This and That #1

1. I have been trying to catch up on NCIS lately. Finally made it to the part of last season where Ziva’s replacement shows up. I really, really wanted to hate her, but darn it if they didn’t come up with the most ridiculously awesome and entertaining character to take the sting out of Ziva’s loss. Emily Wickersham, you’ve made me a fan.

2. Man, gift wrapping is becoming more and more complicated.

3. I really want to make these coasters. That means I have to re-learn how to crochet. And how to read crochet directions. And how to crochet properly.

4. That first link from #3 is on Green Wedding Shoes. Also on Green Wedding Shoes? Next to Me Studios! That’s us! Chris got Jon + Laura’s wedding featured on GWS on Thursday, 12/4. Woot!

5) In between my NCIS binges, I’ve been rocking it out musical style to Rent. (The live Broadway version, not the silly movie.) My laptop recently stopped playing DVDs, which was a bummer for my Rent disc, but luckily for me the whole dang thing is up on Youtube.


Late night work, with a side of ice cream.

20140502-181231.jpgEveryone who knows Chris and me knows we stay up way too late at night. We are the epitome of what it means to be a night owl. All our best work happens at night. When it’s summer time, I’ll be up till 4am a lot of the time. I just love getting things done at night. So does Chris. Though he is much more likely to stay up that late and still get up at  reasonable hour the next morning. (I cannot say the same of myself.)

Last night Chris swiveled away from his side of the desk and suggested an ice cream break. At 10pm. Heck, yes. So off to Albertsons we went, me in my pajamas, and poured over the Dreyers options until finally realizing the Breyers was, for the one time in the existence of ice cream, cheaper than the Dreyers.

Best part of this story is when I came home from work today and opened the fridge to find the two tubs of ice cream melting all over the shelf. That silly guy was a little distracted by his ice cream prospects, I suppose.

It’s Friday, Friday, gettin’ down on Fri-iday

Friday nights are my absolute favorite time of the week these days.

As soon as I get home from school on Friday, I feel like the world is limitless. It’s such a nice relief to come home and not stress about making sure I have everything ready for tomorrow, revamping my planned lesson based on the feedback I got from the kids that day, creating videos to supplement for the kids that need an extra boost, answering emails from parents and students about the next day, and all those other wonderful mid-week things that come along with teaching 8th grade.

But Friday. Oh, how I love Friday.

Friday means Saturday comes next. And though Chris and I have had shoots every Saturday and Sunday for as long as I can think back right now, at least I don’t have to plan anything. Friday means I can come home and organize all the stuff that I’ve let fall into disarray during the week. Tonight I came home and did the dishes, and gosh did it feel good. When Chris came home we laid down and talked about our days while the cats sat on our backs. For the last hour I’ve been looking up crafty things I want to do so I have stuff to add to my Christmas list, because Chris’ mom just called him and told him I didn’t have enough stuff on my list. (#firstworldproblems)

I’m catching up on NCIS. I did our finances for the beginning of December. I paid a huge chunk off my student loans (woot!). I did laundry and took out the trash. I bought our first real Christmas stockings off of Etsy and then surfed for things Chris would like (sneakily, since he’s right here next to me).

Tomorrow I can lesson plan, and grade, and make videos. Right now, it’s still Friday night, and I’m going to eat pumpkin pie and buy Christmas presents.

Photo courtesy of indoor lighting and the not-so-great camera flip feature of my iphone.

Television Shows of our Youth: Discuss

Our kids at school have to watch the 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet as part of their literature lessons. Everytime I pass the TV while this particular movie is playing, I stop. Because the guy who plays Romeo looks Exactly. Like. Zac. Efron.

I mean, exactly.

The first time I walked by the TV while the movie was playing, I thought it was him. Had to be. I would’ve bet Chris’ hard-earned money on it. But then I found out it was the 1968 version, so I conceded that it (most likely) was not him after all.

The movie was playing today while we were in the kitchen area for lunch. I mentioned my Zac Efron theory to the table, and everyone all strained to see the TV, before Katie confirmed that, holy cow, yes, that did indeed look just like Zac Efron. She is now a believer that the actor must be Zac Efron’s long lost father. Long lost, because IMDB shows no connection between Leonard Whiting (our 1968 star crossed lover) and ZE. So surely, Zac Efron must have been stolen at birth and is really Leonard Whiting’s kid. Or Zac Efron’s a lot older than he plays on Disney movies.

To see for yourself, go to this youtube video. It’s the 1968 actors doing a little Q&A about the movie. You’ll become a believer in the Leonard Whiting/Zac Efron theory, I’m sure of it.

