Thursday, January 4, 2018


Recently I have seen a number of folks posting on twitter their #OneWord for 2018. I've never been one to make New Year Resolutions. But I decided to pick a word for myself for 2018. What you say is that one word? Well if you didn't guess by the title of this blog, it's TIME.

Why time you may ask? I'm mean come on I have seen folks I know post words like Possibility, Focus, Trust, Purpose, etc. So why TIME?

Simple I wear a lot of hats (TOSA, CTA State Council, TKSCC Chair, CTA/ABC). Each of these requires a commitment of time. Time spent prepping, teaching, leading, planning, etc. But what about myself? Do I deserve Time?

Recently a friend didn't ask me to do a task, instead, she said "Nora, you do it. You don't have kids so you have time." I didn't say it but I thought just because I don't have kids doesn't mean I have time to do what she wanted. I mean I wear a lot of hats and they all require time from me.

The last day of school before our Winter break I attended a meeting with a group of fellow teachers. We meet to create the questions for a survey that we need to give. It took us about 45 minutes to hammer out the questions for our survey and write them down. I had told them after we formulated the questions I would create a Google Form to use for the survey. So after we finished writing down the question one colleague asked when would the survey be ready to send out to everyone. The leader of our group turned to me and said it will be ready tomorrow right? My response was "No". No? The look on several peoples faces was what? See I had plans for Christmas and was leaving the next day for San Francisco and I said I would not even start working on the Google Form until after I returned.

Why did I do this? Because even though I have many hats and spend a large amount of time devoted to them the one thing I have not been doing is scheduling time for me.

If I want to be happy and healthy I have to schedule time for me. Time to recharge my batteries. Time to do things I enjoy. Time to read and not just read books, magazines, and blogs related to my work but time to read for personal pleasure. Time to go to the movies or dinner with friends.

So while I will schedule time for all my hats in 2018 I will also schedule time for me. If you want time for me and there is no time left in the day, week or month then the answer will be no or not now but later.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Goodreads Challenge 2017

Goodreads Reading Challenge 2017

Here is my list of books read in 2017:

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Red Mars (Mars Trilogy #1) by Kim Stanley Robinson

George Lucas: A Life by Brian Jay Jones

The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King

Lead Like A Pirate by Shelley Burgess & Beth Houf

Jim Henson Biography by Brian Jones

Shift This! by Joy Kirr

Dark Money by Jane Mayer

Company Town by Madeline Ashby

The Intercept by Dick Wolf

Assessments That Matters: Using Technology to Personalize Learning by Kim Meldrum

The Snowden Files by Luke Harding

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Hacking Leadership by Joe Sanfelippo and Tony Sinanis

Marvel Comics The Untold Story by Sean Howe

Wonder by RJ Palacio

Above the Line: Lessons in Leadership and Life from a Championship Program by Urban Meyer

Auggie & Me by RJ Palacio

Plaster City by Johnny Shaw

Term Limits by Vince Flynn

Grit by Angela Duckworth

American Assassin by Vince Flynn

Social LEADia by Jennifer Casa-Todd

Artemis by Andy Weir

Kill Shot by Vince Flynn

Transfer of Power by Vince Flynn

Monday, January 1, 2018

Walt Disney Family Museum

Walt Disney Family Museum 

The Walt Disney Family Museum is located in the Presidio in San Francisco. Opened in 2009 it is a must for any fan of Walt Disney. The Museum is not owned by the Disney corporation but by the Disney Family Foundation. 

Below is a sample of photos I took at the museum in December of 2017.