January 2013 in Photos

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 | | 2 comments

1. Read Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. One of my favorite parts about winter break is all the time I have to read.

2. Eric and I are traveling back home with Huxley after spending over a week in Missouri with my family celebrating the holidays.

3. We are commissioning a painting from Jane Matranga, a colleague of mine and a talented artist, this is the first time I saw it in person. I can't wait to see the final product!

4. My parents sent the Wii home with us. Eric and I are having a blast playing games together. How does the saying go? The family that plays together, stays together? Something like that.

5. We just discovered The Ryder! It kinda reminds us of the Ragtag, they bring independent and foreign films. We are hooked.

6. One of my last days of vacation, just relaxing with Huxley on my lap.

7. My PEO book club met today and we discussed Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. I had actually read this book a few summers ago and loved it.

8. It took me over a year after Mary Embry gifted this book to me one Christmas, but I finally finished reading East of Eden by Steinbeck.

9. I asked my students to participate in a 10-minute scribble fest to release their inner artist and recognize their unleashed creativity. I got tremendous positive feedback and we had great fun!

10. In my other book club, we met to discuss Some Girls, Some Hats, and Hitler by Trudi Kanter. I had suggested the book after reading about it on Oprah's website.

11. Playing around with champagne cocktail recipes, I think my favorite is a shot of peach vodka topped off with champagne. I also like pomegranate vodka.

12. Eric and I are trying to be more creative in the kitchen and find delicious and healthy recipes. We've started making mashed cauliflower and it has quickly become a favorite. Topped with turkey sausage and a tablespoon of BBQ sauce, this recipe can't be beat.

13. I recently remembered I had a membership at Massage Envy and I've been going every weekend to use up massages I've built up over the past year. Massages are one way I can really relax and stop thinking about everything I have to do.

14. Another new recipe: Feta, Chard, and Red Pepper Frittata

15. I just started reading Cover Her Face by P.D. James for my PEO Book Club. We will meet in February to discuss it. I don't often read mysteries, so I'm excited to read this book!

16. I took one of my classes to visit the Jordan Greenhouse on the IU campus to practice identifying design tools and rules. I always enjoy this fieldtrip.

17. A quick and easy dinner: Two chicken breasts and Indian sauce. We like Kook's products, they seem to have he least about of sugar and are most delicious. Our favorite is the Butter Chicken.

18. I started reading The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman for my book club. We will meet in February to discuss it, but the interesting part is that Eric and I are reading this book out loud to each other as suggested by my friend, Debby Herbenick. It has been such an interesting experience! I can't wait to discuss it at book club.

19. Huxley is trying to do some work for me, he's so thoughtful.

20. My family and I went to see The Impossible, a movie about a family who survived a tsunami. I've never had such an emotional reaction to a movie before. I was laughing and crying at the same time. It was powerful.

21. I love this little guy.

22. I maxed out the capacity on my phone, with over 5,000 pictures. I had to back up my phone and therefore I took no photos on the 22nd of January, 2013.

23. My class visited the IU Art Museum for a curriculum tour on design tools and rules and thinking creatively.

24. There is new IU Plaid product available for purchase. I love this gray sweatshirt!

25. I finished writing my very first dossier, it was 250 pages long and reflected on my first year and half teaching. It was tough to write but I felt so proud when it was completed.

26. Most favorite recipe: Paleo pancakes. 3 bananas, 3 eggs, 1 cup almond butter. Blend and cook like pancakes. Top with low-fat ricotta cheese and banana slices. YUM.

27. I finished reading Cover Her Face pretty early in the month, so I began reading March's book for my PEO book club, So Cold the River by Michael Koryta. The best part about this book is that the author is from Indiana and the book takes place in French Lick and West Baden! How fun.

28. Shrimp and Cauliflower "Grits"

29. The fabric came in for the 2013 Purple Dress Project! I can't wait to see the dress(es) that are created this year!

30. My students visited the Mathers Museum of World Cultures to identify the parallels between museum display and merchandise display.

31. Another version of our frittata recipe.

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