Archive | January, 2011

“I want to go to there!”

31 Jan

Welcome to February!  Well, almost.

I spent the weekend going out to eat at Burton’s Grill, which was delicious!

Walking.  Trying to get back on track with training since I’m doing the Flying Pig Marathon in Cincy in May.  My mom and I have been walking the Flying Pig Half Marathon for the past 7 years!  Can you believe it?  It’s an awesome race and I am so excited to walk it again with my mom.

Mom, Auntie Anne, and Allie!

We’ll look something like this, but not walking in the snow, and not in Detroit, and it’ll only be the two of us.  But, ya know, other than that…

Today was only a half day at school.  It always seems that half days are crazier than normal days.  Why is that?

Who are the three funniest people in the world? Who are the three funniest people you know personally?

The three funniest people in the world are:

Tina Fey – no matter what, Tina Fey always makes me laugh!  She just has smart humor and knows how to get to the audience and make them laugh.

Steve Martin – I mean come on!?  The Jerk, Planes, Trains and Automobiles…  “If I could have two wishes this holiday season it would be that 30 million dollars would be given directly, to me.”

Steve Carrell- He is hilarious in the office.  It’s so awkwardly, painfully funny.

The three funniest people I know personally are:

My Auntie Anne:

Need I say more?

I can always remember her making me laugh!  And she still does.

My brother

My good buddy Arla

Arla is a work friend.  She always can tell a story or little anecdote to make you laugh and lighten the day.  I am glad that she’s around :)

This was hard to whittle it down to three.  I love my family and all of them make me laugh on any occasion.  I come from very comedic stock, I must say.

Speaking of family… My heritage is mainly Eastern European.  My father’s side is Hungarian and my mother’s is Polish.  So, how do you make a girl from Eastern European descent happy?  I’ll show you!

That would be Polish Kielbasa, mashed potatoes, and sauerkraut.  This was soooo good.  So good in fact, we had it again for dinner tonight.  The sauerkraut was especially yummy.

What we did:

2lbs of sauerkraut (drained)

1 1/2 cups of gin (we didn’t have that much gin so we used 1/4 cup of gin and the rest of Magner’s Ale)

1 teaspoon of carraway seeds

1/2 stick of butter

Put everything in a pot on medium heat except the butter.  Heat to a simmer and let cook about 30 mins or until the liquid has reduced by half.  Add in butter and enjoy!  Super easy and delicious!

…put your records on…

29 Jan

This morning, after yoga, Leanne and I went to get bagels and coffee.  As we were sitting, eating…basically contemplating life.  Ya, know, as you do… *wink*  As song came on and Leanne made the comment that knowing the lyrics to this particular song was a waste of brain space.

She said she could see her mind flipping through a Rolodex and finding the card with all the lyrics to the song.  I said, “Isn’t it like a juke box?  You know, push B, 2, and the record flips over and there’s the song?”  Nope she definitely has a Rolodex in her mind and I have a jukebox.  If this doesn’t show the differences between us; I don’t know what does.

She even said her Rolodex was alphabetized!

I like my jukebox….and I don’t need quarters!  Which leads me to the daily post…

Daily Post

This one is from a couple days ago, but I just didn’t get to it.

If stranded on a desert island, and could only bring one music album with you, which would it be? What is it about this music that never gets old for you?

This is hard for me, since I really love music.  No, I really do!  I think I would have to bring an iPod…  It’s like asking me which child I like the best and why.  Seriously.

I think I may have to break it down by genre:

Brodaway: RENT.  Why?  Because this was the first “real” musical I went to.  Sure I’d seen Phantom, but RENT is so much more than Phantom.  I love what Jonathan Larson did making a modern day La Vie Boheme.  The characters and their stories really get into your mind and settle in and stay a while.  I could listen to this CD on repeat for days.  One Song Glory: “…Find, Glory, In a song that rings true, Truth like a blazing fire, An eternal flame, Find, One song, A song about love, Glory…”

 

Oh yeah, Adam Pascal doesn't hurt either...

 

 

Folk: Over the Rhine.  Remember when Leanne and I hydrated with wine?  Over the Rhine! Por Que?  Because a)they are from Cincinnati and b) they are amazing.  Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler do an phenomenal job of heartfelt lyrics with soothing sometimes quirky harmonies and music.  My favorite OTR album is The Trumpet Child or Ohio.  In Ohio, you can feel Karin’s longing and sadness in each word.  Ohio: “Hello Ohio, The back roads, I know Ohio, Like the back of my hand, Alone Ohio, Where the river bends, And it’s strange to see your story end.”

