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Long Week


When you have a four day school week that includes Valentine’s Day, the 100th Day of school, 2 in school birthday celebrations, an enormous food drive, a paper for grad school and report grades due…it doesn’t feel like a four day week!

Years ago, our school district gave us a full week off in February. Now, we get Friday and Monday. Not a whole week, but these four days off  starting tomorrow, will give me the chance to catch my breath.

Right now I am just thinking how nice it will be nice to go to bed without setting an alarm!

Hoping all of my teacher friends have a nice relaxing and calm long weekend!!

Love is…

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

25 years ago tonight, was the night Dave asked me to marry him. It was a Friday night. He drove 250 miles to Washington, DC, where I was in school at American University. I was a senior. We’d been together since high school so even though we were only 22, we thought nothing of how young we were. Nowadays, people remark on how we were crazy to have gotten engaged so young, and I am sure back then there were many who doubted that it would last, but here we are…all these years later and I am still in love with my best friend.

I guess I kind of knew it when we met even in high school. He became my best friend the day I met him. People joked with us about how funny it would be if Claire Gianni married Dave Sinclair – she’d be forever known as Claire Sinclair. We just laughed about it but sure enough, that’s who I am!

Since that day, we have never really done anything big for Valentine’s Day. I don’t like flowers, they never last long enough. Chocolate is always a treat but often Lent falls right around the same time and I always give it up so I can’t eat it. Sometimes we’ll go out to dinner but usually we keep it simple with just a card or a sweet message to each other.

This morning, Dave gave me a gift. After we promised NO gifts this year. It was a big bag filled with my favorite treats and sweets. Tea, kind bars, chocolate, cliff bars, caramel corn…all things I love. I guess after 25 years, he really does know me!




It is Valentine’s Day.  Dave and I don’t get too sappy about it anymore.  In fact, my favorite Valentine from him was one he sent me a few years ago.  Not romantic to most, but if you knew what a huge soccer fan he was, (this song is actually sung by Totenham supporters and their love for their team) you would know why it means so much to me.  I shared it last year, but it is totally worth sharing again.

We “celebrated” this morning with pink donuts for my Valentine‘s.  Nerf footballs for the boys and a new stuffie for Emmy Lou.  Nothing for Dave or me.  We need our dishwasher repaired…along with a few other things in the house so that is our “gift” to each other.


The boys and I brought a donut treat to my dad while he’s at the rehab center.  Stayed with him for awhile after he got out of therapy and now, I am in for the rest of the day.  It is so cold here! I’d rather cozy up with a movie and not go outside again today if I don’t have to!

Happy Valentines Day!

“Pal”entine’s Day Dinner

Although Dave and I got engaged on Valentine’s Day 23 years ago, we don’t do much to celebrate it anymore.  We probably won’t even go out to dinner.  So many people make such a big deal out of the day.  Its such a Hallmark holiday though. Too much hoopla for us and since we love the comfort of home maybe we will just order some food in and celebrate with the boys instead.

Tonight though, we did go out with some friends. Just celebrated friendship. We are Godparents to each others children and have been friends forever.  So while we were driving home, I came up with the phrase, “Pal”entines Day, because they are our very best pals.  The people we enjoy spending time with the most!

There are four boys between us, and only one girl, my goddaughter Sally.  Today’s photo prompt was Pink, and her hot pink scarf among the khakis and grays of the boys stood out so I snapped this photo while we were at their house today.

Maybe “Pal”entine’s Day should be our new tradition. ❤

dinner with the mitzaks


We celebrated Valentine’s Day today in Kindergarten since we have no school until Tuesday, for a very long Presidents Weekend. Tonight’s photo prompt is Cozy and my cup of tea and cookies given to me by one of my students, are the perfect way to end a long day.


I will snuggle up on the couch with my afghan and my sweet dog Emmy Lou.  Maybe Drew will even join me and we can stay up and watch a movie.  Not sure if his idea of cozy is quite the same as mine, but I will take the snuggles if can still get them.

I’m in love, but not with Valentine’s Day

Valentines Day

Today is the anniversary of the day Dave asked me to marry him.  We were both young and happy and in love!  Fast forward twenty-two years and we are still happy and in love.  The young part, not so much!

Valentine’s Day has always been special to us because of that, but neither of us ever goes “all out” on this day.   We don’t give each other cards or flowers.  Once in a while we will go out to dinner, but it is such a corporate, materialistic holiday we tend to stay away from all that.  Sure it is a great time to shower your loved ones with love and attention, but shouldn’t this be the case everyday?  Neither of us look forward to obligatory gifts.  We treat each other to special things whenever the moment strikes us.  Getting a gift just because I have to get one…there is no spark, no thought behind it and therefore it just lacks meaning.

We “celebrated” today by spending our day together.  Starting with shoveling, (again) and having lunch with the boys.  Tonight we will join my dad, brothers and sister and her family for family dinner.  Just like a typical Friday night.

We don’t need to spend a lot of money to show each other how much we are in love.  When I was a kid, my best friend and I would talk about how great it would be to spend every single day together.  Now, Dave has been my best friend for over 25 years and I get to do just that!

My favorite Valentine’s gift I ever got from him was this video that he sent to me at work a few years ago.  Dave is a huge Football, (or as it is called in America – soccer) fan, so anyone who knows him would understand why this means so much to me!

So whether you play it up big, or keep it small and simple like us, I hope that spend your Valentine’s Day doing exactly what you like!