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‘Star Wars: The Cestus Deception, A Clone Wars Novel’ – Chapter 17 (Part 6)

Posted in IIE - Star Wars: Cestus Deception on January 31, 2009 by jedicouncil

Well, it’s Saturday and I thought I would get some time to myself, but it really didn’t work out that way too well.  I got up fairly late this morning and got myself going for the day.  I got up by 9:30 this morning and managed to go downstairs and watch the “Clone Wars” episode from last night again, while I continued to grade papers.  I felt good about myself in the fact that I had managed to get all the final exams graded by the time noon rolled around.  I got done by lunch and came upstairs and had some lunch with Heather and the kids.  I got done and went back downstairs and started to work on editing the latest episode of the podcast.  I decided to take a break for a while doing this, and played “Call of Duty” online for a while before we had to get ready to go and have a “Chicken and Biscuits” dinner with Austin’s Boy Scout troop.  So, we went over to the church and had a nice dinner while talking to some of our neighbors who had come to the dinner to support Austin as well.  We got done and came home and I set things up and Ian and I recorded one more time and we managed to finish up within about an hour tonight.  We finished recording and talked about what we wanted to do about the future of the show for about an hour or so and Ian left.  I then went to work editing the show again, and stayed up late tonight.  I realize with the Superbowl tomorrow, I’m not even going to get the first part of this show out on time.  All well!

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‘Star Wars: The Cestus Deception, A Clone Wars Novel’ – Chapter 17 (Part 5)

Posted in IIE - Star Wars: Cestus Deception on January 30, 2009 by jedicouncil

Well, it’s Friday and it’s the end of the week and you would think that I would be excited about that fact.  But in reality, my whole weekend has become mass chaos, so I’m not too excited about the propsition of the weekend because I have nothing to do but work.  I got up at my usual time this morning and got the kids going for the day.  I knew I had a rough day ahead of me as it was the last day of the quarter for my students and it was the last day to give my final exams.  I knew there would be a bit of relief on their part to finish the class, but a bit of trepidation as they start a new class on Monday.  I got to school and got things ready and finished giving the final exams for my class.  It was a rough day at school and at the end of the day, we found out some “interesting” news about my school and all I’ll say is that my school is “falling apart” in it’s own way.  I got done with my school day and a staff meeting and came home and crashed for a little bit.  Once I got home, I started to grade papers and working on catching up on some work that I needed to.  I got done with that and Ian showed up just as we were about to eat dinner, so we ate dinner quick and then Ian joined me downstairs and we recorded our podcast together for a little bit.  We took a break in time to watch “Clone Wars”.  We were going to record after watching the show, but Ian had to leave.  So, I decided to take what we had recorded and I started to edit that part of the show.  I stayed up late and edited and then went to bed.  It’s going to be quite the busy weekend.  Can’t wait to get to the break coming up for school!

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‘Star Wars: The Cestus Deception, A Clone Wars Novel’ – Chapter 17 (Part 4)

Posted in IIE - Star Wars: Cestus Deception on January 29, 2009 by jedicouncil

It’s Thursday and quite honestly I pretty much hit the ground running today.  I got up and got the kids ready for school.  As soon as Ruth got up, she wasn’t looking too well and she said she was sick to her stomach and was dizzy.  I immediately sent her back to bed and told Heather she was sick.  Heather said she would get home at ten from work which would only leave Ruth home alone without an adult and since she’s in Sixth Grade, I didn’t see a big issue with that.  I got the other two kids ready for school and the babysitter showed up on time and I was out the door for work and they were off to school.  I got to work and got everything together and prepared things for the final exams.  There was a LOT of work to be done.  I tested the entire day and even had to switch classes with the other teacher in order to record her students for a project we’re doing.  There wasn’t a period I did not have something going on throughout the entire day.  There were brief moments of sanity and when I got those, I was continuing on notes for the next podcast.  After school I had musical auditions.  This year, we’re doing the musical “Honk, Jr.” and it should be cool.  We had quite a few students audition and I didn’t even leave the school till quarter till five.  I got home at five o’clock and Heather told me we were ordering out for dinner, which was just fine with me!  While she did that and went out and picked up the dinner I continued to work on the show notes.  Once Heather got home, I went upstairs and had pizza and wings with her and the kids and then went back downstairs and continued to work on show notes.  I got finished by seven o’clock, so I decided to reward myself with some “Call of Duty 4”.  I couldn’t get hooked up online (not sure why) but played the game as a standalone for a while.  At eight o’clock I continued to work on other portions of the show notes while watching “American Idol”.  After that, I finished working and Heather and I watched “C.S.I.” and then we watched “Hell’s Kitchen” which we had taped.  It was a long day and I’m glad I got the show notes done.  Tomorrow I have to record with Ian, which means I’m going to have to miraculously clear some space off my laptop by tomorrow night.  Oi!

