So Long Summer

By: JanesVacation , 11:42 AM GMT on August 20, 2012

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This is beautiful view is just a few minutes away from my home here along Lake Michigan. It pretty much looks like this all year around, except on the snowiest days of hard winters. It is timeless.

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Hope the first day back went ok, and the kids weren't too full of Christmas to settle down!

Do you know, my hair grows quicker at the back, too!! Perhaps we ought to start a survey!

Only one more day this week and then you can have two days off! Lol
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School begins tomorrow. A short week makes going back a bit easier for all!

Today I will spend catching up on some work around the house. I also plan to get a haircut! I keep putting it off, but today seems like a good day. My hair is shoulder length on the sides, but much longer in the back (it grows faster in the back for some odd reason!) Maybe I'll just have it layered and shoulder length all around. Such important decisions to make!!! Haha.

Weather is cloudy, dark, dry and cold. No snow on the ground. 24F.
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Have a wonderful year:)
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Currier and Ives

We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential.

~ Ellen Goodman

Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!
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Jane - I do hope 2013 is a very happy, healthy and safe year for you and your family.
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Haha..I think I agree with Karen about the resolutions. I guess my main resolution (if I decide to make one) would be to live in the moment more. 2012 was a great year for me, so I tried to live in the moment each day. I think it is easier to do when things are going well!

This afternoon we are meeting some old friends to catch up. I went to elementary school with them and we have just been good friends forever. We never seem to make time to see them in person, so today is the day.

Cloudy, cold, gray skies. It's winter today.
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Quoting JanesVacation:
Almost the new year. Does anyone have a resolution?

Yes, to have a better year than 2012!
My personal life and my health have all taken a battering in 2012, so I resolve to be healthier, and happier in 2013!!

Oh, and to get my photos organised on the computer...I must have over a thousand still waiting to be sorted, deleted or filed!

What's you resolution? Do you have one?
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My resolution is to not make any resolutions!
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Almost the new year. Does anyone have a resolution?
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Hi Jane,

Your gizmo says it is snowing with you.... I hope it is a dusting, and not as bad as some areas seem to have got. The storm that went through on the 25th has been reported here in the UK, because they think it is moving so quickly that it will come across the Atlantic and hit us:-(. oh, boy, yet more wind and rain!!

Enjoy the rest of the holiday - Easter is early this next year, the last day of March, so not too long to the next break :-)
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Hi Jane! We had a nice Christmas Holiday. It began on the eve and we spent the evening at my mom's. There were 12 of us there. Two of my 3 brothers, kids and grands. Then Christmas morning, bright and early, we headed to my daughter's. This time it was just 'our' family. Hubby, our two kids, their significant others and grands.

Then last night we went to my younger daughter's home for dinner. Her boyfriend's father (and girlfriend) were there for us to meet! Daughter and grands joined us there too. So there were 9 of us there. We seem to bring a crowd where ever we go!

My daughter and I did hit the sales this year. I haven't been for quite a few years and I needed to stock up on some things I use about this time of year. While we didn't head out too early, we were early enough to beat the crowds. We went to 5 different stores, with 1 being a grocery store, but really didn't find bad crowds where ever we went.

I don't go back until the 8th, but that's mainly because I don't work on Monday. The kids go back the 7th. We actually started on the 21st this year. So the kids had Friday off too. Not sure why, but I'm sure they appreciated it.
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Did everyone enjoy a happy Christmas? It was dry and cold here and our son came over to share the day with us. We ate too much and enjoyed being together!

Happy Boxing Day to my UK and Canadian friends. I think the last thing I would feel like doing today is shopping...but I hear the deals are great if you want to store all of that wrapping paper and ribbon for another year. Our grocery store had everything 1/2 price on the 23rd anyway.

We have another week of R&R since I don't start back to school until next Thursday. Yes, we start school after break on a Thursday which is just crazy. Students will be back for two days and then it will be the weekend again. Since I have Fridays off this year, I will only go back for one. Guess I can handle that easy schedule!
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May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace,
The gladness of Christmas give you hope,
The warmth of Christmas grant you love.
~Author Unknown
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Wishing you and your family all the Best of the Season.


