Are you a caterpillar, or a butterfly?
It's butterfly season here - a friend posted on Facebook about all the monarch caterpillars in her yard, and I responded saying that they'll soon be beautiful butterflies. And it got me thinking about caterpillars and butterflies: caterpillars... Read more
Having a lazy weekend
I had a horrendous headache yesterday, up until about 2 or 3 PM - so I laid low. By afternoon, I just wasn't feeling well, took a nap, ate very little all day, and mostly just rested. You know that feeling when you think you might be coming do... Read more
One of those gifts that lasts forever
Or at least, it's supposed to.
One of my brothers lives in a place known for it's pecans. So when he sends a holiday gift, it's pecans. One year, he sent a fabulous assortment of pecan candies - chocolate covered, nougat, caramel, glazed,... Read more
The Blind Side
If you haven't seen this movie, go see it! It's definitely a feel good movie, a sports bio, deals with integration and prejudice and life in America. It works on so many levels, and makes you stop and think about how you live your life, what y... Read more
I like living in a small place
DH and I went to bkfst at our usual place, ran into the guy who played at our meet the family dinner (before the wedding). I went to the post office to pick up packages, ran into a former co-worker and chatted, then ran into the guy in charge o... Read more
Poll - holiday parties at work
1. Do you work in the public or private sector?
2. Do you have any holiday parties at work? During the work day, or outside work hours?
3. Is this year different than the usual?
4. Is the party Christmas-specific, or multi-wint... Read more
The world as my classroom
Today is kind of the last day before vacation - tomorrow we won't get many students, today is the day for class parties, the students vs. faculty basketball game, things like that.
So I set up the computer and projector again today - one cl... Read more
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.
... Read more
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
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