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15 thing Friday

20 Jan

Trying to relieve some Friday stress, so why not talk about me?  Right?

Now, don’t get this confused with, “10 Things I Hate About You”

Great movie by the way…

It’s fifteen things about me!

1. My favorite movie of all times is, “The Princess Bride”


I don’t even know how many times I’ve seen this movie.  My friend Anna and I would watch this movie pretty much every single weekend for months on end.  While watch it we would stand on the arms of the couch and then throw ourselves onto the couch while saying, “Oh Wesley!”  Over and over again….who wants to date me now!?

2. I am an excellent whistler.  It’s true, I promise…just ask anyone.

 3.  Ever since moving to Virginia Beach, I have become a big pansy about the cold.  I’m not exactly sure when this happened, but it makes me a little sad.  I grew up in Michigan and Ohio, not exactly tropical.  In Michigan we would go to school with 4ft snow drifts and snow still on the road.  Here if there’s even a chance of snow, there’s no school.

See look!  I am standing on a frozen lake!  True, I may have on two pairs of pants, three shirts, a jacket, scarf, gloves and a hat, but I’m on a frozen lake!

4.  I think that kids are a very good judge of character.  If they think you’re weird…well you probably are.

5. I am horrible at math and I really didn’t like school all that much up until junior high.  Which is odd because that is usually when people start to hate it.  It’s kind of odd that I decided to become a teacher.  I did it because I had a wonderful band teacher in 6th grade and an amazingly talented chorus teacher in high school.  If it wasn’t for them…I don’t know what I would have been.

See look! I love high school!

I am not, by the way, the one smiling or giving a thumbs up.

6. I have an owl tattoo on my right side.  Is in memoriam of my Grandma Marie, who loved owls.  It’s like she’s always on my side and I love it!

7. I loathe condiments.  Seriously.  I have only just started to maybe be okay with mayonaise.  They’re really just kinda gagworthy to me.

8. I am super excited about this!

Joseph Gordon Levitt, Christian Bale, and Ann Hathaway!?

9. Over the Rhine is one of my favorite bands.  Yet I didn’t really listen to them until I left Ohio…strange…

I could listen to her sing the phone book

10.  Ugh, this is hard!

11. One of my favorite quotes from this week came from a Kindergartner walking down the hallway.  He said, “I am the only normal one here!  Everyone else is so strange!”  He then proceeded to walk down the hallway with his pelvis stuck out and his head back.  Sure kid.

12.  I do think that my cat is trying to kill me…

13. I am so excited for my best friends wedding!  I think it is going to be awesome and I can’t wait!

14. While watching the news this morning.  I saw this story.  Basically I women, drunk, drove around a school bus and plowed down 4 people!  Really!?  What are you doing drunk at 7 AM?

15. My guilty pleasure as of late has been Downton Abbey.  I feel like an old lady watching it, being on PBS and all, but I’m totally into it!


C’mon Matthew pull yourself together!  You know you don’t want to marry that two timing chick!

Happy Friday Y’all!


“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

How to hydrate with wine

21 Sep

Okay so not really, but wouldn’t that be great?  

Hey there folks!  We had a great weekend, but guess what!?  It didn’t include an ounce of training.  Well, maybe if you include buying trail shoes, then yes we trained.  All of the other “training” included drinking absurd amounts of wine and not a lot of water, eating delicious food and spending waaaaay too much money.  

Okay, so we went to Washington D.C. this weekend and went to the Virginia Wine Fest!  

Inside the tents. All those white boxes are full of wine!


It was an awesome festival, not only because we drank and drank wine pretty much for 4 hours, but also because one of our favorite bands was there.  OVER THE RHINE!    If you haven’t ever heard of Over the Rhine, that’s okay, they kind 

Over the Rhine! Linford, bass player (sorry don’t know his name), and Karin. I didn’t get the guitar player in the picture, but he is awesome!

fly under the radar, but rest assured, they are amazing.  Over the Rhine is from Cincinnati, Ohio where they call home (so do !;)  They have a really chill vibe and great songwriting.  Some of my favorite OTR songs are: Trouble, I’m on a Roll, and Ohio.  I really do love all of their songs and wish I could follow them around and listen to them play, really.  It’s true.  Karin and Linford if you’re reading and need someone to join you on the road and do things for you, I’m all for it.  Really. 

So, I know you are asking yourself, if all you did all weekend was drink wine you surely had to pass out somewhere.  Where was that!?  Well, dear friend it was at the Hotel Madera near Dupont Circle in D.C. 
(So right here is supposed to be a picture of Hotel Madera, but the computer kept freezing every time I tried to put it so just imagine.  K?)
The Hotel Madera is a Kimpton Hotel.  The Kimpton Group has several hotels in D.C., as well as other cities.  We’ve stayed at the George Hotel previously and that’s where we learned how nice they are.  They give you really awesome soaps, comfy beds with tons of pillows, and our room even had a balcony.  Yep, it did, we could look right out onto the street.  The Hotel Madera’s restaurant and bar are also part of the perks of staying there.  The Firefly had a great menu which included the small plates that we ordered from.  Leanne and I shared the Poached Octopus and Crispy Pork Belly.  Lemme tell ya, it was de.lish.ious.  Really, it was.  I was very surprised that I liked the octopus so much.  It was tender, didn’t really taste like octopus (not that I know what it should taste like), and had avocado included in the dish.  The pork belly was melt in your mouth crispiness, if that makes sense.  Dessert was another round of amazingness, yes it’s a word.  It included a Nutella cheesecake and apple crisp, both were great!
There was more good eats at the Scion Restaurant…  Plus lots of good people watching, drag queens, people riding bikes on the rims without wheels, ya know the usual. 
On Sunday, we went to the Second Story Bookstore.  We stopped by after dinner on Saturday, but were a little to “happy” to make good judgement on purchases.  Oops, before that we ate at Cafe Luna, which had really good after a wine festival breakfasty foods.  We also heard the awesome comment of, “…Oh, I don’t like jalapeno peppers, I like the Habanero.  You know the green ones?”  Umm. No. 
After those festivities we went shopping in Georgetown on M street.  Where we got these beauties…  Yes, we got the same shoes.  Couldn’t be helped really.  Also, we got free running sleeves.  Woohoo!  The guy helping us sounded like Cassanova.  Project Runway?  Anyone?
K.  So, there will be a blog about the shoes, but not right now, later. 
That’s about all that happened over the weekend.  I know there are some things that I have forgotten to write about.  It really was an awesome weekend and I wish it could have lasted just one day longer.  Sad face. 
How was your weekend??
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