Sunday, August 20, 2006

Frog shots!

Good news! DH fixed the problem with my blog so now I can download photos. I can’t believe how difficult it is for me to blog without art. I am just so uninspired and the blog itself is rather dull.
It appears I have reached a new level in my writing I’m a writer / photographer dare I even say photojournalist? Naw, that’s to much of a stretch, I guess I’m just a writer with a great enthusiasm for photography.
As you can see, I have been taking frog photos. It was fun and creepy at the same time. I was sitting on the ground focusing in on jumping frogs while children stood all around me, frogs held in their cupped hands.
The potential for a frog in my shirt was pretty high. Fortunately I escaped the humiliation. I say humiliation, because I think I could have lost what small professional stature I have should I go shrieking and flailing in the lake.
I wasn’t the only one a little squeamish about the operation. The woman in charge of the frog jumping contest did plenty of hopping herself when renegade amphibian athletes took off in her direction.
I’ll be writing the story about the frog jump, cardboard boat race, et al on Monday.

Everyone will be back to school on Monday and I don’t know what to do first. I have a huge stake of “shoulds” including writing, bill paying and cleaning. A-7 just asked me if I was going to bring my camera and take a photo of him with his teacher on the first day of school. Of course I am! I still have the camera in my possession and I won’t answer the phone if it’s the Transcript calling until after I walk the boys to their classes.
A-7s teacher was a student teacher in DH class a few years ago. We have heard good reports about her.
One funny thing, while she was in DH classroom she did and experiment with dry ice and water. After she finished the experiment she capped the bottle and put it in DH closet. Later in the day, as he was teaching his class, the experiment “exploded” blowing the door off the metal cabinet. This story makes my chemist son A-7 very happy to have her as a teacher.
L-11 is very pleased because he has the math expert teacher. L-11 has been speculating all summer about how much he wants to be in Mr. R’s class. When he found out he would indeed be in the class he did a dance of joy.

DH is probably not quite ready to return to the classroom, although he is ready for summer to be behind him.
He will be starting training on a part-time job this week as well, so I suspect he is going to be very tired. The job is working the Friday night graveyard shift at a truck stop / convenience store. DH has plenty of convenience store experience, but I worry about him because he will be sleep deprived, which is never good for a person’s health.

I’m picking up extra hours too. We have a termite invasion to pay for, among other things.


Mindy said...

I have to admit.. I'm not a huge fan of frogs, but those are some awesome photos. You don't know me, but I've heard about you:) I am neighbors to hauterox... and I was sad that I missed meeting you when you were at her house last! You'll have to let me know next time you go over. It's always fun meeting peas. I don't post on the boards very much, but I do read them!

Renee said...

Great Frog shots. Not sure I could have stood still to take them, but you did an awesome job.

Francine said...

eeek! I really don't like frogs, but you got some great shots!

Amy Sorensen said...

You know...I think it is downright WRONG that a teacher should have to work a different job AS WELL as teaching, just to be able to make ends me. I know it happens all the time (since I'm a teacher on a sabbatical). But it just makes me sad that our society makes it so impossible for teachers to have LIVES. HUGS to your DH.

And great photos!

pudding for brains said...

Ohhh! I am sorry that we didn't go to stansbury days! Those frogs are so cool! The boys would have totally flipped out!
DH sick on Sunday...I naturally had to stay to be his nurse:)
I missed seeing you though! WE NEED TO SCRAP! Let's see yo' fancy box! (Is it ready?)

Robyn said...

Gorgeous froggy photos! I like frogs, they are just cute but yes, all that hopping can be alarming! LOL

My husband went back to school today, a week before the kids but there still the same. I agree with the second job thing, not fair. My husband paints in the summer...putting that master's to good use! LOL but they make them go to so many inservices during the summer that he couldn't have a "real" job anyway, not that he should have to.

Lorrie said...

cute frog pictures. I like frogs too, but would be a bit squeamish to have my face down close to them, behind a camera or not! lol.

Karen said...

mmm...yuck n' stuff. Fake frogs are much less slimy ;-)