Sometimes it just seems like doing the right thing is easier than other times. Despite the food at the workshops (chocolate croissants at breakfast, cookies for snacks, pasta and chicken parm and various Italian desserts at lunch) I managed to ... Read more
After two days of non-stop planning workshopping, I'm too tired to think. So any brilliant thoughts will have to wait until tomorrow.... Read more
The edge of Igor at the Ritz
We're getting the very out fringe of Igor, have been since yesterday and it will continue for a few days (he's so huge). But we're talking winds of maybe 25-30 mph, gusts of more, but nothing of hurricane force here. Periodic heavy rain. And ... Read more
Bad News and then Good News
Do you see the big island almost to the left of this photo? That's Puerto Rico. Next to that to the right is Viequez (and Culebra). Next dot (smaller) to the right is St. Thomas. That's where we live.
Then there's Igor. I don't care if... Read more
Breathing a collective sigh of relief
Igor has finally turned. This monster storm is 1200 miles across (or so), with center winds of 150 mph, gusts up to 180 mph.
He's about 800 miles away from us. Or so.
And he finally, FINALLY, turned northwest, or more west-northwest ... Read more
Socially conscious students
My students never cease to amaze me - they say things out of the blue that just make me see them in a new light.
I have one little boy, 7th grade, small, very cute, who just comes across as having a chip on his shoulder. He never smiles, u... Read more
Cleaned my closet - very therapeutic
I tried on clothes and made a pile of anything that doesn't fit right - and most of the items that didn't fit were too big - pants too baggy in the thighs and seat, shirts that hung, etc.
If the piece of clothing didn't fit OR didn't look g... Read more
Now Invest #91 is here!
For people who don't track tropical weather systems, an invest is an area of disturbed weather that has potential for growing into a tropical depression, then a tropical storm, and then a hurricane.
So Invest 91 started down by Venezuela, a... Read more
How's the weather in your home
I was listening to the radio as I was running around with errands at lunch time - and this song came on the radio, something with "How's the weather in your bedroom, is it raining all the time" or something.
And it got me thinking.
N... Read more
I'm worried about Igor
Who names a tropical storm Igor?????
Igor is the guy who helps Dr Frankenstein make his monster. Igor is Lon Chaney, Peter Lorre, the guy with the accent and the limp and the drool.
He isn't going to be a friendly storm who passes by ... Read more
So what is "normal"?
Normal isn't always average. Normal is what we're used to. As in, life is going back to normal after the hurricane. Most of us have electricity, schools have internet again, cell phones work, stores are re-stocked. ... Read more
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
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