Yehi Or - Let there be light!!!
Woohoo, maintenance men are replacing light bulbs and ballasts in my classroom, storeroom, kiln room!!!!!!!!!! The lights have only been out for two years, I guess someone figured it was time to fix them. (We've had this on our maintenance rep... Read more
Someone always has it worse
As I've mentioned, I was in a car accident this summer. I arrived in Washington DC for a class at the National Gallery of Art, was on the ground for maybe 15 minutes, and my taxi was rearended by another taxi. I ended up in an ambulance (neck ... Read more
Turtle Babysitting Aftermath
Marine biologists from DPNR (Dept of Planning & Natural Resources) have dug in the area of our nest - no turtle eggs. No nest. Nothing. Nada.
Leatherback turtles dig nests 3 feet or so deep. The bio people dug down 2 feet and hit water ... Read more
Comments and questions this week
"Ms. Schwartz, you look so cute today!" (with a little flip of her hand - I responded thank you with a little flip of my hand - and yes, I'm wearing cropped dark wash jeans, oatmeal babydoll-type T with hood, and linen-colored Birks - I think I... Read more
Yom Kippur revisited - or - "Cooooool!!!!"
On being the only Jewish teacher at school. And possibly being the only Jewish person my students have ever met.
Several students have asked me why I was absent on Monday. I keep answering that I'm Jewish, it was a Jewish holiday, so I... Read more
We're always talking about balancing our lives - balancing jobs and personal lives and fitness, balancing mental and physical challenges, balancing outside expectations and inner goals.
But I think we also need to talk about physical balanc... Read more
Babysitting unfertilized turtle eggs - a lesson
It turns out the eggs in one of the turtle nests were unfertilized - we're thinking that our nest was probably unfertilized eggs as well. It hasn't been excavated yet; the other nest was excavated on Saturday by the experts at Dept of Natural R... Read more
1,000 Spark Days, and Yom Kippur
Today is my 1000th day on SparkPeople. It's also Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. It's a day of reflection, a day of repentance, a day of resolution to do better in the coming year.
It's kind of like joining SparkPeople - it's a day to d... Read more
Shabbat Shuvah is the Sabbath between the Jewish New Year and the Day of Atonement - it's a time of reflection and repentance - Literally translated, it's the Sabbath of Turning (as in turning away from sin, evil deeds, wrongdoing, etc.)
I ... Read more
Turtle Babysitting - Night 19 (Friday)
This was night 75 of the incubation period, and night 25 of the watch (so I only missed six night????) - and so this was also the last night of watching the nest.
Turns out that late-in-the-season nests often don't hatch - unfertilized eggs... Read more
Date night - Skipped the turtles - Night 18 (Thursday)
Today was gov't payday, DH received two judges' decisions in his favor (meaning he won two cases), and it was a pretty rainy afternoon - so instead of going out to the beach to watch the turtle nest, DH and I went out to dinner at a little place... Read more
Turtle Babysitting - Day/Night 17 (Wednesday)
I arrived at the beach about 6:45, running a little late. No one was there. Not the head scientist, not the staffers, no volunteers - no one! I thought maybe the babies had hatched in the morning, or maybe the other nest was hatching - I call... Read more
Turtle Babysitting - Night 16 (Tuesday)
I made a quick cheese and veg on a bagel, kissed DH, said 'bye to the cat, and headed to the beach. We were a smaller crowd tonight, our head scientist and the staff, the older couple who show up and eventually doze off in their chairs, and lat... Read more
Stasis - or - Being Stuck
I was cleaning the tops of my classroom glue bottles this morning - kids forget to screw the top on tight, the glue dries and gets stuck - and I realized that's kind of how I feel. Stuck. Static. Not moving. Not getting worse, but not gettin... Read more
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No turtle watching for me Sunday
Sore neck, sore back, one leg feels longer than the other - life with degenerating disks gets old and boring, but not much to do other than stretching exercises, ice, heat, rest for a bit. I'm sure folding beach chairs on sand don't help much. ... Read more