SOL Day 10

Today was the opposite of yesterday. I ran around from 7:30am until 5pm and went from hiking chic to bridal shower chic after a quick change in the car.

This morning started signs three hour field study for the middle school enrichment class I help teach. We spent three hours creating eco-art, orienteering, checking the trailcam, and playing games. Minus some whining and a few cold kids (who chose not to listen to our advice about the weather) it was a lot of fun for everyone. I love ending our course with this hands-on application of patterns in nature.

At 11:45 I ran from the woods to my car, performed a quick change from hiking clothes to dress clothes, and headed to my soon-to-be-sister-in-law’s bridal shower. It was a gorgeous event with a great group of women. My sister Katie made the cake (pictured above) and it was delicious!

I finally headed home around 4:15 and after 45 minutes I was home. I threw my heels in the closet, changed into leggings and a sweatshirt, walked the dogs with Chris, and then headed to a local diner for dinner. There was no way I was cooking after my long day!

Spending time outside and time with my family is always fun and relaxing, but it’s nice to sit on the couch and relax right now!


SOL Day 9

Today was just a regular day.  The dogs went to doggie daycare, so they are wiped out.  Both of them are sleeping next to me on the couch right now.  Navan was bouncing off the walls yesterday, so I was very excited to drop them off for a few hours of craziness today.

After work, I ran some errands.  I stopped at Barnes and Noble to pick up a gift and did some browsing, but I managed not to buy anything for myself.  I picked up the dogs when I was done and came home to get ready for the weekend.  I have a crazy busy weekend and tomorrow is especially busy.  I am teaching the last session of a middle school science enrichment course tomorrow morning and then I have to go straight to a party.  The dress code for the two events is very different, so it took me about an hour to pack everything up this evening.  I had to go in the attic and pull out some of my summer clothes because the only clothes I had for the party were black and grey.  I might need more color in my wardrobe…

Luckily, Homechef was delivered yesterday and I remembered to include a vegetarian meal for Friday (yay Lent!).  The meal, which was a rigatoni pasta dish, was pretty simple to prep and cook.  Even better?  It was good!

Now I’m sitting on the couch working on a secret project with Law and Order on in the background.  Law and Order is my constant background noise thanks to it’s many iterations and seasons.  I have to pack up a few more items for tomorrow then get some sleep before my busy day tomorrow!

SOL Day 8

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Today is International Women’s Day.  When I got to school and flipped through the newspaper, the full-page ad in the above collage caught my eye.  I don’t usually have my students look at the ads, unless we are studying rhetoric, but after checking out the website listed in today’s NYTimes ad I knew we would use it in class.

Ada Lovelace. Charlotte Bronte. Henrietta Lacks.  Ida B. Wells.  None of these women received the honor of having their obituary printed in the Times.  Even in the last two years, the paper admits that 1 in 5 people in the obituaries were female.

The ad included a link to Overlooked, the new project from the Times that will focus on expanding the lens used when selecting obituaries that are printed in the paper.  It’s currently focused on women, but it will expand to other groups in the near future.  Right now, they are highlighting famous women who deserved to have their obituary printed in the paper by publishing the obituaries on this new website.

In honor of International Women’s Day, I had my students explore the website and choose a woman who interested them.  They read her obituary and then wrote a summary to share with the class.  We spent about 10 minutes in each class sharing the stories of these women.  I think we all learned a lot. Some of my girls were furious when they learned that these women weren’t honored during their life and/or death.

Some of their classmates were blown away learning about women like Ada Lovelace. One student said, “Wait a second.  This woman invented coding and predicted AI, and no one talks about her in school?!”.  This prompted a great conversation about representation and why it matters.

I challenge you to take a moment today to check out the women who were Overlooked.  The Times is taking nominations for other overlooked people to add to the collection in the future, so don’t hesitate to make suggestions!

SOL Day 7

It’s 11:19pm and I almost forgot to write my Slice of Life post tonight. Oops! I’ve been writing all day, so I left a tab open on my computer as a reminder to do my post at one point. Unfortunately, I always have a million tabs open, so I forgot until I saw my friend Mindi’s post pop up on Facebook. I decided to steal her idea, so here is a list of ten things making me happy right now.

