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Thursday, August 26, 2010

A new look...a vain post....

As I am beginning to get my pre-baby body back more and more, school was starting and summer was drawing to a close, I have found myself wanting some type of change.

You would think a baby would be enough change for one girl, and it certainly is, that is not the sort of change I mean. Though I think becoming a mother somewhat inspired the desire for a change in look and style. I have lately just found myself rifling through my closet thinking, "I'm a Mom now, I can't wear this anymore." I know that sounds silly, and it probably is. I just never want to be one of those moms who doesn't seem to know she's a mom.
Plus, I have been bored with my hair, but after growing it out forever and knowing that Trev likes it best long and red, cutting or dying weren't really options.

And with school starting again I also found myself looking for something professional, and for me that means hair mostly up and out of my face. Then Trev and I were watching Casablanca and I found myself wishing that people these days still dressed and talked and interacted like Humphrey Boggart and Ingrid Bergman.
I have loved the 1940's look for awhile. It started in college when my roommate and I happened upon a little 1940's dress in great condition in an antiques shop. I bought it, and several others throughout the years as they cycled through the antique shop. Then I discovered my favorite dress line in the world, Stop Staring. I have a dear friend in Logan who owns a little boutique that carries this line and I started picking up a dress or two each year at wholesale cost from her.

So I thought, why not give the complete look a try. We are talking bright lipstick, red nails and retro pin-up rockabilly inspired hair.
The hair is a pretty dramatic shift from my old hair-styles - victory rolls, big front bang roll and flower accessories. But I am having fun with it, and hope it isn't completely crazy looking. You be the judge - the following pics aren't great, but they showcase a couple of the styles I have tried over the last two weeks. Tell me if you think this is a bad move.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Glad

After some consideration, and lots of creepy internet-facebook stalking of past peoples, I have to say that I am very glad about the way my life ended up, and even more glad it didn't end up the way I thought I wanted it to once.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Four Down...Forever to go.

Date: August 17, 2006 - we took the plunge.

Date: August 17, 2010 - a couple of moves, a couple of degrees, a couple of pets, a couple of jobs, and a baby later we are still together.

I love this man.

Really. Marrying him was a good move.
This past Tuesday was a wild day on our anniversary. School is starting up again and so I have had faculty meetings this week. Trev and I have been juggling staying home and going to work. It has been kinda a crazy week. Tuesday we swapped back and forth doing the mommy/daddy thing and the work thing, and we didn't end up together until about 9:00 p.m. We were both tired and hungry and didn't want to cook. So Trevor called as I was driving home with these instructions: "Stop by taco-time. Spend 20.00. Get as much food as you can."


Taco-time is one of the few fast food places that I eat at on occasion. So I stopped. 20.00 bucks at Taco Time will buy you 4 hard shell tacos, 4 crisp bean burritos, 2 soft shell tacos, large stuffed mexi-fries and regular large mexi fries.


At home Trevor had the couch bed in the living room all set up, big glasses of water poured and a movie qued and ready to go. We gorged ourselves on a greasy taco-fest and watched some spy movie I can't remember the name of. We probably took years off of our marriage in grease and fat...but it was completely worth it.


Love you darlin' here is to lots and lots more.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Lifestyle Shift

Trevor and I read an intriguing book whilst on our travels this past few weeks - we actually read several intriguing books, but one that has inspired a lifestyle shift at our house.

It is fascinating and written by this man. My mother went to a conference he was speaking at and recommended his book, Brain Rules, and we LOVED it.

I have been thinking about several of the ideas he introduces and the different things he suggests. PLUS, the man is a lovely writer. The writing is very scientific and research driven, yet the concepts leap off the page and stick with you (which makes sense as one of his main posits is that our brains don't pay attention to boring things).

The very first idea Medina mentions is that our fancy brains did not become fancy by lounging around - he cites loads of research suggesting that our early ancestors walked and walked and walked (not unlike pioneer children) and that is a major component in how human intelligence was honed and sharpened. Medina's big complaint is that we have become a stationary society. And the man isn't far off on that observation. Instead of exploring the more obvious and extensively discussed consequences of this societal shift like obesity, health care cost and shorter life expectancy, Medina instead looks at how all the sitting around we do (at work, at school, at home) effects our brain.

He has some great suggestions for incorporating more movement into educational and work environments. But what I like most are his ideas about incorporating exercise into our daily lives, without necessarily setting aside more time to exercise. His idea is to take things we are already doing and add exercise to them. One such suggestion was to read reports, books, etc while walking on a treadmill.

Most of you know that I have been studying my tail off for the GRE Lit Subject test, so tonight I walked and studied that tail off simultaneously.

Admittedly, it took some getting used to. My brain is not used to walking and reading together, but after about ten minutes I found a groove and worked up a smooth-sailing sweat while reviewing the great works of Christopher Marlow (I may never get the phrase, "Come live with me and be my love..." out of my brain, which is Medina's point and which - when it comes to my test - is a good thing.).

It was exhilarating. And I am not sure if it is an exercise-endorphin or simply great pleasure at my multiple accomplishments that has me grinning from ear to ear. Either way - I think this is a lifestyle shift I want to embrace and keep.

So, I may be upping my pace a bit tomorrow night and hitting Sir Walter Raleigh's works.

****Just a disclaimer to very Christian readers: Medina comes from an entirely evolutionary based view point, and that is pretty foundational to all of his arguments. So that might be a turnoff for creationists - but if you can, take it with a grain of salt and look for the truth that is in all things and positions - the ride is completely worth it.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Funny place, that zone between wakefullness and dreams...

Time: 5:30 AM

I had just come back to bed from rocking a baby who seems to think the day begins at 5.30 AM

Me: "Know what I miss?"

Trev, mostly still asleep: "Mr. Rogers."

Saturday, August 14, 2010

The missing link

Consider yourself warned, this may be a slightly whiny post...you see, I find myself annoyed today. Annoyed by students, annoyed by collegiate education and even annoyed by myself. And here is why:

A couple of times this week I have had this conversation with different people. "I was so mad that my paper was marked so low in _(insert any class besides English here)____, I mean, it isn't a writing class."
Perhaps because I am an English teacher I bristle. But it really does make me wonder about the core concept of collegiate education and where students miss the link. Generals in every subject are not required so you can pass a single class and then forget all about it as you make your way into your major. So when I hear someone make the above statement I can't help but roll my eyes inside and think, "just because it is a biology class if you turn in an essay with blatant formation and punctuation mistakes you can't be upset to get docked for it. Biologists are expected to write well too." If I had a student turn in a flawlessly written essay about the function of the PIE formula, but the math was completely wrong, I would mark the student down for a failure of understanding their subject matter - so doesn't it make sense that writing matters in other disciplines?

Of course it does. So where does the misconception come from? Is it the specialized nature of our "major" system that breeds the idea that a general course is just "something you have to do?" Is it more indicative of the poor state of education across all levels in this country? Or is it just pure human laziness?

And don't think that this high-horse kettle isn't entirely aware of her hypocrisy in calling the pot black. I am not sure I even remember the last time that someone threw out even a basic math question and my brain made any attempt to compute it. And I know someone out there can quote me as I exited the GRE grad school entrance exam test saying, "I didn't even try on the math section because I am going into English and it doesn't matter."

What happened to the idea of a classical Renaissance education? And why don't many of us embrace it anymore (my husband, who loves every class he ever takes, remembers everything he learns, and always wants to try to learn something else, may be the single exception in my life to this).

And even though I really do feel all of the above...I still kinda want this sweatshirt. :)