Saturday, April 30, 2011

30 Days and a 10K!

First things first,

I leave for BMT in 30 days!

Aiyee!  Tomorrow is also the 1st of May, which means it's all downhill from here!  Crazy to think that just a few months ago I was taking my enlistment oath and taking up running for the first time.

Secondly, I was buzzing around Facebook yesterday when I saw a posting from Carson MWR about a 5K/10K/Army 10-Miler Qualifying Run today.  The entry fee was only $5 and it was a running day for me anyway, so why not?  The weather forecast called for a 30% chance of snow and 40° temps.  Colorado is really unpredictable, so I figured I'd wait and see what it was like this morning.  I don't have problems running in the cold, I just didn't want the roads to be icy or slick.

Luckily, the morning brought sunshine and fairly clear skies, despite chilly weather.  I put on my "squishy" pants, a moisture-wicking base layer, my running hat, and my new arm warmers.  I threw on the gloves for the run, but I passed on my fleece.  Breakfast was some yogurt, an Ensure, and loads of water - I can't tell you how many times I hit the bathroom before the start of the race!

Ready to rock out my first 10K!

I figured I'd run the 10K at least, but I was interested in finding out more info about the 10-Miler.  Turns out, it's for the Army team for the race, and it's only for active duty soldiers.  That was an easy decision, 10K it is!  There wasn't a huge number of participants, but for a small fee and a small turnout, we still got a number and a t-shirt.  They had a nice selection of snacks and beverages too.  Most of the other participants were military service members.  This was definitely not like my last 5K, which was a "come one, come all."  This was not a walk/run, it was a run.  That was both exciting and motivating.

The 10-Milers and the 10K crowd both took off at the same time.  When the gun went off, the runners in front of me took off.  I had positioned myself in the back of the pack, and I stayed there for most of the race.  When we first jumped off, I had to get myself in check.  Running behind those 10-Milers meant I was moving at way too fast of a pace for little ol' me to maintain.  I settled into my groove and got comfortable watching everyone run in front of me.  At one point I was running alongside COL Robert McLaughlin, the Garrison Commander.  I've actually spoken with him quite a bit at other events, as his son attends my school.

The race followed the dirt trails that wind around the center of Fort Carson, which go up and down a few hills.  Somewhere under the two mile mark, I felt like I wanted/had to walk.  I think I slowed down for a single step, before I rallied back and slowed to a comfortable job - and powered on!  I'm thankful that I slowed down, especially since the hills were soon to come.  I found it a little odd that at the turn-around point, my Garmin wasn't registering that we were at 3 miles.  The hills were challenging, and after the first one, I realized there were more to come - doh!  Around the 4.5 mile mark, I thought I had to pee - not good!  What, was I going to cop a squat under a tree on a military installation?  Probably not a good idea!  I kept going and the finish line finally appeared, closer than I expected.  On the straightaway, I stepped it up and ran in like a champ, focusing on my form and lengthening my strides.

Short shirt = faux belly.  Not cute!  [Source]

Must invest in new running attire!  [Source]

Victory!  Well, 25th place, but it was still a win for me!  I ran it without stopping, as I'd hoped, and my average pace was 10:07 min/mile, which isn't far off from my unspoken goal of sub-10.  My final time was 54:36.  This is both the furthest and the longest I've run to date.  It's crazy to think that I ran for almost an hour, considering that I really only started running in mid-January.  I felt amazing coming through the finish line, and there was great support from the volunteers along the way.  I had to yell out, "This is my first 10K!" as I was almost at the finish line.  I also got great kudos from one of the Garrison Commander's Sergeant Majors, who said I was ready to go when I told him about BMT!    

Random side note - there was a small vender's booth giving away what looked to be a sports drink.  Um, no, it was a hangover recovery drink, complete with supplements in the lid!  Really?!  I can't imagine trying to qualify for a big race while being hungover, but a friend says people do it and DH says soldiers will show up to PT formation still smelling like alcohol.  I took it home, but I highly doubt DH or I will take those shady supplements (neither of us drink alcohol).    