Thank you for your kind, and supportive words over the weekend. :-)
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Read your comment about evaluations and observations. I get a few every year. I'll never be tenured as I'm part time. A couple of years ago my principal asked the DO if they could cut me back to two a year instead of 2 per semester. That the only reason I wasn't tenured was because I was part time. They said OK. I think being a teacher for 10 years should count for something!

Anyway, our new AP is now my evaluator. She observed me with a website evaluation lesson a few weeks ago and she really liked it. She is impressed with how I run the media center and how much I help with the whole school. She thinks I need to 'toot my horn' a bit more. She doesn't think that everyone knows just what I do in the media center! While that's true, to be honest, I feel a bit uncomfortable with that. If she wants to mention something at a staff meeting, I'm fine with that, but I don't like to bring things up!

Hope you had a nice visit with your parents! Merry Christmas!
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Today is one of the coldest mornings so far this winter. 25 and a few peeks of the sun. A very slight dust of snow in the corners of the yard. Not really a big deal.

We are going to visit my Mom and Dad today. The roads will be dry and clear for traveling the 70 miles one way. Have a quick lunch and then return this afternoon. I promised Steve a stop over at the hardware store he likes along the way.
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Hi there, I am so pleased it went well for you, Do you get instant verbal feedback or do you have to wait for a written report?
Is the course over? You said two weeks left, but it seems longer than two weeks ago you said it! I am sure you have passed with flying colours!

School finish on Friday? Not long to go:-)
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Observation/evaluation went well. I wondered if she noticed the video camera installed in the corner of the room designed to protect the safety of the laptops? It also records my every move throughout the day! But, the administration is more focused on evaluating and documenting student progress. I was prepared!

Sun is rising here this morning. We are always happy to have a sunny day in December. School and then meeting our son for dinner tonight. Gotta drink this coffee up and then get going.
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Oh, I remember the evaluations, or appraisals as they became known.

When we had external examiners coming in we never knew when they would drop by. Possibly get 24 hours notice at the most. They were coming to see you teaching but also to see the classroom displays and lesson plans, as we as all marking and assessment up to date. 24 hours didn't give you long if you weren't on the ball! Certainly made sure you didn't let things slide! Lol

Good luck, I am sure it will go well.
:-)
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A tiny bit of snow was on the ground this morning. Thankfully we are avoiding the big storm that is north of us. The ground hasn't been white since maybe January of last year. We have had two mild winters in a row, so far!

Two more weeks of school before the holiday break. Tomorrow is my 1st teacher evaluation of the school year. I'm not too worried, but I don't take it lightly either. I remember in the "old days" you didn't know when the principal would drop by for the evaluation - now, you are able to schedule it in advance. LOL I actually think the "surprise" evaluation was more effective! I could usually guess when it would be, but I would be on my toes for days.

Teachers are held to a much higher standard than other professions. And we sure don't take home very much money. Good thing I enjoy my job!
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55. Ylee
Looks like you have some nasty stuff forecast today! Be careful if you have to go out in it!
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I was sure I left a comment yesterday, I wrote about you finishing and having a relaxing Christmas!

It obviously disappeared in the WUblog hole!

Enjoy the last few days at school....I bet the little ones are getting excited!
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Yeah - you are done! Congrats!!!! Love the lights on the white board idea. I no longer have a white board in the media center, but a Smartboard. There is one in the computer lab too. Here is a link to the computer lab page. The Smartboard looks so small in this picture, and it's not really that small!

I need to take a picture of my mini-lab and get that up too! I also see our programs are outdated. I see I have some updating work to do in my future! Maybe Thursday!

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We had a record high of 65F at midnight. But, the afternoon was sunny and in the 40's. I prefer the sun and 40's to warm and cloudy.

Enjoying some free time now that my course is completed. *Big sigh of relief.

