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Ilyoodlenoodle
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Buongiorno.

Adventure awaits, in the form of international travel. My good fortune sometimes leaves me breathless.

We have packed and cleaned and caught up on paperwork and passed through the imminent departure anxiety; now we are getting excited on the way to the airport.

I am a planner when it comes to travel, replete with itineraries and resource lists. DH is more spontaneous. I am trying it his way this time. We'll see how well it works.

Pictures and stories to come. Be well, beloveds, and kind.

Picture is: fully packed and ready to go. I travel light.

QotD: where will you go next? 
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I have determined that this stuff tastes pretty much exactly like the Robitussin cough syrup of my childhood.

It took half a bottle to figure out.

Another 1/3 of the bottle was comforting, like my mom was taking care of me when I was sick.

And then I was totally done. Won't be trying that again. But it was nice for a little while.
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Buongiorno.

Thursday before Spring Break. The students walk in and slump into their seats. "Why do we have to do this?" they complain. "It's SO boring!" I cajole them into responding to my questions, trying to shred the carefully cultivated cobwebs from their stultifying brains. I get dramatic, shouting and flinging papers, acting out the document we're reading. It doesn't help that the language is a century and a half old (150 years, we finally calculate. It takes several minutes to get there).

They sink in their seats, tired of this process of deep reading documents -- 4 so far, and we have two more to read. They, and I, are ready for a break. Tomorrow I will start the day with some sort of game to get them energized, although that carries the converse problem of calming them down enough to focus on the lesson. My host teacher is certain that I will be exhausted this evening, although droning on in front of the class is far more enervating for me. I crave a bright conversation with these kids. I want their curiosity and engagement, even the ones who pace the room and walk up to stare at the maps. Their questions delight me.

This is the challenge that wakes me in the night -- how do I reach them? How do I turn the key that starts them up and rev the engines that will keep them running to the library, to the teacher, to books and internet, trying forever to find answers. It is an ever changing puzzle. This is why I am here, now and for the rest of my life.

Picture is: a neighbor's whimsical goose, all dressed for Easter, and for action.

QotD: what is your dream profession?
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Roadside assistance programs came up in another conversation, and I just wanted to mention the Better World Club program, which offers both automotive and bicycle assistance (or both, if that's your thing) for about what AAA costs (or less. and they'll price match). Plus they don't lobby against the environment like AAA does.

I've used them and they're great.

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Huzzah! 

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Buongiorno.

Picture is kind of how I'm feeling right now. I am seriously tempted to take a sick day tomorrow, just to stop time for 6 hours. That never turns out the way I plan, though, so I'll soldier on.

Next week is spring break. We're going to Iceland. We haven't even begun to read the guidebook that the ever lovely +Lisa Cohen​ shared with me, although I did check the solar weather forecast last night. Cross your fingers for a good light show next week.

Two more classes, then errands and kid pickups and supper and housework. Thrilling, I know.

I have a cookie in my lunch, and fun kids to hang out with this afternoon. This grump will pass.

QotD: how many email accounts do you have? What do you use them for? (my oldest account - 22 years - has been relegated to spam catcher status) 
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Okay, it's an interpretation of what it might have sounded like, but still hella cool

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Buongiorno.
The entire weekend slid sideways and I was all kinds of out of sorts until I made a list for myself of the things I did get done. Laundry - all the sheets and blankets for me and two rounds of guests. Shopping. Time with daughter. Straightening out a cluster mess with a tenant (well, DH did most of that, for which I'm super grateful). Getting Very Important Paperwork prepped for turning in this morning. And best of all, spending an hour messing around with the kids at the public tennis courts as the sun went down. Bonus: I didn't even get winded (and the fact that we couldn't sustain a volley doesn't matter - I did a LOT of stray chasing).

Today I got two things crossed off the todo list by 7:35, and even had time to get a tasty cup of coffee before spending the day on a field trip (90 minute school bus ride each way) to a university with my 8th graders. It's going to be a gorgeous day to walk around a campus.

I've already got supper planned (chicken, cauliflower, and pea curry with naan) and we may have time for more "tennis" tonight. Life is good. I am blessed.

Picture is spring cookies at the local bakery.

QotD: where do you like to go walking? 
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It's just words. 

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