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Days 170-180: 6 months of blogging!!!!!!!!

5 Jul

Granted, I haven’t posted in a week and a half, but still…….day 180?!!!  That’s insane!  Who woulda thought that I could stick with this for a full 6 months?!  I think I deserve a big pat on the back for this one!

Anywho, Scott and I had a fabulous time on vacation.  We went to Salem, Massachusetts for our anniversary, stayed in a phenomenal b&b (it was literally haunted), and thoroughly enjoyed our “us time.”  This was my first time to Salem in…oh..20 years or so, and it’s definitely a quirky little city.  I mean really…..who’s idea was it to center tourism around such a morbid and disturbing event as the Salem Witch Trials?!  Do I really need to see life size recreations of people being hanged and pressed to death??????  And there were kids on these tours!  It’s the stuff of nightmares!

???!!!!!!!!!!

All that aside, I did do some giggling.  We didn’t spend the entire trip inside of creepy witch museums afterall!

We also went to Salem Willows, a pretty little beach and arcade area on the edge of town.

We were there around low tide, and the sandbars were incredible.  I could almost walk out far enough to touch the anchored sailboats!  Prime location for some giggly goodness!

teehee!

I made this giggle way out on one of those sandbars using flipped over mussel shells.  The tide was coming in at this point, so Scott and I had to work fast to build this happy guy.  I love making silly faces for others to find.

Sometimes they find me!

This was the uber fabulous clam chowder (or “chowda” as they say in Massachusetts) at the Lobster Shanty.  There I was enjoying my soup when lo and behold….it giggled at me!  Thankfully, I had a camera on me!

I made a few more giggles in and around Salem, but I have yet to develop the film (who uses film anymore anyway??!!!!)  I didn’t want to get my new camera all yucky while paddling.  The last giggle of the day is something unexpected from two Jews in the middle of July.

 

 

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Merry Christmas!

Days 162 and 163: Fun with Photos!

18 Jun

I ❤ my new camera.  It has so many fun little features.  It makes taking really good pictures so easy.  And the zoom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  FABULOUS!!!!!

So here it is…my new toy!

Nikon Coolpix L120

It’s so purdy!  Much better than  my 6 year old dinosaur Kodak.  Isn’t it amazing how fast technology becomes obsolete?  Anyway…so I spent the past 2 days taking ever kind of picture I could.  Below is the best of the best.

BTW…these HAVE NOT BEEN EDITED AT ALL!!!

THE 1st pic ever taken on my new camera! (okay okay...so Scott took this one..but still!)

Who's my little furry boy?!

 

Lucky people enjoying Oyster Bay Harbor....Have I mentioned that I want a boat?

 

We actually tried to take our kayak out, but had some technical difficulties. These people obviously didn't...

 

I enjoyed the beach anyway!

 

Day 124: A Gaggle of Giggles

12 May

Backposting again…I passed out when I got home last night.  Too much excitement does that to me.

I spent today out in the sunshine.  I went “fishing” at a pond, had a delicious picnic on the beach, and then took a leisurely stroll along the water’s edge.  All this happened while I should have been teaching….but, no, I didn’t play hookie.  I chaperoned a field trip to Caumsett State Park!

If you’re not familiar, Caumsett is a park and nature preserve up on the North Shore of Long Island.  It used to belong to some crazy rich family who built it as their summer estate.  It’s kinda sick to think about someone owning a few hundred acres on Long Island Sound only to live there 3 months out of the year…but whatever.  I enjoyed my day anyway.

And I took lots of pictures!!!!!

Here is a stream that connects to the heart shaped pond.

and some cute little duckies

The ospreys were hovering close to their nest

as were the crazy cliff dwelling swallows

The crashing waves were sooooo soothing...

In the words of one of my students, "This was the most relaxing field trip ever!"

