Saturday, January 31, 2009


I did this on Facebook, but I thought I'd throw it on here for those that don't read my page or whatever. Just in case you care about learning 25 random things about me. Try it for yourself!

Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you.

(To do this, go to "notes" under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click post)

1) I LOVE my job!
2) I don't really remember many details about my life before the age of 20. Weird.
3) I lived in Russia for 6 months teaching English. I went so I could travel after college. I came back wanting to be a teacher.
4) Half of my family lives in Europe. I plan to get my Dutch citizenship someday because of it.
5) I used to be Mormon. Now, I'm an atheist.
6) Growing up, I would tell people there was NO WAY I would get married before the age of 24 or have kids before the age of 29. I'm almost 27, not married, and no kids. Doing good, so far!
7) I used to think that it wasn't fair that my younger sister was born in Feb and I was born in March. I thought that since I was older, I should have been born earlier in the year than her.
8) I was Salutatorian of my graduating class, even though I had the highest GPA. They didn't count the final semester towards rank, so the the Valedictorian totally slacked off that semester and ended up with lower grades than me.
9) I used to play the violin. It's still in my attic.
10) I can speak a teensy bit of Russian, but my accent is spot-on.
11) At the age of 2, I only spoke Dutch. Now, I don't know a word.
12) I don't eat meat from the grocery store.
13) However, I can't stay away from Vietnamese lemongrass chicken.
14) People who knew me in my "former life" can't understand why I'm not Mormon anymore. I just stopped believing in it. I just can't believe what I don't believe. I can't force myself to believe it. It's all malarkey to me.
15) My first 5 boyfriends all had names that started with the letter J. My current boyfriend? E. Phew.
16) I will always choose to wash the dishes over cooking dinner.
17) Cold weather is WAY better than hot weather. But I LOVE to work in my garden...
18) I played varsity tennis in high school.
19) We're trying to buy a house this year.
20) Sometimes, I feel REALLY lucky.
21) I love my life.
22) I want to have goats someday.
23) I am VERY pro-choice. I'm also VERY pro-family-planning, so that women don't have to have an abortion.
24) I think that being pro-life means being against the death penalty, against illogical wars, and for universal health care.
25) I am way more political that people expect.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Snow Day (aka: The Party)

Today we got out school early because of the snow. It was supposed to keep snowing through the evening, but it's already stopped. This does not bode well for my hope of a two-hour delay tomorrow!

Since I left school WAY earlier than I have been for the last two weeks, I went to the gym. By the time I got home, the snow had stopped, so I decided to also shovel the sidewalk and driveway. WOW, we have a looong driveway! It wasn't too bad, though, because it was the really fluffy snow, so it wasn't too heavy et cetera.

Okay, so this is a shout-out to Lauren. Holla! When we were in high school French, we watched this fantastic movie every year called La Boum.

From IMDB:
13 years old Vic is new in her high school; soon she makes friends with Penelope. Together they check out the guys in quest for a great love. But Vic's parents are their handicap, since they won't allow her to attend the "boum", a big party. But with some help of grandma Poupette it works out anyways and Vic falls in love with Matthieu. At the same time her parent's marriage is on the edge when her father's ex-girlfriend demands a last night together.
Oh, how we loved La Boum! Such drama! Such angst!

I don't remember too many scenes from the movie. What I do remember, though... 1) Vic talking on the phone with a REALLY long cord; 2) at the movie theater when one of the boys puts his wang inside the box of popcorn so the girl sharing the popcorn with him touches it; and 3) the HUGE poster Vic puts up in her room of the boy she loves. BUT, I can't remember if that's the first boy or the second. Angst, I tell you!

I was just looking over the comments on IMDB about it, and this one could have been written by anyone in MY French class!!
This was also a classic for us in my high school; we would demand to see this film year after year. It's one of the fondest memories we have of our French class - both entertaining and educational (what a great way to learn French!) - and well-liked by both genders, unlike the 80s teenage girl movies made in the U.S. There is something about this movie that compels one to watch it over and over again.
OH! And this very 80s song played over and over again throughout the movie. Dreams are my reality... I can still see Vic dancing at the party to it with her new love.

