Friday, April 17, 2009


Seven Things I Can Do:
1. Teach Elementary School.
2. Cook up a mean Easter Dinner!
3. Play the piano.
4. Drive a stick shift.
5. Get lots of points in the game "Scene It"
6. Tell people how much they mean to me.
7. Share my beliefs and standards with others.

Seven Things I Can't Do:
1. Blog every day for a month:) (sorry for slacking Paula:)
2. Shave my legs more than once every 3 weeks. (TMI?)
3. Put my dishes away right after I'm finished.
4. Get rid of my tension headaches.
5. Play Call of Duty or any other XBox game, no matter how many times Adam teaches me. LOL
6. Be in a high place without wanted to throw up.
7. Keep my car from being my room on wheels.

Seven Things I Say Most:
1. “What? Are you serious?" Comes from the comments that my students at Dixon say.
2. “Shhhh." I work in a classroom, therefore it is a given.
3. "Love you." Said to Adam mostly and others as well.
4. “Where do you work today?" I ask Adam this everyday, poor thing.
5. “No, it's my wedding ring." So many people ask me whether it really is my wedding ring.
6. “It's an Aquamarine." My response after the above mentioned people ask me what stone is in there.
7. “I’m so tired." That's what student teaching and a senior project will do to you.

Seven Goals for the Year:
1. Lose 20+ lbs over the summer
2. Go to the temple monthly with Adam.
3. Read more children's books.
4. Get a job for the coming school year.
5. Save a three month supply of money and food.
6. Fix up the yard with flowers and do some more house projects.
7. Help Adam get into the Nursing Program.

Seven Reasons I fell head over heels for Adam:
1. He always has a joke to tell.
2. He works really, really hard at everything he does.
3. He’s an awesome snuggler.
4. He's willing to listen to me ramble, a lot.
5. He knows how to compromise.
6. He puts family as high priority.
7. He makes an effort to thank me for the things I do.

Seven things I love to Eat!
1. Crackers!
2. Mint Chocolate Chip/Oreo Ice Cream.
3. Chicken Curry
4. Hawaiian Haystacks.
5. Strawberry Guava Juice.
6. Peas!
7. Vegetables and Ranch

Saturday, April 11, 2009

How much do you read?

The BBC believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here.
How do your reading habits stack up?

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen- X
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien -
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte -X
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling -
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee -
6 The Bible-most of it-X
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte -
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell -
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott –X
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy-X
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare –
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier-
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien -
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk -
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger -
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger -
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot -
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell -
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald - X
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens -
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy-
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams-
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh -
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky-
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck-
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll -X
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame-X
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy-
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens -
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen-
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen -
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis -X
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini -
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden -
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne -
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell -
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown -
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez -
44 A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving -
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins -
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery - X
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy -
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood -
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding -
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan -
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel -
52 Dune - Frank Herbert -
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen -
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth -
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon -
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens -X
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley-
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon -
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez -
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck -
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov -
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt -
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold -
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas -
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac -
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy -
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding –
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie -
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville -
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens -X
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker -
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett -X
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson -
75 Ulysses - James Joyce -
76 The Inferno - Dante -
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome -
78 Germinal - Emile Zola -
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray –
80 Possession - AS Byatt -
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens -
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell -
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker-
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro -
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert -
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry -
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White -X
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven-X
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle-
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton -
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad -
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery -
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks -
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams -
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole-
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute -
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas -
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare -X
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factoy - Roald Dahl -
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo –

I've read 16... most of those books are due to my Honors English Classes!
I tag Brooke, Mekell, Courtney, Janet, and Rachel!


So, if you've looked at my facebook account or talked to me in person you have already heard part of this story, but if you haven't here it goes. After I turned in my Senior Portfolio Adam and I decided to go to Tucanos to celebrate. I have always loved going there and Adam had never been so it seemed like a good fit. We got there at 8:00 PM and were very hungry. Of course we started with the salad and hot bar while we waited for the meat to come around. Adam got a salad and a got farfalla, beans and rice. The waitress brought us our drinks and we were all set for the meat until Adam discovered some extra protein in his salad. Was it a fly, a worm, a bug...? Nope, it was a spider! A real live spider a little smaller than a dime. I guess they really wanted to make their Brazilian food authentic:) The waitress was there when we discovered our little friend and took Adam's plate to her manager. She came back a few minutes later and told us that they were going to "comp our meal". Actually that isn't what happened. You would think that it is standard protocol but apparently not at Tucanos. They offered us a free dessert and my mouth almost dropped. Now, since Adam and I aren't super loud we accepted their offer and just didn't go back to the salad bar. I was very disappointed but didn't want to make a scene. The story doesn't end there.
We got home around 9 and that is when my troubles continued. My stomach felt really rumbly but I attributed it to all of the meat I had eaten. Not so. Let's just say I had to go to the bathroom about every 15 minutes. I took some medicine and thought that would solve the problem. It helped for a few hours until I woke up at 1 AM and barfed up everything that was in my stomach. It was disgusting and I was as well. I'm pretty sure that I had food poisoning and life was not good most of the night. I ended up sleeping again the next morning from 10 am until 5 pm. Needless to say, I don't think I will be going back to Tucanos for a very long time.

Thursday, April 9, 2009


I turned in my Senior Portfolio about an hour ago, filled out an exit survey and left! I'm finished. I'm done. It's over. (How many ways can I say that?:) I can't believe it is over but I'm so excited to have a little break! Alpine School District has started posting openings so hopefully I'll have job news by the end of April! Yeah, yeah, yeah... that's pretty much all I can think about right now! I graduated college and that is cool!