jennywren: (At table with computer)
( Sunday, August 30th, 2009 05:43 pm)
I've been thinking a lot about school lately, particularly math. I'm sure a big part of that is that I work at Staples, an office supply store, where the back to school season is almost like Black (Green) Friday (the day after Thanksgiving, when the holiday shopping season officially begins), except that it is nearly that busy spread out over weeks. I do not remember school supply buying being such a big deal when I was in school. I mean I always loved getting new pens and pencils and especially fresh notebooks with all those empty pages. We never spent that much on stuff, and reused what we could from year to year (or even from generation to generation -- I used some of my mom's old binders). Molly (who is working at least temporarily at Staples, too) and I have seen so many kids (well, okay, mostly their parents) shelling out the bucks for graphing calculators, the TI-84s. When I was in school (I'm already starting to feel old when I say that phrase -- I graduated high school in 1993, only 16 years ago!), we didn't need or use graphing calculators until Calculus. Back then, it was the TI-81, and the school actually provided the calculators for the students in that class. Most of us (our parents) wouldn't have had the $80-$100+ plus that the TI-81s cost back in 1992-1993, nor enjoyed having to drive at least an hour to find a place that sold them. (My family especially, since we were getting by with free school lunches and forever hand-me-downs!) I remember the 6-8 of us who braved calculus my senior year, sitting in Mrs. Scott's classroom or working out problems together on the the board. I'm not sure I could remember the calculus we learned then, but I remember studying it.

This memory brings me to the other main reason I've been thinking about school and math. I found out this week that my high school math teacher, Mrs. Rochelle Scott, died on August 24th. I've been reading over her obituary and the memories others have shared on her tribute page. It has brought back many memories of Mrs. Scott.

-- I took a lot classes from Mrs. Scott, including algebra II, pre-calculus, and calculus, basic and advanced computer programing (We only used BASIC on Apple IIes. The school got its first Macs at the end of the year I graduated. Mrs. Scott used to tell us about the first computer classes she taught with the big boxes. The students would make their punch cards and once a week drive to to a school about an hour away to run their punch cards through a computer. If there were any mistakes, it was another week before they could try again.)

-- Mrs. Scott was also the newspaper adviser. I was the editor or co-editor of the school newspaper for 3-4 years. We spent lots of time before and after school typing, cutting and pasting (literally) the newspaper together. She would even drive me to school or home later, if we needed to work on the paper. I remember riding along in her zippy, sporty red car (weren't there a few tickets for speeding/not wearing a seat belt in her history :) ?) along those 11 miles from Burt to Sentral School, a school out in the middle of a cornfield (except for the years it was in the middle of a bean field). I was incredible naive, and her careful eye kept me from printing coded innuendos the columnists tried to sneak into their articles.

-- Mrs. Scott made math class so much fun, but we learned so much. She stuck with us and helped us all get the concepts, spending so many extra hours with students. She was always lively and energetic, with a spark in her eyes. Her enthusiasm was contagious! She was also a live wire, a fire brand -- I learned a lot of colorful expressions from her. After tests, we would work on puzzles from Puzzle magazine.

-- Many people have talked about how Mrs. Scott would work with students got the concepts, spending countless hours with us. I think this is fantastic of her. We went to a school where the teachers really strove to leave no student behind. Memorably I remember spending two months studying adverbs in English class, as Mr. Hansen tried to help everyone grasp the usage of adverbs. Our small school had the opportunity to help each student learn the things they needed.

-- Mrs. Scott and her family were also members of the same church we were members of. She sang alto in the church choir.

Wow, so many memories! I'm sure so many more will continue to come to me, but I just wanted to share a bit about Rochelle Scott, who touched my life and lives of so many students over the years. I can't believe she's gone already, but she lived a full life.

(This entry was largely written in my head at work as I sat for hours removing the staples from packets, adding a page, and re-stapling the packets -- over 700 times. Don't ask!)

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jennywren: (oak tree)
( Thursday, August 28th, 2008 01:30 pm)
I know it has been forever since I posted. Since graduation I've been trying to find a job, and I haven't yet. As the bank account sinks, I get more and more depressed. It is hard to be motivated.

Other than needing a job and income, our summer has gone fairly well. We went to Iowa for the 4th of July, because my family was having a family reunion and an early 80th birthday open house for my grandma. It was good to see so much of the family and to introduce Molly (also nerve wracking in anticipation). I have pictures, which I will post one of these days. We stopped in Iowa City and had time to visit with a few friends (Dannye & family, Kris & John, etc.) and pick up the books I'd been storing there. Some of those are now at my mom's house, but the rest are piled in our living/dining room while we try to figure out where to put them. I am also slowly adding them to LibraryThing. Iowa City (as well as much of Iowa) was just beginning clean up after the flood waters had gone down. It was hard to see the damage. We also drove through my old neighborhood, which is recovering from a tornado a few years ago. That was hard, too. I took Molly up to Mt. Vernon and showed her Cornell College, my alma mater. I still haven't been able to show her the University of Iowa library where I worked, because this visit it was still closed from the flooding. It was a good trip, despite high gas prices.