That's all for now, friends!  My knees are definitely feeling the run today, which is atypical for me, but this was my longest run to date.  I may need to take it easy on Monday.  I came home after the race and took a long nap, which was must-deserved!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Milspouse Friday Fill-In #39 + MilSpouse Weekly Roundup #34

1.  Have you and your spouse agreed to live in separate locations (a geographical bachelor tour) knowing that the short-term inconvenience would have long-term benefits for your family?  How did it work for you?  submitted by When Good People Get Together  Yes, we've done it.  In these situations, I think you need to recognize exactly what is being said above - that the long-term benefits outweigh the bummers in the mean time.  After AIT, DH got stationed in Korea (in October of '07).  I was still finishing my Master's degree and wasn't scheduled to graduate until May of '09.  Around that same time, my credential would also be professionally cleared, and I would be completely done with my program.  His tour in Korea was unaccompanied, so it made sense for me to stay in California and finish my degree.  When he got back, he left for Bragg, where he would deploy six months later.  It didn't make sense to go with him, in the last two semesters before graduation.  I stayed in CA to finish my degree and finish my school year.  I flew out every chance I got to be with him before the deployment.  We knew it would be better for me to establish my career than to follow him along and give up all of my hard work.  As long as it seems on paper (we were apart for two years, other than visits), it really doesn't seem all that bad in hindsight.

2.  What is your favorite thing about being a MilSpouse? submitted by Sarah Ruth Today  Being a part of military community and supporting my husband and his decision to serve our country.  I am so proud that we can be a part of those who protect our country, to know that my husband (and I) have made that selfless commitment.

3.  If you could still have your spouse/significant other and your family, but take the military life out of it…would you?  submitted by Trust. Love. Believe. Bake.  Clearly not, since I enlisted.  :)  Being in the military is what DH does, it's what he's good at.  I know he feels a sense of accomplishment and pride in what he does, and I love seeing him be so motivated about what he's doing in the Army.

4.  What have your homecoming experiences been like after a year long tour of separation? submitted by Army Soldier, Army Wife  Awesome, can't complain!  When he came home from Korea I was able to pick him up at the airport by myself.  When he got home from Afghanistan, I was with the rest of the company at green ramp, which was a satisfying, memorable experience for us.  The local reporters were there and they captured the moment perfectly (as seen on one of those tabs up there).  

5.  If you have a child(ren) why you chose their name(s)? If not, why you would name your child something?  submitted by Tiara’s & ACU’s  I don't know if this question was worded correctly.  I don't have kids.  Why would I name my kids something?  I suppose it's better than saying, "Hey you!"  ;)

Head on over to The Tervo Times to jump in on the MilSpouse Weekly Roundup!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Thursday 5

This week is just blowing by me, which is fantastic.  The quicker we get to the weekend, the better in my book.  This week's words are:


1.  I'm feeling pretty fantastic about what I was able to get accomplished the other day at work, during ACT day, no less.  I was finally able to write Natalia a nice, long letter.  I had an envelope ready for her at home, but I just wasn't getting to it at the end of the day.  I was able to write her a long one, on the back of six half sheets of bright pink paper.  Hopefully it's as enjoyable to read as it was to write.  I was also able to plan for the next two weeks of lessons, which is fantastic for me, a person who hates to lesson plan.

2.  I was able to get in a 1.83 mile run today during my game manager duties for soccer.  Interestingly enough, I only burned 24 calories because my heart rate never got above 110!  My pace was barely sub-10, so at least I wasn't over my normal "limit" for myself.  The cool part about my run was that I was joined by a random stray dog for the last half mile!  I don't know where the dog came from, as it had no collar on, but it has obviously been groomed recently.

3.  I think we need a wonderful, affordable knock-off of Kate Middleton's lovely blue engagement dress.  If I could get that one in a darker coral color, I would buy it in a heartbeat!  Sign me up!

4.  I've been trying to make this a special week for DH, with his birthday being tomorrow.  While I didn't make him a big, homemade meal tonight (he had that the last three nights), I did make him a whole batch of oatmeal raisin cookies to scarf down by his lonesome!  They're not my fave, so it's all him, a true treat!  He didn't want a cake, and I finally talked him into letting me make him cookies.

5.  That's about all for tonight.  Who else is ready to get a glimpse of Kate Middleton's beautiful wedding gown?!  BRING IT!    

