three on thursday

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Lovely moments from today:

1) We enjoyed sticky buns and coffee for breakfast.

2) We laughed ourselves silly over foolish SnapChat filters.

3) A university student of Barb's is from Nepal and he joined us today. He was fun!



unraveled wednesday

Join Kat @ AsKatKnits for some fun!

Gah--I had to unravel my hat and start again! Knitting the Kami Hat in yummy Malabrigo Rios Ivy and listening to A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg (who also delightfully narrates).

just finished

This audiobook is narrated by Tom Hanks. I am a Tom Hanks fan because he seems like a genuinely nice guy. These seventeen short stories are just what you would expect from a nice guy. There were a couple I didn't enjoy, but overall this is a delightful collection. Quirky, thoughtful, and the overriding theme is the typewriter. I was truly charmed.

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 and The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti.

• What did you recently finish reading? I almost finished but I'm counting it because I have 30 minutes of listen time left Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks.

• What do you think you’ll read next? I'm not sure... probably the audio of my next book group book.


ten things tuesday

Ten things I think of as treats for myself:

1) My recliner.

2) Sleeping in and napping.

3) Ben & Jerry's ice cream. I've been going between The Tonight Dough and Peanut Butter Cup.

4) La Croix lime water.

5) Kind peanut butter dark chocolate granola bars.

6) Malabrigo yarn. I love it, my favorite brand. Especially Rios and Arroyo.

7) Heated seats in my car.

8) Taking photos with my iPhone.

9) My Nook readers.

10) Audiobooks.


day one done

I wanted this year's conferences to be different and my approach paid off. Progress, growth, and skills set development were the focus of my conferences. Specific evidence of how the students are working at improving historiography skills. They weren't as draining as they have been in the past. But I still don't like them.


I am...

Reading: knitting patterns, trying to find the right one!

Listening to: Tom Hanks read his short story collection

Loving: my manicure--it's the little things that make me happy

Thinking: about Christmas shopping

Feeling: emotional

Celebrating: continued from above: one of my closest colleagues is retiring; we've been next door to each other for 20 years, he's like a brother

Grateful for: a little break in the day

Weather: spitting snow--quite windy and in the mid-20s

Enjoying: some quiet time

A quote I want to share:



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.

sunday stealing

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Thanksgiving thoughts

1. What made you feel patriotic this year? my college-aged Virginia niece went to some rallies in Washington, DC, wearing hats I knit for her

2 . What do you value most about your life? my independence

3. What do you appreciate about your friendships longevity

4. Name one person who can make you laugh, even months later. Why? either Piper or Alana

5. What is the funniest thing you remember about a Thanksgiving past? the year with a kid's table and my niece had a fit about sitting at it

6. Do you have any unusual traditions, rituals or habits around Thanksgiving?
nothing comes to mind

7. Name one ancestor that you think about on Thanksgiving and tell us why.
I always think of my paternal grandparents because it was special to gather around their table, hands linked, expressing our thanks

8. Is there a family heirloom at the Thanksgiving table? What is its story? nothing I can think of

9. What is your favorite part about Thanksgiving Day? the food preparation is always hilarious

10. What random act of kindness did you perform or that was done to you this year that makes you feel grateful? buying coffee for others and having my coffee bought for me

11. What do you appreciate about the change of seasons? this is tough because I don't enjoy the transition to winter... so, let's see, what do I appreciate? Oh--I got it: heated leather seats in my car!

12. Name five things that make you happy about today. no agenda, no noise, nap potential, no alarm clock, comfy lounge clothes

13. How has the celebration of Thanksgiving today changed from when you were little? there used to be about 20 of us gathering together, now there are three

14. If you could share Thanksgiving dinner today with one person in history who would it be? Why? (Note: it can be a relative)
I can't think of someone specific, but someone like a poet or good with quips

15. What is one wish you have for the next generation as they begin to establish their own Thanksgiving traditions. family isn't only blood relatives


saturday 9

Son of a Preacher Man

1) This song was originally offered to Aretha Franklin, who turned it down. What's the most recent thing that you said "no" to? I said it last night to Main Street Mania (the local businesses stayed open later than usual and had great offers)

2) Two years later, Aretha recorded "Son of a Preacher Man." What's something you changed your mind about? a committee I'm on at school--initially, I said no but was put on the committee anyhow (I call it being voluntold)

3) This song tells the tale of Billy Ray, a young man who could be very persuasive. If we wanted to change your mind about something, would you be more easily swayed by an emotional argument, or with verifiable facts? it depends on the topic--usually facts

4) If you ordered a "Son of a Preacher Man" in a bar, you'd get a cocktail made with peppermint schnapps, gin and lemonade. When did you last have lemonade? Was it just lemonade, or was it spiked with alcohol? lemonade mixed with iced tea

5) Dusty had a thing for maps. She admired them artistically and enjoyed using them to take long car trips. Do you use printed maps? Or do you rely on technology, like GPS or Google Maps? I have a GPS around here somewhere, but I'm afraid it's beyond updating, so if I go somewhere now, I use my phone

6) As a girl, she attended convent school. There, one of the nuns discouraged Dusty from performing, telling her that if she would do better to be a mother or a librarian. When you were growing up, did the adults in your world encourage your dreams? my high school guidance counselor told me not to bother to go to college

7) That nun inspired Dusty's first major act of rebellion. In an attempt to make herself look less like a future librarian or housewife, she bleached her hair platinum blonde. In school, were you much of a rebel? Or did you conform to the expectations adults had of you? I always marched to the beat of my own drummer, I suppose I was subversive

8) Early in her career, Dusty provided the entertainment at a family summer camp. She appeared on the bill with a clown, a fire-eater and a hypnotist. Have you ever been hypnotized? I have tried to be hypnotized but it never takes

9) Random question: Have you ever played matchmaker to your friends? If yes, did your efforts lead to romance? not to friends, but to students


weekend plans

This week has done me in! I did some exciting teaching (at least to me, my students might have a different story), I've had meetings galore, and here it is Friday night and I'm done in. The up side is that I don't have any plans for the weekend. I can be cozy and warm. I don't have to go anywhere for any reason. I can knit and listen to books or watch movies to my heart's content!

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 Uncommon Type.

From 56 minutes in:

After dinner, Virgil and the kids did KP: Jill standing on a chair over the sink drying the forks and spoons one by one; while Del was upstairs putting the baby to bed and grabbing a short, well-needed nap.