Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Eve and TRON: Legacy!

I decided that this Christmas...in honor of Hermione from HP, that I was going to wish everyone a Happy Christmas! I think that it sounds whimsical and make me smile every time it comes out of my mouth...that being said...I don't not wish you a Merry Christmas..I just thought it would be a fun change!!!

Christmas Eve was spent in San Antonio, TX waiting for my mom to get back from my great-uncle's funeral in Kansas! It was a sad but memorable occasion for because, although her uncle was gone, she got to spend some quality time with her cousins and extended family and I thank GOD for that! But for me...it was a rushed time in SA trying to get last minute Christmas gifts before all the stores closed at 7PM! Mom's flight didn't get in until 8:45PM and I was required to find something to do in SA while I waited...luckily, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema had ONE movie showing that would allow me to pass the time without being late to pick her up! Can you guess what movie I, Lori Johnson, went to see on Christmas Eve? Just take one tiny guess...I don't think you'll get it......

It was TRON: LEGACY! Can you believe it? The Alamo Draft House is a very cool theater that has waiters that serve you drinks and food while you are entertained with the movie! I was served gourmet buttered popcorn in a BOWL and got to watch one of the most interestingly weird movies I've seen since Avatar (which I didn't care for...) The theater seats shoot and I wore 3D glasses throughout the movie and was pleasantly surprised at how much I paid attention during TRON! Overall, it was a good experience while waiting for mom's flight!

So, although, I spent the majority of my Christmas Eve rushing through stores and driving to and from SA...I would say that it was a memorable experience that I will never forget...and...although, I'm not going to recommend that you see TRON...I won't discourage you from it...you might just find it helps you pass the time!

Until Next Time,

Lori

Monday, December 20, 2010

London's Perfect Scoundrel

London's Perfect Scoundrel (Lessons in Love, #2)London's Perfect Scoundrel by Suzanne Enoch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is my favorite Suzanne Enoch book. I've read my copy so many times that the pages are starting to come out! One of my favorite romance genre's is historical romance and this one "takes the cake!" Highly recommended to anyone who likes a hero who's just a little bit wicked (okay...a lot wicked) and a heroine who does her best to get under his skin!


Woo-hoo! I loved it!


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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Viscount Who Loved Me

The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons, #2)The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My copy of this book is dog eared and faded but I keep coming back to read it! Kate is such a character and she is soooo hilarious! I loved her! Anthony is not your typical "brooding" and "mysterious" hero, although he is conflicted and haunted by certain events in his past! The two characters work very well together and make for a fun and exciting book! I recommend this to anyone who likes Regency era novels...you will adore it!


Julia Quinn is #1 for Historical Romance Fun!


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Sunday, September 12, 2010

A Very Good Time in Aggieland



This weekend I went to the Texas A&M vs. LaTech...So first let me tell you that I am currently fighting a cough...and losing :( Despite that fact, I decided that I wanted to go and watch the Aggies play this weekend...it was definitely an adventure. Julie and I decided to walk to Kyle Field from her apartment...only we weren't sure how to actually get out of her apartment (gated community) and so we spent thirty minutes walking around the place trying to get out. It wouldn't have been so bad, except, it was sooooo hottttt! Needless to say, we eventually made it out of the apartment complex and started our journey towards the stadium!


Thirty minutes later, redfaced and sweaty, we made it! We decided for a short break in the MSC bookstore for a bottle of water and then trudged back outside to stand in line to get in... Let me tell you, this line was ridiculously hot, lots of already sweaty bodies standing in close proximity to each other...one word "gross!"  So finally, we made it to our seats...only to get pushed out when these two girls wedged into "our spots." At this point, I was ready to call it quits and just leave...luckily...we found some empty seats a few rows down with plenty of space! 

As soon as it got a little cooler, we started to enjoy the game a little more! Here are some pictures!

The smile disguises the fact she's about to pass out from the heat!
The "Block T" Fightin' Texas Aggie Band!
The Big Screen!




Friday, September 3, 2010

getting back into the groove

This week has been a week of adjustments.

I began my two graduate school classes this week and I began subbing at Forest Ridge Elementary school in College Station, TX. As a teacher the past to years, I have had to get up at 6:00 am (ok...6:30) to get ready for work but this week, I have been really tired. I think that subbing combined with two classes at night has really tested me...Today I woke up feeling slightly off my game. My throat hurt and my allergies were acting up. I decided that it was my lucky day that it was Friday! I plan on resting up this weekend (with a little Aggie Football thrown in on Saturday) and preparing for another week!

It has been a challenge getting back into the groove...but I'm getting there!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

It's a matter of confidence...

Confidence is such an important aspect of a person's life. Your confidence level can often make or break you. This week I have definintely had some confidence issues at my substitute job. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm a very confident person, it is just when you are put into an unfamiliar situation and asked to perform at a high level, confidence it something that you must have.

