Sunday, March 29, 2009

Drumming it UP!

I've been a bit preoccupied and haven't been able to blog because I'm in Florida...but I was so excited about this, that I had to write about it...

I just found out about an African drumming class through Minneapolis Community Education! I have been wanting to take a drumming class for a while now, and it's one of those things I'd love to do...for no other reason but to just learn how to do it! In any case, the class starts in April and is one time a week for about a month and a half....can't wait!

Before you know it I'm gonna be DRUMMING IT UP!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Dancing Machines...

Since I am such a sucker for dancing, I was thoroughly pleased to find out my kiddos adore the aerobic activity as well!

Check out this video of them dancing to a song they learned in Spanish...Sorry for the potential sea-sickness you may experiencing while watching the video. The truth is that I was dancing along with them, behind the camera! Take a look at some of the moves these kidlets have...wow! I need to take lessons from a few of them. They sure know how to shake it!

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Now that you've seen them shake it...turn up your stereo, have a good old fashion dance party in your living room, and shake what your mama gave ya, you dancing machine!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

haphazard wednesday

Disclaimer:

*I have a lot of random things on my mind, so this blog may indeed be more than a 1 or 2 liner blogs...get comfy...but don't worry...some pictures are included for the more visual people!

*This blog entry may not be the best for those ears that are overly sensitive. A few choice words may be used, simply to convey a point...

On with this haphazard Wednesday blog entry...

1. I have iTunes on random shuffle and currently I am listening to "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely" by Backstreet Boys...boy does this song from the album "Millennium" take me back...and I don't even think I'm THAT old!

2. I was in the car driving this afternoon when the song "You Found Me" by the Fray came on the radio. I like this song. It has a really cool tune. Of course when I'm in the car, I jam out to the songs that are playing, and this time was no exception. The song starts and I start belting, "I found God on the corner of 1st and Larpenter" and continued on singing to the rest of the song (even though I don't know half the lyrics, it's one of those songs you just feel like you DO know the lyrics). Anyway, later I was in the car and the song came on again. You'd think I would change the station, but no...I kept it on, and began to sing, "I found God on the corner of 1st and Lowry..." I realized that those two words just seemed to sounds right even though I knew they were not right...they were the first two street names that I thought of, for whatever reason. Since I couldn't decide what the correct lyrics were, I just googled them. I am happy to report that the lyrics read as follows: "I found God on the corner of 1st and Amistad..." Lowry? Larpenter? What the heck was I thinking?!

3. In class tonight (Communication and Collaboration) we were talking about the topic of "Working with Difficult People." This was literally about an hour long lecture...amusing, interesting, and so right on! I actually want to dedicate a different blog just about this, but essentially, the lecture talked about 10 types of difficult people you may encounter in the workplace, or in life in general. Some of these difficult people include the "Grenede," the "Know it All," the "Maybe Person," and the "Whiner" among a few others. As we were discussing these types of people and how to effectively work and communicate with them, we were giving examples of people we've encountered, that held some of the characteristics of these "types" of people. We all laughed and had fun talking about others...and the my professor said, "And just remember while we have difficult people in our lives....YOU are also someone's 'Difficult Person"..." Made me think for a long while...



4. When I walked into my room today after being gone all day I saw this:



I immediately thought of 3 things...First, I thought of the picture always painted of girls plucking flower petals off a flower saying "He loves me, he loves me not, he loves me..." Who does that anyway? I don't think any real life person every does that. Weird. The Second thing I thought of was how in a few short months my dear Megan, as of a few days ago, will be walking down an aisle of freshly thrown petals. Third, I thought how disappointed I was that the beautiful tulips that I got a few days ago didn't last longer! Tuplips are the best...by far...so only lasting a few days is a bummer!

5. I needed to do some laundry today because I am leaving for vacation in 2 short days and time is slipping away from me. And despite my dreadfully long day (Work, Class...15 hour day...bla) I had this incredible burst of ambition. So I grabbed the laundry basket and downstairs I went...I am not the biggest fan of the basement because it's dingy, dimly lit, and I am positive there are little critters everywhere. I do try to convince myself that there are none, but I know that's far from the truth. In any case, I was diligently separating my whites from my colored clothes and accidentally dropped a shirt on the gross cement floor. Wasn't too worried because heck, it's getting washed...right? I finished loading the first load and then picked up the shirt and what I saw was enough to make me want to scream, but I knew there was company upstairs so I held it in...on my shirt crawled this big, nasty centipede! I think I despise these critters more than any other (yes, even more than lady bugs). I tried to trap it using an empty laundry detergent bottle only to cut off half it's legs inside my laundry basket. All I could think was "Damn you centipede"...the legs that got chopped off were still wiggling around and the other half that was still in tact was trying to scurry out. UGH. Luckily the damn thing was finally captured, but now I feel as though I have little legs crawling all over me...it's a mental thing, and I need to get past it!



6. I was recently told by my eye doctor that I need to wear my contacts less. I agree with her. I put them in at 5:30 am when I wake up to take a shower...and generally they do not come out until 9:30 or 10:00 at night. I've been trying to make a conscious effort to get them out as soon as I get home, if I've got nothing going on later in the evening. It's not that I don't like my glasses...I just prefer my contacts...glasses are annoying because there is only a limited area of clear viewing space when you wear glasses...if you look all the way up, or all the way down or all the way left/right, you are looking at blurriness....not enjoyable. In any case, tonight I was lucky and got my contacts out at like 9 pm...getting better, eh? Well as I was taking my contacts out, I dropped one of the lenses into the sink that was running with water. "OH SHIT" I thought! Normally dropping a contact is not a huge deal, but in running water, when it was my last pair (picking up the new contacts tomorrow), it was a BIG deal. Thank goodness for my lightning speed reaction time as I snatched (hey...that's one of our vocabulary words in 3rd grade world, this week) it up just in time and saved it! Whew.

