Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Frank's book review

So Frank and I went to the library yesterday to get the next DSA [Dragon Slayer's Academy] book. I was showing him how to look up a book and how to find it on the shelf by looking for the number. He wanted to look up a book on World War II, in the adult non-fiction section. So here's what he came up with...

1. Pick up the nearest book of 125 pages or more.
A book from the library.
2. State the title and author of the cook.
The Kaiser and His Court, The Diaries, ,Note books and Letters of Admiral Georg Alexander von Muller, Chief of the Naval Cabinet 1914-1918, Edited by Walter Gorlitz
3. Find page 25.
4. Type in the first 5 sentences.
27th August, 1914 Uncertainty as to the situation in East Prussia where we have gone over to the attack once more. Uncertainty, too, as to whether we shall be able to outflank the English on the Western Front. By and large not a very cheerful day.
28th August, 1914 This evening news came through that strong English naval forces suddenly penetrated the Heligoland Bight and forced our reconnaissance units to retire. In the engagement Ariadne and V-187 sunk, Fraunenlob and Hela damaged. Many dead and wounded, the losses of the English are unknown....
5. Find page 100 and type in the first, second and fifth word on the page.
come, too, blame

It's not just that he got this book, he's actually reading it. He got through all of the first chapter, he read it to me in the truck on the way to the mall. It spurned some discussion including which countries were attacked by Germany during the war, and also suicide. Heavy read for a 9-year old.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Roller Skating and Tag

Last night Mike, Frank and I accompanied the church youth group to go roller skating. It was completely awesome. It only took me once or twice around before I got the hang of it again. Frank is so brave. He fell and hurt his wrist more than three times, but he didn't want to quit. He held the rail for most the time and he made it around at least ten times. He wants to go back again, which is fine with me because it was great exercise. My glutes were burnin'.

I was recently tagged by Rosie to answer a short book survey:

MEME Rules:
1. Pick up the nearest book of 125 pages or more.
This would be the book I am currently reading.
2. State the title and author of the cook.
Look Me in the Eye by John Elder Robison
3. Find page 25.
4. Type in the first 5 sentences.
Snort was getting bigger, too. He had learned how to sit up on his own, and he crawled around after me. He lived in a pen with rubber mesh sides. I took him out when he yelled and if he became a pest I put him back. Occasionally, I would flip his pen upside down so Snort was in a jail with a roof.
5. Find page 100 and type in the first, second and fifth word on the page.
"Well, you, And
6. Tag 5 people
I don't know if this will result in anything, but:
  1. Mike
  2. Mom
  3. Tina (Ha-Ha, you're tagged twice now!)
  4. Thora
  5. Frank

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Which are you?

Apparently I'm

60 % Nerd, 17% Geek, 26% Dork

A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.

A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.

A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.

You scored better than half in Nerd, earning you the title of: Pure Nerd.

The times, they are a-changing. It used to be that being exceptionally smart led to being unpopular, which would ultimately lead to picking up all of the traits and tendences associated with the "dork." No-longer. Being smart isn't as socially crippling as it once was, and even more so as you get older: eventually being a Pure Nerd will likely be replaced with the following label: Purely Successful.

To take the test yourself... -- THE NERD? GEEK? OR DORK? TEST

If you take the test you don't have to enter any personal info in order to get the results. Just skip those parts.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

"What's Asberger's?"

Frank may have seen it in the book titles at home, or maybe he heard it at school but either way there it was..."Mom, what's asberger's?" I'm pretty good about keeping a nondescript look on my face while I'm thinking as fast as my neurons will fire. So I told him that "Asberger's" is just a word that describes how his brain works and it helps me and his teacher to know how to teach him.

He seemed pretty satisfied with that. Who knows, maybe after it kicks around in his brain he'll be repeating it in the library for the first graders like the time I told him what an X-rated movie was. Only I probably won't get a call from the principal for his knowledge on Asberger's.

Motherhood is good. Never a dull moment.