February 14, 2006

Middle of the Night Mumbling

I updated my Konos Rock Unit post tonight... but I really should be in bed. It's 1:56 AM here where I'm at, and we start our week tomorrow (Tuesday) since today was a day off. I was trying to get a little planning done, but have been distracted with rock links (so I added a few to the post). I also added a few of the rocks we have gotten in the mail from OH, FL, MI and NC to the "Rocks Across America" section. I'm still awaiting a few who have promised them... but we are going to continue that project for the rest of the school year (and possibly beyond) while we move on to our next unit soon. We spent a lot of time last week washing quartz, picking our favorites, sorting our rock collection, numbering a few choice specimens, and reading rockish books. I think the kids know enough about rocks that I can move on without guilt! My son even taught me something I didn't know. Apparently, we have a very interesting "twin crystal" quartz formation that is his prize rock now. He had read about it in one of the mineral books and taught me about it as we cleaned them up last week. Amazing little science-bug my boy!

With both birthdays out of the way for 2006, my neck on the mend, and piles of paperwork taking over my desk/life... I am going to try and get caught up in real-time before tackling blog projects. I did, however, get ONE recipe posted on my foodie blog. We eat a lot of international foods, and falafels are a favorite dish in our house... so I posted a good recipe I found on the internet for making them without a mix. We can't get mixes here for some reason. I miss many of the conveniences I was used to in Texas (restaurants, grocery items, cheap drycleaning, homeschool resources, etc).

I also thought I would share a link with you that I have found interesting this week:
Ice Man DNA Article
I find it interesting how preconceived notions find their way into artists finished products... hence the "facial reconstruction" they show.

I will leave you on that note (since I don't have the energy to write more), and hit the pillow... Happy Valentines Day tomorrow and I hope your week is sweet!

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