Indie: This one’s tricky, because it changes daily.  Right now it’s between Arcade Fire, The New Pornographers, and Rilo Kiley.  I told you, I can’t choose!

Rock:  It’s gotta be the Beatles.  Call me a product of my parent’s choice in music.  But, at least they have good taste!  Again, it’s hard to pick which Beatles album.  But for me it’s Rubber Soul.

Pop:  Hmm, I think I gotta go with GaGa, at least for now.  I think she’s out there,crazy, whatever other adjectives you want to describe her.  Yes, I agree.  But at least she is being different, innovative and writing her own stuff.  So for that, GaGa I gotcha.

Okay, that’s enough for now.  I really could go on, but I won’t.  Music tells so many stories and can express stories that you don’t know how.  It calms me, revs me up, and inspires me! (Cheesy, yes, I know)

What about you?  What’s your desert island album?

Fuzzy Friday

28 Jan

Or maybe it could be flulike Friday.  I don’t have the flu, but it seems all the kids at school have it.  Needless to say, I am washing my hands like a madwoman.

That may be why things seem fuzzy today or it could be that we were without power at school for about half an hour.  Yep.  Right before breakfast and announcements the power just went *zap* out.  There was some screaming and running around.  Of course some kids asked if we would still have school.

Yes, we will still have school.

You are not that lucky.

I don’t if this is why today feels weird or what.  All I know is that I am pretty damn happy that it is Friday.

Daily Post

What’s going on in your life right now that’s driving you nuts?

Where do I start?  No, just kidding.  I’m not that much of a Debbie Downer.

I guess the thing that is driving the most nuts in the lack of time I feel I have.  I go to school, usually do an hour and half of tutoring after school, then home, then to workout…  Not a lot of time just to chill.  Also, I cannot stop eating sugar!  I have really a sweet tooth, or maybe in my case sweet teeth.  I really want to cut down the amount of sugar I consume, but I just can’t seem to stop!  What about you?  What’s driving you nuts??

Three for Thursday!

27 Jan

Why?  Because I couldn’t think of a better title.

3- Number of “water” glasses sitting on the end table…

2 – Sad, lonely Netflix DVD’s that need to be watched.  I have, “An Education” and “Grand Torino.”  I really want to watch both of them, but for one reason or another, just haven’t gotten around to it.  Plus I’ve been watching other movies and am on a Joseph Gordon Levitt kick.  Oh yes.

Well, hello Mr. Levitt

1- Amounts of times I wish my tutee would have asked me why we were practicing spelling words.  Not, the 5 or 6 times she asked me within an hour and a half

Daily Post 2011

If you could live forever, would you? Why or why not?

Kind of a la Benjamin Button…I would not want to live forever.  It would be awesome and exciting at the beginning, but once you got older everyone you knew and loved would eventually pass away.  I think I would get really depressed living forever.   It would turn into not such a good thing.  Yes, Martha Stewart, it’s not a good thing.  I guess I could make new friends, but when you’re like 90, who’s going to be your friend.  You would be the only person left alive to know about DVD’s or iPods or something crazy like that.  No one would understand where you were coming from on different topics.  It just all sounds very stressful.  No thank you!

School News
Yesterday, yes I day short, I apologize.  But, yesterday, the kids were working on a math activity.  They had to go around and get people to sign their math sheet if they got it correct or help others solve math problems.  We (cooperating teacher and I)were generally observing them (ya, know trying to breed independence) and heard this…
S1 – I need help
S2 – I figured as much
*facepalm*
Kids are honest, I’ll give them that.  This same back and forth came from the kid, who when asked, “What causes the tides?” Responded with, “Maryland.”  Yes, Maryland.  So, the next time your driving past; watch out for those rouge tides!

One of those days…

24 Jan

Yep, one of those days, but on the bright side it did get better as the day progressed.

This morning woke up took a shower, all good.  Made breakfast: bagel with peanut butter and pumpkin butter…problems arise.  I put the toaster on the bagel setting and it freaking burned my bagel!  Well, there was no time to make another bagel and if even there was more time we had no more bagels.

Breakfast gets eaten, leave for school, halfway to school I realize that I don’t have my school laptop which has some documents I need to print!  Blast!  There isn’t enough time to turn around so I had to go at planning and get my laptop.  Boo.  The day progressively got better after that.  So, maybe it wasn’t one of those days, but one of those mornings.  Anywho, the only other weird thing to happen today was that Verizon was down for 3 hours.  I was so confused when I looked at my phone and say an “x” and “no service.”  All is well now and I finally get my Facebook updates! ;)

Daily Post2011

What’s your idea for a perfect Sunday? How would it differ from a typical Sunday?

