constitution day

Today we commemorated Constitution Day! I had my students reflect on the prompt: How does the U.S. Constitution reflect American goals and values?

In this political climate, I got a variety of interesting answers.

"The U.S. Constitution is the apotheosis of American values. It is still the basis of our government, and even our society, today. We base laws, actions, and the consequences of said actions on the goals and values set forth by the Constitution. The Constitution is the very foundation of American society."

"The U.S Constitution is the basis of what makes the United States different from every other country at the time. It represents a break from the norm, as most countries at the time were under monarchism. The Constitution insures [sic] that the American people will continue to have rights even if a corrupt leader is elected. It also insures [sic] that we are a free people, which is the very basis of the foundation of the country."

"The Constitution is not only a document it was the biggest step towards the freedom of our country. It established rules and regulations for all Americans alike. It established unity between each other as a nation. The rules of the Constitution are still used today and they help regulate are [sic] country now and forever."

"That we should help and look out for each other."


I am...

Reading: The Queen of the Tearling--I'm am within striking distance from finishing and it's soooooooooooo good!

Watching: last night's Bravo lineup on DVR

Listening to: a noisy mail truck

Wanting: my students to be ready for their presentations!

Needing: a windfall

Loving: silly Snapchat videos with my sisters

Thinking: about reading

Feeling: prepared

Celebrating: Constitution Day

Grateful for: upcoming vacation

A quote I want to share:


sunday stealing

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Never Have I Ever

1. Have you ever had chicken pox? on Christmas day when I was 5

2. Have you ever shopped in Home Depot? I have never been in one

3. Have you ever spied on your neighbors? not intentionally

4. Have you ever ridden in a limo? yes

5. Have you ever had a pet fish? I have

6. Have you ever lied about your age? I don't remember ever lying about my age

7. Have you ever fired a gun? no

8. Have you ever been ice skating? I have

9. Have you ever played golf? only mini golf

10. Have you ever hidden on Halloween because you had no candy for trick or treaters? no

11. Have you ever made a prank call? in the days before caller id and reverse dial-up, yes

12. Have you ever gotten a tattoo? I have gotten 6

13. Have you ever had a massage? another one is scheduled for my birthday weekend!

14. Have you ever locked your keys in the car? no

15. Have you ever ridden a horse? when I was a kid, yes

16. Have you ever been to the circus? I took my nephew when he was a little boy

17. Have you ever been to Europe? yes

18. Have you ever built a fire? yes

19. Have you ever been skydiving? no, but I'd love to!

20. Have you ever bought something at a garage sale? yes

21. Have you ever walked in on someone having sex? I don't think so

22. Have you ever faked an injury to get out of something? not an injury but I've fibbed about not feeling well

23. Have you ever been to a nude beach? no

24. Have you ever received a speeding ticket? no *knock wood*

25. Have you ever run a marathon? no


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

Don't Talk to Strangers

1) When did you recently have a conversation with a complete stranger? What did you two discuss? while having my nails done today, there was another client that I spoke with about the OPI Iceland 2017 colors

2) In the video for this song, a woman is having a "hot" conversation on a corded, rotary dial phone in her bedroom. Do you have a landline? If so, do you have an extension in your bedroom? I do have a landline and I do have one in my bedroom

3) This week's artist, Rick Springfield, says he wrote this song when he was worried that his girlfriend (now his wife) would cheat on him when he was touring. Would you describe yourself as suspicious or trusting? I am trusting

4) He became a daytime heartthrob as Dr. Noah Drake on General Hospital. Do you think it would be cool to have a really attractive doctor? Or would it make you uncomfortable? I have a very attractive eye doctor--I love it!

5) He's discussed how sad he was when, as a boy, he had to leave his dog Elvis behind when the family left Australia. While you were growing up, did your family often move? no, we never moved

6) In 1982, when this song was popular, Italy won the World Cup. Do you ever watch soccer? not if I can help it

7) "Smiley," the first emoticon, was introduced in 1982. Do you use emoticons in your communication? Or do you avoid them? 😆😋 I love emoticons

8) The Vietnam Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC, in 1982. Do you know any veterans of that conflict? If so, tell us about him or her. I don't know any (that I can think of off the top of my head) however, I would like to invite a few in to speak to my history classes this year around Veteran's Day

9) Random Question: Your friends are throwing a birthday "roast" in your honor. Which one quality of yours are you sure will be singled out for laughs? oh lord, I don't know there are so many to choose from!


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 The Queen of the Tearling.

Behind Mace, Kelsea saw that the black-cloaked men had arrived and dropped from their horses with swords already drawn. Mace whirled and charged forward to meet them while Kelsea watched with a sense of disappointment and wonder...it seemed such a waste for him to die here.


three on thursday

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The next three items in my calendar are:

9/14/17 4:45pm Proficiency Partners Leadership Dinner at local University

9/15/17 3:00pm Book Group: this is an exciting meeting where we'll set our slate of books for the year

9/16/17 11:30am Manicure
I'm thinking this:


w.w.w. wednesday

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

• What are you currently reading? I'm reading The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen and listening to The Nix by Nathan Hill.

• What did you recently finish reading? I finished 2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino and The Secret Place by Tana French.

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


ten things tuesday

Ten “P” things.

1. Someone I love: my dear friend, Piper

2. Something I like to eat: peanuts

3. A color: purple

4. A good movie: The Princess Bride

5. A place I’ve been: Paris, France

6. A thing I really don’t like: parrots

7. A critter I like: pandas

8. Something I can do: print

9. Something I can’t/don’t do: portraiture

10. Something I wish for: