Saturday, December 29, 2007

Bestest, Anticipation, National Treasure 2

1. Friends are great. I'm glad I have the best friend in the whole world!

2. There's something about going on a trip that wears you out and gives you great energy all at the same time.

3. One word....AMAZING!!!

Friday, December 28, 2007

XOXO, Done, Rounded Up

1. Even after the long wait today for the plane, it is SO GREAT to have Jeremy back here! What a great greeting that was at the airport!

2. Jeremy and I had our first wedding shower while we were in Illinois. I was able to finish the thank you notes today...what an accomplishment. 

3. It's so great to have everyone I love in my life back together again for dinner!! I love you all!!

Way to Go!!

Can I tell you who I really hate right now?? American Airlines. I have been away from Jeremy for 7 days...7 DAYS!!! That's a whole week. Do you realize how hard this is? Well, he was supposed to be in at 11:10 am, but one of his flights was delayed which meant he missed his connection. So, here I am writing this while he is waiting for a standby flight. Way to go American...way to get my hopes up and then make me wait!!!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Accomplished, Dumplin', Fire

1. Today I got so much done, it is great to get things accomplished.

2. I love apple dumplings, tonight....I got one. YUM!!

3. It was a high of 34 today, so the fire in the fireplace tonight was wonderful.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Errands, Laughter, Grey's

1. Today I got to ride around with my mom while she ran errands. We haven't been able to do that lately and today was amazing getting to do it again. 

2. Laughter really is the best medicine. Tonight my family and I played a few games. We always have a great time when we do, and it's never a complete night unless we have a laughing fit. Thankfully, tonight was a complete night.

3. Yay for Grey's Anatomy on DVD. Season 3....Wohoo!!!

The Good Ol' Days

Do you ever have those times when you are hanging out with an old friend and realize things have changed...that maybe something is different and you wish things could be like they used to? Today I was hanging out with an old friend that I turn to when I need cheering up and I realized I'm missing something. 

I got Season 3 of Grey's Anatomy on DVD for Christmas and last night I started watching it again. I started thinking of the good laughs and cry's that I had with George, Izzy, Christina, Mer, and Alex, and I realize things aren't the same as they used to be. I loved the old days, I love the new days, but I miss Burke. There is just something about the relationship between him and Christina, his wisdom around the hospital and how he brought mystery to my favorite show that I MISS!!

I know things will never be the same, and I am trying my best to love this new friendship I have. But, like a good old photo album, I'm glad I have the DVD's I can go back and watch to remember the good ol' days!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Doing my Best Thinking

A little while back I wrote that I knew I was getting old due to the constant wondering why kids these days always have to have the earphones to their ipod in their ears. Well, just a few weeks ago I had another "you're getting old" moment. 

I remember my mom always talking that she does her best thinking in the shower. I always thought that was an "adult" thing. Well, it happens to me now. I can be standing in the warm water with a shampoo suds football helmet and the greatest thought will come into my head. 

I don't know when this started, but all I know now....I must be getting old.

What were they Thinking??

When I make my daily trek to Starbucks before going to class, I have to go through a turnabout. Now, whoever decided to put one of these in a city where people don't know how to drive in them ( I don't recall learning the rules of a turnabout in driver's ed) was crazy. No one knows who they are to yield to. Not to mention it's in a bad place that has blind corners. 

For example, I was driving to Starbucks the other day and looked and yielded before I started to proceed when all of a sudden a women in a car came flying around the circle. I had to slam on my brakes, spill my book bag and everything else I had in my car while she gave me a dirty look. Come on lady, you weren't there two seconds ago...

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Santa, I need help!!

So much to do, and so little time. Who would have's two days before Christmas and I still have SO much to do. Since I spent a week in Illinois, and just got back a couple of days ago, I have shopping to do. Problem number 1 -- I am sick. I caught a bad cold up North and am in bed and don't want to move. I have no idea how I'm going to get myself out of bed to go. Problem number 2 -- it seems as though everyone is having Christmas parties this weekend. I went to one last night and only lasted about an hour before I had to go home and get in bed. I have one tonight too, boy I don't know if I'm going to make it. 

So, needless to say, I have a load of work to do with time and a body that aren't allowing me to. What's a girl to do?? 

Friday, December 21, 2007

Covered Up

Yesterday I got back from a week long visit to Illinois. Jeremy and I were thrown a couples wedding shower, we got to visit with many great people and play tourist. Coming home though, and being without internet for 7 days, I am covered up and behind in all the happenings of the world. Not to mention, I came home with a cold. So, as soon as I surface for air and get out of bed, I can't wait to share all that went on. (yes, pictures will be included too!!)

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Almost there!!

Well, it's official. I presented my last project today, and I couldn't be happier. The high school drama has almost come to an end. I just hope the group that reeks havoc wont be in my classes next semester. I presented a great unit on North America today, and know I will be getting an "A" in that class. Now all I have to do is show up to school tomorrow, pick up my teaching portfolio and I am one semester closer to doing what I love...hanging out with the little people, oh yeah, and teaching them a thing or two as well!!

