Talk about writer’s block. I’ve got a serious case of it. Seems like nothing coherent is coming out of me lately, including the cranky comments I’ve been leaving over on JK‘s blog. Truth be told, I think I’m a little jealous of JK. He’s hurled himself head-long into student teaching….He’s excited about becoming a teacher.

Two years ago when I did my student teaching, I was also “inspired,” and now I’m fighting the feeling of having had the wind knocked out of me. I’m discouraged. Oh, I know, boohoo for me, it’s really not all that baaaaad. I know things will work out; they always do. I guess I’m just impatient and restless and a little bit insecure.

While I’m waiting for some clarity and for the sledgehammer of inspiration to hit me over the head, I can’t help but to sprinkle the blog with some light and fluffy little morsels that catch my eye. Like this:

What type of Fae are you?

BTW, I had to take this quiz several times to change my result from “Dark Elf” to just regular-old-elf : )

Now I feel better.

Free rice

We’ve been playing around with Free Rice for a while now. It’s great for building up vocabulary skills, so I was happy to discover that it also includes several other subjects to investigate … like art, chemistry, foreign languages, math, and geography. So, point your students (and your friends) to Free Rice, Have a little fun, learn a little, and help provide rice to those in need.

Where I was. . .

… during the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

“On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.”

A thoughtful inaugural address from a new president whose confident, calm demeanor and outstanding oratory skills make him such an inspiration.

I think I enjoyed Obama’s speech at the Lincoln Memorial on January 18 even more than his inaugural address. He called the day a “celebration of American renewal” and paid homage to history with his references to Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech delivered in the same spot in 1963.

“Directly in front of us is a pool that still reflects the dream of a King, and the glory of a people who marched and bled so that their children might be judged by their character’s content.”

“But never forget that the true character of our nation is revealed not during times of comfort and ease, but by the right we do when the moment is hard.”

Here’s to doing right — no matter how hard it may be . . .

Polar bear plunge 2009

Five years ago, to honor the occasion of my best friend’s 50th birthday year, the two of us plunged into the ocean at Millway Beach on New Year’s Day with the other crazy polar bears. We ended up on the front page of the local newspaper the next day, sigh.

Not to be outdone, my children and some other friends and crazy family members decided to do the “winter swim” this year. With the wind chill, the temperature was 1 degree. High tide was at 2:30 pm, and the water was chunks of ice that needed to be broken apart for the crazies to run through.

Here’s a slide show of the insanity.