Day 100: A big giggle for a big day

17 Apr

I can’t believe it’s been 100 days already!  The time has gone so fast.  To be honest, I’m a bit surprised that I made it this far.  I’ve tried journaling before and just never stuck with it, but this feels different to me.  I look forward to making something giggle-worthy every day.  While I don’t always do something elaborate or post lengthy dissertations on deep issues, I have managed to do something..anything..almost every day for the past 3 months.  That’s no small feat, let me tell you.  Go me!

So to honor the big 1-0-0, I decided to make a super big giggle!  I’ve tried some earthworks before in the form of snow sculptures and rock formations, so today’s project wasn’t that much of a stretch for me.  Scott and I built a giant smiley in the middle of a field for all to see!

teehee!

Here he is close up.  Unfortunately, rocks were scarce and the field was a bit soupy, so he doesn’t stand out too well.  He’s still a cutie though!

and a wide shot...

There’s the far away version.  It’s a bit hard to see at this angle, but my giggle is the big yellow spot in the middle…the spot that forms the nose of the super awesome nature made smiley face that I didn’t know existed until I took this photo!!!!!!!!!  Coincidence?  I think not.

It certainly wasn’t easy finding a place to make this giggle.  Long Island is pretty darn flat, and I needed somewhere with a hill that I could climb to look down on what I created.  The only place Scott and I could think of was the Holstville Ecology Center.  Not only did this place have the perfect set up for creating and photographing a giant smiley face, but it’s got a farm/zoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FEED ME!!!!!

This is my favorite picture of the day.  These goats were going bonkers over the food pellets in my hand.  The one up top actually ended up kicking Scott in the shoulder in an attempt to get some food.  Crazy!

Helooooooo

Here’s the goats’ little llama friend…or is it an alpaca?  I can never tell, and I didn’t read the sign.  One way or the other, he apparently just had a haircut and wasn’t too happy about it.

I’m not entirely sure what this creature is.  He looks kinda goat-like, I guess.  He was nice enough to pose for this picture.

Along with displaced livestock, the Holtsville Ecology Center takes in animals that were injured and can’t be released into the wild.  They have enclosures with black bears, owls, foxes, deer, iguanas, and strange creatures whose names escape me.  It’s actually a pretty cool place to visit, even more so because it’s FREE!

I’ll leave you with one last picture from my 100th day of blogging…

Have a great day!

Days 76-79: Viva Las Vegas!

27 Mar

I’m gonna keep on the run
I’m gonna have me some fun
If it costs me my very last dime
If I wind up broke up well
I’ll always remember that I had a swingin’ time
I’m gonna give it everything I’ve got
Lady luck please let the dice stay hot
Let me shoot a seven with every shot
Viva Las Vegas

Elvis sure knew what he was singing about!  I spent the last few days in Sin City.  I have to admit that Vegas is one of my favorite U.S. cities.  There’s just so much energy in the air.  Everyone’s there to have a good time.  It’s like Times Square without the cranky NY locals.  All the glitz and glitter and touristy fun without any of the yelling and cursing.  Where else in the world do random people high-five you on the street?  Nowhere.

This was my second time to Las Vegas.  It’s such a fun city with so much going on, but I didn’t get to do much sight-seeing this time.  Hubby dearest has family out there, and one of the girls was celebrating her Bat Mitzvah.  It was a beautiful ceremony and reception.  I’m really glad we got to go and spend time with them.

Even though I couldn’t post this weekend, I did giggle it up quite a bit.  These first photos were taken at the Las Vegas airport.  They have these crazy giant sculptures throughout the terminal.  This one just called to me…

rawr!

I think he’s supposed to be an iguana or something, but he definitely reminded me more of this cute little guy…

I absolutely adored How to Train Your Dragon!  If my kitties were dragons, they’d look just like this.  And besides, who doesn’t love the idea of flying on a dragon?

I do!

Keep in mind…this was in the middle of a busy airport terminal.  My giggle was definitely contagious!

These next photos are from Saturday.  The party was held on this incredibly beautiful golf course.  It was warm and sunny out (typical Las Vegas weather) and I just couldn’t stay indoors the whole time.  Scott and I took a stroll with my camera.

Could it be more perfect?

Smile for the camera!

