Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Day #2

I'm in my 4th block (semester) of the education program at ASU. The first 3-blocks I had to intern 60 hours total for each. I've learned more in the past 2 days than I have with the 180-intern hours.

I am so happy that I decided to be a teacher. I have loved all the interaction with the kids and meeting the staff. I've meet so many new people the last two weeks. This is so much better than a desk job. I love the variety that teaching brings. No two days will be alike.

I've lost 3 lbs this past week!!! There is no time to eat which is a wonderful thing when you have weight to lose. :-)

Monday, July 28, 2008

1st day!

Today was the 1st day of 3rd grade. Overall the class is very cute. Last year there was a 2nd grade teacher at the school who allowed her kids do do WHATEVER they wanted (needless to say she was asked to leave). You can totally tell which kids came from her class. They think it's okay to run in the halls, talk in the halls, turn around in your seat and talk, not raise your hand, not listen, etc., etc., It's been a bit of a culture shock today when we went over all the rules and things not to do. One girl even got a tummy ache after discipline was talked about. If their behavior is not very well they can get after school dentition.

One of the sweet girls brought me her text book that someone had wrotten B&*!#@ in big letters. This caused a little uproarh amonths the nosey students who wanted to see it. But, they didn't.

It was a good day and I cannot believw how tiresome I am (and I didn't even do that much) as far as teaching and interacting.

I am still thinking about my Austin guy. I really want to call him. But I won't bug him while his cousin is there visiting. I'm still sad about it and still like him.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

A good thing came to and end

I feel sad. But, I’ll hold my head up high and just blog about it instead. Usually this sort of thing is not something that I would talk about. I’ve been working on expressing myself this year.
I just got off the phone with the guy from Austin. He doesn’t wish to proceed with a relationship. He told me that he didn’t think that I had very much fun, I was too quiet, I wasn’t expressive, hard to read, and that I wasn’t really into him.

I actually had a lot of fun. Yes, I was quiet but I always am when I am on vacation because there are all these new things, places, people, and environment.

I felt comfortable and thought it was a good start to a relationship. I guess I was the only one who felt that way. I want to build a strong foundation where we both know each other very well and totally get each other. It was great being in Austin and trying to get to know this great man and learning as much as I could about his life, things he likes, his mannerisms, habits, helping him anyway I can, etc.

I really think that each guy that comes into our lives teaches us something. What did I learn from my Austin guy? I think I learned lots of things. The most valuable would be that it’s okay to put myself out there. In fact I should do it a lot more. I am young and need to get out there and date. He taught me that I am really a special girl and I need to remember that I’m unique. I learned how good it feels to do something for someone else that the relationship isn’t just about me. And how, important it is too find someone that wants the same things as you. AND how much fun it is to talk on the phone with a guy. I think that’s what I am going to miss the most is just our talks and just having that gentle sole to talk to when your having a rough day.

In the grand scheme of things I should not be sad. I have grown as a person and learned some important and valuable skills.

Instinctively my heart wants to close back up and hide again. But, I am going to take what I learned from my wonderful Austin guy and get back out there and try it again. Really try not just text someone back and forth. So, I’ll hold my head high and keep on looking. I know the guy that truly understands me and gets me is out there and he is sure a lucky guy and I’ll be a lucky girl.

Damit I really liked this one and was really hopping to be done with the whole dating thing. He was funny, interesting, smart, educated, kind, thoughtful, and so much more!!! I tried to do everything right. :-(


My youngest sister and I are a lot alike. Sometimes that's a great thing when it comes to hair, makeup, clothes, and shoes. She got bangs last month and I love it! A few years ago I took a picture of Reece Witherspoon to my last hair lady and showed her the picture. I got blunt bangs and looked like such a dork for 9 months. I was a little apprehensive but since Kim and I are back to going to the same hair lady and I like Kims bangs I knew they'd be cute.

Here is one of the last pictures I took pre-bangs (i guess you can't really tell since i pulled my hair back).

