Wednesday, February 25, 2009

All I have to do is dream

I always used to get yelled at for telling people things.... shocking I know, but for some reason I have always loved telling people stuff, being the first one to know, the first one to tell.... some might call me a gossip :) but I like to think of it as..... well I don't know exactly what to call it, just not a gossip. Anyways, I always have a habbit of telling things before I should, before it is a sure thing... like when I was four and we thought my dad got a job in Hawaii. I remember dancing around the house dreaming about the shovel and bucket my mom promised me I could get to build sand castles. I don't even remember who I told we were moving to Hawaii.... I just remember getting yelled at for it because obviously.... my family never moved to Hawaii.... but for the record can you even imagine???? Del and Lynette chillin at the beach sippin' pina coladas??? Yeah, me neither.
Anyways, this is one of those times when my parents would advise me to keep my mouth shut... to not tell anyone until it is for sure... but alas, I haven't changed much since I was 4...
Words can't even begin to describe the beauty of the 12 day Mediterranean Cruise Mandy and I are planning on taking in June. Honestly... I don't know what I am more excited for, the beauty or the food. :) So rather than try and give you a detailed list of all the reason I want to go, let me just show you a picture of each stop.... and there will be no need to question why I want to go.
Now is there a chance we don't go, of course... nothing is certain in this life.... but if nothing else, I sure love to dream.

Venice
Rome


Naples
Nice And Monaco France
Greece
Florence
(Yes, I had to throw in David, he was my mother's favorite part of her trip to Europe when she was my age)Baracelona, Spain
Athens

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Croatia
I know, Croatia???? Who wants to go to Croatia. But my logic is twofold... first, one of my best friends in high school served in Croatia, and every week he would write me and tell me how beauitful it is. Then my foreign exchange student from France told me out of all the places he has been in Europe Croatia was hands down his favorite. He called it the best kept secret of Europe. Ever since then I really wanted to go there. And my second reasoning is.... everyone dreams of Italy, Greece, or even France and Spain.... who in their right mind dreams of Croatia? When for most of our lives we heard of it as a war torn devistated nation. So although I dream of Italy all too often, it is much more fun to say I can't wait to go to Croatia.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Raw Foods

They look so delicious, so appetizing... And hopefully they are all I will crave for the next month. In a little over a month I will be 26 years old. Kinda a tramatic thing... more than a quarter of a century old. So my way to cope with it.... only eat raw foods. Fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds... that is all I am going to eat until I turn 26. Now why do I tell you of my crazy diet? Because they say that it helps to tell someone to keep a goal. Well hopefully telling the whole blogging world will really help.... because when I start dreaming of bread, it gets a little difficult :)

I feel the need to clarify a little on living "Raw". Anyone who knows me knows that I have been "watching" what I eat for at least the past 7 years.... although I still remember sitting at the lunch table in 7th grade lecturing all my friends how many calories their pizza, fries, and ranch had... so maybe it's even longer than 7 years. I say watching because although I have tried almost every logical (and some not so logical) diet under the sun, the fact remains I love food, I love sugar, I love white bread and I hate hate hate veggies.

The wonderful thing about raw is, I don't crave sugar. I know that sounds crazy, but it's shockingly true. On more than one occasion I have tried to just cut processed sugar out of my life, but the problem was, all I could do was think of sugar.... dream (literally) of cakes, cookies, ice cream, espeically no bake cookies.... even just spooning sugar into my mouth. But for some reason when I tried going raw before, I had no problem saying no to even the most tempting treats. Don't get me wrong, of course I still wanted it, but it wasn't this unresistable temptation.

Another great thing about going raw, I only eat when I am actually hungry. Since I hate veggies and don't love fruit, I eat for nurishment rather than entertainment. When you are actually hungry, and haven't eaten tonz of really really good food, peas, beans, and raddishs for lunch are actually quite tasty.

I really think that everyone should try it just for a week. I recognize until you've been through the hell of the diets I have tried.... like drinking only witch's brew for 2 days, any diet is super hard. But I really feel like this is the easiest, healthiest way to drop a few pounds, or even to feel better. So I'm sure the skeptic out there is saying, "Wow Kristin, nice try at convincing yourself that eating like a bird is a good idea..." But really I never feel as good as when I am eating raw and to get a bit graphic when I scrunch my stomach over and there is only one roll instead of two.... it sure feels great. Like they say, "Nothing tastes as good as being skinny."

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Lesson from a Teacher

"Take out your books. Read pages 134-140 and answer the review questions at the end of the chapter."
It has taken me 21 years of education and almost 2 degrees to realize.... trying to answer the questions in the back by skimming the whole chapter is a lot more difficult and time consuming than just reading the chapter. I question what in human nature makes us so against just doing what is required? Why are we so rebelious that always try to cheat the system?

I had never really questioned this behavior until this morning. I told my students if they beat my score on a geography game they wouldn't have to take a test on the countries of Europe. Cristian comes racing into my classroom, blood shot eyes, dissheveled hair, dried tooth paste on his cheek, "Miss Parson, Miss Parson! I DID it! I only got 3 hours of sleep but I did it! I beat your score, I don't have to take the test on the countries of Europe!" "Cristian, that's awesome! How many hours did it take you?" "I think 6 hours! I was so close, I kept getting 80,000 over and over again but then finally at 2:30 this morning I got 85,000!" "I'm so proud of you Cristian!"

Now I have to wonder.... in what other ways are we doing way more work.... just to cheat the system?

Go ahead.... see if you can beat 85,000 on the countries of Europe