July 31 Daybook

July 31, 2009

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For today…

Outside my window… green grass and bright blue skies.
I am thinking… today is going to be busy.
From the classroom… I finished the chart I’m making for the kids to track their grades.
I am thankful for… an insight I had during last night’s Aerosmith concert.
From the kitchen… nothing yet.
I am wearing… jeans and a tie-dyed T-shirt.
I am readingThe Verse by the Side of the Road by Frank Rowsome Jr.
I am hoping… I run fast enough to complete the double tomorrow (a quarter-marathon followed by a 5K … but there’s a tight time limit on the quarter, which I didn’t realize when I signed up).
I am creating… a pretest for my students to take on the second day of school.
I am praying… to express more confidence in my work.
Around the house… several chores that need to be dealt with today.
One of my favorite things… doughnuts. (I wish I had one at the moment.)
A few plans for the rest of the week… menu, Reading Room shift, quarter-marathon.
Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…

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Word part Scrabble — a (hopefully) fun way for the kids to learn Greek and Latin roots, prefixes and suffixes. I think the key to game-as-learning-experience is not to give them too much information — rather than having them memorize a list of word parts, I’m going to ask them to define the words they’re creating from the various parts, then use that knowledge to figure out what the individual pieces mean.

Emily


Folk Thursday: Trout Fishing in America

July 30, 2009

I wanted to see these guys in concert at the Coleman Theatre Beautiful, but I didn’t find out the date in time, so I missed the show last week. I got to see them a couple of years ago, and they were great.

Speaking of great concerts, I just got back from the Aerosmith show here in Tulsa. I saw them nine years ago in St. Louis, and they were good then, but tonight? Amazing. And I have just two words to describe that gray streak Joe Perry is sporting these days: Yow. Za. (I’ll have more meaningful commentary on the show later, but right now, I’m busy adding Mr. Perry’s name to my list of Celebrities I’d Like to Photograph Before I Die.)

Emily


July 30 Daybook

July 30, 2009

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For today…

Outside my window… a quiet summer rain.
I am thinking… the purr of an affectionate kitten goes well with the sound of rain falling into puddles outside my window.
From the classroom… the Scrabble board and pieces are finally finished, and the bulk of my classroom decorations are finally laminated.
I am thankful for… tickets to see Aerosmith and ZZ Top this evening.
From the kitchen… sauteed mushrooms and baked potatoes yesterday, but I think we’re looking at icing shots from Kupcakz today.
I am wearing… jeans and a Neil Diamond T-shirt.
I am readingThe Verse by the Side of the Road by Frank Rowsome Jr.
I am hoping… the kids have as much fun doing these lessons as I’ve had planning them.
I am creating… a new menu for the Rock Cafe.
I am praying… to express more patience in my life.
Around the house… three sleepy dogs.
One of my favorite things… hypersaturated film.
A few plans for the rest of the week… finishing Dawn’s menu; running a quarter-marathon on Saturday.
Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…

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An abandoned traveler sleeps in the desert sun just off Route 66. Mid-morning in Ludlow, Calif. June 2009.

Emily


July 28 Daybook

July 28, 2009

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For today…

Outside my window… overcast skies and faded flags moving lazily in the breeze.
I am thinking… I hope I have time to stop by the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum gift shop and look for classroom decorations while I’m out that direction this afternoon for a freelance piece about barbecue restaurants.
From the classroom… a jigsaw puzzle game to help the kids review their parts of speech.
I am thankful for… opportunities to be creative.
From the kitchen… a piece of string cheese before I hit the road.
I am wearing… jeans, Brooks Adrenalines, my favorite running socks, and my Route 66 Marathon tech shirt.
I am reading… a lot of menus today.
I am hoping… to find time to check out at least one of the spots I had in mind for a piece about great places to jog on Route 66.
I am creating… a lesson plan about poetry and the “melodies of literary language” involving Burma-Shave signs.
I am praying… to maintain my calm sense and clear trust that all is harmonious, no matter the material picture.
Around the house… a zebra finch singing to the morning.
One of my favorite thingsSchoolhouse Rock grammar videos.
A few plans for the rest of the week… changing the oil in my truck tomorrow; running a quarter-marathon on Saturday.
Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…

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Tiny droplets of water clinging to a blossom on our wisteria vine after a summer shower.

Emily
 


July 27 Daybook

July 27, 2009

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For today…

Outside my window… two puppies wandering around in the yard across the street.
I am thinking… I wish people took better care of their pets. We have too many strays in this neighborhood. Every animal deserves to be loved.
From the classroom… hopefully finishing the Scrabble board this morning and starting on the tiles.
I am thankful for… Ron.
From the kitchen… thinking about twice-baked potatoes.
I am wearing… jeans, Crocs, and my Blue Swallow T-shirt.
I am reading… my favorite passage from The Grapes of Wrath — the one about “the red lands and the gray lands and the bright and terrible desert.”
I am hoping… today is productive.
I am creating… a quiet space in my thought.
I am praying… to forgive myself for small mistakes once I’ve learned from them.
Around the house… a very busy kitten.
One of my favorite things… barbecue.
A few plans for the rest of the week… cruising Route 66 in my truck, putting together a freelance piece, preparing all the materials I need for the first week of school.
Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…

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We met this pretty calico cat one afternoon in Albuquerque’s Old Town district.

Emily


Lesson

July 25, 2009

Here is a thing I have learned today:

Bell bottoms not only look cute, but they double as irresistible cat toys.

My poor ankles may never be the same….

Emily


July 25 Daybook

July 25, 2009

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For today…

Outside my window… sun-gilded evening clouds.
I am thinking… it’s a shame so many corporations have lost sight of the importance of customer service.
From the classroom… we bought a yardstick today so I can draw the lines on my oversized Scrabble board.
I am thankful for… mom-and-pop businesses.
From the kitchen… purple cherry tomato and mozzarella salad with balsamic vinaigrette.
I am wearing… jeans, Brooks Adrenalines, my second-favorite running socks, and a semi-nice top.
I am reading… my favorite passage from The Grapes of Wrath — the one about “the red lands and the gray lands and the bright and terrible desert.”
I am hoping… to pick up ice this evening after I feed the dogs.
I am creating… the aforementioned Scrabble board.
I am praying… to express more patience when people behave unreasonably.
Around the house… three dogs waiting for their dinner.
One of my favorite things… the hardware store.
A few plans for the rest of the week… cruising Route 66 in my truck, putting together a freelance piece, preparing all the materials I need for the first week of school.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…

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I still have daydreams in which my backyard is as cool as the Secret Garden in Makanda. Hasn’t happened yet, but it could. The photo is pretty mediocre, as I shot it with my Fuji, which has the unfortunate combination of extremely high resolution and a woefully undersized lens (hence the grainy appearance). Maybe I’ll have time to scan some of my Holga shots from our vacation this week.

Emily


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