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Thursday, December 07, 2006

Wish List goes on the Thursday 13!

Thirteen Things about Rashenbo #1
TT Edition #70 12/07/06

So, I've got a friend (yes! I have a friend! Woot! I know I've got at least one of em!) You've probably seen her comments on my lovely ramblings. She's got a great blog and every single Thursday without fail she has this little thing called the Thursday Thirteen. I tried to resist... really I did. You see the post... so you know I failed in my resisting. Here it is, I've joined the Thursday Thirteen jubilee! (Feel free to blame Susan.)

Since I decided to start the little Secret Santa (also known as the holiday gnome, wish fairy, or whatever floats your boat) I thought that I would make a wish list... the Thursday Thirteen is a list - so here we go!

1. I wish I knew how to make the codes work to actually place buttons side-by-side in my sidebar instead of paragraph spaces between them. I think it will dress up my site. I like to just sit here and stare at my blog sometimes when I don't want to do anything else. The unorganized button structure bugs my OCDness.

2. I wish I had mad musical skills like my friend (I've claimed him - so there's no point in his resisting) Crushing Krisis or my other friend, Susan. Unfortunately, I can't carry a tune in a bucket, keep a melody if my life depended on it, or remember anything about a beat. I can hear a song 3 times in a row and still not recognize it within the first 4 or 5 seconds. My husband likes to test my musical knowledge all the time. He says, "who sings this?". I like to respond with: "Michael Bolton", "Cyndi Lauper" (however she spelled it) or "Michael Jackson". He just loves when I do that :D Every now and then I get lucky - usually with Nickelback, Aerosmith, Metallica, The Beatles - folks like that :)

3. I wish I knew how to teach my daughter how to understand counting by twos.
4. I wish I had more patience.
5. I wish I was a teacher.

Here's why: She's six. She's in the first grade. She's got ADD. I counted by twos for about 15 minutes. I showed her how adding 2 each time is like a pattern. She even said, "it's a pattern!" Then I gave her a work sheet of numbers 1 - 50 and said, ok, count by 2 and color all the 2's blue. It was a worksheet she was supposed to do at school and the teacher sent it home so that we could try and get her to do it. After more time (about 30 minutes) talking about 2's... I drew pictures. I drew little math problems of 2 + 2 = 4 / 4+2 = 6, etc. I wrote the list of 2's up to #30 and had her look at it and read the numbers to me.

This is how the conversation went down after our "studying":
"Pea Pie, count by 2's and color them blue. Here is the crayon and here is the worksheet."
- - "What do I do?"
"Do you remember talking about 2's?"
- - "Yes."
"Can you count by 2's for me right now?"
- - "um... no."
"Why not?"
- - "I don't know how to count by 2's"
"Do you remember how we counted 2, 4, 6, 8"
- - "Yes."
"That's counting by twos. Find the 2s and color them blue."
- - "But there are more numbers than those ones."
"Yes. Yes there are. Can you find them for me?"
- - "Are they these ones" she points to 20, 21, 22, 23 and begins to color them all red.
= fast forward five minutes later *thud* *thud* *thud* That's my head hitting the table while she is rolling around on the floor crying about how bored she is, how she doesn't understand, and how she wants to go take a bath. Good lord - teaching children is hard work!

6. I wish my husband would send in our XBox 360 for repair so I can build up more gamer points! He can be a real slacker sometimes. :) I think our gamer profile is um, Snaggle Tuuth (A name with a real history here... we used to telnet into MUDS and then used Zmud to play text based rpg's and one of my hub's first characters was Snaggle. Then we moved to EQPC... we had the whole Tuuth family: Gappe, Sweete, Snaggle - etc. I've posted on where I got my handle. Snaggle is my husband's.)

7. I wish I had endless amounts of gift certificates to Borders, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble book stores! Mmmm, gift certificates... they are as good as donuts!

8. I wish I had a diet and exercise plan that I was actually able to follow!

9. I wish I had some new socks. I love socks. I like fuzzy ones and wool ones and knee high ones. I like ones with bright stripes. My favorites are a pair of red and whites... and then I've got this great pair with monkey faces on them... Right now I'm wearing black, white, and gray striped slipper socks with the grinch on them. What kind of socks are you wearing right now?

10. I wish I had a neat "Reviewed by Rashenbo" button that I could give to blogs I review.

11. I wish I had one of those new Civilizations games - they look neat.

12. I wish I knew what was going to happen on Heroes next... I want my own super power. Like a little magic cleaning fairy. I could squint my eyes real tight and then she'd appear and she'd dust, and vacumn, and do my dishes, and yes... she would even tackle the dreaded laundry...

13. What's a wish list without wishing for World Peas? I wish for world peas.

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!

