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So how are you today?

14 Sep

I swear the girl washing my hair today asked me that at least five times…before washing my hair. 

I mean seriously, c’mon Ten Second Tom!

So after my haircut, I did a 3 mile run.  I so totally didn’t want to do it since I had just got my hair did.  Just imagine I looked like this…

Yup, just like Jennifer Aniston…in heels.  Whatevs, haters.

All this running is for a reason…the Wicked 10K.  Over the weekend I got a pair of “tattoo sleeves.”  Don’t worry mom, I did not get a sleeve on either arm.  Rather, they are just mesh sleeves you can take on and off.  I figure this will work well for whom ever is decided to be “rock” in our trio of rock, paper, scissors.

This week is flying by in teacher land. Kinda crazy.  The kids are good…they seem calmer this year than last.  We’ll see what happens as we progress.  I’m excited to teach the little guys!


I like your shirt!

1 Apr

Just kidding, April Fools!

Oh those fourth graders, they’ve got jokes!  Some of the other gems included:  The Red Wings are playing the Predators on Friday!  Just kidding it’s on Saturday,  and a fake birthday card being passed around.  So maybe they don’t really get the whole April Fool’s thing yet…

We, the teachers, did have some fun.  For their morning work we gave them a sheet of ridiculous tasks to do.  Of course the last step was to only do question 10 which was to put your name on top and turn it in.  Also, we gave them homework today.  It is, of course, Friday so there shouldn’t be any homework.  They freaked out, but totally believed us!  Man they were gullible!

So….I haven’t really been feelin’ the need to blog lately.  Maybe it’s because the outside world has looked like this…

Blech, right?!  Besides looking like this, it’s been down right cold!  I thought I lived at the beach!

Ah well, at least I got a haircut today.  So, I’ve got that going for me.

I realize that I haven’t been posting about the training I’ve been doing for my upcoming Flying Pig Half Marathon.  It’s not that I haven’t been training, I have, promise!  The only mileage I’ve gotten in this week is a quick jaunt around the neighborhood, maybe about 3.5 miles.  Bummer!  I did get my ass handed to me by Margaryta last night.  She said we were going to have “fun” which in Maragaryta speak means, “I will make you sweat and cry in pain!”  Okay, so that’s a little dramatic, but that’s what it felt like!  Side note, I mean this in only the most positive way.  If it wasn’t for Margaryta, I would be getting all buff and toned like I am, end side note.

Tomorrow, I am going to go to the Dismal Swamp and walk on the trail there.  After yoga of course.   I am training!  I got my new shoes on Wednesday, so I’m good to go.

By the by, it is Autism Speaks day today and tomorrow.  In honor of Autism Speaks, I wore blue today!

Blue suede shoes, perhaps??

Check out this website if you want to know more!

In other news, I have been on a Nickel Creek kick lately.  Don’t really know why, doesn’t really matter, cuz they’re awesome!

I’m really stuck on this song

It’s really a sad, depressing song.  But doesn’t it sound so upbeat and peppy?  And oh by the way, Chris Thile is a musical genius with his mandolin, seriously!

Just in case you thought a folk trio couldn’t do Britney Spears…you’d be so wrong…

Freestyle Friday (Weekly Photo Challenge: Ocean)

25 Mar

I forgot to post these Shamrock photos when I did the Shamrock post…  So, here!  Take a look!

If you look really close at the first picture you can see that Leanne is wearing sandals!  Today, I am wearing a sweater and the temps may get down to freezing.  What in the?

The weekly photo challenge has direct ties to the Shamrock.  I took a picture of the sunrise on race day and wouldn’t you know it, I was at the ocean!


Oh, so pretty!


School News

Today was a long day.  It was long because we had two students crying before 8:30…school starts at 8:30.  Oy!  We gave them hugs, told them they were wonderful, and then sent them to the counselor.

I am very glad it is the weekend.  I plan on sleeping, doing yoga, and walk, walk, walking to get ready for the Flying Pig Marathon!  What are your weekend plans?

The day we got a new dishwasher

24 Mar

That’s right people!  We’ve been going on 5 months here with no working dishwasher and what happened today??  New dishwasher!




Leanne and I are both super excited about this.  It means no more washing dishes by hand.  No more letting the dishes pile up because neither of us feel like doing them.  We have a working dishwasher!

Wanna know who was not excited about the new dishwasher?