I took some pictures today to show off my new bangs. And it's your lucky day (or not) I don't have any makeup on (YIKES!). Oh and the new shirts I bought yesterday. Jcrew and Banana Republic are having some GREAT sales!

Deuce is stealing my spot light.

On the bright side of things - at least I have a smaller nose.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Word Verification for dummies

Maybe I shouldn't be a teacher.

You know those 'word verification' that you have to enter the letters to leave comments/send messages/etc. I have the hardest time with those. Either I'm making up letters or I can't figure out what the letter is. Sometimes it takes me 3 or 4 tries. :-(

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Meet the Teacher

Tomorrow I get to meet my students. I am excited. I went out to lunch with all the 3rd grade teachers today and they talked about "meet the teacher" night. I guess it's a little bit awkward. The parents come and they either don't have anything to say OR want to spend 10-minutes talking about their child(ren). And apparently the kids just stare at you. I'm glad i won't be the only one a little uncomfortable tomorrow evening. ;-)

Today was another long day and lots of fun. I knew teachers did a lot of work but I HAD NO idea how much work it is!!!! And school hasn't even started. It's been great going this week and I cannot tell you how fast time flies. I left my house at 7:30 this morning, got home at 8:00, and did homework until 8:45. It really feels like I've been awake for only 4-5-hours. I hope life slows down, else I'm going to be gray everywhere very soon. :-(

I'm exhausted and I am going to bed at 9PM! Guess this day jig is going to turn me into an early bird.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


I got back from Texas yesterday (I'll blog about Austin, soon).

I made it through my first day of student teaching today! I really like my host teacher she is so nice. I am going to have my hands full and will be learning more than I thought I would. We meet the students on Thursday for ‘meet the teacher’ and Monday is the students first day of school. I am very tired today.

I don't know why I thought it would be easy to work 4 hours in the evening. I went to my job after student teaching. I left at 7:20 and got home about 8:30. It sure did make for a long day but it actually only felt like I worked 2-3 hours at each.

P.S. I went to my first nude beach when I was in TX.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


Student teaching starts on Tuesday. I have one week to prepare and I'll be in Austin for 5 days, so that really only gives me about 2 days to get ready. Tomorrow is my hair appointment. I cannot decide if i want to go back to a lighter blonde or stay with this darker blonde color. Decisions. Decisions. Decisions.
Today I went and got a pedi-cure. A must have since i'll be wear open toe shoes once I start student teaching. Guess I was in a crazy mode because i was planning on just an elegent look. Maybe next time. Oh a happy note I found one pair of my havaianas in my dirty room. Aren't they cute?

Here is a close up. Not a great picture since i used my cell but you get the idea.

Monday, July 14, 2008


Mama said alligators are ornery cause they got all those teeth and no toothbrush! ALL of my teeth feel amazing. Last Thurday I went in for a cleaning. I ended up getting one of these gadgets. I charged it over the weekend while I was gone and since I've been back - oh, 5 hours ago. I've brushed my teeth 3 times. Hmmm. I don't know why I didn't get one of these sooner (BTW it is very expensive at Target. I got the family pack at my dentist office for less than what Target wants for a single one). Oh, and the best part is that i used my flexible spending account. I hope they don't want to audit the receipt OR it's an approved item.

Friday, July 11, 2008


WooHoo!!!! I am relieved. I just made the final CareCredit payment for more than two grand, a few seconds ago, from D's last surgery to pay off the balance. Now that the that the 12-month interest free promo ends in a few weeks (which would have added another $700 bucks had it not been paid off, um no thanks). I am SO happy to not be receiving any more statements. I could have bought a brand new car instead I got to fix something I already had, my beloved Deuce. He is worth it but two years of this has been crazy and very financially draining.

I'm headed up north with the family. Our cabin isn't built yet. Friends of my parents have a cabin in the same community so we are going to stay at theirs this weekend.

