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My Sister

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

My sister (and best friend) recently joined Spark People.



I think I irritated her a few weeks ago telling her about my new little fitbit and exercise program. She lives in Alaska, where it is dark and cold in the winter, and exceptionally cold this winter. It has been hard for her to get the exercise she likes and needs; like me, she is normally an active person. Two cool things happened; she got a fitbit to spur herself on, and she joined Spark People.

Her Spark name is FABBYMAY because she plans to be fabulous in May. Of course, I think she is always fabulous!

I hope you will join me in cheering her on as she meets her goals; she is off to a great start.

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=FA
BBYMAY


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MCGS62 1/27/2012 3:39PM

    Yeah!! another member sparked !! good work !!

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OLDERDANDRT 1/25/2012 11:42AM

    Friended her and sent her a welcoming goodie. I hope she will really enjoy SParkPeople as much as we do!!! It would be great if she and you lived closer, but now you have an additional way to "be" together......through SP!!
Have a great day, my friend and my love to the fur-babies!!!! (Esp. Stella - hehe) emoticon emoticon

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MARY1313 1/25/2012 10:00AM

    Friended her and sent her a welcome!!


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FABBYMAY 1/24/2012 11:44PM

    Well, I have to chime in here - my sister is my inspiration! She is so fit and active, a great teacher, and a great musician. I wished we lived closer so we could do more things together - she has wonderful places to walk outdoors.

She did inspire me to get off my butt and get back into shape this winter. I am so glad I got my fitbit and joined SP. I also started the 17 Day Diet at the same time and I am really enjoying finally starting to see the weight I've gained come off. This way of eating agrees with me.

Now, if only spring would come! But it's still a long way off here in Alaska.

THANKS Chris (not only my sister but my Gemini Twin)!

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VALERIEMAHA 1/24/2012 10:41PM

    But of course!
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WATERMELLEN 1/24/2012 10:12PM

    How lovely for you and for her! We have a number of "family members" at SP . . . I tried to interest my own sister in joining but so far no luck!!

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ANJELIA1968 1/24/2012 9:21PM

    So nice of you to be a cheerleader for your sister. If you support her as much as you have me (and I'd bet you'll do even more, if that's possible), she's going to be getting a lot of encouragement. It's great that you two are so close!
Think I'll pop over to her page and welcome her.
Hope you're doing alright.

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Cooking Indian Food

Friday, January 13, 2012

We had a delightful morning cooking Indian food for a family style lunch at school this morning. Our chess-master-in-residence spent quite a bit of his childhood years in India and we had the idea of making a lunch of Indian food; a plan he was very pleased with.

We spent much of the morning chopping veggies and cooking our vegetarian Indian lunch.



We had some lovely Indian spices to cook with. Without these spices, what would Indian food be?



The school started smelling fabulous once we added the spices to the sauteeing onions.



Sauteeing the onions and spices was the first step in cooking the vegetable korma, which was replete with yummy veggies and warming spices.


Our chess-master-in-residence made some kind of spinach dish. It was not Saag paneer, it was saag something else and very tasty.




Our science teacher made dough for chapatis.



Which we rolled out and cooked.



We also made chana masala (chickpeas), which complimented the basmati rice for protein balance.



With a cooling side dish of raita (cucumbers and yogurt).



And voila! A complete and delicious meal!



There were a couple of children who would only venture so far as eating rice and the chapati, but most of them were game to try everything and many came back for seconds.



This was my lunch:



Indian food is wonderful for hot days. But for days that are freezing it is even better; it has remarkable warming qualities.

It is really fun to teach children to cook and to expand their tastes, and they love it!

  
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THE_HERMIT 1/24/2012 6:23PM

    It looks like a wonderful food display , delicious. emoticon

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DANCINLOVE 1/24/2012 1:41PM

    That looks absolutely delicious!

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W82GOWHEE 1/24/2012 11:52AM

    Yum! I love Indian food, except for really hot chilis at breakfast!

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MARY1313 1/17/2012 10:04AM

    that looks so good! I've never had Indian food and I think I might try some!

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SCHWINNER! 1/17/2012 9:29AM

    Mmmm, that looks delicious!!!

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LMB-ESQ 1/17/2012 8:06AM

    Cooking in school is so much fun! And it sure beats the institutional garbage that most schools serve!

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MEOWMAMA3 1/17/2012 6:29AM

    Yum Yum, gimme some! Once in a blue moon I go to an Indian buffet on Penn campus that's cheap and delicious. I've been playing with Indian spices a lot recently, bought some great, fresh blends from a mail order spice house. I think it's so cool that you cook at school. No such fun at my school.

