ten things tuesday

Linking up with Ten On Tuesday this week.

This week's topic is 10 Things You Are Thankful For Right Now.

1) I am thankful for my health and well-being. Even though I'm still awaiting colonoscopy results, I figure no news is good news--if there was a real emergency they would have contacted me by now.

2) I am thankful that my road trip to Central Maine was successful. No weather issues (even though there was snow when I woke up yesterday).

3) I am thankful for opportunities to grow professionally. Working on this Performance Based Curriculum on a state-wide level has been challenging in the very best of ways.

4) I am thankful for my family--far and near.

5) I am thankful for my friends--far and near.

6) I am thankful for reliable technology. My many modes of entertainment and communication are a blessing.

7) I am thankful that my landlord provides a safe and comfortable apartment building. And he's very laid back but would do anything for us.

8) I am thankful for my curiosity about the world--that I am interested in what's going on around me and meeting new people.

9) I am thankful for my students who keep me on my toes and keep me young.

10) I am thankful for the music I listened to on my road trip--Cool Yule and Adele 25.


musing mondays

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

• I’m currently reading…
• Up next I think I’ll read…
• I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
• I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
• I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
• I can’t wait to get a copy of…
• I wish I could read ___, but…
• I blogged about ____ this past week…

This week’s random question: Why do you read?

What a fascinating question! I've never stopped to consider why I read. I've always read. I'm an avid, enthusiastic, voracious reader. I read to learn, to relax, to stretch my creativity, to broaden my horizons.



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.


Settling in at the hotel. There's something fun about staying at a hotel.

sunday stealing

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Sunday Stealing: Would You Rather Meme

  1. Would you rather be stuck on an island alone or with someone who talks incessantly?
  2. it would depend on their skill set
  3. Would you rather be too hot or too cold? 
  4. too cold
  5. Would you rather have a cook or a maid? 
  6. maid
  7. Would you rather be the youngest or the oldest sibling? 
  8. youngest
  9. Would you rather get rich through hard work or through winning the lottery? 
  10. winning the lottery
  11. Would you rather have a 10-hour dinner with a headstrong politician from an opposing party, or attend a 10-hour concert for a music group you detest? 
  12. politician
  13. Would you rather be an Olympic gold medalist or a Nobel Peace Prize winner? 
  14. Nobel prize
  15. Would you rather have a desk job or an outdoor job? 
  16. desk
  17. Would you rather live at the top of a tall NYC apartment building or at the top of a mountain? 
  18. NYC apartment
  19. Would you rather have Rambo or The Terminator on your side? 
  20. The Terminator
  21. Would you rather be proposed to in private or in front of family and friends? 
  22. it doesn't matter
  23. Would you rather have to sew all your clothes or grow your own food? 
  24. grow my food
  25.  Would you rather hear the good news or the bad news first? 
  26. bad news
  27. Would you rather be your own boss or work for someone else? 
  28. I would never want to be the boss of me
  29. Would you rather have nosy neighbors or noisy neighbors? 
  30. nosy
  31. Would you rather be on a survival reality show or dating game show? 
  32. dating game show
  33. Would you rather be too busy or be bored? 
  34. bored, because I'm never bored for long!
  35.  Would you rather watch the big game at home or live at the stadium? 
  36. at home
  37. Would you rather spend the day with your favorite athlete or you favorite movie star?
  38. movie star *swoon*
  39.  Would you rather live where it is constantly winter or where it is constantly summer?
  40. I already live where it's constantly winter, so I might pick summer, as long as it's not hot/humid summer


finished reading

From the publisher:
My name is Elizabeth Anne Hawksmith, and my age is three hundred and eighty-four years. Each new settlement asks for a new journal, and so this Book of Shadows begins.

In the spring of 1628, the Witchfinder of Wessex finds himself a true Witch. As Bess Hawksmith watches her mother swing from the Hanging Tree she knows that only one man can save her from the same fate at the hands of the panicked mob: the Warlock Gideon Masters, and his Book of Shadows. Secluded at his cottage in the woods, Gideon instructs Bess in the Craft, awakening formidable powers she didn’t know she had and making her immortal. She couldn't have foreseen that even now, centuries later, he would be hunting her across time, determined to claim payment for saving her life.

