We've had some good times this year, but it's also been busy.
Last September I started teaching part-time at Rockwell Charter High School, teaching 11th grade English and a junior-high-level film & lit class. There was a steep learning curve: Not only was it my first year teaching at the secondary level, but I was dropped into the academic year a month or so after it had already started. The new job effectively doubled my income, which eased things financially, and I had enough experience teaching at SLCC that it wasn't a strain there. Because of low enrollment, though, I won't be returning next year.
In December, Ed and I celebrated his 40th birthday and Christmas by traveling to Rome and Vatican City. We had a wonderful 2 1/2 weeks, even if I'm still bad at selfies. (I blogged about our trip and took a lot of photos.)
|From Rome & Vatican City (December 2014)|
The one graduate class I had during the spring semester - an Autobiographical Literacies seminar - was a relaxed seven-week class that started in late October. My last class for the graduate degree was a ten-week capstone research project, taken during the Fall 2015 semester. And last weekend, this happened:
|I vaguely remember thinking that it was|
cool that I'd get to shake the hand of
NAU President Dr. Cheng, but I have no
recollection of what her handshake was like.
I had also ordered us an anniversary cake from Salt Cake City, one that was reminiscent of our wedding cake (which we finally finished off last year).
|We got an absolutely delicious strawberry cake,|
with one layer of strawberry buttercream and
one layer of chocolate buttercream. The cake is
completely covered in fondant (actually edible
fondant); even that wave is fondant.