My idea of a perfect Sunday are the Sunday’s I get to have in the summer.  I wake up, go to the park to take a walk on the trails, then sit at Starbucks and drink an iced coffee and read the New York Times.  The rest of the day could be spent sitting on the beach or watching movies unitl the wee hours.  Why?  Because I don’t have to get up for school the next day!

I wish my Sunday’s would include a lot more of this:

I love making stained glass pieces.  I wish I could spend all day figuring out and making different things.

School News:

I was walking down the hallway to first grade and saw one of my students walking in front of me.  She saw me and was very excited that she got to walk with me down the hall.  I asked her why she wasn’t already in the classroom and she told me…

“I was going poop!” (Well, that’s awesome sarcasm)

“It took a long time and sometimes I have a hard time getting it out because it’s soo big.” (Ummm, don’t really need to tell me)

Ok, I think it’s time this little girl learns about TMI, for serious!

So, as I was writing this post…this happened…

That would be not one, not two, not even three, but four fire trucks!  Leanne and I looked outside to see what the deal was and we basically just saw the fire trucks.  We figure that it was some kind of kitchen fire, but sheesh!  Four fire trucks!!  So maybe it really is one of those days.

How was your day today?

Saturday, Saturday, Saturday!

22 Jan

That was Elton John’s, “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting.”  What?  You didn’t get that!?  It’s finally Saturday and I am very happy.  Even though we had a four-day week, I swear it seemed like it was six!  It was just a weird work week altogether.  I was hardly in the classroom it felt like…blah.

In first grade a little girl, let’s call her Misty, farted while sitting on the carpet.  No one really said anything, but the two little boys next to her were making faces like they were going to gag and die.  Misty, of course, called herself out by saying, “I said excuse me!”  The teacher let it go and then one on the little boys said, “Misty farted!”  In a way that only a first grader can.  Misty countered with, “I said excuse me!”  The teacher had to explain that everybody farts and just to let it go.  And everyone pretty much did, except Misty.  She had to ask a teacher, “Do you ever fart…?” Good times.

Another good story out of first grade…this one comes from the teacher assistant in the classroom.  A little boy went into the bathroom, before going in the T.A. told him to take off his gloves, he apparently didn’t hear her.  He went into the bathroom, flushed the toliet, all with gloves on.  Then, came out, took off his gloves and washed his hands.  Seems appropriate, right?

Daily post

Is it always better to know the truth, even when it hurts? Or is ignorance bliss? Or are they both true some of the time?

I think, and this is just me, that both are true some of the time.  Yes, it’s better to know the truth, even when it hurts.  If it is something that is going to significantly going to impact your life and no one is telling you about it…  You need to know.  But, ignorance is also bliss.  Like going the Five Guys Burgers and Fries and eating a little cheeseburger with french fries and not knowing how many calories are in each.  That is bliss!

There was also a follow-up double twist to take a picture of something you know to be the truth.  Well, something I know to be the truth is that Leanne and I are always in the last corral (Whoa!) when in a race.

 

Outer Banks

Wicked 10K, in da back!

 

 

White Tail Trail half marathon: Caesar's Creek

Rock N Roll Half Marathon: Virginia Beach

 

Yeah, we’re always in the back, but it works for us!  More people for us to pass and beat!

What do you think?  Is it better to know the truth or is ignorance bliss?

A Waterbug?

19 Jan

Waterbug?  That’s a really nice name for freaking huge cockroach that scares the living bejesus out of you.  Yes, really.    Also, these waterbugs or whatever you want to call them are quite common around this area.

This afternoon at work I decided I was hungry and wanted the second Clementine from my lunch.  I was peel, peel, peeling away when I dropped it on the floor.  Epic fail.  Now, I had to wash the Clementine because Lord knows the floor is not clean.  Off I go to the sink to rinse it and bam!  Huge freaking cockroach!  Luckily I saw it before I stuck my hand in the sink.  I promptly ran to the room to clean off the Clementine, but…I still have a H.F.C. in the sink.  Lena decided we should flush it down the drain.  Only problem there is that it was too big to fit down the drain and even when we tried to drown it…  IT DIDN’T DIE!!!  So like the mature adults we are, we screamed for the janitors to come and help.  Finally Ms. Emma came to our rescue with a can of bug spray.  The H.F.C. finally died and got scooped out of the sink by Ms. Emma.

