Sunday, December 30, 2007

2007

I enjoy looking back through the year and going through all my memories. As I transfer things from my old calendar to my new one, I see how different my year was from previous ones. This past year was filled with a LOT of change, some that was good and some that I am still working through. There were definite high's and low's. I look forward to see where God places me and what new adventure lies in my future!

So many thoughts

As I have mentioned in past blogs, I went to California over the summer and fell in love (again) with being there. And then you know after you are on a vacation you think about it for a while wishing you were back in that place once again?! That happened to me!! And then when I would watch shows that had scenery from Cali and all those thoughts and feelings would be triggered. In addition to that, for the past 3 weeks I have thought about California EVERY single day. I miss seeing the ocean, the mountains, the warm weather, and the atmosphere. I have thought about what it would be like to live and work out there. This would be a big change and not as easy as it may seem.

I haven't talked about my thoughts much because in my world it is kind of tricky. Do you have any family or friends that put expectations on you and if you don't fufill them in some way you disappoint them? I am well aware that I live my life and that this is their boundary issue, but these impressions still haunt me a bit. Yet I don't want these things to hinder me from living my life. I don't want to live by fear or regrets.

I can't wait to see what will happen with my life.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Blessings

I would like to wish all my family and friends (and whoever else reads this) a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! I pray that you would enjoy this important day to its fullest. Blessings to you on this Christmas Day!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Movie time

Despite how busy getting ready for Christmas can be, it is utterly important to get in a few flicks. This past week I saw "National Treasure" (for the first time), "National Treasure 2", and "American Gangster". So far so good. I am looking forward to watching a bunch more over my break...finally it looks like some decent chick flicks have come out as well!!!!!

Have you seen anything lately that you think is worth my time to check out?????

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Why

What is it about the holidays that bring about the following. As a single, available girl I do pretty well with balancing the whole fact that I do not have that special someone in my life. I go about my business, enjoy life, work towards my goals, and I am not consumed and don't have that feeling of doom lingering over me since I am not currently dating (I know some that do). But for some reason around the holidays that all gets thrown out the window. Why? I would thoroughly love to have those warm fuzzy feelings and contemptment with that "person" (I can hear some of you now, "it doesn't look like it appears" or "that will fade" blah blah blah, let me enjoy it for a time). But that is not going to happen before Christmas in three days. So I will seize the moment and enjoy my time now with my family and friends and work through those feelings that won't be met. I know that one of these holidays these feelings will be met and I look forward to that day.

Friday, December 21, 2007

A new tradition...that I LOVE!



This family is near and dear to me!!! I have been watching these four boys for almost two years. Through that time I have become not only very close to Jordan, Taylor, Dylan, and Kode, but also super good friends with Erik and Ang. We took a road trip to California this summer, which was an absolute blast. So many stories to tell and laughs to laugh! One of the places we ate at a few times and enjoyed while we were out there was Baja Fresh.


For the past few months, we have made a tradition of eating Baja one night a week and just hanging out together. I thoroughly look forward to this time of rough housing, laughing, eating, catching up on life, having good conversation, watching movies, or just chillin'! I love this time to reconnect after whatever any of us have been through that week. I continue to look forward to these Baja nights as each week comes!


As I write this I am reminded of one of my New Years resolutions from this year which was

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Christmas in a week

Christmas is such an exciting time of year! I love it. And what I have really enjoyed this year is starting to celebrate and enjoy the Christmas season early. So many people had their lights up earlier than normal or maybe they usually have them up but now they turned them on earlier. And listening to Christmas music even before Thanksgiving has really gotten me in the mood. I have been shopping and wrapping and boy it is just fun...and exhausting. What I can't seem to get is, how I wait in anticipation for this great celebration, yet it doesn't feel like Christmas will be in a week. I want to soak every second up and remember what this time is really all about!!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Good News!!!

Classes were canceled for me today! I am thrilled. Not only do I not have to go, but we don't have to make the day up. What a relief to not have to drive in this ice storm. What I am most excited about is getting all those things done around the house that I just haven't had time for lately like: organizing my closet, going through piles of paper, watching a movie, finishing up my homework, and wrapping Christmas gifts. Some of this doesn't sound like fun, but I can't wait to do it and feel like so accomplished.

I pray that all of you make it safe in wherever you need to go today!

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Yippeee

I am pleased to announce that I passed BOTH state exams for teaching. WAHOOOO!!!!!!! I was pleasantly surprised by the results. Thank you to those who prayed and encouraged me, I couldn't have done it without you!!!! Two tests down, one to go.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Late bloomer

Text messaging...I do it all the time now. Before I use to hate it! I thought it was so rude when people would just whip out their phone and text. (I do think there is tact on how and when to text...we'll save that for another time.) And now, I find myself loving it. It has come in handy so many times, I love being able to communicate when I can't talk on the phone. It's great. I know, I am way behind the times, but I guess it's better late than never.

On my phone, I don't have one of those nifty full keyboards, I have to wait forever to spell some words. So to help me we all "create" words that aren't spelled correctly but say what we are trying to communicate. I have found that this has come in handy when taking notes at school. It's crazy I am using numbers in my note taking and funny abbreviations. If someone looked at my school notes they would laugh. An interesting thing is that some of it is carrying over into how I am typing up papers...now this is bad. I have to make a conscious thought sometimes to spell a word properly instead of in "text" format.

A habit I am trying to be more careful about is texting while I am driving. It's a hard one to break, but I just need to pick more appropriate times to text.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Bear Down Chicago Bears...

Oh my gosh!!!!!!!! Today I went to the Bears game. It was AMAZING!!! In case you do not know they played the Denver Broncos. A friend of mine gave me the tickets and we sat on the 50 yard line, 17 rows from the field. We sat with all of the coaches wives and their families. I have never been so close to that field (and probably will never get a chance to sit that close again)! I mean you could actually see the players, they weren't miniatures...which is what I am use when I sit in the nose bleed section.

The first half was good, the game was back and forth with not a lot of action. I think I was in shock during the first part on just how close we were to the field and the excitement of the game. Then the second half started and boy if you missed the first few minutes of the third quarter you should be kicking yourself! Hester runs a return back for a TD. And then a few minutes later he runs another return back for another TD. The guy is a maniac!!!

Thank goodness for the special teams because they did a tremendous job in keeping the score close. During the fourth quarter I don't think I ever sat down. The game was intense and nerve racking towards the end. Everyone was so pumped to have tied the score at the end of the game to go into overtime...and the rest is history. Sexy Rexy throws a long past to Clark who has hands like glue and bam we are in field position for a field goal. And few...no interceptions or fumbles and the Bears go on to win the game.

WOW!!!! That was the most exciting game ever!!!! Thanks for the tickets (you know who you are).

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Turkey time!

Happy Thanksgiving you all!!!! I am so thankful for each and everyone of you this season!

As I was sitting thinking about what this day means, I couldn't help but be reminded of God's love for me (as cliche as that may sound, it's true). I am thankful for His grace that He gives me each day. I continually make mistakes but yet He loves me in spite of them. Thank you God that "from the broken earth, flowers come up, pushing through the dirt (Wholly Yours, by David Crowder)!!!" You use me in any shape I am in and you help mold me into who and what you want me to be.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Schools in session

I am officially back in college. Class started Monday and 3 weeks from Wednesday I should be all finished. It is going to go by so fast!!! Despite the intense work load, I think I am really going to enjoy this reading diagnosis class! It is practical and I can apply it to the students I am currently tutoring. Some aspects will be stretching because they are new, but in the big picture this will be very beneficial for my career.

Today we had our first pop quiz...this teacher doesn't mess around. One day of class and then boom. And it is weird to think, you miss one class and really it's like you are missing a whole week of class.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Ideas...anyone??????

Help please!!!!!!!!!!!!

There are no good "toys" coming out this year. There is nothing that my 11 year old brother would like. So, I have been racking my brain and at the mall looking for some Christmas gift ideas for him. Some of his interests are: playing basketball, skateboarding, golfing, the White Sox, the Bears, the Wii, and his ipod. Does anyone have any suggestions on what to get him?

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Tis the Season

This past week I watched 2 Christmas movies. In years past, I don't know if I've even watched one, except for the year that "Elf"came out. The movies that I watched were "Deck the Halls" and "Jingle All the Way". I gotta tell you, there is something about watching Christmas movies that gets me even more excited for Christmas. Where's the snow? When can I go ice skating? Christmas is only 6 weeks away! I need to get a move on the shopping, menu planning....

Thursday, November 08, 2007

A new song

When I work out in the morning, NOTHING good is on T.V., so I end up watching music videos. Believe me, this is not a highlight since I am repulsed by most of them. Although, Fergie's song "Clumsy" I think is a very unique and creative and clean video.

Well there is a song that has been playing and when MTV gives the artist and other info, it always says "Undefined". It drove me crazy, because I couldn't find out who the band was or what the name of the song was. BUT, today I searched high and low and found it.

I can't believe...it was Linkin Park. To me, they have a different sound so I didn't recognize it. I love this song "Shadow of the Day"...not sure about the video.

Check out the song and video http://www.mtv.com/overdrive/?id=1518072&vid=182628
and let me know what you think.

I haven't heard this on the radio yet, why not?

Monday, November 05, 2007

Stress

I have been under an amazing amount of stress lately. There is just a TON of things that I need to get done along with normal life activities. I have been tested and stretched beyond measure. My shoulders are a disaster because I hold my stress in there. What is funny is that I thought I was doing things correctly...working out, deep breathing, praying, listening to soothing music, getting enough sleep...Sometimes I guess that just doesn't cut it. I wonder what I could have done differently.

After this weekend, I assumed that my stress levels would reduce, but it seems as though I cannot "unwind". With the holidays being around the corner, I am concerned. I LOVE to enjoy these seasons in all ways possible. Seeing Christmas decorations in the stores and hearing Christmas music on the radio is totally getting me excited. BUT...How am I going to do it? How will I fit everything in and let alone enjoy every second of it.

