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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

It's one of THOSE days!

Friday, December 17, 2010      0 comments

I forgot to wish DH happy birthday this morning - now, he tries to avoid celebrating, and I had agreed I wouldn't take him out to dinner or anything - but I'd like to at least wish him happy b'day. So I had my class prepped, and when I call... Read more

"Life doesn't need red lights"

Thursday, December 16, 2010      2 comments

The place we go to for pizza (best on the island) has vintage signs all over the place - this is the wording on a motorcycle sign. Life doesn't need red lights. As in, life is always on green. On go. We don't need to stop. Or even s... Read more


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