Friday, February 27, 2009

The Great 8

1 Saved by the Bell
2. College Football
3. CNN News
4. Extreme Makeover Home Edition
5. American Idol
6. MLB (thank you Dad and Sheldon)
7. Glenn Beck
8. (I don't watch TV at all!!! I haven't watched any of these in months...)

1. At 12 AM I spoke to a Dell Tech person for 2 hours. My computer has crashed. I was able to get my documents backed up but I have NO pictures or music. Any pictures are greatly It's really sad. (thank you Coralie for the Reeses Pieces. They got me through my time of need).
2. Woke up at 6:30, after snoozing 5 times. At the Metro station I got trapped in the closing dividers that keep people from entering the Metro Station without a farecard. They HURT!
3. I taught on the process a bill takes to become law. Naturally, we began the class by watching School House Rock's I'm Just a Bill. Classic.
4. I sang the quadratic formula song to impress an algebra teacher at lunch. "Negative B, Negative B, plus or minus square root, plus or minus square root, b squared minus four A C, b squared minus four A C, over two A, over two A." Thank you, Ms. Davis. Eight years later, it is still remembered. Oh the power of a teacher. Just think, I could have that effect ;)
I started this a few days ago...and I don't remember what I did that day. So, in the past 24 hours...
5. I attended a dance at the Naval Academy with six of my roommates. We almost died on the way (we usually do with the person who drove us...)
6. I went to the Eastern Market.
7. Brushed my teeth 7 times. I have an addiction.
8. Ate Ben & Jerry's in honor of my dad.

1. Going back to Provo/Rexburg for summer
2. Seeing my family in April
3. Graduation!!!
4. Finding a REAL job

1 Applebee's (I know, no one likes it but I LOVE the Oriental Chicken Salad so so much)
3. Red Robin
4. Outback
5. Madox
6. Costa Vida
7. Wendy's
8. Grandma Anderson's house

1. Get a passport
2. Use my passport
3. Have a family
4. Pay off my car
5. Laugh every day...A lot. (this will probably be the easiest for me to achieve)
6. Adopt
7. Get my Master's Degree
8. Endure to the End and BE HAPPY :)

Sunday, February 22, 2009

My Students at Ellington School of the Arts...

Let me welcome you to the Senior Fashion show at Duke Ellington School of the Arts. It was incredible to see the production. I know the students basically did everything, including purchasing clothing from their own pockets. Let's be honest, some were a bit risque (see above picture of the males without shirts on) and I really didn't want to see lots of my students with so little clothing on, but It was a really fun production.
Catwalk time...
Don't forget the dancing...
The gentleman in the left corner is completely on toe.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Inauguration, Take Two.

The quote says, "The Mall after Obama's followers listened to him talk about the new era of personal responsibility." My mom sent me this. I think it's hilarious. It looked like this all over the city. It was sick. I want to show this to my students in class. Every day, I give 3 extra credit points to students who are on-time and analyze a political cartoon which I have projected (we have a major problem with people being on time). I've got to throw in some anti-conservative political cartoons in soon or they are going to think I am biased--which might or might not be true.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

New York, New York!

This weekend we took an adventure to NYC. Seven of my roommates traveled and five of us planned to stay at my roommate, Kristen's Manhattan apartment. We were so excited to get to NYC early, travel to the apartment, order take-out, watch a movie, and rest up for a big day ahead. Well, that didn't work. Instead, we caught the China bus in Chinatown, got a flat tire, waited for our non-English speaking bus driver to arrange for the tire to be changed, and just waited...and waited. It was freezing outside. Apparently, it is an unwritten rule that you need to BYOTP (bring your own toilet paper) on the sketchy China it was interesting to see the males file off the bus one by one in search of the woods. We were pulled over for about three hours on the side of the road somewhere in Maryland. We got out and had races. We were so bored and needed to move around (Carolyn, Wendy, Colleen, and possibly Susie and subsequently now sick). Have you ever played tag on the side of the interstate in Maryland? Didn't think so. Boy are we fortunate.
We finally made it to New York, traversed the scary subway (I have never been so grateful for the DC Metro in my life. There aren't as many sketchy people...or DC), and made it to the apartment. It is the most beautiful apartment! It is so cute and felt much more like a real home than our monstrous apartment, laden with laptops and high school text books. This apartment was really just beautifully decorated and look at this view! Imagine it at night. It is in Manhattan on Columbus and a numbered street that I can't remember, but we were so close we were able to walk to Times Square, Broadway, and 5th Avenue. It was so perfect and generous of the Clark's to allow us to stay.
We woke up the next morning and walked to Broadway to see if we could get any tickets. Kristen told us we had to see Mary Poppins. It was at the same theater I saw The Lion King at when I was in 8th grade. We got tickets for $30!!! What a deal!


