Friday, May 23, 2008
Jared and I went to dinner and a movie last night. I have to say that we had so much fun! We went to see Iron Man (mainly because we were in the mood for a not-too-serious movie and because we both love superhero movies). I really enjoyed it. I have to say that having a husband who read the comics as a kid and knows the background story of different heroes helps whenever I have questions. However, Iron Man was very close (I'm told) to the way Stan Lee wrote the story. I for one thought it was just a good movie about redemption with lots of good special effects and some great acting (especially by Gwyneth Paltrow in a very understated role). Overall, I will definitely buy this one and I recommend it to anyone who liked Spiderman One or Two.
Before the movie we went to Ottavio's Restaurant. I would have put this first but I am saving the best for last. For quite a while Jared's and my favorite Italian restaurant has been the Macaroni Grill. However, last night's dinner puts in a bid to be considered. It was AMAZING! The price was comparable to Olive Garden and Macaroni Grill; the food was a lot better. Each table was given several pieces of very good, moist, crumbly bread and the traditional olive oil and vinegar dipping. Jared ordered Chicken Pasta Caprese which had chicken topped with gobs of mozzerella and topped with several fresh tomato chunks. The pasta part was cheese-filled tortellini. I had tomato soup (Jared liked it better than Zupa's; I thought it was good but not that good) and then ordered Ravioli Pescatora. It was BEAUTIFUL! It had ravioli stuffed with cheese, lobster and shrimp. When they say lobster and shrimp, I mean it. You can taste it. All of this was covered in a creamy lobster butter sauce (and by covered I mean swimming). It was so good. I literally took a bite and thought, "this is one of the best things I've eaten in a long long time." I also think it safe to tell you that I don't in general like Italian food - especially marinara sauce. So the fact that I'm raving about this restaurant means that you all should try it. Like I said, the price was a little on the higher end of the medium scale restaurants, but it was well worth it! The only thing I was disappointed about was the fact that I didn't have room for dessert.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Some of you know that I have been looking for a different job closer to home. With gas prices climbing, the 45 minute commute to Riverton each day is just not feasible any more. Jared and I talked it over, and even though it would be hard to start again at a new school, we feel that Alpine District is the place for me next year. After interviewing at several different schools throughout the district, I was offered a teaching position at Orem Jr. High School. You can view pictures of the school on their website. I have loved working at Riverton and I will miss my friends and the supportive administration that I have found there. I will especially dearly miss my students. I hope that I will be able to return next Spring to see Kali, Nic, Camille, and Jalissa graduate. I will also miss my stubborn little sophomore, Brandi. Josh, Treasure, and Scott will also be missed, but I would be missing them next year anyway as they are graduating and will be going on to South Valley next year. I am excited, though, to start at a new school. It will be interesting getting to know a new faculty and staff, as well as getting used to the new demographic of Jr. High students. More info will follow, but right now I'm just very excited to have a job in a great district and a great school that is only 10-15 minutes away from home.