Thursday, September 16, 2010
We're getting the very out fringe of Igor, have been since yesterday and it will continue for a few days (he's so huge). But we're talking winds of maybe 25-30 mph, gusts of more, but nothing of hurricane force here. Periodic heavy rain. And very high swells and rip currents - so no swimming out far for me, I'm a decent swimmer but don't want to battle the water. Other than that, things are fine and we don't need to worry about this storm. Not like poor Bermuda. Igor is a MONSTER - he really is!
I do like being at the Ritz. They have turn down service, silky soft cotton sheets, tons of pillows, speedy internet, a big room, a huge bathroom - and little things like fresh orchids in the public restrooms. Plus the training group is feeding us, and it's all I can do to hold back and not gobble down three chocolate croissants for breakfast.
Apparently someone nominated me to be one of several teachers to work with territorial and district educators to revamp the entire school improvement planning process - this includes re-writing the manual as well as what should go into the plan, plus evaluation processes and forms - wow. This is huge. We'll be meeting like this every month. Though alternating between here and St. Croix - so next month we fly there.
This is going to be interesting.
Plus the deputy superintendent of curriculum and instruction chatted with me and said he's working on federal funds to reinstate the art coordinator, and would I please apply for the job. He even talked about restructuring it so I could stay at my school part-time. I'm not sure I want to be an administrator, I have so much more fun with my own students. But that way, I could help so many more. Ah well, no need to decide right now, they don't have the $ or permission to reinstate that job. But I'm honored to have been asked!!!!!!
Okay, DH is napping on our cushy bed, I think it's time for dinner.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Do you see the big island almost to the left of this photo? That's Puerto Rico. Next to that to the right is Viequez (and Culebra). Next dot (smaller) to the right is St. Thomas. That's where we live.
Then there's Igor. I don't care if he's 800 miles away - from this angle, that looks too close for my comfort!!!!!!
However, the good news - I found out today that I'm on a task force, we're spending 3 days (and 2 nights) at the Ritz hotel on island - I have to go for dinner tonight, and then Thurs & Fri - I called the coordinators and explained that today is our anniversary (when DH and I first got involved, during Hurricane Marilyn) and they okayed him coming to stay at the hotel with me - woohooooooo!!!!!!!!!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Igor has finally turned. This monster storm is 1200 miles across (or so), with center winds of 150 mph, gusts up to 180 mph.
He's about 800 miles away from us. Or so.
And he finally, FINALLY, turned northwest, or more west-northwest - but at least he TURNED. He's been heading dead west the entire time, he finally started turning this morning.
St. Thomas is at approximately 18 degrees N and 65 W - Igor is now at 18.8 N and 53W - and while 12 degrees sounds like a fair distance, well, as I said, it's about 800 miles. When something is 1200 miles across, and has winds of 150-180 mph, well, 800 miles isn't far enough away. Really.
So we should have some wind, possibly a bit of rain, and wonderful swells for the surfers. I like to go to the beach and watch huge waves roll in.
But I'm so relieve Igor turned, instead of heading dead west right at us.
Though trust me, we're not turning our backs on Igor yet.
We are here-----And this color splotch is Igor
Monday, September 13, 2010
My students never cease to amaze me - they say things out of the blue that just make me see them in a new light.
I have one little boy, 7th grade, small, very cute, who just comes across as having a chip on his shoulder. He never smiles, usually scowls, and just has ATTITUDE.
But he did a beautiful job on his assignment - enlarging a drawing by Keith Haring - and he selected a rather difficult drawing to do. Did a great job. Spent a lot of time coloring. Showed a lot of dedication and commitment to producing quality work. So I gave him a lot of verbal encouragement, told him how great it was.
Til he started coloring the ocean, which he just scribbled in. We talked, I told him it was looking so beautiful but then his scribbly ocean was just making the picture look bad. He agreed, and the next day started doing a nice careful job coloring the ocean.
However - he started the ocean in orange. But many of the orange markers are drying out (as are the blue, hence the orange) - so he switched to purple. I told him ahead of time that purple over orange will not be a good look, but he went ahead. Happily and neatly coloring his ocean purple.
So in my cruise around the room, checking on student progress and helping as needed, I checked in with little Mr Attitude - and he looked up, gave me a sly smile, pointed at the brownish color made when the purple marker is over the orange, and he said, "The ocean is polluted."
I about fell over laughing!!!!!!!!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
I tried on clothes and made a pile of anything that doesn't fit right - and most of the items that didn't fit were too big - pants too baggy in the thighs and seat, shirts that hung, etc.
If the piece of clothing didn't fit OR didn't look good, in the bag it went. Out of the closet. Gone. Out of my life.
Because I've decided I need to give up looking "cute" and go for the sophisticated look - casually elegant, well-travelled, intellectual - the Audrey Hepburn (or Katherine Hepburn) look. I've outgrown cute. I'm ready for elegance and sophistication.
So world, get ready for a new me!!!!
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