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Every day is different - this one was a mess!
Thursday, January 14, 2010      3 comments

Note - names have been changed to protect the guilty. My morning started out fine, my first two classes were their delightful selves. I worked on lesson plans and took things upstairs to the office for duplicating, checked in with the A... Read more
Why I love middle school
Wednesday, January 13, 2010      4 comments

My first class (Advanced Art) came in, everyone went straight to the stack of cardboard trays holding their mosaic squares - they helped each other sort through, get their work, and they started right to cutting and tiling - I didn't have to say... Read more
I'm thinking of becoming a sand runner
Tuesday, January 12, 2010      6 comments

I'll admit, I like to run. Not for long, I don't know that I'd make it in a marathon. But I've always enjoyed those bursts of speed, the world rushing by and the wind in my hair. However, at age 19 I was diagnosed with an extra vertabra t... Read more
Too much of a good thing
Monday, January 11, 2010      5 comments

You have to read this article. Really. This is carrying rivalry too far. In a very funny way. Link to article (with photo - unreal) www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/m
east/01/07/hummus.wars/ Record four ton Israel... Read more
Cleo in her kitty cube
Sunday, January 10, 2010      7 comments

Yes, we have a very spoiled cat. We found this kitty cube in Walgreen's, in Puerto Rico, and she loves it. (I have to admit she looks very cute in it, even if it's in the middle of the living room.) ... Read more
Mmmmm rum balls
Saturday, January 09, 2010      4 comments

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
Friday, January 08, 2010      3 comments

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
Thursday, January 07, 2010      3 comments

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
Wednesday, January 06, 2010      6 comments

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
Thursday, December 31, 2009      3 comments

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
Wednesday, December 30, 2009      3 comments

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!!!!!!!!
Tuesday, December 29, 2009      5 comments

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?
Monday, December 28, 2009      5 comments

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
Sunday, December 27, 2009      2 comments

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
Saturday, December 26, 2009      8 comments

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

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