Thursday, March 25, 2010

Confessions of the Sunflower Kid

I'm bored. My kids are taking a test. I have so much more I could be doing with my time, but instead I have decided to let you all get to know me a little better and so here are some ...

Confessions of the Sunflower Kid...


1. I like the smell of my dog's feet... they smell like popcorn and mown grass... does this make me weird?

2. I could eat zingers for breakfast everyday. For those of you unfortunate souls who have never experienced their glory, zingers are basically a twinky that has this totally artificially colored yellow icing on top.They are so gloriously bad for you.

3. I have seen Forest Gump and You've Got Mail more times than I would like to count. I just always have to watch them when they come on tv... it's like Tom Hanks takes control of my brain.


Ok... enough procrastinating... back to grading.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

New iPod, glass of champagne, and a movie



I've been trying very hard to keep myself busy on the weekend nights. Well, it just so happens that for the first time in months, I don't have plans on a Saturday night. I decided to make tonight a celebration of the fact that I'm okay with that. So here I am with my new iPod, a glass of champagne, and a movie.

Friday, March 19, 2010

SPLURGE!!!

I've been trying to reconnect with things that make me happy through this blog. One thing that I don't have to reconnect with, though, is music. I L-O-V-E my music collection. I have been lugging around my 2nd generation brick/dinosaur of an iPod for 5 years now. Yes, it was often the butt of jokes (especially by my students), but, hey, it worked. My iPod and I have been through quite a bit together: sprint triathalon training, graduate school study sessions, lots of party play lists, classroom setups and takedowns, lots of time reading on the beach. Well, last weekend it finally bit the dust.

RIP Old iPod
Hello New iPod Touch

 
I have a hard time spending large sums of money on myself, but I have decided that this is one area where I'm going to go all out and buy myself the top o' the line iPod touch because, well, I totally deserve it, and it's almost my birthday so yeah, happy birthday to me (a couple weeks early). Today, after work, I will be purchasing this:

YEEHAW!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Look what I got!

One of my lovely followers nomiated me for this sweet little award. That made my day!




Thursday, March 11, 2010

I had a great surprise today... a group of my friends have been scheming behind my back for my birthday. I love how people come out of the woodwork to support you when you need it. So I have been told to keep my birthday night open for these secret plans.


Other happenings:
1. The first daffodils have started blooming in my yard. Yea for spring!


2. A student drew this on a quiz this week... You may be asking yourself, "is that a six-legged octopus wearing a robinhood hat and glasses?" Why, yes, yes I think it is. Perhaps the better question is, what happened to its other legs? Tragic octopus table saw accident? Octopus birth defect? Maybe he gave them to the poor octopuses in the Sherwood Forest? And yes, that is the plural of octopus; I just googled it.


3. Two of my best teacher friends who thought they were not coming back next year have since changed their minds ... I'm so excited to get to teach with them both another year. This makes me more optimistic about my next year.



Sunday, March 7, 2010

New Perspectives

Sometimes when it feels like the life you thought you knew is crumbling down around you, shift your perspective.


Maybe it's crumbling down to give you an escape route.

I know this is true of my life... but sometimes it's hard to appreciate it when the escape can be so painful.

A confession: I have frequently been accused of being pessimistic; I always thought that I was just being realistic. A very good friend told me last night that she thought the whole divorce situation had made me a more optimistic person. I respectfully disagreed with her, thinking about how cynical I feel like I've become, but maybe she was right.... maybe it's too recent to see what kind of changes this will bring to me as a person. I'll let you know...

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Jewelry Tree Craftiness

Look at what I made today! I cut a tree branch from my yard, spray painted it black, set it in some plaster of paris, let the plaster dry, and then I used some river rocks to cover up the plaster. Total cost = less than $20. Now I can actually see what earrings I have! Sadly, this is only about 1/4 of my earring collection.

Helpful hint: Apparently plaster of paris gets very very hot. Therefore, my porcelain container cracked on the corners but it's still holding together for now. The besty saw it last night and requested one for her upcoming birthday. I think I'll put less plaster in the container this time and see if it doesn't crack.

There will be no picture posted with this... you'll see why in a minute

Student: So is that like, this one time when I sat on an iron? And...(interrupted by me)

Me: Ok, stop right there. You sat on an iron?

Student: Yeah.

Me: Was it on?

Student: Yes, someone left it on the couch.

Me: Why would someone leave a hot iron on a couch?

Student: I don't really know.

Me: Did you never think to find out?

Student: No...?

Me: So wait, do you have a scar in the shape of an iron on your butt?

Student: Yes

Friday, March 5, 2010

The Awesomeness of Today...

Reason #1 today was awesome: My story, "Courage Brought to you by a 15 Year Old," was posted on Kind Over Matter as one of the Friday Lovelies! Wahhhoooo! Amanda said my story, "melted her heart."

Reason #2 today was awesome: I purchased the tickets for the Phoenix show I posted about earlier this week AND I realized it is the last day of school. What a great way to celebrate the end of year two.

