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Flat on my back

Sunday, December 20, 2009      4 comments

This is getting boring. I have lower back problems (extra vertabrae, degenerating disks) which have been exacerbated by whiplash in a car accident this summer. And it doesn't help that I do things like wrap gifts for 3 hours, while standing. ... Read more

Great weekend but paying for it

Saturday, December 19, 2009      3 comments

Friday night - went downtown to our "Miracle on Main Street" when the stores stay open late, streets are pedestrian only, music groups are on every corner, and the park is set up with food booths - one big street party. We chatted with friends,... Read more

DH's Birthday

Friday, December 18, 2009      6 comments

DH doesn't like to celebrate his b'day - he says the years don't count if you ignore the birthday. Plus he likes to get all mopey and wallow in depression about how he hasn't achieved all the things he wanted to do as a young man (like publish ... Read more

Ms. Schwartz, I ate cornflakes outta my bowl

Thursday, December 17, 2009      7 comments

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

Wednesday, December 16, 2009      1 comments

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

Tuesday, December 15, 2009      2 comments

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

Monday, December 14, 2009      8 comments

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

Sunday, December 13, 2009      6 comments

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

Cooking marathon

Saturday, December 12, 2009      3 comments

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

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


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