self-care sunday

Social Self Care. Went to lunch with my niece, she's home from college. Then we went to visit my parents. It was a nice afternoon.

sunday stealing

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Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

Hurry! :: rush
Dumb :: sophomore boy humor involving penises
Fudge :: peanut butter
Sturdy :: my ankles
Printing :: I want to invest in a laser printer
Itch :: scratch
Creaks :: groans
Paste :: copy and
Waste of time :: Sunday
Let down :: guilt
Cancellation :: introvert
Suspect :: dishonest
Fireplace :: the CD I played in my classroom that changed the work atmosphere
Spring :: I'm afraid it will never get to Northern Maine
Commute :: my daily drive
Places :: pictures
Fraud :: internet scam
Adoption :: babies
Election :: oy!
Moving day :: end of school

Unconscious Mutterings


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

Secret Love

1) In this song Doris admits she's spoken to the stars, "the way dreamers often do." Do you often daydream? well... I go to my happy place, if that's the same thing, during faculty meetings

2) What's the last secret you kept? (It doesn't have to be romantic.) if I revealed it what kind of secret keeper would I be?

3) While "Secret Love" was one of Miss Day's best-selling records, and the song won an Oscar, she did not perform it at the Academy Awards Ceremony. She said she was just too nervous to sing it live before an international television audience and an auditorium full of entertainment professionals. When did you last suffer an attack of nerves? I frequently do

4) Doris' well-publicized attack of Oscar stage fright was unexpected because she began her career as a band singer, performing before live audiences every night. But she reportedly did develop more phobias over the years, including a fear of flying. Is there anything that scares you now, as an adult, that didn't frighten you as a child? crowded places with unstructured time (like the high school cafeteria during lunch)

5) Doris Day made 39 movies between 1948 and 1968. She said one of her favorite things about filmmaking was working with costume designers on her wardrobe. Do you enjoy shopping for clothes? I LOVE it!

6) Doris confessed that when she had to lose weight for a role, she gave up ice cream. If we checked your freezer, would we find any ice cream? you would, indeed

7) In 1985 she hosted a cable show called Doris Day's Best Friends. She used the show as a platform to promote pet adoptions and animal welfare. Most of the guests were celebrity friends who reportedly donated their salaries for appearing on the show to Doris' pet foundation. Did you more recently ask a friend for a favor, or perform a favor for a friend? I most recently performed a favor for a friend

8) For more than 20 years, Doris co-owned the Cypress Inn in Carmel, CA. The Inn expects to continue on without her, and maintain the pet-friendly policies she introduced. Have you ever traveled with your dog or cat? sadly, I do not have my own doggo

9) Random question: What's the last thing you complained about? I used #strangerdanger as a tag on Instagram from my laundromat adventures


three on thursday

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Thing one: Modern Mrs. Darcy's Summer Reading Guide is here! I'm so excited for my summer reading! I chose a few for audio and a few for nook books.

Thing two: I was observed today by a teacher from a neighboring school district. Funnily enough, he did his student teaching with me about (gulp) fifteen years ago and we were so in sync that we frequently dressed alike--black pants, white shirts one time, another time was a jeans day and we both wore green sweaters with jeans, and yet another time was khaki pants and denim shirts. It was fun to have him in my classes now that he's a seasoned teacher.

Thing three: The local Walmart has grocery pick up service now. I'm going to try it out, even though I abhor that store. Convenience rules, though. And I had a coupon code to try it.


ten things tuesday

Ten random things:

1) My bestie and I spent the day together on a quick road trip to Central Maine for some shopping. It was a relaxing, fun day. Not a lot of shopping was done but we had many long conversations and laughs. And a delicious lunch that included mini-lava cakes.

2) I felt like I was playing hooky. I slept in. It was wonderful.

3) I did, however, receive an email from the principal that he needs to see me tomorrow. This could be interesting.

4) My outfit today is incredibly comfortable--I wish I could wear blue jeans to school daily.

5) The weather forecast for tomorrow includes rain and snow. Puhleeze! It's May!

6) I'm having a tough time thinking of a gift for my Dad's birthday Friday. I asked him if he needs or wants anything particular.

7) RIP-Tim Conway. Thank you for all the laughs. You were an amazing comedic talent.

8) I need a haircut.

9) I have taken over an hour to write this post.

10) I have no more things for Tuesday.



I am...

Reading: listening to The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

Listening to: there is a bird outside my window that has a most unusual song--it reminds me of a Star Wars sound effect

Loving: I made my annual Last-Day-Of-School massage appointment!

Thinking: wondering how to teach my Virginia sister how to make the garter tab cast on (knitting)

Feeling: a little tired because I showed the same video three classes in a row today and to be honest, it's a dry video

Celebrating: my bestie and I both took personal days tomorrow so we can go to Central Maine on a shopping trip--it feels like hooky!

Grateful for: an adventure to shake things up!

Weather: it is 61 degrees and mostly sunny

Enjoying: I had a good day and I'm happy

A quote I want to share:

finished reading

No spoilers here. It's being called a psychological thriller but I think it's more of a character study or a whodunit. Listening to the narrators of the audio version, the voice of Theo is superbly cast. Most of the story unfolds from Theo's point of view, but there are moments of Alicia's perspective too. The end took me by surprise. I didn't see it coming. This is one heck of a debut novel.

From the publisher:
Alicia Berenson writes a diary as a release, an outlet – and to prove to her beloved husband that everything is fine. She can’t bear the thought of worrying Gabriel, or causing him pain.

Until, late one evening, Alicia shoots Gabriel five times and then never speaks another word.

Alicia's refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.

Forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber is convinced he can successfully treat Alicia, where all others have failed. Obsessed with investigating her crime, his discoveries suggest Alicia’s silence goes far deeper than he first thought. Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations--a search for the truth that threatens to consume him...

And if she speaks, would he want to hear the truth?


self-care sunday

Spent the day enjoying the sunshine--sitting in a comfy chair listening to a twisty audiobook and knitting a zen-like pattern. It's been such a nice day.


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.