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An extra night in Valencia
Monday, January 03, 2011      4 comments

DH likes to travel without a plan, so that he wings it. I prefer to know where I'm going to sleep at night (having been in places where I spent most of the day looking for a room for the night). So we've compromised on most of our trips. ... Read more
Fashion in Barcelona
Friday, December 31, 2010      7 comments

Yes, DH and I stand out as Americans. We're both wearing jeans, he has a ski jacket and while I have a short black trench, I do wear white sneakers (with red rhinestones and a tattoo style heart and rose on the back). But we both have the scar... Read more
A not-so-nice adventure
Thursday, December 30, 2010      11 comments

DH and I were walking to La Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudi's unfinished cathedral (which is fabulous and wild and crazy and it kind of morphs from classic Gothic cathedral to Gaudi's undulating organic lines, all in one building) - anyhow, we wer... Read more
Day 3 in Barcelona
Wednesday, December 29, 2010      6 comments

We definitely have fallen into a different rhythm for our days. We both sleep late (for us) and slowly get showered and dressed. Breakfast has been between 9 and 10 AM. We wander around, people watch, and eventually come up with a plan for th... Read more
Park Guell
Tuesday, December 28, 2010      4 comments

DH and I rode the local bus up to Park Guell today - this is Antoni Gaudi's famous park that was supposed to be an urban development, but turned out to be his mosaic and stonework masterpiece. It's sort of like fairy tale houses in Central Park... Read more
Quirky European dinner
Monday, December 27, 2010      1 comments

DH and I decided that after an 8 hour siteseeing day (and over 15,000 steps on my pedometer), we probably didn't need to walk too far for dinner. So after about 45 minutes back in our hotel room, we wandered around our neighborhood, which is 4 ... Read more
Greetings from Barcelona
Sunday, December 26, 2010      5 comments

DH and I arrived in Barcelona about 5 PM, after about 18 hours of travelling, including an overnight flight. We're both tired, but we both wanted to walk around the city, enjoy the holiday lights and decorations, and find a light dinner. (We a... Read more
All our bags are packed and we're ready to go
Saturday, December 25, 2010      2 comments

I put my "wardrobe on a diet" in my small roll aboard bag. Jacket, sweater, book, laptop go in the backpack. DH had a huge pile of clothes, I offered him the use of my larger roll aboard (which makes it still pretty small). He had to take out... Read more
Putting my wardrobe on a diet
Friday, December 24, 2010      2 comments

I've read several articles about downsizing one's lifestyle, and it usually includes keeping one's clothing to a minimum. And while I've stopped buying as many clothes as usual, and forced myself to think twice before making any purchases, I st... Read more
Encouraging students to read
Thursday, December 23, 2010      2 comments

I have a few students who love to read, so they have chosen to take a summarized version of a play by Shakespeare, read it over the school break, write a short one-page summary, and bring it back in January. The rest will do this in class i... Read more
Turtles and other sea creatures
Wednesday, December 22, 2010      3 comments

Since we made the coral reef mural this year, we won't have time to complete another mural. But I had my students make ceramic sea creatures for the mural I want to make next school year. They've been great about making one sea animal, glazing... Read more
Did you watch the solstice lunar eclipse??
Tuesday, December 21, 2010      3 comments

I didn't. Even though the last one was 500 or so years ago, and there won't be another for a similar amount of years - and even though DH got up, and I awoke, and I had trouble going back to sleep - and even though the cat came in an hour later... Read more
Shakespeare for middle school students
Monday, December 20, 2010      4 comments

Come January, I'm going to work with my students on Renaissance (and medieval) ornamentation and design - repeat patterns, motifs, emblems, crests, etc. This will all culminate in a parade and a race (like the Palio in Italy) some time in April... Read more
My noodle kugel recipe
Sunday, December 19, 2010      5 comments

Several people had asked for this, so today's blog will be the recipe - that way, people from any team can see it. Noodle Kugel - makes a lot, I figure 12 or so servings 1/2 lb noodles - I prefer the no yolk wide noodle, but fine no... Read more
At school on Saturday
Saturday, December 18, 2010      5 comments

I'm here at school on Saturday, firing the kiln. This is a bisque firing - meaning the first firing of the clay objects. We have to bisque fire before we can glaze - and then we need a glaze firing, which I can do in a school day. But with a ... Read more

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