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My pedometer got stuck

Sunday, June 13, 2010      10 comments

I have no idea what happened. I was walking, I did a bunch of errands, I went shopping - and I ended up with a grand total of 1000 steps. It took me until early afternoon to notice - and then I took some test walks to check it out. Had to cli... Read more

Everyone I know is making healthy changes!

Saturday, June 12, 2010      5 comments

Really, it was such a funny day! DH and I went to breakfast, as usual - and met up with a friend who's a science professor. He's worked hard to lose about 30 lbs, is trying to stabilize his type 2 diabetes, and to get in shape - and he talked ... Read more

"I have a very big husband, who is very protective"

Friday, June 11, 2010      8 comments

That's what I told the assistant principal. Just now. At the end of the school day. It started this morning with a group of boys playing wall ball along the corridor where we walk to our classrooms. I've talked to them all year long, tel... Read more

The never-ending awards assembly

Thursday, June 10, 2010      3 comments

I believe in having our awards assemblies - we recognize students who worked hard and earned good grades. We recognize sports teams who won awards. We acknowledge all the hard work the students and teachers have done over the marking period, o... Read more

"Isn't the sun HOT?" "You must be paid a LOT!"

Wednesday, June 09, 2010      5 comments

A child came by today after my students had all cleaned up - I was finishing the last part of the graduates' heads on the mural, I wanted to at least get their heads on. The girl looked at me on the chair, browned skin, sun beating down, and sa... Read more

Dear Michael Kors:

Tuesday, June 08, 2010      21 comments

I like many of your fashion designs. You have, for the most part, great taste, and I appreciate your minimalist approach to clothing for women. You have a gorgeous summer dress: Read more

I love my art crew kids

Monday, June 07, 2010      5 comments

The 8th graders are finished with exams, and are now either assisting teachers with clean up, rehearsing music for graduation, or staying home. Except my art crew kids. I have a handful of students who carry grubby clothes each day, c... Read more

Working weekends

Sunday, June 06, 2010      8 comments

I spent 3 hrs yesterday on the mural, got a lot done, but we still have a lot yet to do. I have several students who gave me their phone numbers, and I was planning to call and get a group to work again today. But I am exhausted. I ... Read more

A suggestion from the custodian.........

Friday, June 04, 2010      9 comments

I worked on the mural for 3 hours - part of it with students, but I continued until I ran out of cement. I put away everything except the items to be washed in my room, and stopped at the office on the way back. I filled out the form saying I ... Read more

We finished Row F, we finished Row F!!!!!

Thursday, June 03, 2010      4 comments

Okay, I know this doesn't sound like a lot, but it is. We have 9 rows in our mural - we have 4 finished. My afternoon class will paint the blue bond on the upper half this afternoon. Then tomorrow, my morning classes with begin tiling Row E. ... Read more

Laugh of the day

Wednesday, June 02, 2010      6 comments

This is a true story from our pizza party in class yesterday - One boy was eating his fourth slice of pizza, taking huge bites and chewing with his mouth open. I leaned over and said quietly, "Sweetheart, try to chew with your mouth close... Read more

The Elements Are Conspiring Against Us

Tuesday, June 01, 2010      1 comments

This has been the rainiest month of May Iíve ever seen. It has rained every single day, at least briefly. Some days, it has rained all day long. There have been strong winds, drizzle, fog, flood watches, torrential rain, thunderstorms. A... Read more

Healthy muffins full of fruit

Monday, May 31, 2010      7 comments

I made my breakfast muffins - last set for this school year. Usually, I use no-sugar applesauce, an orange or two, and two cups of cranberries (for 24 muffins). Today, I added an apple (peel and all) in the blender when I pureed the orange... Read more

You have GOT to see this youtube

Sunday, May 30, 2010      8 comments

I was going to blog about my morning walk on the beach. It was nice. It was between rain last night and expected rain this afternoon. But then a friend send this link. And you have got to watch this. Really. It will make you think, it ... Read more

Vicissitudes of life

Saturday, May 29, 2010      3 comments

I always liked that word - vicissitudes. Ups and downs of life. Alternations, changes. Life as a roller coaster. And vicissitudes rarely come in the singular form - because they are the ups and downs, they come in sets. Vicissitudes jus... Read more


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