I love Valentine's Day!
My mother always made a big deal out of every holiday - Valentine's Day was no exception! She'd get a huge box of those cheapo cards so we could give them to all of our friends, but of course we also had to give one to each member of the family... Read more
There are just some days......
I got up early, puttered around, met DH for our weekend breakfast. Walked around town to get in some steps. Got my hair done (color and trim). Picked up my mail, a chicken roti, and went home.
The roti was so good, I ate the whole thing,... Read more
Adolescent boys - OY!
I got to school and went to sign in at the office. I headed back to my classroom - right behind the office, a crowd of kids were standing around with their cell phone cameras aimed at the stairs, where a series of boys tried sliding down the co... Read more
Dancing to the beat of a different drummer
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
Same artist. Looks like the same woman to me. My doppelganger. My deja-vu-double. I'm intrigued.... Read more
Random update on life
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
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
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