Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Wheels in My Head have been Turning...

Now that I am officially a "master"... ok so technically I'm not done until the end of June, but I have been thinking about all my life goals. Now that I can cross graduation pictures with a hood off my list I need something else to focus on. As I was laying in bed this morning thinking about how much I hate it when my alarm clock goes off every morning at 5 AM I came to a realization. I am willing to sacrifice so much to get skinnier. I will sacrifice a large amount of time, much needed sleep, the comfort of being lazy, and even money. I will run 10 miles a day, bike 25+ miles... but sadly the one thing I can't seem to sacrifice is the thing that really drastically affects my body the most.... sugar. So in honor of accomplishing another thing off my bucket list I am going to take on another. I am going to try and lick my addiction to sugar. So starting today, April 26, 2010 I am going to go 30 days without sugar in any processed form. And something that I have never done.... I am getting drastic. I am including artificial sugar and caffeine... in other words, if you have any choice in seeing me in the next 30 days.... probably a good idea to avoid me.

On another note... I have concluded, I really missed my calling in life. Like half of the world out there I think I should have been a photographer. While Craig was trying to take pictures in my graduation outfit I was loving the light outside so much that I took over the camera. Who knows, maybe I will have a mid-life crisis and quit teaching to travel the world and take pictures...

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Every body knows...

that the only reason anyone endures the boring speeches, the reading of thousands of names of people you don't know, and wearing the goofy outfits is for the PICTURES!

Now I'll try to get through this without crying too much... but I guess you can't see the tears anyways, so I can cry all I want. In all my classes on education I have taken as we talk about kids and how we can try and help them become successful members of humanity, I always feel hopeless in the end. I recognize as a teacher, a mentor, or now as a principal there is only so much I can do. No matter how hard I try I can never make as large of impact on that student's life as other players in their life can. When I reflect at my own life I recognize I am where I am not because my own work but because of the sacrifice of a few. No one has impacted on my life directly or indirectly more than these two wonderful people. My grandpa clearly had no comprehension on how pivotal his decision was when he ran away to California at the age of 17. When he decided to break away from the traditions of his father, when he saw how damning ignorance is. It would have been so much easier to stay in his small town and raise sheep. It was what he knew. But thankfully not only did my grandpa drastically change his life but the life of all his decedents.

These two wonderful people have sacrificed so much to ensure their children and grandchildren have every opportunity available to them. I am so grateful for them. And I only hope that somehow I can pass on the legacy that they have spent so much time and effort to create.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

One of those People...

There was a time when music was my life. Every waking moment was spent either listening to music, researching bands, or copying down my favorite lyrics. I changed my favorite band almost more often than I changed my clothes, “When did society decide that we had to change and wash a t-shirt after every individual use: If it's not dirty, I'm gonna wear it.” My guitar case was plastered with band stickers, my most prized possession was Kris Roe’s guitar pick, and the emotion and passion at live shows was like oxygen to my veins. One of my favorite conversations with people was to ask their favorite music. I was absolutely blown away when a person would say, “I don’t know, I guess I like everything.” Compassion and pity filled my punk rockin’ soul that this poor person did not see the pleasure and joy that music can bring into this bland colorless world.

And then… I grew up.

It wasn’t until I went on a road trip with some friends last weekend in my car that I realized… all my CD’s are from 2005 or older. Once in a while I find a song on the radio that I like but I haven’t actually gone out of my way to find new music in years. When my friends asked me what I like to listen to I found myself saying, “I don’t know, I guess I like everything.”

Thursday, April 8, 2010



I mentioned here how as much as I love Spring I always have a difficult time with it because it always means change. When I saw these daffodils I had to smile, it is exactly how I feel. I love how these poor daffodils were trying so hard to shine but the cold got them down.

So last night was an example of one of these changes that I dread so much. For the past two years I have been getting my masters degree and last night was my last class with my group. For the past two years 6-9 hours of my week has been spent with this small group. We saw the best and the worst of each other as we all came to class right after teaching. 14 hour days got to us sometimes. Sometimes we had good teachers sometimes we had bad… probably more memorable were the bad because it was just so great making fun. So this post is a tribute to them. This group of now friends has influenced my life and my educational philosophy so much.

So last night I tried to capture some of the fun that we have had in the many many hours spent together.

Introducing: Liz. Look at her rockin' body! She was always the teacher's pet but we loved her for it!

Justin. I really think these pictures illustrate him better than any words could.

Peter. Such a suck up I can't even tell you! I've never seen someone be able to brown nose so well. But he was so stinkin' funny that we couldn't hate him.
But these pictures fit him so well.

But don't worry, some work was done. Here is Tiffani, Travis, and Nate. Poor Tiff... the sweetest girl I have ever met in my life. So polite, so quiet, such a hard worker, such a straight arrow.... completely opposite from me! Many teachers said we created a great balance.... but really I think most teachers were really trying to tell me that they wish I was more like her! Travis was Mr. Optimist. And Nate was the man wearing way too many hats... And I wish you could see the difference between their cute clean poster and the one we created...

And what I appreciated so much about Aaron is how he had no problem complaining. He made me smile.
And I love this picture because it is him and Peter pretending to pay attention.

It's a good thing I am almost done because I just barely found this treat... It is rocking my world! These watermelon deliciousness are amazing! I made it through this semester because of these... yes look at my happy smile on my face!

Sadly... I don't have pictures of the rest of the group. It was spring break so a couple ditched class. But the real loss is I wasn't able to truly capture as our teacher told us last night, "our powerful personalities". I could write a post for each person in our cohort. I have great pride about our group. I feel like we are awesome, so much more fun, smarter, and cooler than all the other cohorts. I loved asking our professors if we were the best students they had, although we talked too much, spent too much time on facebook or texting, or just laughing together, I got all our teachers to agree with what I feel, the power and talent this group has will leave a legacy in education forever.

P.S. yes all these individual shots were taken while the professor was lecturing!!!