May 20th, 2011

Dr. Horrible: Not a Good Sound


Yesterday was a busy day. I ended up selling Zorra's boy - which is good, but...I really need to sell Trouble, because of the milk situation. The 3 kids are drinking all my milk!!!!! (Because Rosa's not in the milk-line right now, we're hurting. Inara is doing her level best....and Zorra will be contributing a lot more now, but *still* - 3 kids drink a LOT of milk. I'm trying to get them to eat grain....but they're a trifle young yet. :sigh:)

The dryer had a slipped belt and a clogged air vent. It's fixed - and I can dry a load of clothes in *1* cycle! AmAzInG!

The exterminator did his thing.....hopefully, no more mice. :fingers crossed:

The new phone/internet. Ah. Yeah. About that.....he was late, to begin with. The window was 12-4...he showed up at 5:10. No biggie. It's satellite phone/internet, so we now have a receiver on the roof. l was a bit concerned - we have a very steep, very tall roof, but he managed the install, and only dropped his phone off the roof. (It scared Bree- things aren't supposed to FALL from the sky! Oh dear - it's SCARY!!!! :lol:)

He then came in to pull

He's OK - just banged his leg up all to hell. He was quite embarrassed - he's never done that before. Us? We are not too upset - the company is sending out a contractor, and the boss will be out sometime today to check it out. I figure, they'll do the sheetrock and texture, we'll probably have to paint - and that's OK. (Why get upset by it? It was an accident, and he could have hurt himself really badly. It's in the hallway, so it's not like the kids got traumatized (Herself) by having a gaping hole in their ceiling, so.....:shrug: It'll be fixed, and that's the point.)

On the upside, our internet is BLAZINGLY fast now. We were lucky to have decent speed - now? It's what we're Paying For. We have thunder-boomers coming in.....we'll see if we lose it "because our servers have safety switches - when the weather gets bad, they automatically shut down. You'll have 'net back when the storms move out." (We got that ALL. The. Time. with the old service. :blech:)

It was kinda funny - after we made sure he was OK, he called his boss - and said "Um. No - I kinda think that if you fall thru a customer's ceiling you kinda need to make sure they have Internet before you leave., I'm OK....." :snicker:

It's Herself's last day in Public School. She's OK with it - now. Finally. Monday....we'll see. :nods:

Gotta skitter - got 2 tests to administer!
Calvin: Happy Dance

HS Update...

seems that the lapbook/notebook system *does* work with Himself - his Science test grade was 95! It should have been 100 - there was 1 question that had 2 correct answers, but the answer he chose wasn't what the answer guide wanted. (It was about which of the types of tests for written works did the Bible pass - it actually passes all 3; the "correct" answer was external and bibliographic. It also passes the internal test....which is what he put down. I took 1/2 off....although technically I shouldn't have.)

History was an 85 I went on a mission. Found a BUNCH of freebie for our next chapter - Classical Greece and Hellenization. I will confess that I hit CurrClick first.....but the cheapest unit was $17...and I just can't spend that right now (payday is Wednesday.....he starts the next chapter on Monday. That...doesn't really work that well.).....I found, which has a few ancient civilization lapbooks - the problem FOR ME is that I have to download each piece individually, then try and put them into order. :sigh:

It took 3 hours, but I have Ancient Egypt (for Herself...maybe. It was free, so it's no big deal), Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome/Roman Empire (that one will cover 2 chapters in our text), and Ancient China. I can't find any freebies on the Byzantine Empire...I might have to spend $7 for that one. :sigh: I also can't find Medieval Europe for free - the Plague, yes, but not Europe as a whole, so I will probably have to pay for it, too. :sigh: Still, we don't need them yet, so I have some time to keep looking - I just don't have the skill with Word/whatever to design my own. (Hmmm....wonder if someone sells/has templates that you can edit on you computer? That could work....must go looking!)

The more I can get set up now, the better off I'll be down the road. I'm looking forward to the kids going to Granny's - I am going to try and get the rest of the History text outlined so that I can just print and go with it. Science is taken care of, thanks to Knowledge Box. Math is easy - I figure out what we'll do that week, copy the worksheets/extra practice sheets, and we're good to go (No, I don't write in our books - I'd like to pass them on!)

Right now, Himself is hanging out on learning about the Solar Cycle/rockets/something. :heh: I printed him a paper model of the sun...we'll see if he gets to it today.

Still no update on my ceiling.

UPDATE: No, not on the ceiling; they haven't called back. BUT! Found a *fantastic* free lap/notebooking site!!! - TONS of stuff on Ancient Civilizations, Bible, Renaissance, Ancient Japan, Ancient China.....I spent HOURS there saving stuff down. The Ancient Japan is a bit sparse, but they are working on new pages. They also have Native American stuff - I need to sit down with the Text and see what I can use from there. :bounce: