I managed to get up early, vacuum, put items to warm in the oven and items to cool in the fridge, set up the table, and get more than half the latkes cooked before the first guests showed up - so I finally, for the first time in years, had time ... Read more
Party Prep as Exercise
DH and I have a Chanukah party every year. I've done this since my days in college, almost 40 years now. (Wow, that's a scary thought!!!!) We've turned it into a Chanukah brunch, just because the food lends itself to that late morning hang ou... Read more
Clay, clay, and more clay
Working in ceramics with middle school students is not for the faint of heart. Boys like to throw small bits of clay. Seventh graders see everything about clay as looking like, well, excrement. Eighth grade boys seem to prefer making either ... Read more
WHY do appliances wait for holidays to break??
BIL installed a new dishwasher last week - so of course, as we're washing before/after the big Turkey Day dinner, water begins pouring out from under the sink. We were taking turns mopping as others were serving. And no bucket in sight!
W... Read more
SO proud of myself!
I stayed within calories yesterday - in fact, closer to my low end than the high end.
I didn't eat the stuffing, and I only had two bites of the potatoes au gratin - it wasn't very good, so I stopped eating it.
I ate NO turkey skin - j... Read more
Our Thanksgiving - steps 1 and 2
We're visiting family. There will be about 18 people for dinner.
BIL made a table of plywood and sawhorses. He doesn't like the multiple table thing, he wants everyone at one giant table. Which he sets up in the living room. So that th... Read more
For Harry Potter fans
BIL bought tickets for all of us to go to The Deathly Hallows tonight. DH has never seen any of the HP movies, hasn't read the books. So he's clueless about the background.
After the movie, as we walked back to the car, I asked DH what h... Read more
On eliminating stress in your life
This was one of the articles I read today. And it really hit home, because there is something going on in my family, very stressful, and I'm trying to stay out of it.
I have a crazy sister. Certifiably crazy. On medications crazy. The k... Read more
Sequel to Paint Guy
So the kid who put paint in the other kid's hair yesterday, and ended up with paint in his own hair, came in today and told me he did have paint in his hair yesterday. I told him he deserved it, after putting paint in someone else's hair. He s... Read more
Am I mean?
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
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
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
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
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
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I guess I'm known around school as an animal saver
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