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Today as we were listening to Vampire Weekend in the car, I mentioned to Leah that I was surprised to notice on SNL a few weeks ago that the lead singer is white. A little while later she said "I wasn't as surprised to find out that he is white as I was to find out that Rick Astley is white."

I almost had to pull the car over, I laughed so hard.

Fruit, Fruit, and More Fruit

Last week, my co-teacher and I suggested to our students that instead of our typical meal planning class, we do an exotic fruit tasting.
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Most of the students were pretty good about trying stuff, and two of them tried every single thing we offered. The funny thing was, the two students who were the most excited about planning the process, finding pics of exotics fruits online, etc, were two of the hardest sells when the day actually came, and I think one of them ended up not trying anything.

The next day we took the leftovers on our field trip to a local dairy farm, and had a picnic in the sun on the grass. It was so perfect!


It's that time of year again!

Please consider supporting me in the Walk for Animals on Saturday May 1st. Any amount would be greatly appreciated!

Just look at these former shelter animal faces! Where would I be without them?

Ahhh... relaxed and refreshed.

We decided to stay at the Westin Galleria last night for a mini-vacation. I looooove the Heavenly Bath. My only complaint is that my skin is so dry today after using the whirlpool, tub, and shower so much within a 14-hour period. But that is my own fault for not bringing any lotion.

Favorite quotes of the day:
-Leah: "I don't know how anyone wakes up, ever, with curtains like these."

-Leah (referring to the king bed): "I almost had to call you last night, you were so far away from me."

-Me: "We have to get home to let Taji out." Leah: "And feed the vultures. They're probably circling." Me: "Yeah... circling Taji!"

Today we see the two ASL shows and go out to dinner. So it is gonna be a good weekend!

random look inside my brain

Yesterday, the Current was playing a song by She and Him, and they said that it is made up of M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel. And my thoughts went "hmmm.... I didn't know that Zooey Deschanel was a singer.... oh wait, yes I did, she sang in a commercial for cotton."


On Saturday we are going to see Vagina Monologues and Any One of Us: Words From Prison in ASL at the Ritz Theater. So we need to go out to eat in/near NE Minneapolis.

I'm thinking Red Stag Supper Club, Modern Café, or Erté.


for smae28

somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond
by e. e. cummings

somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond
any experience,your eyes have their silence:
in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,
or which i cannot touch because they are too near

your slightest look easily will unclose me
though i have closed myself as fingers,
you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens
(touching skilfully,mysteriously)her first rose

or if your wish be to close me, i and
my life will shut very beautifully ,suddenly,
as when the heart of this flower imagines
the snow carefully everywhere descending;

nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals
the power of your intense fragility:whose texture
compels me with the color of its countries,
rendering death and forever with each breathing

(i do not know what it is about you that closes
and opens;only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
nobody,not even the rain,has such small hands



I am in a foul, angry mood today. If I actually had some of the conversations that I am having in my head, there would be crabbiness and hurt all around. I feel very out of sorts and conflicted with myself. Like, how can I be thinking one minute how nice it would be to move into a 2-BR condo in our current complex and just be done with it, and the next minute be driving down Edgcumbe Rd going "oooh, there's a nice house for sale."

This could very much be hormone-related.

I am slightly cheered up by the fact that I made some new materials for morning meeting activities. And by downloading new music from iTunes.

I'm a nerd

I'm home sick today. Leah says I don't know how to have a day off, because I got up when she did, but 1) getting up when she leaves for work still means sleeping 2 hours later than I normally do, and 2) I couldn't bear the thought of being in the house with a weekend's supply of germy tissues, so I got up to take out the trash. Now that I have done that, as well as vacuumed, loaded the dishwasher, sprayed Lysol everywhere, done the last load of laundry, and watched an episode of Big Love, I'm going to take a nap.


Reminder for 2010

My oracle card for the year is "don't sweat the small stuff."

Probably a good reminder for someone like me.

