Monday, November 29, 2010

My Last Will and Testament

I, Marie Teemant, of warmer places than here, being of sound mind (and frozen assets), do hereby make, publish, and declare the following to be my Last Will and Testament.

I. All books previously placed upon the white bookshelf shall be distributed between  BMMS classroom 728 and whichever charitable organizations seen fit by the reading teacher in that room (aka Mom). Please return all library books and take care of fines.

II. Italian leather gloves are to be buried with me somewhere warm. Like Bermuda. Or Hawaii. Sam McGee it if you have to, just keep my poor corpse warm!

III. All other possessions are to be sold and the proceeds are to be used towards the living and pampering of one Sassy S. Kitty, that she may be ensured a good and fat existence.

Should I survive the winter, this contract will be considered null and void until the subsequent snow fall.

Signed: Rie

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Giving Thanks

Yesterday, I had the chance to go photograph a yearly project my mom leads with her students in sending packages to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 Earlier in the week, all the student council kids filled out the customs forms. This was one that was missed. Each package has to be exact or they won't make it there.

Admittedly, I photographed this one because I know the family of this soldier. There were two other names given this year, though. Every year, there are different soldiers from either other teachers, people we know, or students, who have a family member/friend serving. They are delivered to the one soldier, but there are enough boxes to distribute among the unit.


A Pretty efficient assembly line got started. There were four of five stamps on each one, to make up the right total. Besides collecting items from students, they were able to raise money to help out in the $1,700 dollars in stamps!!! 

Some kids were able to haul a ton...

Others... not so much.

Some of them found an easier way to get a lot to the right place.

In the end, everyone had their job!

This has been a project at Bob Miller Middle School for the last five years. My mom estimated that somewhere between 800 and 1000 soldiers have received a package like these over the years. Each of the three soldiers this year will get between 50-60 packages for them and their unit. 

I'm thankful to see people serving others. What a great bunch of students! I hope they learn to carry that service through the rest of their lives. A little bit of kindness definitely wouldn't hurt the world one bit!
And, of course, I'm thankful for our soldiers. I have several cousins, my little brother, and many friends who made the sacrifice to serve our country. Happy Thanksgiving to all our troops!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Six... more... weeks...

I have survived another week. I have made it through and am proud to say that I did so with every single assignment in. on. time. Granted one was lost to the world of the binary code and the three hour redo didn't work at all, but at least it was in.

I was thinking about it this week and this semester has kind of turned into a giant game of clue for me. I'm the host. My professors, the players. So who will it be? Which one has the power to finally do me in?

Fullmer...with Adobe... in the computer lab...

Lovell... with the outlines... in the library... or was it with the projector in the critique???

Turley... with the rasp... in the classroom... (this one tried THREE TIMES! If you don't know what a rasp is, think heavy duty cheese grater for stone... and then imagine it slicing across your knuckle!)

Really, it's amazing I haven't been finished off already, but I'm getting there.

Thanksgiving with the fam will be coming up, then Christmas and after that I get to go visit my favorite family in Arizona. So much to look forward to. And just six weeks to go!