What I Accomplished Over Break

In less than 24 hours, the majority of teachers across the country will be heading back to work, like most who have been on vacation, including our students, with a sigh and weighted-feet.  I love my job, don’t get me wrong, but who doesn’t love the freedom that time off from work provides?  Right now, I am 67/33 about going back.  I thrive on routine, I am energized by my career, and tomorrow doesn’t seem so bad.  Talk to me right after my alarm clock goes off and it might be a different story.

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These past two weeks have been rejuvenating, rewarding, and have provided me ample reminders about gratitude and what is truly important in life: family and love.

I’ve also had a great sense of accomplishment with the time off.  I’ve been able to check off many tasks on my To-Do/Want-To-Get-Done-Someday list.

What I’ve Accomplished Over the Holiday Break

Four Fun Facts Blogging Survey

Happy Monday!

It’s a two-day work week and I am loving it!!!

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To kick things off, I’m going to respond to the challenge set by Monica at Run,Eat,Repeat.

4 fun facts:

Four names that people call me other than my real name:

  • Rosie
  • Ferranda
  • Ms. Ferr-Ferr
  • Amanda Rose

Four jobs I’ve had:

  • English teacher
  • Weight Loss Consultant @ Jenny Craig
  • Sylvan tutor
  • Bagger at a grocery store

Four movies you’ve watched more than once:

  • The Princess Bride
  • Love, Actually
  • Hope Floats
  • 10 Things I Hate About You

Four books I’d recommend:

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  • The Fault in Our Stars
  • 1984
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Eleanor & Park

Four places I’ve lived:

  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Grand Ledge, MI
  • St. Paul Island, AK
  • Jacksonville, FL

Four Places you have visited:

  • Germany
  • Turkey
  • Alaska
  • Western Caribbean

Four places I’d rather be right now:

  • In Michigan with my family
  • A bookstore and/or library
  • A big cozy bed with a DVR full of Real Housewives of ______ episodes
  • My crafting room – I’ve got projects to work on!!

Four things I don’t eat:

  • Raw onions
  • Mayonaise
  • Oysters
  • Fried foods

Four of my favorite foods:

  • Sushi
  • Strawberry Poppyseed Chicken Salad from Panera Bread (If they have baguettes, not dinner rolls)
  • Mochi frozen yogurt
  • fruit salad that someone else cut up – it just tastes better when someone else does it =)

Four TV shows I watch:

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  • The Bravo Network – a guilty pleasure for sure!
  • Survivor
  • Christly Knows Best
  • The Walking Dead

Four things I’m looking forward to this year:

  • Working away on my MA in English
  • Celebrating our 5th year of marriage in June
  • The Diva’s Half Marathon – December 7th
  • Enjoying the reprioritized life that I’m creating with my friends and family (starting now!!)

Four things I can’t live without:

  • My husband, family, puppy Sophie
  • My bullet journal – it keeps me organized and on track
  • The Kindle app – books! books! books!
  • Coffeeeee!

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48 Hour Film Project

Hello All and welcome to Summer Vacation!  I’ve been absent for the past too many weeks, and part of my excuse, other than closing down the 2013-2014 school year, is that I participated as a chaperone for my high school’s participation in the “48 Hour Film Project.”

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The Film Club’s members have participated in this film festival for the past three years, and I gladly accepted the challenge of chaperoning a 48-hour lock-in at the school, not completely realizing that it would take place the Friday night of our last day of school, which also happened to be the midnight premiere of “The Fault in Our Stars,” which I took my College Mentor Program members to the night before.  More to come on that.  Regardless, it was an amazing experience!

As it states above, each club is given the chance to pull from a hat containing multiple movie genres.  Ours was “Chase/Escape.”  We were to include a balloon, a character named Robert/Bobby/Barbara Vincent, a tax collector, and the line of dialogue, “It’s my turn.”  While we are still waiting to see which film won in our grouping, we did take home the title of, “Audience Favorite.”

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Below is a link to our 7 minute chase/escape film, “999 Ways to Escape Detention.”  Please note that this is the acting debut for yours truly.  Please do not judge me too harshly.