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Weekly Diigo Posts (weekly)

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Weekly Diigo Posts (weekly)

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Weekly Diigo Posts (weekly)

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

SOL Day 31

That delicious-looking creation is the Jersey Freeze Thin Mint milkshake. It was 60° and gorgeous today, so Chris and I got ice cream. We had to enjoy the weather because tomorrow night it’s supposed to snow. Yup, snow. Nope, it’s not an April Fool’s joke. Crazy, huh?

Today is the last day of the Slice of Life Challenge. Despite my constant reminders to spread out the required 40 comments and to keep track of them in the required Googledoc as they went, most of my students did not listen. I know this because I’m fielding frantic emails. Sorry guys- I warned you before we started that there is no comment search function on Edublogs! I’m also approving dozens of comments every time I log on to the blog. Luckily, they have to be done by 11:59pm!

SOL Day 30

Happy spring break!

Today I did all the things I can’t normally due when I’m at work.  I started my morning by dropping the dogs off at doggy daycare.  Then I headed towards Mercer County to do some pet store shopping and some bird watching.  I picked up some clearance items at the mom + pop pet store, then I headed over to my favorite place to hike and look for birds: Mercer Meadows.

Mercer Meadows is about 1600 acres of trails, forests, meadows, and ponds/creeks.  The bird-watching is amazing and during the winter I can’t get over there during the week because it gets dark so early.  Today I spent a few hours wandering the trails and watching the harriers and red-tailed hawks hunt.

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Harriers, like the one in the photo above (that I took today) hunt by hovering in place over meadows and listening/watching for voles and mice.  This girl tried to catch several rodents while I watched her, but she never succeeded.  As she hunted, the trio of red-tailed hawks circled high above her, screaming.

I also spotted what was most likely a raccoon sleeping high up in a tree, but it was hard to tell from the ground  (and I was pretty far away).  What do you think?  Does it look like a raccoon?  I’m thrown off because it was so out in the open and I’ve only seen raccoons sleeping in dens/holes in trees in the past. The reddish hue in the fur is also strange, though it could be a trick of the light.

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After hiking about 3 miles, I headed to grab a Lent-friendly lunch of tuna salad at a nearby cafe.  I enjoyed my tuna salad on a baguette while reading my book, reveling in the fact that I was out during the day.  As a teacher, eating lunch outside of my classroom/the cafeteria/the faculty room isn’t possible, so a lunch in a cafe without a time limit seemed especially luxurious.

After running a few more errands, I headed pack to doggy daycare to pick up the Aussies.  I was thrilled to learn that my friend had groomed Dublin and cleaned him up, because he desperately needed it!  The dogs were completely wiped out by the day o’ fun and so am I!

This was only the first day of spring break, but I feel like I spent it living my best spring break life.

SOL Day 29

This is the face of a dog who found a possum at 5am. He wants to know why he’s not allowed back outside where the possum is.

We hadn’t seen our possum friend on a few weeks, but the dogs found him first thing this morning! Luckily, Chris was with them and was able to shop them away from their new friend when he decided to play possum. Last time this happened, I learned that they can play dead for up to four hours! Thankfully, the dogs did their business with Chris and remained inside while I was at work. As soon as I let them outside after work they were on the hunt, though! It’s astounding how much they can remember. They immediately ran to the spot where they’d last seen him!

Don’t worry- Navan had fun today, too. Our afternoon walk at the park was very “mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful”.

Yes, he’s digging in a giant puddle of mud. Yes, he loved it. We took a 1.5 mike walk and there were mud puddles everywhere. He was in his glory!

I am officially on spring break, so we have many hikes to look forward to over the next few days!