This entire outfit is brought to you by Old Navy. From the white tank, to the chambray shirt, pink shorts, and the grey shoes I’ve mentioned several times I’m completely obsessed with.
Well the last long weekend for we teachers has come to an end. Now I just have 8 days to get through and I’m home free for the summer.
With only 10 days of school left, I’m getting into the phase that most teachers get into at the end of the school year, reflection. What did I do well this year? What could I improve on? What worked? What didn’t work? What will I do different?
I have been powering through book after book these last few weekends. That is when I find I have the most time and desire to sit and read a book. When I get home from school most evenings I just want to lose my self in trashy TV. But on the weekends I want to savor and enjoy the time with a cup of coffee and my current read. So that is exactly what I’ve been doing.
Now I’m sharing 3 of my most recent books.
I read all different genres of books. And these 3 books could not be more different. But I really enjoyed each of them.
Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson
Once We Were Brothers is Ronald H. Balson’s compelling tale of two boys and a family who struggle to survive in war-torn Poland, and a young love that struggles to endure the unspeakable cruelty of the Holocaust. Two lives, two worlds, and sixty years converge in an explosive race to redemption that makes for a moving and powerful tale of love, survival, and ultimately the triumph of the human spirit.
My thoughts: I’m a huge fan of historical fiction. Mixing real life events with fiction is a great way to be entertained and learn a little history. And although they are usually really heavy and cause endless amounts of tears, I enjoy reading books about World War II. This book does an amazing job of mixing that history with a fiction story. At times when I was reading I didn’t realize that it was a fiction book. The story is told with such a great voice and with so much detail that you actually feel like you are in Poland. I totally wish our EuroTrip was taking us to Poland. Guess that will be on my next trip!
The Promise of Star Dust by Priscille Sibley
Matt Beaulieu was two years old the first time he held Elle McClure in his arms, seventeen when he first kissed her under a sky filled with shooting stars, and thirty-three when he convinced her to marry him. Now in their late 30s, the deeply devoted couple has everything-except the baby they’ve always wanted.
When an accident leaves Elle brain dead, Matt is devastated. Though he cannot bear the thought of life without her, he knows Elle was afraid of only one thing-a slow death. And so, Matt resolves to take her off life support.
But Matt changes his mind when they discover Elle’s pregnant. While there are no certainties, the baby might survive if Elle remains on life support. Matt’s mother, Linney, disagrees with his decision. She loves Elle, too, and insists that Elle would never want to be kept alive on machines. Linney is prepared to fight her son in court-armed with Elle’s living will.
Divided by the love they share, Matt and Linney will be pitted against each other, fighting for what they believe is right, and what they think Elle would have wanted resulting in a controversial legal battle that will ultimately go beyond one family . . . and one single life.
My thoughts: Oh my gosh this book. This book was deep and loving and thoughtful. It made me question so much about my beliefs and made me realize how powerful having faith is. Faith in yourself, in your family, and in the Lord. This was definitely another tear jerker and has some of the prettiest language and dialogue that I’ve read in along time. Definitely read this book and be sure to have a box of Kleenex waiting beside you. It also made me want to be an astronaut.
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
Synopsis on Goodreads:
One night, Mia Dennett enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend, but when he doesn’t show up, she leaves with an enigmatic stranger. At first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand, but following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia’s life.
My thoughts: This book took me about 50 pages to really get into. But I’m so glad I stuck through it because I really liked it. It’s a thriller that will have you wanting to get back to the book as soon as you can to see what happens. At least that’s what it did for me. It is told from the perspective of 3 people , which at first I thought was going to be annoying but in reality it made the telling of the story so much more interesting and intricate. And the last few chapters really do make the story!
Like I said, each book is SO different that I can’t say that I liked one more than the other. They each were great reads for their own reasons. And y’all should totally read each of them!
Happy Reading Friends! 🙂
This weekend was extremely uneventful. Like so uneventful I didn’t even take any pictures. Save for one picture of Sadie. The entire weekend was spent on the couch or in my bed watching TV or reading. So there really wasn’t any need for a weekend post.
