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February 2, 2015

Another Snowstorm, More Musing

I’m starting to think I should make “Snow Day Musings” a regular feature around here. Snow days from school seem to be the days lately that I find the time to blog and share what’s been happening in my little part of the world.

The last time I posted, a snow day started off what was my last week as the long term sub for 6th grade math. I’m back to working as paraprofessional again, and let me tell you it takes some getting used to. I’m so very appreciative for the experience that I had as a teacher and now I think it is going to push me in the direction I think I need to take. I’ve been practicing and studying to get ready to take the teacher’s test for middle school math. If I can pass this test,(that’s a big “IF” at this point: the test has trigonometry and calculus on it!! Ay yi yi!) I can add being able to teach 5th through 9th grade math to my teaching license. I’m currently certified to teach 5th through 12th grade social studies. Those of you familiar with the Common Core are surely aware of the dismal view of the future of social studies classes. Opportunities for social studies teachers will become fewer in the future, I’m sure, as social studies blends into English Language Arts classes. That is the way social studies is treated by the Common Core.
Thinking of the future

In that last post, I also mentioned thinking about a new lens and trying to get back into photography this year. All the white I’m surrounded by lately has me less than inspired, but I have been researching the lens. The more I read, the more I want it. I’ve decided that if I make the investment, I will definitely go with the Canon lens. The Canon is the only one in this price category (85mm portrait lens) that has autofocus. Tack sharp focus is something I’d really like to work on in my photography and I don’t think buying a manual-focus-only lens to save some money will help me reach that goal. So I’m researching and scheming and watching a few places to try to get the Canon lens for the best possible price.

My area did not receive the worst of the snow from that last storm, but just 45 minutes away in Worcester where Meghan goes to school, they did. Worcester received 34.5 inches of snow from that storm. We have been lucky that the snow has been light and fluffy rather than wet and heavy. Meghan sent me a few pictures from around campus after the storm.
Snow drift
A snow drift taller than she is

On campus at Clark
Those piles will be getting taller today!

While I am talking about college, happy news came for Sarah this weekend:
Acceptance for Sarah
Wentworth Institute of Technology is the school we went to visit last summer that I told you about in this post. It turned out to be Sarah’s first choice of all of the schools she applied to. We have not heard back from the other schools yet, but I have a feeling that unless we are unable to work with this school financially, this is where she will be enrolling for the fall. It has been a great few days for Sarah. In addition to this wonderful news, she just came home yesterday from a wonderful trip to Florida. Sarah participated in her high school’s technology department trip to Disney World. They spent 3 days taking “behind the scenes” classes with the Disney Y.E.S. program as well as having free time to explore the parks. She brought me home this adorable Mickey pendant because, in her words, she thought I deserved something nice. 🙂
Mickey pendant

Before all this snow arrived, we did have a peek at the sun yesterday. (Thank goodness Sarah’s return flight was yesterday and not today!) Daphne seemed to be enjoying it.
Enjoying a spot of sunshine
She is my solar-powered golden non-retriever after all! (Yes, I say non-retriever. Daphne has never been much of a retriever. She fetched a few balls in her puppyhood days but quickly decided that game wasn’t really her style.)

And oh yeah, there was a big game of some sort yesterday too, right? Yes, of course, the Super Bowl was yesterday and our local boys, the New England Patriots, are the champs. I am not a big football person at all but I’m very happy for the hometown team. After the dismal performance of my Red Sox last year, it is very nice to have the local team to be proud of. I don’t get invited to Super Bowl parties or have a big celebration, but I do use it as an excuse to have not-so-good-for-you food. For sitting in front of the t.v. yesterday I made Queso Fundido, chicken tenders (buffalo style for me, honey mustard for Sarah) and the Pioneer Woman’s Pizza Potato Skins
Super Bowl treat
They were delicious! I may have spoiled myself against eating frozen potato skins any more these were so good. Did you know they made little tiny pepperoni slices like that? I just discovered them yesterday when I went grocery shopping and they were perfect.