Any ideas on how to not allow stress to take over my mind or my body?

Friday, November 02, 2007

Attire

This week I ran into a couple of interesting things.

1. The other day I was listening to the radio and they were talking about people who wear cowboy boots...other than cowboys. Their stance was that people who wear them are trying to make a statement. The conclusion was that if you wear cowboy boots are you good in bed. Then listeners called in to share their thoughts on other items that people wear that say the same thing. I started thinking and said, ok I know no one who wears cowboy boots. Then this past week I encountered 2 people that I know who wore them. I about bust out laughing, wondering if they knew the connotation behind the boots. I will never look at cowboy boots the same.

2. This was just gross. I saw a man who was wearing normal shorts to the knee but they were sweats. Ok, fine...maybe he just worked out or something. The thing that was alarming was when he turned around you could tell me wasn't wearing underwear, the shorts were going right up his crack. Men go commando too????? Yikes. And yes he turned around again and it was so obvious and GROSS!!! Put on some boxers, briefs, even whitie tighties!!!!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

You just never know

If you don't already know, I am not a big fan of Christian music. I enjoy some really good worship stuff and maybe a few others, but that is about it. (I won't go into why I think this way.)

To my surprise, Christian music and even Christian radio helped me keep the right perspective and attitude this past week. Let me explain.

One day last week I showed up to work and found out that I was going to have a difficult day ahead of me. A million negative thoughts were running through my head...I was trying to reorganize my thought pattern. And then I heard a familiar song. The family had a Christian radio station playing in all of the rooms of the house. It was great hearing some "words of wisdom" to help me and not allow me to let my thoughts and frustrations take over how I was thinking or acting. And for the record, this family isn't a "church" family.

Over the weekend I decided to have my "worship" play list from my ipod going while I studied or worked at my computer. This brought such a calmness to me and helped remind me what life and circumstances is all about.

I guess what I am saying is that despite my thoughts about Christian music, there is a definite time and place that it can minister to my soul, help me control my thoughts, and just remind me that there is more to life than what we have here.

I am going to try to be more open minded about Christian music. We'll see what happens.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Is this your dad?

I saw this clip on T.V. yesterday and was laughing so hard. I would be terrified if my father decided to do this (which he would only participate in to embarrass us kids). They go around performing at parades. Watch the video below and you will see what I mean.


video

Since they are in Illinois, next time there is a parade, I may need to go check this site out!

Guitar Hero for the Wii

Today my brother got guitar hero. I have not really been into video games since super mario brothers and contra which was back in junior high. But, I have enjoyed playing the wii here and there. Something I always wanted to learn how to do was to play the guitar. Unfortunately, I just don't have the patience to do it.

As my brothers were glued to playing guitar hero for most of the afternoon, I thought I'd give it a try. I had a lot of fun playing it, man even my fingers were a bit sore. A lot of the music is good because it is from when I was growing up or songs that I enjoy like "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" or songs from "Smashing Pumpkins" and "The Killers".

I don't see myself playing this on a regular basis, but it is fun to act like you really know how to play the guitar. Considering that other interactive games like Dance Dance Revolution are nearly impossible for me to get the hang of.

Friday, October 26, 2007

I miss it

This morning while I was working out, the video for "Mr. Brightside" by The Killers was playing. Whenever I hear any songs from that album I sing along and never get tired of hearing them. While I was listening, this song brought me back to a place.

I was in culinary school when this album came out. I purchased it and can remember playing it at school while we planned a culinary event. Then those thoughts led me to when I worked in Atwaters. The following are many thoughts I had while thinking about working in that great restaurant: There were so many firsts for me while I was there, ipod, shot, working in a restaurant...I remember getting a second after preparing a few dishes and running out into the bar to check on the score of the White Sox World Series, or taking the blame for a co-workers dumb mistakes or wondering how did I ever get the opportunity to work in a 4 diamond restaurant or just getting off work super late and going out or getting my new car or practicing my spanish and learning all kinds of new words.

The thing I miss the most is working with such a uniquely talented, diversified group of people who loved and accepted you.

It made me sad to think about these good times and to not be a part of them any longer. Maybe some day I will be back using my talents in the kitchen, but for now I am on another journey.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Blog tagged?

I have never heard of such a thing, but because my friend Sharon tagged me, I am responding to her challenge. And in return, I am tagging Angela. (Some of my friends need to get blogs or personal blogs so I can tag them too.) I am suppose to share 7 facts about myself that you don't know.

1. I broke my arm 2 times in elementary school.

2. Two of my favorite shows to watch when I was in high school were "Ricki Lake" and "A Different World".

3. A few days ago I took my 14 year old sister driving in my (stick shift) car.

4. I want to try parasailing so bad!!!

5. I am scared and nervous to date and get married.

6. I will probably never have pets in my house unless its a fish.

7. I am not ready to turn in my flip flops for the fall and winter weather we are having.

Monday, October 22, 2007

A fresh start

Oh YEAH!!!!