  1. We had a snow day today! It was a strange storm full of slush, sleet, and snow that resulted in about 3.5 inches at my house, but man did I need today off. I crossed a lot of items off my to-do list.
  2. We did not get 2 feet of snow like some parts of NJ. Phew! This is wet, heavy snow. Yuck.
  3. Delayed opening tomorrow! I’ll still be up early to walk the dogs with Chris, but then I can go back to bed for a little while.
  4. I wrote a lot today. It’s a secret project right now, but hopefully it will turn into something.
  5. We had Trader Joe’s spatchcock chicken for dinner tonight. Yum!
  6. I had time to watch last night’s This Is Us this morning. This makes me happy, even though the show always makes me sad.
  7. I did not waste my snow day binge watching. Not this time, at least.
  8. My cleaning lady canceled today due to the snow, but she’s coming tomorrow. This means I will come home to a clean house!
  9. Bonus item: my Homechef delivery Wil arrive tomorrow. Yum!

What is making you happy right now?

SOL Day 6

Teachers love snow days, especially during the long stretch between winter break and spring break. We had a crazy nor’easter last week, but it was a mostly rain event. But tomorrow might be different!

Snowstorms are notoriously hard to predict accurately during March due to the warm temperatures and sun angles. However, this storm might be a doozy. The problem is that the difference between getting 12 inches and getting 2 inches might be 10-15 miles. So far, the meteorologists I follow on social media are predicting 6-12 inches for my house. The community college where I work has already closed, as has the state university, and the district one town over is closed. We have been told an early dismissal is possible, but the latest forecasts show that will be the height of the storm with 1-2 inches of snow per hour. I’m hoping we just call the day before anyone gets to school!

In the mean time, I’ll keep checking the snow day calculator while I wait by the phone.

SOL Day 5

On Monday nights Navan has obedience class, so Dublin and I hang out. As soon as Navan walks out the door with Chris, Dublin is off to the races. We do about a half hour of trick training and review, because Dubs is working towards his novice trick title. Then we spend time outside playing fetch and practicing obedience.

Dublin’s absolute favorite game, by far, is hide-and-seek. During hide-and-seek he has to stay in a down position while I hide somewhere in the house or outside. It’s a great way to expend mental energy and he is all about it. The photo up top was from one of our games tonight. He was supposed to be staying on that chair while I hid, but he could barely sit still due to excitement!

After an hour+ of training and games he went and sat by the front door. About 4 minutes later, Chris and Navan got home. Seriously- how do dogs know when someone is about to come home?! He’s now passed out on the couch after enjoying a frozen Kong. Life is good for this wiggle-butt.

SOL Day 4

Other than making dinner tonight (ramen) and potato soup for tomorrow, today has been full of nothing.  Not that it’s a bad thing!

I’ve spent the evening watching the Oscars and waiting for Keala Settle’s performance of “This Is Me”.  Back in the fall I attended Elsiefest, a celebration of Broadway and pop music held in New York City and organized by Darren Cris.  One of the surprise performances was the first public performance of “This Is Me” and Keala blew the (metaphorical) roof off Central Park.  No one had heard the song before that moment, the movie wouldn’t come out for another 3ish months, and unknown songs at concerts are always a risk.  Well, within just a few bars the whole place was singing along.

I saw Keala Settle in Waitress and loved her performance, but her work in The Greatest Showman is just fantastic.  The whole soundtrack is great, but I could listen to “This Is Me” on endless repeat for hours.  I’m hoping that it wins Best Song tonight; the fact that it seems like it will be the last performance before the award is making me very hopeful.  Even if it doesn’t win, I am sure Keala’s performance will be amazing!

Video behind the scenes of “This Is Me”


ETA:  Booooo!  Keala’s performance was incredible, but the Oscar went to “Remember Me” from Coco.  I know Coco was incredible, but the song was by far the most underwhelming of the nominated songs.  I would have loved have seen “Mighty River” or “Stand Up for Something” win if “This Is Me” couldn’t win.  Ugh.