Monday, April 20, 2009

Smells so GOOD!

Ok...I realize this is really weird, but...

We have this handsoap in the bathroom that smells SO good. Its from Bath and Bodyworks and usually that stuff is just too much for me. This, however, oh my gosh! It's smells SO good! It's some sort of coconut scent and looks like this...

In any case, the soap part is not weird. Here it comes....

Every night before I go to bed, I wash my hands for the specific purpose of having the coconut smell lingering on my hands once I jump into bed. See, I generally sleep with my hands near my face so if I wash my hands before I go to bed, I am lulled to sleep by the incredible coconut scent!

I know, I'm weird...but it just smells so darn good!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Up from the gave HE rose!

There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

Happy Resurrection Day!

Lyrics taken from "In Christ Alone"

Friday, April 10, 2009

Dialogues...with 3rd Graders...

Can't resist posting a few hilarious dialogues that have occurred in 3rd grade over the last week...

We play a game called "Magic Scrap" where the kid have to silently pick up scraps around the room hoping that it's the "MAGIC" scrap. I have one scrap picked out and whoever picks THAT scrap is the winner. After the room is cleaned up, the kids go to their seats and I give them clues about who the winner is...

Ms. Ventura: "The winner of magic scrap is someone who is not a female..."

Cade: "What is a female?"

Misc Kid: "You know...the ones that cook all day..."


We were in the computer lab working on a PowerPoint presentation when a few of the boys come running up to me frantically...

Boys: Ms. Ventura! Preetham said a bad word!

Me: Are you sure it was a bad word?

Boys: It was the "S-H-I-T" word...

So I call Preetham over to where I'm standing so we can talk privaetly.

Me: Preetham, the boys are saying you used an inappropriate word. Is that true?

Preetham: No...I didn't say anything bad...

Me: Then why did they say that you did?

Preetham: I think they heard the computer wrong...the computer must have made a noise that sounded like a bad word...

Preetham proceeds to walk back to his computer and I follow

Me: I don't think that the computer would talk...and the computer would for sure not say a bad word...

Preetham: Well...I was trying to do something on my PowerPoint and I said "Dang"...and the other kids thought I said "Shit"

All the children gasp

Me: Preetham...

Preetham: No, I said dang and they said I said "Shit"...

Kids gasp again!

Kids: just said the bad word like 2 more times...stop saying it...

Oh boy! It was hard for me NOT to laugh at that one. I finally asked if he was telling the truth. I told him if he was, I would believe him, but that I would feel really sad if he was lying to me. With tears in his eyes, he said, "Yes...I'm telling the truth..." I walked away and left it at that!


We have Jokes/Riddles during our Sharing time on Fridays.

Shriya: What did the muffin say to the other muffin in the oven?

Guesser #1: You're cooking?!

Guesser #2: You smell good?!

Shriya: You're HOT

And then the class erupts into some extremely uncomfortable laughter. They don't quite get what "You're hot" means, but they know it's silly...


We have a class Twitter page that the kids update daily about what we're doing in class. Good way to keep parents in the loop of what goes on during our day. It was Cael's turn to post and he writes:

We are having our snack break boo sah

Cael: Can I write that?

Me: Boo Sah? What does that mean?

Cael: Ohhh. I meant to write Boo Yah!

Me: OH YES. That is very ok to write.

What kid in 3rd grade (now) knows the phrase "Boo Yah!?"


We were working on Language Arts earlier this week when it was sunny and beautiful outside. I told the kids if they could work really well, I'd have a surprise for them at the end of the day.

It was about 2:10 (20 minutes before we clean up to go home) and I grabbed a grammar worksheet and passed it out to the kids.

Ms. Ventura: Ok kids...guess what?? THIS is your surprise! GRAMMAR!!!!!!


Ms. Ventura: What do you mean no?? Grammar is such a fun surprise...

At this point I noticed a little girl not just tearing up...but sobbing...

Ms. Ventura: Maddie, what's wrong?!!?

Maddie: You said we would have a surprise...

Ms. Ventura: I did! And SURPRISE....grammar work!

Maddie: That is NOT a good surprise!

Ms. Ventura: Oh kids...I'm being sarcastic, we're going to go outside. Do you know what sarcastic means?!

They stared at me blankly...I moved on and just took them outside :)


Gotta love this job :)

Thursday, April 09, 2009

So Flo Spring Break!

I was lucky enough to head to SO FLO (South Florida) with Darcy for my Spring Break! It was a lovely get away with great company and awesome weather!

