ringsandcoffee: (insanerer)
I'm spending the night at Natalie's tomorrow, because she lives 5 minutes from the airport and we have to be there by 6am. EEK! I'm going to England! Well, the UK...Cardiff, Wales, and Edinburgh, Scotland. And France! But mainly England. :D

I will try to post when I can, and I think I can post photos through the app.

Over the past 2 nights I watched Death Comes to Pemberley. It was far better than the book, and that's rare for me to say. Elizabeth actually had a role in the miniseries, and the plot was arranged in a better way. Way to make Colonel Fitzwilliam unlikable though! I woner if I missed that in the book, at least one certain aspect.

Watching that was my effort to keep working on my long Netflix queue. And yet, like last summer, I'm pretty much binging Once Upon a Time again. Not nearly at the same pace, however.

Let me try to post a photo using the app.
ringsandcoffee: (DW Get in the Tardis)
Goals I accomplished this summer: sing karaoke, read a book, try new recipes.

Goals I still need to finish: be ready for the school year to start, finish watching Firefly.

Unexpected accomplishments: weekend in Flagstaff (which felt like a vacation), spoiled the movie Serenity via a Nerd HQ video on YouTube, and spent way too much money.

My digital camera has officially bitten the dust.

I just got totally distracted and started watching the Doctor Who panel from Comic Con. Going to continue that now...
ringsandcoffee: (S&S Brandon watching)
Reena and Michelle (and Loch) came over after a bunch of us went to breakfast yesterday. Once again, they were trying to convince me to watch or read the Twilight books.  Why does the word "twilight" suddenly look weird spelled out?  I mentioned reading Eclipse in 15 minutes which they think has prejudiced me against the movies.  Comparisons to Harry Potter were made, and wonder as to why I don't care for them either.  I said that I just never cared for HP, but Twilight I just find...goofy/laughable/mockable for some reason.  It's not even anything to do with vampires.  The plots and/or writing just seem LOL-worthy.   I did read a section of Breaking Dawn, by the way.  As I read, I was pretty incredulous as to what the appeal was.  Reena said I should at least give the book Twilight a try; she almost had me convinced.  Not reading them is sort of like a personal trophy for me, like how I've never smoked at all.  Well, oops, I did read that part of BD, dangit. 

We watched Persuasion 2007, then Reena chose Sense and Sensibility 2008.  Why are Austen men so awesome and yet can be such idiots?  Obviously some characters are exaggerated, but it's sad to think they were based on reality at the time.  Some rich people (Fanny Dashwood) were major snobs, some were complete idiots (Lucy Steele, Mary Musgrove), and the men run the full gamut.  

In other news: I just baked two batches of chocolate chip scones, my oven temperature is way off, I went swimming at Heidi's and got more tan/burned, and I have yet to start the books I bought yesterday.  One is a classroom management book, the other My Lobotomy which I've wanted to read for a long time.  I guess I should get off the computer and get some more chores accomplished. 
ringsandcoffee: (astounding)
AC is working again.

Amazing how we make all sorts of judgements about people. Case in point: guy brings his 3 kids to the pool. He has a couple tattoos and long chin-hair (Does that have a different name?). Super cool playing with his kids. I was trying to fill in the blanks in my mind like where's the mom, is he divorced (he mentioned they had to go when Grandma said the pizza was done), etc.

I still strongly dislike my chest. Probably not enough to ever have surgery (would do something about the sag, not a reduction).

One of my friends doesn't know what internet acronyms and expressions like brb or FAIL mean, but then types like a 13-year-old. "what're u doin' 2day?" Dude, it takes more effort to type incorrectly. I guess I should give her credit for using an apostrophe correctly.

Time to start using a food journal again.

I've been going to Starbucks like it's going out of style.

What's with that expression? It doesn't make sense. Or is it an idion, in which case it isn't supposed to be taken literally?

I made delicious hummus last night. I want some just because it tastes good, not because I'm hungry.

Bought a ton of baking supplies. Might bake with Michelle on Sunday. Or watch World Cup. Or both.

I tend to be really attentive to lyrics, except with the free iTunes songs I get. Heard the Civil Twilight song I got last October on the alternative station this week. Twice, actually. I realized I have no idea what most of the lyrics are, even though it's played 35 times.

ETA: the above song played on shuffle like 10 minutes after I wrote that, and I still didn't listen to the lyrics.
ringsandcoffee: (LOST nerd alert)
I've fallen victim to busyness and being too entertained by my flist to post lately. So, instead of cleaning or looking up cookie recipes, I'll post.

Sunday-Wednesday I was in Las Vegas for a conference. I drove up by myself, which I don't mind at all. I love road trips, but it still would have been more fun with someone. During the day we had to attend various conference functions, but the nights were free. Monday night I toured the strip with one teacher and her relatives. Tuesday night I finally saw a Cirque du Soleil show, Ka. Fantastic. My face was in permagrin mode. As soon as it was over, I wanted to see another show. Next trip, perhaps. Later that night we walked around the Venitian and Palazzo hotels. Gorgeous inside. On the drive home Wednesday, I stopped at the Hoover Dam and took a million pictures.

I need to travel more, see more of the country and the world.

Thursday I helped Alyssa out in her classroom. Friday was a movie day with Michelle and Reena, where we watched Lost in Austen and He's Just Not That Into You. Both were cute, but I think I'm more into period dramas than modern comedies/romances. Or, maybe it's jerky male characters that bother me, even though period dramas also have them.

Too much caffeine+not enough to eat=trembly. Need to eat more than just a Hot Pocket and some raspberries.
ringsandcoffee: (ack)
Someone remind me come Christmas time that the bargain book section at Barnes and Noble is great for gifts. I found 2 books I wanted for myself today, but didn't buy them.

I got my haircut today, and it's SHORT. I told Pat that I wanted shorter and different. We looked through magazines, and we picked a few I liked. As she cut (and cut and cut) I was freaking out. Pat's been cutting my hair almost 4 years now, and I totally trust her but the hair just kept coming off! In the end it was ok, as I knew it would be. Still way shorter than before, and will require styling instead of my usual wet-down-and-go routine. Hopefully just the flat iron though.

Went to get a baby shower gift for Michelle. I know people are often outspoken about pregnancy-related things, but this woman behind me in line had all sorts of opinions about what everyone was buying. She even commented on how much I spent. Pardon me, but it's *my* friend and her first baby, I can spend as much or as little as I want. It wasn't about price anyway, it was about her registry and what I've heard is actually useful.

I didn't grade my math tests today, and I don't care. I'll do it tomorrow. Can we just skip the last week of school? Please?

Ok, things to do, things to do.
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It rained tonight. Finally! I'm alwways confused by the sound at first, thinking something is leaking. Strange, it didn't smell like rain when I was out earlier. Luis said he was driving through a dust storm though.
ringsandcoffee: (POTO duhhhhh)
Monday, three of my friends/coworkers (the 4th grade team at my old school) went on a shopping road trip. We piled into my car and drove 300 miles across the desert to the outlet mall in Cabazon, CA. Yes 300 miles. Susan and I came up with the idea long ago, and when we mentioned it to the others, they were game as well. Why so far, you must be asking. Well, the outlet mall is pretty big, and they have some high-end stores you can't find any closer. Specifically, they have a Coach outlet, which was our major destination. A Kate Spade outlet too, where I was very tempted by a few purses. However, it was a really good deal at Coach, and a lot of egging and nudging by my friends, that made me cave in. I'm still a little in shock over my purchase, but I had sort of budgeted for it. Plus, I got an unexpected stipend today, which more than pays for the purse. So, yeah. Jill and Susan got purses too, and Larisa got a wallet, plus a purse from Fossil.

Along from all the shopping, we had so much fun. I brought a bunch of cds so they could play DJ and keep the music going. We made the requisite stop at Starbucks in Blythe, CA, which was also a time to get out and stretch. I've passed the outlets many times on my drives to and from CA, but I forgot exactly where they were, but they are right next to the freeway, can't be missed. I just got my city locations mixed up. On the way home we listened to Phantom of the Opera and Moulin Rouge soundtracks, and they got to hear my "Single Music" mix. "Walking After You" by Foo Figthers is on it, and I thought none of the others would know it. As soon as it started playing, Susan went NUTS. She loves that song. Needless to say, I was happy that she was happy. Had to stop for gas in Chiriaco Summit, and paid $4.87/gal. We all agonized trying to remember who sings "Sultans of Swing" until Jill remembered, shouting out Dire Straits as we pulled up to the Starbucks drive-thru. The barista might have thought us a little crazy with our giggling.

I love road trips. I love my friends. It was an excellent day.
ringsandcoffee: (ack)
I just panicked thinking I had something I need to do. Then I remembered, I don't. It's Saturday, and it's summer break.



Jul. 3rd, 2007 09:52 pm
ringsandcoffee: (P&P head touch close)
I have returned from California.

I'm hungry, but food requires a trip to the store, because I have nothing here. Nothing that isn't canned, that is.

Procrastination days are over. Summer (for me) is half over, and I have a lot of work to do.

