I won't go into the whole backstory, but for a few months now I've been working one-on-one with a little boy at school. Despite his apparent disadvantages, he is energetic, inquisitive, and loves to go to school. Needless to say, I've gotten pretty fond of him.
One of our jobs is reading. He has a reading chart, and every time he reads one of his little stories from his phonics book, he gets to put a sticker on the chart. A week or so ago, he asked if he could have one of the stickers that said Happy Birthday.
"Well, this is a birthday sticker", I told him. "When is your birthday?"
The poor little guy doesn't know when his birthday is. Today I remembered to ask his teacher when his birthday is, so if it's at all possible, we can make sure he gets the special birthday sticker on his special day (and maybe a cupcake). She took me to the file in the office and pulled out his papers.
That's my birthday too!
I'm bummed, though, that the date has already passed, and his being so behind in language/social skills/school in general, will make it hard for him to relate to when it is/was, nevermind that my birthday is/was the same day.
I just hope I get a chance to wish him a happy birthday when it rolls around again in another 9+ months.
The textured skin of a caudiciform plant that I had never noticed before.
My computer recently upgraded to Picasa 3. It lets you do a little more tweaking to photos than the older Picasa. So this is a highly tweaked patch of cactus, just for fun!
A little cochineal + a little scaly stuff = some nice texture on a cactus pad.
This beautiful blooming kalanchoe was growing up in the middle of an ugly, gnarled, cochineal-infected patch of cactus.
Some interesting nodules of cactus growth.
Our famous Ombu tree. I actually went to the arboretum today especially to check on it, because it hasn't been pruned in over a year, and now it is at greater risk of blowing over in the storms we are expecting. I was hoping to find that the grounds crew might have trimmed it this week in anticipation of the coming winds, but I was disappointed to see they had not. In fact, this is as close as I came to the Ombu today, because there were many children playing loudly around its mighty roots. You can't see them at all in the picture, because of the jungle around the base of the tree, but trust me, they were in there. It sounded almost as if they were having some kids's birthday party in there.
Some days when I stroll the gardens, I wear my arboretum badge, so if the occasion arises for me to talk to some visitors (or scold their children for picking fruit or harrassing the ducks), I can do so in an official capacity as a docent, and not simply as some nosy lady. But I didn't have my badge today, and so I gave the Ombu area a wide berth, hoping it would be none the worse for being used yet again as an exotic playground, but mostly hoping that it will still be there when the storms are over.
My favorite hot cereal for about 50 years. I usually eat it in winter. Haven't bought it since last winter. Didn't see it on the store shelf today. I can still buy it on Amazon, but I'm hoping I can still find it somewhere locally.
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN DIEGO CA 159 PM PST FRI JAN 15 2010
CAZ042-043-048-050-055>058-060>062-162200- ORANGE COUNTY COASTAL AREAS-SAN DIEGO COUNTY COASTAL AREAS- SAN BERNARDINO AND RIVERSIDE COUNTY VALLEYS-THE INLAND EMPIRE- SAN DIEGO COUNTY VALLEYS-SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY MOUNTAINS- RIVERSIDE COUNTY MOUNTAINS-SANTA ANA MOUNTAINS AND FOOTHILLS- SAN DIEGO COUNTY MOUNTAINS-APPLE AND LUCERNE VALLEYS- COACHELLA VALLEY-SAN DIEGO COUNTY DESERTS- 159 PM PST FRI JAN 15 2010
...BIG CHANGES IN THE WEATHER NEXT WEEK...
A SERIES OF STORMS WILL BRING PERIODS OF LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN AND STRONG WINDS NEXT WEEK WITH SNOW AT THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS.
THERE IS STILL A LOT OF UNCERTAINTY ABOUT THE EXACT TIMING AND RAINFALL AMOUNTS...BUT THESE STORMS HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BE QUITE VIGOROUS...AND BRING LARGE RAINFALL TOTALS TO THE LOWER ELEVATIONS AND HEAVY SNOW TO THE MOUNTAINS.
THIS ALL WEEK LONG EVENT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO GENERATE RAINFALL OF 5 TO 8 INCHES NEAR THE COAST...TO 20 OR MORE INCHES ON THE COASTAL MOUNTAIN SLOPES. TYPICALLY WETTER LOCATIONS ON THE COASTAL MOUNTAINS SLOPES COULD RECEIVE 30 OR MORE INCHES OF RAINFALL. EVEN THE DESERT LOCATIONS ARE LIKELY TO RECEIVE BETWEEN 2 AND 4 INCHES OF RAIN.
SNOW LEVELS WILL MOSTLY FLUCTUATE BETWEEN 5500 AND 6500 FEET WHICH WOULD CONFINE HEAVY SNOW ACCUMULATIONS TO THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS IN THE SAN BERNARDINO AND SAN JACINTO MOUNTAINS. AROUND 4 FEET OF SNOWFALL IS POSSIBLE AT THE HEAVIEST LOCATIONS.
WITH THE RAINFALL AMOUNTS EXPECTED...THERE IS HIGH LIKELIHOOD OF FLASH FLOODING...ALONG WITH MUD AND DEBRIS FLOWS...ESPECIALLY IN AND BELOW RECENTLY BURNED AREAS. THERE COULD ALSO BE ROCK SLIDES ALONG MOUNTAIN HIGHWAYS...MAKING TRAVEL IMPASSABLE AT TIMES.
THE HEAVY SNOW FALL AMOUNTS EXCEPTED...THERE IS A POSSIBILITY OF AVALANCHES FOR AREAS LOCATED BELOW THE STEEPER SLOPES OF THE HIGHER SAN BERNARDINO AND SAN JACINTO MOUNTAINS.
THE STRENGTH OF THE JET STREAM DRIVING THESE STORMS IS OVER 200 MPH AND THE STORMS THEMSELVES WILL BE MOVING RAPIDLY ONSHORE IN QUICK SUCCESSION.
AS A RESULT THERE ARE LIKELY TO BE STRONG WINDS THROUGH MUCH OF NEXT WEEK. OVER THE COASTAL WATERS GALE FORCE OR HIGHER WINDS ARE EXPECTED. OVER LAND...DAMAGING WINDS ARE LIKELY TO PRECEDE THE ARRIVAL OF EACH STORM. WIND GUSTS BETWEEN 50 AND 60 MPH ARE POSSIBLE FOR THE COASTS AND VALLEYS...WHILE THE MOUNTAINS AND DESERTS MAY HAVE GUSTS 70 MPH OR HIGHER.
PEOPLE SHOULD STAY UPDATED WITH THE LATEST FORECASTS. LISTEN TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT WEATHER.GOV/SANDIEGO FOR THE LATEST UPDATES OF FORECASTS AND WARNINGS.