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - "The Key to a Man's Heart"

Day 2 of DH's "Birthday = Favorite Meals Week"

WHW: Tuba

Weheartwednesday | You Know You &heartsl It!I've been waiting to share this story for a few days now, and I'm finally getting the chance!  Earlier this week I learned about the "band flight" at Air Force BMT.  A "flight" is how trainees at BMT are organized, in comparison to companies at Army BCT.  Apparently, all of the trainees are asked upon arrival whether they have experience playing musical instruments.  Regardless of skill level (and sometimes they just need hot bodies to fill the seats), they will put you in the band flight!  There's perks to being in the band flight too.  Instead of having any one of these horrible duties, my duty would be band practice.  Band members also get their dress blues before anyone else, and play at all of the graduation ceremonies.  If the band is asked to play at an off-base event, you get to go as well.  As a 30 y/o teacher, I know I'm going to stick out like a sore thumb for leadership roles, so volunteering for band will be a nice way of getting out of being the dorm chief.

"I bet you didn't know it, but I'm a tuba player too.
And if you'd care to make a dare, I'll make a bet with you!
Erin, you tighten up your chops, and play your tuba hard,
'cause hell's broke loose in Lackland and the TIs deal the cards.
And if you win you get this shiny tuba made of gold,
but if you lose, the Air Force gets your soul!"

Yes I played the tuba and the sousaphone!  I sure hope I'll get the opportunity to do so in the band flight at BMT!  I originally started on the clarinet in elementary school, but I was mediocre and switched to tuba in high school when given the opportunity.  I also played the trumpet in my final year, in jazz band. When I found out about the band flight, Taryn was one of the first person I told, because she's a band nerd too.  :)

What about you, did you play?

Things Students Say Thursday #10

Not too many teaching days left in this school year - whoo hoo!

If you're a teacher, or if you know a teacher, you know we have some downright crazy stories about what comes out of the mouths of babes!  Therefore, I bring you:

Things Students Say Thursday

This meme is not only for teachers - if you're an educator (teacher, aide, paraeducator, volunteer, substitute) in a Pre-K through 12 setting, feel free to jump in.  A wee bit of fun for all of us, and to get us ready for that feel-good Friday!

No rules about this one, just post a funny/interesting/shocking story about something a student has said this week.  I don't need to remind you all about the ethics of teaching - please don't use real names or pictures with faces, and please use people-first language.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Miscellany Monday

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

1.  Today was supposed to be an exciting day for me.  I planned to call up my recruiter and formally request to have my orders soon, since I need them a month in advance for work.  Yeah, that was a big FAIL - got voicemail on both numbers.  I have a feeling they're on a four-day weekend.  Some rumors are also going around our Facebook group that people aren't outprocessing until the 31st, and shipping on June 1st, so I'm eager to know if that's true for me as well.

2.  Thanks to having insurance again, I went in for a lady doctor appointment after school!  I know so many people hate these appointments, but I don't mind them.  My first pap was at age 17.  I was alone, since my mom felt that taking me in for birth control was condoning my [sexually active] behavior.  I don't look down on her for this stance, although I don't think it was the best idea she's ever had.  It did force me to be responsible though, since I went out and educated myself and made sure I was protected.  After that experience, paps at regular doctor's offices are no big deal. 

I was in and out in thirty minutes today, and that includes a lengthy discussion about my next steps for conception!  The nurse practitioner that I spoke with let me know that my experience back at Fort Bragg with the reproductive endocrinologist was atypical - they should've had us do a sperm analysis first, then an HSG for me, and then Clomid.  The only thing I did at Bragg was Clomid, so you can imagine how smart and effective this was for us.  We need to see if there's anything wrong with DH first, then see if I have any blockages, and then if we're both ok, we'll proceed.  I cam home with a "doggy bag" for DH with a specimen cup - you can imagine how excited he was!  He did seem willing, although he tried to tell me I was going to have to return the specimen to them.  :)  We won't proceed with anything of this nature until I return from tech school, and even then, I would like to make sure we're both gainfully employed full-time.

