Books, Humour, rant, school

Lessons from my Math Book — A Continuing Series

It’s not what you think. This is the important stuff you can find in Saxon’s math books. I’ll be posting periodically with new gems from Advanced Math, Second Edition.

To begin, here is an excellent example.
“Some people take the first letters of the words sine, opposite, hypotenuse; cosine, adjacent, hypotenuse; and tangent, opposite, adjacent to form the expression

Soh      Cah       Toa

and say that it sounds like an American Indian phrase.”

I don’t know where to begin here. This is rich, rich stuff. First take the opening – “Some people”. Who? Are they referring to themselves or others? If others, why is it in here? If themselves, why are they talking in the third person? I’ll try to explain this in a minute. Next, let’s take “soh cah toa”. Does that really sound like an American Indian phrase? Sort of? But… why is that relevant? Who cares? Does that make it easier to remember? “Um… I can’t remember if “sine” means opposite over hypotenuse or opposite over adjacent. But there was this pneumonic… agh, what was it? Oh yeah! It sounded American Indian! It was Soh Cah Toa!”


To continue with the odd use of the third person – my theory is that they’re afraid some hyper-politically-correct person will, for some reason, take offense at saying it sounds like an American Indian phrase, for whatever reason hyper-politically-correct people get offended (that is, for any reason). Thus they have a defense ready mad, and all they need do is say smugly “Hey, we didn’t say that. Some people said that, and we were just quoting them. You can’t get on our backs about that!”

Some more that I just got by opening the book to a random spot:

“The tugboat Gertrude…” Tugboat Gertrude? Does that have an amusing sound to anyone else?

“Wilde Oscar worked frantically for _ hours… Calm Sally began to help…” Wilde Oscar?

I remember a particularly excellent example in my Algebra II book, which, however, is on loan at the moment. It is likely enough that the phrasing will recur in some form in this book, and if I find it I will be sure to relate it to you.

Humour, school, thirty days, Tolkien

Day 27: A… ???

Is it talking about one of my physical features, or physical features in general? I’ll presume it’s the former. (Though I must admit, I really like beards. That wasn’t creepy or anything, right?) I like having thick hair. It gets weird and frizzy, and it has horrid split ends because I haven’t had a real haircut since last October, and I can just stuff it into a bun clip even though it’s only about 8-8.5 inches past my collar bone. However, it holds curls well and looks nice when thoroughly straightened. I have great affection for my hair in general (though why did my sister get all the natural blond highlights?).

Today I began school. I was really supposed to start preparations for my co-op classes a couple weeks ago, but I’m not very sorry I didn’t, because I enjoyed having those last couple weeks of FREEDOM! I suppose it was imprudent, so I sort of regret it, but it’s kind of a half-hearted regret.

And here’s a special treat for all the rest of us who are beginning school:

politics, school

Austin really is weird

Have you ever seen one of those t-shirts or something that says “Keep Austin Weird”? Well, it really is weird. Not that it’s a bad place to be, but it sure makes my hometown look nice.

Anyways, I had a great time. It was a long car ride, but those things go by pretty quickly when you have four other good friends in the car. We got to the hotel (which was very cool indeed; it had trees and indoor ponds and stuff, and basically it was hollowed out in the middle where everything was, and you could see all the rooms from the middle. I’m not certain if I’m making myself clear.
Anyways, we got to the hotel at about 6:45 PM, loaded our stuff into the room (which was very nice except for the fingernail clipping we found on a countertop), and left a little later for dinner, which was also very nice. We stayed up till 1 AM watching TV (which I very rarely do-watch TV, that is), got up at 7:15 for the complimentary breakfast, left around 8:15 for the Capitol Building, arrived, checked in, all that jazz (after a few jokes concerning my fear that they would confiscate my very sharp knitting needles from my bag) and listened to a talk until a little after noon.
Then we each spoke to employees of five different Texas Representatives to inform them that we opposed some bill or another (not a very exciting one, but one with potential ramifications for homeschoolers). The reception we got was really amazing; they actually listened to us, and most of them took notes. One especially amusing incident occurred when one woman inquired concerning who had drafted the bill. “SUCH-AND-SUCH?! But he always seemed so normal!” As we left, I heard her pulling someone aside and showing him the bill, saying “I can’t believe such-and-such wrote this bill…” It was rather funny.