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PENNYAN45 1/16/2012 7:52PM

    Looks delicious!
I LOVE Indian food, but have only attempted to make it at home a couple of times.
I'm going to follow some of the commenters' recommendations to find some more recipes on Spark pages.

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PHEBESS 1/16/2012 12:32PM

    That sounds like so much fun, as well as looking delicious!!!!!

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MILLISMA 1/16/2012 10:48AM

    Okay, now I'm hungry! One of my sparkfriends lives in India and she has posted some of her recipes.

hugs...Mary Anne

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MCGS62 1/16/2012 9:49AM

    I like indian food-- very colofull
I do have an indian food story - not for public-a little gross
but funy
When my spark mail is fixed maybe!!--I have to think about sharing this one

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JAZZID 1/15/2012 7:17PM

    emoticonOMG... I wish I could have been there... I love Indian food... I have prepared Chana Masala many times and other dishes... I love Chapati's, Paratha (... I just tried this recently) and naan breads... I could go on and on... I just order my first Masala Dabba this weekend, can't wait to get it.

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ANJELIA1968 1/14/2012 11:38PM

    I've never had Indian food and normally I'd say I wouldn't try it, but since I've been on Spark, I've been trying a lot of new things so maybe I'll add this to my list. I love the way you expose your students to these new experiences. Growing up, I was allowed to be a "meat and potatoes" kid so it's been really hard for me to expand my pallet in my adult years!
Looks like you did a great job preparing something special for your chess resident. I'm betting he enjoyed himself and really appreciated you all for it!

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COBBYCAT 1/14/2012 8:26PM

    Yummy!!!

I love Indian food and haven't had any in such a long time!! Your pictures make me want to go out in this snow storm and get some!!



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VALERIEMAHA 1/14/2012 3:51PM

    OMG! I'm totally salivating. It looks absolutely perfectly prepared. Sorry to be missing so much on SP, but glad I spotted this!
xox
Maha

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W5VEOTX 1/14/2012 10:19AM

    Yum Yum - you are making me hungry! Thanks for blog.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 1/14/2012 6:00AM

    Visit recipies from my Spark friend Komal53. She has documented a plethora of recipies that are fantastic.
I've learned a lot about variations of spices from her recipies.

I can almost smell it from seeing it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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GOLIGHTLY344 1/14/2012 12:58AM

    My daughter-in-law is from a Sikh family. We love this food! Yum!
Chess: I love kids to learn this game! My grandsons can already beat me, but I'm only a 'basic' kind of player.

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TRULYVISIBLE 1/14/2012 12:13AM

  How great to introduce different foods from around the world to these students. Very brave of the younger ones to try everything.

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HONEYFULL 1/13/2012 11:39PM

    WOW ! This is So delicious. I feel so hungry simply looking at it. THANK YOU !

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IUHRYTR 1/13/2012 10:54PM

    Another positive creative experience for the students. emoticon -- Lou

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CHALLENGER15 1/13/2012 8:54PM

    I have never had Indian food; you are the second Sparkfriend to write about it. I am going to have venture out of my food comfort zone and try it! Thanks for posting!

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0309COOKIE 1/13/2012 8:50PM

    I have never tasted Indian food. It looks rather good.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 1/13/2012 8:21PM

    Looks yummy! Mmmm

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WATERMELLEN 1/13/2012 8:14PM

    Looks like everything turned out beautifully! I can almost smell it!!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/13/2012 7:48PM

    Wow! That all looks delicious! I LOVE Indian food! emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/13/2012 7:00PM

    Wow, it looks yummy. And fun to make.

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What's Wrong With This Picture?

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Really???



In January?

In Ohio.... in January?

As my sweet departed mother in law would say...

That ain't right!

  
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GOLIGHTLY344 1/13/2012 11:59AM

    Indian food? Yum! East Indian?

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MARY1313 1/11/2012 1:16PM

    It's so warm here that we have mosquitoes!!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 1/11/2012 4:35AM

    We've got birds singing in the morning like it's springtime! Even the less nature savy have noticed.
What's up with that?
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IUHRYTR 1/11/2012 1:19AM

    May not be normal but it provided all of us an unexpected bit of beauty. emoticon -- Lou

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MCGS62 1/10/2012 10:27AM

    Quick !!! Eat it !! it is good for you and you may not see its brothers and sisters until April !!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 1/10/2012 5:00AM

    Madness! I had to wait and wait to put my tulips in last year, the winter just would not do what it oughter. emoticon emoticon

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FRECKS96 1/9/2012 11:07AM

    I saw one in upstate NY too. Crazy!!

