Finding Our Way Through the Maze: Of Curriculum and Lesson Plans

Occasionally my Type O personality gets me in trouble but when it comes to Drue’s schooling, I think we’ve found enough justification for my OCD.   I’ve been on the edge of education for over a decade now and have seen second and third hand what teachers experience but it is nothing like being responsible for developing and planning my own curriculum for the first time.  I am so grateful for my job experience with a wonderful organization whose ongoing mission is to support teachers with best practices in K-12 education and then shares all that good knowledge with the educato...more

Today is my birthday… dah duh duh duh duh… it’s YOUR birthday too, y’all Giveaway!

Wow, I cannot believe I’m 37 today! I mean, technically I’m 36 until 3:37 this afternoon but for the sake of semantics, we’ll go ahead and refer to me as being the big 3-7! I swear there are moments when I feel what 16 was supposed to feel like (you know, world is full of promise, a box of chocolates and all that jazz) but didn’t when I actually was 16.  I certainly don’t feel 37 and I really, really hope I don’t look 37.  If I do, lie to me and do the whole “Wow you don’t look a DAY over 32!...more

What do YOU do for fun?

Spending the last two years building a business and orchestrating a move from Virgina to California meant work/life balance was the first of many things to fall right off the priority list. After a year in California, I've observed that work/life balance is a way of life out here and decided to fight my Type A, work-a-holic, east coast paced instincts and just go with it. Back in 2009, I was inspired to write a 101 things in 1001 days list. ...more
It's the little things that make life fun! I would love to go to a Giants game sit back with a ...more

Halloween to Hoochie-ween (and really not much in between)

Shopping for Halloween costumes with my tween is akin to getting a root canal. I've never had a root canal but I know people who have and they never emerge from the dentist's chair smiling. In fact, they often look like they are caught in that place between sheer, outright pain and Novocaine and it's not a good place to be. And that's the look on my face after visiting multiple Halloween stores and Party City. Because Drue is tall, she no longer fits into child-sized costumes. While they still fit her width-wise, length-wise we're already in trouble. Long dresses and skirts hit her mid-knee and anything mini is micro-mini on her long body. And Drue wearing micro-minis is something I'm not prepared to deal with since the moment she emerges in one, Jason starts googling words like "gun store" and "shotguns". Really, though, all I want is some transition for tweens and teens that meets somewhere in the middle between child sizes and slutty....more

Blog Action Day 2009 - Climate Change: What can we do about it?

I've spent the better part of the day reading about climate change. Sure, I already knew about global warming and its effects on the weather, fragile ecosystems, and our health. At any given time on any given news site or blog, I can read about tragedies around the world, be it flooding, poverty, or wide-spread diseases like hantavirus or malaria, that seem to be increasing as temperatures rise. I know the crucial number - 350 - and what it means. I know I should use less energy at home, drive efficiently and drive less often and buy carbon offsets. I know this. It's been shoved at me on every website touting "eco-friendliness" out there. I know that on October 24th, there will be a campaign in 158 countries around the world. And I think all of that is wonderful. But, I have to ask myself as an individual, what can I really do day-to-day? When I hear terms like "use less energy" and "sustainable", what do they really mean? And how do I motivate myself, much less others, to do more? ...more