I left this happy little giggle by the edge of the course for someone to find.  Wouldn’t it just make your day if you came across one of these in your travels?

And yes, I was surprised that they have grass in Vegas.  I still can’t quite figure out how it grows there.  Last I checked, there was no grass in the desert.

More giggles tomorrow.

Day 72: It’s like a walk in the park

20 Mar

It was another beautiful day here on Long Island.  Scott and I decided to celebrate the weather by going for a nice hike.  We have our favorite trails and such, but today we decided to see where the road took us.  As it happened, we ended up at some tiny preserve in Northport.  Guess what?  I actually took my camera with me this time!!!  Today’s giggle is a series of pictures taken during our hike.  Enjoy!

We took the road less traveled.

and came across a tree with a bellybutton?

and some of Nature's people traps...at least I didn't break an ankle!

and whatever that is...

sooooooo blue

::sigh::

It’s amazing what a little fresh air and silence can do.  Granted, at the bottom of this ravine was a main road…but if I closed my eyes and tried real hard, I could almost imagine the whoosh of passing cars to be a rushing stream.  It’s just so hard to get back to nature in this suburban jungle!

Where are your favorite places to hike?

Day 70: Susie sells seashells by the seashore

18 Mar

Today was a fabulously gorgeous day.  The sun was shining.  The birds were chirping.  There was even a warm gentle breeze blowing around.  It was a perfect day to be outside.  Too bad I had to work!

It’s amazing how much of a distraction weather can really be.  I see it all the time in my students, but it affects adults pretty badly too.  It doesn’t even really matter what weather we are talking about either.  (Remember weather voodoo?)  Snow, rain, sun, wind…they all have the power to send minds wandering.  All day long, all I could think about was getting outside.  While I was sitting in a classroom, my mind was lying in the grass watching clouds go by and enjoying the sunshine.  At least today wasn’t a teaching day!

After work, I did get to enjoy some quality outside time.  Today’s giggle is my afternoon as told in shell pictures!

Today was a beautiful sun-shiney day.

Scott and I decided to walk down by the beach.

The wind was perfect for kite flying!

We had a great time!

Those are the shell fragments I picked up at the beach today.  Most people only pick up whole shells, but these tiny little shell bits were underfoot while kite flying and deserved to be taken home.  Yes, I said kite flying.  I’m a kid at heart, remember?  And me and my Strawberry Shortcake kite had a blast at the beach! (yeah…Scott too)  😀

Day 61: Rainy day ducky!

9 Mar

Remember back in January when I wished to see something happy in the news?  The sentiment still stands.  Aside from the usual misery, a new issue has taken center stage in the local papers…education budget cuts.  What is wrong with this country that we don’t even blink at the millions of dollars paid to movie stars, but quibble over the salaries of public school teachers?  Who deserves more money?…a celebrity who can take a pretty picture or a teacher who educates and shapes young minds?  Who’s doing more good?  Who’s got the more important job?  Ugh!

Very few people realize how much teachers are responsible for besides the few hours they spend in the classroom.  There are hundreds of hours of prep work, extracurricular activities, parent conferences, professional development, community involvement, and personal hardship that are all associated with the job.  I may only work 10 months out of the year, but I work damn hard during those 10 months.  I have a major problem with people calling my salary into question.

That being said, I really do enjoy my job.  Even with all of the hassle, where else could I be this creative?  One of my extra duties today was revamping the garden display outside of the school.  A few years ago, I worked with the kids to make a unique painted birdbath out of clay pots and glass stones.  It really was beautiful.  Unfortunately, the cold New York winter took its toll, and the birdbath did not make it out alive.  I used the salvaged clay pots to create a cute snowman that was on display all through this winter.

brrrrrrr!

Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of the whole thing.  He spent most of the winter buried under the snow.  But it’s March now.  The weather’s getting warmer.  The crocuses are up.  I am soooooo done with snow!

Today I refashioned Mr.. Snowman into a cute little rainy day ducky!

quack!

The back side is cute too!