And now here we are, back to today and more snow. Here’s what I found this morning at my “squirrel proof” bird feeder:
"Squirrel proof" bird feeder

A fish eye view of the backyard:
Fisheye view of snowstorm

Well, that was a lot of musing! But who knows when you’ll hear from me next – maybe the next snow day! 😉


  1. If I were you right now, I would be having major cabin fever. In my part of the world, we have had only a couple of very light snowfalls – when? Perhaps November. Now we have rain, but I think I am ready for a day of good snowfall – of course, I’d prefer it not fall on the roads. Good luck with your studies and testing!

    Comment by Carol — February 2, 2015 @ 11:23 am | Reply

    • Thanks Carol. Yes, you could say cabin fever has set in. Other than getting in my car to go somewhere like work or errands, I really don’t remember last time I spent any time outside. 😦

      Comment by Karma — February 2, 2015 @ 2:54 pm | Reply

  2. Look at that squirrel! LOL! Very determined critter. I enjoy your musings and your images to go with them. Those potato skins look delicious. Congratulations to Sarah, and wishing you lots of luck and good studying with the math test. Why are they cutting out social studies? It seems strange to be merging it with English Language Arts.

    Comment by Robin — February 2, 2015 @ 11:29 am | Reply

    • Thank you Robin. Social studies hasn’t been cut, but with the new federal Common Core standards that the states are changing over to, social studies is not really specifically addressed except for in how it can be used to relate to students seeking and using information from non-fiction texts.

      Comment by Karma — February 2, 2015 @ 2:58 pm | Reply

  3. Those potato skins sure do look good 😉 I always love your squirrel pics. We have a few rascaly ones at our new house! They are so entertaining.

    Comment by plainmama — February 2, 2015 @ 11:40 am | Reply

    • They really were good. Thanks Amy!

      Comment by Karma — February 2, 2015 @ 2:59 pm | Reply

  4. A great post Karen! The picture of Meghan school is awesome..man look at that snow behing the pretty girl!
    And so wonderful about Wentworth…all though this Grandma will be nervous for her in the big city.
    I never heard of pizza potato skins I don’t think..unless maybe at OConnors in West Boyston. They look delish!
    The squirrel was cracking me ..not so much that he was in there but the one leg sticking out is so funny.

    Comment by trish49 — February 2, 2015 @ 1:30 pm | Reply

  5. Wish I could edit..I meant “although” and the squirrel was “cracking me up” not cracking me.

    Comment by trish49 — February 2, 2015 @ 1:32 pm | Reply

    • I got what you meant okay! I hadn’t had pizza potato skins before either. Just looked like a good choice on the Pioneer Woman’s super bowl post.
      That’s a “selfie” that Meghan sent me – I was texting her this morning and she happened to mention that it was good she thought to wear red lipstick that day!

      Comment by Karma — February 2, 2015 @ 3:03 pm | Reply

  6. I don’t know how you all put up with all that snow, and it seems like that much comes down every year, too! Hang in there (and that squirrel in the feeder cracks me up)! ; )

    Comment by Kate — February 4, 2015 @ 10:19 am | Reply

    • And another snow storm is threatening for this weekend. Sunday into Monday I’m hearing, although it seems it will be less fierce than originally forecast. Our weather-predicting custodian at school says we will have school on Monday – no snow day this time.

      Comment by Karma — February 7, 2015 @ 8:11 am | Reply

  7. That is depressing about Social Studies dropping off the curriculum.

    Gawd I’m sick of this snow. What a Winter !

    Love the “fish eye” back deck pic.

    Comment by sybil — February 9, 2015 @ 12:31 pm | Reply

    • Well, social studies hasn’t “officially” been dropped, but I think it will begin to fade away as a separately taught class at least in the younger grades.
      I’m with you- wish we could boycott winter altogether. I guess we’d have to move to more southern places to do that, *sigh*

      Comment by Karma — February 9, 2015 @ 7:18 pm | Reply

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