Wednesday, May 4, 2016

April Showers Bring May Confessions

**State testing 3/5 days means I'm showing movies 5/5 days.  And by movies I mean we're watching Ferngully, Lion King or Jungle Book, & Nemo**

**This is my last month in my apartment & I'm ecstatic!**

**It took until this past weekend to finally watch the second half of the TWD season 6**

**There are only 15 more days of actual instruction left & I couldn't be happier**

**I ever so desperately want the Blues to beat the Stars in the playoffs**

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Saturday School Thoughts

I am literally the only adult here

Did Saturday school get cancelled & no one informed me

Oh thank God another teacher

Yes!  I love that teacher!  We're in this together

Still no administrator...

Oh good we just set the alarms off & we can't get to the key pad

Soon it'll just be 2 teachers, 3 students, & the cops...

And we're in

Maybe no kids will show up for history & I can go home

1 kid...alright if I have to be here for 4 hours I better have more than 1 kid

Yay! A kid I know & love.

4 kids & only 1 came prepared...crap gotta improvise

Test!  I'll make them take last year's test!

Ugh why are state tests so long...it's too quiet!

1 hour down!

Might as well do my lesson plans while I'm here

State testing all week you say?  Movies all week I say

At least I'm getting paid today

What in the world am I going to do with these kids once they're done with the test & we've gone over it??

I a little bit hate the US History teacher right now for not leaving me the materials he said he would

Oh thank goodness 2 of them are done..good enough for me.

Game time!

1 hour left...now what...

Movie, we'll watch a movie...

PIZZA TIME!

Phew...finally I can go home...

Monday, May 2, 2016

Tumbleweed Weekend In Houston & Then Some

I had planned on posting this last Monday but then I clearly didn't & it kept getting pushed aside & now here we are...you get TWO weekend recaps in one!  Thanks Megan for reminding me that this is perfectly acceptable.

Friday 4/22
I had originally planned on leaving for Houston around 8 am so that I could spend time at my favorite park & around Tomball.  Well after all was said & done I didn't leave until about 9 but I was still there by 12:30.  Once I got there I went to the beauty school so I could get my nasty split ends taken care of.  They were busy.  So I went off to Tomball & found a place there.  Once my hair was done I didn't have enough time to look around Tomball & go to my favorite park so I opted for the park.  At 3 I met up with my friend Zach for happy hour at Cisco's.  I frequented that place for happy hour when I still lived down in Houston, especially when I lived in Tomball & it was less than a mile from my apartment.  The margaritas are cheap, strong, & cold.

After happy hour I rushed attempted to rush down into Houston to meet up with my friend Abby.  Houston traffic sucks.  Having lived there for 3 years I should have known that rushing anywhere around 5 pm on a Friday wasn't going to happen.  Eventually I arrived at the hotel, we got our room set up, drank & snacked a little, & then headed off to Firehouse Saloon to see Zane Williams & Aaron Copeland.  A couple of days earlier Zane Williams had been looking for people to sell his merch at the show & since we were planning on being there anyway we jumped at the chance.  The show was great & we had a lot of fun selling merch & talking to different people.  I tried teaching a guy from NYC to two step but it didn't work out the best...  At the end of the night we were both beyond ready for tacos so we got our uber to take us to Chachos.  So good!

Saturday 4/23
Our plan for Saturday: wake up, start drinking, go to brunch around 10, bar hop until about 3, go to the Astros game, go to dinner, go to Ray Wylie Hubbard.
What happened: we woke up, laid around, had a drink, got brunch around 11, & bar hopped the rest of the night completely missing the Astros game & Ray Wylie Hubbard.


Sunday 4/24
Sunday morning we woke up & slowly got ready for the day.  I had plans to meet up with my friend Meg for brunch.  We went to Los Cucos for their breakfast buffet.  So much good Mexican.  If I'm being really honest I mostly ate a shit ton of barbacoa with small sides of other things.  We just hung out and talked for a few hours at the restaurant.  I had lunch plans with someone else so as soon as I left here I was off to the north side to meet up with Mr. Fireman, remember him?  It had been a year & a half since we had last seen each other.  We met up at Buffalo Wild Wings, he watched basketball, I watched hockey, & we just caught up on life.  Once the games were over it was time for me to be on my way since I had a 3.5-4 hour drive back to Fort Worth.  I of course stopped at Bucees on my way home but I refrained from going crazy.  No new CD, no 6 pack of fudge, just a cup of coffee & some roasted pecans.

Friday 4/29
We were supposed to get a massive storm on Friday night (kind of like we were supposed to earlier in the week)  However, just like the previous storm nothing happened.  There was a short little thunderstorm and then it was all over.  I went grocery shopping so that I could do meal prep over the weekend.  Once I got home I sat on the couch listening to the thunderstorm & started watching Love on Netflix.

