Mary Anne Mohanraj


April 20 -- 9:22 PM

I think I'm ready with my lecture notes / questions for tomorrow's observed class discussion. I've never actually had a lit class observed before, and am a bit nervous. If anyone wants to offer tips, please do. I am fretting about how to structure the class so it's not boring for the colleague observing. Usually we spend 10-15 minutes in small groups, and I find that really useful, but it can't be fun to observe. It's a 100-level Women and Lit. class, with about 20 students, 50 minutes, and we'll be discussing the first few pages of Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.

I do mostly think it will be fine, though. :-)

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April 20 -- 8:04 PM

I hate when it gets too dark out to garden.

(I finally have a moment and enough energy to dig, and I look out the window, and it is dark. I have alcea and digitalis and hellebore to get into the ground, which I should have done days ago, but party. And tomorrow is a long, long work day; I will get home past dark. Maybe I will get up at 5 and plant them before I get dressed for work. In which case, I had best go finish prepping my lesson for tomorrow now.)

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April 20 -- 5:06 PM

Easter party at Daniel and Anne's. We had a truly lovely time.

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April 20 -- 7:29 AM

Day after party report -- I wake to find that Kevin has done all the remaining dishes. I have found my prince charming. Plan for the morning: straighten up, moving slowly, while watching some more episodes of The Good Wife. Feed children as required: leftover scones seems like a perfectly reasonable breakfast food. There are some summer bulbs that must get into the ground today, dahlias and lilies and what not. Friends are having an open house from 11 - 4, so I think we can stumble over there at some point and let them feed us. At some point today, must prepare a stellar lesson plan for tomorrow, as I am being observed in class; it's a little unfortunate that it's a book I haven't taught before, but so be it. If anyone has some fabulous ideas on starting to teach The Handmaid's Tale, please pass them along. And that's Sunday.

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April 19 -- 8:41 PM

Egg Hunt and Easter Tea

I find this hilarious. A carrot made of carrots. God, I love Pinterest.

Kat, being spring-y. I really ought to plant something in those planters. What likes light and almost no water? Ideally trailing?

Matterhorn amaryllis started opening JUST in time for the party. The lemonade container behind it exploded partway through the party, cascading lemonade EVERYWHERE. That was fun.

Teeny daffodils from the yard, plus wind-up bunny. :-)

Wind-up chick + Kat's homemade hummus and veggies. It looks hungry.

Kavi's bunny ears migrated to Kat's head briefly.

And then they settled with Alex. Ridiculously beautiful child.

Those eyes.

You have to have some Peeps, right? It's a requirement?

Paris rescues Wilson. Ellie investigates. Daniella pets.

Egg hunt madness. It is HARD to organize this in a fair manner!

Kat leads them to the front yard when they have mostly exhausted the back.

Oh, my veggie garden is going to need a lot of work to be usable.

Kavi found eight, which she seemed to consider a decent haul, thankfully.

Daniella really looked pretty fabulous.

I just love having all these kids running around in my front yard. Even if a few bulbs did get trampled.

Nadine, look! Our little boys, so cute.

Kavya, carrying her hoard around with her.

Alli, someday I'll catch a photo of you in a moment of repose. But not today. :-)

Kevin hates having his photo taken, but indulged me. This is love.

But sometimes he hides behind me.

I didn't realize until later that Ron and Liz had bought rice krispie eggs. Adorable. :-)

Devilled eggs.

You should've seen Anand's eyes light up when he saw these.

Pretzel bunnies.

I have discovered that even better than selfies, is getting your daughter to take photos of you. Kavya likes posing me and moving me around for the best background. Happy spring! :-)

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