If You Could Only Have 5 Foods…

 

 

…what would they be?

 

In the spirit of old-schooly blogging– since my blog is now seven years old and all (WHAT…???)– I thought I’d ponder which five foods I would never, EVER want to have to live without.

 

Couple things:

 

1. I could live without these foods. Obviously. But I [...]

I’ve got that rage, rage, rage, rage down in my heart…

 

 

 

Summer Spirit is in session. That’s pretty much just “VBS”, but at our Catholic Church. The program has been in place for 35 years and it’s always been called Summer Spirit.

 

 

There are about a gazillion things I love about it. It’s fun, affordable, full of enthusiastic teens, and [...]

Substitute Teaching as an “SJ” (AKA “Guardian”)

 

 

Do you enjoy personality type stuff? Is it as fascinating to you as it is to me? I find it endlessly interesting to see how our different traits and qualities impact how we interact with the world…

 

I am a substitute teacher. Now, that’s the kind of job where some [...]

Bittersweet

 

 

“23 days until summer!!!”

 

The sign is bright and bold and impossible to miss at the front of the bus. I watch the driver carefully wipe off the three and change it to a two with a vivid orange dry erase marker.

 

22 days.

 

That’s what stands between us and [...]

If the dress fits…

 

 

“Mike’s end-of-the-year work party is coming up, so I ordered a bunch of dresses from Lord & Taylor and Nordstrom’s, figuring I’d just have them delivered and return what I didn’t like. I think I got like a dozen of them. Mike may have raised a brow at the $2,500 charge (giggle), but [...]

Little Things Making a Big Difference

 

 

I’m having a fantastic day.

 

I really am! And this is in spite of the fact that today marks the end of Spring Break. And I had to get out the door at the crack of dawn* to drive A. to Advanced Orchestra. And I hardly got any sleep last night thanks [...]

For the Smell of It

 

 

So far, I’ve written a little about what got me interested in essential oils and also what mistakes I’ve made along the way. I apologize upfront for this series being so very spread out, but it truly is intentional– I don’t want to bore or overwhelm you, for one thing. For another, this [...]

Irish by Marriage

 

 

I’m German.

 

And Norwegian.

 

A bit of Czechoslovakian thrown in there, too.

 

 

 

I am not Irish.

 

Despite my fair skin.

 

Despite my green-blue eyes.

 

Despite my never-ending supply of green in my wardrobe.

 

But, hey!

 

I’m Irish by marriage!

 

So bring [...]

I love them, too.

 

 

I had the opportunity to sub for a first grade class for five days in a row so their teacher could go spend some time with her father whose health was failing.

 

I had a chance to read one-on-one with each and every one of them multiple times. I taught about measurement [...]

Beyond Pinterest-Perfect

 

 

Technically, I walked into the first grade classroom to provide reading and writing support for two specific students. Knowing that it was the day of all the Valentine’s Day parties, however, I didn’t really expect to be doing a lot of academic work. I was correct.

 

The room was FULL of extra [...]

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