Friday, January 14, 2011

No Me Gusta Accountability

Today in our academy meeting we decided that 'Accountability was stifling to our Creativity'.  I really like that I'm going to use it.  Think about it.  You'll get it in a bit and that will be ok.

Nice Q and A with Jillie B.  I learned something.

Doing: nuthin'
Reading: Letter from my students
Writing: TDL for this wkd
Hearing: My niece giggling in the other room
Watching: The Cape
Wearing: PJs
Going: to bed very soon

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Reading Rocks!!

I love to read.  It is something I make time for because I enjoy it and its relaxing for me.  Like today for instance is a rainy nasty day outside which is perfect for lounging in bed and exploring a good book.  And that is most likely where I will be as soon as I finish my lesson plans for the week.

There are three books coming out on February 22 that I am really looking forward to reading. I thought I would share a little about them.  I'm currently finishing The Girl That Kicked A Hornet's Nest, so I'll be reviewing that trilogy soon!

Ok, First The Remembering by Steve Cash.  It is the final book in a trilogy about a race called The Meq.  I got to read an advance copy of the first book called The Meq in 2004 and I have been mesmerized by this series every since.  The second book finally came out in 2008 and now after what seems like forever the final book is on its way.  I am super excited for this concluding novel.  Over the next month I am reading the first two books again in anticipation of its release.

The second book I'm looking forward to is called Pale Demon by Kim Harrison. It is in Kim's Hollows series.  It will be the ninth book in that series.  I have really enjoyed this series.  It follows the life of Rachel Morgan is a witch that has a habit of getting herself in and out of trouble.  Ivy, a vampire and Jenks, a pixy make up the core of her adventurous team.

Last but certainly not least is Amber Benson's third installment of the Calliope Reaper-Jones series.  It is called Serpent's Storm.    I have really enjoyed everything Amber has written or co-written and this is no exception.  This series is fun and imaginative.  I'm really excited about this next book.

Promoting: Steelers vs Falcons in the Super Bowl (And I'm rooting for the Falcons but don't tell my step dad; he's a Pittsburg boy)
Reading: The Girl That Kicked A Hornet's Nest Stieg Larson
Writing: lesson plans for the next three weeks
Hearing: Something from the Xena soundtrack by Joseph LoDuca
Watching: Football Playoff games (hope they are better than yesterday)
Wearing: Charlie's Angels T-shirt
Going: to clean off my desk today even if it takes me all day.  I'm super tired of all the damn clutter.
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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Summer Fun in Winter Weather

My step dad asks me about this new show The Cape.  I'm like 'IDK what you're talking about?'.  He says that girl we like from the science fiction show (helpful, right?) she's in this new show coming on this week.  So he backs through the commercials to the preview (got to love Tivo) and its SUMMER GLAU.  Who knew?  I must have missed a memo somewhere.  I had no idea she had a new show coming out.  Personally, I don't care what the show or character is; I'd happily watch her read the phone book.  Guess you know now what I'm doing tomorrow night. :)

Happy Birthday to AMBER BENSON!!  

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

21 Ways to Make Simple New Year's Resolutions

 This is a pretty cool article by Janice Taylor.

1} Write Down Your Goals (75% of what we write down happens)
2} Exercise your 'want' muscle (Make sure your goal has deep meaning for you)
3} Take a Leap of Faith 
4} Create A Plan
5} Set Your Mind (It starts and ends in the mind)
6} Be Specific 
7} Visualize (See yourself doing what you need to do to achieve your goal)

"Attitude - Whether you think you can or you think you can't.... you're right."

8} Less is More (Don't try to change to much at once.  Pace yourself)
9} Find a 'Resolution Buddy' (And share your goals now you are accountable to someone else)
10} Set a Time table (The difference between a goal and a dream is a deadline!)
11} Create A Vision Board
12} Take a Risk (Stretch a bit outside of your comfort zone)
13} Remind yourself of your goals daily
14) Accentuate the Positive
15} Celebrate Failure (If at first you don't succeed, Try...try again!!)
16} Start a Journal (Record successes, failures, A-Ha! Moments)
17} Get some daily inspiration 
18} Steer clear of negativity
"Those who bring sunshine in the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves."

19} Fake It Til You Make IT!!
20} Be Patient (Change takes time.  "Life is a journey NOT a destination")
21} Remember:YOU matter!!

To check out Janice Taylor's entire article Read more:

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Monday, January 3, 2011