All I know is that if Bond was there

 

Bond. Cockroach killah!

 

There wouldn’t have been a problem at all.

Onto the Daily Post…

What’s the most important thing you’re putting off? And why haven’t you done it yet? What do you need to make it happen?

The most important thing that I’m putting off is finishing my Master’s degree.  I’m not really putting it off per se, it’s just taking a lot longer to finish.  What needs to happen in order for me to finish?  Money.  I know I could take out a loan and do all that, but I really don’t want to.  I’m only three (two now) classes from finishing.  I will be so happy when I’m finished and I can be a Reading Teacher!

 

What, what!?

18 Jan

Saturday was a pretty cool day here at “The Beach.” And by cool and I mean snazzy not actually cold, although it was.   First, there was baby shower to attend, with super awesome food, cute children and dogs!

 

Onesie making...

 

There was a brief respite at home before going out to eat at Luna Maya and the Norfolk Admirals game.

I have to send a shout out to Luna Maya (http://www.lunamayarestaurant.com).  Their restaurant is amazing!  This is the second time we’ve been there and it was just as delicious as I remember the first time.  We both got drinks (Mango Mojito and Sangria) and both were too easy too drink.  For dinner I got the Burrito Con Raja’s and Leanne got the Chorizo Burrito.  Both burrito’s were the size of the plate, which was not small…  Needless to say we didn’t finish them that night.  Besides being huge, they were quite tasty!

After gorging ourselves on chorizo, rice, cheese, beans, guacamole, and alcohol we moseyed on down to the Admirals game.

If you can’t tell from the picture; the ice is pink in honor of Susan G. Komen.  It was Susan G. Komen night and there were a ton of people there, which was awesome.  It made for a really exciting and loud game.  The Admirals won 3-2 and had 50 some shots on goal! Crazy!

Alright, on to postaday2011.  The topic for today is…Describe a time when you witnessed bravery: a) in your profession. So here’s the deal.  I witness bravery everyday in my profession.  What profession is that, you may ask?  Teaching.  You have to be a brave individual to stand in front of a 20 or so kids day in and day out and teach them what they need to know.  Not only to pass each grade, but also really teaching them how to make it in the world.  Sure, it may sound uber cheesy, but it’s true.  They are all relying on you to give them the knowledge that will carry and stay with them for the rest of their lives.  Kind of a scary thought, no?

Yes, that is a group of 80 first and second graders.  Yes, they are in fact at a theater.  Yes, we took about 80 first and second graders to see the Lion King in Cincinnati Ohio.  And then yes, we drove them through Over the Rhine (accidentally) on the way home.  But, that’s a different story for a different day.

“Let’s spend the day in bed…”

17 Jan

“On our very own bed spread, A pajama holiday…” Let’s Spend the Day in Bed by Over the Rhine

Over the Rhine, by the way, is one of my most favorite bands, ever!  Leanne and I went to go see them in DC at the wine festival.  Remember?

Linford and Karin: Over the Rhine

I am going to try to do WordPress’ post a day challenge.  Each day they have a different question to answer in your blog in order to get you blogging more.  Today’s question is: Do you believe everything happens for a reason? Why or why not?

I would have to say that yes, I do think that everything happens for a reason.  Even when you can’t tell what that reason is at the time, there is always some kind of teaching point and lesson to be learned.  If we hadn’t moved to Ohio in 1991; I wouldn’t have met my best friend!  Of course in 1991, I did not want to move to Ohio.  I wanted every day to move back to Michigan, but that was not going to happen.

In student teaching if I hadn’t gone to some of the “scary” schools to observe and student teach; I wouldn’t have all the tricks in my back pocket that I do.

Everything does happen for a reason.  Just like Marilyn says…”…things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”
— Marilyn Monroe

Wordless…Thursday?

13 Jan

Yesterday, I was all ready to do a Wordless Wednesday post, but….that didn’t happen.  Obviously.  So, why not today?  It’s only a day off!

During Christmas I took all these great pictures of home and merriment and the such.  Guess what happened.  My battery died and I left the charger in my other suitcase I thought I was going to bring, but didn’t.  Epic fail.  About 4 weeks later I finally uploaded the pictures to the computer…

 

Living Room Christmas tree

Christmas morning!

One of my most favorite places!

 

Just a squirrel…

Tryin’ to get a nut…

Too many bottles of wine? Can you have too many bottles of wine?

Mom's secret is out...

Dad's....hiding?

Christmas about a month late!  Yay!  Oh well, hoped y’all enjoy.  I’m off to eat my de.lish.us. Chinese food!

 

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