b-ball update

well folks.

4 major disappointments...and i had them all on my bracket

the two big shockers of course were SYRACUSE and KANSAS...what is that all about? im glad i only put them to go 2 rounds. those idiots..messing up the brackets..hahah

anyways...on a positive note..spring is hours away...and that means 1 thing.......


yes! i am psyched

that's it for now

ciao friends!
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wow, what a concept...

Er and i headed out to miami on sunday morning in the freezing cold...

only to arrive in sunny sunny MIAMI!

most of our days were spent at the beach and pool, reading and lounging around... er finished her da vinci code, and i read some classic romance novels...ahh the life

our nights, were filled with dancing, drinking, and karoaking... and some of the days too

we had an amazing time...so many memories...so fun... i love miami!

sadly, we are back in mass where its cold as hell and snowing like crazy, but we are tan...we probably look ridiculous with our tans now, but oh well...we had fun..our luggage just got here...somehow our luggage did not want to come back with us..hahah..we SO called it, but were still shocked when it did not arrive as planned...ah well...its here now.

its a family weekend this weekend...bri's home and we are doing fam stuff tonight....going to see irish step dancing with jul and mom tomorrow, and of course the christening for my baby cousin on sun..im psyched to see bri..havent seen him in weeks...

oh, and school mon...cant wait to see my kids
have a wonderful weekend friends!

best quote of the vacation: "just put me in a white room."
runner up: "miss, madame...does my brother look beautiful?"
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wow, amazing!

As she stood in front of her 5th grade class

on the very first day of school, she told the

children an untruth. Like most teachers, she

looked at her students and said that she

loved them all the same. However, that was

impossible, because there in the front row,

slumped in his seat, was a little boy named

Teddy Stoddard.

Mrs. Thompson had watched Teddy the year

before and noticed that he did not play well

with the other children, that his clothes were

messy and that he constantly needed a bath.

In addition, Teddy could be unpleasant.

It got to the point where Mrs. Thompson

would actually take delight in marking his

papers with a broad red pen, making bold X's

and then putting a big "F" at the top of his

papers. At the school where Mrs. Thompson

taught, she was required to review each child's

past records and she put Teddy's off until last.

However, when she reviewed his file, she

was in for a surprise.

Teddy's first grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is

a bright child with a ready laugh. He does

his work neatly and has good manners....

he is a joy to be around.."

His second grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is an

excellent student, well liked by his classmates,

but he is troubled because his mother has a

terminal illness and life at home must be a


His third grade teacher wrote, "His mother's

death has been hard on him. He tries to do

his best, but his father doesn't show much

interest and his home life will soon affect

him if some steps aren't taken."

Teddy's fourth grade teacher wrote, "Teddy

is withdrawn and doesn't show much interest

in school. He doesn't have many friends and

he sometimes sleeps in class."

By now, Mrs. Thompson realized the problem

and she was ashamed of herself. She felt even

worse when her students brought her

Christmas presents, wrapped in beautiful

ribbons and bright paper, except for Teddy's.

His present was clumsily wrapped in the

heavy, brown paper that he got from a grocery

bag. Mrs. Thompson took pains to open it

in the middle of the other presents. Some

of the children started to laugh when she

found a rhinestone bracelet with some of

the stones missing, and a bottle that was

one-quarter full of perfume.. But she stifled

the children's laughter when she exclaimed

how pretty the bracelet was, putting it on,

and dabbing some of the perfume on her

wrist. Teddy Stoddard stayed after school

that day just long enough to say, "Mrs.

Thompson, today you smelled just like my

Mom used to." After the children left, she

cried for at least an hour.

On that very day, she quit teaching reading,

writing and arithmetic. Instead, she began

to teach children. Mrs. Thompson paid

particular attention to Teddy. As she worked

with him, his mind seemed to come alive.

The more she encouraged him, the faster he

responded. By the end of the year, Teddy

had become one of the smartest children in

the class and, despite her lie that she would

love all the children the same, Teddy became

one of her "teacher's pets."

A year later, she found a note under her door,

from Teddy, telling her that she was still the

best teacher he ever had in his whole life.

Six years went by before she got another note

from Teddy. He then wrote that he had

finished high school, third in his class, and

she was still the best teacher he ever had in life.

Four years after that, she got another letter,

saying that while things had been tough at

times, he'd stayed in school, had stuck with it,

and would soon graduate from college with

the highest of honors. He assured Mrs.

Thompson that she was still the best and

favorite teacher he had ever had in his

whole life.

Then four more years passed and yet another

letter came. This time he explained that after

he got his bachelor's degree, he decided to go

a little further. The letter explained that she

was still the best and favorite teacher he ever

had. But now his name was a little longer....

