It's a Nutella Kind of Day

30 March 2012

Unfortunately it's 6:43 in the morning and I don't feel like I can justify having plain old nutella right now but I'm feeling a puff pastry of sorts when I get home today to celebrate spring break!  Since I'm totally in that mood right now, what are your favorite nutella recipes?

I think I'll be making some jewelry over break and maybe decorate a pair of shoes. I'm feeling some DIY projects this week! Hope you're having a lovely Friday, thanks for stopping by!

Super Date

28 March 2012

If you've ever seen How I Met Your Mother then you can recall the scene where Ted tells Barney to take his new girl on a super date.

The day began with chocolate and brown sugar waffles (with whipped cream and strawberries of course!). Then Noah took me to Target to let me buy some clothes, which is something we never spend money on. In fact, even on the Super Date I couldn't get myself to buy any when we could use it for an activity that day instead. We still had a great time walking around.

Next we hopped in the car and he drove without telling me where we were headed. We ended up at the bowling alley and played for an hour. We forgot how terrible brilliant we were at bowling.

The next big part of the day was meeting some friends at the movies to watch The Hunger Games movies. Both one of my girlfriends and I had read the series and were excited to see the film.

We finished off the day by eating dinner out at a local Indian restaurant.

I am amazed at the effort Noah puts into our relationship and I am blessed to have a guy who puts in that much time for me.

Thanks Noah! I hope to return the favor one day soon. Thank you for always making my life easier.


27 March 2012

{Bill Nye and Ms. Frizzle}

Oops. I know lately I've been talking about jobs a lot and I promise tomorrow will not be about applications or grad school. In fact... it will be about a Super Date. 

Today though, I'm anxious and excited. If you follow me on Twitter you may already know that a school system tried to contact me but that my voicemail inbox was full. Let me say, I had no idea that it was full. I had no warning and there were messages that were over a year old in there that I had no reason to save.... It was strange! Lesson: Check your voicemail and delete messages just. in. case. 

On the flip side, they contacted me and that bodes well right? 

I feel really excited and I'm actually this close to deleting high school earth science teacher off of my resume objectives. I feel such a passion for middle school that I may just choose to pursue middle school jobs. Although, with the job market, I think I might accept a high school position too. It all comes down to what jobs are open and where I can work. 

How did you decide what job offers to take? If you're a teacher, how did you decide what grade levels to pursue (keep in mind I'm certified 6-12, no babies!)?


26 March 2012

Today, I am happy.

While my life is currently busy, busy, busy I am starting to feel the excitement and anticipation of my future to a full extent. 

I'm thinking about all the places we could live and then the places we probably would. 

Handley Library

We're applying all over Virginia and a few random cities around the country. My best guess is that we'll still be around this area just because we know the schools and districts better (read: easier to get a foot in the door). 

It's both terrifying and exhilarating to be completing our applications. There are so many possibilities for us in the future!

Hold Me

What I'm Loving

19 March 2012

I love this necklace. The colors are soft with the perfect pop of gold to add a little class. This is definitely on my wishlist (hint hint Noah). I'm looking for a classy piece I can add into my teaching wardrobe.

When it comes to swimsuits I am certainly a more-is-more kind of gal. I've never enjoyed bikinis and it's one half self-consciousness and one half I freaking love to swim in the ocean. I inevitably have mishaps at the beach when I swim with a bikini and it's just not worth the stress. This bathing suit has full coverage while looking hot. Too bad it's not even close to my grad student budget.

With the wedding on my mind often now, I nearly swooned when I saw these rings. I think a little one with an "L" on it would be perfect as a wedding gift. In all seriousness, one of the things I am looking forward to the most is changing my last name to Noah's and this would be a little celebration of that which I could wear each day. I love the simple, classic look to these personalized rings. 

As a science teacher I fell in love with these when I first saw them on Pinterest. I was even happier when I saw that they were a DIY project. All you need are little, plastic dinosaurs, gold spray paint, and a few colored paints to dip in. Wouldn't these be fancy around an earth science classroom? 

{Unfortunately no link on pinterest}

Finally, funny animal pictures always get me. This cat is so classy I can hardly take it. Look at that fine stache! 

Hope your Monday is off to a good start! 

