• Goals

    Looking forward

    The start of this school year has been rough. At the start of our teacher workdays, I fell down the stairs and sprained my finger. Do you know how hard it is to setup your classroom and type up various lesson plans and complete paperwork while wearing a splint? My finger is much better now, although there is still a weird knot on my knuckle. The students have been back for two weeks now, and my immune system seems to still be on summer break. I woke up last Friday with a sore throat, signaling my first cold of the year! In addition, what I thought was a minor skin…

  • Food and Cooking,  Reviews

    My must have kitchen tool

    Mr. LoveLiveAdventure and I sometimes have very conflicting ideas about what we need in our house. I admit I tend to stockpile cookbooks, food magazines, antiques, and stacks of things I will take care of “later”. He however is a sucker for “as seen on tv” and all manner of kitchen counter-space-taker-uppers-with-only-one-use items. Bonus points if they light up in some fashion. I have a love/hate relationship with specialized cooking gadgets. My rice cooker is a must have because I cannot master the art of cooking rice, but I view things like the banana slicer with scorn. I’m not having that in my kitchen, but Mr.LLA would gladly have a…

  • Food and Cooking

    Have cookbook, will travel.

    I started cooking at a young age, and my family encouraged this. In the early stages of my cooking education, I baked cakes and cooked dinners in the microwave (it was the 80s, okay, give me a break). I remember decorating a cake for my little brother’s first day of school – a school bus cake. I’m sure it looked hideous, but I was proud of it. I got the idea from a set of cookbooks my family had. There was a kid’s cookbook in the set that I relied on for many recipes, but as I got older I branched out.   At some point I became a Meta…

  • School

    Adventures in Back to School

    August is a time of mixed emotions… Sadness for the end of my freedom. For teachers, summer represents freedom. Freedom to spend time with our families, to sleep late, stay up late. Freedom to eat when we want, and at our leisure. Freedom to drink as much coffee or water as we want because we can pee anytime we want. Excitement for the fresh start. Our students are new and capable of so much. My classroom is organized and clean. I have so many plans for new activities, new experiments, new ways of doing things since all my students will have laptops. Sadness for the end of the summer greenness.…

  • Adventures

    Get outside on August 21st

    On August 21st, North America is in for an adventure – a solar eclipse. As a science teacher and a space nut, I mistakenly thought everyone already knew this. Turns out several people in my life had no idea. A solar eclipse is when the moon moves in front of the sun and casts a shadow on the Earth. Because the moon’s shadow is tiny in comparison with the Earth, only a small part of North America will see a total eclipse, which is where the moon completely covers the sun. It’s been 38 years since the last total eclipse was visible in the continental United States, so you should…