Friday, December 31, 2010

Craft Rooms

Someday I hope to design and LIVE in my very own craft room. 

I want it to have lots of windows that overlook something beautiful like this
or this
or this

But in the meantime I can make do with little craft stations like this

or even this adorable travel size craft station!

I bet I could find room on some wall for a cabinet craft station

 But if I had a little more room I would love this hidden armoire craft station

I need an extra room. sigh. 

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Birthday Post: Abra

Happy Birthday Abby! 
You are a fantastic roommate. 
You make me laugh so hard I cant see. 
I love having you in my life.

I hope your 24th year is as blessed as the rest have been.
Love you


I was sitting at lunch with brother and bestie yesterday and we were reminiscing on one of our favorite childhood memories. One day after school the t.v. was on in the kitchen when we were getting snacks. The Maury show was on and he was making guests confront their fears.  We died laughing when this guest, Fifi, was forced to be in the same room with a cat. Her reaction was so memorable we continue talk about it all these years later. I think the most interersting- coincidental part of the whole episode is the fact that her name is Fifi! Something I would most definitely pair to a cat.

It got me thinking about if I have any phobias. If I would act that crazy at the sight or sound of something. Indeed I do. Roaches. I detest them. Detest. I have a fear of them but an even bigger fear of killing them. I hate the sound it makes, the way it squishes. SICK! I hate everything about them. When I see them I scream.

As many of you know I also hate New Years. I guess you could say fears are heightened for me around this time. With the seconds ticking to the close of 2010 I am reminded of my accomplishments but also my failures with each echoing tick. My fear of not meeting a goal for the year bolts to the front of my mind as time runs out. Anxiety sets in as I evaluate the quality of my year. Was it everything I had hoped it had been? Did I take full advantage of everything I was in control of? Did I try to control too much of it and lose sight of my main focus? Which ball did I drop?

I heard this somewhere. Life is a game of juggling 5 balls, family, friends, faith, health and work. Work is a rubber ball and if dropped will bounce back up but the other 4 are glass. If any of the other 4 are dropped they can be permanently scuffed, marked, cracked or even shattered making repair difficult if not impossible.
I know this year I have been exhausted for a good portion. Looking back during that time my juggling was off. I was running around trying to catch each ball from falling before it was too late. Sometimes even diving to catch a ball. No wonder I was exhausted!
All of the 5 have a strong connection with each other and the loss of one affects the others. Look down at your feet. Which of your life's balls are on the ground? Look in the air. What balls are you juggling? Are there balls at your feet because you have added balls to juggle? Are you fighting to keep a 6th or 7th ball in the game?

As we start this New Year instead of resolutions and goals, I just want to be more aware of my game. How's my juggling skill? The better I get the more balanced my life will be.

So Happy New Year to you and yours.
May God bless your 2011.

La Beast

Saturday, December 25, 2010

"O come let us adore Him"

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” - Isaiah 9:6

aaaaaaaaaaaaand somewhere along the way in these past 2000 some years we have associated His birth with the decorating of trees and hanging of stockings.

(Pictures of my house in Austin with Instax)

Im at the farm this weekend spending time with loved ones :)
I wish you and yours a VERY Merry Christmas

Friday, December 24, 2010

Tiny Dancer Christmas Party

Last night the girls and I got together for our annual Christmas party. 
Only this year we HAD to play with my new toy

of course "la naomi" and I have the same camera!

Isnt my new Instax fun? 

Thursday, December 23, 2010

A Very Merry Birthday

to this young lady. Today she turns 25.
Have a very Merry Birthday Kelly!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Whip my hair?

Since when did whipping of the hair paint a room?
Just got a little insight of the role models my eleven year olds are looking up to these days.

Maybe I should incorporate this into a lesson?

Sunday, December 19, 2010


Last weekend I went to my very first Cowboys game.
The fan that I am, you'd figure I would have made it out to a game at least once in my 24 years. 
However, It wasn't my first time to the stadium- saw Paul McCartney there last year-
but it was still an experience.

They played my favorite team (sarcasm),The Eagles, and lost but it was still worth it.
To be in the same room with Miles Austin was excitement enough!

Plus I got to sit next to this cute boy:)


New Toy

Last week I got a new toy.
We are new best friends. 

Thursday, December 9, 2010

I have an itch.
To drop everything.
And explore.
To laugh.
To discover
To learn.

Wanna come?

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

RIP John

Im not going to post an expected post about the legend that is John Lennon.  His music is brilliant- we all know.

Today I found this sweet video of John and Yoko. Ive never really been a fan of Yoko but after this video my heart smiled and broke at the same time.

They are so in love. I started thinking if the love of my life was taken away from me like that...Id be broken. 110% in shambles.

Well here's to not only a great musician but also to a great love that was lost 30 years ago today.
RIP John

Saturday, December 4, 2010

What I love about Austin::: {Market Days}

The months of October and November had me bolting around the country (or mainly just to Dallas) like a rockstar every weekend. Which is why I was looking forward to a weekend in Austin exploring this fantastic place I call home.

