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I am now a college graduate

Last Friday, May 28th, was my graduation ceremony. This Sunday is the actual party with the whole shebang of family and friends. Friday was a beautiful, warm and sunny day. I even got a little bit of a tan from sitting in the bleachers. All week I was looking forward to graduation, but it didn’t really hit me until Friday morning, and then it hit me a second time when they had the School of Arts and Sciences stand up and move our tassels to the other side of our caps. Then we were called up to receive our degrees. Geoffrey Fletcher, the writer of ‘Precious’ was our graduation speaker. Afterward, we went to Apps which is a delicious Italian restaurant where I sipped on my white wine spritzers and enjoyed Fettuccine Alfredo. It was a wonderful day with the people I love.



My parents and I.


My Aunt Rose and I.


Keith’s parents and I at the tennis center.


Keith and I. <3


Look very closely at this photo. There is a hole in the tree branches and my face can be seen right in there. Keith took it of me. =]


I’m the third one walking up to receive my degree, and cheesin’ the whole way.


I do not know this man in the photo. I dubbed him “The Situation.” He posed and everything! Too funny.

These were just a few of my favorites from the graduation ceremony. I especially love the one with the tree just because Keith is amazing and managed to find me in the hole of the branches. Look close at the tree one and you will see my face. =] The whole day really made me think a lot, and I am so excited about making my degree work for me. Now…I just need a school to hire me!


Happy Birthday to Me! I’m 23!

As of 9:20 this morning I am officially 23 years old! Another year older, and another year wiser? What do you think? I’m actually very excited because we’re having a small gathering at my house. Just my parents and Keith and my Aunt and Uncle. It’s nice to have a small, calm party. Last night was my “going out” night with Keith and Paul. It was originally going to be a big thing, but since we planned it so last minute it was pretty small and relaxing which I preferred. =] Nothing like drinking Coronas and watching some good and funny TV with good people.

Today we’ll be having a nice dinner and dessert. I’m super excited because we’re having all of my favorites. Penne pasta with my Momma’s amazing sauce, my Dad’s famous chicken, and artichokes and Italian bread. We’re also having a salad served in a bowl I made last semester in my ceramics class. I love having my functional art on the table. My Aunt is making my cake (white with white frosting–my favorite). I opened my presents this morning and got my present from Keith last night. I was surprised and very grateful for all of my gifts from my family. I love them!

My birthday balloons from my parents. So cute!

There’s even a cupcake balloon!

As you guys know, I love balloons. Last night I saw these in my room! I especially love the butterfly and cupcake one. Totally cute, and such a sweet surprise.

Cards from my Mom and Dad!


Cat power book and CD!

Pandora bracelet with charms.

My parents also got me a book called “Cat Power” that comes with songs. I loved it when I saw it in the bookstore, and forgot about it. But my parents surprised me with it. The cat paintings inside the book are amazing. My parents also got me a Pandora charm bracelet with some charms to start me off. I now have an angel, a peace sign, an emerald, a cat, an angel, a heart and a may birthday charm. I have always wanted a Pandora bracelet. I am so excited to finally have one. My Mom also got me a new Southern hoodie. =]

I’ll never run out of paper!

Fancy copy paper!

Last but not least, I have a copy machine at my house now since I’ve been making so many copies for teaching. The ones at school are sometimes out of service, and it’s a FORTUNE to go to Staples. So to go with my copy machine Keith got me a huge box of paper as well as colored copy paper in all of my favorite shades. Guess who is getting a hot pink test soon? You guessed it…my students! I absolutely love office supplies, and I’ll be prepared for all of the copies I have to make for a while now.

So far, my birthday has been amazing. I am so blessed to have such loving, and generous family, friends, and a Keith. =]

On a completely unrelated note, I am in love with Pond’s Cold Cream. My face has been so dry (even my beloved MAC Studio Fix isn’t doing the job), so I’ve been using this for the past few days. I attribute it to the dry air in the high school, the crazy wind we had, and the change in weather.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


Haircuts and keeping in shape?

I’m terrible with getting a trim every 4-6 weeks. Thankfully since I have naturally curly hair, it’s easy to hide. The only thing I need to worry about is my hair not having as much volume when it starts to need to be cut and there are plenty of products that hide that problem as well. Either way, I got my hair cut on Wednesday and got a nice blowout to go with it. I kept my straight hair until this morning and I’m once again a curly girly (and Keith is relieved).