To start off my trip, of course I needed to have the proper beach attire. So shopping I the little store on the beach. I took a whole slue of outrageous cover-ups and shirts into the dressing room because Darcy and I were going to poke fun at the clothing...the lady at the store caught on and was watching us like a hawk!

So happy to be in Florida I could just jump and click my heels...and I did!

We spent a lot of fun times at cute little eating a pizza shop in the beach that is open 24/7...stinkin good pizza! And a beach cafe with great drinks and crazy old ladies dancing!

We spent even more time frolicking on the and night!

Not only did we catch the rays...but we did a whole bunch of random fun things including shopping at Fort Laud's "mega" type mall (nothing compared to the Mall of America), gambling a free $25 at the Hard Rock Cafe Casino (compliments of the casino), listening to live music outside, watching the sun rise, biking to and fro, and taking tons of great pictures!

All in all, it was a fabulous trip! A much needed get away and a lovely week spent with my dear friend Darcy while regaining some much needed Vitamin C in my life! On my way back to Minneapolis I had a lay over in Detroit so my wonderful family met me for lunch at good old Bob Evans....can't beat that! Then when I arrived back in Minneapolis, my little brother Tony was in town visiting so I got to hang out with him and his friend (and baby) for a few days...

Thursday, April 02, 2009

A Look at Biking--Minneapolis vs Fort Lauderdale

Since I've been on Fort Lauderdale this week without a car, I've been using alternative modes of transportation. Namely walking and biking. Since it's much quicker to bike places, I've been biking more than walking and it has reminded me how much I love biking to get somewhere.

However, while it's been awesome to feel the wind flowing through my hair and the breeze gently stroking my face, biking this week has also given me a chance to take a look at the difference between biking in Fort Lauderdale verses biking in Minneapolis, hence the blog!

Fort Lauderdale...


-You can bike almost any month of the year
-You can get a little bit of sun while getting your daily exercise
-You can get away with biking in your swimsuit and coverup
-You can't get more than a few yards away before breaking out in a sweat...a good sweat is awesome sometimes
-You are going "Green" by not using gasoline!


-You have to worry about running over a lizard
-The drivers here at crazy and don't care if you have the right of way
-There aren't bike "trails" or even decent bike lanes
-The people here are not so friendly and shout mean things at you if they think you are in their way
-You can't get more than a few yards away before breaking out in a sweat
-The humidity out does a number on your hair as the wind blows it around
-The tops of your hands can get burnt from exposure to the sun beating down straight on them



-Minneapolis has an incredible biking system with trails and bike ways
-You can enjoy riding your bike comfortably for 7 months of the year (minus Nov-March)
-You have the beauty of the lakes to enjoy as you bike in the cities
-People are friendly and smile at you when you pass them on the trails or if they pass you on the hollering at you
-You can get in a good exercise while doing something really fun and enjoyable
-It is a free activity/outing to do with a group of friends
-You are going "Green" by not using gasoline!


-If you biked in your swimsuit and cover up, people would stare at you like you were disgusting
-When you think winter is over, and it's safe to get out the bike, it snows again
-You have to worry about running over a squirrel

There you have it. Biking in Fort Lauderdale may be way more enjoyable for some people, but for me...I'll stick to biking in my lovely city of Minneapolis. And now you have taken a look at biking--Minneapolis and Fort Laud edition!

A mystery I don't care to figure out...

I am still in Fort Laud (last night) and I'm here on my own! Darcy left yesterday evening and so I've been chillin at a hotel last night and today.

Because the hotel offers a continental breakfast, I figured I would eat a "good" breakfast in the morning, and then skip lunch and find something to eat this evening...

I set out on my journey to find some grub to eat that was close enough to walk to and was successful, rather quickly. I was standing at the register and getting ready to pay for my sub. The lady at the register asked me "Do you want a drink wi....." and then stopped. She looked straight to my right and I was thoroughly confused (and perhaps a bit concerned) at her expression. She stopped mid sentence, and grew this look of horror on her face. The horror then turned to shock and then to amusement. She started laughing and I was still confused, just looking over my shoulder trying to understand the situation.

I finally asked her if everything was ok and then she said, "Yeah...ummm....hmmmm....should I....this is weird....oh man....hahaha...." You get the picture. She couldn't formulate words or sentences and I was still so confused. Finally she was able to tell me that two people went into the "Women's" restroom...except she was almost confident that one was NOT a women. She ran back to tell her manager, came back and took my money!

I walked out the door and the bathroom mystery still remains....and I don't care to know or figure it out!

(Doesn't this picture remind you of a mystery person?!)