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My orchid is blooming!

Sunday, November 08, 2009

It's my cattelya orchid, which is the most showy orchid - just gorgeous magenta with big blossoms, three or four per stem - I have one stem in bloom, with another stem having four buds coming up!

I have a number of other orchids, including a basic dendrobium - but the cattelya is amazing!

People think orchids are difficult, but they really aren't - they need the right climate (tropical); lots of water but not sitting in water, they need to drain; a little food; light but not a lot of direct sun; and room to grow. Then they flourish.

Kind of like people, I guess.

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ILOVEROSES 11/10/2009 8:25AM

    What a beautiful orchid, the colour is just gorgeous.

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JLPNURSE 11/9/2009 6:39AM

    Beautiful picture

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PHEBESS 11/8/2009 6:51PM

    Yeah, the orchids are just a bonus!

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SAPNA. 11/8/2009 1:56PM

    This is so beautiful. I just love it. You are so lucky to live in a climate where such treasures can be grown and admired.

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I think I need a nap

Saturday, November 07, 2009

By the end of the week, I'm always a little tired. I'm a light sleeper, so things keep me awake or wake me up - the moon shining in, one mosquito, DH getting up early, sirens, whatever. So no matter how many hours of sleep I plan to get, I never quite get that much. And I've hit an age where I can't seem to sleep more than about 7 hrs a night anyway.

But today I'm dragging. I had 36 oz of tea with bkfst, as I almost always do. I had some dark chocolate for a snack. I could just curl up and sleep.

I think I'll do that when I finish my email and my sparking. I'm sure the cat will love that.

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JLPNURSE 11/8/2009 8:17AM

    Naps are the best

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ILOVEROSES 11/8/2009 7:11AM

    It's Sunday so take your nap and enjoy the company of your cat. emoticon

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SAPNA. 11/7/2009 2:27PM

    Another few years and you wont even get that. Every year I seem to sleep less and be more tired.

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PHEBESS 11/7/2009 2:11PM

    Yeah, the alternative is snacking - naps are definitely better for the calories!

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JOANW1 11/7/2009 1:53PM

  Naps are good, they keep you out of the kitchen.


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The plus and minus of a new computer at work

Friday, November 06, 2009

I don't have to schlep my own computer back and forth whenever I need to do some work. This computer will always be here, in my office, for grades, lesson plans, all the school improvement plan work I do, the time sheets for the school improvement team, etc.

No more wear and tear on my personal Mac. Plus more space to backup everything - I'm a backup freak, I keep everything on my own computer, on the school computer, on the portable hard drive, and on a series of jump drives. Used to backup to disk, then CD, every year. I HATE losing important info!

I have to download everything from my personal computer, where I've stored everything for the past year and a half. Where I back everything up. At least I invested in a portable hard drive, and periodically back up anyway.

This new computer doesn't have a port for the LCD projector - how can I show slideshows? Movies? Anything like that???? Now the admins know why I wanted the computer I actually ordered!!!!

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JLPNURSE 11/7/2009 9:38AM

    Is your work computer a pc? I've always heard Macs are better for schools and I thought a lot of schools ordered them.

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PHEBESS 11/6/2009 8:17PM

    It only has USB ports - I'm going to have to talk to our IT guy about this. So frustrating! There's a reason we ordered a specific computer - but the admins at the dept of ed financial office just wanted to save $.

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ILOVEROSES 11/6/2009 8:09PM

    I hope you will somehow work it out to your complete satisfaction.

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SECRETFUN 11/6/2009 5:31PM

  I had no idea they made computers without such a plug! Long ago there used to be a converter thing for Macs and maybe the one they bought needs that?

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Get your flu vaccine!

Thursday, November 05, 2009

I've learned, as I've aged, that I need my flu vaccine. Most years, it helps. This year, with our scary new flu, it really is worth it.

If you have asthma - if you are one of those people who gets bronchitis after a cold - if you have an ongoing health condition like heart issues or lung issues or diabetes - get yourself to your doctor and beg for the shot!

If you have children, get them the vaccine (they're on the priority list, even before older people with asthma and a history of respiratory problems, like me).

If you are pregnant, get the vaccine!!!!!!!! If you have any of the numerous conditions that compromise your immune system, get the vaccine!!!!!!!!!

I had my shot yesterday, my asthma doctor also works at the public health clinic, and she was able to get the H1N1 vaccine for her high-risk patients.

It isn't a big deal. And it's much better than 3 weeks in the hospital on a respirator, the way some people are ending up.

New findings: 20% of the people age 50 and over who are hospitalized with H1N1 DIE - whether or not they have an underlying health problem. CDC is beginning to think that obesity may also be a factor in H1N1 deaths - not in young people, not in kids, but in the over 50 crowd.

And if you are a parent, please don't send your sick child to school. We teachers aren't a priority, so many of my co-workers aren't able to get the H1N1 vaccine even if they want it. Please, don't expose us to whatever your child has. If they're sick, keep them home. We don't want to lose one child. We also don't want to lose one teacher.

Respect yourself. Protect yourself. This includes getting two flu shots this year. Really.

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JLPNURSE 11/6/2009 6:48AM

    Good PSA

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PHEBESS 11/5/2009 10:51AM

    Our school will be getting the shots in a week or two - but no one has suggested that the teachers receive the shots at the same time the students do - despite the fact that there have been school closings and summer camp/school closings due to the H1N1 flu.

You'd think public health officials could put two and two together.

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NOWEAPON 11/5/2009 9:27AM

    thanks. it was nice that the schools here gave h1n1 shots. my kids and i have gotten both shots.

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BABUHROW 11/5/2009 9:17AM

    Got mine...

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Consistency & Flexibility - installment #2

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

The power went out at 4:15 or so PM. It didn't come back on until almost 9 PM. I had planned to "eat down the fridge" and make risotto with all the vegs that have been sitting around for a bit - fresh and frozen.

Ah well. We went out for pizza, I had my usual slice of veggie minimal cheese, half slice sausage normal cheese (split with DH, who likes extra cheese). Came home and had the Jello 60 calorie dark chocolate mousse. My total cals for the day were about 1250. Not bad for a pizza day.

So - I was flexible. But I was consistent with my caloric range (even if the sodium went sky high).

And when the power came back on, I finished the work project I had been working on all afternoon (gathering receipts, matching them to the project financial report, making photocopies and stapling them together).

Fell into bed at 10:30 PM. I'm consistently flexible with bedtime - and it never adds up to 8 hrs a night. We're working on that.

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JLPNURSE 11/5/2009 6:58AM

    Good for you!

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