Tuesday, August 19, 2014

my 14-hour search for the end of TGI Friday's endless appetizers

i might have laughed so hard while reading this in bed that ruby had to give me a mean look and hop off the bed to sleep in peace.  i want to be friends with the girl who wrote this.
On my very first day of teaching, in New Hampshire in 2004, I was in the copy room before my first class started and I was apparently looking a little nervous. A veteran teacher, close to retirement, grey-haired and slightly hunch-backed, leaned over to me and said, "I still get nervous on the first day of school, too."  His words were calming. 

Tomorrow I begin my 10th year of teaching. I'm a lot less nervous, but the nerves haven't gone away entirely. I'm also so excited to welcome 18 kiddos into my government classroom! 

I feel incredibly lucky to have had some great teachers and mentors and coworkers and students along the way that have made this job into a career that I love. Hooray for 10 years!

Monday, August 18, 2014

file this under "things i didn't know about before moving to texas": hatch chiles.  they are from new mexico and they are in season right now, which means they are everywhere.  grocery stores have huge hatch chile displays (and one grocery store chain has a hatch chile festival), and today i bought hatch chile cheddar cheese (it is, as you won't be surprised to hear, DELICIOUS - a little spice, but nothing crazy).  i love tasting all these new southwest flavors!

what i'm listening to right now

from the secret life of walter mitty soundtrack, which kate gave me a copy of after it was on in her car and i kept saying "i love this song!": "stay alive," by jose gonzalez:

Thursday, August 14, 2014

a Ruby a day

Morning snuggles with Ruby, aka my furry scarf. (This kitty will only snuggle on her terms, but she is a professional cuddler when she wants to be.) You may not be able to tell from this photo, but her diet is working. She is down from 10.0 to 9.8 pounds. Woo hoo!

Monday, August 11, 2014

what i'm listening to right now

"see the world," by gomez:

i love the beat of this; it's hard not to want to dance to this song!
“Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received - only what you have given: a full heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage.”
—Saint Francis of Assisi

Sunday, August 10, 2014

I love Chicago!

…when it is 75 degrees and sunny, and I am with good friends who plan fun things! So maybe I only love Chicago on August 9th.

[Not pictured: Melanie (the hostess with the mostess) and her husband Pat (who made me the best breakfast burrito of my life), Grant Park, live blues music at noon, live jazz music at 2am, beers, Chicago-style pizza, Garrett's Chicago mix popcorn (caramel and cheddar together in the same bag - genius!), my joy at the temperature and humidity levels.]

Friday, August 8, 2014

a photo a day

An hour delay for lightening storms wasn't so fun, but the resulting sunset I saw from the plane was incredible. I know sunset pictures are annoying because sunsets are always better in person, but you're getting one anyway!

Have a great weekend!