Tuesday, June 24, 2008

River rafting

Last weekend Geoff and I went with 10 friends to the American River and rafted the Middle Fork. We did the same trip last year, but this year stepped it up a bit and did Class III and IV (last year we did II and III) rapids. It was about 105 degrees on Saturday so being on the river was awesome- the water was freezing, and perfect! It was great to camp with friends and be away from the suburbs for awhile! Geoff had a complete impulse (and not so sober!) buy on Friday night at the store on the campground and bought an overpriced underwater camera, so I'll post pictures as soon as we get them developed.

Thursday, June 19, 2008


It's officially summer, which by teacher standards means relaxation and fun. Things have been crazy though, and there hasn't been much time to relax! We finished the school year last Thursday and jumped right into summer school on Monday. I'm training two new teachers to take my job and also trying to make my transition over to my new program. It's been absolute insanity coordinating new staff and new students. Week one of summer school ended today, so only 3 to go and then we leave for our VACATION to Croatia and Greece.
Last week was very eventful with end of the year activities. My dear friend Erica came to visit and stayed the weekend with us. It was so nice to spend time with her. We managed to fit in plenty of parties and had a nice weekend.
I have a few pictures to post... but it is SO hot here today that I can't handle being on the computer for another minute!!! So, that's all for now....! xo

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Teacher at heart

My dear friend Patrice "googled" me to find my blog and found this article.
It absolutely made my day to read it this morning! I remember being an aide for students with disabilitities in junior high, but this really brought back all of the memories! This was such an amazing program and I think it speaks wonders to say that it's what first sparked my interest in being a special education teacher. And look.... 14 years later I'm still passionate about it!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Graduation video

My sister's boyfriend graduated from Chinese Medicine school this weekend in Santa Cruz. We are very proud of him and all of his hard work. Here's the video of him entering into his graduation. Congratulations Shawn!

My new car!

After dozens of sleazy salesman I decided on the 2008 Subaru Legacy. I picked it up today and was able to cruise around a bit and I love it.... there was one little problem. There was an unexpected spoiler on the back! This was definitely not something I new I was purchasing and when I asked about it they told me they'd "take care of it" if I wanted it off. What do you think? Spoiler, or no spoiler? I'm not all that thrilled about it, but I also don't want to go through all of the hassle of trying to get it taken off.... I'm sure it won't be as easy as I'd like it to be.

Anyways, here's the new beauty and I promise I won't take this one up against a garbage truck!!

Birthday celebrations

We had many celebrations for Geoff's 30th birthday (I love when that happens!). On his actually birthday I took him to a yummy Italian restaurant in Campbell called Il Bellagio. It was delicious and they even brought him a tiramasu with a candle, and sang happy birthday! Today was another celebration at his parent's house where we also celebrated his brother Derek's birthday. Good times with good people. Happy birthday my sweet....!!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Today I said goodbye

I got a call two days ago from the insurance company telling me that my car was "totaled". I just couldn't believe what I was hearing!! They told me that repairing my car would cost more than what the total value is now. I was devastated to hear the news, although relieved to think that I walked away uninjured from a crash with total damages more than $8,000! So today I went to clean out my car and say goodbye to my trusty little Jetta. It did me well over the last 8 years and I still remember my first cruise with my friends around the campus at PLU!
Now I'm slowly warming up to having to car shop.... what should be a fun, exciting time is actually quite depressing because I was perfectly happy with my car. I don't have long AT ALL before I have to give my rental car back, so the hunt starts today. My parents are coming this weekend so I'm taking the day off work on Friday to drive around the car lots. Does anyone have any ideas of what I should test drive?
I'm posting a pic of a 2000 Jetta.... maybe it will give me some closure :-)

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Geoff's 30th Birthday BBQ

Yesterday we had a BBQ for Geoff's 30th birthday! Everything went fabulous, everyone had a great time and the weather was perfect.

Geoff's guy friends bought him MarioKart.... by far his favorite gift! I'm glad I'm off the hook to get it for him! As he was opening it his friends called it a "relationship enhancer". Hmmmm.... not too sure about that!

Geoff's b-day is on Tuesday, so happy early birthday, hun!