I'll be back Monday evening. I am excited the day time high is in the 60's-70's and RAIN. When you grow up in Arizona, or maybe i speak for just myself, you love rain. Although are rain stinks (a rusty mineral type smell when the rain first starts). Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Laundry, Angela-style

Here is a good laundry tip. When you are doing your laundry:

  1. Do not added anything other than clothes to the laundry bin

  2. If foreign object(s) fall into the bin take them out before going to the washing machine

  3. Add a few clothes at a time to the washing machine. Do not just dump the entire laundry bin

This is very important. Else, you might end up washing your text book for your summer class.

(If your wondering how the heck that got into the wash. I sorta remember throwing the text book on the bed and it sliding into the half-full laundry basket. I must have added clothes on top and then just dumped the basket into the washing machine. It made a huge mess and I had to wash some things 3-times to get all the gunk out).

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

10% off for your child

Yesterday my dad picks up a promotional flier he got in the mail from USAA (banking, insurance, and loans). This flier was for insurance.

D: Do you have USAA?
A:Yes [Note:I've been a member for over 14-years. He had to fill out paperwork listing me as his dependent so I could be a member]
D: [He picks up his mail] This says that my child can get 10% off.
A: Well I'm an adult.
D: Yes, but your my child
A: I'm an adult not a child. They didn't say your "dependent" can receive 10% off. It says "child".
D: Even if you're 60 you will still be my child.
A: I think they mean more like 16-21.
D: You need to call them so you can get 10% off, just tell them your my child.

Later I read his flier. It says that if your child is under 25 they can get a 10% discount. Dad is silly. It makes me laugh this "discount" if i was young enough would save me $6-7 a month. I didn't tell him about that part. It was cute that he is trying to save me a few dollars a month.

Go Me!

I got an A in my 1st summer class. Which is good because I am trying to raise my GPA and another B will bring it down. No more B's until after I graduate.

My 2nd summer class just started this week. This teacher wants us to write one paper every day. That sounds like fun...I've been dying to write 25 papers over the next 5-weeks.

I'm really excited, I found out today that when we go up north this weekend the day-time high is going to be in the 60's-70's. WOOHOOO! I cannot wait. It's 9:30 pm the sun has been down for over an hour and half and it's still 100+ degrees outside. Do you like being cold or hot better? I will always say cold because like I was telling John earlier this week there is only so much I can take off when I'm hot.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008


So, i've been at the same job for over 9 years. That's a very long time when you're 29!
Today my boss sent me an e-mail asking if I wanted a pot-luck or get lunch from somewhere for my "last" week (i'll still be lurking around there, just not hours people are usually there). It's a bitter-sweet feeling.

Anyways, i told her just whatever is easier that people want to do. I really didn't want to make a big deal about it. I don't want to start crying or anything - not that i would - but sometimes i cry. Like you know when you get that Birthday dinner song - sometimes that can make me cry. Or when I'm mad about something and i have to talk about that something I'll start crying. Pretty much until I know how i feel, internally I don't know how to feel so i cry. It's rather annoying and so EMBARRASING if it happens around someone...anyways!

During our meeting today they took a vote and decided to get lunch from somewhere. My friend was like lets do pizza. is not my first, second, third, forth choice.

Later when i was back in my bosses office she asked me if i wanted Pei Wei or Olive Garden. That sounds way better than pizza. They are sweet!

Monday, July 7, 2008

No more Monday blues

I've been waiting months maybe even years for this week. Now that it's hear it's a very strange feeling. I have been at the same job for over 9 years. Right now I work 30 hours a week. Which is very sweet when school is not in session. Here is something very cool. I make more in my 30 hour week than people on my team that work 40 hours. Which is something we probably want to keep to ourselves. But, that's not the case anymore. After Friday I am going to work 12 hours a week. Student teaching starts in 2 weeks and 1 day. I'm totally excited. I need to e-mail a few girls from my cohort and find out what they are wearing the first week (the kids won't be there yet). I don't want to be over dressed but i don't want to be under dressed either. First impressions are important.

