Painting Greece

After two weeks in sunny Greece with friends, I am finally home! While I was there, I was able to sketch and paint some scenes when I had a breather from the sightseeing. In the short amount of time that we were there, we visited Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, Ephesus, Rhodes, Patmos, Corinth, Olympia, and Argostoli.…

Why Teachers Deserve Their Summers Off

Originally posted on Boils Down to It:
I was trapped in the chair at the dentist’s office, with the flattering spittle blocking glasses on and a glorified grown-up bib strapped to my chest having my teeth cleaned. The hygienist and I were having an extremely convenient conversation about my job while both of her hands…

Revisiting Los Angeles

When I think of Los Angeles, I instantly picture traffic, palm trees, and of course the Hollywood sign. My first time in L.A. was over ten years ago, however, on a recent trip with my family, I was able to see a quieter (maybe even serene) side to this vast and populous city that I hadn’t encountered before. Here are a few moments…

Sculptures de Glace!

I’m currently teaching about Quebec’s Winter Carnival to my grade 7 class, and as an attempt to integrate culture into the classroom, I had my students build ice sculptures yesterday in groups of three or four. They ended up having a lot of fun planning what they were going to build and making their structures…

Banana Berry Bran Muffins

With the weather getting colder and the days getting darker, I decided to perk up my mornings by waking up to an easy and delicious (and healthy) breakfast! I searched for a healthy muffin recipe on YouTube after I made the disappointing discovery that as easy as instant muffin mixes are, they are actually disgusting. These made…