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How do you quantify health and fitness?

Saturday, July 25, 2009      0 comments

I was in a car accident in Washington DC. My plane landed, I went directly outside and found a taxi to go to my hotel - we were at an intersection when BAM we were rearended by another taxi. I had been on the ground maybe 15 minutes total (inc... Read more

Someone mashed up my flowers!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009      0 comments

Apparently while I was away, the upstairs and downstairs people had relatives visiting. (Downstairs Lady is the sister of Upstairs Lady. But mostly we deal with Upstairs Lady's husband, who is a real estate guy.) Anyhow, DH reports there were... Read more

I'll be travelling 7/3 to 7/19

Thursday, July 02, 2009      0 comments

If you want me again look for me under your bootsoles. You will hardly know who I am or what I mean, But I shall be good health to you nevertheless, And filter and fibre your blood. Failing to fetch me at first ... Read more

Why is it not a perfect world?

Sunday, June 28, 2009      0 comments

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

Friday, June 26, 2009      2 comments

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

Thursday, June 25, 2009      3 comments

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


Wednesday, June 24, 2009      0 comments

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

Thursday, June 18, 2009      0 comments

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

Dear DOE:

Wednesday, June 17, 2009      0 comments

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

Tuesday, June 16, 2009      0 comments

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?

Monday, June 15, 2009      1 comments

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

Saturday, June 13, 2009      1 comments

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


Friday, June 12, 2009      0 comments

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

Random thoughts

Wednesday, June 10, 2009      0 comments

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?

Tuesday, June 09, 2009      0 comments

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

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