In present-day England, Elizabeth has built a quiet life for herself, tending her garden and selling herbs and oils at the local farmers' market. But her solitude abruptly ends when a teenage girl called Tegan starts hanging around. Against her better judgment, Elizabeth begins teaching Tegan the ways of the Hedge Witch, in the process awakening memories--and demons—long thought forgotten.

I had high hopes for this book but was kind of let down. I wanted it to be more--more magical, more fantastic.

saturday 9

Perfect Storm

1) This song is about "the thrill of a lifetime" kind of love. Do you believe we each get one great love? Or do you think it's possible to fall in love more than once? more than once

2) Brad Paisley endured his own "perfect storm" in 2010, when he lost his guitars in the massive flood that hit Nashville. Tell us about a time when you had to clean up after Mother Nature. after every snowstorm

3) He is married to actress Kimberly Williams, who played Steve Martin's daughter in the Father of the Bride movies. He has admitted he was a little in love with her before he met because he'd seen her on screen. Do you have a crush on anyone right now? maybe George

4) He's a passionate Cleveland Browns fan. Are you following the NFL this season? every time the Patriots win, I get free Dunkin coffee!

5) Brad has developed his own line of western wear for Boot Barn, including some pricey items. (A "Perfect Storm" felt hat goes for $230.) What's the most expensive item you've added to your wardrobe recently? hmmm... everything has been on sale... let me think... I spent $15 on a sweater

6) "Paisley" is also a term for a popular print. Are you wearing a print or solid right now? I'm wearing solids now because I took my accessories off

7) Crazy Sam is not a big country fan, but she can sing along with this song because it played so very often at a bar she frequents. What's the last song you sang? I was singing Christmas songs in the car

8) Though Brad Paisley has recorded songs about drinking, he never touches alcohol. His favorite beverage is Yoohoo, a chocolate beverage bottled by the Dr. Pepper/Snapple Company. What's the last beverage you drank directly from the bottle? Dasani water

9) Random question from a Sat9er: What's your favorite handmade item? I have knit myself a couple of hats--they make me happy


friday 5

  1. What’s something you’re particularly bashful about?
  2. I'm pretty bashful when parents tell me how much their kids love my class
  3. What’s something that recently caused you personal shame?
  4. my credit card payment was late
  5. Who or what keeps you humble?
  6. my students keep me humble
  7. In what way did someone recently violate your privacy?
  8. I can't think of anything
  9. What’s something you don’t trust yourself with?
  10. going to a bookstore or a yarn shop

thankful for break

Since I have another, final, workshop in Central Maine on Monday & Tuesday, I'm officially done school for the Thanksgiving break. As I said goodbye to my students, I reminded them to "make good choices" and "be thankful for everything".


booking through thursday

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Do you have a reading equivalent of holiday music to get you in the mood for the holiday season? Any books you make a point of reading this time of year?

(And, Happy Thanksgiving to all the rest of you in the US!)
From the archives.

As Christmas rolls around, I have to read The Christmas Cookie Club by Ann Pearlman. That's after I read Dickens' A Christmas Carol. And I also look for sentimental holiday fare to read.


I've had a lifelong struggle with my hair. It's baby fine, thin, stick straight, and flat. My sisters, by comparison, have thick thick thick hair. The best part about my hair, though, is the color. I love being a redhead. And the color is fading to a pale strawberry blonde because I won't go gray. I'll go white. Don't mind the bulletin board stuff in the background...

long curly side
shaved side


w.w.w. wednesday

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading and revived here on Taking on a World of Words.

• What are you currently reading? I'm reading The Witch's Daughter by Paula Brackston. I'm listening to Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park. On hold is The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizingby Marie Kondo.

• What did you recently finish reading? The Cake Therapist by Judith Fertig for my book group. And I listened to Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.

• What do you think you’ll read next? No clue.

finished reading

I wanted to love this novel. It was on a lot of "Best of" lists. Unfortunately, I'm kind of "meh". I didn't connect with the characters and because it's a character-driven novel, I missed the boat. The writing was solid and the atmosphere was rich. There just wasn't enough action for me. I didn't love it.