happy day 14


ten things tuesday

Ten things:

1) In 24 hours, I will be enjoying a massage.

2) In 24 hours, I will have completed my first school day with students.

3) Today's workshop day was half productive and half frustrating. The productive time was the department meeting we had. The frustrating time was the technology department's big introduction to the new grade book/learning management system (which is replacing Google Classroom) and the internet would not connect. It took a very long time for them to be able to show us video clips of the products we'll be using. Using tomorrow.

4) It's ungodly hot in my classroom. The air is so thick.

5) Some friends invited me to go to the movies tonight. I'm toast. Wish they had school tomorrow but they're on vacation still.

6) I'm almost embarrassed by how sore I am. My hips, legs, and feet are really sore. Restless leg syndrome is so annoying.

7) The book I'm reading/listening to is really good. I want to sit and finish it but I don't want to finish it.

8) The shawl pattern I'm working on it wonderful, too.

9) I'm too hot and tired to make dinner.

10) A nap is in order.


happy day 13

I was asked to mentor a new social studies teacher. I was flattered that the administration chose me. I think my department chair was a little put out because he wasn't asked.


I am...

Reading: Still Lives.

Listening to: the fan

Loving: that I used my time wisely to be super productive

Thinking: my bestie got some bad news about her dad's health update and I'm trying to support her

Feeling: holy soreness--my body aches and it was wicked hot and humid at school, just unbearable

Celebrating: getting almost everything ready for my students

Grateful for: time tomorrow to work with my department and to finish up my room

Weather: very muggy and sticky and I'm a major ball of sweat

Enjoying: sitting in my recliner with the fan blasting on me

A quote I want to share:


happy day 12

The final day of summer vacation and I spent it knitting and listening to an interesting audiobook. I *think* I'm ready for tomorrow's workshop.

sunday stealing

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Blazing Stars

1 - You’re in a tattoo parlor about to get inked. What are you getting done? These are my next ideas...

2 - If you could be any character, from any literary work, who would you choose to be? Reine Marie Gamache – Armand’s wife from the Louise Penny Three Pines mysteries

3 - You’re given $10,000…under one condition: you cannot keep the money for yourself. Who would you give it to? I would donate it to my school--find some urgent need

4 - If you had to go back in time and change one thing, what would it be? maybe I would have made the first move

5 - If you had to delete one year of your life completely, which would it be? hmmm... one of my elementary school years

6 - You’re an Action Movie Hero. What’s your weapon of choice and the line you scream when defeating your arch enemy? I'm more of an Inaction Hero, but my weapon of choice would be either a thick book or knitting needles and my famous line would be "oh, well"

7 - What is the first curse word that comes to mind? shit

8 - Would you rather be stranded on a desert island with someone you love for ten years or someone you hate for a month? Explain why. a month because I don't actually hate anyone

9 - 5 things within touching distance: lamp, iPhone, coffee, tissue box, TV remote

10 - What are you supposed to be doing right now? this is the last day of summer vacation--there is NOTHING I'm supposed to be doing

11 - Currently wanting to see anyone? no one I can think of

12 - Would you go against your moral code for money? this is not a black and white question that I can answer with a yes or no

13 - What’s more important to you: strength of the body or strength of the mind? mind

14 - How important you think education is? it's everything

15 - If you were the president, what would you do? I would declare World Peace


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.


happy day 11

Got up for an early breakfast with my college friend the lawyer. We had our annual vacation breakfast and sat for a couple of hours catching up. She's one of my people, for sure.

Had dinner with my bestie. We both have been going through father health issues and compared notes and commiserated. It was nice to catch up in person rather than text.

Connecting with friends is my happy.

saturday 9

The Nanny

1) This week's song is the theme from a sitcom that originally aired from 1993 to 1999. Were you a fan? I didn't dislike it but I didn't watch it regularly or faithfully

2) The song tells us that Fran once worked in a bridal shop. Have you ever worked in a retail setting? I worked in retail control at a local supermarket for 9 years

3) The kids in the Sheffield household appreciate their nanny's "joie de vivre," which is defined as "exuberant enjoyment of life." Are you feeling joie de vivre this morning? I would say yes!

4) "The Nanny" is the colorful one, the one who wears red when everyone else wears tan. What color do you think you look best in? I look good in jewel tones, black, white, and earth tones

5) The TV show, The Nanny, was the brainchild of actress Fran Drescher. She got the idea while visiting her an old friend in London. Her friend's pre-teen daughter enjoyed having Fran as a confidante and shopping buddy. Do you enjoy shopping as a leisure activity? Or would you prefer to just dash into a store, grab what you need, and get out and go home? I love to go shopping--although there are some stores that I do a dash and grab

6) The friend Fran was visiting in London was Twiggy, who was the world's most famous model in the 1960s. Name another famous model. Cindy Crawford and David Beckham

7) The Nanny: The Complete Series is available on DVD on Amazon. It consists of 19 discs and takes 55 hours to watch, start to finish. What TV show have you recently binge watched? I had three episodes of Yellowstone to catch up on

8) The Nanny theme was sung by Liz Callaway. Her father, the late John Callway, was a long-time Chicago newscaster. Have you, or has a loved one, ever been on TV? yes to both

9) Random question -- Which of these adjectives comes closest to describing you: sexy, sophisticated or down-to-earth? I think down-to-earth


happy day 10

Book group met today and everyone loved the book--since it was my selection: Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore, I was excited by the lively discussion. Of course, we talked about all kinds of books we've been reading and all the latest school gossip.

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 Still Lives.

Behind me, voices amplify in the first room; people are starting to arrive in droves. Below me, the cold floor. There's another gallery to this exhibition, but I don't move.


three on thursday

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Because today is National Book Lovers Day, here are three books of note:

1) I am actually on page one of: Still Lives by Maria Hummel.

2) My favorite book of this year: The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne.

3) My literary boyfriend is Chief Inspector Armand Gamache--from Louise Penny's fantastic Three Pines series.

happy day 9

I worked in my classroom today. Well, maybe calling it work is a bit of a stretch--I moved piles of supplies and paper and things from one area to another area. But I mentally organized a lot and that counts. Plus, I decided what I'm going to do for the first day.

Then we had a department lunch. It was nice to welcome the new teacher, he's going to be a great fit! I feel as though I've known him forever.