• It Finally Happened…

    I haven’t been very good at blogging this week.

    BUT, I have a very, very legitimate excuse… Eclipse and Breaking Dawn arrived, and I have been bonding with Edward all week. *swoon* I know, I know, life’s all about balance, right? But commmmmme on, how can I possibly lesson plan, read ahead for school, make a portfolio or blog when Edward is waiting for me?? :) I am almost done book 3, and can safely say that it is SO much better than New Moon. I won’t give anything away, but glorious doesn’t even describe how delightfully frivolous and wonderful this book is.

    Aside from my new Edward obsession… life has been busy. I’ve decided that I have a love/hate relationship with March Break. It was nice to get away for a bit, but there was SO much waiting for me at home. I’ve spent this past week trying to catch up on planning, marking, laundry, grocery shopping, portfolio-ing, job applying, etc. I have hardly had time to breathe, let alone sleep or anything else semi-important.

    It was a really great week though… and it went by SO fast. I can’t believe I only have 4 more days with my grade 7 class… as much as I complained about the work at the beginning, I am really going to miss them, and the intermediate staff, whom I love. For whatever reason they have welcomed me with open arms and have been so supportive. I can only hope to find a staff like that when I find a real job!

    And then, Friday night, it happened.

    …I saw my students outside my classroom.

    The Hubster had a boys-bonding night with Too Kool and some of his friends from school, so I did what any respectable wife would do in that situation: I went shopping. :) Well, to be honest, I went looking. I couldn’t find a single thing I even needed to try on. It was quite sad really.

    So as I was browsing through one of my favourite teenie-bopper stores (they usually have good sale racks) I heard it:

    MRS. SHOP GIRL!!!!

    I allow very few people to call me by such a formal name. I feel like it makes me sound ancient. And I’m not. Yet. (I use Twitter! Ancient people don’t know what Twitter is! HA!) So I knew it had to be students… and I knew I had four options:

    1. Hide behind some ugly clothes and hope they don’t look there.

    2. Run like the wind.

    3. Pretend I am someone who only looks a lot like this Mrs. Shop Girl person. (Mrs. Shop Girl who!?)

    4. Endure the awkward conversation that was sure to unfold.

    …after seriously considering options 1 through 3, I decided to be brave and face my students on this unfamiliar territory. As they came running over I braced myself:

    Girls: “HI MRS. SHOP GIRL! Are you shopping?!”

    (I resisted the urge to alert them to the fact that we were, in fact, in a shopping mall.)

    Me: “Kind of… I’m just browsing! What about you two?” (They always come in pairs)

    Girls: “YUP. We loooooove this store.” (I decided I can no longer love this store)

    Me: “Great! Looking for anything in particular?”

    Girls: “Ummm no.”

    …awkward silence.

    Me: “Ok then! Well, have fun! See you Monday!”

    …and then I ran away. haha! In review, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Thankfully it was in a super public place that was made it easy to slip away unseen. The Hubster nearly died laughing when I recapped the experience for him later and was very sad to have missed it. I was not. They are already extremely curious about him as apparently I do not look old enough to be married and they saw his picture once and asked a bazillion questions. Had he been with me, I would have faced a barrage of questions Monday morning… “Oooh who was that with you, Mrs. Shop Girl??” – “Was that your huuuuusband??” – “He’s really cuuuute!” (Which he really is, but he can’t help that. :))

    Well, it’s bedtime for me. Tomorrow is a new day, and morning seems to come so much earlier these days…

    Shop Girl*

  • The Return of the Numa Numa Guy*

    I have good news, friends.

    The Numa, Numa man has returned with a NEW video!! The song is fabulous, and the dancing is… inspired. He moves with such expression… beautiful. Just beautiful.

    I’ve included both videos for your viewing pleasure… who doesn’t love this kid? He stole my heart the minute he started air pumping. *swoon*

    Original Numa Numa Magic*

    New Magic*

    Shop Girl*

  • Home*

    I am home.

    I’m sorry for the delay in posting–I had hoped to post on Sunday night, but we didn’t get back to Senior’s City until after 9:30pm. You might be thinking, “Why, that’s lots of time to write an inspired and wonderful blog post!” and if I was an organized and a non-procrastinator you would be right. However, on my vacation, I thought it would be a good idea to leave all my planning and marking until Sunday.


