ten things tuesday

Ten things in my bag:

1) Wallet.

2) iPhone charging cord.

3) Passport.

4) Comb.

5) USB drive.

6) A handful of pens.

7) Eyeglass wipes.

8) Post-it notes.

9) Burt's Bees Pomegranate lip balm.

10) Tissues.



I am...

Reading: The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

Listening to: nothing, it's kind of nice

Loving: spending time thinking

Thinking: organizing my thoughts and getting motivated

Feeling: a little guilty that I did not go to my aunt's funeral in Central Maine

Celebrating: MLK Day--thinking of a service project for my students

Grateful for: perspective

Weather: sunny but the temperature is zero

Enjoying: how decluttering makes me feel--well, not the decluttering but the space that's cleared

A quote I want to share:


finished reading

I’m not sure what to say about this book. It’s beautifully written but I have no idea what it’s about. Part of a series of seasonal books. I can’t decide if I want to read more. It’s nothing I’ve read before, playing with time—so it’s fluid. 

finished yesterday

A touching, yet difficult memoir. There’s poetry, prose, and song. It’s pieced together as a quilt is. 

sunday stealing

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Conversation Starters

1. What are some small things that make your day better? dogs of any age and size, laughing with my students, Dunkin' iced coffee

2. What shows are you into? This is Us, Major Crimes (which just had its series finale), and Top Chef

3. What TV channel doesn’t exist but really should? there should be a reality channel dedicated to teachers--so the public would see how demanding the job is

4. Who has impressed you most with what they’ve accomplished? I just found out that one of my students won a state title for the VFW's Voice of Democracy program--I'm so thrilled for him and excited that I mentored him through the process

5. What age do you wish you could permanently be? anywhere between 35 and 40--I was physically at my best

6. What TV show or movie do you refuse to watch? the shows about body makeovers

7. What is something that is considered a luxury, but you don’t think you could live without? my cell phone

8. What’s your claim to fame? making connections with my students

9. What’s something you like to do the old-fashioned way?

10. What’s your favorite genre of book or movie? literary thrillers

11. How often do you people watch?
as often as possible

12. What have you only recently formed an opinion about? presidential decorum

13. What are you interested in that most people haven’t heard of?
either Republican Motherhood or the Cult of Domesticity

14. What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home? The Netherlands or Sacremento

15. What is the most heartwarming thing you’ve ever seen?
the gallery of correspondence and condolences in the Van Gogh museum

16. What is the most annoying question that people ask you?
Isn't teaching just glorified babysitting?

17. What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?
well... anything I teach about, books, or knitting

18. If you were dictator of a small island nation, what crazy dictator stuff would you do? there would be no mean "jokes"

19. What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives? get therapy


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.


saturday 9


1) As she sings, Ariana muses about the songs she could compose on her piano. Do you play the piano? I do not

2) She compares love songs, saying there are sad ones about how hard love is, and happy ones that make you want to dance. What's your favorite love song? Is it sad or happy? today I'll say You Are by Wynona Judd

3) Ariana's mother always told her that they took her name from Princess Oriana in the 1988 movie Felix the Cat. Who is your favorite cartoon character? Snoopy

4) Ariana's favorite board game is Monopoly. What's your favorite board game? I like Balderdash and Apples to Apples

5) She relaxes by baking. When you feel keyed up, what do you do to relax? knit or read

6) She is a huge Florida Panthers fan, even though once, as a little girl, she got hit by a puck. Now that the NHL season is underway, how's your favorite team doing? the Bruins are 3rd in the Eastern Conference

7) In 2013, when this song was popular, the NHL reached an agreement with the players union and averted a strike. Have you ever belonged to a union? I do belong to one now

8) Also in 2013, Pauline Philips died. Ms. Philips was better known to millions of readers as "Dear Abby." At its height, her advice column appeared in 1,400 newspapers across the country. Do you still read a printed copy of your newspaper?
not often

9) If you could get the answer to one question about your future, what would that one question be? Will my financial future be ok?


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 Autumn.

Her mother was ultra-sensitive and ultra-irritating right now. It was something to do with Elisabeth being thirteen, not twelve. Whatever it was about, it was ultra-annoying.

Don't be rude, her mother said. And what you are is thirteen years old. You've got to be a bit careful of old men who want to hang around thirteen year old girls.

He's my friend, Elisabeth said.


three on thursday

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1) The temperature is above freezing! I could even get my driver's side window down!

2) My lesson plans have been very good--very organized, I like the attention to detail.

3) The decluttering project is moving forward. I'm really, genuinely working on this.