I was on the news. Not my best hair day ever, but it'll do.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
- Ashley is flying in tonight! And to celebrate, we are eating lots of sushi.
- I now own a pair of ski pants and am officially ready for skiing tomorrow and Friday
- I got a new drivers license today. (I somehow lost my old one. Oopsies.)
- My order from Barnes and Noble came just in time for holiday reading.
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Sunday, December 20, 2009
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Thursday, December 17, 2009
I ran in the "Jingle all the way 10K" this weekend. It was cold, rainy, and miserable. And I dropped my puffer vest in the middle of the race and was trampled by other runners. I never got my vest back.
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009
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Tuesday, December 08, 2009
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Monday, December 07, 2009
I turned 29 last Sunday. Having a birthday is pretty fun when it gets you a brand-new Garmin wristwatch! With a heart rate monitor. I think that alone makes it worth living another year.
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Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
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Thursday, November 19, 2009
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009
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This might be the single greatest hair product ever made.
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Thursday, November 05, 2009
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
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Friday, October 30, 2009
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009
while trapped in a car for 30 hours.
- I really need a Garmin wristwatch. Erica let me borrow hers, and it makes running so much more fun. It tells you how far you've gone, how long you've been running, and your current pace. Awesome.
- I also need a sport rainjacket. I've been looking for one forever, but am keep holding out for a better deal. I just need to buy one already.
- Song wars are way more fun if other people are willing to participate.
- Everybody has a secret love for Air Supply. They're just ashamed to admit it.
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Sunday, September 27, 2009
As it turns out, nobody looks that cool wearing a headlamp, reflective vest, and tail light.
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Wednesday, September 23, 2009
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Sunday, September 20, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Since about half the women I work with are currently pregnant, I obviously had to share with all of them the story of my niece's birth. (She was born in the front seat of the car while my brother-in-law attempted to flag down help.)
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Saturday, September 12, 2009
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Today was the first day of school. It is good to be back.
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Monday, September 07, 2009
The Book Thief: The middle 300 pages dragged a little bit. (or a lot...) But the ending was phenomenal, and totally worth the wait. I would recommend this to just about anyone.
The Time Traveler's Wife: I'm still trying to figure out how this book is a national bestseller. I have lost all faith in the American public. Sigh.
Funny in Farsi: It is pretty funny. Too bad it's not very well written. But it's short, and definitely an enjoyable read.
My Sister's Keeper: Overall, it was a quick, enjoyable read, but the ending was such a cop-out. You cannot write a book entirely about a major moral dilemma, and then avoid resolving it.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: While it was interesting, I have to admit I couldn't read it straight through. It's the kind of book I had to read small portions of at a time. It did, however, inspire me to support local farmers by signing up for Washington's Green Grocer delivery service.
The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao: Erica and I are starting a book club to make sure we still hang out even though she ran off and got married. Who wants to join?
Into Thin Air: I read and thoroughly enjoyed Into The Wild, so I'm looking forward to this one.
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Friday, September 04, 2009
Thursday, September 03, 2009
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
And because my school gave me a new laptop (even though I knocked mine off of the table last year with my high heel. Apparently they were amused by my "high price of fashion" email.)
Jana was convinced (really, truly convinced) that if she looked cute, a Frenchman would take pity on her and lead her to the front of the security line. She got all dressed up for the occasion, but alas, we still had to wait in line, just like everybody else. Poor Jana.
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I promised i would be back on Monday with pictures and stories.
Today is Wednesday. No pictures, still.
But yesterday, I went on a faculty bonding retreat that involved ropes courses and swimming through some rivers. Which was great. I love our back-to-school "meetings."
I get to go back next week with the freshmen. I am thoroughly looking forward to watching 75 ninth graders carry their overnight packs through a river. And sleeping in a treehouse.
Tomorrow, I actually have some free time in my schedule, so I will post so much more.
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Saturday, August 29, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
The new school year starts in just one month.
Today, I got my new schedule. This is going to be a great year for several reasons:
- My largest class has 12 students. What a dream!
- The one student that I absolutely did NOT want to teach this year decided to drop my class. I usually love my students, but hey, I'm only human.
- I talked to my boss and convinced her that it would be a really bad idea to make me coach track next year. That was quite possibly the most liberating conversation I have ever had.
- One of my classes consists of my 12 favorite, hardest-working students from last year. I'm pretty sure they're already my favorite class.
- I get to teach freshmen this year!! They're adorable.
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Monday, August 10, 2009
That's the number of days until I leave for Dubai. The reasons I am excited are listed below, in order of importance:
1. I get to see Ashley. Who in their right mind would not be excited about that?
2. I get to see Phil.
3. I get to go on a desert safari on which I will ride a camel. And ski down the sand dunes. And eat good food. And ride a four-wheeler over the sand dunes. And take pictures with my new, indestructible camera.
4. The shark waterpark.
5. I just bought 5 new books to read on the airplane.
Numbers 2-5 are all pretty close, but the #1 reason I'm excited about Dubai is that Ashley will be there. Everything is more fun that way.
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Friday, August 07, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
Today is the very last day of summer school.
I am never doing this again. Ever. It makes me want to crawl into a hole and hide.
But now that it's done, I have an entire month of freedom! Which means I get to take lots of trips, spend lots of time in the sun, and stay away from school. I can't wait.
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Monday, July 27, 2009
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Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
500 Days of Summer is an awesome movie.
Trader Joe's tomato and roasted red pepper soup is delicious.
P90X rocks my world. So much that I don't even care that my family will make fun of me for saying "rocks my world."
My waterproof/shockproof digital camera came in the mail yesterday!! I haven't tried it out underwater yet. For the first time in my life, I am reading the instruction manual just in case there's something special I have to do before putting it underwater.
My books also came today! I am starting with The Magician's Assistant.
Only 7 days left of summer school, and it can't go by fast enough. If I have to listen to one more argument over whose idea it was to name their robot Wall-E first, or another kid who thinks its really clever to name their program "Bob" or "Fred" and then act shocked when every other 12-year-old in the class also named their programs "Bob" and "Fred", I might lose it.
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid is hilarious. And probably a lot funnier if you were a kid in the 50s.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close was pretty good. It's a 9/11 story, which I was worried about, but it took a surprisingly different angle than I was expecting. I hate it when books (or movies) take a tragedy and turn it into an awful made-up love story with a bizarrely happy ending. (Did anyone else see Pearl Harbor? Seriously. )
The Wednesday Wars blew me away. After about the first 40 pages, it was just okay, but after that it gets better with every single sentence. And by the end of the book, you want to go back and read it again. I love Mrs. Baker. (Partly because she's a teacher and partly just because she's secretly awesome.)
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is also a good read. I didn't start to love it until the last 3 pages, though, and then it was over. Overall, though, a good story with loveable characters.
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Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Check the mail. You won't regret it.
Start with The Hunger Games. You'll know what I'm talking about in a few days. Just wait.
Your favorite sister,
ps - I'm flying in on August 1.
When I come to see you, will you teach me how to be cool? You have it down.
Want to come have a slumber party with me and Caroline in August? Annie can come too, if she wants, but you're probably more fun at slumber parties.
See you soon,
You are the cutest thing I've ever seen. Don't grow up.
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(Thanks to the In Style makeover page.)
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