three on thursday

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Thing 1: It is 45 degrees out! Hooray!

Thing 2: Tomorrow is a workshop day here at school--no students. No real agenda for our department, so perhaps some time to noodle around in my classroom!

Thing 3: After having a super busy weekend (last weekend) and several meetings this week (both after school and evening), I am delighted to have NOTHING planned for this weekend!


ten things tuesday

Ten things that would make today perfect:

1) A chef to cook dinner for me.

2) Might as well have a maid to clean it up.

3) An afternoon coffee... that would hit the spot.

4) A nap.

5) A foot massage.

6) A big hug.

7) Replies to the three emails I sent.

8) A color printer/photocopier at school that I can use.

9) Warmer temps. The sun is deceptive.

10) Not having morning duty.



I am...

Reading: still reading The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man

Listening to: an airplane flying overhead

Loving: I spent a lot of extra time at school today and made all kinds of lesson plans

Thinking: about contract negotiations--the process

Feeling: satisfied

Celebrating: I think we might have this contract wrapped up by April!

Grateful for: a fantastic working relationship with the superintendent

Weather: it is 22 degrees but the "real feel" is 15

Enjoying: I could whoop I'm so excited about negotiations!

A quote I want to share:


today, everybody's Irish

sunday stealing

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Cookie Questions

1. Do you eat Oreos? yes

2. If you eat Oreos, which are your favorite – original, double stuff, golden original, golden double stuff, Oreo brownies, Oreo ice cream? I prefer double-stuff

3. Do you twist your Oreos apart? no

4. Are you able to pass by a plate of cookies and not take one or are you a bit of a 'Cookie Monster'? I can pass it by

5. Tell us about your favorite cookie. Crunchy, soft, chewy, crumbly, other? my favorite cookie is a soft, chewy cookie

6. Have your tastes changed since you were a kid?

7. Enquiring minds want to know if you are a dunker and, if so, do you dunk in milk, coffee, or tea? not a dunker

8. It is that time of year and they are selling them on every corner and in front of every store! Do you buy Girl Scout cookies and if you do, which is your favorite? Thanks-a-lot and Lemonade

9. Raw cookie dough. Yay or Nay? depends on the cookie dough--but yay

10. Do you like cookies with filling? yes

11. Do you prefer organic cookies? no

12. Large cookies, or small cookies? just regular cookies

13. Do you like familiar flavours in cookies? I am not sure I've had a cookie with unfamiliar flavors in them

14. Do you make your own cookies, or buy them? buy

15. Please tell us something random about your week!! I have two sessions of contract negotiations this week--could make an interesting week


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

Molly Malone

1) Are you of Irish descent? I am

2) Legend has it that the heroine of this week's Irish ballad was a real lass. 17th century birth and burial records confirm that a woman with that name lived in Dublin. Can you think of another song about a real historic figure? Joan of Arc by Leonard Cohen

3) Molly sold fish from a cart that she wheeled through the streets. What's the last seafood you ate? I had an egg roll with shrimp in it

4) The lyrics tell us that, after her death, her ghost continues to wander the streets of Dublin with her wheel barrow. Do you believe in ghosts?
I do not

5) This week's featured band, The Dubliners, are obviously from Dublin. They were introduced to American audiences on The Ed Sullivan Show. Today, Stephen Colbert tapes his show in The Ed Sullivan Theater. Who hosted the last talk show you watched?
Andy Cohen

6) Corned beef and cabbage is a traditional St. Patrick's Day dish. Is it a favorite of yours? it's all right--I like colcannon a lot, too

7) According to Irish legend, leprechauns earned the gold in the pot they guard by repairing shoes. Crazy Sam can't remember the last time she got a pair of shoes repaired. When the heels wear away, she discards the shoes and buys new ones. What about you? Do you get your shoes fixed (either by leprechauns or just by ordinary repairmen)? there are no cobblers in my vicinity

8) Do you look good in green, the signature color of St. Patrick's Day? yes, it's one of my signature colors

9) Random question: Did you more recently sneeze or cough? neither--I blew my nose


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 still reading The Garden of Small Beginnings.

From page 112:
"Was your husband a gardener, Lili?" The question surprised me. Normally people avoided talking about Dan, myself included. I shook my head and smiled.

"Not at all. Like me, he was used to being in the city and probably didn't even think of this space out here as a garden."

His lips twitched. "He probably wasn't alone in that."

I nodded. "It's much nicer now."