Thursday, June 24, 2010

Never again!

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Even though summer vacation for public schools has shrunk to two months, I couldn’t agree more! I never have to go to work again!

Woo hoo!!!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Good friends ruin all your fun, part II

Little Red Suitcase

Photo Credit: Little Red Suitcase via MySpace

As I am thoroughly enjoying the concert…I hear a murmur from my side…um Jocelyn…people are starting to look at you. Yes, I noticed that too, but the girls are just too delightfully funny for me to laugh quietly.

Continue enjoying the concert. Don’t stop and write a blog post….They looked and smiled. They didn’t look and judge.

It’s official: the Hamiltonian is my new favorite place to frequent. (Yes, you’ll notice that I’ve been there two nights in a row now and am contemplating going again next week.) Tonight my group of friends was introduced to Danish Jazz as exemplified by Little Red Suitcase who were delightfully humorous with their randomness. I felt like we would have been best friends when we were kids.

I was a bit disappointed with the crowd. I don’t think they understood that the girls were joking and that the audience was supposed to laugh. In fact Elena had to tell the audience that their music is infused with humor. They still didn’t laugh, but I did.

I bought their CD.  I’m a fan. Checkout their music:

> Corriendo
> What a Wonderful World
> La vie est belle à Paris
> Together they were fearless

Sweets and Tweets

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Last night I found myself sitting at a discussion panel focused on the influence of women in the world of tech. Of course I was minding my own business when I pulled out my phone, so excited to be part of the backchannel conversation, and realized that my battery was on the last dregs of energy.

If you remember the last time I was at the Hamiltonian, I had managed to leave my notebook at home. This felt like a sad repeat of unfortunate events. Fortunately, this time I at least had a receipt, library book, and pen. While I couldn’t join in the live conversation (#sweetevent), I was at least able to record my thoughts, feelings, questions, and impressions on the back of my receipt for lunch. I felt so tech backwards.

During the conversation, it was stated that technology gives women in other cultures a voice. That resonated with me since as a speech language pathologist, I give students who struggle with communication a voice (well, I facilitate students as they develop their own voice).

This year, as I’ve worked with high school students, I learned that if I wanted students to engage in my lessons, I needed to incorporate technology. I’m in the perfect position to use technology to facilitate language development and communication. There is so much technology to access and learn and embrace. It’s there, knocking at my window through blogs that I read.

Technology is ripe for speech language pathologists; however, we have the age old conundrum: men tend to be more adept and comfortable with technology and speech language pathologists tend to be women. How do we get women to join the technology conversation and community?

 

I could write a blog on each note, but I will spare you, dear readers.

 

 

Friday, June 11, 2010

One cheesecake to rule them all and in the darkness bind them?

 

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Image Credit: Matthew Page from By Common Consent February 24, 2010

I’ve heard my cheesecakes described as heavenly, coveted, delightful. Here’s a new analogy:

From: Joe
Date: Wed, Jun 9, 2010 at 3:41 PM
Subject: cheesecake
To: Jocelyn

So...  last night Rachel and I were discussing how great homemade cheesecake is... particularly Jocelyn's.

You know how if something that is bad for you tastes so good, then it's evil... Well we decided that not only is Jocelyn's cheesecake evil... but it is so evil that it must have been forged by Sauron himself in Mount Doom, in the land of Mordor.

In the beginning, there were cheesecakes given out:

three cheesecakes for the Elven-kings under the sky,

seven cheesecakes for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,

nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,

and One cheesecake for the dark lord on his dark throne.

This particular cheesecake we have rules them all and calls to all!! No one can resist it and it is back to the lava in Mount Doom in the land of Mordor that it must be returned and destroyed!

And you have to be ever so careful because "Sméagol wants his precious!"

Joe

I think that this may be the first time I’ve been compared to Sauron.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A visit with my dad

Now if I could just get that Okapi to stay out of the pictures. Okapi really likes to be in the middle of everything.

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Good friends ruin all your fun

I love words. I love dictionaries. I love understanding the nuances of language; nevertheless, sometimes I have incorrect definitions in my head.

On Mon, Jun 7, 2010 at 11:20 AM, Jocelyn wrote:

Whitney,

This comic made me think of you. I'm glad to have you as a friend...you make the scary things more palpable.
Joce

Calvin and Hobbes 6-6-10

On Mon, Jun 7, 2010 at 11:56 AM, Whitney wrote:

more palpable? is that like friends who ruin all your fun?

palpable
1
: capable of being touched or felt : tangible
2 : easily perceptible : noticeable <a palpable difference>
3 : easily perceptible by the mind : manifest

On Mon, Jun 7, 2010 at 12:00 PM, Jocelyn wrote:

"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

Haha, that's a different definition than what I have in my head. Hmm. Maybe I'm thinking palatable? Ugh. I hate using words incorrectly!