My Husband

Thursday, March 26, 2009

I love him, especially when he buys me flowers, for no reason.
He's the best.

March Madness

Monday, March 23, 2009

Several of the teachers at my school are in a NCAA’s basketball pool. This is my first time ever being a part of a sports pool and I’m LOVING it. I’m totally into tracking “my teams.” I have my tournament bracket posted by my desk and I highlight which teams have advanced in the tournament like I predicted. And I’m in 2nd place in our office pool (which means I have correctly predicted which teams would win more often than the other people in the pool), which is kind of a joke because the selection of my teams went a little like this, “well, I like their uniform colors, so I’ll choose them,” or “well, let’s go with the Catholic school over the secular school.” As you can see, I had a very scientific and calculating approach to which teams I predicted to move on through the tournament. But whatever, I’m in 2nd place (out of like 20 people).

I chose Kansas to win it all. Something in my gut, told me Kansas was a good team. The Midwest, they take their basketball seriously, right? Go with the Jayhawks. Little did I know that Kansas won last year! I guess my intuition was right, but then I did a little research and learned that yes, Kansas won last year, but they also graduated their entire starting lineup last year too. So they have an uphill road ahead of them. Oh well, I like underdogs.

Being a part of the tournament pool has also upped my prestige among my boy students. They’re quite impressed that I keep track of the games and that I have a pretty good track record with predicting which teams will move on through the tournament. Gotta love March Madness.

Go Jayhawks!

St. Patrick

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day! I find it somewhat amusing (and yet also somewhat sad) that it seems everyone wants to be Catholic on the so-called fun days, or feast days of the liturgical year: St. Patrick's Day, for example, or Mardi Gras, or St. Valentine's Day. But rarely do those same people who come out in droves to drink beer and toast St. Patrick, desire to be Catholic on days like Good Friday or the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Yet, I believe those lesser known days (at least within the secular world) are more enjoyable. Yes, they're more demanding, but they're more rewarding too. Those are the days that separate the men from the boys, so to speak.

St. Patrick was an extraordinary man. Captured by pirates as a boy and sold into slavery in Ireland, he eventually escaped and returned to his native Britain. Although he was not a religious boy, he became a devout man and studied to become a priest. Feeling the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he returned to the land of his enslavement, as a Bishop, to organize the struggling and fledgling Christian church in Ireland. He spent the rest of his life evangelizing and converting the Irish people.

As the priest at Mass mentioned today, St. Patrick had two distinctive virtues: zeal and humility. His zeal for God and his faith allowed him to accomplish great things, including the conversion of an entire nation of people. St. Patrick was not well educated by aristocratic standards and so many taunted him for his limited schooling. Yet, St. Patrick was well aware of his shortcomings and through his humility allowed the glory of God to be manifest through him and his apostolate. We should all pray to St. Patrick for an increase in zeal and humility today.

You can learn more about him here:

St. Patrick, pray for us.

Happy Birthday, Grammie!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Happy Birthday, Grammie! Today is my grandmother's (mom's mom) birthday. She is 85 years young and the hippest 85 year old to boot. I wish I had a picture to post to prove how great she looks, but I don't think she would appreciate me posting pictures of her on my blog. Let's just say I hope I have her genes.

My grandmother birthed and raised 13 children and has 41 grandchildren and looks fabulous. She's fashionable and fun, with a great sense of humor. She a huge sports fan (Go A's), a good dancer, a former bird watcher and a wine connoisseur. I admire her so much and feel so fortunate to call her my grandmother.

Grammie- Matthew and I are planning on taking you out to dinner when we're in town in April, so think of a nice place (besides Village Pizza- haha) where you'd like to go.

Happy Birthday!


A friend of mine sent me this ecard, which she said reminded her of us. I thought it was pretty funny, and accurate too, we totally do this.

Family Ski Trip

Friday, March 6, 2009

Matthew and I are headed up to Maine tonight!

Every year his family (all 100+ of them) take a ski trip up to Maine. They rent a bus, hire a bus driver, drink cocktails during the drive, stay at the same inn and ski together for an entire weekend. The family ski trip has been going on for the last 50 years or so. I think it's a great family tradition, but originally we hadn't planned on going this year. Until Matthew's mom called and let us know there was an extra room available that had already been paid for and nobody was using. How could we turn down a free room? So last night we decided we' head up to Maine tonight and spend some time with the fam and drive over to New Hampshire on Saturday. And apparently there is a buffet breakfast and dinner every day complete with an ice cream dessert table where one can create their own ice cream sundae. Yum!

Alhthough I was a bit hesitant because of all the driving (yuck), I'm really excited to go. I love our quick getaway weekend trips. What fun adventures we have!

I hope everyone has a relaxing weekend!

*The picture above is The Bethel Inn, where we'll be staying.

Snow Day

Monday, March 2, 2009
I received a text at 6:00am this morning with the two words that every East Coast child (and teacher) longs to hear during the winter months: Snow Day.

Just yesterday I was saying how much I am over this New York winter, how I would much rather be in a warmer climate, with spring just around the corner. The winter has been a long one here. But then today, a snow day, and suddenly these east coast winters don't seem too bad. A snow day means schools are closed, kids and teachers get the day off. What a wonderful thing! It was actually the first snow day that New York City public schools have had in 5 years. Lucky me!

So after my mini celebration, I made a nice breakfast and Matthew and I headed into Central Park. There's a little hill in the Park called Cedar Hill and with all the snow we had last night, it made the perfect hill for sledding. There were so many little (and big) kids who carted their sleds into the park to enjoy a nice morning of sledding. They were so cute, all bundled up and racing down the hill. I was tempted to join them. After our walk, we came back home, I made lunch and took a little nap. For dinner, we enjoyed my old standby- garlic pizza and are now winding down our day.

It was such a lovely day.

Let It Snow

Sunday, March 1, 2009
We're supposed to get a record 14 inches of snow tonight and tomorrow. I am SO excited. Although, I'll still probably have to go into work tomorrow. As long as the subway is running, school will be open.

But still, how fun. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...

Ghetto Cat Fight

What a week! It was the first week back after February vacation, and it was such a struggle getting to work every day. And on top of that, two girls had a fight in my classroom, as in they were literally pulling each other's hair, slapping, scratching, etc. Fortunately, a few of my other students stepped in and separated them, but still, I was like, what the heck? This is so ghetto. I was about ready to quit after that.

I just keep telling myself the school year is almost over, I'm almost there. Just keep swimming, just keep swimming...
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