Greetings from Barcelona
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
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
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
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
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??
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
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
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
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!
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"
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
High surf advisory - YAY!
I know, how many people get excited about high surf and big waves? Especially if they aren't surfers.
I like walking on the beach when the wind is wild and the waves are crazy! I'll go down just to see the waves when we have advisories. ... Read more
Our school group won the dance competition!!!!
Our ballroom dance group (12 students) won the inter-island dance competition! YAY!! Haven't seen anything in the news about it, but we had a school assembly today complete with home videos of the competition and the group receiving the huge t... Read more
My DH was almost an arsonist
DH is a smoker (boo, hiss) - and I have asthma - a match made in Heaven, right? So he goes outside to smoke - either out on the balcony (after closing all the sliding glass doors), or out on the walkway. He tries - and I've established a 10 fo... Read more
There are mitzvot (plural of mitzvah) and there are mitzvot
A very dear friend who used to live here came down with her family - her 13 year old son (born here) was having his Bar Mitzvah. Mitzvah literally means "commandment" (and Bar Mitzvah is "son of the commandment", while Bat Mitzvah is "daughter ... Read more