I am so excited, thankful, and relieved that today is a new day and the beginning of a new week. Last week was completely out of control in so many ways, shapes, and forms. I am refreshed and have a new outlook, hope, and excitement (which to be honest, I am a bit surprised). I am expecting great things to happen today and this week despite being in the midst of my last 2 weeks to study and prepare for my tests.

Thanks God that you care about all the details of my life, you pour out your favor, and are willing to carry me through this season!!!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Movies

I am suppose to watch these movies from school for one of my classes. When my prof handed them to me, one of the was a VHS and the other was a DVD. I was thinking in my head, are you kidding me? Who the heck has a machine to play a VHS tape? After racking my brain I recalled an old T.V. that I got when I graduated from highschool, it was one that had the tape thing built into the T.V.. I gladly found this unit at my parents house.

Can I just tell you how weird it was watching it. You can hear the tape moving forward and then when you stop it, it makes a big noise. I forgot how noisy it was. And then...you have to rewind it and man that takes a long time.

One week from tonight "Run's House" is back on...YEAH!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

A dreaded day

I didn't think my day would be so frustrating, overwhelming, and full of emotion.

I am in the midst of studying for 2 huge exams. They are each 5 hours long and I will take both of them in about 3 weeks. I have studied for the first test and today I began reading the objectives for the 2nd one. I began to realize that I really have to study A LOT for this test because they are covering information that I am not very familiar with.

I began highlighting all of the things that I needed to get books on or research online so that I could refresh my memory. I began to wonder how I was to get all of this accomplished let alone study for the test. I began to doubt my ability. I have never considered myself "smart", people say oh well you have 2 degrees. That doesn't mean a dang thing, I had to work really hard for those, school/learning does not come easy to me. Plus things don't stick, I can learn something for a test and then it goes in one ear and out the other.

Here's the other problem, I have to know all these concepts...but I don't have a clue of the specifics. How indepth do I study these topics? Is it a general overview or what? So needless to say I lost a little control of myself. I was feeling overwhelmed and wondering how I would get all of this crap done plus all the other **** I have to do. I was pissed, angry, sad, confused, irritated...just emotional.

I hung out at the library this afternoon, oh that is my favorite place (not) searching for books, until I decided to ask for help. To my surprise this woman found some helpful study guides for me to purchase. Borders here I come. I was thankful to find a book, I don't even care that I don't have the money to get it. It will be well worth it.

Yes, I am still overwhelmed, but I feel now as though I have a direction and a map to follow. These next few weeks will be hell. I keep reminding myself that this is only temporary, God will help me, the Holy Spirit will guide me, and I will make it!!!!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Don't do enough

One of the things that I really enjoy doing is traveling. There is nothing better than seeing a new part of the world, experiencing a new culture, tasting some delicious cuisine...Unfortunately I don't get to partake in this hobby very often. What hit me tonight was that if I wait around for the right friend to take a trip with me or when I have enough money or whatever, precious time is wasting away. In a book that I am reading the author talks about how she has taken several trips by herself and how rewarding and healthy it is. I have taken one trip by myself (to Vegas) and enjoyed it. I was able to eat whenever, whatever, and wherever I wanted, relax when I wanted, and do whatever the heck I wanted. With that said, I am being encouraged to do the unthinkable and go on my own vacation. Off to look for flights!!!!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Oh the weather outside is....

I am trying to get some studying done for these HUGE tests that I have to take in a few weeks. I really do love being in my sweats with a blanket on in the midst of this abrupt cold weather we are having. With these chilly temps, I can't help but think of Thanksgiving and Christmas. I just love those times of the year. So many houses are decorated with their fall leaves, pumpkins, and harvest signs...I am definitely in the mood for these holidays. Oh the great food, good feelings, terrific shopping, being with family...but I need to also just enjoy the moment I am in right now and not wish it away.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

A funny from a 2 year old

So today I started nanying for a family that I had worked for earlier this year. It was great to see the kids, they gave me such a GREAT welcome...I felt so loved. The boys were showing me all the new things in the house. One of them being a new refrigerator in the bar. I was talking with the two year old and I said wow, everything lays down in this fridge, none of the drinks stand up. His reply was, they are lying down because they are tired.

What a cutie!!!

Monday, October 08, 2007

SNF

Tonight I had a blast watching the Bears game with some of my most dear friends! What a game. The first half seemed a bit depressing to watch and to be honest I didn't think the Bears would turn it around, BUT they sure did. What was it, twenty points in the 4th qtr and we held the Packers to only 12 rushing yards after the 1st quarter. WOW!!!!! The last play of the game was a nail biter. I am so glad that we are 2-3 and not 1-4. Come on Bears, lets continue to win!!!!

