My Life Would Suck Without You

— Kelly Clarkson.

I won’t speak too much from my soapbox here, kids, but let me tell you a little something about relationships.

It’s always been the most sound of advice to be with someone that is also your friend. That’s why I’ve always thought it was super weird for people NOT to become romantic with their platonic friends. But if I’ve learned anything from my relationships over the years, it’s that you definitely learn something from every experience, be it positive or negative.

The secret to a happy and successful union is most certainly compromise. But you don’t ever really know to what extent your sacrifice will go until you learn the error of your ways. Don’t be stubborn. Don’t be proud. Being one half of a whole takes a lot more empathy, humility, and self-reflection than you will ever believe.

I’ll write more later. Right now I gotta go tell a special someone how much he is loved and appreciated.


I Say, What About Breakfast at Tiffany’s?

— Deep Blue Something.

For breakfast this morning, I consumed:

16 Reduced Fat Wheat Thins

2 tablespoons of homemade sundried tomato hummus

1/2 cup cottage cheese, 2% milkfat

1 tablespoon of strawberry jam

4 fresh strawberries

2 glasses of water

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STUDENTS: Your first Secondary assignment will be to calculate the amount of calories consumed for this breakfast this given day. Use FitWatch to search for these foods and track down the listed calories.

Follow proper Secondary format (+1), provide correct answers (+1), cite appropriate source(s) (+1), answer these two questions in complete sentences (+2):

A. In your opinion, is a calorie counter helpful? Give at least one reason for your statement.

B. Google search “calories burned during exercise.” Choose one type of exercise and a given duration that would burn the calories consumed during this breakfast.

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Here’s my pathetic attempt to take back the figure I was so proud of earlier this year. Although my summer has been productive, fun, and generally awesome, my waistline definitely suffered as a result. Le sigh. Time to work out now.

Then You Really Might Know What It’s Like…

— Everlast

I wish that I were more in tune with the flow of information in the world, or even just a tad bit more creative, to be able to dedicate this blog solely to the clever usage of various quotations. However, it was hard enough to dig up Lewis Carroll and Einstein to just name my first few categories, so uhhhh…….. no.

It’s been entirely too long since I’ve blogged. I miss it. In our guest bedroom lies four of my journals from my youth — I wanna estimate, from the time I was about 12-17. To anyone else it would be the mere musings of a child; booooo-ring. But to me, it’s my history. It contains seriously the most RANDOM topics. Haha! At one point I even had some of my friends writing in it with me. Outstanding!

As nostalgic and warm these memories are, I can’t help but believe that now, at the advent of my adulthood, I’d like to begin a similar chronicling.

Originally I’d intended to use this blog solely for classroom purposes. Moving on to teaching high school is absolutely nerve-wrecking, exciting, amazing, and just about any other present-progressive form of an adjective that can be used to describe the unknown. I figured if I could combine my love for things like sports, comedy, people, food/beverage, and writing along with math somehow, I could really use this valuable tool in my classes. And I still do intend to do this.

But after some recent events I decided I needed to step it up. Bring it back to my roots. So….. whew, here goes.

Today’s lesson, kids, is that everything that happens in life happens to serve one general primary purpose: for learning. You ever notice that taking notes and ensuring rote memorization of something almost always leads to some form of initial failure? But I always like to revert back to that old tale of the kid who burns his hand touching the stove (or however that goes). Best. Lesson. Ever.

So certain occurrences in life may make you upset; you eventually, to some extent, will cry, complain, stew in your own anger, feel helpless, be apologetic, among a total bevy of negative responses possible. Just remember that from a majority of negative experiences can always stem a positive, because then you learn for the foreseeable future.

I have spent a great majority of today in tears. Don’t worry though — I’m just fine. I promise I will provide more detail soon, but for now…… I just need to sleep. And I will do so peacefully, because even though today was tough — it pretty much guarantees that tomorrow is going to be infinitely better. I have an incredibly supportive and patient mother. I am blessed with beautiful and special friends, from all walks of my life, who are always there for me near or far. I know now that I have the deeply intricate capacity to be supportive and take care of others when they need it. But most importantly, I seriously have the most wonderful, admirably strong, and incredibly resilient boyfriend in the whole wide world. Whatever may be thrown all of our respective ways….. we will deal with it in stride. We will survive.

That being said…… bedtime. If you’re still with me here……. stay tuned! 🙂

World… Hold On

— Bob Sinclar

If you’re reading this, you’re most likely:

* One of my students

* A friend or associate from a social network (i.e. Twitter, Yelp, etc.)

* A stalke…….. I mean, an “admirer from afar”

* A family member

* Just here for the band

In any case. Welcome to my world! (And that of!

If you’re a student, PLEASE CONTINUE READING! If not, you’re more than welcome to move on with your blog-reading awesome lives.

STUDENTS: Your end of the year portfolio project in my class involves a great deal of writing. I will randomly assign throughout the school year many readings/responses/etc. that will have to do with this blog. Keep this page bookmarked for future reference. Okay. You may go and ‘hit each other up’ online now.