Monday, August 15, 2016

Washington D.C.

Back in June, members of the faculty at my school were invited to present at the National Schools to Watch Conference in Washington D.C. My team presented on moving to a paperless classroom through the use of Google Classroom and Chromebooks. Luckily, in between conference events there was a little time for sight seeing!

Day 1: Washington Monument, The White House, and Shake Shack.

The majority of our group (including myself) took a flight that came in late in the afternoon. We had a few hours before it got dark to sight see and eat.

Laurie, one of our vice principals, is moving to an elementary school this coming year and I'm going to miss her so much!

Teacher Squad: Lauren teaches English on my team, Gayle teaches 8th grade science, and Brandee teaches 8th grade English.

Sheldon napping. 

We stole this pose from a little Korean boy. It quickly became a "thing" and a tourist couple copied it right after we got down.

For the great burger debate, I felt like I had to try Shake Shack again and I think they win for best fast food burger. Their fries and shakes not so much for me. Also, we're all sweaty and tired in these pictures from walking around in the humidity.

Day 2: The Cannon Building, Library of Congress, Museums, and the Monuments at Night

Part of the conference was to meet with our state representative to talk about concerns in education. Ours was Mia Love, but she was actually back in Utah. We visited her office and talked to her reps instead.

Mike, you made it on the blog! Franco (gray shirt) was the history teacher on our team last year. He's leaving us to be a V.P. Mike teaches 8th grade English.

Smoking hot on the Canon Building stairs.

We took a late walk (past midnight!) to see the monuments at night. I didn't bring a tripod so these are all pretty blurry, but you get the idea.

Day 3: The Long Hot Walk in Georgetown, Georgetown Cupcake, and Getting Rejected at a Restaurant.

Mike made it on again!

Hotel room dog pile!
The line at Georgetown Cupcake. I put this on our to do list based on a tip from my friend Jen.

We ordered half a dozen to share between me, Lauren and Franco, but they kind of melted together after walking around in the heat all day. They were still delicious though!

The Exorcist Stairs. I hadn't seen the movie before coming here. I tried when I got back home and couldn't finish it! Also, our principal was trying to show us the part of the movie with the stairs in it and accidentally showed us this clip, which had me cracking up! 

Semi-sad story behind this picture. I made reservations for a nicer restaurant for us that night, but they had a nice dress code that the whole group didn't meet. We got punted from the place, but ended up at The Pig which was wonderful.

This was our last day in D.C. where we accepted our 3rd year resignation award (I stole this picture from Sheldon's facbook.)
Last thoughts:

  • I hate humidity with a passion. I hate humid heat even more.
  • Wearing my hair natural in humidity makes me looks like a crazy mess.
  • It was really fun sight seeing with work friends, but I want to go back soon with John to see more!
  • & Pizza that Mike and Franco found was so good! I need to go back there. Add balsamic to their white pizza.
  • We used Uber a lot and had quite a few free rides because we discount shared codes with each other. 
  • Not pictured: our horror movie night when we made Gayle watch The Forrest (which is actually a very lame movie) and sent her creepy texts all night. Also the walk we made to Georgetown University, after which we immediately turned around because we were all too tired and hungry to tour the campus. 
  • We also went the to the American History Museum but didn't take any pictures there. 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

The Rest of San Diego Part 2

And the last part . . .

Hanging out with Oliver
One of my favorite things this trip was to be able to play with my nephew Oliver. The next oldest grandchild on my side of the family is 15 so it's been nice to have a little one around again!

Always on the move! 

This is just random, but I was looking through my old books that were in the room we were staying in and thought these ones pretty much summed up elementary school aged me.

Yes, more food! I'd been wanting to try this yakiniku (Japanese BBQ) place for a long time and we finally made it there! It was delicious! 

Blurry, but the only one I had with Lauren and Leah. 

My nieces Lauren and Leah have been getting really good at doing make-up and they did a make-over for me and my other niece Claire. I didn't get any pictures of myself but did get some of Claire. Recently, I went in for a free make-over at Sephora and although the artist did a really good job, I had learned a lot of the techniques already from these two girls! I will report that I was finally able to get a pair of false lashes on by myself, so I'm improving a little.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The Rest of San Diego Part 1

Seeing as summer in it's last official month, I thought it would be a good idea to finish up with my vacation posts!

Donut Bar
I had read on a list someone posted that this was the best donut place in California, and perhaps the U.S. (Utah's was Banbury Cross). I had also promised my dad an order of these donuts for his birthday. We ordered 2 dozen and got to skip the super long line to get our fresh from the oven confections.  Overall, I thought the donuts were good and very creative but I think I'm I more classic donut fan and less about crazy toppings. I want to try Blue Star in Portland (or Tokyo!) next.

The ones on the bottom were creme brûlée! 

Graduation Party
David and Allison threw a little graduation party for James and Lauren. There was so much good food! You'll notice I talk a lot about food ;)  I had one of my former Young Women draw this caricature of James as Richie Tenenbaum for part of his graduation gift since he played tennis on the varsity team.

Visit to Grandma Dolores
John's grandmother lives just up the coast from my parents in San Clemente so we spent a day visiting her and going out to lunch together on Del Mar avenue. Grandma told us stories about how she met her husband and the good old days of attending UCLA. Go Bruins! 

Or should I say Little Asia? I never know what to call it, but San Diego has a great district in Kearny Mesa that has a ton of Asian markets and restaurants. I love hitting up Mitsuwa and Maruki every time I visit to stock up on treats and beauty products.

We went to a Korean shaved ice restaurant, Iceskimo, that my classmate from high school owns.