This just doesn't do it justice.  It was gorgeous, rich, vibrant color.

w.w.w. wednesday

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• What are you currently reading? I'm listening to Night Music by Jojo Moyes and I'm reading All The Light You Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and at school, I'm reading The Sketchnote Handbook by Mike Rohde

• What did you recently finish reading? I haven't finished anything this week. But I'm making progress!

• What do you think you’ll read next? Just What Kind Of Mother Are You? by Paula Daly for my book group in October.


especially since George is taken

The Single Woman’s 30-Day Blogging Challenge
30) Write a letter to your future mate saying whatever you want to say.

Dear Future Mate,

I'm ready for you.


ten things tuesday

Linking up with Ten On Tuesday this week.

This week's topic is 10 Things You Stress About that You Didn't Stress About 10( or 15 or 20!) Years Ago.

1) Health. I didn't really stress about my numbers or hormonal changes. But now it's happening.

2) Chin hair. Along with the hormonal changes are the appearances of the occasional chin hairs. Blah.

3) My parents. As they get older, I find myself slipping into a co-caretaker role. I worry about their health.

4) Finances. Oddly, I make more but I don't save more.

5) Retirement. Someday I would love to be able to retire. I'm glad I started a 403b fund a few years ago. But as a singleton, I worry about my financial future.

6) The environment. I was reading a winter forecast and I am a firm believer in climate change affecting our winters. And our summers. And the wacky weather.

7) Technology. Especially at school. Keeping abreast of the latest gradebooks and planbooks and innovations to use in the classroom.

8) Politics. This political climate is depressing.

9) Technology. Again, really, this time it's stuff around the house--like backing up files and keeping track of cords and passwords and stuff.

10) Clutter. I stress about the mess that surrounds me. Yet I am not really doing anything pro active to solve that situation.


you know who you are

The Single Woman’s 30-Day Blogging Challenge
29) Who is your closest or most special friend that you’ve never met and what do they mean to you? How did you cross paths? Talk about how you “met” them: Facebook, Twitter, an online support group, etc.

I have some blog friends that I would love to meet in person. I love the snapshots of their lives. And I check in with them daily.

musing mondays

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Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying about it.
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

I'm sad that the Buy A Friend A Book website is gone--and the Facebook page hasn't been updated since 2011. I always looked forward to gifting books during those weeks. I suppose I could still do it on my own, but feeling like it was a movement made it extra special.


big bold move

The Single Woman’s 30-Day Blogging Challenge
28) Describe a moment when you made a big, bold move. In any area of life: Career, Love, etc.

When I agreed to take on the social studies elective classes of Advanced Placement Psychology, Psychology, and Sociology, I made a bold career move. It meant that I have five different preps but it solidifies my position at school. When positions are being cut, I have a lot of security because of the variety of classes I'm highly qualified (governmentspeak) to teach. I didn't like moving into a different classroom, but I do like the different classes. And it's kind of nice to teach mostly seniors.

whut the whut?

It's September 28... how is this the temp?


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.

sunday stealing

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Sunday Stealing: Ask Away Meme

1. What is your zodiac sign? Scorpio
2. What is your favorite color? I went leaf-peeping today so I'm going to say orange
3. What’s your lucky number? 3
4. What talents do you have? I'm a talented teacher
5. Are you psychic in any way? sometimes, with my sisters
6. Favorite song? One by U2
7. How many pillows do you sleep with? 2
8. What position do you usually sleep in? curled on my left side
9. Have you ever tried archery? many, many years ago--I liked it
10. What’s the longest you’ve ever gone without sleep? I think 36 hours while traveling
11. Do you have any scars? yes... about five years ago or so I fell on my face on gravel and I have a couple scars
12. Have you ever had a secret admirer? not that I know of
13. Can you do any other accents other than your own? not especially well
14. Are you a good judge of character? yes
15. Can you curl your tongue? I can
16. Are you a clean or messy person? I a clean slob if that makes any sense
17. How long does it take for you to get ready? not long, 20 minutes or so
18. Do you have much of an ego? I have a healthy ego
19. Do you talk to yourself? not aloud
20. Do you sing to yourself? yes
21. Can you name all 50 states of America? I can
22. Have you ever been scuba diving? no, thank you
23. What makes you nervous? the thought of scuba diving
24. Do you correct people when they make mistakes? at school, yes; otherwise it depends
25. Are you ticklish? yes--and don't tickle me
26. Have you ever been in a position of authority? frequently
27. How many piercings do you have? four--ears only
28. Can you roll your Rs? no
29. How fast can you type? when I get in my groove about 80 wpm
30. What are you allergic to? sulfa drugs
31. Do you keep a journal? yes
32. Do you like your age? yes
33. What makes you angry? the news talking heads who are not journalists
34. Were your ancestors royalty? no, unfortunately


listen up

The Single Woman’s 30-Day Blogging Challenge
27) Talk about something that you really, really, really love about yourself.

I really, really, really love listening. I'm fascinated by what people are experiencing and have to say. I'm an active listener.

sad but happy

I am sad that this day has come. But I wish him all the happiness in the world with Amal Alamuddin. May your new life be filled with much love, laughter, and happiness. I still wish it was me.

saturday 9

A Day In The Life

1) According to Rolling Stone, this is the greatest Beatle song of all. What's your favorite Beatle song? I'm fond of so many songs! I don't know if I can pick a favorite overall... maybe "Yesterday" or "The Long And Winding Road"... gah!

2) "A Day in the Life" took 5 days to record. Looking back on the last five days, what did you accomplish? very little, although I did go on a road trip to Central Maine for some shopping (I didn't dare to admit it was Christmas shopping but it was)

3) This song is the highlight of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band, the first album released after the Beatles gave up touring. Critics predicted that, when they abandoned live concerts, their creativity would wane. Obviously this wasn't the case. When has someone underestimated you? oh, I think my students underestimate me all the time--they think that because I'm a teacher it's all I've ever done in my life and such set expectations for what a teacher should be like (and I'm not like their expectations most of the time)

4) The song says our hero "woke up, got out of bed, dragged a comb across my head." How is your hair right now? Are you prepared to go out and face the world? I'm having a pretty good hair day.

5) The lyrics tell us he had to hurry to catch the bus to work. When is the last time you rode public transportation? we don't have public transport around here, so.... gosh, I can't think of the last time

6) "A Day in the Life" was a true Lennon-McCartney collaboration. Conventional wisdom is that Paul is easy going while John was edgy. Is your temperament more Lennon or McCartney? I like to think I'm easy going but I think I might be more intense than I think I am

7) "A Day in the Life" came out five years after the Beatles replaced their drummer. Taking over for Pete Best was undoubtedly the biggest break of Ringo Starr's career. Tell us about a time when fortune smiled on you. yesterday, while shopping in Central Maine, I had a shopping coup! Double membership discounts at a couple places.

8) It would be hard to overestimate the Beatles' impact on popular culture. Their story and music have inspired a Broadway musical, a Las Vegas show, two movies and, according to Amazon, 900+ books. What's the most recent biography you read? I read an autobiography recently called Spygirl

9) The Beatles are an ongoing boon to England's tourism industry. Fans from all over the world visit Liverpool each year to see where the Beatles grew up and got their start. If you won a trip to England, tell us what you'd like to see. I'd like to go everywhere!