7. Now that I am done with this incredibly long blog, my iTunes is playing "It is Well (With My Soul)"...love this song! Good way to end the blog and the day!

I'm signing off...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Hello! Do you remember me!?

Hello Sunscreen...



Hello Beach....



Hello Water...



Do you remember me?

It's been a while, but soon we will be reunited! Friday is so close...and then we will be together, AGAIN!

Monday, March 23, 2009

One thing I would have changed about today...

The day is just about over.

The glasses are on....

The makeup is off...

The bangs are pinned back...

And as I sit here and think back on the day's happenings, there is really one thing that I would definitely change about today...

I would have used more Purell hand sanitizer!





I think I average the Purell usage to about 1-2 times per hour during my work day (sounds obsessive, but step into my little box of a classroom sometime and you will be sanitizing every 5-6 minutes yourself), but today, I didn't use it nearly enough. Not only did I get coughed on constantly, but one of the kids sneezed and the excess sneeze mist landed straight on my face, and to top it off, one of the little guys barfed into his hand and then gave me a high five with the same hand 5 minutes later. OH BOY!

Tomorrow is a new day....bring on the Purell!

Nanny land memories....

I was uploading a video for a friend tonight when I stumbled across videos I taped from quite a while...oh the good old days of being a nanny...


Video #1...

Little Amanda discovering the hilarious noises her mouth can make. She was so serious about this too, it was too funny!

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Video #2...

Here is Baby Ella cracking up at some WACK noises I was making. I can't remember how I discovered she thought this was hilarious, but once I realized it, I couldn't stop...hearing her laugh is priceless!

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Deep thoughts...from the shower!

Oh the things that run through my mind during a Sunday shower...

So I was taking a shower this morning, as I do on a very regular basis, but this morning I was in a shower that had some water collecting in the bottom of the tub. Not a big deal, but it made my mind start wandering...

When I saw the water from the shower head coming out, it reminded me of the water that falls from the sky, or as I just recently taught my students, precipitation. Then I was watching the water pool in the bottom of the tub and thought about how water that sits in a body of water will evaporate when heated by the sun...all of these things lead me to remember the entirety of the water cycle because it was a unit that we just finished in third grade world.

In any case I was thinking about the water cycle, I was realizing the complexity of it. When I teach the water cycle to my students, its very simple. 3 steps. Precipitation, evaporation, condensation. Easy as that. But when I stopped to think about about it, I was in awe of the fact that our water does not go away, rather changes forms. The fact that there was this system, so perfectly designed for our benefit, for our survival just struck me in a new way this morning.

And for visual purposes....a great example of water and the beauty of creation (and for those of you who don't know...this is the waterfall I climbed through last summer in Honduras...holy cow!)



Getting back to the point...I realized the greatness of the creation of our earth...of our existence, but it's not that often that I realize this greatness. Understanding the details, and complexity of so many things in our lives makes me wonder how anyone could question the existence of God.

...When I stop to think about how our bodies were created with veins to carry blood, in a certain quantity, to certain parts of our body I am in awe!

...When I realize that the beauty of the mountains and oceans were created with such specific purpose, I am in awe!

...When I see a woman that is pregnant and hours later see the child in her arms (a human being coming out of another human being), I am in awe!

I could go on and on, but I when I think about these things, I just pray that others can see and understand who this perfect Creator is and what His existence means to us. Wow!

In any case, if you ever need to do some deep thinking, take a shower....it will be sure to help!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

why today????

It's GORGEOUS outside...a crisp and sunny 50 degree Saturday...not a cloud in the sky!

You'd think I'd be outside enjoying the day...maybe a jog, or a bike ride...even just walking around and enjoying the shops down the block.

Alas, I am sitting in the library, in a small little cubicle desk, doing research...reading....highlighting...and writing a paper (side note: the paper itself isn't so bad...I'm enjoying the content....it's the dang APA format that is making me grumpy).



All I want is to be frolicking around town in springtime bliss, but I'm doing homework....WHY TODAY????

Thursday, March 19, 2009

the UnExPeCtEd...

The unexpected can either be really great, or really not great...depending on the situation...



In today's case, the unexpected was just wonderful!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

In and Out

I feel like I am in and out of this "blogging" trend...and that annoys me!

I wish I was more consistent with my blogging because it does a number of things for me:

1. It relaxes me...I love writing and this is a way to simply unwind. By not blogging I can tell I am not doing nearly enough relaxing.

2. It reminds me...after I blog, I will often times read back over my posts weeks, months, or years later. I love being able to read my thoughts at that moment in time and to either laugh or appreciate them!

3. It connects me...being that I live so far from home, I know that blogging does keep me connected and in "touch" with those people who I don't get to see daily.

I could go on, but I won't...for your sake! I love blogging and need to get into a better routine of writing...even if it's nothing significant...the point is just to write. Right?! I think part of the problem is that I tend to "blog" on Facebook and it seems so complicated to transfer text/pictures from there, to this blogspot. It's not, it just takes some time.

In any case, I'm back. I am going to make a personal goal to blog between 4 and 5 times per week...you may get a big old blog, you may get a 2 liner...either way, I want to be more consistent about it! Hold me to it....