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If I have another week like this at work there will not be enough chocolate in the world to get me through it.... Oh hello Saturday School, nice of you to sneak up on me. Let's not have a fight break out, or medical evacuation tomorrow. Please and thank you.
drained drained
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Testing, testing... 1... 2... 3... Chk chk chk.
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Aimless behavior is welcomed on sunny days--especially when it's my first day of summer vacation. I only get one, once a year... I spent it doing the following...

1. Taking Tobers up to Utica at 7AM...
2. Booking a hotel in Montreal!!!
3. Buying a LARGE sunhat at H&M
4. My fabulous sister treating me to lunch... Thank you <3
5. Driving back to Binghamton...
6. Having bubble tea at Stair Park
7. Calling Susan and watching the last 15 minutes of A Knight's Tale
8. Apartment hunting (for Susan)
9. Surprisingly cheap dinner at Mad Moose (Mmm, deep friend oreos!)
10. Walking around downtown snapping pics with Gronk <3

Altogether, not so aimless after all.
Binghamton, NY
optimistic optimistic
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Hello Summer, so glad we meet again! Are you ready for me? My head is reeling with all the possibilities for this summer's festivities... I need to write them all down.

Utica, to hopefully see Michele and mama-dukes. Maybe even a trip to Delta Lake. Hey now that would be great! I also need to start listening to music from some of the bands at Siren this year... Hope to like what I hear.

Sunday, 6/27
Attend my little friends' graduation at the Binghamton Arena. Should I try harder to not trip in my heels or to not cry...?

Monday, 6/28
If nothing else, New York City for the week... Eat, drink, laugh, and play...

Sunday, 7/4
July 4th... Fireworks somewhere.

Thursday, 7/8
Minus the Bear at Webster Hall :] This will be the third (& maybe last time...?) I'm going to see this band for a while. Is it creepy to ask them to sign the Omni? (Yes, let's leave it at home...)

Saturday, 7/10
Back to Binghamton to attend a graduation party... POSSIBLYYYY.

Monday, 7/12
NYC for summer movie nights at Bryant Park. My Man Godfrey :] Picnic on the lawn, and movie at dusk <3 <3 <3

Thursday, 7/15
Mates of State at Music Hall at Williamsburg...

Saturday, 7/17
Siren Music Festival... feat Matt & Kim <3 May attend the We Are Scientists after party... Full music day!

Sunday, 7/18
Back to Binghamton... :]

Saturday, 7/24 - Wednesday, 7/28
VEGAS with Susan & Alex! Woot woot woot!

Friday, 8/6 - Sunday, 8/8
Baltimore, DC, and Bristow... Hoping to get crabs :-$ and for Kings of Leon (8/7) to play older stuff because I'm missing The XX on Sunday to see them.

Friday, 8/13 - Sunday, 8/15
Jill & Ed's Wedding
Binghamton, NY
bouncy bouncy
Matt and Kim - Don't Slow Down | Powered by Last.fm
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In December I really felt like I couldn't go on teaching in Binghamton. The students either have really poor attendance or they're wild when they attend class. I beat myself up over how to make a lesson or activity more engaging... that doing so could just make one more kid come to class and participate. As one or two students start to do well, a couple others "fall off the wagon," and get into a fight or stop coming.

It's March now and I've decided to take on a different perspective. I can't get hung up on these feelings and frustrations. I need to make the best of a situation and find one good thing about each day. Otherwise I won't make it to get tenure... or retirement.

I'm getting lots of work done in the mornings... I go straight to my room to set up and prepare myself mentally for the day. I've also come up with an idea to start a yoga club... I think it would be great--also, getting paid a little extra can't be bad either.

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1. First thing you wash in the shower? My hair.

2. What color is your favorite hoodie? Black.

3. Would you kiss the last person you kissed again? Yes.

4.Do you plan outfits? Yes, while I'm in the shower =] Sometimes they don't work out.

5. How are you feeling RIGHT now? Tired, but looking forward to trivia.

6. Whats the closest thing to you thats red? A pillow that I bought from a guy on campus.

7. Do you say aim or a-i-m? AIM, all caps!

8. Tell me about the last dream you remember having? I lost the keys to my classroom ... It was a nightmare.

9. Did you meet anybody new today? Yes, this 10th grader that didn't want to go to study hall came into my classroom and I gave him Math help. Miss Chu, savior of stray students everywhere!

10. What are you craving right now? Chili cheese friesCollapse )
hungry hungry
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How old did you turn?

Did you have a party? No

What school did you go to? Binghamton High School... =]

Tell us about something good that happened: My cousin got married in September.

Tell us something you're proud of: I got my first job and I'm kicking butt at it!

Tell us something that someone else did you're proud of: "Barack Obama won the damn elections. I'm so proud."

Are you happy with who you have become? Yes.

Did you fall in love? No.

Done anything you regret? I partially regret this trip to Vancouver... and more every second this kid in the waiting area cries.

Did you kiss anyone? Yes.

Did you go on any holidays? I am currently on holiday and stuck on holiday...

Did you go on any camps? Yes, we camping in a tree house this summer. It was too legit to quit!