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‘Star Wars: The Cestus Deception, A Clone Wars Novel’ – Chapter 17 (Part 3)

Posted in IIE - Star Wars: Cestus Deception on January 28, 2009 by jedicouncil

Well, it’s Wednesday and it ended up being a snow day for me today.  I got up to the phone ringing at about quarter till six this morning (I think) and found out we had a snow day.  I went out and checked the TV and found out the kids had a snow day too, so I went back to bed.  It was Heather’s day off so she was home as well.  The kids were nice enough to let us sleep in and Heather and I both got up around nine o’clock or so.  We got up and watched “Dr. Phil” together and it was about couples that didn’t tell each other about their lives before they got married.  I found it interesting as Dr. Phil had made several suggestions before getting married to have a successful marriage and Heather and I didn’t do any ONE of them, but I would like to say we’ve had quite the successful marriage.  Maybe there is no one answer to a successful marriage.  We got done with that and I told Heather I was going downstairs to work on the notes for my podcast, so she decided to join me.  I worked on notes for a little bit and Heather had the kids shovel the driveway.  At about eleven o’clock or so, Heather took the kids and they left to go shovel out Marsha’s driveway and I decided to reward myself for working most of the morning and I played about a half an hour to an hour of “Call of Duty 4” online.  I had some fun taking down the bad guys and what-not!  Around twelve-thirty I went upstairs and we all had a lunch of leftovers together as Heather had rewarded the kids for helping out by buying some food at the Giant on the way home for lunch.  We had lunch while we watched the news on Fox News Channel and my wife got disgusted at the fact that the Congress is willing to spend 200 million dollars on the National Mall and over a trillion on new “gas efficient” cars for State Officials.  Which, as my wife said, is a smoke-screen to get new vehicles.  But, just remember, we’re in an economic crisis, right?  Or are we?!  Anyway, we got done watching the news and I was just about to head back downstairs to work on my podcast notes and wrap those up to get them out to Ian tonight, when my wife made the “insane” suggestion.  She suggested we take the bar out of the game room in the basement.  When I asked here when she would like to do this, she said, “how about today?”  Oi!  She still hasn’t gotten my point about starting one project and finishing it until we move onto another project.  But, hey, she wears the pants in the family and her wish is my command.  I think she was just looking for some demo work, so she wanted to work on that today.  So, I had to clear off my work table, move everything around in the room and get it ready for her to demo.  Then, while she demoed, I worked on show notes for the next episode of “The Jedi Council Speaks”.  I didn’t get too much done before I had to go back to work on the room.  I rearranged the ENTIRE game room.  With the bar gone, I was able to move things around and give myself some space in there.  Heather and I created a space for Ian and I to have a podcast studio in that room.  That is going to be SO cool that we will be able to record in that room.  All Ian and I will need to do is run a power line up and over the concrete wall and badabing, we have a podcast studio.  But holy crap!  I can’t believe the amount of work I had to do today.  I worked on organizing the room my entire afternoon after Heather removed the bar.  She got done with that and headed to Lowes because she wanted to change out the light above the bar in the room because the light looked like total crap!  So, while she was doing that I was arranging the room.  She came back in time to make dinner.  We made dinner together and then went downstairs to work on the electrical together.  She pulled apart the electrical and I tried to tell her how to hook the electrical up (she wanted to put a socket where the light used to hang) but she didn’t want to listen to me!  She tried her stubborn way several times until finally she gave in and listened to me, and shockingly {note the sarcasm} my idea worked!  We installed a new shoplight that gives the room a TON of new light and I continued working well into the night.  I finished organizing that room by about seven o’clock and then I worked on organizing the shop while Heather talked to me about the Superbowl Party she wants to host on Sunday and what we’re going to serve.  I continued working on the shop while I watched “Knight Rider” and “Criminal Minds”.  I stopped all of my work by ten o’clock and sat down and watched “Law and Order” with Heather and then we went to bed together.

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‘Star Wars: The Cestus Deception, A Clone Wars Novel’ – Chapter 17 (Part 2)

Posted in IIE - Star Wars: Cestus Deception on January 27, 2009 by jedicouncil

Well, it was Tuesday and it was the calm before the storm, no doubt!  I got up this morning and got the kids going and ready for the day.   I knew it was going to be a busy day both at school and at home.  I know that I have limited time with my students for the rest of this quarter and I have a sneaking suspicion that we will have a snow day tomorrow, so that had a drastic impact on my expectations on what to do today.  I got the kids ready for school and our babysitter showed up on time and the kids were off to school while I was off to work.  I got to work and came up with a game plan for the day today.  I decided today I would need to do final exam prepartations.  I would normally do that tomorrow along with a music Jeopardy game, but I have a feeling there won’t be a “tomorrow” at school, so I had to do everything I could to get these kids ready for their final exams.  I got through my day today and I think my students understood what to expect if tomorrow was a snow day.  I spent most of my prep time today finshing up on paperwork and getting copies ready and the last minute grading of papers.  I did all of this while waiting to get ready for SMASH.  I then ran into some of my old students in the building and they interviewed me for a project for school asking me about Obama, the economy and America today.  They really liked my simple solution to the economic problems of our times.  I say it’s a simple solution, a Tariff on all goods coming into this country from foreign countries.  If we did a 5% Tariff, it would encourage Americans to buy American made and it may draw factories back to the states that have gone overseas a long time ago.  I got done and headed over to SMASH rehearsal and we had a good practice putting Superstition together.  We did that all rehearsal and I invited Jim and his son to my Superbowl party and he said he and Robert would be there.  I then brought Ruth home and we had pancakes for dinner and then I went downstairs and watched “American Idol” and “Fringe” while organizing my shop and then I blogged while watching “Family Guy” and then went to bed.

