Sometimes, I Eat Cake For Lunch

…and other advice you probably never asked for

Month: January, 2013


I feel a lot better, except that I’m EXHAUSTED and I can feel my lungs when my breathe. Eh. Stephen is sick too, and all of our phone conversations involve multiple breaks for gross-sounding coughs.

Also, I stress-baked corn bread tonight. No regrets.



OMG, I feel a million times better, even though I’m still going to take it easy today. Alka seltzer cold + pizza are obviously the solution to any cold.  I actually slept through the night last night (almost) unlike the last two nights where there was very little sleep going on. Wooo. 


The only downside was that I desperately needed yesterday to do EVERYTHING, but I couldn’t even move until 4PM, so I was slightly less productive than I had planned on being, to put it mildly.




The recipe I tried last night was a success!! Baked sweet potatoes mixed with goat cheese and honey, with roasted grapes and more honey on top.

Also it hit me yesterday how much I have due coming up. Yikes!

January 23

I’m having a relatively free week this week. I turned in all but 1-2 of my finished lesson plans to my teacher to look at, which felt good because it means I finished them so early (I have a LOT to change though, though I’m not sure what yet. This is the theme of student teaching…you have to plan A LOT but nothing is ever actually READY).



Cream Cheese Monkey Bread

….EPIC. I continuously impress myself with my baking skills (sometimes). I took a picture but it tastes better than it looks.

I got out of the house early today and spent three hours at Starbucks working on the CA State Standards and finishing lesson plans and organizing my teaching stuff on my computer. I’m hovering between trying to be as ridiculously organized and planned-out as possible to the minute (as lesson plans require you to be) AND flexible because there is no way that my plans are going to happen exactly as I think they are, and I’m going to have to be shifting stuff around a lot as I teach. It’s hard having to be both.

Excellent Weekend

I haven’t started teaching yet and this 3-day weekend was already very much needed. It’s been an excellent weekend, too! (Except for my Grandma breaking her hip in Denver. But as she said on the phone today, “I’m so hip”).

Stephen drove down on Friday and I made this recipe that I saw in a cookbook he got for Christmas from this restaurant near him in Seattle — baked rigatoni with Italian sausage. I’ve made it 3 times already, it’s defintely going in my repetoire. Then we saw Hitchcock at the dollar theater, which I would have enjoyed more if it had been called The Hitchcocks, because I personally thought it would have been more enjoyable had it focused more on making Psycho than it did on their relationship. But still worth seeing.

Then yesterday I drove up to LA and we went to have birthday dinner with EB and her boyfriend in Agoura. Normally it’s hard for me to lose so much of my weekend, but I want to take as much advantage of free time before I lose it all with school. We had a really great time.

I’ve been lesson planning today and I re-did my semester calendar to allow for a mini debate unit at the end, and the best part is that I still have allll of tomorrow with no plans in sight, just me and my lessons, which is  very necessary and I’m looking forward to having all day to work on them in addition to doing homework for my other classes too.

Tonight I found a recipe for cream cheese monkey bread, so I’m baking something new!

I’ll let you know how it turns out 🙂

Still Here

I was asked recently if I’m still eating cake for lunch, and don’t worry, I am, and I’m still blogging too. In fact, last night I went out for drinks with my friends, but I was driving so I just wanted soda. But then I realized that I didn’t have any food at home for dinner, so I found the perfect solution of ordering a root beer float instead of just soda. That way, I got the soda I wanted, and the ice cream for dinner. Seriously, if anyone needs any help figuring out what to eat, you know where to find me.

I start teaching February 6th, which is really soon.  My lesson planning is coming along really well, and I’m excited to teach. Part of me wishes it started sooner, just so that I could stop thinking about it and start doing it. But I actually need all the time I have because writing lecture notes, writing lesson plans, and putting together Powerpoints and worksheets takes a lot of time.

The other thing that’s stressing me out is all of the advice we get in our various classes, which is a LOT. There is SO MUCH advice about what we should be doing, that I have to constantly remind myself that as a VERY NEW TEACHER, there is no way I can incorporate everything into all of my teaching. At least my Mentor teacher is really good and he incorporates a lot of that stuff into his own lessons (which I’ve been observing all semester), so my hope is that I will naturally start doing this stuff without thinking about it. AHHHHHHHHHH.

Anyway, I have some good stuff planned. They’ll be doing activities that simulate the flaws in the Articles of Confederation, they’ll be reading current Op-Eds on Obamacare and discussing loose vs. strict interpretation of the Constitution, they’ll be comparing the new Egyptian Constitution to ours and discussing how much power a leader should have when putting his country back in order, etc. Hope it works as well as I want it to!



I don’t think I’ve ever been as cold in Southern California. It’s too cold to leave the inside for anything. I even changed into JEANS today. WHAT IS GOING ON.

Birthday Fun!

I had a great birthday yesterday filled with cookies and flowers and food. In the morning I got a knock on my door, and it was UPS dropping off Mrs. Field’s cookies that Talia had sent to me, which was awesome because I didn’t know you could send cookies in the mail.

Stephen drove down and took me to Umami, which is an upscale hamburger chain that I’m obsessed with (I’m only been twice but I daydream about it a lot). The only thing that kept me from gobbling down my burger as fast as Stephen did was that I couldn’t stop talking about it while I was eating it.




Then at night we met up with some friends, where flowers and more cookies were bestowed up me. I had a pizookie (it’s a large cookie baked in a tin and served warm with ice cream on top) and a blackberry mojito, mmm.




Then at night we got back and parked in my apartment complex and I made eye contact with a coyote, and I’m glad Stephen saw him too because I just would have assumed that I was drinking too much otherwise. And then my roommate had a cheesecake sampler waiting for me, which was too nice. All in all, it was an excellent day!