Are you getting ready for the big snowstorm — or is it balmy and nice where you live? For us, the weatherman is predicting 6 to 10 inches, plus drifting. Sounds like a great night to snuggle down with pizza and a movie, assuming the power doesn’t go out.

## Major Blog Changes

January was a month of major and minor changes for ** Let’s play math!** blog. My biggest change was moving my blogroll to a separate page. This move gave me enough room to comment on several of my favorite blogs, and I hope to add more notes over the next few months.

It also freed up space in my sidebar for my new **Blog parties for teachers** widget. (Scroll down to see it.) I was getting frustrated posting little blurbs every time a new blog carnival came out, only to see the posts become outdated within a week — those announcements were threatening to outnumber my on-topic blog posts. *Aargh!* Now I can post the latest links where they are easy to find, without diluting my main-column articles.

I do my best to keep up with the most current education-related carnivals ~~by browsing The Truth Laid Bear‘s UberCarnival page~~. But if you know of something I have missed — or if you want to make sure I don’t miss your carnival — my email information is on the About/Contact Denise page.

## Minor Blog Changes

New header photo — my daughter has developed into a talented photographer, don’t you think?

The Handouts page has been updated to include The game of algebra.

Little things can make a big difference. I learned how to handle images using the “class” attribute, so there shouldn’t be any more text-ramming-into-the-photo problems. I haven’t had time to go back and fix all the old posts, but the new ones definitely look better. I also learned how to make pull-quotes, but I haven’t been able to get the nested list to work properly.

I also started exploring Flickr as a source of images to enhance my posts, thanks to Skelliewag‘s article, A Complete Guide to Finding and Using Incredible Flickr Images.

And I discovered a few new blogs, which have been added to my blogroll page:

- Jeka-Math
- Math Specialist
- Math Stories
~~The Mad Hatter’s Mad Math Blog~~- The Math Mojo Chronicles
- One Lesson At A Time

## Articles by Category

Finally, here is a round-up of January’s blog posts, in case you missed anything:

**Life in general **

**Blogging/Funny pictures**

Goals

I need one of these!**Family**

New Year’s resolutions

Happy birthday, Princess Kitten!

They grow up too fast!

**Mathematics **

**Activities/Games**

Euclid’s game on a hundred chart**Activities/Puzzles**

Puzzles for the New Year

2008 mathematics game**By grade level/Algebra & beyond**

The game of algebra**How & Why**

How should we teach arithmetic?**Math Humor**

That’s mathematics**Quotations**

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