The Best of 2016

Hello Friends,

Happy New Years! We spent the evening at our neighborhood party, and then relaxed at our house playing boardgames. It’s very homey with the fire roaring and we drink tons of thai iced tea to last us til midnight. It’s always very festive and fun. How was your New Year’s Eve? Do anything fun?


Looking back on 2016, it was a very full and exciting year, with many highs and quite a few lows.

From left to right, I had amazing time with A flying to Florida and having the time of my life at Harry Potter World in January.

Relaxing on the beach in Hawaii with A in February was exactly what I needed heading into a busy time prepping my students to submit their AP portfolios. In June I watched my prides and joy (all 45 of them) walk down the aisle and receive their diplomas. I also said goodbye to the school that made me into the teacher that I am today, and hugged & waved goodbye to all my LPS Phoenix’s (and my classroom) for the last time ever.

In July we took a family trip and fulfilled a childhood dream of mine to return to the island where I had spent a glorious summer (#sweet15) in Nantucket. In July we spent some time with my Grandfather in Pennsylvania.

In August, I lounged at an amazing lake house and soaked up every last bit of summer before starting school at my new job. In September we enjoyed glorious weather on many walks in San Francisco. In October A and I cajoled our friends into eating the brunch buffet at the Ritz in Half Moon Bay. I also saw my favorite musician Ingrid Michaelson on her latest musical tour.

In November A and I took a food eating tour through Portland, and I got to explore the beauty of the Northwest (and see Shannon!). For Thanksgiving Week I joined Aaron and Kim and her family on a week-long sunny stay in Cancun, Mexico.

And finally, I’ve been here in Tahoe for the last week and a half, being as lazy as I possibly can before starting back to work on the 3rd. The snow has been kind to us, and I’ve been able to get in 3!! days of skiing in between the hot tub, reading books, watching movies and boardgames.

I’m sure 2017 will keep me just as busy as 2016 did, as I know I already have a few trips planned with A, seeing my first crop of seniors at Notre Dame graduate in May, and adding a few new things to the new pad in Santa Clara (like finally owning a Tv.)

Are you looking forward to 2017? Any fun things you are looking forward to? Thanks so much for reading the blog these last 12 months, I couldn’t do it without you guys!






Beaches, Tahoe, Summer Salads, Macaroons and Silly Songs

My roommate and I drove up to Tahoe to join my family in a relaxing three day weekend. The cabin is normally our retreat, where we eat, sleep, watch T.V. and recuperate. It was nice to breathe fresh mountain air, and enjoy a simple life for a few days.

Chimney Beach

Chimney Beach

On Sunday my father and I drove home. We stopped at one of our local haunts, a fantastic pizza joint in downtown Sacramento called Hot Italian. We enjoyed a tasty summer salad and a lovely pizza.

Peaches, gorgonzola, almonds, and balsamic dressing.

Peaches, Gorgonzola, almonds, balsamic dressing.

Today I did a dry run of making macaroons. Now, I have never made them before, but I have done a bit a baking. While my ambition was high, so was the temperature in my kitchen. While the taste of our finished product was delicious, I will work on perfecting the look of the macaroon, which I think was affected by the extreme heat on this late August day.

Vanilla Macaroons

In other news, I recently found this talented photographer who takes stunning work with an Iphone. You’ll have to check it out to really believe it.

Lachlan Payne is one fantastic photographer.

I‘ve also become slightly obsessed with this accoustic song: Just try it