Reason #3 today was awesome: The Red Hot Chili Peppers was the class change music today. Yes, we actually blast music in the halls over the speaker system while the kids change classes. They abhore the classical music during the week, but on Fridays, the kids and teachers get to submit their own mixes. Fridays rock!!!... literally at my school.

Reason # 4 today was awesome: I'm going to dinner with Momma Sunflower and her besty, Bev, at a new Chinese place.... yum.

Reason # 5 today was awesome: I had my first comment on my blog AND my first two followers who don't know me already and have to follow me b/c they're my friend... not to discount how awesome you are for following me,  Lindsay.

Reason #6 today was awesome: I'm reconnecting with an old friend from high school tomorrow who I haven't seen in years. Ok, I guess that may be a reason why tomorrow is awesome... but the anticipation makes today awesome.

It's all enough to make me do this.... ok, ok, you got me... so this is actually an old picture of me getting a strike at a bowling alley, but I could totallllllly look like that right now... minus the bowling alley part and the spiffy white bowling shoes.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Perfect Man

Being newly single,  you spend a lot of time dreaming up your perfect man... here's what I have so far...

The Mind of:
(John Stewart... drool)

The Voice of:
(Kings of Leon Lead Singer)

The Ravishing Good Looks of:
(Jake Gyllenhaal... yum)

Can we work on that? Anybody know someone who resembles this description?

Student Doodles


This was doodled on one of the quizzes turned in today... I teach psychology if that explains anything... maybe not...

If only blogs could wear necklaces...



Necklace from Charms4you on etsy.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Someone Needs an Attitude Adjustment...

Last night I got an email that one of the bands I am currently obsessed with, Phoenix, is coming to a town near me. Going through this whole divorce thing, my initial thought was, "I have no one to go with." I do have some single lady friends but none of them are into this band. My brother and his wife would potentially go except, they will have a week old baby boy at that point so that was a no. I had kinda resigned myself to the fact that I wouldn't be going. Then I decided that this was no way to meet my goals that I outlined in this very blog. So here's what I did in my facebook status: "ATTENTION: Is anyone going to see Phoenix? If so, I may want to tag along... someone please say yes..." And within minutes, I have a show buddy to go with AND a free place to stay that night. This whole single thing is gonna take an attitude adjustment.

COURAGE brought to you by a 15 year old girl... Alternate Title:Courage for Beginning Teachers

I'm a second year high school teacher. It is interesting to watch people's reactions when I tell them this for the first time. They often look at me like I've just demonstrated human flight. The reaction is a mixture of shock, disbelief, and I hope, a little admiration. Sometimes there's a little disgust or pity thrown in there, but we'll just ignore those people.

I am the first to admit that my job is by no means easy, but sometimes I get to the end of my day and think, "I love my job." Don't get me wrong... there are often days when I have the opposite reaction, and these days probably come about more often than I would like. Sometimes personal situations, parents, students, and administrators converge to make you question your career choice. This is when a teacher's courage is tested. It takes gutts to keep going. For the most part, I really enjoy the students, and sometimes they just make your day. Sometimes they give you the push that you needed to keep going. Sometimes they give you courage when you thought it was all spent up. Below is a case in point...

As a high school teacher, you don't get lots of holiday gifts. Elementary school teachers just rake in the swag. Not so much with high school teachers. I teach 130 kids, and I received three gifts and two cards this year. Now I don't want this to sound like I'm not grateful...I am! I don't expect to get gifts at all which is why when I opened this card, I shed a few tears of gratitude. This particular student knew that my husband had left in November. I told very few students, but she had picked up on a weird vibe and asked me if I was ok. I told her a very very very edited version of my personal situation. She listened and told me that she was very sorry that I was going through this. We didn't discuss it again. Then the day before Christmas break, this card was waiting for me on my computer key board. When teaching gets hard, when life gets hard, it is things like this that give you the courage to keep going.



My advice to beginning teachers... make sure you look for these moments in every single day and soak up all the courage you can get from them... soak it up and put it in the bank for a rainy day. Or take a picture of it and post it on your blog for eternity :)

Things that make me smile

This is by far my favorite commercial on tv right now. It just makes me smile... especially the part where the sock money gets a tattoo... genius. How can you not smile? And the music choice is just perfect!   
Watch it here!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Introduction to my blog

Things I have committed myself to:
1. I will live a happy life.
2. I will reconnect/discover things in my life that I love.
3. I will be courageous

So what does that mean? I'm not entirely sure. So that's what I'll be exploring here. Here's what I think I know so far:
1. Happiness and gratefulness go hand in hand.
2. Courage isn't just charging into battle with your sword drawn. Sometimes courage is simply being willing to accept that your life can be different from the one you had planned. Courage is rolling with the changes (subtle REO Speedwagon reference here) and continuing to find things to be grateful for.
3. I love Butterfingers, crafts, music, gummy candy of all sorts, home decor, and my spaz of a dog. I especially like to watch her romp in the snow.  The picture below is a great example of the sweet puppy dog eyes she often flashes to get her way. How can you resist?