drink, drank, drunk

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Today's prompt is: Drink enough water.

Since I have discovered LaCroix water, particularly LIME, I am drinking plenty of water.

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 Lincoln in the Bardo.

An exceeding tall and unkempt fellow was making his way toward us through the darkness.

This was highly irregular, it was after hours the front gate would be locked.

The boy had been delivered only that day, that is to say, the man had most likely been here quite recently--that afternoon.

Highly irregular.

The gentleman seemed lost, several times he stopped, looked about, retraced his steps, reversed course.

He was softly sobbing.


hand yoga

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Need to uncramp tightened fingers and wrists? Practice the following stretches and be sure to keep breathing as you do them:

1) Spread and stretch your fingers as widely as you can. Hold for 10 seconds. Then ball your fingers into fists and hold for another 10 seconds.

2) With your arms extended straight out in front of you, bend your wrists back, bringing your fingers straight up. Hold for 10 seconds. Then bend your wrists down and point your fingers to the floor, holding for another 10 seconds.

3) While keeping your elbows bent and close together, interlock your fingers and rotate your hands and wrists clockwise ten times. Reverse direction and rotate your hands and wrists in the other direction ten times. (This move feels a little awkward at first, but it works.)

4) With your arms extended in front of you, slowly rotate your wrists so the backs of your hands are together. Hold this position and enjoy the stretch.

5) Arrange your hands palm to palm in front of you (think of a prayer position). Keeping your palms together, rotate your wrists away from your body, pointing your fingers downward until you feel a mild stretch. Hold for 5 to 8 seconds without letting your shoulders tense up or lift.

End your stretches by allowing your arms to hang loosely at your sides. Then shake your hands and wiggle your fingers.

S/O to Dummies!

three on thursday

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The three things I'm thinking about:

1) A dear colleague and friend's health has taken a turn for the worse--he has been battling colon cancer for a few months but discovered it has spread to his liver. He had planned to retire at the end of this school year and now is planning to retire in December. He needs to focus on health and family now, not grades and lesson plans. His new treatment plan is increasing the intensity of his chemotherapy and I suspect he will lose his hair. I plan to knit some super soft hats for him. He is a dear mentor and friend.

2) My Pennsylvania and Virginia sisters have gotten me hooked on Premier Designs jewelry. I had never heard of it but I love it!

3) At the end of the month, I will be away from school for two days for conferences in central Maine--I'm excited--but it's so hard to plan for substitutes, without leaving book work or busy work! I think I've got some ideas in mind, hopefully, the substitute will follow the plans. I tend to hyper-organize, so it should be step by step!


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 Map Of True Places by Brunonia Barry, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, and listening to Lincoln In The Bardo by George Saunders and The Child by Fiona Barton.

• What did you recently finish reading? I finished nothing this week.

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


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Diffuse essential oils--I've just plugged it in!


ten things tuesday

Ten “D” things.

1. Someone I love: Dad, I am a true Daddy's Girl

2. Something I like to eat: Dunkin' Donuts chocolate frosted donuts

3. A color: Dandelion

4. A good movie: Dirty Dancing--well, I don't know how good it is but I have been to the resort where it was filmed and it's my bestie's favorite movie

5. A place I’ve been: Dublin, Ireland

6. A thing I really don’t like: diesel engine brakes

7. A critter I like: dogs

8. Something I can do: drive

9. Something I can’t/don’t do: dance

10. Something I wish for:
divine inspiration


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Yesterday was journal your thoughts (which I did in my teacher journal--thoughts and reflections about how the year is going and what I would like to try).

Today is to unplug!



I am...

Reading: The Map Of True Places

Listening to: Lincoln In The Bardo

Loving: the good laugh I had with my students today

Thinking: about a friend who's having a difficult time

Feeling: hungry--it's supper time

Celebrating: a successful teaching day--I am planning ahead because I'll be out of town soon

Grateful for: I made a super corny joke and one of my kids totally cracked up over it. I told him he's my new favorite.

Weather: it's overcast and in the mid-40s

Enjoying: relaxing in my recliner

A quote I want to share:


attitude of gratitude

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Make a gratitude list. I try to be mindful and grateful for all the many blessings and challenges.

  • Always, I am grateful for my health and well-being.
  • My family and friends fill my world with love and joy.
  • The ways I am encouraged to participate in my community keep me vital and informed.
  • Having a safe, albeit cluttered, haven fills me with peace.
  • Hobbies that allow me to rejuvenate and be creative expand my boundaries.
  • Love of learning--mine and others.

sunday stealing

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What's a Crush?

1. What do you find hilarious, but most people don’t find funny? re-runs of Seinfeld

2. What was the best year of your life so far? hmmm, the year I was 22 was fairly spectacular--I lived in Ireland and then had great fun when I got back home

3. What’s your favorite thing to do on the Internet? everything

4. What fad have you held on to even tho it isn’t popular any more? perming my hair

5. What do you spend most of your time doing? reading and knitting

6. What do you spend way too much money on? clothes, shoes, books, and yarn

7. What event, large or small, has changed the course of your life most? well--maybe getting this teaching job and leaving the retail world behind

8. Who do you have a hard time taking seriously? President Trump--he'll always be a reality TV personality to me

9. What do you judge people for most often? willful ignorance

10. What was the most beautiful view you have ever experienced? watching the city of Paris light up at dusk from the top of the Eiffel Tower is definitely one of them

11. What is something you read or heard that has stuck with you for a long time? there is some music that lingers

12. What’s your favorite thing to shop for. Why? books, clothes, and yarn

13. What’s the best compliment someone can receive? being appreciated for being themselves

14. What’s something people go on and on about and you just can’t stand sitting through? politics and religion

15. What’s something you can do that most people can’t? knit

16. When was the last time you tried to look cool and ended in embarrassment? I teach high school, it happens daily

17. What is the most ridiculous rule you have to follow? hmmm, I can't think of anything

18. What country do you not know the location of, even though you should? I get confused by the -stan nations

19. What do you have a hard time with but most people find quite easy? decluttering

20. What’s the most impressive skill you have? I am a capable public speaker, it doesn't phase me


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.


tea time

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I'm counting this as an herbal tea since there's no caffeine. 

saturday 9

Chattanooga Choo-Choo

1) Chattanooga is Tennessee's fourth largest city. Have you ever visited Tennessee? If so, where did you go and what did you see? I've never been but I'd love to go to Nashville and Dollywood and Graceland, too!

Since Glenn Miller's recording of "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" was awarded the first-ever gold record, we're going to devote the next questions to your firsts.

2) What was the first award or accolade you ever won? I won the part of Gretel in a community production of The Sound of Music when I was six (my dad was the music director and my mum was a nun)

3) We know about your blog. But which was the first social media site that you posted to? (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, MySpace ...) MySpace

4) Where did you go on your first plane ride? the destination was Philadelphia but I can't remember where we had a layover

5) Tell us about your first cell phone. it was a TracFone Kyocera

6) Tell us about your first tattoo: Where is it on your body? Where did you have it done? What does it depict? my first tattoo is a four-leaf clover on the inside of my left wrist and it was done by a talented artist who has since moved away--it is my reminder that I am lucky to be alive and I got it after having pulmonary emboli

7) How old were you when you had your first piercing? I graduated from the 8th grade--it was the same gift my older sisters received

8) What had you been drinking the first time you suffered a hangover? champagne toasts and then on to bottles of it on a New Year's Eve

9) Was your first ticket for parking or was it a moving violation? I've never gotten a ticket