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The universe rewarded my walk today
I taught my classes, had a quick lunch, and headed to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to register my car. That took about half an hour. I then walked over to the gov't agency that awarded my after-school art program a grant - I had to turn in the... Read more
We got to the beach about 11 AM - I slathered on the sunscreen (just upper back and shoulders, the parts that don't get much sun) and we walked back and forth for about 40 minutes (yes, I wore my pedometer). We saw some people we knew, saw tour... Read more
What a teeny tiny incredibly small world it is!
I went to my chiropractor today - he comes into the room and says hold on; pulls out his phone; flips through; holds up a photo on the phone and says, "Do you recognize her?" I look, and say, "But that's Hannah - where did you run into my niece... Read more
The kiln is a microcosm of me
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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