Sunday, February 1, 2015

Scav Hunt Sunday: Snow and Sox

Sweet tooth:
I don't have a big sweet tooth, but once a year I indulge in some poppy seed cake, no calories on your birthday, right?

We had a touch of snow this week. This was the 7 am check. After that a yard stick was needed, our final total was about 29 inches!

Some various Red Sox tickets I keep out on my fridge. Pitchers and catchers report in 20 days!

I made this:
Well, I'm still working on it...

Saturday morning:
Monday through Friday, my coffee is served out of my travel mug. I love the weekends since I get to use a real mug. Plus, I get to drink it while relaxing, rather then while teaching!

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Friday, January 30, 2015

January Randoms v. 2

math antics...snow sketch
state laptop...bullet flag
degas' dancer...starbucks date...frying pakoras
no fee...classifying quadrilaterals...paper flower
sick visit...dirty minded...electronic teacher
kid message...geeking out...sweetest card
more gifts...snowy saturday...birthday FaceTime
new time...sunday sunlight
getting cream
cake leftovers...phonics game...before shot
chili bowl...snowy door...12 inches
snowier door...puzzle time...watching snow
serious snow...blizzard selfie...more snow?
morning meeting...baking experiment
snowy school...saval shul...homemade fries

(yes, I totally over-grammed the second half of this month! using my birthday and the blizzard as my excuses)
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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Stuff my third graders say v. 5

me: what does stop talking mean?
kid: no talking!
me: then why are we all talking?
kid 2: you asked us a question?

me: what you're not taking me to Hawaii?
kid: what, I don't pay!

kid: wait, America bought Alaska?
me: yes 
kid: I bet Bush bought it!

kid: me and E are NEVER playing 52 card pick up, again!
kid 1: that's like the 50th time!
kid 2: you're the 50th time!
kid 1: that makes so sense!!

me: please erase that neatly
kid: i'm not a man of erasing

kid: I don't like Abraham Lincoln
me: why?
kid: I never saw him...not sure what kind of guy he is

kid 1: you have a bubble on your nose
kid 2: it's a wart
kid 1: bubble sounds better 
kid: Ms. Benjamin? What's that pink thing milk come from?
me: uhhh
kid: like where it comes out of the cow?
me: an udder?
kid: thank you!

me: what do you think the lesson is in this fable?
kid: be nice to someone you can get good caramel
me: you mean karma?

kid: what's that other soda?
me: sprite? 
kid: no the one you take to make you throw up when you're sick
me: ginger ale? 
kid: yes!

kid: what's the purpose of cursive? we already know English... 
kid: can I write "arise corporal?"
me: sentences need 4 or more words.
kid: how about "arise corporal it's time to start the battle!"
me: that works

kid: what's Cen-a-da?
me: Canada?
kid: oh that makes more sense

kid: you use detective skills when you're a fornesic detective 

kid: (with two quarters near his ears) look! I'm listening to 50 cent! 
me: what does stingy mean?
kid: oh! it's like asphyxiate, it has two meanings
me: what? no!

kid: why don't we just spell words the way we say them or say them the way they're spelled? 
me: because English is weird

kid: bad news R, my mom says we can't get hamsters for our science fair project

me: use the word buy in a sentence 
kid: I want to buy wine but I'm not 21 
kid: Did you know that Mitt Romney was going to shut down Sesame Street?
kid 2: what's wrong with Elmo!?

kid 1: wrecking ball! see??
kid 2: oh! outside! I thought you meant in Ms. Benjamin's room!

kid 1: (typing and saying) Georgia is the best state
kid 2: no! Alaska is!
me: guys, your state reports aren't a contest in whose state is better!
kids: to us it is!!

rabbi salztman: Tuesday we have the geography bee
kid: but what about the snow day!?!?!
me: nothing is official yet
kid: it's going to snow, that's official!

Little by Little
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Song-osity: Alive

I'm glad to be here, happy and alive...
I'm satisfied...

This was one of the best birthdays in recent years.

