Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

In order to get this (and more goodies from the Cheesecake Factory)

we had to brave New Year's Eve traffic here:

Ah, Waikiki.
It's generally a place associated with images like this

(aw, sweet)
but did you know that it also offers views like this?

Ugh! I totally meant to take this photo of the bicycles leaning against the tree. I came home to discover this on my memory card. Yipes. That's what I get for snapping photos as I drive.

Anyway, it's New Year's Eve here, and we're all about the new.

New shirt (Gap). The daughter is a must-have accessory.

New shoes (Simple). Did you know that these are made out of hemp, recycled water bottles, and discarded tires? For $55, you too can wear your global conscience on your feet!

New challenges. Check 'em out here.

New
explosives. Yep. Rob and Z loaded up on firecrackers and other loud and sparkly flammables and are outside right now adding pollution to the already pink -- nope, make that red -- air. My inhaler and I are spending New Year's Eve indoors, thank you very much.

Here's to breathing easily in the new year! Have a good one.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Even Bella's Duvet Is Purple.

Okay, so maybe
just maybe
I saw Twilight again tonight.

This time, the willing suspension of disbelief wasn't enough to pull me through, though. I wasn't as entertained by the movie itself (or by Pattinson's lovely mug) than I was by the details. For instance, did you know that almost everyone in the film wears, aside from earth tones, blue or purple? Seriously.


Case in point: the girls are shopping for prom dresses. Should Jessica wear the purple dress or the blue dress? Should Angela wear the blue dress or the purple dress? Bad guys walk past the window. Whoa -- is that guy wearing a purple vest?

I took to getting elbows in the chest from my daughter as I announced the colors of outfits. For instance, "Psst! There's Stephenie Meyer. Oh, LOOK -- the waitress's shirt is PURPLE!"

Field trip scene? The students are wearing either blue shirts/jackets (as in, all of the Cullens) or purple shirts/jackets. Crazy. Loved the color-spotting, though. Even the graduation caps were largely blue and purple. Ooh, and Bella's lip color was a lovely plum -- gotta get my hands on that stuff. There were a few golden accents thrown in as well throughout the film -- to go with the amber eyes, I'm assuming.

How could I have missed this color combo the first three times around?

Oh, I know how. Rob Pattinson. Yep. That'll do it.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Our One and Only

This layout pays tribute to the one and only male in our household. One might think that being the only one of something would create a sense of alienation, but not so with Rob. He's like the center of our family solar system, as you can see in this ragtag little photo taken yesterday. See how planets Z, Koko, and Mazie surround him as he chats on the phone with his mom? Too funny. So sweet.

I hate that couch, by the way. Ugh. Clearly this was a case in which the photo opp outweighed aesthetic value!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Bullseye!

School's out, and we are officially on holiday break, which means that I'm finally able to play with paper again! This is has been such a busy quarter at school. I've just barely found enough scrapping time to keep up with my Collage Press pages and my Paper '08 album. Oh, sure, I've also found time to order WAY more scrap goodies than I've been able to use, but this morning, all of that changed. I woke up, went straight to my desk, and actually USED my supplies. Yay!

I've had this photo sitting on my desk since October. A few weeks ago an idea for the journaling popped into my head:
I'm always amused by the first page that I create when I start a vacation. It's guaranteed to use a ton of supplies, including lots of patterned paper from lots of different manufacturers. It's as if I'm so creatively pent up, all of it comes out in one blast of color and paper.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Collage Press -- December

The December DT post is up on the Collage Press blog. Check it out here. I went a bit stamp-happy this time around.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Would You Follow This Sign?

This is what I faced this morning on the way to work. The entire right side of the road was flooded. The left side was packed with traffic. Nuts.

The weather today was insane...IS insane. Apparently it'll be just as bad over the weekend. Yipes.

Monday, December 1, 2008

"Yipes! The Swamp!"

Teachers wear many (many) hats. We all know this to be true, but when you're the one wearing the hats, some days, the balancing act gets to be overwhelming. The longer I teach, the more "hats" I add to my already massive (teetering) stack. The one at the top I just earned last week, for forensics analysis (specializing in handwriting comparisons and forgery identification). I'm starting to feel like this guy:


Remember him? I was entertained by this book as a kid, but now I'm actually starting to relate to the peddler's monkey troubles. Oh, and that's not the only character that I've been channeling these days:

Yep, that was me at about 1:45 today, as the wind shifted and carried away with it the attention spans of the entire class. Poor kids, though -- I totally remember what it was like at this time of year, with the holiday break right around the corner and the teacher "whomp-whomp-whomping" away like the teacher in Charlie Brown.

What I don't understand is how I never noticed my teachers dealing with stress when I was younger. Was I just oblivious, or were they just superhuman? Many of them "motivated" through fear, however, which explains my memories of silent, orderly classrooms, in which you would have to really think deeply about whether you wanted to raise your hand or not, because it was always a risk. Intimidating students isn't my style, though; I prefer to make connections, to let laughter into the classroom, and to be flexible, open to change...but sometimes being an active teacher who promotes active learning is truly just exhausting.

Still, I am thankful for the gift of my students, each one of them in my care for only a year. Ultimately, what brings me back to teaching each year is that there is so much variation, so much room to grow and change. Perspectives shift constantly, and change is not just a good thing, it is also certain. I am not really a teacher, but a lifelong student, and I have so very much to learn.

