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Sunday Stroll Around D.C. April 26, 2009

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I just got back from four days in Washington, D.C., for a national educators’ conference that drew about 15,000 educators to the city.  We had jam-packed days with some really worthwhile workshops, presentations, time in the exhibit halls, and I’ve brought back all kinds of great ideas for my students, colleagues, and myself.

We also had to take advantage of such a vibrant, historic city.  I soon ditched my heels for sneakers as we logged 12-15 miles on foot each day, back and forth to the convention center, exhibits, hotels . . . but also to the wonderful historic and cultural sights around the city.  I even got a glimpse of the first pooch at the White House.  If you missed my earlier post on Bo Obama,  click here.

As far as flora goes, the cherry blossoms were over, but the dogwood was in full bloom, as well as azaleas and a plethora of other wonderful flowers.




The Botanical Garden was also incredible. . .







This is short and sweet and I promise more later . . .  it’s just that I’ve got unpacking to do and a family to take care of who’s feeling a bit neglected . . .

To see who else is strolling on this gorgeous weekend, visit the Quiet Country House.



Guess who I saw today!?! April 24, 2009

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Here’s a hint:

  • He’s extremely cute, he lives in the White House, and he has 4 legs!

When walking past the White House today (after a long day at meetings at the D.C. Convention Center), we spied Bo, the first dog!

As a few colleagues and I were walking past the president’s residence, I said that I could picture Bo on the lawn . . . and then, voila!  There he was, a normal puppy who was jumping up on people, with his short, curly, black coat and gleaming white chest.  It looked like he was practicing to sit on command, but he’s a normal, rambunctious puppy!

If  you look really carefully, in the doorway, I believe the man in the white shirt is the first dog’s owner, Obama himself!

I have been at the most incredible education convention in D.C., where 15,000 educators who feel passionately about mathematics and their students have converged on this historic location.  I’ve spent time with one of the real gurus of Math education, Marilyn Burns, and I got to talk with her in person today, after attending a talk she did for 2,500 people!


Here’s the view from my room:


And here’s the Washington Monument up close:


And here it is, with a wonderful reflection in the Reflecting Pool:


And here it is at night . . .


Lots more pix to come, but it’s already tomorrow and I have a very early morning session!


Happy Earth Day! April 22, 2009

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What am I doing on Earth Day 2009?  I’m actually taking public transportation with a group of people (NOT burning fossil fuel in my own vehicle) and I’m on my way to D.C. for a national educational conference.  I’m enjoying the view along the way from the train, blogging, reading, and napping a bit.  How nice NOT to be the driver (especially since I was up all night packing and taking care of last minute details!)

I agree with the Farmer’s Daughter that Earth Day should be EVERY day, not just ONE day a year!

What little kindness have you  done for the Earth lately?


Back to School Today! April 20, 2009

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Spring Vacation is over!  Back to school today!  I’m excited to see my students and colleagues after last week’s reprieve.  HAPPY DAY!  HAPPY SPRING!


How am I doing? Update on “My At-home Vacation To-Do List” April 19, 2009

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OK, I’m going to be brutally honest with the progress I made with the list I posted at the beginning of this at-home vacation week!  Here goes…

* Finish and mail taxes before the April 15th deadline (always seems to coincide with April vacation for me!)  YES!  For the first time ever, I was early!!!  Mailed ’em on April 13th, with 2 days to spare!

* Complete some school projects, working from home and school a bit, and to get a jump-start on what comes next.  YES, I actually completed 3/4 of the school projects I’d planned . . . and I still have this weekend to finish up!

  * Rollerblading and lunch out with my daughter (remembering what it was like to be home when our children were young—-I SO loved that!)  YEP!  Did that on Friday in the glorious sun, with the wind blowing . . . and I have pix to prove it!


  (OK, we weren’t actually rollerblading ON the beach, but we were close enough to the ocean that I felt the need to get a shot there!)

* Long walks around the farm; walks in the sand at the beach  YES on the first, 4 nights in a row with DH and counting . . . NOPE on the second as my daughter said she didn’t want to get sand in her rollerblades, so we stuck to the non-sandy areas!

* Planting painsies in outside planters (a rite of spring for me!)  Does placing 2 baskets of painsies outside count?  It’s still too cold at night (below freezing) and this way I can bring them in at night.

* Making Easter baskets for our kids and other family members  DONE and already mostly eaten and history . . .

* Baking special treats for Easter (Check!)

* Making more home-cooked meals!  YUP, Lasagna, spaghetti, even surprised the guys with a standing rib roast!

