Friday, January 8, 2010

Snow Days... Cold Days...

“Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories.”
Wishing you some warm memories today and everyday.

Left: The frosted window view out my back door this morning.

We've had school canceled two days this week due to weather. The calls came to me around 5:30 am on the phone tree the last two days. I'm an early riser so there's no problem there, but I've been unable to go back to sleep each morning, so I begin my day with the promise of a nap in the afternoon if I'm productive in the morning. (Yesterday I got a nap AND watched the movie "Munich")
Yesterday morning I actually went up to school (I only live 5 blocks from school) and put my grades on the computer around 7:45 am, meeting the predetermined deadline that the office was determined that everyone meet. My neighbor had blown my driveway out early and the plows had gone on the streets. The school parking lot was still snow covered and it continued to snow and blow. I was resenting the fact that they pressured me to go up to school and post my grades when school was canceled, afterall these snow days are actually my "summer vacation" days! I was glad it was done after the fact and it only took about 10 minutes to complete. Done, onto the next task.
I will be teaching a digital imaging / tech workshop next weekend on the 16th. It's part of our teacher quality money and Denver teachers will be paid a stipend to attend. This is one of two workshops I'll run. The free time that the canceled school days bring, is allowing me to prepare for the workshop. I'm making a handout with tips and links, to e-mail out to those involved. It has always been a frustration of mine when someone reads a link out loud and expects you to type each link in, while you're trying to explore these sites. It makes you have to keep to their pace and limits true exploration. It has taken me much longer than I thought it would, to compile this handout, but I seem to find new things to add to it and am enjoying visiting and revisiting the wealth of information and programs out there. We'll be focusing on digital images and using iPhoto, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. I also promised I would show them how easy it is to create a blog.
There is much to do and now I have the time to attack some of it. It's a No procrastination Zone at my house today.

1 comment:

Ronda Sternhagen said...

Glad you're being productive! So far I haven't managed to get a whole lot done during these "summer break" days! :-) BTW...I'd like a copy of your handout for the workshop.

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