• appetite

    crab rangoon grilled cheese

    Nothing to do with math here, except for the context of “what does a math teacher make when struck with impromptu urges to cook but not the urge to follow a detailed gourmet recipe?” It’s that time of year…planning IB exams, prom, graduation, and my own wedding. All that added together equals an enormous need for comfort food. After finding Phillips lump crab meat and Kerrygold butter at Costco, I decided to make crab rangoon grilled cheese. I am a Food Blog has a great recipe for it, so I followed that (making extra to use as dip for Popchips). I mixed the following things in a bowl: lump crab…

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    overachieve @ TEDxTJHSST

    TEDx is “designed to help communities, organizations and individuals to spark conversation and connection through local TED-like experiences. At TEDx events, a screening of TED Talks videos — or a combination of live presenters and TED Talks videos — sparks deep conversation and connections at the local level. TEDx events are planned and coordinated independently, under a free license granted by TED.” I had a great time speaking at Overachieve: TEDxTJHSST last Friday at my alma mater. It was an honor to be selected, and I am so grateful that I could share my experiences and ideas with TJ students. Below is the written version of my talk (the actual…

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    rules for requests

    Cyrus Stoller’s Rules for Requests are these: If you need something to be done in: 30 minutes: call two hours: text today: IM a day or later: email Teacher schedules don’t fit that. I’d like to propose an adapted set of rules for teachers, which will totally depend on the teacher’s attachment to his/her cell phone and quickness to respond to emails. For example: I usually wear dresses when teaching, so I don’t keep my cell phone nearby at all times. However, I have more opportunities to check email because my leadership responsibilities allow for a reduced teaching load and more planning periods (most of which are taken up by…

  • instruction

    The RunKeeper Mystery

    Today I went for a run with my friend Jess. We ran side by side and both used RunKeeper on our iPhones (both with Verizon service). At the end of our run, I ended up with 5.03 miles and she ended up with 5.22 miles. A friend asked if I’d used anything else to map it out, so I tried MapMyRun, which gave me 5.06 miles (using the out-and-back route setting). The Math Problem: Using the stats of your choice (explain why you chose them): 1) What is the absolute error? 2) What is the percent error? 3) Explain how we could get such different results. 1/30.

  • appetite

    Loacker Quadratini Peach-Blueberry Cobbler

    I’m up to playing Chopped chef again, this time with Loacker Quadratini wafers! The challenge: create a unique recipe which incorporates one or more of three flavors of Quadratini wafers (I got lemon, vanilla, and dark chocolate). The recent sunny springtime weather inspired me to make a peach-blueberry cobbler with the vanilla Quadratini wafers and candied ginger. The cobbler turned out well, so now I’m pondering other fruits to go with the lemon and dark chocolate! Ingredients 2 16-oz packs frozen peaches (or fresh if you find a good deal on them in season) 1 carton blueberries 2 packets rolled oats 1 cup candied ginger, chopped 1.5 cups Loacker Vanilla Quadratini…

  • productivity

    no more bag lady: the Lo & Sons OMG

    When I started teaching, I used to lug around a Precalculus teacher’s edition, a calculator, a pencil case, cell phone, wallet, keys, and folders full of grading in a North Face backpack. I often added a lunch bag and a gym bag. No wonder I was cranky…I was hauling way too much! I also looked like a high school kid with that backpack, so I upgraded to a more professional look with a black Lo & Sons OMG back in December 2011. That bag lasted through numerous work commutes, domestic travel, and international travel. This purchase helped put me on a bag diet: cutting down to one work bag + one…

  • fitness

    Barry’s Bootcamp

    Me and Jess with owner Brian Weller I attended my first Barry’s Bootcamp class last Saturday via a blogger subset of a class that was provided for us thanks to Jess @ Little Miss Runshine, along with Allie, Danielle, Jen, Katie, Semirah, and Whitney. Barry’s Bootcamp is one of the latest boutique studios to hit the Boston area. After the influx of barre studios and spin studios, there is likely going to be an influx of bootcamp studios! I love my neighborhood boutique studio soul.train fitness‘ tabata and boot camp classes, so I was already psyched to try this one. However, the prospect of doing sprinting intervals after a long hiatus…

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    Camille Albane

    Last Wednesday, I went to Camille Albane salon on Newbury Street for #BloggerBeauty, a makeup + hair party provided for Blog and Tweet Boston. Fellow attendees included Amanda, Amy, Emily, Jane, Janelle, Jen, Jessica, Jilian, Katherine, Kelsey, Morgan, Trianna, Victoria, and Whitney. Friendly staff members welcomed us and told us about the history of Camille Albane’s Newbury Street location, which opened last April, and the overall brand history (including its relationship to Dessange). In spite of the impressive salon pedigree, the staff and the atmosphere were both down-to-earth. We chatted more over sparkling water, espresso, macarons, cheese, crackers, bread, and olives while groups of bloggers were taken to the hairstyling…

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    Self Control

    I may be tardy to the party, but I must share my love for Self Control, which blocks you from websites of your choosing for a time period of your choosing. Goodbye for now, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin.