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Summer: Week 7

“A woman who rides a bike? You almost never see that. Cool!” commented the man who pulled up to the library on his bike as I unlocked mine from the “No Parking” sign.

Yep, that’s me–revolutionary feminist–making waves in the male-dominated sport of Bicycling to the Library.

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The happenings of this week were so fantastical, so outlandish, so absurd that you would not believe me even if I had pictures (which I don’t).

The errands run, the books read, the laminating cut, the tomatoes watered–these are depths of activity the mind cannot plumb.

The beefy men bribed with supper to relocate the blue bookshelf. The miles cheerfully biked downhill with the wind, which were miserably reversed–our spirits buoyed by swapping tales including, but not limited to, having to “pack out” a hiker’s puke while a guide in Montana. The cherry stem tied in a knot by the venerable Mrs. C–using only her tongue. The rivers paddled upstream and down, the islands trampled underfoot, the mosquitoes recruited from the plagues of Exodus. The maps drawn in the sand, the burgers consumed at midnight.

These are not the sort of things you can capture on film. (Film? Who am I kidding?)

…actually, I just got tired of taking pictures.

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Summer: Week 6

Monday:

Finished painting the shelf thing. Now it just needs to get back to the school before the custodian thinks I’ve swiped it for good.

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Tuesday:

My friend house sits for a doctor during the summer while they pop off to Italy for a few months. They have a lavish home down by the river. She made Roman chicken and we ate it on the patio. It was an appropriate meal, as their entry features a life-size gold bust of Julius Caesar.

This is not the actual house. But it’s similar. More Caesar, less marble.

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Wednesday:

Helblabi and I decorated Mrs. C’s classroom with streamers, confetti, balloons, meat and cheese trays (just the one) and other items which guaranteed her students an even shorter attention span than usual. Happy Birthday! Mwhaha.

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Thursday:

Had some lovely folks over for supper, a rousing game of croquet, and a fire! The fire pit’s first proper fire–aided greatly by dryer lint and fire starter sticks.

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Friday:

Spent the Fourth with the family in the north unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Turned out to be the hottest day of the summer, so, while we did some hiking, most of the day we drove around, trying to avoid heatstroke.

Other, more intrepid hikers preferred to wander in the blazing sun, became disoriented and dehydrated, and had to be air lifted out of the park. So…seeing the sights from an air conditioned van was definitely the less expensive option.

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Saturday:

Took the canoe to the river for its first wetting of the season. ‘Twas only a brief jaunt because a) I hate paddling against the current, b) it was really hot, and c) a storm was a-comin’.

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Sunday:

A lot of these have been happening this summer. Such a great series!

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Posted by on July 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Summer: Week 5

Slow down, summer!!

Monday:

Came back from camp. We didn’t miss our turn this time.

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Tuesday:

Subbed again for summer school. Only these kids were much better behaved, and consequently, this was me. (I didn’t even have to smack anyone with that pointer!)

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Wednesday:

Worked some more at the school, mainly on the filing cabinet. I didn’t take any pictures of the files–beautiful as they are–but  the cabinet’s in the back there–grinning in all its organized glory. Papers…ugh.

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Thursday:

Pleased to report I did not go to the school at all! Instead, I spent the morning and much of the afternoon painting with my crafty friend. Her boyfriend’s uncle made the frames and she stapled fabric over them and–free canvases! She worked on the puppy and kitty and I labored over the yellow swirl–for five hours. That’s the kind of detail-oriented artist I am. It ended up as the background for these hangings I made for my library nook! The letters are made from fabric remnants from the rocking chairs. Pinterest’s got nuthin’ on me!

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Friday:

Subbed again. (See “Tuesday” for my demeanor) Dried some parsley and oregano in the dehydrator from the herbs I planted earlier. The parsley is especially prolific and something had to be done.

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Saturday:

My parents and B. helped me move this cubby thing from school to the garage. My mom and I spent most of the rainy Saturday painting it dark blue. It’s not quite done, though. While we painted feverishly, B. and my dad installed a new toy in my kitchenette!021001

Sunday:

A friend and I bought and planted some flowers for her patio, and I picked up this cheerful marigold. We also ate frozen yogurt at one of the many, many frozen yogurt places that have been sprouting like parsley all over town.

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Posted by on June 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Summer: Week 4

Monday:

I had nothing to do with this, but my skillful dad whipped up this sweet bookshelf for my library (in a matter of minutes). It still needs to be stained, but it’ll fit right into the space under the existing shelf.

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Tuesday:

My roommate and I used to buy these in Prague as consolation after really awful school days. We’d take them to a park full of roses halfway between school and home and sit on the grass (Which we were never really sure we were allowed to sit on, because the grass in every other park in Prague was covered in wine-swilling loungers, and no one but us ever sat on the grass in this particular park.) and eat them very slowly and and forget we were teachers.

A month ago, I noticed them at the grocery store here! I didn’t buy them, because they’re the Cadillacs of ice cream bars (they come in a box of three–that’s how exclusively decadent they are) and I had sticker shock. But later I saw them on sale. Mmm…if you have not experienced a Magnum bar, you probably should.

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Wednesday:

After a very long day of working in my classroom (which I also did on Tuesday, and again on Thursday) I went to dinner with these goofballs. We ate amazing cheesecake and laughed a lot.

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Thursday:

Worked some more in my room, and thought, “I should have taken before and after pictures.” But…I didn’t. Here is a nicely organized shelf, though!

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Friday:

Had a lovely patio brunch with this cutie and his momma. :)

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Saturday:

Well, actually Friday I headed to camp. And stayed till Monday. So these pictures are from the whole weekend. It’s always a good place to be.