    Needless to say, there was a frenzy of organizing and planning when I finally dug out my desk. I just thought, “I’ll get around to it on Monday. That’s when I said I’d post, right? I’m still a good blogger.” *hangs head in shame* I found out yesterday afternoon that I’d be starting a brand new geography unit on river systems an drainage systems… today. Guess who knew absolutely nothing about river systems and drainage basins before last night?? *waves hand madly in the air* Soooooo… last night was spent trying to learn the new unit / piece together some kind of a coherent lesson for today. WOO!!!!!

    And here we are today. I have been living out of bags for the past 2 days so I finally made time to unpack and began to organize and clean a bit. I feel MUCH better. You can see our floors again and my kitchen is clean.

    Despite all the planning, and marking, and unpacking, and cleaning, and blah… it’s good to be home. I am always so anxious to leave home before a vacation that I often forget just how good home is. I love our little life here in Senior’s City… it is quiet, calm and uncomplicated. It’s happy. :) I don’t know what it is… sometimes I feel an urge to get away and go somewhere… I don’t know if it’s just a need for a breath of fresh air, a change of some sort, but as soon as I’m gone I miss home. It’s a funny dynamic… I’m bizarre that way. But it does make me appreciate it all the more.

    Florida was good. It was nice to be in the heat, shop a bit, read frivolous non-educational books and see my family. I think the Hubster enjoyed himself… the drive was a bit long for him, but he had a blast the two days he spent at Disney. If we go again we’re going to do things a bit differently though–I think our driving days are done… the next time we see Florida it will be from an airplane window. Driving gets complicated… flying is easy. And fast.

    One of the best parts of the trip (for me) was reading. I don’t get a lot of time for “recreational” reading these days, and I have been waiting to read Twilight since August. I knew that once I started them I wouldn’t be able to stop… and true to form I read Twilight in one day, and New Moon the next. I am in love. I couldn’t get home fast enough to order the next two books on Amazon–I hear books three and four are phenomenal. (YAYYYYYY) I am hoping they take some time to arrive as I have no time to read them right now… haha

    I also watched the movie. It just came out on DVD and I couldn’t wait to see it after drooling over Edward in the books for two days solid. I am sad to say that I was reeeeeally disappointed. After all the hype surrounding Robert Patterson I really really wanted him to be the Edward I imagined… and he just wasn’t. You know how Colin Firth IS Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice? There is absolutely NO question from the minute he starts smoldering on screen that he is Mr. Darcy, not Colin Firth. I wanted Patterson to BE Edward, not be a guy trying to play him. And sadly, I was disappointed. I have not completely given up on the movie, I think I need to see it again to make a better informed opinion, but I am still searching for MY Edward. *sigh* What did you think? My mom disagreed… she thought he fit the bill, but I’m not sure. Thoughts?

    Anyway, I should probably throw some kind of a lesson plan together for tomorrow. Apparently it’s a requirement for teacher’s college… haha Six more weeks until I am a certified teacher and all this extra crap goes out the window!! HOO HAH!!!!

    Shop Girl*

  • Shop Girl Goes South*

    First things first: I am not dead, nor am I lying in a hospital bed somewhere. (I HAVE loved all the concerned emails and comments though… it makes me feel special.)

    I, dear friends, am on vacation with the Hubster and my family and have been completely disconnected from the “real” world for nearly a week… and it has been so good. I’m currently in sunny Florida, away from my cell phone (do you have any idea how expensive roaming charges are?!??), computer, internet and just my busy life in general. Spart decided to buy the internet at our resort for her computer, but this is really the first time I’ve been online since last Thursday. I’ve checked my email sporadically to see about jobs (I am going to need to work somewhere come May… haha), but aside from that I have been completely disconnected from the outside world.

    I have come to a conclusion: vacations are wonderful.

    We are staying at a beautiful 5 star resort and the weather could not be more perfect. There hasn’t been a spec of rain, and today is really the first day it’s even been cloudy. I’m on my own today–Peeah, Fireman and Teep are gone to the beach, Big Dad is playing tennis, Mom is down watching turtles in the pond, and Doodle, Spart and the Hubs are gone to Disney World with Doodle’s girlfriend. I opted out of Disney today as Spart and I took the Hubs on his first Disney adventure yesterday. We were gone from 9am – 9pm and hopped between Epcot and Magic Kingdom. It was a fabulous day, but I am flipping tired. haha! I don’t even think I moved once I hit the pillow last night.

