Thursday, April 30, 2009

Monday, April 27, 2009

Dear Tall People...

Dear Tall People,

I am usually an easy-going, friendly, laid back kind of person. I don't mind being short. I'm scared of heights so being short actually works to my advantage. I don't care if your tall, short, fat, skinny, green or polka-dotted. Honestly, I never really pay it much mind. However, recent events have transpired that give cause for this letter on behalf of short people everywhere. Short people are still people. We still have hearts and feelings and it does hurt when you step on our toes and knee us in the ribs. Just because our heads are at a convenient height does not give you liberty to use them as an arm rest. When you lean your entire body weight on our heads or try to climb over us like a stump that is in your hurts. When you are perfectly capable of raising your hand at least 2 feet above our heads without even trying...that means that pushing us down isn't an acceptable way of improving your view. Using a short person as a step stool is not only rude, it is a little demeaning. Yes, I am short. So what? Do I use you as a ladder to reach the cans on the top shelf? Do I give you a swift kick to the kneecaps just because they are in reach? No, I don't. So please don't use me as your elevated platform or mini ladder or arm rest.

Thank you.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

The Adventures of a Ticket Line

So there was a contest put on by 20th Century Fox/Harkins to try and win the World Premiere of X-Men Origins: Wolverine in your hometown. Tempe was the big winner. We decided it would be really cool to get tickets to a movie premiere. We didn't know however that it would entail us to sleep on a sidewalk for 13 hours to get said tickets. It was something we had never done before so we decided to give it a go.You only live once, so might as well make the most out of it. We got in line at 7:45 PM Friday night and got our tickets at 9:45 AM this morning.
I am exhausted and my neck hurts, but it was really fun.
We made friends with the group of people sitting around us. Around 11:00 PM we started getting a little loopy and decided to come up with different reasons why we were sitting in a line outside a movie theater for all the different people that drove by, stared and/or asked us. The best ones were:
-Tickets for SpongeBob on Ice
-Government bailout line
-American Idol auditions
- Line for the bathroom
-Taylor Hicks/Fantasia autograph signing
-Top Model auditions
-Free medical clinic
-This is a line?
Line at 1:00 AM
Our new friends
(they were actually really nice and funny)6:30 AM7:00 AM9:45 AM

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Earth Day

Today for Earth Day my students wrote about ways they could help the Earth.
love my students and I love the way they write.
By Saul
I would grab Emily S. and Rosie! And tell them "Can you two help me pick up cans and put them in the recycle trash bin?" Next Vanessa came to help. Next we made a machine that picked up trash. Then we brought it to school. Then Mrs. Ebert said that we can be Students of the Month.

By Angela
Today is a special day. It's Earth Day always. It's fun to help the Earth. You should help the Earth instead of playing. That is great. I love the Earth.

By Vanessa
You need to sort things into recycle, compost and paper. You need to sort things on Earth Day, April 22nd. To keep Earth clean you need to sort. Who will help me clean the Earth. "Ok" I said. Ashley, Emily O., Emily S. and me will clean Earth.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Things I love

In the past couple of weeks I have been trying hard not to dwell on the negative things that have happened. I started thinking about the things I like and the things that make me happy.
I was surprised at all the things I came up with. I couldn't fit them all in....but here's some.

Friday, April 17, 2009 if I didn't already know that I had been laid off from my job, the district was kind enough to waste all sorts of money to send us all certified letters just reconfirming the fact.


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

On the Road in America

I was watching this show on the Sundance channel last night and I was immediately captivated. It is a documentary TV series about three young Arab men (Egyptian, Saudi, Jordanian, and Lebanese) traveling across America in an RV with an American film crew.
The purpose behind the series is to view America through the eyes of these young Arabs.

It's interesting to see present day issues through a different set of eyes.

On the Road in America

Thursday, April 09, 2009


On SNL Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler do a hilarious segment during Weekend Update called Really!??!

This is my attempt.

I went to the grocery store and spent $60....I also saved $60. That made me happier than anything else had all day. Really.

In the wake of the cheerful news of the hundreds of teacher layoffs imposed by Mesa, we were fortunate enough to receive letters that assured us that "It wasn't our fault." Really? Good thing they cleared that up for us. Here I was blaming myself for the legislatures lack of initiative and ethics. Really. Good thing they talked me off that ledge.

Some of the other movies shown at the Phoenix Film Festival were as follows:
Werewolf Trouble: Horrified to wake up on morning only partially transformed Ryan enlists the help of his friends to return to human form before an important poetry reading. Really? A werewolf and a poetry reading. Sounds like my kind of movie. Really.

Duke Baa: A 3D animation based on the story of a quirky, arrogant goat. Arrogant goat? Really?

While in Scottsdale we had the privilege of seeing true friendship in it's rarest form. A girl...a BMW....a dog...and the girls friend who is sitting in the back while the dog is safely seat-belted in front. Really?

A Chia pet in the shape of President Obama's head is being pulled from shelves for being too racist. Really? A racist chia pet?

Johnny Depp is making a guest voice appearance on Sponge Bob Square Pants. Really?

The lady in line at the grocery store was upset because her chocolate rabbit wrapped in festive gold foil cost 13 cents more than her friend had told her that it did. Really? She argued with the store clerk for about 5 minutes before finally relenting and deciding that little Billy would just have to go without his gold foil wrapped chocolate bunny for Easter this year. Really.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Something different....

Andy and I went to the screening of 500 Days of Summer tonight at the Phoenix Film Festival. We had a great time. Amazing movie, wonderful acting, awesome soundtrack. The whole package. Seriously. Basically it's a love story....that isn't. Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (both of whom I love) were incredible.

Monday, April 06, 2009

The day did not go as hoped.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Monday is D-Day.

Please keep us in your prayers.