Archive | November, 2012

2nd Date of Christmas

30 Nov

On the 2Nd date of Christmas, Shane took me to the Open Space Visitor Center. I had always heard about this place but never knew where it was.  And let me just say, this place is beautiful and awesome!

We went to see a quilt display and see the birds. The quilts were unbelievable. Some of them looked like painting!

Since birds fly south for the winter, and since New Mexico is South – we saw some beautiful birds in the  the Bosque. The Open Space Visitor Center has some great views of the Bosque where the birds hang out and gossip. Well I like to think they are talking about their travels and the other birds and all that….

We saw Canadian Geese and Sandhill Cranes they were so beautiful and loud! It was really funny watching the cranes land – they are so graceful until they try and land. There were hundres of birds in the Bosque.

If you live in Albuquerque and have not been to the Open Space Visitor Center you must go!

We had brunch at the Indigo Crow Cafe in Corrales since this was our morning date. It’s such a cute restaurant and the food was amazing!

After we ate we went an art show in Corrales. The Fifth Annual Holiday Art Festival  was cute. There was one artist who had their cat just hanging out on a chair in their area. Our cats would never have allowed that. This cool cat was just napping and people watching!

The 2nd date of Christmas was fun and I am realizing that by doing these dates we are really getting to be tourists of our own city and experience places and activities we normally wouldn’t.

View of the Bosque in Albuquerque

Canadian Geese and Sandhill Cranes

Canadian Geese and Sandhill Cranes

Quilt - Changing Seasons by Marianne R. Williamson

Quilt – Changing Seasons by Marianne R. Williamson


Quilt - Friends by Jennifer Day

Quilt – Friends by Jennifer Day

This was a tree stump that was carved into art at the Open Space Visitor Center

This was a tree stump that was carved into art at the Open Space Visitor Center

Indigo Crow Cafe in Corrales

Indigo Crow Cafe in Corrales

Indigo Crow Cafe in Corrales

Indigo Crow Cafe in Corrales



Things Never To Say To A Teacher

28 Nov

Love this! Wanted to share with all the teachers in my life!

Singing Pigs

A short little piece inspired by the tenth student in fifteen minutes to inquire about a test.

1. Have you graded our tests yet?

No.  Contrary to popular belief, I am not a Scantron machine.  Good thing, too, because to my knowledge, Scantron machines cannot grade short answer or essay questions which make up the bulk of your test.  And while I do consider myself a reasonably intelligent human being I have not yet perfected my reading skills to complete ninety, four-page tests in one hour (which is exactly how long it has been since you walked out of my classroom) even if I weren’t teaching the rest of the day or preparing your classes for tomorrow.  I reassure you that the second the tests are graded, the grades will be posted online because (also contrary to popular belief) I have better things to do than get my kicks by…

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1st Date of Christmas

26 Nov

We had our first date last week!

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving I took Shane on our “Something New” date. We ate dinner at a restaurant we had never been to called Farina Pizzeria and Wine Bar.  It’s super cute and cozy and the food was delicious! It was crowded since it was the day before Thanksgiving and it seemed like no one wanted to cook. We only had to wait a couple minutes for a table, thank goodness because we had tickets to a concert after dinner.

We went and saw an a cappella group called Straight No Chaser. We were also lucky enough to be the first city on their tour to hear their holiday music. This group is amazing! Hopefully they come back to Albuquerque next year so we can make this a tradition.

I must say the 1st Date of Christmas was a success and fun! I can’t wait for more!!

Farina Pizzeria and Wine Bar

Shane on our 1st Date of Christmas!

This is the pizza we had – Bianca – fresh mozzarella, parmigiano, ricotta, truffle oil, sage, artichoke hearts

At the concert!

Series Worth Your Time

21 Nov

So more books for you and your reading pleasure.

I love love love reading series of books because I get so invested in the book and the characters and their stories. Here are a couple series I am really enjoying.

Both are mysteries and about cops. And they both take place in Europe. I don’t know why I love to read about cops solving crimes in the UK and Ireland. I also LOVE Sophie Hannah’s books which are along the same lines – but she is my favorite.

Tana French

The first book in this series is In The Woods. It has won a lot of awards including the Edgar Award for best first book. This book is not scary but a mystery and there are a couple different mysteries in this book. I liked this book – it’s great and a fast read.

What Tana French does is introduce us to the main character for her next book. So in her next book The Likeness – the main character is introduced in the first book and so on. The second book in my opinion was A LOT better than the first book. And the third book, Faithful Place, is better than the second. I have not read the fourth book, Broken Harbor, but it’s on my Christmas list and I can’t wait.

