Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Ben Folds Five - Brick (Live at The Wireless Triple J Radio)

And a good Ben Folds Five oldie as well. Just for good measure.

Ben Folds - The Luckiest

That is right. I just ordered two tickets online. Chad and I are going to see him in Salt Lake in April. SO EXCITED!!!

The YouTube above is Ben singing Chad and my wedding song live with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

I'm Lizzie

Came across this fun link while doing some research for my upcoming Persuasion unit. Thought some of you Austen fans also might enjoy!

I am Elizabeth Bennet!

Take the Quiz here!

Friday, February 22, 2008

What I Didn't Expect

When I signed up to become a teacher, there were a lot of things I expected. There were also some things I didn't expect. A lot of the things I didn't expect are quite negative, and I vent about these probably more frequently than necessary. So, even though a long string of those negatives is ever-present in my mind currently (I just finished a grueling 5 hours of parent-teacher conferences this week), today was a good teaching day, and thus I'm thinking about some of the positive things about my job that I didn't expect.

I didn't expect to laugh so much. My students are HYSTERICAL. SERIOUSLY. So. Incredibly. Funny. My seniors just finished writing satirical papers, and I have never laughed so hard. I'm just going to think of them all as little Jon Stewarts. Some of their writing was just that good. The things they say in class also frequently crack me up. They're just, fun! I like that we can laugh together and I can still feel like they are learning.

I didn't expect to work with so many cool people. Seriously, so many of my co-workers are amazing people. They are so talented, intelligent, and fun! It sometimes makes me feel incredibly intimidated, but I'm trying to work on my inferiority complex and just learn from them.

I didn't expect to really love my students as much as I do. I knew I would like them. But I didn't know I would love them. Seriously. I cry over these kids when I watch them going through unbelievably hard things. I get so excited when I watch them succeed.

So there you go, just a few of the positive things I didn't expect when I started walking the halls of the high school this year. Try to savor this post, and possibly remind me of it, the next time I am spouting off numerous complaints.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Favorite Photos

I can only pick 10? My friend tagged me. Here are 10 of my favorite photos. I'm a bit camera happy, so there are SO many photos on our computer that chosing 10 was close to impossible, but here it goes:

Chad and I emerald mining this summer. We went with Chad's dad and had a fantastic time. I EVEN FOUND AN EMERALD! It was cut down into about a 3/4 carat stone. I'm about the unluckiest girl I know, so this picture is proof that my husband's good luck has started to rub off on me since we've been married.

With Emily and Lacey at some waterfall in Idaho. We hiked down it the summer before I left for London. Even though this is not the most fantastic photo of us, I adore it because of the memories from the trip.

With three of my beyond darling roommates. Bri, unfortunately, is taking the photo so she's not pictured. I LOVE these girls. We had a great time living in the hood together.

This is a photo I snapped of a bird lady in Kensington Gardens when I was living in London. I love it.

Mi familia.

In one of the "windows" at Arches National Park.

Sunrise on the Thames...In MY city. Sigh.

With two of the most amazing girls on earth. I miss them both terribly. Even though I have a horendous chroat in this picture, I still adore it. We met in London and were destined to be friends. This is from one of my favorite days at St. Michael's Mount.

With my darling husband, at my favorite place: the beach.

Mom's graduation with Grandma Joy and Aunt Laura. I was SO PROUD OF HER!
So there you go, 10 of my favorites. I really wanted to post a picture from our wedding but don't have any digital ones.

Friday, February 08, 2008

What a Day With No Eye Liner Gets You

Because I have jinxed myself into getting some kind of NASTY cough/throat/want to roll over and die thing, I haven't been getting the best sleep. I wake up every couple of hours coughing. Last night, I woke up in the middle of a coughing fit, and Chad had to coach me, so that I could start breathing again. It was sad. Anyway, because my sleep (which we all know I need an abnormal amount of) has been so constantly interrupted lately, getting up in the morning has been even more difficult than normal. Then, when I do get up, I can't get my body to MOVE fast enough. Even though I'm running late. Today went something like this:

6:00 a.m. - Alarm goes off. Snooze button is hit.
6:10 a.m. - Alarm goes off. Snooze button is hit.
6:20 a.m. - Alarm goes off. Again, snooze button is hit.
6:30 a.m. - Aarm goes off. Snooze button is hit. I groggily realize that I REALLY need to get up if I'm going to be ready by the time my ride comes.
6:40 a.m. - Alarm goes off AGAIN. I hit the snooze button. I lie there, trying to tell my body to leave the security of the covers, and get ready to deal with teenagers all day.
6:45 a.m. - I finally pull myself out of bed, leaving me with less than FIFTEEN mintues to get ready.
7:00 a.m. - My phone rings. My ride is here. I have no makeup on. I toss some mascara and eyeshadow in a makeup bag and jet out the door. I get ready in the car...yea...
7:20 a.m. - Arrive 5 minutes late to school.

Needless to say, I wasn't looking like a runway model today.

7:45 a.m. - Student interrupts me mid-sentence to say, "Something's different about you today, Mrs. Reese...What is it?" To which I want to respond, "MAYBE IT'S THE FACT THAT I FEEL LIKE CRAP and LOOK LIKE CRAP!" but I really respond, "I don't know..." Other students then begin to chime in, speculating about what COULD be different about my appearance today, until I finally stop the debate and force them to start learning again.

Chad, the eternal optomist, says I should be GLAD they noticed I look different when I look crappy. That means that I usually look nice, and that they notice when I don't.

I vote this horrible virus thing needs to kick the bucket, before I do!

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Three Exciting Things

Thing One: In 5 months we will be celebrating our THREE YEAR anniversary. Yet, until yesterday, we didn't own a cheese grater. That's right, folks, through more than two-and-a-half years of marriage, we have managed to survive without a pretty necessary kitchen gadget. Well, yesterday we bought one. And this is it:

We bought it at Bed Bath and Beyond, along with this little gem:

Thing Two: A grill pan. We watch way too much Food Network not to own one of these. We used the two exciting things mentioned above to create this:

Thing Three: Beyond fabulous orzo-stuffed peppers and balsamic grilled chicken. SOOOOO unbelievably yummy. We watched Giada make the peppers a few days ago and decided we had to try them. Because we are carnivors and can't make a meal without some kind of meat, we added the balsamic chicken on the side, because we thought the flavors would complement eachother. Of course, we are kitchen geniuses and were correct. Chad and I both agreed this is the best new recipe we've tried in awhile. If you want to give these dishes a shot, here's how:
For the chicken:
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. garlic
salt and pepper
Marinade the chicken for about 30 minutes, then grill it.
For the peppers:
1 14-ounce can Italian tomatoes (we used the diced ones and drained them)
1 zucchini, grated
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves (we used 1 tablespoon dried mint)
1/4 cup grated Ramano, plus more for sprinkling (we used about a 1/2 cup and some more)
1/8 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 and a half cloves garlic, minced (we used 1 tsp. of the jar we have in our refrigerator)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup orzo
4 sweet bell peppers (red or yellow)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Pour the tomatoes into a large bowl. Add the zucchini, mint, cheese, olive oil, garlic, salt, and
pepper. Stir to combine.
Meanwhile, bring the chicken broth to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Add the orzo and cook for 4 minutes. The orzo should be only partially cooked. Use a fine mesh sieve (we used a slotted spoon) to transfer the orzo to the large bowl with the other vegetables. Stir the orzo into the vegetable mix to combine. Transfer the warm chicken broth to a 3-quart baking dish.
Slice the tops of the peppers and remove all ribs and seeds.
Place the peppers in the baking dish with the warm chicken broth. Spoon the orzo mixture into the peppers. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil, sprinkle the top of each pepper with cheese, and continue baking until the cheese is golden, about 15 minutes.
Seriously. This is SO GOOD!
P.S. I am having some formatting issues with my blog. It won't let me paragraph ANYTHING. If I indent at all, or add spaces after paragraphs, they are gone once I post the blog. Does anyone know how to fix this problem? Because I am a little OCD about these kinds of things. Thanks.
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