Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Teaching.

The school year is almost at its halfway point, and there are some things I want to remember about my life right now.

I want to remember how excited my little after school choir is every week when we meet.  Sometimes I struggle to love working that one extra hour after school, but they are just so happy to be there.  I want all my students to share just a baby amount of that excitement in every class they have.  I want them to discover the power of learning.

I want to remember those little moments when a student shares an accomplishment with me.  A 100% on a ten point assignment??  Perfect.  Nothing lower than a C on your progress report?  Amazing.  Coming to school in only a hoodie when its 0 degree (degrees? i will have to research this) outside?  You're crazy but I'm glad you're here.  Telling me you've memorized every word to the song Royals by Lorde and then proving it to me on command?  My favorite.

I want to remember the looks of disgust I get from students when they see my One Direction calendar.  December is Louis, and no one is happy about that.


I want to remember the kids calling me to their circle to tell me a secret.  I love middle school secrets so much.  If we could all live with so much passion as seventh graders.

I want to remember their faces when they 'get it'.  

I want to remember how much I like my coworkers.  Because I really, really do.  And hopefully I will still like them in five months.  I'd even take four months.

It would be great if I could remember everything funny they say.  And how one day they love me and the next they hate me so much.  It really is impressive how quickly they get over things.  I need to learn that.

Mostly, I like where I'm at right now.  And I don't want to forget it. 

fin.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Tinder

There's this new(ish) app out there in the world called Tinder.


When you get older, or when you're young and it's the trendy/trashy thing to do, you decide some things in life are ridiculous and kind of dumb but you still do them because what could it hurt?  Pride and shame are overrated at this point.


Tinder is one of these things.  For those of you not familiar, here is a brief description.


If you remember Hot or Not of days gone by (the website where pictures of humans appear and you rate them on a scale of 1-10 based on their hotness...over and over and over again), Tinder is not completely foreign to you.  In fact, some may say they blossom from the same superficial flower.

You download the app.  It connects to Facebook to get your info (there is no such thing as privacy in this world), and you create a profile of sorts.  This profile consists of five or so pictures, your age, and some text.  The text varies among people, some simply throwing down a line or two of something they find clever, and others writing awkward paragraphs about their lives that nobody actually reads but everyone still judges.  It also lets you know if you and a stranger have any Facebook friends in common...for whatever reason.


This is mostly it.  You put in some specifications about what you're looking for in a man (or woman) and the app searches for matches within a certain amount of miles from you.  Thanks, technology.  Now a stranger can see if I'm a mile away and he can invite me over for some drink.  


The first match/picture appears.  If you find this match to your liking (from the picture they put up of them fishing and their text with only the letters KCCO) (seriously, i had no idea so many dudes took pictures of them fishing.  or in their cars with their dogs.  so many dogs.) (and KCCO? keep calm and chive on?  what does this actually mean??) then you swipe their picture to the right (or click the little heart).  If you're not interested, you swipe left and forget they exist.  It's that easy.  You just keep swiping.  Left/right.  Left.  Left.  Left.  Right.  Left.  Love doesn't take long at all.

Here's the genius.  You are only notified if both you and the other person swipe right (or say yes).  There is no way to contact each other until Tinder lets you know 'you've matched!'.  This enables a messenger where you can talk and men will inevitably start the conversation with something really witty (examples: hola. hey. hello. or what is your cup size?).  

I matched with a guy named Corrupt the other day.  We had a nice chat until he started telling me about all the alcohol and then weapons his apartment contained.  Sorry, Corrupt, I don't think I can make it over for whiskey.  Also, I don't drink whiskey.  He told me that I looked like a sweetheart in all my pictures except the first one.  That one was, and I quote, 'seriously unflattering'.  He was 'just being honest'.  

Dating of the future is so hard.


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Logic is gone

I've been trying to cut off my relationship with the one and only Dr. Pepper (and other delicious carbonated beverages) and it is hard.

Difficult.

But not impossible.


This has resulted in some kind of horrible logic in my life.

Like at the movies, I say to myself, "Ah man, I really want a Dr. Pepper....noooo I won't get it.



I'll get nachos instead!"

And so then I get nachos.  Probably a lot healthier than DP, right??



I've also told myself that Icees and Hi-C's are more acceptable.



It's been a rough 5 days



Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Neglect

I've been pretty neglectful of this blog and that's lame.

So, maybe that'll change.  But no promises.  Because of my commitment problems.

Recently, I've had some students say some pretty funny things to me.  


Today an 8th grader said, "Miss, you're like a child in a womans body"


I wanted to deny that this was true, but I mean...I'm eating a Push-up right now. So maybe he's right.

Also, one day last week I threw my hair up in a messy bun and as I sat down to help the most adorable 6th grader (literally the only child I've ever thought was cute enough to take home, in a non-creepy way) and the first thing he said was, after straightening his face, "Miss, I didn't know it was messy hair day!".  After holding his look for a few seconds, we both just busted up laughing.  He was really proud of his witty comment, and I was too.  Because really that's going to help him out in life a lot more than reading.  

JK!  Reading is important.

Also also, I've started an after-school choir and I'm really excited about it.  Today was our first practice and at one point they started singing Katy Perry's Roar and I thought to myself: I am now Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act 2. And I think I already found the next Lauryn Hill, too.  Win.

Other than school, I've been doing other really awesome things.  Like finding a decently authentic Chinese restaurant (delicious minus the pork buns...those were kind of sad) in Denver, welcoming a brother home from his mission (two years gone fast!), seeing movies that are so bad they're good, having horrible luck with my front passenger tire, church stuff, football games, visits from friends, eating Airheads and Fundips, and sleeping sometimes.

And thus completes the autumn chapter of my life, in the year 2013.




Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Check it

So the new school year is gearing up and I've actually had to work (but we still have a week or so before students show up, thankgoodness), making the summer time officially over and real life officially starting again.

Say whaaaaaat??

Anyways, somehow I ended up on this gem of an idea and I think I know my Halloween costume for the year!

Jabba the Hutt Inflatable Standard Adult Costume

Inflatable Jabba the Hutt costume.  Check and check.

(this is how people get boyfriends, right?)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Oh it's almost August?

Turns out I've been sucking at this whole blog thing.  It's a trend I've found recently as some of my peeps have stopped blogging as much.  Mostly, though, those people are pregnant or recently babied and I am not either of those things so I have no good excuse.

Except pure laziness.

Too bad this summer of fun is over in just about a week, when I'll have to return to work like a real adult.  I'm looking forward to pursuing my vocational goals but I'm also not looking forward to having to wake up earlier in the day and wearing pants on a regular basis.

I seriously don't wear pants very often these days.  Too much work.  Also, its like a million degrees outside and I don't appreciate fabric when it gets that hot.

My summer has also been full of movie watching.  I've gone to a lot of movies.  I want you think about what a lot of movies would be and then double it.  That's how many movies I've gone to this summer.  I also went on a few hikes but then I stopped a couple weeks ago to savor not having to do anything.  Maybe I'll do one more.  Maybe.

In reality, I'm super nervous about starting a new job.  And moving.  And making more adult decisions.  It'd be easier for me to move to Turkey at this point, but for some reason, moving 30 minutes away is terrifying.  I am excited to put my giant dream catcher above my bed and decorate my apartment entirely with estate sale finds.  It'll probably smell weird.  Whatevs.

Please encourage me to blog more.  I do like/miss it.

(rockies games. i love them)

Saturday, June 22, 2013

More NYC

Oh what, you want more pictures of NYC?

ok fineee.  a selection for your viewing pleasure.





























I really like that city.  And my cute friends.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Nature




I just, like, love nature these days.

Minus the bugs.  I could do without the bugs.

bill and i.

throwback friday, knowwhatimsaying?


Bill and I.  BFFs.

hair

My hair is getting long (finally) and I'm having a problem wanting to keep growing it out.  Even though its what I want.

Life is hard.

But you wanna know what would make it easier?

This thing:


It's like a cotton candy machine...for your hair.

I'll take it.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

NYC

I was able to visit New York last week to visit some of my most dear and precious friends.


I didn't see the Statue of Liberty, go to Times Square, or see a show.

(Except for Jeff's show.  What a Shakespearean) 

And I loved every second of it.  Minus the rain.  
So much rain!  And now all I want is rain. 
(please rain in CO soon)

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Boy Bands

Sometimes life gives you a gift you couldn't ever imagine.  Twice.

You see, a few weeks ago I found out that a new movie theatre in our town (it is the best movie theatre ever) was hosting a boy band singalong.  And boy(band) oh boy(band), I wanted in on that.


But I couldn't go that night.


And then, life tries again.  And this time, you don't make the same mistake.  You go, and you love every second of it.  

Imagine walking into the theatre, grabbing a ticket, and approaching your designated theatre only to find a man dressed in a fedora and a vest, welcoming you to the best night of your life.  This wannabe boy band member is standing behind a table that is filled with props to be used during the singalong: a blow-up microphone, a balloon (to be used specifically during Dirty Pop), and a glow stick.  Yes.  So many times yes.


And then, finally making it into the theatre, is where complete joy is felt.  You are surrounded with people exactly like you.  Weird women who want to singalong to boy band music videos for two hours.  Others who dance in the aisles during their favorite songs and who cheer when their favorite songs are played.  




It was full of Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, NKOTB, some Hanson and Boyz to Men, along with many others.  The last song (Bye Bye Bye, naturally) inspired almost everyone in the theatre to be out of their seat, dancing together at the front of the auditorium. It was both amazing and embarrassing at the same time.




I've never felt like I belonged somewhere so much.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

FB

Sometimes FB ads are totally made for you:


I do want to see pics of attractive, single, black men near me.

Always.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Day

Today was teacher appreciation day.

To me, this meant starting the day with a phone interview for a summer ESL camp.  I love me a phone interview.

Especially when a squirrel comes by and steals my gifted donut, so perfectly placed just next to me on the curb outside.  Not a foot away from me, and this squirrel takes control of my day.  


Also, it is here I will mention that it might have been the same squirrel my students named last week.  I was quite proud when they told me they named him "Juan Two Three".  So clever.  (we call him JTT for short. sometimes he likes to learn with us).


It was mostly a mediocre day, as far as teaching goes.  But the school day ended with my very first apple.

I.am.legit.

And then we went to Chipotle, where they were having a buy one-get one free special for educators.  The line around the entire inside of the restaurant just goes to show you that they do not pay teachers enough.  A free burrito was totally worth the 20 minute wait in line.

School is cool, yo.

Monday, April 22, 2013

What.a.weekend.

This weekend was pretty amazing.

Because my brother loves me (thanks Brian!), I was able to join in on the fun of both the Rockies game on Friday night and the Nuggets game on Saturday.  


In the words of one of my students, PACHOW.

I love Denver for many reasons, but one of the biggest is all the sports teams.  I love going to games.  I love it.


So Friday I was lucky enough to see the Rockies win their game.  And eat nachos.  We love nachos.  (maybe i had nachos 3 times in a 24 hour period.  so what)


(sneaky pics of the parents back there...they had no idea)

And the rowdy crowd up front: 


We make baseball games fun!

We also make Nuggets games fun, especially when we win:


Amazing.


Earth Day and the stars

What perfect timing for the Backstreet Boys to get their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?

Only natural for Earth day to be joined by the brightest star(s) in the land.


Sometimes, things just make sense.