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June 30, 2005
Wow, it's raining like crazy this morning. It's let up a bit but when I first got up, it was absolutely pouring. It's a good day to stay inside and do some organizing.
This is a terribly sad story. The woman named Carolyn mentioned in the story is Bill's coworker. It's just devastating.
June 29, 2005
Sad news for Pooh fans = (
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June 28, 2005
Officially on vacation
Well, we managed to get through Northport's graduation on Sunday afternoon, although the humidity had to roll in just in time. I really think from now on we should skip spelling the names. It made sense when we had deaf students sitting in the first row of students but now, no one in the stands could possibly read them anyway. I can understand signing speeches but there's no point to spelling the names anymore. It's downright painful by the end. The speeches weren't bad so it was ok. I'm just glad to be finished and on vacation. Nice.
I finished reading Sea of Time, the unpublished novel by Allen Appel. I have to mail it back this week. I really enjoyed it. The story centered around the Titanic, which has always been interesting to me. I'm trying to decide which book to read next. I just bought American Brutus : John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies by Michael W. Kaufman. Maybe I'll tackle that one next.
When school ends, I immediately start stressing about the chores I've been neglecting and what I want to do around the house. Then I read my horoscope a few days ago and it said something about how I should take time to enjoy and not worry about the chores. They'll get done in time. Interesting. I usually read horoscopes and they mean nothing to me. Maybe I should pay attention, huh?
They're going to pave our street tomorrow. They were supposed to do it today but I guess they put it off because of the weather. I wonder how long it will take.
Getting late, I think I'll join Pooh now...
June 25, 2005
New Feature - right up my alley
I added something new to the index page. It's a box with "today in history" historical facts. I tried to put it on this page but it would have taken up way too much room. So, I replaced the horoscope box with the history fact box on the index page.
One down, one to go. I interpreted Copiague's high school graduation last night. It was shorter than Northport's, which is good since I did this one by myself. Tomorrow, Deb and I will interpret Northport's graduation, although we have no idea if there's anyone there who will need the services. Northport just wants to provide the service since someone has interpreted the ceremony every year for many years. It looks like it will be in the mid-80's tomorrow. Again, I don't understand why they don't have the ceremony earlier in the day instead of waiting until the heat of the afternoon. Makes no sense to me at all. Sigh.
TTFN as Tigger would say.
June 22, 2005
Don't feed those plants...
I realized I never related the story of what happened to the infamous Little Shop vines. The original plan was to have them fall from boxes along the side of the theatre into the audience at the end of the show (when the plants are going to "eat Cleveland and Des Moines and Peoria and New York and this theatre..."). Well, that never happened. Then, possibly, they'd be "puppeted" out towards the audience from the stage. Nope. The two kid's productions (one 8-12 and the other 13-18) did use the vines, which worked very well. On June 12, which was the Smithtown Day street fair, the vines were hung from the theatre marquee, which looked very cool:
A few days after this picture was taken, a truck came by, its back door opened and sliced off the vine on the right. Laura looked out the window and saw stuffing flying all over the place. Kelly and I thought this was funny until Bill mentioned that if a person had been standing near there... Well, I don't even want to think about that. Thank goodness it was just a fabric vine. For the time they were there, though, it did look pretty cool.
Here's Meg in the plant.
Her sister suggested I wait and see how long she could hold that expression. Hmm.
Here's the vine and leaves inside the theatre.
It looked cute.
Beautiful day outside! Enjoy it, people.
June 21, 2005
It's the first day of summer and also the longest day of the year. Actually, that means it's the day with the most hours of daylight, the summer solstice. Contrary to popular belief, at least I've heard, you can balance an egg on its end any day of the year if you're patient enough. You don't necessarily have to wait for the solstice. Having never tried it, I can't vouch for this fact. Apparently, there is a solstice celebration at Stonehenge and the pictures are up on this website already. Must be all those extra hours giving them the time to post them. Hmmm. Fascinating.
I'm off tomorrow and will be back at work for the last test Thursday morning. The weekend brings the dreaded two graduations. I'm really looking forward to next week.
June 19, 2005
Happy Father's Day
Happy Father's Day to all the Dads.
Case of the Never Ending Car Repair
Kelly's 15-year old Toyota Camry broke down on her way to work on Monday. It was bucking like it was low on gas and then just stopped. She told me that a very nice "and, I might say, very attractive" public safety officer pushed the car into a nearby parking lot to get it off 25. There was a body shop across the street so I suggested she ask someone there to look at the car. The consensus was that the culprit was the fuel pump. They brought the car to the shop and worked on it. She kept calling every day. Finally, on Friday, the mechanic called, "Your car...is fixed". I don't know much about cars but eventually, the fuel pump, distributor and fuel injector were replaced. This mechanic wouldn't let that car go until he had it running the way he wanted it. So, she's happy it's back.
I was listening to the cd from Avenue Q the other day and was reminded of a dream I had when Britney Spears got married. I conjured up this whole wedding in my head. It was real down home hillbilly and their wedding song in my dream was Fantasies Come True from Avenue Q. It was so bizarre. I swear, I come up with better stuff when I dream then when I'm awake. I'm sorry, Britney, but don't blame me. If I see one more picture of you walking into a gas station rest room barefoot, I might just become ill. Sigh.
Enough odds and ends, enjoy Sunday and Father's Day
June 14, 2005
Flag Day and holy cow! It's hot!