3.  Day two of DH's favorite foods is going well!  I did flounder tonight, breaded in cornmeal and lemon pepper.  It was a hit and he was a happy camper.  My slow cooker chicken tortilla soup for tomorrow is already prepared and ready to go in the fridge.  I love a good slow cooker meal, and it's a perfect night for it, since I have a softball game tomorrow.  The game is going to be a tough one!  It's against the middle school on post, and their staff is undefeated as well.  Someone's going to have a tarnished record after tomorrow night.  Hopefully we can deliver!

4.  It was a helluva Monday, let me tell you!  Definitely not a fun Monday, like last week.  Little drama here, little student running the door into my bum wrist there, etc.  The weekends just don't come fast enough these days.  I keep trying to convince Haywee that the Springs Cupcake Truck needs to deliver gluten-free nummies to our school, but they don't deliver down to our area - boo!  Haywee gave up dessert for Lent, so it's definitely time to make up for what she's missed!  On a positive note, she pointed out that we only have four Mondays left in this school year!

5.  Ok, it's time for me to step away from the computer.  I have a boatload of pushups and situps to do before everyone in my May Shippers group gets on oovoo for the night!  

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Faith, Family, and Festivities

Today's been a day of reflection for me.  Easter posts surround me, both in my blog reader and on my Facebook feed.  I'm at a point in my life where it holds more nostalgia than anything else for me.  There's been a few things running through my mind:

1.  DH is an atheist who proclaims that he "hates" holidays.  He doesn't have much of an explanation as to why he hates holidays, but I can only assume it's because he had a horrible childhood growing up.  When I say horrible, I mean wouldn't-wish-it-on-my-worst-enemy horrible.  Couple that with the loss of his son just before he turned three, and I can understand why child-geared holidays become meaningless.

2.  Easter is getting a little ridiculous, in the same vein of Christmas.  I read a Facebook status update where the family's kids were going to wake up to bikes, a guitar stand, a guitar tuner, and pounds of candy.  WTFBBQ?!  Extravagant gifts now?  How do people afford to maintain this sort of thing?  I'll bet their tooth fairy hands out twenties.  We used to get a basket of candy, and maybe a small non-candy item of sorts.  Nothing crazy though - maybe a t-shirt.  I was even a little surprised by all of the booty that Trinnie's son and nephew were going to be receiving (and candy for a 4 and 6 year-old), although it was nowhere near the gifts mentioned above.

3.  It should be a little telling that I was most concerned yesterday about whether or not Easter would affect the hours of operation at the physical fitness center.  I had a great workout today.  I skipped my run on Friday and promised myself that I'd run both days this weekend.  I did two of my old routes without stopping and did both at a sub-ten pace.  I did that exhaustion test for my sit-ups and pushups and performed adequately.  I had a good, hard workout at the gym today and felt satisfied with my upper body work.  The shoulder press is still my most dreaded machine.

4.  Great part about the holiday is that both the gym and the commissary were empty!  No waiting for anything, and I was wandering around by myself most of the time!  The commissary was stocked too, which was refreshing, and I finally located the pizza sauce - score one for Erin!  I had some great coupons this week and picked up some nice deals in the process, including a huge Nivea Touch of Happiness body wash for free - they paid ME a penny!  Walgreens had Sinful Colors nail polish for 99 cents, and that always makes for a happy day.  I also got to use a great coupon on those new Purex Crystals - we'll see how they work.

5.  Back to DH.  As my husband and an atheist, I am influenced, inspired, and sensitive of him and his beliefs.  I think he's more of a humanist than anything else, as he adheres strongly to his Marine Corps value of integrity - "Doing what's right all the time, even when no one is around."  While I still believe in God, my faith and religion plays a much smaller role in my life than it used to.  I find myself feeling more connected to my atheist bloggy friends than those who have strong Christian beliefs and values.

6.  It was also a day of disenchantment with family - not immediate, but extended.  Thank you Facebook for pointing out the fact that a cousin of mine was in town, didn't call, and then went out to dinner with the rest of my family.  I felt like reminding her, "I'm family too."  I know phones work both ways, but I live a few blocks away and don't hear anything from these folks.  It reminds me of the fact that I grew up three blocks from my mom's brother and we never saw him.  I drove by today and it looked like they were all at the house too.  It saddens me, because I know that if my aunt were still alive, she wouldn't have forgotten about me.  I've had more offers from friends (Haywee, Trinnie) than I have my family this week.  Haywee bent over backward at work this week, to invite people to dinner tonight who might otherwise be on their own.  Trinnie reminded me that blood doesn't necessarily make family.  I've had more "family dinners" at her house than at my own family's.

