Sunday, September 23, 2012

Breezy and Green


I love this weather.  I love the energy, the breezes, the colors, the festivals and pumpkins, the food and fall wardrobes.
I'd like to live in this climate all year 'round.
Since it isn't possible, I appreciate the season even more.

Callahan wool hat; T.J. Maxx
Since Tiffany is visiting, I've had to play mad catch up with my homework/reading. By next Monday, I will have three large papers due and of course volumes of reading.  
My class had their first test of the semester and its quite time consuming to grade 27 tests!  I'm happy to be done with it and to say that out of 27 students, 9 achieved a 90 or better and 12 achieved 80 or better.  There was 1 F. I was very disappointed, but not surprised because this student arrived 15 minutes late to take the test and was the second to finish.  Grading her test I had the feeling that she rushed through it and just guessed, didn't even read the questions.  I gave a study guide and we spent a full class period doing a review session.  For the first test I included only questions regarding lecture topics.  I don't expect students to achieve their highest test grade on the first test, but I don't expect anyone to fail considering the opportunities given. 
I know I should not take this personally, but that is something I struggle with.  Not everyone who's there has a high level of passion for education.

Scarf, Nordstrom (thrifted); Ponte' knit pants, New York and Co.
Yesterday the air was breezy but not obnoxiously windy.  I love the way my scarf is blowing in this picture!

Mugging for the camera...another breezy shot....

Cute button detail on sleeves; Sweater, Dress Barn
Necklaces; pendant necklace, my beloved Lia Sophia (won at an event); pearls and gold chain necklace, John Wind
I've been reading and studying in the time in between family time.  Last night I babysat my Brady while my two oldest sons and daughter-in-law took my visiting niece bowling (my 1 year old grandson).  Brady just did not want to lay down or sleep.  So I cuddled him while sneaking in some research journal reading and finally at 1:30 a.m. he fell asleep.  Bad grandma.  I love that adorable little guy.

I've been up at the reading since 7 a.m. and I think I'm ready for a brain break.  I NEED to get out into this beautiful weather and do something fall-like.  I still have more reading to do and a research article memo review to write.

I'm going to grab my DSLR camera (I usually take post photos with a point and shoot, except for dance  photos) and try to capture the essence of this beautiful season.  Maybe have some pumpkin doughnuts.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend...enjoy the rest of the day!  Hugs and Kisses,

Lisa

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    1. Thanks Sheila...I love green. What do you think? Should I go for emerald green for my next ballroom gown? LOL

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  2. I really need to invest in a DSLR camera. You look awesome in your fall colors:) I bet it must be frustrating to have a student fail when they have these opportunities available to them. I wonder if the student has other things happening in their life where they just don't care. What year do you teach?

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    1. I'm teaching at the university as a teaching assistant...which means I'm a graduate student who has been appointed a paid teaching assistantship. I teach undergrads at the 200 level.

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    2. That is crazy that you have students paying to be there that are not trying...sad:( I hope the good students make it up for you:))

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  3. I love that shade of green. I know all about how time consuming it is to grade tests. And when kids fail, I absolutely feel like I have failed. It's WAY more fun to see successful papers!

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    1. I agree...mine are college kids though!

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    1. Thank you Elle. I adore your blog, by the way!

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  5. Hi Lisa! You're wearing one of my favorite colors and you look fabulous in it. (Yes, your next gown should be green!!) I admire your passion for your work and also for your ballroom dancing! I always say in my next life I'll be a dancer.

    My son, his wife, and my 4 year old grandson are arriving on my doorstep Tuesday, and then my daughter comes Wed. We'll be together for a glorious week. I'm so happy and excited. There's nothing like it. Enjoy your lovely weather and have a great week!!

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    1. Jean, Thank you for stopping by!
      Have a wonderful time with your visiting family! What can be more fun?!

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  6. Green suits you. I know how frustrated youf eel about students letting themselves down.

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    1. I think green is a universally flattering color!

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  7. I really love the monochrome look, and that great shade of green!
    I don't really love the cooler weather, but when it comes to seasons, know your favorite is a limited time only does make you appreciated it even more.
    Chic on the Cheap

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    1. Lyddie, knowing the season is limited really does increase one's appreciation!

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    1. Thank you! I never used to own any green; but now I love it!

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  9. I love your photos and the shade of green is divine.


    Hope your weekend was awesome.

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    1. Thank you Wendy..I had a great weekend visiting my niece who is visiting from Japan. And then spend lots of time cramming in homework and grading tests!

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  10. I love it when I read a post and can actually sense that someone is happy :) no matter how busy you may be. and I sensed that in your post. BTW you rock that green !

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    1. Lorena, thank you. What a nice thing to say! I think your comment just made my day.

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    1. Hi Marie-Eve, I'm loving the green too. It's such an under appreciated color.

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  12. Love the green on green - great look! For some reason, I don't have that many green in my closet.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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    1. Alice, I never had green in my closet either until recently. It's really a cheerful color and it make me feel a bit perkier wearing it!

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  13. Lisa,

    GORGEOUS GORGEOUS green! You look absolutely beautiful in this color, and I love your hair! Hope you were able to get a brain break and enjoy some fun fall activities!

    xo, sam

    **Style of Sam**


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    1. Thanks Samantha, I did get a brain break!

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  14. What a gorgeous outfit! Green is soooo your colour! It illuminates your beautiful blonde locks and really makes your lovely eyes sparkle. Simply marvelous autumn look!

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Thank you Jessica. I think I need to own a green dress! Of course I think this color looks great on everyone.

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  15. I didn't realize that you were a teacher. Spring and Fall are my two favorite times of the year because it allows you to wear things like this. Absolutely love this emerald color.

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    1. I teach undergrads; I'm a Master's degree student and I was offered a paid teaching assistantship. I really love it and would love to continue teaching after I graduate.
      I love Spring and Fall too...its the best time for style creativity and I just the love the cooler weather and the energy of the two seasons!

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