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Flat tire = workout with DH

Saturday, January 22, 2011      7 comments

Apparently I drove over a screw, which punctured the tire. I noticed it going flat yesterday, but there was a long line at the air pump so I just drove home. DH wanted to use the Fix a flat stuff, but I've had problems with screws and bolts in... Read more

Stupid red-tape bureaucratic idiocy

Thursday, January 20, 2011      9 comments

I received a letter from the Department of Education this morning, saying I have not met the certification requirements and thus am not eligible to receive this year's raise (which was scheduled to begin on Sept. 1, 2010). I called, left a ... Read more

My splurges have changed

Wednesday, January 19, 2011      5 comments

It used to be that my splurge at the grocery store was chocolate. Or ice cream (in chocolate). Or cake, or cookies, or something sweet and full of calories. I went shopping today and splurged on fresh artichoke hearts from the salad bar. ... Read more

The universe rewarded my walk today

Tuesday, January 18, 2011      9 comments

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

Beachy morning

Monday, January 17, 2011      6 comments

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!

Friday, January 14, 2011      11 comments

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

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


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