What’s Up Wednesday

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I’m linking up again this month with Mix and Match Mama for What’s Up Wednesday. This month hasn’t been too exciting but let me tell you, I am SO looking forward to summer break.

What I’m eating this week:

I’m definitely not eating anything too excited (as always) but I will say again that I can’t wait to get into a new apartment so I can cook (and bake!) at my heart’s desire. I think I will also be investing in a crockpot that should come in handy when I’m really lazy and want an easy meal to prep. That sounds like a Pinterest board waiting to happen!

What I’m reminiscing about:

Every Memorial Day weekend reminds me of watching the Indy 500 with my grandpa when I was younger. When Erin was in the hospital, my younger sister and I spent lots of weekends at my grandparent’s house and one weekend was over Memorial Day. This was maybe at the end of 5th grade. I wanted to be an IndyCar driver (only in the Indy 500 though) and even did a History Day project in 6th grade on the impact of the fuel changes. Whaaaat? Up until perhaps the end of high school, I continued to spend Memorial Day Eve at my grandparents and watched the race with my grandpa (complete with a wonderful breakfast of french toast!) the next morning. I may not watch anymore, but the race and Memorial Day weekend will always be special 🙂

What I’m loving:

I’m still loving the weather… it’s been in the 70/80s lately (with cooler mornings). Mom and I went on a hike to Mt Hollywood over the weekend and the weather was perfect. It’s nice to be able to plan things and count on the weather to be nice.

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What I’ve been up to:

The typical daily grind. The end of the school year is exhausting; I’ve been staying after school at least once or twice per week to tutor kids and allow them to get caught up on assignments. That makes for really long days and with all of the events of the end of the school year, I am thankful summer is right around the corner.

What I’m dreading:

Packing. I absolutely hate packing. I have a couple trips coming up in the next several weeks so I am definitely dreading the packing (and unpacking). Michael and I are also looking at apartments with a flexible moving date sometime in July. Bring on the boxes and packing tape!

What I’m working on:

Finding the perfect apartment. I do not like my currently living situation AT ALL. In fact, Michael is out of town for a big length of time in the coming weeks for work, so I stole his keys so that I could stay there some days. We are looking to move by the end of July and I compromised with moving downtown. I really like downtown and although I don’t want to be there longterm, it’s an easy place to be for now. My commute won’t be any worse than it is now and I’ll be happy to be able to walk to more things than I am able to now.

What I’m excited about:

SUMMER! My summer filled up quickly. Along with teaching summer school and attending professional development, I’ll be traveling to Washington D.C. and Boise and then hosting my bestie when she visits (and let’s be honest, that’s like a vacay for me, too). I currently have a to-do list going on my phone for all the Washington sites I want to visit. I’ve been twice but not since high school and I absolutely LOVE all things history so I can’t wait. Whitney and I plan to do Disneyland while she’s here and probably some other typical California activities like the beach. Oh! And we are going to go see a taping of The Ellen Show! One of our favorite artists (Joshua Radin) is playing in Boise which led to me booking a flight because that weekend also worked out perfectly for a visit!

What I’m watching/reading:

The Bachelorette is back! Michael and I also finished watching the new Master of None season on Netflix. There was a lot of time between seasons but we waited patiently for Season 2, and it didn’t disappoint. At first I didn’t like it as much as Season 1, but when we got to the last episode, I didn’t want it to end! Here’s hoping we don’t have to wait another two years for the next season. I also started The Keepers on Netflix and oh boy, it is super intense and super disturbing.

As for reading… I read A TON this month. My May book review will be posted soon and thanks to state testing, I was able to get in some solid reading hours.

What I’m listening to:

I am really enjoying A R I Z O N A’s album. I don’t even know what the music would be classified as. EDM? Hopefully not because I am not into that AT ALL. Techno? That either. I really have no idea. But I’m loving it and it’s perfect summer music.

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What I’m wearing:

I love espadrilles and am so happy they are still in style! I bought this Sam Eldeman pair for my mama for Mother’s Day and they are currently on sale at Nordstrom! Debating buying myself a pair (hey, I made it through another school year! I deserve a reward!)

