Monday, September 27, 2010

Chop my body off please?

Tonight we had our first UMF cheering practice of the season.  Lets just say, my body is SORE.  We practiced our competition jump sequence many times (which includes a toe touch, right side, left side whip-for all you cheerleaders out there) and most of us haven't jumped since last season.  I also had Stephen and Anna stretch the heck out of my back/legs in ways that they haven't been stretched in months.  Ouch, ouch, double ouch.  I'm pretty sure every single part of my body hurts right now...and practice only ended an hour ago.  I am predicting torture tomorrow!  Oh well, totally worth it :)  I am so excited for the season to start!  We had a ton of new girls...I hope we didn't scare them off. 

Josh is sick...and closing at work tonight.  I feel awful!  I made him tea before he left and it helped temporarily but I'm sure working til midnight isn't going to help much.  Hopefully some sleep tonight will make it a little better. 

I'm also very excited for my birthday...only a few more days! 

Friday, September 24, 2010

This is so sad!  As much as I wish Daisy was pink (naturally)...this is awful!  Poor kitty :(

I'm an adult!

I feel so grown up now!  I am wearing an engagement ring, I will be 21-years-old a week from tomorrow, I have to register for college graduation next month, and...I am now the owner of a light blue 2009 Ford Focus Special Edition.  YAYYY!  I am so incredibly excited to finally have a nice vehicle.  I don't have any pictures of *my* exact car yet, but here are some of the same one that I found online:

Monday, September 20, 2010

I'm awful at naming my blogs :(

So I just realized how boring all of my blog titles are.  I promise to work on that from now on- I am usually a good title-er.  Despite lack of sleep (as always), I had a great weekend!  Friday my friend Danielle came to visit and it was nice to catch up.  Once J got out of work we drove to his parents' house in Lewiston (about an hour away) to spend the night and visit.  J had to take the Praxis II Saturday morning at 7:30 (3rd time is a charm?  Fingers crossed!) in Portland so we wanted to avoid waking up even earlier than necessary.  It was nice to visit with the future in laws and bond with their new adorable puppy Cooper!  We also got take out at our favorite Thai place called Pepper and Spice.  So yummy!

After his test we went shopping!  YAY!  We both desperately needed jeans and teaching clothes.  We went to the outlets in Freeport and were able to hit tons of good deals.  I wish I had pictures of all the cute clothes we bought but I was being a bad blogger.  :(  Sorry!  My favorite deal of the day happened to be a birthday present from my mother!  Super yay!  The Coach outlet was having a 20% off sale on everything in the store.  I fell in love with a purse on the clearance rack (50% off) and ended up getting a $350 purse for $140.  I love it so much.  Thanks madre! 

It is so much bigger than the purse I have been using and perfect for me for sure :)  Over all we made out very well and found pretty much everything we have been looking for.  We will NOT be shopping for a looooong time.  (Or so J made me promise...hmmm)

We ended up staying in Lewiston again Saturday night and driving back Sunday at 5:30 AM so I could go to work.  YUCKKKK.  I also worked at 7 today and will be again tomorrow.  Double yuck.  Today was my first day of tutoring!  It was so exciting.  I was assigned a first grade boy who I will be working with on reading, writing, and "word work" one day a week for the rest of the semester.  The Farmington fair is in town this week so I am hoping my busy schedule will allow for me to make a quick trip over one night this week!  J is closing tonight so I am going to try to go to bed early and catch up on some sleep.  Tomorrow is another busy day but I will write again soon.  <3

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Education Center

I have about fifteen minutes before I have to go back to work because my class got out a little early.  Not enough time to bother going home so I figured I would write a quick blog in the Education Center lobby instead.  I am feeling very overwhelmed and burned out lately because of my busy schedule.  I always tend to do this to myself-over load and commit to way more than I should.  I like being busy but it makes me SO TIRED.  I am not a morning person so all these 7 AMs are not going over well.  I haven't been going to the gym and have been consuming wayyyy too much coffee because of lack of sleep.  It is not exactly helping the healthy lifestyle I am trying to get back into this semester!  Still no word on financial aid.  Boo!  My car also seems to be getting worse everyday and I need to figure out my next car very soon or I have a feeling I will be doing a lot of walking.  Luckily my fiance is amazing.  He woke up at 6:30 this morning to get my car for me (we have to park ten mins away from our apartment) so I could take a few more minutes to finish getting ready.  I am so incredibly thankful to have him in my life.  My friends are amazing too, I just haven't had much time to see them lately.  :(

We had the UMF coed competition club Welcome Night Monday at my apartment and it went very well.  We had ten new girls show up who are interested in joining the club this year.  I also know of a few other newbies who are definitely cheering but couldn't make it because of classes or work.  I am getting super excited for this season-which starts very soon!

