Friday, November 30, 2007


now i don't have to work at anthropologie for $8 an hour. and i can afford this trip to SPAIN i'm planning over spring break.

i get to teach a summer class on engineering design/robotics. i'm pretty sure this is my dream. it pays well, it only 3 hours a day, and each class only lasts two weeks. i get to teach 3-6 classes. wahoo!!!

this leaves plenty of time for sleeping in, reading, and playing in DC. and i don't have to go through any sort of crappy application or interview process.

the moral of the story is: be friends with me. i bring good luck.

Monday, November 26, 2007


today i made the mistake of using the phrase "dumping loads" in one of my questions in physics. and then the class reverted back to second grade for a few minutes. and by a few minutes, i mean the rest of class.

(we were talking about torque and looked at a picture of a dump truck that had tipped over backwards while "dumping loads". haha)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

more books on my list

The Story of Opal: This is the first book that my book club will be reading next month. Have I mentioned that I just started a book club?

Freaks, Geeks, and Cool Kids: American Teenagers, Schools, and the Culture of Consumption: Next on my list after I finish The Rise and Fall of the American Teenager. Seriously, teenagers are fascinating.

William-Sonoma: The Kids Cookbook: Because, seriously, I don't have time to cook. And when I do have time, I don't really feel like cooking. So I need quick, easy recipes so I can stop eating frozen pizzas.

Survival of the Sickest: It comes highly recommended. Sounds like an interesting science book.

What the Best College Teachers Do: It got good reviews, and supposedly has research to back up its claims.

more to come....

Monday, November 19, 2007


so i just got an email from one of my students:

"Ms. Reed, I am seriously so siked about this exam tomorrow! I'm not kidding."

and now i pretty much love this girl.

a great book

for anyone who works with teenagers, is raising teenagers, is or once was a teenager.

The Rise and Fall of the American Teenager

okay, so i'll admit that i'm only on chapter 2, but i'm already loving it. so much insight into teenagers, what their lives are like, and the restrictions (good or bad) that our current culture imposes on them. the only disappointment is that it was written in 1999, so facebook and text messaging and some of the recent teenageer-isms are missing. but seriously, read it. it'll make you laugh and make you love teenagers.

my favorite parts so far:

Indeed, if there is any one thing that can make sex dull for teenagers, it is to teach it in high school. So true.

and, to everyone's surprise:

In other words, teenagers are just like people.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

book reviews, long overdue

The Power of One: So I totally have a crush on Peekay. Too bad he's fictional. This is one of the most inspirational books I've ever read without even an ounce of cheese. I could read it over and over again.

A Walk in the Woods: So funny. It made me want to hike the beginning of the Appalachain trail over and over again just so I can meet some of these people who try it out.

It's going to make you have, like, you know, a heart thing. Like when your heart stops beating and you, you know, die?

You mean a heart attack?

Yeah, I think that's it.

Slaughterhouse Five: Very unconventional war book. I think I'd read more history books if they were written like this. Although I couldn't really get into it as much as I wish I had.

Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity: Eh. It was alright. Nothing is really as developed as I would have liked, so it's kind of a choppy read. But I guess that's what I should have expected from a reporter. They find one source that says what they like and move on. Funny thing is, that's what he makes fun of the whole book. Oopsies.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: Sad story, but still kind of a feel-good book at the same time. Well-written. I'd recommend it.

Don't try This at Home - The Physics of Hollywood Movies: Every physics teacher should own this book. It's the best resource I've found in a really long time. Don't read it if you don't like movies to be spoiled.

The Teaching Gap: Totally changed the way I teach. I'm trying to talk my roommate into reading it. It makes me want to get into curriculum development.

more stuff i like

mainly because it's easier to decide what i want for Christmas than it is to figure out what to buy Brandon for christmas. Seriously.

This Jacket:

and a sweater like unto this one:

and i kind of like these boots:

actually, i love these boots.

and i need to read this book:

and this is one of my favorite movies of all time. Seriously. Everyone should watch it. Who could not love Danny Deckchair?

And this book has been on my list for a very long time, and i haven't read enough teaching books lately.

and i would like anything of the lavender vanilla variety from bath and body works. hand soap, pillow spray, hand cream, whatever.

Friday, November 16, 2007

three day weekends

oh, how i love you.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

okay, mom

Okay, mom. Here's a partial birthday list:

From American Eagle (and all on sale):

This Sweater (xs):

These Pants (size 2 long):

This shirt (xs)

This shirt:

And this shirt:

Then I would also like these sheets. 800 Thread count in light blue for a full-sized bed.

And maybe a blanket like this for my bed:

This mattress topper is TOTALLY on sale. Almost 80% off!!!
And I could also use a large chest for storing my shoes, and another bookcase for my books. There's a chest that I found at Target for $60, but I can't find it online.

And I need a plain colored turtleneck. You can pick the color. Anything but black, because I have black already.

And I would really like to read this book Emotional Intelligence.

And I would pay good money for a batch of your eclairs.

Unfortunately, Anthropologie won't let me copy their pictures right now. But they're expensive anyway.

If you need more ideas, i've got plenty. Thanks, mom!

Thursday, November 08, 2007


so we had an assembly today dedicated to facebook, in which our school counselor informed us all that the biggest danger of facebook is your pride. then she showed us this video. I just about died. then she showed us this video and then this. a little bit funny, but so sad.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

dear madre la bomba

thanks for the gift card. it has been put to good use. and by "good use" i mean i bought a pair of completely unnecessary rain boots. but they will keep my feet warm and dry as i make the long hike from my car to my classroom on cold rainy mornings.

you're the best.

love, poodle

Saturday, November 03, 2007

birthday list

my birthday is less than a month away. and besides having a joint birthday party with my roommate, i also get my very own personal party. i'm pretty sure it's going to involve sushi, bananas foster chimichangas, and a pinata. and probably some other stuff. i'm still deciding.

in addition to this joint party and personal party, i will be buying myself some presents. because i deserve them. these gifts might include:

  • an awesome pair of brown knee boots
  • a memory foam mattress topper
  • sweaters from Anthropologie
  • a nice pair of flats to wear with my winter work pants
  • a new pair of winter work pants. preferably from Anthropologie
  • blackout blinds for my room
  • a light blue throw blanket for my bed
  • some tights to wear with skirts in the wintertime
  • listerine

Friday, November 02, 2007

name calling

So I have a student named Jeff. I call him Betty. To my surprise, he still likes me. The end.