I'm super excited about my third grade students' "flat" travels... so far we've been to California and Mexico, and we have many more stateside and international destinations coming up! To check up where my "flat" students have been, click here!
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
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Friday, December 26, 2008
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This video is my Dad playing timpani in an orchestra- perhaps the old Nevada Philharmonic? I'm not 100% sure. From what I can tell, they are rehearsing at Ham Hall at UNLV. I'm also not sure of the exact date, but I think it's from 1992-1993. Again, this video is courtesy of my awesome brother, Dale.
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Wednesday, December 17, 2008
For more information on the Flat Stanley project, visit my class blog at:
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My class is doing the Flat Stanley project again this year! We would LOVE it if you would help us by hosting one of my "flat" students. I can deliver the Flat Stanleys in person to those of you in Vegas, or I can send them out via snail mail to those of you who are in more exotic locales. All you have to do is take digital photos of the Flat Stanley in front of landmarks or doing exciting things in your hometown. Then, email me the photos and send the Flat Stanley back in the prepaid return envelope. If you like, you can also send back souveneirs (postcards, newspapers, etc...) that are significant to your location.
Posted by Heather Bay at 11:18 AM
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
I saw this on Bill's blog and couldn't help myself.
[X] You have been kissed at lease once
[_] Your first kiss was on campus
[X] You've had a boyfriend/girlfriend
[X] You lived in the dorms your freshman year
[X] You went to Homecoming or Preference
[X] You hiked the Y
[_] You've taken a social dance class
[_] You regularly attended FHE for at least a semester (Still do, even.)
[_] You've participated in Choose to Give
[X] You've been to Liberty Square for a party at least once
[X] You've driven around south of campus for at least 20 minutes trying to find a parking spot
[X] You know the cougar fight song
[X] You've crossed the crosswalk without using the flags or biked through a red light
[X] You've been to Friday Night Live
[X] You've performed or witnessed an act that made it onto Police Beat
[X] You've been on a "date" to the bell tower or duck pond
[X] You've been to the Bean Museum for FHE
[X] You've been to Divine Comedy
[X] You've been to International Cinema
[_] You are engaged
[_] You are married
[_] ...in the temple
[X] You were previously engaged/married
[_] You have kids or are expecting kids
[X] Your birth parents are still married
[_] ...in the temple
[X] You have at least three siblings
[X] You've taken a marriage prep or mission prep class
[X] You've taken at least one religion class that is not based on the scriptures
[X] You have slept on a couch in a restroom
[X] You have been to the BYU Creamery
[X] You have been in one of the BYU choirs
[_] You've been on a date to Fat Cats (I don't think this place existed back when I was a BYU student)
[_] You have read Twilight
[_] ...book 2
[_] ...book 3
[_] ...book 4
[X] ...seen the movie (peer pressure from coworkers)
[_] ...more than once
[_] You've waited in line at the Bookstore for the Harry Potter or Twilight book premiere
[X] You have seen The Singles Ward or Sons of Provo
[X] You have walked out of a movie you found morally reprehensible
[X] You know where the "chastity line" is
[X] You can finish the phrase "Nothing good happens after ______"
[X] You read the Daily Universe at least 3x a week (I used to work there!)
[_] ...and it's the only newspaper you read
[X] You've personally known someone who was reported to the Honor Code Office
[_] You've participated in or watched a Mr. BYU contest
[_] You've received personal revelation that he/she is "the one"
[_] ...and told him/her about your revelation
[_] ...and then they rejected you
[X] You've been to the Nickelcade (Preference '99, baby!)
[X] You've been to Classic Skating
[X] You've ignored your parents' phone calls for at least 3 days
[X] ...and then they called the University Police (OMG- how did you know?!?!?!?! I thought I was the only one who had this happen!!!!!!)
[X] You've been pulled over by the University Police
[X] You watch The Office religiously (ugh. I didn't know this was a BYU thing.)
