Little Lists [17] – Summer

Today was the first day of school, which means summer is officially over (though the 90 degree weather and my many bug bites would beg to differ). The 5th graders were wide-eyed and the 6th graders were – for the most part – taller and more confident. It is scary to be in middle school, but at least they aren’t the babies of campus anymore. Today we tested some boundaries, ate some half-assembled lunches, and powered through a long day of getting-to-know-yous. Which when you are ten primarily consists of your favorite color/book/movie/ice cream flavor/animal and what you did over the summer. I condensed mine to: I went home for three weeks to sleep and hangout with my parents in Florida and then went to Canada with my best friend. There was no time to go into the million tiny memories between the lines. But here are some pictures.

Miami colors

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I rested and read and studied for MTELs. And then Chantal came to Boston, and we hit the road.



We stopped in Maine, Quebec, Montreal, and Toronto. Most of the pictures looked like these, so I’ll spare you.

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I did make a video though. Three minutes is probably better than hundreds of selfies.


And now I am back in Boston, finally beginning to feel like I have a home here. I have a room of my own with a rug, friends I can count on for anything, the lay of the land and a few favorite haunts, the emotional energy for hobbies, and an unspoken sense of steady.


But the most exciting part about this year is going to be getting to know these new kids and (hopefully) getting more letters like these (I sent them pictures of monkeys every day for a little while – I didn’t think they cared, but apparently they did).

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Aaaaannndddd the Match Next library is FINALLY (mostly) finished. I forgot my phone on the first day of school, so I didn’t take pictures. I will tomorrow. Day 2. I’m ready.

Little Lists [16]

Where to start? Even though February is an incredibly stressful time for teachers and the weather is dark and gloomy, I have found myself constantly inspired and laughing in between the difficult moments. So lately I have been grateful for…

Book clubs and hours of uninterrupted weekend reading. Just finished this and I have already gone back to re-read certain parts of it. Can’t wait for the movie.

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Friends who will do my make up at parties because I am hopeless. Also, seeing old friends that remind me of my roots and make me laugh until I can’t feel my face.


Roommates who are kids at heart and are always game for laser tag or the latest Disney movie. And then when you run into your students at laser tag and you find yourself getting chased by 10 year olds with laser guns shouting, “Get the teachers!” Also, skunk butt rug.

Day trips to the New England coast. The Atlantic coast is rugged and rocky and beautiful and even though everything was closed we enjoyed the sunshine and sang nonstop the whole drive.

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We also went to Salem and found the American Hogwarts.

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And last but not least, a weekend trip to Chicago to see some of the coolest kids I know. So proud of these two and their bravery and so happy I got to see them and some of my other favorite faces.

We ate lots of junk food.

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Went to Bath and Body Works to smell all the smells.

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Got all dressed up for the big performance.

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And we touched Lake Michigan.

And to top it all off, the universe gave us a snow day yesterday. As much as I appreciate the day off, I think winter is over now. Ready for some spring memories and more warm weather things to be grateful for.

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Lately I’ve been grateful for…

time with friends and community service. sometimes we spend 12 hours at school and other times we spend the afternoon making valentines for seniors.

sunny days and snow. I can’t believe the difference between my view today and two weeks ago. Poor Texas car.

my sister and pictures like this (headgear, anyone?). We’ve gotten better at taking pictures. Kind of.

January has been cold and dark with some pretty long days. Don’t forget to be grateful. Even when it’s hard.

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Lately I am grateful for…

embarrassing stories and waffles in Cambridge


warm weather, long books, and bookmarks with coffee stains on them


Christmas dinners (but mostly desserts)

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Cousins with big ears

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(s)ELFies (get it?)

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