Saturday, February 27, 2010

Dance-off #2

Does anyone else want to participate?

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Meet Me At Mike's has been taken over by her friends for a couple of weeks while Pip is busy-busy-busy, and they started a "dance-off" between the two of them by posting YouTube videos of dances on the blog. Inspired by this, I challenge you, dear readers, to a dance-off! Post videos of whatever dance tickles your fancy, whether it's from a music video, a "how to" with steps and instructions, something from a musical, or one of those silly viral videos everyone's seen.

Round One:

Who will challenge me?

Saturday, February 20, 2010

When I'm 64

Guest poets again today!

When I'm Sixty Four

by J. Lennon, P. McCartney

When I get older losing my hair
Many years from now,
Will you still be sending me a valentine,
Birthday greeting, bottle of wine.
If I'd been out till quarter to three,
Would you lock the door?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me,
When I'm sixty four?

You'll be older too,
Ah, and if you say the word,
I could stay with you.

I could be handy mending a fuse
When your lights have gone.
You can knit a sweater by the fire side,
Sunday mornings, go for a ride.
Doing the garden, digging the weeds,
Who could ask for more?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me,
When I'm sixty four?

Ev'ry summer we can rent a cottage on the Isle of Wight
If it's not too dear.
We shall scrimp and save.
Ah, grandchildren on your knee,
Vera, Chuck and Dave.

Send me a postcard, drop me a line
Stating point of view.
Indicate precisely what you mean to say,
You're sincerely wasting away.
Give me your answer, fill in a form,
Mine forever more,
Will you still need me, will you still feed me,
When I'm sixty four?


I sang this to Matt (and a bunch of other people!) in the kareoke room at our senior party, held in the Elks Lodge and put on by seniors' parents. I think it was casino-themed. After a false start and a bit of a shaking voice, I did fairly well, I think. It's been one of "our songs" since then.


From left to right, it's bass, "guitar" (which seems to be playing the clarinet, or whatever that wind instrument is), and drums, with the words for the singer going across the top. We're.... not quite that good at our Beatles Rock Band yet, but it's still fun!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Hero's Journey

The same story
has been told a thousand
million times.

The young hero on a quest,
friends at his side,
or hers.

Whether she's really a princess
raised by fairies or farmers,
or the son of a dead king,
or just a kid with an interesting scar
or a sweet tooth,
the journey is always one
of self-discovery.

How much can he take?
How much can she trust?
How much pain can he bear?
How much loss?

One friend (sidekick) turns betrayer,
Maybe one becomes a love interest,
one is the steadfast and loyal companion

Seems the wise mentor always dies,
or at least goes away,
and there's always a point
when the hero is alone,
to make her own shaky, head game-y way
for a while.
The reunions are so satisfying.

Destroy the magical ________,
Defeat the evil _________,
Save the __________,
Overcome darkness with

And they always do.

And we read it again.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Sappy

Just some Valentine's Day sappiness for you!

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

I love my principal

Said in the staff meeting today: "I know it's at that point in the school year where you maybe start to wonder... would jail really be that bad?"

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

This IS a Test

Hmm, poems? What poems?


I'm giving this to my 7th graders tomorrow to prove a point. We'll see how it goes.


Read the directions all the way through before completing any tasks.

1. Put your name on the paper, but not the block.
2. Draw a smiley face in the top left corner of this paper.
3. Underline all the e's in this sentence.
4. Underline all the e's in #1.
5. What is the name of your favorite pet, past or present?
6. How long have you lived in the house you are currently in?
7. Circle the number seven.
8. What is your favorite color?
9. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
10. Cross out your last name and write your first name instead.
11. Draw a frowny face in the bottom left corner of this paper.
12. What is your favorite animal?
13. Fold the paper in half and put it in the top right corner of your desk, then get out your Independent Reading book and read.
14. Go back and only do 1, 7, 10, and 13
15. Thank you for participating – please read directions!