Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Tuesday, September 7, 2021
As I cross the threshold back in my apartment, a yellow and brown speckled form catches my eye. I pause, foot hovering as I get a better look, and without thinking blurt: "Oh! Aren't you gorgeous?"
It's an unexpected encounter, but not an unpleasant one: a moth is sprawled out on my doormat. I will later learn that it's an imperial moth, which means in some ways I was blessed with a royal encounter.
I let my dog off his leash and turn back around, squatting over the moth's prone form. They don't move or stir. I try to be optimistic and hope they are only just tired from flying with wings so large. I find myself instead leaning towards pessimism, thinking they are probably dying.
After taking a picture, I pocket my phone and scoop them into my hand. They flutter a little, which I find reassuring, and I decide that lying on my doormat is perhaps not the safest harbor for them. I carefully carry them around the corner to one of my potted plants, depositing them to rest there.
Later, when I find them gone, I hope that it is because they were able to fly away and not because some other creature decided they would make for a tasty snack.
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
I've written about food and fun and family. As I sit on the edge of August, a week and a half into the start of school, now seems like the perfect time to write about the future -- but to do that I first have to look back.
Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Summer, at least as far as I'm concerned, usually revolves around three things: fun, food, and family. I've already shared my fun experience on the beach and my various food experiences this summer. So that leaves this post for capturing a moment with my family -- and there were several as you can probably guess. I said I was going to do four or five of these blogs and (darn it) even though school has begun I am determined to capture some sweet, sweet summer moments on my blog before they fade even more.
I think for this particular post, I want to focus on sharing with you some highlights from my family trip to Branson, Missouri and specifically the drive up. You see, my mom had planned this trip for some time -- a chance for us all to be together in one of those vacation houses people often rent with enough rooms for my mom, dad, 3 siblings, brother-in-law, and two nieces. We would stay here for a few days -- enjoying the local sights, playing games, and of course a trip to Silver Dollar City.
Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Today I am going to take a pause on the summer series because something major is on the horizon: the first day of school! Not only that, but it's the start of my tenth year of teaching as well. As much as I love blogging about the summer, I did not want to miss my opportunity to capture those first day jitters. But how to celebrate and pay homage to all of that?
Immediately my mind went to one of the teen movie classics of my youth: 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), a Shakespeare re-telling of Taming of the Shrew set in (you guessed it) high school. This seemed an appropriate jumping off point given my own role as a high school English teacher (we do love our Shakespeare re-tellings).
Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Last week I tried to recapture the details of my solo trip to the beach and a snapshot of how my summer vacation began.
While I definitely enjoyed the traveling I managed to do this summer (making up for last summer I suppose), what fun is traveling if you aren't celebrating the unique food to be found along the way. Watermelon, ice cream, and grilled meat are just a few of the foods quintessential to the enjoyment of summer. So, for part two of my summer series, I thought it would be a good idea to share with you some of the food experiences I had this summer:
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