Archive for May, 2015


Got these beautiful summer flowers from Sleeping Frog Farms at the Heirloom Farmers Market

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Over the last few days I have been watching five swallowtail butterfly caterpillars who have been happily munching away on some weeks and growing everyday.

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Several choices for the pic of the week – I had an extra snakey day last Monday with two snake sightings in the neighborhood (Gopher and another Kingsnake).  But for this week, I decided to go with the board from my last day teaching methods for the semester and my students’ answers to What is one thing you have learned this semester about teaching science?

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A Chef’s Life – I just recently discovered A Chef’s Life on my PBS Roku channel.  I’m a little late to the party on this one, but I love this show.  Watching it makes me miss my North Carolina roots.  I haven’t lived in North Carolina for almost six years now and I am not planning on going back, but watching this show does make me a long for the landscapes of my home state.  Also, the food chef Vivian Howard cooks looks amazing.  I also love the segments with the farmers and local cooks doing things the “old fashioned” way – they remind me of my Nanny and make me miss her.

Sirens by The Weepies – A new album by the Weepies – yay!  So excited to discover this in iTunes this week.

Cool reptiles in the front yard.  I was taking pictures of the Common Kingsnake and didn’t even realize until I downloaded the pictures that in this one I had also caught a Spiny Lizard 🙂

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As I wrote about before I am doing the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge this year.  Here’s the second update – a third of the way through the year.  Here are the 24 books of the challenge – I’ve read 7 so far so in terms of an average books per month to read I am a little behind.

  1. A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25 – 8 February White Teeth – Zadie Smith
  2. A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65 – 25 April Sandrift – Sharon Canipe
  3. A collection of short stories (either by one person or an anthology by many people)
  4. A book published by an indie press
  5. A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQ
  6. A book by a person whose gender is different from your own
  7. A book that takes place in Asia
  8. A book by an author from Africa – 23 April No Future Without Forgiveness – Desmond Tutu
  9. A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture (Native Americans, Aboriginals, etc.)
  10. A microhistory
  11. A YA novel
  12. A sci-fi novel
  13. A romance novel – 3 March – Hidden Summit – Robyn Carr
  14. A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade
  15. A book that is a retelling of a classic story (fairytale, Shakespearian play, classic novel, etc.)
  16. An audiobook
  17. A collection of poetry
  18. A book that someone else has recommended to you
  19. A book that was originally published in another language
  20. A graphic novel, a graphic memoir or a collection of comics of any kind (Hi, have you met Panels?) – 27 February – Ms. Marvel: No Normal – G. Willow Wilson
  21. A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure (Read, and then realize that good entertainment is nothing to feel guilty over)
  22. A book published before 1850
  23. A book published this year – 26 February – First Frost – Sarah Addison Allen
  24. A self-improvement book (can be traditionally or non-traditionally considered “self-improvement”) – 19 February – Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin