Sunday, March 30, 2014

Go Get 'Em Tigers!

Hey all, today is going to be short and sweet – it’s Opening Day of Baseball season here in the D and well, we are off ringing in the “Boys of Summer” – even if Summer is just a pipe dream at this point.

If you’re in town, come on down and join us – we’ll be somewhere in the massive crowd, wearing a huge smile and the appropriate Tiger gear, covered in a winter jacket (of course).

See you all Wednesday – I promise.  There is sure to be fun fodder found while roaming about downtown today – sure to be…..

#OpeningDay  #Baseball

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

This is Write, Right?

Creativity – does that get you credit?  

How about resourcefulness?

A for effort?

When you’re taking a test and you can’t ask questions, you just have to hammer it out yourself, even if you are a little confused and don’t really get it.  

My sister in law is a principle at a Primary School in Ireland, what we would call an Elementary School in the States.

Before she left for our Christmas vacation in the Canaries, there were the usual tests given out to each class before a big school break to quiz the students on what had been learned recently.  One of her teachers shared the test above with the staff, which she in turn shared with us.

It was a math test.  The teacher was asking the students to draw a right angle, then she asked them to draw an angle bigger than a right angle and an angle smaller than a right angle (i.e. larger and smaller than 90 degrees).

It was the last question on the test, so the student had already put a lot of thought into the above questions and quite frankly was probably ready to be finished.

Now this being Ireland, the schools are Catholic – and it was Christmas time and there is a lot of talk of angels around Christmas time.  
So, do you all see the angels?  

There is a regular angel, a little bigger angel and a little smaller angel.  They have triangles in their bellies, because this is a math class, so the teacher must be asking for something mathematical to correspond with the angels, or is that angles?  

The student was a little confused.  But they were not giving up.  You can’t leave the question blank.  You have to answer, otherwise what shot do you have for getting any points at all?  The student doesn’t really know.  But gosh darn-it, they are going to answer it the best they can under the circumstances.  

And maybe, just maybe the angels will bring them luck and get them credit for the question!  Who knows, they could have been right, write?

#Angels  #RightAngle  #MathTest

Friday, March 21, 2014

Weatherman Speak

Watching the local news this morning, the weatherman is telling us yet again of the freezing temperatures that we are still enduring this Winter – oh I mean Spring now.  

He’s prattling on about how we are twenty degrees below the average for this time of year and showing us flow charts with lines of where we should be and where we are this week, all depressingly down dipped into the brrrrs, with a descending cold blue line.

Then he says, and I am not lying, “but it’s a warm 29 degrees” (-2 c).  Excuse me?  

Did you say a warm 29 degrees?  Is that like the heat of Arizona in the summer, where when it’s a 110 blistering degrees, you are telling us it’s not so bad because it’s a “dry heat”?  

Please, elaborate Mr. Weatherman.

Then he repeats himself, with this warm 29 degree phrase and says…. “It’s much warmer than say it would be in January with the same temperature”.  Huh?  And ok, 29 would have been “warm” this January, comparatively speaking, but that is not what he is saying, he is saying 29 degrees in January is colder than 29 degrees in March. 

Um, here’s the thing, the thermometer says they are the same thing and I believe the mercury to be a truth teller.

Ok Buster – I mean well trained Meteorologist – what the world are you talking about? Repeatedly?

Here is what he is talking about – the sun.  We have the sun in March and when the sun is shining on a 29 degree day and not an overcast snowy sky day, it is warmer.  Presumably he means, in the sun – you know, just like any other day on this earth, where it is warmer in – the – sun.  Guh!

Grasping at straws here aren’t we Mr. Weatherman?  That is the weakest attempt at positivity I have ever heard.  Which just goes to prove, it has been a very LONG, COLD winter and we all have a bit a cabin fever.  

Happy Spring all, enjoy the warm 29 degree day – for tomorrow, we shall have more of the same, just remember, it’s a warmer 29 than say it would have been just two short months ago! 

#Forecast  #Weatherman   

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Special Delivery (Re-post)

Ding Dong, Ding Dong, Ding Dong, PZZZTT, Ding Dong, Ding Dong, Ding Dong, PZZTTT, Ding Dong!

This is our doorbell, ringing, A LOT at 7:50 in the morning.  So much so it can’t keep up and fizzles sometimes with a PZZZTT.

I am comfortable in my bed.  Not being a morning person and not having to fake being one because I do not have an early rising job, I’m snug as a bug in a rug.

Ding Dong, Ding Dong, Ding Dong, PZZZTT, Ding Dong, Ding Dong, Ding Dong, PZZTTT, Ding Dong!

I actually am thankful that it is ringing like crazy, because I know who it is, this is a signature ring.  

If it were just one Ding Dong, then a minute wait and then a knock – it would be certain that it is a complete stranger and there is no chance that I would get up to answer it.  That would also leave me getting up anyway, to peek out the window to see who it is I don’t know on my front porch and hoping it’s the Edison man or something simple and really not a complete stranger pounding on my door at 7:50am.

Ding Dong, Ding Dong, Ding Dong, PZZZTT, Ding Dong, Ding Dong, Ding Dong, PZZTTT, Ding Dong!

Alright, alright – attention received, I’m moving as fast as my groggy self can- now where are my sweat pants?

Ding Dong, Ding Dong, Ding Dong, PZZZTT, Ding Dong, Ding Dong, Ding Dong, PZZTTT, Ding Dong!

I don’t mind answering the door when it is ringing like crazy.  You see, I know when I open the door I am going to be greeted by someone who really wants to see me.  I am going to get some sort of present and it’s possible the other members in the household will get one too. 

Sometimes they are drawings, colored pictures or home-made confetti, sometimes they are sticks – for the dog, sometimes they are cards and once we even got a gift of a very large black ant.    

Ding Dong, Ding Dong, Ding Dong, PZZZTT, Ding Dong, Ding Dong, Ding Dong, PZZTTT, Ding Dong!

Oh Good Morning!  It’s my beautiful little neighbor girl, who doesn’t care that I just crawled out of bed and am not really functional yet.  She is just happy to see me, because of course – that is why she is here!  She doesn’t have school today – snow day?  Yes, that is great!  

What is wonderful about her is she will just pop into the house, plop on the couch – on her back looking up at the ceiling and start to tell you things.  All very interesting things and usually the same things, which is good, because there is always a quiz:

Do I know what the favorite color of her dog is – yes I do, green.  Do I know her nephews birthday (she has a much older sister) yes I do, February.  Do I know who her mother babysits- yes I do Liam (not his name).  And on it goes – I’m happy to know these things, because it makes her happy I know them.

Then she produces our mail, her mother wanted her to run it over, they were away yesterday and got our mail.  Thank you.  Does your mother know you are here now?  No?  She told you to run it over after breakfast – do you have any shoes on?  Why don't you have any shoes on?

 Ok, give me a minute to get my coat and boots on, this time I will deliver you – back home to your mom, who I am sure at this very moment is putting on her coat and boots to come over here and get you….

(Hi all, this is re-post from last year - 3/8/2013 - enjoy and we'll see you Friday)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patricks Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day all!
Just a couple shots from God’s Country taken last year (also known as County Kerry).  I promise to be feeling better and not so green (haha) soon and be back to my old humorous self.  Until then – enjoy the scenery and this celebrated day – Erin go Bragh!!
 Picture 1) Banna Beach Dunes  2) Red Tail Deer in Killarney  3) Muckross Gardens

#StPatricksDay  #StPaddysDay  #CountyKerry