 

I love her little rain hat and umbrella!  She’s all ready for a spring shower!

Day 57: Cat on a hot red leash!

5 Mar

My goal in life is to be the crazy cat lady.  Perfection is an old lady in a rocking chair with a lap full of kitties.  And grandchildren.  Maybe even a shotgun.  Yeah…I’m going to be one of those old ladies!

I’m well on my way to crazy cat lady land with my two precious furkids that I love and adore.  Penny and Desmo make me smile every single day.  I am so lucky to have two such amazing animals living in my home.  It is with the best of intentions that I spoil them rotten.

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a little weird.  I definitely march to my own beat.  I like it that way.  Anyway, I’ll admit that I do some pretty odd things including, but not limited to, taking my cat for walks.  Now both my cats are officially of the indoor variety.  They live in my house year round and are not permitted to wander the neighborhood like the cats I grew up with.  It’s a safety thing, really.  I had one cat growing up who was shot with bb gun and another who almost hung herself jumping over a fence.  I think I’d die if anything like that happened to my precious little babies!  As a result, they are kept strictly indoors….at least unless they’re wearing leashes.

Yes, I said leash.  Here’s a lovely pic of my man taking Penny for a nice stroll this afternoon.  It was such a pretty day out, and Penny looooooooooooooves going for walks!

This way Daddy!

We’ve been taking her out on a leash since she was a kitten.  Unlike walking a dog, there’s no poop involved with walking a cat.  She uses a litter box indoors and would never imagine doing otherwise.  Penny sees the great outdoors as a giant playground with all kinds of exciting sights and smells.  She just can’t get enough of it.  Her favorite thing to do outside?

Cat in spaaaaaaaaaace!

She loves rolling around on pavement!  I don’t get it, but if it makes her happy….

Should anyone want to try taking a cat for a walk, I have a few simple pieces of advice:

1. Always use a harness, not a collar.  Cat’s are contortionists and can get out of a collar pretty easily if they want to.  As for the harness, I prefer one that clips around the neck and around the belly.  Make sure it’s snug but not too tight.

2. Short leashes are your friends.  Cats can bolt at the slightest noise, be it car or bird.  You need to make sure they can’t go too far and end up hurting themselves or some other innocent creature.

3. Protect your cat.  Chances are good that she’ll want to explore places that you can’t get to like under decks and behind fences.  Who knows what could be back there.  Use common sense!  Also, flea and tick medicine is a good idea in warmer months.  Flea bites are yucky, and don’t get me started on ticks…

4. Lastly, pay attention to your cat.  She’ll let you know where she wants to go and how she’s feeling about the experience.  Penny always gets super affectionate when she’s outside to let me know she’s happy.  She also lets me know when she wants in by walking back to the door.  Desmo, on the other hand, is terrified of his own shadow and has a panic attack when taken outside.  Different personalities on different animals.

Does anyone else walk their cat?

Day 5: Let it snow!

12 Jan

I LOOOOOOOOOOVE snow days!  I get to sleep in, lounge around, and take the opportunity to just relax.  I also get to play in the snow!  Scott and I went to the park this afternoon fully intent on sculpting some snow.  I had this great idea for a Cheshire Cat…ha, right.  Let me tell you a little about snow sculpture….it’s really freakin’ hard!  Like insanely hard!  It just crumbles away into nothingness when you push on it .  The sun mixed with the white snow makes it impossible to really see what you’re doing if any detail is involved.  How did I not remember all this from my snowman making days???

Since there were no giggles happening here, I thought back to my childhood and plopped down in the snow.

Hooray for snow angels!!!!!

Couldn't stop laughing!

I feel like I need to mention that the above picture is not a 5 year old in a snow suit, but a 29 year old woman…  Laughter keeps me young!

Lastly, I would like to note that my snow adventure was not the only thing to elicit giggles today.  I came out this morning to find this:

Yes, that is a xmas tree!

Tree carcasses are so depressing, but this one…not so much.  He looks so peppy standing up in the snow.  It’s almost like he grew there!  I hope he stays for a while…