Thursday, March 28, 2013

Belize...if you pleaseee...

Hm.. since I last typed, quite a bit has happened:

1. Baby shower
2. Dad's 50th B-day
3. Education Club with and AWESOME speaker
4. Belize meeting (yay!)
5. GACE 001 taken
6. My last day EVER working at Hallmark
7. Kappa Delta Pi (informal) induction
8. ONE more month of school!!
9. Helping plan a baby shower
10. 2 Pending baby showers in May

So much! I wouldn't change it for anything!
Babies, Babies EVERYWHERE! :)

L to R: Little sister, Father, ME, Mother
Daddy's 50th, Over the Hill, He is 1/2 century old!

Hooray! The Big 5-0! Me, as usual looking at my phone. Ha!

Next, the Belize meeting. I am super excited to be able to go with
two awesome teachers. They have a great since of humor and that
in itself makes life easier. They also told us that when this Study ABroad
is all said and done we will be contributing authors in a peer reviewed
educational journal. AWESOME! One less thing I will have to do WHEN
I go to graduate school. I am so excited...43 days until my life changing trip!

Ugh, GACE. I took the Lang. Arts and Social Studies portions. It was not
what I was expecting. I don't feel as though I failed...I just think it is
going to be a close call. We shall see. I am taking the Special Education 
GACE on July 15th. I am nervous but excited. I will start studying hardcore
when I get my GACE 001 scores in April. ANXIOUS!

Sad day...ended with McDonalds. This past Wednesday was my last day ever
at Wanda's Hallmark. I worked there from August 2006 to March 2013.
It is pretty much the only job I have ever known. I have made some of
the best friends a person can have between the stores in Macon, GA and
Watkinsville, GA. Thankfully, once I moved from Macon to Athens, I have
been able to stay pretty close to those I made at that store and then made 
new ones in the W-ville store. I will miss helping little old ladies with
picking out cards and semi-babysitting when women would forget they
had children and leave me to entertain their little...."angel" and keep them
from demolishing a display I just spent my entire work shift perfecting.
It was sad to leave but it will help me start a new chapter in my life come
August....STUDENT TEACHING! I LOVE YOU KELLY!! :)



Today, I was able to be accepted into the AWESOME Kappa Delta Pi
Educational Honors Society. Loves it! I will have a very decorated robe
at graduation. I will have a KΔΠ honors stole and the purple and green
cords to match. So excited for December 14th! One day after my 26th b-day!

Agh! SOOOO many people are about to pop with a baby, just had a baby or
have found out they are pregnant! I guess it is just because I am at that age.

I am helping put on a shower for a cohort friend who is having her second baby 
boy and I am so excited! I have never helped with a "sprinkle" shower.
Any one reading who knows Tiffany, email me about her shower if you want to go!

In the month of May, I have 2 showers to attend. One for a baby boy and baby girl.
So much cuteness!

So much is in my future:
1. Yard sale this weekend
2. MOUNTAINS!
3. Thirty-One Celebrate and Connect Meeting
NEW CATALOG!! Pictures to come if we
get a
free amenity!
4. My Gread-Grandmother (Tut)'s 90th birthday
5. POSSIBLE Gallery 63 visit
6. Tiffany's shower
7. Bogart and Nickleby's 7th b-day
8. BHRG Spring Fling
9. END OF SEMESTER
10. BELIZE!!!!!!!
So much more but, I am sure you want to wait. :)


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Cruise News!

Cruise was a success! Mr. Word is already looking at cruises
for us to enjoy in the November month. We will be able to celebrate:

1. My Mom's b.day (11/22)
2. Thanksgiving (11/28)
3. Mr. Word's b.day (11/30)
4. 1st Year Anniversary (12/1)*
5. MY GRADUATION (~12/6)*
6. MY B.DAY (12/13)*

* These wont be celebrated on the ship the day of but, you get it. :) *

I will post photos with captions and such... Enjoy!

Thankfully, the weather was perfect and traffic was at a minimum.
I noticed a LARGE number of Canadians and thought to myself,
those poor folks. I am complaining about a 7 hour drive
and they had to drive MUCH longer than that.
I also so a lot of plates from Iowa (WOWZERS!), Wisconsin and Missouri.

Other interesting vehicles:
- 18 wheeler carrying fireworks
- 18 wheeler carrying concrete casket vaults
- 18 wheeler carrying milk

           

Carnival Paradise


Mr. Word enjoying sailing away. :) Such a cutie.
Loving the Tifosi sunglasses!

The only down side about cruises (in my opinion) are all
of the "fun days" at sea. Below is how Mr. Word
and I spend the two "fun" at sea days...


Mr. Word is the best husband EVER
and fed into my obsession (and slowly becoming his)
with The Big Bang Theory and bought me
all 5 seasons before we left!

We had no Wi-Fi but thankfully we could watch
ALMOST all 5 season on our laptop...ah, the comforts of technology!

"Fun" Day over...next day... GRAND CAYMAN ISLAND!


Ready to get my excursion on on Grand Cayman Island!
We took the plunge (multiple puns intended) and purchased an excursion
through Carnival and were SO happy that we did!


If you are ever going to Grand Cayman and want to
take an excursion that is both informative about 
the history (our favorite!) of the Cayman Island and beautiful, we recommend using
"Kelly's Tours"and asking for Berry D. Kelly. He was personable
and knew his stuff about the Islands. He never rushed us and we were not
late for departure! Huge plus!


Mr. Word waiting to go see Pedro St. James, Hell and
 to relax on Seven Mile Beach.



Busy streets of the capital city of George Town, Grand Cayman.
I loved how friendly the town was. I already want to visit again!

We took an interesting ride to the other side of the island.
I say interesting because they drive on the opposite side
of the road as Americans AND there were NO stoplights...
yep, none! It was roundabout city and I liked it...a lot.

Here are a few photos of the beautiful Pedro St. James...


I would love for this to be my view everyday.


Love my hat and camera. :)

Next, we took another interesting ride for an unlisted pitstop
thanks to our tour guide. We went to Tortuga Rum Cake
Company for free samples!

I met a few pirates... this one was best.


After we visited with the pirates and sampled the goods...
we went straight to Hell...the village of Hell that is!

We sent ourselves and my parents a post card...it has yet to get here.
I will post a photo when it comes. I do have some interesting photos
that might help you figure out why it is called Hell.

Take your best guess...






Mr. Word taking some of the above photos.

If you haven't guessed yet, they call it Hell because the
limestone formations are what some people invision Hell to look like.

Here are a few more...



After leaving Hell (literally)...we visited Heaven on Earth..
Seven Mile Beach

If I have not persuaded you to hop on a cruise ship and get to 
the Grand Cayman Islands for its history...
I will persuade you with one of its gorgeous beaches.


Nope, this is not a  generic desktop image pulled from my computer.
This is the beautiful Seven Mile Beach.

Feel free to use it as your desktop if you wish. ;)


People frolicking in the crystal blue water.
I forgot sunscreen (I know... I know!!) so I was not
able to frolic. Instead, we paid for an umbrella and
just sat and relaxed watching these people above.


I DID take one for the team (I got a little sunburned) and did this.
Yep... JUST by doing this in the sand, yours truly burnt a bit.

After the beach we went back to the boat by ferry.
We took a nap and then awoke for dinner. Yum.

I love having such delicious food that is cooked for me, free (kinda)
and served to us like we were at a swanky restaurant.
We had two of the best servers I have had thus far on
 the cruises I have been on. Their names were 
Louis (Indonesia) and LaLa (Thailand). 
Loved them!

Next day... Cozumel, Mexico.

Honestly, there is not much to say about that day.
We were there from 11:00am - 8:00pm and it rained
ALL. DAY. LONG.
Literally... miserable.

We didn't take many photos with our nicer cameras because
of the humidity. Once we went to take photos and
uncapped the lenses...fogged up to the point of no return.

Thankfully our phones are pretty sufficient cameras.

Here are the few photos from our phones...


Please notice the rain cloud making itself present to my right, your left.
At this point it was sprinkling and we had a small glimmer of hope...

This glimmer was washed away by this...

Please notice the puddles...

We had to take cover here.


We had to either buy $6 USD worth of food/coffee/soda
or just give them $6 USD to use their Wi-Fi...
We couldn't give them the money fast enough on that rainy day.

We decided to get something for our money so, we bought these.


I didn't notice until I was taking this photo that Diet Coke in Mexico
is Coca-Cola Light. All diet drinks tasted COMPLETELY different 
but the Coke tasted normal. Best 6 bucks ever!

We sat here until we finished the sodas...well I finished the "Diet" Coke
and Mr. Word downed the Coke. We left the Dr. Pepper to fend or its salty self.
Yuck.

We made a run for it to Three Amigos restaurant...

Once there, we feasted on this amazingness and listened to a wonderful DJ.


Then we received this and glanced very quickly...


Mr. Word and I then proceded to look at one another
with confused looks. I think our waitress saw these looks and quickly
pointed out the USD price...then we were relieved, ha!

I am sure our waitress walked away laughing in her head.

After taking in the music and food, we braved the storm again and
were able to get the deal of the day. $20 for 6 shirts... SCORE!

We then made our way back...okay, we ran back to the ship.
It was raining gatos and perros.


This is the closest Steven and I got to the Mexican beach of Cozumel.
The ACTUAL, BEAUTIFUL beach was about 10 miles from the port.

All in all, it was fun and I am glad I was able to go with Mr. Word.

I do have to say, coming home was wonderful.
It was a long, almost 8 hour drive from Florida.
Seeing our pups get excited when they saw us was a great feeling.

Here is Bogart conked out on the ride home.
Miley to his left and Nickleby to his right.



Wednesday, March 6, 2013

My oh my...

I have gotten saddening news from all over the place.

1. The company I have been working for for almost 7 years is closing our store.
2. I found a new salon I like in Athens and it is closing. 
My stylist has yet to find a new place to style so I am in limbo. 
Thankfully I just got it trimmed so I should be good for a few months.

3. The ONLY teach supply store in, near, around Athens is closing.

On a positive note...

1. SPAGE conference was awesome! The KeyNote speaker
was very informative and engaging. I went to a workshop on
classroom management and using the Library of Congress 
as a way to use primary sources (instead of secondary) to 
help your students use higher order thinking.
All in all, I loved it and I cannot wait to go to the bigger conference in June!

2. Belize is paid in full!!! Only 65 days!!

3. Cruise in 2 days!!

4. Early Childhood Education GACE (Lang. Arts/S.S.) in 16 days!

5. I decided to "go all in" and signed up for the Special Ed.
 General Curriculum GACE in July! AGH!

I have a LOT going on and I love it!