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A very bizarre afternoon at school

Wednesday, March 21, 2012      8 comments

With extra activity for me: We have a strange schedule due to the standardized testing each morning - so the test organizers created a rotating schedule for the afternoon class time slot. And, after the intense testing all week, we're supp... Read more

A mini protest = a lesson in democracy

Tuesday, March 20, 2012      2 comments

Some teachers made signs and held a protest outside the school gate this morning, before school began. I was one of them. My sign said: "Greedy Politicians x Government Mismanagement _______________________ 8% paycut" You see, ... Read more

More accomplishments for our retirement travels

Sunday, March 18, 2012      9 comments

BIG BIG step - we booked our flight to New Zealand!!!!! We're using miles so we were limited to what was available - so we're flying from Seattle to Wellington, NZ, on October 29. And, due to crossing the International Dateline, we arrive midd... Read more

Self-reliance and self-worth.

Friday, March 16, 2012      11 comments

I grew up in a family with 5 children, and my older sister had some major emotional issues. Being the second child, and being fairly strong-willed, I was often set aside by my parents so they could deal either with my sister throwing a tantrum ... Read more

Little Miss Too Cute Mean Girl

Tuesday, March 13, 2012      6 comments

We all knew this child when we were in school. We met her somewhere between fourth and tenth grade. She's the girl who is always pretty, hair always fixed, clothes just so. She isn't too quick nor too slow academically, probably a B to C+ stu... Read more

"Tiling is relaxing"

Tuesday, March 13, 2012      4 comments

That's what one boy said to me today. This kid is a joy in my class - loves art, works hard, is cheerful land friendly, is willing to help clean up, will work into the lunch period - I just love him. He was on the chair next to me, filling in ... Read more

Two roadblocks to our travel now removed!!!

Sunday, March 11, 2012      8 comments

1. Block #1 - medications - my husband and I both have chronic medical conditions that require medication (so that we can avoid hospitals or worse). And our medical insurance company has a pharmacy, so that we get low-rate medications - very ni... Read more

Realization about thin people

Friday, March 09, 2012      9 comments

I shared a room with a friend for almost a week - she's fairly thin (as in my height but size Small or XS, as opposed to me who is usually XL and aspires to achieve M status). And while we both did a lot of walking at the conference, and sh... Read more

Busy Busy Weekend

Monday, March 05, 2012      7 comments

More conference sessions A visit to the Museum of Modern Art - OMG, van Gogh's "Starry Night"!!!!!!!!! Dinner at the cafe in Rockefeller Center, right next to the skating rink!!! Then Saturday Night Live - my nephew took us on a ... Read more

The Carnegie Deli

Friday, March 02, 2012      8 comments

The Carnegie is a New York landmark - huge matzah balls, kasha knishes, killer cheesecake, and mile high deli sandwiches (bigger than I can open my mouth). I ran up there for challah French toast this morning - everywhere near the hotel was... Read more

My international breakfast

Wednesday, February 29, 2012      7 comments

I'm staying at the Comfort Inn Theatre District, because it was convenient to get to, and inexpensive. AND because I can get my fave bkfst as part of the deal - they have a breakfast room, and they always have waffles. I looooove waffles, with... Read more

Just slightly riskée

Tuesday, February 28, 2012      11 comments

When I go to my art ed conferences, I always look for a good restaurant in the neighborhood of my hotel - and often, this ends up being an Italian restaurant. The conference is always in a major metropolitan area, right in town. So the res... Read more

I think I have a mural injury

Tuesday, February 21, 2012      8 comments

Not sure what I did to my finger, but it started on Friday afternoon - pinky finger on my right hand, top joint was all red and swollen, looks almost like it's dislocated or something. Two little bumps in the joint, looking like the bone is in ... Read more

"Ms. Schwartz, how old you is?"

Friday, February 17, 2012      10 comments

Our Caribbean English isn't always exact. We've been tiling the mural - we're working about 8 ft above the ground - so we schlepp everything out of the auditorium storage room, and get set up in front of our wall. I drag over the garbage c... Read more

Logic doesn't always work

Thursday, February 09, 2012      8 comments

Situation 1 - I go online at school at lunchtime - I tried to order some books for my Kindle. BOOKS. SCHOOL. These two words make sense together, right? Nope, the server has now blocked Why??????? Why on earth would anyone blo... Read more

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