Just a girl and her dog..living the life

If today had a tagline, ^ that would be it.

Cheesy. So, so cheesy. I can be quite the cheeseball sometimes. But what is life if you can’t enjoy the small things and make them the big things?? I’ve taken to saying to my students lately, “What is the point of life if you’re not going to put your all into everything you do??” And I normally say this while they’re supposed to be analyzing poetry or working to uncover a new math concept. It’s a lot to expect their young brains to understand, but I’m hoping the constant repetition will sink in! Cuz, really, what is the point of life if you’re not going to give 100% to everything you do?

Anyway. Tangent aside, we had our first Virginia snow day! It truly was laughable. But in the best way possible. All the snow was melted by 11am, but I always vote for safety so I’m all for the decision! And I always vote for fun days off, too.

Kato and I spent the day learning Spanish (through Rosetta Stone offered through my district – so lucky to be one of the first 70 people to sign up and get access!), stretching and mastering some yoga poses, watching a Netflix movie, making egg-free cookie dough to eat from the bowl, getting some last minute things together for the rest of my lesson plans for the week, making Spanish flashcards/labels to put around my apartment, running 4 miles, making pesto pizzas with sausage and cheese on pitas for dinner, and going to our Level II dog training class.

It has to top the list as one of my best snow days ever.

Now, some people say that they wouldn’t know what to do with themselves if they didn’t have a job. My comment on that is simply to reply that I am truly not one of those people!!! Of course I LOVE my job and feel blessed to be doing something that I enjoy, but I’m not going to say that my job/work isn’t exactly that – even with all the fun and great moments that come with teaching, I would still consider it to be a good amount of work. (If it was just my students and I in a classroom all year with a list of things to learn, I probably wouldn’t classify it as work because that’s the fun part. With all the other ‘stuff’ that teachers have to do though, that’s the part that makes it WORK.) Anywayyy, enough defending myself here. I think there are so many purely fun things to do in the world that if I didn’t have a 40-hour a week job (or in my case 50, 60, or 70 haha),  I don’t think I’d ever get bored! But at the same time, some people find running to be akin to torture, so to each his own.


Rambly should forevermore be my nickname! Oh! One more thing – I was thinking today as I clicked onto my site that I would post much more often if there were an easier way to post picture to this site! I just haven’t found a great way to take pictures and easily upload them here that same day. If I could find something that works for me I could see myself writing little snippets more here and there. I’ll have to look into it.

Alright, in the spirit of randomness, I’ll sign out with a good old: Roger that. And to all a good night.


The Beginning

I’m a Virginia girl now, and I have been for almost 6 months now! I’ve also been officially teaching for that same amount of time.

Backtracking — I spent my summer 2014 teaching in an extended school year program in my college town. All my friends had moved home for the summer, but I had a blast enjoying the hot weather, teaching and planning, and tutoring on the side as well. This summer included my half marathon, lots of fresh food, a beach vacation with family, a week spent camping in the woods with family, a new puppy, and then a move south!

A quick update on all fronts:

Living: After looking at lots of places to live here in my new town (and needing to find one that was dog-friendly), I ended up picking a place that was super close to the center of town right near restaurants, cafes, and a beautiful outdoor pavilion that hosts shows every weekend in the summer and turns into an ice skating rink in the winter! It was fun to explore during the warm weather, and the lights have been so pretty during these cold winter months. Now that I’m more settled in, I can’t wait for warm weather again to fully enjoy my little town.

Teaching: The first few months of teaching flew by! I have the best group of students I could ever ask for and I am having an absolute blast every day. Being a teacher is everything I ever imagined. It’s definitely the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but also the most rewarding. I really am so lucky to have the students I have – I fully believe they’re making this first year for me the best it could be.

Kato: Out of everything that I thought would be stressful during this move to a new area and this first year teaching, the only thing that has caused me true stress has been my new dog, KATO! He brings me so much joy though, that I can’t complain too much. He got a new owner, new home state, and new living situation (apartment) all so quickly. It was a lot of change for him, and he didn’t handle it very well. After a few weeks of chewing out of his metal crate every day, I ended up trying to leave him at home with the run of the house. That didn’t work too well because every day I was coming home to poop, pee (even though he’s fully potty trained and can definitely hold it long enough), and everything ruined (couch cushions, remote control, and other random objects he found). I went back and forth so much trying to decide what was best for him – as hard as it would be to give him up, I was almost being selfish by just thinking about how finding him a home where someone was always around would impact me. Eventually though, I decided to try one more thing before exploring that option. I decided it was worth it to spend a biggg chunk of money on an indestructible, military-grade crate. As soon as it arrived, life changed for us!!! He stays in the crate while I’m at work and then we have plenty of exercise and snuggle time when I get home! It’s been so great. We’ve had the crate for a few months now, and he’s getting more used to it. He’s only had a few accidents while I’m at work during the day, and it’s always been after a change in our schedule. After we traveled home for Thanksgiving break and he wasn’t in the crate for a week, the first Monday I left him during the day I came home to a very sad gift all over the crate and the dog! It took me a few hours to fully clean everything and get it back to normal. I’ve had to do that a few times since, and I’m really hoping it’s something he might grow out of. He passed his first obedience class at the end of October and we’re now enrolled in our second one! At the end of this one, if he has progressed enough, he can take the Canine Good Citizen test and officially have that label. I’m excited for him! He listens really well and is the perfect buddy for me.


A few other random updates:

I bought a new car at the end of August! A 2014 Ford Focus. I always said I would never have a car payment and I wouldn’t buy a new car, so those are my famous last words haha. It has been amazing to have a completely reliable car that has zero issues.

I turned 24! That sounds so old! We celebrated my birthday at a comedy club in D.C. and ate an amazing dinner beforehand.