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Gifts that give more

Friday, December 11, 2009      2 comments

I've blogged about thehungersite.com and the related sites, how they have really wonderful gift items - and when you buy something, you are also purchasing food or other donations for needy people around the world. (Also paying for mammograms, ... Read more

Shhhhh ........... I'm skipping today's assembly

Thursday, December 10, 2009      4 comments

I'm supposed to take my class up to the auditorium for the student recognition assembly. These are actually great events - everyone who made the "A" honors and then the "B" honors gets a certificate, as do students with perfect attendance, best... Read more

I have trouble letting go

Wednesday, December 09, 2009      5 comments

I do. I remember stuff and it echoes in my brain, whether I want it to or not. Sometimes I can't get rid of whatever it is - the thoughts, the habits, the pounds. I just have trouble letting go. I have no advice for myself. I hold onto ... Read more

It's the little things that make us happy

Tuesday, December 08, 2009      3 comments

My day is currently wonderful. Did I win a million dollars? No. Did I lose 20 lbs? No. Did a student give me chocolate? No. What made today wonderful is that: 1. Nothing broke in the kiln (I'm currently doing a bisque firing). 2. ... Read more

Confession - I am a Harry Potter junkie

Monday, December 07, 2009      3 comments

One TV channel had a Harry Potter movie marathon this weekend. I watched three on Saturday (after my walk and shopping and synagogue and brunch with DH in the morning) - I was up until midnight watching HP 1, 2, 3. And then Sunday, I watched #... Read more

Tell Obama: No pesticide lobbyist nominees

Sunday, December 06, 2009      0 comments

I can't believe this!!!!! Read on: Somehow a top official from CropLife -- the powerful chemical industry trade group that went after Michelle Obama's organic garden -- has been nominated to serve as America's chief agricultural negotiator... Read more

Spreading the happy holiday-ness

Saturday, December 05, 2009      6 comments

DH and I are members of our synagogue's Social Action Committee - our current project is getting donations and purchasing gifts and items for foster children for the holidays. So DH and I spent about an hour this morning shopping at KMart - he ... Read more

Festival of Lights Bulletin Board

Friday, December 04, 2009      2 comments

Every year, my students and I do the December bulletin board at school - it's the only way I can ensure it's multi-cultural and not Christmas only. So this year, we did a Keith Haring style Festivals of Lights - Chanukah, Christmas, and Kwa... Read more

Lost 5 lbs these past two weeks

Thursday, December 03, 2009      3 comments

I have renewed commitment to staying in my calorie range - and I've found my optimal calorie count to lose is at 1400-1450. Fewer calories, my body wants to hold on to what it's got. More calories, I maintain and don't lose. So I stay in that... Read more

Wedging clay

Wednesday, December 02, 2009      5 comments

Today I wedged clay for two hours. For those of you who have never wedged clay, this is the process where you work the clay to get out any air pockets (which cause the clay to literally explode in the kiln - but, since my three younger brothers... Read more

Today is World AIDS Day - you can help

Tuesday, December 01, 2009      2 comments

Join me in supporting Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières’ campaign, Make It Happen, to push drug companies to put their HIV patents into UNITAID’s patent pool. Right now, many people living with HIV can’t get hold of the medi... Read more

Mushroom barley soup

Sunday, November 29, 2009      3 comments

This is one of my favorite soups, and it actually comes from my eastern European heritage. Mushrooms were on sale today at the fruit/veg store I like, so I bought five half-pound packs (and forgot one at the store) - so I'm going to make a big ... Read more

The ice cream is calling my name

Saturday, November 28, 2009      6 comments

We have the last of the ice cream from T'day. I made pie, bought several pints of Ben & Jerry's ice cream. Our friends didn't want to keep the leftovers, the woman doesn't like ice cream and the man had heart surgery last spring. So we took t... Read more

What a wonderful day!!!!

Friday, November 27, 2009      2 comments

Okay, so maybe it didn't start out wonderful - DH forgot that school is always closed the day after Thanksgiving, and he *helpfully* woke me at 5:30 AM - I managed to get another hour of sleep. Got my banana bread and nonfat tea lattes at the c... Read more

Eat smart - eat only what you love

Thursday, November 26, 2009      4 comments

Thanksgiving dinner is a good example - I personally do not like mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, green bean casserole, gravy. I do love turkey, cranberry stuff, stuffing, and pie. I like (not love) steamed vegs. And I really like white... Read more


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