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‘Star Wars: The Cestus Deception, A Clone Wars Novel’ – Chapter 17 (Part 1)

Posted in IIE - Star Wars: Cestus Deception on January 26, 2009 by jedicouncil

Monday and what a busy, busy, busy day it was.  But I got a lot done!  I got up this morning feeling a little more refreshed from the weekend.  I definetly felt better today than I did yesterday.  I got up and got the kids going for their day today.  We got up and watched the “Today” show like we always do and discovered that there is a storm heading this direction and is supposed to hit the area sometime Tuesday night going into Wednesday.  Ruth is not happy about this because the “Bridging Ceremony” for her Girl Scout troop has already been delayed once, and if it snows on Wednesday and we have a snow day from school, it will get delayed again.  I was in a little bit of a state of panic as I had planned on doing my final exam review Jeopardy on Wednesday and it looks like that may not even happen at all!  Well, it’s time to retool the teaching for the last week of the quarter!  Our babysitter showed up on time and the kids were off to school while I was off to work.  I got to school and got myself ready for the day.  We finished up recording the music videos for my eighth graders, finished up podcasts for my seventh graders, and my one sixth grade music class caught up on music history while the other had a second recorder test.  I spent the day grading papers on my prep periods and I was then filling out Two-Week Reports so they can be handed out tomorrow and due on Thursday.  I continued working on those till the end of the school day.  I got done with school and came home and continued working on Two-Week Reports.  Then the mail came and I got my red dog-tag silencers for my Mercs tags, so I put those on (and I have to say they look pretty sweet!) and then got changed.  We ate dinner together and had quesedillas and all sorts of mexican food for dinner.  We got done with dinner and I went downstairs and finished up filling in Two-Week Reports and then started working on cleaning up my shop.  Heather apparently wants to move the refrigerator from where it is to closer to her sewing room.  I have no problem with that as it will take the fridge off of my circuit breaker, but tonight wasn’t exactly the night to do it.  I worked on that for a while and then tested the online connection for my PS3.  I tried playing COD4 yesterday, but it wasn’t working well.  Tonight I had no problems and played the game for about twenty minutes.  I then finished up on some notes for the Binghamton FanForce and then went and picked Austin up from Scouts (Heather had dropped him off earlier) and came home.  He was excited as we talked about his Pine Wood Derby Car and Scout Sunday which was coming up.  Shortly after that, I stopped what I was doing to watch “24” and then Heather and I watched “Diary of a Call Girl” and she watched “Sex in the City” while I blogged and we went to bed.  All in all, not a bad day as I got caught up on things I needed to get caught up on.

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‘Star Wars: The Cestus Deception, A Clone Wars Novel’ – Chapter 16 (Part 3)

Posted in IIE - Star Wars: Cestus Deception on January 25, 2009 by jedicouncil

Well, Sunday.  We really had every intention of going to church this morning.  That was until we didn’t wake up until almost eleven o’clock.  Let’s just say that Charles’ burboun was REALLY good last night!  Jeff stayed over and Ian had been driven home by my wife.  By the time we all got up, Jeff’s wife had already called and asked him to come home.  So, Jeff left fairly early.  I found Charles downstairs playing “Knifee, Knifee” with the kids on the PS3 on Call of Duty 4.  I then got on and Charles and I played for a little bit and had some fun.  My wife made us a nice breakfast that we ate at about noon.  We watched a little bit of “The Clone Wars” as Charles had not seen it at all.  After that, Charles helped me with the electronics on my helmet.  He helped me put together a servo that is going to make the antenna on my helmet go up and down.  On it’s own!  It’s looking so cool to be able to move the antenna up and down at the drop of a switch.  I know people are going to think that’s cool.  We had to make a few trips to Radio Shack to get it to work, but we finally got it going.  All I can say is THANK YOU CHARLES – YOU ARE THE MOST AWESOME FRIEND A GUY COULD HAVE!!!  Charles ended up leaving shortly before dinner time and I went back downstairs and installed the servo.  It took some time, but by the end of the night it was finally in and it looks so awesome!  I am so pumped to be able to use it and my kids just think it is so cool!  I got that done and Heather and I watched “Cold Case”, “Big Love” and a tape of “The Simpson” before we went to bed.

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