I have to go back to work for a few hours and then to coach MBMS practice.  Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


This weekend there was a free concert on campus that was so much fun!  J and I went Saturday night and ended up making out way all the way to the front-touching the stage.  The concert ended at midnight and we went out afterwords to visit some friends and ended up getting home after 2 am.  I had already been up at 6 for work that morning, coached a game 45 mins away, and was exhausted!  Sunday I had to work at 7 again but luckily only until noon so I was able to come home and take a nap for a few hours to catch up on sleep.  That night we took J's mom out to dinner at The Granary for her birthday with FFIL :)  It was great to see them and I had an awesome salad.  (Trying to eat healthy again-only about 5 more pounds to go!!)

Quinn is getting SO BIG!  He is almost ten months old now, has two teeth, and can climb all fifteen stairs in his house.  He is also talking and says mama, dada, num num or mmm (for food), and we are working on B or bubu for ME.  :)

Ava started at her new preschool last week and loves it.  She told me all about primary and secondary colors and how to mix them the other day.  We have been working on math and she is also doing well with that.  Dance class started up again for the season which she loves but had to skip this week because she has a cold.  BOO!

Every morning the three of us dance to kids music in the kitchen after breakfast which is totally cute.  We have had a fun week because their aunt had a baby boy a week ago and he has been staying with Ava and Quinn's family with his parents.  I have spent most of my time cuddling with a week old baby :)  He is too adorable and tiny!!  I WANT ONE (not yet calm down mom and FMIL!)

Josh bought me flowers after my bad day last week and they are beautiful!  I will post a picture later.  I am such a lucky girl!

I had a student teaching meeting today.  I can't believe I will finally be student teaching in a few months!  CRAZY!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

My terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day!

(I loved that book) Today was an awful day.  Nothing serious really happened but it was just one of those days where a million tiny things seemed to go wrong.

I didn't sleep well last night so I was super tired this morning.  I woke up early to finish my math homework before my 9:50 class, but not early enough to shower.  I finished my homework and managed to get to class on time.  Math was boring and since I didn't have time to get coffee before, I struggled to stay awake and focused.  After class I walked 90% of the way home (in my favorite 4 inch suede boots, with a HEAVY bag full of my laptop, laptop charger, huge math book that wasn't needed, large binder, water bottle, etc.) when I received a phone call from financial aid.  They wanted me to come in...fine.  I turned around and walked back across town and campus to financial aid and waited in line for 15 minutes before talking to someone.  After some lame questions that mean my financial aid forms STILL haven't been sent out (NO WORK STUDY FOR 2 MORE WEEKS!), I was officially frustrated with my day.  I also found out if I don't want to keep the F and $1,000 charge for a summer class that I did not take, I need to write a letter to the rude woman I spoke to in person today.  She will then decide if the charge and failing grade can be taken off my bill and transcript.  There is no way in hell I am paying a thousand dollars for a class I didn't take and receiving a failing grade to bring down my dean's list GPA in return.  UGH!

I left financial aid and went home to finish my art homework and take a nap.  Despite being completely exhausted, I was unable to fall asleep.  I got out of bed and discovered an email from our cheering advisor declaring her decision to quit.  We cannot go to competitions without an advisor who is willing to travel out of state with us to every competition.  Not cool. 

I put my sweater back on and realized I had walked around all day with the little round "extra small" sticker on the boob.  Awesome!  I put my heels back on and walked down the road only for it to start downpouring outside.  I did not have time to turn back and get a rain coat or rain boots so I was soaked.  Also, my jeans got very wet and I'm pretty sure my adorable suede boots are ruined.  Art was fine but ran late so I didn't make it to my mandatory daycare meeting at 5:30.

