Thursday, February 26, 2009

SUPER COOL LINK YOU MUST FOLLOW... NOW.

So, I found this on another person's blog, and I think I'm going to participate.

Read all about it by copying and pasting this into your browser, or click the title of this post. :)

http://realmomreallife.blogspot.com/2009/02/time-out-for-political-message-from-our.html

This guys really smells.

So I am in the lab at school, and the guy beside me smells like alcohol. Already. It's just Thursday afternoon, for goodness sake! And it's freaking FEBRUARY. *WHY* is the air on?

Right now, I'm blogging because I'm putting off doing my weather observations... or at least looking them up online... I HATE BUSY WORK! I feel like so many of my stupid labs are just busy work. Meaningless. It annoys me, but I do feel like the professor means well and is trying her best. She's old. And you will never believe what happened today; she went all crazy on this girl. The professor has to leave our lab early for her grandson's football practice and wanted to get through the lab fast, and one girl (the one who's missed a lot of labs and keeps trying to make them up, thus, irritating the professor continually) comes in and Dr. P tries to get her to hurry up so she can start, but the student has lost her pencil. Dr. P makes you think of someone's agitated grandma. She gets all red faced and DEMANDS that she come stand front and center while she does the demonstration, and the girl says no. They start SHOUTING. Talk about AWKWARD. Like, I see both sides. Dr. P needed to back off this girl, and the girl needs to get in gear, but wow... it was soo bad.


My birthday is in one week. Get excited.
I'm hoping Hubby gets it in gear as well and gets to work planning my "party." I'm wanting to go out and celebrate at one of our local country music bars, one that everyone knows that I've never gotten around going to. I want it to be a lot of fun, just us and our friends. I hope it works out. :)

I need to get back to work, and I'm out of classroom drama stories or current hopes and wishes to tell about. Happy Thursday. :)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Why can't I think of a title for a simple list?

I've seen other people doing this on their blogs and have been wanting to do it for quite a while, and now, since I SHOULD be working on the online module due for my class or my cursed lesson plan, doing this right now is a perfect way to procrastinate, which by the way, I thought about giving up for lint, but then I realized it was as stupid idea! LOL. So anyways, I'm going to post a list of my absolute favorite things, just things that I love. Some people put restraints on this, keeping everything starting with the same letter, like bowling, blueberries, and beauty products... I, however, am not that creative and will be using the entire alphabet. :)

1. I was going to put my husband here, but I figured that was a no-brainer. I want this make you say, "really? oh wow, me too!" so he just be left off the list, haha.

Mom & Pop restaurants and diners.
I love going to a restaurant that small, packed, and full of interesting people & delicious food. Like, IHOP last night. It was full of people coming for the free pancakes, and I just loved the atmosphere. I love restaurants in general, and I used to think I would have LOVED to be a manager, but after working in too many of them & having bad experiences, Jake said enough is enough. Deep down, part of me wants to open my own one day, a place where no one needs a menu, where old men sit and tell lies over coffee and sandwiches, and where dad's bring their kids for a bite to eat after school. And I would be there everyday, wearing an apron, and running around like a chicken with my head cut off. :)


2. Thrift Stores.
I LOVE shopping at Goodwill, the Salvation Army, and consignment shops. I love the hunt! It's like digging for treasure! Everytime I go, I find name brand stuff, labels & tags still on, for dirt-cheap. I probably wear something I got at a thrift store every single day.


3. Lemon Drop Martinis.
I've recently learned how to make them, and the sugary, lemony drink is to die for. It's so pretty in a sugar-rimmed glass, it makes you feel good and special just looking at it. Not to mention it's as delicous as a slice of lemon pie, only it's sippable!


4. White 1-inch Binders.
Seriously, what's not to love? You make a binder to hold about anything, organizing everything from standards & lesson plan ideas, to recipes, magazine articles, etc! I have several that I have great ideas of things to fill them with, but unfortunately, I'm bad at actually printing things off and following through with any of my brilliant plans.


