Wednesday, April 28, 2010

because I can't think of anything else to post at the moment...

I give you, the official 2010 Blog Quiz. I vow to come up with some more creative posts in the future, but I am a little bogged down with lesson plans, meal plans and life plans at the moment. love it!


1. Tennis shoes or boots? Most definitely tennis shoes.
2. What time did you get up this morning? Supposed to be up at 6am. Rolled out of bed at 7am. Made it to work with 5 minutes to spare.
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Oceans
4. What is your maiden name? Harris
5. What is your favorite TV show? The Office or 24
6. What do you usually have for breakfast? A granola bar
7. What is your middle name? Ruth
8. What food do you dislike? Spam and anything that says "low fat"
9. What is your favorite CD at the moment? My Travel Mix (it's got a lil bit of everything stellar)
10. What characteristic do you despise? Rudeness
11. Favorite Clothing? My Cashmere Sweater. I love anything warm and super soft.
12. Anywhere in the world on vacation? EVERYWHERE, including but not limited to India, Hawaii, Australia, Greece, Brazil, Peru, Kenya, or Fiji.
13. Are you an organized person? Mostly.
14. Where would you retire to? An Island. Any Island.
15. Whats your most recent memorable birthday? Spending my Birthday in South Africa having a Braai and watching people "Jive".
16. What are you going to do when you finish this? Fall fast asleep.
17. Furthest place you are sending this? It's the World Wide Web isn't it? I'm sending it to anywhere on Earth.
18. Person you expect to send it back first? Who wants a treat?
19. When is your birthday? This Summer.
20. Are you a morning person or a night person? Night for sure!
21. What is your shoe size? 9
22. Do you own any animals? No, but I totally wish I had a dog.
23. Any news you'd like to share?
24. When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up? A teacher
25. What is your favorite flower? Tulips or Orchids.
26. What is a day on the calendar you are looking forward to? June 16th
27. How is the weather right now? Snow in April=poop
28. Last person you spoke to on the phone? Sam
30. Favorite drink? Strawberry Water
31. Favorite restaurant? The Dodo
32. Hair color? Brown
33. What was your favorite toy as a child? He-Man Master of the Universe action figures. I played with boys until I was 7.
34. Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter? Summer/Fall
35. Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate, is that even a question?
36. Coffee or tea? Herbal Rooibos Tea
37. Wish you were still young? Totally
38. Do you want your friends to post this to their blogs? Absolutely
41. What did you do last night? Ate Taco Soup at my parents and swam laps.
42. What are you afraid of? Disappointing people
43. Salty or sweet? Salty
44. Best quality you have? My honesty and loyalty to the things that I love. I will never say I love you if I don't mean it and my friend Amanda says I am fiercely loyal to my passions, dreams and friendships.
45. How many years at your current job? 2 weeks
46. Favorite day of the week? Sunday, who doesn't love that afternoon nap and Sunday dinner?
47. How many people will you send this to? Again, whoever takes the time to read.
48. How many will respond? Like 47
49. Do you like finding out all this stuff about your friends? Why not?

Saturday, April 17, 2010

spring cleaning

Along with the blossoms and blooming flowers, there have been a number of changes in my little life. I moved back to Salt Lake. For those who have stayed with this blog for a while, you know that I move...a lot. Maybe this is because I like change, or the chance to renew myself through the refining process of change, or it could just be that when an opportunity presents itself, I take it? Haven't figured out which yet.

I was nervous to quit my job in Connecticut in this economy, but I have to say that it was a great decision. I came back to Salt Lake and decided that I would not take a job unless I was 100% sure it's what I wanted and would benefit my career as a teacher in the future. After interviewing for several jobs in my field, and turning down a couple of offers my patience paid off. I begin working as a Teacher/Parent Consultant for Head Start on Monday. Finally, the degree I earned at the University of Utah will be used, an I will get Health insurance and all of that good stuff. I figure if I am going to teach teenagers in a high school how to be Early Childhood Educators, I should probably get more practice myself. Head Start is a government funded program which provides Early Childhood Education opportunities to low income families. I like that part of it, because I believe that much of what we learn and come to understand about our world happens in our Early years (0-5). I anticipate that my job will be a challenge, but it's important and I believe in it.

Next month I will continue with my Masters in Secondary Education and expect to graduate after student teaching next spring.

Because my job at Head Start is only for the school year and I have summers off (which is the best thing about being a teacher in my opinion), I decided that I would like to spend July-August doing something else I am very passionate about which is cooking. I am going to be the Chef at an International Summer Camp in New York. I have a deep love for the campers who come from all over the world. They are teenagers who come on scholarship to seek leadership opportunities within the camp. Camp Rising Sun also has a humanitarian element, which I love, and it is the reason I was able to travel to South Africa and have so many opportunities to travel all over the world. I owe them! Mostly I am excited to get back into the kitchen and cook for the boys! I get to plan all of the menu's and create cuisine from every region with a variety of spices, what's better than that? I can't think of anything else I rather do for a job. I feel very blessed to have the opportunity.

It's going to be a busy year, but I am happy with the opportunities that have come my way! I am going to get my bum off the couch and my hands off the computer and go enjoy the sunshine! Happy Spring!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

baby animal festival

Yesterday I went with some friends to the baby animal festival in Logan. How cute can you get? Last year I went to something similar and brought home a baby chick and baby duck. Yeah um, they lasted about a week. I did not repeat the offense this year, although I seriously wanted to bring home that baby goat. This is my new means of discipline for kids. Instead of a time out, why don't we just take them out for a little Mutton Bustin? So hilarious!
It's doesn't take much to please sweet Heather, just a lil Rock Candy!

These baby bears were the cutest things I have ever seen. I could have watched them all day.

Megan and I enjoying some Bustin.
My favorite red shoes.
Emily and I, starting the day off with some country food.
Group Shot. We had such a delightful time!