Well, not everyone believed it, because not everyone has seen High School Musical. Apparently it’s just the 26 and under crowd that knows who Zac Efron is. But that discussion led to other Disney movies we all recalled seeing over the years. And that led to TV shows of the past. And then nostalgia settled over the lunch table. Good old nostalgia.

We discussed Care Bears and Smurfs and Gummi Bears and Snorks. Salute Your Shorts, Hey Dude, and Pete & Pete. The Stick Stickly summer afternoon programming on Nickelodeon. Pretty much everything pre-2000. Oh, and Saved by the Bell. Oh, how we all love Mark-Paul Gosselaar.

(Time out. (Ha.) Have you seen Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s appearance on Jimmy Fallon? Go watch and be amazed at the awesomeness of Zack Morris.)

Time in. (Ha.)

So what do you all remember watching faithfully as a kid?

A Wedding Favorite

The Ch(K)rises representing at the photo booth.

In my attempt to find a normal life schedule between work, homework, fun, and being married, I’ve made myself a small, flexible schedule for my evenings. 7-9 pm is devoted to homework. Before and after that I get to do whatever I want. I’ve spent the last hour editing pictures. In about five minutes I’m going to make peanut butter cookies. I’m definitely enjoying my little schedule (at least until 7p.m. hits). 
Today I wanted to look through some of the wedding pictures our friends took for us, and the photos from Chris’ camera that was set up for the photo booth. This is clearly one of my favorites. Those guys rock. Blessed that my Chris grew up with amazing friends, and now he gets to share them with me!

Love when this happens.

So a couple of days ago, I posted about cjane’s post about us girls and our sometimes-feeling of unworthiness.

Today in my devotions I read this:

“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”
1 Peter 3:3-4

Isn’t it great when the Bible gives you exactly what you need? I’ve read these verses probably hundreds of times, but it wasn’t until now that the last phrase, and the word worth, was the important part. Thank you, God, that you find us worthy.

I hope everyone’s having a great pre-Thanksgiving Day! I was planning on spending it alone, getting ahead with homework, and maybe some photo editing, but Chris just texted me that he’s coming home early! I guess the internet’s out over at his workplace, so he’s coming home to work from his laptop. Perfect! We can snuggle up with blankets and socks and uggs and our laptops for a wonderful rainy day.

And in case anyone’s wondering how those pumpkin chocolate chip cookies worked out… I’d say they’re okay, but not amazing. You can’t really taste the pumpkin so much. And Chris and the roommates didn’t seem too enthralled with them, so I saran wrapped the plate to take to Chris’ parent’s house tomorrow. But when I went downstairs this morning, the saran wrap was peeled off and about a third of the cookies were gone! Either Santa was here early, or one of my roommates liked them more than they said. 😉

This one’s for the girls

Today I was going through the blogs on my Google Reader, and I found an interesting one from c jane enjoy it. What I like about her blog is how very extremely real she is on it. She says things the rest of us might be self-conscious saying.

For instance, today she talked about her seasonal depression. And how it was really affecting her. Badly. And how she felt she was just completely unworthy of anything. That she wasn’t worth anything.

Haven’t all of us girls felt exactly like this? I remember reading Captivating for the first time. And the biggest thing I got out of it was that all of us (us girls anyway) deal with feeling like this. We are not worthy. We are too much. We are too little. Reading that book was the first time anyone had so succinctly written exactly how I felt. And it was a relief to know that everyone else feels the same way at some time or another.

Before we got married, I told Chris that this is how girls think sometimes. I don’t know if he just thought I was being silly or not. I don’t know if guys go through stuff like that. But I wanted him to know that sometimes I’ll be in a mood… because I feel like I’m not being enough. And sometimes I’ll be in a mood… because I feel like I’m too much to deal with. It’s just the way we think. 

So to all the girls out there who feel that way now, or for when you feel it again, remember- it passes. And we really do all feel like that sometimes. And thanks to Courtney for being real about it for the rest of us to read.