[_] You mostly wear jeans and t-shirts or plain fitted shirts
[_] You own at least 3 things from American Eagle or Hollister
[X] Your sacrament meeting is a fashion show/scam session
[X] You've been on a date to the Provo River
You've kissed in a...
[X] ...campus parking lot
[X] ...Provo Canyon or Squaw Peak
[X] ...on temple grounds
[X] ...on a couch as soon as your roommates left the room
[X] You think UVU is not a real university
[_] You hate U of U with a passion
FOR GIRLS (don't answer if you're a guy)
[X] You own knee-length shorts
[X] You regularly wear camisoles/undershirts for modesty reasons
[_] You are a MFHD, RMYL, Elementary Education, or Exercise Science Major
[X] Your major crush ended up dating a MFHD, RMYL, Elementary Education, or Exercise Science major
[X] You have had at least one roommate who is in hair or dental school
[_] You own The Italian Job or The Princess Bride
[_] You wear makeup at least 3x a week
[_] You do something with your hair (other than brush it/ponytail) at least 3x a week
[X] You went or plan on going on a mission
[_] ...because you couldn't get married (What an insulting question!)
FOR GUYS (don't answer if you're a girl)
[_] You shave every (or almost every) morning
[_] You know when your hair is "too long"
[_] You know what the "divide by 2 and add 7" dating rule is
[_] ...and you follow it
[_] You've dated freshmen girls as a RM
[_] ...when you already knew better
[_] You've used the phrase "On my mission..." to a girl
[_] At least 3 girls have baked cookies or meals for you
[_] You went or plan on going on a mission
[_] ...because you wanted to get married
F: 44 or below
Thank goodness I got a "D." I was starting to get worried. I can tag people, right? Of course I can. So I'm tagging any of y'all who went to BYU. Have fun!!!
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Monday, December 08, 2008
I can repost some tidbits from a previous blog entry, right? Of course I can... especially since the blog entry was from over two years ago and, well, it's pretty much awesome.
“I’ve come to the end of my journey with no car, no money, and only one roll of film. What’s worse is that I don’t seem to have a real life anymore. My real life has fallen into the crack between myself and my film. I begin to feel paralyzed by these speculations, when suddenly, a news item on the radio snaps me out of my stupor: my old nemesis, Burt Reynolds, is back in
town... and I decided that this time, I have to find him and film him.”
“For a long time I’ve had this notion that love was possible, I mean, romantic love. You know, two people falling deeply in love with each other and somehow managing to stay together for more than two weeks.”
“Having two large empty beds is twice as depressing as having one large empty bed.”
Posted by Heather Bay at 10:52 PM
Saturday, December 06, 2008
Thank to Netflix, I happened upon a darling film that embodies an overwhelmingly large amount of things that I hold dear. Here's the summary, courtesy of IMDB:
Michael has written a scholarly book on the revolutionary war. He has sold the film rights. The arrival of the film crew seriously disrupts him as actors want to change their characters, directors want to re-stage battles, and he becomes very infatuated with Faith who will play the female lead in the movie. At the same time, he is fighting with his crazy mother who thinks the Devil lives in her kitchen, and his girlfriend who he wants to live with, but does not want to marry.
- Alan Alda, my "#1 old man crush"
- The Korean War
- Faults of historical accuracy (or inaccuracy) in filmmaking
- Media ethics
- A reflective look at filmmaking process
- Pursuing a doctoral degree at prestigious university
- Colonial America and the human stories behind the Revolutionary War
- Feeling guilty about aging parents who become increasingly demanding
- John C. McGinley pole-vaulting and being very "un-Dr. Cox"
- Lilian Gish
- Lynne Thigpen (yes, from "Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?"
- Dealing with a romantic relationship where one partner is unable to make even the slightest effort towards lasting commitment (ie: men who cringe at the mere mention of the word proposal, even in other contexts)
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Monday, December 01, 2008
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Sunday, November 23, 2008
I stole this video from B. Sorry, B- I'm always stealing stuff from your blog.
