Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The 5:40 Crew

On January 5, 2015 - my friends Jessica, Kristin, and I became the 5:40 Crew. What is the 5:40 Crew, you ask? We made the courageous decision to begin working out every morning at 5:40 AM - yes, that's the morning! We chose this number because of me -- I have a hard time getting up in the morning, everyone who knows me can attest to this fact. I decided that I could set my alarm for 5:30 and make it to the gym by 5:40 (the gym is literally 3 minutes from my house).Thus our adventure into early morning workouts began

Fast forward 9 weeks - it's now March 4, 2015 and I've almost completed two months of morning workouts (5 days a week). Although, I haven't lost a lot of weight, I've found that physically, I'm stronger, can run 30 minutes without stopping, and my jeans fit a little looser. Even more importantly, I have an energy that I didn't have before these workouts started. It's much easier to wake up in the morning and get going and I feel amazing throughout the day. It's also really nice to be able to drive by the gym after work and say "I've already done my workout and I don't have to fight the after work crowd! Yay!" It's nice to come home and relax after work rather than hurriedly putting on workout clothes and head to the gym.

About four weeks into our "lifestyle" change - the girls and I decided we needed some sort of goal to keep us motivated - we did our research and found the Color Up 5k in April. It's a fun 5K run filled with color bombs and lots of excitement. We decided this would be our goal - a 5k to show how far we'd come from January.

Now, what came next should come as no surprise to most of you - research. My friends and I began to research running events and got out our bucket lists. It was not surprising to see that all of us had (at one time or another) wanted to run a half-marathon or marathon. Why not, we thought? We are doing so well in our workouts - let's go ahead and set another goal - a little further down the road. So we decided that our next event after the 5k would be a half-marathon.

It didn't take me very long to decide what half-marathon I wanted to participate in - being kind of a Disney fanatic, I immediately began looking at the runDisney website. I mentioned to my friend Jessica (also a Disney fanatic) that I wanted to do a disney half-marathon and we agreed that the Disney Wine and Dine Half-Marathon sounded great for our time line and the fact that you get to EAT and DRINK afterwards :)

We haven't actually signed up for the half-marathon yet - open registration isn't until March 17th but we are really excited about our commitment to running and the fabulous vacation that is going to happen afterwards!

I've decided to blog my experiences training for these events and trying to become a healthier me!

Stay tuned for more!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Arkansas...or Iraq??

Arkansas or Iraq...these two places have very little in common except in the eyes of one of my eighth grade students.

In class today, we were discussing current events (I teach English...but we went for it anyway) and the events that have been unfolding regarding the U.S. embassies in middle-eastern countries. One of my students said, "Isn't that happening in Arkansas?" Too say I was shocked is an understatement. I know that many of my students are very unaware of the global world, but I never thought that they were so unknowledgable about our own country. After explaining to the student that Arkansas was actually a state in the United States, the response was, "Oh, I always get Arkansas and Iraq confused!"

This situation has me firmly believing that we need a drastic overhall of the education of students within this country. Our English word of the day today was "Cosmopolitan," and although it is a very popular alchololic drink, it also means "belonging to all the world." With all the social media outlets such as facebook, twitter, and even blogs...our students should have a more cosmopolitan outlook and awareness. We, as teachers, parents, friends, family...need to be working on raising the global awareness of our students.

Do you know the difference between Arkansas and Iraq? Do you know someone who doesn't know the difference? As a teacher, my request to all of you will influence over students, is to make sure you are teaching them about the global world.

That is all.


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Yo trippin'

As my yearly update on my job status rolls around, I thought I would introduce you to my current class by using thirteen to sixteen year old dialogue.

Student: "Yo miss, I don't understand this stuff."
Me: "Have you read the directions?"
Student: "Nah, I ain't gonna do nun of dat"
Me: "Well, I can't help you until you read the directions."
Student" "Miss, you trippin'"
Me: "I haven't fallen once today, I've been pretty steady"
Student: "You willll(d)"

This is typically dialogue between myself and my students that occurs on a daily basis. I now understand and can interpret conversations I never thought I could. A conversation with another teacher yesterday made me realize that I'm becoming more and more knowledgable about current teenage slang each day. For example, I now refer to jail as a person being "locked up" because so many of my students refer to their time in juvie by that term. I've found myself in conversations with people who don't know where I work and only until their confused looks surface do I realized I've used terms like "locked up" and "you for real."

For those unfortunate people who have attempted to interpret my new "hip" language, I apologize and give only one explanation. I began working in a disciplinary alternative education program in January as a middle school English teacher. I quickly found out that in addition to my teaching duties, I was assigned the task of teaching "willll(d)" teenagers how to behave in the classroom. It has been an interesting and sometimes tiring task but it is worth it because I have a great principal and vice principal who are very supportive in addition to fellow teachers who are willing and ready to assist in whatever needs to be done. Overall all it has been a most illuminating semester! I will be interested to see what happens next fall (note: after a especially relaxing summer!!)

I have now experienced my first classroom fight, being cussed out and a student "bowing" up to me (did I mention he looked like a lizard getting ready to fight?) and I have SURVIVED!

Only 22 more days of school! Yay!


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Spring Break 2012

First I just want to say that I must really love my family because I just spent an entire week on a blow up mattress during my first vacation in over a year....yea for Spring Break 2012!

