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Fields of swans
I took the bus from Bellingham to Seattle today - this part of the Pacific Northwest is very hilly, except for the Skagit Valley. My father could explain all about glaciers and river deltas and why it's this way - but basically, there's a huge ... Read more
A blustery day!
There's a tea room in Bellingham that my father has been telling me about - he has taken several of my nieces here, and they just love it. So he took me to this place for lunch - it was lovely, with half-sandwiches, sliced fruit, scone and crea... Read more
I'm enjoyed the Pacific Northwest food - salmon sandwich, cioppino dinner, bialy - and of course coffee!
Mmmmmmmmm, I do miss this kind of food! On the other hand, I miss the sun, too!!... Read more
Okay, Sparkpeople, you have me confused!
I read a review about Starbuck's oatmeal - how it was a good choice when travelling, full of nutrients and fiber, and one of the better items to eat at an airport. I'm at an airport. I bought the Starbuck's oatmeal. I logged onto their wifi. ... Read more
Leaky pipes = cardio for me
We seem to have leaky water pipes, they're old copper and the landlord said he's had this problem before and has dealt with it before.
So - once I leave for Seattle - he's having a plumber come in and drill channels in the walls - they'll p... Read more
Thinking outside the box leads to GREAT success
It's time to work on school improvement plans. This is always a problem - there isn't much time in the school day for teachers to work together on this stuff, no one wants to stay after school (many of us have part-time jobs to supplement the l... Read more
"Ms. Schwartz, you look CUTE today!"
I teach middle school art - my Advanced Art class is full of kids who draw all over notebooks, try to fancy up their school uniform, and generally notice things that other students might not.
Normally I wear either a dress, a skirt and top,... Read more
Shakespeare in four pages - REALLY
My Advanced Art class is very willing to participate in a Shakespearean festival. But with stipulations:
One girl wants to be the narrator, and not act any part.
One boy wants to do cartwheels and flips across the stage, or down the a... Read more
At what point do I worry about my forgetfulness?
Let me start by saying that my mother had Alzheimer's, and passed away from complications of that. So keep that in the back of your mind, as I always do.
Today I forgot my purse. My purse hangs on a chair in the dining room, where I keep ... Read more
I've been involved in school improvement planning (and training) for about 10 years. I thought I had heard about most of the program available for our students.
Now that I'm sitting in the kid's room of the dr's office, I just heard about ... Read more
One of those Good News/Bad News things
Interesting article - research seems to suggest that symptoms such as hot flashes EARLY in menopause may somehow protect women from cardiovascular disease, stroke, etc. I know a lot of women who will be happy to hear that there may be a reason ... Read more
"And after that, it's all a blank"
Yup, that's what a student said to me. He came and asked if he could please have another sketchbook, he lost his on the bus. I asked what happened. He said he took out the sketchbook to show his drawings to a girl, and "after that, it's all a... Read more
DH came to school today
I had brought my classroom computer home over the weekend, so that I could go to the computer store to buy/order the proper cable to hook the computer up to the projector. I've learned from experience that the computer store guy needs to SEE th... Read more
This is my day for getting things DONE
DH and I went to breakfast, then took a drive around. Went to see the re-built and newly opened Mountain Top, big tourist site but a fabulous view.
We came home and I decided I need to DO some of the things I've been planning to do - tod... Read more
Twelve pizzas for 25 teenagers and 3 adults
Really, that's what the coral reef mural lady brought - twelve cheese pizzas. Twelve LARGE cheese pizzas. Each cut into twelve slices. That's 144 large slices of pizza. I ate two big slices. We had about 1.6 pizzas left over (which I brough... Read more