There are mitzvot (plural of mitzvah) and there are mitzvot
A very dear friend who used to live here came down with her family - her 13 year old son (born here) was having his Bar Mitzvah. Mitzvah literally means "commandment" (and Bar Mitzvah is "son of the commandment", while Bat Mitzvah is "daughter ... Read more
Some days my spaciness amazes even me
I was tired from the back and forth to St. Croix, minus luggage, and then back to school (including loading the kiln). I went to the gas station to fill the car. I took my credit card and put it in the slot. The transaction was cancelled. I ... Read more
Half my luggage - AGAIN
To balance the seaplane coming back from St. Croix, we all had to leave our luggage. We were allowed purses and small day packs. The rolling carryon bags with clothes had to stay.
I can't figure out if they were sending over luggage from ... Read more
"Better than jewelry!"
I brought my new little MacBook Air (11" screen) to the task force meetings - on day 1, all the people at my table wanted to see it, hold it to test how light it is, see how clear the screen is and the great resolution, etc. People were passing... Read more
You might remember that my last trip to St. Croix turned into four days instead of two days, due to such horrible weather that no planes could fly between the islands.
I just received a new VI Alert this afternoon - inclement weather headin... Read more
What a crazy trip!
I always manage to have travel adventures, even when I'm only going to the next island (a 20 minute seaplane ride).
A group of us met at the seaplane to fly to St. Croix for another task force meeting - the plane staff came out and said the... Read more
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
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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