I am...

Reading: I'm just starting Truly Madly Guilty

Watching: The Shahs of Sunset

Listening to: traffic from the post office

Wanting: a fan on me, it's above 82 degrees

Needing: something cold

Loving: that I've learned all my students' names!

Thinking: about ice cream

Feeling: tired--but the good tired

Celebrating: the eclipse frenzy

Grateful for: my recliner--I'm relaxing

A quote I want to share:


happy day 20

Nothing fancy--but that's what makes me so happy! I spent the day reading and relaxing, messaging with my sisters, and I napped. A laid back, do nothing day.

just finished reading

I liked the honesty of these teens--they were authentic to what I see as a teacher.

From the publisher:
Emmy’s best friend, Oliver, reappears after being kidnapped by his father ten years ago. Emmy hopes to pick up their relationship right where it left off. Are they destined to be together? Or has fate irreparably driven them apart?

Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life.

She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents’ relentless worrying. But Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared.

Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart.

He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing and his thoughts swirling.

Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together?

sunday stealing

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Something different

1. What is a normal thing that took you an embarrassingly long time to learn? knitting

2. In what ways are you old-fashioned? I am exceptionally polite--please, thank you, and you're welcome are critically important to me

3. What is the best sandwich you've ever eaten? Where did you get it? What made it so delicious? I had a magnificent veggie sandwich in Spain--all fresh veggies and the way it was put together was memorable

4. What are you currently not bragging about that you should totally brag about?
I have very soft skin

5. What food have you never tasted and are most interested in trying? well... I guess I should explore Thai food since my friends like it and I'm reluctant

6. What history facts were you surprised to learn because it was never covered in school? I didn't learn about the Vietnam War era until I was in college

7. What is something that you waited entirely too long to start or stop doing? What made you say "Why did I wait so long?" reading the Harry Potter books

8. What socially expected thing do you hate doing the most? What thing about polite society really grinds your gears? I am terribly uncomfortable at both weddings and funerals

9. What is something about your city that I should know if I'm going to visit? What is the hidden "must see" that you always tell friends and visitors to not miss? I would take a guest on a scenic drive to see how amazing it is here

10. What do you miss most about childhood? not having to be responsible for every single thing

11. What "fact" did you learn in school that is not true or no longer true? I can't think of anything

12. What's your favorite piece of useless trivia? Maine is the only one-syllable state name

13. What's your best go to homemade "lazy" meal? cereal

14. What's the title of this current chapter in your life? Chapter 51

15. What is a habit or practice that you learned from your childhood that you didn't realize was "weird" until you were an adult? I'm drawing a blank on this one


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.


happy day 19

Something fun, fresh, and funky for my manicure!

saturday 9

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

1) The Beatles recorded this after they had taken a three-month hiatus from working together as a band. Do you find you're sharp after taking time off? Or does it take you a while to get back into the swing of things in your day-to-day life? I'm somewhere in between being sharp and getting slowly back into the groove.

2) During those three months off, John Lennon made a movie called How I Won the War. What's the last movie you watched? Did you view it at a theater, on TV, or from a device like a computer or tablet? I watched it on TV but it was DVRd

3) Paul McCartney and George Harrison both used their time off to make new and different music. Paul composed instrumentals for a movie soundtrack while George studied sitar with Ravi Shankar. Ringo Starr spent those three months with his wife and their two little boys. If you had three months to spend doing anything you wanted, and money was no object, would you try something new (like Paul and George) or just kick back and relax (like Ringo)? I would kick back and relax like Ringo--only travel more

4) Paul recalls what fun it was to dress up in Edwardian-era costumes for the album cover. When did you last attend a costume party? What did you wear? the last costume party I went to, I dressed up in a nun habit--it was awesome!

5) Paul says he came up with the name "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" when Beatle friend Mal Evans told him about this great San Francisco band, Big Brother and the Holding Company. Paul hadn't heard their music yet, but he loved the sound of their six-word band name. Soon everyone would hear of Big Brother. Do you know who Big Brother's famous lead singer was? I have no idea--I've somehow never heard of them!

6) Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band appeared on the Billboard charts for 175 weeks. Is this album in your collection? this was the first CD I added to my collection of CDs

7) The Beatles are among the top-selling artists of all time in Zimbabwe and Ethiopia. Would you like to visit Africa?
well... if it was all-expenses paid, I would

8) 50 years ago, when Sgt. Pepper was first released, the average price for gas was 33¢/gallon. When did you last fill up your gas tank? Do you remember how much it cost?
I spent $31 on a fill up at $2.58/gal

9) Random question: Are most of your married friends happily married?
my married friends seem to be happily married but not many of my friends are married


happy day 18

I might have to create a new tradition--a massage on the first Friday of the school year!

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 Emmy & Oliver.

"We were talking earlier with Maureen," my mom said. "It seems that Oliver is having a hard time making friends at school."

I snorted a little, but my stomach was flipping around just like it did whenever I saw a wave that seemed a little too big to ride and a little too strong to avoid. "Get in line, Oliver," I said to my parents, trying to keep my voice light.

"You know what I mean," my mom said. "Maureen says that he spends all of his time in his room watching movies."


happy day 17

Today was a great teaching day. It was photo analysis day. Starting with a reminder of the First Amendment's provisions of assemblies and free speech, I then played Jimmy Fallon's monologue. Then a three-minute silent study and analysis of photo 1; inviting students to write down whatever questions came to them about the image. Next was another three-minute silent study and analysis of photo 2 and again, the questions. To begin talking about Charlottesville, I asked them which image triggered a more profound reaction. They then had the chance to explain why. I was excited and they were totally engaged. An awesome way to kick off the year! And a sneaky way to hone their ability to analyze visuals.


happy day 16

My love of Post its!

w.w.w. wednesday

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! Hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

• What are you currently reading? I'm reading Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway and Gilead by Marilynne Robinson and listening to The Secret Place by Tana French.

• What did you recently finish reading? I finished This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankle and What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum.

• What do you think you’ll read next? Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.


happy day 15


A few recent graduates have been messaging/texting/emailing me to get together before they head off to college. I love having those connections and can't wait to wish them well on their college adventures.

ten things tuesday

Ten random things:

1) I need a pedicure.

2) Today's workshop at school was productive and challenging--challenging because when my department chair gets overwhelmed, he shuts down; he was overwhelmed during a philosophical discussion this morning and we almost argued because he couldn't listen. It was awkward and uncomfortable.

3) We're going to have a heck of a thunder storm. I hope it breaks up the humidity. (Rumble rumble)

4) I am not excited for the new school year. I'm not dreading it, either, but I don't feel excitement.

5) I do not like blueberries. Just the thought of them gives me the willies.

6) I spent 13 hours at school today. We had freshman orientation tonight. I could have come home between the workshop and orientation but I used that time to get work done. Now I'm toast.

7) There are a LOT of significant changes this year--lots of teachers are up in arms about them but I'm very zen. I can get wound up or I can go with the flow so I'm choosing the flow.

8) I had some students hang out with me today.

9) It's been three weeks since I've knit. I think it's the project I'm working on that seems tedious. I like the nearly instant gratification of hat knitting. But I'm determined to finish the shawl project before I begin something else. I love the yarn I'm using.

10) I ordered a new shirt a little over a week ago, thinking I would wear it on the first day of school--but it hasn't arrived yet! Boo hiss!