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Helping someone, whether they like it or not
9/6/2012 11:40:19 AM,  7 COMMENTS

My spouse is going to give up junk food and unhealthy (constant) snacking. There's no use in denying it; he's getting fat. And if there's one area o...  Read more

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Relost the regain
8/30/2012 8:54:33 AM,  6 COMMENTS

Triumph. It's gone. I'm back where I used to be, before I ditched my exercise schedule and enrolled in school full time to finish my degree. I haven't...  Read more

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I love the Olympics, but I've seen enough Olympic wedgies
8/8/2012 1:42:01 PM,  10 COMMENTS

WHY oh WHY are female athletes forced to wear these demeaning, tiny, buttock-baring outfits? The men don't have to! WTF. Excuse my outrage for a m...  Read more

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The healthier I eat, the more my spouse's diet bothers me
7/26/2012 10:27:05 AM,  9 COMMENTS

I'm happy to report that I'm starting to look thinner (to myself) again. When I look in the mirror, I see thinner arms and a thinner face. When lying...  Read more

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Some surprising results from my physical
7/24/2012 1:43:40 PM,  4 COMMENTS

I am Vitamin D deficient! Vitamin D is known as "the sunshine vitamin", because your skin makes it when you're exposed to sunlight. You would think...  Read more

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Plateau broken, finally losing again
7/19/2012 3:02:23 PM,  7 COMMENTS

After over two months of a scale stalemate, I'm finally losing weight again. I did great once I graduated, fully REcommitted to losing all the weight...  Read more

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Don't worry needlessly about how you look in swimwear!
6/21/2012 7:55:24 PM,  7 COMMENTS

Invariably, I have anxiety about my "public nakedness" that first time out in summer. However, when I look around, I am relieved to see normal, health...  Read more

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Saving a seagull
6/6/2012 8:02:47 AM,  4 COMMENTS

I was signing in this morning and some student ran up to me in the office and said there's an injured bird, he was sent to get me. (I'm an ART teache...  Read more

PHEBESS

Carnival photos - Part 5
6/4/2012 8:39:53 PM,  8 COMMENTS

Adult parade - both distance and close-up shots - people dancing, partying, drinking, having fun! I love the costumes, the color, the music, the...  Read more

PHEBESS

I made it!!!!! I made it!!!!!!
6/3/2012 4:35:39 PM,  11 COMMENTS

I received a Trivia A Student award!!!!!!!!!!!! I didn't think I'd ever get this - my monthly average is usually about 85% or so! I finally had...  Read more

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Carnival photos - Part 4
5/30/2012 5:49:22 PM,  10 COMMENTS

Second half of the Children's Parade: ...  Read more

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Carnival photos - Part 3
5/29/2012 9:21:19 PM,  7 COMMENTS

Children's Parade - two items to note: 1. My dad likes overview photos, but we were up on the second floor looking down - I prefer close ups that...  Read more

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Carnival photos - Part 2
5/28/2012 7:49:32 PM,  10 COMMENTS

Okay, we'll start with photos of J'ouvert - the early morning road march along the waterfront, when the road is closed and bands come through on big t...  Read more

PHEBESS

Some Carnival photos - Part 1
5/27/2012 4:30:59 PM,  7 COMMENTS

I've been meaning to post some photos of our Carnival, since I blogged so much about it - but I'll do the Children's and Adult's Parades tomorrow and...  Read more

PHEBESS

Successes breed responsibilities
5/25/2012 10:09:18 AM,  5 COMMENTS

The garden tour was a huge success. Nothing bad happened, and everyone had a fantastic time. My neighborhood, which is densely packed with rowhouses (...  Read more

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Saw the Heartthrob Kid this morning
5/25/2012 8:14:59 AM,  10 COMMENTS

He was my student last year and the previous year - he's now in high school. He was going in early to print a report for a class, I drove by and gave...  Read more

PHEBESS

THIS is why I love my job
5/24/2012 2:26:10 PM,  7 COMMENTS

My last class of the day (my behavior challenged class) is in charge of putting up our "Under the Sea" mural (pictures next week, when we're finished...  Read more

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Okay, I've decided NOT to be embarrassed!
5/22/2012 8:30:52 AM,  11 COMMENTS

If Kristen Wiig can get teary about leaving Saturday Night Live after something like 5 or 6 years, then I can get teary about leaving my school after...  Read more

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The countdown to the garden tour breaks the printer
5/15/2012 8:43:14 PM,  4 COMMENTS

