Thursday, January 28, 2010

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Zodiac because I don't want to work today

The Crab
June 22 to July 22

Cancer Traits

Emotional and loving
Intuitive and imaginative
Shrewd and cautious
Protective and sympathetic

On the dark side....

Changeable and moody
Overemotional and touchy
Clinging and unable to let go

Cancer! About your sign...

The Cancerian character is the least clear-cut of all those associated with the signs of the zodiac. It can range from the timid, dull, shy and withdrawn to the most brilliant, and famous Cancerians are to be found through the whole range of human activity. It is a fundamentally conservative and home-loving nature, appreciating the nest like quality of a secure base to which the male can retire when he needs a respite from the stresses of life, and in which the Cancerian woman can exercise her strong maternal instincts. The latter tends to like and to have a large family. `Nest like' is an appropriate adjective for the Cancerian home, for its inhabitants tend to favor the dark, mysterious but comfortable type of house which has something of the air of a den about it, a place which belongs to the family rather than existing as a showcase to impress visitors.
That is not to say that the Cancerian is unsociable, just that for them there is a time to socialize and a time to be solitary, and this is part of the apparent contradiction in their nature. Outwardly they can appear formidable - thick-skinned, unemotional, uncompromising, obstinately tenacious, purposeful, energetic, shrewd, intuitive and wise, sometimes with a philosophical profundity of thought verging on inspiration. Their intimates, however, may see a very different character, one with a sympathetic and kindly sensitivity to other people, especially those they love. They are able to identify with the situations of others because of the keenness of their imaginations. They are often over-imaginative and prone to fantasy, sometimes trying to shape their lives to fit some romantic ideal. They are appreciative of art and literature, and especially of drama, where the spectacle and ebb and flow of action and feeling particularly excite them. They may themselves possess considerable literary, artistic or oratorical talent. Their sharp ears and talent for mimicry can sometimes give them success on the stage, though their tendency to be emotional may make them overact. Interestingly - because they give the impression of being down-to-earth - they are often fascinated by the occult and are more open to psychic influence than the average. If they can reconcile the personal conflict of their urge to be outgoing with the reserve that causes them to withdraw into themselves, then at best they can inspire a generation, especially the youthful part of it, by their idealism. A job in which they can express this, and in which they can do well, would be as a leader in a youth organization.

In their personal relationships they are mentally a mixture of toughness and softness, often emotional and romantic to the point of sentimentality in their fantasies; but in real life and in marriage, their loving is not so sentimental but tenaciously loyal. Even if they have affairs (and they may do so, for the male in particular is open to sensual stimulation), their first loyalty remains to spouse and family, of whom they regard themselves as the protector. Both the
Cancerian man and woman love unreservedly, giving much and asking little in return - in fact, one of the most important lessons they have to learn is how to receive gracefully. They are too easily influenced by those they love and admire, and swayed by the emotion of the moment. They are also loyal friends, the negative side of their faithfulness being clannishness, the narrow patriotism of "my country right or wrong"; and closing ranks in suspicion and coldness toward outsiders.

Cancerians have a retentive memory, particularly for emotionally laden events which they can recall in detail for years afterwards. they are strongly governed by childhood memories and since they live intensely in the past in memory and in the future in imagination, a chance meeting with someone for whom they had an unrequited love, even if they thought they had conquered the feeling, will easily rouse the emotion all over again.

The Cancerian has many potential faults. They can be untidy, sulky, devious, moody, inclined to self-pity because of an inferiority complex, brood on insults (very often imagined), yet are easily flattered. They can be tactless and difficult yet, because they are normally ambitious, they will curry favor by floating with majority opinions, outlooks and fashions of the day. As a result they often change their opinions and loyalties and, indeed, their occupations, and lack stability. They are easily corrupted and, because they are convincing romanticizers, can make successful confidence tricksters. Their romanticism in another sense make them ardent supporters of causes, for example a football team with whose heroes they can identify in a world of fantasy.