This guy…


What the!

Maybe if I sneak up on it...

What is making all that noise?!


Bond was none too pleased with the new addition to the kitchen.

We do not care because now we have clean dishes!

School News

Today was pj day at school (yes I wore my pj’s).  The kids brought in stuffed animals as part of their pj’s.  One of my students has Autism and brought in his favorite Winnie the Pooh toy.  He obviously loves this thing; you can tell it’s been everywhere with him.  At one point during the day he wanted to ask a question.  We have been trying to get him to raise his hand, but he doesn’t like to do that.  This is a trying task and he will often just not raise his hand and suffer in silence.

We told him he had to raise his hand, he went and sat down…  he raised a hand, but not his hand.  That’s right, he raised Winnie’s hand.  It was too cute!  How can you get frustrated with that??  I mean, he raised someone’s hand right?  Right?  I call this a baby step…

Daily Post

What non exercise do you wish would keep you fit?

Man if reading and listening to music would keep me fit…I’d be freaking Jillian already.  That.  Would. Be. Awesome!


From the cornfield to the ocean

23 Mar

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Describe the biggest risk you’ve ever taken (and what happened)

The biggest risk I’ve ever taken was moving to Virginia Beach.  Leanne was already here, being in the military and all.  I was done with living in Middletown and needed a change.  So change I did.  I like to call it my quarter life crisis…I know, whatever.  I packed up all my stuff, crammed it into a moving truck and took the 10-12 hour journey to Virginia Beach.
When I moved here I didn’t have a job.  Um, scary much.  I was interviewing everywhere, but as some of you fellow teachers know, it can take more than a few interviews to get a job.  Especially when people aren’t exactly in the hiring mood.  Thanks economy!
Anywhozits, the risk paid off.  I’m teaching, working on my Masters degree and living at the beach.  Life ain’t too bad.

Dorky I know, but she made me do it! My first paycheck in Virginia Beach.

School News
In first grade a little one told the assistant, “Mrs. T. you are the funniest person I know.  You are funny like Captain Hook!” Hmmm….

Are you going to be annoying?

7 Mar

How was your weekend?

I spent my weekend doing this…


Rain, rain go away


This weekend was my school’s Fun Run.  The Fun Run is only a mile run, but the kids love it.  It was kind of dreary, wet day.  My assistant (Hi Lena!) and I were posted by this little court.  Basically our jobs were to shout encouraging words of wisdom to passing runners, stop any cars that would hit said runners, and make sure no one was dying during the run.  My favorite part of the run was when one little boy ran past us he said, “Zoom!”  It was great!

I also made this


Yum! Bacon makes everything better.

I found the recipe over at the Pioneer Woman‘s site.  I must say, it was pretty delicious.  The only thing that I need to fix is to somehow not get the lentils so dry.  I don’t know if this is possible with my current stove…any ideas?

All in all, a good weekend.

School News

I was listening in on my first graders talk today, this is what I heard…

Little Girl: “Will you be my boyfriend?”

Little Boy: “Yes”

LG: “Okay, well then just tell me…are you going to annoy me?”

LB (clearly trying to ignore her): *silence*

LG: “I mean, are you going to be annoying?”

LB: *crickets*

This went on for a couple more turns, until she just kind of gave up.

Daily Post

You’ve got a magic tree: what does it grow?

Ooo, a magic tree!  Leanne says she wants Snickers.  This was the first thing that she thought of.  I want a tree that grows airplane tickets.  Airplane tickets to anywhere, at anytime.  Yes, I think that would be quite wonderful.


Damn you Bobby Flay! Part 2

22 Feb

…or how we ate our way across Manhattan and survived the bitter, cold wind.

I guess I should explain the title of the post a bit.  I don’t actually want to damn Bobby Flay, really.  I think he is arrogant, cocky, and an awesome chef.  It’s because of the first two descriptors that he gets on my nerves.  He’s so damn sure of himself, but you know what?  He makes amazing food, but that is for a later post.

Day 2 in New York – We started off with breakfast at Crumbs Bake Shop.  Scrumptious is all I have to say!  I got part of an apple ring with hazelnut iced coffee and Leanne got a cappuccino and a mixed berry muffin.  The good thing about Crumbs is that is like a block away from Macy’s which is where we were planning on shopping that afternoon.

