Random musings

Follow my sausage?

Last night I was unwrapping a package of my favorite “all natural,  ex-vegetarian guilt free, chicken sausages” when I saw on the label a facebook and twitter logo.  “Follow us on twitter, ” it said.  “Like us on Facebook.”  I never knew my groceries could be so needy.  Really, what could my chicken sausage possible have to say in 140 characters or less?  So of course I started to imagine the tweets….

Cold here in the freezer

Garlic and basil variety is hogging (ha hogging) all the space

Into the cart we go!

Whew 4.95 down the drain…suckah!

Sashi needs to clean her fridge, reorganizing doesn’t count.

Big night tonight.  We are grilling!

Ok, so here’s where it would probably get ugly.  As in:

Ah help we’re splitting our skins.

Help us we’re bubbly (but so delicious)

Ouch, Ouch the grill marks, the grill marks!.

The bottom line; my food probably doesn’t need to be a part of my social network.


Summer reading

Here is my own summer reading list.


The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet  by David Mitchell

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Ten  Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson

Waiting for Birdy by Catherine Newman

Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan


East by Edith Pattou

Runner by Carl Deuker

Plain Kate by Erin Bow

Now that I look at it, I’m way more excited about the adult titles.  I think I read more YA during the school year.  Any good suggestions for must read YA for the summer?

Random musings


I can’t deny it.  Having the summer off is a great perk of my job.  However, I’m a teacher in part because I like school.  I like community, and I like structure.  So there’s something about the first few days of summer vacation that makes me a little squirrely.

I have projects in mind, books I want to read, a house that could use cleaning, and a one year old to take care of, but no official structure for these activities (gasp!).  It will probably take me a few days to get my summer legs.  After that I’ll be in full enjoyment mode.

What makes you squirrely?     


Spell-check Hall of Fame

Spelling can be one of the dreariest parts of teaching, and for some kids, one of the most dreaded parts of learning.  It just seems to be something that you do well, or you don’t.  Using spell check correctly is also a skill, believe it or not, and does not replace a fundamental sense of how to  spell words correctly.  Take as evidence; two of my most recent “spell-check gone wrong” moments.

“The scientists were worried that the clones they created might go rouge and destroy the rest of humanity.” -No one likes a clone gone rouge.

“The doctor was unsure of the patient’s dingoes.”    I would be too.  Where were the dingoes?  Chewing at his leg? Were they rabid? -Still not sure what the student intended?  This one took me a while too.  Diagnosis, not dingoes.

love it.