Obama Win Causes Obsessive Supporters To Realize How Empty Their Lives Are
Posted by Heather Bay at 8:16 PM
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Some of the things I've been looking forward to have come and passed in the last few weeks, chiefly the election, and also the second of two sessions I copresented with Dr. Keeler at national academic conferences. So let's recap:
3. Conference #1, the National Educational Computing Conference in San Antionio. We presented on Project-Based Learning from Kindergarten to College. Read more here! Seriously, it's interesting, official, and this link makes me sound smart.
4. Conference #2, Dr. Keeler and I presented Technology-Based PBL (project-based learning) for the Young Learner. This was presented at the National Council for Social Studies annual conference in Houston. Click here for our PowerPoint presentation, audio from our presentation, and pertinent links. I really liked this presentation because it showed off my students' hard work.
Posted by Heather Bay at 5:21 PM
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
While I enjoyed everyone's fabulous Halloween photos with their adorable children, I feel sad that I don't have anything likewise to share. I didn't have the heart to dress Cocoa up this year (see Wendy?), but I did get dressed up with my fellow third grade teachers at school. We are currently teaching our students about symbols of the United States, the election, and colonial America. So we had Uncle Sam, George W. Bush, Hillary, and Betsy Ross. Who knew that my Nauvoo dress would come in handy as such a versatile costume? (Thanks, Sister Hatfield!!!)
If you want to have a heartwarming experience, click here to view my school's patriotic morning ceremonies. I'm a little partial to the third grade video from September 26th and the fifth grade video from September 12th. =)
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Monday, November 03, 2008
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Thursday, October 30, 2008
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Wednesday, October 08, 2008
This is the most amazing site in the whole world. Really. I will never have to give (or grade) another spelling test as long as I live! Not only does it have a dozen custom spelling games, but it gives an individualized test for each kid, reads each word AND uses it in a sentence! And it reads it in a HUMAN voice, not a creepy computer voice. Kids can take the test at their own pace with less testing anxiety. When the kids are done with the test, they print out a certificate with their score and which words they missed! This is truly amazing, people.
Posted by Heather Bay at 9:34 PM
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Maybe life isn't so bad after all. Over a year ago, Briana and I toyed with the idea of starting a "good things" blog, where we would each share one thing that made us happy. We planned on doing this every week so we would get in the habit of focusing on positive things. Well, like many good ideas, this never came to fruition.
Posted by Heather Bay at 9:24 PM
Saturday, October 04, 2008
I can't believe six weeks of school are already over! If this were college, it'd be midterm time. I am so happy with my (gigantic) class. The kids have really learned our routines and procedures and they are learning so much. I love third grade. The kids are still sweet and somewhat innocent, but they are mature enough to handle joking around.
Posted by Heather Bay at 10:36 PM
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Please click here for a lovely blog entry from my dear friend, Blair. This made my day and could quite possibly make your day, too.
Posted by Heather Bay at 10:10 PM
Saturday, September 27, 2008
I got this forwarded email from a well-intentioned source who meant no harm. This created the following exchange:
RE: Photography shoot for the LDS Curriculum Department
Dear Talent File Participant,
I apologize for the extreme tardiness of this request. I have been given the assignment to find "non-Caucasian" families and singles to attend a photo shoot this Sunday, September 28th. It was my desire to glean help from the surrounding wards, thereby not taxing our talent pool yet again, with requests for ethnicities. However, the members in that area have not responded to the call, and I am now desperate for help!
Would you, or ANYONE you know, be willing to attend this small photo shoot for Church Curriculum? (By "ethnic," at this point, we'd be grateful to have anyone with a dark tan!)
Here is the information I have available:
Project: Photographs for the new "Gospel Principles" manual to be released in 2010.
Setting: A Ward Sacrament Meeting
Needed: Ethnic Minorities (non-Caucasian) who can follow directions in English. Singles are welcome! Families are welcome! All children need to be accompanied by at least one parent.
Location: LDS Chapel located at 1925 Gunderson Lane, Holladay, UT
Date: Sunday, September 28, 2008
Time: Please arrive between 3:30 – 3:45pm. (No later than 3:45pm.)
Duration: Until about 5:00pm.
This is the reply I sent:
Hello. I just received a forwarded email requesting "ethnic" members for a photo shoot. As a person of color, I find the manner of this request quite insensitive. For your future reference, next time you put out an all-call for "ethnic minorities," please don't say "by 'ethnic,' at this point, we'd be grateful to have anyone with a dark tan!"
Also, my skin may be dark, but I am able to "follow directions in English." I followed them just fine during my undergrad studies at BYU and during my graduate work. Your assumption that members of the church with dark skin are unable to follow rudimentary directions in English is quite offensive. I would have hoped that the general population of our church would be more enlightened, if not especially the leadership and those working for church media.
Please be more sensitive- or at least less openly ignorant- when making future requests.
They responded quickly, but CC'd to everyone in the whole world. Basically, they told me that they are "sorry I feel this way."
Here is their response:
I am sorry that you took offense where none was intended. Many "ethnic minorities" come from other countries. If I were in China, I would not be able to follow directions in Mandarin, and that would rule me out. [If you were in China, the directions would be given in Mandarin AND English because that's how ignorant Americans demand everything.]
Again, no offense was intended, nor have I received any feedback from anyone but you that this language was offensive. [clearly, because people with dark skin apparently can't read English]
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Friday, September 26, 2008
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Monday, September 15, 2008
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Sunday, September 14, 2008
You should all be pleased to know that I successfully got my Fulbright application turned in before the deadline this past Friday, thanks to the following people:
- Dr. Keeler- amazing recommendation letter writer and the fastest email responder ever
- Dr. G, Mrs. B, and Mr. S- letter writers extraordinaire
- Briana- morale booster, proof reader, and finder of missing verbs
- Steve- essay shaper, proof reader, and catcher of words like "Cocoa-Cola" (Seriously, if it wasn't for Steve, I would have turned in a curriculum vitae that proudly stated that I was a Cocoa-Cola Scholar.)
Posted by Heather Bay at 12:45 AM
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Not that I'm counting, but this...
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Monday, September 01, 2008
These are a few of my favorite things...
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Monday, August 25, 2008
So I went to a church function recently where one of the girls was going on and on about some guy- a great catch, she said. In her words, his family was loaded, but she said she would never go out with him because he had "chinky eyes." (yes, this is wrong on sooo many levels) This girl then went on to speculate on the genetic origins of his "chinkiness" (yes, she actually used that hateful word). She wondered out loud, "Maybe his mom is half chink."
Posted by Heather Bay at 10:22 PM
So I pretty much had the best first day of school ever today. Only 25 kids showed up, which was great, because I was told I'd have 30+ kids. Believe it or not, five kids makes a big difference. (Think about it. Imagine you have NO kids, and then suddenly you have FIVE kids. Big difference, right???) There were no major outbursts, no tears (from me or the kids), and no first graders tried to stab me this year. All in all, it was pretty awesome.
Posted by Heather Bay at 8:42 PM
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Maybe I'm way out of line here, but my close friend's wedding is coming up in a couple months and I expect my boyfriend to attend the wedding with me. He refuses. Am I really out of line for wanting him to come? Question here...
Posted by Heather Bay at 10:12 PM
Friday, August 15, 2008
Wise Words #7
"I don't need to throw around my degree from Northwestern or my juris doctorate to be condescending. I can do just fine being condescending on my own."
- (with love) S.G.
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Thursday, August 14, 2008
Can we get a little RESPECT?
What in the name of cultural tolerance were they thinking? How disrespectful and downright disgusting!
Listen here, Frank. It was humorous and cute until y'all started making hate gestures.
Manuel Calderon, one of the Spanish players (who plays for NBA's Toronto Raptors), said, "We have great respect for the far East and its people. Some of my best friends in Toronto are originally Chinese..."
Ohhhhhh, okay. Some of your "best friends" are Chinese? Like we haven't heard that racially insidious qualifier before. Hmm... George Wallace, the trademark racist governor of Alabama in the 1960's, apologized for his segregationist ways in the documentary George Wallace: Settin' the Woods of Fire (2000). How so? Wallace said, "some of my best friends are black."
Posted by Heather Bay at 9:47 PM
Saturday, August 02, 2008
This was shared today by a friend. Thanks Amanda E.!!!
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Wednesday, July 30, 2008
As a 1930s wife, I am
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Tuesday, July 22, 2008
We want to eradicate all the limiting myths about music and gender that make girls afraid to speak up, sing out, and make noise. We want to abolish all the obsolete traditions that restrict many girls' and women's free musical expression and obstruct their access to the world of music. We seek to demonstrate—through lessons, mentorship, positive examples, and the shared experiences of the staff and volunteers—that every genre of music from the heaviest to the most delicate, and every technical job and creative endeavor in the music industry, is available to any girl or woman who wants to explore it.
Posted by Heather Bay at 9:12 PM
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Wise Words #6
Posted by Heather Bay at 7:18 PM
K, so in case I haven't made it already clear, I have been out of town for nearly a month. I arrived home to find that there were zero groceries in the fridge (surprise!). And since I'm really hurting for money, I thought I could scrape together a few meals until my next paycheck on the 25th. Last night, I made a delectable meal of spaghetti noodles, a pat of butter, and pepper. Exciting, I know.
Posted by Heather Bay at 6:29 PM
Sunday, July 13, 2008
We had the second annual Scarlet Something camping reunion over Fourth of July weekend (FYI: "Scarlet Something" was my rock band in college, the predecessor to "Brickle," another college band).
Posted by Heather Bay at 11:25 PM
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
I bet y'all are wondering about those last couple of posts.
- 4 hotels in two weeks
- 6 airplane rides in two weeks
- 3 DC Metro tickets
- 2 fun outings with Natalie!
- 1 visit with Steve and his family!
- 12 hours in Colonial Williamsburg
- 4 hours at the Holocaust Museum
- 1 pair of crocs, with soles worn COMPLETELY through
- 2 Texas-shaped waffles
- 11-13 trips on San Antonio public transportation
Posted by Heather Bay at 5:02 PM
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
From iPods to MIDI: Transform Learning through Music Technology
North High Magnet School in Omaha, Nebraska, Vikings
READ: Technology STrategies for Music Education, Thomas E. Ralph, Floyd Richmond, David Mash, David Williams
Focus on 21st century learning
Where do you see:
- engaged students
- scial nd emotional connections
- sensitivity to cultural differences
- Have you noticed?
- students working collaboratively and creatively
- adaptability and accountbility
- What is it about music?
- engaged students- they like being in school and have positive experiences
- emotional and social connections
- collaborative and creative
- When business leaders ask what is needed today, they often say:
- people who think with creative sides of their brain
- people that have played in a band bc it enhances symbiotic capabilities
- the technology insitute for music educators
- non-profit organization devoted to helping music teachers learn how to integrate the tools of technology into the music curriculum
- 7 Areas
- electronic musical instruments
- MIDI wind controller
- keytar, Justin Timberlake, Herbie Hancock's recent CD
- electric violin from Yamaha
- Roland V Session electronic drumset
- MIDI sequencing
- music notation software
- Finale or Sevalius
- kids have to "own" music, it's a tremendous creative outlet
- teach kids to play happy birthday, let them figure it out
- in their music media tech, they have a piano recital every year for EVERYONE- this is true differentiated instruction
- computer-assisted instruction
- multimieda and digitized media
- internet and telecommunications
- information processing, computer systems, & lab management
- What are they so engaged in???
- Garageband!!! kept kids in school and out of trouble
- beginners and pros are able to do it
- tracks, loops, instruments, oh my!
- they find a way to communicate their ideas!!! They can express themselves
- podcasts: fellows night out, fellas night out
- What can we learn from the world of business? Do they have answers?
- at first this sounds insulting, but they might have some answers!
- Winning the Answers, by Jack & Suzy Welch
- Daniel Pink book
- seeing difference_ pay attenetion to differences that matter
- understanding difference: gain knowledge about those differences matter
- value difference: experiment with changes in how you operate as a result
- martin davidson, Darden School of Business
- What's the next big thing?
- www.sltib.com, Earth Harp, Bill Close
- Japanese Tenori-ON, blending the beauty of shape and sound, 16x16 led panel
- REactable, collaborative electronic
- andy crozier ipod ade
- apple learning interchange
- music and the mac, join this group at the apple learning interchange, form a ning group
Posted by Heather Bay at 1:32 PM
Monday, June 30, 2008
Reasons why our students will benefit from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame "On the Road" programs:
- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has video conferencing about history and significance of rock & roll music
- "On the Road," Distance Learning Program, "on the road: Opening Act"
- just finished 3rd full year, connected to 28 states and 4 countries, over 10,000 students!
- Overview of course offerings:
- offer classes for grades 3-12
- interactive & interdisciplinary
- explore popular music and its social meanigns while meeting academic content standards
- analyze historical performances, images, and documents
- view behind-the-scenes clips (curatorial, oral, historical)
- engage in question and answer segments
- Course Offerings:
- Rock & Roll Reactions: records, radio and the birth of teen culture in 1950's
- how Rock & Roll helped break down racial barriers
- Ball of Confusion: music and social change in the 1960's and 1970's
- most popular class, fits in well with variety of classroom settings
- Vietnam War, Civil Rights Movement, counter culture, Women's Rights
- how musicians reflected these concerns in their music
- compare and contrast performances
- Dylan vs. Hendrix versions of "All Along the Watchtower"
- Hip Hop Technology: from turntables to computers
- trace the origins of hip hop, 1973 in the Bronx, NY
- at the end of class students can act as producers creating a hip-hop act live in studio
- Ambassador to the Orchestra: the arranger in rock & roll
- focused more on music, how rock & roll and classicl
- Inductee Spotlight: Frank Zappa
- Planet Rock: Global Perspectives on Popular Music
- Inductee Spotlight: The Dors
- Ball of Confusion II
- Great Moments in Rock and Roll: popular music through the decades
- how rock & roll connects with society
- show classic moments
- Chuck Barry live performance of "You Can't Catch Me,"
- ask students "why is this a great moment in rock & roll history?"
- ask, "how is this breaking down racial barriers?"
- during live performances, a rope would separate black and white audience members, but during the performances, the rope would fall and teenagers would just enjoy themselves
rock and roll hall of fame distance education
- online access to pre and post connection packets with lesson outlines, supporting materials, and classroom activities
- pre-connection call
- the class!
- offered 9-5 eastern time
- at least 3 weeks notice, usually sold out by March
- 30 students per class
- talk to tech coordinator for video conferencing equipment
- polycom, tanbergh
Posted by Heather Bay at 7:30 AM
Friday, June 20, 2008
"They say a man should always dress for the job he wants.
Then why am I dressed like a pirate in this restaurant?
It's all because some hacker stole my identity,
Now I'm in here every evening serving chowder and iced tea."
I keep looking at my checking account and credit card statements. Part of me impishly hopes that some wacky identity thieves spent all my money and racked up this astronomical debt. Also, I keep getting these letters telling me that my student loans are about to go into repayment. Could it be that an identity thief funded an expensive graduate degree using my identity to take out massive student loans?
Sadly, no. It was me. =(
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It's not like I'm a huge fan of Sex and the City or anything, but what's up with Kim Cattrall's voice? Why does she talk in that syrupy condescending voice? It's like the voice of a really horrible babysitter or kindergarten teacher.
Posted by Heather Bay at 12:23 AM
Thursday, June 19, 2008
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Wednesday, June 18, 2008
I'm teaching third grade next year! As a kid, though, I hated third grade. My teacher was frightening, but luckily, she was absent most of the year. She told us that she saved up all of her sick days and was going on a trip to Hawaii. She blatantly favored certain kids, screamed a lot, and was generally very sarcastic and cold. In fact, I can't think of any favorite projects or events from that entire year. I really wanted to please my teacher, but I just remember being stressed out a lot and always being afraid of her. Scary, I know. (Incidentally, CCSD recently named a new school after this lady- further proof that I have no idea what it takes to make it in this school district.)
Posted by Heather Bay at 12:44 PM
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
I won't lie, the thought of sleeping in and leisurely going to the gym at 11am is a real treat. I don't even feel guilty, because I make so little money while working 10-12 hour days for most of the year, and spend thousands of dollars of my own money on school supplies for the kids. And we really only get 9 weeks off... and I'm spending several weeks out of town for work-related conferences anyway, which I have to pay for out of my own pocket with very little reimbursement. So basically, it boils down to the normal time-off that everyone else in a salaried job gets... except I still don't make very much money.
I'm excited for the super busy summer I have planned. No, I'm not jetsetting off to Germany again this year. But I do have several professional conferences planned this summer, as well as a nice spur-of-the-moment trip to Utah. I'm visiting Washington D.C., Lake Tahoe, aaaand San Antonio, Texas. It should be lots of fun.
I've also been substituting at (gasp!) other schools to make a little extra cash. So far, I've taught P.E. and elementary school music. Gotta' love year-round schools!
Posted by Heather Bay at 6:39 PM
Sunday, June 01, 2008
Steve and I visited Hofbrauhaus and it was super! They had a great band, awesome atmosphere, and excellent German food. We've felt the need to enjoy a meal there ever since Steve found that $100 bill in their parking lot a few months ago.
Posted by Heather Bay at 10:07 PM
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Some unnamed family members visited Vegas this weekend. They were staying with my grandparents. They didn't inform my mom and I that they were coming, well, until they got here. I was at a work-related conference, and certain family members threw a great big noisy fuss until I left the conference early... something about my "priorities" being out of whack.
So we went over to my grandparents' house to visit with them, and this was the conversation:
Later that same day...
Posted by Heather Bay at 11:37 PM
Everyone's your friend in Salt Lake City...
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Wednesday, May 07, 2008
P.S. This is Steve's favorite juice beverage and we've been drinking it since February, but didn't notice the ridiculous label until a few weeks ago.
Posted by Heather Bay at 6:20 PM
Thursday, May 01, 2008
I cannot find the USB cable for my camera- tragedy, I know. My camera is currently holding captive the following gems:
Posted by Heather Bay at 4:44 PM
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Easily one of my favorite songs in the whole world.
And the lovely video reminds me of the things I miss about Europe:
1. narrow cobblestone streets
2. outdoor cafes
3. adorably tiny cars
4. rivers that run through cities, with their associated riverwalks and bridges
5. expansive fields to walk/jog near
Posted by Heather Bay at 1:13 AM
Dear Wendeleeza and the BSC,
Does this look familiar?
Sometimes I love Saturday Night Live. I tried, oh how I tried, to find the entire sketch on youtube, but I was unlucky.
Posted by Heather Bay at 1:00 AM
Saturday, April 19, 2008
So I broke down today and went back to my old flame. Oh Franklin, how did I make it through the days without you? I tried using a Palm Pilot, I tried using my fancy-schmancy cell phone, but it just wasn't the same. I missed planning out every hour of my life. I missed your weekly compass bookmarks. I missed making lofty goals and writing cheesy personal mission statements.
