Write Me Up

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Phonics, estimation and Dr. Seuss–it’s Wednesday, of course! January 30, 2013

Filed under: Wednesday is for poets — Dorothy Lynn @ 10:50 pm

Today is supposed to be for poetry, but my mind is too full of phonics worksheets and learning how to estimate numbers. But since I’m occupied with phonics, I could post a bit of Dr. Suess…. and teach everyone how to rhyme!

The Foot Book

by Dr. Seuss

 

Left foot, left foot

Right foot, right

Feet in the morning

Feet at night.

Left foot,

Left foot,

Left foot,

Right.

Wet foot, dry foot

Low foot, high foot

Front feet, back feet

Red feet, black feet

Left foot, right foot

Feet, feet, feet

How many, many feet you meet.

Slow feet, quick feet.

Trick feet, sick feet

Up feet, down feet

Here come the clown feet.

Small feet, big feet

Here come the pig feet.

His feet, her feet

Fuzzy fur feet

In the house and on the street,

How many, many feet you meet.

Up in the air feet

Over a chair feet

More and more feet

Twenty-four feet.

Here come more and more…………………………….and more feet!

Left foot. Right foot.

Feet. Feet. Feet.

Oh how many feet you meet.

 

*It’s not as good without the amazing illustrations…

 

The Goal. January 27, 2013

Filed under: General Blog-tastic Writings — Dorothy Lynn @ 8:55 pm
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So today I made the choice (mistake?) to tell my boyfriend that I was going to try and have the first draft of my novel done by my birthday, which is in the beginning of March. He laughed, and then said, well, you better actually do it then! No procrastinating! Then I tried to allow myself some grace time and say that maybe I’ll make the deadline his birthday (which is two weeks later). Again, laughter and saying NO PROCRASTINATING!

Now I will have endless reminders from him to write like crazy until my birthday……oh geez.

 

I like it when my students make jokes in Spanish and I understand them. January 25, 2013

Yup. It’s quite fun to be speaking Spanish again. It is also fun to overhear one of your students asking their friend if he can marry their sister, and then watch them get embarrassed when they realize that you(the teacher) completely understood what they were saying. Mostly, my students are just fun. They work hard (mostly) and I am super impressed at how they all seem so put together even though the majority of their classes are taught in a language they barely know. It definitely is challenging to teach them (for example, I have to translate all my math lessons into Spanish…I never thought i’d need to know how to say place value, fraction, or exponent in another language…) but I am already seeing them understand new things, and it’s only been a week! Woot!

Also, since this technically is a blog for my writing, I should say that I have been writing every night this week. They are just short scenes, but one of my story lines is really starting to unfold itself and I’m feeling like maybe I actually can finish this draft sometime in the near future.

And last but not least, IT’S FRIDAY!!!!! This morning, I remembered that my high school Spanish teacher used to have us say this “prayer” on Fridays….”Hoy es viernes, GRACIAS A DIOS! no tengo sueno, no estoy cansado…” there was more, but I can’t remember it. It was quite comical though….Anyway, since it is Friday, here is a foto!

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My friend Haley is a fantastic photographer. She took this at the Toledo Zoo. Isn’t he such a cute frog?

 

I make awesome decisions in bike stores! January 23, 2013

This is totally not poetry….but it is trying to be poetry? Or making fun of a social convention by trying to make it into art, when it totally should NOT be art? Something like that….anywho, It’s HILARIOUS, and I don’t quite have time to find a good poem tonight, so here you go! Josh Groban being really funny!

 

YAY 50 Follows!!!! January 22, 2013

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WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!!!!!!!!

Also, today went well. I have no idea what I will teach them tomorrow, but we probably have another two hour delay because it is so FREAKING cold outside (well, for Ohio at least…not so much if you are from Minnesota or Wisconsin, or Siberia…), therefore, the class periods will once again be quite short. 

