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Ms. Schwartz, I ate cornflakes outta my bowl
We've been working in ceramics in my classes - Thug Boy #2 came in yesterday and told me he ate his cornflakes from the ultramarine blue bowl he made. I haven't seen this kid happy or excited about anything, unless he's bothering or threatening... Read more
I was good at another party
We had the Sisterhood Chanukah party last night - 21 women, ages 19 to 60+, gathered together talking, eating, singing, and playing a bizarre gift exchange game (hard to explain the rules, you get a number and go in numeric sequence, you can tak... Read more
The fourth day of Chanukah
I've had students singing all morning - Christmas songs, of course, they all have music as well as art and they've been rehearsing for the concert, they'll be performing at the annual "Miracle on Main Street" holiday event (stores stay open late... Read more
My new Spark party policy
I come from a family with 5 kids, 2 parents, and we always had friends or family or adopted family for the holidays. I don't know from cooking small. I always make enough food to feed a small village in Poland (as my husband describes it). Be... Read more
I was good
We had our Chanukah brunch today. I was good - I had a very light bkfst of yogurt and fruit, coffee. I set up the table, made enough potato latkes to feed a small village, cut up and set out the kugel, brownies, coffee cake - DH was in charge ... Read more
We're having a Chanukah party tomorrow, with about 15-18 people coming over. So I just spent 4 hours making: brownies with choc chips (DH's fave); two coffee cakes, one with choc chips the way DH's mother made, one with just the brown sugar st... Read more
Gifts that give more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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