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The fourth day of Chanukah
Tuesday, December 15, 2009      2 comments

I've had students singing all morning - Christmas songs, of course, they all have music as well as art and they've been rehearsing for the concert, they'll be performing at the annual "Miracle on Main Street" holiday event (stores stay open late... Read more
My new Spark party policy
Monday, December 14, 2009      8 comments

I come from a family with 5 kids, 2 parents, and we always had friends or family or adopted family for the holidays. I don't know from cooking small. I always make enough food to feed a small village in Poland (as my husband describes it). Be... Read more
I was good
Sunday, December 13, 2009      6 comments

We had our Chanukah brunch today. I was good - I had a very light bkfst of yogurt and fruit, coffee. I set up the table, made enough potato latkes to feed a small village, cut up and set out the kugel, brownies, coffee cake - DH was in charge ... Read more
Cooking marathon
Saturday, December 12, 2009      3 comments

We're having a Chanukah party tomorrow, with about 15-18 people coming over. So I just spent 4 hours making: brownies with choc chips (DH's fave); two coffee cakes, one with choc chips the way DH's mother made, one with just the brown sugar st... Read more
Gifts that give more
Friday, December 11, 2009      2 comments

I've blogged about and the related sites, how they have really wonderful gift items - and when you buy something, you are also purchasing food or other donations for needy people around the world. (Also paying for mammograms, ... Read more
Shhhhh ........... I'm skipping today's assembly
Thursday, December 10, 2009      4 comments

I'm supposed to take my class up to the auditorium for the student recognition assembly. These are actually great events - everyone who made the "A" honors and then the "B" honors gets a certificate, as do students with perfect attendance, best... Read more
I have trouble letting go
Wednesday, December 09, 2009      5 comments

I do. I remember stuff and it echoes in my brain, whether I want it to or not. Sometimes I can't get rid of whatever it is - the thoughts, the habits, the pounds. I just have trouble letting go. I have no advice for myself. I hold onto ... Read more
It's the little things that make us happy
Tuesday, December 08, 2009      3 comments

My day is currently wonderful. Did I win a million dollars? No. Did I lose 20 lbs? No. Did a student give me chocolate? No. What made today wonderful is that: 1. Nothing broke in the kiln (I'm currently doing a bisque firing). 2. ... Read more
Confession - I am a Harry Potter junkie
Monday, December 07, 2009      3 comments

One TV channel had a Harry Potter movie marathon this weekend. I watched three on Saturday (after my walk and shopping and synagogue and brunch with DH in the morning) - I was up until midnight watching HP 1, 2, 3. And then Sunday, I watched #... Read more
Tell Obama: No pesticide lobbyist nominees
Sunday, December 06, 2009      0 comments

I can't believe this!!!!! Read on: Somehow a top official from CropLife -- the powerful chemical industry trade group that went after Michelle Obama's organic garden -- has been nominated to serve as America's chief agricultural negotiator... Read more
Spreading the happy holiday-ness
Saturday, December 05, 2009      6 comments

DH and I are members of our synagogue's Social Action Committee - our current project is getting donations and purchasing gifts and items for foster children for the holidays. So DH and I spent about an hour this morning shopping at KMart - he ... Read more
Festival of Lights Bulletin Board
Friday, December 04, 2009      2 comments

Every year, my students and I do the December bulletin board at school - it's the only way I can ensure it's multi-cultural and not Christmas only. So this year, we did a Keith Haring style Festivals of Lights - Chanukah, Christmas, and Kwa... Read more
Lost 5 lbs these past two weeks
Thursday, December 03, 2009      3 comments

I have renewed commitment to staying in my calorie range - and I've found my optimal calorie count to lose is at 1400-1450. Fewer calories, my body wants to hold on to what it's got. More calories, I maintain and don't lose. So I stay in that... Read more
Wedging clay
Wednesday, December 02, 2009      5 comments

Today I wedged clay for two hours. For those of you who have never wedged clay, this is the process where you work the clay to get out any air pockets (which cause the clay to literally explode in the kiln - but, since my three younger brothers... Read more
Today is World AIDS Day - you can help
Tuesday, December 01, 2009      2 comments

Join me in supporting Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières’ campaign, Make It Happen, to push drug companies to put their HIV patents into UNITAID’s patent pool. Right now, many people living with HIV can’t get hold of the medi... Read more

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