Friday, September 21, 2007

Weekend Update

I am sorry that I haven't updated all week - my school installed a new web filter and I can't get this site (among others). I just woke up from my Friday night nap so I can be ready to play video games with Bear and Snake tonight. Since he became single, Snake has been over much more lately. We love him dearly, but at times it seems like he will never go home!
Briggs, the new kitten is doing well. Like most kittens, she gets into everything and is driving us crazy, but we love her. She's a real cuddle bug, too, and sleeps with us at night. I took a few pictures of her this week that I will try to post. She has the most amazing eyes - you'll see what I mean when you see the pics.

Bear and I are doing awesome! It turns out that I am much more satisfied with my relationship when I'm not sitting in this house all. day. long. We are staying home for the second weekend in a row... it's awesome.

I feel so woefully out of touch with you all (I can't read your blogs while at school, either)... how are you doing?


Thursday, September 13, 2007

New Addition

Please say hello to our newest family member, Briggs. She is a three month old short-haired gray kitten with eyes that peer into your soul and energy that doesn't quit. I haven't gotten any sleep this week because she spends the hours between sunset and sunrise trying to cuddle. I can't stay mad. Look at that face!

More details to come...


Monday, September 10, 2007


Do you remember in high school, there was at least one teacher who had a name that could be easily transformed into something different? I learned what my name has become today: Mrs. Kinne (kin-nee) has become Mrs. Kinky. It was said as a joke, but I'm sure I'm going to hear that one again. I had to laugh. If they only knew, I thought in my mind. :) It's a lot better than the last name I had - Ms. Monroe became Ms. Man-roe. Eek. Guess I should have bleached my facial hair better!

I am supposed to get a kitten this afternoon - the mom of one my students is supposed to stop by at two o'clock with the litter so I can pick the one I want. I'm excited to give Zedd a new sibling to play with! The poor thing has been so lonely since Inigo died. These kittens all have both eyes (unlike the one I thought I was going to get a few weeks ago), but I'm trying not to be disappointed. This will probably be better in the long run. I will post pictures as soon as I can.


Overheard student comment of the day: "Oh, look, there's a deer out in the field! Oh, no wait - that's a seagull."

Friday, September 07, 2007


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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Just a Wednesday

A few observations:

  • I saw my first moose of the school year today. It was a fat, complacent cow contentedly munching on bog weeds. She paid me no mind as I drove by.
  • I made my lunch from scratch this morning (a turkey and bacon wrap, yogurt, a pluot, and two cookies). I dropped my bacon on the floor. Instead of cooking more, I patted the pieces off on a paper towel and stuck them in my wrap.
  • I have more chores to do than hours to do them. That's about par for the course.
Tonight is grocery night. I hate this night more than any other. Lately I've been having to do the shopping without Bear and I find that without him, I'm not as efficient or as thrifty as I am with him. Who knew grocery shopping is better as a team sport?


Tuesday, September 04, 2007


Me: Let's name our next cat Gershwin.
Bear: I'm not naming our cat after a pickle!
Me: ...
Me: You're thinking GERKHIN! Not Gershwin!
Bear: Oh.
Me: MUAH HA HA HA HA HA HA (continues for several minutes)!

I love him!!

Interest Survey

One of the first things I do with my students each year is have them fill out an interest survey. It allows me to get to know them as individuals instead of just a sea of indistinguishable faces. I've posted the interest survey below for you to take a peek at. Feel free to post the answers in a comment - I'd love to get to know you better!


  1. Biggest flaw (not physical):
  2. Greatest accomplishment:
  3. Favorite type of music:
  4. Best thing you ever read:
  5. Most common excuse used:
  6. Biggest pet peeve:
  7. Favorite
    1. Food:
    2. Movie:
    3. TV show:
    4. Saying:
    5. Person:
    6. Pastime:
    7. Subject:
  1. One goal for the school year (personal or academic):
  2. Question I’d like to ask Mrs. Kinne:
  3. Concern I have about English class:
  4. Something Mrs. Kinne should know about me:
  5. Other: