Long day. Some good things, some bad things. So I'm going to end it with Yeats.
I think I'm going to nickname my house Innisfree. :) I heart the last stanza.

The Lake Isle Of Innisfree by William Butler Yeats

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight's all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet's wings.

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart's core.

Spelling Quizzes

So my kiddos had a spelling quiz Friday, while I was out at a conference. The theme this week was "All Types of People" and I got some pretty funny results. I'm not making fun of my kids, but these just made me smile. I guess they need better context clues...that or they need to study!

My friend decided to hire an assassin photographer for her wedding. Even though he wasn't a professional, he still took great pictures and was much cheaper! (amateur would have been the correct choice)

My friend prided himself on a belief of equal rights for both genders; he gladly called himself a tyrant. (umm, I was looking for feminist)


It didn't seem like a Monday today, because I drove from that lake to school. It was wonderful not to have to wake up at 5:30 and sleep until 6:15. I'm certainly glad I did, because today was a busy day at school. Anyways, today was a successful diet day and a successful exercise day! This is great, because I didn't get home until later than usual (and I'm pretty lazy to begin with). I realize this needs to be a lifestyle change, but at this point, I'm taking it one day at a time! So one successful day; only four more days until that lovely polo is mine! :)

In other news, the boy takes his first final tomorrow. And since he's the only one who reads my blog, I'd just like to say congrats! I hope it went well. :)

The question I ask myself everyday.

What will I wear?

This may sound like a dumb question, but it's one I confront every single day. I feel that since my students have to look at me, (because they're definitely not listening to me) I want to make sure that my outfit looks decent. Not so that they will be interested, but so that I won't have a bunch of 13 and 14 year olds making fun of me. Yes, I am that pathetic.

I also like to have cute outfits to wear, because at 6:15 in the morning this is about the only thing I can do to motivate myself. (That and the fact that I don't want to get fired from a job with benefits). jk. In all seriousness, looking decent can really make my day better and motivate me.

But often this involves me trying on a myriad of outfits and still just going with the last thing that I tried on. But really, I want to look cute and put together.

So how can I improve? Well, the first thing that I need to do is GO ON AN ACTUAL DIET. One with actual real life goals. Achievable goals. So since the boy is the only one who reads this blog (and is taking exams now and needs to be studying) I'm going to use this blog as a place to document what I am going to do. I am going to exercise four times this week. At the very least I will walk around or do yoga. Secondly, I am going to eat a Lean Cuisine for dinner every night and a popsicle for dessert. If I'm still hungry I will eat celery or fruit. In short, I'm going to stop snacking on random stuff (that is always bad for me). I will also write down every thing that goes into my mouth and I will pack only the food that will lead to my success. If I count calories (and succeed with the food I eat) and exercise four times a week I can buy something off my wish list. Yes, I'm just bribing myself. But I need to kickstart this diet program. So now the fun part of the wish list...

I bought this shirt last weekend, but I will return it if I don't make my goal this week. I like the color. It's different and a change from all of my pinks and blue. It looks a bit more pale in real life. Again, I love polos because I can wear them casually and also to work. It seems that all my polos from three years ago that I bought from ON need to be retired. So I'm excited about the potential new addition of this polo :)

Which leads me to the next top that I really want. Or at least want to try on. I think I'd have to be successful for at least two weeks though, in order to earn this top. I really like it, and think it'd be cute to wear to work. I just wish it'd drop a bit in price!

Love and Logic Results

Last night I read "Love and Logic" again. When I'm reading the book, the ideas and dialogues of what the conversation will go like sounds great. I think to myself, "Oh my gosh, I wish I'd been doing this the whole year!" So I read the book last night, this morning while having breakfast, and (I'm not gonna lie) practiced saying the stuff in the car on the way to work... (yes I'm sad).

Well, I tried out a few of the exercises. Mainly, I tried to use more "I" statements. I said please and thank you even more (although, I use that a lot). They tell you to ask a student nicely (which I really do anyways). Then they tell you to ask the student, "Did I ask you nicely to move?" Student says "Yes". Then I say, and you're still not going to move, even though I asked nicely?

My convo went like that except student said "yes, but I don't want to move." So (as the book tells you) I just dropped it. Maybe things will work better tomorrow!

In other news,it's secretary appreciation day. Our whole grade level chips in to buy something together. Well, one of the other teachers was in charge and she did a great job! She bought stuff that seemed nice, but actually useful. And people whined that $7-10 dollars for our two secretaries (plus a cake we have to buy for our school staff meeting) was too much. So she just dropped it down to $6. It makes me so mad, because she's actually DOING US A FAVOR. And people are complaining. Does 1 to 4 dollars really make the difference between eating and not eating? And if it does, you probably could work it out with her. I did Guidance Appreciation Week for our grade, but I used some stuff that I had already (so I cheated myself a bit too). But this teacher has a family of her own and spent a lot of time buying these gifts.