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Posted by on June 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Summer: Week 3

Monday:

Did many things, one of which was to toddle down to ye ol’ public library and pick up this volume by Anton Chekhov. I once took a quiz entitled: “Which classic author is your soulmate?” or something like that, and it was dear Anton. So I figured I’d better read something of his. Meh. I’m not sure if it’s a crummy translation or what, but I’d hoped my soulmate would have a better handle on subject-verb agreement.

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Tuesday:

Again I did many things, the chief of them being: 1) mowing the lawn  and 2) buying these excellent pillows

 

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Wednesday:

I substituted in third grade summer school. No photos were taken, but basically this was me from 12:30-4:45:

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Then I went to a birthday party.

Thursday:

Some friends came to visit and we were up to all sorts of shenanigans, including, but not limited to: geocaching, visiting Ft. Lincoln and On-a-Slant Village (where we witnessed the unearthly beam of light), and living it up at an amusement park.

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Friday:

They were still here, so we shenan-agained. And I found this book at a thrift store, which is only funny if you’re me or maybe three other people:

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Saturday:

Headed to my parents’ where I attacked the two closets full of teaching stuff from PoDunk. I threw some, made a pile for the thrift store, and boxed some to take to my new room. When all was finished, two closets were whittled to half a closet full. My mother was thrilled.

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Sunday:

After church, my father and I spent four and a half hours of Father’s Day geocaching. We each found four. Eight caches in one day! And we were on foot! My dad found the really hard ones–tiny containers hidden in clumps of trees where your GPS goes all wonky because it “can’t get a clear view of the sky.” I found the easy ones–giant ammo boxes only cursorily covered with leaves. And I only got two ticks. ‘Twas a successful day indeed.

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Posted by on June 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Summer: Week 2

Monday:

Finished the cushions for the little rocking chair. This one is kid-sized and it’ll go in my library nook.

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Tuesday:

Had this dear friend over for dinner on the patio and entertaining stories.

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Wednesday:

Finished–mostly–the valances that will go on the very, very tall windows in my classroom. (I’m sensing a theme to this summer…eating and sewing.)

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Thursday:

My parents came, bearing these nightstands which I am choosing to call and use as end tables. My aunt brought them back from a stint in Germany some years ago, but they had lately been hanging out in her garage. During their move to another house, these little jewels were destined for the thrift store. My mom saved them and I gave them an appreciative home. I’m so grateful for them!

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Friday:

My mom helped me plant tomatoes and a little pot of parsley, basil, and oregano. I’m growing a lasagna! I don’t have a great record with keeping growing things alive, but these suckers have made it three days already! Here’s hoping for the best. My dad and I went to the Heritage Center which is partially open.

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Saturday:

A friend and I went for a long walk which included a coffee shop stop to purchase some triple berry, antioxidant, free radical-killing, gravity-neutralizing, wrinkle-smoothing, career-advancing beverage. Basically it’s the elixir of life. (For only four bucks! What a steal!) The walk also included a bit of rain. But the drink also made us waterproof!

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Sunday:

Went to Kroll’s after church with some people, and the guy in the booth next to us secretly bought us root beer floats! (But we figured out it was him, because we’re clever like that.) I didn’t take a picture, so I stole this mediocre shot from Trip Advisor. (74% recommended, if you were curious.)

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Posted by on June 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Summer: Week 1

This summer, I want to take one picture a day of something productive/useful/fun/interesting that I did. That way, when fall comes and I’m buried for weeks in my classroom, trying to figure out what on Earth I’m doing, I can browse the pictures and know I did not squander my precious months of freedom. And perhaps it will give me the courage to press on, knowing that another summer is only nine months away.

So here’s the first week!

Monday:

My parents found this rocking chair at a Goodwill on their way home from Texas. Every first grade teacher needs a rocking chair! It only had a top cushion–a stained, beige cushion of nastiness. So I bought a pattern and re-covered the top and made a bottom. (I didn’t get the entire thing done on Monday, but I included a finished product.) I’m really happy with how it turned out!

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Tuesday:

Made this French onion something-or-other bread. It was decent. I also made some cookies from a jar of mix my mom bought at a craft sale. The kind where all the dry ingredients are fetchingly layered in a mason jar. I always think they look too “special occasion” to use, but I went ahead and made ‘em. They were a craisin, oatmeal, peanut butter chip concoction. Mmm…

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Wednesday:

This lovely lady came over to talk about Turkey and help eat the aforementioned food stuffs and other things (turkey!) on the recently tidied patio. They’re cut out of the picture, but I even bought some hanging flowers for the patio!

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Thursday:

Finished a two-day class which consisted of writing two lessons for some website. Two days for two lessons. I wish these guys would have taught my undergrad classes.

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Friday:

Had a morning of sewing with this lovely lady. The bigger the mess, the better the project!

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Saturday:

Picked up my first Bountiful Basket. It was indeed bountiful! After I collected it, I had errands to run. When I got back into my car, it smelled like a potraviny. That thick, spicy smell of a medley of perfectly ripe fruits and vegetables in close quarters. American grocery stores don’t smell like that. They’re too ventilated and air-conditioned and the produce doesn’t smell like anything. Wax, maybe. Mmm, but a potraviny…all your fruits and veggies nestled together in a tiny, warm shop–so fresh you have to shoo the flies away to get at ‘em…that’s a good smell. I took the long way home so I could inhale it longer and be a little homesick for Prague.

I also went to a wedding reception at a state park. The favors were little baggies with the fixings for s’mores. It was darling.

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Sunday:

Took a two-hour bike ride with B. The city was putty in my hands. And when I got home, so were my legs.Sun

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

 
 
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