aberdeen: (Common Rotation)
Last night I dreamt an alternate ending to the Burn Notice series. I don't know why. I haven't watched it at all since the series ended, so it's not like it was on my mind, but here it goes:

Read more... )

Yeah, but--

Mar. 3rd, 2014 03:50 pm
aberdeen: (ocean)
When walking around the classroom, this morning, a student was overheard to say, "Yeah, but them babies are tender."

Explanation )
aberdeen: (ocean)
I did, indeed, make another batch of Lemon Brownies, today. They came out as well as the first.

See Nummy Treats )
aberdeen: (ocean)
I posted this on facebook, but I'm going to put it here, too, because... um. Because I want to.

One of the people who comes to B5 night can't eat chocolate, and is sensitive enough to it that she gets headaches if people too close by are drinking cocoa. So I've been experimenting with other snack items I can bring. Brownies have always been my go-to thing, once I discovered how simple it was to make them, but, well, brownies = chocolate, right? So I've made a pecan pie, and hummus with crackers and veggies, and I brought store-bought caramel popcorn one week when I was too tired to do anything else. And then I tried 'lemon squares' from a recipe on a can of condensed milk, and they were... well, edible, but not at all what I was looking for. So the next time, I made lemon curd, because I felt I had to redeem myself. And the lemon curd was awesome. But... As I was making it I thought - you know, this is pretty much the same as what goes into brownies. I wonder if you can make "Chocolate Curd" (I have been assured that you can, and I'll have to try it sometime).

And then. And then, reminding myself that I needed non-chocolate snacks, it occurred to me that one could go in the other direction, and make lemon /brownies/. I looked at a couple different recipes online (there appeared, at first, to be many, but it turns out that almost all of them were really identical), but... all of them required a glaze, and appeared dry or rock hard, and the ingredients didn't fill me with confidence. So I went back to my go-to recipe for brownies, and prodded at it.

I had no idea, when I put it in the oven, if it would even be edible when it came out. I cooked it, first, for the normal 35 minutes, but the center was still mostly goo, so I gave it 10 more minutes and that was perfect. The edges were brown, but it wasn't burned, and the top had a nice golden crustiness.

I brought a container of cream cheese frosting from the store, just in case, but they really didn't need anything at all. Perfect brownie texture, and moist. Only the edges got a little dry, and even that wasn't /bad/.

The 4 of us at B5 night ate 2/3 or more of the pan and I declare this recipe a success.

Adapted from the One Bowl Brownies recipe I've used for years from the back of the Baker's Chocolate box.

3/4 cup butter
1 3/4 cups sugar (original calls for 2 cups)
Juice from 2 lemons (about 1/3 cup)
1 tsp vanilla
4 eggs, lightly beaten (original calls for 3, and I don't know why I decided to push for 4, but I think it was the right choice)
1 1/2 cups flour (original calls for 1 cup. I went to 1.5 because of the added liquid, and the batter was still thinner than I'm used to. I thought about adding more, but decided to cook this batch and see, and... I think it was perfect)

Line a 9"x9" pan with foil (Original calls for 9"x13", but I've always liked the thicker, gooier version)

In a big microwave safe bowl:
Melt the butter in the microwave
stir in the sugar (the better you get the sugar to dissolve at this stage the better the texture of the brownies, later, IME)
add lemon juice and vanilla
stir in the eggs
mix in the flour

Pour batter into the pan

Bake at 350 for 45 minutes

I may make another batch, today...
aberdeen: (Common Rotation)
 I dreamt that I (and other members of my family who were only nebulous 'members of my family') was going through my mother's father's belongings and discovered a whole bunch of love letters and photos that strongly suggested that he'd been in a relationship with a male actor, but that they'd broken it off to avoid being blacklisted and dragged before HUAC in the '50s, only then the actor had ended up blacklisted anyway, but had continued to keep my grandfather's secret, but had also never admitted that he was gay, and so I went looking for this actor to, ya know, tell him how much he'd meant to my grandfather. And we found him (and of course he was in his 90s), and I was just trying to figure out how to broach the subject when I woke up.
aberdeen: (Common Rotation)
I passed the Hardware section, today!


I got all of the ESD and Technician Safety questions right (which is important, because if you miss even one of those, you fail the test, even if you get every other question right).

I missed 4 questions overall, so, not bad!

