Friday, February 22, 2008


A few years ago, Blair instituted the Word of the Day. Each day, teachers across the curriculum are asked to go over the word, definition, and a sentence for these SAT-style words. All well and good. I must say that even I've learned a few new ones.

This year, I've added to the fun by introducing the ZWOD, or Zhōngwén Word of the Day. The kids love it since I'm putting useful phrases, like hǎo yìsi ("my bad") and, for Valentine's Day, ài ("I love you"). For the kids who thought that was a bit deep, I gave them xǐhuan ("I like you"). One student asked, "What about 'I don't like you'?" "OK," I said, "that's xǐhuan ." I can just hear her now in the cafeteria... xǐhuan ... xǐhuan !

If I forget to change the ZWOD, they call me out. Now, if only they'd do that about the regular Word of the Day.


Tuesday, February 19, 2008

New Shot

Super Bowl Sunday

Today Julie went to her friend's house to watch Hairspray. That left the whole night for me to spend with Mom and Dad. A couple of years ago, Mom and Dad got me a basketball hoop for my birthday. Over time, it has worn out. So today we went to Sports Authority to buy a new hoop. The basketball hoop is regulation height. It has a blue backboard. And the backboard is plexi-glass. It is awesome.

February 10

Today we are putting the hoop together.


Nothing happening.


Still nothing happening.


I have been abandoned outside.


We are working inside.


We are outside again.


It's coming along.


Finally, it is coming to a close. Mom did a lot of hard work. Well, it's finished and now I get to take the first shot. Of course, it misses, but I did get a little help. Who did it? Daddy! He did a lot of hard work and will enjoy it a lot.

Thanks Mom and Dad!