What is the premise behind the show you ask? Well basically a man and a woman are dropped into an uninhabited area, naked, and have to try and survive for 21 days. What do they win if they survive? Absolutely nothing save for the knowledge that they have what it takes to survive in the wilderness, naked, building their own shelters, and hunting for food.
I’ve watched quite a few episodes of the show because once I start watching it I can’t stop. I even recorded a few episodes on Saturday night because it was late and I wanted to watch it later.
As I’ve watched the show I can’t help but have various thoughts run through my head. And I’ve decided to share them with all of you.
1. No toothbrush…..gross.
2. Okay……I’m not even that comfortable being naked and letting myself look at…well myself….much less let a complete stranger see me that way. I would probably make a bra and butt flap of some kind as soon as I could.
3. Bugs. ALL THE BUGS. Getting in every crevice and biting in every crevice. I’m itchy and uncomfortable just thinking about it.
4. What if I were to start my lady time while I was there. How would that work? And how did women survive so long without tampons? Those things are one of the best inventions in the history of world. (In two of the episodes I saw…that actually happened. But the ladies never explained how they took care of that particular problem.)
5. I do not want to have to work that hard to find food. I really don’t think I could have survived in primitive times. Like at all.
6. Each person gets to bring one thing with them that will help them survive….most people bring a machete and a fire starter. I’ve seen a few pots too. I think I would bring the fire starter. Because hello it provides heat for both warmth and cooking AND would scare away animals.
7. One of my fears is water where I can’t see my feet. Some of the episodes have them swimming in muddy, murky lakes and ponds. No…just no. And your naked….you could get bitten or have fish swim up your butt or in your lady parts. I’m clenching just thinking about it.
8. Extreme hot or extreme cold? People on the show have run into both depending on the location.…for example in the Himalayan Mountains it was freezing and in Africa it was hot as hell. My choice….I will my chances with the heat….at least you can dip into the creepy murky water and cool off a tad.
9. I’m sorry I’m still trying to get past the part where these people are totally naked.
10. Not only are would there be bugs everywhere but you’d be getting dirt and mud and all kinds of mystery brown stuff all over yourself. Blegh….yet another cringe worthy idea.
11. In just about every episode I’ve seen it has rained. So not only would you be laying on the ground under a bunch of sticks and branches and have leaves and grass as padding to sleep on, you’d be wet, cold or hot, hungry, thirsty, and probably mega cranky. At least I would be.
12. I’m 90% sure I would be the winiest person the show has every seen if I were to go on the show. Mind you I would have to be forced to ever in my wildest dreams even consider being Naked and Afraid for 21 days. I feel bad for my hypothetical partner just thinking about it.
13. Literally every person loses at least 20 pounds by the time the 21 days is up. At least all my pudge would be gone.
These two look absolutely thrilled with their situation. And the worst of it is…..these fools VOLUNTEERED FOR THIS!!!
All in all, highly entertaining show to watch. Like I said once I watch one episode I can’t seem to change the channel. I want to see all the locations they send these people. I highly recommend watching at least one episode of this show if only to cringe and make fun of all these crazy people who think is a good idea to show off their survival skills while being Naked and Afraid.
PS. Don’t Google Naked and Afraid for pictures without first putting either “Discovery Channel” or “TV show” before it/after it. You’ll get some completely different versions of “naked and afraid” and your eyes will not thank you. Trust me. I learned the hard way.
Have a great Wednesday! 🙂
Hosting your own Afternoon Tea
I call the summer of 2010 the summer of the Afternoon Tea. We visited 2 different tea rooms one being the St. James Tea Room and the other was one in Las Cruces, NM. The one in Las Cruces was so so and I didn’t take any photos while we were there.
But I did host an afternoon tea myself, for Jenny’s birthday and we attended another hosted by a friend of Jenny’s mom.
Unfortunately no photos were taken at the birthday tea I had for Jenny, save for one of the table. We used a variety of different tea cups which made for an eclectic afternoon tea. My mom has a small collection that used to belong to her grandmother and we found a few others at an antique shop.
