Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
12. Our first dance was to Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawio'Ole.
13. Despite all the little hitches and hiccups, our wedding day was the most wonderful and beautiful day, and it is hands' down the happiest day of my life to date. :)
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
We met for dinner at the Wazee Supper Club in downtown Denver. It's a fun restaurant with really good pizza. Here is a picture of the place. In this picture, you can actually see where we were sitting. :) We were against the windows, just to the right of those doors you can see there...next to that blue light (to the right of it).
After sharing a yummy pepperoni pizza and enjoying our conversation, we decided to walk a few blocks away to the Wynkoop Brewery. On the upper floor, they have pool tables and foosball tables, so we played pool for a couple of hours. Neither of us is very good at pool, but we had lots of fun anyways. There was lots of laughter and flirtation, and we ended up staying there until they closed the place (at midnight). That was on a Monday night, and I had school the next morning! But I think it was well worth it. :)
We obviously really hit it off that night...and it's been an absolutely wonderful four years!!
Friday, April 24, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
8 Things I’m Looking Forward To:
- Warmer weather and sunshine!
- My brother's wedding in NC in June
- My friend Shannon's wedding in St. Louis in June (and seeing a bunch of my old college friends at the same time)
- Going back to Colorado for a visit in June/July
- Eventually becoming a home owner (hopefully in the not-too-distant future)
- Becoming a mom (don't get all excited...no definite plans for that yet, either)
- Hanging out with Shawn tonight and watching Heroes
- Seeing if I can manage to make a few plants grow this summer
8 Things I Did Yesterday:
- Went to early Mass with Shawn (8:00am...that's early for me)
- Baked chocolate chip cookies
- Scrubbed the toilets
- Vacuumed the carpets
- Discussed Water for Elephants with a couple of friends
- Watched the Indians/Yankees game
- Finished one book and started reading another
- Fell asleep on the couch, snuggled up with Shawn, while he was watching TV
8 Things I Wish I Could Do:
- Have more energy early in the morning
- Change the school schedule so that I wouldn't have to be to work until at least 8:00am
- See my friends and family more often
- Cook really well without having to use recipes
- Speak a language other than English fluently
- Figure out what advice to give the Cleveland Indians so that they would win the World Series this year
- Go back to Jamaica with Shawn
- Actually finish that darn blanket I started crocheting months ago
8 Shows I Watch:
- The Amazing Race
- Biggest Loser
- Friends (still love watching all those old reruns!)
- Mythbusters/Dirty Jobs/Deadliest Catch...lots of Discovery Channel shows with Shawn
8 People I Tag:
**I don't really like tagging people, so if you read this blog and would like to do the little survey, go for it! And let me know you did it so that I can read your answers, too. :)
Sunday, April 19, 2009
The main reason I picked this book up was for the LOST books challenge. This is one of the books that Sawyer is seen reading, during Season 3, episode 14 ("Expose'"). The title itself is something that needs to be kept in mind while watching LOST, as well. The characters in the book mention a few times that "there is evil everywhere under the sun." Including the island. :)
Thursday, April 16, 2009
I was skimming back through the blog posts from the past couple of months. Have I seriously not mentioned the irritating tests that I had to take? If I have and just couldn't find the posts, I apologize. But since I think I avoided complaining until now, let me explain.
If you're not familiar with the teaching profession here in the U.S., you should know that a teacher must be licensed in order to teach in a public school. Each and every state has its own licensing requirements, and you need to have a license for the specific state in which you plan to teach. When I first graduated from college, I had a license in Ohio. Then I moved to Colorado and had to apply for (and pay for) a license there. Fortunately, everything I had done for my Ohio license "counted" for the Colorado one, so all I had to do was pass Colorado's English/Language Arts content test at some point during my first three years of teaching there. I took the test and passed on the first try, but I remember it being pretty hard.
Fast forward a bunch of years...we move to Washington. This means I need to apply for (and pay for) a new license here. Because of my Colorado license and 8 years of teaching experience, I was able to get a one-year temporary license by just submitting a bunch of paperwork (and fingerprints) and paying a bunch of money. However, in order to get a "permanent" license, I had to take and pass some tests.
I had to provide the state of Washington with my official score report showing passing scores on the Praxis reading, writing, and math tests. I did these tests (and passed them) while I was a sophomore in college. That was 1997. However...a couple years ago, while going through a "purging of the clutter" phase, I threw those test scores away, thinking I'd never need them again. Oops. And since I took the tests more than ten years ago, I couldn't order another score report from Praxis. So I had to take (and pay for...do you see a theme here?) these tests on April 4th. Yes...I had to take (and pass) a math test to prove to the state of Washington that I am capable of teaching high school English. I'm not bitter about that...really. I didn't think the tests were very hard, and I think I'm supposed to get my scores on April 27th.
I also had to take and pass Washington's English/Language Arts content test. It's literally the exact same test that Colorado uses (I compared the websites), but of course, showing my Colorado scores wasn't good enough. So I paid for this test, and I took it March 14th. Fortunately, this time around, I thought it was pretty easy. I was able to get my scores earlier this week, and my "scale" score was a 200. The best score you can get? A 200. I guess I proved to the state that I do know what I'm talking about. Good thing I took a 120-question multiple choice test to show them that. Because they definitely couldn't have figured it out from the fact that I have a degree in English Literature, 24 hours of grad credit in English Education, and 8 years experience of teaching English/Language Arts in Colorado.
