Sunday, May 30, 2004

Dance Excuses

I run a free Women's only Israeli Dance Group (Beginners and "Regulars") on Sunday nights.

Tonight for some reason, a grand total of 3 people (including myself) turned up. This is down from the group of 9 that turned up last week. My theory is that the low turn out had something to do with the rather heavy rain that we have been experiencing.

This has inspired me to list some of the creative (and not so creative) excuses that my ladies have come up with for not coming to dance class.

  • I could not find the place
  • My best friend went into labour and I had to watch her kids while she went off to hospital
  • My son's car got towed and I had to help him retrieve it
  • It is my birthday and all my relatives are coming round to help celebrate
  • I forgot it was on this week
  • I ran a marathon in the morning and was too tired to come dancing
  • I have a virus and standing up makes me dizzy
  • I hurt my back and can't dance
  • I broke / sprained my ankle and can't dance
  • I wrecked my knees and can't dance
  • I am going to Australia for the weekend
  • I am going back home to South Africa for a couple of months
  • My husband plays squash on Sunday nights so I have to stay home to watch the kids
  • I have a University assignment due on Monday
  • Not tonight, I have a headache

Thursday, May 27, 2004

Too Gullible

Have discovered that my Deaf students are too gullible for words.

For instance, yesterday I convinced one of my Middle school students that I had eyes at the back of my head. This was easy to do. He was playing with the reflective cover on his Math book (something that annoys one of the other students no end). I could see the reflection on the board. Did the famous spin and blast with "killer look".

He was shocked and surprised (my "killer look" is really effective). I told him I had magic eyes at the back of my head and was watching him all the time. He believed me. The thing is that half the time these kids make so much noise that it is all too easy to catch them in the act.

Sometimes life is so much fun!

Monday, May 24, 2004

Another Thousand Words

This also took a while.

Silver and Gold Leaping Dolphin

It was fun to do though.

Thursday, May 20, 2004

Surrounded By Idiots

It's been one of those days. The kids at school are driving me nuts.

I keep myself sane by adding to my collection of "not too bright" / totally incompetent euphemisms.

Google referred me to a long list of these. Below are some of my favourites (not all of which are featured on the longer list).

  • Lights are on but nobodys home
  • Elevator does not go all the way to the top floor
  • A few fries short of a Happy Meal
  • A couple of cans short of a six pack
  • Not the sharpest tool in the shed
  • A few fruit loops short of a bowl
  • Chocolate for brains
  • Not the brightest crayon in the box
  • Could not find his rear end with both hands
  • Has hit rock bottom and started digging
  • Not the brightest star in the gallaxy

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

One Thousand Words

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but will the word counter realise this?

Curve Stitched Panels

The above took several months to design and create.

Enough said ??

Monday, May 17, 2004

Happiness Is ....

  • Happiness is finally figuring out how to email posts to the blog.
  • Happiness is the fact that it is possible to have only one post per page instead of seven.
  • Happiness is editing the template so the page is now blue and not orange.
  • Happiness is being able to drive friends and family crazy because you are now a blogger.
  • Happiness is finding out that you are not crazy and other people share your view on the situation in the Middle East.
  • Happiness is realising that there is a spell check on this thing.
  • Happiness is being able to stay home and play cause you were not called in to work.
  • Happiness is being able to edit a post when you realise that you have left your email signature on the end of it by mistake.

Sunday, May 16, 2004

Sunday Start Up

The purpose of this blog is test out this service (it got rave reviews from lockergnome ). The problem of course is that writting a blog looks a lot easier than it is.

The good news is that the technololgy is pretty easy to master, especially if, like me you are a geek who is used to designing and hand coding web pages (die Front Page, die).

The bad news is that it is really tough to figure out what to write about.

All advice says to be honest and write about what you love. The danger here is that others may not share you unique passion and may think that you are slightly (or not so slightly) insane.

So, what do I love ? Below is a list (in no particular order)

  • Israeli Dancing
  • Web Design
  • Sign Language
  • My Parents (and my brother)
  • Chocolate
  • Starbucks Frappaccinos (Mocha, Tall, No Cream)
  • Boild Potatoes (go figure!)
  • Clear Blue Sky
  • Books by LE Modesitt

Enough said.