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SHARJOPAUL 1/9/2012 10:20AM

    and who does not believe in global warming?

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/9/2012 10:04AM

    That flower had determination! emoticon

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IDLETYME 1/9/2012 6:40AM

    I'm proud of that little flower. It's like Spark people. No matter what happens - we can make it!! emoticon

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JLITT62 1/9/2012 5:41AM

    You gotta love it! At least, I love it. Not that I've seen any weeds/flowers here, but still!

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PINKPIANO 1/8/2012 11:20PM

    so pretty. emoticon emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 1/8/2012 8:47PM

    Saw one in my neighborhood last week! Those things are just totally nuts!! One can only hope that humans can be close to as tenacious as these little dandelions!! Liek a Timex.....takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'! emoticon emoticon

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BIGLITTLEWOMAN 1/8/2012 7:49PM

    Poor mother nature is confused. So are the wild animals in Michigan. Skunks are out, they are supposed to be sleeping!!

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CHALLENGER15 1/8/2012 7:36PM

    Wow! I saw blooms on an arrangement at an Assisted Living Center this afternoon, but they were inside and lots of windows for them to get sunlight in this Missouri winter. I am amazed.

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PHEBESS 1/8/2012 7:33PM

    Nice!

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CELLOPLAYER1 1/8/2012 7:28PM

    It always nice to see flowers!

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WATERMELLEN 1/8/2012 6:56PM

    Colt's foot? Very very hardy!!

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DOR2BFIT 1/8/2012 6:52PM

    LOL! I think we deserve a flower in January after last winter though!

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PONYFARMER 1/8/2012 6:21PM

    We are so going to pay for this mess of weather conditions. I don't know how or when but we will be paying for messing up our weather and I don't even believe in global warming.

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/8/2012 6:04PM

    Yes, my roses are blooming. But this is San Diego, so it's not too unusual. For you, yes. Enjoy!

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MOMMAKNOWSBEST 1/8/2012 6:03PM

  nice flower....I had a butterfly in my yard this morning!

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Needing a Rest

Saturday, January 07, 2012



Hmmm, that gives me pause for thought!

Actually, I think perhaps I need a little rest symbol to post on my mirror along with my goals.

Rest is something I have not been doing too well with. It has been lovely to have a chess master in residency at school for the next several weeks, but it has totally upheaved my schedule at school. I pride myself in being flexible with my program, but the chess groupings are all different from my various academic groupings. I have been mentally scrambling to figure out how to keep my academic program intact while the residency is going on.





In spite of the upheaval in schedule, I am loving what the children are getting out of the residency. There is so much more to chess than just a game, and even the children who have a hard time concentrating are staying focused for amazingly long periods of time. The children are loving this residency.

There was one accomplishment this weekend that I was proud of, which may seem like an odd thing to include as an accomplishment. I blew off the scheduled board meeting this week. Wednesday was Mike's birthday, so I let the board know that I would not be attending and took Mike out to dinner instead. The accomplishment for me was letting go of a piece of my workaholism, and keeping my priorities in focus.

Another accomplishment in the same light was taking Thursday off from meeting my fitbit daily walking goals, and staying focused on the fact that I set myself weekly goals instead of daily goals so I could slack off when I was tired. I tend to obsess a bit on things like charts and graphs, so it was a challenge for me to only have taken 5706 steps when the daily goal is 10,000, even if I had already come very close to my weekly goals.

My mantra this week has been:

*Let it go!*

Last week my guitar teacher had asked me for a list of all of the pieces I am working on. Over the week, he went through all of them to see what parts to concentrate on for technical instruction. This week he was impressed, stating that they were all much more difficult than they first appeared. There is some beautiful simplicity to the pieces themselves, but they do offer some challenging technique. One thing I enjoy about this teacher is that he actually prepares lessons for me around what I am working on and pays a lot of attention to detail. I feel blessed to have found him this summer.

What happened to the snow? On Monday it was snowing with a windchill of -9. Last evening I was walking Stella on a balmy 45 degree evening. One side of the meadow was snow covered, the other side was green grass. I could literally watch the snow disappear; I felt like I was in Narnia. That's Ohio for you! Not that I'm complaining.

This weekend, I plan to remain under a rest. Not that I won't be busy, but I plan to give myself plenty of down time to counter the intensity of the past week.

Have a great weekend, my friends!

  
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MARY1313 1/11/2012 1:15PM

    Good for you setting some rest time!