1. Judy 2. Susan 3. Courtney 4. Tug 5. Mikala 6. Mistress of the Dark 7. Lil Duck Duck
8. Debby 9. Jennifer 10. Colleen Gleason 11. Patent Princess 12. Goofy Girl 13. Janene

Ok, I had to grab this Mister Linky thingy because I'm too lazy to update my links :) And it looked neat on other folks blogs. I'm checking it out to see how I like it! :)

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Blogger Judy Callarman said...

Welcome to the Thursday Thirteen folks! I think you have a very interesting list here.

If you figure out how to line up your sidebar buttons, please let me know!

About teaching kids to count by 2's....well, I can't remember how I did that. Seems like we jumped over and did every other one. I don't know. I'm a teacher--but I teach English to college freshmen. (Sometimes it's just as hard and I want to dash my head against the wall!)

9:03 PM  
Blogger Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Happy TT!!!!

And ummm... I have about as much musical talent as ... well, I don't even have as much as Trevor. But thanks for the compliment and the plugs!

(as for counting by twos, don't hate me, but the Spikester figured it out on his own. Gifted, that kid is, although gifted at WHAT has yet to be revealed...)

9:09 PM  
Anonymous Courtney said...

There are too many things about your list that I could comment on -- #! is why I just stack things on each other and center them. Otherwise it upsets my CDO (OCD in alphabetical order like it's supposed to be). Speaking of OCD, counting by twos is one of the things I do in my head when I'm thinking.

I don't have children, but she'll get it. Just hope that she doesn't get it the CDO way I did! ;)

Thanks for your comments on my blog, and I adore your header image. Too cute!

9:17 PM  
Blogger Tug said...

Welcome! #1? ME.TOO. #13? ;-) I'm with you on 4 & 8 also...

Happy TT!

9:19 PM  
Blogger Rashenbo said...

SHHHH - Susan! You have way too many references to the band. Just let everyone think you are a musical genius! :)

I had it lucky with my older one. By 4 she pretty much knew everything she needed to learn and we didn't really have to teach her anything at all! It's true what they say about opposites!

9:20 PM  
Blogger Mikala said...

Oh...wishes are so great!

Loved your list.

Happy TT!


9:33 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Congrats on joining in on the TT FUN! I love it and have been doing it quite faithfully for about 7 months now.

You sound joyful just by your writing. :) My wish for you? A peaceful Thursday!

9:36 PM  
Blogger The Mistress of the Dark said...

Have you tried taking out the paragraph breaks in your sidebar? I know blogger can be finicky at times...if that doesn't work when visiting other blogspot blogs, if you see one that has the sidebar arranged in a way you like, view the source and that should help ya out :)

Happy TT

9:45 PM  
Blogger Mama Duck said...

Welcome and thanks for visiting me!!

9:49 PM  
Blogger Debby said...

Congrats on you first TT and a great oone it is too! Happy Thursday and thanks for visiting!

9:55 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Really good TT list! Welcome!

sometimes I'm not sure how I explain things to my kids, I just try one way, then another untill something sticks. I'm actually surprised when they get something. and I homeschool..am I scaring you?!
happy TT!

9:55 PM  
Blogger Colleen Gleason said...

Welcome to Thursday Thirteen!! What a cool list--did you have a hard time writing it? I did, my first TT.

But it gets easier.

Thanks for coming by my blog, and for sharing your beautiful story about the piano teacher. It's people like you who make a difference in this world!

10:17 PM  
Anonymous Christina said...

#7 is a good one. I'm pretty sure I would take the gift certificates over the donuts anyday. And you can use the B&N gift card to buy something yummy from their cafe: the best of both worlds!!

10:17 PM  
Blogger Goofy Girl said...

Welcome to TT!

I wish I had endless gift certificates too!! That would be so awesome! Thanks for visiting me.

10:24 PM  
Blogger Janene said...

Welcome to Thursday Thirteen! Great list! Does your daughter know even and odd numbers? If so you can use that to help with counting by twos, it's all the even numbers! ~ Or pulling out the M&Ms works...make groups of two and let her count them until she gets the hang of it. I taught 3rd grade for 5 years and they were pretty good at counting by 2s and 5s by the time they got to me. Sorry I can't be more help.

Happy Thursday!

10:25 PM  
Blogger ChupieandJ'smama said...

Welcome to TT! That's a great list and I agree with you on 7, 8, and 9. Thanks for visiting and happy Thursday:)

10:31 PM  
Blogger Rashenbo said...

Wow! You guys are fast visitors!!! I'm just floating down the TT list having a great time. I pop over to my site and look at all these comments!

I love the idea for M&M's. I'm going to buy some tomorrow and try them. The counting by twos thing is happening at the same time that she's supposed to be learning evens and odds... and she is NOT getting the concept. We've spent four or five days on evens and odds (not counting the teacher and the math helper they brought in to help her).

10:40 PM  
Anonymous Cheryl said...

Yes, book store gift certificates would be wonderful! You can never have too many books! :)

10:51 PM  
Blogger Never That Easy said...

