February is showing itself to be quite an eventful month! It is also a leap year, remember. Apparently every Presidential Election year happens to be a leap year (every four years). Some friends visited yesterday. Next weekend John Y. is returning from Denver for a visit. The week after that the Clarks are visiting.

I began Super Tuesday filling out a ballot and ended it printing out my 2nd screenplay draft. It is 137 pages long, so I have thus proceeded to make little cuts and corrections in pen and ink before proclaiming it “The Final Draft”. Another priority is the Treatment. Last year I studied for the Three-Page Treatment Competition. Though I never actually entered the contest, I learned a lot from it. Geoff Botkin says that a good Treatment is usually about 12 pages long. I won’t deliberately try to hit a certain number of pages, but I still have to follow the basic strategy: Tell the synopsis of the story in present tense, dramatic prose style.

Today Dad went to Tuscaloosa to play in a racquetball tournament. Joseph and David went along with him. The rest of us did some baking (it’s nice to have meals made ahead of time before the last day of the week in order to have a Sabbath rest).

Rachel has been begging to go to the bookstore forever (or so it seems), so this afternoon we were finally able to go to Books-A-Million (there is no Barnes&Noble in our area). Rachel, as usual, found a tremendous selection of great books. I was watching Beth some of the time and thus didn’t look very thoroughly, but there wasn’t much I could think of that I really wanted to read. I did manage to find The Real ACT Prep Guide (oh joy), which I decided I needed to buy. While Mom and I were having coffee Rachel told me she found a book I might like. It was Jane Austen: The Complete Novels from Grammercy Books. I love it! I also managed to find the CD Celtic Journeys: Celtic Mysteries. I love Celtic music, and this CD is very nice. Mom, Rachel and I got some Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer (I chose Rhubarb, Rachel chose Watermelon and Mom chose Papaya). Abigail and Mary got some Pomegranate Lip Balm (they can fill you in on the books they got). So, as you can see, chapped lips occur around here sometimes. We ate at Quizno’s afterwards, which was absolutely delicious.

There are some exciting things going on homestead wise that I can’t wait to write about, but I suppose I’ll have to wait and put that all on my homestead blog in order to be nominally accurate…so check it from time to time and see what happens.

Take care and MAY GOD BLESS,

~Amanda~

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Sunday, February 10, 2008 – Untitled Comment

Posted by BlogBoy
Ah, I have that CD. It is quite good. If you remember I had it on my blog at one time. I enjoy Celtic music also.

Eric
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Friday, February 22, 2008 – Untitled Comment

Posted by BlogBoy
It really is amazing to be standing on the earth and watching the shadow of it cross the moon. Mind boggling.

Tell me when you get your pictures posted 🙂

Eric
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Friday, April 4, 2008 – one crazy comment from my children’s anal father…

Posted by koalaman
I am just going through hundreds of postings and dozen’s of homeschoolers here as I only joined today, but your post said that presidential elections were held every four years and always on a leap year.

I know that you know, but just in case my children read this I want them to see that their anal father caught the slip… although the elections are every four years, anytime that the year is evenly divisible by 100 and NOT 400 it is actually a common year.

So the election in 1900 and the one in 2100 will be common years (the fourth of seven in a row) but the one in 2000 was a leap year.

I remember talking for an hour or more with the kids in 2000 how rare it was for them to actually see a century change with a leap year. They didn’t think it was as cool as I did. Hopefully they understand it better in 92 years when they are sitting with their great grandchildren discussing it.

Shayne