Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

It was another T-day for two here which is wonderful but also makes us wistful for family time (soon enough, Xmas tickets are ready and waiting!). Austin picked up his favorite brisket and turkey from our local bbq joint and we made all the sides including mashed potatoes (cream cheese, sour cream, butter, and more!), stuffing, green beans (lemon-hazelnut butter), and pumpkin pie. We're also going to try our homebrewed cider soon hoping that it became carbonated as planned.

It was in the 70s this morning which made me a little bummed but the cold front came and we watched the thermometer drop rapidly in just one hour. It's now 47° and we've got the fire roaring. Just what we wanted. It's been another amazing holiday for us.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Boston Common

I'm in Boston for a foreign language teaching conference and finally have a minute to update as I wait for a friend to meet me for dinner. It's been a whirlwind of attending sessions and networking; I'm lucky that I was able to stay with two good friend who are a little further along in their career paths so I've been introduced to some interesting people.

This morning we presented at 8:00 but arrived at 7:15 to prepare which was like an hour earlier given our CST body clocks. My friend and I did not sleep well thinking about the presentation so we slammed some coffee and let the adrenaline do the rest. We had well over 150 people in attendance and ran out of handouts. I think the most touching moment was at the end when a teacher waited to talk to us and said she had a question that was not directly related to our presentation but she wanted to know if she should try to speak French in her African classroom even if her skills weren't where she wanted them to be. She nearly burst into tears, worried that she was not giving her students what they needed but wanting to do better. I hope what we told her was helpful and comforting.

I've attended numerous sessions including one given in French and one given in Spanish, something I really enjoy doing. The best so far was in English about immersion schools in Utah. They are very progressive and seeing videos of 3rd graders speaking comfortably in Spanish and French (and Mandarin, we're told) was amazing. So much to think about though I won't be able to process it all until I'm home.

After some sessions, my friends and I walked around through parks and squares. It is so beautiful here with bright yellow leaves on every tree and temperatures in the 50s. We stumbled upon a great pub with clam chowder, fish and chips, and a lobster roll shared among the three of us. So delicious, one of those great finds that happen when you go a few blocks off the beaten path.

It's been a great time and I'm hoping to see the Harvard area before heading back.

Friday, November 19, 2010

My View

As I review presentation notes, this is what I see for the fair price of a glass of malbec.

In Boston

I'm at a foreign languages conference in Boston enjoying the sessions and seeing my colleagues.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Test Kitchen

Wow, another week has flown by. I meant to post this earlier but there is just so much going on (most of it not exciting bloggy material, however). Last weekend, we tested a recipe from a favorite blog of mine, Herbivoracious, which features some fantastically interesting vegetarian food. It's such a great website, in fact, that the author is writing a cookbook and invited his readers to test some of the recipes. Our assignment turned out to be Indian Fry Bread Tacos and they were indeed worthy of published cookbook greatness.

The author thought I might have had them living in the southwest but it turns out I actually had them several times in Spoontown, WI while growing up. They came out great- we'll almost certainly make them again- so if you're in the mood for something good, they have been approved by the LundeRoy Bistro. The fried bread might sound on the unhealthy side but the piles of delicious veggies that top it more than make up for the decadence of a fried base (and I think it would work great with whole wheat flour).

We had so much fun trying out the recipe that we offered to test another and tomorrow night will be making an Ethiopian dish. I'll try to post about it before next weekend this time!