Tuesday, December 21, 2010

December 21 2010 Disconnect Oxy Sensor

Had termite man come out. We probably don't have termites! That made Donna very happy. I also laid down for a nap for a few minutes. My mind was working on a solution for the 1997 Dodge Intrepid I was working on today. I suddenly opened my eyes when it hit me: what if i disconnect the oxy sensor? The result is that it works better than when the sensor is sending bad readings to the car's computer. Bad readings make the car jerk all over the place and mess up the oxygen measurements. Sure enough. The car at least is drivable without jerking all over the place. This also tells me that the sensor itself is likely the problem. Very cool. I am a "pumpkin genius banana" according to Matthew, my son. That is a saying he came up with when he was a young kid.

December 20, 2010

Had a flash of insight. This will illustrate what a slow learner I can be:
Advice if you are a father of teenage children:
Do not get $20 bills when you ask for money back at the bank or the supermarket. Ask for $5's and $10's. Otherwise when you give your money away you have to give away larger bills. It is better to give away smaller bills. Hello!

Friday, December 10, 2010

December 10, 2010

Today was Friday. Very busy week. Performed with the Applied Music class of 12 student, 6 times today in the elementary school. Caroling Marathon: Theme fast vs. slow carols. Student pretend arguing about which type is best. Have to hug and apologize at end. On Wednesday they performed to the middle school and three classes together at preschool.

One student was defiant today. Had to excuse him from class. Would not stop talking during reviews for final even after two very stern warnings. Very sad.

Best thing that happened today was when T. fell on the floor while we were performing to a class of elementary kids. It was hilarious!

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

September 2, 2010

The coolest thing that happened today was that I announced to my first Spanish I class that I have a superpower. I have the ability to look at your eyes and know how much sleep you got last night. We tested my super powers and I was right on the number of hours four times in a row. I should have stopped there but I pushed my luck. Then I got it wrong about three times. I also wrote a brief song on the Clavinova keyboard with the line, "I can tell how many hours of sleep you got last night by looking in your eyes." Pretty goofy.

Friday, August 20, 2010

August 20, 2010

Today was Friday. The coolest or oddest things that happened today. C. in first period guitar class raised his hand at the beginning of class and said, "Mr. Woolsey, I had a dream about you last night. You were in front of a large crowd of people playing music." I said, "Thank you for that C., that is very nice of you to share that. Are you sure it wasn't D. (another student in the class?" He answered, "No, it was you." I then asked him what instrument I was playing. He said it was the piano or keyboard." I took this dream to mean not that I would play in front of many people, of which has already been accomplished in my life, but that I should hope to be worthy to do such a thing in the future. The other thing that was a bit odd happened last period. I was helping students with questions about their practice test and translations on it. On of the girl students in the back of the room that I have known for probably at least 4 years said, "Mr. Woolsey, you have pretty eyelashes." I responded that I did but I could not get them to stop from poking in all different directions. I have had the compliment of having long eyelashes paid to me when I was younger, so this compliment was not a shock to me.

We had chapel today and I was able to play the bass guitar along with our team members from last year in Applied Music class which. Cooper, Aaron, Andrew (my son who is a senior now), Breyonnah and Drexel helped us. Shawn lead worship along with the help of Michael C. and Jill S.

Ashlyn said the best part of her day today was chaple. Dr. M. spoke and used a wooden cross to nail sins on one side and blessings on the other side.

I was quite weary today as I only slept 4.5 hours last night. I took a 2-3 hour nap this evening when I got home. Andrew is wanting to put an electronic drumselt on layaway or payments tomorrow. We had an arguement yesterday about spending money you don't have. Donna, my wife, reproved me before going to sleep for having such a harsh, you are stupid, tone in my voice with Andrew and with Matthew sometimes. I don't think they are stupid, but there are times when I have told Andrew to do something over and over and over and it still doesn't get done, that I get quite ugly and angry about going around the same mountain over and over. Well, anyway, its not the first time that Donna has told me that its not what I say, but the tone of what I say that is wrong.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

August 18, 2010

The best thing that happened today was that my assistant principal took me by the hand and thanked me for being one of the most faithful ones last year to turn in lesson plans. It is strange to receive words of praise but it was also refreshing. It is sometimes difficult to receive kind words because they are so rarely given and our society questions the sincerity of the one who gives them.

