Thursday, April 22, 2010

Birthing

My 23rd birthday has come and gone.

I of course did not study or prep AT ALL for my third attempt at taking the Praxis II exam that is coming up for me on Saturday. I forsee myself failing again, paying $155 again, and then retaking it in June. Great. I would have prepped or studied but it's the end of the semester and I have so many papers due and projects coming out my ears that I just can't find time to devote to a ridiculous teaching exam.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Floor 16

Yes, I did break out my credit card from the block of ice this past week. Sadly it was not for a fun or exciting reason. Instead it was because I had to use it to register for the Praxis II exam that I am re-taking for a third time. And that damn exam took another $155 from me, $75 of which was just for a late registration fee. Damn you monster!

I have an exam in a few hours in my Paris Through the Centuries course. He posted all the questions online last week, and you would think I'd be comfortable with them all by now, but I'm not. I'm meeting a friend in the class for lunch before the class and hopefully talking about it will help me to retain some of the information. But I am so proud of myself because last night I wrote almost all of my paper for my Ancient Greek hsistory class in under two hours, and it's not even due until tomorrow night. So thankfully, knowing I have a busy day tonight, I won't have to worry as much.

PSP is going to the Arbors tonight for a spring fling dance with the elderly!
And in exciting news: I am joining Phi Betta Kappa :)

Monday, April 12, 2010

Green Eggs and Ham

So NERC weekend came and went, and all I can say is that I had an amazing time. I went to every event and I had a blast bonding with my own Phi Sigma Pi brothers and the visiting brothers from other chapters in our region. The road race went off well on Saturday morning, and then Saturday afternoon we relaxed, napped, and got lunch in Amherst center. After that we had the scavenger hunt at night which was ridiculous, to say the least. My team had a lot of fun and we ended up winning by a longshot. After that Eric had a party at his place and I have to admit that I got pretty messy that night, but had a good time nonetheless.

And now that it's over I'm back to the stress of having none of my work done, and having a Praxis II exam breathing down my next that I can't even register for. I don't even know what I'm going to do and I feel like Teach For America is going to kill me for putting off registering to the point that the Boston locations filled up and now there are no exam seats available.

Today the first graders I work with had an extra block of time for an afternoon recess, and I had such a fun time playing with them outside. I joined a group of the boys in playing freeze tag and it was just really fun to see them enjoying themselves and laughing while I acted like a fool and nearly keeled over because I'm so out of shape. 

And in random news, Chelsea Handler's new book "Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang" is hilarious! I am almost finished with it and it's just as good as her other two.

Friday, April 9, 2010

The Beautiful

I recently saw a commercial on the History channel for their new six-part series titled "America: The Story of Us" and I can't even wait for this to begin in a few weeks. It looks like it will be really well-made and hopefully will bring out some American pride in me. I just hope I don't start tearing up during it! :P

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Hot as Ice

My outlook on life has changed drastically since I froze my credit card in a block of ice a few weeks ago. Since then I have greatly curbed the amount of money I spend, especially on alcoholic beverages. I am planning to leave it frozen until move-out day in the middle of May. Although I do feel rather vulnerable not having that crutch there for rely on. Some have asked why I didn't just cut it up: and I asnwer that my credit card is like my baby! Consider the big freeze as a little "time out" for him, but I would never want to see him destroyed! I may need him in the future...


I determined a paper topic for my "Paris through the Centuries" final project. I am planning to write about the role and status of bakers in pre-French Revolution Paris. Because the price of bread determined the anger of the people towards the government, the bakers were often the first to feel the brunt of the people's anger, and often were met with harsh ends. And when King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were rounded up, the people often referred to them as "the baker and the baker's wife" - and we can't forget the famous quote of Marie's when she heard the peasants were clamoring for more bread: "let them eat cake!" (even though she didn't really say this and this was created by the media to destroy her image). So I'm pretty pumped to dig into that research paper.

On Monday, the weather was really nice out and I was working at Marks Meadow. Because the kids were behaving well, the teacher decided to allow them to have an extra recess right before dismissal. Usually their recess occurs when I'm in class in the mornings, so this was my first time going outside with the first graders. And might I say, I had such a blast with them! I was pushing kids wildly on the swings, and then a group of them ran up to me and got me to chase them around the playground. The kids are so fun to be around and I really enjoy the time I spend in that classroom. My favorite time of the day is lunch when I can sit with them and discuss topics such as recent kids movies, Mario Kart, Wii, and a myriad of other crazy topics that only kids can think up!