Teaching > everything else

School started on Wednesday!

First day of work outfit & an awesome marshmallow tower team building activity from TED Talks

At the end of the day, I was dead sick!
I got myself a Super Cleansing Cocktail, vitamin C, & learned how to Teach Like A Pirate.

Day 2: still sick so drank a disgusting Cold Comfort (carrot, ginger, garlic, cayenne pepper) & played with technology for World History class – it’s all set up!
I got through a day of instruction – we already dove in, came home for a nap, worked out, and did some homework. I’m nowhere near finished so I’m skipping out on Friday night plans.
Remember how I said I related too well to the song “22?” Well there’s no more breakfast at midnight and falling in love with strangers. This passion (teaching) takes precedence over [almost] everything else.
And because I saw this: a tribute to myself.

WIAW: Back to school


Monday night, Vanessa and I went to Native Foods Cafe for a late dinner.  I got the special: Oklahoma bacon cheeseburger. All vegetarian and delicious. It came with a side of sweet potato fries, my favorite.

I waited all day (and night) for this!

She wanted to get a drink (none for me) so we headed to a bar that I’ve only gone to on weekends. The crowd was mixed but odd and honestly, a little scary.

I stayed up late because I was full and woke up early for another staff development day.

Shakeology and this Herbalife bar that was provided at the breakfast. Why not?

After eating out yesterday, I wasn’t too excited about lunch out with my co-workers. Except we picked Mama’s on 39 and they had roasted spaghetti squash with a bit of Parmesan and, on mine, I got grilled chicken (not pictured). Wow.

I skipped out a few minutes early to take a quick shower and meet up with another new friend. We had some good conversation that continued when I got home (via Facebook messaging and a 15 minute or so phone call).

I realized the power of positive thinking tonight. I’m a rather positive person and haven’t let much put me down thus far. My situation at work is in the air after the next month and a half, but I’ll enjoy it while I can.

My workout yesterday made me sweatier than I’ve been in a long time. I really had to push through with the overhead lunges.

My U.S. History classes will be making towers. I “borrowed” this idea from TED talks.

My one World History class will be writing prompts on how to prepare a peanut butter sandwich. I will then construct the sandwiches based on their instructions.

Finally, my Government classes will either A) play people bingo, B) think together in a fictional “Alien Attack,” C) make a timeline of their lives thus far, or D) anything else I can think of between now and then.

Where do you get the best burger? Believe the hype, I love the Greenbird from Umami Burger.

MIMM: Enjoying the outdoors

I finally got a week off. Wait, I lied. I had to go to school on Monday and Friday last week to set things up. Still, it was on my own schedule.

On Wednesday, I finally enjoyed the MARVELOUS SoCal summer with a 12-mile round-trip bike ride to the beach.

Gorgeous day.

I spent an hour reading The 5 Love Languages.

Afterwards, I headed to Pieology with my co-workers. Most MARVELOUS pizza I’ve had in awhile!

We also did 5 hours of shopping before having beer, leftover pizza, and telling love fortunes.

I went on a second MARVELOUS bike ride on Friday! Made myself a mango-banana Shakeology to go.

Most MARVELOUS Pandora station: Summer Hits of the 2000s.

Spent a MARVELOUS hour out there.

Overcast day

Went by to see my mom and aunt in the same dress. I guess it’s okay now that they’re older to be twins again.

MARVELOUS Sunday Funday hiking at Peters Canyon

We only did about 3.5 miles before we got hungry.

MARVELOUS Lemonade just opened up at Fashion Island! So many options. I can’t wait to go back!
 I got the “weirdest” food compared to my sandwich-eating friends.

I cleaned up MARVELOUSly post-hike in an $11.99 dress from Ross.

Bike riding & hiking this week have worked my legs. Need to do something about those arms though.

Today is the first day back to work, and it is structured. 😦

My MARVELOUS co-worker, from when I was an aide, was asked to sub for one of the teachers! I’m so happy for her! Former aides rock!