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Posts from the “10 On 10” Category

Blurred Lines

Posted on June 10, 2013

For my final 10 on 10, I’m breaking a few rules; in fact, I’m breaking all of them. There are more than ten photos, and they weren’t taken on the same day. Honestly, if it’s that big a deal, please turn me in to the 10 on 10 police. Pretty sure that the fine will be worth it since I decided to use the photos from my daughters’ college graduation. On May 16, 2013, Jordan and Shelby graduated from Temple University, and I couldn’t be prouder of them. They have done things I never thought possible, and I can’t wait to see what they do in the future. The photos are blurry and I didn’t capture every moment, but I don’t care. Some are…

I Love It

Posted on May 10, 2013

Two weeks ago – yup, I planned ahead – I was fortunate enough to chaperone a school trip to New York City for a visit to the Central Park Zoo and a matinee of Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark. I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, I’m extremely grateful to work in a district that values technology and goes the extra mile for our students when it comes to teaching them the skills necessary to navigate a digital world. Plus, we live very close to New York City, so the occasional trip can be swung for our web page design group and television broadcast team. I went with the television broadcast team back in November to view a taping of…

Sweater Weather

Posted on April 10, 2013

Trust me . . . it’s an appropriate title for this 10 on 10. When my student teacher left for her next placement in late March, I was more than ready for it. After observing the same lesson all day and offering suggestions that were partially implemented, I needed to get my students back. Only problem? My student teacher joined me right before Lucy did . . . holy shit! I forgot how much work a puppy is when coupling that with a job. So my grading and other crap has taken a backseat on the weekends to the pup. But not last weekend. Last weekend was all about knitting, one of the things that keeps me sane. My local knit shop, Mountain Knits…

So Cold I Can See My Breath

Posted on March 10, 2013

“We’re headed to Chicago this weekend,” I told my co-workers, “to see a hockey game. Dave’s and my alma mater is playing his sister’s and her husband’s school at Soldier Field.” That’s where I lost people. Not with the weekend trip to Chicago. Or the love of hockey. At the mention of it being outdoors in February. “You know it’s cold in Chicago this time of year, right?” was the most common response. Granted, I knew that . . . but holy hell, nothing prepared me for the level of cold. Yikes! Here’s our first full day in the Windy City, windchill 4 F. Or, as I would tell my daughters, a little brisk. This 10-on-10 is from February 16, 2013 between 7 AM…

Lips Like Sugar

Posted on February 10, 2013

Nearly didn’t make the 10 on 10 this month. Sure, there have been a few days when I took ten photos, but those photos were mostly of our new puppy, Lucy. And while love good dog photos, she’s not quite there with the camera in her face, and truly, I don’t know if I’ll ever be there with capturing her running after the cat. Come Friday, February 8, better known to some of you as the Wrath of Nemo, I figured that I may as well make that the day. I spent my day playing with Lucy, which really meant getting up early and taking her for a little walk, snuggling on the couch with Lucy, running to Target and then to the post…

It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll)

Posted on January 10, 2013

Since I’m a teacher, often times this 10 on 10 project doesn’t lend itself too well to a format for compelling photos. Really, do you want to see yet another photo of my desk? Tough shit . . . because you’re going to see another photo of my desk. Maybe next month, I’ll set a reminder and try for a Sunday. At least then I can be sure to be desk free. You’ll just have to settle for a photo of my table instead. Remember, when you’re done here, head over to Laura and see how she spent her day. All images were taken between the hours of 6:30 AM and 9 PM on January 8, 2013. Go check out Laura and see her…

Twelve Volt Man

Posted on December 10, 2012

As a public school teacher, I consider myself to be very fortunate. Not because I work cushy hours (I don’t – 6:30 AM to 4:30 PM is a long day especially on the weekends because I’m revising or editing or trying to improve my kids’ writing) or because the taxpayers fund my retirement (I contribute 17.4% of my paycheck every cycle to my own retirement) or because my healthcare is subsidized (you’ve got me on that one). Nope . . . as a public school teacher, I’m fortunate to work in a district that values technology. We’ve always found ways to encourage kids to use technology to the best of their ability including having a television production studio cobbled out of a small corner…

Eleven Days

Posted on November 10, 2012

Let’s see . . . I started this months 10 on 10 about six times. I’d take a few photos, but every time, I’d forget by lunch time and then realize that I started the next morning when the project repeated itself. Until yesterday. Because yesterday was do or die. My last chance for the month. An earth shattering day? Hardly. It was pretty normal for a Friday. Woke up. Showered, put on make-up, blew my hair dry. Grabbed a cup of Starbucks. Worked on essays with my students. Ate some lunch. Continued working on essays. Put our chairs up. Dismissed my kids. Wondered what we actually accomplished. Took my car to the car wash. Went to the monthly knit night. It could be…

Ten Seconds

Posted on October 10, 2012

Normally, a 10 On 10 day is a regular, run-of-the-mill kinda day. Nothing special. Nothing unusual going on. So let’s just pretend that I jet off to Canada on a daily basis and meet up with women who fill me with joy and recharge my batteries all the f-ing time. Because reality can wait for a weekend. All photos were taken on October 5, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey and Toronto, Canada. If you’re done here, go check out Laura Louise’s day. That would be her in the fifth photo taking something awesome, no doubt!

Nine In the Afternoon

Posted on September 10, 2012

I guess when I contemplated doing the August Break, I took it as a break for a month from blogging . . . good thing I didn’t sign up for it since I clearly didn’t fully grasp the concept. That being said, it’s time for another 10 on 10. When I started this, I planned on picking my day from the previous month. But like all good plans, this one fell by the wayside in the lovely month of August. It’s a really tricky month for me: my anniversary, my parents’ anniversary, at least three birthdays (really more like six or seven when you add in cousins), plus several other anniversaries. And then there’s the whole back-to-school fun. So getting a 10 on 10…