Wednesday, December 09, 2009
I do. I remember stuff and it echoes in my brain, whether I want it to or not. Sometimes I can't get rid of whatever it is - the thoughts, the habits, the pounds. I just have trouble letting go.
I have no advice for myself. I hold onto resentments I don't want, emotions I don't want, habits I don't want, and, definitely, pounds I don't want. I try to empty my mind, put the resentments or emotions in a bubble and watch it float away - and back they are, in my brain.
I need a "pensive" like Dumbledore, where I can literally pull the thought out of my brain and put it in the container, to be brought out later if and when I need it.
But right now, what someone did on Monday is still bugging me. And I can't shake it. I keep trying. I've talked it out, I've thought it out, but I can't get it out. I feel like Lady Macbeth - "out, damned thought, out I say." Only it won't go.
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
My day is currently wonderful. Did I win a million dollars? No. Did I lose 20 lbs? No. Did a student give me chocolate? No.
What made today wonderful is that:
1. Nothing broke in the kiln (I'm currently doing a bisque firing).
2. The orange and ruby red (almost burgundy) glaze arrived, so we can make the tile we need for the mural.
3. I made it through traffic! (The Oasis of the Seas, the current largest cruise ship in the world, is here today.)
4. My gold Birkenstocks came.
As I said, it's the little things that keep us happy and going!
Monday, December 07, 2009
One TV channel had a Harry Potter movie marathon this weekend. I watched three on Saturday (after my walk and shopping and synagogue and brunch with DH in the morning) - I was up until midnight watching HP 1, 2, 3. And then Sunday, I watched #4 - again, up until midnight (not so smart with school the next day).
And yes, it was some multiple time of watching them - but each time you see or hear something new, something you didn't see the first time. Plus I swear there were parts that I hadn't seen before, in the theatre or on DVD, that they showed this time.
Plus, seeing them in sequence like that, there were things I caught that didn't make sense. So I had to ask my students - the conversation (which sounds nuts to an outsider) went like this:
Me - "Is anyone in here a Harry Potter expert? I watched all four this weekend, I have a question."
Students - "Channel 24, I watched them too." "Yeah, I watched all Saturday." "Me, me, I know all the stories."
Me - "Okay, in the first one"
Student interrupts - "Chamber of Secrets"
Me - "No, Sorcerer's Stone"
Students - "Oh, right, right"
Me - "So, in the first one, the wand guy, the guy selling wands, he tells Harry he remembers BOTH his mother and father buying their first wands - so it sounds like they both were at Hogwart's, right?"
Students - "Yeah" "Right" "Uh huh"
Me - "But then in #4, Goblet of Fire, in the graveyard, Voldemort calls Harry's mother a dirty muggle - so if she was a sorcerer, at Hogwart's, how can she be a muggle? Or is she of muggle descent? So that she's a mugblood?"
Student - "Yeah, she's of muggle descent. That's what he meant."
Me - "Ah, okay, that's kind of what I figured, but that was a little confusing."
Then everyone went back to glazing their ceramic pieces that they made.
LOL - The students all acted like it was perfectly normal to have this conversation with a 55 yr old teacher! Just cracks me up!!!!
Sunday, December 06, 2009
I can't believe this!!!!! Read on:
Somehow a top official from CropLife -- the powerful chemical industry trade group that went after Michelle Obama's organic garden -- has been nominated to serve as America's chief agricultural negotiator for international trade. If confirmed by the Senate, Isi Siddiqui, who has spent the last several years of his career fighting various restrictions and bans on environmentally hazardous pesticides, would bring that inappropriately aggressive stance on broadening pesticide use to the White House and influence trade negotiations with Europe and the developing world.
I just signed a petition to ask President Obama to drop the nomination of Isi Siddiqui as chief agricultural negotiator in the Office of the United States Trade Representative. I hope you will, too. Please have a look and take action.
Saturday, December 05, 2009
DH and I are members of our synagogue's Social Action Committee - our current project is getting donations and purchasing gifts and items for foster children for the holidays. So DH and I spent about an hour this morning shopping at KMart - he focused on toys for boys (big trucks and stuff) while I focused on things like dolls, stuffed animals, Play Dough - and we both bought big balls that would be great for kickball and other games. We both had so much fun! We also want to get to the bookstore and get some books we think the kids would like.
We took all the stuff to synagogue with us - in two weeks, the committee is having a wrapping party and we'll all wrap up whatever has been collected or bought (I'm shopping with two women from the committee in 10 days).
Then this evening, I got out all of our Chanukah decorations (a bunch of stars that I hang around, a fabric wall hanging I made, dreidls, and our five menorahs, including the one my grandparents brought from Europe when they emigrated) - DH said I'm getting ready too early, but Chanukah is my favorite holiday, and I tend to stretch it out for as long as I can.
So we're doing our part to spread the happiness this holiday season.
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