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The kiln is a microcosm of me

Thursday, January 13, 2011      5 comments

Esoteric, I know. Perhaps far-fetched. Somewhat existential? I'm not sure. But I had a bit of an epiphany this morning, and I thought I'd share it. This week, I'm firing the few pieces of ceramics that weren't dry enough to fire in ... Read more

My exercising turns my husband ON

Wednesday, January 12, 2011      11 comments

OY! I was doing my back exercises this morning - where you lie on your stomach and "swim" by alternately lifting opposite arm and leg. And "superman" where you lift both arms and both legs to look like you're flying. Apparently DH tho... Read more

49 months and counting

Tuesday, January 11, 2011      8 comments

Yup, today marks 49 months on Spark People. Who'd have thought I could make lifestyle changes and maintain them (to varying degrees) for over 4 years? Wasn't me! Who'd think I could lose 45 lbs in about 14 months - and then maintain t... Read more

More on teaching Shakespeare to 8th graders

Monday, January 10, 2011      4 comments

My advanced art kids agreed they'll work on a performance for the local theatre's Shakespeare festival. So today, I gave a quick (one sentence) summary of 15 of Shakespeare's comedies, handed them out, and explained how to read the summary and ... Read more

Cooking to get over a cold

Sunday, January 09, 2011      7 comments

DH and I both have the kind of cold that lingers - we've had the same cold for about 10 days now, each. The kind where you cough, sneeze, etc. My voice comes and goes. And flying home with stuffy nose/ears was not fun. So I'm making chic... Read more

Getting drunk on rum balls

Saturday, January 08, 2011      3 comments

Did you know that when you make rum balls, you actually absorb some of the alcohol through your hands? I didn't know that until one summer, when I sat with my old Seattle buddies and made a huge batch of rum balls, and became quite tipsy. Alth... Read more

Finished travelling and home

Friday, January 07, 2011      4 comments

We're home, and the flight was a bit rough. As well as the Miami to St. Thomas flight was 2 hours late. DH and I both have colds, although he's at the coughing stage and I'm still congested - so the flight was uncomfortable that way too. B... Read more

Three Kings Eve in Madrid

Wednesday, January 05, 2011      3 comments

We booked the same hotel we stayed at 4 or so years ago, because the parade went by the front of the hotel. This year, the route was changed and we didn't find out until after the parade was over. But we did see the huge crowds, the kids, ... Read more

Tarragona - World Heritage Site

Tuesday, January 04, 2011      4 comments

We looked through our mini-guide books, did a quick search online, and decided to stop in Tarragona (on the southern coast of Spain, about 2/3 of the way from Valencia to Barcelona). We picked this town (city?) because it has all kinds of Roman... Read more

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


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