7.  Onto the festivities - let birthday extravaganza week begin!  I'm joking of course.  Like I mentioned, DH hates holidays, and couldn't care less about his own birthday.  I try to make the day special and reflect his wishes as best as I can, which is difficult.  He didn't want a cake, but I talked him into letting me make him oatmeal raisin cookies (his favorite).  I also planned for his favorite meals every day this week.  He loves my Mexican food, so I'm dishing that up at least two nights this week.  Trinnie offered to take us out on Friday (DH's actual birthday), and it'll be nice to have a good double date (plus Vinny) with them.  DH also got a really nice massage last night, which is a special treat around this house, since I'm usually too tired by the end of the day.

So, that was my day.  A little up, a little down.  Thirty-six days until I leave for BMT.  The excitement in palpable in my May Shippers Facebook group.  The May 3rd crowd leaves in a week, and you can imagine how they're feeling right now!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday or weekend!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Friday Night Blogger Award!

Happy Friday night!  [Well, I started this Friday, finishing it on Saturday.]  You gettin' wild over there?  I just got home from our school talent show, but more on that in a bit.  The lovely Ms. Kayla over at Packing His Bags; Preparing My Heart threw me a little love tonight with this Stylish Blogger Award.  If you saw me on a daily basis, you'd know I'm not that stylish, but shh!  I've got her fooled!  ;)

I'm going to cheat a little on this one, since I've already been award (and re-awarded it), but I will jot down seven random facts for you!

7 Things About Me

1.  I was a sorority girl reject.  Mhmm!  Bet you didn't know that one!  It seems really implausible now, but trust me, it's true.  Back when I started college, I was very much into my whole rockabilly, subculture, cool kid, "that's not my thing" attitude.  I went through the rush process because my mom really wanted me to - she was a Tri-Delt.  I went from house to house in a vintage 50's day dress, and God only knows what my interviews were like.  I think I only went through the process for two rounds or so, before no one invited me back.  No, I never made it to the stage when people invited you to pledge.  I was a complete shut-out!  All is well though, as I ended up moving back home after my second year and commuting, after my mom died.

2.  I was a Teach For America reject.  Yeup, they didn't want me either.  I really must have been a horrible interviewer back then!  I think I applied in my 3rd or 4th year of college, after seeing a friend go through the process.  It really wasn't compatible with my life at the time, but I thought it'd be a good move.  I made it to the second interview when I was rejected.  I was devastated at the time, but it all worked out.  I did my credentialing the traditional way and had a wonderful experience at CSULB.  If you really think about it, I probably wouldn't have ended up in Special Ed if I went through TFA, since that occurred as a result of my experience at CSULB.  I love my job, I love my field, and I really wouldn't have it any other way.

3.  I'll be the first to tell you that it wasn't until my 4th year of teaching that I felt confident and sure of myself in the classroom.  During those first few years, I was sure that I wasn't going to be in the classroom for long, and I was looking for other opportunities in the field of high education.  Now, I'm happy as a clam and loving it!  Confidence makes all of the difference in the world.

4.  I have a wicked sweet tooth.  I would rather workout more than drastically change all of my eating habits or deprive myself.  I'm about ready to go to the kitchen and grab four Oreos and a cup of milk.  And it will be good!

5.  Trinnie bought me a four pack of Michael Jackson pin-back buttons.  If I add them all to my staff ID lanyard, I'm going to start looking like a waitress alongside Jennifer Aniston in Office Space - check out my flair!  I already have that Antoine Dodson pin on my ID, although it's small and discreet.

6.  As I type this, I'm stalling and putting off what I should really be doing - an exhaustion test for both my pushups and sit-ups.  You can imagine how excited I am to do both of these things, although at least I don't have to do multiple sets.  This is just a test to see if I'm ready to progress to my next two weeks in Hundred Pushups and Two Hundred Sit-ups, and if so, where I'm at.  I feel like I've been digressing in both of these areas, and getting much better at my running.  [Update: I can do at least 41 sit-ups, which is what I need to move on to the next week.  Now to do my pushups...]

