Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Weekend with the 'rents

For many weeks Mike and I have been working on our climbing skills, not by ridding hills, but by counting calories. So it's been a while since we've really indulged ourselves in rich desserts. Wine, yes. We've managed to keep it on the 'good' list, but desserts, those where you want to lick the bowl for more, have been scarce.

My parents were in town from Chicago this weekend and we headed to Mezze, a Middle-Eastern restaurant in Lake Merrit which had good food, and AMAZING desserts. In addition to the moulten chocolate cake with carmel milkshake, and warm bread pudding, we had this butterscotch pot d'crem which was to die for. Mike and I fought over the last bite. Wow.

On Sunday, after dodging rush hour traffic, we headed to Alcatraz. I was struck by the guard to prisoner ratio 1:3. So interesting when compare to my teacher to student ratio 1:150. Yes, though there are only 30 of them in the room at a time, I have 150 students who I see each day. Damn the prison system for coming up with the money to have a 1:3 ratio. Can you imagine how our schools would look if we priotitized our budget in the same way?

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Guicoustical Gymnastics

Went to see these guys last night...Awesome Show! Their furious fingers wring some incredible sounds from their guitars. If you get a chance to see them live - DO IT! If not, check out their music anyway.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Going Pro

That's it. I'm going pro.
This morning on Kfog they interviewed a "pro" blogger. She gets enough hits each day (5,000+) that advertisers pay her to have ads on her site. It generates enough business for the companies that they pay her a commission and she can make a living off of blogging. Actually, I'm not the one who should go pro, but some of you...and you know who you are...could quit your day jobs and cat. up.
And on an unrelated note, there are 2 enormous spider webs across the roof rack of my car. A car gathering dust and spider webs in the driveway is a fine sign of my new commute. Walking to work every day is a beautiful thing!

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Rain getting you down?

I thought I had lost my desire to ride. Actually, for the last few days I had pretty much lost my desire to do anything after work besides sit on the couch and stare at the ceiling. Yesterday afternoon, I scooted home from work to go for a run, and was nabbed by the couch, which wouldn't release her grip. Finally, Mike set me free by suggesting that I go into the bedroom, close the door, do some yoga, and not come back out until I was my old happy self. It worked, temporarily, but I still went to bed at 8:20pm, a groggy, lethargic mess.

Yes, I know, it's that change of seasons where the days get shorter, the darkness creeps into both our workouts and our working hours, and it's just damn cold and wet. I know I'm not alone in feeling a bit of the rainy season blues .

Often, my meetings with colleagues to discuss some of our more troubled students make me realize that my blues ain't nothing compared to some of my students. I guess my rainy day blues don't compare to that crazy teen-age drama.

After school today, I went for a long ride. Ah yes, it's good to be back.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Under the Sofa...

is what we're thinking of renaming this site.

Hopefully we'll find time to post once in a while

...and when we do it will be like finding a rare coin

...not some hairy grape from last year's Super Bowl party.