Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Love that dirty water

Well I love that dirty water...
Boston, you're my home!

-- "Dirty Water" - Dropkick Murphys 

Finally made my way to Fenway to watch the Red Sox play. They're not having the best season...so I had no real expectations other than a night out at Fenway!

The first few innings were a bit sleepy. Buchholz was pitching well, but mainly balls and strikes and not too many exciting plays.

Then, in the 6th, Baltimore scored... and then the Sox woke up and their bats came alive! Mookie singled a run in, Pedroia drove in 2 more runs, and then Big Papi came up to bat. A 428 foot home run right into the bleachers scoring t more runs and the stadium was suddenly alive!

The Sox held on (they're known to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory) and in the top of the 9th Koji came in and 1-2-3 the game was over!

When the Sox win - "Dirty Water" is the anthem played - the entire stadium cheering and singing "Well, I love that dirty water....Boston you're my home" - best way to end a game at Fenway: a Sox win and some Dropkick Murphys.

The season may be less than ideal for the Sox, but let's face it...you have to love the Red Sox!


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Monday, June 29, 2015

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 26

The Good: 
Summer means farmer's market time! Love my town's little market and being able to support local farmers!

The Random:
Saw this contraption at Wegman's - bulk tomatoes anyone...

The Fun:
A night at Fenway - doesn't get more fun than that!


   

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Scav Hunt Sunday: Sunsets and Sun Flares

Favorite Time of Day:
Summer evenings in my kitchen - gorgeous enough to make this morning person swoon.

Nature:
One could call this the most wonderful time of the year.

The Sky:
We had some serious weather Tuesday night - the sky after - amazing, simple amazing.

Hello:
Hello summer fruits! Scored some gorgeous GA peaches at Whole Foods.

Photographer's Choice:
Lights over Fenway.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

June Randoms v. 2

marker test...movie party...gluten free
new jersey...summer night...bleeding heart
costco run...day lily...summer plans
goodbye hello...going backwards...written on
teacher training...true words...alarms off
awesome turtle...paper flowers...run location
summer wine...jurassic world...do summer
math planning...turned out...paint brushes
stunning sunset...red sox...fenway park

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Apricot Almond Quinoa Salad

I love making quinoa salads in the summer. A batch can last all week and is a great no cook dinner on warm summer evenings. Enter Apricot Almond Quinoa Salad. A fantastic mix of quinoa, fruit, nuts, avocados, and spices.
 Just whip up the quinoa, let it cool, mix in the fruits and veggies and dressing and you're ready to go!
Enjoy!
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Song-osity: Do Summer

Work it harder, make it better...
More than ever...work is never over...

-- Daft Punk "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger"

Oh the irony of posting this the first official week of summer vacation.

But the truth is, a teacher's work is never over. I do work on revising curriculum as the year goes by, but summer is the time when I can really make my changes or write new curriculum.

At the start of summer the amount I have to do seems overwhelming! I want my me time and down time and a break, but I do want to do the work for September too.

My cousin (hi Lisa!) posted on Facebook last week about the #DoSummer2015 challenge. The idea is simple, spend at least 15 minutes each day on one task. Over the summer, you'll spend up to 1,500 minutes on this one task! Think how much you'll get done on this!

SO! For my #DoSummer2015 challenge, I will spend at least 30 minutes a day on the units I chose to fix up this summer, mainly the first half of my math curriculum. I have the frameworks, I just want to put the legwork into get it ship shape for the fall! I bet if I set a timer, I can get a ton done in 30 minutes. I bet I may be done before school starts.

So...what will you work on this summer? 15 minutes a day can go a long way in reaching a goal or accomplishing a large task!
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Monday, June 22, 2015

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 25

The Good:
School is out for the kids and me now! The last day was a fun blast - cleaning up supplies, funny read a louds, and a party with bouncy houses!

The Random:
I decided to reread the Harry Potter series this summer, it's like an old friend and we're getting reacquainted. I first read this exact copy 17 years ago...so crazy!

The Fun:
Was at a friend's house for a bbq/get together over the weekend. Nothing beats that summer sun as it sets!




   

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Scav Hunt Sunday: Flowers two ways

Special:
Mom sent me these beautiful paper flowers! I am super allergic to flowers, but these never die and look so pretty in my apartment. 

Habit:
Lacing up the sneakers every day to go get a workout in.

Explore:
Exploring my city by running.

Me:
One of my students bought me this necklace as an end of year gift. So sweet and perfect since I most often go by "T."

Sprinkle:
We've had some rain this week - I just love the sprinkles of droplets on the new budding plants.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Stuff my third graders say v. 8

kid: can I say YIPEEE at the end of the song? 
me: denied

kid: will it be raining at 2:10?
me: I cannot predict the future!
kid 2: I can!

kid: oh snap...it up!
me: what?!

kid: ms. benjamin? how about the yankees being ahead of the Sox?
me: do you want good grades?
kid: we don't get real grades!

kid: let's play secret santa
me: no
kid: how about secret hashem?
kid: when is the aircraft due?
me: you mean the artifact?
kid: oh, yeah that makes more sense

kid: which folder?
me: really? it's May you know which one!
kid: come on, I'm getting old the memory is going!

kid: can i bring a dog to special visitor day?

kid: this is the best handwriting since 1849
me: what happened in 1849?
kid: the pencil was invented...?

kid: what is Utah?
me: really?
kid: is it a planet?
me: what is Uganda, does anyone know?
kid 1: a movie!
me: um..no it's a country in Africa
kid 2: like in Lion King!?
me: what!?

me: what's another way to say nice? starts with an f....
kid: fugitive?

kid 1: wait, let's is different then lettuce
me: are you being silly?
kid 1: no really! it makes SO much more sense now... 
kid 2: let's eat lettuce! 

me: you need scissors, glue, and paper
kid: oh my!

kid: a headdress, not a dress on your head
kid: i bought a manequin head on amazon prime, only 6 dollars
mr. malkin: is that a tribe?
kid: do you live under a rock?

kid: i made a civil war capture the flag board game
me: you're not calling it the "war of northern aggression?"
kid: it's a war, they're all aggressive....

kid 1: no! it's spelled ceremon-i-e-s
kid 2: ugh it doesn't matter!
kid 1; yes! my parents will not be happy if it's spelled wrong on the poster!

kid: I need to photobomb this!
me: we'll be starting an immigration unit
kid: oh! that's like Martin Luther King!
me: no. 

kid: i'm 0% Israeli, but 100% new yorker

morah naomi: are we ready??
kids: NO!!!
me: you SO had that coming

me: I need to squeeze everything I can into your little brain before school ends
kid: hey! I have more brains than a dinosaur!

kid: icky, this water tastes like new jersey water
me: hey! nj water is great!

me: you need to go spell this the right way, this the right way, oh and please spell your name right, too!
me: stop poking people!
kid: it's so fun!

kid 1: why is the boys bathroom pass wet?
me: i do not want to know
kid 2: I KNOW!!!
me: no, just, just don't

kid: glitter!! so much electronic glitter!!

me: you need to stop making monkey noises when you raise your hand. you're a human not a monkey
kid: we're related to monkeys
me: yes but we evolved

me: gentlemen, no
kid: but that's what gentlemen do!

Little by Little
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