Their abilities fit the Cancerian for a wide range of occupations. As they are interested in what people are thinking and able to judge what they can safely be told, they can be good journalists, writers or politicians, though in this last capacity they are more likely to remain in the background rather than attain prominent positions of power. They may, indeed, change their party affiliations. They can serve in other departments of public affairs, especially those which involve looking after others, for example in any kind of service from welfare and nursing to catering - their own love of comfort and good living makes the Cancerian an excellent chef or housekeeper. They sometimes have a penchant for trade or business and are often successful as a captain of industry. This is because they are excellent organizers with a good sense of value and economy which they may combine with a flair for inventiveness and originality. The romantic side of their natures make them enjoy grubbing about in places where exciting discoveries may be made (old stamp collections in attics, etc.), and if they can do this professionally as a secondhand dealer or specialist in antiques, they will be happy. More common occupations which suit some subjects of Cancer are real estate broker, gardener and sailor.

Physically they are average to below average in height, with a fleshy body and short legs in comparison with the rest of them. Their hair is usually light, their faces round, their complexions pale, their foreheads prominent, their eyes small and blue or gray in color, their noses short, perhaps upturned, and their mouths full. They sometimes walk clumsily.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

just not a good day

Magnus sick in bed today, he made it to the math taks study hall, wrote two lines on his term paper and then went to sleep for 6 hours.

He had some water and milk and went to sleep for 4 hours. I gave him credit for an hour of p.e. last night, 1 hour of study island for the taks study hall, 1 hour of study island for the online place they sent us, and 1 hour for the writing lab that he worked on, and we did get 20 minutes of spelling at 10 pm, he missed his scouts lesson today on language and culture.

Dinner was tacos. I got him a bottler of ice water, and he is hitting the sack again, maybe tomorrow will be better.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Education Days

Making Ice Cream with salt, ice, and cream
Reading Stories
Volcano Explosions

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

How Healthy Am I?


You have input the following:

Your sex is male
Your height is 55.0 in., or 139.7 cm.
Your weight is 62.0 lb., or 28.2 kg.
Your birthdate is 06/27/2001, so your age is 8 years 7 months.

Your Results

Your height is 92th percentile
Your weight is 59th percentile
Your Body Mass Index is 14.4, which is the 14th percentile

You are neither underweight nor overweight according to health experts*. Your weight is in the healthy range for your height and age.

The healthy weight range for your height and age is 60 to 79 pounds (27 to 36 kilograms). This range corresponds to a BMI between the 5th and 85th percentiles for your age and sex.

Monday, January 11, 2010

What does your kid do all day?

Dress Code:
His hair is past his shoulders.
His clothing: a clean cotton tshirt supporting the American cotton farmer and endorsing the physical exercise activity of surfing, Robert Pierre Young footless wool long underwear from Norway supporting the soft merino sheep industry.

Read about Norse Mythology in his classics for young readers;
complete a math lesson on measurements and time;
study and complete prep for Texas state reading achievement exams;
Renaissance art and medallions which are the basis for coins today;
Fencing on Wii sports resort.

Time investment in Charter school curriculum to date (18 weeks of school):
Math [60 hours]
Spelling [44 hours]
Literature [64.5 hours]
Language Skills [49 hours]
Social Studies [47.5 hours]
Texas Science [50.25 hours]
Art [34.25 hours]
Music/Foreign Language [18.5 hours]
State Exam Prep [30.5 hours]
P.E. [68 hours]
Health [22 hours]
TOTAL: 499 Hours over 90 days of instruction.
Average: 5.5 hours a day.

Healthy Site for the day: Kewl Bites

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Were are we today?


A (95) - [>45%]
B (85) - [43-44%]
C (75) - [41-42%]
D (65) - [39-40%]
F (60) - [<38%]

Jan 9 - 45%

Math: 42%
Spelling: 42%
Literature: 40%
Language Skills: 38%
Social Studies: 40%
Art: 38%
Music: 36%

Texas Science: 51%
P.E.: 47%
Strategies for Testing: 20%
Health: 47%

we have one week to make our 45-48% goal, which equals some extra lessons this week ;-) as per usual.

now Magnus still wants to continue his creative studies. I was talking today to another mom, our Norwegian studies:
Tuesday - Tyr or Tiw was the Norse god of war.
Wednesday - named for the Norse God, Odin. He was also known as Woden or Wotan
Thursday - Thor was the Norse God of Thunder
Friday - Norse God (in this case a goddess), Frigga. She was believed to be the wife of Odin and was the goddess of marriage and the hearth.