Sleeping in...
Snow falling...
Opening cards and gifts...
A lazy morning with good coffee...
A stroll in the snow...
FaceTiming with the nephews...
Sitting on the couch in pjs all day watching Top Gear...
An evening with friends eating cake and playing Cards Against Humanity...
A smile on my face as I fell asleep...

A simple day, with the people I care most about, relaxing and watching the snow fall was the best way to welcome in my newest year on earth.
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Monday, January 26, 2015

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 2.4

The Good:
I never actually told my class that my birthday was this weekend, but somehow word got around and all day, I was showered with the sweetest cards and even the gift of a ruler. These kids are too sweet and started my birthday off in the cutest way!

The Random:
So, part random, part awesome. I'm sure you've heard of the scandal around the Patriots' possibly deflating footballs in the championship game...I'm an Eagles fan and think the Pats are full of hot air and known to cheat...but that aside...this totally happened on twitter Thursday night - I nearly died from geeking out so much!
The Fun:
It finally snowed! And the first real snowfall was on my birthday, mother nature knew what I wanted. Now tomorrow we're in for a blizzard and two feet - oh happy day!


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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Scav Hunt Sunday: Couch and Coffee

Lazy Sunday am, relaxing on the couch.

In my cup:
Some coffee + a dash of almond milk. Best part of waking up...

These shrubs grow behind my building and sometimes the light that hits them as the sun sets just causes an amazing glow.

Looking Down:
One of the stairwells at school, sure get a good leg workout here!

Was a tad bit under the weather this week, gave in and got some medicine to kick the germs to the curb. Better living through antibiotics!

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Friday, January 23, 2015


27 is a perfect cube.

Julie Andrews was 27 when she starred in Mary Poppins

27 is the atomic number of cobalt.

Carlton Fisk wore number 27 when he played for the Red Sox.

27% of Earth is covered in land.

There are 27 signs of the zodiac in Indian astrology.

27 is the number of bones in the human hand.

Florida was the 27th state to enter the Union.

There are 27 amino acids in the digestive enzyme secretin.

Katherine Heigl starred in the romantic comedy "27 Dresses"

Dave Matthews Band has a song called "27"

There are 27 countries in the European Union.

Easter Island lies on the 27th parallel.

William Howard Taft was the 27th president.

The sun rotates on its axis every 27 days. 

There are 27 outs in a regulation baseball game.

It takes 27 days for a human cell to regrow.

There are 27 pieces in a Rubik's Cube.

The USA was created in the 27th week of the year.

27 is the international country code to dial into South Africa.

There are 27 letters in the Hebrew alphabet.

In the year 27 AD the Arc of Triumph was built. 

27 was Abbe Faria's prisoner number in The Count of Monte Cristo

An A-27 is an American attack plane.

27 is the number of moons that planet Uranus has.

There are currently 27 Amendments to the Constitution.

A tennis court is 27 feet wide.

27 is the only positive integer that is 3 times the sum of its digits.
Here I am, on my last day of being 26. Tomorrow I'll be 27.

I'm actually pretty ready to start my next trip around the sun. It's kind of fun to have a January birthday, since I have the whole calendar year ahead of me, the calendar year and the year of Tamar.

26 was a pretty busy and exciting year. I stomached some changes, enjoyed lots of adventures, and experienced tons of growth.

27 can only be better and I'm pretty excited to see what this year will hold.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

An afternoon at the MFA

Mom and Dale were in town over the weekend for a conference and to get out of the frigid temps, and to let Dale see some of Boston, we headed over to the MFA for an afternoon of "cultah."
Art museums fascinate me. There is always something to see and discover. Every corridor holds artwork that you either have never stumbled upon, or haven't seen from that angle, or just haven't seen in a few visits.

This particular visit led me to some old favorites, like the Degas sculpture. It led me to some new discoveries, like the canvas covered with fire hoses. It led me down hallways I had never walked through, and it led me to familiar galleries within the museum.

This visit, I also enjoyed watching others take in the museum. Some people stopped at one piece, while others walked right by it. Some stood for several moments, pondering a piece, while others glanced at it and moved on.

And to think, in our 2 hours at the MFA, we maybe only saw a 1/3 of the amazing collection. Guess that means another visit is in store soon!

Little by Little

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