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Degrees

As I begin my adventure back to school I can't help but think...I am in school again? Then I look at the big picture and say that after school I will be able to get a job, have more opportunities, and be back on salary. (This will be great!!!) There is this little bit in me that makes me annoyed to think that after going to college, a couple of times, there are people who have never finished or even attended college who make more money than I will ever make. How does that work? Am I just in the wrong fields? It just doesn't seem fair...but I am sure that most of them have worked really hard to get where they are at so I have to acknowledge that fact.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Personal Space

I am confused why people don't understand or respect the concept of personal space. Lets say I go outside to make a phone call, I am removing myself from others to have some privacy. What happens when people don't follow give me my privacy? How do I make this boundary clearer??????

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Empty void

Over the summer I had the opportunity to go to California for 2 1/2 weeks. We hung out in southern part just outside L.A., Thousand Oaks. Most of our days were spent at Zuma Beach in Malibu. We also went to Beverly Hills, Redondo, and Santa Monica. It was absolutely gorgeous there!!! In one place there was the ocean, warmth, and the mountains. I loved how different it was from here.

There are multiple times a week I think or dream about going back to California. I have contemplated moving out there and maybe I will after I am done with school. It would be sad to leave my family and friends but I don't want to live in a state of fear or regret. What is a girl to do?

A missing part

This past weekend I was making cupcakes for a birthday order that came in. My cupcake business has been quiet lately since I am taking a break from it to focus on school stuff. I just have to say that I really missed making my crazy delicious treats. It made me sad to put this on hold. I do love the culinary side in me and I wonder how after I complete school my teaching degree and culinary degree will mesh!!!!!

Monday, October 01, 2007

It's been a long while

If you've checked this blog recently, you will find that I have been non-existent for 3 months. I truly thought the blog had died, but I am going to give it a shot again. Sometimes I feel like there is just nothing to say.

After having a relaxing summer and an unusual start to the fall here I am. I was in a place of uncertainty and confusion. I don't think I am out of it, but what I do know is that for the next 9 months I will be a college student. Yes, back to school I go. I will be attending Judson University (used to be Judson College) to obtain my state teaching certificate and credentials. The staff, that I have met, and the program seem to be great!

I feel like Billy Madison..."back to school, back to school"!

Monday, July 02, 2007

Loved it

Do you ever have one of those weekends where you totally feel fulfilled? This was one of those weekends. Nothing big or crazy happened, but I just really enjoyed myself.

Since I just moved, most of Saturday was spent getting my room unpacked and organized and it looks great! My favorite part of my new bedroom is that I have painted walls. I also got to go to rib fest in Naperville. I really enjoy going to listen to different bands, try new foods, and people watch.

Today I went to see "Live Free or Die Hard". I loved this movie. I haven't gotten the chance to see many movies, my list is pretty long, but this was so funny (a good surprise) and suspenseful. And then I met up with some friends for some fireworks.

Yes, when you read this you will think wow, nothing major happened but it was just times of doing what I like to do with some people I enjoy being with, having good conversations, and being entertained. I am not ready for this time to end.

Friday, June 29, 2007

A big change

Most of you know that I have moved out of my apartment. I am not sure what I will be doing or where I will be working in the fall. So in the mean time the decision was made to not renew my lease until I know where I will be settling down at. That leads to temporarily moving back home with my family.

Now to me, I am greatful for this and to live rent free. Yeah, I never thought that I would be back home, but so be it. What I am struggling with is telling people this and assuming what they will think of my situation. I shouldn't be bothered with what other people think or say but to some degree I do.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

My friend

I don't know about you, but I do a lot of thinking in the car. It is amazing to me how I can be thinking about something and then 2 minutes later I have gone on mulitple tangents and wondered, how did I ever get here in my thinking.

Today was one of those days. I heard a song that reminded me of a friend. A friend that I enjoyed spending time with. A friend that I liked going to get some cocktails with. A friend who I felt safe around. A friend that let me be me. A friend that was incredibly creative. A friend who was intelligent and would teach me things. A friend who I would discuss music with. A friend who would listen to me. A friend who would challenge me.

It made me so sad to think of my friend who I don't talk to or see anymore. I miss my friend.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Oh crap!

So this evening I was watching 2 boys. I have watched them for over a year now. One is potty trained and the other is not. After dinner, the youngest child decided to "do his duty". When I went to change him, I could not find any wipes. I searched the entire house, the diaper bag was missing too. What does a girl do?

After I put the boys to bed, all was well in the nice quiet house, until about 30 minutes later when the little one was crying. I went to check on him to find out...he pooped again.....and there are still no wipes.

What is one suppose to do when this happens?

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

So true!

I read a quote from Chuck Swindoll that is helping me keep in check my attitude, responses....

"Life is 10% what happens and 90% how I react."

Saturday, June 09, 2007

A new era

Last year I joined myspace, surprisingly, and as of yesterday "Gina G" joined facebook. If you're on there, come find me! Let's be friends and all get along.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Waking up

Back from Arizona. Wow, I loved going on vacation and checking out on life. Don't think that is always healthy, but with everything going on in my life, I say that is ok! Now back to reality.