5. Quilts.
I love old, soft, handmade quilts. My mother-in-law makes quilts, and it would mean so much to me if she would make us one, or maybe one for our (future) child. It would be so wonderful, but oh well... maybe one day I'll get the nerve to just ask for one.


6. Potted Plants, Gardens, Windchims, and Garden Decorations.
Basically, the entire garden/outdoor section of Lowes. I want everything on those aisles. I want the patio furniture, the chiminea, the fence to replace the one around our pool, those big, beautiful clay pots in all those bright colors, full of tulips, and rose bushes climbing high up terraces and bursting into bloom! :) I have a feeling that Jake and I will be doing a lot of gardening together. I particularly want to get the "Yard of the Week" award that our hometown gives out every spring/summer.


7. Victoria Secret's Very Sexy in the red bottle.
I wear it everyday. Including my wedding day. I originally wanted to wear something unique and special, but my mom's nose is finicky. Like, to her, some perfumes have a chemical smell to them and it grosses her out. And I have no clue why they smell like that to her. But, I didn't want to stink to my mom on my wedding day, and she loves Very Sexy so much she wears it herself, so I thought it would be perfect to wear something that was truly "me" and loved by everyone on the big day. I also love the new purple bottle kind, Dare. I want some. Hint, Hint.


8. Desperate Housewives.
I am utterly addicted to this show. I am not a TV person, and have never had a show that I MUST see... with the exception of one summer in high school when I got so addicted to NBC's soap, Passions, that it was borderline unhealthy... but, other than that, I've never been in love with a show. But, Desperate Housewives has me in its clutches... it's so great! I adore Gabrielle and Bree. I see a good bit of myself in those two. Between the drama & mystery, and the underlying theme of what a wive feels and faces, it's just the perfect show.


9. Rich, Homemade, Buttercream Icing.
That Fondant stuff is like wax. Yuck.


10. Sam's Club.
I don't know why I love this store so much.. maybe it's because it's an all-in-one, one stop shop. I can get groceries, a new outfit, nice jewelry, furniture and appliances, CDs & DVDs, photo's printed, etc. I know, you're thinking "what's the difference from Wal*mart?" Well, for one, Sam's is much more classier. The stuff is nicer, fresher, prettier, and the atmosphere is much more my taste. More people their with a purpose, less wondering aimlessly, and generally, less people letting their kids go wild. Plus, those sundaes with the berries that the snack counter sells for a dollar are beyond amazing.

I'm stopping at 10 things today, because I seriously need to get to work. I'm starting to feel guitly, lol. Once the rush of procrastination wears off and guilt starts creeping in, you know it's time to get busy. And, that's what I am going to do. Right after lunch.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Overhaul

If you look at my blog regularly, you'll notice some changes. New *springy* layout, less personal info, I took off any pictures directly of me and my husband, took my name off, changed the address, etc... I just got to thinking about students and them getting onto this. Not that I have anything to hide. I've not posted anything I wouldn't say out loud to just about anyone, but you know how it is... I definitely like the changes. :)

Now I really need to do some homework.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Google IRRITATED and you'll see my picture :)

Okay, I'm officially using this blog as a rant. I'm sooo frustrated! I'm doing a social studies lesson plan, and I understand the fact that for most elementary majors, this is something they can do with their eyes closed up at this point, however, the middle level program at WU is different; we've been submerged in content, and we're just now putting it all together with our MLED classes. So, I've got this draft of a lesson plan due, and I'm so stuck. I have no problem getting the format, purpose, or anything like that; I know what to include, I know how to do this, but what I am having problem with is the creativity; say I want to teach Standard 7-5, seventh grade social studies, learning about WWI, the Great Depression, the New Deal, etc... I'm drawing a blank, so I go to the good old internet like any other teacher and start Googling. The sucky lesson plans I'm finding are nothing but powerpoints and webquests... WHERE'S THE INSTRUCTION IN THAT? Furthermore, I don't KNOW what grade or where I'm teaching, so I don't have a pacing guide to give me an idea of how in-depth I'm going to get into this lesson, seeing that I don't know how much time to give this particular one. I mean, what am I supposed to do? Pull this brilliant idea out of my ass? UGH! This beyond ridiculous! I want cooperative group activites, short intro films, ideas for writing prompts, games and class activites that are fun and challenging that GET THE POINT ACROSS... I don't want my kids living in the computer lab! I will not be one of those kinds of teachers who has the kids reading and doing worksheets while I have my thumb up my ass like so many others I've seen... I WANT IDEAS!!! This lesson plan is keeping me up, when thanks to my poor sickly hubby's hacking cough all night and tossing and turning, I've not had a decent night's sleep in a week!!! This is freakin' ridiculous! Is it too much to ask for some decent lesson plans and activity suggestions and one damn night of good sleep?!?!?!?!?! UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Saturday, February 07, 2009