Today Abra and I escaped the hustle and bustle to a quaint little town an hour or so outside of Austin in Wimberley, Texas. Our "work mom" took us to Market Days which happens the first weekend of the month from March to December. Located in the hills outside of Austin it was a very refreshing morning  with two of my favorite people.

Among the treasures there undoubtably has to be those things you see and say to yourself "WHO would buy that?!!?!" Which is exactly the conversation we had when we saw these

Clip on DOG HEADS.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Hello World. Youre a 1000

I posted 8 times in the month of November.

8 times.

Either Im too busy or too boring to keep this blog alive. 
Starting this blog while living abroad is a hard act to follow. My days may not seem as exciting as London or as breathtaking as the Egyptian pyramids but in actuality they are. Today I was reminded of the beautiful world God hand picked me for in my windowless office Rm ###.  An office with green walls decorated with original artwork with original signatures. An office where I conference 5 times in the workday with 113 of  my employees. An office where the Glee soundtrack is background noise. An office where specific hand gestures are required passwords to enter and leave the room. An office where my business changes the future. 

My office might not be as architecturally divine as the Duomo in Florence, or as stunning as the Eiffel Tower...but to me its more.  My classroom walls are adorned with original student work with original student signatures. After a "conference" my students pack up their things and leave most chairs pushed in, some chairs not.....some chairs sideways. Silent students working, on task, with lights dim while Glee whispers melodically from the corner.  Quizzing students at the door on their hand gestures learned to remember heat transfer is a genius trick for any bouncer.

A room filled with opportunities.... yeah to me this world is breathtaking, awe-inspiring and 100% perfect. 

Its tough to have an explorer's soul. Always wanting to be somewhere else, discovering life in a new place. To have a deep passion to see the wonders of the world. But today I was reminded that one of the greatest wonders of this brilliant world is found in my office, everyday. I get it all to myself and I get to see it 

Children laughing, children learning and Issac Newton and his attractive beard on the board. 

Hello world, You're a 1000

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving Smanksgiving

Thanksgiving has been my favorite holiday since I was a young tot (see photo above) but I am sad to say that the holiday I look forward to all year is quickly becoming a non-holiday or a noliday in my family.
Yes I look forward to the food. Yes I look forward to football, but neither of these things can be enjoyed if the whole family isnt together.

Ever since my grandfathers passing, my brother moving to Florida and my aunt deciding not to travel on holidays Thanksgiving is just NOT the same. So I sit in this awkward stage. The stage between my childhood traditions and creating new traditions with my future family. Its just uncomfortable. It doesn't feel right. Like Oreos without the creme filling. Like your shoes on the wrong feet.

So instead of playing football in the yard, or dominating puzzles with the cousins. I sat in  one spot on the couch for 6 HOURS. I watched the Cowboys disappoint (close game) and the Aggies pull through for a win against the Longhorns (WHOOP!)

Am I changing? Could it be that Im..... ready...? Shhh I dont want to say the word. But am I getting to the point where my spontaneity and freedom is settling down and being replaced by another desire? A desire to... wed? Oh great.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Never Have I Ever...

...thought so much about my own wedding than I have in the last 48 hours.
I am not the kind of girl who
  • buys bridal magazines
  • looks at engagement rings
  • decides on bridesmaids dresses
  • picks wedding venues before I even have a boy toy
  • makes a wedding scrapbook
  • doodles my name with the last name of any guy who speaks to me
and I definitely wont be doing those things for a while BUT I will blame a couple of things that are contributing to this wedding coma.

1. Prince Williams Engagement
Even though I'd pick his ginger brother, the thought of their nuptials make me giddy. The sight of that stunning sapphire gives me a feeling comparable to the time when every student in the room writes their name on their paper. FIRST and LAST. The feeling that makes the corners of mouth my curl and warms the cockles of my heart. 

2. Christmastime
Christmastime is home to many of my favorite things including but not limited to the NSYNC christmas album, grandmas fudge cookies, and annual happy hours. But there is something else Im looking forward to other than Red CUPS at starbucks...Its a little game I like to call.... "Predict how many people you know will get engaged between Thanksgiving and New Years". Always entertaining. Always shocking. Always at least 6 people.

Who will it be this year?

3. This Girl
Maid of Honor is definitely an honor when you get to work with this superstar. For starters she's hot. But other than that, her brilliant organizational skillzzz make me second guess my shambles of a brain and how I will ever throw myself a wedding with the mess and a half that I am. The insight makes me want to start NOW...even if it may be a while.

4. This song
This song came on my Pandora Station a couple weeks ago and I cant stop listening to it. Not helping matters

5. 1 in 4 of everyone I know is engaged. 
Either I only know 4 people or thats a lot of wedding.