What I am realzing about myself, is that I enjoy mornings. I like getting all of my "chores" done in the morning so that I have the rest of day free. In a way it seems freeing to me. Like, working out, I just want to get it done and over with so that I don't have to think about it again until the next day. So if I had to pick the perfect time to wake up, it would be 6 a.m., but that doesn't happen...Then there are others I know who are the complete opposite, they rather sleep the morning away. If I did this, I feel like I wasted my day and when I wake up that late then my day is half over. I love learning about people and how each of us work.

Very random thoughts by Gina.....

Friday, June 01, 2007

I'm off

Well, for those of you who occasionally check out this blog, don't miss me too much...I am going on a little vacation to Arizona. To the heat, to see my college roommate, to the pool....yes a break is just what I need.

Check back later.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Summer T.V.

This can be such a sad time of year, because all of our shows from the season are airing their finales. So many times the summer can be used to show reruns. What I am wondering, what T.V. shows do you watch or have you seen any commercials for new programs that are coming out that look interesting. Thanks for your input!

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Funnier and funnier

I love the MTV show "Run's House"!!!! It cracks me up. What I appreciate about it, is that practical advice is given to the kids. Responsibility, respect, communication are a few of the characteristics that are being instilled. The dad has such an important role in any family and Run plays it well!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Refineries...blah blah blah

I know I am stating the obvious, but seriously...how can gas go up 30 "bleeping" cents overnight???????

Monday, May 14, 2007

C'mon Bulls!

The Bulls have been exciting to watch this year! So much young talent and quite the bench. It annoys me so that they can play well and have a huge lead to then barely win and sometimes lose. Watching the past 2 playoff games has been utterly frustrating. When any team is leading by 25 or more points, in a basketball game, one would think the game is finished. This does not hold true to our Bulls. I want them to win the series against Detroit, they have a huge uphill battle, but at the same time I don't know if they deserve to win.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

31 Flavors

Back in the day Baskin Robins was always called "31 Flavors". On May 2nd, this company is trying to raise awareness and money for a charity. In doing this, they will be serving scoops of ice cream for 31 cents. Not all locations are participating and there are only certain times which they will be serving these cheap scoops, so check into it!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Jobs

The whole job process sucks! Hunting for them, interviewing, jumping through their crazy hoops...

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Mondays

Some people just can't stand Mondays. For me it is different. I have to say that Monday is my favorite night for T.V. It makes me so happy to come home and have shows that I look forward to watching like; 24, The Bachelor, Run's House, Dancing with the Stars. Man, what a great feeling!

Monday, April 23, 2007

Idea

The next invention should be a cell phone that you can talk on (and clearly understand the other person) while driving fast with the windows open. Or talking outside today on the phone despite the wind gusts.

Anyone up for the challenge?

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

2016

I am excited beyond what words can express that Chicago has won U.S. spot for the Olympics!

Now I just have to wait 2 or 3 years before I find out if we really get to host the summer Olympics.

GO CHICAGO!!!!

Monday, April 16, 2007

Better late than never

I remember a few months ago, two movies came out that I was very interested in seeing. The unfortunate thing was that they both centered around illusions. So my first thoughts was that they were going to be too similar. This week I put that thought to rest when I watched "The Prestige" and "The Illusionist". I enjoyed both movies. If I had to pick, hands down I'd choose "The Illusionist"!!!!!

I heard that Justin Timberlake is working with Madonna. I am very curious to see what comes out of this.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

What's grammar?

As a teacher, I introduced my students in how to: punctuate a sentence properly, use capitals, and spell correctly. For some of these first and second graders these are new concepts that they are learning and require repetition and lots of practice. What I don't understand is why adults are so poor at this. Why is it in blogs, e-mails, letters...there are so many errors. Do they not re-read what they just wrote? Do they not care? Maybe they are ignorant to this fact?

A pet pieve of Gina's and one that I don't truly understand why it happens.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Is Love Blind?

I became quickly intrigued by the radio station 101.9 when they decided to hook up 2 people to see if they could fall in love without seeing each other. They had experts which helped in the process too. After interviewing different brides and grooms they narrowed it down. There was now 1 bride and 1 groom. They talked on the phone and even went on a date to a restaurant where partitions were set up. Since I had a job where I couldn't listen to the radio all the time I was unable to hear many of their interactions, but when I did something just glued me to listen in.

Well, today was the big day where they would walk down the aisle and see each other for the first time and then decide their fate. I was trying to think what this would be like if it were I. So strange, don't know if I could do it. I like the premiss of this whole event on getting to know someone based on their personality instead of their physical appearnace. I totally believe that personality is key, but I have to be honest, I don't know if the personality would completely win if I didn't find the guy attractive.

So this morning I logged online where I could see the event take place. I saw the groom and I saw the bride. Then the website crashed just at the exact time they would see each other for the first time. What a bummer. I was still able to listen to what was going on. They decided to not get married but continue to date and see what happens since they have only dated for 3 weeks. I will be very curious to keep up with this story and see if love is really blind.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

In case you haven't heard

So Larry Birkhead is the father...