I need to do a post about my trip, but it might take a while, so that must wait.

It's warm in here.
ringsandcoffee: (why coffee gone)
If I don't actually write myself a to do list, I'm never going to get anything done. Hmm, I'll write on the back of this receipt.

Yay list written! Now, to actually do the things on it...

It's 110 degrees out. o_O

I went to Kohl's today, where for once I was actually quite impressed with the selection. After looking through clothes, swim suits, picture frames, and linens, I left empty-handed. Now that I've got my blue wall, my bedding choices are severely limited. White sheets are not a problem, but I need a duvet or comforter that will go with it. Now, in addition to being picky, I have to keep the blue in mind when choosing a bedspread. I'll order my canopy bed when I'm in CA in a few days, and eventually I'll replace my grandmother's dresser with something darker to match the bed.

I'm having similar issues as [livejournal.com profile] npicklegrl when it comes to decorating. Trying to make this place into an adult space, as opposed to a hodgepodge of old furniture and knicknacks, is challenging. Part of my problem is I have one long room that is technically a dining room and living room. The dining room is my "office" and it has oak furniture and a big plastic storage container. The frame of my chair from Ikea is also oak, because it matched what I had when I moved in here. My tv stand and cd rack are dark wood, and my couch and chair are beige and tan. My sister and I contemplated painting a red accent wall in the living room, but decided to just stick with painting the bedroom for now. Instead, I'm looking for a framed picture with some dark red in it to go above the couch. Yet again, I'm picky. Picky and cheap :)
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I cannot tell you how happy I am to have a social life again. Not even a social life, just one that isn't dominated by work. This past week, I took a daytrip on Tuesday and have been out every night since. Nowhere special, but at least I've been out with friends. During the school year, I was too tired and/or too busy to do much, especially on weeknights. Tonight we went to Oregano's because I happened to be at Jen and Brian's and we got hungry.

Thursday, Jen and I went to Ikea, where I got some colorful dishes and this patio table and chairs. The set was on clearance for $55, so I couldn't pass it up.
Table! )

I've now read Jane Eyre twice, though the second time was quite out of order. I read middle to end, then beginning to middle. Selected chapters I've read a few more times as well. I love it.
ringsandcoffee: (grin)
(Finally finished writing this a day later)

Three, if you count that I finally slept in as late as I wanted to today. I didn't have to get up at my usual work times, but I still had to be somewhere every day since school ended last Friday.

Ahhh, so yesterday I experienced two things for the first time. One was finally going to Mexico. Growing up in northern California, the closest I ever got was San Diego. My church always took the high school group on missions trips the week I wasn't on spring break. Shoot, I've been to Canada 3 times, and that's way farther away. On Sunday, Luis and I were chatting away, and he told me he finally has 2 days off. Since he had lived in Nogales for a while, and I had never been, we decided to make a day trip out of it.

On the way, we stopped at Picacho Peak, where there's an ostrich farm. For $5 you get a cup of feed for the ostriches and deer, and a little container of nectar for the lorikeets. A sign shows how to feed the ostriches, and claims they don't bite. Well, you get out there and big signs say they DO bite. They peck really, but have no teeth. Well, I held some food flat on my palm as shown, and they peck hard! The bird did pinch my hand a little. Man, those birds are scary! You can pour food into little trays but they attack almost before you get the food in. Too bad we didn't save any for the deer, which were way calmer and cuter. They make funny noises, and stick their tongues out wanting food. I wasn't able to get a picture with the tongue though. Next we went to the lorikeet house. As soon as Luis went in, one landed on his back and I totally freaked out. I finally did go in, and thankfully, no birds landed on me. They all liked him. We took pictures, which I will post later, bought a few postcards, and left.

Next stop was Tucson, or actually Oro Valley, at Luis's parents' house. We ate lunch and talked for a while. His parents are really nice, and his mom is a good cook. It's true, they totally spoil him. I love their house, and the dogs.

When you get past Tucson towards Nogales, the signs give kilometers instead of miles. Strange, but oh well. You can see the houses going up the hillside before you cross the border, and I don't know what is holding those things up. How they got a foundation in the side of the hill, or if they did, I don't know. We parked and then walked across the border. I swear, it was weird. To get in, you just walk through this turnstile gate, no one watching, no big deal. I had no idea where to go, so we just walked to where I could buy something. Ok, that's just about everywhere. The small, crowded huts, for lack of better term, were closer to the border. Since I just scream "tourist," they were all inviting me in to look at their wares. I didn't want to be rude, so I looked, and said no thanks to most of it. Really, there was nothing I wanted. After about 10 places, I finally looked at some bracelets, and bought one I truly liked. It's my souveneir of the trip, along with the pictures. Luis and I got all sorts of funny comments. The shopkeepers kept telling me that he was buying anything I wanted. We were refered to as honeymooners by one, and I swear another person refered to him as my dad (?!?). Afterwards, we walked further into town, to places Luis remembered. We ate at one little cafe; I ordered strawberry and banana creps but ended up with walnut plantain crepes. Plantains are ok, but not enough like a banana for me. I ate some, and about half of Luis's fries as well. My mango margarita tasted like frozen orange juice concentrate, but I still liked it.

