Outdoor cinema for #gtstoogies

Here is the invitation from Lisa Conrad for this week’s #gtstoogies gathering

Dear Stoogies … in light of our recent discussion, I’m feeling like going to the drive-in this week. Now showing: The Lord of the Rings! Along with the film, we will be having a tail-gate party in the parking lot outside the Lobby where I’ve arranged to have a ginormous screen set up! All Stoogies are requested to bring there own chair and a favorite food to share. Recipes may be posted  so that we can try them irl … if desired! A tent with tables and chairs has been ordered in the event of inclement weather! Beverages will be provided free of charge by the management of the Lobby. A special fenced in grassy area will be provided for anyone wishing to bring their pets or grandpets with them. Looking forward to seeing the beautiful, panoramic vistas of New Zealand! P.S.: A large assortment of chocolates from around the world will be available during the show as well as FREE popcorn!!! Enjoy!

Thank you, Lisa! I am sure we will enjoy the evening immensely!


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 The Memory Elephant just delivered the group picture of the blog birthday party.
You can see that several more Twitter birds arrived.
Megan dog and Tiger cat, pets of Lesley Graves, came from Ireland bringing some cute knitted Twitter birds made by Lesley. 
Padgets sent a Precious Memory gift for Sprite and a new blanket for Ginger Pony.
Postman, Pedro Perez, from Peru and Mrs P arrived. Mrs P sent a birthday greeting in a comments box.

The giraffe, taste tester dogs and the lobsters all arrived in time for the festivities.
Paula the Physicist, Peter the Prominent Poet and Patrick the Palaeontologist have not arrived yet. If they run true to form I expect they will come next month.





The Taste Tester Dogs arrive

P’est Pour Parfait, the Perfectionist Poodle insisted that all the Taste Tester Dogs should be present at the Blog Birthday and sent out Direct Messages to them. He then joined them on the Doggy Dais for a group picture.
Even SAD Seasonally Affected Black Dog came back for the event sporting a cheery pink umbrella and a  lucky snowflake pendant.

Parfait pointed out that we were still missing a few characters  and was surprised that the Memory Elephant could have overlooked the giraffe.
He suggested that the Twitter birds should contact Pedro Perez the Postman from Peru, Mrs. P, Paula the Physicist (Sprite’s mentor) and her grandfather Peter the prominent poet and his friend Patrick the Palaeontologist and see whether any of them would be able to come on such short notice.


The Lobsters are back!



Encouraged by Lisa Conrad’s Comment promise of protection and their own tank area the Pro Lobster Lobby, the Lobster Quadrille Entertainers and the Lobster Lolly Lobbing competitors have arrived to join the Blog Birthday party.

And who was resposible for getting the message to them? None other than Beloved Snail who sent an email to them.

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Well, I managed to make the picture small enough to be included here on the blog. You can see an enlargement by clicking on the picture.
Thanks to the #gtstoogies for a great party spread  and a pirate boat themed cake.

You can see that there are many newcomers at this gathering. The most recent addition is the Ibis who arrived at the beach BBQ last week. The Twitter bird band has grown in number. Ginger Pony and the fish are new real pets for Sprite and she received more soft toys at her P Party.

 There are a few to acknowledge in the absent friends toast The Pro Lobster Lobby and Lobster Quadrille Entertainers have boycotted the event because they thought the Wicked Lemon Wedges would be in attendance. SAD Seasonally Affected Black Dog has gone to spend the winter in a sunnier place.

The other Black Dogs have come but they are all behaving politely. Leaping Attack Black Dog is sitting very demurely and looking quite diminutive on his HALT mat. Imaginational Dabrowski is cheering up little Thinks-he’s-an-alien by including him in Pass the Parcel and Psycho Motor Dabrowski is keeping Little Bully Black Dog busy with tug of war and bouncing for the pinata.

Wistful Black Dog arrived with the Memory Elephant and sighed “It would have been better if Jofrei had celebrated the blog birthday last month!”
But everyone chorussed “Quiet, Wistful! Let’s Party Now!”


Belated Blog birthday celebrations

This week the some of the #gtstoogies were regretting that their children are now too old to have kids’ birthday party celebrations with theme cakes, lolly bags, pin the tail on the donkey, pass the parcel and musical chairs. They suggested that we could have a good old fashioned kids’ party for our #gtstoogies gathering.

Sprite was quick to tug on my sleeve and ask if we could combine our party with a belated celebration of her Blog Birthday which we did not celebrate in June.
And the Memory Elephant brought out a pictorial memory of last year’s occasion.
Last June we were celebrating the first year of Sprite’s Site blog and we did it in style!
You can read all about it at https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/06/08/happy-birthday-sprites-site-2/

I told Sprite that this year’s event would not be as elaborate but the #gtstoogies are making exciting plans and more guests keep on turning up.
And the #gtstoogies hostess with the mostest, Lisa Conrad of Gifted Parenting Support Blog  http://giftedparentingsupport.blogspot.com/ said to celebrate with gusto!
“The sky is the limit for Sprite!”

Gifted Island Challenge 2: Getting to know myself with a little help from my friends

Sprite’s second challenge on Survivor:  Gifted Island was based on Johari’s Window and was designed to help understand what we know about ourselves and how we relate to others.

