Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Song-osity: Ocean Side

Just let go and enjoy the ride...
is this the low or the high...
just let go and enjoy the ride...

I've now lived in Boston for 4 years and just finally made it to the Cape this weekend.

Whenever people asked why I'd never been, I would reply "I grew up by the beach, no big deal!"

Well, as another obligation brought me right to the ocean's shores, I realized. Deep down, I so love the ocean and the beach.

I spent a leisurely hour walking the beach. Toes in the sand, getting tickled by the crashing waves. I picked up polished stones, smelled the salt air, listened to the crash of the waves, and soaked it all in.

I was at peace. Didn't once think about the time or where I needed to be or all the things I had to do. I just was one with my surroundings, my inner child so happy to be back on the sand.

It was the perfect way to wrap up summer. Riding the last wave of the season, into the next.


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Monday, September 1, 2014

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 35

The Good:
Friday, for shabbat dinner, I experimented and made breaded cod using chickpea flour (ala pakoras). Serious win. I'm going to tweak to make it even more epic, than share the recipe!

The Random: 
My new school has a laminator. Thank the teacher goddesses!! It has made my prep so much easier and there is something oddly therapeutic about cutting laminated materials out...

The Fun:
I was on the Cape over the weekend and got to stop at the ocean - I forgot how much I love being along the ocean!


   

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

August Reading Round Up

Who doesn't love Bridget Jones?? I was excited to pick this up at the library as a fun end of summer read. It is a great continuation of the story, some years into the future. We find poor Bridget fretting over the same issues: men, weight, appearance, friends, life, etc - but with the added twists and aspects of life at this stage. This was actually a fun and sweet read. I liked it better than the second one, but the first is still a classic! I don't want to say much more as to not give anything away, but a fun read!

I try to read through this "bible" of sorts every year. It is a great reminder on the important steps and plans for those first critical weeks. I am a big Responsive Classroom fan and believe it makes a difference in the classroom climate. So, once again I read through it, knowing that with my 40ish (yes, 40ish) students (in 2 sections) a little refresher course wouldn't hurt at all! A must for all teachers!

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Friday, August 29, 2014

August Randoms v.3

funny tweet...wilson training...anchor charts
classroom sign...funny dream...mini wrx
shoe passenger...tbt boston...tarrytown sunset
post run...stained glass...roasted eggplant
reflected clouds...any guesses...supply shelf
yummy pakora...laminated stuff...gap run
playground view...upside down...sweet note
hot again...crazy cloud...spilled coffee
almost right...expensive sharpener...lovely gift

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

New beginnings.

Monday morning, the 2014-2015 school year began for faculty. While I had been in and out over the summer, this was the official beginning, everyone back, lots of people to meet, lots to learn, prep, and accomplish. 
Before I left to head over to Maimo, I went to fix a quick breakfast. I grabbed a mug from the cabinet, mixed up some oatmeal, and sat down to eat. Then I noticed which mug I randomly selected.

Fitting. A book ends of sorts.

The past 3 days have been jam packed with meeting new coworkers, curriculum meetings, other meetings, classroom set up, organizing, and more. As each day went by, I felt more and more comfortable in my new school, more and more excited to get started and meet the kiddos.
There is still a part of me that is sad to really let the KSA chapter of my life go. But, I am really feeling happy and content as the Maimo chapter begins.

To new beginnings!!
Little by Little
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Song-osity: One World

If there's a maker up above...
You show me hate, and I'll show you love. It's not about your religion.

The world is a scary and sad place right now. So much hate, anger, sadness, and trouble. Why can't we all get along? Put our differences aside and recognize them rather than fight over them.

At services this weekend, I listened as we said the prayer for peace.

"we have not come into being to hate or to destroy, we have come into being to praise and to love"

I wish that we, as a world, can find a way to fight violence and hate with love. To heal the world of suffering and grow to appreciate our different cultures, beliefs, and religions, not fight over them.

I hemmed and hawed over whether to even share this post. I don't wish to start any debates, I just hope that we can all come toegther with the common goal of sharing this world and enriching it with our beliefs and rich cultural heritage. That is what makes this great world go 'round, not hate.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 34

The Good:
Before returning to civilization last Sunday, we drove to Mt. Washington, the highest peak in the NE and it's also known for the wackiest weather in the area. It's nearly 7,000 feet above sea level and an 8 mile trek by car (in low gear!). We braved the drive, with barely any visibility and made it to the top - where there was 0 visibility, frigid temps, and rain! Next time I'll wear sneakers and pants, I was cold!! But it's a must do in the White Mountains, so I'm glad I can say I made it up and down!

The Random: 
You get this bumper sticker when you enter the auto road. If you live up in New England, you see them on a lot of cars. I always thought you earned the sticker at the top of the mountain, nope, before you even attempt the drive (it was white knuckles the entire way) they give to you. My friend went, "I guess in case you don't make it down, you still earned it" - thankfully, we made it up - and down!

The Fun:
I spent lots of time in my classroom this week getting it set up. I am really nearly there! Just some finishing touches and I think I will have it all. set. up. Let the fun begin!


   

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Friday, August 22, 2014

August Randoms v. 2

girls night...finding neverland...au friend
chopping garlic....saturday breakfast...latest birchbox
going up...yellow flowers...mile milestone
unicorn mug...super moon...card game
open circle...mug addict...magazine stack
leaving town...lost river...gluten free
mt. willard...diana's bath...pinot noir
gluten free...mt. washington...very windy
back home...sorted library...making progress

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Mt. Willard and Diana's Bath

Day 2 of vacation had a nice mix of relaxing and adventure. We vegged out at the B&B, fueled up with a delicious breakfast, and then set out for a hike. 

We set our sites on Mt. Willard, in the White Mountains and in an area called Crawford Notch. It was an old carriage way apparently, but I can't imagine a carriage getting up this mountain! 
It was a great climb, not too steep, but challenging enough, with lots of rocks and boulders to climb over. It took an hour or so to reach the summit of Mr. Willard at around 3,000 feet.
The views were amazing. There was a massive stone outlook at the top where we just sat and hung out taking in the views. The view always makes the hard work of climbing the mountain seem like a piece of cake!

Going back down was another fun adventure and then we set off for another shorter hike that led to a set of falls called Diana's Bath. It's an amazing set of falls and pools in the lush forest. People actually go there to swim, it was gorgeous!
We didn't have swimming gear, but that didn't stop me from dipping my toes in the frigid water! It felt so great after the hike we had just finished.
It was a really fun adventurous day - I love relaxing on vacation, but also love exploring and recharging in nature and this was the perfect balance of that. Needless to say, I slept well that night!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Song-osity: Landslide

I climbed a mountain and I turned around...
And I saw my reflection in the {water covered} hills...

I spent the weekend in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with a friend. We both needed a get-away and a recharge and headed north for some adventures and r&r.

Our first stop after our drive north, was the Lost River Gorge, a series of caves and boulders that were left after a massive glacier melted away millions of years ago. The air was crisp and refreshing, the woods quiet save for the sound of rushing water, and the cell service nonexistent.

As the waters rushed around us, I felt myself relaxing, it was a truly perfect start to a fantastic weekend away surrounded by nature.

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