Monday, February 8, 2016

The Weekend


Can someone please tell me why weekends go by so quickly?  It's like I blink and BOOM, it's 4:20 on Monday morning and I'm getting up and getting ready for the day.  

On the bright side this is my very last week of basketball and I could not be more excited.  No more 4:20 wake up calls for me and no more late night games. WOO HOO!

My weekend was actually pretty great.  I had some relaxing times and some fun times!  But before I get to the goods I just want to say thank you for the sweet comments from Friday's post.  I really appreciate all the kind words and no worries, I have NOT let what happen get to me at all.  :)

Alrighty, here were the highlights from my weekend:

FRIDAY

-This picture about sums up my night.  And it was perfect.


SATURDAY

- Very lazy morning with a cup of coffee and Throne of Glass.  Which I've already finished by the way.  Yeah I tore through that book, it was that good.  I cannot wait to get my hands on the second one.  Which will be today!

- After an equally lazy afternoon I finally showered and got ready to meet my college bestie Ashtyn and her family for dinner.  
A good hair day called for a selfie!

- Saw a high school production of one of my favorite musicals, Meet Me in St. Louis!  Ashtyn is the assistant dance director at her high school and she choreographed all the dance numbers.  The entire production was AMAZING.  Their orchestra performed all the music live (which I think impressed me the most!), all the actors sang (the best being the girl who played Esther), the costumes were perfect, as were the props and scenery.  I was very impressed! 


SUNDAY

- Usual morning cleaning spree.

- Target run.  Obviously.

- Saw Pride, Prejudice and Zombies.  Surprisingly I really liked it.  I haven't read the book but they did an excellent job plastering it all over TV because after seeing the trailer about a thousand times I decided I wanted to see it.  Plus, I'm a big fan of Lily James right now (thank you Downton Abbey and War and Peace) so when I saw she was going to be playing Elizabeth Bennett that pretty much sold it for me.  

It was funny, it gave me just the right amount of Pride and Prejudice story line and dialogue that I love, and they changed the storyline in just the right way to accommodate the zombies.  Was it totally silly?  Yes. But the comedic bits made it that much more enjoyable.  Oh and I was big fan of the costumes too! Take me back to 1800s England please.   I give it three and half stars! 



- Had a baby announcement!  One of my besties,  Jordan (who blogs over at Former Kennedy) finally announced that she and her hubby are expecting!  I've known since December but they made it Facebook official on Sunday morning.  So excited for them and to be Aunt Kac for a third time.  Look at their adorable picture announcement.  Heart eye emoji times a thousand! 




-Semi watched/listened to the Super Bowl.  Mostly I blogged while my roommates boyfriend watched the game.  But I did pay attention throughout the half time show and to some of the commercials.  But that's about it.  Maybe I'll be more interested when there is boy in my life who is interested.  Then again maybe not!  This pretty much sums up my thoughts on the game though:




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And that was my weekend.  Over all I give it a solid A.  And now it's off to tackle Monday.  Here's to hoping the week flies by! :)

Linking up with Biana

Friday, February 5, 2016

Oh Hey Friday

Ah glorious Friday.  So happy you're here.

Let's get right to it today shall we?  Here are my 4 favorites and 1 not so favorite thing (or is it things?) from this week!



[one]  I designed my blogger business cards for the Thrive Blog Conference!!  I love the way they turned out and cannot wait to see them in person.  Only 3 weeks until the conference!!!

[two] I started a new book series that I'm completely in love with.  The series itself is called Throne of Glass and has 4 books.  But I started with the prequels and am so glad I did.  I cannot wait to get into the actual books themselves.


[three] Yesterday was "Friends Day" and in honor of the day Facebook put together a little video slideshow of all the pictures of your friends and I thought it was absolutely perfect.  Seeing my video and the videos of some of my friends was so fun.  I'm so grateful for all the amazing friends I have around the country!

[four] Jenny found the most gorgeous grey chairs for me at Marshall's this week and I bought them.  I'm seriously so obsessed with them and cannot wait to see these little beauties in my new apartment.  Now to find a way to keep the cats off them until I can get them in the apartment.  I have a strong feeling I will lose that battle though! I was gonna wait and show them off once they were in and styled but I just can't wait.



[five] Work was a bit difficult this week.  This is by no means a "favorite" but it's something that happened that I feel like I need to write about.   Some of the students at my school created teacher Instagram account.  It sounds sweet and innocent but in reality what they did was take pictures from our Facebook (Im still trying to figure out how they accessed mine, since I have all the privacy settings they have in place) and wrote mean, inappropriate, and sometimes disgusting things about us.  I've come to the decision that I am the most popular teacher at my school because I had not 1, not 2, but 4 pictures of me on there. With some not so nice things said about me.  I'm not going to say what exactly was said but I will say that my feelings were a tad hurt after seeing the pictures.  To make a long story short we found out who created the page and all the students who either commented or created the pages have been punished.  It just blows my mind that we have a generation out there who can be so hurtful and disrespectful as some of these kids were.  And towards adults no less!  I swear all I can think about is the fact that this whole situation reminds me of Mean Girls and their Burn Book.  I just hope they've learned that you shouldn't say mean and hurtful things about anyone, especially on social media.  I did have a few students who came and apologized for some of the things they saw written about me and many of them asked if I was "ok" throughout the day on Wednesday.  So I'm happy that this generation isn't a complete loss!  The majority of them are pretty dang good.