Monday, December 10, 2007

They're Back!!

Has anyone ever seen one of these?? Every year about this time the commercials for these clappers start popping up. Seriously, do you think I'm going to get Mom and Dad one of these gadgets? Would I get Jeremy one? My brother? I honestly know of NO ONE who has a clapper, I'm not saying they wouldn't be cool if they didn't have one, but seriously, who has one of these things?? I would really like to know. 

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Where are you Christmas??

I received this little poem in an e mail from my PaPaw. I found it interesting since Jeremy and I were just reading a Christmas story that dealt with this same issue last night. 

Twas the month before Christmas, when all through our land,
Not a Christian was praying, nor taking a stand.

Why the Politically Correct Police had taken away,
The reason for Christmas - no one could say.

The children were told by their schools not to sing,
About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.

It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would say
December 25th is just a " Holiday ".

Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit
Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!

CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-pod
Something was changing, something quite odd!

Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa
In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.

As Targets were hanging their trees upside down
At Lowe's the word Christmas - was no where to be found.

At K-Mart and Staples and Penny's and Sears
You won't hear the word Christmas; it won't touch your ears.

Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty
Are words that were used to intimidate me.

Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen
On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton !

At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter
To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.

And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith
Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace.

The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded
The reason for the season, stopped before it started.

So as you celebrate "Winter Break" under your "Dream Tree"
Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.

Choose your words carefully, choose what you say
MERRY CHRISTMAS, not Happy Holiday !

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Winding Down

Well it's true, this semester is winding down, and I couldn't be happier. I have had this group within one of my classes which have really made these 8 weeks not so fun. They are very disruptive and act like we are in high school again. For me this is bad because I have been out of high school for 6 years now, I'm over all of the pettiness, and I just think other people need to grow up and be adults as well. 

Other than that, this has been a great semester. I have learned so much, and actually being in the classroom has made it even better. I am so ready to teach, when can I start?

Now, how did that get there??

The other day, I was going to get a tank top to wear under my sweatshirt. So, I opened my tank top drawer (yes, I have so many that I have to devote an entire dresser drawer to them) and went riffling through my tank tops when I came a pair across of cheer shorts I have been looking for. I don't know how in the world they got there...but at least I found them. 

Monday, November 19, 2007

The Joys of Teaching

Today, we worked on a lesson that taught capacity. The students learned what a gallon, quart, pint and cup were. They learned how many of each could fill another through a great lesson with colored paper. After students completed a worksheet their homework was to go home and teach their parents about capacity. The parents were to fill out the same worksheet the students had to and then the student would act as the teacher and grade their work. The kiddos were SO excited about this, and wondered if their parents would be fooled. But, when Mrs. Feagan told the students that the worksheet their parents completed would be the one recorded in the grade book, one of the boys in the back pipped up and stated, "I'll be sure to give it to my Dad then." I was almost rolling with that one.

When I catch my breath

Wow!!! So much has been going on here with me and my life. Some bad, but most good. As soon as I have time to sit down and catch my breath I will write my novel of a better get your reading eyes prepared!!

Friday, November 16, 2007

You know what really stinks??

So, I was getting ready yesterday (more proof of why I just had to look back on the day and laugh) and was straightening my hair. I turned on my straightener and curling iron, as I always do, before I started blow drying my hair. I do that so they can heat up while I am blow drying my hair and then they are ready to use. So, I turned them on, blow my hair dry and went to straighten the little curls when I noticed my straightener wasn't hot. "What a dork!!," I thought. You see, I thought I had just turned on my curling iron and not the straightener. So, I went to flip the switch, but it was already flipped. So, it was flipped, but wasn't hot. It was plugged in, but wasn't hot. UGH!!! It broke!!! How is a girl to finish her hair without an essential tool?? That's what really stinks!!! 

Isn't it sad?

Isn't it sad when the people you love the most let you down? When they take you for granted? When they expect you to drop everything you're doing for them, but when you need them they aren't there? I think it's so sad!!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Wow!!! What a crazy day!!

Do you ever have those crazy days? You know, the ones when you look back on them you just laugh? I had one of those days today. And you know how when you have one of those days you just want to share it with the world, but no one is around? Yeah, that's me right now. So that's why you all get to hear about all of the cars, hospital visits and back stabbing.

So, today I went to observe the 3rd grade classroom I have been visiting the past few weeks. It is great to go in there because the kiddos are learning who I am and are just great to be around. I have usually been going for just a couple of hours a day, but today I decided to go all day to try to get caught up on my hours. I pulled up to the school and was immediately struck by the rows and rows of cars. I remembered it was Turkey Day, you know, the day in which the parents come to school to have Thanksgiving Dinner with their kids. So, yup, you guessed it.....I didn't get my usual front row spot, I had to parallel park in tim-buk-tu (PS - I DON'T parallel park). Ugh, what an ordeal.

I get in to the classroom and enjoy watching the students work on their morning seat-work. This is a routine I don't usually get to see. Once they are done, the teacher and I take the kids to their music class and then she proceeds to tell me she's not feeling well and wants to go to the nurse to have her blood pressure taken. Unfortunately, the nurse is in the middle of testing and couldn't do it. So, we go back to the class and wait for the students to get done with music. 