I'm going to travel the blogs and see what you are all up to in preparing for Christmas.
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51. JanesVacation
3:01 PM GMT on December 02, 2012


This image reminded me that I should draw the Christmas lights on my whiteboard at school tomorrow. A dear friend of mine used to encircle her whiteboard with hand drawn holiday lights each December. I have some new fluorescent style markers that will be perfect for this task!

The students love it and other teachers will copy the idea as the weeks go on. It is more eco friendly than strings of lights and I also don't have to remember to unplug them before I go home each day.

Have a good Sunday. It is almost 60F here and we had rain (not snow) overnight.
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50. sandiquiz
9:46 AM GMT on December 01, 2012
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Jane - wishing you a very happy, healthy and warm month.
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49. sandiquiz
6:17 AM GMT on November 30, 2012
I hate it when a cold lingers. Hang in there, one last weekend of being a student and you are are almost through!

You will so enjoy this Christmas !!
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48. JanesVacation
12:45 PM GMT on November 29, 2012
I woke up this morning to a beautiful full moon setting outside the bedroom window. I heard Jupiter could be seen near it last night, but it was cloudier and I admit I was too lazy to look. All of that time off over the weekend has made it hard for me to get back into the school routine this week. Haven't quite completely gotten rid of the virus I had either - although it has been 3 weeks now.

Heard that my WU friends on the west coast are getting storms and rain today. Dry and warming up into the 50's here over the weekend. No signs of snow in our future.
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47. sandiquiz
4:40 PM GMT on November 26, 2012
It seems the questions I ask in my blog are often answered in other blogs.... So I now know Karen has four weeks left, too, and the course you are doing is the Masters!

Still raining here.... Have a good week!
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46. PugetSoundPost
4:12 PM GMT on November 26, 2012
Hi Jane! It sounds like you had a really nice weekend and holiday - some family times and also some quiet times. It is too bad your husband had to work so soon and leave. It is fairly quiet at work for my husband right now, which is pretty unusual, but kind of a welcome time of rest for him. It is expected to ramp up again after Christmas some time. I wrote a lengthy description of our weekend over on my blog this morning, but overall it was a really nice holiday. We had 12 people at the Thanksgiving table and that included my mom! We were able to bring her over and she did ok overall, even though it isn't easy. It was wonderful for her to be with her entire immediate family at one time. This is not easy to accomplish anymore and chances are rapidly dwindling for her, I am afraid. The newlyweds ended up spending two nights with us, allowing for some nice relaxed times together. We had 11 people total in the house for most of the weekend, so it was busy and full! Fun!

I am very glad you got to spend time with your parents and have that afternoon, I presume rather quietly, with them. The value of that is beyond measure for them, I am sure, and all they would really want as "gifts". And to also spend time with your daughter and son-in-law, although so very far away (technology is wonderful in this regard these days!) including your parents in it with them, is very wonderful for you all. Sounds like a very nice family time over the weekend. Now onto school for you! It seems like these weeks ahead would be hard in schools, but it is good that you enjoy them so well! It will be great when you are finished with school yourself! Such a nice accomplishment for you.
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45. SBKaren
2:25 AM GMT on November 26, 2012
Hi Jane,

While everyone heads back to work/school tomorrow I have one more day off. It's another doctor's visit with my mom. Seems that more and more of them are happening lately. This time she has gotten secondary glaucoma in an eye that she receives shots in for her macular. It's not unusual and treated with drops, but she can't receive more shots until the get the pressure down. Went last Monday, did some tests, so back tomorrow to see if they helped. If they did, back to the other doctor on Friday to get the next shot. My Monday and Fridays have quickly become mom days.

I had to squeeze in my own car issues tomorrow. My car had a recall for the power windows. Certainly doesn't sound like a biggie, but I made an appointment at 7AM so I could get in and out early.

I thought we only had 3 weeks until winter break, but it's 4!!! I was a little disappointed, but I know you are right, it will go by quickly.

We have minimum days for the next 5 days (not counting Wednesday - we always have an early release day on Wednesday), so I'll have two easy days this week. I'll only have classes until lunch on my long Tuesday and Thursday, so I hope to get some work checking done. We'll see, something always seems to get in the way.

We did purchase Disneyland passes and plan on going next Monday, December 3rd as my grandsons have a minimum day (they get out at 12:25. So, hubby and I will go earlier, but we'll meet up with them when they get there. I'm excited. I can't wait to see the new Cars area. I hear it's really well done.

When do you think your daughter will be able to make a trip home? Or, when will you make it there to see her??? Anytime soon?

P.S. Congrats on almost being done with your Masters!!! That's great!
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44. JanesVacation
12:04 AM GMT on November 26, 2012
It is fun to return back to my blog this evening and see messages from very dear friends. Thank you all for stopping by and sharing a part of your holiday with me.

I had a very nice Thanksgiving weekend. Steve had to return to Chicago on Friday. I decided to go and visit my Mom and Dad on Saturday and I had a wonderful day. It is a great blessing to be able to go to my childhood home and spend the afternoon with my Mom and Dad. We had a wonderful time together. I brought the Thanksgiving leftovers for our lunch.

While I was at my parents we had a chance to talk to my daughter and son-in-law on Skype from Chile. They enjoyed the face to face time with Grandma and Grandpa. It was a wonderful way to feel close.

Tomorrow I head back to school. these few weeks before Christmas are some of the most enjoyable of the school year. The students will be focused and ready to learn tomorrow - but the holiday "crazies" will set in before too long.

No snow here yet...I wonder when the first one will be? We've had some sugary stuff on the grass, but it's not the snow that will test our winter driving skills!
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43. sandiquiz
12:25 PM GMT on November 23, 2012
Hi Jane, I hope you had a lovely day and managed to fit in a long Skype conversation with your daughter:-)
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42. SBKaren
5:38 PM GMT on November 22, 2012
I would like to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving, filled with family, friends, food and gratitude for what we do have. I promise to try to live up to this quote all year long!



Your daughter is beautiful and looks a lot like you. I couldn't imagine having my kids so far away for the holidays, I'm greatly spoiled. Thank goodness for Skype!
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41. PugetSoundPost
4:17 PM GMT on November 22, 2012
Hope all is well in your kitchen today!! :)

Happy Thanksgiving!!
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40. GardenGrrl
4:33 PM GMT on November 21, 2012
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39. sandiquiz
1:45 PM GMT on November 21, 2012
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Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving, full of love and laughter.

What a lovely photo of your daughter .... I am sure she will be with you in spirit :-)
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38. PugetSoundPost
4:34 PM GMT on November 20, 2012
Thanks for stopping by! Yes, we had quite the rain yesterday - nearly 2.5" for us and overall I think it was a record for Seattle for 24 hour rainfall. The biggest problem we had was that our power was out for six hours all through the evening last night! That sure put a damper on all my plans for accomplishment that I need this week! But, we are up and running and I need to start running too!

Yes, the newlyweds will be here with us! And, they are spending Thanksgiving night here with us as well, even though they live less than a half hour away. Sweet of them to want to do that. My sister's family is traveling in from eastern Washington, so they have to traverse the mountains, which can always be dicey this time of year for snow problems. It looks iffy this year, but they are used to snow (that part of the state often gets a lot of snow) and hopefully it will be ok. Not sure what to do about my mom. She is not strong and just not sure if she can, or should come, and the logistics of it all are daunting. So I think we will have 11 for dinner.

Thank you for sharing about your dinner, family traditions and memories. A lot of what I do comes from my past, too, and I think how things have changed a lot in just the last few years for our family. So many are gone now (several lived to middle 90's) and only my mom is left, and she is tenuous. The generations kind of move up the ladder and it really becomes apparent at these family holidays. Now I have a married daughter and wonderful son-in-law, for the first time, and it is easy to see how the circle goes round-and-round of life. God has blessed us abundantly and we are thankful.

