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I'm making this a mental health day
Sunday, April 05, 2009      1 comments

DH and I had a rough week. And this coming week will be rough, in a different way - two and a half days of work; have a 6 AM special service blessing the sun (it's the Birkat HaChama, happens every 28 years); fly to Philly for Passover with his... Read more
When pep talks don't work
Saturday, April 04, 2009      0 comments

I've been slacking - or rather, yesterday I gave up and had no-salt potato chips with a leftover-steak sandwich - and granola snack. Turns out I was only over my cals by about 16, and I went down a few lbs from the previous day. (I'm up an down... Read more
In Requiem - An Unsung Hero
Wednesday, April 01, 2009      6 comments

DH's best friend died on Monday. He was the head of the trauma unit at Newark University Hospital (or some name like that) - his aorta ruptured, the drs worked on him for something like 9 hours, they repaired the rupture but couldn't get his he... Read more
So I bought a new bra
Friday, March 27, 2009      3 comments

The kind with the moulded and padded cups. The kind with cups that don't collapse when you take it off. And, well, as my DH said this morning, the girls are certainly perkier than usual. Higher up. More obvious. I look down and there they a... Read more
There's learning, and then there's learning
Thursday, March 26, 2009      3 comments

Today, I decided to try something new with my classes. I'm working toward independence with them - and for their final exam, they'll work on the mural while I watch and grade, without my usual supervision of them. So today, we went to the ... Read more
Body Dysmorphia - or - "Am I her size?"
Tuesday, March 24, 2009      3 comments

I need eyes like the guy in "Brother From Another Planet" - the "brother" could take out an eye, put it in a place for surveillance, come back and put in the eye and see everything the single eye had seen in his absence I need to see myself... Read more
Just call me "Swims With Turtles"
Monday, March 23, 2009      9 comments

In honor of World Water Day (3/22), DH and I went on a trip with the National Parks Service - they took a boatload (well, catamaran-load) of locals and tourists out to Buck Island, an undeveloped cay south of St. Thomas. Background: Sea ... Read more
Good morning starshine, the earth says hello
Friday, March 20, 2009      3 comments

Simple song from my youth. But maybe it's part of the Birkat HaChamah, the blessing of the sun. Maybe we need to see every day as a rebirth, a renewal, a chance to start all over again. I take each morning for granted. I arise with m... Read more
Blessing the sun
Wednesday, March 18, 2009      4 comments

There's a Hebrew ritual that occurs every 28 years - blessing the sun. Or being blessed by the sun. Every 28 years, the sun supposedly returns to the exact position it was in at the Creation. So the ritual is to watch the sun rise and say ver... Read more
Iowa test pep rally?????
Monday, March 16, 2009      0 comments

We were supposed to do this on Friday, to get the kids all psyched up for the testing this week - but there were rumors of planned mayhem at the high schools, so our rally was postponed till today. Kids worked on songs, skits, raps, etc. an... Read more
Down with my back
Sunday, March 15, 2009      1 comments

I pulled something in my back on Friday, pouring cement from my mixing bucket into several other buckets for the students. My chiropractor was booked and couldn't even squeeze me in. My massage guy left on a week cruise. So I've spent... Read more
Why I love the "pre-advanced placement" kids
Friday, March 13, 2009      2 comments

Our school is grouped in teams - most teams are mixes of average kids. But those who are academically advanced are in the "pre-advanced placement" team, so that they can work at a faster pace, and get into more advanced work. The kids are ... Read more
What to do with 1,000 SparkGoodie points???
Thursday, March 12, 2009      2 comments

Yes, I hit the jackpot, I won 1000 SG points on the spinwheel today. I looked through the items. Yes, a virtual stationary bike might be fun, but it wouldn't get me any more exercise. Yes, a tiara would be cool, but I have two virtual tia... Read more
I walked out of the Student Recognition Assembly
Monday, March 02, 2009      4 comments

I LIKE our assemblies - we give out awards to the A honors, B honors (like A & B honor rolls), and then the students who got As in 2 classes. And the never absent kids. And the most improved kids. So it's a nice event. And Mr. Gang Fight Hi... Read more
Self Image
Wednesday, February 25, 2009      1 comments

"Mirror mirror on the wall Who is the fairest of them all?" We've added some mirror areas to the mosaic mural, for the rays of light shining from the torch. Two little girls came by as I was finishing up during lunch today, and one s... Read more

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