 

The students were all really cool, and my Spanish came back to me super fast. it was quite fun being able to use my Spanish again. 

 

Also, also.. today is my dad’s birthday! Happy Birthday, old fart!!!!!!! 🙂

 

Now I must blow my nose. Again.

 

Here we go! January 21, 2013

Filed under: General Blog-tastic Writings — Dorothy Lynn @ 8:21 pm
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Tomorrow I start teaching math and language arts to non-english speaking students. I speak fairly good Spanish, so that should help, but I have never taught math in another language before….actually I have never taught anything in a language other than English. I was doing some lesson planning tonight, and it was very strange to be setting up lessons for teaching English in Spanish. But also fun, and awesome!
I am a bit worried about the math, simply because I have NO idea where they are math-wise or what I will have to teach, but math was actually my favorite subject to teach to my elementary students last year, so I think I will have fun with it. Especially since I am going to use an awesome book that helps to teach math concepts through the visual arts. Teaching math through drawing, sculpture and painting??? Yes, please!

Unfortunately, I still have this nasty head cold, and I have to work my other job all this week too, so I am going to be VERY tired.

 

Obligatory post January 19, 2013

Filed under: Foto Friday,General Blog-tastic Writings — Dorothy Lynn @ 9:50 pm
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I forgot to post a picture yesterday. so here is one today, of what I did yesterday.

just some dwarves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s right, I spent some time with some of my favorite dwarves. And a Hobbit. And a wizard, a few trolls, and quite a lot of orcs and goblins. All in all a productive night.

But today I have a cold. And this is what I’ve done all day today:

yuck.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And now, I am pretty sure I look like him:

___rudolph_the_red_nosed_reindeer____by_kooky_spooky-d5gvzck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

but without the christmas cheer. because it’s the end of January.

 

Now I think I will go to bed.

 

AWESOME. January 17, 2013

And I’m not even being sarcastic with that all caps title!

Here’s the interesting and wonderful story of my week.

On Monday, I went to work and lamented to myself a little about how it’s pretty blah and doesn’t pay much, and I need to look for a new one soon.

On Tuesday, my cousin went back to Toledo, and I slept until noon. At noon, while I was still being a bum in bed because I didn’t work until three that day, my friend Colleen called me. I didn’t pick up because I was slightly embarrassed that I was still in bed at noon, and I didn’t want to answer with my groggy sleep voice. So I checked the message later, and it turns out she wanted to know if I was interested in an ESL (English as a Second Language) tutoring job at the high school. She called again that night, but I was at work, so I missed it again. I thought to myself, hey, this could be a good opportunity, i definitely need to call her back.

On Wednesday, I called her back in the morning, expressing my interest, then went to work Again, blah, low pay, but hey, maybe I’ll have a new job soon! Colleen called me back that afternoon and talked to me for about twenty minutes explaining what the job was, and that they really really REALLY needed someone, and would I mind if she gave the principle my number to contact me. I said “of course”, of course! My hopes went up even more!

On Thursday, oh wait, I mean today, I was sleeping. I had my alarm set for 8:30 because I thought to myself, “hey, self, don’t be a bum today. get up early, even though you don’t have to work until three.” Well, at 8:16 am, my phone starts ringing. I was right in the middle of a dream….i think it was about traveling, or food….but it was very vivid, and then I heard my phone. I saw it was the principal calling me. Crap, man, i can’t answer the phone with sleepy groggy voice! Embarrassing! Again!!! So I got up really quick, ran to the bathroom, drank some water, and called her back. It turns out that she wanted to see me today. So I hurriedly got dressed, turned on my computer (which took about 30 minutes to turn on all the way….ugh.) so I could print off my resume, which was still unfinished from this summer, got dressed, and went to the high school at 10:30. Yes, a mere two hours after the call.

And by 11:00 I was hired.

The end.

