Sunday, September 22, 2013

Sunday Confessions

Please tell me I'm not the only one who feels like there are a million and one things I have to do, and I'm too overwhelmed to prioritize, so I try to do it all and, as a result, nothing gets done well.

Confession one: I haven't checked the mail, cooked a meal, or washed the dishes in the last 3 weeks. Ok, you got me... I haven't cooked a meal in the last year or so, but no excuses for the other two. (Thank God for my helpful husband who picks up the slack in those areas so I don't live in total filth!I am not doing the housewife thing well.

I'm not lazy; I've been dealing with unending piles of papers to grade. 

Confession two: My principal came to my class unannounced on Thursday to observe me teach a lesson and I had nothing prepared. We have been doing PE in the mornings because it is over 100* in the afternoon so I was a sweaty mess from running laps with my students (because it is still 85* in the mornings) and planning on having them read their SSR books and do a worksheet while I organized activities for the day. The principal hates workbook pages so I scratched that plan right away and instead passed out a non-fiction article on Jazz for our assembly the next day and had them take turns reading it aloud. Terrible! Bless his heart, he met with me later in the day and kindly shared some suggestions on what to do next time. Starting with: "Give the students a clear objective." Oopsies. I am not doing the teacher thing well.

In my defense, my class has reached a new level of chaotic. I got two new students this week that are identical twins with practically the same name (Kyara and Kyareth) who dress in the same outfits and don't speak a word of English or understand a thing I am saying. My state test scores are going to be real special this year. And another confession: I'm sad these cute little girls are completely lost in my class, but I am so happy they're quiet because I cannot stand anymore trouble makers!

Confession three: Instead of doing anything productive, Andrew and I spent Saturday at the beach in Carlsbad and a music festival at Oceanside Pier.


The confession part is that I am old. We stayed out late and the music was so loud that I was the goofy girl plugging my ears in the middle of a set to protect my aging eardrums. I am not doing the party animal thing well.

In short, I am not good at anything and nothing is getting done. It's all "brennie-boo-hoo" over here. But one thing I can do well is watch the Emmy's and critique the wardrobe choices. So there's that.

Monday, September 16, 2013

More photos from the wedding

Still sorting through pictures :)  These were a few of my favorites...



Sunday, September 15, 2013

Coronado Island

I am slowly getting over the fact that I didn't get to go to Hawaii with my mom this week due to landing a full time teaching job. (Weeps and gnashes teeth). That being said, Andrew, Maddie, and I took a couple hours this weekend to enjoy the best vacation spot that San Diego has to offer... it isn't the big island, but Coronado Island is one of my favorite places in the whole world.

San Diego's downtown skyline is referred to as "the tool box" because it has buildings shaped like screw drivers and socket sets. Just a little random trivia for ya :)

To get to Coronado, you have to drive across this big blue bridge that goes above the San Diego bay and has the BEST view of downtown and Point Loma.

{You may recall the infamous Coronado bridge scene from the classic film, Anchorman}
Maddie isn't allowed to see that movie for obvious reasons.
My favorite thing to do in Coronado is look at all the beautiful homes. Most of its inhabitants are retired military or extremely wealthy people. The median housing price is $2M (and that's for a teeny condo), so we won't be moving there any time soon. I love theses neighborhoods, but I would not love paying that kind of property tax!
Another thing I love is Hotel Del Coronado. It is this beautiful, antiquated hotel where they filmed Some Like It Hot. Unfortunately their beach is not pet friendly, so we'll have to visit it next time.
Here's a map of Coronado Island...
And a map of San Diego for reference...

Santee (blue arrow) is where we live. Point Loma (pink arrow) is where we went to college and where Andrew teaches classes. Coronado (green arrow) is our favorite, and the yellow arrow points to Spring Valley where I work.  San Diego is pretty spread out, but it only took us 25 minutes to get from Santee to Coronado so it's not that bad.
Up next on my favorite San Diego spots to revisit: La Jolla (pronounced hoya). And also all the best shopping at Fashion Valley and Mission Valley malls.
Now it's back to more football. Happy our Chargers won, but super disappointed with my fantasy league. Good thing I don't know the first thing about football!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Kristie and Tyler got married!

The wedding weekend is over, y'all! We can finally give up the endless search for burlap fabric, Chumash turtles, teal dresses, and vegan recipes. All joking aside, the wedding was beautiful and I am so happy for my sister Kristie and my new brother, Tyler.  Best parents of the year award goes to my mom and dad (with honorable mention to Aunt Vanessa, our caterer, Uncle Chris, our musician, Uncle Randy, the muscle behind the operation, Aunt Elena, our decorator, and pretty much all of the Kohlers and Sieberts (my mom and dad's sides of the family) for making sure this wedding was ready to go at 3 in the afternoon and cleaned up by sunset at 7. That was no small feat. We brought more stuff in that 20 foot truck and 6 cars to that park than Andrew and I moved across the country with. No lie, after all of the misadventures with U-hauls in the last couple months, whenever I see a U-Haul truck I suffer from bouts of PTSD and have panic attacks.  ::shudders::

It was also 100 degrees out. So going vegan was actually a good idea, you know to prevent food poisoning and all :)  But after loading-unloading, reloading, and transporting all of the 160 five piece plate settings, 10 bolts of fabric, 3000 crystal vases, and 500 boxes of miscellaneous items, the sweaty stench that I became was really something quite special. Just be thankful this post isn't one of those scratch 'n sniffs!
 My sister, Missy's toast was just lovely!

I cut my sister's umbilical cord and I buttoned up her wedding dress (not all in the same day). Just a little sentimental!

It was the most elegant, boho-prairie-chic park wedding I've ever seen! And Missy, you bet your sweet bippy that you're getting married in Vegas, because ain't no way in hell I'm doing all of this ever again!
Thank you to everyone who helped make the day so special!
Happy Wedding day, Mr. and Mrs. Lopez!!!