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To say I'm glad to say goodbye to the week is understatement.  There are only 5 weeks left until Spring Break and I am counting down the days!

Have a great Friday friends!  See ya Monday!

Linking up for Oh Hey Friday and a fun new link up with a fun new blogger I just found!


What's New With You

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Getting to Know Me!

Hello hello friends!  Today I thought I would do a little getting to know me post, seeing as there a few new faces around these parts.  Which is fantastic!  I am so grateful to each and everyone of you who continue to read and comment on my little space of the internet.  Plus it's been forever since I did a post like this and stumbled upon these questions on Paula's post over at Thirteen Thoughts!


1. Are you named after someone?
According to my mother, I'm named after a favorite student of hers from back in the day.  And also the actress Kathleen Turner.  I think.  That could be inaccurate. lol

2. When was the last time you cried?
Last weekend.  My aunt re-discovered all these old home videos my grandparents (who have both passed on) took when we were little.  And by little I mean babies.  She was able to e-mail me one of the videos and I bawled for a good 25 minutes.  It was so heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time to watch them. Here's a snippet of one I posted on Instagram!

video

3. Do you have kids?
Not yet!

4. If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?
Yes I think I would.  I think I'm a fantastic friend and person a good portion of the time.  :)

5. Do you have a guilty pleasure?
I dunno if this would be considered a "guilty" pleasure but I eat peanut butter straight off a spoon and love every minute of it.  

6. Do you like handwriting?
Like my handwriting?  Yes!  Save for my signature.  I think my signature is kinda sloppy.  But according to my brother that's how it's supposed to be.  

7. What is your favorite cereal?
Cinnamon Toast Crunch. 
But I never buy it.  Lately I've been on a Honey Nut Cheerios kick.

8. What is the first thing you notice about people?
Their smile, height, and overall attitude.  

9. Do you have any pets?
The two lights of my life...Sadie and Brady.  They both love me but have very little love for each other.  Which I'm hoping will change one day soon! 

(I wish Brady had stayed this little forever....now he's huge and a terror sometimes.  Plus I don't think they'll ever do this again! lol)

10. Scary movies or happy endings?
Happy Endings for sure!  I can do without scary movies.  But happy endings give me all the warm fuzzies and are my absolute favorite.  

11. Favorite TV Show?
As if I could pick just one!  
The Tudors, One Tree Hill, House of Cards, Downton Abbey, Grey's Anatomy, How to Get Away With Murder,  

12. Summer or Winter?
Winter until Christmas is over and then Summer all the way.  If I'm honest I'm more of a Spring girl than anything else!  The weather is perfection and the flowers are all in bloom.

13. Hugs or Kisses?
Hugs because I haven't been kissed in far far too long.

14. What's the furthest you've been away from home?
ITALY!!!! Summer of 2015 will always be one of my all time favorites!


15. Do you have any special talents?
I can twist my right arm all the way around in a complete circle.  It's kinda gross to watch but still a talent! 

16. Where were you born?
New Mexico.  No not MEXICO....New Mexico.  Some people get confused when I say that.  

17. What are your hobbies?
Reading...all of the books, going to the movies, trying out new restaurants, and of course BLOGGING!!

18. What color are you eyes?
Blue! 

19. Favorite movie?
Again, as if I could pick just one.  Titanic, Shakespeare in Love, Sleeping Beauty, Step Brothers, anything with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and obviously anything with LEO!!!

20. What color is your car?
Gray

21. What did you want to be when you grew up?
For the longest time I wanted to be a pediatrician and for a hot second I wanted to be an FBI agent.

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Well there ya have it.  Now you know me just a little bit better!
Feel free to use the questions for your very own Getting to Know you post, they originally come from a tag.  

Have a great Wednesday! 

Linking up with Jenn and Jessi for What's Ha-"Pinning"!

Monday, February 1, 2016

The Weekend


It's February.  I'm sorry what?  I'm gonna time to slow the heck down.   Wait I take that back, I need the next two weeks to fly by and THEN I'm gonna need time to slow down.  (Basketball is officially over in two weeks!)  

So the last weekend in January was probably the busiest weekend I've had then entire month.  And we had the BEST WEATHER EVER!  Seriously it was in the 70s all weekend and the sun was shining and there was a slight breeze.  It was perfect.

