Friday, June 26, 2009

Tour of Italy

Earlier this year one of my resolutions was to cook more and so in an effort to accomplish my goal I bought a certificate to the cooking school I took a few classes at last year. It came to my attention a couple of weeks ago that I have never used any of the credits I prepaid for. Last night I returned to the Creative Cooking School and cooked my way through Italy.

The dishes we prepared were:
  • Bruschetta Toscana
  • Mixed Green Salad with Gorgonzola, Candied Walnuts, Shaved Red Onion and Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing
  • Sun-Dried Tomato Risotto with Fresh Basil and Parmesan Cheese
  • Chicken Marsala served over Homemade Pasta with Roasted Mixed Vegetables
  • Zabaglione with Fresh Berries (I only ate the fresh berries because of the alcohol in the pudding, but everyone else really enjoyed it.)
The class was attended by 10 people and it was the funnest group. Everyone was friendly, talkative and funny. It was a great way to spend an evening.

In a few weeks I will take a class to learn a little about French Bistro cooking and I am super excited about it.

Bruschetta & Green Salad

Risotto, Roasted Veggies and Chicken Marsala

This was my first time eating Risotto and it was definitely my favorite dish of the night.

Monday, June 22, 2009


I meant to post these pictures at the end of the school year, but with my trip to Colorado I forgot. I thought you might get a kick out of what my classroom looked like all year and how it looked on my last day.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


Today I flew home from Colorado with an aching brain and blood-shot eyes. Last night we finished reading the last of the essays at 5:00 p.m. and to be honest with you I almost shed some tears of relief. My final total was somewhere around 750 essays. The guy sitting next to me managed to read 1050 (he has done this for the last 5 years). I figure for my first time it wasn't too bad.

In other related news:

Sunday night there was a little meeting where people who had submitted lessons for a "lesson jamboree disk" presented their lessons. I submitted a lesson but had no idea that I was supposed to share what I had submitted. The lesson I wrote about was my shower curtain review. The students essentially demonstrate their understanding of world history on a shower curtain. I did bring a sample to Colorado with me and I gave a very brief presentation about what the assignment included. After the presentation was over a guy named Bill Strickland called me over to tell me that he thought it was "genius." Bill is the unofficial AP World History guru and I was flattered that he liked my idea.

All day Monday as I wandered around people were calling me the shower curtain lady. I guess there are worst things to be called. I am not sure if I will ever get the opportunity to read again, but now that it is all said and done I am glad that I did it. I definitely have more knowledge to share with my students.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

One More Day to Go...

At the end of today's count I have read a little over 600 essays. Tomorrow is thankfully our last day of reading. I can't begin to tell you how sick I am of reading bad essay after bad essay.

Right before our lunch break there was a massive hail storm. It seemed to let off and I decided to walk to the cafeteria to eat. This was not the wisest decision because the hail started back up and even though I had an umbrella I was pelted with hail for the 10 minutes it took to hike to the cafeteria. By the time I arrived my shoes and pants were soaked. I won't be surprised if I have bruises from the hail. When the reading day ended at 5:00 it was sunny skies. Gotta love that Colorado weather!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

200 and Counting

It is the end of day 3 at the AP World History reading in Fort Collins, Colorado and I have read a little over 200 essays. I have to say that the rubric we are using is very generous with the number of points a student can get on the essay. I am grading the compare and contrast essay about racial ideologies between North America and Latin America during 1500-1830.

Although it can get tedious to just read essay after essay it has been more enjoyable than when I sit at home and grade my student's essays. My table leader keeps telling me that day 4 is when everyone hits a wall....we shall see how it goes tomorrow. I just hope that I don't dream about essays again tonight like I did last night.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Saying Goodbye

Yesterday was my last official day at Durango. After 3 years of teaching it was really sad to say goodbye. Most of the day I was so busy hurrying to get the last of my grading finished and all of my paperwork cleared up that I wasn't focused on my feelings. When the end of the day rolled around and I was saying goodbye to the last few students who kept wandering in and as I hugged some of my colleagues that is when the emotions hit me. My department chair told me that in his opinion I was "irreplaceable and will be sorely missed,"--that got me crying. I can honestly say that I am not the same individual I was before I entered the doors of Durango and as much as I have loved/hated my job at times it was an honor working there.