Monthly Archives: February 2012

Friday Favorites- Redwood Running

Favorite moment of ignorance

I’m pretty sure that just about every non-Catholic in America has experienced this awkward conversation:

“Ummm….you’ve got a weird smudge on your forehead.”

“I know.”

“You do?”

“Yeah.  It’s Ash Wednesday.”

“Oh yeah, I forgot,” you say as you really think, “Ash what???”

I had this conversation in high school, and I’m pretty sure I even tried to wipe off the ash for my classmate.  And yet somehow, I made it to age 29 having never heard of “Fat Tuesday.”  For those of you still in the dark about this day, apparently the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday is the day in which one pigs out on all the crap they’re giving up for the next 40 days for Lent. Continue reading

Friday Favorites- VDay Chocolates

Favorite moment involving my nephew and a ball

We were playing kickball in the front yard, and as 3-year old Hudson sprinted to first base, my mom pegged him in the gut with the ball.  Instant tears from Hudson.  Instant laughter from me.  My mom looked at me accusingly and said, “No one told me we weren’t getting him out!”  Tough love from Grandma.  Gotta love it.

For the record, Heidi and Dan don’t always let the boys win.  In fact, while Huddy was still bawling, Dan and Vander started singing some song from Yo-Gabba-Gabba about how “sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.”  Hudson was not amused. Continue reading

Rock Candy and Love Letters

My sister-in-law HATES Valentine’s Day.  Like hates it with a passion.  Hates it as much as I hate pickles and traffic.  And it’s surprising because not only is she married, she’s a hopeless romantic who loves chick flicks and wears a lot of pink.  Naturally, one would assume that a girl like Emma would love today.  But oddly enough, she doesn’t.

And me?

Well I’m 29, single, and have yet to have had a Valentine’s Day date, so if you do the math, it logically follows that I should despise Valentine’s Day, right?  I should groan and grumble about how this is a pointless holiday Hallmark made up and I should wear lots of black and feel miserable all day long.  But oddly enough, I don’t.

I used to.  I used to belong to the group of girls that refer to today as, “Single’s Awareness Day” and was a little bit bitter with the world on February 14th.  But I’m not any more. Continue reading

Friday Favorites- Steve’s Cornrows

The life of a teacher is pretty sweet.  Every day is a different adventure and we get to teach a subject we love, all the while making an impact on lots of lives.  But let’s be honest, the best part about teaching is summer.

Am I allowed to say that?  I think I am.  One thing I miss about summer, besides my tan and the days when I’d eat 8 OtterPops, is the time I had to write on this blog.  My overly honest friend Megan, will tell me to quit my whining, but the fact of the matter remains- it’s just not feasible to write two weekly posts while teaching English.  Maybe it would be possible if I was a normal human and wrote normal, short blog posts.  But let’s face it, normalcy was never in the cards for me.  Thus, Wow Wednesdays and Sunday Morning Confessions are officially shelved until the summer.  There’s just never enough time, people.  And yes, I’m envisioning Jessie Spano as I say that.

However, I have really missed blogging and since basketball season officially ended last night, I now have a bit more time on my hands.  Therefore, I’m instituting a new weekly post.  The name is pretty self-explanatory, but just to clarify, Friday Favorites is a smorgasborg of sorts- a collection of all my favorites from the week.  These might be movies, quotes, pictures, stories, songs, etc.  The categories are endless.  So without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, I give you the first of many installments of:

Friday Favorites

Favorite student question this week

“Miss Hardeman, do robots come from Mars or Jupiter?”

Favorite song to listen to on the way to work

Brand New Day by Tim Myers.  I dare you to try to listen to this song and not smile.  Double dog dare you.  It’s got me dancing all the way to work, and yes, it is the song from the Target commercial. Continue reading