Mmmmm rum balls
A friend in Seattle makes the best rum balls in the world. Dark, chocolatey, with bits of nuts, and a center of dark chocolate and sour cream. Soaked in dark rum for months. She sends them to me each year at the holidays, in a little plastic ... Read more
Another day, another workshop
The high school our middle school feeds into is starting an intensive reading-across-the-curriculum program (meaning same focused reading strategies and specific time for reading in all subjects, whether core math/science/history/etc or elective... Read more
What today's workshop DIDN'T cover
So we had this workshop today - a husband/wife educator team, who have wonderful ideas on how to be effective teachers (have procedures, teach the procedures, tell the students what the objectives are, what they will learn, etc etc etc). Second... Read more
Fun times in Puerto Rico
We had a great week! New Year's Eve started with dinner at a Chinese/Japanese restaurant (depending on which half of the restaurant you sat in - really, like neighboring restaurants in one room). Then we got dressed up, went to the Marriott ca... Read more
Happy New Year
We're heading to Puerto Rico shortly - cat is at the vet's (and not happy about it), DH and I are mostly packed, and I finished the last thing I needed to do for a student art show in January.
I think I'm ready.
Wishing all my Spark fr... Read more
Today is making up for yesterday
Not me, the weather. Yesterday was one of those perfect weather days - not too hot, not too chilly, breezy enough to cool people out walking but not windy, clear blue sky and gorgeous seas. Just a wonderful day.
Today, clouds and fog move... Read more
What a FUN day!!!!!!!!
I spent the morning painting fish on yarmulkes (kippot, or skullcaps) for synagogue - they pay me a few $ per kippah, then sell them to tourists for more $. No problem.
Threw on some clothes, drove down to Magens Bay (one of the top 10 bea... Read more
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
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