Monday, September 19, 2011

Look up

Sometimes, when you're stuck in a rut of just dealing with the next task, a change of perspective, like looking up, is the best thing to do.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Catching Fire

Yesterday's lack of post was due to my irresponsibly and addictively reading the last two books in Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy - Catching Fire and Mockingjay. My eighth graders are going to be reading the first book in the series next week, and I thought that as a responsible teacher, I should probably take a look at the other two books in the trilogy, in order to respond intelligently if the kids decided to read the rest of the books and talk to me about them. I downloaded them on my Kindle at 3:30 pm on Sunday afternoon. At 11:30 pm, I blearily looked up from the last page of Mockingjay and went immediately to bed, since it was hours past my bedtime. It's a pretty intense trilogy!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Old digs

Speaking of nostalgia for the Middle East, I'm kinda missing our old neighborhood in Bahrain. This was our street in Suqaya.

Thursday, September 8, 2011


Several of my coworkers are Turkish. They've installed a teapot that makes Turkish tea in the teacher's lounge, and which is reminding me how much I'd enjoy visiting Turkey again.

Monday, September 5, 2011


One of my new school-year goals is to always have flowers somewhere in the house. They don't have to be expensive or fancy, just in existence to cheer up one of the rooms.

Friday, September 2, 2011


Nothing says it's still summertime like watermelon. Even if it is September.

Thursday, September 1, 2011


It may be the first day of September, but it's still sunny and hotter'n'anything around these parts. I like Fall. Maybe it will come visit us sometime.