May 30th, 2009
I would just like to say that I liked Chris Pine before he was in Star Trek and famous. That's right, from The Princess Diaries 2. I couldn't decide between Callum Blue with the British accent and Chris Pine with the hotness, but I was always drawn towards Chris Pine. Now if only he had a British accent...!
May 5th, 2009
I KNOW I made the right choice. But why does making the right choice have to be so hard? I was doing great tonight...ok well not great, but I was actually really enjoying reading about Greek and Albanian conflict (I know, light reading, right?!) when I decided to turn on some music. An Orkila song comes on. I actually get really happy and end up on the Orkila blog page. There are video updates about camp on there. It was SO hard to watch them. They were funny and I enjoyed watching them but at the same time they pulled so hard on my heartstrings. I don't think I can even begin to wrap my mind around the fact that I'm not going back there at all. That I'm not going to lead value sessions or eat meals with my kids in the lodge. I even found myself missing packing for outtrip. I know I can go back and I've already planned like three trips up there but it's not the same. I stood on the corner and took a right turn to the real life. But the funny thing is, my real life turn is also my hopes and dreams. It's just really hard to see that sometimes when I'm not in the classroom. As dramatic as it sounds, I truly believe this is one of the hardest decisions I will ever have to make. I had to decide when I was going to grow up, simply put. When I'm actually in a classroom, getting to know my kids, I know things will be different. But I have to get through this summer first before I'm working with kids. I almost wish there wasn't an option for me to go to school this summer. I want to have both. But you can't have your cake and eat it too, blah blah blah.
February 25th, 2009
I am having serious issues focusing in the library. I've tried to come here and take notes on this stupid book twice now, and I just can't do it. I really need to just suck it up and check it out to take home for 2 hours, so I can at least distract myself with TV while I'm taking notes. If only my bike tires weren't flat...I NEED to remember to grab a new bike pump from home...one that's NOT broken.
I haven't mentioned it before but our 2 family cars haven't been starting so great lately. To the point that my dad had to get the van towed. So when we took it in to the shop, they said they thought mice were eating at our wires. GROSS! My parents park in a pretty sketch garage downtown (don't worry, they hate it too, but we are used to a really nice one), so we think that's where it's coming from. When I would drive the white car, it would smell weird, and apparently the van used to too. It kind of smelled like cat pee, which I attributed to "cooking mouse poop," and my mom just loved that description! Anyways, they took the white car in to get it checked out too, and when the mechanic opened the hood, a 5-inch white field mouse was staring back up at him. Cute and disgusting all in one! So now we're not sure where the mice are, because the white car was at home, so either it rode home in the car or the mice are at home. But I've never seen mice there before. They're not even sure where that one white mouse went, cause the mechanic tried to chase it out, but they don't know if it's still in the car or outside or in the mechanic's office. Way to go. Hopefully everything is fixed now though.
I got that nanny job (not sure if I mentioned that)! Almost every weekend plus several days she wants me to stay overnight, which is fine, I'm just NEVER going to be home! Hopefully the 10-year-old likes me as much as the 12-year-old did! I don't start for about a month but I'm kind of excited. Who knows if they'll actually even need a nanny next year or if I'll be around, but that would be fun.
I bought my tix to Oakland and I'm also having my OTF interview while I'm down there. Finally the dates worked out. But I don't know what I'm going to teach for my 5 minute lesson plan. You're supposed to do your lesson plan at about the grade level you want to teach at, but I kind of want to steal my pre-algebra teacher's lesson plan and teach simple algebra, like 9x + 7 = 10 - 3x. Hmm...what do 5th graders learn...
P.S. I've started looking into Western again just so I can get certified. The application deadline is April 1st, so I've got some time. Hmm...
P.P.S. I think Harris and I are better now. We talked and I'm going to the doctor on Thursday anyways.
February 20th, 2009
T.I.R.E.D. I feel like I haven't gotten enough sleep lately, and last night I got the most. And of course, I have to get up at the CRACK OF DAWN tomorrow morning for my WEST-B tests, which I haven't really studied for. I don't think I need to study that much, but I should probably look things over at least. I also should go to the library after class today so I can finish taking notes on geology stuff. But I'm just so tired; I want to come home to take a nap. AND I have an interview at 3 for camp, so i can't even come home after Greek and sleep.