Later in the morning, Mrs. Feagan is trying to open a box that is behind me, with scissors. I didn't realize she was doing this, otherwise I would have moved. Next thing I know, I am being stabbed in the back with her scissors. They slipped off the box and landed in my back. You know, I have always heard about being stabbed in the back, but man when it actually happens, it hurts like the dickens. Luckily, she didn't break skin, but I do have a bruise coming in.

About an hour later, Mrs. Feagan tells me she needs to go to the nurse and have her blood pressure taken. She just feels awful and knows something is wrong, so she leaves me in the class. Something that is not supposed to happen, but what was I to do?? Next thing I know, we have a new teacher in there in time to let the students go to recess and lunch. He was followed by the school nurse who was there to pick up Mrs. Feagan's belongings since she was going to the hospital. It must have been really high. So, here I am, sitting alone in this class that I NEED for observations, not knowing whether to go left or right with all of the commotion. 

The rest of the day, I observed a great student teacher and got my hours. I'm still up in the air about what will happen with the rest of my observations. I just pray that the teacher is well and I'm so thankful I don't have a pair of scissors sticking out of my back. You never know though, maybe I could have been an inspiration for an episode of Gray's Anatomy. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Isn't it funny??

So, the save the date cards went out last week. What a relief that was. It has been so much fun to have people call and tell us how great they look. Isn't it funny though who hasn't called...I guess it doesn't surprise me much....

Friday, November 09, 2007

It's up!!

Hey everyone!!! Our wedding website is now up and running!!! Check it out here

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

More for Fido than for Me

Isn't it crazy the amount of money we are willing to fork out for our pets? I remember when we had BoBo, we spent so much money getting him well. Today, I was in at the vets office to pick up dog food and deliver some bookkeeping. While I was there, a lady was checking her dog out who was injured for something. She wrote a check for $160 without even seeming to think twice about it. I just think it's amazing the amount of money we are willing to spend on our pets, but hoot and holler over the $20 co-pay we have to pay when we are sick. 

All in all Pretty Good

Today was a really great day. First, I observed an amazing classroom at an amazing school. I can't wait to maybe teach there, I am keeping my fingers crossed for that one. Second, I got to hang out at my favorite local cafe with free wireless internet to work on homework. I don't know what it is, but it's not so much work when you get to do it at a great place with even better coffee. Today would have been absolutely amazing had the broncos won. Oh well, they hung in there pretty good. So all in all....what a fun day! Oh yes, and did I tell you I am in love with the most amazing man?? It was a great day!!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Do you ever?

Do you ever have those weeks when you just know the worst will probably happen, but you are hoping for the best? Do you ever have those people that you give the benefit of the doubt time and time again, yet they let you down once again? Do you ever wonder why people say they love you, but don't show it? Do you ever wonder when you will get caught up on life? Do you ever wonder when things will be easy again? Do you ever??

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

What to read next

After many sleepless nights, I finally got through the book. It was so good...full of drama....that I just couldn't put it down. Now, I am trying to decide what to read at night. Maybe I can finally get to that list that I created this summer....if I can find it all again.

Monday, October 22, 2007

I'm sooooo tired

Just a little word of advice...if you're going to stay up until 2am reading, make sure you actually FINISH the book!!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Looking at the world like a cat looking at a goldfish bowl

By sitting back and being quiet, you can often learn and observe many things. Here are a few things I have observed this week:
  • It is so nice the people who are excited to be involved in our wedding.
  • Girls, if it doesn't fit you....DON'T WEAR IT!! No one needs to see your rolls and rolls and rolls because the shirt you're wearing is 3 sizes too small.
  • Plans change....more with my family than any family I know.
  • If a week starts out stressful, more than likely it will be that way all week long.
  • Customer service is key!
  • Date night is an amazing time to spend with the one you love. And date night on BOGO is even better!!
  • Classes that last 6 minutes are a relief, especially when it's your Friday.
  • Going through a round of classes with colleagues that you have grown to rely on and trust makes school worth it.
  • Mommy and Me time is fun, I miss it.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Where you Lead, I will Follow

What is it about the Gilmore Girls theme song that can really just put a warm fuzzy feeling inside of you?

Yes, I got bored again

Well, it's true. I have put aside Harry Potter. Maybe it's just because I stopped reading for awhile, so when I picked up a book it was something new. Or, maybe it's true, maybe I did get bored. Needless to say I have started a new book and I'm so excited. So far I am 60 pages in and it is so funny and it makes me want to keep reading even when it turns 1am. I'll let you know how it is when I'm done.

I'm sorry Bears fans

Since the Broncos weren't playing Sunday, thank goodness they had a bye week...they need it, I was watching the Bears game and a thought came to my head. I FEEL FOR YA!!! As a fan of a team whose former quarterback is now yours, I feel for ya. I know what it's like to root for a team that has Brian Griese throwing interceptions at key points of the game...well at any point of the game for that matter. Hang in will get better, or at least that's what I'm still hoping for with my Broncs.


