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Hazard at the mural!

Thursday, January 12, 2012      4 comments

I took my classes out to the mural today (the one by the auditorium) - we got started scraping the excess concrete off the tiles. It was a gorgeous day, blue blue sky and sunshine and hardly a cloud, with a decent breeze. And we're working in ... Read more

I've walked a marathon in San Juan PR

Friday, January 06, 2012      11 comments

Okay, so it took me the first five days of the year. But I walked 26.7 miles thus far this year. From Jan 1 through Jan 5. Twenty-six point seven miles. A full marathon. That isn't bad for five days. And that isn't bad for wa... Read more

Our Chanukah presentation

Thursday, December 22, 2011      7 comments

The skit was the best part - Maccabees in the cave, Greeks putting up a statue of Zeus in front of the temple - Maccabees studying Torah in the cave, but playing with a dreidl when the Greek guard came, then laughing behind his back and planning... Read more

Adaptation, improvisation, and flexibility

Wednesday, December 21, 2011      7 comments

My class made props for our presentation about Chanukah - the assembly is tomorrow, so today my "stagehand" student carried items up to the auditorium. The first temple broke. Really, the huge sheet of styrofoam (with the doorway, lintel, ... Read more

Chanukah gift game

Wednesday, December 21, 2011      4 comments

We play this Chanukah gift game every year at the Sisterhood Chanukah party. Each person brings a gift (with a pre-set value). Each person receives a number on a piece of paper. The gifts are set up on a table. Then the fun begins: Pers... Read more

Shhhhhh........don't tell anyone..........I played hookie

Tuesday, December 20, 2011      6 comments

I ran around school this morning, then taught my two classes - then I signed out sick so I could go home and make 20 potatoes worth of latkes (and 5 onions and 11 eggs) - for our Sisterhood Chanukah party tonight. I just couldn't face my horrif... Read more

Busy weekend that felt like a long vacation!

Monday, December 19, 2011      3 comments

I wrote a huge long detailed blog. It was one of those weekends that was so packed full of activities, it felt like a long vacation. Here's the summarized version: Friday at school - morning assembly of the ballroom dance classes - I serv... Read more

Chanucats

Thursday, December 15, 2011      12 comments

Yes, Chanukah cats. One of my Spark friends posted Purrrrrfect Christmas photos, so I thought I'd add some Chanukats. The first being a Chanukah card DH and I sent out several years ago featuring Cleocatra (the Russian Blue) and Clawdius (the ... Read more

Ploughshares and pruning hooks out of swords, or something like that

Friday, December 09, 2011      7 comments

The Biblical reference is: "They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." Except, for our Chanukah skit at sc... Read more

I taught a class how to dance the Hora

Wednesday, December 07, 2011      6 comments

We're having a "winter holiday" assembly in two weeks, and I was asked to work with some students on a Chanukah presentation. I told my middle class the story of Chanukah yesterday, and today we brainstormed. Looks like we'll do a short ... Read more

The mini grill

Tuesday, December 06, 2011      1 comments

This morning, one of the assistant principals said she was having a meeting with her teachers, and if it was my prep I should come. So I went to the meeting, and it wasn't bad as far as meetings go. She handed out raffle tickets, went thro... Read more

My interfaith winter holiday bulletin board

Monday, December 05, 2011      6 comments

Each month, a different teacher or department decorates the bulletin board outside the office at school. I've always taken December so that I can put up student artwork that includes not only Christmas but also Chanukah, Kwanzaa, and symbols of... Read more

Paying it sideways?

Monday, November 28, 2011      6 comments

DH and I were visiting BIL and his wife (they have sort of an on-and-off relationship, but are currently on) - at any rate, we went to the Philadelphia Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra on Saturday night (which was lovely - two of Beethoven's less... Read more

New item added to my bucket list

Thursday, November 24, 2011      11 comments

I want to be one of the people who holds a balloon rope in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. Think about it - it's a 2.8 mile walk in the parade. Not speedy, but good distance. You're holding a single rope - but it's attached to a 1... Read more

My dance partner missed me yesterday

Wednesday, November 16, 2011      4 comments

I had a pedicure appt yesterday at 3 - and I have lovely coral-ish red nails to prove it. My pedicure lady is only on island one week a month - she lives in FL but flies in for all of her customers. (I'm not sure how much longer this will ... Read more


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