It is only 6:30 but I am praying my bad day is OVERRR.  I hope you had a better day than I did!  (Sorry for the rambling but I needed to vent!)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

It is finally time for...

PUMPKIN COFFEE!  My favorite!  Dunkin donuts pumpkin ice coffee is SO GOOD!  Once it gets colder I switch to hot pumpkin coffee obviously but for now-ice it is.  If you haven't tried this deliciousness I totally recommend that you do so ASAP!  Finally fall is here.  Next exciting fall adventure: Apple picking!  Or sweaters...I do love me a comfy sweater too.  :)

How I Became Literate (essay)

September 7, 2010
How I Became Literate

            Years before I entered Kindergarten, my mother and I started traveling to the local library weekly and always left with a large tote bag full of children’s books.  I remember loving to listen to my mother read to me every night.  My first favorite book was a beginning book called Pat the Bunny.  When I got a bit older I also loved having Bill and Pete read to me, and frequently chose it as one of my weekly selections to bring home from the library.  I do not remember learning to read, as I am told it came very naturally to me.  However, I do know that I was able to read before entering Kindergarten at the age of four.  I truly believe that my reading skills are as strong as they are today because of my mother’s constant focus on literacy when I was a young child.
            Books have always been a common gift in my family, especially from my mother’s brother Brent.  My Uncle Brent has given me a book for every holiday and birthday for as long as I can remember.  Because he lives out of state, I remember always being so excited to see which book would come in the mail and when it would finally arrive.  He always wrote really nice messages accompanied by the date in the inside cover which I thought was “so cool”.  Uncle Brent always sent very large hard cover books and often chose collections such as Shel Silverstein books.  These are books I have saved over the years and plan on using in my first classroom when I become a teacher.
            When I was in first grade I participated in a “Reading Buddies” program at my school.  All first graders were assigned a fourth grader to read to them for an hour a week.  My buddy was named Kristen and I remember being so excited when it was “Reading Buddies” time because she was a “big kid” and it made me very feel grown up to spend time with her.  I also loved the books she would pick out for me.  Since I was a very fluent reader, we took turns reading to each other when we met up.  It was nice to have someone to spend time with who seemed to enjoy books and reading as much as I did.
            When I was in fourth grade I participated in the “Reading Buddies” program again, but as a “big kid”.  I had two first grade buddies and reading to them was so much fun!  Neither of them were very confident in their reading skills so I typically did most of the reading in the beginning of the school year. However, as the year went on, my buddies practiced reading more and more during our time together.  It was actually during this program that I first discovered my love for reading to young children.  This program gave me the opportunity to be a mentor and role model to younger children.  It was nice feeling admired by my buddies but it was even nicer to see their reading improve throughout the school year.  It was then that teaching began to make sense as a future career for me.  I loved younger children and seeing their academic progress throughout the school year sounded so fulfilling.
            Around that same time, I started to read to the children at my mother’s daycare in our home.  The children loved me and reading to them was fun.  I learned to hold the books so they could see the pictures while I was reading.  I picked up on what types of books were best received by the children and which ones they found boring.  Through reading to children, I became a better reader myself. 
            In middle school I loved chapter books.  I was in an advanced reading group that met every day at school.  I liked the challenging books the group presented me with.  We kept track of the books we read throughout the school year on big chart paper in the front of the classroom.  I have memories of being so excited to add new books to the list whenever I completed them.  I always challenged myself to read as many books as I could in a week because of the rush I got after finishing another book.
            One of my weaknesses as a student has always been my spelling skills.  I am not naturally a good speller and it is something I struggled with growing up.  In order to help overcome my spelling frustrations, I started to pay attention to the way words were spelled when I was reading.  Although I had previously understood how to pronounce and read most words, I had not spent much time focusing on the actual spelling of the words I was reading.  This extra focus definitely helped me as a speller and is a trick I still use today.  Becoming a better speller made me a better reader and much more literate.
            In high school I continued to earn perfect grades in all of my language arts and reading classes.  I took all college prep advanced classes and excelled in them a great deal.  One of my favorite teachers was Mr. Brown who taught my AP English class senior year.  Jim Brown was an inspiration to me as a teacher because of the way he challenged me as a reader in ways I had not been challenged for years.  He broadened my horizons by opening me up to new books and authors such as Shakespeare.  Mr. Brown drowned in a boating accident two years ago and traveling back home to his funeral reminded me of the huge impact he had on my peers and I.  Even though most students from my high school had long since traveled away to college, thousands came home to celebrate his life.  That day I realized just how many people Mr. Brown influenced to be successful readers.  It had never occurred to me until that day how many different types of students he taught.  While he taught AP English, he also taught the lowest level English classes offered at our school.  It was not only the “good readers” that loved Mr. Brown’s classes, but all types of students.  At his funeral, many students shared the common fact that Mr. Brown made them want to learn to be good students and go to college.  Mr. Brown made reading fun for everyone and I hope to someday be as good of a teacher as he was.  Seeing the impact he had on everyone who met him influenced me, and my future Language Arts teaching career, in more ways than one. 
            To this day I still consider myself to be an active reader.  I enjoy mostly fiction books but do read other genres from time-to-time.  I am attending college to receive a degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Language Arts because it is truly my passion.  I still read every single day and often cannot put down a book once I start it.  I am a member of a program online called GoodreadsGoodreads keeps track of the books I read and the dates I finish them.  I like this because I tend to forget if I have read a book before and this website helps me keep track.  The website has book reviews and recommends books to me based on the reviews I have given other books.  It has a section to keep track of the books I want to read next and I add to it whenever I see a book that sounds interesting to me.  I also still challenge myself to complete a certain number of books a week, even more so in the summer time.  I still struggle with spelling but honestly think being “a reader” makes it much easier for me.  I read to children whenever possible, especially the two children I nanny for.  I hope that I can start them on the same track my mother set me on when I was their age, by making early literacy a priority.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Kate Plus 8

