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Ice Cream!

My students were doing surveys last week (we just started a unit on circles and what better way to study central angles than making pie charts?) and one topic was favorite foods.  I said pie, but after seeing the link up “Sundae Blog Hop” I might have to change my answer to ice cream.  Perhaps pie a la mode is a good compromise.

In any case, summer is nearly here and one of my favorite things to do is bike to an ice cream parlor.  This was a special occasion in my childhood- when both my parents were home and the weather was nice, they would take my brother and I out for a bike ride, over the ‘mountain’ and through the park, to the center of town for our pick of ice cream.  It always tastes so much better when you’ve had to work for it.

Sadly I can’t get out on my bike yet since my allergies are making me feel seriously lethargic.  I’ll be sure to have new posts up Monday-Friday, but for today some stories about ice cream will have to suffice!


June 4, 2011 at 9:19 pm Leave a comment

5 Things Friday

This week it’s really started to feel like summer.  Memorial day is the unofficial start to summer, Wednesday was the first of June and we’ve had temperatures solidly into the 80’s.  Overall my brain is thinking summer even though we have a month of school left (snow days pushed the last day of high school here all the way to the 29th!).  This week’s 5 things are all about what I’m looking forward to this summer.

1.  The big event of the summer this year is a trip to Park City, Utah for 3 weeks.  It’s basically math camp for adults – 55 teachers (plus groups of undergrads and grad students) spend July working on math and discussing teaching methods.  Plus, it sounds like there’s plenty of time to explore the area – concerts, biking, hiking and more!  I can’t wait to get away, meet new people and exercise my body and brain in different ways than they are during the school year.

2.  Since I was already flying half way across the country I decided to visit my friend in Seattle.  Combining the two trips seriously reduces my carbon footprint, so I feel a bit better about jetting across the country.  I’m spending the last week of July there, mostly exploring on my own since my friends have to work, so if anyone has recommendations I’d love to hear them!

3.  Soon after I return I’ll be attending a college friend’s wedding.  It promises to be a great experience- they’re having it at the family lake house and some of us are camping on site rather than getting a hotel.  I love this lake, so much so that the view from the hammock has been my cell phone background for years.  Of course, there’s also the wedding part, and I’m really excited for the happy couple!

view from hammock

4. After the wedding I’ll have a few weeks until school starts back up.  Some of that time will be spent exploring Salem.  There’s a big summer tourist season so there will be plenty of events to attend plus local favorites to explore.  To offset the excessive travel in the first half of the summer I’m hoping to leave my car at home and commute primarily by bicycle.  It will also help me avoid the traffic!

5.  I do really value my alone time though, so I’m also hoping to spend some time camping or just day tripping to local lakes.  It will be perfect to sit back and enjoy the calm, take in some nature and go on an adventure.  I discovered letterboxing about a year ago (it’s like geocaching without a gps) and it’s a great way to discover hidden charms of local areas.

Thinking about all of this makes me even more anxious to get out and start experiencing it all!

Aside from daydreaming, this week I’ve been recovering from pollen exposure over the weekend, working on some new picnic placemats (they roll up with silverware and napkin secured inside) and playing with needlepoint coasters.  More on all of that soon.

That’s about it for this week.  What have you accomplished over the past 7 days?

As always, thanks to Allison for the “5 Things Friday” theme.

June 3, 2011 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

Treasury Tuesday: Picnic

I spent the weekend enjoying the unofficial start to summer.  Memorial Day Weekend is traditionally when the pools open (ours didn’t because weeks of rain delayed whatever prep was needed), people travel to the beach or the park and start up the barbecues.  This week’s treasury is filled with everything you need for a successful picnic:

‘Summer Picnic’ by TintedGreen

Everything you need for a picnic: a cute outfit, dishes and utensils, portable sewing supplies (even on a picnic a crafter must keep working), plus bags and baskets for carrying everything!

















Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

What do you consider absolutely essential on a picnic? For me it’s deviled eggs (and not ones made from soap!).

May 31, 2011 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

Memorial Day Weekend

College friends are visiting, the weather is beautiful and yesterday there were zombies and teams with nerf guns wandering Boston.  Crafting and blogging have been put on hold for the moment, but I should be able to get together a post on my single crochet entrelac cloth for tomorrow during the down time.  I hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

May 29, 2011 at 9:28 am Leave a comment

Summer Table Setting

I was in Michael’s one day (always a dangerous place to be) and saw this adorable bright pink yarn on clearance.  I’m not usually one for pink, but I’ll always take good quality yarn on clearance.  I’m so glad I did because I just love what I’ve made with it so far:

Don’t the placemats remind you of watermelon and checked picnic table cloths all at once?

Both sets are available for purchase now:

Pink and White Round Crochet Coasters

Watermelon Placemats (Pink and Green Basketweave)

May 25, 2011 at 8:46 pm Leave a comment

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