Sunday, May 20, 2007

New Things

Guess WHAT? Today I did something I have never done before: I cooked a fresh artichoke! My mother took it into her head to give me an artichoke and so this evening I had the adventure of cooking and eating it. Great fun! Grandpa seemed to enjoy it too; he assured me he had eaten them before and knew how to go about it, with the teeth scraping thing and all.

This morning I had coffee with my student's mother; we meet every few weeks to talk about how things are going since I don't really see her much. We went to the local Starbucks and I got a beverage that was new to me: Orange mocha. It was GOOOOOOD. I highly recommend it. So two new comestibles in one day; I suppose I'm just wildly adventurous.

Let's see- what else have I not told you...Oh- my Mother's Day project with my student came off swimmingly - we made white chocolate chip/craisin cookies, thanks to a recent inspiration from my blogosphere friend Amy B. I brought in my KitchenAid mixer and hooked it up so that he could control it with his head-switch. So I put the ingredients in and he mixed up the cookie dough. At first I think he was a little reluctant to do the whole cooking thing, but I sort of railroaded it through and he ended up having a good time, I think. He seemed to really like running the mixer and would have mixed that cookie dough to kingdom come if I hadn't stopped it. I'm working to find the balance of letting him choose activities so he has some control, but also sticking with some things that I've planned even if he doesn't seem thrilled with them.

I want to put up a picture of him sometime but I forgot to ask permission from his parents so ixnay on that for now. Yeah - and his name too.

We also went in to Wolf Camera and visited Penny. I had forewarned her that we were coming so she was ready for us. We made a picture card that said Happy Mother's Day and had a picture of him on it; we used it as a kind of tag for his gift. Penny and I were talking back and forth in our silly voices and he thought it was pretty funny. We also bought some batteries - his digital camera eats them up like they're snacks. Hopefully we'll go back to visit her again; he seemed to really like her. Of course! I mean - who wouldn't!? Penny is awesome.

What else, what else...

I don't know. I'll keep you posted.


ljmax said...

Making cookies...great idea! I want to try some orange mocha now too.

drewey fern said...

I support your ambition to find the balance between what he's interested in and what you've planned. BOTH are important. It's illogical to let the student choose the subjects, as it were, and yet going with their natural inclinations is often helpful. So YES to BOTH! :)

Amy said...

I have tagged you! (Sorry if you hate this sort of thing...I'm just doing what I've been tagged to do.) :D

Go to my blog to read "the rules" of "the game."

You know, I hate these things. But I can't say no.