The worst thing that happened to me today was that there was no time to pause and reflect. I got to work around 7:40 AM, visited a few minutes of morning prayer, taught guitar class for 90 minutes, advisory for 20, went through two drawers in my church office organizing, went to lunch, taught Spanish II for 90 minutes, taught another Spanish II class for 90 more, went to faculty meeting for 1 hour and 45 min or so. Ran home with Matthew. Took a 20 minute nap. Came back for church at 6:30, took notes of the teaching on my laptop, left church at 8:00 PM. I don't care for this type of day because as soon as it is over it is time to think about the next one. I prefer a little creative or down time in there.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

August 17, 2010

Best thing that happened today was in my Spanish I Class, period 3-A. J. one of my 10th grade students said, "I am fascinated with the Spanish language." I thought that was really special. I have been starting each class with a little discovery session of different random Spanish words to teach them the concept of cognates.

In first period I taught for about 15 minutes on measures, downbeats and counting. Also the importance of every one in the class speaking and describing their music in the same "language" and knowing what the common terms of music mean.

Listened to Daniel 7. Also listened to Psalm 1 and II Timothy 1 at 50% with my eyes closed to allow my imagination to picture what it was speaking of. Very cool stuff. Imagined a man Paul mentioned in chapter who looked high and low for Paul in Rome until he found him. What dedication, love and concern. Never noticed that before.


Monday, April 19, 2010

April 19, 2010

Best thing that happened today was student C in Spanish II class said, "Mr. Woolsey, when I get rich I will give you some money." I don't know what made her say this. Also today Ms. V did a little bow to me and congratulated me on getting ordained yesterday, Sunday at church. It was five of us that got ordained at the CLF AM service. Each of us was spoken/prophesied over. The minister said that I would prophesy through music like never before. Pretty sweet.

I stayed at school until a little after 4:00 PM entering in some grade for my Spanish I classes.

Worship was sweet on Sunday. K. led "Because He Lives". The church loved it. Our worship leaders are amazing!

We had a service last night. The guest speaker made the point that all ministry takes place in the natural realm. All things in the natural realm also have a poetic and even spiritual application.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

April 13, 2010

Stopped at chiropractor this morning before school. While pulling in to Quail Road a person was asleep at the wheel while waiting in line to get out onto Perkins. Very weird to see.

Studied book Crazy Love with Shawn in Applied Music class. Had to hook up my DVD player to TV in front chapel at church because Ramp DVD is still stuck in TV/DVD player.

Showed pictures to Spanish II classes of trip to Casa Maria for field trip. Payed for Ashlyn's 4th-6th grade Kid's Camp. Payed bills online. Did not make it to Regions bank in time to cash a $400 check. Donna is working out every day with her sister.

I visited my wife Donna's classroom for a few minutes. Pulled out bottom drawer of desk and it made a weird squeaking sound which disrupted the class. Karla's son said in the course of instruction on economic ideas, "My mom only gives us our NEEDS." Very funny.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

March 18, 2010 - Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis Song

Today was Thursday.

I taught Applied Music class 5 music styles by having my keyboard illustrate them. Each student had to label and describe each music style in their own words and share their descriptions with the class. It was a good learning experience.

I performed my song about the longest word in the dictionary four times today. In each of my Spanish II classes and in each of the third grade classrooms. We had a good time with it.


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Choking on a Piece of Meat - March 2, 2010

I was eating lunch today at school. I was swallowing a piece of meat down my oesophagus, or wherever pipe the food goes down into my stomach. It got stuck. I tried to wash it down with tea. The tea could not pass through the blockage. The tea backed up into my windpipe. I could not breath any more. I got up out of my seat and went to the garbage can to spit up what I could. I could barely catch any breath. I went to the bathroom and threw-up what tea I could. I started to hiccup involuntarily. The meat was still stuck in my chest. It hurt. The hiccups made more tea go to my windpipes. I threw-up some more, trying to breath again. I finally got enough tea out of my oesophagus to be able to breath. My chest hurt. The meat was still stuck. For the next five minutes I tried to keep breathing hoping the meat would not block where I needed to suck in wind. My chest kept hurting as I could feel the meat in my body. Finally it made its way to my stomach. I was still burping meat flavoured burps late this evening. It was scary not being able to breath. If I would have kept trying to wash the meat down with more tea I would have been in big trouble. I would have lost all of my air supply. I did loose my air supply off and on for about a minute. Very scary. Very painful. Very thankful.

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