I still remember the last “real” staff meeting we had at school. It was the day before spring break of 2020, and nearly 100 of us gathered in the library. Together. Our principal told us to take home our laptops “just in case” this whole Covid thing exploded like some health experts feared. There were varying levels of concern, but not a single one of … Continue reading One Weird Year
It’s hard to believe we are finishing Week 6 of pandemic restrictions in Anchorage. The orders to hunker down are working, and today we celebrate that no new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Alaska! Next week our city begins the slow process of reopening, and I pray our numbers remain under control. In the past few weeks we have established a family routine that … Continue reading Our New Normal for Now
Families everywhere are looking for ways to pass the time and connect during this pandemic, and in our house we’ve stumbled upon something that is working really well. Like many families out there, we play games. And like most families out there, we watch movies. But we’ve linked these two activities in a competitive manner, and it has made all the difference in the world. … Continue reading Game Nights for Movie Rights
Writing is my happy place, and last night I had some fun creating a parody of Dr. Seuss’s classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I’m sharing with the hope that it can bring someone a smile during this difficult time. The Virus Who Tried to Ruin Easter So many humans on Earth liked Easter a lot… But COVID-19 clearly did not! The virus hated Easter! … Continue reading The Virus Who Tried to Ruin Easter
So COVID-19. Wow. Many of us are simultaneously working, teaching, learning, parenting, and disinfecting. Let’s be honest: if these are our frustrations, we are the lucky ones. It means we are healthy. I desperately want to write about this global pandemic, but it’s so overwhelming and I don’t even know where to start. So many topics are ping-ponging through my brain right now: Check my … Continue reading Today. Just Today.
Yesterday I had another dermatology appointment about my nose, where a patch of skin cancer was removed over two years ago. My doctor has been trying to erase all evidence of my surgery – at no cost – ever since. Yesterday he brought up two final options: another surgery, or microdermabrasion. Neither come with a guarantee, and both come with risk of actually making things … Continue reading Mohs Nose Woes
Overall, I am a pretty confident person. I know I’m a good teacher and librarian. I’m confident in my relationships with family and friends. I also have several random skills that make me proud: my ability to type 90 words per minute, my knack for reading Harry Potter with a divine British accent, and my wickedly delicious jambalaya. Cocky, I can be. But get me … Continue reading Filling Our Own Shoes