Kate Plus 8 starts tonight!  For those of you unaware, it is the new season of Jon and Kate Plus 8 except they got a divorce so now it is without Jon.  The parents are a bit ridiculous but the children are adorable and I want to adopt them all!  Look how cute:

Beach house!

Fiance and I were invited to a beach house on a private beach in Georgetown for the weekend with the family I nanny for.  We were actually invited for the whole week but unfortunately classes got in the way and we were only able to spend Friday-Sunday with them.  Basically, I got paid to stay in the most AMAZING house I have ever stepped foot in and hang out on the beach.  Soooo awesome.  They want to go back next year and promise to plan it around my schedule so I can make it the whole time.  Even more awesome!  The house is only 12-years-old but is full of antiques and things made to look old.  I spent so much time taking in all the perfect details of this house and though my fellow bloggers may enjoy :) Here are some pictures of the fabulous house:
For some reason my blog is being super slow uploading pictures right now so that is it for now!  

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

survey because I'm bored and fi is working...

Where do you want to go?
Guatemala!  I am also excited for the beach house and wish J and I were there to enjoy this weather!

What woke you up today?
Josh getting ready for class. 

Any tattoos?
negative.  There isn't anything I love enough to want on my body forever.  Most people I know that have tattoos regret getting them.

The person you have feelings for shows up at your house, what do you do?
He lives with me :)

Have you ever tried to break up with someone?
Tried?  Its not really a try thing...its kind of a do or don't right?  Hmm but yes I have.

When was the last time you talked to your best friend?
I am a very lucky girl and have a bunch of best friends!  I talked to some today and for others it has been way too long!

Have you done anything embarrassing lately?
I don't really get embarrassed easily.  Hmm...oh I know!  At the party the other night Jordan poured some champagne in my water bottle and it has a little straw thing.  When I opened the straw thing to drink some it squirted up in a two foot spout and got everywhere.  I wasn't embarrassed but that's all I have for now.

Light hair or dark hair in the opposite sex?
Dark <3
Are you currently frustrated with a boy?
Nope but I wish he was home!

What is tomorrow?
Tomorrow is Thursday.  I have Teaching Math and Art in the Classroom.  Then I have coaching. Josh has the night off so that is also exciting!

