Thursday, January 29, 2009

25 things...

This has been all over facebook, but I thought I'd share my answers here instead since so many readers know so little about me!

1. I am a self proclaimed beer snob.
2. Don't look at my fingernails, I bite them.
3. We went to Oregon for our honeymoon. Non-traditional, but best decision we could have made!
4. A year ago, I hated living in this city. I couldn't wait to move out of this region of Virginia. Thanks to a more positive job, I now love living here.
5. We let Layla lick the plates most nights after dinner. Spoiled little dog.
6. I read an insane amount of blogs each day. If I could recommend just 2 to you it would Ali Edwards & Pioneer Woman .
7. I look forward to getting Real Simple in the mail each month.
8. I reminisce about JMU all the time.
9. I love where I teach. A year ago, I wanted to run away from teaching and never go back, but I'm glad I stuck with it. My new school has changed my whole opinion on teaching.
10. Since being married, we now eat really well. Cooking has become a favorite past time for both J and me.
11. Best purchase of '08? My FURminator.
12. Beautiful paper can make me weak in the knees. How sad.
13. There used to be a show on NBC called Ed. It will never go to DVD due to music laws and other dumb stuff. This still makes me sad. Oh Stuckeyville.
14. I was a new-years-gym-goer, but am proud to say, I've gone at least 3 days a week since joining. I even admitted tonight that 80% of me actually enjoys and looks forward to it. Only 20% of me dreads going.
15. I had 7 female roommates for two years.
16. Thanks to a dear friend, I now love hot tea. For 20 years of my life, tea disgusted me. Who knew?
17. Many days I wake up and wish I was going to Hogwarts instead of to work; however, this has yet to actually happen.
18. I have a nasty cabbage patch doll from my childhood named Lori. She has blood all over her arms from nose bleeds I had as a kid. I used to creep my roommates out by her in college. Now that I am married, she stays in the closet. J doesn't appreciate bloody dolls.
19. I have a love/hate relationship with Mandy Moore. Don't get me started.
20. I like to finish sentences with the phrase "womp womp", even when it's not appropriate. This drives J crazy. Which, in turn, makes me do it even more.
21. I've always wanted more freckles.
22. One of my favorite birthday presents from my parents is my JMU class ring. It rarely leaves my right hand.
23. I don't play any musical instruments. Unless you count a kazoo.
24. When I was a kid, I HATED when my mom would make me dress like my little sister.
25. I had a large cyst removed from the left side of my jaw about 2 years ago.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

sad day

Sniffles....while reading Real Simple may be my favorite way to spend a rainy afternoon, reading my monthly Domino was a close second. At least I have saved all of my old issues.

Monday, January 26, 2009

six months

Six Months Ago Today:
time seems to fly by

Sunday, January 25, 2009

This weekend:

I did it. Colored my hair and I love it!

Bought some adorable flats and two oversized sweaters this weekend, all for under $25. A good weekend!

Took my 13 year old brother to see Paul Blart: Mall Cop. Funny if you're 13. Not so funny if you're 25.

Came home to a clean and recently mopped kitchen...thanks honey!

Watched Friday Night Lights and just about died from the awesomeness that is this show. If you don't watch, rent the DVD's. I promise you'll fall in love.

Thought about all the work I need to do for school this week. Did zero. Oh well.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

no snow.

All day yesterday, the weathermen in our area spoke of a "winter storm" we were supposed to see here. We live near the coast, and it's been about four years since they saw some real snow. We get dustings, but that's about it. When I went to bed last night they had already put out a winter storm advisory and were saying we'd get between three and five inches. The teacher in me was excited by this. My three day weekend was most likely turning into a four day weekend. I like the sound of that.

I awake at 2:30, get out of bed, look out the window. Nothing.

3:30? Nothing.

4:30? Nothing.

Alarm goes off at 5:45, nothing. I take the dog out, grumpy about the weather and having to go to work, and I start my morning routine. About six o'clock the phone rings and I answer to hear a recording from my district telling me that school will be closed today due to the anticipation of winter weather? Imagine my surprise when I turn on the television to find out that each of our surrounding districts have closed for the day, as well. At about this time, poor husband's cell phone rings so he can hear the same message I had just heard moments ago. Since he's my emergency contact, he got the pleasure of hearing I didn't have to go to work today.

At this time, the meterologist on the local news is still predicting snow for us. She was saying we'd still be getting around two to three inches.

I took a nap. No snow.

Watched our country swear in a new president. No snow.

Told my husband about 100 times that I think the Obama girls are just too cute for their own good. No snow.

Did some scrapbooking (see here!). No snow.

Here it is, 6:00 PM, and the ground is just as bare now as it was yesterday at this time. I was planning on making today's picture of the day relate to the inauguration, but I felt it was only appropriate to take this picture instead.

I guess I got my four day weekend. And although I was hoping to see some snow, I'm not going to complain!

inauguration day: lego style

Happy Inauguration Day from Legoland! Click here for more pictures! It's pretty neat!

Monday, January 19, 2009

mlk jr.

The weekend isn't quite over yet. Our school district is off today for MLK Jr. Day. Last Friday, I read my 4th graders a book about Dr. King, and I figured that this would just be a good way to not only review who Dr. King was, but it would also be a nice way to celebrate him in our class since we wouldn't be there today. And to be very honest, we had about ten minutes of down time before the day was over and I needed to fill it with something.

As I started reading our picture book, I noticed one of my students seemed a little perplexed. He didn't quite understand who was I reading about and what this time period in history was when black and white children couldn't just live together happily. Then I got it. My student just moved to America from Belarus (Eastern Europe) about 8 months ago. While he is very fluent and fits right in with his American peers, this was one thing that separated him from his classmates. I stopped reading and asked my kids to raise their hands if they had heard of the man I was reading about. All hands shot up around the room; all hands except for his. He looked around and sort of sunk down in his seat. Embarrassed that he didn't know something everyone else did. I quickly assured him that we were excited to teach him about this great man I was reading about. Several other students chimed in with some things they knew about Dr. King.

