Archive for August, 2009

And, now…

August 31, 2009
pikaluk via flickr

pikaluk via flickr

…The students come tomorrow. Happy September, everyone.

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Things I Love Thursday

August 27, 2009

(In case you’re not familiar with the concept of things I love Thursday, please do let me refresh you. TiLT was started by the inimitable (though I am a fangirl, not going to lie) Miss Gala Darling. TiLT is a love-list, a list of things that made you smile, what you’re grateful for, what you need reminding that you’re grateful for.)

Worcester State Hospital, by Kate Broderick Photo

Worcester State Hospital, by Kate Broderick Photo

This week has been much crazier than I am used to– it’s amazing how a summer of wedding planning and running here and there seems like so long ago after only two weeks of lesson plans & decorations. I’m so excited to meet the kids & their families tonight! This week, I love…

My classroom & bulletin board: Oh, my goodness. I don’t think I’ve talked about it yet, I’m sort of afraid of being Dooced if I talk about work online too much, but what. The. Awesome. My classroom is huge, full of light, and air conditioned. Whaaaat? I spent a good chunk of yesterday cleaning/decorating/unwrapping the new desks (!!), and the result was stunning. We were given $125 to a teacher supply store in Westfield, which was slightly disappointing in that most of the stuff was geared toward younger kids. BUT! I got peacock feather bulletin board border, and at the dollar store I got some schizophrenic looking wallpaper to cover it in. The result? Pretty amusing. I guess English teachers have some leeway with wackiness:
bulletin board

Radar the cat: Who isn’t stinky anymore! He usually sleeps either between A and I, or stretched all the way out along my leg, so when he was stinkified I was a sad panda. He’s also been very… ehrm, vocal, since the Incident of Smelliness, and is constantly mewling and moaning and talking to us. Pretty funny.

Meggie!: She had a rough week last week, and I am shouting out because I EFFING LOVE HER and can’t wait till she hitches me & the boy. (Yes, you read correctly, my best friend is marrying us. Thanks, Deval!) BFFs, as the kids say these days.

something monumental via flickr

something monumental via flickr

Lisa’s blog, Craft My Bride: If I were she, I’d throw some (tasteful, artsy) ads on that shiz and start making bank, because this girl has a talent for blogging. I like the craft trials best, but if we’re being honest I’ve had an art crush on her since high school, so I’m biased. Also, she’s awesome & funny, so you should go look.

Honorable mentions this week…: Bueno, again; having a functioning AC in the house; eating yogurt & fruit & wheat germ for lunch every day again– it’s amazing how good I feel eating better, I should just do it all the time; remembering my vitamins; challenges that will make me a better person/teacher; MY JOB, hello; planning evil funness for the wedding; sorting playlists with the violinist (classyyyyy); our gorgeous cupcakes; stretching and moving; setting my intentions (and working it into the curriculum); & love, love, love, all over the place.

Well-begun is half done.

August 23, 2009
farfalina via flickr

farfalina via flickr

This week has been hair-raising in the sense that I have got a mountain of work ahead of me like none I have ever tackled before.

There is so much I had planned for 2009, some of which has not yet come to fruition. That’s not to say I’ve lacked the time or the desire, but sometimes a person is scared of something intangible and is paralyzed for a certain time, unsure of where to begin. Also sometimes you get laid off, and have to forego artistic endeavors to get a freaking job, already.

Here or there? It doesn’t matter where you begin, the point is you begin. And the saying “Well-begun is half done?” Well, let’s just say Mary Poppins had enough emotional capital to make me a believer.

Things I Love Thursday

August 20, 2009

H.Y.C. via flickr

H.Y.C. via flickr

Once upon a Saturday, at around midnight, a certain striped cat, whom we shall leave anonymous, was skunked.

You heard me. Skunked.

Things I Love Thursday this week is dedicated to smelly things, because I still love my cat. I wish I’d thought to take pictures of the tomato juice bath process… Then again, I was kind of busy being mauled and stopping said cat from climbing the shower curtain. It was an epic process, replete with drama and terror, fearsome growls and pathetic mewling. Stripe-cat plays the role of the ever-suffering victim to the protagonist’s misadventures quite well.

The New Moon in Leo: Leo is my rising sign (thought I was Virgo rising, turns out it’s just at 26* Leo, so Virgo traits are common), so I’m feeling lucky to have this astrological occurrence so close to both a new job & the wedding.

Honorable mentions: new opportunities; enjoying the ride to work; un-smelly kitties like fluffycat; wonderful fiances; cold cold showers; eating all the lettuce in the house; clipping flowers from the garden; reading my favorite blogs; feeling like I’m in the right place; Bueno; secret care packages; lovematches from the engagement party (!!); new friends & really strange coincidences; old besties & their creative, thoughtful love.

Fluorescent lights engage

August 18, 2009
cmwoodley via flickr

cmwoodley via flickr

This new endeavor takes me the route of the old one, until it jerks left and into unfamiliar territory.  With last year’s favorite album in my ears, farms blow by in threes– and the path is different just where my favorite part ends.