In the Arboretum

18 March 2012

It has been stunning around here. Noah and I took a nice, long walk through our local arboretum yesterday to enjoy the nice weather. For the first time in a while we also had human contact this weekend with people who aren't teachers or students in K12. We caught up with good friends over games and dinner at our local Mexican joint. Nothing makes me happier than eating good food and being with friends. It's been a good weekend so far and we'll be seeing Noah's family today too.

What are you thankful for this weekend?

Revitalizing Colors

15 March 2012

Overnight the flowering trees near my apartment burst into bloom. The moment I got home from teaching I stepped out of my car and was overwhelmed by wonderful smells. Just yesterday I noticed the buds were showing a few petals but today there were full, pink blooms against a magnificent blue sky. The warmth in Virginia is enough to make any gal smile!


14 March 2012

Yesterday it was in the 80s here. It was truly glorious! It was a the toss of inspiration I needed. I'm feeling refreshed and ready to make new adventures.

Looking at pictures of rivers, summer sunshine, polka dot dresses, and a single glass of wine during sunset in the outer banks just makes me sigh with relief.

Lately things have been really stressful, but I can suddenly see the end of the tunnel. I feel free and empowered to start making true efforts at my job search so that during summer I can relax and soak up those sunny rays.

Summer Daydreams

13 March 2012

We have had some gorgeous weather around here and it has me yearning to go to the beach. Luckily, I was able to see a little bit of one when I visited my sister two weeks ago. I'm ready to walk a boardwalk, dip my toes in the water, and have a picnic in the sun's warmth!

What I'm Loving: Gawkers

12 March 2012

I have been a fan of weddinggawker for a while now, but just this weekend I started gawking at food, interior design, and crafts. Similar to Pinterest, you can surf these different websites while looking at pictures, which link you to a separate webpage.

For example, on foodgawker you can look at pictures of food (and even search: vegetarian) and you will be able to pick out  a food. When you click on the picture it will take you to a site with the recipe.

If you have an iphone it's a convenient way to pick out recipes at a grocery store. Even on a touch like me it's an advantage.

I may be listing some of my favorite wedding inspiration sites this week. We're about four months out and I'm beginning to feel way behind on planning. Sheesh. Getting excited and nervous all at the same time.

Make Someone Else Smile: Grab a Bagel

10 March 2012

This past week I met my host teacher for my student placement in sixth grade. I'll call him Mr. Nye on the blog in honor of Bill Nye, one of my favorite scientists. 

On Tuesday we had a conference with parents and low and behold he had bought me all new office supplies including a fancy dry erase marker, a box of pencils, and a bright, colorful pen set. I was touched that he would think of me the night before enough to give me supplies. 

Wouldn't you know it that I had gotten him something too? It was our second day together but I decided to pick up a bagel for him from our local bakery with special cream cheeses so that he could have breakfast before the parent teacher conferences. 

This week, take time to give a gift to someone who is making a difference in your life. Grab a bagel, buy a coffee, or bring someone their favorite candy. Spend less than $3 - the idea is to let someone know you thought of them not to break your bank account. A little action says a lot!

Focusing Myself

09 March 2012

{This is not my desk... but I wish it was.}

You may know that I'm big on goal setting and I like to keep coming back to my lists over time. It helps me stay on top of things. Lists are helpful to me because I like to have a visual as a reminder. Torie helped remind me of this yesterday morning and I knew it was time I started focusing myself each morning again to be the most productive self I can be. For this weekend I'll write my goals out here:

1. Get organized. Make priorities and be sure to complete these tasks first every day.

2. Cook food. Make a meal plan with Noah for the next week and stick to it.

3. Finish that section of my TWS that I've been putting off for the past three weeks.

Ok, they're out there in the open for all the internetz to see. I will stick to these over the weekend and I'll be all the better for it come Monday morning. Hopefully these can be a way to make myself smile in the future with gratitude! (Oh, and don't you love that office photo above? I'm definitely ready to move and start my new life this summer!)

Delish Dishes & Challenges with Cooking

08 March 2012

Lately (as in for two months) I have been on the unhealthy end of things. Since student teaching began in January it has become harder and harder to prepare foods in advance. I know I've mentioned this before, but it's a big struggle for me right now and I notice that I haven't done anything to improve. I'll even go to the grocery store and get healthy foods then not prepare them because "I don't want to cook" when I get home or "I don't feel like healthy food right now, I just want to binge on junk food". It's crazy!