I went back to reading the story, and it was pretty neat watching his face as I read. He raised his hand through out the story to ask questions, to fill in the holes since he'd never heard this "famous" story before. At the end of the day I was so happy to know that my little time filler, was actually a big moment in the life of one student. A very good feeling for any teacher.

Enjoy your holiday. Whether you're at work or at home, think of the man we're celebrating. And be thankful.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

why didn't anyone tell me?

When I was in high school, I started highlighting my dark hair. I highlighted it for about eight years, and then in the spring of 2007, I decided it was time to stop, and since then I have been growing my hair out. I like that my hair has been so healthy for the past year and a half, but today, after transferring lots of old pictures and files from my old computer to my new(ish) laptop, it occurred to me that my hair looks horrible right now. The dark hair does nothing for me! Why have I been rocking these dark locks for over a year? Craziness, I suppose. Next Saturday I am going home to visit my family, and I've already scheduled an appointment with my favorite hairdresser there to get rid of the ugly brown look I've got going on. Be on the lookout for a new and improved Rachel!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

where i wish i was thursdays

...this is where I wish was right now. Not here in my living room, grading math tests, freezing cold due to the fact that it's below 30 out and our radiators only sort of, kind of work. I am drinking a nice glass of red wine, but trust me, I'd much rather be sitting by the Pacific Ocean on a towel, reading a good book, and drinking my wine.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

yoga dog

dear layla,
it's not very easy to do yoga or crunches
when you're being a hog and taking up the
whole mat.
your bff, rachel

Saturday, January 10, 2009


Happy Saturday. Hope yours is off to a good start. Today's agenda in our home includes:
making stuffed peppers for dinner, watching more dexter, possibly buying some curtains for our living room, an epic walk with layla around the neighborhood, maaaaybe taking advantage of my new gym membership (in my defense, I did go 3 times this week!), buying birthday pencils for my students at taps, and then hopefully participating in the crop at amr....all in all, a pretty solid day.

(and the picture? it's just there because I like it. I like my husband, and I liked our trip to Charleston, and thought I needed to share a little piece of our adventure with you!)

Thursday, January 8, 2009

super teacher

Don't tell any of my whine-y coworkers this, or my husband who I constantly tell I need to be a stay at home wife so I can cook and bake for him all day, but, I've really enjoyed being back at school this week. It's been exhausting and draining, and the kids have been a little out of it, but I've liked it. We've had fun, we've joked around, they've actually learned this week! And better yet, they've learned long-freaking-division this week!
I am a super teacher. least a little piece of me feels like I am.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

the little things

So, awhile back I made a layout, one of my better layouts, if you ask me!

This past weekend I got around to uploading bunches of my most recent layouts onto my flickr and SiS galleries. Well, lo and behold, I find out last night that Jody Ferlaak (who I totally admire as a scrapper, a mom, a woman...I love this gal's blog) has picked this little ol' layout of mine for the SiS Catwalk this week. OHMYGOSH people. For you nonscrappers, I know this most likely seems silly and odd. But it's sort of a special thing. I've never had my work acknowledged like this. It's pretty cool! I feel very fortunate, and it's made me a little giddy.

So, to sum things up....visit Jody's blog (she really is wonderful), and remember to cherish and be grateful for "the little things" in your own life.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

last day

Tomorrow school starts again. While I am mostly dreading the 5 am wake-ups and long exhausting days, a part of me is a little excited to go back and see my kids. I got pretty lucky this year. Some of my students are the sweetest, funniest, and kindest kids I've ever been around. Just don't tell them I missed 'em over the break!

I went in to school this morning to get some stuff done before tomorrow morning. When I left on Dec. 19, I left without prepping anything for the first day back. It felt good to go in and know it's all organized and ready for us tomorrow. Well, at least as ready as it can be. What teacher is ever fully, 100% prepared?

Took my picture of the day at school of my desk which you can (sort of) see the top of for the first time since January. Maybe I'll try to work on that in the coming year!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

a picture a day

I know a lot of you are doing a Project 365 for the upcoming year. I did this back in '06 and really had fun with it, and figured I'd do it again now that I have a better camera. And let's be honest. It's rare that a day goes by that I don't take a picture. I will post some on here, but I may not post them all. We'll see what happens...anyhow, here are the first 3 days of my new project:

1.1.08: Early morning coffee in the new mugs my
sister gave us for Christmas from Fishs Eddy in NYC.

1.2.08: The first of many things I hope to make with the new sewing machine.
I don't know what it is exactly that I made,
but the seams all looked nice.
Therefore, I was happy!
And a quick thanks to mom for helping me figure out what the bobbin was!

1.3.08: My new sewing machine!

Is she cute...

or what?Those eyes just kill me. I love this silly animal to pieces!
(photo courtesy of a pretty wonderful dog dad who shall remain nameless)

Friday, January 2, 2009

savannah and the start of a new year

I am finally back home from our adventure and have a few Savannah photos to share with ya...and believe it or not, these are just a few from our 2 days there. I was a little shutter happy! Enjoy...

Sitting in the Forrest Gump Square

(yeah...he's pretty adorable)

Hope 2009 is off to a good start in your home. New year's eve was spent on the couch here, drinking good beer after a homemade dinner of pasta ala vodka. And what have we been doing in the first few hours of 2009? Mainly cleaning, organizing, learning how to use my new sewing machine (!!!!), eating Junior Mints from our stockings, visiting the movie theater to see Marley and Me, and watching season 2 of Dexter. 2009 is off to a good start!