 

Haha, not really. The moral of this story is you never know how God is going to provide for you. Here I was sitting in my house, thankful for what I had, but starting to feel pretty miserable because I felt like I was going nowhere, and BAM! out of the blue, I get this job dropped in my lap. A job that pays almost triple what I make now, a job that uses my love of languages, a job that is still only part-time, which means I can still write!!!!!!! Basically, the perfect thing for me right now. Coincidence? I think not.  So hey, thanks God, for being awesome, even when I’m being whiny.

 

Poetry and such, because it’s Wednesday, and that’s what happens. January 16, 2013

I’ll switch it up a bit today and post a poem in Spanish. I LOVE languages, and I love poetry in other languages (when I can understand it, that is). Although there are some really great translators out there, I really believe that a poem is its best in its original language. There is something about the feel of it, the culture of a language, that gets lost in translation. So here is a poem by Pablo Neruda called “Para que tu me oigas” (“So that you will hear me) I guess I’ll be nice and post the translation after it, for all you English speakers…

Para que tu me oigas

Para que tu me oigas
mis palabras
se adelgazan a veces
como las huellas de las gaviotas en la playa

Collar, cascabel ebrio
para tus manos suaves como las uvas.

Y las miro lejanas mis palabras.
Más que mias son tuyas.
Van trepando en mi viejo dolor como las yedras.

Ellas trepan así por las paredes húmedas.
Eres tú las culpable de este juego sangriento.
Ellas están huyendo de mi guarida oscura.
Todo lo llenas tú, todo lo llenas.

Antes que tú poblaron la soledad que ocupas,
y están acostumbradas más que tú a mi tristeza.

Ahora quiero que digan lo que quiero decirte
para que tú me oigas como quiero que me oigas.

El viento de las angustia aún las suele arrastrar.
Huracanes de sueños aún a veces las tumban.
Escuchas otras voces en mi voz dolorida.

Llanto de viejas bocas, sangre de viejas súplicas.
Ámame, compañera. No me abandones. Sígueme.
Sígueme, compañera, en ese ola de angustia.

Pero se van tiñendo con tu amor mis palabras.
Todo lo ocupas tú, todo lo ocupas.

Voy haciendo de todas un collar infinito
Para tus blancos manos, suaves como las uvas.

So That You Will Hear Me

So that you will hear me
my words
sometimes grow thin
as the tracks of the gulls on the beaches.

Necklace, drunken bell
for your hands smooth as grapes.

And I watch my words from a long way off.
They are more yours than mine.
They climb on my old suffering like ivy.

It climbs the same way on damp walls.
You are to blame for this cruel sport.
They are fleeing from my dark lair.
You fill everything, you fill everything.

Before you they peopled the solitude that you occupy,
and they are more used to my sadness than you are.

Now I want them to say what I want to say to you
to make you hear as I want you to hear me.

The wind of my anguish still hauls on them as usual.
Sometimes hurricanes of dream still knock them over.
You listen to other voices in my painful voice.

Lament of old mouths, blood of old supplication.
Love me, companion. DOn’t forsake me. Follow me.
Follow me, companion, on this wave of anguish.

But my words because stained with your love.
You occupy everything, you occupy everything.

I am making them into an endless necklace
for you white hands, smooth as grapes.

So, it’s a beautiful poem in either language, but you lose a lot of the rhythm and conciseness when you translate it. There is just something about “todo lo llenas tú, todo lo llenas” that is more moving than “you fill everything, you fill everything.”

 

 

Cake pops…..or cake balls, rather… January 14, 2013

My cousin came to visit me this weekend and brought her new cake pop maker. 

1) cake pop makers are misleading, and they do not cook the batter into perfectly shaped cake balls

2) it is impossible to find skewers at Walmart here…but then again the Walmart in my town is the most disorganized one i’ve ever seen.

3) It is fun to sing Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” really loudly while decorating cake balls.

It was a fair success. We made white cake dipped in milk chocolate, and red velvet cake dipped in white chocolate. SO YUMMY.

Here is a picture!

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