Saturday, August 11, 2012

What's Up Buttercup?

Here's what I've been up to lately:

Lots of working.
This is me wishing I could get this caffeine from my
 Sonic Diet Coke into my system faster! 
This time of year is CRAZY for those of us in education! 
Not enough hours in the day for all that we want and hope
 to accomplish before school starts!

I've been swamped at work- feeling like I'm treading water at all times.
I so love my new job- seriously LOVE it-
but my learning curve is pretty much vertical right now.
So thankful for a job I love to do!

I did stop working long enough to read our book club book this month
and it was so very interesting.
One of the things I love most about book club is that we
read books that I wouldn't normally pick up. 
This month's book was The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and was fascinating.
Here's what Amazon says about the book:

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. If you could pile all HeLa cells ever grown onto a scale, they’d weigh more than 50 million metric tons—as much as a hundred Empire State Buildings. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. 

Yet Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave.

If you are looking for an interesting read- check this book out! 

We've also been watching the Olympics each night. 
Never before have I been so into watching them. 
It has just been so fascinating and inspiring to watch these 
amazing and dedicated young athletes. 
I watch their parents and think how proud they must be 
and how terrified they must be watching their kids. 
I am a nervous wreck watching Madison perform- 
because I know how much it means to her. 
Can you imagine how those Olympic athlete parents must feel?
To know how much they have given up,
how hard and how long they have trained,
and how much they want it? 
I'd have to be highly medicated I think. 

Some of the parents are so fun to watch while their children perform. 
This one absolutely cracked us up!