Now I can take apart your computer. (:
aberdeen: (Common Rotation)
Yesterday, I took apart a Power Mac (8x). I put it back together, today, and apart from some difficulties putting the memory cage back (which really weren't my fault since I was undoing damage done by the last take-aparter-person), it went well. And it worked better than before I took it apart! So, yay!

Today I have taken apart a MacBook Pro of (I believe) the same model I have sitting in my closet at home. Should I pass my test, tomorrow, as soon as I get my tools, I can replace the dead hard drive from that machine with relatively little difficulty, and have a working laptop capable of running Mavericks. That doesn't suck!

I may take some pictures with my iPod, later. I've been having too much fun, so far.


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Parts is Parts



Our Trainer

This is definitely the best Tech Training opportunity in my 12 years with the district.


Jan. 8th, 2014 12:33 pm
aberdeen: (willowme)
After missing the first six hours of the training, yesterday, the other teacher who flew in with me and I both passed our Mac OS X Troubleshooting test. (So did everyone else.)

I missed one Applications question and one Time Machine question. Not bad.
aberdeen: (Cruise)
Pictures out the window of the 207 on the way from Kotlik to Hooper Bay. The village we flew over was Scammon Bay. The pilot took a little detour so I could see. (:

Gorgeous day for flying.





Nunavakanuk 2







More Mountains With Clouds

Even More Mountains With Clouds



Scammon Bay

Scammon Bay 2

Mountains by Scammon

Mountains By Scammon 2

Ridge Detail


Kokechik Bay and the Bering Sea

Tundra and the Bering Sea

The other side of Nunavakanuk

The other side of Nunavakanuk2
aberdeen: (ocean)
It's December.
We've had rain in December, before, on rare occasions. We've even seen the rain eat away at the snow and leave us with bare patches of ground.

This... Well, I haven't seen this before.

Yesterday was 43F. Right now, it's 38F. It's raining. It's been raining since Wednesday. There is no more snow anywhere in sight. Everywhere is mud and standing water, the ground isn't even frozen.

In a normal winter, this would be bad enough. But after the flood, without the snow that came and covered all the debris, the village looks... well, as though it has just been through a massive flood. But we can't really do the kind of clean-up we need to because it is December, and we only have about 4 hours of daylight, it's raining, and at any moment it could be a normal December again.

aberdeen: (ocean)
That is all.
aberdeen: (ocean)
Still no internet at home. Had a nasty cold, starting Tuesday night, so I didn't come to school (where there is often internet) until today. (Still tired, and coughing a bit, but mostly recovered.)

The GCI equipment was submerged in water and sewage during the flood, so, well. Some replacement equipment was installed on Wednesday, and we were very hopeful for all of 5 minutes, until it was fried by another piece of ruined equipment that they hadn't realized wasn't operating properly. So now we wait for all of the replacement equipment that was already sent out, plus that other piece, and then we hope, again. I'm guessing at least another two weeks.

One of the elders of the village passed away over the weekend. It wasn't a surprise - he's been ill for a while - but it's still a great loss.

Feeling a bit overwhelmed by the amount of homework I need to make up, and still lacking internet at home makes it really tricky to even get started.

Not to mention the amount of grading and other things I need to do for my actual job. I didn't realize how much I do at home.

The rest of the staff were shocked and dismayed that we have to make up the 7 school days that we missed due to the flood. I'm not sure why they were so convinced that we wouldn't have to. Wishful thinking, maybe? It didn't surprise me. It doesn't even bother me.

The current plan - waiting for approval from district office and then RSB and then state department of ed - is that we extend the day by 10 minutes, add a Saturday School of cultural activities the week after next, move one of our inservice days to a Saturday and have a normal school day when the inservice was originally scheduled, and eliminate the vacation day that was scheduled after the Stebbins Potlatch. There was, as I expected, significant opposition to extending the school year at all, "because some teachers had already purchased their tickets to leave for the summer."

That still bugs me as a reason. (And someone tried to get us to do 4 saturday schools, eliminate both vacation days, /and/ move the inservice to a Saturday. Seriously. Working 5 Saturdays and having 0 vacation days would be better than working an extra couple days at the end of the year? What is that about?)

Gonna go focus on getting grading done, and then go home and sleep some more. Hopefully being fully rested and un-sick will make me not feel so grumpy.
aberdeen: (Kotlik)
The new pump has been installed and appears to be successfully bringing water from the river to the storage tank.