These are such great mysteries and the characters are easy to like and hate. Tana French also makes you feel like you are in Dublin and part of the culture there. She paints such a realistic vision of the good and bad of the cities I feel like I need to start saying Shyte, Eejit and Feck.

Tana French

Jane Casey

The first book in this series is The Burning. I really enjoyed this book! It’s told from multiple people’s points of view and has multiple murders and mysteries. Again it’s fast paced and a great mystery.

I have not read the second book, The Reckoning, but I bought it and will relax with that this Thanksgiving break.

This book will keep you guessing and keep you intrigued.

Jane Casey

What are some of your favorite book series?

Vacation = Reading for me!

20 Nov

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and hopefully a lot of us will have some time off work and time to relax. My favorite way to relax is to read! So here are some great books I have read lately.

One of the best books I have read in a long time is a book called Pure by Julianna Baggott. This book is about the end of the world. Yes I love end of the world type books! And it’s a love story but not an annoying one or an obvious one.

This book kept me guessing, reading late into the night and wanting more which thankfully I’ll get in February because it will be a trilogy.

Here is the synopsis:

We know you are here, our brothers and sisters . . .

Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost-how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies. And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run.

Burn a Pure and Breathe the Ash . . .

There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked. Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss-maybe just because his family is broken; his father is emotionally distant; his brother killed himself; and his mother never made it inside their shelter. Or maybe it’s his claustrophobia: his feeling that this Dome has become a swaddling of intensely rigid order. So when a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her.

When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again.

You have to give the book a chance – it sounds odd and weird but it’s sooooo good.

Follow me on Goodreads and enjoy this book!


It’s the Small Things

9 Nov

This was a crazy and weird week – I blame the election.

So this week I am grateful for….

Yeah I took a picture with the “I Voted” sticker – at least I didn’t make the duck face.

The end of political commercials and the right to vote.

Sleepy Time Vanilla Tea

Cozy on the couch with tea!

Sleepy Time Vanilla Tea and colder weather.

Napping with Bruce on a Sunday afternoon

Naps with Pets.

Have a great weekend!

12 Dates of Christmas

8 Nov

This Christmas I made up a game and the Husband has graciously said he would play! I saw another blog do something similar to the 12 Dates of Christmas but being the competitive creative person I am I decided we needed to step it up a notch.

So this is how it works –

Start whenever you want (12 dates in December can be a lot so feel free to start in November)

You plan six dates of the below categories and so does your partner so basically you should go on the same date categories twice. However, I bet the dates will be very different!

Figure out who goes first and whoever wins the (“coin toss” or “rock paper scissors, lizard, Spock” or “pick a number between 1 and 10”) or however you figure it out picks a date from the date category below.

Then the second person picks any date category of their choice. And so on and so forth until you have each taken your partner on six dates.

Hopefully ending near Christmas!

12 Dates of Christmas Categories

Dinner and a Movie for Two!

  • This can be a rented movie or a movie in a theater. Dinner can be made at home, at a restaurant or ordered in.

Get out of the house

  • This is exactly what it says – get out of the house. It can be anywhere and you can do anything as long as it’s not in the house.
  • Ideas for this – go on a drive, go on a walk with a picnic, go play mini golf,  go to a concert or event, take a walk in Old Town or in Santa Fe

Stay at Home Date

  • This is the opposite of Get out of the House! Stay in and enjoy each other!
  • Ideas for this – cook dinner together or cook for the other person. Light a fire and cuddle, watch your favorite movie or TV show, eat dinner/dessert, watch a movie in bed, take a bath, give a massage, there are so many ideas for this!!

Something New

  • This can be any kind of activity as long as it’s something you as a couple have never done.
  • Ideas for this – eat at a new restaurant, cook a meal you have never made before, go to a  new city and spend the day there as tourists, do an activity we have never done like go to the shooting range or ice skating

Something Old

  • This is the opposite of Something New –
  • To make this better it would be fun to do something that means a lot to both of you. Like visit the first place you kissed or eat where you had your first date or make your partners favorite meal and watch your favorite movie or TV Show

Morning/Breakfast Date

  • Any kind of date as long as it takes place in the AM
  • Ideas for this – breakfast in bed, brunch at your favorite restaurant, find a great place to watch the sunrise


This can take the place of two of the above dates because it will probably be expensive but here it is –

The Extended Date

  • A weekend away – anything qualifies for an extended date as long as it’s trip somewhere where you stay over night
  • Stay at a bed in breakfast, go to close city and stay there, if you want, hop on a plane and go on a mini vacation
  • Like I said this is a bonus option. It’s the Holidays and things can get expensive so this is only if you find it within your budget or get a great deal

Shane and me on New Years 2011!