3 happy things 3/5

My weekly pleasure to pick just 3 happy things.


Thing 1 is from my dad – his yacht club has combined their favorite sport of sailing with his other favorite sport of skiing and ta da!  Ice sailing!  Someone also got pretty creative with flying cameras so it is a cool video (my dad is the one with the all red suit and the epic mustache) and I love the music.  Dad, who did this video, they need credit!

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Sayville yacht club ice sailing



Thing 2

all this stuff


got into this car and there is still room for people (yes… that is a potty….)


Thing 3 – Keep up the good work Orlando!

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a Sham TV post

I’m taking a break from packing because the next step is cleaning and who am I kidding, I’m leaving Lars here so my expectations for clean house upon my return do not merit manic cleaning efforts today….  So, TV, my main source of entertainment, has 2 shows that are so bad I have to mock publically so hopefully their producers see it and fix the atrocity.

#1. Repeat after Me  – This show is funny in a laugh at the stupid thing way, but, I have NO IDEA WHY any of these celebrities are doing it.  The ‘normal’ hidden camera show is funny because of the reactions from the people but so far in two episodes most of the people have been generally polite and nonplussed.  I think having a known celebrity in the room makes all their crazy semi-acceptable because we all believe they are all semi crazy anyway….  I can’t enjoy the show without thinking about why it is even happening (and I happily watch celebrity apprentice and enjoy it! so my bar is not high).  Are the celebrities working off community service?  Does Wendy McLendon-Covey have deep dark secrets on these people?

– cringing worst part – they keep marveling at how well everyone says the lines…. DUDE they are all actors(ess) their JOB is to say lines other people wrote!  This probably isn’t even the silliest thing they ever were directed to say or do!

– My Fix – All they have to do for me to buy in is say that if they ‘pull it off’ they get $x,000 to a charity and I’ll be happy.  Then I can laugh and not worry that Wendy might have Ushers puppy held hostage…

*to her credit, Wendy is very funny and if that is all improv I would be very very impressed.

#2 Framework - A pressure cooker reality show about building furniture.  My sister told me about this and it is something I can’t stop watching because it is a total train wreck.  I have a feeling the producers are all biting nails because this can not be how they planned it….  First there is the general issue of trying to find diversity, and they did try hard, however that is not doing anyone any favors because there was a clear line of skill that was apparently ignored to try and round out the demographic (or, there were so few people willing to do the show they got what they got).  Second, a speed based show where they get a day to make something that usually takes weeks where they are using power tools is asking for trouble.  One guy refused to speed up because he already nearly lost a finger (he is now eliminated due to inability to finish stuff).  Um… speed and power tools don’t mix.  The only way they could go worse is if they had a challenge that to get an exotic wood or special ability they had to chug a beer.

-cringing worst part – there are really so many but the fact that they CONSISTENTLY say the WEAKEST player and/or piece will be eliminated kills me.  I imagine big piles of weights balanced on each piece or getting the contestants to pull sled dog tractor pull style.

– My Fix – more unconventional materials if you want a challenge, and give them a few days…?  I don’t know, I doubt really there will be a second season to fix because this one must be so insanely expensive given the amount of teak these guys go through, not to mention the logs of redwood etc.

I’m still watching because the top few guys are really and truly talented and I want to see who wins so I suppose they did succeed in creating enough interest for me to stick with it although I’m 100% not the demo Spike network was going for…


It feels good to get that out there.  Feel free to weigh in if you agree or disagree, I’m interested to know if you are watching them too.

Snack Mom March Edition

I’m so glad that last Friday I opened up Niamh’s folder and looked at everything because I usually reserve that pleasure for Monday morning.  This, being the beginning of the month, contained the snack calendar for the month!  Usually she (I? we?) is toward the end of the month but somehow we were bumped up in the world and our day to provide snack for all 25 kids is Tuesday (TODAY!) so if I had waited until Monday I might have had to phone it in with a pack of cookies but luckily I got it in time.

Niamh (I/we) have gotten a pretty good rep in the class for fun snacks.  Niamh always reports that people like them but I got a rave review from the teacher when I stopped by to drop off something Niamh forgot.  She says there is actual excitement and guessing and peeking into her bag or box on snack day.  The bar is not high because most kids bring gummies but its fun for me.