Have you ever had one of those days where everything you want seems to work out. You have in your mind how you want things to go, and they do. But, then you get to thinking and you realize you're not prepared? I had that yesterday. I spoke with a principal about a possible position. Although it's not the district, the grade, or the traditional teaching role, I thought it was something I wanted. But, the more I thought about it, the more I realized I'M NOT READY!!!!

I have only had 2 classes at the university. None of which deal with teaching. I haven't had ANY methods classes. I haven't had an assessment class. I would go into this position KNOWING NOTHING, and I just don't think I am ready.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Are you kidding Me??

So, remember how I was talking about the school with the 1st grade position open? Well, I called them today and spoke with the director and was a bit disappointed. Here is a woman who is in need of a teacher and instead of being excited that someone is calling and interested she warns me that these are 20 kids all at different learning levels with a curriculum that is not traditional. Are you kidding me? You are discouraging me from the job? What are you thinking? Well, needless to say I am going to meet with her on Wednesday...we'll see how un-encouraging she is then....

Saturday, October 13, 2007


Have you ever wanted something, but it wasn't EXACTLY what you wanted so you didn't go after it? I HAVE!! I am currently working on getting my teaching license and got word of a teaching position that was open. I would be able to do this, if the school would accept me as an intern since I do have a degree. I went into Albuquerque to check with the individual who sent the e mail requesting a teacher and almost immediately decided I would not pursue the position any further.

The position is for a 1st grade teacher at a charter school. This isn't the position I want. First off, I think I want to teach an older grade. I love the 1st graders, but the curriculum I want to put in place is meant for students who are a bit older and a bit more independent. Second, I have always said I want to teach at a public school. I am a public school kid and am a huge advocate for public education vs. private education. (But that's a whole other blog...) I know a charter school isn't a private school, but still...

So, needless to say, here was a position that was open and I would probably be great at, but because of my selfishness, I didn't pursue it any further. Now, I am regretting it a bit. Here is an opportunity to teach, and I turned it down?? I can't believe myself. I will call the school first thing Monday to pursue the position, and be excited about any opportunity I could have to teach.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Oh where, oh where has my favorite blogger gone??

"Oh where, oh where has my favorite blogger gone,
oh where, oh where can he be?
With his thoughtful words, and insightful thoughts,
oh where, oh where can he be?"

I have this amazing blogger I love to read. In fact, he was a daily read of mine. I was always intrigued by his insight to life and all that goes on around us. Lately, he has been too busy or something and hasn't been blogging. This, is my plea to him....PLEASE COME BACK!!!!

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Dear Better Business Bureau,

It has come to my attention that there is a business here in Albuquerque that is not working in an ethical manor. I mean, who can really charge $100 for a product, when another store can sell it for $35. I thought it would be okay to pay a bit more because their service was better, but it wasn't THAT much better. Knowing these people are working in such an unethical manor, I believe I will NEVER go to that store again! It is my belief that you should check into this. Other customers should not be duped as I have. Speaking like a true 5 year old, it's just not fair!!

An outraged Scrapbooker

Monday, October 08, 2007

Today is the day!!

I am on my way to get my wedding dress....well maybe not get, but to order it. Crazy that you have to do it so early cause these things take 6 months to make. So, needless to say I am a bit behind with that, but if I need to I can always put a rush on it. I am so excited about it, it is beautiful. It's not really what I would have chosen if I was looking through a fact I even skipped over it. But once I tried it on, I fell in love. I can't stop thinking about it and checking it out online.

I would love to show you all a picture, but, as you know, Jeremy CANNOT see it. So, you will all just have to wait for the big day and enjoy it then!

Saturday, October 06, 2007

You know you're a redneck...

You know you're a redneck when you go to a Larry the Cable Guy show and feel at ease because you are surrounded by 'your people'!!!

Are they in the Land of the Lost?

What happened to the days of GOOD Saturday morning cartoons? I remember living for Saturday mornings and the great shows that would come on. Pee-Wee, Land of the Lost, Smurfs, and when I got older it was Saved by the Bell and Hang Time. This morning I was watching the news and when it was over it was time for the great Saturday morning cartoons. However, all I got was some low budget looking clay animation. I thought that stuff went out with Gumby, but I was wrong. I don't know any kid that would watch this stuff, in fact, the only people who probably have it on TV are people like me who were watching the news and didn't turn the TV off. Come on people, put the good cartoons back on...for the sake of kids.

Friday, October 05, 2007

The Search Begins

Today, I am heading out for my first shopping trip for my dress. I am taking my Mom and Matron of Honor with me. I'm excited and nervous all at the same time. I'm not quite sure what to expect of the emotions that will overwhelm us all. I was told to be sure to wear waterproof mascara...the only problem is, I don't own any!!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Take the Cake...

I think I have a sugar headache, but it was all worth it. Jeremy and I had a cake tasting today for our wedding cake, and it was a BLAST!!!! We found the most amazing bakery and cake decorator. She was absolutely willing to work with EXACTLY what we wanted the cake to look like...then the fun came. We tried 5 different kinds of cake, 3 different fillings and 4 different kinds of icing.

