Thursday, May 28, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Last friday (prior to my big day at the Children's Museum!) I was woken up to my phone ringing and my husband telling me that all the secretaries at school saw a picture of him on the news that morning. That could only mean one thing.... I won the contest!! Over 200 photo's were entered, and they picked mine!
I called the photo "Laughter, Love, and Chocolate".
I gave the camera to Junior's mom, Jaimie, as she doesn't have a digital camera. It came just in time for her birthday, and made a wonderful gift!
I still can't believe I won!!!!!
(Our outfit coordination was not at all planned. Seriously, we are just that good!)
Last week was Jaimie's 23rd birthday. She decided to get a sitter, so we could go out and have fun for her big day. We started at Roja to enjoy delicious mexican food and tasty margarita's.
Have you had Roja margarita's?? they are deliciouso!
Mike and I had spent the day graduation party-hopping for all his seniors. Needless to say, we had already eaten everything in sight, but managed to make room for Roja. Doesn't Mike look miserable ;o)
We ended up at Lit lounge for a couple drinks. Dancing was involved :)
Here is the photographic proof that dancing occured. Somehow I lost the picture of me dancing..... weird.
Then we headed back to our house so the DD's could partake in a drink as well. More dancing ensued, as well as some Jenga!
Clearly, I put a lot of thought into Jenga. This was such a fun night! We need to do it again really soon!
- 1. Run a 10k.
- 2. Train for a half marathon.
- 3. Take a cake decorating class.
- 4. Read. A lot.
- 5. Photography class.
I finally made my list for number 4. I am always open for additional suggestions. Here is my list, in no particular order.
Eat, Pray, Love- Elizabeth Gilbert
Naked- David Sedaris
Me Talk Pretty One Day- David Sedaris
Dress Your Family in Cordoroy and Denim- David Sedaris
When you are Engulfed in Flames- David Sedaris
Tipping point- Malcolm Gladwell
Take the Canoli- Sarah Vowell
Assassination Vacation- Sarah Vowell
A Wolf at the Table- Augusten Burroughs
Possible Side Effects- Augusten Burroughs
Dry- Augusten Burroughs
Running With Scissors- Augusten Burroughs
Sellevision- Augusten Burroughs
Love is a mixed tape- Rob Sheffield
Hot, Flat, & Crowded- Thomas Friedman
Water for Elephants- Sara Gruen
I Was Told There Would Be Cake- Sloane Crosely
The photography class is a work in progress. First, I need to get a SLR. I have my eyes set, now I am just searching for a deal I can't resist.
I love nothing more than making lists, and crossing things off. Can't wait to finish all these books this summer, and do things I want to do!
Now to find a pool to lounge next too :)
Junior's mom, Jaimie was able to come with us, which was a pleasant treat as she typically has to work on Friday's. We met for lunch, and then headed down to the museum. After Jess and I got our bearings straight (and were clear on where exactly we were going, haha!), we were in for a lot of fun.
Junior couldn't stop running back and forth, deciding what to play with and do first! We started in a play room that Junior loved.
Next, Junior played with a water display. He enjoyed watching what the other boys were doing, and imitating them. Nothing makes the school psych aunt happier than seeing those steps in play emerge! But I am geeking out....
Junior loved the slides. While sliding down with mom was fun.....
its was fun for Junior to go by himself! I promise he's laughing!
We got to milk a cow....
We got to play with balls! Junior loved when they floated magically....
Junior got to watch Aunt Jen put on a puppet show for him. It lasted a whole two seconds before he realized it was me, and he wanted a puppet too :)
And of course, Junior's favorite activity was the fire truck. He loved to drive it, and would make the siren sounds. Here he is, driving and supplying his own sirens !
There is so much to do at the Children's Museum, I am sure we will be back again soon! Hopefully Junior isn't too upset that the fire truck was a traveling exhibit :(
To start the evening off, some of the second year students unveiled the cakes they decorated especially for this event. While they are only humorous if you are affiliated with School psychology and our program at UNO, they were delicious and enjoyed by all :)
I mean really, what school psych party is complete without a cake dedicated to the RtI process? Does the acronym strike your fancy? Learn about it here.
And what can I say about WAK??? During lectures Brian always reminded us what was "walking around knowledge". While I cannot recall who began calling it "WAK" I can confirm we all enjoyed bringing that work back into our daily vocabulary!
Plenty of food was had, desserts devoured, and laughs were abundant. I am sure going to miss everyone. As some of us still anxiously await our internship placements, others are making plans for positions across the country... one as far away as Alaska!
Cheers to good friends. I can't wait to see what happens next.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
This journey has not been an easy one. I have questioned who I am, who I have become, and my ambitions, only to uncover the true me- hidden deep within. Finishing has been bittersweet. I am ready to enter the "real world" full of idealistic goals for the future, but I will miss academia. I will miss my peers and the comfort of a professor's guidance.
My eyes look towards tomorrow with an open mind and an open heart. I am ready for the joys and challenges my career will bring. I look forward to making a difference. I am anxious to test my idealism in a world full of realism, and finding the happy medium.
I am content as I settle into me....