Some going-ons

Took the CSET on Saturday, as you know. It was pretty awful. I definitely feel the first time around I got really lucky on a lot of the questions asked, especially the Constructed Response at the end. KICKING myself for being SO CLOSE to passing the first time around. This second time, while I was obviously more prepared for the content, the questions seemed way more difficult. I breezed through the first ten or so, feeling pretty good about life, until I got to number eleven and had no idea what they were talking about. That was followed by about fifteen more questions that got left with question marks for the second time through. And don’t even get me started on those Constructed Response questions. I stared at one, in which I had to prove to lines were parallel (seemingly easy, right? Except they gave me NO information that I could use to prove it), for so long that I memorized it, copied it down for our math guru Domingo at the school, gave it to him on Monday, and he still hasn’t solved it. (Though he says he’s close- the last step just hasn’t come to him yet.) So…. no idea if I passed or not. I was able to go back to all the multiple choice questions and figure them out to the point I got an answer that was one of the choices, but that test’s so evil they might have figured out I’d get that answer and threw it in there to screw with me. Je-erks.

It’s Veteran’s Day today, and I am seriously enjoying my day off. Chris is stuck at work, however. Poor guy. After I finish this much needed post, I’m going to go get me some lunch and come back to lesson plan and start on a research paper for my class. My lesson plan is on theme, and I’m using our English curriculum at school, as well as some of my tenth graders, to write a whole lesson plan and then film me giving part of the lesson. It’s a good thing I work at a school and have tenth graders at my disposal every day.

We’re in escrow again! Yup, yup, we’ve snagged another condo. And this time we’re doing the appraisal first. But we both feel pretty confident with this one, and it’s super cute! Trying hard not to think about color schemes and decorating while I’m falling sleep at night… just in case. If all goes well, we’ll be able to move in during Christmas break.

Chris won’t eat frozen vegetables. This is a dilemma, because as we all know frozen vegetables are easy, cheap, always available, and have the same nutritional value as fresh veggies. Did I mention they are easy? And making dinners using only fresh vegetables does not work for me. Fresh vegetables spoil way too fast!  And he made me promise I would never sneak frozen veggies into his meal. My culinary skills are being squelched.

We’ve been watching Netflix a lot lately. We have our Wii hooked up to Chris’ computer monitor, so all the Watch Instantly movies are available to us all the time. We’ve especially been on a documentary kick lately. Documentaries you need to see: I.O.U.S.A. (Wow. I can’t believe people aren’t aware of this or trying to stop it, it’s so crazy) and No Impact Man (this guy decides for a year he will make no negative impact on the environment- really fun filming and story line).

I got cute boots yesterday. At Ross. I love Ross. They just opened a new one near our house and I took a tour yesterday. I ONLY went in for boots, so even though I was walking around with a cute boots, cute belt, and cute sweater combo for the majority of the time, I sacrificially put back the belt and sweater. I didn’t need them. (And yes, I needed the boots.) Even if they were cheap, as everything at Ross is and that’s why I love it so.

Friday night.

Well, the husband just went to have some fun with the guys. Only not his guys, my guys. Yes, I have guys. They are the guys I grew up with, went to school with, spent many formative years with, played basketball with, played video games with, made home movies until 3 a.m. with, etc. They’re my buds.

And now they’re Chris’ buds too, so I guess they are our guys now. Anyway, they all rock.

They’re having a guys’ night poker and beer thingamajig to celebrate Justin, Jesse, and Justin’s cousin Brandon’s birthday, no girls allowed.

S’okay. I’m studying Statistics and Data Analysis, which I picked up at the library today and am hoping will demystify the last part of CSET Subtest II for me. Which is tomorrow. Thank goodness it’s almost over. I’m ready for life again!


It’s here again, people. That month that heralds all the upcoming vacations from work. That month where static electricity runs through your down blankets, hair, and car doors to give you a nice shock. That month where Daylight Savings Time ends and we’re plunged into darkness before we can even escape our work desks. 
I’m still crazy busy again this week- work, school, and CSET studying are killing me. Thankfully, this is the last week before my second go at the CSET, so at least that won’t be looming over me come Saturday night. Will I pass, though? It’s iffy, I think. I’m really struggling with the statistics part, mostly because I have never in my life had to take any form of statistics. Not so easy trying to comprehend a whole course in one week.
Chris and I have been doing a lot of photo shoots lately. One was last weekend with Chris and Shay Moses and their almost-here baby boy in downtown Redlands. Another was yesterday with Chris and Melody Holz and one-year-old Bennett, in downtown San Diego. Have I ever mentioned how much I LOVE that my husband is so much into photography with me? Love, love, LOVE it. It’s so much fun being a team and creating beautiful photos together.
I’m going to go back to studying about language immersion programs now. I leave you with a scrapbook page I made exactly 3 years ago, on November 1, 2007. (Oh, to scrapbook again. To attempt to write books again. To have free time again!)
Scrapbook page has been brought down for maintenance. Will be back up soon.