Good times.

Oh, and by the way, I LOVE YouTube.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Pearl, the landlord

OMG, this is one of the funniest videos I've seen in a really long time. Seriously.

It's an old video by Will Ferrell called The Landlord. Warning: if you don't like to watch little kids yelling cuss words and talking about beer, don't watch. But, if you do like to watch it, it sure is hilarious!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Details of my day

Well, my day didn't really go as planned. However, it is ending with Obama as President of the United States, so I suppose that's all I can ask for!

It started out with me layering up and making sure I had what I needed. I even put on a pair of Depends, just in case it was too crazy out there! Gross, I know. Better than peeing myself without them, though!

The bus didn't get to take us all the way down there, so I had to walk a bit before getting to the Mall. There were LOTS of people there. Not to worry, I thought, I've got a golden ticket!

So, long story short, they blocked off 14th St. We weren't allowed to cross. I met 3 other people with tickets, and together we spent 2 hours trying to convince the police, army, and secret service to let us cross. We had TICKETS! But, to no avail. We even tried calling in favors from Paul Pelosi (Nancy's son... the others knew him) and my DC cop friend (I suppose he was pretty busy that day). So, we ended up WAY in the back by the Washington Monument. Good thing they had Jumbotrons.

First, Aretha Franklin sang.

Then, it was Joe Biden. Not singing. Getting sworn in as VP. Lots of cheers and a happy crowd.

Big crowd.

My sad, worthless ticket.

At last, the reason we all trekked out there. Obama's swearing-in.

A shot of his speech.

Then, the fun part. The whole grassy area around the Monument was fenced in. They wouldn't open the fences for us to leave. Here's the crowd, trying to find the way out.

Some people climbed up on the port-o-johns to scout out the direction we should head.

Finally, after at least 30 minutes of herding along like lost cattle, I made it out!

It was about 3 miles to Virginia, where I got on a bus to take me the rest of the way home. I was VERY cold!!! My face is still red from the cold and wind... and I've been home for over 2 hours!

I watched the rest of the show on CNN. The parade was nice, but I'm really glad I didn't stay for it, especially since it didn't start until 3:30, an hour late.

Anyway, it was a good, but frustrating, day. A small price to pay, though, to witness such an amazing event. Good times. Gooood times.

Sunday, January 18, 2009


I just found out I have a TICKET to the Inauguration on Tuesday, if I want it. Only one. I'm really torn! Do I go and brave the cold and crowds? Or do I stay and enjoy it with mimosas and friends?

The historian in me is at war with the practicality in me!

For those of you farther away, without my *exciting* options, you can watch it on tv, or, here:

I love the countdown!!

Oh, and here's something else fun: Live WebCam of the National Mall

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Portrait 44

From the Obama HQ blog:

Today the Transition office released the new official portrait for President Barack Obama. The photo was taken by newly-announced White House photographer Pete Souza, and is the first time that an official presidential portrait has been taken with a digital camera.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Obama funny

Wow, has it already been a week? Sorry about that! The quarter is ending this week, and I just got a student teacher who started today, so I've been crazy-busy. In fact, I have about 30 4-page narratives about the French Revolution to grade. Tonight.

The student teacher is great so far. She's very energetic and excited about teaching, so that's a definite bonus.

So, anyway, I just saw this SNL skit. I can't believe I missed it during the election season! It aired the Saturday before the 30-minute Obamercial. It made me laugh!

My sister and her husband are coming out to Virginia tomorrow. He has an interview at VCU for their MHA program. Apparently, it's 4th in the nation. Plus, it'd be nice to have them so close to me (and even closer to our parents)! Good luck to him on Friday! I'll be going down there over the weekend. I haven't seen them since... Christmas 2007? Sheesh.

Friday, January 09, 2009


Thanks for all the comments about the new do! It's really fun. AND, it only took me about 5 minutes to dry and style it after my shower this morning!


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