Since we were on foot, we didn't get that far into town, but we did zigzag through several streets looking around. Luis kept saying how different it was, and pointed out places he remembered. The shops crack me up, with the variety of items they sell. Almost all carry the same things, and they are all packed with wares. On the way back to the border, we stopped at another restaurant, Kookarpacha's, with a nice outdoor seating area. I had a Coca-Cola Light, aka Diet Coke. The bottle was obviously returned/refilled from the wear marks. I wanted to keep the bottle, but didn't ask, so just left it. Walking back through the border, you have to declare citizenship. Basically, you just show ID. I guess beginning next year, you'll need a passport, so it's a good thing I went now.

We drove around Nogales on the AZ side, looking for Luis's old school, then headed back to Tucson, where I had my other "first." Ok, so there were several firsts that day, but this one is major: I got pulled over for speeding. I was crusing along somewhere around 85 in what I thought was a 75 zone. I saw the cop too late, which was after Luis pointed him out. I slowed, but he had turned around. Not sure whether he would come after me, since he had to let another car go by before he could get on the road, I pulled over to the right lane anyway, and sure enough the cop caught up to me. He asked me if I knew what the limit was, and I really didn't know, so I said 75, which was the last posting I'd seen. However, we had just gotten back into the Tucson area, so it changed to 55 somewhere. I gulped. He asked if I knew how fast I was going, and I sad about 80; he nodded then went to go write up the report. So, I'm sitting there, ready to take my ticket and wondering what my fine and insurance cost will be. I said to Luis, wouldn't it be funny if he let me off? So, the officer comes back and says that he's putting me down as 64 in a 55 zone, and giving me a waste of finite resources ticket. My fine is $37 and it doesn't go on my record or insurance. I was drop-jawed. He didn't explain why he gave that to me, instead of the $201 fine I should have gotten. My theory is that I cooperated and admitted fault, and/or I have a pretty clean driving record. My last ding was over 5 years ago. Whatever it was, I thanked him profusely, and was soon on the road again, with Luis constantly reminding me to watch my speed.

Not in a real hurry to get back, I considered calling [livejournal.com profile] mercuriehg but thought she might still be out of town. (Mer, we have to go to Eegees again!) Instead, we went to 4th street in Tucson, and stopped at a coffee shop whose owner goes to Luis's shop when she's in town. My vanilla au lait was pretty good, and it was nice to sit outside at the picnic tables. Around UofA reminds me of downtown Davis. The houses and little shops are similar, and a far cry from Phoenix and ASU. Afterwards, it was back to Oro Valley to give Luis's mom the vase he bought, plus pick up the Police concert tickets he's trying to sell. At last, we headed home, singing to the radio, talking about food, lack of time to cook, work, future road trips, etc. Even with the run-in with the law, I had a blast.
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Tomorrow, I will go move my stuff to my new classroom. If all goes as planned, on Tuesday I'll be going to Mexico for the very first time. Woah. I'm just going to Nogales with [livejournal.com profile] intothebean because that's where he's from. I have no idea what to expect there.

If I put my to do list here, maybe I'll be more inclined to actually get things accomplished instead of be online or read or watch Jane Eyre. Yes, it's my current obsession, or fandom, whatever you want to call it, and it's fantastic. So, here goes.

Things I need to do:
-Read Teaching with Love and Logic
-Review the Harry Wong book for things relevant to 4th grade
-Download the state standards for 4th grade
-throw away the pile of papers I thought I might need
-vacuum the apartment
-order my canopy bed!
-continue organizing my photo albums, which I haven't done since last summer
-renew my Costco memebership
-order prints of the many digital pictures I've taken over the past year
-mop the kitchen floor
-retrieve the lid to my traveler mug that fell under the fridge months ago
-take books to school that I don't want cluttering my bookshelf
-get SEI papers taken care of at the district office
-see about taking the AZ constitution course online

I love summer. I love that I can stay up! I've gone back to night owl mode again. I need to get my spare keys back so I can go swimming.

Tomorrow, I should do laundry.
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