My example today: This week I am substituting at an elementary school for the music teacher. This means that I have multiple classes throughout the day (10 to be exact)! Not only does each class have 18 or more kids, I don't know anyones name and their usual behavior. It has been difficult making sure that I use my classroom management skills as effectively as possible because these children get wild pretty fast.
Yesterday, I had a really rough day with the second grade classes that I taught. They were loud, not listening, and just generally annoying! Obviously, I was having problems controlling their behavior :( To my embarrassment, another teacher had to come in and get the class under control....ack! I felt horrible...I, Lori Johnson, taught two years and should be able to control a classroom!

Needless to say, my confidence levels dropped considerably and I had to spend the majority of the afternoon thinking about how I can assert myself in the classroom and remain confident in teaching these kids. As usual, I went to the bible for some help in keeping my self-confidence high. This is what I found...

 In 2 Timothy 1:7 it says, "For God gave us a spirit not of fear, but of power and love an self-control." I think remembering that God gave us gifts that can help us through each day is so important when performing the tasks set out for you. I have to remember not to be fearful, not to worry, but to be powerful and confident in myself.

So remember...it's all a matter of confidence.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

being on top of the game...

In Bryan/College Station, I've come to realize that substituing is like a game. A very important, very competative game.

When I went to substitute orientation for College Station ISD, I found out that the district has over 700 hundred registered substitutes with the district (poth professional and para-professional) and that to get consistent substitute jobs your were going to have to do a couple of things.

1. check the online subbing system, like, every 15 minutes
   Example: On Sunday, I checked the online system before we left to go to Julie's apartment to put up some pictures. There were no jobs available. It takes about 15 minutes to get to the apartment. When I got there, I decided to log on again...much to my surprise their is now a job open. Yay! For even more great news...I had to wait until that night when I got a call from the sub "master" (that's what I call her) and she gets me a position for the whole week!
2. get to know the people at the schools your work at so they will "request" you next time they need a sub...
 I don't think I've introduced myself to this many people since I was in college. I'm constantly introducing myself and describing my credentials. It's like mini "interviews" everyday!

I've learned these past two weeks how to play the game at CSISD...being on top means putting yourself out there and making sure that people know who you are. I know that's the only way I will eventually get a job.

My advice today...play the game, it might just get you where you need to be!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

To be, or not to be...worry free!

I have to admit that I'm a bit of a worrier. I tend to over-think things and analyze things to the extent of going mad.

This week I began a new "job." I took a long-term substitute job at the local high school. After three days, it seems much different than having my own classroom to manage. I'm a very independent, strong-willed person and so it has been a little difficult adjusting to following directions from another person. That being said, I have become a little more and more worried each day I have worked this week.

Am I doing a good job? Do the kids like me? Did I put that paper in the right place? Did I make enough copies? Did I lock the door to the classroom?

Questions like these have been running through my head consistently for the majority of the week. This morning when I woke up with another worried thought, I decided to "consult" my bible on what God says about worries. This is what I found...

In Matthew 6:34 it says, "So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring it's own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today."

This verse really put some things in perspective for me... First, I tend to spend WAY too much time worrying about what is going to happen in the future, even if its just one day in the future, months away, or even years. I find that it is important for me to focus on what I can accomplish each day. I guess the saying, "one day at a time" really applies to worrisome thoughts. I'm putting this verse somewhere that it will be helpful for those worrisome days that I know I will have...I'm going to focus on the "troubles" I have to get through today. Tomorrow, I will start anew, knowing that God is there to help me through the day!

Here's a thought for you...With a little help from God, I know I can be worry free!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

a day of nothing

I tried hard to find something interesting to talk about today and, well, I came up with nothing. My day was pretty average... I guess you could say it was one of those days where you just float around. I got up, I went to my temp job, I ate lunch, I worked out, and I got ready for bed. Nothing out of the ordinary happened...nothing super cool, life changing, or even blog worthy...

That is why I decided that today would be a nothing day. I would talk about nothing important, nothing inspiring, nothing!

I hope that many of you had a superb day...but if you're like me...I hope you had a great day of nothing!

Monday, August 23, 2010

A Walk of Fame

I think I might deserve a star on the walk of fame...This past week I have been walking every night and I feel so good!

It's so easy for a person to say, "I'm going to start working out...lose some weight," but in reality its so much harder than it sounds. It seems like I'm always starting a workout regiment but never finishing it. When I made the move to College Station this summer, I decided that I was going to try "one more time" to get into the groove of working out....so far so good...

