Sleep eludes me
DH can fall asleep anywhere, almost any time.
I, on the other hand, seem to need perfect conditions - not too hot but not too cold; a comfortable bed with pillows under my knees so my lower back is flexed; dark; quiet; and I need to be tire... Read more
Orange Kitty, orange butterflies
I visited Little Mr. Orange Kitty at the vet's yesterday - he came over to the bars and let me pet him, and put out his paw to touch me when I stopped petting him! He was so cute, rubbing his head on the bars and trying to get me to reach in an... Read more
Graduation highlights, and Little Mr Orange Kitty
Our wonderful maintenance man put up the banners my students made, and which will now be permanently on display in our auditorium, right above the stage:
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Beach & milkshake
The nephew and his wife, both in their late 20s/early 30s, arrived about noon. After their flight, they were hungry, so we went for mahi burgers. Yum! (I was good and had salad instead of fries or coleslaw with my sandwich.)
We then went... Read more
Updates: Mr Orange Kitty, Painter Girl, Heartthrob Kid
Thus far, it seems as if all my 8th grade students have passed and will march at our promotional exercises on Monday - YAY!!! I even have a student in the top 10 academic achievers!!!
A teacher friend brought in her kitty-catching cage, bu... Read more
Thinking fit, not fast
On Tuesday, I attended a workshop on St. Croix. One of the hands-on activities was to pair up and review another school's improvement plan (just a short part of it). The way we reviewed was to look for certain criteria, and if the school met t... Read more
A very impressive weather picture
June 1 is the start of hurricane season in the Atlantic and Caribbean - here it is June 6 and we have something that MAY show signs of rotation, and MAY turn into the first storm of 2011. And, of course, it is sitting right on top of the Caribb... Read more
I might be 56 but I can still break up a fight
The 8th graders have finished their exams, and should have stayed home today. But a lot of students have work to finish, or there's nothing to do at home, or the parents view school as cheap babysitting, or whatever - so we had a crowd of 8th g... Read more
I've been reading the "Julie & Julie" blogs recently, having seen the movie - and I'm definitely in a cooking mood. On Monday, I went to my favorite little grocery - they mostly have wonderful fruits and vegs, and have started carrying fish, me... Read more
I'm feeling Parisian today
Maybe it's having seen the movie "Julie & Julia" which has prompted a storm of gourmet cooking in our house (poached pears in red wine over the weekend, either piperade or peperonata today). Maybe it's my marine blue dress accessorized with a s... Read more
Balancing healthy and splurge eating
I will admit, I like to eat. And what I like to eat isn't always the best foods for me. So I balance my healthy eating (hoping for 75-80% of the time) and the splurge eating (about 20-25% of the time).
So dinner tonight is all planned (an... Read more
My teaching year blog
The first year I worked on a mural with my classes, I started a blog. Did the same for last year's mural project. This year, we had the coral reef mural, and then the Palio.
So, if anyone is interested (or really really bored), here's the... Read more
The Department of Education has me VERY confused
It's the second-to-last week of school for 8th graders - they have exams next week. Seventh grade students have exams the week after that.
So the school, and Dept. of Ed, scheduled two assemblies for this week. One yesterday, Jr ROTC dril... Read more
Il Palio at our school - my art/social studies/phys ed/language project
We're supposed to be teaching rigorous material and making it relevant to our students' lives. So I designed my Palio project, based on the big race and parade and cultural event that takes place in many small Italian towns.
My students ... Read more
A Place Where Everyone Knows Your Name
Remember the show "Cheers"? Where someone would walk in, and everyone would yell out their name?
Do you have a place like that? A neighborhood restaurant or cafe you frequent, they know you, you know the staff by name, a place where you a... Read more