    I was a bit disappointed with Epcot as all my old favourite attractions are closed. The World of Wonder (the pavilion with Body Works) is gone and is now some garden thing, and the Energy exhibit with the dinosaurs that features Bill Nye and Ellen was closed too. (BOOOO!) There was a new “ride” that captured my heart though–if you ever get to Epcot, you must ride “Soarin‘”. I won’t tell you much about it as it could spoil the magic, but you seriously feel like you are flying. I was hooked.

    Magic Kingdom was fantastic, but CRAZY busy. We waited until 5pm to go over as the kiddies usually get tired and go home around then. Not so. By 8pm there was still a 100 minute wait to get on Space Mountain, this awesome indoor in-the-dark roller coaster… so we had to skip it. We DID get on Splash Mountain though… and while we were in line I said,

    “I hope you realize that we are going to get soaked on this ride.”

    They didn’t believe me. As we got into the ride and started climbing the mountain, I said:

    “Get ready, we are going to get wet!”

    They still didn’t believe me.

    And then the first mountainous wave poured over us and soaked us to the bone. Luckily I was wearing a white t-shirt and knee-length jean shorts. White neeever goes see-through and jean dries really quickly. Ha. (That was sarcasm… just in case you missed it. haha) The Hubs felt reeeally bad as I started shivering like a maniac. I tried to tell him that we were going to get wet again, but he and Spart denied the possibility (I think for my sanity).

    Then we went over the 52 foot drop and another tidal wave poured over us, successfully drenching any dry places I had left after the first wave. *sigh* Getting drenched like that is always great at noon on a really warm day… not so much at 8pm on a cool one. haha! I ended up grabbing a hot chocolate to try and warm myself, and we all decided that it was time to get our wet selves home.

    The Hubs was SO excited about everything yesterday that he decided to go for round two again this morning with my family. Today they are off to Hollywood Studios (formerlly MGM) and I am off to shop. :) I found a great little navy dress for teaching when we went on Tuesday, but I am so ready for round 2. Mom, Big Dad and I are heading out in a few minutes… and I am on the hubs for shoes today. I’ll keep you posted.

    It might be a couple of days before I can get back here again, but thank you for all your concern. I’m back to the grind on Monday for my last 4 weeks of placement, and I’m hoping it will fly by! I have really dropped the ball with the whole daily blogging thing this month, but I promise that starting Monday I’ll be back.

    I hope you’re all well–I can’t wait to catch up on your blogs when I get back!

    Shop Girl*

  • Burnt Buns*

    Today I am a real winner.

    This week I decided I would like to be less of a brilliant white skin tone and started tanning again. It’s been about 8 months since I last went, but that doesn’t matter at all, right? Riiight.

    I played it safe on Tuesday and only went for 6 minutes. It felt sooo nice to be back in that warm, happy place. I was disappointed to see absolutely nothing change though, so I assumed I had not gone long enough.

    After school today I went back. I decided to be really brave and really up my time… by a minute. I mean, seriously–how much difference could one minute really make?

    As I was in the tanning bed I felt all warm and relaxed, and that feeling stayed with me after I got out. As hour or two later, when I switched from teacher clothes to the-day-is-finally-over clothes (which, let’s be honest, are usually sweats). However, as I had to go to a little teacher candidate shindig tonight, I put on some jeans.

    As I pulled them up I thought, “Gee, my bum is a little sore.” and then forgot all about it.

    The shindig was awkwardly fun, but I was glad to get home as I had soooo much to get done tonight–one such task was painting my toe nails (I went with a French Pedicure, in case you were wondering…). I decided to sit at my desk to do it so I could multi-task, and as my jeans rubbed against my bum it continued to feel sore… but I ignored it again.

    Just now I got undressed to get ready for bed. I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror as I went past and realized that my chest was a might pinkish. I looked closer and realized that my face was a little pinkish too. Nothing really noticeable, just a bit flush.

    Then I decided to check my bum.

    I turned around in the mirror to find a couple of crispy buns on my backside. They passed pink a long time ago and are now good and burnt. It’s pretty hot, let me tell you.

    It’s ok to be jealous of my burnt buns.

    Shop Girl*

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