Saturday, February 21, 2009

Friday, February 20, 2009

I've got the gimmes

I've been buying some gifts online tonight, and along the way I found some "Gimme!"-inspiring items.

Numbers-matching '69 Beeper
(I'm not thrilled w/ what's under the hood here, but the body's niiice.)

Tuition to pursue a graduate ESL certificate
(Yeah, I know I'm asking a lot. But it's either this or a full-on master's in education, and we can hold off on that one for right now.)

The certificate in English as a Second Language Studies aims to improve the preparation of instructors in junior colleges, colleges, and private schools... Our approach is to increase students’ linguistic knowledge in general and that of English in particular, so that they may better appreciate the structure of English and that of the first language(s) of their students...

The curriculum consists of the following prerequisites, which may be taken concurrently with other courses in the program, if they have not already been satisfied:

~ ENC 3310 Advanced Exposition (required for teaching English certification) or equivalent taken at another accredited institution (3 credits)
~ LIN 3010 Introduction to Linguistics or equivalent taken elsewhere (3 credits). A competency exam may be required. FOL 3880 Research and Bibliographic Methods (2-3 credits) is strongly recommended for students who have not had such a course, but it is not required.

The following list of 15 credit hours comprises the required core courses. One equivalent 3-credit course may be transferred from another accredited institution or program.

~ LIN 4680 Structure of English
~ LIN 6720 Second Language Acquisition
~ LIN 4620 Bilingualism
~ TSL 4251 Applied Linguistics and TESOL
~ TSL 5345 Methods of Teaching TESOL (or ENC 6700 for English GTA's)
The last two TSL courses are also part of the College Education’s Add-On Endorsement for state certified public school teachers.

"Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books" by Azar Nafisi
(This has been on my To Read List for a long time, and I'm itching to jump into it.)

Love Hoo You Are tee at
(Really, why is this only available in toddler sizes? OMGosh.)

Owls In Love tee at
(Etsy rocks my world - one of the best places to shop!)

Mini Teapot and Spoonful of Sugar necklace, also at
(The girlishness is almost out of control at this point in the evening.)

Eat Sleep Rock Repeat onesie at
(I need to rent a baby to justify this purchase.)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The All Good looks like it isn't

I've never heard of this festival before, but somehow I got onto its mailing list.

I sorta dig a couple of these artists, and apparently the lineup is still in its formative stages. But, if this is all they have confirmed at this point, I'm not even hestitantly optimistic that the final lineup would be worth roughing it in WV for three days.

Perhaps I'm not enough of a hippie? I do dislike having dirt under my fingernails when not gardening...

Have any of you attended this festival before? What about festivals in general? Do you think they're worth "the trouble", especially the camp-over ones? Or does that trouble make it all the more enjoyable for you?

All Good Music Festival and Campout
July 10-12, 2009
Marvin's Mountaintop in Masontown, WV

Ben Harper and Relentless7
Bob Weir and Ratdog
Les Claypool
Yonder Mountain String Band
Tea Leaf Green
Steve Kimoch Crazy Engine
The New Mastersounds
Donna the Buffalo

...blah blah blah...go see if you've ever heard of the rest of these bands...

Now, Coachella? That's a bit more tempting...

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Beautiful and purposeful life

One of the reasons I'm fond of butterflies is the time and energy spent growing and perfecting in the cocoon, in preparation for a short but beautiful and purposeful life in flight. This reminded me of that.

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough. - Rabindranath Tagore

And those of you who know me personally may recognize this fella, a Ulysses Swallowtail.