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Am I mean?

Thursday, November 18, 2010      9 comments

My third class of the day is full of the kind of teen age boy who makes adults cringe. Rude, crude, loud, and know-it-alls. They make the class not fun, for anyone. A few have settled down and will work - but a few just insist on bothering ev... Read more

Funny kitty story

Sunday, November 14, 2010      6 comments

I figure after my last blog, I need something light and not depressing. DH and I got up early to go see the waves - the most recent storm moved out to the north and then generated strong swells on the Atlantic side of the island. So we put... Read more

Sad update on the rain

Friday, November 12, 2010      5 comments

I'm sorry to report that the woman who was swept away by the flood in St. Croix was found, but had drowned. She and her companion were driving, the car stalled in the flood waters, they left the vehicle but she went back for something in the ca... Read more

Update on the rain, 11/11/10

Thursday, November 11, 2010      5 comments

We had rain on and off, all morning. It eased up by the afternoon. However, things were rough on St. Croix - 4 schools are flooded, the entire gov't shut down early so people could get home, a lady was swept away by the floodwaters, and ... Read more

Just call me Noah

Wednesday, November 10, 2010      5 comments

It's raining again. The kind of torrential heavy rain that darkens the sky and makes my 6:45 AM drive to school look like midnight. The kind of heavy torrential rain that creates floods and huge puddles and rivers of rainwater running alongsid... Read more

I guess I'm known around school as an animal saver

Tuesday, November 09, 2010      3 comments

A girl I don't know (as in not in one of my classes) came by at lunch and asked if I'd watch this dog - it's a stray hanging around school, she wanted me to hold it in my room and she'd go home after school and ask her mother if they could come ... Read more

I'm feeling guilty about not saving a frog

Monday, November 08, 2010      5 comments

We have these little peeper frogs here - they're called "cokies" or "coquis" or something. Very cute little frogs, about the size of a thumbnail. There was one on my car this morning - on the driver's side window. Normally I would take a ... Read more

Today's activity - finished!

Sunday, November 07, 2010      8 comments

Some of my Spark friends wanted to see pics of the yarmulkes (or kippot) I've been painting - so here are the designs I did this past week. (I have several, but these seem to be the best sellers at synagogue.) Palm trees and golden sand: ... Read more

Don't text and fly

Sunday, October 31, 2010      6 comments

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!!!!!... Read more

"You're what, 40-something?" (voice dripping with sarcasm)

Saturday, October 30, 2010      9 comments

I was at a meeting, and one of the grown children of someone at the meeting came in, with his daughter. I jumped up to hug him - I've known him since he was 12 yrs old, which would be some 23 or so years ago - and he was president of the youth ... Read more

Squeezing exercise into multi-tasking moments

Friday, October 29, 2010      3 comments

I realized a while ago that I don't really care if I get stronger. I mean, I have no problem walking 9 miles in a day. Or lifting a box full of 18 textbooks, or 10 reams of paper. I'm fine with how strong I am (which is pretty strong). I jus... Read more

Hallelujah!!!!!!!! PRAAAAAAAISE the Lord!!!!!!

Thursday, October 28, 2010      7 comments

No, really, I mean it! I have two functioning sinks in my classroom!!! TWO!!!!!!! Not none, the way I have had for the past almost two years. Not just one. And not two sort-of-functioning sinks. No! I have TWO SINKS where we can u... Read more

Forcing myself to make smart choices in bad circumstances

Wednesday, October 27, 2010      3 comments

I was driving home from school, and usually I stop to walk. But it was an unusually hot and humid afternoon, and I was tired - so I drove home without taking my walk. BUT - I agreed to go to a 6 PM meeting at a Chinese restaurant close to ... Read more

I think the cheese and crackers did the trick!

Monday, October 25, 2010      7 comments

We had a school improvement team meeting today - we had to decide how to spend $41K to best meet the needs of our school. Now, $41K isn't much, especially since we used to get $250K or so. $41K is like chump change. But I had the cheese... Read more

Haters

Sunday, October 24, 2010      5 comments

Do you have haters in your life? People who simply can't be happy for anyone, or anything? Who only see the negative, but insist that they're realists? We have a friend like this. Actually, more like a friend's husband. We had breakfast... Read more


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