There are two kinds of people in the world: those who bake homemade cookies, and those who eat them.
Sadly, I think those in the first group are in danger of extinction. Not many people take the time to bake cookies anymore.
Take me, for instance. My kids think “homemade” cookies come preformed in a plastic package in the refrigerator. Try not to judge; I make it up to them in other ways.
This morning I spent time in the kitchen with two friends who are part of the endangered species of cookie bakers. Somehow, I corralled them into teaching me the art of cookie creation. I went with the goal of gaining valuable information about baking. Plus, I was hoping to score some free cookies.
Paraprofessional Recognition Week
Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed the week of Jan. 12, 2014, as Paraprofessional Recognition Week. Paraprofessionals are individuals who work in a variety of positions in our school district. Their roles include, but are not limited to those who work as instructional assistants, Title 1 Paraprofessionals, special education paraprofessionals, lunch room and playground assistants, hall monitors, media center assistants, and more.
Please make time during Paraprofessional Recognition Week to recognize and celebrate the contributions and hard work of paraprofessionals working in the Eden Valley-Watkins School District.
The holidays are a busy time of year. At my house, dividing the duties usually consists of splitting them between me, myself and I. The blame for this rests solely on me, myself and I. There is much to do, and sometimes it seems it’s just easier to do it rather than ask for help. I’m sure no one else can relate.
There is a problem with this strategy. I may start the season filled with Holiday spirit and optimism about cookies, cards, shopping, wrapping, tinsel and trees, but by Dec. 26, I’m as crabby as old Ebenezer – before his visits with ghosts.
In January, Earth barely “laps” Jupiter in the orbital race before being lapped by Venus.
Earth overtakes Jupiter on the 5th, when it glides directly between the planet and the sun. At that time, Jupiter is at a point called opposition, when it will be opposite the sun in the sky and visible all night. Because Jupiter is traveling slightly outward in its orbit, its closest approach to Earth comes the day before opposition. Then it will be just 390 million miles from us, and this opposition will be the closest until 2020.
Jupiter comes into opposition about every 13 months. It orbits the sun in just less than 12 years; thus, in a year it moves ahead a little more than one-twelfth of its orbit. But after a year, Earth is right back where it was, so it must move ahead a little more than one-twelfth of its orbit, slightly more than a month, to catch Jupiter again. Therefore, we’ll see the next opposition Feb. 6, 2015.
I have a friend who wondered out loud on Facebook whether it was weird for her to be excited about the purchase of a new vacuum cleaner. There can be only one answer to an outrageous question like this:
A vacuum is worthy of a fair amount of hoopla. It is a nearly-essential household appliance, albeit not a major one, but in a similar position of importance as a crockpot or coffee maker. (And who’d want to live without those?) I can get excited about a whole lot less than a vacuum – like when my stainless steel fridge is free of streaks and smudges, or I happen to nab the last scoop of rocky road ice cream.