I am...

Reading: the online local newspaper

Listening to: A Gentleman in Moscow

Loving: teaching... I really, really love it

Thinking: about student walkouts/walk-ups

Feeling: almost hangry

Celebrating: spring equinox is tomorrow

Grateful for: belief that winter will end

Weather: it is currently 25 degrees

Enjoying: my personal day request was approved!

A quote I want to share:


sunday stealing

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Fickle in Pink

1. Do you tend to have a guilty conscious? I live in a constant state of guilt

2. Do you still have your wisdom teeth? no

3. Peanut Butter - creamy or crunchy? creamy

4. Get up off your butt. Take 5 steps. Which leg did you start out on? left

5. What color is your favorite kitchen utensil? stainless

6. Did you watch the Michael Jackson memorial/funeral?

7. Do you know anyone who graduated from high school this year? Were you invited to their graduation party? Did you go? I have a bunch of students graduating every year and I get invited to their parties but seldom attend

8. White with black stripes or black with white stripes? striped... but if I had to choose, I would go with black and white

9. If we were to call your 6th grade teacher, what would they say about you? I have no idea

10. Can you draw a perfect circle? yes, I have a gizmo for drawing circles

11. What was your favorite scratch & sniff sticker scent? I don't remember

12. What does your sibling do for a living? one monitors stress tests, one has a daycare, one is a liturgical ministry coordinator for her parish

13. How many light switches and electrical outlets are in the room that you are in right now? three outlets and no light switches

14. Do you know sign language? I used to be fairly competent but I haven't used it in so long... I do know the alphabet

15. Do you step on cracks in the sidewalk? yes, unless they are buckled

16. And the sheets on your bed look like....? red and white paisley

17. What is something that everyone else has, but you don't? seasonal decorations


PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard. I like to post one that speaks to me each week.


st. patrick's day

I have never felt what I felt living there.  I was home.

saturday 9

Danny Boy

1) This is a sad song of farewell. Who is the last person you said "goodbye" or "so long" to?
my niece is heading back to college tomorrow

2) According to the 2000 Census, Massachusetts is the state with the largest percentage of residents of Irish descent. Have you ever been to The Bay State? many times

3) "The wearing o' the green" is one way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Will you wear something green in honor of the day? surely will

4) What color makes you look best? green

5) Will you drink something green in honor of the day (like a Shamrock shake or a green beer)? well--it comes in a green can--does that count? La Croix Lime

6) A four-leaf clover is considered good luck. Do you have a lucky charm?
I have a four-leaf clover tattoo to remind me of my luck

7) Though she's singing an Irish ballad, this week's featured artist, Joni James, is of Italian heritage. Can you think of a song as identified with Italy as "Danny Boy" is with Ireland? O Sol O Mio

8) Soda bread and potato bread are popular in Ireland. Are there any rolls or bread in your kitchen right now? I have Ritz crackers

9) Ireland is known for its whiskey. Do you enjoy Irish coffee (black coffee, whiskey and whipped cream)? I've had an Irish coffee or twenty


the friday 56

The Friday 56

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that's ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it)
*Post it.

I'm reading Force of Nature.

Falk could. At the foot of the crashing falls, most of the churning water was swept along the river. But a deviation in the landscape had created a natural dip off to the side, an overflow into a pool that lay large and calm. It rippled gently as its surface reflected the magnificent surroundings. An identical image, a few shades darker. Falk stood entranced, gazing down at the thundering white noise. Chase's radio beeped on his belt, breaking the spell.


three on thursday

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Three things frustrating me today:

1) It's not Friday. Having a snow day yesterday and more snow all day today had the kids wound!

2) Because of the snow day, the #WalkOut did not happen. What a bummer because they worked hard to create a safe environment for those who did as well as those who did not want to participate.

3) My dad's computer is on the fritz and I spent over an hour trying to update only to have the mail server get caught with syncing. I can't figure out what to do next.


ten things tuesday

Ten random things:

1) We are expecting 8-14 inches of snow from this evening through Thursday morning. I'm over winter. Seriously over winter.

2) I tried something new with my American Studies class--I told them they were my guinea pigs, that it might flop or it might be fun--and we analyzed the painting American Progress by John Gast. I cropped it into four segments and had them analyze what they saw and noticed in each segment. Then we put it all together and decided what symbols are in it. It was a major success! I also gave them a chapter overview notes sheet and we pulled all of our introduction to Manifest Destiny together with doodle notes. Doodle notes are just what they sound like: doodles of words, key concepts, quotes, people, places, and ideas. They worked from bell to bell without a single complaint! And they were excited about working. It was a fantastic end to the day.

3) Some former students tried to come visit me but weren't allowed in during school hours (a new security measure to limit outsiders entering the building)--they came bearing a glazed donut and an iced coffee and sent a lovely note! What a great treat! I was so disappointed I couldn't visit with them but we did text so that was fun.

4) Girl Scout Lemonade Cookies.

5) I had to cancel my trip to Central Maine for a workshop because of the storm. I emailed about possibly postponing the workshop but they said no. "Central Maine will be back to business as usual."

6) I started knitting a baby blanket for my oldest niece's baby girl. I'm so excited! It's hot pink!

7) I replaced my wall clock with a silent clock and I miss the ticking.

8) I am waiting for my library to get the audio version of a book I want to read.

9) Sometimes I exchange funny emails with my dad. About inconsequential, random topics.

10) Although I suspect we won't have school tomorrow, I am sort of disappointed--my students planned to participate in the #WalkOut #WalkUp movements and it was organized and sanctioned by the school.