Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Sometimes I feel bound to the future.

"Trust no future, however pleasant,
Let the dead past bury its dead;
Act, act in the living present,
Heart within, and God overhead."

-Frederick Douglass' speech
"What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?"

So true. No more daydreaming, wishing and hoping for me.
If I keep focusing on the future, I'll just end up missing it as it goes by.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

New Laptop Heaven

I bought a laptop yesterday at Costco and oh my goodness do I love my webcam.

I talked with Tyler for at least two hours on it & I was in heaven.

I decided to not be mad that I spent the last four and a half years attempting to keep a long distance relationship going without this wonderful magnificent technology. I probably would never have gotten anything done. :) Now, I am perfectly happy to embrace this live chat awesomeness.
It's just crazy.
We spent half the time just staring at each other
and marveling at all the funny special effects you can make.
It was so fun.

Anyway, I went through our other computers around the house to upload all of my pictures, music, videos, documents and everything onto my new beautiful laptop and I ran across a gem that I would like to share. It's from Tyler's trip to Japan two summers ago where a bunch of guys started dancing to these guys playing music in mall or subway station - whatever that place is. Just one of those places that you wish you could go to while you're daydreaming in class.

I'm really excited about all of my classes this semester - especially all of the reading for French literature and African American Literature. Also, I'm really looking forward to my education classes so that I can really learn about what I'm going to be doing every day in the classroom. I can't wait to get started.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

My future children?

So a found the link to this website on one of the blogs I follow and
This is FREAKY.
Basically, you upload a picture of two people to see what their children would look like.
Very How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.
Anyway, these are Tyler and I's two children.
I don't think they look like us at all.
What do you think?

Friday, January 23, 2009

We're all dealing with a lot right now,

but sometimes it makes me feel better
to look back through my photos.
Especially this summer.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Best Birthday Wishes for the Best Daddy. :)

Mommy already beat me to the punch, but
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DADDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We celebrated here at home with the family and watched the big game.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Baby pacifiers = Future dental issues... ?

I work at a daycare center and I always see pacifiers. Sometimes, I literally thank God for pacifiers. In terms of calming down babies, I would take a pacifier over a Baby Einstein video any day. Pappy, binky, whatever you want to call it, those things are useful. However, if a child is attempting to form full sentences while sucking away, it's time for the pappy to go. Not only can you not understand the child, but you're paving the way for "talking-with-your-mouth-full" habits. Maybe. That's just a theory. However, I think people commonly hold the belief that pacifier use can have long-term effects on the positioning of a child's baby and adult teeth. Take me for example.

Even as a baby, I was a pacifier addict.
Judging from this photo, apparently one pacifier just couldn't get the job done. I could even do tricks with my pacifier by flipping it around with my tongue when I felt the adult had not correctly placed the pacifier right-side-up.
As endearing as I was, these habits did not bode well for my future 5th grade school photos...

YEAH. From far away, it might look cute and awkward but I hated my smile. In order to correct my lovely cross-bite, I had seven teeth pulled, two oral surgeries, and three and a half years in braces. Whew. Thank you, Mom and Dad for not making me live with nasty teeth!

Maybe my bad teeth simply came down to genetics, but I don't know. I have a feeling my early addiction to pacifiers had something to do with it too.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Cain and who?

This is going to sound really strange but I had a dream last night that I became the proud mother of a pair of newborn twins. A boy and a girl. And I don't know if it's because I taught Theology of the Body last night at church or what, but it entered my head that I was Eve and that my twins were supposed to be named Cain and Abel. I was distressed because of course, I did not have two sons. So, I improvised and named them Cain and Mabel.

How does my head come up with this weird stuff while I'm sleeping?

Peter Pan and Wendy

I finished reading Peter Pan & Wendy the other day. I didn't care for the introductory notes. They were really negative and kind of hard on J.M. Barrie in my opinion. Even though the narrator voice can be pretentious at times, I still thought the whole book had a fun whimsical feeling, even though Peter's characterization is a little more disturbing than what one finds in the Disney version.

I really like learning more about Mrs. Darling and seeing how the drafts of the stories and the play have been adapted over time into Disney's Peter Pan and Hook. Now I'm finishing up the second part with Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens and I love two quotes in particular.

"There is almost nothing that has such a keen sense of fun as a fallen leaf."
"The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply that they have perfect faith,
for to have faith is to have wings."

Miss Dior commercial

So cute!!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Avez-vous deja vu...

I love these videos.


Tyler and I went to Sno Bowl last Tuesday where I took a skiing lesson while he snowboarded down all the really hard runs. Then he was kind enough to stay with me on the bunny slopes the rest of the day, take pictures with me, and listen to my obnoxious singing on the car ride home. :)

It was a great day and I'll never forget it.
Tyler left Sunday for school and even though I'm sad, hopefully this is the last time we'll ever have to say goodbye again. I'm crossing my fingers for a successful graduation and his admission to ASU for graduate school.