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Dancing to the beat of a different drummer

Thursday, February 11, 2010      4 comments

We all know the Henry David Thoreau quotation: "If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." As someone who ... Read more

More Ketchup

Wednesday, February 10, 2010      2 comments

I spent yesterday afternoon, and my prep period today, pulling the ketchup bottle picture out of the PDF files I downloaded, re-orienting the bottle and the circle U (for kosher), and re-positioning them according to what each student wants - po... Read more

Shrinking, enlarging, staying the same

Tuesday, February 09, 2010      7 comments

I was thinking about this while I was driving to school. My classes have been working on the mural - enlarging. My new class was learning to use a grid - staying the same. Now that we're working on the ketchup packet contest, we're learning a... Read more

The artistic side of football

Monday, February 08, 2010      4 comments

Think about it. Football - American football - has teams, many of which are named for animals. Fast, strong, predator animals. The Jaguars. The Bengals. Even the Wolverines. (And yes, the Colts.) Big, mean, strong, swift, deadly animals, ... Read more

A morning of hugs

Sunday, February 07, 2010      3 comments

DH brought back a nice cup of decaf from his morning coffee and errand run, and we chatted as we both drank our coffee. Went down for breakfast (yes we could cook at home, but then we need to clean up, so this is just easier) and ran into the g... Read more


Saturday, February 06, 2010      4 comments

First, the shade in the bedroom blew sideways and knocked the lamp off my nightstand. I saved the pieces for our mosaic, and then DH and I went shopping. I found a cheap and not-so-ugly one at KMart, bought it while DH stocked up on soda and s... Read more

Homework for my classes - draw a ketchup bottle

Friday, February 05, 2010      6 comments

Yup. That simple. Over the weekend, they have to draw a ketchup bottle. Of course, the two morning classes looked at me like I was crazy. I explained that one major ketchup manufacturer is having a contest - students are to draw de... Read more

Today's afternoon task

Thursday, February 04, 2010      2 comments

I need to go buy maroon tile. Do you know how difficult it is to find certain colors? White, beige, green, even blue or red or yellow are abundant. Pink, not so much. Orange, a true bright orange, seems impossible - last year we had to speci... Read more

Are these two paintings of the same woman?

Wednesday, February 03, 2010      8 comments

Same artist. Looks like the same woman to me. My doppelganger. My deja-vu-double. I'm intrigued.... Read more

Random update on life

Wednesday, February 03, 2010      3 comments

Tuesday, I ended up spending 2 hours working on the School Improvement Plan budget for our principal - our funds were cut to about 1/4 of what we requested, he and the other principals decided where the funds would go, so then he needed me (chai... Read more

Booked my summer travel - free flight using miles

Monday, February 01, 2010      5 comments

I've signed up for a class in Siena, Italy, for the summer - learning to speak Italian, and studying medieval and Renaissance art. This is the last class for my continuing education credits, which I need to maintain my teaching certificate - 15... Read more


Sunday, January 31, 2010      4 comments

I spent 8 hours volunteering at the synagogue auction - helping in the art area, explaining the process to buyers (it was a silent auction), keeping track of bids (some people go down, not up - others put their bidder number instead of a dollar ... Read more

My butterfly garden

Saturday, January 30, 2010      3 comments

I put in a butterfly garden about a year ago, the plants have really filled in. I see more butterflies in the morning, when this area is sunny - although I saw a hummingbird hawk moth the other day about 5 PM. I've also seen hummingbirds feedi... Read more

A crazy day

Friday, January 29, 2010      4 comments

I started out tired because I stayed up late to watch "Project Runway" - meaning I didn't get to bed til midnight. Up at 5:30 AM to get ready for school. Coffee cart breakfast because I haven't made my bran muffins, then signed in and in my cl... Read more

Sometimes making the right choice is a no-brainer

Thursday, January 28, 2010      2 comments

I usually go to the coffee cart once or twice a week, for my tea latte and a piece of banana bread or cranberry bread. The rest of the week, I make tea at home and have two of my home-made muffins (low fat and multi-grain). But I had a very bu... Read more

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