Yesterday I went to one of the best Greek restaurants! It's in Kirkland and I talked to the guy in Greek. The cook speaks Spanish, so that restaurant is probably the one place in the world that speaks all three languages I do! SUCH good food, and he gave us some stuff for free, per Greek tradition!
February 11th, 2009
My interview for the 2 girls went REALLY well. I guess I know how to be a friend to 12 year old girls! Hopefully the lady calls me back soon; it seemed like I was her first choice but who knows.
Still trying to get all my grad school stuff together. I was going to work on writing my personal statement in psych today, but I haven't done my Greek homework so I guess I'll do it then. I suppose I could do it now but... I also could skip class, but we are having a guest lecturer about infant sign language, which sounds really interesting. I'm such a slacker, at least homework wise. Speaking of being a slacker, I just completely BOMBED my geology midterm. Like HELLA BAD! Ugh, my grades do NOT need this. At least my transcript gets sent before this quarter ends. Although I'm a bit confused about that, because it says they already got it, but I haven't sent it yet. I'm thinking it's because it was to UW Tacoma, and do I really need to send a transcript to basically the same school? I mean, they're all on the same system. I'll have to check, but that would be awesome, cause then I don't have to pay for transcripts!
I made $1050 last for Partners with Youth, so that sends a kid to Orkila for a week and a half! That's a ridiculous amount, especially considering this year and one night I didn't make anything. One of Pullyou's friends donated $750 but I still earned $300 from other people too! I'm also excited to see camp people tomorrow for the victory celebration. I hope there's some good stuff...and some new and good Orkila stuff too!
I need to figure out my Oakland plans. The March 15th interview comes at a bad time, especially with plane tickets as I'm trying to fly back that day. And it's annoying because I'm going to be BACK in Oakland a week later to do classroom stuff with Becca. Argh. I could wait till April 4, but 1) that's REALLY late to have an interview with all the other stuff going in my life and 2) it's a week AFTER I would be in Oakland. Why couldn't they work it out better for my schedule!? Argh. I need to buy plane tickets fast. What days are good for you for my spring break, Becca?
P.S. I figured my icon was appropriate as 1) I just bombed my geology midterm (rocks) and 2) my prof is a dude (although he is pretty cool). And I DON'T CARE what KIND of rocks I would throw!
February 8th, 2009
I have 2 job interviews lined up in the next 3 days. Today I am meeting a family of 3 boys, 5, 3, and 10 months. Definitely not my forte and I'm a little nervous about that. On Tuesday I'm meeting a family that has 2 girls, 10 and 12, which is PERFECT for me. The only thing is, they live far away, like an hour bus ride. If I get the job, maybe Mom and Dad will let me use the car...
I also got offered an interview for Oakland Teaching Fellows. But because I waited A DAY to figure out my travel plans, the dates that I wanted are gone. Ugh. Most likely the next date I can go is April 4th, meaning I won't find out about it before ANY camp stuff, or probably not even grad school either. I thought stuff was going so well a couple days ago; I was being productive about grad school and I got an interview...ugh, well we'll see.
December 7th, 2008
Things haven't always gone my way before; it's not like this is unusual. Life isn't fair; things happen for a reason; cliches cliches. But I don't understand how I can want something SO bad and I think I deserve and am qualified for and not get what I want. I think I worked hard for it. I'm working ridiculously hard trying to figure out what to do instead of my original plans. And nothing is working out right. From broken websites to non-existent degrees and difficult parents, it's not working. And I don't think I'm making some of my decisions impartially. I may be indirectly influenced by friends and their different locations. I don't know what to do. I'm looking at alternative options and none of them work out either. It's been three weeks and I still want to cry. It feels like it's been longer. I don't know if I have been properly upset yet.
November 28th, 2008
The thing about making a plan before is that there is a possilibility you'll have to make a new one. Which unfortunately is where I find myself.
When: Take a year off, go to get my MIT right away, or just get certified to teach in WA and get a job?
Where: Most likely WWU, but in Seattle or Bellingham?
What: Elementary or secondary?
Crap, I don't know.
November 17th, 2008
Nope @ 03:02 pm
I didn't get it. What I've been hoping for for a year now. I don't want to talk about it, at least not yet. Let me watch my Grey's Anatomy and West Wing in peace please.
March 4th, 2008
Yay for people knowing my movie quotes! Here are the ones people didn't get:
1. The Parent Trap (with Lindsay Lohan)
3. White Christmas
7. The American President
8. Mr. and Mrs. Smith
9. Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights