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
My butterfly garden
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
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
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
Love in the sky
I tend to sit in the living room for breakfast, so I can look out the big sliding glass doors and watch the sunrise, as I munch on whatever I'm having that morning.
Today, there was the funniest cloud formation, or more like one giant cloud... Read more
Sharing a student's "AHA" moment
I have a student who has always seemed a little slow to catch on to what we're doing, how to do the work, all that. He isn't a visual learner, and he always seems a bit confused and needs things explained and demonstrated a few times before the... Read more
Is there a story to your name?
Yesterday's blog was a Shakespearean monologue by a character with my name, Phebe. And I mentioned that my mother chose the alternate spelling since she had "dumb relatives who'd call her Phobee." Several of my Spark buddies responded with sto... Read more
Phebe's Monologue (Shakespeare, not me)
Yes, my name is Phebe. Unusual spelling, and people often "fix" it for me, adding the "o" so it's Phoebe - which works in archaic Greek, but confuses modern English speakers.
Truth be told, my mother said she had dumb relatives who'd call ... Read more
Local concert for Haiti
DH and I went down for a while - there were local bands, groups from off island, all performing for free. Money for drinks and food was going to be sent to Red Cross for Haiti. People made donations, bought raffle tickets, etc - again, all $ s... Read more
I took a kitty sick day today
Poor Cleo was meowing half the night and trying to pee - I recognized that she had a UTI - but I ended up getting barely 4 hrs sleep.
In the morning, DH and I talked about who could get her to the vet, and the easiest thing to do was for ... Read more