What are you doing later?
Reading in bed until I fall asleep! 

Last person you rode in a car with under the age of 20?
Hmm wow I don't know.  My brother maybe?

Can you play guitar hero?
I haven't in so long but I used to love it!

Where are you right now?
 On my couch in my living room.

What was the last thing someone bought for you?

Joshua bought me a smoothie and brought it to me on break <3

When is your birthday?
October 2nd.  The big 21 FINALLY!

Last person you talked to on the phone?

Do you mind sleeping on the floor?
Umm yes?

What's your middle name?
Debora...pronounced Debra

What kind of phone do you have?
A shitty Motorolla. 

Can you still read the time if an analogue clock doesn't have numbers on it?
haha yes.

How old was the last person you kissed?

Has someone ever told you they want to spend the rest of their life with you?

Do you really care what other people think about you?
Some people.

Do you like your name?
I do.  I can't wait to be Brianne Daigle though!  EEK!

Have you ever made a boyfriend or girlfriend cry?

Are you open with your feelings to people?

Has anyone ever broken your heart?
Yes.  Stupid boys!

Do you still talk to the first person you kissed?
He is still one of my best friends!

Are you Irish in any way?
Not that I know of.

Are you happy right now?
For the most part.  My back hurts though!  And I'm too hot! 

What's your weakness?
Weakness as in things I can't refuse?  Ice cream.  Weakness as in things I am bad at?  I have a hard time saying "no".  I always end up taking on more than I should and then I get overwhelmed by my busy schedule. 

Who/what do you hate currently?
I hate the weather right now, my sore back, Josh's work schedule, annnd spiders.  But I always hate spiders.

Do you believe in karma?

Were you spanked as a child?

Does it matter if your boyfriend/girlfriend smokes?
I have a fiance and he would not be my fiance if he smoked.  EW.

Do you have a friend of the opposite sex you can talk to?
Oh yes.

When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was your first thought?
I don't remember. 

Do you open up to a lot of people?
With some things.  I am a fairly open person for the most part.

Has anyone told you that you have pretty eyes?

Do you think you can last in a relationship for six months?
Obviously, yes.
What does the 20th message in your inbox say?
Umm I'm not counting my texts.

When people ask "how are you?" do you say "good" even if you aren't?
Not usually.

Do you ever get "good morning" texts from anyone?

Do you have any appointments this month?
I have meetings.  Does that count?

First day of school!

Today was my last first day of classes (as a student) ever!  It is so weird.  I only had one class from 1:10-3:30 and it was Children Literature Grades K-3.  I really liked it!  The professor has an annoying voice that is going to drive me crazy but other than that is seems great.  I have to write a 3-5 page paper for Wednesday on How I Became Literate.  We are supposed to go in chronological order and describe all of our memories with reading.  Reading always came easy for me so I don't have as many stand out memories as I would for say, math but my list looks like this so far:

Library with mom-crocodile book? Bill maybe?  (IDK MOM?!)
Being read to by mom all the time
receiving books every year for holidays from Uncle Brent
Reading corner in Kindergarten up in a "tree house"
Loved reading aloud (still do!)
Reading Pals (having one and then being one)
Reading to little brother
Advanced reading groups
Reading to kids-learning I wanted to be a teacher someday
Reading Spanish=HARD for me.
Still love reading
Good Reads?

hmm thats all I have.  However, the professor read hers and it included TONS of completely specific reading memories.  I think I will have to make those up as I go along...
OH also, very exciting news.  Our professor informed us that we will each be tutoring a student for an hour a week during class time at the local elementary school.  So cool and much better than sitting in class if you ask me!

On a separate note- It has been 100 degrees outside all week.  I have probably lost 10 pounds because of sweating too much (ew, I know).  I had coaching tonight and we had to make the girls drink water about every 5 minds because I was honestly scared someone would pass out if we didn't.  Apparently a bunch of local schools even closed early because the air was "not safe" for so many kids.  Crazy!  This is Maine!  In September!  Global Warming much?  Yikes.

We planned out a bunch of stuff for UMF cheering tonight such as practice times, welcome night, and fundraisers and I am getting super excited now!  YAY!