It's been a whirlwind of a week around here. I can't for the life of me figure out how it got to be the end of June already.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Confessions of an Underpaid English Teacher
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Saturday, June 20, 2009
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Friday, June 19, 2009
How better to celebrate the end of the school year, that time of 180 days of focusing on OTHER PEOPLE, than a good-old-fashioned navel-gazing post?
Found this meme on Blue Garter's blog...
1. Respond and rework; answer the questions on your blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your invention, add one more question of your own.
2. Tag eight other people (if you feel so inclined).
What is your current obsession? I just started a knitted log cabin blanket (Mason-Dixon knitting) and I'm thinking that might be it.
What is your weirdest obsession? I only eat the same colors together when I eat skittles, and always two at a time, one on each side of my mouth.
What are you wearing today and why did you choose it? red Keens, red capris, blue & red Ravelry t-shirt, gray hoodie, and red ballcap. I have been working in my classroom all day, cleaning and filing, and wanted something peppy and comfortable, plus layers because the weather was indeterminate this morning...typical June in Western Washington.
What’s for dinner? Tortilla soup and a good malty beverage
What did you eat for your last meal? mandarin chicken salad
What’s the last thing you bought? Two copies of my Teacher's Daybook for next year, one for me and one for a friend...the best teacher planner ever.
What are you listening to right now? "Before the Goldrush," an album I just discovered & bought on iTunes. It is a benefit CD for Teach for America, and features artists famous and not-so singing covers by artists who influenced them. I'm loving Billy Joel's "You're My Home," covered by Rebecca Elliott; Van Morrison's "Into The Mystic" covered by Swell Season; and Neil Young's "Heart of Gold" covered by Korby Lenker. (full disclosure: Korby and I sang together in our college choir; he's since moved on to Nashville where he records great pop-bluegrass-uncategorizable music. I would heart him even if I didn't know him.)
If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go? Downtown London and just sit and people-watch.
If you could time travel to anyWHEN in history for the next hour, where would you go? I'd go to Vienna and watch a premiere of a Mozart opera.
Which language do you want to learn? Spanish
What do you love most about where you currently live? Our backyard and all the natural light inside the house. I also really love our community as a whole.
What is your favorite colour? Red.
What is your favorite piece of clothing in your own wardrobe? my Back-to-school U-neck vest I made from Fitted Knits. It makes me feel stylish and cute, yet still professional.
What were you doing ten years ago? I was finishing my first real teaching job, starting my summer job and a whole summer riding my bike everywhere, and (although I don't think we knew it then) about 8 weeks away from moving to Texas.
Describe your personal style? Northwest casual is a good descriptor--Jeans, t-shirts, scarves, sweaters, fleeces. Not quite crunchy (i.e. granola), maybe just mildly textured? More REI than hemp.
If you had £100 now, what would you spend it on? $165.19 in US dollars...Hmm. Oh, I know: two Amtrak tickets to Seattle with my sweetie, Mariners tickets because we haven't gone to a game in years, and a dinner out before coming home.
What are you going to do after this? Pick up my son, go to the bookstore, and spend a gift card I just found in my desk while cleaning it out. (Cha-ching!)
What are your favourite films? Anything Baz Lurhmann (except Australia), Casablanca, Lord of the Rings, Pride & Prejudice (both recent versions), Say Anything.
What inspires you? Helping someone find their truth and express it in writing. Excellent analysis, humor, wordplay, and fearlessness.
Your favorite books? Jane Austen (I used to be a P&P devotee, but now Persuasion, I think, is on top), Lord of the Rings, Cold Mountain, Narnia--anything that transports me. Over the years I have really come to appreciate The Scarlet Letter.
Do you collect anything? random papers, receipts in my pocket, extra pounds on my thighs, and yarn.
What makes you follow a blog? A sense that the person is writing from the heart, with his/her own personal style and sensibility, and not pandering to an imaginary audience. I"ll read almost anything if it seems authentic and thoughtful. Nice photos don't hurt.
What was the most enjoyable thing you did today? Drilled through the piles down to the top of my desk for the first time in months.
What new skill would you like to learn? This summer I want to work on my photography skills, and actually be able to understand what all the gizmos on my yearbook cameras do without relying on the auto setting.
Consider yourself tagged. And, commenters, can you guess which question I added?
Posted by Dana at 2:58 PM
Saturday, June 13, 2009
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Tuesday, June 09, 2009
The most hilariously unironic issue of Mary Maxim ever.
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Monday, June 08, 2009
I have recently started facebooking. (It's like googling; it's a verb. This is what my students say.)
- The aforementioned people I haven't thought about in years? Well, they feel free to comment on my taste in books. (Hey!)
- Other people can post embarrassing pictures of me from college and tag them with my name. And current colleagues and family members can click on them and see just how much beer I drank during the Europe trip of 1997. (The nice thing is that I was such a goody-two-shoes that my hair in the 90's will likely be much more incriminating than any party photos.)
- There is an uncomfortable sense of being back in the not-cool crowd when I see the photos others have posted from high school.
- I totally overthink the status updates ("What are you thinking about?" it asks) because I have both a lesbian librarian and an ultra-conservative quiver-full Christian in my friend list. Will saying "friggin'" offend anyone? Is saying I like the show "Dollhouse" revealing me to be in favor of the subjugation of women? If I'm gardening, am I pedestrian? If I'm reading Lord of the Rings, am I a nerd? Basically--this all comes down to feeling judged, and being a sort of private person who also, ironically, loves to connect.
- How long will it be before a current student sees one of those pictures of me drinking the beer in Europe? How long before the worlds collide in ways that I can't anticipate??
- With all the time I spend connecting with former/online friends--am I neglecting the actual flesh-and-blood people in my life, nay, in my house, even?
Posted by Dana at 8:03 PM
- my center cable is off center, since the stitches to the left of the cable (the little buggers are on the right in the picture, but remember the sweater was knit top-down) are really loose. I've not had this problem so dramatically before, and I knit a lot of cables, but that's probably also because the cotton is so much less elastic than my usual wool.
- The pattern calls for inserting a few short rows at the bustline to ease the fit. It doesn't give directions for doing this unobtrusively, though...and as you can see from the WEIRD GAPING HOLE in the picture, I don't think I did this right. There weren't any directions, so I followed the short row directions in Cat Bordhi's New Pathways for Sock Knitters, and the short rows just came out kind of funky and gappy.
Posted by Dana at 6:02 AM
Sunday, June 07, 2009
I just saw this on a blog I visited and thought, hmmm?
Posted by Dana at 12:11 PM
Saturday, June 06, 2009
One of the best things about teaching is its cycle of open and close, renewal, and fresh starts--every year a new chance, a change. As the season turns and another school year closes, my mind turns to new opportunities and summer studies.
- Read classics I've always meant to read; study Anna Karenina with friend Michelle
- Bike or run every day; look amazing
- Finally develop that rhetoric/linguistics unit for my AP class that's been half-baked in my mind for two years
- Refinish bedroom dressers (only 12 years late) and finally get rid of horrific yellow wallpaper in master bedroom
- Weed-free garden; clutter-free home; healthy organic meals daily
- Eat crap, gain (more) weight
- Futz around on computer, wasting hours per day
- Procrastinate on school because "I have so much time until September"
- Dither over house projects and end up starting many, but leaving several half-done
Posted by Dana at 5:10 PM
Friday, June 05, 2009
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
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