Conclusions: I still believe in love and logic, but sometimes you just have to be firm. Otherwise you will get all walked over.

Sorry for the rant (but since no one except the boy reads this, I should be okay). :)

On the upside, there are good things going on in my life.

1. On Friday I get to go to a teacher conference that specializes in teaching writing. I'm really excited. (And hoping I learn lots!)
2. I got to leave work at 4:30 today!
3. I'm making cupcakes for the boy, because I will see him briefly (he has to get ready for exams).
4. I might get to see my sister this weekend
5. I mailed letters to my sister and my friend. Doesn't a letter make everything better? I think so!

It's almost 7:30 so I better start packing and cleaning for this weekend. Oh, my vagrant, gypsy life.

I want to leave on a happy note, so here is a picture of the "pictures" I made for my room. The boy has never seen my room down here, because I always go visit him. Plus, it's in the middle of nowhere, so if I'm not visiting him, I'm at my parents or visiting my sister. Without further ado..

The polka dots make me so happy! :)

Oh, Tuesdays...

Reoccurring problem: my students won't hush up. I gave consequences to a number of students today, so hopefully the behavior will improve tomorrow. I was always under the impression that if my content was good, then the students' behavior would follow. I can't figure out if this is true or not. They seem to never actually give anything a chance. :(

I've got 4+ sets of papers to grade...in an attempt to force them to do work, I try to grade as many assignments. Otherwise, some of the kids just sit there.

In other news, I need to finish unpacking from Spring Break. Last night I managed to circulate the stuff around. So now only the kitchen and dining room table is a wreck. That's what I call progress!

Weekend Recap

The boy and I had a pretty good weekend. I finally got my car back from the shop on Saturday, a mere 2000 dollars later. Good grief.

Friday night was pretty awesome; it was great to actually not be exhausted. The boy and I went on a "hike" aka a very well-manicured path. It was beautiful weather and fun to be outdoors. Here is a picture of the boy on the bridge at the end of the trail.

On Saturday, we went to the mall and then decided to take a walk at the same park. We decided to go on the "Secluded Farm Trails." A few minutes into the walk, I saw a stick. The boy stopped me and pointed out that there was a baby snake next to the stick. After mildly flipping out, we decided to keep forging ahead. About ten feet later I hear a rustling sound and see a MUCH bigger snake. At that point the boy and I turn around and head to the car as quickly as possible. I flipped out a bit more the second time.

In retrospect, I'm not exactly sure if I saw a snake or a squirrel. I was pretty flipped out from the first snake, and I could have just been paranoid. The boy didn't see the second snake, because I was so busy grabbing onto his hand and pushing him in the other direction. It will remain a mystery. As you might tell, I'm not too big into nature.

Sunday has been a nice lazy day. I'm finishing creating my "Langston Hughes Scavenger Hunt" that I'm going to have the students do virtually on the mobile labs. I'm kind of excited about the project, but anxious as to how the execution of the whole project will go. I don't want to make the hunt too difficult, so I'm posting links for them to go to on my school blog. Hopefully, it will go well and not be too easy. In about an hour, I'm going to head back home. Alas, my time with the boy is over.

Happy Friday!

Today is the last Friday of my spring break, so I will have to work a bit on lesson planning (I seem to lost the momentum and excitement that I had about being about to do this) and some applications for summer school and such. The boy is in class until 3:30 so I'm going to try to finish at least the applications. I can't believe my spring break is drawing to a close. But alas, I eventually have to get back to my kiddos. So to hype me up for the last few weeks of poetry month, I leave you my favorite poem (or at least one of them).

To Dorothy

You are not beautiful, exactly.
You are beautiful, inexactly.
You let a weed grow by the mulberry
and a mulberry grow by the house.
So close, in the personal quiet
of a windy night, it brushes the wall
and sweeps away the day till we sleep.

A child said it, and it seemed true:
"Things that are lost are all equal."
But it isn't true. If I lost you,
the air wouldn't move, nor the tree grow.
Someone would pull the weed, my flower.
The quiet wouldn't be yours. If I lost you,
I'd have to ask the grass to let me sleep.

Marvin Bell

I love the line "so close in the personal quiet." I feel this week has given me a lot of time to reflect with myself and to just be with the boy. Happy weekend!

