26 June 2011

Two weeks

It has been two weeks since I left for my summer job. Before I left home, I was ridiculously busy. In fact, I had one or more activities EVERY afternoon for the last couple of weeks before I left. This made packing interesting to say the least, but I managed to get it all done.

Well, things apparently don't change in my world. I got here and promptly jumped right in to activities. Last Monday was simple enough, a trip to the mall and grocery shopping because having food is a good thing. Tuesday, a coworker invited me to lunch which was fun and a nice distraction.

Wednesday I had a photoshoot with a 3 year old and his 6 month old baby brother. It ended up being a photoshoot with the boys, along with their nanny's 4 year old and her other charge, a 4 month old little redhead. It was a blast and I was glad to visit with the family, who I hadn't seen since I was here in November.

Thursday night, I went out with my friend who lives here. A friend who I've known since she lived in Oakland and I was attending lots of games each year. She moved here several years ago and last year we went to see the Rockies and took a road trip to see the A's play in Kansas City. It was nice to catch up and visit what may well be my favorite bar.

Friday was baseball. Because it would be very unlike me to not attend a ballgame as soon as possible upon arriving in a major city. I went with a friend from twitter which was a blast. I have gotten way more comfortable with meeting new people, and going to a baseball game was probably the perfect setting for that.

Oddly enough I family that I've babysat for back home for a long time, who happen to be good friends of K and B's family were here for about a week and their parents had a bike ride on Saturday so I watched the kids. We went to the butterfly pavilion, the mall and for a picnic lunch at the base of the mountains. It was a long day with a lot of driving but it was also a lot of fun.

Sunday I attended a new church which I loved. It was perfect and welcoming and I can't wait to go back. In fact, I was comfortable right away and ended up attending their college and careers group on Thursday night. I can't tell you the last time I willingly attended a Bible study, but this is one I definitely will be sad to miss after I leave.

Week two was a little bit slower but not much - K and B came home Tuesday evening so it was nice to finally see them and take a trip to the pool, library and bookstore on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. This weekend included a movie in the park with B and a BBQ about an hour and a half south of here.

I like how easily I fit into things around here, how easily everything just flows. I'm happy and relaxed which are two feelings that often sometimes escape me back home. I know that part of this is that everything is new and that things could change quickly, but I definitely could see my self living here long term. So for now, I continue the job hunt. Hoping for more success this year than last.

08 June 2011


In October, I wrote about being sad that I was losing a student because his family was moving to another state.

Before he and his family left, we had a small party for his birthday and to say goodbye. Each child made him a card to wish him luck in his new school. (And a couple students "wrapped" up the foot off the chair that he'd broken as a gift, which caused much laughter).

I just received a message from his mother on facebook. She told me:
I cleaned out T's backpack with him the other day and in there were all of the cards the kids had made for him in (our state). I asked him why they were in his backpack, and he said for courage. Thanks for sending him off with courage.
He has carried those cards with him for SIX months. Every day. For courage.

When people ask me why I teach and why I strive to do well at what I do, stories like this will be my answer.

02 June 2011

Six things I'm loving right now

1. UnderArmour ColdGear Fitted Hoodie -  I bought a black one on clearance thinking it would be good for next year's football season, while I'm coaching cheer. I've worn it to every baseball game since it arrived, since we are in the midst of the winter that will not turn to spring. I love it so much that I bought one in white as well when I found a good price.

2. The Penderwicks at Point Mouette - I have used The Penderwicks as a read aloud in three classrooms now. I tried to use the second book as a read aloud with less success, but was still very excited to have a third book in the series. I love the sisters. They are incredibly fun to read about. And this third book may well be my favorite on the group (but you HAVE to read book 1 before you read book 3, the big surprise in 3 wouldn't be as critical without prior knowledge).

3. Kindle - I bought a Kindle a week ago. I cannot say enough about how much I love it. You need one. Even if you are SURE you don't.

4. Nikon d3100 - I finally started a facebook page and website for my photography (email me and I'll share the link if I know you - it's using my real first and last name so it's not going here). I bought this camera back in January. I've taken countless pictures with it and couldn't be happier.

5. Tamron AF 70-300mm - I used a giftcard to Amazon to pay for most of this lens. I was torn on what to buy but decided with the countless hours I've spent at the baseball fields that a zoom lens made sense. It definitely has a learning curve but I've started to get decent pictures with it and can only get better from here.

6. Crocs Kadee - I was disappointed when Crocs was out of stock in the shoe that my friend's dog chewed just months after I bought it last summer. However, Crocs customer service told me to try Kadee (via Twitter). I bought Kadee in Oyster. And then bought Kadee in Black. They are the most comfortable shoes ever. And they're cute and school appropriate.

What are your current must haves and/or splurges?

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