1. So, how many times and how many ways can I say that I love my TA? Today--hand delivered Americano with soy milk and a maple scone. And she taught half of one class as she is 'interning' under me.
2. I am thankful for notepads. Let me explain. I write myself notes All. The. Time. If I write it, I won't forget it, right? I make notes about meetings and appointments. Two doctor appointments this week. One meet up for lunch. One meet up at 'big box yarn and craft store' to choose yarn for a prayer shawl project. I know it's a small and somewhat silly thing, but notepads make my life easier and I'm thankful for that.
3. I have a special small notebook for class reminders. I call it "My Brains". The class helpers/TAs know if I say, "Put that in my brains, please", they should make a notation so I will remember to do something. "Send MO vocabulary words because he lost his." Check. "Post information sheet about a special writing technique the students learned, so the parents will know what their kids are talking about." [What's a 3SSS???] Check. "Send quiz to SB since she missed taking it when she was in Hawaii!" Check. I love that little notebook--it came in a clear plastic zippered case AND it has a matching pencil.
4. You know those days when you just don't feel like cooking? What's your go to place to grab some food? We like Sharky's! This Mexican Grill has the Best Food! We buy a burrito each and get four meals. My favorite? AJ Burrito--black beans, brown rice, avocado, and broccoli all wrapped up in a whole wheat tortilla. Add cilantro, salsa verde, and lime. Yum!
5. Monday afternoons are often reserved for spending a few hours with my artists group. We're a tiny group, but we're passionate about expressing ourselves in our respective art forms. I'm not a painter. I don't do watercolors. But in watching my friends and listening to them discuss forms and techniques, etc etc etc, I am slowing learning a little. Happily and contentedly I sit and knit, and we drink tea and love each moment. I treasure those Monday afternoon hours. I'd show you a photo of the other shawl I'm working on (not the prayer shawl), but at this point, it's still a boring, crumpled ball of silk and llama. Once it's finished and blocked it will be fun to photograph.
And, here's a bit of color for friends in snow bound lands. Take heart. Spring is coming!