J.Crew Spring Wish List

To celebrate my spring break (besides getting to spend the week with the boy and seeing my sister), I am going to post about the things I would love to buy from J.Crew if they were cheaper and if I didn't have to get my car repaired :(

Anyways, I absolutely love the flower bouquet sweater. I've tried it on in the store, and it is super soft and the fit is nice. I also really love their shirts. I have a Kelly blue shirt that I wear as often as possible to work. The pink strips looks great. Alas, the J.Crew where the boy lives doesn't have this shirt in my size, so I don't think I will be getting it.

The last item I have actually already bought. I figure polos are a great investment for work and play. During the summer I try to live in polos. I like to think that the collar and buttons distract people from looking at my tummy. Anyways, that's how I rationalized buying this polo. Incidentally, I also managed to pick up a bright pink Ralph Lauren polo at TJ Maax for a reasonable price. I like to tell myself that people can tell the difference between the pinks, and won't notice. The boy pointed out that I won't be seeing too many people. So really, I can wear whatever I like. Sounds like pink everyday! (Just kidding, even that would start to drive me nuts)

In other news, I've been trying to exercise everyday while the boy is in classes. Monday and Tuesday I took nice long walks on the undergrad campus. I'm not very familiar with it, so it's nice to be on the (beautiful) campus. It's great not to have to be confined to exercising inside or on a treadmill. Today I did yoga, and I took a short walk to a store called Novel. It opened a couple of blocks from the boy, and it's already a favorite. I can't afford the stuff in there, but they had a sale section and I was able to get some really pretty stationary with my initial on it for 50 percent off. It's a treat just to walk around in the store; they have a polka dot fireplace. I realize this may not sound cute, but the store is truly adorable. I feel like it's a bit of perfection. I'm always a sucker for stationary stores, but this place is even more tempting. It is like monogram overload. They will put polka dots or your initial/name on anything you desire. And it's fabulous. Tomorrow my sister comes to visit me, because she doesn't have classes on Thursday and life on her campus is going to be depressing. So she's coming and we're going to get lots of fun shopping in. I can't wait!

my bugaboo

Ever since the VW Beetle came out, I was head over heels in love. I just think they are so cute, and it was my dream to own one. When I graduated from college, I got one. And, as you can imagine, I was ecstatic. Sadly, (please don't judge) the car became a part of my identity. It's happy, and cute, and just looking at it made me feel good. Driving it is great, and since I drive a lot, it was nice to spend time in a happy little bubble.

The downside of driving so much, is that it's suffered. And now it's turbocharger is broken, which will cost me around 1800 dollars. I don't mind paying the money too much, but I just feel sick. My dad thinks it's ridiculous and suggested fixing it, and then trading it in over the summer.

Not to be melodramatic, but the idea of driving another car makes me so heartbroken. It is little, and handles differently than other cars. I might actually have to get better at parking if I had another car. While there are many, many great expensive and cheaper cars out there, all I ever wanted was a beetle. And now, it seems like it's time might be passing. When I first got the car, I knew it was going to be my only beetle. They are impractical (they are super duper tiny for other passengers), but since it's really only me that drives, that was okay. They are kind of expensive to maintain, because I know nothing about German engineering. And neither does my Dad (who can rebuild engines and does all of the other car repair work in our family). I hate the idea of having to drive another car right now. I want my beetle!

And now I'm done whining and complaining, and am going to register for classes this summer (yet another financial hit)!

gearing up for spring break!

today was a long day, but it's over!

I was very tired at the end, but I forced myself to exercise (the first time in this week). I really needed to exercise (all of spring break will be devoted to visiting people, lesson planning, dieting and exercising...and READING). It's going to be exciting to do all the things I want to do, but always seem to run out of time to do. I'll get time to just be.

Anyways, I ran for about 20 minutes, which isn't great, but it's a big step for me. So hopefully, I can get my booty in shape.

One more day until spring break, so hopefully the kiddos won't be completely crazy.


mondays are always difficult. today the kids would just not be quiet. i realize i have some classroom management issues, but i feel that i have done the appropriate things. i call home, i speak with the students, i write them up. all of this is discipline. i need to manage the students, but it just doesn't seem to be working. anyways, we started poetry today.
some of my students will hate it, some may like it. i love poetry. and yes, it does hurt to see some of my students hate it so much already.
tomorrow, we have a field trip, that i'm not looking forward to. and after school we have a newspaper meeting, which i have made cupcakes for. i'm debating if i need to make another batch. but i feel so tired. i think one batch should be enough.
as usual, i made my monday evening grocery run. i dropped a lot of money, because i had to buy a cupcake pan. and i bought easter candy for the boy and my sister.

she wore an itsy bitsy teeny weeny...

yellow polka dot bikini!

this is currently on its way to my sister (who absolutely adores yellow).

we are so going to have to go somewhere warm this summer. :)

oh j.crew...

why do you have so many clothes, but everything that tempts me is sold out?