The letter was signed,

Theodore F. Stoddard, MD.

The story does not end there. You see, there

was yet another letter that Spring. Teddy said

he had met this girl and was going to be married.

He explained that his father had died a couple

of years ago and he was wondering if Mrs.

Thompson might agree to sit at the wedding

in the place that was usually reserved for the

mother of the groom.

Of course, Mrs. Thompson did. And guess

what? She wore that bracelet, the one with

several rhinestones missing. Moreover, she

made sure she was wearing the perfume that

Teddy remembered his mother wearing on

their last Christmas together.

They hugged each other, and Dr. Stoddard

whispered in Mrs. Thompson's ear, "Thank

you Mrs. Thompson for believing in me.

Thank you so much for making me feel

important and showing me that I could

make a difference."

Mrs. Thompson, with tears in her eyes,

whispered back. She said, "Teddy, you have

it all wrong. You were the one who taught

me that I could make a difference. I didn't

know how to teach until I met you!"

(For those of you who don't know, Teddy

Stoddard is the Dr. at Iowa Methodist in Des

Moines that has the Stoddard Cancer Wing.)

Warm someone's heart today. . . pass this along.

I love this story so very much, I cry every time

I read it. Just try to make a difference in

someone's life today? Tomorrow? Just "do it".

Random acts of kindness, I think they call it?

What is most valuable, is not what we have in our lives, but WHO we have in our lives!
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dedicated to scribble....because i promised him id write a post soon...so, here it is...as "creative" as it may be....

so tonite..i had all intentions of buying some clothes for myself...got some new kicks but then proceeded to spend the rest of my time buying bean bag chairs, books and other cute things that i MUST have for my room...ok, so i dont need them, i just really think theyd be fun for the kids...so i got them....oh yes,its week 2 of 2nd grade for the year....the kids are awesome... i still miss my kids from last year, but they visit a lot, and theyve matured so much...its nice to see them a year older...

started grad classes last week...taking 2 of them...anyone who knows how to make puppets, youre on board for when that assignment is due...

oh what else...hmmm....hanging around in springfield, going to the bars, chillin with friends, goin to the gym, doing stuff with the fam....fun activities all around...

ALSO. i want to see wimbledon. im looking forward to that and also to ladder 49...so get ready for those!

theres my creativity ....

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well that reading grad class is done!! thank god...as much as i liked it, i need a break.

2 weeks of no class. thank you!

went out with people from class for drinks and then met the girls from school downtown....soo fun! saw an awesome band...drank beer outside on the streets of Springfield...yes OUTSIDE!!Can it get any better than that? I think not...

anyways, im off for now...ciao
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update #2

so today i was sooo proud of myself for actually updating my livejournal....but then im told by someone who will remain nameless that now that im posting, my posts should start to contain more "substance"

so heres the substance....


thank you and have a wonderful day!
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I was told that I should really update this thing...

so here is my update...

Living my summer life of teaching summer school, going to workshops,conferences and organizing my classroom for the fall...

and then theres the grad school piece, yup...doing that also...3 classes almost done!

having a good time with friends doing all those fun things that we do!

theres the update for now...

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shit! the emperor is coming - i am not getting involved!! haha..shoutout to those people who understand that...so today is october 1st..meaning most people who are off-campus are pissy because the rent is due today..today on my drive to my science class, i encountered a woman (who was in the passenger seat) who was mega mad because i double parked her in for all of 30 seconds to hand in my rent check..so therefore, i will use this journal to apologize. so to that women in the passenger seat of the blue chevrolet, I AM TRULY SORRY!!!!!!!anyways, more time at the band office today. yes BAND office. sciecne at hitchcock center today. and yes hitchcock has COCKROACHES. i was not pleased when it was being passed around especially since it jumped and landed quite close to me. OH tomorrow..big day..first day of really being in charge at preschool..woo! this shall be a fine day. unfortunately, i will not be able to wear the hooker boots or the princess socks since i wore those bad boys on picture day..speaking of that, the photo boy who was from SPRINGFIELD definitely asked the teachers to be models. not the preschoolers..so look out, the room 5 teachers might be in a magazine soon or maybe not. another shout-out to erin who i know read this entry and even left me some love. how nice. i am pleased to say that i finally got my vanilla chai that ive been thinking about, so that is off the list of things i want. also...my cell phone bill is mega high, so i wont be calling anyone anymore. you will need to communicate with me via the clouds or my personal secretary, Rufus John. anyways, its off to the land of make-believe or maybe just back online to chat it up..holla back at me soon. peace out yo!
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