One student needed a hug
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!
"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
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!
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!
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
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
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
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!
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
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