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Winter Books Pre-K K 2015

I haven’t posted about school in forever. Well, it’s winter, so…we’re reading winter books in pre-k and kindergarten! It snowed this weekend, which makes this even more appropriate to post about. We are well into our novels in grades 1-6, we’ve been reading them since November. And I did a lot of various holiday stories with the little ones in the fall. Now it’s January, so we’re enjoying some snowy stories.

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1st snow 2015

Yesterday we finally woke up to some snow, and now we’re waiting for Winter Storm Juno to pummel the Northeast tomorrow afternoon. My school district has already called an early dismissal for 1pm tomorrow, it’s going to be bad. But yesterday, with the 2 or so inches we got here by the shore, Hannah and I went out for a bit to stomp around in it.

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pan roasted fish

Last year I got pretty good at cooking fish and adding it into my dinner planning. I cook shrimp all the time (the only shellfish Adam likes), but I really wanted to expand my skills and start swapping out red meat for fish where I could. We cut down on red meat a lot last year, which was way easier than I thought it would be. I’m kind of a raging carnivore, and I still eat it, but cutting back on it wasn’t hard. Read more on Eat More Fish!…

destashing

I’ve been on a monthlong weeding and organizing binge all over the house. My studio especially has gotten a bit of an overhaul, and I’ve pulled a ton of fabric to sell.

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no shush 1

What a fabulous (and noisy) program. We all went to the inaugural show yesterday in Red Bank. The NJ Symphony Orchestra did a matinee performance for kids before their grownup show last night. This is the first event at Count Basie, but I think I’ve seen this elsewhere around the state. Maybe NJPAC?

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First Date Anniversary 2015

Friday night was the 11th anniversary of my first date with Adam (which was also on a Friday). The anniversary must have fallen on a Friday before, but this is the first year I remember it.

So, Hannah spent the night at my mom’s, and Adam and I wandered around Manhattan in the freezing cold of January just like we did back in 2004 when we met. We are too old for stuff like this.

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Man, last year was a stinker for reading. My lowest year to date. I was a bit busy juggling a lot of different things, but it’s no excuse! This year, I WILL do better. I have to break 100 at least, I mean seriously. I’m back teaching, which should spur me on. It’s kind of hilarious to see how my life has changed since I started this blog in 2008 and how that’s affected my reading.

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slow cooker french dip

This is a great all-season slow cooker recipe that makes delish leftovers and lunches. I made this recipe last summer for a crowd, and we still had leftovers that were awesome on less fancy bread (or straight out of the tupperware).

I have a thing about sandwiches, I do not know why. I don’t make them that often because they just don’t set my cooking heart aflutter like a braise or a roast or a new pasta dish. They’re just not very sexy. But, I should get over it. I am terrible at lunches (my least favorite meal to prepare…again, just not sexy), and there’s no reason sandwiches shouldn’t get a little more respect in this house. I need to be better at lunch, and this recipe is a good start. Read more on Crockpot French Dips…

R2D2 Quilt

Squeeee!!!! Back in May, I sent off a quilt to Generation Q magazine for publication. I’d been working with them for a few months before that, sending sketches and ideas. They picked a sketch of this R2D2 quilt I’d just doodled for fun, and suddenly I found myself actually making my first quilt to be published in a mag.

And not just any quilt, but a geeky Star Wars quilt. I am so in love with how this design came out, and I’ve had to keep my lips sealed about it for almost 8 months now. That was haaaaard. But now I can talk about it nonstop, all day long.

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“Blah blah blah, new year, blah blah, planning.” This is what I’ve been thinking the past two days about resolutions, and it’s so unlike me. As a compulsive list-maker, New Year’s Resolutions are my SuperBowl. But I’ve been in a funk so far in 2015. All 2 days of it (I was in a great mood NYE). I’ve had trouble focusing in on what I’m excited about for the new year, and everything productive I can think of to get me out of it is a bummer (like taking down the Christmas tree).

It’s just a little new year blues. So many possibilities for a new year, and so many friends on social media already announcing big exciting things for the year. I have decision paralysis. What do I want to do this year? I can’t even decide what to make for dinner in the face of A Brand New Year. But finally, now in the evening of the 2nd day of 2015, I’m snapping out of it. I’m over myself, and ready to make The List.

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