It's Flag Day and guess who forgot to put the flag out? Well, Fourth of July is approaching so I get another chance. Here's a little Flag Day information for your perusal. Why is this Flag Day, you ask? What do you mean you don't ask?? Well, I was interested so here's the scoop:
“Resolved that the flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation,” said John Adams on this day in 1777 at a meeting of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, PA. And so, the first Flag Day was celebrated in the United States of America.
Proclamation 1335, May 30, 1916, made it possible for every President to issue a proclamation that June 14 would be celebrated as Flag Day. Pennsylvania is the only state to celebrate June 14 as a legal holiday, proclamation or not, although the proclamation has been issued annually since 1949.
At 7 p.m. E.D.T., across the United States, the President leads the country in a pause to pledge allegiance, a time to honor America. The national ceremony is held at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, and was conceived as a way for all citizens to share a patriotic moment.
We salute the star-bangled banner (now with 50 white stars on a blue field) on this Flag Day.
This information is from Those Were the Days, Today in History, one of my favorite websites.
And what the heck?? Where did 91 degrees come from? It doesn't seem long ago that we were still wearing jackets. What happened to spring, may I ask? Yeah, I know. It's a passing thing and it will cool off again. I guess I just don't like extremes when it comes to weather. I hate bitter cold and melting heat. I do prefer warmth to cold, however. If it stays in the 80's, I'm perfectly content.
After next week, I'm on vacation for the summer. You can get really impatient when it's this close. As I believe I've mentioned earlier, I have two graduations to get through first. It feels like a hurdle. When that's over with, however, I can enjoy some time off. Hopefully, the aches and pains I live with on a daily basis will slowly improve over the summer months. There's something to look forward to.
Ta-ta and Happy Flag Day!
June 6, 2005
D-Day and Cinderella Man
Today is the anniversary of D-Day, the beginning of the long-awaited invasion of France in 1944. As usual, here's your History channel lesson for the day. Don't worry. I won't quiz you at the end of the year!
We saw Cinderella Man on Sunday afternoon. We're suckers for inspirational sports movies. It was really good, very touching. I was wincing through the boxing sequences, though, especially at the end. I was glad Kim had researched the movie beforehand and I knew the ending! Coincidentally, just before leaving the house to see the movie, there was an interview on TV with Jim Braddock's son, Howard. He said that Russell Crowe captured his father very well. He was a gentle man. This morning, Kim heard on the radio that Russell Crowe was arrested in Soho for throwing a phone at a clerk after an argument. Hmm. He's a good actor since he convinced me he was gentle!
The weather was beautiful over the weekend and today. It's really welcome after the chilly spring we've had so far. It looks like rain this evening but that's ok. It's good for the lawn and the weed n feed that's been put down!
Good evening, all
June 5, 2005
First, here are Kelly, June Meade and Laura Washington at Ken's party
Two pictures of the ladies at the anniversary party on Friday evening. Left to right - Ann, me, Kelly, Kim, Leandra, Kendra, Cheryl and Alyssa.
Kendra and Dave
Leandra, Kendra, Alyssa and Phil
Bill and me at the wedding. Bill's looking good with a 28 pound weight loss so far.
ta-ta for now!
June 4, 2005
Feast or famine
Welcome to the lovely month of June, which crept up on me as I was too busy to notice! I almost posted with May's entries. It's been a busy few days. Thursday evening, I interpreted the senior award ceremony at work for a deaf parent of a graduating senior. If you've ever been to one of these events, you'll sympathize. I interpreted speeches and 108 awards for two and a half hours. Grueling. I'm still sore. After the ceremony, as I was gathering my things to leave, a teacher told me I was the "most beautiful thing about the ceremony" and was singing my praises, which is nice. Those are the "warm fuzzies" our teachers told us about. People will see someone interpret and tell them how great they are. We tend to think that unless they understand what we're doing, they can't tell if we're doing the job well or not. Our instructors in college told us to accept these praises as "warm fuzzies". Accept that what we do looks impressive, whether or not others can understand the language. It's nice when someone tells you you're doing a good job.
Last night, Bill, Kelly, Kim and I took a three and a half hour drive through rush-hour traffic to New Jersey to attend the surprise 25th anniversary party for my cousin, Phil, and his wife, Leandra. It was organized by their children, Kendra and Alyssa, and the girls did a spectacular job. They were surprised and it was a wonderful party. It was great to see people we haven't seen in awhile and we had a really good time. Long drive home, although traffic was better!
Today, Bill and I made almost the same trip as we traveled through even more traffic to Staten Island to attend the wedding of Bill's former co-worker. Now that I've met more of his co-workers and their spouses, I feel comfortable chatting, which is good for me since I'm a little shy. It was a nice reception and the food was really good. Beautiful sunny day, which was a nice surprise. We both weigh in at Weight Watchers tomorrow morning. I saved tons of points for today so I hope it will be ok. I have lots of pictures from both events and I will work with them tomorrow. I'll post some pictures when I have that done. Love the camera and I'm getting the hang of it. The next event we have is a family reunion at my cousin, Bob's, house in Maryland next month. We're all really looking forward to it and it sounds like the turnout will be very good!
The Tony Awards will be broadcast tomorrow night. I had a moment of panic a little while ago when I thought I forgot and was missing it. My brain is tired. I didn't realize it's Saturday, not Sunday. Whew!
We have a week and a half of regular classes left and then tests until June 24, which is the last day. I'm assuming I'll be asked to interpret the high school graduation for the deaf parents of the graduating senior. Since I'll be doing this alone, I hope I won't have to spell all the names. I'm wondering if I'll be asked to interpret Northport's graduation since BOCES has provided interpreters for so many years. I haven't heard anything yet.
I'm going to relax now. Have a pleasant evening...
Pooh has the right idea.
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