Saturday, January 13, 2007

Hitting the Highlights....

1. This week I learned (while reading a really fun book with a reading group) that wolf pack leaders go out, eat 25 pounds of meat (which is equal to eating 60-70 burgers), come back to their den and the puppies lick their bellies, make them throw up, and then eat it.....this was a HUGE hit and all the kids that weren't in the reading group have been borrowing the book now to read on their own, there is nothing like a little vomit to motivate a 12 year old to read more :O).
2. Another fun fact of the week, the following is a LIVE webcam in Africa, it's on 24 hours a day, and I'm addicted to it, give it some time, it's light about 11 pm (central time) until 11 am, it has night visions, and scrolls around to sometimes see animals visiting this watering hole, don't give up until you see animals (which were really there at dusk), you will love it too. I've seen zebras, an elephant and it's baby, all sorts of 'other' animals that look like buffalo and deer (antelope?) with twisted horns and something that looked like a lion (I haven't visited the zoo lately, to brush up on the official names, and we just started the Africa unit in school). http://live.wildlife.wavelit.net/451OK If you visit (and you should) plan on just keeping it on your screen for a few days and I promise it is so worth your time, this also has made my desk at work a very busy hub, I can't get my students to stay in their seats when they know I have it up.
3. It's CHILLY! It has been raining so hard, we are having flash flood warnings and ice watches (such an interesting mix). So far, because the rain has been soooo heavy, it's pushing warm air down, so it's been about 33, just warm enough not to freeze, but it's supposed to finally give up it's fight, and continue and turn into sleet over the next two days, I'm praying it holds out a little longer, my friend's daughter (MaryAnne) is getting married this evening, Mary's entire family is in Oklahoma (which has two plus inches of ice and been declared a state of emergency) and so I think just one or two of the 12 brothers and sisters (plus family), and no grandparents made it down before it hit yesterday morning (before predicted), her dad was supposed to fly in yesterday afternoon from a class, and had to drive instead and was running from the storm in Lubbock, and has hopefully made it, it was crazy, but in the end, so far, it's best case scenario in a crazy situation, just lots of rain, and the wedding is only four hours off so maybe it'll all be 'over with' before and if the worst of it gets here, she definitely has a 'beat all' wedding story. After this, I hope it all freezes over and all the kids that used to be me and the crew from the circle can get out those trash can lids and slide down the driveways.

2 comments:

Nicole said...

3. It's CHILLY! It has been raining so hard, we are having flash flood warnings and ice watches (such an interesting mix). So far, because the rain has been soooo heavy, it's pushing warm air down, so it's been about 33, just warm enough not to freeze, but it's supposed to finally give up it's fight, and continue and turn into sleet over the next two days


What's up with that?! It's 72.5 degrees and cloudy here! Winter? What's that?

(Although I hear that our cold weather is supposed to be here in a couple of days...)

:)

Maurine said...

I want wedding details!