Archive | November, 2011

What’s up with that Wednesday

30 Nov

What’s Up with that?

By the by, I don’t like the whole link thing up there that takes you to the video…Anybody know how I can fix that so that it’s just the video again??


Remember when I used to tell funny stories about my school life?  Yeah, it’s been a while…

Today during math in first grade, the teacher was trying to get the students to come up with the word decimal.  They were reading money ($.56)and needed another name other than dot for decimal.  She told them it started with a “d”.  They said, dot, dollar dot (which I found particularly creative) and then…decimate! 

How badass is that?  I’m sure he was trying to say decimal, but decimate is sooo much better.

In other what’s up with that news, I got a phone call from ADT tell me that the smoke alarm had been activated at my old apartment…  Hmmm.  I told here I didn’t live there anymore that she should call the landlord.  ADT said they did, but needed to contact 2 people total.  Alrighty, but I’m not going to do much good seeing as I don’t live there…

So, I’m sending well wishes to my ex landlord hoping that her house didn’t burn down around 1:30


Seriously, I hope everything is okay!

In other exciting news…I GOT MY IPHONE!!!

I’m actually just excited to have a phone that works period.  Yesterday my phone called someone and wouldn’t let me end the call or see who it was I was calling.  Luckily it was to Leanne, so it all worked out.

Happy Wednesday!


Thanksgiving recap

28 Nov


How was your Thanksgiving?

I had a great long weekend with plenty of food.  I’m glad I got to spend it with my great friends here at the beach.  Family…I will see you soon!

First off, we did the Turkey Trot at Mt. Trashmore Thanksgiving day.

I think the headband says it all!

Truly, that may be my one main reason for doing the Turkey Trot…  It was a gorgeous day and I got to spend 6.2 miles with my best bud…so that was pretty okay too.

Mt. Trashmore

Of course there was plenty of food to be had.  I did not snag any pictures of Thanksgiving #1, but rest assured it was delicious!

Thanksgiving #2 was on Saturday after the UofM vs. OSU game.  GO BLUE!!!!

Yummy turkey


Food with all the fixin's


I still think I’m in a bit of a food coma, but at least I was well fed, right!?

This weekend Leanne and I are going to walk in the Surf n Santa 10 miler.  It was so much fun last year we want to torture enjoy it again!



What can I say, I’m a sucker for jingle bells and santa hats!  Count me in!

I give thanks…

25 Nov

For my family

Please note the bottle of champagne

(Even when they may not be thankful for me;)

That I can wake up everday and see this!

That I get to live by the beach, have a job, health and of course….

All I need to stay safe in the this ribbon...


Happy Thanksgiving!

T is for Turkey

24 Nov

and tryptophan!

Happy Thanksgiving!! 

Research, research, research

22 Nov

Just so you know…I’m totally fed up with anything to do with my research paper…

Maybe these cartoons will help

From "Johnny the Mediocre human"

From "Peacock Moon Interiors"

I’m seriously stressed about the whole thing.  It’s due in December and I just got my latest draft yesterday citing that something was wrong with my paper.  Really?

Maybe I should do something like this?

Ice Age Animals from Malta

19 Nov

No not those….  Side note, I think that, “Ice Age Animals from Malta” would be a great rock group name!

Today I went to a reading conference in my district and had the great honor and enjoyment to hear from Dr. Tim Rasinski.  Tim (cuz, you know, we’re on a first name basis.  To my credit, I did tell him where the auditorium was) spoke to use about the art and science of teaching reading. 

He touched on the fact that teaching is (and still should be) an art.  We should be excited about teaching and our students should be excited about learning. 

Unfortunately right now we are in a place of teaching tot the test and kill and drill. Dr. Rasinki had a great quote from Diane Ravitch…”Drilling children on how to take tests discourages innovation and creativity, punishes divergent thinking, and prioritizes skills over knowledge. And the endless hours devoted to test preparation certainly deaden students’ interest in school.”

How true is that!

So where do the, “Ice Age Animals from Malta” come into play?  He used that text (not that there is anything “wrong” with it) as an example of how we are so worried about our students reading quickly, that the text doesn’t even matter.  Seriously, “Ice Age Animals from Malta” do you want to read that book?  We want our students to read faster and with “fluency” that we are creating NASCAR readers.  Meaning that their reading rate is quick to be discerned as a good reader, but they are really not paying attention to the content they are reading.

He also talked about how singing and listening to songs can help build fluency and better readers.  I wholeheartedly agree.  Think of you when you were younger how many Pearl Jam, Coolio, Rancid…songs did you know by heart? 

Yes I grew up in the 90’s what of it!? I still know all of the words to Alive by Pearl Jam!

Wouldn’t it be awesome if kids could make up their own lyrics to Alive, but about content they were learning in school?

I’ll step off my soap box…

I think it is important to think about what we are teaching the next generation and how what we teach them/tell them now will impact all of us later on…



Outer Banks 8K

16 Nov

Hola!  I told you I’d be back on Wednesday and here I am.

Over Veteran’s Day weekend, Leanne and I did the Outer Banks 8K.

We got to stay in a fabulous 80’s inspired timeshare:

Serioulsy, we got to stay in the timeshare for free since Phil’s mom was doing the 8K also and Phil was running the half marathon.

Thanks Cindy!

Last year Leanne and I did the half, but this year we were just not prepared enough to do so.  However, the 8K was great!  Leanne and I said that we were going to stretch our legs for about a mile and then run as much as we could of the 8K.  Well, it turns out “as much as we can” was 4 miles!  That is awesome for us.  We are indeed rock stars!