What I Read in 2009

-Paper Towns, by John Green
-With the Light vol 3, by Keiko Tobe
-What is the What, by Dave Eggers
-Oath Breaker, by Michelle Paver
-You are SO Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah, by Fiona Rosenbloom
-Second Glance, by Jodi Picoult (definitely recommended, even if you aren't a big Picoult fan)
-The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls
-The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite, by David Kessler
-Home Safe, by Elizabeth Berg (loved it!)
-How Starbucks Saved My Life, by Michael Gates Gill
-Born on a Blue Day, by Daniel Tammet (made me cry on the bus)
-Belong to Me (audiobook), by Marisa de los Santos (highly recommended)
-Handle With Care, by Jodi Picoult (not one of my favorites)
-Better Than Running at Night, by Hillary Frank
-Margarettown, by Gabrielle Zevin
-The Sugar Queen, by Sarah Addison Allen
-Ghost Hunter, by Michelle Paver (the last of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness - :( so sad)
-11 issues of Bon Appétit magazine

There are no entries in my book journal between 1/29/09 and 5/16/09 - either I missed some books, or student teaching was even busier than I thought!


I can't believe it's over

We got our last CSA delivery of the season last week. How time flies!

final delivery
final delivery
pumpkin bundt cake
pumpkin bundt cake
OK really it was butternut squash bundt cake, but that just doesn't have the same ring.

I wish I had taken a picture of the cabbage roll casseroles I made on Tuesday night. Mmmmm. Kari got to take a pan home with her. Then Leah stayed up late cooking beets to put in the freezer. We still have lots of root vegetables and squash, but I think that will all be good when we get back from Canada.

Soon we have to decide if we are ordering again next year. I am pretty sure we will still order something, but possibly not the whole 30 weeks. They offer every other week or flex plans that might work better, since we have already decided we are going to the cottage in July/August again, and who knows if we will have other vacations too.


happy Sunday

I went to work today for a few hours to do some paperwork. While I was gone, Leah unloaded and reloaded the dishwasher, did laundry, vacuumed, and tidied up to make room for Taji's kennel.

Now we are snuggling in bed and watching the Vikings win. :)

CSA catch-up

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The big orange squash that looks somewhat like a pumpkin made a yummy cake with cream cheese frosting. My coworkers are still talking about it. And Leah has refined her baked sweet potato fries to be fabulous - apparently the secrets are 1) not letting them touch AT ALL on the baking pan and 2) serving with the same dip we use for fried plantains (ketchup, mayo, and garlic).

I can't believe the next delivery will be our last! But, at the same time, I have actually found it hard to use all the fall veggies, because school has been so exhausting and I haven't wanted to cook. We do have a few items put into the freezer to use after the deliveries stop - I wish we had a larger freezer so that we could keep more, and order meat from them too.


Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I am thankful for my family and friends, my job, my pets, and all my material possessions today.

I usually start writing my holiday cards over Thanksgiving weekend, so if you'd like one, leave your address - comments are screened.


Department of Boredom

You know how they say first-year teachers have no lives because they always have to bring work home with them? Well, that is a little bit true... but mostly I have had no life because I just want to sleep ALL THE TIME. Like last night, for example, I went to bed at 730pm.

I haven't been to Team Trivia in weeks. Actually the only social things I've done lately are Ren Fest (pics) and our annual fall colors drive (pics). The leaves hadn't even started to turn much last when we went last weekend, and now there is snow on the ground!

CSA + randomness

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Yummy things that have been made lately include:
-shish kebabs
-fried rice with leftover shish kebab meat & veggies

At some point this weekend we need to make carrot soup and cream of broccoli soup. And finish roasting beets.

On a non-food note, one of the paras I work with has awesome stuff on Etsy (and she has even been approached by Patina). So I treated myself to a purchase with my first adult-sized paycheck. I custom ordered the colors and she had it done for me in just a few days!

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I'm an addict, what can I say?

There are 5 million things going on this weekend, and there is no way we will get to all of them. Actually I should be taking it easy in order to avoid getting the ILI (influenza-like illness) that 6 of my 10 students and 2 of the 3 paras have, but I have been taking my temp all week and have had no signs of fever. So instead we have the following on the calendar:
-Ren Fest
-insemination appointment (hopefully)
-apples & honey party
-soup cooking, as mentioned above
-memorial service for Nate (coworker's husband who died in April)
-harvest party at our CSA farm
-the usual school/work catchup

Like I said, impossible that this can all happen. Especially since we are both still in that beginning of the school year mode where you can sleep forever and still be tired.