Friday, November 30, 2012

A One-Up Teaching Battle

I think I've made it pretty clear what a great and paid summer I have. I've also made it clear that my weekends, evenings after 3pm, and all holidays are enjoyed as well. Here's now a rare glimpse into my amazing actual "work day" and how it is better than yours.

Wednesday, November 28. 1:47pm

Alejandro: Hehehehe. You still teaching? My school got evacuated, sucka!!!!
Me: Wait. For what?
Alejandro: Bomb threat...we pretty much silently dismissed the school instantly. We should do that everyday. It was awesome.
Me: That's great. I would say I'm jealous but the 8th grade is in Yosemite so I have 4 preps a day.
Alejandro: Ohhhhhh myyy goddddd. I thought I'd be able to rub that in your face. You suck.


If by "suck" he meant "kick ass"then yes, yes I do. Although I would argue that we both won on that particular day while the rest of you suckers still had 3 hours left on the clock.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Thanksgiving in San Luis Obispo

SLO is the most adorable town ever. The downtown is kind of large, but still feels quaint, and somehow there is not a single run-down house or business in the entire place. We arrived Wednesday and immediately drove down to Avila Beach and enjoyed the hot mineral springs while drinking some champagne. Luxurious. Thursday we went to Pismo beach, surfed, ate paninis, drank smoothies, and then headed back to San Luis. We wandered the town, hit up a brewery (goes without saying, huh?) and then went back to our...hostel. That's right, we stayed in a hostel. But let me tell you, the hostel is cheap and looks like a little ski lodge in the Alps. It's cute and cozy and we had our own room so we didn't have to slum it like in Ireland (or even worse...The Lona). There's just a certain point where you think, I guess I'm married and 27, do I really want to share a room and several bunk beds with strangers? My answer will always be no. So we had our own room and weren't planning on spending much time in the hostel anyway. But on Thursday, since it was Thanksgiving, we couldn't find a single restaurant that was open except for one called Mama's Meatballs. Um, no. The hostel was serving a home-cooked meal, so why not?
Around 6pm we heard people talking out in the living room and it had been silent up until that point, so we ventured out. At least a dozen bottles of wine and some crackers were on the kitchen table. Good start. We grabbed seats and started talking to some girls nearby. The room was friendly and we eventually ended up talking to almost everyone there. Nice people, free food, it was kind of a cool Thanksgiving. We spent the rest of the trip surfing and getting tan in 80 degree weather before heading back to the city of fog.


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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Three Day Weekend

Sunday we got a party car and drove up to Sonoma. When I say party car, I mean we rented a Mazda 5 through City Car Share. The car is a lot like a van in the sense that it fits 6 people, and in my mind 6 people in one car equals a party car. I can tell you're already jealous.

My beautiful cousin, Joanne, had recommended Homewood Winery and she could not have been more right. When we arrived, they sat us at an outdoor picnic table and brought the tasting to us. For $5 each, we tried at least six different wines while enjoying the view.

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About an hour later, we drove to a sandwich shop and grabbed some linner (lunch/dinner. obvs.) We then brought our linner to the Jacuzzi Family winery and had a little picnic there before tasting their wine. Their tasting was...drum roll please... FREE! We stayed until closing and then took that party car back home.

On Monday, I enjoyed a nice day off honoring Veterans' Day. Ate a burrito, used a gift card at an Italian market and finally found some cavatelli in this town.


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Notice the gourmet breakfast and several chapters of reading all before your 9-5 lunch break.


Cat and Adrian also received some paid time off. Here they are taking in the sights in Rockridge, fake house hunting in Tahoe, and enjoying a delicious burrito in Emeryville. Does it get much better? photo

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