Tuesday, July 31, 2018

buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks

Ended the month by going to a ballgame~excellent game with the NY Mets. Of course, I can say that as we won 25-4.

Symmetrical beauty. 

Oh look what showed up!

Gorgeous national anthem.

Sayin' good-bye to July. 

Back in my space~drenched with sweat from sitting in humidity for hours, totally hoarse from screaming/cheering, and amped up on spun sugar. Here's to a new calendar page!

Monday, July 30, 2018

Saturday, July 28, 2018

full moon and rainbows

A truly fun family vacay. 

Went out after the storm to see if I could see the full moon rising~no luck, but enjoyed this rainbow. 

This year's Christmas ornament! While the Amish quilts are gorgeous, they are super expensive and I don't think they are that comfortable to sleep under, so a coaster was a great way to capture their artistry.

A Wonderland penny to add to my Space Needle and Snoopy pennies. 

While we had a fabulous time, everyone is glad to be home and able to sprawl out in their own space.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Dutch Wundehlund~as pronounced by a 3 yo

Googly eyes are now in four states.

We spent two super fun days at Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster County. 

Many french fries were consumed and we lost track of how many Dole pineapple whips were enjoyed. We were lucky in that it didn't rain or storm on us.

Beautiful countryside. 

Happy family.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

road trippin'

I'd say my student aced her speaking final on etiquette by bringing in coffee and dates. 

Super excited to be getting out of town~my last trip was in January~FAR too long to stay still.

Graceful bridge above the flooded Susquehanna.

After a quick bite, we headed to Dutch Wonderland to enjoy a few rides.

Brave boy on a roller coaster!

Almost full moon and a yard full of fireflies to end the day!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

every time it rains

I love how serious students suddenly get~the day before an exam.

Flowers the size of my head~didn't know they existed outside the tropics!

The shiniest penny in my path today~minted in 2018. Not sure why pennies are still being made, but nice to find something bright. And yes! There was a gap in the rains and I got to use my new walking shoes today.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

elective ended

A lovely afternoon~despite the storms~of finishing our food elective. We sat around and shared food memories and tasty noshes.

Scones and lemon curd to honor my English heritage. Not pictured~the Cadbury bars!

Fragile and flavorful macarons from France.

And I forgot to write down the name of these Brazilian treats~translates to 'coconut kisses'.

Also not pictured was an INSANE and shrieking game of Taboo with my beginners' class. They had so much fun~even the shy ones were yelling and acting out words.

Monday, July 23, 2018

when Life hands you lemons,

wearing plumeria earrings to remind me that things like vacations and travel still exist
and yes, my hair is completely frizzed out by rain/humidity
freeze those suckers and then throw them at whom/whatever peeves you. Oh wait~that's not the proverb? Today was a very annoying day~from having to commute in a massive storm that caused accidents/flooding/trees down which caused the major road to be closed down...it took me an hour to drive two miles.

So, I was verrrrry late to school today~thankfully, our unit is on 'games', so that's exactly what we did. (My computer/printer/project/internet connection is also wonky at school and it wasn't fixed on Friday, as promised.)

Look at these words my Intro class created!!! And they did this with zero cell phone assistance! 

Cheered my cranky self by placing more googly eyes out in the world.

And Anne-with-an-e had better be right~that tomorrow is another day~fresh, with no mistakes in it.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

end of this particular road

When you can feel gravel through your shoes, it is perhaps time for a new pair?! 

These have seen many miles over the past two years. 

Somewhere in the Fairfax County Library system, a patron will hopefully have a giggle over this ninja whimsy scheme.

My nephew made corn tortillas all by himself tonight! (Well, minus the actual cooking on the stove. But I'm guessing he's almost ready to do that~with supervision.) He mixed the dough, rolled the little balls, and used the press like a pro.

Simple and delicious.

And yes, we did make ice cream in a bag. A lovely day, despite the torrents.

Friday, July 20, 2018

swimming shenanigans

Quote from a book I was reading this morning~"If only we'd stop trying to be happy, we could have a pretty good time." 

~attributed to Edith Wharton