I’m Back

I took a break from blogging while I was student teaching. I don’t think anyone wanted to read an excessive amount of posts titled “I Hate Lesson Planning.” That probably would have gotten old. Here’s what I’ve been doing for the past three months according to my iPhone photos:

I was lucky enough to be able to enjoy a couple beach days…in October!



I hung out in Portland.


And art walked.


Friends came to visit.


I got an award.


And planned a LOT of lessons.


Beer was involved.


I made a bulletin board.


And hung out with this guy.


I saw the tree lighting in Portland.


I tried sushi for the first time! (I loved it)


And once my portfolios were finished and my tests were corrected and grades were entered, I celebrated.


I’m done with student teaching and I’m officially a college graduate. So what’s next?

I’ll be looking for jobs and substitute teaching in the meantime. Also, my goal is to put my gym membership to good use now that I have a lot more free time! I taught my freshman all about goal setting this semester…I should take that lesson to heart.


The Best Thing I Ever Ate

Okay…this lunch I made might not be the best thing I EVER ate (props to The Grill Room and other Portland restaurants for earning that distinction) but it’s definitely the most delicious creation I’ve made for lunch at school.

I started by chopping and sauteing a summer squash, zucchini, red pepper, and a yellow onion with some garlic and olive oil. Once they were soft and starting to brown a little bit, I added a generous amount of chopped fresh spinach and some dried basil and let the spinach wilt. Then I mixed in some brown basmati rice that I made in my rice cooker (it was a little overcooked because for some reason I’m awful at making rice, even with a rice cooker. #fail) Then, the best part: I crumbled some herb goat cheese into the mixture once it had cooled.

I put it in the fridge overnight and ate it cold this morning (at the high school we eat lunch at 10:30 every day…and I’m always starving by then) and it was amazing. I thought I wasn’t a fan of goat cheese but I was definitely wrong.