love is...

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Day 26: Love is...

The things that make me my best self. I love my life, I love my family, I love my friends, I love my car, I love reading, I love knitting, I love chocolate & pizza. I love puppies and George Clooney.

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 My Name Is Lucy Barton.

So I was like my mother, we did not want to be judged by what we read, and while she wouldn't even read such a thing, I only didn't want to be seen with it. This strikes me as odd, so many years later. I was in the hospital, essentially so was she, so what better time to read anything that takes the mind away?


think write thursday

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Write about the contents of your purse. Are you a minimalist? Or do you carry around a knapsack? And say, what's in there, anyway? Tell us what you've got in your purse and why!

I've switched to my summer bag--a cross body Haiku bag. That means I'm not lugging around much "stuff." I have three purse packs of tissues (allergies be gone!), three pens, my wallet, eyeglass lens cleaner cloth, iPhone charging cable, notebook, passport, comb, and keys.


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Day 25: How are you brave?


w.w.w. wednesday

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

• What are you currently reading? I'm reading Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance, and at school: The Strategic Teacher by Harvey Silver and listening to Superficial by Andy Cohen.

• What did you recently finish reading? I finished The Little Lady Agency by Hester Browne.

• What do you think you’ll read next? The Funeral Makers by Cathie Pelletier for my June book group.

3 things

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Day 24: Share 3 blogging tips.

1) Write for yourself. Blog about what interests you, so you'll stick with it.

2) Be consistent--even if you change over time, be consistent with the content.

3) Have fun! After eleven years of blogging, I still blog daily--whether a meme, an image, or talking about books or knitting.

unraveled wednesday

Join Kat @ AsKatKnits for some fun!

I'm knitting a test knit hat: Helix the Hat in Malabrigo Rios and I'm listening to Hillbilly Elegy.


summer bucket list for my ten things tuesday

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Day 23: What is your summer bucket list?

Combining this with ten things Tuesday

In no particular order:

  • the Whoopie Pie Festival
  • a workshop at the end of June
  • Pennsylvania & Virginia sister visits
  • Dad's family 80th birthday party
  • road tripping
  • reading challenge reading (maybe even Bingo!)
  • charity hat knitting
  • Summer Knit-Along
  • mani-pedis!
  • a major de-cluttering project which incorporates buying a new bed


always on my

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Day 22: Something that crosses my mind often.

I get a lot of earworms. So I'm going to say that music crosses my mind often. In the noise that makes the background of my internal monolog, there is constantly a soundtrack. Songs float through my consciousness all day long.


I am...

Reading: proofreading a student's application

Watching: kiddos walk the loop of the hallway

Listening to: the register blowing air

Wanting: a gentle end of the school year

Needing: a more comfortable chair

Loving: my fancy pants

Thinking: about lesson plans for today

Feeling: organized

Celebrating: the last week with my seniors

Grateful for: the photocopier didn't jam this morning!

A quote I want to share:


finished reading

A rom-com romp of a book. Melissa is a bit too naive, and her family is quite stereotypically dysfunctional, but I had fun with this book and will definitely read more in the series!

From the publisher:
When sweet, naive Melissa seeks a job with her old Home Economics teacher she is half way through the interview before it dawns on her that Mrs McKinnon isn't interested in her cookery skills, but is in fact running an escort agency. Melissa panics, but she needs the cash - and what harm can providing lonely men with stimulating conversation over dinner do? More exciting still, she'll get to wear a disguise...Enter her alter ego: Honey. As flirty and feminine as a Bond girl, as confident and sexy as Mary Poppins in silk stockings, Honey brings out a side to Melissa she never knew she had. A side that will get her into hot water, (and out of it) and that she'll never want to lose...


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Day 21: My "Whoa" experience.

Learning to knit was a "whoa" experience. It has enhanced my patience--I will work to untangle yarns instead of tossing it out. I love fibers and patterns and the feel of the fabric I knit. It opened up a new community.

sunday salon

Joining in Sunday Salon.

Time: 10:29 am

Scene: sitting in my comfy recliner in the living room

Today's plan: Dad's birthday party with local family at 2 o'clock

Listening to: Summertime Sadness by Lana Del Rey

Reading: I need to get going on book group books

Drinking: Dunkin' Donuts iced coffee

Pondering: nothing particular


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.


crazy time meme

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started at 8:09pm

1401. Do you like your movies and books to be more lighthearted or serious? lighthearted

1402. What's more important, first impressions or lasting impact? lasting impact

1403. Order these areas of psychological health from what you need the least improvement into what you need the most improvement in: physical, emotional, social, intellectual, environmental, spiritual intellectual, spiritual, social, emotional, environmental, physical

1404. Do you react appropriately to things and control your feelings? mostly

1405. Do you have stable relationships? mostly

1406. Do you need to be in a relationship to feel good about yourself? lasting friendships are important

1407. Which is the most clear and concise, your thoughts, your speech or your writing? Which is the least clear and concise? most = writing; least = thoughts

1408. Are you always trying to learn new things? yes

1409. Do you feel at peace? yes

1410. Do you have strong morals and ethics that you believe in and adhere to? yes

1411. Are you over or under weight? over

1412. Do you think of the needs of all humanity or just the needs of yourself and those you know? depends on the needs

1413. Do you recycle? I try to

1414. Are you active in your community? I am

1415. Are you sensitive to the needs of others? I try to be

1416. Do you dress up to go to the mall? I don't go to the mall

1417. Have you ever been on anti-depressants? I am

1418. Name a part of your body. fingertips
Give that part of your body a name. Fingertips

1419. Is fourteen your lucky number? it is not

1420. What could make you lose respect for someone? consistently shitty behavior

1421. Is ignorance really bliss? no

1422. What can be described as 'even better than the real thing'? U2

1423. Are you jealous that dog can lick their own genitals? uh, no
If you could do that would you ever leave the house? uh, no

1424. What's in your wallet right now? I have some cash, my license, a pen

1425. Do you write letters that you never send? I used to

1426. Do you ever get the feeling people are laughing at you? I teach high school--so yes, daily

1427. Who's the one person you'd like to drop a house on? that would be seestra numero uno

1428. Have you ever been swept off your feet? nope

1429. Tell me why you don't like Mondays: because Bob Geldof and the Boomtown Rats says to

1430. In the Harry Potter series, the books have gotten darker and more serious with each new release. Do you like this change or do you prefer the story to be light? it's the evolution of the story

1431. How often do you update your diary? my blog = daily

1432. What do you mostly write about in your diary? my blog = daily memes, books, knitting

1433. How many quizzes and/or surveys do you have in your diary as entries? a lot

1433. How many forwards does your diary contain? none

1434. What is your writing style like? sort of stream of consciousness

1435. How honest are you in your diary? very

1436. Why do you write in your diary? it's fun

1437. Do you have a comet cursor on your diary description? no

1438. Do you ever chat online? daily

1439. Have you ever met someone from online? yes
How'd that go? great

1440. What's your favorite horror... Stephen King
Movie? The Shining
Book? It

1441. Have you ever caught a mistake in a movie? hahaha

1442. Have you ever seen that munchkin who supposedly hangs himself in the Wizard of Oz? no

1443. If you had to give yourself a letter grade (A, A-, B, B-, C, C-, D, D-, F) for things how would you grade yourself on:
Being a decent human being: A-
Being serene (calm, peaceful): A
Kindness: A
Anger management: B+
Creative thinking: B+
Modesty: B
Being an original: A
Knowing yourself: A-
Being true to yourself: A
Getting along with others: B+
Liking yourself: A
Admitting your flaws: A
Self-improvement: B-

1444. Are you kinky? no

1445. How would you feel if twice a week you could wake up next to the person you love? eh

1446. Out of all the people you know who is most likely to be one of the great minds of our time? Alana

1447. Have you ever been to:
Church? yes
Temple? yes
A bar? yes
A house party? yes
A rave? no
A goth club? no
A punk show? no
A hip hop club? no
What sounds like the most fun out of that list? a bar on trivia night

1448. So far, have you changed around any of the questions on this survey? just some grammar

1449. Are you crying on the inside? no

1450. Are you afraid of the future? no

1451. What will you dress up as this year for Halloween (if you celebrate it)? a middle-aged woman

1452. Do you think of some people as not worthy of being your friend? not really

1453. If you won $1,000 every week until you die, would you still go to school? no

1454. What's the most difficult job you can think of? well, I think mine is

1455. If you could decorate your room with any theme you wanted what would you pick? I don't even know

1456. Of the following bands which would you be most likely to check out?
roxy music (70's glam) yes
the magnetic fields (current indie rock) sure
kraftwerk (experimental electronic rock) meh

1457. You and your boy/girlfriend have been together 6 months or longer.... One day s/he wants to go to a strip club with his/her friends to hang out. It's guys'/girls' night out and you aren't invited. Would you be upset by this?
I would encourage it

1458. Can a person avoid dying if he or she does not believe in death? how do you not believe in dying??

1459. If someone sings songs that they don't write and they don't play any instruments or mix the songs or have any creative input at all..Are they a musician? yes