After we had gone over all the logistics of what the cake would look like, we filled out what we would like to taste. Just awhile later, our baker, Birdie, came out with silver trays of cake, fillings and icing. After she got us all bottles of water, we got busy. It didn't take long for me to find exactly what I liked, and the triple chocolate Groom's cake took even less time.

I am so excited to have a big item marked off our list. Birdie was amazing and funny and made our cake experience great!!! I'm so excited to see the final project the day of our wedding. But, boy was I sure glad to go get some salty Italian food to cut the sugar high I was on.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Just Breathe

In all of this hectic-ness this semester I think the one thing I am really having to remember to do is breathe. It's true, I am so busy this semester with classroom observations and wedding plans that sometimes I catch myself holding my breath and I have to say breathe.

I am getting ready to turn in my teaching portfolio with 28 of my 70 hours of classroom observations this semester. I didn't think I was going to get it all done, but by the grace of God I did. Monday I was in the ghetto doing my last 7 classroom observation hours. This high school is not only in a really bad part of town, you all have to remember I'm a little blonde haired white girl (PS - I was the only one of those in school). I had visions of being jumped and gang raped (yes I have a wild mind at times), but instead it was a very positive experience. The kids were great and it reinforced why I don't want to teach high school kids.

Jeremy and I are doing LOTS of wedding stuff this week. We have cake testing tomorrow and a meeting with a photographer on Friday. I'm so excited that everything is starting to get planned....FINALLY. Friday, my matron of honor, my mom and I are going dress shopping. It's the first time and I'm excited and nervous all at the same time. Jeremy and I spent 2 hours (I think he thinks it was longer, but it wasn't) cutting the paper for our invitations. Once I get the rest of the supplies in for our save the date cards, they will go out. Don't forget to check your mailbox for yours.

I'm finding that it's the little things that make a wedding and that scares me. Not that I don't like the little things, cause I LOVE the little things, but I am finding more and more little things that need to be done everyday and I wonder when I will know ALL that has to be done for the wedding. I can understand why people run off to Hawaii to get married (don't think we haven't thought it), but when I think about this great day that will being together two hearts, I want nothing more to have all of those I love and who care about me to share in our day. My motto these days is, "the more the merrier", and it's true.

I hope to keep you all updated as we have more that gets done, until then....

the bride!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007


Do we have to forgive those who don't ask for our forgiveness??

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

They do come true!

Today I spent some time updating my myspace profile. I changed my summer flip-flop page to one that is more suited for fall. It is covered with pumpkins and leaves. Once I finished, I went to check out my page to see how it looked. With my new background, I have an icon that really stands out now. It says, "do fairytales come true?" To that I would reply a huge YES!! Jeremy has been my prince charming and ever since he rolled up in his pumpkin carriage I have been the lead princess in a fairy tale. When we get married it will for sure be a great new beginning, but it will also be a day filled with "And they lived happily ever after".

Sunday, September 23, 2007

It's here!!

More and more lately, it has beginning to look like fall here in Albuquerque, and I couldn't be happier. The days are getting shorter, the nights are cooler and leaves are beginning to fall. The sky is turning a rich dark blue and there is the feel in the air that my favorite time of year is HERE!!!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

It's starting to fall into place

What can I say....the wedding planning has been a bit frustrating just because we were having trouble finding the perfect location. For those of you who have called or written me about it, you know our struggles. Well, rest assured, we FINALLY found the perfect place and set a date. We are so excited and can't wait to share in our special day with everyone. Now, the fun stuff begins.

Monday, September 17, 2007

They have ridges...

Why is it that ruffles are so good? Seriously, I think they are the best chip out there. It doesn't matter what flavor they are, I can devour a whole bag in one (okay, maybe two) sitting. And not only that, the plain ones are just as good. Sure, you can eat them with a dip if you want to enhance the dip, but even the plain ones are bag devouring good just on their own. So, the next time you are in the grocery store and can't decide which chip you want, go for the bag that never lets you's the one with the ridges.

Monday, August 13, 2007

1 down...6 to go

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I finished the first Harry Potter book last night and have moved on to book 2. It was great, and I'm looking forward to all 6 more!!

Food for Thought

I was listening to the radio on the way to the gym this morning when I heard Montgomery Gentry singing the song 'Lucky Man'. In this song they sing "Last Sunday when my Bengals lost, Lord it put me in a bad mood". This got me thinking and laughing how any or us who have a sports team we follow faithfully do exactly what he did. He sang about 'my Bengals'....MY BENGALS?? Are they really his?? I know I do this, I often refer to 'my Broncs' and honestly believe they are mine. They are my team. I follow them every week and they become part of our family on Sunday's. But are they really mine?? I'm not the owner, I don't even live in Denver where I can claim they are mine. So, are they really mine??

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Few and far between

I know my blogs have been few and far between, but for some reason I have lost my drive and am trying to get it back. Recent events in my life have drained me and diverted my attention from the joy of writing about my days to the the busy-ness of life. I am trying to get it back, but until then I will do my best to keep you updated on any quirky and interesting things that happen with me.

