Teaching to Learn and Learning to Teach

Friends, Friends, and more Friends

  • Friday afternoon: lunch with friends who greatly impacted my life and had definite roles and investments in God leading me to be an RD
  • Late Friday afternoon: coffee with a friend who has my old job
  • Friday evening chat with one of my old roommies. I never see them any more :(.
  • Saturday morning coffee with my dear friend , Jen Holmes.
  • Saturday late afternoon headed down to Disney Day with Summer for the best Disney trip ever! I only rode one ride, but it was sooooo good to hang with Sum and to see so many other friends who were there for Disney Day.
  • Saturday evening: briefly saw Laura and Adam for a minute. Thanks for the Torani syrup and the avocados :).
  • Sunday afternoon: Porto’s Cuban Bakery after church with all of my old roommates. Guess I can’t say I never see them anymore.
  • Sunday late afternoon: Talked with my dear former student, Anuja. So encouraging to hear her plans, dreams, and desires for college next year and for beyond college.
  • Sunday evening: Time with my ARAs. I love them :).

Does it come as a surprise to anyone right now that I despirately need to do homework?

Celebrity Sightings
June 12, 2011, 10:00 pm
Filed under: Cool Finds, Friends, FUN!, pop culture, Quirky

Apparently I’ve either

A. Contracted Hollywood Syndrome (like Jerusalem Syndrome but with Celebrities)

B. Hayley McFarland (The daughter from Lie to Me) and John Francis Daley (Sweets from Bones) have twins that work at Madewell in the Americana and Cleo’s Restaurant in Hollywood

C. The celebrities named above do indeed work at said locations

If they do not in fact work at those locations, there are probably two employees who  told their friends about a creepy, weird customer (a.k.a. me) who kept staring at them with her mouth open. I’m not usually star struck; I think I was just taken back to see them in such normal, every-day roles and I was intent on determining if it was them. I tried to be casual, so hopefully they didn’t notice my stares. Kellie concurred on the Sweets sighting, so I wasn’t alone in my opinion… and I like to think that even though no one with me knew anything about Lie to Me, that the sales clerk’s voice and mannerisms corroborated my theory that she was Emily from Lie to Me. I don’t usually make it a habit of star-hunting. I once almost approached Simon Cowell on a plane from London to SFO to ask how we knew each other because he looked familiar. Yikes! That would have been awkward. I’m glad I reasoned with myself that I probably did not know a guy flying first class overseas :). I do have to admit, he is a favorite of mine and I miss him on American Idol.

Busy, Please Come By Later
February 26, 2011, 7:28 am
Filed under: Friends, FUN!, pop culture, These are a few of my favorite things..., tmc

If you need me, this is where I will be today!

Yet Another Reason to Get The Iphone.
January 3, 2011, 11:16 pm
Filed under: Cool Finds, pop culture, Quirky, Uncategorized

Reason # 345

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The Good: Dinner at Fabiolus Cafe, Hanging with these Girls (Love them!) and Touring Backstage at the Pantages.


The bad: Why did I have to close my eyes on the one shot that didn't show the actual location within The Pantages where this was taken. Oops.


The Ugly: The show was appalling. The only redeeming part was processing it with godly, thoughtful friends on the ride home.




Blogging Buddies, Bangs and Buggies, Beaches, and Bummin’ around with Friends on the Fourth

Meet my new blogging buddy. It’s amazing how something so impersonal as a blog can create  community. You blog alone and usually read alone, but in the process you communicate your beliefs, your likes, your dislikes, your strengths, your weaknesses, and your passions. The hope is that it is thoughtful, purposeful, and truthful communication. A blog communicates information, but it also communicates a lot about who you are. It educes laughter, tears, and creativity (at least the blogs I read do). They entertain; they encourage; they convict; they inspire.

This is Polly. We became fast friends this weekend through “a mutual acquaintance.” Polly and I went to college together and we now both work in different departments at our Alma Mater, but we have had few opportunities to hang out before this weekend. I’ve enjoyed her blog immensely over the last year, but this weekend we found out we had one more thing in common: Darby and Erica. Ok, so neither of us have ever met Darby or Erica, but we love them. I was telling the whole group about a fun game to play at dinner parties. Polly said she had heard of it. I casually asked, “Do you read Darby’s blog?” My question was followed by squeals of delight and rapid responses by both of us. We talked about honey butter, her adorable kids, how refreshing it is that she portrays real life, her sister, her trip to Italy, how she has been sick, etc. Everyone else at the table was silent. Their heads bobbed back and forth with our rapid-fire comments. They felt like we were speaking another language and communicating an unknown culture. While we may never get to know Darby or Erica, they have impacted us, and they have helped us get to know each other better through our common enjoyment of reading a thoughtful or entertaining post, a recipe they share, or a delightful photos or video they post.

Anyhoo… I finally stopped contemplating getting bangs cut and I did it. I didn’t really walk out of the salon with bangs on the first shot. It was more like a few strands of shorter hair in the front. I had to go back to pay the next day because his credit card machine hadn’t been working, but I didn’t know that. That has always been my worst fear when getting my haircut. Since you don’t pay until the end, I’ve always wondered what happens when you can’t pay. This wasn’t my fault, but I was still mortified. My embarrassment and fear were lessened, however, because the stylist goes to my church :). When I told him my roommates didn’t think I looked like Catherine Zeta Jones [I had given him a picture of her bangs to copy the day before], he laughed. He marveled  that they didn’t see the resemblance, and then he cut me some real bangs.

I still don’t know what to do with my bangs. I like them better after they are severely tangled by the wind after a ride in a dune buggy. Maybe I should invest in a Dune Buggy or a Vespa to ride to work every day. Then my hair would be “done.”

Bangs Before the Ride

And After the Ride

A Fourth of July weekend in the great outdoors wouldn’t be complete without a dip in a body of water. We went to the lake; unfortunately I don’t have a bathing suit right now. I enjoyed my book on the beach.

Think we have enough floating objects?

Way to go Lisa!

The gang's all here!

My toes enjoying the cool lake.

Rowing on Beach Not Recommended

What fun!

Relaxing on the beach; Warn out by the sun and the water.


We had a great weekend. New friends and old. Family life. Adventure. Traditional fun. Food. Lots of Food. Visitors. Fireworks. Down time. Reading. Rest. Good times were had by all.

Our wonderful hosts - THANK YOU FOR A GREAT WEEKEND!

A Rap on Biblical Womanhood

I love it.