Mary

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IUHRYTR 1/11/2012 1:22AM

    Thank you for the chuckle at the beginning of your blog emoticon and good going on changing the schedule to have a nice night out with hubby. Sometimes we really do need to say no to others, don't we?-- Lou

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MCGS62 1/10/2012 10:23AM

    chess and music have a lot in common when it comes to kids.
there seems to be very few rules, lots of choices, and allows you to concentrate without getting bored. good job teach!!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 1/10/2012 4:57AM

    Dinner instead of the board meeting, that,s impressive. Maybe you could make it a quarterly habit? As if! Wow you guys don't slow down with the season. I'm hoping to ease in to the work year, starting tomorrow. Kia kaha on a rest, Pudle. That means be staunch!

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THE_HERMIT 1/9/2012 7:51PM

    Hi Rest is important as is remembering to Breve;-) something I seldom think about is deep and restful breathing. I have been an asthmatic for so many years - many of which it was uncontrolled, I now see someone who has helped improve it dramatically.
So I say also Breve

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WATERMELLEN 1/8/2012 12:06PM

    Glad you've got your priorities straight: waaay more important ot take DH out to dinner!

And rest. Under a rest, indeed!!

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TKADEEPBREATH 1/8/2012 10:32AM

    My Mom was a teacher all my childhood. Back in the early 60s you could teach with an associates degree but then they changed it to a four year and she had to go back to school. A lot of it she did through correspondence course with the University of Northern Iowa. I observed her do something very difficult as she taught during the day (3rd grade at the time)and studied all night. She didn't complain much except when she got a grade she didn't like. Talk about no time to rest with a family of six to take care of . . .

And my Grandpa Brown, her Dad was a chef and also an avid Chess player. He taught my brothers when they were young but I never got into the game. Girly stuff got in the way I guess. My DH knows how and I should get him to teach me. That would be a "hoot" huh?

Have the most restful Sunday possible. I know I will . . . .

Oh, love the idea of an edible yard . . I'd love to put up a green house. Gonna start reading about that.

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PONYFARMER 1/7/2012 10:25PM

    Rest! I like that idea and may have to copy you. I also understand that it is hard to change as teachers, we can be very USED to our lesson plans and when you veer, it stops our forward motion. But what a great idea to teach these little guys and girls Chess. It will help them in so many other ways than playing the game.

Happy Resting.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/7/2012 8:49PM

    I think I want to adopt your mantra!

LET IT GO!!! emoticon

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PINKPIANO 1/7/2012 7:01PM

    enjoy your rest. it sounds like you work really hard. emoticon

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PINETREEGIRL 1/7/2012 6:01PM

    Rest! And re-charge. Enjoy your weekend--sounds like you deserve it!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 1/7/2012 2:46PM

    What a good symbolization!
Rest well.

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OLDERDANDRT 1/7/2012 2:17PM

    I love that rest symbol used in that way!!! Be well, my friend! Take your rest where you need it! It's a good thing! emoticon

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BADASSBLONDIE 1/7/2012 1:38PM

    OMG that picture made me laugh for a solid minute. Mike thought I was crazy LOL.

I am SO proud of you for not going to that meeting. So. Insanely. Proud. SQUEEEEE!! I hope you have a wonderfully restful weekend. xoxo

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JLITT62 1/7/2012 10:15AM

    Rest can be hard to do, but it's soooo necessary! Enjoy your restful weekend.

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Off to a Great Start

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Monday was our first day back to school after winter break and our first real snow of the winter. It was an unseasonably warm December, which I was enjoying, but I like winter so it was nice to get the fresh coat of snow over all of that brown grass and underbrush.

The temperature took a major dip, from in the 40s to a -9 degree windchill. I layered up for my morning walk and walked 2 miles before going to school and preparing my classroom.

Monday is our hiking day, so we all bundled up for our nature walk. The children were excited to go out walking in the new snow, and the windchill was not so ravaging in the woods.



They enjoyed a game of camouflage in the woods. It was amazing how well they could hide in plain sight, even the children who were wearing bright orange coats found ways to camouflage themselves. I was thinking it would be hard to hide with all of the white, but was surpised at how they could 'disappear' from sight.

When I got home, I took the Diva for her hike in the meadow. She is truly a winter fan and she was very excited about the snow. She had to zoom around as fast as she could the entire walk.



By the end of the day, I had accumulated a whopping 19012 steps and 7 miles plus climbed the equivalent of 26 floors. I also managed to put in 1.5 hours of practice time in. Woot!

