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The word of the day is ............collateral

Thursday, February 18, 2010      4 comments

My classroom pencils have been disappearing lately - I can go through ten or fifteen pencils a day. Students are supposed to use them during class and return them by the end of class, so the next class has pencils to use for their projects. ... Read more

Feed stray animals - and kitty trivia

Wednesday, February 17, 2010      6 comments

Did you know that cats have 39 more bones than humans? Yup, they do - 245 bones in their bodies. (Humans have 204.) How did I get this tidbit of trivia? Read more


Tuesday, February 16, 2010      1 comments

Some interruptions are okay, and can be dealt with - the friend who drops by to chat (depending on the friend and what I'm doing, I can say I need to work on this but I can talk to you while I work, or I can say I can't chat right now, how about... Read more

There's good news and there's bad news.....

Monday, February 15, 2010      1 comments

Good news - my black linen pants that make me look tall and thin fit again! Bad news - the stuff going on with my shoulders is from over use, such as the mural projects. Good news - we have little chance of rain this week. Bad new... Read more

I love Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 14, 2010      4 comments

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......

Saturday, February 13, 2010      3 comments

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!

Friday, February 12, 2010      7 comments

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

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

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