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Thursday, February 26, 2009

WELCOME TO MY LIFE

I go into the locker room after school and there are papers everywhere. Do I clean them up? NOPERS!! But silently I think how do they expect to pass their test when they left their study guide on the locker room floor. Better yet a ninth grader left their assignment that is worth 100 points sitting on the bench. Apparently she is not going to do the assignment. I did not even look to see who's it was. I have some guesses. But really I am not their mother, I care about my students, I want them to have success in my class, but does that mean I coddle them? At what point are you old enough to be responsible for taking home your assignments and completing them without the teacher putting them in your back pack for you? I believe 9th grade is a little past that age.

Physical education has changed. I know you think I am a beast (Yes they have assignments and written tests), but I can demonstrate to parents and administrators that learning is taking place. But please please please help me I do not want to hold hands or force students to do things. Why can't they just fail if they don't do the work? Oh that's right we don't want to hurt anyones self esteem!! I guess I will give them a new study guide if they say they lost theirs, but I won't be happy about it.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

10.5, Are you JOKING with me?

I have been on the search for new running shoes since Christmas. Both of my current shoes have holes in the toes. I recently read a talk from Elder Ballard talking about the good ole days when you couldn't just buy new shoes and would have to repair them, as a result I postponed buying shoes for a couple of months. I wanted to get all of the use I could out of my old ones.

I began looking and I went to tons of stores and tried on tons of shoes but nothing was right. I really wanted to get a good pair of running shoes. Yesterday I went to the Runners Corner and had the most interesting shoe buying experience. Not bad in any way just different from any experience I have had before. Here is how it went:

  • Bring out a nice pair of shoes and watch me run. Wait . . . . you want to watch me run. Ok I will do my best but I am not thrilled to run for some dude that obviously takes his running very seriously, based on his shoes and his 0% body fat.
  • He watched me run and we decide I am a neutral runner so he goes to the back and brings out 4 high end running shoes that will work well for my feet.
  • Oh . . . . side note he bends down and feels my toes and decides I am a 10.5 not a 9 or 9.5. What a 10.5, aren't my feet big enough why do I have to wear size GINORMOUS. (no offense Erica)
  • I then put on a Brooks shoe on one foot and an Asics on the other and go outside and run around. I like the Brooks so it stays on and the Asics is replaced with a Saucony running shoe. I decided I like the Saucony so I replace the Brooks with a Mizzona. I love the Mizzona so then I put one on each of my feet and go run around. I am sold.
  • Not only did he sell me the shoe he taught me how "runners" lace them up and tie them to get the most out of their shoe. (I think I am a professional now)
Overall a great shoe buying experience and I learned a lot about the process for finding a good running shoe. I am only supposed to run in these shoes so yes I am at work with my holey shoes, can't buy another pair until next month (self control). They will be cheap ones anyways, I don't normally run at work.

Below is the final product. I like them a lot. Sam and I ran 5 miles last night. The shoes felt good, my legs did not. So don't be suprised when I am super skinny next time you see me because when you pay so much for shoes you run way faster and more often. And now that I have serious shoes I can only assume the low body fat will follow.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

ADVENTURES IN SIN CITY

For the three day weekend, in honor of our dead presidents, Amber and I took a little road trip to Vegas. We stayed withe her sister and family and enjoyed biking, sleeping in, shopping (but not buying anything), and slightly warmer weather. Overall it was a fun weekend and it was great to be somewhere besides Provo.

This was the first ride of the season so naturally I was very excited. I got my bike tuned up before the trip and it is as good as new. I have to keep telling myself that because part of me would like to buy a new bike.


Amber and I biked Red Rock Canyon. Turns out it was a little hillier than I remembered. It was a steep first ride but it felt great to work out those biking muscles. It was really hot going up but we froze the second half of the ride because it was all down hill.



Last but not least the post race meal. Half of a snickers marathon bar I found in my bike pouch. I think I ate the other half in October. I only had the thought maybe you should just throw it out for a second, then I thought I am hungry so I will eat this. It tasted great, anything does after three hours in a saddle.



I officially referred to Vegas as Sin City in this post because I made the mistake of reading the newspaper on Saturday. The front page was the 22 most prolific prostitutes, pictures included. And then there were also a couple of other questionable articles. It made me thankful I live in what some would call a bubble, but hey at least I can read the paper and pretend that most people in the world are good and doing good things.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

when it's over. . . . . . .

That's about the time I fall in love again.



The basketball season has come to an end. I won't miss it for a couple of weeks but I do always end up missing it. This season has been interesting. I learned a lot as a head coach. Some things I will do the same some things I will do differently. Overall I think the girls had a good time and they all got better at basketball, which is the ultimate goal.

I am pumped that for the rest of the year I can go home at 3:30. What am I going to do with myself? I am so eXcItEd!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

BUSY DAYS

Busy days . . . . . . . . well kind of. I have a student teacher and so a more appropriate title might by boring days. I should be doing my thesis but instead I have read 4 books in the last week. It has been great. I love reading and I have read some interesting stuff. My favorite book was My Name Is Asher Lev. This book was awesome and I highly recommend it to anyone who needs a good read. Not only is it a great book it also helps you better understand the Jewish culture.



Outside of work and coaching I spend a little bit of time each evening on the Wii fit. It is not everyday you purchase a video game that tells you how fat you are and lets you demonstrate your amazing sports skills:) Sam passed me on the soccer heading the BRAT didn't miss one soccer ball. Now I have a new goal. Life is all about goals, I must beat Sams' high score. As you can tell I am not a very competitive person.



And lastly fun with the girl's, I stole this picture off of Erica's blog. Last weekend was really fun. It was great to hang out with friends and have the opportunity to see Carrie sealed in the temple. I wish we could all get together more often.



So my days have been busy . . . . kind of.

Bryce Canyon

I have only been to Bryce Canyon one time previously so I was excited to go again. It was a chilly but sunny morning so perfect for hiking. ...