Before I go to watch the new episode of Psych waiting for me on the DVR (can't wait!), I'll leave you with a Thanksgiving page I did for Collage Press. I'm crazy in love with CP's stamps. You can check out the design team's amazing projects here.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Guess What I Saw Again Today?


I know, I have a problem, but we established that a few posts ago, didn't we? I figured that by the third viewing, the magic would have dissipated, but the movie is still amazing to me. I was a bit more observant of details this time around. I finally caught Stephenie Meyer's cameo in the diner, for instance. I also noticed just how much makeup Rob is wearing in the film (not that it detracts at all from his, um, presence). When Edward kisses Bella's forehead, he leaves a definite lipstick mark. Still, it's not a mark that I'd mind on my forehead. Ha. I also found myself attending to the nuances in Carter Burwell's musical score, so now I'm sure you can guess what my latest iTunes purchase was. It's brilliant. Check out the backstory of the score at Burwell's site.

So tonight I read that Rob Pattinson has been quoted as saying this: "My favorite teacher was probably my English teacher because she got me into writing instead of just answering the question. I used to hand in homework with 20 pages of nonsense and she'd still mark it. She was a really amazing teacher."

I knew I liked that guy for some reason.

In related news, this morning, my hubby Rob (yes, that is his real name) woke up with his hair looking like something out of Flock of Seagulls.

"Nice hair," I told him.

"What? Don't I look like your boyfriend?" he teased, referring to the other Rob. "Don't I look like Edwin?"

!!!

Yes, "Edwin." Too freaking funny.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Gonna Wanna Hafta

...shop at ThinkGeek this year for Christmas presents. I just discovered this wacky/brilliant site, and I'm loving it. See why?
Okay, so maybe not ALL people may be able to see why this store is brilliant, but the geeks among us certainly can.


Ooh, and thanks to this site, I can live out (some of) my Big Bang Theory fantasies:



It also includes some fun office/desk supplies that I'd love to get, but wouldn't be able to use at work without having some serious 'splaining to do:

So what do you think? Wouldn't you love it if your teacher had this on her desk at school? Wouldn't you think twice about walking up to her desk to borrow yet another pen?

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Oh, Yeah, I Went There.

So I've been raving about Twilight, and now I'm scrapping about Twilight. The next stop is therapy.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Guess What I Saw Today?

Twilight. Again.
Same effect. Swoonage successfully replicated.

My husband came along today, but apparently he's immune to Edward's charms. Although he found some of the plot and characters compelling, he claimed that the film was too long and that the storyline wasn't developed enough. Even though I tried to explain that Twilight is necessarily mostly exposition, in order to establish the dynamics upon which the rest of the series is built, he still wasn't impressed. Well, at least he tried. Being one of maybe three or four men in the nation who have seen the movie counts for something, right?

I, however, once again fell victim to the willing suspension of disbelief. Hook, line, and sinker, baby.
Doesn't this pic remind you of the end of Sixteen Candles?

Friday, November 21, 2008

Swoon.

Guess who just got back from seeing Twilight?
Oh
my
gosh
this movie was just perfect.

I will confess, I did not have high hopes. I wasn't crazy about the casting for Bella, but five minutes in, I was like, Oh, she's so Bella. I loved the casting of Edward from the get-go, but now, I think that love has surpassed the obsessive mark. Robert Pattinson was AMAZING. Ooh, and gorgeously gorgeous. His penetrating gaze can ONLY be compared to Mr. Darcy's -- and you know that Darcy gives good gaze.

Then I was worried about the writing -- but I am worried no longer. The book and movie complement each other beautifully. Perfectly. Certain scenes were seriously butterfly-inducing. The experience of watching Twilight the film was not unlike the experience of reading Twilight the book -- as the movie's plot neared its climax, I was both engrossed and upset, as in, this is awesome, and oh, no, it's ending soon!

There were scads of preteen, tween, and teenage girls in the theater -- along with many, many women (and maybe three men). The girls screamed with glee almost every five minutes. I want to say that I was annoyed, but oh, I was feeling it. Screaming isn't my thing, though. I do think I drooled a few times in my popcorn...and there may have been a little bit of panting. Blame Edward/Darcy.

I have plans to go see it again SOON SOON SOON.

Which rhymes with SWOON SWOON SWOON.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Merry Belated Christmas!

While scrap-inclined folk out there have been contemplating what kind of paper they'll be using for this year's holiday pages and projects, I've been staring at a stack of photos from last Christmas. Luckily, a bunch of Collage Press goodies arrived in the mail, a perfect impetus for me to create a little album documenting Christmas 2007 before Christmas 2008 arrives (oh, and you know it's coming quickly!). My scrapper's guilt joined forces with my scrapper's conscience (hey, remember that resolution to make more mini-albums this year, huh, huh?), and ta da -- this project was born!

Not all of the photos are landscape-oriented, but I'm going with a "Who cares?" as far as that's concerned. I don't exactly plan albums while taking photos, and I would hate to leave out photos just because they broke a few page-to-page consistency rules. Viewers of this album likely won't get muscle strain from turning the book 90 degrees, right? It's all about the memories, people. Ooh, and the pretty pretty paper, which looks great no matter the orientation.