What did you do in school today?

October 31, 2006 at 2:35 pm (Teaching)

Heh. I got to have a pretty fun day at work today. Tuesday, I spend all day in the science lab. Since I service kids in each of the three sixth grade classes, I’m able to use this time as “ELA” services, since I’m helping them write their lab reports. Today’s experiment was especially fun.

The students were given six solutions: water, salt water, vinegar & salt, lemon juice, orange juice, and Taco Bell mild sauce. They were given 18 filthy pennies. These puppies were green! After separating the pennies into 6 “cleanliest”, 6 “dirtiest” and 6 in the middle, the students put on of each into the liquids to see which would clean the best.

Can you guess which ones worked the best? My hypothesis was the hot sause. (I do a lab report along with my students to “model” how to fill them out correcly.) Although Taco Bell’s goodness did get it somewhat cleaner, the vinegar & salt was the clear winner, with lemon juice a close second.

I also was asked to do a side experiment, while the other kiddos were working on cleaning pennies. I took a large container, filled it about half way up with vinegar & salt, threw in the pennies from the first class’s experiments, and added a single iron nail. The nail has been in the solution all day now, and it has been bubbling like crazy. What happens (according to the lab director) is that the vinegar strips the copper layering off the pennies, leaving the negatively charged copper ions floating in the solution. They are attracted to the positively charged iron ions in the screw, and start to coat the screw. When I take out the screws, you can see a copper coating on them. The bubbling is caused by the vinegar stripping away the top layer of the iron. The pennies are staring to look black.

Very cool.


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On our *maybe* new home.

October 31, 2006 at 11:54 am (The Big Move, Uncategorized)

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Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2006 at 10:32 am (Teaching)

Oh. My. God. It’s flippin’ cold in this schoolbuilding today. I’m in the science lab for the duration of the day. I’m hoping that when 25 small warm bodies show up for class and move around, the temp in here will go up. But I’m shivering my tookas off this morning! Silly me decides to spend the Halloween dress down day in a Thing 1 t-shirt. Yeah. Short sleeves are not a good idea at the end of October.

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Protected: Fixing “Steve”?

October 30, 2006 at 1:11 pm (Teaching)

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Our new home?

October 30, 2006 at 12:38 pm (The Big Move)

I hope to God I’m not jinxing anything by talking about it on my blog, but Emma may have found our new home. She stopped by the agent’s office today, and got the low down on a two-bedroom bungalow located in the town she is presently living in. It’s a cute little place at the end of a cul-de-sac, with a nice looking yard. It’s a 5 minute walk to the town center, and right near a bus stop. Which is ideal for us, since neither of us will have a car right away when I move over at the end of December.

I’ve only seen the pictures of it on the internet, but Emma’s been by it, and she says it’s pretty sweet.


I’ve seen other pictures of the interior, and it looks reasonably new. It’s this yucky rosey-pink color in some places, though. I guess I can deal with that. Em’s got an appointment to go there with the agent tomorrow, and narrow down all the bills and costs and stuff. No pets, so that’s a bit of a bummer.

Em’s got a load saved up just for this, so we’re not too freaked about the start-up cost right now. We’re just working the bills out so that we can be sure we can swing it with our two incomes. When Em told her Nana about the place, she said that she knows the neighbor, and that he used to work with Emma’s granddad. Em thinks it’s a coincidence, I think it’s a sign.

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Thank you, D.

October 29, 2006 at 11:42 am (General Life)

“The Bible contains six admonishments to homosexuals and 362 admonishments to heterosexuals. That doesn’t mean that God doesn’t love heterosexuals. It’s just that they need more supervision.” – Lynn Lavner

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I miss my wife.

October 28, 2006 at 7:52 pm (Personal Revelations & Whatnot)

See above.

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Rainy Saturday activities

October 28, 2006 at 1:23 pm (General Life)

It’s pouring outside. I like it. Everything is so calm and low key. It’s put me into a rather domestic mood.

I’ve crochetd for about 2 hours this morning. I’m almost done with the star blankie I’m making. About half a skein left. Then, I’m on to my ripple afghan. I need to get back to finishing my Christmas gifts. So, crocheting 10+ hours a weekend is in the future. Emma’s in Wales this weekend, camping with her friends, so I don’t need to be worried about coordinating our time to actually be able to have a decent conversation with eachother this weekend.

I forgot what the combo of rainy days and crochet does to my joints. While I took a break from hooking, I decided to whip something up for dinner. I’m back on my Weight Watchers full swing now that I’m less stressed over things, so I surfed over to dwlz.com’s forum for some crock pot ideas.

I found a few that I liked, but didn’t tickle my fancy all to much, so this is what I ended up putting together:

1.5lbs of skinless chicken tenders
1 onion, cut in quarters and separated into rings
4 potatoes, cut into large chunks (skins left on)
3 cloves of garlic, smashed
4 carrots, cut into about eight chunks each
1 green pepper, cut in large chunks
1 cup white wine
1 cup onion soup
salt and pepper to taste

I wanted more veggies than chicken, so if you’re a meat eater, I’d probably double the chiken. I’ll check it in about six hours and hope it’s good. Not sure what to serve with it though.

After-dinner edit: Chicken dish came out okay. I think next time I’ll put it to roast instead of crock-pot. It might thicken more, and brown the potatoes too. 

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Crochet Club Pics

October 27, 2006 at 2:45 pm (Crochet & Crafts, Teaching)

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Protected: Yet more “Steve” crapola.

October 27, 2006 at 2:31 pm (Teaching)

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