My recent goal has been to start cooking again, whatever the food is, just so I can get back on track with devoting some time to making food when I get home. Some nights I only have three hours between school and sleep and I'm reluctant to spend any of it on cooking.

So, recently I've started up again. Noah and I made bruschetta, salsa, veggie pot pie, oatmeal bake, and doughnuts. Beyond dinner, we're challenged by having to pack a lunch each day and with trying to get breakfast in before school (when neither of us has ever enjoyed eating early in the morning).

Welp, the food has been delicious! I think my new method may be to cook on weekends and have leftovers during the week that we can eat for lunch and dinner periodically.

Check out these great instructions for each dish (from all different blogs/websites):

Veggie Pot Pie
Bruschetta (just grab french bread, 3 or so little tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and mix with a little vinagery dressing)
Oatmeal Bake (great to save and eat later - seriously love this for breakfast)
Homemade Doughnuts

Kony 2012

07 March 2012

There is a movement underway during 2012 to make a man, Joseph Kony, famous. This is not a celebration of him, but to bring his crimes to light internationally. 

He has kidnapped children, raped women, turned little girls into sex sellers, and boys into killers. Invisible Children is spreading a campaign urging our government to take action. 

I ask you to watch this video: Kony 2012. It gained over 7,000,000 hits within 24 hours of being posted and is spreading like fire. Take just a few minutes and learn what you can do to help the situation. 

A Little Faster Now

Time is moving at nearly exactly opposite speeds of the above snail. It's flying. Yesterday there were a plethora of parent-teacher conferences which was strange for me after only seeing the students for one day. I love the energy at the school and after two days I feel incredibly pumped to work with middle school students.

I'll be bringing you news of homemade doughnuts, salsa, and vegetarian pot pie soon! I need to get back to cooking. It's hard going into lunch with a PB&J when your co-workers all have homemade wonders. Hah!

Adventures in Sixth Grade: Let's Begin

06 March 2012

Yesterday I stepped into a sixth grade classroom for the first time in nearly two years. It was wonderful. My host teacher is an older guy but he is really into keeping up with the current times in the field of education. He does work with NEED, the Jason Project, and regularly goes to conferences. 

I've noticed that my students look incredibly small to me after working with high school students consistently for a year. And, so far, I've been asked to be a chaperone by six different kids for their upcoming field trip, what my favorite color is, and what type of movies I like. Plus, more kids have pronounced my name correctly in one day at the middle school than kids did during eight weeks at the high school.

Let's just say, I'm pretty pumped to be back in middle school.


05 March 2012

Maybe it's because I'm in grad school right now, but does it seem like lots of bloggers take big, fancy trips every couple of months or so? It feels like I read about someone going to Spain, Paris, Disney World, or Las Vegas every week! I'm always excited for people, but I'll be honest and say I get a teency bit jealous sometimes.

Being on a tight budget can be hard, but this weekend Noah and I went to see my sister in Williamsburg. This was nice because we had a place to stay for free and I could catch up with my sister about the current semester of graduate school.

Getting out of your habits can be a great way to relax and feel spontaneous. Explore a new town, pick out one new place to eat that fits your budget, and try to fit in as many outdoor [read: free] experiences as possible.

Here are some ideas for places you can visit:

  • Walk through a local neighborhood park
  • Go to your local SPCA and take some dogs on a walk
  • Visit a National Park
  • If you live near a college, walk the campus
  • Visit a nearby river, lake, or estuary and have a picnic

What I'm Loving

02 March 2012


The weather around here has been astounding lately! I can hardly believe how warm it's been, how sunny, or how many birds I can hear outside my window at seven this morning. 

Today I'm going to a professional development conference for education before heading to Williamsburg, but I wanted to leave you with a few things that I'm loving lately.

First and foremost, this salsa is amazing

I love this new tangerine and mint combination. The way the pink pops out is fantastic. 

This week I explained to my students who Ms. Frizzle is. I was devastated when I told them I want to be just like her and they gave me confused stares! 

This DIY Bridal Blog is super cute. I'm having a hard time selling Noah on DIY though. Any suggestions for swinging a groom towards a handmade wedding?

Have a wonderful weekend! What are your plans? 
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