Sunday, March 13, 2022

The Sunday Seven

 Taking time to reflect on the good of the week.

7. Spring break! Need I say more!

6. My team of teachers. I know it's been a tough year for my teacher peeps near and far. But we have survived the past two years of the pandemic. We've survived together it's not been easy, but we have risen to the challenges together and that’s how we survive. 

5. My daughter's water polo coach. He's dedicated to the team and found ways for kids to swim when most pools were closed. This week is our first time off since Christmas. It’s great to have a week off, we will still swim. 

4. My carpool buddies- I've carpooled to work off and on since 2003. I've done it more religiously over the past 2 years and have even taken the train once. It pays off at the pump.

3. Access to an amazing library system- l learned that you can get tickets to events and places like the museums for free. That's aside from the magazines, books, and all the other cool library programs.

2. The slice of life writing community- I almost have 400 blog posts and it's still fun to write. It’s the community that makes it so.

1. Writing my this blog by hand today trying out the apple pen. It's a cool way to publish.  I saw my daughter using the pen and thought I would try it. There are still a few kinks to work out but it does recognize my cursive handwriting.


Saturday, March 12, 2022

Spring Into Saturday: The Everglades

 One Saturday drive that’s worth taking is a trip to the Everglades. https://www.nps.gov/ever/index.htm 


It’s a perfect time of year to check out the rookeries and enjoy the sea of grass. There are 6 visitor centers. We drove to the Gulf Coast Center and then to the Chokoloskee Island also host to the gateway of the 10000 islands. There we went to the Smallwood Museum that sits in the edge of the Everglades and served as a trading post then a general store and now

a National Historic site-museum. http://www.smallwoodstore.com/

Although this way we didn’t do any sloughing, this is a great activity to immerse yourself into the Everglades. There is also the Florida panther wildlife refuge along the roads to get there. I suggest taking the back roads to get there and just meander down taking in the sites of disappearing wild of Florida. 






Friday, March 11, 2022

Food for Thought: Breakfast in O-town

 Breakfast by far is my favorite meal and I’ve blogged about my love of eggs before, but I thought I would share some of my morning faves in Orlando. 

P is for Pie-Most people go here for the bakery items, but they do have amazing ice coffee and breakfast bowls and my favorite breakfast pie, tomato.  Their hand pies are delicious as well. I think they have the best pie dough here. A trip here after I work out ends up with me morning fuel and treats.  http://crazyforpies.com/ 

Not far from here is Farm & Haus which also has my favorite breakfast bowl  I particularly like the southwest bowl here with eggs, black beans, chorizo sweet potatoes quest fresco and avocado mash. Though the bowl is not just my morning go to. https://www.farmandhaus.com/

Last but not least and not a local cafe, but delicious, when you want a breakfast cocktail, is Another Broken Egg Cafe. I go for the Huevos Rancheros here, because I am a savory breakfast person. The real draw for me are the cocktails. There is something a little decadent in my mind about starting the morning with one. https://anotherbrokenegg.com/


Thursday, March 10, 2022

Decelerate

They've been counting down. We've been counting down.  But's if officially here.  Spring Break, a time to decelerate.  We often don't use this term, I propose we do it more often.  More often that we actually make time too.  The days after tomorrow will be a screen-free.   (okay...I will do my official SOLSC work...but that's it).  In a world where we are inundated with rapid-fire information, sometimes it is truly time to stop and smell the roses. Well right here, the last of the azaleas. I got to spend my evening as a judge at our Poetry Slam and laugh with and be amazed by our poets.  My grades are done. The grades I had to do for a teacher who has been out all nine weeks are done. My office is quasi clean. All good ways to head into break. Happy Friday Eve! 

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Water Polo & Learning

One cool thing about my blog is that I have 44 drafts saved.  This post started as a draft on March 7, 2019 when my daughter first started playing water polo.  Now its March 2, 2022 and I have spent 4 years watching my daughter learn and grow alongside her team. Since then, I've even learned how to keep score and do that as my way to "worm my way in" as my daughters says.  It’s been a powerful way to learn the game too.

What I love most aside from watching the games are the teaching reminders that I get watching poolside as she engages in this highly complex game as she only started with foundational skills-aka she can swim.  She never played a team sport before.  She didn’t  know the intricacies of the game, the nuances . She is constantly reacting and adjusting.  Her ability to make split second decisions is now keen.  She has evolved over the past four year to become a team leader. What I’ve learned from watching her are valuable teacher lessons too. Here’s a few:

1.  Her coaches see the whole pool, how players work with together.  During a game my player or learner is in her space, her field of vision and only her field of experience to rely on. We need to not become so farsighted that we forget how nearsighted our students or newbie teachers can be and stay positive as they work with us. 

2.  As teachers, we need to provide multiple opportunities of for practice and remember that context matters. Just because I practiced the same shot over and over again for 35 minutes during practice doesn't mean when I get in the game, I will be able to execute it under more stressful conditions that might include humans drowning me.  

3. Your team matters. Everyone is rooting for your team. As my daughters says, “We need everyone in the pool and the ones not in it as well.” We need everyone in the building to support teachers as much as they can as they with students. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Spring Break Plans

 In the next few weeks over 7 million visitors will land in the Orlando airport. I’m not one of them. Although I appreciate all the visitors as they fund the things here, I won’t relish the traffic. I will, however,  enjoy a quiet break here. I am looking forward to working out each day, a little pool time sans water polo, cleaning and day trips to the beach. This season is the best of Florida weather. It’s a great time to enjoy the outdoors. I will fix my computer and prep some stuff for my kiddo’s graduation party. It’s been a whirlwind of a nine weeks with two teachers out and nonstop weekends with birthdays, games and college visits. I’ll really relish the still plus I have the second book in Sarah J. Maas’s Crescent City waiting for me. What are you looking forward to for your break?

Monday, March 7, 2022

What R U Reading?

I decided to read a poem a day for 2022. I had two collections picked out and my friend gave me an anthology as well. I decided to read a poem a day since it is an area that I am not well read. I also decided it should be contemporary poets as again, I am not well versed in the poets of my time. I am currently reading How to Love the World which was given to me by my friend and fellow blogger, Lee Ann. It should take me through April. I picked up the Living Nations collection edited by our current US Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo. I became fascinated with her work after I heard her speak at NCTE. This collection is part of her work as Poet Lauureate. Check it out here. My final choice is a collection that I have been eyeing for awhile and when I saw a signed copy, I couldn’t resist. I have read Kingsolver’s fiction and nonfiction, so now it’s time for her poems. These titles should keep me busy through the summer. What collections or poets do you suggest I add to my 2022 poetry quest.