|"White-boarding" our family|
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
|Ren at 14 months|
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
I just took today's SAT question of the day:
If x + 2x is 5 more than y + 2y, then x-y=
It's basic algebra (and a word problem) and I still got it wrong. . . twice!! I seriously need some math remediation.
Last night Ling and I went to the high school to the PSAT prep session where she could pick up her scores from her practice test and get pointers on how to take standardized tests. We learned that Massachusetts has the highest test scores in the nation. We also learned that the cut off to be a National Merit Scholar in MA a year ago was 222 (equivalent in SAT jargon of getting 3 710s), while in Wyoming, it was only 200.
As I expected, it was a Kaplan marketing gig. Because our town has a deal with Kaplan, she can get online prep, normally $149, absolutely free! Not only that, but if we sign up by the end of May, we can get $200 off Kaplan's College Prep Advantage (only $799), or Premier Tutoring (only $1,099).
Despite the marketing hype, it was helpful to rethink what lies ahead for Ling. The good news is that she did pretty well on her practice exams even though she said she guessed half the time--but as Kaplan and all SAT prep courses point out--educated guessing is good strategy.
I'm relieved that it looks like she's a decent test taker, even though all the educational research out there says that SATs are only correlated to freshman year college grades, so it seems like a lot of hoops to jump through for something that colleges supposedly are taking less seriously.
But because we're joining the rat race of looking for colleges, I'm sure she'll sign up for some sort of SAT prep program sometime in the future so she can reach for, as the Kaplan lady said, "Superlative scores!" Maybe she'll get there, maybe she won't. I think she'll go to college no matter what.
Meanwhile, I got get cranking on my math skills!
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
|Ling's 1st recorded smile after baptism|
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
salt to taste
Note: Because of how I get my lima beans, I end up with about 32 oz. of lima beans (about 1 1/2 recipes). I use 2 lemons for that amount. As you can see, measurements are approximate--just put in quantities you like.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Friday, May 06, 2011
Britney was a great example, because when I talk to my kids, they want everything she has--fame, fortune, celebrity, plus good looks.
Thursday, May 05, 2011
“How was it?” I asked Kai-Kai when picking her up from her latest session with the Chinese water torture, aka as YMCA swim team.
“But you survived! That’s great! How does your body feel?”
“Well, I feel normal, unlike how I feel all bloated after I’ve eaten two pounds of chocolate.”
“And normal feels better than that?”
“Well yeah. But I guess I feel bloated most of the time.”
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
|My mother-in-law's deviled eggs recipe--super amazing!|
(Recipe's included below)
|Joanne Chang's Flour Chocolate Cupcakes with |
Crispy White Frosting--pretty good
Mom MacLean's Deviled Eggs
(My mother-in-law's deviled eggs are to die for--even if you don't love deviled eggs. Unfortunately, we don't have proportions for anything, just the ingredients, so if you have leftover Easter eggs--go for it!)
Hard Boil eggs (Put them in water, bring to a boil, turn off heat, cover, let sit for 10 minutes--should come out without the green ring around the yolks)
Slice in half, take out yolks
Mash yolks with:
Mayonnaise (good quality, we use Hellman's light)
Worcestershire Sauce, a dash or two