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Sometimes the best laid plans go awry
Tuesday, February 15, 2011      3 comments

I was scheduled for attendance at a workshop today - this is when we're rolling out the new and improved school improvement process, the thing some of us have been working on for months and months. (This is the project I was part of when we got... Read more
An OMG embarrassing moment in class!!!!
Monday, February 14, 2011      16 comments

Okay, not the entire class, but SO embarrassing! Now that I have your attention - my students are now working in small groups on heraldic flags. We're basically finding emblems, students create their own version of the group's emblem, pers... Read more
How can doing nothing make me so tired?????
Sunday, February 13, 2011      5 comments

Okay, I didn't exactly do NOTHING - I spent 8 hours at the synagogue auction, working at the check in/check out desk. I spent 8 hours mostly sitting at a computer, checking people in, taking their entry fee money. Then checking people back out... Read more
Dear Neighbors:
Friday, February 11, 2011      7 comments

If you are situated upwind from our apartment, and you are grilling steak with garlic on it, the least you could do is invite us over for dinner. Whomever you are. Really, it seems only fair. Most sincerely, Phebe... Read more
New butterfly yesterday
Thursday, February 10, 2011      6 comments

I can't find a photo exactly like this butterfly - it had black wings with white dots, and a black body with tiny white dots - and then, as if it had epaulets, across each shoulder (if butterflies had shoulders) there was a short bar of bright r... Read more
Encounter in the school's office
Wednesday, February 09, 2011      10 comments

The other art teacher took down the display of her students' artwork in the office, and said the space was available if I wanted to put up some work by my students. So I took a bunch of the very large self-portraits I do with my 8th graders, an... Read more
How to make people feel USED
Tuesday, February 08, 2011      9 comments

The boys were all sent (with the male teachers) to a program at the university today - so the counselors and some teachers coordinated a workshop for the girls. I was asked to set up an art show in the cafeteria (which I did, hanging up self-po... Read more
My butterfly garden is hopping!!!!
Sunday, February 06, 2011      8 comments

Well, more like fluttering - but it seems to be a neighborhood hotspot of butterfly and small bird activity! Recent sightings include (stock photos from online): Yellow sulphur butterfly ... Read more
I think I've achieved Habits of a Healthy Person!!!!!
Saturday, February 05, 2011      7 comments

DH and I like to spend weekends together, since we don't seem to get much together time during the week due to work and all that (despite the fact that he's retired). So we went out for a late breakfast/brunch and enjoyed it thoroughly. On... Read more
Mural photos - finally!
Friday, February 04, 2011      3 comments

I have a few minutes before today's professional development workshop - on reading in the content areas - uh huh, my kids are reading and summarizing Shakespeare, you'd think I could skip this one. Anyhow, here are the mural photos - a few ... Read more
No photos but a mural story
Thursday, February 03, 2011      3 comments

I've been busy with teacher workshops and helping with food for a friend whose mother passed away this week - setting up, serving, cleaning up, and coordinating people bringing meals over for this week and on into the weekend. But - here's ... Read more
Interview and photo ops
Tuesday, February 01, 2011      4 comments

My coral reef mural contact came to school and videoed my first two classes - first class (advanced art) at the mural, second class (basic art) in the classroom. While she was walking around interviewing each student, a reporter for the online ... Read more
New mural emergency - ack!
Monday, January 31, 2011      4 comments

I seem to be collecting mural emergencies and mishaps. I got to my classroom, students came in, I checked with each one re what they are doing (advanced art so a lot of independent work), I helped a few select images from the internet to ... Read more
A healthy meal isn't always a low cal meal
Saturday, January 29, 2011      7 comments

We had another couple come over for dinner tonight. I made a fabulous Italian dinner, and had been mentally adding calories as I planned. I should have checked on the nutrition tracker - my one dinner came to about 1000 calories - uh oh!!!!!!!... Read more
HAH! I KNEW chocolate was an essential food group!
Thursday, January 27, 2011      8 comments

"MONDAY, Aug. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Eating a small amount of high-quality dark chocolate one to three times a month may help stave off heart failure in women, a new Harvard study suggests." Rest of the article is here: www.sparkp... Read more

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