Friday, March 26, 2010
I took my first class up to the wall for our new mural today - it's on the outside of the music building, right by the auditorium, and visible across the school.
Armed with yardsticks, tape measure, a ladder, and markers, we trudged across campus and over to music. We got there, stopped and looked at our wall - and there, near the right end, about 2 feet above ground, there we saw it - a great big double hose connection, metal and sticking out about 6", round, huge, ugly.
We looked. We walked around and looked at other walls. We looked again. This was my advanced class, so we talked about what we'd have to do to cut our mosaic squares and fit the picture around the hose connector. We tried to figure out what part of our picture would be impacted. We talked to the music department chair, who said "whatever wall you want." We talked to Mr Band Leader teacher, who agreed that the wall we originally wanted was the best, since it was visible across school and from the driveway on your way out. Plus from that wall, you look across to our other mural, so they're almost like companion pieces.
So the students and I started measuring. And JOY we found that from the left end of the wall, 27 feet across to the end of our design, ended just 2 or 3 inches short of the hose connector. YAAAAAAAAAAAAY! Our mural won't be nicely centered on the wall, as we did with our other mural. And it will be right up to the corner of the building, which makes it a little vulnerable to student and storm damage. But it's the best solution to the problem of working on that particular wall, and that wall is the best place for our mural. (The design includes images of students graduating, getting trophies - I'm calling it our "Success and Achievement" mural, since it's aimed at inspiring the students to always aim for success.)
So - panic averted! The students and I measured out our 9 x 27 ft space, marked it, labelled it for the maintenance man, and I hope he can strip the paint off during the next few weeks. Then we can tile.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
I received an email today from our credit card bank - there was fraudulent activity on our card. Someone tried purchasing train tickets in Spain with our card number!!!!!!
So - we said that this was not our charge, it was fraudulent. Now they're closing that account, and they'll send us new cards.
BUT - we leave on Saturday, for Panama. For ten days. And because we don't live in the mainland US, they can't get us a new card before we leave. So we're going to be forced to travel using ONLY the credit cards that are attached to our checking accounts. Which means it isn't really a credit card, it's a debit card. Which means we need to move money out of the travel account into our checking accounts to pay for the trip as we go, rather than pay one lump sum on our return.
PLUS we won't get the points on the card that we use for free airline tickets.
So, you credit card thieves, may you suffer a horrible and painful life, may your names be erased, and may you disappear from the earth.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
DH is a gov't attorney. He's arguing a case (an appeal) before our Supreme Court this morning. And today is the first day that the cases will be filmed and simul-cast on the internet, and then everything will be kept in a law library (sort of like a digital version of cases and suits and stuff).
Since so many colleagues said they'd watch him, DH was VERY careful in selecting his ensemble. He always wears a button-down shirt and tie, either dark chinos or khakis, and a jacket - they need to be ready to go to court at any moment.
So today, he was taking out shirts and ties and looking at every combo with his pants and the blue blazer and back and forth, and oh what belt and shoes if he's with khakis it's gotta be brown and on and on.
He has some film experience, so he settled on a robin's egg blue shirt, matching tie (silver and blue and pale green), khakis, blue jacket.
But he was just SO funny!!!!!! This is the man who usually wears what he calls "pre-stained" clothing, who looks like he took a nap in his clothes, who is just the other side of the line between neat and sloppy. So to watch him race around and try to look his best just tickled me.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
My students were so disappointed when I told them - none of the top 3 to be voted on were from our school. (None of them were from the USVI - all from the mainland.)
I gave them my little pep talk about trying, entering, and having fun with the project - that winning isn't everything - that I've never won in an art show, but I usually sell. The kids didn't care, they just wanted the money.
Here's the link, if you want to see the artwork and vote:
Monday, March 22, 2010
We went to dinner, and the place where DH likes to go (for his daily burger and fries) had salmon as a special. It was sooooooo good! With a little herb butter, a side of rice and vegs - YUM!
I feel so healthy after having fish - as if my body is quickly absorbing all those nutrients and saying YES this is what we wanted.
Of course, then DH and I had to share the chocolate layer cake and I probably undid all the good the salmon did.......................
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