Wednesday, February 25, 2009

44 Odd Things about Me

Since I haven't been very good at posting, lately, I thought I'd throw up another meme for fun. Now you can learn more things about me.

1. Do you like Bleu Cheese? I don't think there's a cheese out there that I don't love.

2. Have you ever been drunk? Well, yes, indeed I have.

3. Do you own a gun? No, no, and no.

4. What flavor of Kool Aid was your favorite? Lemonade.

5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? Yes. Especially when I have to wait in the waiting room for a long time.

6. What do you think of hot dogs? I don't eat meat very often. But, boy, hot dogs are really yummy. Especially at the beach.

7. Favorite Christmas movie? It's a Wonderful Life.

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? Coffee.

9. Can you do push ups? Maybe one or two.

10. What's your favorite piece of jewelry? A ring I bought on Overstock. It's pretty.

11. Favorite hobby? Gardening.

12. Do you have A.D.D.? Um, no.

13. What's your favorite shoe? Priva.

14. Middle name? I don't have a middle name.

15. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment? 1) That feels nice. 2) Yum. 3) I'm tired.

16. What are 3 drinks you normally drink? Water, wine and coffee

17. Current worry? House.

18. Current hate right now? Waking up on time.

19. Favorite smell? #4711.

20. How did you bring in the New Year? At the neighbor's house with Eric and champagne.

21. Where would you like to go right now? Chinese restaurant.

22. Name three people who will complete this? I'm not asking anyone to complete it.

23. Do you own slippers? Yes.

24. What color shirt are you wearing right now? Black.

25. Do you like sleeping on Satin sheets? No.

26. Can you whistle? Yes. But, I whistle better on the inhale than the ex.

27. Favorite color? Purple, I guess.

28. Would you be a pirate? Only a pirate with equal rights. Don't go calling me a wench.

29. What songs do you sing in the shower? I Will Survive

30. Favorite Girl's Name? My grandma's name. Aleida.

31. Favorite boy's name? Jack.

32. What's in your pocket right now? A hair clip.

33. Last thing that made you laugh? Eric telling me about homosexual pirates.

34. Best bed sheets as a child? Blue striped flannel.

35. Worst injury you've ever had as a child? I was run over by some older boys on bicycles. I had a very swollen chin. It made my mom cry.

36. Do you love where you live? Yes.

37. Favorite day of the week? Saturday, for sure.

38. Who is your loudest friend? Um.

39. How many dogs do you have? None... yet! But, as soon as we buy our house, we're adopting a greyhound.

40. Does someone have a crush on you? Probably a few of my students.

41. What is your favorite book? Today? I'm reading the Bell Jar and I like it.

42. What is your favorite candy? Nerds.

43. Favorite Sports Team? Snore,

44. What song do you want played at your funeral? Why do I care? I'm dead. Pick something that makes you want to dance it out instead of cry.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Yay, Hilary!


QUESTION: You spoke a lot about being a woman and how women are a necessity to the world right now. How has – especially being a mother. How has it been dealing with other world leaders who aren’t as accepting of the role of women for example, in different countries who don’t really respect women? How has that been trying to get them to cooperate with you as a female yourself?
SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I don’t feel like I’ve had any problems either as a senator or in my short tenure as Secretary of State, because I hold an official position and I represent the – in the first case, the United States Senate, or in this case, as the representative of the United States. So there is a funny kind of difference that sometimes goes on in some countries that are not particularly supportive of women in official positions. I think they just kind of ignore the fact that they’re dealing with someone who’s a woman. That seems to be almost a change that goes on in their mind.
So I don’t have any problems with that, but I do believe that it’s important for someone in my position to raise the role of women on an ongoing basis, even in countries where women are not given full and equal rights. So I don’t think it’s enough that people deal with me; I want them to deal with their own women, I want them to think about giving all women the rights to be fully functioning, productive citizens. So that is part of the mission that I feel I carry as the Secretary of State of the United States, and that’s what I intend to promote as I travel around the world talking about a lot of these important matters that are really at the core of the kind of future we’re going to have for ourselves and our children. (Applause.)

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Oregon Trail


Do you remember playing that game in school? It was my favorite activity in elementary school! I found the exact same version online (same sounds and all). I tried to ford the Kansas River. Sorry, Eric! :-(

Lancey!

I said Happy Birthday to Lance on Facebook yesterday (and the card is in the mail!), but I forgot to post it here. Happy Birthday, brother!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Just because

Pearls Before Swine

My students

Every Friday my students have to write a blog post analyzing a current event. They also have to comment on three of their classmates' blogs. I really love reading their thoughts each weekend. (Although, I must say, I also love that my student teacher is now grading those blogs every weekend... at least through the end of April!)

Most of the students are very thoughtful in their comments and analyses. By thoughtful, I dont' mean, oh, I'm so sweet. I mean that their comments are usually very genuine and well-thought-out.

I just wanted to post part of what one of my kids wrote this week in response to the NY Post monkey cartoon.
I do not understand why people are anti-gay or racist or prejudiced towards anything. I do not understand why people cannot just get along and learn to work together.
Thanks, kid :-)

PS. The student was writing in response to an article about Sean Delonas's other offensive cartoons.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Congrats!


My sister became engaged last night - they're getting married in May. Congrats, you cute kids! :-)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Posting

Wow, I only have 6 posts for February and it's the 11th! I've been totally slacking :-)

Eric is out of town this week for work. It's not nearly as fun at home without him! He'll be back tomorrow, though... just in time for me to make him be quiet while I watch Grey's! Speaking of, I've been SO busy lately. On Sunday after Zumba with Katylin, she asked me how I liked that week's episode. I hadn't even watched it. In fact, I didn't even REALIZE that I hadn't watched it until she asked me about it! Good thing my DVR is set to record it automatically :-) I got to watch it on Sunday evening, instead. It was good!

My student teacher took over my 4th period class starting yesterday. I didn't say a word the whole period -- tough for me to do! She did great, though. I hope the kids haven't scared her away from teaching! I remember when I was just starting, I was amazed at how much is going on the whole period that you really have to be aware of. I don't even think about it now, but watching her, I remembered how overwhelming it all was! I'm glad I can tell her it gets easier, though.

House hunting is still going well. Hopefully I can post an update in the next two weeks.

I'm drinking wine out of a tupperware cup right now. What a day!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Education


U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan came to my school today for a press conference to promote education funding in the stimulus package. That's my principal there, introducing him in the library. How about that?

"There is no more immediate way to stimulate the economy--short-term and long-term--than to keep teachers teaching and to keep students learning," Duncan said. "As the bill moves to conference, we must get every dollar possible into America's classrooms."

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Democratic majority?

There's just a lot of great stuff to share this weekend! :-)


Why can't you just let them be?

Can't you see how happy these families are? Why force them apart? Why does it matter so much to you? Just let them be!

Perspective


I got this from over at Daily Kos. One of the diarists said it should be made into a billboard in DC. I totally agree. Just plaster it right outside the Senate offices.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Fire

Our neighbor's house (across the street) caught on fire today. Space heater. New. Had only been on for 1 hour.

Sucks.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

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