three favorites: june 18, 2017

June 18, 2017

My mother always used to ask us what our 'three favorites' were on our way home from a holiday or vacation. I'm trying to view every week of my life with gratitude, so I am using my mother's question to guide my weekly reflection. Here are my three favorites from my week, big or small. 

1. Essie Nail Polish in Master Plan. I love this color of nail polish. It never clashes with anything that I am wearing, and looks modern. I love the Essie formula, too.

2. Curriculum design work. Yet again, I worked for my district to design curriculum and edit what we have already created. It's great to get together with other teachers, and really dig into curriculum. I find that I have a better sense of priorities for my teaching next year if I do this kind of work over the summer. Some things that are one my mind: streamlining my feedback on writing, intentionally grouping students for feedback or remediation or giving them an extra challenge, including more choice reading into my curriculum, and including more resources for my ELL students.

3. This recipe for chilled cream of basil soup from with food + love. I made this for some friends this week, and it is a great vegan option for the summer! It uses cashews, basil, and garlic for a soup base that is flavorful and creamy, and then has a tart corn and cucumber salad that goes on top. The flavors blended really well.

three favorites: june 11, 2017

June 11, 2017


1. This eye shadow stick from No. 7. I grabbed this from Target a while ago, and it is really coming in handy now that the weather is hot and humid in Minnesota. This eye shadow stays put all day, and comes in a variety of shades- my favorites are Cool Mink and Velvet Truffle.

2. The Baz Luhrman Romeo + Juliet. My freshmen always finish up the year by watching this movie I never get tired of hearing them freak out about the slight changes to the end of the story. I also love the detailed world and vision of Verona Beach. It was a good way to end this school year. I have my students analyze how changes in setting and props can affect the themes emphasized by the original and the remake.

3. The newest Wonder Woman movie. I went to go and see Wonder Woman with friends this weekend, and it was really enjoyable. Although some of it let me down (like the constant objectification of Diana), it was one of the better super hero movies I have ever seen. The movie also had me wondering about the origins of the comic, which were much more interesting than I expected. This article from the Smithsonian talks about the secrets of Wonder Woman's creator, his connections to Margaret Sanger, and his dubious beliefs about women, bondage, and power.

styling: the last day of school

 Ellie glasses from EyeBuyDirect / SugarFix star drop earrings / school spirit tee / thrifted JCrew pencil skirt / older GAP metallic flats / Apple Watch 38mm Sport Edition


I officially gave up on pants the last week of school after Tuesday. This was my outfit to end my fifth year of teaching. It was nice to feel polished, but have some school spirit mixed in. Happy Summer!

three favorites: june 7, 2015

June 7, 2017


My mother always used to ask us what our 'three favorites' were on our way home from a holiday or vacation. I'm trying to view every week of my life with gratitude, so I am using my mother's question to guide my weekly reflection. Here are my three favorites from my week, big or small. 

1. Sonia Kashuk hair brush. I bought this about a month ago, and I love it. This brush feels great against my scalp, and can really brush down any cowlicks I have developed while sleeping. It also looks quite chic sitting among my lotions and beauty products on my vanity.

2. This article about Geminis from the Nylon website. I found this article through Joy the Baker, who not only produces delicious recipes and lists of great web findings every Sunday, but is also a fellow Gemini. This article is a loving tribute to "Gemini, the low-key psychopath of the zodiac." I loved the way the author used voice, and the kick butt metaphors they used to describe a Gemini's personality. They also really delved into the fact that Donald Trump is a Gemini, a fact that I didn't know. I found this article to be a reminder to write about myself creatively, to control the impulse to fly too close to the sun, and to use my Gemini skills to fight for those around me.

3. Graduation ceremonies. Our seniors graduated last night, and it was really lovely to see them in that space between an end an beginning. I am so proud of the graduates. I have known many of the students since they were freshmen, and have really enjoyed watching them grow up and grow into who they are. It's hard to explain the pride I felt for all those different stories and experiences coming together to celebrate a universal milestone in their diverse experiences. I want all the best things this world has to offer for these young adults as they head into their futures.


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