One thing that I did like about the 8K was that it was pretty much a trail run. 

The sights were pretty good.

Right at the end of the race we passed a fellow runner, she sped up and passed us.  Ok, whatevs, pass us.  We got some water continued to run, came upon the same fellow runner, passed her again.  This time she cursed at us under her breath and whisper shouted, “REALLY!?”  Ok so maybe it wasn’t much of a whisper.  Come on lady, so we passed you get over yourself!

We kept an “easy” pace throughout our run.  The roughest part of the 8K was really heading back into the field for the finish line, it was running head on into the wind.  No bueno.

But who cares…cuz we finished in 1hr and 6mins!  WOOT!  That is freaking awesome for us! 

So what to do after running an 8K?  Eat of course!  We headed to Stack ‘Em High to have breakfast.

Stack ‘Em High is awesome and if you ever find your way to the Outer Banks you should most definitely eat there!

Plus any breakfast establishment that tells me it’s okay to swear, is my type of eatery.

Afterward we had a day to chill and wander around…

Jockey’s Ridge

View of the ocean from atop Jockey’s Ridge

There were hangliders on the top of Jockey’s Ridge, gliding down the other side, plus tons of kite flyers.  The story behind Jockey’s Ridge is that people would take horses up to the Ridge and have races.  People would sit on the dunes and watch the jockey’s race the wild horses.  A history lesson I’m sure you wanted didn’t need. 

We had a pretty low-key Saturday since Phil was running the half the next day and we had to wake up bright and early!

Pretty Outer Banks sunrise

Phil and Leanne and the start

After seeing Phil start we head to Manteo for the finish of the half marathon.  Since we were continuing the trend of being awesome we got great seats right by the finish line.

We also got there right in time to see the first place male and female half marathon finishers

I unfortunately did not get a picture of Phil finishing.  He was just too fast! 😉  He finished in 1hr40mins….and 12 seconds.  I think that’s pretty damn awesome!

After the half we pretty much headed back to Virginia Beach, but not without another stop to Stack ‘Em High.  Love that place!

It was a great weekend.  I always wish I could stay longer in the Outer Banks.  Leanne and I are still super pumped about our 8K time.  Maybe we’ll continue that trend in the upcoming Virginia Beach Turkey Trot….

We’re over the hump people, the weekend is in sight!  Are you excited?

Blog fail

14 Nov

Hey y’all sorry I seem to failing at blogging lately.  I have a lot of stuff to do right now.  Like bake sweet potato bread for the school Thanksgiving luncheon and finish my project for my Masters class that has six, yes six, parts…

So until Wednesday…probably…I leave you with my Outer Banks 8K bib!



I thought it was pretty cool that they sent the results via email bib!

See that 1:06:59??  Leanne and I ran 4 miles of the 8K.  We were both very surprised, in a good way at our accomplishment!  Go us!

Have a great Monday and I’ll see y’all on Wednesday!

8K all the way!

11 Nov

Happy Veteran’s Day!!

My day started with a very gusty 4 mile walk:

Little chilly and windy, but I survived.  Luckily tomorrow looks a little better, well at least not so windy.  Tomorrow Leanne and I are walking, maybe running? in the Outer Banks 8K

This is the course we are taking:

Last year Leanne and I did the Outer Banks Half Marathon.  Take a peek back at these posts:

39.3 Pat 1

39.3 Part 2

The Final 39.3

I’m really excited that with the 8K, we don’t have to climb this evil, evil hill right at the end of the race.

Evil, dream killing, hill

I love the Outer Banks and am so happy to go back!  I will have a complete update…probably on Sunday. 

Until then, I’ll leave you with this little gem of a music video

How did I not know about this video until I watched Pop Up Video the other day?   It’s pretty awesome on multiple levels. 

How many celebrities can you find and name?


Trendy Tuesday

8 Nov

Hey all!  I apologize for my absence from the blog world, but I didn’t get my cable or Internet back until yesterday around 6:30.  Not cool…

Trendy Tuesday.  No I am not going to give you info on all the latest trends and fashion advice.  Rather, what people search for to find my blog.  I find it interesting, therefore, for today at least, so do you!

Most of the hits this week came from an inappropriate answer on Jeopardy.  So if you searched for titmouse, Jeopardy, or inappropriate Jeopardy answer, you are in the right spot!

Moving right along…

Red Star World Wear gets a lot of hits.  I did a post about this when they gave me free sunglasses!

Oh yeah, free sunglasses!

A couple of people wanted to know how to make wine cork earring holder and I am happy to say I still use mine!

Someone wanted to know what the slowest corral was in a marathon.  Duh, thelastcorral! 😉  But, seriously, it varies from marathon to marathon.  I’ve been in some races where they have corrals alphabetically, I was in corral E.  More do them by numbers and the number of corrals varies greatly by whatever race it is you’re doing. 

So there ya go, what people search for to find me.  If you are one of those people, welcome! 

Just in case you did search for the latest fashion trends and got my blog, I hear these are really in right now…

That picture is supposed to be showing the trend of leather.  I honestly don’t see it. She looks like  a creature from Avatar or The Little Mermaid! 

Seriously, if you want to check out a hilarious fashion trend blog, peep yo eyes at these:

Go Fug Yourself

What I Wore Today

Kendi Everyday

Enjoy!  Have a trendy Tuesday!

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