sunday stealing

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1. Five ways to win your heart
  1. bring iced coffee
  2. have a dog
  3. hug tight
  4. laugh at yourself
  5. Reese's peanut butter cups

2. Something you feel strongly about education
3. A book you love The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne
4. Five pet peeves
  1. slow cars in the passing lane
  2. phone calls
  3. strong, lingering body odor
  4. itchy spots I can't reach
  5. spoilers (movie, tv, book)

5. What you ate today a granola bar
6. How important do you think education is? no one can ever take it away from you, it's vital
7. Five people you find attractive
  1. George Clooney
  2. Don Lemon
  3. Scott Pelley
  4. Andy Garcia
  5. George Clooney

8. What you wore today shorts and a t-shirt
9. Something you always think “what if” about my health
10. Something you’re proud of I was recognized at the faculty gathering for my 20 years of service
11. Five items you lust after
  1. a Harry Potter phone case
  2. a vacation trip
  3. a new box spring and mattress
  4. a pedicure
  5. a lightweight blanket

12. Five words/phrases that make you laugh
  1. Booger
  2. common sense
  3. "Did I miss anything when I was absent?"
  4. "Can we have a free day?"
  5. "What are we doing in class today?"

13. A quote you try to live by
14. Something you like and dislike about yourself. I like my ability to take care of myself/I dislike my tendency towards laziness
15. A problem that you have had financial


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

Cat's in the Cradle
This song was chosen in honor of Father's Day.

1) This song began as a poem, written by Harry's wife Sandy before the couple even met. Have you ever tried your hand at writing poetry? I have--April is National Poetry Month and a few years I wrote a poem every day

2) The lyrics include a reference to "The Man in the Moon." The original Mother Goose rhyme ends: "It's time for the children on earth to think about getting to bed." Do you remember what time your childhood bedtime was? it was 7:30 until I was in 7th grade

3) When did you go to bed last night? around 10, but it was interrupted sleep all night

4) In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed the proclamation that made Father's Day a holiday on the third Sunday in June. Can you name all 45 Presidents? (No, you don't have to list them here.) I cannot, although I can come close (there are a few "forgettable presidents" between Polk and Lincoln)

5) Since Sam's father is particular about his Cole Haan loafers, her Father's Day present to him is always a DSW gift card. Who on your gift list is especially easy to buy for? my bestie

6) Sam's father is a voracious reader. So much so that the local librarian knows him on sight and by name. When did you last visit your neighborhood library? it's been about two weeks

7) Back when Sam was in high school, her father gave her driving lessons. Do you consider yourself a good driver? I do

8) He is a stickler about car maintenance and reminds Sam to check her car's air filter regularly, because a dirty air filter can reduce mileage. Share your own car maintenance tip. Turn the engine off before pumping gas--always!

9) Whenever he fills up the car, Sam's father also stocks up on his favorite candy: LifeSavers. So Sam is celebrating Father's Day by giving everyone a roll. Would you prefer Wild Cherry, Butter Rum, Winter Green or Peppermint? Today, I will choose peppermint


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 A Trick of the Light.

Clara nodded. She hadn't admitted to Peter the only reason she'd invited Castonguay and some other dealers to the barbeque afterward was for him. In the hopes they'd give him a chance.

"I did invite a few big-wigs," Clara said. "And a few artists. It was a lot of fun."


finished reading

The first in this series set in the Maine woods had familiar settings and characters. I liked the Mike Bowditch character, he's a likeable yet flawed rookie Game Warden.

From the publisher:
Set in the wilds of Maine, this is an explosive tale of an estranged son thrust into the hunt for a murderous fugitive---his own father.

Game warden Mike Bowditch returns home one evening to find an alarming voice from the past on his answering machine: his father, Jack, a hard-drinking womanizer who makes his living poaching illegal game. An even more frightening call comes the next morning from the police: They are searching for the man who killed a beloved local cop the night before---and his father is their prime suspect. Jack has escaped from police custody, and only Mike believes that his tormented father might not be guilty.

Now, alienated from the woman he loves, shunned by colleagues who have no sympathy for the suspected cop killer, Mike must come to terms with his haunted past. He knows firsthand Jack's brutality, but is the man capable of murder? Desperate and alone, Mike strikes up an uneasy alliance with a retired warden pilot, and together the two men journey deep into the Maine wilderness in search of a runaway fugitive. There they meet a beautiful woman who claims to be Jack's mistress but who seems to be guarding a more dangerous secret. The only way for Mike to save his father now is to find the real killer---which could mean putting everyone he loves in the line of fire.

three on thursday

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In honor of today being the first day of summer vacation, here are three things I did today--the weather is awful so this may be all I accomplish:

1) Breakfast out with my Breakfast Club. We'd gone quite a while since our last gathering, it was great to get together and catch up. We went to Misty Meadows Organic Farm.

2) A quick trip to the market.

3) New shower curtain hung. Since my landlord redid my bathroom a new shower curtain was in order. 😊


unraveled wednesday

Join Kat @ AsKatKnits for some fun!

Still knitting a blanket for myself called Reversible knit lap blanket. And I'm still listening to The Poacher's Son.

off to a good start

Sweet, sweet summer vacation started at noon today! An absurdly long lunch with friends followed by a massage--a Christmas gift.



I am...

Reading: Finishing up The Poacher's Son.

Listening to: traffic from the post office

Loving: the feeling of being caught up at school

Thinking: about school

Feeling: guilty--I scooted out of the building a little early for a meeting at the business office at the superintendent's but I didn't return to school (there were fifteen minutes left of the day) and now I feel guilty

Celebrating: summer

Grateful for: 1½ days of school left

Weather: it's 64 degrees and sunny

Enjoying: my outfit

A quote I want to share: