Saturday, January 29, 2011


Its called "Little Friends"

Thursday, January 27, 2011


These are phrases that the civilian world has no idea can throw a teacher over the edge to suicide. Mind you these are just a FEW:
  • What's my grade right now (remember I have 200 students so I obviously don't have all their grades scrolling through my head)
  • My mom wants me to get an A
  • What am I missing (the students get a print out of their grades everyday!!)
  • Was I supposed to turn that in
  • Is this for points
  • Were we supposed to take notes on that
  • Did we do anything important last time, I was gone
  • What will this assignment do to my grade
  • Are we doing anything important today
  • Why do we have to learn this
  • What can I do to pass this class (with literally 30 minutes left until term grades are due)
  • This is boring
  • I wasn't texting, I promise. I don't even have a phone (after some calm discussion they will finally bust their phone out of their pocket and hand it over)
  • Wait, we can retake things in here (that has been the policy since August)
  • Did you put in that assignment (seconds after they turned it in 3 weeks late so the answer is NO I haven't)
  • I guessed on the test because I didn't study at all but I'm sure I aced it
  • When does class get out
  • Why do we have to take notes
  • The countries in Asia - Europe, Middle East, any map we are working on - are too small
  • This is too hard
  • I am too tired to try and learn
  • How can I get an A, I have an A- right now
  • I didn't know we had a test today (then why did we spend last class period working on the review sheet??)

If you are a teacher and reading this, please tell me I am not the only one who gets crap like this EVERYDAY!!!!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


And by reclamation you mean water reclamation?? Yes, I do. My brain got stuck on this topic when a) I went to Hoover Dam last week and b) Josh asked me if I hadn't grown up going to Lake Powell would I still love it.

Water reclamation history in the west is honestly one of my favorite things to study and read about. The "west" would not even be a thought without reclamation. This is good but mostly bad. As much as I love Lake Powell, I truly DO NOT believe in water reclamation. If John Wesley Powell knew that a man-made lake of stored up Colorado River water was named in his honor, he would be furious. If an area cannot naturally sustain itself, it shouldn't exist. This is the case for many western cities that guzzle water and electricity from dams in Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California. I took an entire course in college on the history of water reclamation and it was probably my favorite class of all time. Weird, right?

I know you all get more than enough crap from my blog, facebook, in person, at school, etc. about Breast Cancer, the great state of Utah, or BYU. But one love that you probably didn't know I have is water reclamation. It is very seriously a passion of mine - not as a Sierra-club-loving-lefty but as an historian who is awed by the fact that a simple thing like water can change the fate of everything.

Whew, I feel like you all know me a little bit better. Kind of in a weird way....

Saturday, January 15, 2011


This was my day (granted I have been sick but it is still no excuse)
  • Woke up naturally at 7:15 am
  • Couldn't get back to bed so I did a little reading
  • Fell back asleep until 9 am
  • Showered
  • Ran errands
  • Went to the post office
  • Shoveled snow
  • Went out to dinner at Red Robin at 4:00pm!!! This truly means there is no escaping my burgeoning senior citizen ways
  • In my pajamas and in bed at 7:30pm

Monday, January 10, 2011


I love diamonds. Like a lot. It's high time I did something about it so I bought this little lady for myself. It came in the mail today and I am more than pleased. I LOVE it!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


People who say things like, "oh I don't own a TV" or "I am not a TV watcher" really bother me. Don't think you are awesome for a) trying to get us to think TV is awful and b) lying about not watching it . I love TV and I love celeb gossip. And the best part is, watching all the shows I love makes me more interesting. I can keep up with any conversation about television along with discussions about, movies, religion, love, history, politics, etc. Watching TV hasn't made me dumb at all. I actually love it because I can catch those little hints of pop culture or history they throw in there. I will put it out in the world what shows I am willing to waste time watching. Here are my current shows in no particular order

  1. Psych
  2. Parks and Rec
  3. Grey's Anatomy
  4. Keeping Up With the Kardashians
  5. 30 Rock
  6. Anything HGTV/DIY
  7. The Office
  8. 16 and Pregnant/Teen Mom
  9. Bachelor/Bachelorette/Bachelor Pad
  10. Glee
  11. Giuliana and Bill
  12. Cougar Town
  13. Lie to Me
  14. Secret Life of the American Teenager
  15. Modern Family
  16. One Tree Hill
  17. Parenthood
  18. Oprah
  19. Private Practice

Monday, January 3, 2011


This is a student's essay and the question was about the Silk Road.

"I think the Silk Road was were they take bath in there and swim there wile there is dead bodies in it!"

I actually know what she thinks she is describing - the Ganges River and the Hindu rituals involving it. But NOT EVEN CLOSE to the Silk Road.

Sunday, January 2, 2011