Friday, January 8, 2010


Magnus's Your gonna burn in Hell Buns

Dough in bread machine:(10 minutes to assemble)
1 3/4 cup water
2 tsp salt
3 tbl honey
420 grams of white flour
100 grams of quick oats
80 grams of gluten
2 tsp yeast
dough setting, let rise in machine (2 hours machine time + 1 hour to rise)

* 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
* 1 cup of tightly packed dark brown sugar
* ¾ cup heavy whipping cream (not ultra-pasteurized)
* 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
* 1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 First, before you begin, make sure you have everything ready to go - the cream and the brown sugar next to the pan, measured and waiting. Making butterscotch is a fast process that cannot wait for hunting around for ingredients.

2 In a heavy bottomed stainless steel 2 quart saucepan, melt butter over low to medium heat. Just before butter is melted, add all dark brown sugar at once and stir with wooden spoon until sugar is uniformly wet.

3 Stir infrequently until mixture goes from looking grainy to molten lava. Make sure to get into the corners of your pot, and watch closely to notice how the mixture changes. It will take about 3 to 5 minutes.

4 Right before you add the cream, the caramelizing brown sugar will begin to look and feel more like liquid and less like thick wet sand.

5 At this point add all the cream at once and replace your spoon with a whisk. Lower heat a little and whisk cream into mixture. When liquid is uniform, turn heat back to medium and whisk every few minutes for a total of 10 minutes.

6 After liquid has been boiling on the stove for its 10 minutes, turn heat off and let rest for a minute or two before transferring into a heatproof storage vessel. (I prefer a stainless steel or glass bowl.) Cool to room temperature.

7 When butterscotch liquid is room temperature, take a small taste. Whisk in the salt and vanilla extract. (1/2 hour to make)ARE YOU READY?

on counter assemble:

1 stick of butter, room temperature
lots of cinnamon
lots of sugar
shredded coconut
chopped pecans

flour your board, gingerly spread out your dough with fingers, roll it out in a big rectangle about 12x18 inches, smear butter evenly over entire dough surface, drizzle butterscotch over entire surface, sprinkle with lots of nuts, some coconut, and some sugar and a whole bunch of cinnamon.
gingerly roll up so it is wide not fat. cut in half with thread, (slide thread under and crisscross) cut each section in half again (4 equal parts) and then cut in half again (8) and then in thirds. should get exactly 24 rolls.
spray your 12" round wilton cake pan and place the ends upside down, so that the pointy part is on the bottom and the swirly part is on top, place each one finger apart in a circle until pan is full, put near pre-heating oven, but NOT TOO CLOSE (we used the microwave above the oven and then put a dishtowel over the rolls and draped it down so that the heat from the oven exhaust went up into the 'proofing box' and let rise (about 1 hour)
bake at 350 for 30 minutes or so (assemble time: 15 minutes)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

What Do you Know?

Weather statistics from Bergen

Last 30 days:
Average temperature was -1.3 °C, 3.4 °C below the normal. Highest temperature was 10.4 °C (08 December), and the lowest was -11.3 °C (06 January). The total precipitation was 66.6 mm. Highest daily precipitation was 19.5 mm (27 December) (measured between 07 -07). Highest wind speed was 13.8 m/s (20 December).

Temperature Precipitation Wind

Average Normal Warmest Coldest Total Normal Highest daily value Average Strongest wind
Dec 2009 1.3°C 2.4°C 12.0°C 12/06/10 -9.2°C 12/31/10 71 mm 235 mm 20 mm 12/27/10 3.2 m/s 13.8 m/s 12/20/10