Great List: I'm totally going to play this Secret Santa thing.

I would be teaching Kindergarten or 1st Grade, if I were working. Off the top of my head, when it comes to counting by twos, the M&M's can be helpful (they even have M&M counting BOOKS!), or Music. Get a beat going: one TWO, three, FOUR... well, it's hard to describe in writing, but I could try if you wanted me to. I'll keep thinking. :)

10:56 PM  
Blogger Shoshana said...

Welcome to T13. It's fun to come up with new list every week. :)

10:58 PM  
Blogger Skittles said...

7 & 8!!!

1:05 AM  
Blogger Duchess said...

Welcome! Great post and I need to learn to do some of these things myself. I often call on my kids to help me with computer stuff.

Count by 2's, 5's, whatever just takes time. If you are in the car or wherever, make a game of it. You say 1, she says 2, then you 3, etc. She will remember her turn and what # comes next....hopefully.

Thanks for visiting me!

5:36 AM  
Blogger Jane said...

Welcome aboard and what a great way to start!
Your little girl will get the 'counting by twos' thing, just keep at it. Make a game out of it. Write the numbers down and make up a little song.
Thanks for visiting my TT.

8:17 AM  
Blogger merry said...

You can try using a table to get your images to line up ...


Though, they will push your side bar out of whack if the image width combined is too wide!

P.S. Don't expect any fancy coding in my boring blog! I just whipped something up for NaBloPoMo and haven't really put any thought into my design yet!

8:37 AM  
Blogger East of Oregon said...

great list, i like the world peas.

8:40 AM  
Anonymous Annie said...

Welcome to TT! Great list! I loved 7 & 9 particularly. :)

And good luck with the counting by two's thing. I'll keep my fingers crossed that the M&M thing works!

9:43 AM  
Anonymous Terri said...

Welcome to the TT.
Interesting list and I enjoyed reading it. (and I wish I could do half those things you mentioned too. I'm only somewhat tech savvy)

9:57 AM  
Blogger Magpie said...

#13 - I thought it was Whirled Peas!

#9 - Right now, I'm wearing dumb black cotton socks (you asked!). But a couple of weeks ago, I asked my three year old what she wanted to get Daddy for Christmas. She said "striped socks" so we went to the store and she picked out some striped socks. Secretly, I hope that they end up in my drawer.

10:14 AM  
Blogger Sophisticated Writer said...

TT is fun. Welcome aboard. Your TT list is great!

10:22 AM  
Anonymous LunaStone said...

#12... OMG, I am soooo addicted! I hate that we have to wait until Jan... jerks! LOL... I want the super power of Hiro... go back & buy a lotto ticket with the winning numbers... catch up on my sleep...

11:44 AM  
Blogger DK said...

Howdy, Rashenbo and welcome to the Thursday Thirteen! Your 1st list is terrific and, by the way, I'm wearing the softest warmest pair of heavy denim colored socks I could find. It's cold today - like 12. Thanks for stopping by my blog and drop in anytime; I love company! Happy Thursday,

12:19 PM  
Blogger Mitch said...

It would seem #3, #4, and #5, are all part of the same wish. If I was a Genie I wouldn't want to cheat you out of two more wishes. Nice first list and welcome.

thanks for the read


12:23 PM  
Blogger Leanne said...

Congrats on being selected as one of the Featured Thirteeners for the week at the Hub! Enjoy - and thanks for joining in! :D

1:25 PM  
Blogger Twyla said...

Welcome to Thursday Thirteen, and congrats on being selected as a Featured 13'er. :-) Great list.

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Becky said...

Congrats on being a featured T13. Loved your list...especially world peas! Happy T13:)

2:51 PM  
Blogger angela said...

Can't go wrong with gift certificates.
I haven't tried putting buttons side-by-side, but I'm sure it's possible..

3:00 PM  
Blogger Suni said...

Great wishlist. I teach my son at home and it IS a test in patience to teach a rambunctious, ADD, ADHD, or any child that doesn't like to /can't sit still anything that requires they pay close attention LOL

6:23 PM  
Blogger J-Dawg's Realm said...

Happy TT and thanks for stopping by my little corner of the world :) I am enjoying your postings and look forward to future writings


8:33 PM  
Anonymous dawn said...

great list
welcome to the Thursday Thirteen.

I like your #7

10:32 PM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

Welcome to T13!

I can't sing AT ALL!

Teaching kids is super hard.

Endless GC's would be wonderful.

Yes, we need World Peas.

8:11 AM  
Blogger Shawna said...

Great list!

Don't worry about your daughter...sometime rote memory is part of the learning process--think about the alphabet and counting, pure memorization. Maybe have her just repeat counting by 2's up to 10, and next week up to 20 and so on...eventually the pattern kicks in and her brain will recognize it.

Good luck!

11:05 AM  

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