As I have been walking the 1.5 mile walk every night, I have felt so good. Walking not only makes my body feel better but allows my mind to become relaxed and free of all those thoughts that build up in my head all day! I have been walking with Julie each night and it seems like we have more to say on our walk then when we are sitting around in the house...I think that's amazing. Its great that exercise can give you both a mental and physical boost.

Last summer when I was teaching we heard a "inspirational" speaker (the quotations are because some of you know how I feel about those guys) who made us jump up and down, clap, sing-along, and do all sorts of crazy stuff...needless to say, I wasn't impressed...until he came to the part about making sure that, as a teacher, you treat body like you treat your students. With RESPECT!

So....my advice today.... Be great to yourself and take a "walk" of fame...you may just see stars!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

give a "YEAH" to family...

I love my dad. I love my mom. I love my sisters. I love my dog.

There are so many things in this life that I love but I would say my family is the most important. I speak to someone in my family at least once a day (ok...twice, three times) everyday. There is a comfort knowing that you always have someone who will be willing to listen to your ups, downs, rights, and wrongs. Family makes my life exciting and worthwhile...

Its funny that in the current day and age, the importance of family has diminished greatly. I remembered learning in one of my anthropology classes in college that the majority of families (who have grown children) live at least one state apart if not more. To be frank, this was astonishing to me. I know, that as a single lady, I depend on my family more right now than I will in the future (you know...the husband and kids will come) but I feel like they will always be such an important part of my life and that no matter what...whether living two doors down from them or six states over...I will always stand up and say I love my family!

So if anyone reads this post today...give a "YEAH" to the family!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Making Changes...

There are always times in your life to make changes. Whether big or small, changes effect who you are and what you will become. This summer, I decided to make a change...

I quit my job as an elementary school teacher in Comstock, Texas and decided to take my chances with graduate school. I felt that God was leading me to make this decision no matter what the consequences. Changes, decisions, consequences...these are always words that seem so serious and important. If I make this decision, what changes are going to happen in my life? What are the consequences of this change? It always feels so overwhelming and, to be absolutely truthful, scary at times. I didn't quit my job because I hated it or because of an dissatisfaction with where I was...I quit my job because I felt like God was saying.."Lori, here's your chance to try something new...to take chances...be unpredictible!"

And so I did it..I quit my job, packed up my stuff, and moved to my sister's house in College Station. I am going to work on my master's degree, look for a job, and be happy! These changes are going to be good for me! I'm going to live my life my way!

God is great!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Pineapple Plantation...so yummy you have to do it twice!

Okay, so Hawaii isn’t the “happiest place on Earth,” but it is really fruity!

Our trip included a coveted trip to the Dole Pineapple Plantation (okay..so maybe we went twice) with a ride on the Pineapple Express, a trip through the flower gardens, and the ultimate test of surviving the “biggest” maze ever! Our trip to Dole also included the delicious (a matter of opinion) pineapple yogurt and a cool little bracelet that has my name on it in Hawaiian!

BTW...it is “Loli” pronounced “lolly” and very cool in my opinion! Overall the trip to the Dole Plantation was very informative and educating...plus...just a little bit yummy!

Pics coming soon!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever

The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever (Bevelstoke, #1)The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Although this wasn't my first Julia Quinn book, I have to say it is probably my favorite (possible tie with "Viscount Who Loved Me.") Miranda Cheever was a heroine that  women can relate with despite the historical setting of the book! This is a highly recommended read!


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Saturday, June 12, 2010

cancun...crazy place..or relaxing getaway?

Lately there has been much in the news about the gang and drug problem rockin’ Mexico...Living on the border has only intensified the fears of parents! This being said....my sister’s senior class decided to go to Cancun, MX this summer for their senior trip! It was amazing that many of the parents were on board with this and thus began my fateful second trip to Cancun, seven years after my senior trip to the same place!

It was interesting that with so much trouble along the border it was very peaceful and not all scary in Cancun! We did so many awesome things and not once was I scared or did I feel unsafe! The seniors that went on the trip were great! They were so good at staying together and doing things with each other that I never felt like we would lose one!

One of the first things that I noticed when we got to the resort was the massive amount of people! I sort of thought...with all the negative media...that Cancun would be deserted! Not the case! We were surrounded with many others who braved the news and decided to spend their vacation in the beach paradise!

The five days that we spent in Cancun were awesome...from scuba diving to parasailing, Julie and I had a wonderful time! I never felt threatened and was very impressed with the great service and friendliness of the staff at the resort. So to answer the question burning in everyone’s mind...there may be crazies in Mexico but the Cancun is relaxing as ever!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Angels' Blood

Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter, #1)Angels' Blood by Nalini Singh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First book in the Guild Hunter's series...Raphael and Elena are unbelievably good characters that have left me wanting more...luckily the second book "Archangels' Kiss" is out and ready to be devoured! I absolutely LOVED THIS BOOK!


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