Tuesday, March 27, 2012


I love having twokids! (That's how I refer to them, as in "I love my twokids!") At least, when they are not causing each other to cry/both crying, I love having two. Sasha is getting to an age where he can actually be fun for Sabrina to play with. Just in time, too! They can entertain each other when I have threekids and one of them is 2 days old.

Today, Sasha was insisting "side!" Which means, he wanted to play outside. Well, I don't want to play outside. It's cold, I can't bend over, stand up from sitting on the ground, or climb dirt piles. Guess what? Sabrina wants to or at least can do all these things! So, I got their shoes on, Sabrina put on both of their coats, and out they went! For, like, an hour!

They mostly played right outside the living room window, which was great, because I could make sure they weren't eating dirt or pushing each other off our wonderful dirt pile. I watched Sabrina push Sasha's bum, trying to help him all the way up the pile. She was occasionally successful. It was so great to see them not needing me to entertain them! Keep it up, twokids!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Gala Is Done!

At my school, we have an annual "gala," a big fundraiser/play/dance performance/music recital all based on the humanities curriculum. You heard right, we couldn't figure out how to put math and science into it. However, rehearsal this year was on pi day (3/14, or 3.14), so it's really just science that got left out. And...it's over! It's been a hard one this year. I think it's because in the entire 3rd term, we had only 18 normal teaching days. No wonder I've been feeling my students are behind. They are!

I feel the gala is a really cool experience for the kids. They get to create a play and have it come together, and perform it at a professional theater. I have one student who started the year wearing a hat and trench coat, and disappearing into them. I'm sure partly it was my fabulous teaching, but being in dance and being a performer really got him out of his shell. Almost literally! I think it's a great experience for them.

And yet...did I mention only 18 teaching days this term? Also, trying to get 250 middle school students to behave in a theater, well, you can imagine. There was an incident in the men's restroom...you really don't want to know, I promise. If you know a 10-14 year old, imagine the grossest thing they have ever done, then have them do it on purpose. Yeah. You're grossed out, right?

So the answer is, I don't know. It's a great experience that stresses out the teachers ridiculously, creates gross time, and makes the kids have a great experience. I guess I just wonder if this experience could be created at a lesser cost to the school.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Ole, ole ole ole

Zane and I watched the first game of the Real Salt Lake season last night. It was against the defending champions, LA Galaxy, in LA, where they have not lost since 2010. I have to say, I never think we can beat LA. They have so much talent, and so many superstars. Also, I hate all teams from LA. I don't mean to, and I really like Landon Donovan, but I can't help it.

So, I was sad but not surprised when LA scored an amazing goal in the second half. Okay, it's done, I thought.

Not so.

LA scored an own-goal off an "assist" from a rookie, Velasquez. Woo hoo! A tie! I'm happy. Then, Morales scored a ping-pong goal that was bouncing around before he buried it in the back of the net. Then, just to prove that RSL is the most awesome team, Espindola, who I kind of love, scored all by himself. LA made a noble run at the end, but were DENIED. Ha ha LA! 3-1 for RSL! Neener neener!

Zane and I were kind of freaking out.

It's fun to note that last night, the game was broadcast to 70 countries. Including Djibouti. Do you even know where Djibouti is? I have a vague idea of eastern Africa. (checks map) Yup, I rock. Right across the Persian Gulf from Yemen. The POINT is, we beat LA in front of 70 countries, the MLS commissioner, and a hostile crowd of entitled Galaxy fans. Ha! Money may buy Beckham, but we still won!

Phew. Bring on the rest of the season!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

3rd trimester, 3rd stage

I can't believe how long I've been going between posts lately. Okay, for the past 6 months or so. Anyway, here I am in the 3rd trimester (30 weeks on Monday, or, as I like to say, 10 weeks to go). I have also left the "you look so cute! Pregnant women just have a glow about them, don't they?" stage, and entered the, "So, when are you due?" stage. In other words, I just look big big big. Also, I have to shave my legs sitting down and am about to have to put on non-slip on shoes sitting down as well. Yup, I'm pregnant!

On a more uplifting note, I made two new blankets this week. I had the fabric for a few weeks, but just hadn't got 'er done. They are really cute. When I have the motivation, I'll post some pictures. I also want to make a new blanket for Sabrina and Sasha. I went to two different fabric stores and was extremely underwhelmed at their flannel selection. I guess it's back to fabric.com for me!

On a less uplifting note, we have had random electric failures at our house. The lights will flicker and go off for a few seconds to a few minutes at a time. But it's not EVERY light. It's the kitchen, living room, some outlets in the TV room, Sabrina's room, and Sasha's room. The downstairs, bathroom, our room, and the lights in the TV room stay on. Weird. Fortunately, Mari's husband is an electrician so we're finagling him to come up and see what the heck is wrong. Zane keeps throwing out words like "bad breaker" and I nod in complete cluelessness. Whatever. I don't plan on messing with electricity, or any stuff that can kill you. Except driving. Oh, and childbirth. You know, the stuff I have to do.