Monday, February 28, 2011

Dancing with the Stars

It's that time again!  Time for Dancing with the Stars to start back up!  I am seriously SO. EXCITED!!!  I first fell in love with this show back in season eight (still my favorite season) and I have been addicted ever since!  I don't know, there's just something about ballroom dancing, the costumes and the music that make such an overwhelming appeal for me!


These three are without a doubt my top three favorite couples!  Melissa could dance, Donny was so fun and full of life and let's face it, Gilles was HOT!!!  Who wouldn't want to watch him dance?!

Tonight the cast for season twelve was announced.  I have to say I was a little disappointed in the stars that were chosen.  That being said, I've been disappointed (or had no idea who any of them were) before and ended up loving the season anyway.  Like I said, there's just something about the glitz and glam of the ballroom.  I'm sure this season will be no different!  For those of you who missed it (how could you miss it!) here's the cast of season twelve:

Sugar Ray Leonard
Chelsea Kane
Ralph Macchio
Petra Nemcova
Kendra Wilkinson
Hines Wards
Mike Catherwood
Wendy Williams
Chris Jericho
Kirstie Alley

I can't wait for the premier!  Three more weeks baby! :)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

What Can You Get For $3.50?

A small coffee from Caribou, a pair of flip-flops, a meal at McDonalds, shampoo, earrings, a book, a cheap drink and.....wait for it..... 


While driving home from work tonight, I about ran off the road in shock when I saw the price of gas!  Seriously?!?!  I mean I know we export oil from Libya and with everything that's going on over there it makes sense, but $3.50?!?!  I'm going to have to start walking to work!

In other news, I've been incredibly busy!  My sister came to stay with me last weekend and despite it being a quick and busy weekend, we had a lot of fun.  I'm also thrilled to say that I managed to score GLEE tickets for the show in June!  I.AM.SO.EXCITED!!!!  :)


Monday, February 21, 2011

What You Want in Life....

Okay, let's talk about that Beyaz commercial.  You know the one I'm talking about.  The one where the girls go shopping through this 'life mall' that has everything you'd ever want in life.  Everything from a signficant other to a master's degree to your first house.  You know the one I'm talking about?  Here it is in case you're still lost:


Can I just say how incredibly fabulous it would be to have an actual store like that?  One where you could just go down an aisle and decide to pick out a trip to Europe or better yet, a house?  Okay, okay, I know this is a commercial for birth control but what if there was truly a store like this out there?

All I'm sayin' is that this is one girl who would be lining up to shop there! :)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday.....

Can you believe it's already Wednesday again?!  This week seems to be flying by which is just fine with me!  Linking up again with Jamie for a little WILW fun!

I'm lovin' that it is already Wednesday and we are this much closer to the weekend!  My baby sister is coming to visit and I. AM. EXCITED!  We always have so much fun!

(We don't look ANYTHING alike do we? ;)

I'm lovin' GLEE!!!  Okay ya'll, I just recently became a Gleek and can I just say, I am addicted!!  This show is absolutely amazing!  I love the music, I love the people, I simply love the show.  Did I mention that Glee tickets go on sale TOMORROW for their show in June?  Pretty sure this is one girl that will be hittin' up ticketmaster tomorrow around 10am!

Speaking of Glee....
I'm lovin' the song "Defying Gravity" from season 1, episode 9.  Seriously, can't get this song outta my head which is just fine because I love the lyrics and it's such a beautiful song.

I'm lovin' this spring-like weather!  Today it hit 47 degrees, which for February in Minnesota is practically a heat-wave!

I'm lovin' chocolate chip cheesecake!  I made some on Monday night for the roomie and I and it is delicious!

I'm lovin' GIRL SCOUT COOKIES!!!  The little ladies in my class are hard at working selling them and who am I to deny that?  Pretty sure I bought from ALL FIVE girls in my class!  The Thin Mints and Tagalongs are my absolute favs!

I'm STILL lovin' that I won Deanna Jump's units.  Seriously, I cannot get past this!  The units are supposed to arrive in the mail sometime in the next week and I may or may not be anxiously checking the mailbox! :)

And because I simply cannot have an odd number of things I'm loving this week:

I'm lovin' that it is WEDNESDAY and that means 'Wine Wednesday' with the roomie and all my favorite shows! :)
(how cute is this?!?!)

