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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
Turtle Babysitting - Day/Night 17 (Wednesday)
Thursday, September 24, 2009      4 comments

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)
Wednesday, September 23, 2009      1 comments

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
Tuesday, September 22, 2009      4 comments

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
No turtle watching for me Sunday
Monday, September 21, 2009      1 comments

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
Turtle Babysitting - Night 15 (Saturday)
Sunday, September 20, 2009      3 comments

We went to Rosh Hashanah services in the morning, had a lazy afternoon, and then went down to sit with the turtle nest. A big crowd is building, we seem to have new people every night right now. And we were again all lined up on the length of ... Read more
Turtle Babysitting - Night 14 (Thursday)
Friday, September 18, 2009      2 comments

Wow, 14 nights of babysitting the turtle nest. No wonder I'm tired! And I'm not even the mom!!!! I drove by the card-playing group again, but the card dealer's cat wasn't around. There was a game of basketball going on, with a batch of l... Read more

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