Well, it's been a busy week here at PFHQ.
First there was the livestock fair. That consumed much time between last Saturday and Wednesday. Junior's pig won her class and then she went on to win her division, but in the final round did not win grand champion or reserve champion, but she did better than any other pig from our FFA group.
We were pretty pleased with his two blue ribbons. He made some cash at the auction and Porki went wherever all the other fair pigs we've raised go after the auction.
I think it's some kind of pig resort, with mud baths and other piggie stuff.
Immediately after the livestock fair, it was science fair time.
That was Thursday. The students have known about the science fair since January 8th, and have received direction and assistance along the way, but as usual, there was much science fair panic and last minute compiling in the days before the event.
Myself and two other dedicated science teachers ran the event from initial planning to implementation. Science Fair day was a 12 hour day for us with only about 7.5 of those hours paid.
Junior's hydroponic project received an honorable mention, so he was pretty happy about that, even though his hypothesis was not supported by the evidence. He and I were both surprised that the tomatoes did not seem to like constant access to moisture.
Apparently intermittent access as in commercial systems is more appropriate.
The day after the Science Fair was Career Day (a jobs fair) at our school. Different employers set up booths in the gym and the classes rotated through the fair throughout the day. The boss asked me to represent the teaching profession and I had agreed, not thinking at the time about the fact that the Science Fair and the Career Fair fell back to back.
Like I said, a busy, busy week. Friday morning dawned and like a kid with a science fair project, I was scrambling to put together some teacher info and pictures for my career table.
Let me tell you, the loneliest table at a high school career day is the teaching table. These kids are around their teachers more than their parents ... they KNOW what teachers do.
So I made my display as funny and factual as I could without lying outright about teaching.
AND ... I brought Stewie the cornsnake along as my attention getter. That was brilliant if I do say so myself. He was a kid magnet and lots of kids petted a snake for the first time yesterday.
Stewie was perfectly behaved as usual and represented the serpent world well.
Immediately after the career day deal, Junior had a track meet in a nearby town, so it was off to see him run like a deer for a few hours. I was pooped last night and just crashed when I finally got home.
Crazy, crazy week ... and that's not even including all the hubbub about the backyard meteor strike. By the time we got all the press vans and reporters off the property, I was ready to toss that meteor in a UPS box and ship it to some distant land like Missouri.
Anyway, sorry for the lack of posts the last few days.
I will try to do better in the future.