After all this, we bought lunch at the cafeteria (which was sadly no longer serving anything but sandwiches by that time). We debated whether to go to the homeschool debriefing or watch the House debate a bill (one that is actually rather interesting and important for us pro-lifers); we ended up dropping by the gift shop and then going straight to the House. It was fascinating. We watched them for just over an hour, and it was really, really interesting. Nothing terribly exciting happened but it was incredible to watch them debating something like that.

Yes, so that was my exciting venture into Texas government. By the way, I heard the Capitol Building is one foot taller than the one in DC. Everything really is bigger in Texas. And it is a lovely building.

knitting, school, weather


Guess what? It’s frozen here again! Alas, my math class is still opening tomorrow, so I still have to complete my homework, but still…. weather like this is not within my (admittedly young) memory.

I have already broken my previously mentioned resolution to cast on no more than one project a month. I knitted a baby hat, for example. However, a baby hat takes less than a day to knit, so *whisper* it doesn’t really count, right? Ahem.

By the way, have you seen these amazing socks yet? You. Must. CLICK THE LINK. If you care at all for literature and knitting, you will swoon. I swooned… well, maybe not, but still! However, I rashly promised to make whoever so desired a pair of them, if they would only pay for yarn and pattern, and am now doomed to spend the rest of the next month or two knitting them, as soon as the yarn (which is not yet ordered) is in my possession. I’m going to use Knit Picks Palette.

I have recently been seized by an attack of Startitis Maximus. What is that, you ask? A disease, of which the primary symptom is an almost uncontrollable urge to cast on new projects. It is extremely common among knitters, and frequently chronic. Though rarely fatal, results may include an ever-increasing pile of UFOs (Unfinished Objects), eight projects on the needles at once, and frustration at the sudden lack of needles to cast on yet more projects. (I actually do have seven projects right now – two unpaired socks, an unpaired mitten, two shawls, a shawlette, and a sweater. But the unpaired socks and mitten don’t count, because one sock is hibernating, one is an autopilot pattern to work on while I’m watching a movie or something, and the mitten was in hibernation for almost two years anyways. Don’t ask why that makes them not count.)

And now I bid you farewell, for I must go and finish my math homework. I wasted my homework time making molasses cookies.

Birthday, Family, knitting, school

Titles are tough

Alas, I have not posted for several days. This must be amended.

In recent news, my youngest sibling, my brother AJ, has just turned four. He got a lightsaber for the blessed date. Also, two days ago my third youngest sibling, Anna, turned nine. She is the only member of the family without brown hair, except for my red-headed father. She herself is a blonde.

As for other things, well, school is going okay. I recently got my lowest exam grade ever… a 68 on a chemistry exam. However, I have completed and turned in corrections, for which I will hopefully get half credit and arrive at a satisfying 84. I am still behind in Latin.

Knitting is rather unsatisfactory of late. I purchased a new skein of Malabrigo Lace, an extremely soft little skein of single-ply laceweight in a charming purple colorway known as Violetas. It is a good bargain – $8.95 at my local yarn shop. I am going to use it eventually to knit this scarf, a pattern I received for Christmas. If that was all, it would be fine, but unfortunately, there is more. I finished the first Fair Isle sock I posted about previously, but it proved uncomfortably small for my friend and will be frogged, most likely. I have cast on for a plain sock with ribbing, heel, and toe to be knit in scrap sock yarn, which I will probably give to her (if it works out, I will have to frog the first sock. Or maybe only frog it up to a certain point and turn the rest of it into some kind of pouch thingy like I saw someone on Ravelry do). I have also cast on for a pink cotton lace headscarf, in the same pattern as a shawl I have been working on, but with thicker yarn/needles and less repeats. And there’s actually more…

College, language, school


First of all, thanks to everyone for the prayers about my oral exam. I did get the tough examiner, and I don’t think I did really well… but oh well.

As some of you may already know, I am a sophomore and have been looking at colleges for about a year now. And for over six months, I’ve had my heart set on attending Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia.

Now, it’s rather expensive, but quite a bit cheaper than my #2 option, University of Dallas. I think that I can get some scholarships that will help, though. At any rate, on Monday (I think) I applied for information about the college. On Saturday I received an information packet in the mail. The letter inside was marked Tuesday. Fast, anyone?

I’m planning to get my degree in English Language and Literature. In fact, one of the things that attracts me to Christendom is the opportunity they offer to learn Old English. It’s been a dream of mine for several years to learn Old English, and it’s a wonderful thought that I may not only attend an orthodox Catholic college and receive a great liberal arts education, but learn O. E. as well! I also plan to study ancient Greek while I’m there (a foreign language is required, and Old English isn’t one of the options).