Monday, August 06, 2007


Well, in case you didn't notice...I am now reading a different book...I have decided to see what the hype is about Harry Potter. So, while I was up at my Grandma's cabin I started the first Harry Potter book. It's not too bad, I'm excited to get past book 3, which is where I hear you need to be to really get into it. Well, here's to reading....

I'm Back!!

Hey everyone!! It has been a bit of time, but I have been out of town...again. The family and I went up to my Grandma's cabin in Colorado for the last trip of the summer. It was such a great relaxing time up there, I really wasn't wanting to come back home...but I did. It was great to get away to smell the mountain air, hear the rain on the roof and walk in the amazing wilderness that is home to so many great childhood memories. There isn't a memory of my summers from growing up that doesn't include my crazy, fun Grandma Porter and all of my Colorado cousins. Some of my best memories contain my Great Aunt Kay, and guess what?? She was there too!! They are all such great people!!

While we were there we did the usual card playing, hiking, picture taking and eating. Jeremy and I took our engagement photos up there which turned out wonderful...I'll have to post some later on. The dogs enjoyed running about and not having a fence to keep them in. All of the cousins were there, which was great being able to see them all at the same time. Jeremy and I even got to drive to town to have Chipotle. Now, what could be better than a trip to Grandma's cabin and Chipotle??

Monday, July 30, 2007

For better, for worse, for completely crazy!

Do you have any weird sleeping habits? Do you have to lay on one side or another? Do you have to have 5 pillows? Do you have to have your favorite animal 'Beary'?? ME TOO!!! Not to any of those, mine is more...well....weird. I have been terrified of the dark since I was a little girl. I always dreaded the nighttime when the darkness would roll around. This fear has not escaped me. Twenty four years later I still run up the stairs at night and jump on the bed so as to not get eaten by whatever is following me up or is hiding under the bed. Now, I know what you're thinking, "is this girl for real?" It's sad to admit, but it's true. I would like to say I'm getting a little better, but every time I think so...I start running up the stairs.

So, in order to be able to fall asleep at night I turn the TV on and set my sleep timer. However, I don't watch TV. Instead, I have a movie I put in and for the most part it is always the same movie. This movie I sleep to does rotate every 3 months or so or as the current movie has, can last up to 4 months and be a repeat from an earlier sleep movie. Currently the movie I go to sleep to is 'You've Got Mail'. I have watched this movie, or at least listened to it every night for the past 4 months since I recorded it on the TIVO.

I do have a rhyme and reason to the movies I watch. For the most part they are movies that have a lot of light in them. I don't like anything dark which usually means suspenseful and scary. So, I try to pick comedy's or romantic dramas. I also pick movies that are a bit quiet. I don't like any scenes that will increase in sound suddenly as this could wake me up. Some of my favorites include: You've Got Mail, The Family Stone, Must Love Dogs, A Few Good Men, Rudy, While You Were Sleeping and Something To Talk About. Okay, you can say it now...this girl is a real quack. I might be, but boy do I sleep like I rock with these movies in. The one thing I worry about is what will happen when Jeremy and I get married? Will he accept me and my crazy habit or will this all be better once I have a buddy in bed? All I can say is for better, for worse, for completely crazy!!

What about you?? What are your crazy sleeping habits??

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

The Good Die Young

I had a rough day yesterday. I learned that my favorite professor at UNM drowned over the weekend while in Hawaii. I have had grandparents pass away, but for some reason this hit me a lot harder than those deaths. I'm not trying to say I miss them any less, but I saw them maybe once a year. Professor Moy was someone I saw at least once a week for the past 3 semesters. He is someone I met with regarding grades and tests. To see his face again and again on the UNM website and the news takes me back to his amazing lectures where he was so full of life and energetic and makes my heart sink that he is no longer here on this earth.

What breaks my heart even more is the way in which he died...trying to save his son. I'm not a parent, so I don't know the love that is felt between parent and child. I can only imagine the lack of thought that went through his head when he tried to save his son who was struggling in the ocean. I bet it never crossed his mind that he might die doing this heroic act. I pray that his family wont hurt. I pray that they instead remember what a great man he was. How loved he was in the academic world, especially at UNM. I know my life is forever touched by this amazing professor!

Thursday, July 19, 2007


I was online this morning checking my mail when I did something I hadn't done since the end of last season....I checked out the YAHOO page for my Denver Broncos. I was reading a story about the beloved Darrent Williams and thought I would check out what's going on with the Broncs...that's when I got super excited. I'm ready for football season to start up again.

I learned the broncos first game is August 13. Yeah, this is just a preseason game, but it's the start of my favorite time of season. I am completely thrilled, however, to find out that the Broncs not only have one Monday night game, they have three. I love watching the Broncos on Sunday afternoons with my family, but there's something about watching them Monday night that really gets me excited.