Here were the rest of the highlights:


FRIDAY


-Fairly uneventful save for dinner that night.  I had some very tasty Tortilla Soup at a local Mexican food restaurant called Ruthies.

- I officially registered for the Thrive Blog Conference!  I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am for this conference.  I've heard/read nothing but amazing things about it from other bloggers and I feel like it is going to be exactly what I need to help get my little ole blog to the next level!  Or at least help me figure out what the next level even is! :)

(PS. If anyone has any tips for getting blog business cards done, I would love you forever!)

SATURDAY

-Pretty much all of Saturday was spent at a Social Studies Conference learning some new strategies and lessons to use in my classes.  I got some pretty good ideas too!  Oh and I met one of my teaching heroes!  Her name is Aggie and she blogs over at Weird is Cool in Middle School and she teaches in a district here in Houston.  I went and introduced myself since I've used a bunch of her suggestions in my own classroom.  I'm sure I embarrassed myself just a tad but I was so excited to meet her that I didn't even care! 

- Went for a manicure at my favorite nail salon.  I have been going to the same lady for a few months and she is the best.  You can see a glimpse of my mani in the next picture!

- Went on a date.  Yes, I went on another date with a guy I met online.  We had a good time but sadly there was just no chemistry.  We laughed a lot and had no trouble talking but it was like talking to a good friend and no sparks.  Dating is the worst.

SUNDAY


 - Had a nice leisurely morning with coffee in bed.  As I laid there I watched the SAG Awards (the Screen Actors Guild Awards for those of you aren't as award season obsessed as I am) which I had recorded since I missed it Saturday night.  Leo finally won!!   He's been nominated for a SAG nine times and has never won.  I think this is a very good sign!!

- Went to a new church.  So far I've done horribly in my goal to attend church more.  Everyone was very nice and the service was  very well done.  I think I need to attend it a few more times to see if it's the right fit for me though.

- Had a blate with Ashley from The Wandering Weekenders.  This was by far the very best part of the weekend!  I've been reading Ashley's blog for about a year now.  She and her husband live in the same suburb of Houston as I do so it was very easy for us to get together.  We met for lunch at a fun restaurant called Dish Society.  All of their foods are made with ingredients from local farms around the city and surrounding areas.  We were both very happy with our respective meals and we even enjoyed a Prickly Pear Mimosa.



We sat and chatted about any and everything for about two hours.  It was so fantastic talking to someone about the blog world.  We both agreed that it's totally different talking to fellow bloggers about blogging than talking to someone who doesn't blog about it (ie. her hubby and my non blogger friends).  

After lunch we wandered over to Sephora to browser.  She helped me pick out a few items that I had been needing like blush, under-eye concealer,  and some finishing powder.  When we checked out the funniest thing happened.  We ended up spending the exact same amount of money on our items!  And we bought completely different things too!  It was the exact same literally down to the penny.  So funny.  

We had the best time and have even already planned the next time we're going to hang out!


-Watched Grease Live!  I've always been a Grease fan.  I even played Sandy in Middle School (even though I was too shy to play the "sexy" Sandy in the end).  So I wanted to check it out.  I'm not a huge fan of these live performances that have been so popular recently but I have to say, I didn't hate this one!  I watched the whole thing!

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See busy busy weekend!  But so much fun!  Here's to hoping my weekends in February can live up to this one.  I have a feeling they will be! Here's to February! :)

Have a great Monday friends!

Linking up with Biana!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Your Next Favorite Book: Winter

Your Next Favorite Book

Today I bring you my second read of 2016.  Last year I powered through the first 3 books in what has become one of my all time favorite books series.  I pretty much devoured Cinder, Scarlet and Cress.  They are that good.  I almost didn't read them because I was so turned off by the idea of cyborgs and robots and stuff.  But boy am I glad I read them.  If you haven't read the Lunar Chronicles and you love fairy tales you are seriously missing out on life.

And so I bring you my review of the last and final (tear) novel in the series.



Winter Book Review

Goodreads Synopsis: Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?


My thoughts:  First of all, that cover.  I think it's my favorite of the four.  I could look at that cover all day long.  Now Snow White it's my favorite fairy tale but I really enjoyed the way the story was mixed with the rest of the story.  It was perfect.  And I was a big fan of Winter and Jacin's story.  But what I loved the most was getting to finish up everyone else's story.  Each book ended with such big cliffhangers that I was dying to know what was going to happen to them even more than I was interested in getting Winter's story.  Now that I've finished the series I think my favorite couple has to be Cress and Thorne.  There is just something about there story that I absolutely loved.  They were so sweet together.

I was very happy with the overall ending of the series.  I felt all loose ends were tied up and I was not at all disappointed with the ending.  As I was when I finished both The Hunger Games and The Divergent Series.  Which is always a good thing in my book.  It was a great last book to a great series.

Read them.  You'll like em.  I promise! :)