My chiropractor is a miracle worker!
Thank you all for your well wishes. I stayed home from school today, saw the chiropractor at 3 PM. Walked in looking like a question mark - hunched and bunched upper back, straight lower back - he said I was stiff as a board in my lower back! ... Read more
Flat on my back
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.
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Great weekend but paying for it
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 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
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).
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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