Saturday 4/30
Saturday started off with going to work from 8-12 for Saturday School (thoughts on this coming tomorrow)  It really wasn't too bad.  I was half hoping that no one would show so that I could turn around & go home.  However, a few kids did show & that meant I got paid so overall not a bad gig.

As soon as I was free from Saturday school I went home & changed so that I could get a long overdue pedicure.  Since it's so warm out I've been digging the bright colors.  I previously had hot pink & almost got something similar but decided to go with bright orange.  The color is ORLY Melt Your Popsicle.  What I'm really in need of is to have my fingernails fixed but they are so short & gross right now I just need to start painting them myself for awhile until they grow.

As soon as I got home I decided to do some meal prep.  Normally I make one, maybe two, meals to last me for the week.  However, this has been backfiring on me.  I make one thing & then far too often during the week find myself wanting something else & spend way too much on buying random snacks/meals.  So, I decided to make smaller batches of a few things this time.  I still had some tortellini pasta left so I decided to make crack dip, potato salad, armadillo eggs, & then combined a chicken & shrimp recipe.  Hopefully this will stop me from spending so much on food during the week.  I had plans of going to a nearby park to do some cardio but that didn't actually happen.  Instead I watched more of Love on Netflix.

Sunday 5/1
Since I had skipped cardio on Saturday, & am trying to stick to a 12 week workout program, I made Saturday my rest day & went to the park as soon as I got up & had my breakfast & coffee.  I had never actually gone to this park before.  The trail actually goes quite a ways.  The whole trail is 40 miles that goes through different parts of Fort Worth.  I only did 30 min on the trails.  I parked in the lot closest to my apartment & then when I got on the trail decided to take a right.  I stopped once I hit another parking lot & then turned around.  I could have continued on next to the road but I wasn't quite sure where that would take me & I didn't really feel like being by the road.  Next time I go I'm going to take a left & see how far/where that takes me.

When I got home I grabbed a trash bag, went through my closet & took the bag to Goodwill.  There is definitely more I could have/should have gotten rid of, but I figured that bag was a good start.  However, as soon as I got home I decided maybe I should have also gotten rid of most of my long sleeve stuff & random tshirts that I only have for sentimental reasons (races, the school I used to work at, one I found 5 years ago at WeFest)  Perhaps that can go the next time around.  I am really in need of a new wardrobe but I already feel like I have so many clothes.  The problem is, most of those clothes either don't get worn, or they aren't super versatile.  I own way more racer back tank tops than necessary.  And while I wear them, I don't own enough clothes for work, or for going out for say happy hour.  Plus, I have had a lot of those clothes since I was probably 20-21.  I am now 27.  I always used to justify it by telling myself that they still fit, they aren't damaged, & they are basic enough to stand the test of time.  However, it's time for a new wardrobe.

I finished watching Love on Netflix, got in some blogging, & finally started catching up on tv shows that I hadn't watched since December.  My roommate & her husband closed on their house on Friday, & while she still technically lives here this last month, I basically had the apartment all to myself for the weekend & it was wonderful.


Friday, April 22, 2016

H-Town Bound

This morning I am Houston bound.  It's been 7 months since I was last there.  The girls that I coached last year in softball have their last game tonight & when I left I promised that if I could I would go to one of their games.  What started as a night in Houston to attend the softball game has turned into a full blown, non stop weekend in Houston.  But I won't get ahead of myself.  I'll give you the whole recap on the weekend on Monday once I've returned and actually lived the weekend.  Instead, here are 5 things that I miss about Houston for this week's Friday Favorites.


1. Burrough's Park
This is probably the top thing I miss about where I used to live.  That place was my little get away.  I could go for a walk/run or just sit there & write/relax.  As a general rule I would go there at least once a week just to get away from it all.  I'm not saying they don't exist...but I haven't found a place like that here.

2. Whiskey River Tacos
Those barbacoa tacos.  $3/piece for the best taco I've ever had in my life.  I lived for those tacos at the end of the night.

3. Concerts at Big Texas
It's no secret I love concerts.  The best thing about Big Texas was that it had awesome concerts for cheap & was small enough of a venue that I would just go by myself to concerts.  I haven't found one of those places here either.  Again, I know they probably exist.  But all that ever comes to mind is Billy Bob's.  And while they have great concerts & for usually pretty reasonable prices, it's SUCH a big place that I wouldn't want to go alone because I would look & feel alone.

4. Two Stepping
Something no one really does up here apparently.  I know of one place, Billy Bob's.  And unlike Big Texas or Whiskey River in Houston, they ALWAYS have concerts so instead of paying like $5 (or sometimes nothing) to get in & have fun & dance, you have to pay $15+ any time you go because there's always a live show going on & dancing doesn't happen until the concert is over.

5. Tomball
If I could find a town like Tomball up here I'd be in heaven.  I miss living there so much.  It was the perfect little town.  It was small & had an old part to it that still had that small town charm with festivals, a farmers market, & antique shops, while still having a Walmart, Target, etc.  For real, if someone knows of a town like this near Fort Worth please tell me now.

