Baby storm Gaston is here
Gaston made it to tropical storm status, but never got to hurricane status. He dissipated, then kind of re-formed, then just hung in there as an area of "disturbed weather with the possibility of reorganization."
He's got some wind and a L... Read more
Good-bye to Uncle Willie
My non-uncle - my father's best friend of over 70 years - passed away this weekend. He'd had Alzheimer's for about 10 years, was 85 or so, and, well, it was his time.
But he will be missed. He had a lovely wife, two daughters, and was lik... Read more
Pool party = some dread
We're going to a friend's pool party today. I like hanging out with this crowd, it's a beautiful day to be outside, and I love swimming. So how can anything be wrong?
It's the thought of spending an afternoon in a swimsuit.
I hate ... Read more
We have electricity!!!!!
It came on this morning, about 9 AM. DH and I were discussing breakfast options, and then I noticed a lamp was on!!!! Talk about exciting! We waited a few minutes, then unplugged the fridge from the generator and plugged it into the wall. Pl... Read more
Day 2 of school
and I already have students who work into their lunch period!!!!!!! I love students!!!!!! They're like an instant evaluation.... Read more
Post Hurricane Earl Report - 9/2/10
Well, we survived. We still don't have power at our house, though our landlord rented a generator which he runs part of the time - so we have one fan, our computers/modem, and the fridge plugged in. Plus he has the pump plugged in so we have r... Read more
Hurricane Earl report - 10:30 AM
DH drove me to school in his Jeep - teachers were expected to go in and "secure their rooms" - since my shutters were all closed and my computer is still locked up next door, all we did was move the boxes off supplies off the floor and onto desk... Read more
Took photos of all our furniture and belongings - for insurance records.
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I'm angry and it makes me feel like a bad partner
DH did something stupid at work, got caught, and was given the choice of resigning or retiring. (And it wasn't anything illegal or immoral, just stupid. His boss is way overreacting, but what can you do.)
So DH is retiring, and looking fo... Read more
WHAT a day!!!
Turned out my art dept supplies were in my neighbor teacher's room, and I had her stuff. We went through and I moved her stuff in, and my stuff out - she was dealing with a dead rat in her storeroom. (Ugh, I gave her cleaning supplies and went... Read more
Workshop & work
Second day of teacher professional development - the workshop began with 40 minutes (or so) of an elementary school music group doing local music (Calypso, we're in the Caribbean).
Now, I'm all for promoting culture, and student performance... Read more
Summer in Italy - Part #5
16 July –
Morning bus from Siena to Colle Val d’Elsa – change to a different bus system, go on to Volterra. Once I got to Volterra, I bought a ticket for the next day, to Pontederra – the lady selling me the ticket was looking up train sched... Read more
Summer in Italy - Part #4
9 July –
Field trip in art history class today, to the monastery at Monte Oliveto; then Montalcino, the abbey at Sant’Antimo, and finally Pienza. Monte Oliveto is a Benedictine monastery with amazing Renaissance frescoes, and a della Robbia ... Read more
Summer in Italy - Part #3
NOTE - Photos will be in a yahoo photo album, and I'll post the link - but my computer with the photos is in the shop (so it can get all the letters again) - I don't have the photos on this computer. So your patience is appreciated. Thanks!
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Summer in Italy - Part #2
29 June –
So sad to leave Venezia, but it’s time to go to Siena for my class. Vaporetto to the ferrovia (train station); il treno to Firenze, where I change to the rapido bus to Siena (the rapido being the non-stop, versus the directo which ... Read more