7.  I'm scraping the bowl to think of something else for about, "I dream of vacations?"  If you're able to take a vacation with your spouse, you're extremely fortunate and you should consider yourself blessed.  I envy you immensely.  I really wish they allowed reservists to go on marriage retreats, if they're on full-time, active duty orders.  I could really use a getaway with DH.  I would love to be able to pull together enough cash to either go on a cruise with him during my Thanksgiving vacation, or ensure that we have our plane tickets for Mexico over Christmas.  I'm crossing my fingers that 2011 is our year!        

Friday, April 22, 2011

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #38 + MilSpouse Weekly Roundup #23

1.  How many pets do you have?  And what type?  submitted by Life and Times of a Displaced Jersey Girl  None.  When DH and I moved into our first apartment back in December of '05, we weren't allowed to have pets.  He went off to Korea, Bragg, and then Afghanistan.  Our home in North Carolina didn't allow pets either.  Fast forward to our Colorado home, which allows pets, but with a deposit.  We're not really in the position to be feeding and properly caring for any animals right now, so we still don't have a pet.  DH would love to have a dog eventually, but for the time being we're pet-free.  I grew up with cats and rodents, and I enjoy having animals, but I don't miss the pet hair aspect of it.  We're also not home enough to give a dog the proper attention that it requires.  I know a lot of people who think they couldn't make it through a deployment without that furry, warm body beside them, but I appreciate the fact that I can come and go as I please, and nothing's depending on me for survival. 

2.  What are your favorite projects to do while hubby is away?  submitted by my-inspired-nest  Go dancing!  I know that's not a craft or a house project, but I do enjoy it!  I didn't focus much on my fitness when he was in Afghanistan, so I can't say that personal fitness goals are my fave.  I really enjoyed volunteering with the FRG and participating in my local HOG chapter and the PGR when he was away.  Since he's been home, I haven't been as involved, and that saddens me.

3.  What are the must-haves in your deployment care packages?  submitted by Christine’s Little Blog  DH always craved Honey Buns while he was in Afghanistan, so I would send him tons of those!

4.  If you could star in any TV show, which would it be?  submitted by Just a Girl  The Amazing Race, although I think DH and I would bicker and bitch our way through the experience.

5.  What was the biggest hurdle that you faced during your/your significant other’s first deployment?  submitted by The Pavlik Perspective  Honestly, nothing.  Like I've said before, I really think I thrive during deployments/separation.  The only challenge I had was figuring out how to handle vehicle maintenance while he was away, like trying to assess the issue and changing batteries on my own.  Wait, I take it back.  I think painting the house in North Carolina was the biggest hurdle - I definitely wished DH was back home then!

Check out the Milspouse Weekly Roundup, hosted by Poekitten this week!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Thursday 5

It has been so busy around here lately, and I miss last week's Thursday 5.  I really want to mow down some Oreos and milk before I do my pushups and call it a night, but I know I need to jump in here and update!  This week's words are:


1.  I don't think I have anything dazzling 'round these parts!  I could go for some dazzling spring days though!  Lots of sunshine, warmth, and great running weather!  Maybe it's time to do the Incline again soon...

2.  It would be spectacular if we could find out if our contracts are being renewed at school sometime soon (right Haywee?!).  They're really dragging this one out, especially if you consider that we only have 26 school days left.  It'd be nice to know already, although I'm not horribly worried.

3.  I'm a little too excited about my terrific new running hat.  Gotta love the shopping choices at the PX!  With spring and summer here, I want to protect both my eyes and my skin.  I don't have any sunglasses that are running-appropriate yet, so I'm glad to have this new hat.  I think my dad has something similar, so we can be twinsies.  I would love to visit him out in CA eventually, and meet Mrs. Wookie in the process!  Group run, anyone?

4.  This week has been less than perfect at work.  It's been a very blah week.  It should've been amazing, since I finished all of my IEPs, but I managed to acquire another student and there was more drama at work than I'd care to deal with - it makes me a little eager to get going with BMT already.          