The reason for shopping at Macy’s, like we need a reason, is that I didn’t have a dress to wear to American Idiot on Saturday and Leanne didn’t have shoes.  Well shucks, guess we’ll just go shopping.  😉


I found a really cool dress that fits well!  Yay!  And Leanne found some cool platform black pumps, or so we thought…  Hooray for successful shopping trips!

After lunch we headed back to the hotel to drop off our packages and search for lunch.  We decided to get pizza, like we thought we were going to get on Thursday until we found Shake Shack.  Not that I’m complaining.  Lunch was at John’s Pizzeria on 44th St.  I love this place.  My aunt introduced it to me on my first visit to New York way back in 2000.  Woah, that was a long time ago…

Hello Adam Pascal! Oh wait, what were we talking about?

Anyway, my aunt introduced me to John’s pizza and I’ve never looked back!  Leanne and I got a small pizza with pepperoni and sausage on half, so yummy.  The crust was perfectly crispy and the cheese was gooey and fresh, again, so delicious!   After stuffing ourselves we headed over to MoMa.  I love MoMa; I  think it’s a great museum and it’s always different.  Every Friday night you can get in for free; it’s a pretty amazing deal.  We, however, couldn’t wait until night because we had dinner reservations at wd50 (exciting!).  Back to the point!  MoMa!  We perused the floors of MoMa, stopping at most of them, except for architecture…love looking at it on buildings, can’t stand looking at it in sketch form, sorry.

Here are some of our favorites from MoMa


Christina's World - Wyeth


Andy Warhol's cows + Leanne = A very happy Leanne


Jasper Johns' Flag. You can see all the different layers he uses in his paintings!

Andy Warhol's - Elvis

Me too! This was a piece done by Yoko Ono (ugh!) called the wish tree. They took all the wishes off and put them in this box. I was so happy to see this wish on top!

So, this actually wasn't in MoMa, but I could see it through the big window. I thought it was cool. See, love looking at buildings, but not sketch's of architecture...


I loved our trip to MoMa, there is always so much to see on every trip.  On the top floor was an exhibition of films that Andy Warhol made during his heyday.  It was so quiet and calm, in an odd way, on that floor.  The first room was a selection of silent films that Warhol did with Edie Sedgewick, Dennis Hopper, Ginsburg, Sontag, Nico (this sounds like a RENT song), amount many others.  He basically just set up a camera on their faces and taped them until the tape ran out.  The second room was playing the Warhol film Empire:

What was cool about this was that you could just sit, in the dark, and watch the entire film (It’s only like six minutes long), but you could also tweet about it.  How Social Network is that!?  There was a roped off row of three “tweeters” just sitting during the film and tweeting about it.  Pretty cool.  Obviously there were no cameras or video allowed on this floor.  I thought it was really cool and something that I have never seen before.

Okay, enough gushing about New York for this post.  Tomorrow, we move on to wd50 and all the adventures that ensued with that!

Daily Post

When you’re feeling down, what music cheers you up?

As I know I’ve said before, I love music!  All kinds, genres, moods, whatever.  The music that I play to cheer me up can range from moody and mellow like Over the Rhine to poppy (I just wrote poopy, who’s been in elementary school too long) and amped up like Lady GaGa, Adele (not really poppy or amped, but whatev), the Beatles, or Broadway musicals.

School News

We had an assembly today on Black History Month.  It was a great presentation and the lady presenting had a lot of good information with pictures, movie and sound clips.  Towards the end of the presentation she asked the group who the famous African-American judge was in the picture (Thurgood Marshall if you’re wondering).  Not skipping a beat, someone in the crowd yelled out, “Judge Joe Brown!”  There was an audible groan from the back of the room where all the teachers were sitting…

Frustration Friday!

11 Feb

Oy Vey!  Today has been a very frustrating day;  which is such a let down after a peaceful relaxing day yesterday.

Here’s why:

  • Student’s telling me, “I don’t get it!” and when going over what they don’t get, they can perfectly convey what they need to do and how to do it.  Then me telling them that’s what they need to do, they still say they don’t get it.
  • No one.  I mean no one wanted to write a darn thing today.  Nobody.  I felt like I was performing Chinese water torture
  • The Internet at my Master’s class didn’t want to work.  When I investigated it with the “Lab Specialist” it turns out that my password expired Jan. 14th, yet somehow I’ve been able to get on the university’s email since then.
  • We had technical difficulties all night in class…
  • My professor rambled on three different subjects that didn’t need to be rambled on about

A couple of things made tonight better


It doesn't look all that appetizing, but it's P.F. Chang's Great Wall of Chocolate

A glass or two of red wine



Bond perched perfectly on the edge of the coffee table.


