2012 7:42AM

    The same thing happened to me! I ordered some new bras on-line because the store didn't have my size in the bra I wanted. And then, voila, I start seeing Spark ads for the very bra that I ordered!

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PHEBESS 4/16/2012 5:49AM

    I don't even click on the ads - I input the name of the website, and look at some clothes (specifically what's on sale by Eileen Fisher or DKNY) - and voila, all the Spark ads are Eileen Fisher or DKNY, and some of the exact items I was just looking at!!!!!!

*insert Twilight Zone music****************************

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ECOAGE 4/15/2012 11:52PM

    It does feel like Big Brother is watching. Even cyberspace window shopping is public!


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PLATINUM755 4/15/2012 11:14PM

    Scary is a very appropriate term here...and it's everywhere. The internet is wonderful but it's the Looking Glass, and there's not a lot of privacy when you're looking in a two-way mirror especially when you're clicking on ads that have their own logic. Spooky isn't it!? emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 4/15/2012 9:18PM

    I'm experiencing the same thing . . . in fact, a whole rash of "boot" ads!! And of course like you I love love love to browse clothes stores more generally . . . so I get lots and lots of those.

Thanks for your comment on my golf blog with the boots picture!! Would've been happy to have DD catch me with combed hair and maybe a little makeup but oh well: all friends here, right?

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MAMAJAHMAI 4/15/2012 6:35PM

    Dont'cha love those cookies?....I routinely clean out my computer's temporary folders of sites visited and flush out the cookies imbedded in my computer..all about that dollar...I think we have the illusion of freedom..especially as the retail stores are out to get our money....

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NUMD97 4/15/2012 5:08PM

    It's not only Spark. I've noticed that of late, too. If you click even once, you get more like-minded ads.

I got one that tops that: I got a personal e-mail saying words to the effect, "We see that you have visited our website. Is there anything we can do to help you with your order?" Wow! That just blew me away. And it's obviously a Jewish place of business as they posted that they would be unavailable to take orders during Passover week, but would attend to those orders placed then on their return.

How about that?

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GONEWLIFE 4/15/2012 2:06PM

    I know..that freaked me out as well the first time it happened to me !

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Do you anthropomorphise your electronics and machines?

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Do you talk to your car? Maybe yell at your computer when it has those random hiccups and loses a file or something? Get mad at the TV remote, or the TV itself? Urge the traffic signal to turn green as you approach? Do you compliment them when they do well?

I do. I've named all my cars (usually with Liberian names, since that's where I was for Peace Corps). I also hug my car. He's a Yaris, and he's just the right size for a hug when he's been extra good.

When I play the SP spinwheel or bonus spin, I urge the computer to land on the high points spots - and when I get a 10, 20, 25 (or the sparkgoodie points) I blow kisses at the computer. (Yes, DH thinks I'm nuts.)

I thank slot machines when I win. I hug them when I win big. I thank the photocopier at school when it runs a big job and doesn't jam up or die.

And yes, I also yell at the computer when it hiccups. Or yell at the traffic light when it doesn't change in time.

So, do you anthropomorphise your gadgets?

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MAMAJAHMAI 4/15/2012 6:40PM

    I actually joined a group (on spark) that encourages people to ditch the's like Miss Anita Tanita( my scale's full name) knew about it somehow...

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PHEBESS 4/15/2012 2:54PM

    Oh yeah - I periodically beg the scale to tell me something nice!

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MAMAJAHMAI 4/15/2012 1:18PM

    MY SCALE (insert scream here lol...) Looooooooooooong history between us two....we are trying to get along... I have kept her in my car trunk, pantry, bathroom....she's been there even before I started having kids.

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PLATINUM755 4/14/2012 11:50PM

    Absolutely! I can't think of a better way to grateful to the guardian angels that watch over me. emoticon

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MILLISMA 4/14/2012 10:04PM

    Ha, Ha!!! I'm right there with you.

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PHEBESS 4/14/2012 9:14PM

    See, that's why I make a point of thanking the photocopier, LOL - it usually works for me and not for others, because I thank it!

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WATERMELLEN 4/14/2012 9:11PM

    Yes I do: have named all my cars over the years, talk to my computer, and mostly kick the photocopier which is most exasperating!!

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Shakespeare according to middle school students

Friday, April 13, 2012

I took one class to the auditorium - the local theatre group sponsors an annual Shakespearean Festival, and various school groups perform summarized versions of Shakespeare.

So we sat toward the back, and I explained that we need to be a good audience. A professional actor from somewhere in New York performed Hamlet's first soliloquy, and one girl turned around and whispered, "That's the story they based "The Lion King" on."

I didn't laugh - I explained that yes, it's a common theme in literature, the brother of the king is jealous and kills the king, and it's up to the prince to avenge his father's death. But the role of the queen is very different in The Lion King versus Hamlet, so I mentioned that.

And I skipped the fact that the story is also loosely based on the story of Agamemnon, who comes home from the Trojan War and finds that his wife has married someone else and so he needs to fight him.

The kids also wanted to know why Shakespeare's plays so often end with half the people dead on the stage - so we talked about the tragedies versus the histories versus the comedies where everything turns out okay.

We crammed a lot into that 45 minutes in the auditorium.

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SECRETFUN 4/20/2012 8:09PM

  the world will miss your lessons my dear, but you will be spreading them so far and wide!

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JLPNURSE 4/14/2012 9:02AM

    Smart kids!

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WATERMELLEN 4/13/2012 10:09PM

    Fabulous: it's so great to relate it to their lives. And of course Shakespeare in his own time was all about the lives of the people in the pit . . . the ordinary folk: it wasn't "high art" for the "intelligentsia" at all!

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ROCKYCPA 4/13/2012 5:29PM

    Good way to get students to see the differences and similarities in literature.

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PLATINUM755 4/13/2012 2:05PM

    That sounds like it was fun...syzygy in action! emoticon

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MARCHEM 4/13/2012 12:40PM

    Great lesson!

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