Wednesday, June 27, 2007

"Yes. I shall go down in history as the man who opened a door!"

So, at work I am writing a whole day camp called Leonardo's Lab about Leonardo da Vinci. It IS a little daunting to write up the program from scratch as people are already signed up for it and it starts Monday... but since Leonardo is one of my favorite geniuses... even more than Einstein, my OTHER favorite genius... it has actually sort of been fun! (but the above quote wasn't REALLY him... it was him in Ever After.)

I am planning to have them paint a Mona Lisa picture, make a blaster sculpture with a cast of their thumbs, invent ways to protect eggs in an egg drop, learn about linear perspective, design paper airplanes, etc. But also, one of the activities is going to be about how he wrote backwards... like mirrored. And the project (after practice) will be to pick a favorite da Vinci quote and write it backwards on a card. He said some
awesome stuff! Anyway, I thought I would share a few of my favorites with all y'all!


“There shall be wings! If the accomplishment be not for me, 'tis for some other.”

“For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.”


“While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.”

“As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.”


“The depth and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life, for only then do they have to fall back on their reserves.”

“Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge.”

“It's easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.”


“The smallest feline is a masterpiece.”


“Learning never exhausts the mind”

“The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.”

"Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master."

“All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions.”

“Blinding ignorance does mislead us. O! Wretched mortals, open your eyes!”


“The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a
work of art.”


“Art is never finished, only abandoned.”


“Nature never breaks her own laws”

“He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.”


“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”

A few that I probably WON'T give them the option of (as they are under 11 years old), but that rather amused/disturbed me:

“Marriage is like putting your hand into a bag of snakes in the hope of pulling out an eel.”

"He who wishes to be rich in a day will be hanged in a year."

"The function of muscle is to pull and not to push, except in the case of the genitals and the tongue."

Hee hee hee hee!

A WACKY man, that Leo. (He's Mormon NOW... acording to Pres. Judd. Hee hee!)

ANYWAY, so that is what MY day has been filled with, in the absense of any kittens or deer...

OH, but when I came home the other night and told the roomie that V had kept Marco and the sadness with our deer and said "Well... we are out of the rescue biz awhile" she said, "Weeeell..."
"Check in the bathroom."
A young robin with a
broken wing. The bone was sticking right out. Poor little guy. He is eating well, though, and doesn't seem to be hurting, just grounded. So we shall see.

On a completely OTHER topic, this whole ummm thing with Fresno has got me... weird. Like oddly panicked. Because I used to have no problem when we wouldn't talk for a day or something because I would figure "he's busy" and go on. But now I start thinking "oh no oh no maybe he doesn't like me now!!!"

I hate that feeling. YUCK.

So yesterday we didn't talk but I texted with no answer and so today I have been all crying and questioning stuff and getting scared...

and then he called and we talked and I get all giggly and crushy again. I am SUCH a stupid GIRL sometimes.

Yes, I know BEING more girly is one of my Fresno-related-goals. But by that I mean trying makeup more, maybe getting my ears pierced (okay, not likely on the ears thing. *shudder*)... not having panic attacks every time we don't talk or crying over not getting a text back. That isn't good girly. That's just Stupid Basket Casey.

I'm working on it. SIGH. He really is SO cute and funny though. It is too bad I am now back to wondering why he likes ME when he IS so awesome. Bleh. Confidence sucks.


  1. awwww ... baby bird ... hope his wings heal.

    the girls were watching this thing on orphaned orangutans and a rescue that takes care of them and trains them how to live, then sets them free on an island specifically for those rescued orangutans. those babies are so flipping cute.

  2. Dude, I know you ADORE Fresno, but don't pierce your ears just for him. That's like me getting a tattoo just for Ender...NOT A GOOD IDEA! Wearing makeup is totally cool 'cause well, you can take it off at the end of the day. Earrings...they take a bit longer to solve.

    K, now what's the deal with the chipmunk gopher thing? Tiff showed me that yesterday and I really don't understand where it came from and its significance...(though, yes, in its odd way, it is funny).

  3. Oh oh oh! I totally forgot to mention 'cause I got distracted but your ideas for Da Vinci sound, spectacular! I really need to pow wow with you and get ideas for my own curriculum because *gasp* I think I've got a job! AHH! I'll be teaching Jr. High kids! I vowed against that! AHHHH!

  4. Bleh. welcome to MY world.... constantly freaking out...

    usually I have no reason though other than I AM a basketcase.

    anyway, um... don't do the ears. You're not that kind of girl. LOL

  5. Leonardo? Eh...Michelangelo is where its at. ;)

    But that project sounds great.

    About a year ago a girl I know who suffers from depression was telling my bestfriend about her emotions and it was almost exactly what you described in your second to last paragraph. She said to my friend after she described know how girls act? My friend drew a blank when she talked to her. Needless to say, I don't think this girl has ever realized that those behaviors aren't normal.

    You should be proud of yourself for recognizing those behaviors and working on changing them. You'll get through all of this-and land on top. I know you will because you're trying.

    As far as the earrings it for the right reasons. Maybe make a list why you want to do it, and why you don't--if the donts are fears..then maybe its a good thing to overcome them. Our fears should not prevent us from doing things we want to do.