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Take me out to the ball game

How exciting that baseball season is on its way. The White Sox have had a rough start so far and I am not sure how the season is really going to go. But I am looking forward to hanging out at the ballpark again!!! I am ready to hear those infamous words..."HE GONE"!

Friday, April 06, 2007

Another chapter comes to a close

Today was my last day of teaching 1st grade. How sad! I enjoyed being back in the classroom even on the days of total chaos. These 3 months went way to quick.

I did have a rather unique start to my day. So I just get out of the shower and go to clean my ears. I take one of those nifty q-tips and dive into my left ear. Don't you just love that feeling of getting the water and wax out. Ahhhh. When I went to remove the q-tip, I realized that it fell off in my ear. I couldn't believe it. So I got my tweezers and carefully tried to get it out. It was so strange because I was digging where I couldn't even look. No luck.

I thought, well I will just bring the tweezers to work and hopefully someone would help me out. Good news, they could see the end of the q-tip in my ear, bad news they couldn't get it out. I am happy to say that I could still hear and that it wasn't horrible pain, just annoying and later on in the day it began to throb. So I taught with this crazy thing in my ear. It was weird to chew because I could feel it kind of move back and forth. After work I went to the doctor, she used her nifty scope to investigate and then with a pair of long surgical scissors she removed it.

Guess I won't be using q-tips for a while, but what will I use to clean my ears out?

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

I am well aware...

Yes, I haven't posted in a while! To be honest, I haven't been all that inspired to write. Part of it is because I have a lot of crap going on. Enough of that, here are some of my thoughts:


:::I thoroughly enjoy watching 24. I have to say that this season has been a little disappointing. It seems that everything is just beeing dragged out. Maybe some of the episodes should have been combined. (I did like tonights show.)

:::Sad to say one of my favorite songs currently is "Glamorous" by Fergie.

:::Call me vain, but man I wish I could just go out and purchase a whole new wardrobe. You ever have those times in your life where you just don't like any of your clothes? And then you go to the mall and see all these great tops and bottoms. I just want to go and swipe, swipe, swipe.

:::Yes, I just had spring break which was awesome, but I am in need to go somewhere and get refreshed with life (and get a tan)!

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

The highlights

So the Oscars....

Can I just say that the interpretive dance was phenomenal!

I was amazed at the choir that performed all the different sound effects, genius!

Ellen definitely had some funny moments!

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Where I'm at

This past Sunday I was asked to read a prayer that tied into my pastor's message. I found it interesting that what I was suppose to read were some of the same thoughts and feelings that I have been experiencing. Here is the prayer.

"Dear Lord,
Sometimes I feel like a stranger in a foreign land, displaced and dispirited. The grief I carry is so heavy, and I have carried it so long that sometimes I just want to sit down and have a good cry. I feel like hanging it all up the way the Jews hung up their harps on the branches of those willow trees. I am tormented by all the joyful songs I am expected to sing. But how can I sing those songs while I am, where I am, in this land that is so foreign, with these feelings that are so foreign? Give me they lyrics I need, Lord, and the tune to go with them. Give me the strength to sing along with the voices of others to sing with me. For I can't do this as a solo. I just can't. Connect me to other believers, Lord. Rope me to kindred spirits with caring hearts so that whatever valleys we must pass through--however dark, however deep--we will pass through them together."

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Movies of the week

"Because I Said So"-I was slightly disappointed. I usually enjoy Diane Keaton, but in this movie she made my skin crawl at times. The movie idea was good, I just wish some of the characters were a bit less irritating to watch. I can say that I was happy to see Mandy Moore back in a movie.

"Music and Lyrics"-pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant. They made me laugh in this flick. Oh to be back in the 80s!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Valentines Day

So I am not really looking forward to this love holiday tomorrow. Actually as the years go on, I am getting pretty tired of it!

I know, I can hear people say..."Gina one of these days you will enjoy it." And you know what I want to say...well I will be polite and refrain for now.

Monday, February 12, 2007

The Grammys

Last night I plopped myself down and watched most of the Grammys. Some reason I really enjoyed it! I have watched award shows before and they weren't that entertaining to me. This time it was different. I know this will sound weird but some songs were just speaking to me. I had a rough week and the lyrics I heard were something I was able to hold onto and empower myself. I love that music can do that.

I was shocked and disappointed that "The Dixie Chicks" won album of the year over Justin Timberlake.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Transition

For the past year I feel like I have been continually transitioning. Whether it be a career change to working with different nanny families to figuring out the next season of my life. I do not mind change, it is good, it stretches me and changes me.

Right now I am in the most stable position, teaching, by that I am mean the schedule and pay. Yet in this state I have to already figure out what I am doing for the spring, summer, and fall. It is a lot on my plate. I am looking into some different opportunities this summer which is exciting and looking for teaching jobs in the fall. I can't dwell on this too long because I can get easily overwhelmed.

Along with all that, I am currently still adjusting to my schedule. I love it, but I have more time and am trying to figure out a good way to use this extra time. I don't just want to sit around at home every night. I like to go and do things, I just have to figure out what to do. Any ideas?

