I Met Someone

So…I met someone. The whole thing is actually kind of a funny story. I went grocery shopping at a market near my new home to pick up the ingredients for an elaborate meal I was planning to have at my house party later that evening. I love gourmet food, and one of my hobbies is cooking by the illumination of my antique lighting fixtures, so I was sparing no expense with this meal. In this quaint market, I bought the most expensive cheeses I could find, along with delicious fresh salmon, shrimp, crab, arugula salad with basil and almond slivers, top-shelf wine, quinoa and grapes for my specialty salad, and rich dark chocolate mousse.

While I was in one aisle searching for the dark chocolate mousse ingredients, I noticed this guy standing not too far away from me pondering some of the other decadent desserts. I couldn’t decide what I wanted for the mousse, so I was standing there for quite a long time. I eventually noticed that he’d glance at me every so often. Once, out of the corner of my eye, I could see him move his mouth as if he was about to say something, but then stopped himself. I picked out some pure cacao, and when I moved to place it in my basket, it slipped out of my grasp.

This guy was by my side in an instant, picking it up and handing it to me while flashing the most handsome smile I think I’ve ever seen. He was about 6’5” and had dark curly brown hair and emerald green eyes.

“What are you making with this?” he asked. I started walking down the aisle to continue with my shopping as I answered, “Oh, just some dark chocolate homemade mousse.”

“That sounds delicious.”

“Uh huh.” I muttered, mentally slapping myself for losing anything close to a graceful reply. He seemed unfazed by it, though, and kept the conversation going in a non-awkward way. He ultimately accompanied me around the entire store until I had everything I needed for the big dinner.

To make a long story short, he asked me out at the checkout under some bright lights and I said yes!

Rustic Look For My Country Palace

After visiting Durango last summer and having my family come over to visit, I’ve decided to move out here permanently and have a house built. When I say “house,” I mean a country palace, built on a hilltop that overlooks all of Durango. The last time my family came to visit me, there wasn’t enough room for everybody to sleep comfortably. I felt terrible for some of my family who had to sleep on the floor or couch. This new house will have 11 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms so that each family member gets his or her own room. I have also invited them to come over to help me decorate my palace because their design sensibilities are far superior to mine.

I am striving to give my mansion an older rustic aesthetic that will really complement my neighborhood. I am going to Ikea later this week and I’m bringing everybody with me so we can pick out some appropriate furniture. I’m considering this particular ___  I found when shopping online as something that would look great in the dining room. ___  has always been a huge point of interest for me and since I finally have my dream home, I’m going to make it happen. I also like the look of retro furniture, as it tends to work well with the lights and would add another layer of warmth to the place.

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Here is a photo of my front room. As you can see, the vintage lights are hanging from the ceiling as well as their sister lighting.

There is still a lot of work that has to be done because I definitely want to keep the theme consistent throughout the entire house. For the bedroom and the kitchen, I am going to also apply the rustic look to make visitors feel more welcome. Durango has really cold winters so I want to ensure that I am well-prepared before it arrives. Well, thank you guys for reading! I really appreciate it and I’m going to continue to keep you posted as to what’s going on with my house.

Toodles!

Teaching English is Awesome

As you know, I’ve started my new teaching job. In short, it’s awesome. I love my students, and they seem to like me too. It’s really important as a teacher to connect with your students, as it makes for a better learning environment. Right now, I’m having them create a project and present it to the class using English. The project requires that the students describe favorite items found in each of their homes. You may ask: why in the world am I having them do this? Well, it’s because I’m teaching them to use their creativity to take something that is boring and turn it into something interesting and exciting by using language.

I knew before I gave them this assignment that it was going to be difficult, but I wanted to assess their creativity levels. I wanted each of them to pick an item, tell me why it was important and inform me of its purpose. I had many students choose beds, couches or tables for their projects, but what I was really looking for was a student to go outside the box. I wanted to see an important piece of furniture that has changed the world.

As if in answer to my thoughts, little Charlie Conway, a new student from Minnesota, rose and presented his project on ___ . To be specific, the subject was ___ . He went into detail on the invention of the light bulb and how it has opened up millions of opportunities for people around the world. He explained that workers and businesses have been able to triple their productivity because of lights and lighting fixtures. In an interesting bit of connective tissue, he stated that his grandfather sells ___  reproductions showing cool pictures of his grandfather’s ___ . You can see one of them below!

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I’m All Settled in Durango

It’s now my second full week living here in Durango, and so far, so good! My extended family’s been really generous and welcoming! Even though there is a language barrier, we’re able to communicate well enough. I don’t speak much Spanish, but I’m able to understand it pretty well. My aunts and uncles don’t speak any English, but my cousins and other family members who are closer to my age do speak mostly fluent English, so they’ve been quite accommodating. My cousin Diana, who is attending medical school, is the one who’s been particularly helpful. She gave me a tour of the town, showing me where to do my shopping and laundry, and she even took the liberty of showing me a few bars! I know that the two of us are going to have a great time!

I’m so excited to start my new job next week. I’m set to teach English to 2nd and 3rd graders. The school has already given me my course materials, and I’m going to start going through the text book tonight. I need to have my entire 14-week curriculum ready by Monday, so I only have a few days to familiarize and get prepared! I’m a bit stressed out about the short timetable, but I’m sure I’ll be fine.

Anyway, besides getting settled and stressing out over my curriculum, I did find some time to enjoy my new apartment. It’s so adorably quaint. It’s nothing big or fancy, just a one-bedroom apartment in a complex that’s right across the street from a cathedral. I love listening to the bells ring every hour. They give the whole neighborhood a peaceful atmosphere. My bathroom is really cute, too. I found a few ___  fixtures in my old place’s basement and now my bathroom has an old-fashioned country looking ___ light that adds to the whole charm of this place.

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I am so happy to be here! I’m going to post regularly because I want you all back home to share in my daily adventures. Until next time!

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