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And DH calls ME spacey!

Saturday, October 10, 2009      3 comments

DH rented a car so he could drive to the neighboring state for his godson's football game, as long as we were in the neighborhood (Phl and Jersey, rather than being in the VI) - this morning, he and I went to deliver the car, and walk back. We ... Read more

Good night Moon

Friday, October 09, 2009      4 comments

We flew from St. Thomas to Philadelphia last night - changing planes in San Juan, Puerto Rico. DH slept, I watched the "Star Trek" movie (which had a confusing plot, but since I grew up on Star Trek it was fun) - but that left me an hour or so ... Read more

Wooohooo I'm going to be a conference presentor!

Thursday, October 08, 2009      3 comments

I wrote a presentation proposal for the National Art Education Association annual convention - something like 5000 art educators meet each year and it's wonderful and inspirational and rejuvenating. AND I GET TO BE A PRESENTOR!!!!!!... Read more

On being a woman of a certain age

Wednesday, October 07, 2009      5 comments

I'm 55. I know I don't look that old to the average viewer, I've been blessed with plump cheeks and skin that doesn't wrinkle a lot. But I also have monthly facials to cope with the dark splotches I developed on my high cheekbones, I color my ... Read more

Yehi Or - Let there be light!!!

Tuesday, October 06, 2009      2 comments

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

Monday, October 05, 2009      4 comments

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

Sunday, October 04, 2009      2 comments

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

Friday, October 02, 2009      0 comments

"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!!!!"

Thursday, October 01, 2009      5 comments

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


Wednesday, September 30, 2009      2 comments

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

Tuesday, September 29, 2009      3 comments

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

Monday, September 28, 2009      4 comments

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

Sunday, September 27, 2009      3 comments

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)

Saturday, September 26, 2009      3 comments

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)

Friday, September 25, 2009      2 comments

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

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