Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Loving Jack

Tomorrow is the last day of the most wonderful and perfect honeymoon I could have ever dreamed. Well, the first two weeks off work were rather miserable, because I was sooooooo pregnant. But ever since December 10th, 2012, when baby Jack Henry was born, it has been a blissful dream. Mike had to go back to work at the beginning of January, but his work is often in his home office, so we have both been able to spend a lot of time soaking in sweet baby love and also enjoying being together and being newly married. I love my little family. I love our little home.
It looks like my job next year is going to be job sharing with my former colleague and dear friend Mrs. Duersch. We will share a single fifth grade classroom. This is the exact job I have been hoping would work out. The next three months are going to be hard because I will miss Jack Henry so much. But my second graders are still adorable and it will be my final few months at Washington.

 

Friday, December 23, 2011

Amy and Mike Update for 2011


Merry Christmas. Happy New Year. Happy Blue Panda December.

What's up with Amy and Mike? Well, I am happy to report that we have had a fun and happy year. We bought a house and Amy started teaching second grade. Mike has been learning some new programming tools. But enough boring junk.

The very exciting news is that we have become a formidable team, vanquishing enemies on the planets of Korriban, Dromund Kaas, and Balmorra. Although still young Sith, we have already demolished many of the enemies of the Empire, including a few weak and brittle-minded Jedi. With the help of our companions, Vette and Khem Val, we have yet to face an enemy that we cannot defeat.

Mike, a Sith Inquisitor, has learned the dark healing arts of Sith sorcery. Amy, a Sith Juggernaut, is a warrior who takes the brunt of all assaults. We each have our own starship and we're saving our money for our own speeders.

May each of you dominate your enemies with skill, and may the force be with you.

Love, Amy and Mike

p.s. Come to the dark side. We have cookies.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Be Brave and Be Kind


My class of second graders is full of some of the most delightful humans I know. For many reasons. They are curious and adventurous and loving. They are excited about learning and exploring and simply being. Do you remember this story from a few years ago? This very small child pulled several of his classmates out from the earthquake rubble at his school. Many of the young children I know would probably do the same thing if they were put in the same situation. I want a kind and brave heart like that, too. I am grateful I am surrounded by little humans that teach me a wonderful and happy way of being in our world.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Merry December


The whole entire month of December is a Blue Panda holiday called Eat, Play, Love. Here is what pandites do in December:

Honor the religious and cultural traditions that you like best and that you want to keep in circulation. We put up a Christmas tree today and we are definitely participating in some family gatherings and gift exchanges.

If you enjoy eating and sharing yummy food, then cook and bake. Share some cookies if you feel like it. Eat every last cookie yourself if you prefer.

Invent some new holiday traditions. Have cold cereal for breakfast Christmas morning if you don't want the extra stress of cooking. Go all Martha Stewart for Christmas morning breakfast if you want an excuse to try fancypants entertaining. Eat, Play, Love is always about creating a season of joy and you know yourself best so you must decide what to celebrate and how.

Some ideas of mine: I want to read the same book as family I'll be seeing so we can share responses. Get a professional massage. Write Blue Panda a letter. Find a Zumba Party on Christmas Eve. Watch a favorite funny movie, like Elf. Have a poker night. Have at least 3 full days with nothing planned except be with Mikey. Bake cookies.

What are your favorite old traditions and what are some ideas you have to make your December perfect for you?




Saturday, December 03, 2011

Five Ways to Adore Blue Panda


1. Cultivate self-awareness, compassion, humility and balance in your life.
2. Love What Is.
3. Remember that nothing, ever, is a big deal.
4. Take good care of yourself. Daily doses of laughter, music, and movement are good ways to do this.
5. Be full of peaceful love and joy.

Friday, December 02, 2011

A Blue December

This December I will post a lot about the blue panda (god) and love and joy. When I was 14, despite my doubts, I wanted to be a seminary teacher, or a prophet.   I get to be so many of the things that I always wanted to be when I am at school. For example, every work day I am an artist and a scientist and a clown. But this is a better place for me to channel the divine spirit of the universe and be a prophet.

Question: Is the blue panda real?
Answer: Of course not. I made this whole theology up as a way to explain to my best mate what it is that I believe.  But if you feel like imagining a gentle, enormous panda that knows and loves all the humans with perfect love, and that embodies the EVERYTHING that is our universe, including her countless mysteries, then YES!! the panda god exists---in your imagination, too!