Thursday, February 08, 2007

What you need is a snow "suit"

I am so sick and tired of this dry crappy air! I continued to be shocked when I touch anything, my hair is standing straight out of my head, and my hands hurt like the dickens.

I will work with the cold weather, but not this dry air! (deep breath)

It is hard for me to believe it will ever get warm again. Especially shopping for a new winter coat tonight and seeing all the bathing suits out. Who can even think of trying one of those things on now?

Monday, February 05, 2007

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Bears!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm thrilled, excited, and nervous all at the same time!

I do have to say, after watching many news clips all week of footage from Miami, Chicago has the best fans ever. Tons of fans traveled down there and didn't even have superbowl tickets. I think if I could have gone to Miami, I would have too, just so I could be with all the excitement.

GO BEARS!!!!!!

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Hair

I wish I knew the special concoction to make my hair grow longer. I feel like it has been at this length for ages. I have heard the jello idea and the one where you are to massage the scalp for hours, but nothing seems to work.

Any other ideas?

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Throw down with Gina G

So how many of you have seen the show "Throw Down with Bobby Flay" on the Food Network?

Last night I was challenged to do a cupcake throw down. There was an 11 year old girl who was having her friends sleepover for her birthday party. The main event of the evening was a cupcake competition, they were going to make a batch of cupcakes and I was going to.

So we introduced ourselves, shook hands, and the battle was on. It was really fun to do this. The girls were so into making theirs the best. The kitchen was a disaster too! After we both had finished baking, cooking, and decorating the cupcakes there were judges there to tally it up.

In the end I think I won. By that time the girls were more interested in learning how to use my pastry bag and make cupcakes look presentable. And of course eating them was on the forefront of everyone's mind.

Good times, good time!!!

Monday, January 22, 2007

Welcome to Miami!!!

HELL YEAH!!!!!! The Bears are in the Supberbowl! This is great. The game today was unbelievable to watch. I loved every second of it, even during that rough end of the 2nd quarter.

Superbowl Sunday is going to be insane. I don't think I can wait for 2 weeks!

And you better believe that my little first graders are going to be partying the week leading up to the Superbowl! Oh yeah!!!

GO BEARS! We are the bears, shufflin' through.......

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Da Bears

I am so excited for the Bears! The game this past Sunday was so exciting and nerve racking!

I attempted to get tickets today for the game against the Saints, but had no luck! I hope those players are getting psyched up because I sure am.

When the Bears get to the Superbowl, do you think they will come up with another Superbowl shuffle? What other football team has ever made such a cool song?

Bear down Chicago Bears!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Monday made me happy

Wahooooo...it's snowing!

I had the day off and enjoyed some good shopping.

24 started and wow was it amazing, shocking, intense, and I can't wait for next week.

And "The Hills" started again.

Some highlights of my weekend:
-after spending Saturday at my brother's bb tournament, they walked away with the trophey

-a new cell phone

-a totally yummy dessert party I helped throw and attend

-time to relax and enjoy life

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Recap of 1st week

I loved every bit of this week! Teaching was so fun and the kids were great!

My hip hop class started. I was so lost, uncoordinated, a bit behind, but the class is a blast and I can't wait for next weeks.

The Bulls game was enjoyable to go to as always, it just seemed like the Bulls weren't playing up to their abilities. And what was up with all the Elvis impersonators, the girl Elvis weirded me out the most!

Laughter: I was reviewing compound words with the students. I would give them clues like: I am an old woman, I have children who have children, I may live in a nursing home...who am I. As I was waiting to hear grandmother, one kid shouts out "old lady, that is what my dad calls my mom" as he chuckles. As I burst out laughing with the other kids, this made me a bit sad too, but I still found it funny.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

A big THANK YOU!

My first day of teaching went great and boy did it fly by. The kids were wonderful, they were happy to see me and were super helpful. I am looking forward to really getting to know each one of them and just showering them with love.

I was overwhelmed and so thankful for all of you who called, e-mailed, sent cards, or thought about me today. I felt so blessed and cared for, so thanks again. You guys rock!!!!!

Monday, January 08, 2007

The Day is Finally Here...

Tomorrow I begin teaching. Wahooo! This is very exciting and yet a little nerve racking. On one hand the kids are going to be great and I can already picture some blog entries retelling funny stories or funny things these 1st graders said. Yet on the other hand these first few days will be a little bumpy just getting adjusted to the curriculum, routine, and the kids, and then hopefully I will be on my way.

Watch out education world, cuz here I come!!!!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

New Years Resolutions

I am not big on resolutions. I like the whole idea of a new year, a fresh beginning, and new experiences.

So my list is not one of resolutions but of some of the things I want to do or accomplish. Some of these are based on what I didn't do in 2006 that I should have.

-go on a mission trip
-take a hip hop class
-make a new friend
-decide if teaching is where I need to be
-go on a vacation
-be more consistent with working out
-purchase more music for my ipod
-attend a concert
-communicate my feelings better
-try new restaurants

That is all for now, I am sure I will add a few more as the year goes on.