About the Author
I am a teacher, a photographer, a writer, a transplanted Michigander, and a collection of other things. I current live and teach Spanish in San Diego, after several years of teaching in Detroit. This blog has been a changing vehicle for words and images – I started it back in 2007, to share my first study abroad experience during my last year of undergrad. I continued the blog through student teaching, and wrote a lot about my three years as a new teacher at a Detroit charter school. I sporadically documented a year of teaching in Spain on a Fulbright grant and got more visual with 365 days of photos. I write the most during periods of transitions, and I have a teaching blog that I tend to a little more regularly these days. I can’t make any guarantees about what you’ll find here, but I hope you’ll enjoy it.
Other little known (or perhaps highly predictable) facts about yours truly:
- I love learning about language and culture as much as I love teaching it.
- I got a Fulbright grant and lived and taught in Alicante, Spain for a year.
- In Summer 2012 I spent almost a month walking the Camino de Santiago. I’m determined to go back for more.
- I am very jealous of people who can raise one eyebrow independently of the other. I can’t.
- I am determined to have bilingual children.
- I don’t have any children yet.
- I created the Sandwich Symposium with some friends during college. I consider it one of my greatest claims to fame.
- I have two tattoos and stretched ears… but it is self and world modification I am interested in, more than body modification.
- I used to be able to spell in English but Spanish ruined me.
- I got a lisp in Spain, according to some, but I think I am still muy guiri.
- After moving to Southern California I’m more gringa and güera than guiri… but I still have that lisp.
- I am the oldest of seven children.
- I am terrified of heights but I love them. You will have to push me out of the plane when we go skydiving.
- Starting to dream in Spanish was an exciting moment for me. Some of my most vivid dreams are still in Spanish.
- I know how to pick locks, though I’m out of practice. (Don’t worry. I have never used my skills for evil. Yet.)
- I hate being anywhere without my camera and my journal, but constantly forget my keys, my phone, and my glasses.
- I probably need to clean up my language. Becoming a teacher helped me develop a strong filter, but made my after-hours language a lot filthier.
- I was home schooled until college.
- I don’t think I have ever successfully operated a combination lock without serious difficulties. May be lack of locker experience as a child. (See above.)
- I love big books and I cannot lie.
- I would give my right arm to be ambidextrous.
- I love putting things into Excel spreadsheets. My wedding planning spreadsheet was a thing to behold.
- I am not afraid of PDAs (that is, Public Displays of Affection).
I am afraid of PDAs (that is, those yuppie planner things with a lot of buttons).(Oh wow. This item is outdated.)
- I accidentally became a coffee snob (to my dismay) but I’m addicted so I’ll drink anything if I’m desperate.
- I spent a lot of time in cloistered convents during high school.
- On a related note, my little sister is a nun.
- I am infamous for falling asleep just about anywhere. Desks, alleys, gay bars, innumerable couches…
- I have a cat. I have been known to sit at home alone with my cat and a bottle of wine, which may make me an early-onset cat lady.
- I love big and woofy dogs. My husband is a dog person so someday I imagine I will have a big, woofy dog of my own.
- Teaching is my career and my passion, but I dream of having self-funded hobbies. I have sold some photography already, so that’s a start.
- I wear out shoes until the soles come apart.
- I dream about ripe tomatoes from the garden, and places I’ve never seen.
- I will
go back to Europetravel again someday.
- I love people with bookshelves.
- I make lists sometimes for lack of eloquence.
- Okay, I’m just really into lists.