The Bronco team has really changed over the years. I remember the days of Elway, TD, Eddy Mac, Romo and Rod Smith. These guys have since retired leaving the Broncos with a young team. Although I'm not banking on them to be completely spectacular with these newbies, I think they have great potential and like the long time Denver fan I am ( I think I was born wearing a Bronco jersey) I am excited to see what they can do this season!!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

I'm Giddy Again

It's amazing how being engaged can change your perspective on things. In my insomnia-ness I was watching 'Father of the Bride' tonight on TBS. I just got this wonderful giddy-ness to me. I think I might could be the happiest person on this earth right now.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

I feel naked

The excitement and joy of being engaged is such a happy feeling I can't even begin to describe it. The wonderful words of congratulations from both mine and Jeremy's friends have been what this is all about. To hear everyone talk of how happy they are we are to have found one another and what a perfect couple we make brings a constant smile to my face. Although we don't have too many plans yet and haven't faced much that has been difficult to decide yet, one thing has.

I took my engagement ring in yesterday to be sized. My sweet Jeremy in all of his pre-proposal nervousness decided he didn't want the ring to be too small when he placed it on my finger and decided to wait to get it sized. This has been extremely hard for me. I feel naked without it. I sense something should be there on that left hand of mine, and sometimes I get the sinking feeling it has fallen off somewhere and I have lost it. I then come back to earth and remember...oh yeah, it's getting sized. If this is the hardest part of the engagement and planning...bring it on!!! Until then, please don't stare at my nakedness!!

Monday, July 16, 2007

I am sick of hurtful people

Why is it that people are so hurtful? Why is it that you can be doing great things with your life that go unrecognized by those you want most to recognize? Why is it that a great amazing day can be clouded by one phone call? Why is it that someone can be proud of those who lead a life that is not pleasing to God, but those who do lead a God pleasing life are looked over? Why is it that we seek the approval of others, when all we need to do is please God with who we are and what we do?

I'm still alive

I just wanted to let you all know I am sill alive. Jeremy and I went to Illinois for the week to visit with my future in-laws. Yes, you read that right...future in-laws. Jeremy and I got engaged over the 4th of July, actually the 3rd. I have been dying to tell everyone who reads this, but we had to wait until we told all the 'important' people (or at least attempted) so those we love didn't find out over the internet. Because, you know, you can't always believe what you read over the internet, but in this case you can. We haven't set a date yet but it will be next spring or summer. I will keep everyone posted as we have more information. Until blogging will start back again tomorrow. I have so much to share, I can't wait!!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

I know its been awhile

I know it has been awhile and I have been slacking on my blogs, but Jeremy and I are currently in Illinois visiting his wonderful family. But don't you worry, I have exciting news when I get back. It happened before we left but I haven't been able to say anything until all the proper people were notified in person. I'm sure you know what I'm talkin about, but in case you don't....JUST WAIT!!!! (It has to do with my giddy-ness I talked about on my previous blog)

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Giddy Giddy Giddy

I have this amazing giddy smile and it just wont go away. Come to think of it, I don't think I want this amazing feeling of happiness I have been experiencing the past two days to ever go away. It's the best feeling in the world!!!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Livin' la Vida Loca

I discovered the most amazing thing this morning while I was getting my shower, the radio stations on the digital cable. Can you believe they have a 90's channel?? It's amazing, all they play is music from the 90's. For a girl who loves the music of the 90's, since I was a kid that grew up in the 90's, this is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Here are some of the songs I heard this morning...don't they just take you back??

Monday, July 02, 2007

Random facts I know you wanted to know!

♥ I have the greatest boyfriend in the world...yes, even better than yours!
♥ I am an October Scorpio
♥ I love my strawberry blond hair, but my blue eyes are the best
♥ If I could go everywhere barefoot I would, but instead I love my flip flops
♥ Starbucks is my weakness
♥ I am terrified of the joke
♥ I never miss an episode of Grey's Anatomy
♥ I miss my high school days
♥ I love to sing in the shower and my car
♥ I am learning to play the guitar
♥ Junk food is the best...I love carbs!
♥ I went through a phase where I wanted a tattoo. Thank God I didn't get one
♥ I think my new mac is a secret I'm glad I found out about
♥ Shusi is gross, apple cookies are good...Yes, Jeremy, apple cookies are GOOD!
♥ Life is good...too much drama is bad
♥ I am in LOVE!!

I'm being a good girlfriend

Jeremy comes home tomorrow, FINALLY, the day that has been one year since we started dating. Although I am working on a couple of little things for him, I decided to be a good girlfriend and bake his favorite...chocolate chip cookies. I learned early on in our relationship that my specialty, apple cookies, are not something he likes. I have decided to try something other than the usual brownies, which I know he loves, and take my morning off and bake some cookies. It was so much fun...the dough is chilling in the refrigerator as we speak. Once they go in the oven, I'm sure they will be gone.

It is incredible how happy you become when you do something you have always loved. For me it has always been baking, and I am so happy to have the time to do it again.

I started a new one

I started a new book while my Mom and I were in Denver. Not because I got bored, but I finished the other book I was reading, A Thousand Splendid Suns. For anyone out there who hasn't read it, this incredible book is the story of young women growing up in Afghanistan prior to Soviet invasion up until the years following the 9/11 attacks on the USA. The author, Khaled Hosseini, knows what it is like to live in the region and experience first hand the accounts he speaks of since he too is a native of Afghanistan.