My students have requested that I come into school with my hair straight since they have only seen me with my wild curls. I told them I’ll think about it.

I also noticed that my shoulders are looking pretty darn good in this photo. Thank goodness for carrying a huge bag for all of my classes and for the millions of walks up and down stairs 6 times a day in heels. Since my gym time has been lacking, I was worried about losing my muscles, but student teaching has proven to be a great workout for now. I’m getting amped for my regular gym routine in the end of May when I’ll be finished with my student teaching.

For the most part I have been eating very healthy during the school day. There’s more than enough temptation (vending machines, a cafeteria with fresh hot fries every day), but I’ve been keeping myself on track with a few of the following lunches. Also, since I’m moving around so much all day I don’t have time to graze which usually is my downfall if I’m home all morning and afternoon.

  • Turkey Breast on a Sandwich Thin with lettuce and 1 slice of American cheese, a grannysmith applie, and a chex bar.
  • Fresh veggies (carrots, green peppers, cucumbers, olives), with hummus and warm pita bread.
  • Cold pasta salad (fettucine or bowtie pasta) with baby spinach, roasted red peppers, feta cheese, sliced olives topped with basil and oregano.

    The pasta salad is actually an adaptation of Ruby Tuesday’s version which you can find in their fresh garden bar. My Momma and I fell in love with it one day at lunch and made our own at home after asking the manager what was in it. Delicious, filling, and refreshing.


    I am an awesome teacher!

    Friday was the last day of school before Spring break. So I’m not going to see the kids until the 19th when we get back to school. It seems like an eternity, but I’m grateful for the week of re-charging, wearing jeans, and sleeping late. I planned something fun for almost every day of my break with plenty of CHRISTINE time as well. The last day of class I gave my kids free time once we finished business and during the free time of my American Studies class, the other student teacher and I got artistic:

    Meet Zora the Kitty. Dan drew it and I added some color and the title. We’re still studying Zora Neale Hurston’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God.” Now we have a mascot.

    This right here is my artistic talent. I wished them all a fun and happy break. To the left you can see part of my assignment I gave them to complete over break and some reminders. The other notes are from the History portion of the class. For some reason the name Hoover always makes me laugh. My professor will be coming to visit on the 20th, the day after we get back from break. I’m nervous, but excited. After break I have just about a month left of my Student Teaching. It is going by pretty quickly.

    Also, check out FLICKR for all of my uploaded Easter 2010 photos. They’re fun and colorful. I had an amazing Easter weekend with my family and friends. The weather was great (even got a bit of a sunburn on my nose), and it was just lovely. I hope that everyone had a fabulous holiday.


    Things I Love: Snow Edition

    I thought the Northeast was going to get a break when it came to snow this year. Apparently, Mother Nature was saving it all for February. While these photos are from our snowstorm last week, we’re supposed to be due for another snowstorm this week as well. I’m not sure how bad the snow is supposed to be, but I guess we’ll find out. My Mom and I decided that it looked like our dogwood trees had pompoms on them. I thought the whole street looked so pretty enveloped in snow!

    Sometimes the snow can really get to you, but there are times when I love being snowed in. Here are some of my favorite things to do when I’m stuck in the house:

  • Read a book (for fun, not for school!): Sitting under a warm blanket on the couch with a good book and my cat. It’s relaxing and fun. The time also flies by while reading.
  • Bake cookies. My mom and I made chocolate chip cookies with an ice cream scoop. They were huge! When I was a little one we always had stuff to make chocolate chip cookies.

  • Message boards: I am a member of a few boards, and snowdays are my favorite days to catch up on the online gossip. I love Exploding Heart, Lights, and fu.chewed-kandi.
  • Organizing: I usually hate cleaning my desk, especially when school is in session. It’s organized chaos especially this semester. Organizing my desk, combining some lists, and rewriting my notes (yup, I’m a nerd) are some great things to keep me busy.

    Last but not least, I love giving myself a pedicure, even if it’s not peep-toe weather. There’s something about soaking your feet (add rose petals for a luxe feel and light scent), and painting your toes a fun summery or spring color that brightens the winter blues.

    While sometimes it can be boring being stuck in the house and waiting for time to pass, keeping yourself busy can really help to make a snow day fun AND productive. If all else fails go outside and have a snowball fight and make a snowman. Maybe those crazy neighborhood kids that live near me have the right idea?

    What do you like to do on a snow day?


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