**Feeling like I had my shit together**
I will start off by saying that I like the Fort Worth area 100x more than I like the Houston area.  It definitely feels more like me.  However, I feel like I am in a constant limbo.  I think a big part of that has to do with a)I have had no real free time this year because of coaching b)I actually live in the city instead of a suburb & c)I don't have my own place.  When I lived in Houston I had food prep down to a science, I got all of my errands/chores done on the regular, & would actually work out.  Here, I hate really being in my kitchen/common areas because I live with people I'm not friends with.  I don't consistently do things such has get an oil change because I am never really home due to practices/games.  I never just go for a run/walk because there is nowhere super close to me that allows for that due to how commercial the area is.

In about 6 weeks I'll be back in the middle of nowhere where life will make sense again & then come August the plan is to move in with Mr. Midwest where I feel more at home than in my own place & will be in a suburb for a few months until we potentially move into a house outside of town with land.  This girl has had enough of the city that's for sure.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

I Don't Know What Else To Say

**I have had a "days left of school" countdown on my board since about the beginning of March**

**There has been a lot of shit going down at my job & while I won't be there next year, I'm really curious to see how next year turns out for everyone**

**Rain & thunderstorms make me happy**

**With 32 days left a student convinced me to get a coffee maker for my classroom**

**After randomly checking Walmart for a solid month or more I finally got my brand new 2016-2017 planner & I felt like a kid on Christmas morning**

**I am still at a loss for what to say in my MOH speech**

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Sh*t My Students Say Vol. 16

Student to another student: Hey now!  Watch your language!  This is a PG area!

Student 1: Hey! You tricked me!
Student 2: Trix are for kids!

Student 1: I said a mouse sings better than you
Student 2: Yeah maybe a mouse that sings like an angel!

Student 1: You know what I meant!
Student 2: But that's not what you said!
Student 1: Student 3 come on you know what I meant!
Student 3: I was gonna go to bat for you but then you said that!  I can't believe you! My ears! I'm just a kid!


Directions: Write 6 sentences
Student: Does it have to be 6?
Me: Yes
Students: It can't be 4?


Student: Did that shark just eat a whole seal?!
Me: Haven't you seen Shark Week?
Student: I've see Shark Tales...


Student 1: Miss you look crazy...and tired
Student 2: I'm not gonna say that you look crazy but if I saw you on the street I'd cross to the other side

Monday, April 18, 2016

Call Me The Comeback Kid

Hi!  Remember me?  The girl that used to blog here on a nearly daily basis.  The girl that out of nowhere up & stopped blogging completely for the past 2 months.  Yeah that girl.  Well I'm back.  Life happening is the only reason I have for not blogging at all for the past couple of months.  I'm sure I missed a ton while I was away because in all honesty I didn't take the time to read a single blog at all after I stopped writing.  I know a lot has happened on my end in that time.  Softball ended this past Friday so I've decided to make my come back.

Here are some highlights of what's been going on in my life since February:

50 days, 14 games, & 5 multi-day/all day tournaments later softball has started & ended.  Varsity went 0-8 in district while JV won or tied a majority of their games.  This past Friday was their final game of the season.  While I am so ready to be done after 6 straight months of having no break from practices & games, I am going to miss these girls.

Valentine's Day weekend my friend Alicia flew down to see me.  We hit up the Stockyards the first night she was in town & then spent the next night in Austin exploring Congress & hitting up 6th Street.  We ate our weight in food, realized we're getting way too old for the college bar scene, and listened to some awesome live music.

That same weekend Mr. Midwest surprised me by cooking me dinner for Valentine's Day.

I spent a couple different weekends in Dallas.  We also realized we're getting old when we tried to hit up downtown Dallas for St. Patrick's Day.  That lasted all of one walk through a crowd of super drunk people & way too long of lines for drinks before heading back to a much quieter (& cheaper) truck yard for food & drinks.

My parents came down & visited me as well.  We went to the rodeo in the Stockyards, ate BBQ pretty much all weekend, went to Waco in an attempt to go to Magnolia Farms but line was blocks long, I bought some new boots, & they met Mr. Midwest.

As is our annual tradition, I went to San Antonio to visit my friend Robyn for the San Antonio Rodeo.  As per usual we were late.  For 4 straight years we have managed to unsuccessfully see the entire rodeo & concert.  Here's to hoping year 5 is a success for us...

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Mr. Midwest & I attended the wedding of a former coworker of mine.

Not Pictured: 

**I passed my Special Education certification test & am now certified to teach social studies grades 4-12, ESL 4-12, & SPED 4-12.  Between that & my 4 years teaching experience/2 years coaching experience I'm getting a little cocky landing a new job**

**Which better be as easy as I'm hoping it is because on February 19th I resigned from my current job without having a new one line up.  Unintentionally that's the exact same thing I did on the exact same date last year**

**I have an interview lined up for this Thursday so everyone cross your fingers & say a little prayer that I get the job!**