Wednesday, December 31, 2008

best and brightest

This 7 year old girl represents my best and brightest.  So my 2009 intention is simply my best and brightest.  May all your wishes come true, and may you live your best and brightest in 2009.

(Above pics taken at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens)

Saturday, December 27, 2008

thinking about a new year

I took this sunrise pic on my camera phone while driving to work on the New York State Thruway (don't ask how fast I was driving) one morning about a month ago.  The clouds above, snow on ground, sun pushing through the cold air... just breathtaking.  (The clouds had the most bizarre cottage cheese quality.)

Change is exciting to me.  I love the idea of a new year - so many possibilities!  A year ago I greeted 2008 by blogging and watching the Times Square ball drop on TV with no sound while my family slept and snored.  (This year I'm more likely to greet the new year on Facebook, sorry.)

Right now, I'm enjoying my winter break.  Today was Day 4 of 12.  Being at home is challenging (living with someone who has Alzheimer's), but Santa brought us the Wii, which is a stellar consolation.  And yes I've done more than my fair share of stimulating the economy :p

So back to my original point about a new year ... I'm not ready to make resolutions, but I'm thinking about it...

Saturday, December 20, 2008

snow day sing-along

We're on YouTube!  I had Thursday off as a personal day, then the eagerly anticipated Snow Day materialized Friday, so I hope I still remember how to teach on Monday.

My daughter had been practicing this song by herself and would ask us random questions like "what does sentimental mean?" in preparation for Friday's school holiday sing-along assembly.  We tried to explain "boughs" not "bows" of holly, and as you can hear, she sorta tried...

So her hard work paid off, even if the assembly never happened, because now she's sharing it with "the world".  Happy Holidays, everyone!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

tale of life, light, love

Please read Kate DiCamillo's Tale of Despereaux!  It's the most incredible story about life, love, light, and storytelling itself.  What's amazing is how deep the story hits my personal life, how the metaphor of an unlikely hero (engaged in a hopeless quest and does not quit) fits, and how the story reaches any age and stage of life.  Mixed in the story (and thus the metaphor) are darkness, pain, and the complexities within our hearts.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

I'm it

I'm still in a blog funk, as in I have too much to tell and no umph in me to do it.  Here's another slice of our Thanksgiving NYC trip, me in front of the Museum of Natural History on Central Park West after the Macy's parade, during our walk back up to 86th Street to take cross-town bus back to our friend's upper east side apartment.  I call Manhattan "Fantasy Island" now because our time there was just that, pure fantasy, from the massive parade balloons to fancy shopping and eating.  I think I have post-fantasy depression.  Like, this here is my real life?

I do thank frumteacher and untenured for shaking me loose enough to honor my "tag" duties -   So here are my random 7 facts ...

1. I'm a fair weather sports fan.  Right now, I'm hot for the University at Buffalo Bulls football team that won the MAC (Mid-American Conference) Championship, and I'm going to see them play the International Bowl against UCONN in Toronto on January 3.  (Is that more than one random fact?)  GO BULLS!

2. I'm very allergic to drinking alcohol.  As in, I break out in hives all over my upper body and face, and after a few days, the hives recede and the skin on my hands and feet peel off.  I didn't learn this about myself until law school, because prior to consorting with lawyer types, I only had sips here and there of beer or wine coolers, and I didn't connect the alcohol to the prickly itchiness on my back the next few days.  Lawyer types aren't shy about alcohol as a general statement of reality, so a bit of liquor was quite the wake-up call for me.

3. All of my clothes and shoes and bags fit into a walk-in closet, about 7 feet by 6 feet.  We sold our house a year ago and downsized a LOT to fit our 3 persons and belongings into 2 bedrooms inside my in-laws' home.

4. I think one of the best decisions I ever made was to be an English major at Barnard College, even if I had to convince my parents and myself that the English major would be "useful" for law school.  I learned it's okay to use lame reasons (law school) to justify doing something terrific (English major).

5. My mom announced during our NYC Thanksgiving visit that she's going to retire from her job next year and move to Taiwan to live with my dad.

6. I knew mom's retirement and move to China or Taiwan was imminent, but I was caught by surprise regardless, and it prompted me to think about going to Taiwan with my husband and daughter next summer as our 10 year wedding anniversary vacation.

7. I'm a snob.  But I'm super nice and friendly and smiley, so very few people know this fact.

I know I'm supposed to tag others, but...  I'm really lazy...  So any of you reading this blog, please feel free to consider yourself tagged if you want to share random facts about yourself!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

happy december?

This was our view of the Sponge Bob Square Pants balloon during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, from a packed crowd standing on 73rd Street, facing Central Park West.  I have so much to tell about a terrific NYC trip plus so much going on in school, but I'm just tired of blogging right now.  I think I can write more later this week.  It's going to be a busy month of social holiday activities, but I'll do the best I can.  Many thanks to you folks who read and comment - you really motivate me to continue blogging!