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Bits & pieces of my day

Friday, May 08, 2009      0 comments

D (gunfight girl from the other day) came in and I asked if she wanted to talk to her counselor about what happened - she said she had seen her. I asked if a teacher referred her. She said no. I said when something scary like that happens, yo... Read more

One student needed a hug

Thursday, May 07, 2009      2 comments

Of course, I gave her a hug when she asked. Then I asked why she needed a hug. She was walking home from the bus stop yesterday. She was with a group of students from a nearby elementary school; as an 8th grader, she has decided to walk w... Read more

I think my class is ready for a Spark mural!

Wednesday, May 06, 2009      1 comments

"Do we want to mural on the inside or outside of the gym?" "The inside, so we can inspire people to do more sports and get fitter. To get people to be more active and amused of sports. [sic]" *********** "We want to put our mural up... Read more

Sometimes, something happens that makes teaching worthwhile

Tuesday, May 05, 2009      1 comments

I have a student, a 7th grader, Q, who was recommended for art by her 6th grade teacher. I haven't seen any great talent in her - in fact, she's one of my loudest and rowdiest students in that particular class. She's almost always goofing arou... Read more

Why I love the coffee cart!

Monday, May 04, 2009      2 comments

Usually on the first and last day of the work week, I'll splurge and go to the coffee cart on my way to school - I enjoy the taste of coffee (with skim milk) and a slice of banana or cranberry nut bread. But I'm sensitive to caffeine, and i... Read more

I want a Carnival Costume!

Saturday, May 02, 2009      1 comments

I love the Carnival costumes people wear in the troupes - and I'd love to wear one! They're like little skating outfits, swimsuit-like covered with glitter, sequins, spangles, feathers, hanging beads, headdresses - all sorts of stuff! I'm ... Read more

My morning quest

Friday, May 01, 2009      0 comments

Tomorrow evening we have fireworks to end Carnival - so we've invited friends for dessert and fireworks. My chocolate cake is wonderful, but plain looking. So I've been looking for decorations. For days. This morning was my last chance (... Read more

My kind of morning exercise

Thursday, April 30, 2009      2 comments

J'ouvert: It's 9 AM and I have 6200 steps on my pedometer We heard the music at 5 AM - I was out of bed and ready to go by 5:30. We rolled down the hill, parked, and found a sparse crowd milling around in the sunrise. We walked, we met f... Read more

Mmmmmmmm shrimp roti

Monday, April 27, 2009      0 comments

We have foods that seem to only be available during Carnival. My personal fave is shrimp roti, which is Trinidadian, or maybe Indian in origin. Roti is an Indian flatbread, something like a double-layer pita bread with garbanzo bean meal betwe... Read more

It's Carnival, baby!

Sunday, April 26, 2009      1 comments

That was a song, years ago. We still use the phrase. And it is Carnival. Today is boat race day, and Pan-o-rama (steel pan jamboree) this evening. I walked along the waterfront this morning, as people were setting up tents with food for ... Read more

Highlights of the convention

Saturday, April 25, 2009      0 comments

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

Friday, April 24, 2009      1 comments

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

Tuesday, April 14, 2009      3 comments

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

Wednesday, April 08, 2009      5 comments

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

Sunday, April 05, 2009      1 comments

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

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