On Friday, i'm going up with the family and staying up north to the pines for the weekend. I was looking forward to it until my sister told me my future brother-in-law is bringing his trumpet with him and going to practice for the Olympic games every day. Are you kidding me?

Anyways, Happy Monday!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

The Epidemic Continues

My sister got back from Washington last Friday. On my way home from Shaunnas’ house I got this great idea to ask Heather go scorpion hunting (taking a black light in the yard and killing them). When I got home Heather was already scorpion hunting. I decided to walk around with her. My sister is very daring and she actually likes doing it. She gets all into it and uses my moms hemostats grabs them and then cuts them into about 8 pieces. That night we found an astounding 32-33 of them. YUCK! She has gone out every night since then and luckily the numbers have decreased. In the last week though there have been over a hundred in my parent’s back yard! AGH!

Now we find them (well I should say she) in specific places. The back yard borders with 4 neighbors. There are two houses along the back wall and then one house on each side. Against the back wall the house on the right there is hardly ever any on that one. The house that is on the left there are usually several. Which makes me think that they have a scorpion problem too (since they tend to be territorial). I told my sister she should go over there to ask if they do and then if they say yes, to ask if she can hunt in their back yard that night. But, I guess she didn’t like that idea and they would probably be offended. DON’T THEY KNOW THAT THESE CREATURES ARE HORRIBLE?????

Last night I didn’t go out with her and she found the mother-load. She put it in a mason jar (sick, that better end up in the trash) and sprayed them it was a mother and 11-tiny babies upon her back.

I love my sister and that she protects me from these things. I am sad to think that my hunter is leaving in a few weeks and won’t be back for a year. What am I going to do? My other sister and I are too squeamish to do it. Heck, I freaked out tonight outside when a mouth landed on my shirt. I think Heather should become a scorpion wrangler, she’s great at it.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

No self-control?

Today I decided I wasn't going to buy anymore shirts, jeans, or pants unless they were appropriate for teaching. That was until this afternoon, when I went with Kim and my mom to see Wall-e at San Tan Village. While we were waiting for the movie to start we went to Aeropostale.

Kim got some things for her cruise in a few weeks and I got three tops. They were super cheap and on sale for 7.99-12.99. They might be good for when I go to Austin in two-weeks.

Starting tomorrow I will not buy anymore shirts, jeans, or pants unless then are appropriate for teaching, k?

Friday, July 4, 2008


First let me start of by saying I LOVE the 4th of July!

Fireworks, BBQ, and swimming what more could a girl ask for?

This year was very disappointing. Every year fireworks go off across the street from my parents house. You can sit in the yard and they are right there. Totally fun and AMAZING!!! And you don't have to deal with all the traffic. I guess it was decided that there would not be a fireworks show this year seeing as there is another one that is a mile away. I figured well it won't be as wonderful but still will be pretty cool. That was until I found out that show was cancelled too. :-(

No fireworks for me!

I miss the 'OHHH'ing and 'Awww'ing at all the pretty lights and colors. :-(
Fireworks brings out the inner child in me. I could watch it on TV but that is totally not the same. Next year I will def. not be sitting at home watching a movie

::keeping fingers crossed::

Wednesday, July 2, 2008


The past 3-Wednesdays I have spent 2 hours at the non-profit organization Save The family here in Arizona. I don't know if it's just an Arizona company or in different states. They really are wonderful.

I was in the baby room. I think I caught a bit of the baby bug. Hmmm...guess i knew this would come some day. The babies & small toddlers there (4-5) are soo cute and it was fun holding, feeding, and playing with them. The little guy I was playing with tonight must have been 6-7 months old??? idk he could kinda of sit but couldn't crawl. Maybe he was closer to 5 months. Anyways he was cute and he would smile big and loved playing with certain toys (with help). I've always loved little boys, they are sweet.

I'll miss going they really grew on me.