Saturday, December 31, 2011

My Week

This was the last week in 2011 and it was spent in Pennsylvania. I didn't remember to take pictures of everything, but I did manage to get a few shots. It was a fun but exhausting week of seeing friends and family and driving all over the Eastern part of the state. I fly back to California tomorrow, and I'm looking forward to spending my last two days of vacation relaxing on the couch. When school starts back up, I'll have an intern working with me and helping me with making copies, grading, etc so I should have plenty of time to update my awesome blog bragging about my life.
Here's my end of 2011:

Opening Christmas gifts:
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Playing drums:
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Victory Brewing in Downingtown:
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At my parents' house:

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Records in Doylestown:
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Drinks in Philly:
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After lunch in Manayunk:
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Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas!

Wake up. Coffee. Presents. Coffee. Cinnamon Rolls. Cousins. Aunt. Uncle. Dinner. Wine. Games. Wine. Dessert. Games. It's a Wonderful Life.

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

The Grog

Yesterday I took a five hour train ride from Providence, RI to Philadelphia. The train was more crowded than I thought it would be and after going up and down the aisle a few times, I took a seat next to an elderly woman. HUGE mistake. She smelled like eggs and moth balls. Within five minutes it got worse. I started to read my book when all of a sudden I heard death music. I looked around for Dylan or any of his death music loving friends, but found no one. I kept searching. Finally, I realized this horribly annoying girl two seats back was blasting music loud enough for the entire train to hear. I obviously started rolling my eyes, sighing, and muttering "wow," under my breath. Much to my surprise, NO ONE rolled their eyes, sighed, or muttered with me. Panic set in. Was I imagining this death music? Did everybody else ENJOY this music? Was everybody else deaf? Were they in fact dead?? Before the tears came, I decided just to move. I got all of my stuff and went to the cafe car. It was so nice and quiet in there, that I sat there the rest of the trip. I read the end of Pride and Prejudice about three hours in, and even though I've read it before, I started crying/laughing violently during Darcy's second proposal. A guy near me said, "Ya alright there?" Eek.
Pretty much right after getting home, I went out with some friends from high school and had the BEST time!! We went to a friends house first and gossiped about old teachers and random people we knew 10 years ago. Then we went out to a bar nearby where a bunch of our other long lost friends were and hung out with them the rest of the night.


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Thursday, December 22, 2011

My Winter Break is Longer Than Yours

17 days. Paid.
Break started by Dylan and I missing our plane to Boston. There were several factors that contributed to us missing the plane:
1) I was having a bad hair day
2) We got the bagels "for here" instead of "to go"
3) Traffic was a bitch
4) United wanted to make a buck.

Besides that initial set-back, we had an easy flight and have now been having a great week in New England. We've been keeping it low key: We hung out with his family and the dog and ate delicious food at his parents house; We went up to Portsmouth, NH which is the best little seaside town; We drove quite a long distance to see some friends in Amherst, Ma.
Here's week one of our vacation:

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

I'M GETTING PAID TO BE ON BREAK

Not only do I get the summers off, but I also get every holiday off and a very long winter break. I called my dad yesterday to tell him that I was on winter break and he said, "WHAT?? Already? It's the 16th!" Best reaction. I don't have to go back to work until January 3rd. I'm getting paid this whole time and I didn't even have to request this time off.
At school yesterday, a kid asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I said, "I'm already getting what I asked for: a 17 day break from school." I also told the kids how excited I was to not have to see middle school students for two weeks. Immediately after I said that, I thought maybe that was too harsh, but a kid responded that he was equally as excited to not have to see teachers for two weeks, so we called it even.
We did work the first three periods yesterday (I made the 8th grade go over a benchmark assessment hahahahahahahahahaha). But by the end of the day it was clear the 7th grade couldn't handle doing any work. Instead I told them, "I'm going to tell you stories until the bell rings. We are doing this so that I don't have to teach and so that you don't have to learn. My stories have no climax and no conclusion. Deal with it." And they did. I told them about my 7th grade outdoor ed trip to West Virginia and getting peed on while sleeping in a cave. Then I told them about the sleep study I did one summer with Kim and they laughed really hard when I told them we tried to mess with the staff there by requesting Dennis Quaid movies every night. That was the best day before break I think I've ever had.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

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sources: 1, 2, 3: madewell 4: etsy, myfrenchycottage 5: etsy, artyfactz 6: etsy, aLittleLambVintage 7: bed, bath and beyond

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Santa Cruz

I had a great day! Lisa and I drove down to Santa Cruz and saw a bunch of our friends from graduate school. We're all in education and most of us are teachers, so we had many conversations about classroom management, making students cry, and how best to tell students that they're being annoying. We went to Seabright brewery first, then Lisa, Alejandro and I stopped by the beach, then we all met up again for a wine tasting on the West side. Finally, after a few people had to leave and we were down to 6, we went to a cafe and played Settlers of Catan. What a great day.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

South Lake Tahoe

This past weekend was amazing. Dylan and I drove up to South Lake Tahoe on Friday after work. We had no idea what to expect; we got a deal on livingsocial that came with champagne, a wine tasting, free breakfast, and a late check-out. Perfect. The drive there on Friday took forever because of traffic, but it was well worth it when we arrived and saw that we were staying at the most adorable lodge in the whole entire world. The entire town was filled with lodges, but ours was the only one with spiced wine and a fireplace in the tiny lobby. We got in our room and found our bottle of champagne waiting for us and there was even a box of chocolates. We also had a fireplace in our room THAT WAS THE HEATER FOR THE ROOM. Process that for a minute. Do you know how awesome that is? Anytime you want to turn on the heat, the heat appears as a real life fireplace. If you don't think that's awesome, you're clearly not understanding. Re-read the last three sentences.
On Friday we went to Freshies, a half vegetarian restaurant nearby. I ordered some quinoa and sweet potato cakes. What?? I know. It was delicious. Then we went back to the room, had our champagne and weird lego-looking chocolates, and we relaxed for the first time in awhile without any computers, TVs, or phones nearby.
On Saturday, I had the brilliant idea to go to IHOP instead of the free breakfast at the hotel. Two hours, 6 pancakes, and two sick stomachs later, we headed back to the hotel. There, they lent us two bikes and we biked down to see Lake Tahoe. It was freezing out, so we wore snow pants, gloves and hats on our bike ride. The lake was beautiful. Then some frat "GO LSU!" guys showed up, so we left... We rode around for awhile and then decided to go to our free wine tasting. BEST TWO HOURS OF MY LIFE. They had a machine in the middle of the winery that had different bottles of wine under it and you could make a selection for which wine you wanted to taste and then put your glass under a spout. If you're not understanding this, re-read what I just said and then google it if you have to. After that, we decided to go to a casino. That's right, a casino. It turns out we are both really skilled gamblers. I won $5 which is not bad considering I only bet $10 total. The real winner was Dylan who won $40 after only betting $10. AND he bet MY $10 so it was all profit for him. We ended up at Sprouts, an awesome cafe where we got fruit juices and smoothies. Then we went to The Brewery at Lake Tahoe where all the locals and/or drunks go.
Sunday we headed back to the Lake for one last time and then got breakfast before heading out of town. Driving back on Sunday, I can honestly say I felt more relaxed than I have since the school year started.




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