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I was an Incan chocolate maker at Machu Picchu
Sunday, April 08, 2012      12 comments

We hosted a first night seder on Friday, went to a second night seder on Saturday, and are going to a sunset dinner tonight. I'm KNOWN for my chocolate baking. I've learned to make magic with chocolate: Chocolate decadence (aka flourless ... Read more
The sad side of downsizing
Saturday, April 07, 2012      20 comments

Earlier in the week, I researched online and found a place that takes donated wedding dresses and uses them to help brides who have breast cancer. (I'm unclear whether they donate the dresses to brides going through chemo, or if they sell the d... Read more
Funny student comment
Wednesday, April 04, 2012      5 comments

We were working on the mural yesterday, and the assistant principal came by to be sure the auditorium was ready for a visiting singer who would speak to students later in the day. (The kids all thought it was a concert - it turned out to be an ... Read more
Our newspaper had funny food news
Monday, April 02, 2012      6 comments

Story one: Two women, one aged 68 and the other 34 or so, got in a big fight because the younger woman threw a cookie at the older woman. Really, a vanilla sandwich cookie. The two got into a fistfight over this, and both were arrested. ... Read more
My celebrity body type #2
Saturday, March 31, 2012      3 comments

Okay, so I found a photo and played with it - I present Sandra Bullock at maybe a size 8 or so - and the general shape I'm aiming for (given my body's general proportions): ... Read more
Who is your celebrity body type?
Saturday, March 31, 2012      6 comments

I read someone's blog about her celebrity body crushes - the celebrities whose bodies were in the proportions/measurements she plans to achieve. So I did some research - I always thought Sandra Bullock was a similar build to me, with a smal... Read more
A lot accomplished, and it isn't even noon!
Tuesday, March 27, 2012      4 comments

I photocopied all of my NOPAs (Notification of Personnel Action) last night, and DH is delivering them to my contact at the retirement office - she needs them to figure out any under-payments or overpayments in my retirement account. (Yes, the ... Read more
My husband, my hero!!!
Sunday, March 25, 2012      9 comments

Warning - scary story and scary picture!!!! Okay, yesterday evening I walked into the bathroom, and there was something long and creepy on the window sill - long and snakeline, but half standing up and looking around!!!!!!!!! I saw the ... Read more
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

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