Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wishes, Lies and Dreams #10

I wish I could get back into slogging.

I used to like slogging and when I see people zipping down the street in front of my house, I always think, "Well done, you!"

For the most part, I have fond memories of plugging away down the open road.

But I also wish I could slog a little faster because every time I used to slog people would stop their cars and ask, "Do you need help?" or sometimes they stopped their cars and yelled out, "Good for you!  You're really trying!"  The constant interactions with kind strangers really slowed me down.

I wish people wouldn't talk to me or look at me when I'm slogging. But because of my slowness, I really stand out.   On average, people stop me 8 to 9 times every time I slog.  So sometimes I think it's just not worth it.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Hold the phones.  It's #TwinTuesday.  We've got a rock and a fitbit.  Not even sure what to say about this unexpected pairing.  I think I'm going to have to sit with the image awhile and let its glory and pathos sink in and percolate.  I've got a lot of extra time today, so why not?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Wishes, Lies and Dreams #9

I wish I had time to pick up a latte this morning.  I'm very tired for some reason, but I'm determined to perk it up.

If you teach in a school, you can imagine that the 5 days before winter break bring extraordinary cheer into the lives of young children. There's wishing and dreaming going on like nobody's business.  I sincerely wish that I can help the Thirdlanders focus their cheer on meaningful learning.  If you teach in a school, you know this is easier said than done.  But that's why I get paid the big bucks, and that's what I'm heading in to do.  Wish me luck.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Wishes, Lies and Dreams #8

First off, I bought this green guitar yesterday.  How could I not?

And B.  We saw Birdman last night.  I wish everyone would see this movie if they feel like it.  It's a strange movie, but a good one.

In summary, I wish I didn't have to work on report cards today, but it must be done.  I dream of the report cards being done completely and part of that dream is a sugarplum vision of not having to work on school work (very much) on winter break.  I hope you too will visualize the report cards being done today. In short, dream a little dream of me.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Wishes, Lies and Dreams #7

Remember when I used to work in the cafeteria at my old school and I would bring puppets on occasion?  When I got back to my new school, I was unsure about the puppets, so I put them in a big tub and hoisted them up on a high shelf away from everyone.  But then one day, I had to bring out Jack the terrier at morning meeting.  I just had to do it.  Then the next week, Mousey made an appearance.  Now the Thirdlanders have dubbed all Fridays to be Puppet Fridays.  So Mookie the Chimp showed up last week.  Yesterday, Kelpie the Sea Otter spent time with us.  The Thirdlanders flipped out over Kelpie.  They hugged and held him at morning meeting. They requested his presence at Writer's Workshop.  They patted and tickled him while he looked over their stories.  To a thirdlander, they all groaned when it was time to put Kelpie back up on the shelf with his puppet pals.
      One of the Thirdlanders stood next to me rubbing Kelpie's head, preventing me from putting Kelpie away.  "I wish we all could have Kelpies.  Can you get 24 Kelpies so we can all have one?"
     This idea was completely preposterous, but I responded with calm matter of factitude. "Well, probably not.  But I get it.  Kelpie is very cute."
    He screamed back at me, "He's not cute!  He's adorable!"
    I reminded him that a gift giving occasion was coming up and maybe he should share his wish with his family.  That's how #1 got all these puppets, so the wishing out loud could work for others as well.  I wish all the Thirdlanders could have a Kelpie of their own.  I may write a grant to give puppets to all of them in the New Year.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Thursday Creativity Share: Carol of the Bells and Cranberry Cookies

You know what's great about having a son who's a phenomenal jazz musician?  Among other excellent attributes, this son tells me about great jazz music and then I go ahead and buy it.  This week I bought this CD called Carol of the Bells. I even bought an extra to give as a gift in the future. Carol of the Bells is a collection of holiday songs arranged and performed by some of our very own fab IU Jacobs School faculty with a jazzy big band sound.  We love it.  Get this CD and start getting merry like Christmas.

While we played Carol of the Bells last night, we created some oatmeal cranberry cookies which were delicious.  I can't tell you the recipe because it's been in my family for generations.  Let's just say they turned out delicious and now I'm ready for the cookie swap at school today.  Cookie swaps are creative endeavors where community baking artisans share their culinary creations.
      At the end of the baking workshop, I asked Husbandman, "When was the last time I made cookies?"
     "You've never made cookies," he replied, but I don't think he can be right about that.  I have a vague memory of making cookies once or twice.  I need to step up my game.  Come to find out,  I'm an amazing baker of artisanal cookies.

Thursday Creativity Share is a wrap.  Jazzy holiday tunes. Baked goods created out of raw materials and shared with other culinary artists. Knock it and lock it.  Put it in your pocket.  

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Wishes, Lies and Dreams #6

I was poking around on the Animal Shelter web page yesterday and come to find out, they had a corgi puppy there for adoption.  We drove down there and now we are responsible pet owners.  The shelter called our corgi Tanner, but that's obviously not going to work.  We're calling him Earl.  He's a great dog.  Usually corgis bark a lot, but Earl doesn't.  He's content to sit with us and play with his toys.  We went for a walk this morning and Earl seems to love the neighborhood.  We have a crate for Earl and he loves going in there.  We're going to keep Earl in his crate today with some toys and treats.  We'll be back to see him at the end of the day.  Corgis like to spend time by themselves so this is a win win situation.  Welcome Earl!  We wish you a fine day and we'll see you later.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014


This week, we have another cheerful pairing.  Some sheet music and a holiday ornament.  It's cheerful, right?