There are still salinity issues.

School will (most likely) open, tomorrow.

There are still questions about if and how and how much we will make up of the 42 hours and 10 minutes of academic time we've missed. Waiting on information from the state and district office about what will be required and what our options will be.

Considering adding Saturday Schools (as cultural activity days), extending the school day, eliminating the two vacation days, eliminating the early release time, and various combinations.

Once we know what the state will require (which may be absolutely nothing because of the declaration of disaster), I've been tasked with mocking up some options.

Honestly... I lean toward extending the school year by a couple days. If the state says that teachers don't need to make up contract days, that's going to be a very unpopular option. But seriously. Right now, the last day of school is on a Friday. Experience says that means the entire last week is lost. If we extend the year and make the last day on a Tuesday, experience has shown that the week before that is an absolutely normal school week. That gives us 12 hours and 20 minutes. Then we can add in a couple Saturdays before Christmas and we're down to 17 hours and 30 minutes that needs to be made up. If the state lets us give up our Early Release Fridays, that gives us back another 15 hours. And we take 5 weeks with only half an hour for Staff Meetings instead of an hour, and we're all set. And we don't have to give up the two days in March.  I know that people who haven't lived through the winter, here, are going to prefer giving up those two days to staying an extra few days in May... but, well. They haven't lived through Cabin Fever February.

All of that is just speculation, though. We don't have a clue what the state is going to expect as far as making up lost time.
aberdeen: (Kotlik)
Well, at school, because there is no internet at home.
School's internet is intermittent.
Phones are intermittent.
Cells seem to be able to text, but not necessarily send or receive voice calls.
My house is fine. The new foundation under the stairs on the other side has, er... stopped being foundational. I'll take pictures, later.
I'll also take pictures of some of the destruction from the storm that's still visible. A lot of it doesn't really read in pictures, though. I saw a lot of pictures and video, and even knowing what I was looking at didn't prepare me for the extent of damage that I saw coming in.
The plumbing in my house still works. However. There's only enough water in the city's tank for a few more days of minimal use. The pump that brings water up from the river was demolished in the storm. There's supposed to be someone coming in with a new one, today, to replace it, but we don't know for sure. Also, there's questions about the salinity of the water in the tank and currently in the river.
There was supposed to be school, today, but then there was concern about the amount of water that the school, just by being open, would have to use, and so we held off. If all goes well with the pump, today, we'll re-open, tomorrow.
Other than a couple missing items (my really good surge protector with the 10' cord is the only thing worth mentioning), my classroom is in pretty good shape.
aberdeen: (ocean)
Gravity: Not what I was expecting, not disappointing.

I carefully avoided knowing anything other than the brief trailer I'd seen this summer, so I kind of expected aliens and the destruction of Earth in a great big explosion. I was okay with what I got, once I got over waiting for the aliens to show up.

Thor: Not disappointing.

Okay... A little disappointing. But not really. But maybe a little. I loved all the Loki bits. I liked the story. I really enjoyed the movie as I watched it. But. I think I am disappointed in the mis-use of Christopher Eccleston. Malekith was one of the least interesting bad guys to be on screen in a long time, and he didn't have to be. They could have had a sock puppet in the role and it would have been just as effective, and that's sad. I also think... I think Jane Foster is a great character, and I felt like she was, um. I don't know if this was a writing problem, or a Natalie Portman problem, but god, she bored the hell out of me.

Enders Game: Not disappointing.

I think they did a great job. Visually beautiful, well acted, nice job. They had a great bunch of kids, and I was pleased with the multicultural cast.

About Time: OMG! Really well done. Much more than I was expecting.

I cannot blather enough about this film. It did, I think, exactly what it was trying to do. It is not about time travel, it's about life. It is hilarious, and sweet, and sad, and perfect. Don't go in expecting exciting action, it isn't about that. It isn't even about getting the girl. It just is. And that, I think, is the point.

Elysium: Disappointing. How can a movie that runs under 2 hours feel too long?

