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Teri Parris Ford
MADISON, WISCONSIN
My life as a woman, a mother, a teacher, an artist, a dog owner and a lover of life.
Interests: art, drawing, painting, reading, writing, teaching, digital & analog photography, travel, walking, mothering and general exploration.
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For social distancing reasons, we had two graduations which allowed for twice the student speakers but meant spending most of the day helping out with ceremonies. Admin asked if I would create a photo booth for families to take photos.... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
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Finally! What a school year... it was crazy. Today after grading and cleaning up, seniors came back for one last hurrah. There was food and games and music and I was in charge of the photo booth. I was not... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
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We've had a heat wave all week and boy, am I glad to have the pool open this summer! I'm also glad to have air conditioning both at work and at home. Jim was gone all weekend, so I spend... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
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Yesterday was the last day of regular classes. Instead of finals, we now have bridge week for kids who are behind. I had planned to go to the pool during my lunch for laps and the girls joined me but... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2021 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
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The official kick off to summer ended up being an amazing weekend. Monika rolled in on Thursday but rain and cold hit pretty hard. Magically Saturday morning the cold spell broke and we got an abundance of sunshine. While it... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2021 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
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The last regular day of school is next Wednesday and there's no school on Friday or Monday. So yeah, this school year is coming to an end quickly. My yearbook kids planned and worked distribution today. We had amazing weather... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2021 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
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I drove out to visit with my friend, Melissa last Sunday and didn't bother to wear a mask the whole time I was there (see photo). It was a super fun day sipping coffee, chatting and playing kids. I am... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2021 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
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Working with my students on our final projects makes for most of days being pretty relaxed. While not all students are caught up, I'm doing my best to keep things less stressful so kids can get their work done with... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2021 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
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This was my first Mother's Day without my mom. Erika was so sweet and called ahead of time to ask about my day and if we could have brunch together. I got up early and made quiche and the two... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2021 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
The New York Times had an article a couple of weeks ago I read that I connected with. As we emerge from the pandemic, I keep thinking I need to be doing more. Jim and I discussed the article at... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2021 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
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We welcomed May with a couple of 80 degree days, making for an amazing weekend. Then to top off my wonderful weekend, the yoga studio opened with both vaccine only maskless and masked hot yoga classes. I took the vaccine... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2021 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
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This past week seniors and freshman began to enter in my classroom for the first time since March 2020. On Tuesday I had my editors-in-chiefs in to finish up the yearbook. It made the work so much more fun and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2021 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
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This next week students are coming back into the class. Now that I'm vaccinated, I'm not too concerned about the health issues. There are a lot of stressed out teachers for various reasons. My stress is not really work related... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2021 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
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Today Jim turned 56. That's means I'm turning 56 in 5 months. We had a family text chain discussing if 56 means Jim is a "senior" and no longer middle aged. 50's are the new 40's was mentioned along with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2021 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
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I came home from Virginia to find my daffodils blooming. Every year I plant a bag of bulbs for my birthday just for this. It is so exciting to see them around the yard. The weather has been balmy and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2021 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
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A big storm rolled in last night. I knew that cold weather was rolling in, so I made sure to get out to the beach for a long walk to get my last dose of the beach. I am leaving... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2021 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
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I am officially on vacation finally. I still have a big yearbook deadline on Tuesday but my students got most everything done yesterday. I am so proud of them. I will meet with my editors in chief to make sure... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2021 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
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Jessi claims she is not very handy so when I come to visit, she wants to get lots of projects done because I'm handy. I grew up seeing my dad fix everything all the time knowing being handy could be... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2021 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
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There was no school on Friday-- just PD meetings all morning and planning time in the afternoon. I made all of my meetings on zoom while driving to Virginia. It was smooth sailing for a 16 hour drive. I've been... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2021 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
Monika was at a drug store yesterday in Michigan when she was asked if she'd like a vaccine as they had extra at the end of clinic they had run. She called me to ask if she should do it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2021 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
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Yesterday I got my J&J vaccine at the Dane County Coliseum! I waited about an hour and had to stay after just in case I had a reaction, which I didn't. I haven't had any reactions at all, nothing. I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2021 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
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On March 1st, the first day teachers could get a vaccine, I started checking into Walgreens to get an appointment and got one for today. I also signed up for the lottery with county which I heard would not start... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2021 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
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I got a love hate thing with the month of March. It's a tease with warming temps and glipses of spring. This month I have a vaccine to look forward to-- in Wisconsin teachers are on the list for who's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2021 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
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Monika had been working months for the Yoga Fest event this weekend. I wanted to support her as much as possible to I participated in a few events. I made sure to check in as soon as it started on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2021 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog
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The past few February's I have tried to take a trip. Last year Jim and I went to Minneapolis, the year before that I went to El Paso. When the girls were in college I would go visit them Annapolis... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2021 at Teri Parris Ford's Blog