Did you see any movies at the cinemas? Yes, (in backwards order) Seven Pounds, Quantum of Solace, The Dark Knight (twice), Mongol, The Wackness, and more....

Tell us a song you were hooked on: I wasn't hooked on any particular song, but I was hooked on Vampire Weekend and The Black Keys over the summer.

Did you go to the beach? Yes!!

Did you get really dressed up for anything? Yes! I will post pictures soon from the wedding banquet. I got my hair did too! Mari, you looked great in that dress (^_^)

Tell us some inside jokes for the year: Can you laugh without smiling?

Tell us the funniest thing that happened? Hmm I can't remember the funniest thing, but Jeff's dancing is always funny =]

Tell us the saddest thing that happened: I wasn't very sad this year at all.

Tell us something that really made you smile: Finishing the last period of the day before winter vacation! Everyone was really merry in the office.

What are you doing for Christmas? I spent time with my family in Vancouver... It was the biggest reunion we've had in at least 10 years.

What do you want for Christmas? I didn't have any material wants.

What are your plans for New Years? Hopefully on a plane heading towards home... I don't even care that I'll start the new year on a plane; just get me the fuck out of here!

Will you be getting a midnight kiss? Probably from my sister, on the cheek =]

What are you most looking forward to next year? More time to spend with people I care about... And perhaps a trip to Hong Kong?

Tell us something you plan on changing for next year? How I handle stress and overworking myself to death.

Are you happy with what happened this year? Yes.

Was 2008 your best year? No?

Two days from now this time, where will you be? Hopefully not still in an airport, far far away from my baby bear (T_T).
Seattle, Washington
exhausted exhausted
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1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before?
I grew up. I am teaching (holy baby jesus!), receiving health insurance (omg!), and repaying my student loans... ::sigh:: Oh the carefree days are gone.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't remember what I promised I would do this year, but for next year I am going to try to be a better friend to everyone... Seriously, I've dropped the ball this year and it makes me feel awful.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No, but in a week or two =] Hopefully they'll name the baby Garrett.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

5. What countries did you visit?
None... I really wanted to go to Canada.

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
A chance to spend quality time with the people that I love and miss.

7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
September 3, the first day of school.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Gaining the respect from many of my students. Not being taken advantage of or being walked on.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I don't fail, I get even.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

11. What was the best thing you bought?
I just went on a crazy (internet) shopping spree this weekend. I don't know if these are the best items, but I hope to enjoy them in Vancouver:

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Mari <3 She's such a trooper!

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

14. Where did most of your money go?
Shopping, rent, food for my students...

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Election Day--which happened to be my birthday as well.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
I don't know... I'm slowly losing my grasp for new music.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Happier because I have financial freedom, sadder because all my finances are spoken for.
ii. thinner or fatter? Fatter, I think.
iii. richer or poorer? Richer.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Spent more time in the city and with my friends.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Concentrating on the negatives of a lesson or a particular school day.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I will be in Vancouver (and hopefully not in an airport) with my family.

21. Did you fall in love in 2008?

22. What was your favorite TV program?
It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, 30 Rock, The Wire, Entourage.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

24. What was the best book you read?
I haven't been able to finish any of the novels I started: Choke and Jitterbug Perfume.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Discovery: Santogold; Rediscovery: Notorious B.I.G. and A Tribe Called Quest.

26. What did you want and get?
I wanted to feel accomplished in my career... and I won't get it until the scores come in next summer.

27. What did you want and not get?
See above.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?
The Wackness.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I went to team trivia and watched history in the making on the telly.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
If I had been able to visit Montreal with Mari.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
Recently I've been into vintage-inspired pieces... Especially vests, scarves, and all types of oxford shoes!

32. What kept you sane?
TV, Starbucks, shopping in large crowds.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Zooey Deschanel

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
"Elections. Sarah Palin being an idiot."

35. Who did you miss?
Everyone. I hate living vicariously through people's pictures. It's truly depressing.

36. Who was the best new person you met?
Kevin Lyon--he's helped so at school!

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.
Don't let the influences of those around you, change the way you educate others.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
I can say I hope it will be worth what I give up
If I could stand up mean for the things that I believe

awake awake
Lykke Li - I'm Good, I'm Good
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When I can have a tree house instead?!

I'm holding on dearly to my last remaining days of summer! :[ Trying to do something each night that would be fun & memorable--BMets game, going to the Art Missions Theater, etc. Last night we went up to Ithaca for team trivia at Korova--no Clockwork Orange memorabilia anywhere, but a nice bar all the same. Teamed as Don't Drop the Baton we placed third... We couldn't figure out what the following pneumonic is for: No Plan Like Yours To Study History Wisely. The trip was still worth it, as was camping in PA on Saturday!

Tonight I plan on attending the Ingrid Michaelson concert in the Anderson Center at Binghamton University. I haven't been back on campus in a long time and it will be nice to walk around... I fear that I will feel old and misplaced among the new class of undergrads.

