Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Greens

I joined the green smoothie challenge last week and I'm happy to report that I have had a green smoothie every day since Tuesday.  I almost messed up one day and was already having a glass of wine after sunset when Beau Diddley and 20 Something helped me hop back on the challenge train.  20 Something said, "You can have an off day, but you can't have a day off."  So, with the help of the young, I took a wine break and created and consumed yet another green smoothie.  After that day, I decided to always start the day with the green smoothie, rather than putting the smoothie challenge off for later.

We had a beautiful week here in the heartland. The weather was dismal, but we got outside, learned about our IU campus and our Brown County and we saw movies and created a veritable feast and made t-shirts.  We saw #1 play some music at a crowded and noisy pub.  We had the best week ever and I do like to brag so I'll tell you that the crossroads of America didn't disappoint our visitors from all over the country, hither thither and yon. They all want to move here and are looking into buying some midwestern real estate.  We miss them a lot already so we can't wait for the relocations.

Friday, November 27, 2015

The Hand Turkeys

We made these T-Shirts.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Kind of neat.  Salamander and a dryer sheet.  KC and I both had the same red salamander and we didn't even know it.  That's the stuff of cheer.  Happy #TwinTuesday my friends.

P.S.  1/3 of the relies arrived last night.  We'll pick up the other 2/3 (66.66666%) later this evening.  And then the games really begin.  They've actually already begun to some extent.  Truth be told.

Monday, November 23, 2015

The Brags

1.  Last year Mitzker and I collaborated on a cool project with the Thirdlanders.  We read and researched articles from Time For Kids News Magazine. Mitz is heading to LRA next week to talk about this project.  I decided not to go because I need to work on the book proposal (see reference to personal sacrifice in earlier post).  I met with Mitz yesterday evening for some food and drink and she went over her power point with me.  It really was an amazing project and Mitz has presented it brilliantly.  I'm feeling proud that literacy researchers from hither thither and yon will get to hear about the awesome Thirdlanders of yore. Our respondent even wrote that the work was "stunning."  So I guess I've got some bragging rights to share with one and all.

2. As November wears away, it's getting harder to find stuff of note to brag about.  Once the family arrives, they can help me think of great things about me for the final week of the challenge.  Get ready for greatness, Family!   Husbandman could do better in the department of Continually Complimenting, truth be told. But let's get real people. As I've been putzing around with revisions the last few days, he's been doing a million errands to get ready for our company.  We're all going to have   to cut him some slack.  I am officially double bragging today.  Not only did I collaborate on a cool project, I ended up collaborating on my life with the one and only Husbandman.  SCORE!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Revisions

This bragging challenge is really a challenge at times.  Most days, it's fun and funny to sound so obnoxious, but other times, I feel somewhat repulsed by my own self.

But soldier on we must.  We have 8 more days of November and this is the November bragging challenge and no one ever said it was going to be for the faint of heart.

So... what to brag?  What to brag?

I'm not doing anything amazing right now, per se, BUT I am getting down a few ideas for the revision of chapter 2.  And even though I don't have a book contract and may never have a book contract, I did have a phone call with the editor on Monday and I have been working on this proposal for her for 3 years and I'm really sick of it, but I've never given up on it and though I do procrastinate, I also do end up getting some revisions done and not too many people in their right mind would keep working on something like this, but I made a commitment to myself to finish the proposal and I'm honoring that commitment even though it's meant a great deal of personal sacrifice so when you think about it, my perseverance could be considered impressive if looked at in the right light.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

The First Snow

Mom and Bro make a pie.  Foto Credit:  Faitho
It's the day of the first snow.  Hoorah!

Today I'm in the house.  I'm supposed to be writing another revision of Chapter 2 for my writing proposal, but come to find out I've got my priorities straight.

I'm looking at the snow and eating pistachios.  I think I might even take a nap.

I know.  You're all thinking about how amazing I am with the procrastination skills, but  I doubt anyone really knows how phenomenal I am at avoidance and fritterance.  Sorry if you think you do know, but you don't. There are no words.

I'm happy to be on break.  Everyone's coming in this week and I'm very pleased to tell you that we're going to have a newcomer in our midst.  20 Something is bringing home Beau-Diddly.  He's going to love it here.  We're planning on buying a few new board games to keep the crew enchanted over this chilly week in America's heartland. I'll probably win most of the games, but of course I'll be charming about it.  That's just how I roll.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Heffernan Fold

We use a lot of big paper in Room 200.  When Thirdlanders turn their papers in to the basket, I ask them to fold the papers in fourths.  There's this one Thirdlander who just mangles the paper in a unique kind of squashing-rolling technique.  Yesterday I said to him, "Look, let's go over folding in fourths again.  I invented this useful tool when I was 22.  It's called the Heffernan Fold.  You fold the paper once in half and then in half again, making sure the corners are lined up as well as can be expected.  Voila.  Never forget the Heffernan Fold.  It's going to serve you well in so many sundry circumstances, for the rest of your life."  The Thirdlander smiled, but to be quite honest, I sensed he wasn't even really attending to the demonstration.  His eyes kept wandering around and his visage revealed a rushed mien.

I guess I did the best I could, but once again, I'm left with the eternal query of all amazing teachers everywhere, "Why can't I reach these kids?"

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


This #twinTuesday focuses on composition.  Brilliantly, I might add. Notice the blackbird dish and colorful cloth in the background?  Avocado and wrench.  In a land all their own.

Today's going to be a tough one, but as usual I'm up to the challenge.  Life throws me an avocado.  I catch that avocado and smash it back full on into Life's face, using a handy wrench. No surprise there.