On another note, I had a fantastic and relaxing time this spring break despite the less than fantastic sleeping arrangements. I got to hang out with my sisters and parents doing all sorts of fun things! We went shopping, to the movies, out to eat, and more shopping! Yesterday, we spent almost four hours at the Frisco mall...and the most amazing thing? Well, my dad was the "winner" of the day. He bought more clothes yesterday than I believe he has every bought in his entire life! Yes, it's true! He got new slacks, shirts and even an Easter suite that is pretty legit :) I was really proud of the fact that he made it so long in the mall with no "frown faces" or slumping shoulders! Way to go Dad!

Finally, the most amazing thing happened yesterday that I have to share with everyone! We were sitting at lunch (Olive Garden goodness!) and were discussing the Christmas vacation we are finally going to take after saying we were going to for about five years! When mom asked what we wanted to do, I was the one who had all the ideas! I mentioned Italy, Greece, Prague, a Cruise and Hawaii, which are all places that I would love to go! After a bunch of nodding and "yeah, that sounds fun" we still hadn't gotten anywhere in our decision making...then dad mentioned, "what about Tennessee?" which promptly got him several dirty looks from us girls, I mean, come on, Tennessee?? for a big family vacation!!!! No way! We then lapsed into silence for a while, continuing to eat our meal. Finally, I mentioned that I had seen an advertisement for Disney's new Aulani Resort and Spa in Hawaii. Ding, Ding, Ding! The light was lit! My dad was really interested in a combination of Hawaii and Disney, which is pretty much our favorite vacation! We began to discuss it and by the end of the day, mom had talked to the Disney people and we were booked for a Disney Hawaiian vacation over the Christmas Holidays!

Can you believe it??? Disney Hawaii here we come! Only 9 months to get bathing suit ready!

Anyway, I have had a great Spring Break Vacation and look forward to maybe writing a little bit more on my blog this year! Stay tuned!


Tuesday, July 19, 2011 about long time gone!

Wow! It's been so long since I posted a blog. Life happens and I guess sometimes there are more important things to do than write down thoughts. So update.....

Last time I blogged, I had a job at Whitewright Elementary School teaching 1st grade. Unfortunately, due to budget cuts, my job was "cut" and as of now, I'm unemployed....but that's okay! I was about ready to give up teaching anyway and the state budget cuts gave me the excuse to pursue a new dream...

I'm currently living in Austin, TX working for the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission. it's a "dad" job...meaning my dad got it for me but it's turned out to be interesting and mostly fun (there are those days when NOTHING happens!) I'm also working on my paralegal certificate through Duke University and hoping to get a job in the legal field. I've always wanted to do something in that field (despite a disastrous semester at Regent Law School) and decided that NOW was the time to transition. Hopefully, this summer at the CLC will gain me some contacts in legal circles that will get me a job!

While in Austin, I'm living in this tiny "bungalow" apartment in Manchaca, TX (sort of a guesthouse). It's one room (literally) but McKay (my dog) gets to live with me and that makes it less lonely. I'm working hard on my studies and applying for every job I see. I believe God has great plans for me and am doing my best to keep worry out of my life and to be POSITIVE!

Hopefully I will get around to posting more updates on this blog. Maybe a chronicle of the job hunt and adventures in Austin. I know not very many people read this anyway....but it gives me an outlet to write what is going on in my life!

Until Next Time,


Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Weekend

This weekend was a very active one...My cousin Emily turned nine and my sister and her dog Harper came to visit me! It was the set up for a great, if interesting weekend!

Julie came into town on Friday and spent the day working on her homework (ahhh...I remember those college days!) while I slaved away at school giving test after test! After school, we did a quick workout (walking only...) and then departed for McKinney and the lovely Fudruckers restaurant (the name, people, the name!) After a lovely dinner, we did a little shopping at Homegoods! To the left is a picture of my new bedspread and pillows that I purchased! I absolutely love it! Then it was time to head home for a good night's sleep!
On Saturday, Julie did more homework (I had forgotten all the work for college!) and I graded some papers ! Then we went for some more shopping in Allen and McKinney! I was on a mission today...I was looking for the new Nalini Singh book "Archangels' Consort" I know that it technically isn't supposed to come out until Tuesday, January 21st but I thought I might have some "luck" and one of the bookstores would've stuck it out early! ...........................lots of looking later (3 bookstores to be exact), I found what I was looking for at Books-A-Million! I was sooooo excited! I was going to be able to go home and read this book I had been waiting months for 3 days before it actually came out! So, an excited Julie (because my joy was rubbing off on her) heading home! it comes.....we got home and found that Julie's dog Harper had shredded the carpet in my room....and when I mean shredded....I'm mean it's horrible! I've never seen carpet so torn up in my life! I was devastated, worried, upset....emotional to the joy of finding my book faded like worn jeans!

To say there was drama was an understatement! I was upset for a couple of hours afterward and did not sleep well last night...having reoccurring dreams of shredded carpet! Luckily, today went much better! After a great Sunday School lesson at The Heights Baptist Church in Richardson, TX...I came home to take a nap and read some of my book!

I'm much more relaxed after venting on this blog and glad that you have read my comments until the end!

See you next time,


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Work it baby....

These are my running shoes!
They are awesome!
I started working out again this week! Runnning...well...sort of running! I decided that it was time to get started and set the goal of running a mile and walking a mile. This aerobic exercise is in addition to the weights that I've been doing in the morning for the past month ( you should see my

Since I'm cheap I decided that running out by my house was good enough and will not be getting a gym membership! I think this actually be more productive anyway because of the trail I'm running! There are definetly lots of hills! I was pretty much dying today! I will be using on my iPhone to record my workouts and am hoping to post at least once a week about my experience! Notice that I said "hope," not making any promises!

Work it, baby!