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Destination Imagination

30th September 2007

Destination Imagination

When my 11 year old was in 5th grade last year, she was involved as a team member of her school’s Destination Imagination (DI) team.  It was a great experience, we all learned a lot!  Her team competed at a regional level coming in 3rd place and moved on to compete at the State tournament, taking 3rd place again.  My daughter totally loved this experience and wants to do it again.

Since then though, we’ve moved from Illinois to Texas.  We have found things to be very different here as far as how things get accomplished at the school.  In Illinois, all of the clubs and teams were managed by teachers who received stipends from the school district to “volunteer” their time.  So, the DI Team Managers were two teachers from the school.  Here in Texas, it is volunteering in the true sense of the word, no payments, simply time given.  So, it seems to fall more to the parents to drive these types of activities.

So, I find myself, at my daughter’s urging, volunteering to run her schools DI program.  I only have experience from the parent side of it, watching practices, supplying props, snacks and transportation, and watching tournaments.  However, I do feel, with some training and some help, I can help a team of 6th graders to have fun and be successful. 

I have all ready met with the school’s principal who is thrilled about the concept and has agreed that the school will pay for registration fees and tournament fees.  My next step is to get the word out to the kids about what DI is and hopefully get kids out for tryouts in a few weeks.  The tryouts themselves will be my next big hurdle, I don’t really know yet how I’m going to run tryouts.  What will I have the kids do, who will help me judge tryouts, what skill sets are we looking for, how will I ever pick a team?!  I am a bit nervous about this, but I’m sure it will come together.

Has anyone else had experience you’d like to share with me about Destination Imagination?

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28th September 2007

Fabric Shopping – Time to Sew

I made my first trip to Joann’s Fabric store today since our move back in April!  I’ve put it off because I really had so many other things to keep me busy and I know that once I start sewing everything else will come to a halt! 

My objective today was to get felt (by the yard) that I knew was on sale, for my daughter’s Halloween costume.  She wants to be a package of Sugar Babies and the only place I’ve found that has this simple costume for sale wants $30, plus shipping!  So, I bought yellow felt and will make a simple slip over the head, totally rectangular, dress.  I also bought red felt to make the letters and designs out of and we can just glue them all on, very simple and it cost me about $6, + another $1 for yellow thread.

 While I was there I went and checked out all the clearance decorator fabrics.  I actually wound up buying 3 yards to make 2 valances for my bathroom and I bought another 3 yards to make a shade for my kitchen window.  Hopefully I can figure out how to do these as I’m not using a pattern.  I’ll have to keep you posted.  I also bought several spools of thread while it was on sale, some fabric glue and one tension rod for the kitchen window. 

In total, I spent $50 and will have 3 valances and a Halloween costume to show for it!

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28th September 2007

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band


 Oh my gosh!  Can I just say how much I enjoy listening to The Boss!!  He and the E Street Band are appearing this morning on The Today show and it’s fabulous.  Usually, musicians who appear on the show get to sing just a couple of songs, but not this morning!  He started with a song just after 8 A.M. as a warm up and then about a half hour later the band was back and they sang 3 or four more songs.  They thought they were done until the huge crowd on The Plaza started screaming for more.  Amazingly, they skipped going to the news broadcast and Bruce and his band came back and sang another song!  This was one of the best Today Show concerts I’ve seen over the years and a great way to get me moving this morning.   :-D

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27th September 2007

Online Games and Auctions

I don’t know about you, but I find online auctions so addictive! And exciting! Sitting there waiting to find out if your bid is the winning bid, it’s tense, but fun at the same time! I’ve purchased and sold quite a few things at online auctions, everything from toys to books to collectibles. I even rely on auctions during the holidays when I can’t find hot items that are on wish lists, particularly items that are sold out in stores. What did we do before the Internet?

I also enjoy online games. I have trouble sitting and just watching t.v., I like to be doing something. I find I can sit with my laptop and play word games online while watching t.v. like Mah Jong or Word Whomp. My husband thinks I’m nuts, but I’ve noticed recently that he has started watching t.v. with his laptop as well! Hmmm, guess it’s not all that crazy now is it?

