Highlights of the convention
I stayed at an all-suite hotel, and was upgraded to a two bedroom suite - yup, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a central living/dining/kitchen, and 3 TVs, all to myself.
Best giveaway - the Vincent van Gogh action figure, complete with moving ... Read more
How to do a convention Spark style
I just got back from six days in Minneapolis, plus pretty much two days travelling there and back. I actually lost weight in that week, after having been plateaued for a while now. And it's because I made conscious decisions to stick with my ... Read more
I think I need a new travel partner
DH and I spent 3 days in New York City. It was Passover and Easter weekend, so we couldn't get tickets to a show. But we could have gone to a museum. Or art galleries. Even shopped.
No. DH's idea of New York is a culinary tour of all h... Read more
Birkat Ha-Chamah - Blessing the Sun
It isn't that we bless the sun, per se. We say a blessing thanking G-d for the creation of the sun, for the opportunity to see this once-every-28-years event, when the sun is in the same position it was (supposedly) when it was created. Always... Read more
I'm making this a mental health day
DH and I had a rough week. And this coming week will be rough, in a different way - two and a half days of work; have a 6 AM special service blessing the sun (it's the Birkat HaChama, happens every 28 years); fly to Philly for Passover with his... Read more
When pep talks don't work
I've been slacking - or rather, yesterday I gave up and had no-salt potato chips with a leftover-steak sandwich - and granola snack. Turns out I was only over my cals by about 16, and I went down a few lbs from the previous day. (I'm up an down... Read more
In Requiem - An Unsung Hero
DH's best friend died on Monday. He was the head of the trauma unit at Newark University Hospital (or some name like that) - his aorta ruptured, the drs worked on him for something like 9 hours, they repaired the rupture but couldn't get his he... Read more
So I bought a new bra
The kind with the moulded and padded cups. The kind with cups that don't collapse when you take it off. And, well, as my DH said this morning, the girls are certainly perkier than usual. Higher up. More obvious. I look down and there they a... Read more
There's learning, and then there's learning
Today, I decided to try something new with my classes. I'm working toward independence with them - and for their final exam, they'll work on the mural while I watch and grade, without my usual supervision of them.
So today, we went to the ... Read more
Body Dysmorphia - or - "Am I her size?"
I need eyes like the guy in "Brother From Another Planet" - the "brother" could take out an eye, put it in a place for surveillance, come back and put in the eye and see everything the single eye had seen in his absence
I need to see myself... Read more
Just call me "Swims With Turtles"
In honor of World Water Day (3/22), DH and I went on a trip with the National Parks Service - they took a boatload (well, catamaran-load) of locals and tourists out to Buck Island, an undeveloped cay south of St. Thomas.
Background: Sea ... Read more
Good morning starshine, the earth says hello
Simple song from my youth.
But maybe it's part of the Birkat HaChamah, the blessing of the sun. Maybe we need to see every day as a rebirth, a renewal, a chance to start all over again.
I take each morning for granted. I arise with m... Read more
Blessing the sun
There's a Hebrew ritual that occurs every 28 years - blessing the sun. Or being blessed by the sun. Every 28 years, the sun supposedly returns to the exact position it was in at the Creation. So the ritual is to watch the sun rise and say ver... Read more
Iowa test pep rally?????
We were supposed to do this on Friday, to get the kids all psyched up for the testing this week - but there were rumors of planned mayhem at the high schools, so our rally was postponed till today.
Kids worked on songs, skits, raps, etc. an... Read more
Down with my back
I pulled something in my back on Friday, pouring cement from my mixing bucket into several other buckets for the students.
My chiropractor was booked and couldn't even squeeze me in. My massage guy left on a week cruise.
So I've spent... Read more