Today is the first day of the Chess Residency at our school. An accomplished chess player will be coming in every day to teach the children how to play chess. Most of the children are really pumped about this. It will be a scheduling challenge for me, but I am looking forward to it. Perfect timing for learning a game of strategy.






  
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JAZZMINE 1/5/2012 7:30PM

    You are awesome! I love reading your blogs!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/5/2012 10:31AM

    What a great way to start the week! And I LOVE the photo of your diva! emoticon

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DDOORN 1/5/2012 8:31AM

    Whew! What a rewarding day for yourself! Now THAT'S the way to get a New Year SPARKIN'! :-)

Don

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PINKPIANO 1/5/2012 2:59AM

    you're so lucky to have all that snow! it really is pretty. i'm sure you get a great workout covering all those miles while wading through the snow. emoticon

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MAWRTIAN 1/4/2012 2:32PM

    Puppy in the snow is too cute!! I do miss this a little, I wish i had a transporter so I could pop into a snowy woods for a nice brisk hike then get instantly transported back home and warm up.

Yeah 2012!!

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MCGS62 1/4/2012 9:13AM

    I know how fast my kids could disappear!! Good action photo of stella.
had just enough time to read the blogs that accumulated over the holiday today
love the inca cartoon but I don't see where you are getting any "me" time with all of you other goals--blogging counts as writing
good luck in the new year!!!

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MEOWMAMA3 1/4/2012 7:12AM

    Happy New Year Teacher Sister! What a fun way to start back to school! We also have some kids involved in a chess club, thanks to our nursing interns and a grant. One year at my former school we had a chess master teaching kids of all ages. It was great to see the tiniest kids so intense at their boards!

Wishing you and Stella and the whole family a most wonderful New Year! I'm making an effort to be more present on SP. See you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PONYFARMER 1/3/2012 11:21PM

    The picture of Stella says it all

Remind me what grade do you teach? I think really no matter what age that moving, breathing clean air and experiencing the wilderness in all its beauty is so good for their ability to learn. Sitting in a desk can really inhibit that process. And the younger they are the worse just sitting is for them. Great job~

It is beautiful where you live and in my last three days of 80+ degress is not my idea of summer. Yes, it is Southern California, but this is why I want to leave here for a place that has actual 4 seasons.

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ANJELIA1968 1/3/2012 11:15PM

    19,000+ steps! WOW!!!!!
So impressed by your dedication. Me, when the temperature dips I run and hide inside. I DO NOT LIKE COLD WEATHER!!!
We got our first "real" snow yesterday too but it is expected to melt off later this week. Can't wait for the temps to go back up!
Will be interested to hear about your experiences with chess. Have never had much success with it personally but I think it is a very interesting game. Enjoy your 1st week back to school; my kids returned today.

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CELLOPLAYER1 1/3/2012 7:56PM

    The dog looks to enjoying itself.

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MARY1313 1/3/2012 3:28PM

    that is awesome almost 20,000 steps!

I love the total abandon and joy that Stella has on her face with her ears flying in the wind!!! What a Joy!!!

Mary

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JABULONESTAR 1/3/2012 12:52PM

    Stella looks so happy in the snow! I love that you take your students on hikes. What a great day in the snow. emoticon

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BADASSBLONDIE 1/3/2012 12:43PM

    GO YOU for rockin' that walk to work with that windchill. And I'm jealous - I wanna learn chess!

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0309COOKIE 1/3/2012 12:29PM

    Love the picture of Stella. Looks like she is having a ball!

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MSPLACEDAGAIN 1/3/2012 10:39AM

    Wow, very cool! We have been in the 70's here in central Texas, unseasonable, even for us!

I LOVE the picture of Diva! Thanks for sharing!

Eden

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JLITT62 1/3/2012 7:44AM

    WTG getting in all that fitness!

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IUHRYTR 1/3/2012 7:02AM

    You sure do get in your exercise, don't you? Whew. Stella looks so darn happy it makes me smile looking at the expression of joy on her face. Need an extra chess set? I'll send you one. have a fun day. emoticon -- Lou

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BILLTMAN 1/3/2012 6:32AM

    That's cool, I got a chance to play a couple of games of chess with my 11 year old grandson during the holidays. Had a blast. I'm glad your students are getting a chance to learn this wonderful game.

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SCOOTER4263 1/3/2012 6:31AM

    Love the picture of Diva in the snow!

We went from nearly 50 degrees the other day to single digit highs today, coupled with lake effect snow - we could get an inch or we could get a foot. The wind seems to make the animals edgy - i think maybe they can hear it whistling through the old house crevices, too high or faint for me to hear.

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