September 14, 2009

Out of Control

Dear Kanye,

What's wrong with you? Seriously! What in the world possessed you to take the stage and spotlight away from someone?

News Flash: Your opinion is not the only one that matters. Clearly, your opinion is not in line with the masses... because Taylor Swift won that award fair and square!

I hate that you have caused me to be embarrassed to admit that I'm a fan of your music. In the past, I've been able to shake my head and laugh off your crazy antics. After all, your previous trades haven't harmed anyone but yourself. You looked like a fool, but I could still add, "but he's a great artist."

This time, though, you have crossed the line. It's one thing to be laughably egotistical, but it's quite another to allow your inflated sense of self stand in the way of others. Not only have you embarrassed yourself, but you have embarrassed Beyonce (who made it very clear that she did not want to be associated with you at all), Chicago (quit giving us a bad name), and your fans (including those of us who followed you before you were mainstream).

Since you're such a huge fan of hers, maybe you could take a lesson from Beyonce. She showed more class in two minutes last night than we've ever seen from you. Take notes!

September 9, 2009

She's Here!

In case you missed my earlier declarations (here, here, and here)... I LOVE BRITNEY!

Awesome news? She's performing in Chi town tonight.

The bad news is that I did not receive my free front row tickets or backstage passes. I know this because I checked my mailboxes at home and work multiple times.

Did I purchase said tickets and backstage passes? No. Did I call the KISS FM when they asked for caller #3 on September 3? No. Did I still hope that they'd find some magical way into my possession? Yes!

Apparently, the ticket fairy missed the memo on this one!

It's a sad, sad world!

What are We Afraid of?

I still don't understand how a speech to the youth of our country sparked so much controversy.

Since the news came out that Obama was going to address our nation's children last week, my district began receiving angry parent calls... on both sides of the spectrum. Some argued that we didn't have a right to expose their children to his socialist agenda; others argued that any efforts to keep the speech from airing was racially motivated.

The district, and my principal, decided to leave the decision in the hand of each teacher rather than make a decision for all. They did, however, give parents the option of writing a note to excuse their children from any speech-related activities. Luckily for me, the speech aired during lunch, so I hadn't planned to use it yesterday anyway. I am, however, thinking of using it as a part of my persuasion unit (along with MLK Jr. and many other leaders).

I received one parent letter. Only one. But one was enough to frustrate me!

What are these parents so afraid of? The text of the speech was made public well in advance (and well before I received the letter), and it was completely innocuous.

And even if it weren't... do parents really think it's a good idea to shelter their children from any ideas that go against their own? Don't they want their children to learn to think for themselves? Whether religion or politics, I think my beliefs have only been strengthened through times of learning about alternative points of view. How do you know what you stand for if you don't know what you stand against?

If staying in school, being respectful to your teachers and setting goals for your future makes you a socialist, then I'll take my armband now.

September 8, 2009

Sweet Gift

How scrumptious does this look?

Let me tell you... it's pretty much the yummiest cupcake I've ever had in my life. It comes from Sweet Mandy B's in Chicago (Lincoln Park for all you Chi town folk). Today was my first encounter with a tasty treat from SMB, and it certainly lived up to the hype.

My friend and coworker, Jenny, has talked about this place as long as I've known her. She claims she needs a 12-Step Program for her addiction to those sweets, and I can completely understand why.

Jenny, who knows how much I adore cupcakes, picked a pink one up for me while she was there this weekend. She told me via Facebook, and I could hardly wait until today! If you follow my blog, you'll certainly remember an earlier post when I declared my love for these babies!

(P.S. Have I ever mentioned how much I love presents?)

Let me tell you. Sweet Mandy B's does not disappoint. It was so moist (even after sitting on my desk all morning... I was saving it for lunch... and practically drooling over it all morning) and vanilla-y (I decided today that vanilly is a word... go with it)... I was savoring the taste well after lunch was over.

Seriously... if you ever need a date to SMB, I'm your girl!!
Thanks again, Jenny, for the thoughtful surprise! I loooooved it!

September 2, 2009

Great Day!

Ever have a day when you know you're just on? Today was one of those days for me. I don't know how exactly it happened, but I felt like everything I've ever learned about teaching came pouring out of me during today's lessons. I had great interactions with my students, I was enthusiastic about the material, my students were extremely engaged in the lessons... it was simply perfect!

And I don't say any of that to pat myself on the back. Mostly because I'm not quite sure where it all came from. Maybe it was the Dunkin' Donuts my class won for breakfast for selling the most during our magazine drive. Whatever it was... I hope it lasts!

Boy do I wish I had been observed today!

(And with this post, I've reached 100 entries on my blog! Whew! What a milestone day!)