TIffany's--Any girl's dream. We explored. It was great.

We also got characatures made from a road side "artist." We might or might not all look exactly the same. Same eyes, same nose, same skimpy outfits he so graciously added. Haha--all this made possible for a small $2 fee :)
We are, we are...Teachers. Thank you for this discovery, Meggie.
And we couldn't pass up on the street vendor's pretzels and hot dogs.
I took this picture of Fox headquarters for my dad. He's terrified that I'm turning liberal. It all started when I started watching CNN instead of Fox. He thinks I'm a lost cause. Here's to you, dad.
Rockefeller Center
We wanted to ice skate...instead, we all decided we will return to ice skate when we are in love. Sigh.

The New York experience. New York paraphernalia, post cards, scarfs, and Starbucks cocoa. Thanks for burning my tongue, Wendy.
Carnaige Hall
Kristen's parents treated us to an amazing, fancy restraunt. Again, they were so generous.
Red Eye Grill, NYC
The Creme Brule Cheesecake was the best thing I've ever tasted in my entire mortal existence.
Times Square
Mary Poppins! She flys! and he dances on the ceiling!
Mary Poppins
Ground Zero, World Trade Center
Last time I was here, I was able to walk through the towers. Construction is still taking place. It is hard to imagine a plane dipping down through the skyline into the towers. It was hallowed ground to think of the many firefighters and police officers who gave their lives to protect innocent civilians. The American flag continues to stand, symbolic of a united nation.
Berlin Wall
We were so shocked to run into this on our early walk. We woke up early to see Ground Zero, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island before church. It was really great to walk around and contemplate the meaning behind these symbolic places. Our nation has a rich history.
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
Wendy and I thought the island to the right (not pictured) was really Ellis Island. (I swear it was on Hitch). We asked the tour guides--we were wrong. This is Ellis Island.
New York Sky Line
Wendy, Kristen, and Me
We smelt pine as we walked down the road. Naturally, we decided to take a picture with it's source.
WTC Statue
THis statue was not ocmpletely ruined in the 9-11 attacks. It was in the lobby of the WTC and continues to stand as a symbol of the stable country in which we live.
Wall Street and Broadway
Manhattan Temple
The perfect way to end the perfect trip. We attended church upstairs in a building (across the street from Juliard) which also has the LDS temple on another floor. It was perfect.

After church, we returned to Kristen's apartment, tidied up, watched High School Musical 2 and prepared for our China Bus ride home.

Oh and don't worry...we got a flat tire on the way home too. Goo.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Play at Ford's Theater

Last week was quite eventful. We went to a play Thursday night at Ford's Theater. Abraham Lincoln was shot while watching the play Our American Cousin. We saw a play called "The Heavens are Hung in Black" about the drafting of the Emancipation Proclamation. It really showed his life and the thought process behind the creation of the Emancipation Proclamation.

My roommates and I attended the play. Kristen, Meggie, Wendy, Susie, Colleen, and Carolyn. Behind is where President Lincoln was shot.
There was really something special about being in Ford's Theater. Knowing that President Lincoln had actually been there was a hard concept to grasp. I tend to idolize him as having done so much for our nation, and here I was where he had been years before. It was really great to sit, enjoy a play (those it was THREE hours long), and experience history.
I've been blogging about all these great trips we have been taking and I haven't mentioned the simple things we have done at home. My roommates and I threw a party. Naturally, it was named, "Feb's Eve," taking place January 31. We had lots of food and dancing. The only ones who danced were the Barlow Center people (BYU interns), Utah State interns, and student teachers. You see, there is a problem called the people in our ward are old and don't like to dance. We're working on that...