The leaves are beginning to change color up here and the temperature drops to the lower-50's on some evenings... I've begun to decorate and arrange my classroom, which is surprisingly more stressful than I anticipated. I've planned for what I want to do for the first two days of school as well. Even though there are still tons more that I'd like to do with my summer, I am excited to me meet my students and I'm very optimistic about this fall...
hopeful hopeful
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I love going from having no plans on a Wednesday to having a plethora of things to choose from... Usually I never run into this case while I'm in Binghamton either. Yesterday there were so many possibilities. I settled on going to Feast with the Beasts at the Ross Park Zoo. The admission fee was $45, but it was well worth it! So many food vendors and wine tastings from various Finger Lakes wineries. Of the food vendors I particularly enjoyed Tranquil's 3 amazing dipping sauces: au poivre, béarnaise, and gorgonzola... Fantastic! I must check out the actual restaurant. The Plantation House had sweet corn bread and of course, Lost Dog brought their sun-dried tomato dip... Yum! I also really liked the summer white wine from Sheldrake Point...

I took some pics of the very active animals as well:

And some not so active... [for M.]

After the zoo we headed over to Tom & Marty's for team trivia--go Tigers! Since we won the previous night at our usual establishment, the Mosquito Lounge, why not try our luck? Well we totally kicked ass and at the end of the night we split the $100 pot. What a great transition back to a Binghamton state of mind. :]

Visitors are always welcome... Later days.
chipper chipper
Daft Punk - One More Time
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Last dance of the summer! I'll be down in the city from August 1st - 11th... Few things already on the agenda:

- MOMA for the Dali exhibit

- Yoga in Bryant Park

- Fuerzabruta (watch the video)

- Miko's 25th Birthday Party (holla!)

Let's have fun! Give me a call: 917.975.1681

In the mean time, I am just tidying up the apartment... I hate coming home to a complete mess. I usually like to change the bed sheets, do all of the laundry, and clean out the refrigerator--always a good idea. I may have to eat a whole pint of ice cream before Friday evening... What do you do when you plan on being away?

Oh yeah, I also just watched Conversations with Other Women on Netflix while talking to mah girl M. It is shot in split screen and the story is bittersweet... Helena Bonham Carter rocks too!

See you soon!
ecstatic ecstatic
The Dodos - Jodi
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I just bought "something" online from the Something Store and it was $10.00 (shipping included). I don't know what I purchased exactly, but I am very excited to receive it in one week... I hope it's not a swift kick in the butt, even though that is long overdue. I like the Something Not page though...

These will not be your something:

Adult goods and services
Pornography and other sexually suggestive materials (including literature, imagery and other media); dating services; escort or prostitution services...

Body parts
Organs or other body parts; body fluids; stem cells; embryos...

Endangered or regulated species
Plants, animals, or other organisms (including product derivatives) in danger of extinction or whose trade is otherwise regulated by law...

Either way, I'm excited! Other recent purchases include:

hyper impulsive
Cat Power - Woman Left Lonely
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Shortly after Crepe Heaven, Kevin, Jeff, and I went to out to Corning, NY to visit the Museum of Glass. I don't know why, but I had very low expectations... Rooms full of Pyrex and chandeliers. Well, there were only a few chandeliers and an impressive tower of Pyrex casserole dishes. I gravitated towards the more contemporary pieces (see below).

After the museum, we went downtown to check out Art Fest... What town closes up shop at 5pm on a Saturday in the summer?! We missed it completely and it was more like a ghost town. We decided to indulge in some beer drinking at the Market Street Brewery Co. I ordered the sampler and found two or three that I really enjoyed...

Mad Bug Lager
O.G. 1.045 Alc/Vol 4.6% IBUs 121
Clean, Crisp, American Style Lager. Golden and Carbonated with a gentle hop flavor.

D'Artagnan Dark Ale
O.G. 1.060 Alc/Vol 6.5 IBUs 281
Traditional British style ale, six malts: Pale, Crystal, Victory, Chocolate, Black Malt, and Roasted Barley

We got home just in time to miss hale the size of marbles!
hungry still hungry
Bob Marley - Is This Love
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I made these on Friday and they turned out great! Sorry, no pics...


1 Granny Smith apple, peeled & diced

1/8 cup canola oil

1.5 pounds ground lean beef

1 Tbsp. salt

1/2 Tbsp. freshly ground pepper

2 Tbsp. Dinosaur Barbecue Sauce (ooo, habanero!)

Sauté the apples in the canola oil until tender. Let cool.

Place the ground beef in a large mixing bowl. Add sautéed items and the remaining ingredients. Shape into 3 (big-ass) burgers. Refrigerate for 2 hours--very important!!

Season the burgers with salt & pepper. Place on a preheated, lightly oiled grill. Grill each side for 7 minutes until meat is thoroughly cooked--or to your liking, hehe. Let sit for 5 minutes.

I served the burgers on kaiser rolls, topped with spicy caramelized onions and lettuce. You could put some of the BBQ sauce or ketchup on top, but I'd stay away from mustard...

In the future I may put an egg and some bread crumbs into the mixture prior to forming the burgers as a binding agent... Any suggestions?
hungry hungry
Dispatch - Outloud
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