1460. What do the following stand for:
html? hypertext markup language or something similar
faq? frequently asked questions
fao? for attention of
imho? in my humble opinion
hiv? human immunodeficiency virus
aids? acquired immune deficiency syndrome
r&b? rhythm & blues

1461. What does the world owe you? nothing

1462. Do you read plays and books or just get the cliff notes? I do read them

1463. What do you want to get out of life? experiences and adventures

1464. Do you know what is really important to you? oh, yes

1465. What trend has been getting on your nerves lately? girls with "enhanced" eyebrows

1466. Do you forgive yourself when you make a mistake? eventually

1467. What tiny little very small thing has made you hugely happy? a random compliment from a student

1468. Can you read body language well? yes

1469. Do you look people in the eye when you talk? yes

1470. Do you notice if they aren't looking you in the eye? yes

1471. Are you alert to opportunities? mostly

1472. Puppet Yoda or digital Yoda? puppet

1473. Do you look like the person you want to be? huh?

1474. Do you behave like the person you want to be? yes

1475. Some children were asked 'how would you make your marriage work?' One child, Ricky, age ten, said: 'Tell your wife she looks pretty, even if she looks like a truck.' Is this good advice? this is very good advice

1476. Do you visualize your goals and dreams? I've always struggled with visualizing

1477. 4x + 3 = 15 What is the value of x? 3

1478. Do you keep yourself organized? yes, except my house is a cluttered disaster

1479. Does anyone really win an argument? no

1480. Have you ever had champagne? yes

1481. Do you strive for perfection? well--sort of

1482. Name one thing you understand. the knit/purl stitches

1483. Whatever it is are you afraid of it? no

1484. Do you dislike being told what to do?
it depends on the setting

1485. If you had a cat would you have it declawed? I would not have a cat

1486. Do you prefer lobster, clams, or crab meat? meh, I'm not crazy about any of them and prefer any out of the shell

1487. What do you think about guys who don't wear underwear? nothing

1488. What do you think about girls who don't wear bras? their boobs will hate them

1489. Do you ask for what you want?

1490. What are you against? foolishness

1491. How many notes does your diary have? a bunch

1492. Ace of Base or Enya? Enya

1493. What makes you feel awkward? being awake

1494. Have you ever been to teenopendiary.com, and if yes, how does it compare to opendiary.com? I have no idea about either

1495. If you were going to switch to another diary website, which one would you go to? Wordpress

1496. Do you believe that certain books should be removed from high school libraries? I believe all books should be removed from the library, as long as they're returned or renewed on time

1497. How do you feel about gay and lesbian marriages? love is love--the world needs more love

1498. Can you rearrange the letters in your name to form any other words (check here if you aren't sure http://www.wordsmith.org/anagram/)? Ordeals All Inn

1499. What is the sexiest moment in a movie? a kiss build up

1500. Do you have a favorite stand up comedian? George Carlin and Chris Rock

road trippin'

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Day 20: Have you ever been on a road trip? Where did you go?

In 2009 I took my first solo car trip to visit my Pennsylvania and Virginia sisters and their families. I had a lot of fun! Two years later, I took my parents and niece on that same trip. Two years after that, I went to my niece's wedding in Pennsylvania and road tripped with my eldest sister and niece. So those are my long road trips.

I also take road trips around the state, since it's so big. I've been all along Route 1 and 1A and have driven west, into the mountains, and south into the populous areas. I take lots of rides around the County, too. I love taking shopping day trips to Central Maine to the Barnes & Noble store.

saturday 9

Him or Me -- What's It Gonna Be?

1) In this song, a man pleads with his girlfriend to make up her mind. Do you consider yourself decisive? yes, once I think things through I make a decision and stick with it

Since this song is all about either/or, we're using that as our theme this Saturday ...

2) Choose a condiment: Catsup or mustard?

3) Choose a sci-fi series: Star Wars or Star Trek? Star Wars (but the original trilogy)

4) Choose your spy: James Bond or Jason Bourne?
ok, this is a toughie--James Bond tends to kill fewer people but Jason Bourne is more intriguing to me

5) Choose your winter sport: Football or hockey?
well... hmmm... to watch live is definitely hockey

6) Choose your breakfast: Pancakes or waffles?

7) Choose your side: French fries or potato chips? with a burger = fries, with a sandwich = chips

8) Choose your chore: Washing dishes or doing laundry? I prefer laundry

9) Choose your nextdoor neighbors: Munsters or Addams Family?
I liked the Addams family better but think the Munsters would be slightly less creepy neighbors

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