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June 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

It’s supposed to get up to 90 degrees this week.
I can’t wait to see the sun again.

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Hey Bird, Hey Hey Bird

June 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

Yeah, I’m behind the times I know (on the blog and in real life).  But the song of the moment?
Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men
(really, this whole album could be designated as the song of the moment)

And I don’t know how to skip the ad, sorry, but the video is pretty cool (says the girl who absolutely hates watching music videos).

 I really, really, really want the husband to buy a few of these for me.

 

 I’m also coveting this realz bad.

 

I’m so glad it’s summer.  I just wish I still wasn’t wearing long-sleeves.  I miss the oppressive, suffocating heat and humidity.

{One day, I’ll get internet, and then I can post more.  And perhaps on that same day, I will also have something more to talk about.}

Radiant

April 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

I never quite know how to start these blogs of mine…

Congrats to me!  I got into grad school, so I’ll be a student again come fall.  The best thing about this?  I get all those nifty student discounts for the movies and tourist attractions.  Add that to my teacher discount and I’ll be swimming in percentages off.

Recommended Books:

Crossed by Ally Condie
I read the first in the trilogy, Matched, on the plane from Texas at Christmas.  So I thought it appropriate to read this book on the plane to Texas a few weeks ago.  It’s an interesting series about this Utopian-esque society.  I enjoyed both books okay, but I feel as if Condie could’ve added more details or made the books a little more fuller–I felt like I only got glimpses into Cassia’s life and I feel like I got gypped out of a complete story.  But, maybe this is because I am a very fast reader and probably missed a ton of things on reading.  Maybe when I read it again, I won’t feel the same way.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
OMG this book is beautiful, and I’m not just talking about the cover.  Set in Alaska in the 1920s, it tells the story of Jack and Mabel, a middle-aged couple who never had any children of their own and who, after all these years, so desperately want one they make a little girl out of snow.  Soon after, they’re frequently visited by a little girl as the winters pass, and they “adopt” her as their own.  I cannot stress enough how each of you should go out now and buy this book.  It’s reminiscent of Little Daughter of the Snow and Snegurochka, a Russian fairytale.  The book’s blurb is a little deceiving, however.  It made it seem as if the snow child had some sort of magic about her–like she was a demon, or something more other-worldly than what Ivey intended–and that’s why I picked up the book.  I kept waiting for something to happen, like a major plot twist, and though there was of course unpredictable twists and conflict and so on, it wasn’t quite what I imagined.  But I am so glad I did read it and I can’t wait for Ivey to produce more books.

 

“If I was president, I would build a hot tub at my house and dig an underground tunnel that leads to a home for my cats.”

March 9, 2012 § 1 Comment

I think kids are the best invention since sliced bread because they’re friggin’ awesome.  No matter how terrible of a day I have, when I come into my classroom I am immediately cheered up because:

–they say the funniest things
–they’re inability to correctly spell makes their stories really funny
–they sing a song just for me and their terrible singing voices grate my nerves but their smiles make me laugh
–they cry every five minutes because of some unknown reason and continual complain, but when they say “This is the worst day ever,” in between sobs, it’s so cute

Sometimes I get really busy–being that I do more than just teach at my small school–and I don’t pay attention to them before and after my class.  So it was awesome to come in at lunch time Monday and have all 8 of them drag me to their new March calendar to see that they had put a special box on March 30th for Mrs. Frost’s birthday.  And I found it hilarious when one of my students gave me my first birthday present–a Texas quarter–because she saw it and just had to bring it to me.

If it wasn’t for the fact that 5 year olds start out as crying, whining, screaming babies, and if it wasn’t for the fact that babies are the worst time- and moneysucks in the world, I’d totally go out and have me a few kids right about now.

Eh

February 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

This is going to be a looooong week if I don’t change my attitude about it now.
So, I’m using these awesomes to help me out.

Disappear . The Gabe Dixon Band

Poison and Wine . The Civil Wars

Mango Tree . Angus and Julia

Requiem on Water . Imperial Mammoth

Sister Rosetta . The Noisettes

World Spins Madly On . The Weepies

But really, it’s the cutest dog ever and my awesome husband that helps.
And The Civil Wars station on Pandora.

It’s a Boy!

February 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

Meet Swarley:

And yes, his name is derivative of that one How I Met Your Mother episode.
We “rescued” him from a family in Rhode Island.  (Again, it’s another  How I Met Your Mother reference.  Just substitute “New York” and “New Jersey” for “Mass” and “Rhode Island.)

Likes:
Running through giant snowbanks
Peanut butter, goldfish, fajitas, bell pepper…well, food. You could say he’s an epicurean.
Other dogs
Our apartment balcony
Barking at his reflection in the balcony door
Sleeping in the bed
Peeing on the floor
Peeing on the couch
Peeing in the bed
Peeing on the chair
Peeing in the kitchen
Peeing on the carpet right next to the puppy pad
Going for long walks in the neighborhoods
Pretending to chew on stuff when really he’s eating it; like cameras, plastic bottles, toilet paper, keurig coffee cups, coffee table legs, etc.
Standing on the dining table and launching himself at the first person that comes through the door
Barking at us while we eat dinner
Watching TV
Riding in the car
Playing fetch with himself:  he throws the toy up in the air and then jumps to get it
Eating the bubbles of my bubble bath
Eating my loofah
Drinking bath water while I’m taking a bath
Small spaces, i.e. the corner between the toilet and the tub, under the bed, under the nightstand, the space between the couch and the bookshelf
Taking baths

Dislikes:
Puppy food
Neighbors
Anything he’s not allowed to eat
Peeing on the puppy pad
Having a plastic cone around his neck when he got neutered
Wearing clothes

He especially enjoyed the best friend’s daughter when they visited this past week.  They were buddies all week long, and he’s been pouting the last few days because she left.  I guess this means we’ll have to have our own baby soon….not.

Family Portrait!

And even though our carpet is stained yellow, our last roll of paper towels was torn to shreds, and I’m missing some socks, we are so glad that Swarley makes our lives much more interesting and entertaining.

Photoblog: A recap

February 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

My computer has been dead for a long time.  But it’s finally back!  Hopefully.  It still randomly shuts off, so I’m not sure how much longer it will last, but we’ll see.

Anyway, here’s a photo recap of what’s been going on since my last post.

Christmas in Texas!

Smashburger-Rice Village

Pancake Par-tayyy

"Build a fort and stay in it until your next turn." --Quelf

Hey nephew, you're pretty cute.

Not pictured:  food, presents galore, family, a million hours spent at work, and our new dog:  he’s so cute he gets a whole post to himself.

Happy weekend!

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