What are you loving this week? 

Monday, February 14, 2011


Pretty much anyone who teaches kindergarten has heard of Deanna Jump.  She's practically a legend for her creative and cute (and highly educational!) thematic units.  She has been posting her stuff on Teachers Pay Teachers for awhile now and is a top seller.  Recently she hit 1,000 followers on her blog and decided to offer a giveaway of ALL her stuff PLUS anything she creates in the future.  Well ladies, I'm way beyond excited to announce that


I'm sure my neighbors are still wondering what was going on in my apartment today with all the screaming that was happening! :)  I am so beyond excited!  I don't win things.  In fact, I have never won anything in my life (well, except maybe bingo once or twice in grade school).  I cannot believe that the first thing I win is such an amazing prize!  My kiddos are going to be so excited when they see some of her activities.  She is simply an amazing teacher.  Thank you Deanna for offering such an awesome giveaway!

In other news, it's Valentine's Day and I seem to be missing that crucial element to having a wonderful Valentine's Day:  a man.  Nonetheless, I am still having a great Valentine's Day.  Between winning Deanna's giveaway, Caribou Coffee being BOGO and that bottle of wine sitting on my kitchen counter, it's been a great day and going to be an even better night. 

I'm off to enjoy a home-cooked meal with the roomie, drown myself in a bottle of wine and settle in to watch The Bachelor.  Let's see what crazy Michelle has planned for us this week! :)

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! :)

Friday, February 11, 2011

My First Blog Award!

I received my first blog award!  Big thanks to Jessica over at Pearls and Pink Polka Dots for recognizing my lil' space on the big 'ol internet! :)

Questions to answer:

1.  Who/what inspires you?
This is an interesting question because there is no one person who inspires me in my life.  Rather, there are multiple people depending on the area of my life it pertains to.  For example, when it comes to teaching, I am most inspired by all of the other fabulous teachers out there who graciously post their ideas online in their blogs and on their websites.  In my everyday life, my mother inspires me to always work hard and never give up.  And then there are the people who inspire me in various little ways.  Take for instance Carrie Underwood.  That girl's hair is ah-mazing and she inspires me to try to have hair like that.  :)

2.  What is your favorite season and why?
Summer, hands-down!  I absolutely love the warm weather and the chance to be outside!  It certainly doesn't hurt that my birthday is in the summer either! :)

3.   What are you most looking forward to this year?
At this point, SUMMER!  I am so excited for the warm weather to come back and for CABIN WEEKENDS! 

4.  If you could write a book about anything what would it be about?
 I would write a children's book.  Being a teacher, I love children's books and I think it would be a ton of fun to write one someday!  Either that or I would write a book about my experiences as a teacher:  the things kids say and the crazy things I see on a daily basis!

5.  What is your greatest passion?
Teaching.  I absolutely LOVE working with children and doing fun projects with them!

6.  If you could change one thing about your life or yourself, what would it be?
I would find myself a good-paying teaching job.  At this point, I think finding a teaching job would change so much in my life.  It would give me more financial stability, thus allowing me to quit one/two of my three jobs and give me the opportunity to do more of the things that I want to do.  I know finding a teaching job won't solve all of my problems but it certainly wouldn't hurt!

7.  Lastly, what is your favorite novel?
Man-oh-man, this is a tough question.  I'm not sure that I actually have a favorite.  I LOVE reading and read quite a bit.  I like the Harry Potter series and anything by Karen Kingsbury or Sue Ann Jaffarian. 

Now I get to pass on this award!  I'm passing it onto

Make sure you check out their cute blogs!  Have fun ladies! :)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Just a Dream

I have absolutely nothing exciting to blog about tonight.  Nothing!  It was simply one of those average, run-of-the-mill sort of days.  So, I'm going to keep this short and leave you with a video of the song that has been running through my head  Thank goodness I love this song, though it never fails to make me cry when I watch the video. 
So sad!

TGI{almost}F! :)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday.....