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What I’m doing this weekend:

Michael and I are going to look at some apartments on Saturday. We had Book of Mormon tickets but Michael is going to be out of town for work (darn NBA Finals) so we had to swap them for a different day.

What I’m looking forward to next month:

ALL THINGS SUMMER BREAK!!

What else is new:

I think I’ve covered it all!

Life Lately

Happy Sunday! Hope y’all had a relaxing weekend and are ready for the week ahead. I used to dread Sunday SO much because it meant one more sleep until I had to do the whole repeat of the work week. I don’t dread it so so much anymore but am definitely already counting down again til Friday. Here are some of the highlights from the last week or so:

Meet Henry!

Last weekend, the family gained a new member! Henry is an 8-week old Jack Russell and he is THE CUTEST THING IN THE ENTIRE WORLD! He and Pippy are becoming fast BFFs which I love the most. She is so gentle with him and he follows her around everywhere. I think my family’s text thread is all dog pictures at this point and I am definitely okay with it. Unfortunately I won’t have the same amount of baby Henry time as I did with Pippa but you can definitely bet that I will be visiting whenever I can to get my dose of puppy!

Summer plans…

My summer is definitely filling up quickly! With the four weeks of summer school and professional development I’ll be doing, it leaves only 3 weeks of actual vacation. And those three weeks are fully booked, too. Michael and I will be in Washington D.C. for a week for his sister’s wedding, Whitney has her flight booked to visit me, and this past week I booked a flight to visit her in Boise at the end of July. Phew! Busy, busy, busy.  Oh, and a friend and I bought tickets to see Justin Bieber at the Rose Bowl in August! 😉 Summer, you’re going to be FUN!

Snowden

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Michael and I rented “Snowden” on Friday night and it was super good! It was slow to start and I was initially really confused with all the technology/government jargon but I’m glad we held out and finished it. I didn’t really play close attention when the documents were leaked a couple years ago but have been reading up on it a ton today. I’m torn with my thoughts on it… obviously it was classified information and he deserves some consequences for exposing it. I know I’m willing to lose some privacy in order for my government to keep me safe. But there is also a line to that and I think he thought it had been crossed and he was standing up for what he believed in. That’s my very surface level thought on the issue 🙂 But anyways, definitely check it out! And put a sticker on your computer camera since you’re being watched…

Teacher Appreciation Week

This past week was Teacher Appreciation Week and boy, did I feel appreciated. My students, their parents, and my school’s admin and operations team kept the surprises coming all week. We had a lunch theme everyday that kept us well fed and my kids spoiled me with gifts. My favorite were the cards and I will forever cherish them. Teaching is not an easy gig. Some days I have absolutely no patience, other days I question my abilities to help my kids grow as learners, but most days I am fairly certain I have the best job in the world.

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Those were the highlights of this past week! Hope y’all have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

My Favorite Roomie!

Going away to college can be pretty scary. I was homesick a good portion of freshman (and even in to sophomore) year because Spokane, Washington is very different than Southern California. I hated the gloom, hated the rain, and definitely hated the snow. During the days when I was homesick, what made it all bearable were my friends and roommates. I can now look back on my time at Gonzaga fondly because I loved the professors, my classes, Spokane (I can say that now), the experiences I had, but mostly because of the people I met. I’m very fortunate to still call some of them friends today, too. And I am even luckier to have been paired up randomly with a girl from Idaho as freshman roomies who is still my best friend today, 11 years later.

Below, you will meet my freshman roomie/college bestie, Whitney! In order to properly introduce you to her, I thought it would be fun to answer some questions about each other.

Here are my answers about her!:

When, where, and how did you meet?

I met Whitney during move-in day freshman year. I think we had found each other on Facebook before school started, too (this was when Facebook was super new!). Move-in day was the weekend of August 28, 2005. We were assigned to Goller which had 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, and a shared common room in an apartment-like set-up. I still think I was incredibly lucky because you can literally be paired with anyone. And I got her!

What are your favorite memories with her?

Oh boy, I know if I share one particular memory, I’ll end up remember something else right when I’m done typing because there are so many!

  1. Travel buddy: We’ve gone to a lot of places together! Boise (times a ton!), Seattle, Portland, LA (times a ton!), Phoenix (times a ton!), San Fran, Zambia, London, Canada (Nelson, it’s a tiny little city). She is a great travel buddy… perfect amount of exploring and relaxation!
  2. TV buddy: Looking back, I have no idea when we studied. We seemed to spend a lot of college watching TV and introducing others to our fave shows (ahem, Steph). There was even one day when (stop reading mom and dad) we were so into a show that we skipped class to keep watching. No DVR yet, what else we were supposed to do?! And our fave TV snack? Pop Tarts and milk.
  3. Just college in general: Open closet policy, AIM convos while being in the same room, Battle of the Blocks (she was my perch!), decorating Campion for Mardis Gras, listening to Whitney’s usual answer “I don’t knowwwww” when discussing boys, The Grind, Wendy’s after basketball games when we got free cheeseburgers, Didiers for fro yo on Tuesdays, Dawgs After Dark where we lied on the survey, basketball games, baseball games, etc, etc, etc!

What quality do you admire most about her?

I’ve always admired Whitney’s confidence. She may not agree with me on this one, but she’s always exuded a self-confidence that I wish I had! She can talk to anyone and is always just comfortable in her own skin.

What three things does she always carry with her?

I am going to go with: phone, chapstick, and sunglasses. I know these are pretty standard but I’m sure if I dumped out her purse everyday, these items would fall out. We text pretty consistently every single day so duh, she has her phone. I always see her putting on chapstick, so that’s a must. And she is always prepared with her sunnies!

What item would you love to steal from her closet?

We were perfect roomies because our clothes sizes are similar enough to raid each other’s closets. I would steal any of her jackets. She has a bunch of cute ones and I refuse to buy new outerwear because I can’t justify the cost of most when I only need it for about a month or two. She also has this adorable animal print scarf that I would love to have! Whit, never give it away when purging your closet. Send it my way!

If you were ordering a pizza for her, what toppings would you get?

We are pizza soul mates because I’d order Whitney my favorite kind of pizza because it’s her favorite, too– Canadian bacon and pineapple!

Pose a question, turn your music to random, and answer the question with the song that comes up after 7 skips: (We did this “game” all the time in college!)

Will Whitney ever move to California? “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield. Ha! So I’m going to take this as it’s a possibility! Plus, this is “The Hills” theme song so that basically means she will since that was in LA! YAY!


And here are the same questions that she answered about me!:

When, where, and how did you meet?

End of August 2005 during move in week at Gonzaga, we lived in the same suite.

What are your favorite memories with her?

So many!!!  Our last two years at Gonzaga we lived in the same apartment.  Looking back now, I think one of my favorite things is that we would text, or talk through AIM (because we are old enough AIM was popular then!!), and convince the other person to take a study break for One Tree Hill, Guitar Hero, Sonic, or anything else we could think of to get out of studying.

One we still talk about…. the trip to the San Diego Zoo!  It. was. AWFUL!!  It had to be over 100 and I think every exhibit we wanted to see was on the other side of the park from our current location.  We had such poor planning, it was miserable.

What three things does she always carry with her?

Phone, sunglasses, and some kind of sweater/light jacket.

What quality do you admire most about her?

Her modesty in selfless acts.  Sarah is so giving to charities and does a lot of extra things to help improve others’ lives.  She doesn’t do it in a showy way, or looking for recognition or praise, it’s just done because she has a good heart and wants to help support those who have less.

 What item would you steal from her closet?

Pretty much any one of her Rebecca Minkoff or Kate Spade purses…. I miss being roommates so I had two closets to choose from!

If you were ordering a pizza for her, what toppings would you get?

Canadian Bacon with pineapple, but she’ll probably pick off some, if not all, of the pineapple so there is “just the flavor.”

Pose a question….

What best summarizes the theme to Sarah’s upcoming summer break?

“U Can’t Touch This” M.C. Hammer…I’m sorry, but the song game is the boss!…