Meet AROL!

Arol is the newest member in my freshwater aquarium. He is a Flame Dwarf Gourami. This type of Gourami is named for their brilliant red-orange color. Despite his bright colors he is quite shy and frequently hides in the aquatic plants I have in my tank. He seems to be getting along swimmingly with my other fish.  Unlike my cichlids, tetras and cherry barbs  Arol will come to the surface to feed, rather than wait for the food to sink in the water column. Welcome, Arol to your new freshwater community!



The Rock We LIVE On!


Wow! What an amazing first few weeks of student teaching. I am truly loving each and every minute of it!

Next week we’ll be starting our Earth Science unit, in terms of content it is one of my favorite things to teach, especially after exploring the lava beds at Craters of the Moon.

I  hope students will find this unit interesting, and are able to understand the  importance rocks have in their daily lives.  Who knew fluorite was a rock which is used in tooth paste?


School back in Session!


I can hardly believe many of the surrounding schools started back on Thursday. Where has the summer gone? Only a week before I officially start student teaching. I am quite excited to be in the classroom again. Wish me luck! I apologize in advance if my posts are more infrequent, I anticipate being very busy the next 4 months!

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians-of-the-Galaxy-poster-21The fate of the galaxy rests upon this motley crew of heroes! This is the main plot sequence of Guardians of the Galaxy a newly released box office, sci-fiction film. Last week my husband and I decided to see this end-of-summer, Marvel flick at our local theater. Unlike many Marvel films this one does not take itself too seriously. When the going gets rough,  the tension is often alleviated with some sort of joke or situational humor.

The infusion of 1970s music, and well-crafted CG adds a unique element to this galactic tale. Characters such as Rocket and Groot exhibit life-like qualities and likable dispositions that make them easily the most beloved characters on screen.

I would highly recommend seeing this one in theaters. The larger-than-life battle, planetary and nebulae elements are quite spectacular. However, a caution in bringing the youngsters the language and sexual references are really not appropriate for young audience members.

See the Guardians of the Galaxy Full movie trailer here !