6. My students
I cant go 3 days without having this conversation at work
Student: "Who is your husband?"
Me:"I dont have one"
S:"You dont?"
M:"Nope :)"
S:"ummmmmmmmm...You dont?"
M:"Nope. I have too much to do before I have a husband"
S:"But you're too pretty not to have a husband"
M:"Thank you, student. Ill go ahead and keep you in my back pocket now and pull you out for future times when Im feeling down on myself"

SO I will end with this.

Im not complaining. Im not unhappy. Im not craving a wedding or even a marriage at that. I am just stating that I've started to have thoughts and maybe some opinions about what that day(english countryside) in the far future (british) may look like (wearing glasses). Thanks world.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Abra works out

Today I came home and my roommate was doing her not so daily workout.....

to this video

Catch her doing it again next Tuesday!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Harvard Sailing Team

This is a video of the Harvard Improv Team acting like girls
Sad but true

sometimes Im embarrassed to be a girl.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

and enjoyed

What do footed onsies 

Bearded dogs

and waffles for dinner all have in common?

Celebrating Alli's 25th  15th birthday party....
Hanson was listened to
and enjoyed.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


While its hard to support and rally for such a disappointing season, I still remain loyal to my Cowboys. Their, what could have been, cinderella season has proven to fall short (how long is short?) of such a fairytale ending. My frustration grows each week but my feet deeper still. Im not going anywhere...Cowboys fan for life.

Jones may have gotten one thing right, firing of Wade Phillips mid season, but I still cant help but greive a little. Sure Phillips is ridiculously wealthy, sure he should retire anyway. Sure who cares about a footbal coach...that sucks... But someone out there tonight wont be sleeping. Will lay eyes wide shut recounting mistakes and questioning "what next".

If only Phillips could have pulled tricks like this

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Saturday Mornings

I woke up to the sounds of a sleeping house. The vent whistled with streams of warm air flushing my face. I held my eyes shut. I didnt want to know what time it was. I swung my arm around my body to the bedside table fumbling for Nokia 1999. A bottle of lotion and a tv remote later I finally grasp my cell phone "6:39 AM....crap!" I immediately blamed Nokia 1999 for my lateness. I set her alarm! or did i? I conversed with my thoughts and came to the conclusion...I passed out last night in bed at 9:30 still wearing what I wore to work.( 2nd time this week) No alarm was set.

I sigh imagining the future of this day. I guess it will be another circus at work. Balancing papers on spinning pencils from every limb and facial feature while doing cartwheels trying to dodge kids and their repetitive questions. If I hear one more student ask "Ms Terry whats my grade?" I might explode and go climb Mt Everest or something drastic. I love how they wait until the Friday of the marking period to worry about their grade.

Wait. Friday? YES....yesterday was FRIDAY. Which means no 6:30 wake up call.  My toes began to dance and my fingers did a little shift and point, still too tired to expose my excitement full out. I roll back over hug my pillow and fall fast asleep. I had more dreaming to do.

Its a beautiful Saturday morning while doing laundry and cleaning.
I hope you got to sleep in a little today.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Happy Halloween

I hate halloween. Im all for creativity and dressing up, but not when the majority of the population uses it as an excuse to get wasted and wear as little of clothing as possible. I'd covered in cockroaches than put on a cat woman or bunny costume. Actually, there are a couple miserable things I'd rather do than celebrate  Halloween... for example

a) do the dishes
b) talk to a stranger about politics
c) listen to "the situation" talk about his abs

But I do love pumpkins, I do love painting and I do love penguins. 
 Combining those three things brings me great pleasure. 

(I also love men in scarfs and men in glasses. even if my man is just a penguin on a pumpkin)

Monday, October 25, 2010

When I got home it looked like this

I wish I had time to think up pranks. 
Sometime in the near future.. It'll happen
I predict the prankster side of me will surface before you know it
and it will be a circus show.
get ready

Happy Birthday Elise

Happy Birthday Elise!
25 on the 25th.
Your star birthday
 Holy Moly

Sunday, October 24, 2010

OSU homecoming

 This weekend Pearl and I decided to take a cool cat like this
 all the way to Oklahoma for OSU's homecoming game against Nebraska to wear foam fingers like this

but most importantly to visit my cousin Lora (and TB) and take a picture like this

 and have a fun weekend of tailgating and football.

What I didn't realize was that OSU homecoming is ridiculous.
The fraternities pair up with a sorority and make things like this
The house decorations rotate, spin, shift, open and do all things magical
which makes us curious and do things like this

Check out the house decoration that won from last year by watching this.

Tiny Dancer photo shoot at the Eastern Market

The trip to DC was exactly what I needed... what we all needed. Nothing can turn stress and worries away like laughter, shopping and champaign. Love these girls more than I can ramble on about on a blog post. 
We missed Elise, Sterlyn and Emily (the remaining tiny dancers)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Moments like this fire me up.

I am blessed only by His hand.

Happy Friday ya'll.