Nope. I'm not bitter. :)
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
The Triduum begins with Holy Thursday. This is the day that the church commemorates the Last Supper that Jesus shared with his disciples. Of course, the Last Supper is when Christ instituted the practice of Holy Communion, but something else happened that night, too. Before they ate, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. This humbling event really symbolized everything Christ stood for, and what Christians everywhere should emulate. In the act of washing the disciples' feet, Jesus put their needs above his own, and he showed a desire to serve them in whatever way he could.
On Good Friday, the church commemorates the death of Jesus on the cross. Good Friday is a day of fasting, and many Catholics also observe a time of silence from noon to 3:00pm, symbolic of the time that Jesus spent on the cross. There is no Mass on Good Friday, and the services that day are very quiet and solemn. The church has been stripped of all decor, and the focus of the service is reading the Passion of Christ and the veneration of the cross.
Shawn and I enjoy going to the Easter Vigil Mass, which takes place on Saturday night. It begins after sundown, and it starts with the lighting of the new Easter candle (which is used in various liturgies throughout the year). The Mass begins in a very solemn manor, in a church lit mostly by candlelight. After the Old Testament readings, the Gloria is sung as the lights are turned on, symbolizing Christ's presence on earth. Before the Gospel reading, the Alleluia is sung for the first time since Lent began. We can now say or sing Alleluia because Jesus has risen from the dead! The Easter Vigil Mass is also when converts are admitted into the Catholic church, so most Vigil Masses will include baptisms and confirmations. This weekend is the 8th anniversary of my conversion to the Catholic church.
I really liked the way Father Ward explained the Triduum during Holy Thursday Mass. He said that on Holy Thursday, we commemorate and celebrate the life and service of Jesus. On Good Friday, we commemorate and celebrate his death for us on the cross. And on Easter, we commemorate and celebrate his resurrection!
Alleluia!! He is risen! So it is definitely a Happy Easter. :)
Thursday, April 9, 2009
I didn't really do much while I was home, but that's okay. I hadn't made any plans. My main point in taking the trip was to meet my future sister-in-law (before my brother's wedding in June), and I just wanted to spend time with the family. After spending a few days at home, I think that my brother's fiance seems like a nice girl...and he seems happy. :) I think that both she and I tend to be a little quiet around people we don't know very well, but I think we'll get along pretty well. My brother keeps telling me how much Leslie and I have in common, so it'll be nice getting to know her better over the next few months/years.
My niece ended up being at my parents' house most of the time that I was there. This was a nice surprise, but unfortunately, she was there so much because she was sick. So she really wasn't her usual bubbly, adorable self for most of Monday and Tuesday. Yesterday she finally started behaving more "normal." She'll be 3 in May, and I'm looking forward to getting to hang out with her more when we're all in NC for my brother's wedding in June.
And that's about it! I wish it could've been a longer trip home, but a quick trip is definitely better than nothing. I'll get to spend about a week with my family in June, which will be nice.
Since this is spring break, I still get to relax a little at home before I have to go back to work on Monday. Tonight, I'll be going to the young adults' group meeting at church (after Holy Thursday Mass) while Shawn goes to rugby practice.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
So...although I'm a few days late on this, happy blogiversary to me! Although I've certainly gone through my periods where I haven't posted much (often because I was out of town or in the process of moving across the country), I think I've done a fairly good job of coming up with something to say on a fairly regular basis.
Here are a few stats from the first year of my blog, according to my ClustrMap:
- I have written and published 208 blog posts.
- I have had approximately 8,316 hits on my blog.
- Before it was archived a few days ago, my ClustrMap looked like this, proving that I've had visitors from literally all over the world:
- In the last two days, I've had visitors to this blog from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Romania, New Zealand, and Brazil.
- The post that has received the most comments was one of my Thursday 13 posts (which I do planning on getting back to doing...maybe not tomorrow, but definitely next week).
- Of the non-Thursday-13 posts, the ones receiving the most comments have been My First Scarf, Final Fish Update, and Thanksgiving Dinner.
I do always love getting comments on my blog, so please feel free to leave one anytime! Also, after a year of writing, I do sometimes feel like I have nothing to say, so if you have a question for me, or if you have an idea of something I should write about, let me know!
For the next year...well, I'm sure there will be things going on in our lives that I'll find to write about. If nothing else, Shawn wants a puppy. :)
Monday, April 6, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
I'm not really sure why I assume that about bloggers, because that's certainly not me! I'm not painfully shy, but I am an introvert. Sure, I can carry on a conversation with someone, and I have no problem standing up and talking in front of a group of people. However, I'm not one to just strike up a conversation (let alone a friendship) with some random person. Because of this, and because of not working until recently, I don't have an easy time making friends. Where am I supposed to meet people if I'm not in school and I don't have a job? That's one reason I've been enjoying the book club...even if it only meets once a month, that's something!
So I was absolutely thrilled last weekend when an announcement was made at church...a young adults' group is starting up! One thing that I've really missed over the last few years is friends that share my faith. When we first started talking about moving, I told Shawn that I really wanted to find a church that would have opportunities for us to get involved, and it would be even better if they had a class or something that would be geared towards our age group.
The first meeting of the new group was tonight. There were about 15 or 20 people who came, many of whom were young married couples. Ironically, it seemed like the majority of people were either engineers or teachers! In addition to dinner, tonight's meeting was basically a get-to-know-you meeting, as well as a time to talk about what the plan is for the group. I know that first impressions can be misleading, but I have a feeling that there are at least a few people in the group that Shawn and I would get along with really well. And I think the group leaders have the right idea...it's going to be a mix of spiritual growth activities and socializing!
So I'm really excited about this. I think this is going to be the perfect opportunity to start making some good friends in this area, and the huge bonus is that it will also help me in my spiritual growth as well!