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.