One thing I look for when going to an online auction or game site is if it’s user friendly. I don’t want to have to spend hours figuring out how a site works or how much it’s going to cost. I’ve never actually won anything online, but it would be cool to win a sweepstakes or even some free gifts like a Vespa, an I-Phone or a laptop! That would be so cool!

Even better would be to win a daily grand prize or cash prize or how about a plasma T.V. Making it even more interesting would be if the lowest unique bid was the winner. Sounds interesting doesn’t it? Sounds to me like it could even turn into a game show!  Stay tuned! :-D

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27th September 2007

Magical Flying Carpet Ride

I’ve been caught up on the magical carpet sent to me by Annita and have been swept away. This magic carpet comes with 2 very special genies on board whose goal is to ward off evil and wickedness. I in turn will send this magic carpet to five of my fellow bloggers who may go to Mariuca for a full set of the rules.

I am sending the genies to:






Genie Princess
Genie King

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1. Write a short paragraph about your visit by the two Genies and include a link to the blog that passed on the Genie Symbol to you.
2. COPY the Rules and ENTIRE List below and post it on your blog.
3. List down your wish.
4. Place your name below the last name on the list and pass on the Genie Symbol to at least 5 other bloggers.
5. Please put up either one (or both) of the Symbols of the Genies on your blog to show that the Genies have visited your blog.

The Genie King, the Genie Princess and their trusty Genie Buddy have visited:

Mariuca would like to wish for success and fame.

Adrian would like to wish for good health and happiness.

Emila would like to wish for happiness and success.

MPG would like to wish for love and peace.

Bobby would like to wish for the powers of Superman and immortality.

Jean would like to wish for stress-free work environment and happiness.

Trinity would like to wish good health for Jan’s brother & Yah & Wan & success.

Jesse would like a great isp and a Yummy box of chocolates.

Jay would like to wish for 10k visitors and readers per day.

Spiff, The Spaceman would like a billion US Dollars! (Am I being too greedy here?)

Rolando would like everyone’s hearts desire to come true.

Sam would like to wish for a happy & simple life and happiness to everyone.

Speedcat Hollydale would like a pet acorn monkey named “Monkee“.

Joezul would like to wish for all to get their wish come true.

Promthep would like to be successful in everything.

kumo would like to wish everybody a better day every next day.

NAFASG would like to build a better community for everyone.

Levian would like to be happy always.

Apple would like to be slimmer.

Menopauseprincess would like peace, happiness, love, health & prosperity for everyone!

Morgan would like to wish for love, laughter, sunshine & blue skies for EVERYONE!!!

Kellie would like to wish for happiness & love to be bestowed on her family & friends.

LadyJava would like to wish for love, health, beauty and wealth for one and all.

Keeyit would like to wish for staying healthy and happily with family.

Colleen wishes everyone be well and happy.

Spookygrace would like to have a busy traffic and making money blog.

Shinade would like to send love,peace,wealth and good health to everyone.

Cotojo would like more Love, Peace, Harmony, Understanding and safety for our children throughout the entire world.

Bobo would like health and wealth for everyone she loves (including all her blogfriends).

Auntie Dar would love to end animal cruelty.

Chinnee would like to wish for happiness and good health forever!

Ozzieblackcat would like to wish for success for her blog!

Rinnah would like to wish for more good paying opps to come my way!

Bless would like to wish for more happiness & more blessing for family & world peace.

La Chanson de Phoenix would like to wish for a small bottle of sweet perfume.

Sophiagurl would like to wish for the good health of her mom and dad, peace and prosperity for her brother’s family, a baby for her sister, good health and blessings for her husband and two daughters,peace, love and happiness for everyone.

Zunnur would like to wish for an escape to a place with fresh air, green earth, blue skies and nice people.

Annita would like to wish [ …….. ] ^_^

The Sewing Mom wishes good health and peace for all her friends and family

Welcome aboard the Magical Flying Carpet for the Ride of your Life!


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