Taking Note

It snowed today. Sitting snuggled up with small ones at my aunt’s house on my weekly childcare stint, I wonder if I’ll remember this. It’s been so easy to see things, acknowledge them (barely), move on. File it, forget it, hardly even notice it. Next thing, next thing, next thing. Focus, Anna, focus. What’s next. Where…

TBT: Museum Days

People sometimes ask me if I miss home. The answer is, not much. At least not this time, or maybe not yet. I miss a few select people but not much else. Surprisingly, what I miss most consistently is this:  This is my most common view at the Museum, from behind the Biome counter. As…

Always Un Deux Trois

A 3 hour French class has my brain careening. Dusty, forgotten words are being brushed off as my brain frantically searches among the back shelves for words of high school correspondence courses and French worksheets. But it’s not just searching. It’s a mess. The hard part is leaping over the files of Mongolian that have been…

Dragons and Dinos And Me; Oh my!

Dear world, I forgot to tell you something. I have a job! I am working. That’s what I would tell you if you asked me “what I’m doing these days.” See those dinosaur bones? Well, someone has to keep them company! So that’s what I do. Because I work at a museum! More officially, I’m…

New and Improved! A Skype Date Revisited.

What could be better reason to stay up a wee bit later than usual to skype a classroom of eager seven students from your old school? One of my highlights last week was just such a thing! The year I was in grade 12 I had the opportunity to be the teacher’s assistant for many…

This is Why: The Teacher Talk

There are kids in this world who don’t know how to read. If you can’t read, chances are you can’t write. Can you imagine life without reading? Think about this. If you can’t write your name, how many business deals can you be involved in? How much fine print can you read before you sign?…

Times with Tim, Part One

Some would say yesterday was Thursday. I called it Day 49. Today? Today is Friday, yes, but today is also Day 50! One might also call it the 17 of August of this year, 2012 and apparently that means it’s Davy Crockett’s birthday, as well as Robert DeNero’s (whoever that is)! Yesterday was also ‘Change…