Linking up with Jamie again this week for a little bit o' love! :)

Here's what I'm loving today:

I'm lovin' that my wonderful boss switched my hours from 6:20am back to 7am.  I know, big deal right?  It's still early, but I cannot even being to describe how much of a difference that extra 40 minutes is for me.  I'm sooooo much happier and less tired!  Let's face it, I'm just not a 6:20am kinda girl! :)

I'm lovin' Pandora!  I realize that this is not a new thing but I just recently tried it out and I.LOVE.IT!

I'm lovin' that it's Wednesday and I don't have to go to work tonight!  A night of Modern Family, The Middle and SVU sounds LOVELY right about now!

I'm lovin' International Delight's new limited edition creamer 'cinnabon'.  I've been trying out new creamers for the past few weeks and have discovered that I am EXTREMELY picky.  My roommate is lovin' it though because when I decide I don't like it, she gets an almost brand-new bottle of creamer!  'Course it still doesn't compare to Coffeemate's 'peppermint mocha!'  YUM!!!!

I'm lovin' that it's Wine Wednesday!  Don't judge me...after the day I had, it just makes sense! :)

Happy Wednesday!  Here's hoping the rest of the week goes by QUICKLY!! :)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Life Update.....

Well, after a weekend of soul-searching (and desperately trying to beat this cold) I have come to a realization:

I'm not quite ready to give up my dream of teaching.

So, with that being said, I'm no longer hunting for executive assistant or event planning jobs and I am back on the search for a teaching job.  Unfortunately, it is a bit early to begin looking for next year but I want to make sure I'm ready this year.  This weekend alone I have updated and redone my resume, reworked my basic template for a cover letter and looked for the best states to find a teaching job in.  I'll be honest:  it's not lookin' good.  Apparently with the economy the way it is, budget cuts are not being limited to midwest schools.  Rather, schools around the country are cutting back their teachers making the search that much more difficult.

But it doesn't matter because, quite simply, this year is going to be my year!  This year I will find a teaching job and I will be the best damn teacher there ever was!  So there! ha! :)

In all seriousness though, I'm starting to look out of state, which scares me to death, and I am wondering if anyone out there knows any states that are looking for elementary school teachers.  If so, help a girlfriend out! ;)

Oh and congrats to any Packer fans out there.  Personally, I was rooting for the Steelers but hey, I like Aaron Rodgers so it's all good. :)

Happy Monday!

Friday, February 4, 2011

I'd like to apologize..... anyone who may have come into contact with me today, 'cause let's face it: 

I am a HOT MESS today!!

You know those days where you're not feeling well and you're so exhausted that even the idea of getting up to wash your hair sounds insanely difficult?  Yep, havin' one of those today.  So rather than wash my hair, I may or may not have hit the snooze button five a few times, rolled outta bed, attempted to put on some makeup and pull my hair back and run out the door......without my coffee.  I am a hot, noncaffinated mess!

But, I just came from Wells Fargo where I signed up for a new checking account (apparently when you graduate from college you should switch from the college account to the "big girl" account) and the really nice banker reversed my bill pay fees for the past three months!  Lovin' me some free money! :)'s FINALLY FRIDAY!!!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday.....

Linking up here for What I'm Loving Wednesday!

I'm loving that January is OVER and February is here!  (January is just a depressing month for me!)

I'm loving that a certain rodent did NOT see his shadow today and summer will be here soon!  Wait, who am I kidding?  I live in MINNESNOWTA!!! ;)

I'm loving this adorable onesie!  I'm thinking my new little cousin needs one for Valentine's Day!

Tie Bodysuit Onesie Handmade Pink Ta Dot

I'm loving that it was JEANS DAY at work today!  Why is it that something so simple as wearing jeans can make the day that much better?!?!

I'm loving Carrie Underwood's Change right now.  I think I've listened to this song about 15 times today! :)

In other news, I'm afraid I might be getting sick.  I woke up this morning with a sore throat that I thought may be due to the dry air.  However, when it didn't go away all day, I began to think it wasn't the air.  I have kids in my class out with strep too so this isn't looking too good!  Hopefully a shot of Nyquil and an early bedtime will nip this in the bud.  I simply cannot afford to be sick right now!

Happy Wednesday!