He lined his feet up perfectly!  I love it!

So, I’d like to thank P.F. Chang’s, Von Stiehl wines, Bond and my BFF 😉 for making my night better.  Even if I was crabby for a good portion of it.  I thank you!

What is your favorite word? Why?
Discombobulated.  I first found this word when I was in Junior High and reading the now defunct magazine called Sugar, which after searching Wikipedia, it seems is still a website.  Anywhozits, I like discombobulated because I like the way it sounds.  I like all the different syllables.  I like the definition.


[dis-kuhm-bob-yuh-leyt] Show IPA
–verb (used with object), -lat·ed, -lat·ing.
to confuse or disconcert; upset; frustrate: The speaker was completely discombobulated by the hecklers.
Thanks dictionary.com!  Because sometimes, don’t you just feel discombobulated?


Wordless Wednesday

9 Feb

Hey, look at that!  I’m actually going to do a Wordless Wednesday on a Wednesday.  What a novel concept.

I thought I would devote this Wordless Wednesday to someone you may or may not know yet.  This person loves to dress up., likes his martini’s, and is very suave.  This someone is my cat Bond.  Yes, James Bond

We got Bond from the SPCA back in October of 2007?  I think that’s right.  We were looking for a black kitten who was like the cats both Leanne and I had left back in Ohio.  We looked around in the different kennels and saw lots of adult cats, not really what we wanted.  Finally someone from the SPCA asked us what we were looking for and we told him.  He took us over to a glassed in room with lots of kitties and said, “How ’bout that black one?”  We responded with, “Which one?”  He was pointing to a black and white cat underneath about 4 other cats.  Oh, of course, that one!  Enter Bond!

He’s grown up a little since then, but is still just as cute!

We tried a bow, he just wasn't having it.

He can be a little crazy, but we love him all the same!  I highly recommend adopting your pet from your local SPCA or ASPCA (My Bob Barker plug).  There are a lot of good kitties, dogs, and other animals that need homes.

School News

All you teachers out there in the Virginia Beach area have better be doing your best snow dance!  We are supposed to get some snow and I want at least a delay of some sort.  Come on teachers!  Dance with me!

I asked one of my students if he wanted the day off tomorrow.  He responded, “Yeah, because then I wouldn’t have to come to school.”  This doesn’t sound all that exciting, but he said this statement with a high leg kick.  That.  Was exciting.

Damn you Katy Perry!

8 Feb

No, I don’t actually want to damn Katy Perry.  It’s just that her songs are so dang catchy.  I suppose it’s all Glee’s fault.  See, I’m a bit behind the times and just today got to watching the Super Bowl Glee with the Katy Perry opening.  Now, for the rest of the night, I will have Katy Perry in my head.  *Sigh*

Yeah, that's how I feel!

Whenever I go walking without my iPod, which isn’t too often, for some reason my mind goes to Katy Perry songs, such as “Teenage Dream” or “California Girls”  It can’t be helped.  I’ve tried to stop it, but the songs just have a cadence that fits in with the cadence of how I’m walking.  Curses!

Daily Post 2011

Describe the worst teacher you ever had?

I hope when my students are asked this years for now, they don’t say Miss G.

Any who, my worst teacher was my Kindergarten teacher.  I think that she thought she was doing the best for me, but really it just annoyed me.  See the thing is I’m stubborn.  This will come as a big surprise to some of you, I’m sure.  I knew I didn’t like her so I really didn’t talk to her all that much.  Other kids, other people, sure.  Her?  Not so much.  Because of this she wanted to retain me in Kindergarten because she didn’t think I was socially ready to go onto first grade.  My parents were having none of this and had to fight and sign papers to get me to go to first grade.  Also, she put me in the lower reading group, when I knew I knew how to read.  It kind of stung a little bit and so the stubbornness came out.  She really wasn’t the worst teacher ever, but obviously what she did has left an impression.  So word to all you teachers or future teachers out there, be careful what you do and what you say…kids remember EVERYTHING!  Seriously.

Me somewhere around Kindergarten time

How ’bout you?  Any takers on the worst teacher ever?

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