Monday, March 11, 2013

The Never Ending Week...

Some weeks fly by and I look back and think how did that happen? Where did the time go and how are we all another week older and another week further into a year that is speeding by? But this past was like time stopped. Each day dragged, each night took forever and by the time I called it a night on Friday I was resembling the walking dead!

My day job was stressful and frequent due to a coworker's vacation. My nights were crazy packed as the kids had 4 nights of baseball/ a temps under 50. My body hated me this week as a cold turned into a constant cough that was quite literally so bad I pulled a muscle in my back/neck. And then I had the opportunity of a lifetime to shoot a wedding with the potential of a partnership...on Friday, at the end of my work day, while sick, and having gone without a good night's sleep in a week.

The good news is - its a new day, its a new dawn - I mean its a new week! A doctors visit earned me some heavy duty cough suppressant and an inhaler, and I got a few pictures I feel good about. And my vacation starts in a mere 100 hours!

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Monday, March 4, 2013


Tori took her SAT's as part of a county initiative to determine where students in the top 10% of middle school FCAT scores fall in comparison to college bound seniors. The SATs have changed since I, and probably most of you, have taken them to include a writing, multiple choice and essay score....

Below is a graph I found online on the means for Florida college students....those that GOT IN.

Florida SAT Scores (mid 50%)
(Learn what these numbers mean)

Reading Math Writing

25% 75% 25% 75% 25% 75%
Central Florida 530 630 560 650 510 610
Florida A&M Florida A&M has Open Admissions
Florida Atlantic 490 570 490 580 480 560
Florida Gulf Coast 470 550 470 550 450 540
Florida International 490 580 490 580 490 570
Florida State 550 650 560 640 - -
New College of Florida 630 740 570 680 600 680
North Florida 530 620 530 620 500 590
South Florida 520 620 540 630 500 600
University of Florida 570 670 590 690 - -
West Florida 470 580 470 570 460 550

Tori's scores (AT 12!!)
Reading: 480
Math: 500
Writing: 480

As for the essay - well the top score is a 6.0, for those of you familiar with FCAT/Florida Writes, much the same rubric.

She got a 5!

From the College Board website:

Score of 5

An essay in this category demonstrates reasonably consistent mastery, although it will have occasional errors or lapses in quality. A typical essay:
  • Effectively develops a point of view on the issue and demonstrates strong critical thinking, generally using appropriate examples, reasons, and other evidence to support its position
  • Is well organized and focused, demonstrating coherence and progression of ideas
  • Exhibits facility in the use of language, using appropriate vocabulary
  • Demonstrates variety in sentence structure
  • Is generally free of most errors in grammar, usage, and mechanics 
So proud of her and all she has accomplished already!!! 

Christmas Card Pictures

These are self taken...not my best idea. Love the ones of the kids but the whole picnic table as tripod, oops I lost my remote, self timer, run for it, family photo - not my favorite but it made do. And real family photos are coming SOON!

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And I'm back...take two!

I had been so good about blogging for so long...and then it was gone. So maybe no one reads this anymore, and maybe blogging is a thing of the past in a world inundated with fast glimpses at peoples lives - twitter feeds, facebook statuses, and instagram photos. But I dont keep a diary. And one day I want my kids to look back and say - wow, look at all those things we did, who we were, what our mama thought. And I think this is the easiest way to do it, for me. So I'm back. Beware, one post after another coming this morning...I don't do sick days well. I need to be busy. So catch up day it is.