Now I did snap a few of the tea hosted by the friend of Jenny’s mom. She had the prettiest little set up. We had tea sandwiches, little strudel cakes, chocolate covered strawberries, and she served different types of T winnings tea. She provided each of us with a cute little party favors in the form of books giving little tips for hosting your own tea, as well as, recipes for different sandwiches, scones, and desserts.
So I wasn’t going to post anything today (as has become sort of a thing for me….I don’t post on Wednesdays) but I’m at school and the kids are watching a movie (#goodteacheraward) and shockingly I’m all caught up on grades and lessons for the next two weeks so I figured I would write up a quick post for you.
Plus, I was reading Jenn from Going the Distance‘s blog and she did a currently post today so I’m kinda copying her…hope ya don’t mind Jenn! 🙂
I Am Currently…..
Feeling kinda anxious. I had an interview at a school literally 4 minutes from my house. I timed it. And while I think it went amazing, they said they are interviewing about 5 other people. I’ll know one way or another if I got the job by Friday. So I have this really anxious/nervous feeling running through me.
Reading I’m about to start a new book called The Good Girl by Mary Kubica. Looks pretty intense.
Listening to The Secret Life of Walter Mitte. We’re using this movie to have the student identify the 5 Themes of Geography. It’s either this or worksheets…this is way more entertaining. And opens me up to write this blog post. Yes I know I’m a great example of a good teacher! 😉
Drinking Cold coffee. It’s what I drink every morning on my way to school and from 1st-3rd period. Tasty. I will be switching to water soon.
Eating A Taco Cabana breakfast taco. Potato and Egg to be specific. Since it’s Teacher Appreciation Week my school has been showering us with food. Yesterday we had catered Mexican food in honor of Cinco De Mayo and Friday we get catered BBQ. Side note: I LOVE Taco Cabana. It is one of the reasons I’m glad to be living back in Texas
Watching My student watch the movie…..or sleep….or stare at the laps on their phones. They think I don’t see this and I totally do. Basically I’m watching them watch a movie.
Thinking about My job interview, the summer, my bank account, what I’m going to eat for dinner, did I mention summer?
Loving My new shoes from Old Navy. As well as this dress from Old Navy. It is literally the perfect black dress for summer. It’s light weight, comfy and just the right length. I cannot wait to wear both items in Europe this summer. CANNOT WAIT!
Excited about So many things! Europe obviously and getting our hotel information for our trip, meeting my best friends new baby in a few weeks, our family reunion in July and the fact that there are only 20 days of school left.
Happy Hump Day friends! 🙂
For about the last month or two I have been completely obsessed with salads.
They have been my go-to dinner and lunch meals because they are SO easy to throw together and they taste amazing. I’ve been switching between two different types. The first, my version of a Southwest Chipotle Chicken Salad and the second, a salad that Jenny threw together one night. I call it the Raspberry and Walnut Chicken Salad.
I actually am kinda of obsessed with the Raspberry and Walnut Chicken salad and have decided to share the super easy recipe with all of you lovelies.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Choice of lettuce (I use a Garden mix)
Feta Cheese (I would probably not put feta in the salad again…it kinda over powered it for my taste.)
Tomatoes (not pictured cuz I forgot to put them in the picture)
Raspberry Vinaigrette (My fav is the Panera version but you can but you can use any brand)
The rest is as easy as throwing all the ingratiates into a bowl. I like to layer all the extras on top of the lettuce and them toss it with the dressing before I eat it.
First layer: Lettuce and Chicken
Second Layer: Red onion, Craisins, and walnuts and feta cheese
Third layer: Tomatoes. My personal favorites are the Cherubs. Holy moly….I can eat these little babies like candy. Delicious.
Fourth Layer: Croutons and Raspberry dressing.
TOSS AND ENJOY!
I never measure any of the ingredients. I just eye ball it based on how hungry I am. This salad is great a main course or could be served as an appetizer. This one I made could have fed two people but I may or may have eaten the whole thing myself. (Read: I did eat the whole thing myself and I’m not ashamed in the least.)
The other thing I love about this salad is how colorful it is! It’s almost too pretty to eat…..almost.
What’s your favorite salad toppings and dressings? Any recommendations for me? I’m a huge fan of trying new things on my salads!
Have a great Tuesday friends! 🙂