ten things tuesday

Ten little things that make me happy (in random order):

1) I have many sets of Papermate InkJoy pens. They're colorful and fun.

2) Dunkin' Donuts iced coffee on my perks reward card--my local shop has any size for $1.69. How can I resist?

3) A local market/deli's prepared dinners save me from the hassle of cooking every day. I buy a family size and portion it out for the week. Much healthier than other quick and easy options.

4) Book newsletters. I love finding out about upcoming releases and all kinds of fun books. I spend a lot of time studying them.

5) Planning a mani/pedi. It's still a few weeks away because I wanted to wait until vacation and have it as a treat. I'm so excited to start wearing sandals again.

6) On Demand tv. I've been trying out new shows (Imposters) and catching up on last year's shows (Designated Survivor).

7) Ordering food online or from apps. Wow. Convenient.

8) Lighter, brighter colors. I'm starting in on the spring layers. I'm tired of the winter darks. And I swear I'm not wearing cords again this year.

9) HBO's Big Little Lies. Based on the Liane Moriarity novel. The cast is ah-may-zing!

10) My knitting community on Ravelry. I learn so much from the message boards--techniques, fibers, all kinds of things!



I am...

Reading: What I Loved for my book group--I've got to finish it!!!

Watching: Who Do You Think You Are from last night (Noah Wyle)

Listening to: commercials

Wanting: spring

Needing: payday

Loving: messaging my sisters and nieces

Thinking: about my oldest Virginia niece's study abroad opportunity (fingers crossed it all works out!!)

Feeling: pooped

Celebrating: a successful day

Grateful for: not sliding off the road in the sleety snow

One Word: fierce


sunday stealing

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The Kathy Aay Questions

1. What is the meaning of your blog’s name? it's a line from a movie

2. Why did you start your blogging? as a therapy assignment

3. What’s your usual bedtime? around 9

4. Are you lazy? about housekeeping

5. Do you miss anyone right now? my sisters

6. How would you describe your fashion sense? office

7. What are your nicknames? I have several--Ms. Kwiz is my favorite

8. Are you a patient person? yes

9. Are you tight-fisted or frivolous? somewhere in the middle

10. What magazines do you read? People

11. Are you stubborn? yes

12. When is your birthday? October 29

13. What book are you currently reading? What I Loved and Lincoln in the Bardo

14. What phone do you have? iPhone 6s

15. Do you have any pets? dust bunnies

16. Do you have siblings? 3 sisters

17. Any children or grandchildren? no

18. What do you order at Starbucks? I don't live near a Starbucks (imagine that!)

19. What did you do for your last birthday? nothing particular on the actual day

20. What’s your occupation? high school social studies teacher

21. Do you live in the country or the city? I am as remote and rural as you can get


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.


finished reading

This isn't a typical YA novel. It's like splashing cold water on the face. Plus, it's a book about a book! It's kind of a roller coaster ride--I laughed, I cried!

From the publisher:
Didn’t you ever just simply want to…stop?

Star athlete and straight-A student Nanette O’Hare has played the role of dutiful daughter for as long as she can remember. But one day, a beloved teacher gives her his worn copy of The Bubblegum Reaper—a mysterious, out-of-print cult classic—and the rebel within Nanette awakens.

As the new and outspoken Nanette attempts to insert her true self into the world with wild abandon, she befriends the reclusive author and falls in love with a young, troubled poet. Forced to make some hard choices that bring devastating consequences, Nanette learns the hard way that rebellion can sometimes come at a high price.

saturday 9

The Heat of the Moment

1) What's something you did or said "in the heat of the moment?" probably something somewhat snarky to a student

2) Asia's founder and bass player, John Wetton, passed away in January. One of his bandmates remembered him as a reliable performer who made everyone around him look better. Do you enjoy being the center of attention? Or would you, like Mr. Wetton, prefer to play a supporting role? I'm an extroverted introvert (ambivert) so I can go with either

3) Asia is a British band who played their first US concert at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York. The nearest major city -- Ottawa, Canada -- is a 90-minute drive from Pottsdam. When you were last in the car for an hour or more? Where were you going? I was heading north (yes, there is an hour north of here) to Fort Kent, Maine, which is the northernmost point of Route 1 to meet up with the Breakfast Club

4) The song refers to disco hot spots, which apparently, by 1982, no one wanted to go to anymore. Let's make that negative into a positive. Describe your perfect night out with friends. Where would you go? we would go somewhere for a delicious dinner and lengthy conversation

5) In 1982, the year this song was popular, someone laced bottles of Tylenol with cyanide. That's why we now have tamper-proof caps on many products. Have you used anything in a tamper-proof bottle yet today? now that I think of it, no, I haven't used one yet

6) In 1982, Time Magazine's Person of the Year wasn't a person at all, it was "the computer." What do you use your computer for most often? noodling around, communicating with my family, and creating content for school

7) 1982 also saw the premiere of The Weather Channel. Where do you learn the day's weather forecast? (Watching the local news on TV, checking your phone, looking out the window ...) usually the app on my phone, looking outside, and cursing the local weather man on TV

8) In 1982, Arnold Schwarzenegger's movie, Conan the Barbarian, was a hit in theaters. When you settle down to watch a movie, is it usually a fantasy, like Conan? Or do you prefer another genre (action, comedy, adventure, romance, drama, classic ...) I don't actuallly watch a lot of movies--I mean, I have 10 or so on my DVR that have been there for almost a year

9) Random question: What is something you try to avoid? chores


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 What I Loved

From page 112:

"For years, day in and day out, I lived with a fictional character, a person I'd invented."
"That doesn't explain why she married you."
"I pressed her, Leo. She was weak."


It's a luxury to have a personal day off. I'm so glad today's my day! I think everyone knows that it's difficult for teachers to take a day--that the lesson planning and planning for a substitute equal more work than actually being there. Today is a half-day: winter carnival in the morning and a workshop in the afternoon. The perfect day to take.

So, I slept in. I stayed in bed reading and dozing. I did laundry. Now I'm hanging out, catching up on DVR'd shows. Yas. I adore this feeling of playing hooky.


think write thursday

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Look out a window you don't normally look out of and tell us what you see.

This window is diagonally across the hall from my classroom. I rarely look out of it.  Today I admired the melting snow!  Although it's dirty snow.  But it's melting.   And it looks out over the student parking lot--where they have significantly nicer cars than mine.


w.w.w. wednesdays

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 Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon and What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt, and at school: The Strategic Teacher by Harvey Silver and listening to Lincoln In The Bardo by George Saunders.

• What did you recently finish reading? I haven't finished anything this week.

• What do you think you’ll read next? I'm not sure.

yarn along

Join in every Wednesday to share a single photo of what you are knitting and reading too!

Making slow progress knitting the Honey Cowl and listening to Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.