Have a wonderful time cooking all the delicious treats on your menu and have a very happy Thanksgiving!!
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37. JanesVacation
1:49 PM GMT on November 20, 2012


Our daughter is still in Antafagasta, Chile. We haven't seen her in person (only Skype) since March. Her husband isn't in any hurry to come back to North America. He is a visiting professor at the University there.

I miss her very much and hate having the holiday celebrations without her. She is growing more beautiful, inside and out, each year.
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36. JanesVacation
1:37 PM GMT on November 20, 2012
Close to record high temperatures expected for Thanksgiving Day.
The best part will be no travel issues and possibly a walk in the afternoon before the big meal at 6 PM.
The cooking begins this afternoon when I get home from school...boil the cranberries is the first thing on the agenda. Takes just 10 minutes! I make the traditional meal that my grandmother always made in the 60's and 70's for our family. She did the entire dinner - no potlucks for her. She made a lovely jello mold with peeled (!) grapes, but nobody in our family eats Jello anymore. (My son always says Jello is for sick people.)My sister will bring the sweet potato casserole that my mother in law has made a Thanksgiving essential, but I will do the rest the old fashioned way. It sounds silly - but I think of my grandma the entire week and it is kind of my yearly tribute to her after all of these years. I even gather the fresh sage from my Dad's garden like she taught me to do when I was a little girl.
Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving. There is much to be thankful for.
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35. sandiquiz
7:16 AM GMT on November 19, 2012
Glad you are feeling better, and with only two days this week, you should be fighting fit by Thursday!

Hope it all goes well for you and your family. Is daughter coming? Probably not, but I am sure you will get to talk to her Skype :-)

Have a great week!

That carton is hilarious! It's like that in my kitchen every Sunday!! Lol
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34. PugetSoundPost
4:18 AM GMT on November 19, 2012
Love your cartoon! Mr. PSP didn't quite see the humor in it that I did; imagine that!!??

I'm glad you are feeling better - stay that way! Surely is a big week ahead for all of us; especially those of us hosting the festivities! Happy Thanksgiving!
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33. JanesVacation
12:00 AM GMT on November 19, 2012
Love this...
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32. JanesVacation
11:47 PM GMT on November 18, 2012
Feeling better (finally) today. Can't wait to get back to 100%.

Thanksgiving week is always a short week at school. I work tomorrow and Tuesday and then that is it! Maybe I will go and see Breaking Dawn 2 next weekend, just didn't feel up to it this weekend.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. I'll be cooking the traditional family meal for my family and my sister's family. What a lot we have to be thankful for this year.



Record High Temperatures predicted for Thursday. (We wont be seeing any snow on that day, at least!) Good thing it is warm because people are already camping out in front of Best Buy for the Black Friday deals.
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31. JanesVacation
12:53 AM GMT on November 18, 2012
Thanks for the good wishes Sandi. I started this throat thing over a week ago and I can't see to shake it. I took a sick day Monday, but my voice was as hoarse as ever on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I'm taking it easy today and trying to get well for the upcoming holiday. My sister and her family will join us for dinner on Thursday. I already have the nice, big bird.

Only 3 more weeks of assignments left for my course. I will be so relieved to have that completed. These course deadlines are tough to have looming over me all of the time.

The weather is cool and calm. The highs have been in the 50F range with no rain in several weeks. It also has been unusually sunny for November. Growing season is over, but the grass still keeps a bit of green. Not bad at all.
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30. sandiquiz
8:55 AM GMT on November 13, 2012
Feeling any better?
Hope so - lots of warm drinks and no talking. Not possible with little ones!
I did manage to teach with no voice, by using just looks and notes oh the board, but my kids were much older.

Take care :-)
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29. sandiquiz
3:18 PM GMT on November 11, 2012
So sorry to read you are suffering the stuffed head syndrome.
Not what you need when you have little ones to teach, I know.

Hope you feel better soon, and I am so glad you have only three weeks to go on your course, then is all over!
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I am a teacher and I enjoy living along Lake Michigan. It is a beautiful place that makes me feel like I am on vacation all year long!