5.  I'm ecstatic that tomorrow is Friday, although I volunteered to supervise at my school's talent show tomorrow, which means I need to squeeze in a run and dinner before reporting back to school in the evening.  It's been a long week and I didn't manage to get the nap in today that I wanted.  I'm doing the talent show to support one of my students though, and I can't wait to see him dance!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Things Students Say Thursday #9

1.  We were doing a station activity in our co-taught math class today, and afterward the students were stapling their papers together.  One of my favorite students (I'm going to be really bummed out when he PCSes) was standing a foot away from me, getting his work together, when he says,
"I'm the first mother f#&king person done!"
It completely slipped out of his mouth and he was mortified afterward, but it was too funny of an outburst to make me mad at him.

2.  Randomly, during that same class period, another student interrupted the activity to ask me,

"Mrs. C, what's a panini?"

I informed him that it was a sandwich.  It was amusing in its randomness.

3.  Monday started off amazingly, which was quite the surprise!  I received this note from one of my favorite students, who thought of me over the weekend.  Yes, this thing is totally frame-worthy!

Hope you are all having a great week!

Things Students Say Thursday #9

Last week must have been a busy week for all of us, since I was the only one who participated.  No matter, on we go!

If you're a teacher, or if you know a teacher, you know we have some downright crazy stories about what comes out of the mouths of babes!  Therefore, I bring you:

Things Students Say Thursday

This meme is not only for teachers - if you're an educator (teacher, aide, paraeducator, volunteer, substitute) in a Pre-K through 12 setting, feel free to jump in.  A wee bit of fun for all of us, and to get us ready for that feel-good Friday!

No rules about this one, just post a funny/interesting/shocking story about something a student has said this week.  I don't need to remind you all about the ethics of teaching - please don't use real names or pictures with faces, and please use people-first language.

WHW: Nashville

It's We Heart Wednesday already, and I have a confession!  I fell in love again this summer, with a big city, no less!  Having grown up in California, I'm not a huge city lover.  I couldn't ever see myself living in a place like that - visiting, yes, living, no.  I need space!  While moving from North Carolina to Colorado, I made a point to stop in places I didn't visit on the way out there, including Nashville and Memphis.  

As a country music fan, Nashville was definitely on my must-see list.  I was making good timing and I was a few hours out when I started surfing on free wi-fi to figure out where to stay.  Thankfully, DH was totally supportive when I called and discussed with him my idea of staying at a nice hotel right downtown, rather than staying further out in a cheaper hotel.  The Renaissance Nashville was top-notch and gave me a military discount, and felt like absolute luxury after a long day of driving.  I would stay there again in a heartbeat, especially since it was within walking distance of the Ryman and the Honky Tonk District.

I'm dying to get out there again and get to spend more than 24 hours exploring, catching great bands, dancing, and eating amazing food!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Celebration and Sorrow

Today brings us a day of celebration and sadness, and I have to give it to you straight, with little rambling [well, I'll try].

Today is Trinnie's 32nd birthday!

Cupcakes by Dots Treats!
Happy birthday to the best friend a girl could ever ask for!  She is truly a blessing in my life, and I am so fortunate to finally live near her and get to spend as much time with her possible!  She is a rock in my life, and has always supported me 100%.  Love, love, love her!

When I was buzzing my Twitter feed earlier, I noticed updates from official Navy outlets that my brother's ship (the Enterprise) has suffered another loss.  A second sailor has been found dead aboard the ship.  There is no information yet, nor has there been an official DOD release.  My heart goes out to my brother and his fellow sailors aboard that ship - this has been a rough deployment, with the change in leadership prior to leaving and the losses they've suffered.

DH also informed me this morning that he had read on Facebook that a soldier he served with back at Bragg, SPC Paul Atim, had died.  We didn't know the circumstances, but I put in a call to a friend (and former FRG leader), who did some research as well.  Six or so hours later, the DOD release finally verified the news floating around the internet.  We saddened by the loss of this soldier, whom DH remembers as "a good kid, a good soldier [with a] great sense of humor [who] always made people laugh in the shittiest situations."  Our thoughts are with Atim's son, family, friends, and fellow soldiers.