Monday, July 27, 2009

long time no post!

I know it's been forever, but it's summer! And I have some HUGE news!

I'm engaged!

Yes, J and I are going to the leap! So excited, and couldn't be happier. It happened on our trip in Italy. We got back this past weekend, and I have tons of pictures to post. I took way too many and I'm still going through them all.

I also got a new job. I am going to be teaching in 2 elementary schools this year. Not the best possible situation, and I'm going to have to dig out a lot of my old lesson planning out. It's been a while, and I'm a little nervous about the little guys. I also feel a little guilty about leaving my current job, but it was time.

I'm looking forward to biking to work (hopefully) and being able to plan things for the long term.

So--- LOTS going on. Busy busy busy... But that's ok, I like it that way.

I will post pictures soon!! Hope everyone is enjoying their summer!

Tuesday, July 07, 2009


So here I am, on an unexpected trip to NYC! I love this place. It's amazing. I've been here about 2 1/2 days now, and I feel that I have very little under my belt. There is so much to see and do, and i wish I could just spend the whole time wandering.

I'm actually here for the Lincoln Institute a National (should be international) Educator Workshop in Aesthetics.... gosh, they have a flair with words. Basically it's educators, arts administrators, college professors, and teaching artists from around the world, and many
disciplines who come and create, and discuss ANYTHING art. It's hands on, very reflective! The workshops are amazing, and the leaders of our workshops are even more so... I love every second of it.

I'm taking tons of pictures and I hope to put them all out when I get home. I can't believe how the time is flying here. It's really good for all my senses, and everything really feels alive for me. There's tons of action, movement and involvement in every aspect of being here. It feels energizing. I don't know how I'm going to be able to remember everything here, but I'm sure trying to document. Probably more than I should. I should take time to observe, relax, and just be in Manhattan,

Tonight I'm off to a concert in central park and hopefully a few lovely beverages in a nearby establishment. WOW! I hope I can carry this feeling in what I'm teaching in a few weeks. It's hard to believe it, but I'll be going back to school in just a couple of weeks. However, I think I have a new skills, and new ideas to pull from.

Now if I could just get over these darn stress dreams.

Friday, July 03, 2009

Off to....


I can't believe it. I wasn't planning on a pre-trip before the big trip, but I got accepted to the Lincoln Center Institute. It's a set of art workshops for 5 days. I haven't been to NYC in years, and I've only been once. I'm a little nervous about it, but I think it will be fun. There are 6 of us going from our school district. The only think I gotta say about it, is that we're totally unprepared. After getting all the info about the workshop, I don't think I'll be ready to participate. We were supposed to read a book and some articles before we left, and none of us have those. I even tried to order the book on line, but it's too late! Oh well, we'll wing it. But I have a feeling that this is going to be more than we all anticipated.

We even are going to have to have to write a paper, comment on line, and keep a journal.. WOW.

But I'm still looking forward to it. NYC will be fun and exciting. I'm even looking forward to the train ride.

And then it's a few days home, a few loads of laundry, and some major re-packing and we're off to Italia!!! Yippee!

This summer is really turning out to be busy and exciting.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009