Saturday, September 30, 2006

thank you

ok....I've complained a lot about my apartment lately (maybe not on here) but one good thing has come out of this place recently....ROOMMATES NIGHT OUT!

We found our apartment through a website called you sign a lease, and turn in some paper work, gives you a little $100 VISA gift card to spend however you'd like. My roommates and I got the card quite a while ago, but have been saving it for a special time...last night:)

The night started by dinner at Chino Latino in Uptown...I have always gone by, but never been's such a neat place...I loved the environment...lots of people watching to do! We got 2 HUGE dishes to share between the four of us and left the place $58 less than when we walked in...but who cared....NOT US...we had a free VISA card:) So...we continued the night at Muddy Paws bakery/coffee shop...we each got a slice of DELICIOUS cheesecake which totaled another $17...but we still had a good $20 to spend...soooo....we stopped at Cub Foods to rent a movie and to buy goodies for the evening...we walked away with a bag full of random treats including Pirate's Booty, caramel apple, hand lotion, honey roasted peanuts, ice cream bars, gum, and Diet Cherry Coke!?!

We got home after the night out to watch a movie when we thought we saw the little devil mouse. We proceeded to try to capture the little critter by trapping it under a chair...lets just say it did not go well, and we did not catch anything! We gave up on the mouse hunt to watch a movie and we were thoroughly disappointed with "JUST MY LUCK"

But who cares....the night was a blast:) THANKS RENT.COM!!!!

Sunday, September 24, 2006

operation mouse trap

hmmm....the problem is NOT getting better. We have not yet trapped a mouse and we have about 10 traps up around this place. I also bought some of those high frequency noise makers that supposedly scare mice this is the problem I see...

The noise makers scare them way, so they don't come to get trapped....I would like to see at least one trapped because then I know that at least one is taken care our plan of attack is to leave the noise makers on during the night (so no little mice crawl into bed with us) and then unplug them during the day so they mice are free to roam, free to eat the PB, and free to get trapped!

here is our second attempt to getting rid of these nasty little things....

shane x 2

Friday finally came...I have been waiting for Friday for a really long time. Shane and Shane came to the Twin Cities and had yet another amazing show. I have seen them at least a half dozen times in the past 4 years and not one time have I left feeling anything less than refreshed!

The mood that is set at their concert is one of worship and adoration for God...

It was amazing....refreshing...much needed...

Here are some pictures from the evenings..........

Thursday, September 21, 2006

martial arts?

Well...I got quite a kick out of this...maybe it's one of those things that you had to be there for it to be funny...but I'll share it regardless:)

Each day at school we begin with a morning meeting...and during this time we go over the daily schedule. Usually the schedule is the same every day (unless we have a program or a special activity) so the kids are pretty used to what I will say when reviewing the daily schedule.

Yesterday I said, "After Morning Meeting we will have Language Arts and then a recess break..." I finished the rest of the schedule for the day and as I was dismissing the kids to go back to their seats one little girl runs up to me and goes...

"Ms. Ventura...what are we doing for Martial Arts today?!!?" And I couldn't help but chuckle at the confusion that was running in her...I said, "Well actually, we are having Language Arts...and during Language Arts time we are going to...." She looked at me, just as confused as I probably looked at her...and she replies, "But I long are we going to have Martial Arts for..."

It just didn't click with her:)

We shall see how it goes tomorrow when I go over the daily schedule and talk about Language Arts:)

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

it's a mouse!!!!!!

Well...I was sitting in my room last night working hard (like a good little teacher) when all the sudden I hear "Teen...get out here...ahhhh....Teen..." Ok, so I thought to myself...WHAT IN THE WORLD is so urgent (but, last time when I hear those words a napkin was on fire, floating in the air, about to set the rest of my apartment on I figured I should at least go see what the commotion was about)...I get out there and two of my roommates are on standing on the couch/chairs and said that they had just seen a mouse! SICK

Generally I'd be all up for the fun task of capturing a nasty little critter like that (actually it would really gross me out) but I had so much work going on, and a huge deadline, I retreated to my room after throwing out a suggestion or two on how to capture the mouse.

Well, when I went to bed around 11:30 or 12:00 the mouse had yet to be captured and the other girls were sound asleep in their rooms. I was having a mini-freak out session thinking about how the mouse could crawl up my bed at night, nibble on my toes, or make itself a home inside my slippers or school I did what any sensible person would do...I put my slippers and shoes way up high on a shelf, I picked up everything from the floor that it could crawl into, and I used my roommates loft (she is out of town) to sleep in, so I'd be higher off the ground!

So long story short...there is a mouse lurking around my apartment and I'm not sure how I feel about that....SICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Chat and Chew

Chat and chew is our daily "snack and sharing" time here in the world of 1st grade. The kids each have a day of the week that they are assigned to, for sharing...they can share a toy, a picture, a story, or if they want something like a poem or a joke. Well one of my little guys decides he wants to share a Knock-Knock joke for his sharing...It goes a little something like this...

Who's There?
Spider Man
Spider Man Who?
Michael Jackson

He finished the joke and it was the funniest thing those 22 little people have heard in their entire life...they were laughing out of control. I though to myself:

A) What does the joke mean? B) Do they know who Michael Jackson is? and
C) How do I top a joke like that?

You try to figure it out...when you do, let me know:)

Monday, September 11, 2006


how can 22 1st graders make a person so tired?! wow! today was a really good day at school...every day seems to get better and better...I enjoy it a lot...I haven't even had time to update everyone with how it's going...this is day 5...crazy! maybe this weekend I can update more information.

Tonight I went to a tutoring meeting for a program at my church. The tutoring program is set up to reach the children in North Minneapolis. It makes me so excited because there is such a need to be breaks my hear to hear the stories of all the students and to realize where they come from, what they have, and what they need. It was encouraging to see all the people who were willing to serve in this area. I am just praying that it works into my hectic life of teaching...I would love to do it, but most of the need is inside the classroom, during school hours, so we'll see. I know how nuts it is in my own classroom at times, and I only have 22 kids...I can't imagine what it'd be like to have 40+ students and be doing it on my own! YIKES! In either case...I'm ready to serve in whatever capacity!

Monday, September 04, 2006

MN State Fair....

I know, I know...I've been in MN for over 4 years now, and up until a few days ago, I had never been to the state fair. In Michigan, the State Fair is not a HUGE deal...I mean, I think people get excited about it, but you are not shunned if you do not attend the state-wide event. Here in MN, it's quite a different story. When I have told people, "yeah...I've actually never been to the Great Minnesota Get-Together" jaws drop and a gasp generally comes from the person I'm talking to. Why!?!? I never really understood.

Well...this year it's all changed. I don't know that the MN state fair is as big of a deal to me, as it may be to other native Minnesotans...but I did thoroughly enjoy going to the fair! Something about the atmosphere of having a TON of people walking around...eating a lot of terrible food...seeing all the little animals...and running into many random people at such a huge place...not to mention learning about all of the things sold "on a stick"...all of that rolled into a day outside in beautiful weather makes for a great time.

I went with Beth, Zach, and Darcy to the fair and we had a great time. We took a lot of pictures to document this event (as it was Darcy's first time at the fair, as well...and she has lived in MN much longer than me...what a pity it took her this long to get to the fair!!). Most of the pictures are probably self I'll just let you check out the fun filled day at the Minnesota State Fair!