I really wanted to like this movie. I was disappointed that I'd missed it back when I was traveling, this summer, and was so excited that it was at the 2nd run theatre, now. But, man. So many problems. First, as I said, it felt really, really long. I was shocked when I looked at the time, afterward, and realized it had been less than 2 hours, including previews and credits. So, pacing issues. I was /bored/ by the big exoskeleton fight. It just didn't do anything for me. Then there was the use of the two bad-guy characters. We have Jodie Foster, who apparently has a desire to... rule? Flat character, bad dialogue, and whoever let her do that accent should be fired. Evil Exoskeleton never really worked for me, but I could shrug it off when he died. Except... despite having his entire face blown off (and clearly a large part of his skull, from what we could /see/), he was still alive and had no brain damage? And when he's healed... No. It just fails. Okay. Ignoring ALL of that... We have a world that has been pretty well destroyed by overpopulation, and so we are going to SAVE THE WORLD by... eliminating death. Whut?
I really wanted to like this movie. Really, truly. And instead, I spent the whole time re-writing it in my head.

Tomorrow, I have one more chance to see a movie. I think I will go see Prisoners.

Alas, I am missing the theatrical presentation of the 50th anniversary Doctor Who special by less than a week.
aberdeen: (ocean)
Weather permitting, I'll head home on Sunday.

I haven't heard anything about how things are at home, except that the school is still closed, tomorrow, and the Red Cross people arrived, today.

Saw the allergist for the final follow-up, today. She's really well versed in EoE, which is good, and a nice change.

We added oat to the list of verboten items, and I'm peering closely at rice and corn.

The patch testing itches a lot, but nothing shows the kind of hives or ulcers that indicate allergies officially. But when I track down which spots itch and then correlate with the list of allergens, all the ones we already knew (wheat, soy, chicken, pork, and peanut) show up, and then oat, which we just added through the prick test, and rice and corn. So... I'm suspicious. Especially since, ya know, having been mostly avoiding wheat, I'd been eating more rice and corn (and oat).

There's also a new option, instead of using an inhaler and trying to swallow the medication, there's a liquid (that's also intended to be aerosolized) that can be mixed with Splenda to make a slurry, and then swallowed. So I have some samples of that.

The plan, as it stands, is to go be 100% compliant with 0 of the (possible) allergens for a month. Then add in corn for 1 week, and then wait another week to see if there are any delayed symptoms. Either corn will be declared evil, or it will be allowed, and we do the same with rice.

She thinks I can do that with pork and tomato, though I'm skeptical. I'll try the pork, but I'm fairly certain that I know what the results of the tomato will be.

She did the IeG testing (blood test) for soy, wheat, shellfish, and peanut, and thinks that if that comes back okay I could try reintroducing those. Again, I'm good with trying shellfish and possibly the peanut, maybe even the soy, but I'm not so much for trying the wheat.

We shall see!

I'm fine

Nov. 11th, 2013 09:27 pm
aberdeen: (ocean)
Alaska Dispatch Article

I'm fine. I'm not home. I'm still in Anchorage for doctor appointments.

But there's a new flood warning, tonight, and they're anticipating higher water than Saturday.
aberdeen: (School)
We have about 40 MacBooks (oldish, details to follow) that are absolutely perfectly serviceable for students to use, except...

The batteries are dead and we have no extra power adapters for them.

At the beginning of the year, my principal let me put in a PO for replacement batteries and adapters, but it has just been returned by the district office. So... We have a bunch of paperweights that could be great educational tools.

If anyone has, can acquire, or can otherwise offer suggestions on how we can scrounge up some laptop batteries and/or adapters, please let me know.

Black MacBooks model number A1181 from about 2007. Originally purchased as teacher laptops.
batteries are model A1185 10.8V
aberdeen: (ocean)
This morning I dreamt that I was taking a distance class.

Sure, you say, that makes sense, since, ya know, you are.

Yes, but. The class I was taking in the dream was: Design, Sculpting, and Forming latex monster masks and prosthetic make-up pieces.

It was a good class, too! We watched videos and demonstrations, and then went off on our own to produce our assignments, which we'd mail in. The instructor then reviewed the work and mailed it back with comments.

Just before I woke up, I was reading the comments on one of my pieces:
"Nice attention to detail, and good job staying within assignment parameters. Very creative use of support characters."

Apparently the assignment involved designing one main creature, and 3 distinctly different, but related, supporting creatures.

Overall A!

Oct. 21st, 2013 05:34 pm
aberdeen: (willowme)
A on the final paper.
A in the class, overall.

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