There was a bit of an extra stress this month because of vacation planning.  I need to pack and clean and continue to parent so less time than normal given a 4 day lead time.  Pinterest to the rescue!  I looked up St Patricks day since thats the thing and found this cute thing.

Inspiration pic by smart school house.com

Then I found these jokes to add to them (maybe getting them to read will make up for the fact I’m giving them sugar balls of unnatural color).

Capturing Joy site, and, the download even works although I just wrote the answers on the back rather than mess with 2 sided printing and my POS printer

I’m getting good at making my own labels in Excel rather than relying on printables because they often don’t work for me, or, the size is not what I needed.  The trick is to make a text box, type, mess with the font and color until it looks cool then add clip art.  Select all and merge it then copy and paste it to fit 3 rows of 3 landscape.


I probably put way too much thought into these but I want to balance fun with cost with nutrition with safety with mess level as well as my ability to make it and Niamh’s ability to get it to school on a bus.  That is a bunch of variables…  For this Lepracon rainbow I used;

sandwich sized ziploc

1 family sized box of Trix

1 bag of gold wrapped candies

roll of green ribbon

25 jokes, 25 “don’t get Trix” tags.

hole punch


1c scoop.


I don’t think I really need to write out How-To but my only tip is to put the tags (1 joke, 1 label) back to back so the answer does not show and hole punch them at the same time.

Instead of staples I used a tag and tie method because I didn’t want them ripping the bags open and spilling all the trix.  Longer to do but I think worth it.

Niamh helped this time by cutting the papers and filling the baggies with cereal using a 1c scoop.  She also added the chunk of gold wrapped candy to each bag and we made 3 special ones that had sugar candy not made on machines that also processed nuts.  I did the hole punch and ribbon cutting and tying and together we were done in about 15 minutes.  I have no idea if Niamh will remember these specifically but I sure am teaching her assembly line project management :)


I hope they all like them!

Monday story time 3/2

This week we got a more than just a picture and a sentence for our 150 word flash fiction challenge, we also got a bit of a tip that this frog is connected to the famous Mark Twain.   According to the challenge leader; “This marker is significant in that it features Mark Twain’s character Jim Smiley, and a jumping frog, Dan’l Webster!”  So no space alien frog story this week…


When it came to a challenge, Jim Smiley just had to jump right in!  Old Smiley, die hard betting man, this spot of pavement made a perfect place for Diamond Jim to generate some juice.  When the words wouldn’t flow Jim set up a three card monte game near that famous frog.  Diamond didn’t technically need to work, he had royalties,  savings from the days in the majors,  and, bank because he “bet” well on the market (and everything else).  This hussle  was simply to get his blood moving.

True to the Smiley way, he never cheated – the Lady was always there. That didn’t stop people from being sore losers…  Mad people made great character fodder but the good losers; they got a card that said “mail me a postcard” and if they did they got a $20 bill in return mail. Giving away money tended to attract it back, plus, its fun and that is what life is for.

Weekly Doodle – Sun

I have a love hate relationship with the sun.  I do feel more happy in a sunny world, however, I burn like a dry leaf so I can’t just bask in it.

Join me in doodling and link it up!



Science Fun: Get Your Oceanography On


I’ve never reblogged but I want to go back to all these links and I don’t want the internet to eat it…. Plus, I’m sure you all will love it too. Thanks mrs Brain!

Originally posted on Nerd in the Brain:

Last month, I started a little feature where I share links for fun things to do based on a particular area of science. For January, the topic was astronomy. One of the lovely Nerd in the Brain readers suggested an ocean theme for this month, so I got to searching! Let me show you some of the fun stuff I found…

At the NOAA site, all sorts of educational opportunities abound! For example, if you want to know more about coral reefs, just go HERE. Want to play games that teach about ocean waves, seafloor mapping, and all the swimmy critters? Check this out:

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If you’re a teacher, you’ll really want to click that “For Teachers” button on their site…more ocean-y goodness than you can shake a stick at! But don’t skip the “For Fun” button. Behind that button hides a free, downloadable activity book that has…

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