* Shuttling my Mom to doctor appointments, etc., and probably out to lunch  YES and YES

* Riding around topless–or should I say top-down? (in my little red ride, that is!)  OH YES!  With the heat on as my daughter complained she was cold! 

* Biking  Just once, but I still have today!

* Catching up with my list of “to do” things  Okay, I’m chipping away at it!

* Shopping trip with my daughter to get a few items for an upcoming business trip to D.C. and another special event  OH yeah, got new sandals, birthday presents for DH and youngest son, and a way fancy summer dress that I couldn’t resist, but now I need someplace to wear it!  (I decided I had enough already for DC trip.)

* More school work  (There’s still this weekend.)

* Blogging and reading blogs  (Yes and yes, but I’m not done yet!)

* Is the week over yet? (I’m sure I’ll be out of week before I’m out of things on my list!)

Here are a few things I did that weren’t even on my list, but were necessities:

  • Laundry
  • Dishes
  • Grocery shopping
  • laundry
  • dishes
  • grocery shopping
  • etc.
  • etc.
  • etc.

see the pattern?

Most of all, I’m going to relish the time home, because I’m away from home too much these days. I hope for some warm spring days to spend time outside, doing all the things I love to do!  (Yes, yes, and yes!)

I did even make a trip into two of my schools to TCB (Take care of business!)

Still have to accomplish today/Sunday:

  • Review two new teachers’ portfolios before tomorrow!
  • Plan for lessons and meetings at school tomorow
  • More laundry
  • Catch up w/ school e-mail, which I’ve been doing on a daily basis…
  • Get things in order for an upcoming business trip
  • Cook, more laundry
  • Probably go to the grocery store . . . ugh!
  • Complete the items I’ve procrastinated on all week
  • Help my DH celebrate his birthday . . . and since I told him he was #1 on my list today, I’m not so sure about the other items!

So, if I’m “strolling” today, it’ll be with him and I’m not planning on posting a “Sunday Stroll,” as I need to get everything else done.  I’ll probably be up all night, but it was a DELICIOUS WEEK at home!



ALOHA FRIDAY #3 !!! April 17, 2009

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It’s Friday again already, so that means it’s time for . . .

I just LOVE what Kailani  is doing over at An Island Life with “Aloha Friday.”

In Hawaii, she says, “Aloha Friday is the day when we take it easy and look forward to the weekend.  So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.”

I can’t really say that Friday is any less frantic than any other day of the week here, but I like the idea.  Wouldn’t you love to be on “island time?”

I’m participating in Kailani’s  Aloha Friday and I thought I’d bring a bit of the islands to Everydaywoman.  I’ll be posting a simple question to stir up a little conversation before the weekend.  If you’d like to participate, please respond to the question in a comment, and feel free to post your own question on your blog and leave your link below.  Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!

My “Aloha Friday” question this week is: 


I know that this seems like a simple, innocuous question, but coming from a sun-lover, ok, pretty much a sun-worshiper, I’ve recently changed my answer to this one!

I must admit when my kids were growing up, I’d slather the sunscreen on them and then let myself bake poolside while  they played (and I weeded the flower gardens, vacuumed the pool, etc.) to golden perfection.  It always made me feel healthier, happier, browner.  Then, just recently, in the harsh paleness of winter I was forced to undergo some pretty ugly skin treatments for pre-cancer (which involved using a chemotherapy cream to BURN the skin off my forehead, creating UGLY scabs and lesions……ugh!)  According to my doc, I now have a new lease on life and MUST use sunscreen, hats, covering, etc., etc.  I know I’ve been in denial for a long time, but as hard as I know it’ll be, I’ll cover up this summer . . . and YES, use sunscreen.  (I know those wrinkles came from overexposure, too, and fortunately there are now some pretty decent bronzers so I won’t have to feel sickly pale.)







Give-Away for your favorite GUY—or you!!!

Seems I’m usually giving away something for the women out there, so here’s one for your favorite guy—or perhaps YOU to wear as a nightshirt, beach cover-up, etc.


Just couldn’t resist  this super-smart, 100% organic cotton “T” (design inspired by Keith Urban) with an awesome message—“LOVE HER—all people, one planet”

If you’re interested, just leave a comment below.  I’ll be raffling it off at the end of April, along with my other April give-away.  GOOD LUCK!

Oh, and just so you know, it’s XXL—I’m used to living with BIG guys!  And do you notice how green the grass is getting?—Spring has officially sprung!