accepting the facts.

Okay, I realize it's been a while, and I have no excuses for not writing. Maybe it's because I'm NOT stressed for once- no need to purge? Maybe. But anyways, in the last half-a-month, I've started getting adjusted to my spring schedule. I am in freaking love with yoga. Like, really. LOVE IT. I'm able to keep up on most days rather well, and I've gotten addicted to the burning pain in my arms, shoulders, quads, and abs. I hate excercise with a passion, so for me to really like this is strange, but I think it's because the instructer really emphasises this as time to think about nothing but your own spirit. No worries, no stress, no to-do lists allowed. We focus on our breathing so much, I find myself completely thinking of nothing else but my lungs, and it's completely exhilarating to free your mind of the world. The positions feel more like stretches, and I love that I don't feel intimidated by them, and in fact, I hear many of them can help give you some flexability in the sack, if you know what I mean, LOL... I will say that going back to the cancer- I mean tanning- bed has helped me feel better, too... I go 3 times a week, so now I've gotten a light tan that will be perfect for spring, and those UV lights help my mood (lovely little sunlight endorphines are the best kind ever!) and I know it's helping me get my Vitamin D. Not to mention the fact that I get a killer nap in the thing. So call them cancer beds if you want, I love it... This brings me to my classes. Geology is so-so... My professor is so crazy, she's old, deaf, and endearing. She is truly concerned for our learning and talks to us like we're fourth graders, yet mumbles to herself about quantom theory and talks in circles. I'm sure she's somewhere between sinile genious and sweet old lady.I asked her one day what the formula was that I needed to use for measuring volume on a beaker. She was stunned at my math/science deficency... She patted me on the head one day, and has determined to transform me into a math whiz... HA! Good luck, I say. I've accepted the fact that I suck at math. She needs to, as well! My education courses are great, mostly because some of my best friends from school are in them, and we are all going to be teaching the same thing, so it just fits. And, I'm learning to really appreciate my advisor. I used to hate the fact that she didn't seem to have a nurturing bone in her body, and the fact that she can come off as a drill sargent, but I'm seeing now that we are just totally different in how we express our concern; she is not the overly-caring, social, lovable type... she shows her feelings in seemingly cold ways, while I'm the warm & fuzzy type. I had this break through that she's much like my mother in law in many ways. Math minded, very logical and factual, and not terribly affectionate, but strong and caring and shows love in her own ways. It's not that she doesn't care, she just shows in differently than I'm used to. This was pretty huge for me. She promised some of us MLED majors that she'd be making sure we find jobs in the coming year. It was a huge weight off my shoulders, with everyone screaming about the economy. I'm really learning to accept the fact that my advisor and I are going to always be very, very different, but she also is in my corner all the way. :)
In other news, we are looking for a truck for Jake. I'm pretty excited about that.
I just wish we could buy a brand new one; he deserves so much... OH, and I took a pregnancy test a few days ago... we're still good and childless. Much to my dismay/pleasure. The baby bug continues. I just have accept that right now is not the time to be pregnant, as much as I want it.

I've seriously got some housecleaning to do. I need to shower. And, it's a beautiful day. I'm going to go enjoy it!

LOTS OF LOVE TO ALL. <3