Monthly Archives: April 2008
Sometimes I feel like I am an artist stuck in statistician’s brain. I think I have always loved numbers and manipulating them into graphs and charts. You would think I would get enough of those kind of things in my job…and while I get do get plenty of opportunities and can tell you the average grade level of our students, the percentage of ethnicity group, etc. when I came across Google analytics for blogs I knew I had to have it.
I know those of you that pay for your bloggies get this kind of stuff automatically, but the free ladies need to get resourceful. Note: you can use it on any website, not just your blogger account to track all sorts of things related to your website.
Check out the cool graphs that greet me each morning…
I haven’t spent enough time to learn what it all means because I get distracted by the map. You can zoom in on a country and find out where folks are coming from and how often they come, check it out…
I’m obsessed with filling up the map, I think that if I put data wh*re(which is what I am sometimes called) in the title of this post I would probably fill up the map pretty quickly but that would be cheating. (I think…) I also find it fascinating that someone from Hickory, NC has visited more than my mom. What’s worse is I’m afraid that with my memory issues that I should know who this is and don’t (and I feel bad about that) so Hickory, NC please leave a comment or email me so I can feel better.
So are you jealous yet? You can do it on your blog too…it’s super easy. Go to Google Analytics register for an account. Then all you need to do it copy the code into your blogger template. You can find your template by clicking on the layout tab and then ‘Edit HTML’
Go all the way down to the bottom of the code, then scroll until you find the ‘body’ tag. Put your cursor above the first tag and paste your ‘script’ code. It’s that easy…the analytics site will confirm that data is being received…and the next morning you too will have charts and graphs to drool over.
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I believe that the Good Lord gave us a finite number of heartbeats and I’m damned if I’m going to use up mine running up and down a street.
ok so it wasn’t really much of a weekend…grr! In between working two full days I squeezed in some quality time with friends.
Houston and I got an early start on Sat. for a quick garage sale jaunt before my shift at the store. I thought for a bit it was going to be a bust of a trip after my usual route had no sale signs. Not to be stopped, we hit new neighborhoods and I was able to score some cute clothes for you know who…I swear this little girl is so much fun to shop for. With me buying at garage sale prices, mom working across the street from the Gymboree ‘outlet’ and grandparents that love to shop she may never wear the same outfit more than once or twice.
After working in both places on Saturday, I was able to relax and pretend to scrap with Arleigh, Heather, MK and Houston on Saturday night. Not a very productive night creatively, but good to hang out and laugh.
Today Tanner and I were back at the office, printing report cards for all 3000+ kiddos, I will never again take report cards for granted. Our system just sucks and the teachers try their best, but there are a couple that are so technologically challenged that they mess something up and I spend hours trying to fix it. You’d think that an ‘on-line’ school would have tach savvy teachers…not so much. In fact until I pushed my way into being part of the teacher interview process, no technology based questions were ever asked of teacher applicants. Beyond teacher struggles, it hurts my heart to see so many students are still struggling even with our hybrid model. As we plan for the new year, I’ve really been struggling with how our model needs to grow and change so we can truly have the impact these students deserve. Efficacy, will no doubt be a recurring theme in all that we do, now that systems how finally been developed and we have the backing of a strong and powerful district.
After spending the day keeping me company at the office, I rewarded Tanner by going to the dog park. He gave me a taste of my own medicine and ran away each time I tried to put his leash on and a quick trip turned in to an hour and a half.
And now it’s over…boo hoo
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I was searching through old posts to see if I had shared this one before and was shocked that I hadn’t. It really needs sound for full effect…
The Evolution of Dance
Hooray Grey’s is back tonight…I can barely wait.
An amazing sunset and a day full of sun(so much so I got a little sunburn on my arm), Mother Earth sure celebrated her special day. Even my Tivo got into the act and recorded the ‘Church of Oprah’ sermon today. It got me thinking about the areas of my life where I’m wasteful. Not that I really want to admit any of these things, but you know what ‘they’ say…recognizing the problem(s) is the first step. So are here are 10 areas I’m wasteful in…
1. Electricity…I am horrible about leaving lights on when I don’t need them on and pretty much everything is plugged in all the time
2. Food…I buy way more than I ever eat and end up throwing most of it out
3. Calories…jellybeans anyone?
4. Time…so much time surfing the net and watching TV usually at the same ‘time’.
5. Paper…not just the creative kind, I use paper towels like nobody’s business
6. Water…long showers, running while I brush my teeth and rewashing clothes because I forgot to put them in dryer in a timely fashion
7. Money…so many little items
8. Heat…even in the dead of winter, I like just a little fresh air at night so I leave the window open(silly I know)
9. Plastic bags…although I’ve gotten better at this in the last 6 weeks, I forget my reusable bags every now and then
10. Space…totally related to all of the above
So here’s hoping next year I’ll get better…how about you?
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Obsessive: A word used by the lazy to describe the dedicated
This was one the back of a customers t-shirt and it was too good not to share.
I admit it…I’m a garage sale addict. It’s one of the things that I look forward to each summer. Even better now that I have Sienna to shop for. On Saturday I set out on my first trip of the season. I have a few ‘rules’ to follow when shopping…
1. Set a budget, I start by going to the ATM and getting 20 bucks. I can up it if I find a piece of furniture I’m looking for.
2. Only buy things on my list…baby clothes and toys, baking glassware(you can never have to much Pyrex), cheap jewelry, yarn, and storage items that work in my studio.
3. Always, always negotiate on prices. I usually consider the max I want to pay and what I would sell it for, and then take a couple of bucks off of that figure. Then it’s on…I usually say will you take…$X for this. This strategy works best if you have a couple items.
4. Be willing to walk away from anything.
5. Go early and be done by 10:30. I can’t wait until we start our Summer work schedule and I can start shopping on Friday aft.
You know there are no guarantees on what you’ll find at sales. Just like in other areas of life ‘you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find a prince.’ And Saturday was no exception, just as I was reaching the end of my time limit and still had all of my money in my wallet, I stumbled onto a block sale and one of the families had great taste in girl clothes. I was able to get several cute things for Sienna, including boots like these…
and a rocking horse like this(sadly no saddle, but riding bareback is always fun) It’s so cute it makes sounds like a real horse.
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I admit this one is a little disturbing, but if you ever need motivation to take the stairs instead of the elevator here you go…
See I was kind of productive at crop in Ft. C… We brought in a new company after seeing them at CHA in Feb. I love the name — Pink Paislee— it combines two of my favorite things. MK asked me to put together a layout with this great orange grid paper…it’s perforated to you could use the edges for a seperate project. Super cute stamps and embellies too…