This book really made me appreciate the freedom we American women have. We have the freedom to choose a choose a life. Often times, I feel we get so used to having this freedom that we forget it is one. As we approach the 4th of July, and the symbolic day for freedom for all Americans, really take some time to appreciate this freedom, because it really is a precious gift.

So now the new book I have started reading, which is the first this summer of the suggested reading I received.....

What am I
reading now??

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Sunday, July 01, 2007

The Sights, Sounds and Smells of Denver

This past weekend my Mom and I went on a girls weekend to Denver. It was such a great time and a blast to experience some amazing time, just us girls.

Friday night we went to see the Celtic Women in concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater. If you have never been there, you are missing out. This is an amazing amphitheater amidst red rock mountains created perfectly by God. Seriously, it was as though God has planned for music to be heard here and created an amphitheater surrounded by more of his creation, HUGE red rocks. All that was needed was a stage and some seats. It was amazing to hear the birds sing along with the women, to see the lights reflecting off the walls of the red rocks that enclosed the amphitheater, to see the lights of Denver off in the distance, and when it was dark enough, to see the moon pop out from behind the clouds all while enjoying the amazing smell of mountain air. With the angelic voice of the women singing this was the perfect concert outdoors.

Following that astounding experience on Friday night, my Mom and I went into Denver to the Nature and Science museum on Saturday and saw an exhibit of the Titanic. It was incredible to walk among the belongings of passenger of that fateful ship. To walk down halls as they would have. To stand in a life-size picture of a life-raft as many of them did. It was eerie and surreal. It was amazing to walk and see items I have only seen from Titanic specials on TV, face to face . We were even able to touch one of the pieces of the hull.

After the Museum, we went to one of our favorite places to eat, The Cheesecake Factory. This was such a special treat for us. Since we don't have one in Albuquerque, we make it a point to eat at one when we go to Denver. There is nothing like fried mac-n-cheese and avocado egg rolls followed by the most wonderful cheesecake. For some reason, this trip was full of the wonderful smell of FOOD (what do you expect from me?? I love my food). From Cheesecake Factory to Panera Bread to my favorite Chipotle. I got to have all of my favorite restaurants in one trip. What more could I ask for??

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

As I begin my journey...


I am writing you as I walk out the door from my last day here at my current job. I wish I could say it's sad to leave, but honestly I couldn't be more happy. I am excited to get on with my life and my career as a teacher. It's funny to think at this point in my life, in my relationship and career I am beginning to embark on journey's that could potentially be for the rest of my life. I guess I could sit back and ask myself if I'm sure this is what I am supposed to do, BUT IT IS!! I couldn't be more happy or excited for anything in my life.

I look forward to sharing with you all my journey. Until next time....

Tuesday, June 26, 2007


Why is it that whenever I contact the education department at UNM I get conflicting information. It seems like I get on the right track to start the graduate program and then I get conflicting information and I have to start all over. UGH!!! People...get your facts straight it's frustrating us students.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Daily Dose of Wisdom

It has been quite awhile since I have read a Starbucks cup worth repeating. This morning my amazing boyfriend brought me Starbucks to work and on the cup was a great message. Let me share it with you:

The Way I See It #209

Growing up, my parents always said, "You will leave this world the same way you came into it: with nothing." It made me realize that the only things we do in this world that count are those things that make the world a better place for those who will come behind us.

~Tyrone B. Hayes

I don't know but reading this, I think "HOW TRUE!!" We really need to work to make this a better world, not see what we can gain to make us better. Because in the end...all that will matter is the work we did. Like a great country song says, "I ain't never seen a hearse with a luggage rack," lets remember that!

I got bored

As I was just stating on my beauty blog, I have a hard time sticking to the same book over a long period of time, so, I usually start something new. This happened yesterday. I have not given up on Flags of Our Fathers, I have just put it aside for a week to start a new one. So, here is what I am reading now.

What am I
reading now??

Friday, June 22, 2007

And Vegas Too!

I know it's been awhile, but here are some pictures from Vegas like I promised...

Thursday, June 21, 2007

The Pictures...Finally

Here are some pictures from our AMAZING trip to Montana. ENJOY!

Airlines are IDIOTS!!!

This afternoon was extremely frustrating for Jeremy and Me. We were trying to book our flight to go back to visit his family again. We had it all worked out...when we would leave...when we would come back. The price was right. It all seemed perfect....then it happened, AGAIN!!! Jeremy was able to book his, I was 2 seconds later and didn't get the cheap price. What the heck?? This happened when we went to Oregon too when he got the great price (and got reimbursed) and I had to pay $200 extra. This time is was only $100 extra, but gosh!!!

Needless to say, since I quit my job I don't have the extra money so I called and cancelled my reservation which put us into a whirlwind of what to do. Long story short, we are now flying out 2 hours earlier, 6am, but didn't have to spend any extra money. All I can say right now is I will not fly American Airlines for a long time!!