Let me start off by saying I can't wait to get my new printer: www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/jsp/Product.do
?sku=C11CB30201 I've wanted one fo...  Read more

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Embarrassed, Part Two
5/15/2012 10:40:14 AM,  6 COMMENTS

I arrived at school yesterday and realized I had forgotten my lunch bag, which has my school keys hooked onto it. I went to the office to sign in (an...  Read more

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Totally embarrassed myself TWICE yesterday! Agh!
5/12/2012 2:45:54 PM,  9 COMMENTS

Our school district had a professional learning community gathering yesterday - representatives from every school, as well as the district superintend...  Read more

PHEBESS

Spring Garden Tour season
5/7/2012 10:49:53 PM,  4 COMMENTS

Every spring in our city, we have a series of house and garden tours, sponsored by various garden clubs. I've enjoyed them for years. A couple of ye...  Read more

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Getting smarter about my food choices
5/7/2012 8:29:24 AM,  8 COMMENTS

I took my Advanced Art class on a field trip on Friday. We went to the small hotel owned by friends of mine - earlier in the year, all my students he...  Read more

PHEBESS

Suggestions for packing and travelling??
5/5/2012 7:18:06 PM,  14 COMMENTS

I'm calling on the collective wisdom of all my Spark buddies and not-yet-met Spark buddies. DH and I are in the process of getting rid of our pos...  Read more

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An appalling (albeit hysterically funny) story
4/30/2012 6:58:01 PM,  12 COMMENTS

Warning - this is not for the faint of heart - it's just WEIRD! Okay, I have a bizarre sister. No one believes how strange she is. This story i...  Read more

PHEBESS

Arbor Day and the BCMA
4/28/2012 11:08:07 AM,  5 COMMENTS

I survived April. We had Arbor Day events every Saturday this month- I led half of them- and I survived. It's over. And my spouse finished our taxe...  Read more

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Pushing boundaries
4/24/2012 11:12:14 PM,  4 COMMENTS

I went up in a helicopter with my dad today. He had made arrangements for a helicopter ride around the island, so he could see each and every beach....  Read more

PHEBESS

The good part of downsizing
4/19/2012 7:53:17 PM,  7 COMMENTS

I can see the front of my classroom again!!!! I can reach the white boards without climbing on boxes of tiles!!! I can use the electric outlet in th...  Read more

PHEBESS

Family T shirt
4/18/2012 8:55:28 AM,  11 COMMENTS

My dad, two nephews, one niece, and a niece-in-law are coming for Carnival!!! Wooohoooo!! No one is staying with us, I have a friend with a hot...  Read more

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Planning fun school events
4/17/2012 8:35:29 AM,  7 COMMENTS

One of our assistant principals (who is a fairly good friend of mine) sent out an email to all faculty and staff, with the guidelines for our school's...  Read more

PHEBESS

Sometimes the Spark ads are scary
4/15/2012 2:04:08 PM,  10 COMMENTS

Not spooky scary. More like "Big Brother is watching" scary. I will admit to loving clothes, especially now that my body is in a more-easily-clo...  Read more

PHEBESS

Do you anthropomorphise your electronics and machines?
4/14/2012 2:05:06 PM,  7 COMMENTS

Do you talk to your car? Maybe yell at your computer when it has those random hiccups and loses a file or something? Get mad at the TV remote, or th...  Read more

PHEBESS

Shakespeare according to middle school students
4/13/2012 11:55:27 AM,  6 COMMENTS

I took one class to the auditorium - the local theatre group sponsors an annual Shakespearean Festival, and various school groups perform summarized v...  Read more

PHEBESS

Lost a pet.
4/9/2012 3:35:36 PM,  15 COMMENTS

Our 15 yr old kitty died suddenly. :'( Of course, she was very frail, and we expected that this would be her last year with us, but still. I...  Read more

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Place to donate your wedding dress
4/9/2012 10:18:49 AM,  7 COMMENTS

This is the organization to which I donated my wedding dress: bridesagainstbreastcancer.org/ They're a national organization - they sel...  Read more

PHEBESS

I was an Incan chocolate maker at Machu Picchu
4/8/2012 5:07:13 PM,  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 cho...  Read more

PHEBESS

The sad side of downsizing
4/7/2012 1:02:15 PM,  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...  Read more

PHEBESS

Funny student comment
4/4/2012 12:28:24 PM,  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...  Read more

PHEBESS

Our newspaper had funny food news
4/2/2012 11:03:50 AM,  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...  Read more

PHEBESS

My celebrity body type #2
3/31/2012 10:08:53 PM,  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...  Read more

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