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
Why I love the "pre-advanced placement" kids
Our school is grouped in teams - most teams are mixes of average kids. But those who are academically advanced are in the "pre-advanced placement" team, so that they can work at a faster pace, and get into more advanced work.
The kids are ... Read more
What to do with 1,000 SparkGoodie points???
Yes, I hit the jackpot, I won 1000 SG points on the spinwheel today.
I looked through the items. Yes, a virtual stationary bike might be fun, but it wouldn't get me any more exercise. Yes, a tiara would be cool, but I have two virtual tia... Read more
I walked out of the Student Recognition Assembly
I LIKE our assemblies - we give out awards to the A honors, B honors (like A & B honor rolls), and then the students who got As in 2 classes. And the never absent kids. And the most improved kids. So it's a nice event.
And Mr. Gang Fight Hi... Read more
"Mirror mirror on the wall
Who is the fairest of them all?"
We've added some mirror areas to the mosaic mural, for the rays of light shining from the torch. Two little girls came by as I was finishing up during lunch today, and one s... Read more
Heard at the wall
"Elisha, quit looking at de woman's butt, you know you want yours to look like that."
(I'm not sure whether to take that as a compliment or an insult, LOL!)
"Darren, come help carry de buckets down de stairs for de wonderful woman."... Read more
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