I am spending most of my online time on facebook these days. I know, I know. . .
I spend most of that time on one application, Live Gifts. It is a simple one: adopt a picture of an animal, feed and care for it so it doesn't die. You can mingle your pets with other peoples and adopt the starving pets of others, etc. Apparently it is addictive :p I've met some neat people thought. Plus facebook has a bunch of word games I like playing.

I'm doing some reading for fun, too. That is nice. And supposedly looking at PhD programs, but it is hard to be motivated about that when I don't have a job right now. I've been trying for a library job. I have applications in all over the place, and I've had a couple of interviews. This week I interviewed for a library job at a fancy downtown Columbus law firm. Very nice. I hope to hear soon.

I'll try to update here more often, but I offer no guarantees :) I hope you all are hanging in there, too.

jennywren: (Default)
( Saturday, January 20th, 2007 09:53 pm)
You know the Bible 100%!

Wow! You are awesome! You are a true Biblical scholar, not just a hearer but a personal reader! The books, the characters, the events, the verses - you know it all! You are fantastic!

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Though I am relieved that I appear to know something about the Bible, since I am a seminary student!

Last week I finished my papers from Fall 2006 semester. I've yet to get my grades, but at least it is done. The next semester starts January 29 (my birthday). I will be taking Introduction to Christian Ethics (3rd time is the charm!), Systematic Theology, and Basic texts of the Mosaic Tradition (I think it focuses on Exodus). I'm sure that will keep me busy. I plan to continue working at the school's library, even though we are doing more transitions (new catalog and new procedures). It's been rough ever since we got a new circulation supervisor. Sigh . . . Plus I may have another job lined up in an area of interest (I'll let you know next week.)

I know I haven't posted much in a while. Let's see what I'll been doing. In December, at the end of the last week of the semester, Molly and I drove up to Frankfort, MI, for Cathy and Mike's wedding. It was just lovely, and we cried. I love northern (LP) Michigan, and I got to show Molly Interlochen, where I worked 2 summers. I think eventually I will have some pictures from that trip. We found the free WIFI in downtown Frankfort to check our email :) It was good to see Cathy's family and friends again. I had gone home with her for Thanksgiving 2004 and met all these nice folks.

Molly and I had a nice quiet Christmas here. We went to North Church for Christmas Eve morning, and Gale's church in Marion for Christmas Eve evening service and dinner. We decorated our little tree and the living room. Molly got me a beautiful necklace that I'd been wanting (you can see the pendant here). I used the money my grandma sent to buy a digital camera, which I had been wanting for some time. You can see some samples of my new photography at flickr. I'm still learning to use the software.

I made a short trip to Iowa over New Years to help celebrate my mom's 60th birthday. I hadn't been back to Iowa since Christmas 2004. Some things change, some things don't. It wasn't a long enough trip to see any of my friends or get to Iowa City or anything -- bummer. I think my mom had a good birthday. We took her out to dinner, and her present finally arrived this week. We got her a gift card to a spa for a massage. We think she'll enjoy it. I also spent some time while in Iowa trying to come out to my grandma. I'm not sure how successful I was, as she was having a bad cold and bronchitis while I was there. She said she has a class reunion the weekend of our Holy Union ceremony (May 26). When I got back to Ohio, Molly's sister Cindy, niece Sierra, and Cindy's partner Val, were here visiting from California. It wasn't a long enough visit, but I hope they'll come again.

I'm still having fun medical adventures, with their lovely accompanying bills. Grrr . . . In December I had another abdominal CT scan (blech!), which showed nothing much but a possible hernia. In January I had a sinus CT scan, which was normal. Now I have to see an Ear Nose Throat specialist in February. Last week, I had a colonoscopy (the clean out and the IV are the worst parts), which was normal. I'm not sure what the next step is in that area to figure out the continuing abdominal pain. The hernia isn't serious enough to do anything. The surgeon says it may be adhesions from last years surgeries or maybe some gynecological problem. Meh! I guess I need to see a gynecologist.

This week we've been working some and cat sitting for Kim and Gale. I've just been hanging out and relaxing a bit before it all starts up again. I'll try to post again sooner, but there are no guarantees. I've been reading LJ daily, just not posting.
jennywren: (spinning earth)
( Friday, May 5th, 2006 12:01 am)
I lived in Iowa for 16 years, but I'm not from there originally.

Quite Iowan.
You scored 54% Iowan!
Now you are someone who has definitely spent some time in Iowa! You aren't the top bracket...maybe because you live in a larger city, like Council Bluffs/Omaha, Des Moines (like me,) or Davenport/Bettendorf. Or maybe you are a frequent visitor so you definetely have some good Iowa information. But congratulations, you have the great Iowa qualities without running the risk of being called a "hick" or "hillbilly." Well done!

My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 99% on Iowan
Link: The Stereotypical Iowan Test written by LiberalTestLove on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test


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