Why is it not a perfect world?
Why is it that when I find the perfect Birk sandal in gold, it isn't available in the US?
Why is it that the perfect travel dress didn't go on sale online until this week, and I'm flying out on Friday - no way to get the dress here on tim... Read more
Dust dust go away
The Sahara dust is here. I thought it sounded romantic when I first moved here - dust, from the Sahara, floating across an ocean and arriving on our tiny little island. Dust that Lawrence of Arabia breathed in. Dust from the Tuaregs and camel... Read more
I think I've hit middle-aged, middle-class, middle-income status
DH and I are planning a two-week trip to South America - specifically Rio and then Santiago and Valparaiso, Chile. We have a friend in Rio, she offered us her spare room. DH is insisting on a hotel. My sweet niece, who is a volunteer at a com... Read more
I was working on the mural, scraping bits and smears of concrete off the tile. Students wandered through - some from basketball camp, some from summer school to make up credits, and some from the enrichment program.
One boy, who I recogniz... Read more
The right tool for the job
I've been cleaning the mural for the past week or two. I had been using our plastic putty knives, but they're rather soft and they shred when scraping dried cement for long periods of time.
Another teacher saw me using the back end of a mi... Read more
Please don't waste my time with a stupid mandatory workshop that has very little to do with my job description. I already include reading and writing in my art classes. Art also naturally includes math skills as well as what Social Studies tea... Read more
Discretion is the better part of valor
Also known as: it's probably a good idea to not stand in a thunderstorm scraping a mural with a metal putty knife.
I could work for a while more. It's raining off and on. Zero sun on the wall. I could scrape off some more concrete. I co... Read more
Michelangelo or Picasso?
That's what one father asked me this morning. He came to school with his daughters, twins, who had been in my class. They wanted to show him the mural. I was on a chair, scraping cement off tiles on the wall.
"Michelangelo or Picasso?" h... Read more
Morning at the beach
DH and I went down to Magens Bay at about 9:30 this morning. We had breakfast while sitting on the porch of the concession area, munching my scrambled eggs on whole wheat toast and watching the young tarpons swim back and forth. We then took o... Read more
At the coffee cart yesterday, the barrista made a beautiful latte for someone, and managed to get a smiley face on the sun/moon in addition to the feathery fern or plume or whatever that flourish is called. People gathered around and oooohed an... Read more
1. Eating a carb-rich breakfast seems to give me more energy than a protein-rich breakfast.
2. Having a mocha mid-morning helps keep me from eating a big lunch.
3. Working so hard all morning causes me to eat less at lunch, and sometim... Read more
Would I have, or would I not?
I was thinking about the mural yesterday, as I was tiling for 5 hours. About how much work it has been, what a huge project, how physically intense it has been.
Would I have taken on this project pre-Spark? Or would I not?
I have mor... Read more
Why do we push ourselves?
I have a self-imposed deadline to finish the mural. It's before graduation, which is Friday. We lost two weeks of work in early May, when it rained and rained here. So I'm trying to finish the mural single-handedly.
I spent five hours wo... Read more
My days tend to be full and crazy. This morning was no exception, with my seventh graders scurrying around helping with the mural or finishing their pictures and letters for the President; my eighth graders who came to school solely to work on ... Read more
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What a day
We started to set up for the mural. It started to rain. We waited until the rain let up, then went to work.
At class change time, a girl came by with a kitten - just past the roly poly stage, beginning to thin out and grow more catlike. ... Read more