Luft and Ingham (1955), recognizing that all of us have “blind spots” when it comes to how we see ourselves, developed a simple matrix which they called Johari’s Window as a tool to help people understand themselves, their blind spots, and their relationships with others. To use Johari’s window, a person is given a list of 55 adjectives and instructed to select five or six that describe his or her own personality. Peers of that person are then given the same list, and they each choose five or six adjectives that describe the subject. These adjectives are then put in the appropriate “window” below. The person discovers which of the adjectives match what others have listed, as well as which adjectives they listed that others did not. The results can be extremely helpful in gaining self-understanding, including how one is seen by others.

For this exercise Sprite had to write 5 questions about herself and ask other people to answer them. For some of the questions she would know the answer already but the answers would show whether others perceived her the way she sees herself. For other questions she would not know the answer and the replies could help her see possibilities and fill in the unknown to self areas.

Please can you help Sprite by answering these questions for her in the comments box or via Twitter or Facebook?

  1. What is my favourite colour?
  2. What subjects interest me most?
  3. Do you think I am an introvert or an extravert?
  4. What do you consider are my main personality traits?
  5. What career can you imagine me following?

This is an interest project for me also.
As Sprite’s creator I have already determined the answer to some of these questions but others are open to speculation.
It would be very interesting to me to see whether other people perceive Sprite in the same way as I am trying to portray her. I will let you know the results.
I enjoy reading a blog called ‘The blog that helps you diagnose your characters’ http://theforsakenpetal.blogspot.com/
It really makes me think about the way my characters are depicted and whether they are understood the way I intended them to be.
It brings to mind the song

If you knew Susie like I know Susie
Oh, oh, oh what a gal!

So – do you know Sprite like I know Sprite?


The vibe of the Ibs

This week the #gtstoogies will be enjoying a picnic BBQ on the beach.
Imaginational Dabrowski declared it to be a Vibe of the Ibs occasion.
The saying “It’s just the Vibe – it’s Mabo, it’s the constitution – it’s the Vibe” comes from one of my favourite Australian films The Castle.
We have wonderful foods that are delicious, but can be very messy to eat, like BBQ ribs covered in sauce, sweet corn on the cob dripping with butter and large slices of juicy watermelon.
But it does not matter because we have the personalised #gtstoogies bibs to catch any dribbles. Intellectual Dabrowski is ready to sample the BBQ meat.
Earlier he went to the library and borrowed the Bible, plays by Ibsen, information about the IB – International Baccalaureate program http://www.ibo.org/  and one of my favourite books Dibs in search of self by Virginia M. Axline.

The Twitter birds are getting into the vibe of the day too – one is reading the Ibsen plays and another is practising calligraphy with suitable nibs having consulted Cybraryman’s writing page http://www.cybraryman.com/writing.html

A passing yacht is displaying a fine jib and a visiting ibis brought a postcard from Ibiza.

Seafood feast for #gtstoogies

A seafood feast has been ordered for the #gtstoogies this week.
There are platters of sushi and lobster and the plank grilled salmon ordered by Jen. We do have alternatives for any stoogies who do not like seafood or are not able to eat it.
The Pro Lobster Lobby and forensic lobsters arrived hot on the trail of the wicked lemon wedges which had apparently claimed more of their fellows.
Chin Dog arrived to taste test the sushi bringing with him some more chindogu gifts . This time it was umbrellas all round – including umbrellas for the drinks, the Lobsters, the Twitter Birds, Sprite’s feet and the Bib Tree where the personalized #gtstoogies bibs hang. Thank you, Lisa, for extending the budget to cover the deluxe personalised bibs! Please click on the image to see it in more detail.
Through one window you get a glimpse of the whales and through the other you can see the screen for viewing films later and the popcorn machine. At the moment pre show advertisements for the lobby facilities are being shown.

Imaginational Dabrowski is fairly sure he can see the Tree Octopus in the Topiary Tessellation Bird Leaf Tree.

Sprite is taking her fish away because she does not trust the Twitter bird on the 21C Water Cooler.

Preparing for #RSCON3

The Twitter Birds and the Dabrowski Dogs are helping me to prepare for attending the Reform Symposium #RSCON3  which will be held 29-31 July 2011.
You can find out all about the event at http://reformsymposium.com/

I have attended the two previous events of the Reform Symposium and loved the experience of learning from leaders in the use of technology in education from all around the world.

These conference sessions are free to  attend and there are no travel costs and no need to dress formally. Indeed, as some people have noted, you could participate in the sessions in your pyjamas or daggy old tracksuit if you wished.

But I do have some tips for getting maximum benefit from the time and that is why I have enlisted the help of the Twitter birds to help me prepare. You will see that we have brought in a coffee machine and a good supply of chocolate to keep the energy levels up. It takes quite a lot of stamina to attend as many of the sessions as possible!

There are over 65 presentations and 12 keynote presentations.  Some of the sessions move very fast and present large amounts of information. As some of the presentations run concurrently I am busy consulting the schedule at http://reformsymposium.com/conferences/rscon3/rscon3-schedule/  and following the directions to see the schedule as it applies to Melbourne time.

I have noticed that there are several Australian presenters whose sessions I would like to attend – Jo and Phil Hart, Michael Graffin, Edna Sackson, Judith Way and Henrietta Miller.
And  many of the presenters I enjoyed in the previous rscons will be presenting again this year.

This time I plan to be more organised with my note taking during the sessions which should make blogging about the event easier.
I am really looking forward to this online conference and hope to catch up with many of you in the sessions.