Franklin and I first became "involved" when I was a freshmen at BYU. Like many new cougars, I went to some kind of training seminar and, thanks to Dr. Brough (a fellow Franklin-devotee), I used Franklin to plan every hour of my college existence. I was promised that my posterity would cherish these very detailed records. As far as I know, none of the people at my table kept our silly goals for the semester. I never trained for a marathon. To the best of my knowledge, Brandon didn't practice the piano daily. And group members and I never did start that evening jogging group/book club we planned...
Franklin was my faithful (although sometimes absent) sidekick until I finally got sick of carrying around a gigantic zip-up leather binder... those suckers are heavy! Plus, I got irritated with the over-planning. I felt so cheesy. Would anyone really care who I went to lunch with on October 13, 1999? Probably not.
But my life is falling apart. Or at least is very poorly planned. I'm forgetting passwords and assignments left and right, and I totally forgot that I had a field trip scheduled for this Tuesday with my 1st and 2nd graders. Oops.
So after much thought, I stopped by the Franklin Covey store today and rekindled that old flame. I went with the smaller and more convenient "compact" size, and with weekly rather than daily planning system. They had some new darling contemporary designs and I even bought an adorably saucy blue binder that matches my favorite Coach wallet.
Posted by Heather Bay at 11:13 PM
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Since I subscribed to Netflix, my DVD purchasing has substantially decreased. This was part of my secret plan to stop buying garbage. So it's been quite awhile since I've actually wanted to purchase a DVD... but lately I've been pining away for these beauties:
Every other line in this movie was hilariously quotable. Plus, the soundtrack was lovely.
2) Dan in Real Life
"You are a murderer of love!" This movie provided much fodder for inside jokes. The Dane Cook/Juliet Binoche pairing was odd, but I guess it was supposed to be unnatural and not mean-to-be. This was the first time I saw Steve Carrell in a feature-length film and I was surprised that he wasn't annoying and Jim-Carrey-ish.
3) BBC's Planet Earth
I just really really want to see this, and I get irritated with multi-disc rentals on Netflix because I get totally into something and then have to wait days and days to get the next disc. Plus, I think that installments of it might be nice to show in my classroom.
Posted by Heather Bay at 9:16 PM
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
A few days out of town provided a lot of perspective...Interestingly enough, the song that used to be my "Provo Anthem" is now my "Vegas Anthem." I think it's about time to think about leaving Vegas.
If Winter Ends, by Bright Eyes
I dreamt of a fever,
one that would cure me of this cold winter-set heart,
with heat to melt these frozen tears, and burned with reasons
as to carry on.
Into these twisted months I plunge without a light to follow
but I swear that I would follow anything,
just get me out of here.
But I fell for the promise of a life with a purpose,
but I know that that's impossible now.
And so I drink to stay warm,
and to kill selected memories,
cause I just can’t think anymore about that or about her tonight.
and I give myself three days to feel better,
or else I swear I'll drive right off a cliff,
cause if I can’t learn to make myself feel better,
how can I expect anyone else to give a sh**?
and I scream for the sunlight or a car to take me anywhere,
just get me past this dead and eternal snow,
cause I swear that I'm dying, slowly but its happening,
and if the perfect spring is waiting somewhere,
just take me there,
and lie to me and say,
it’s gonna be alright,
Yeah, you worry too much kid,
it's gonna be alright.
Posted by Heather Bay at 4:57 PM
Saturday, March 29, 2008
I know you all have adorable photos of your adorable families celebrating holidays. Well, I don't have that, but here is how we celebrated Easter.
Cocoa is all dressed up for Easter!
Mom and Steve toil over a hot stove.
Apparently, Ty is very super excited for Easter dinner.
Aww, aren't we cute? Look at Cocoa smiling!
Posted by Heather Bay at 11:06 AM