bookaddict88: (Squee)
So, you know how I asked for travel ideas? Well, I posted something up on Facebook asking for travel buddies and ideas.  My mom saw it, and asked if I wanted to go to China with her.  As if she had to ask!  I've wanted to go to China forever (I've been to the airport in Hong Kong, and that's it), especially since my mom's side of the family is Chinese.  Anyway, it was really just an idea that we started looking into, and nothing definite, until we found really cheap plane tickets to Beijing.  And now, less than a week after we first started talking about it, my mom, my two sisters, and I are all set to spend three weeks in China!  I'm very excited, not only about my destination, but also about my travel companions.  I've traveled quite a bit, but the last time I went overseas with one sister was over ten years ago, and I've never been overseas with the other sister.  I'm sad my dad and brother can't go, but it will be a fun girls-only adventure! 

Anyone been to China before and have tips/advice/suggestions?  My mom and one of my sisters have been, but it was for a humanitarian trip, and they didn't do much sightseeing and had most of the trip planned for them. This trip is very open, except for the fact that we're flying in and out of Beijing.

Also, who has a Kindle or other e-reader? I used to be set against them, but the last two times I've spent a semester abroad, I saw how useful they could have been for travel.  Considering I like to travel quite a bit, I've been thinking of getting one, though I can also read e-books on my laptop, iPod Touch, and phone.  I put off buying it, because I wasn't sure when I was going to travel next, but now that I'm definitely spending three weeks in China, I'm thinking about making the investment.  So, thoughts about whether it's worth it, and which e-reader I should get?  I'm thinking about the Kindle, as it seems to be the best reader for the price, and I'm thinking e-ink is the best way to go.  But I'm up for any and all suggestions!

In less than exciting news, my Spring Break is almost over, and I've gotten nothing productive done school-wise.  We're starting new units in both math and reading Monday, and testing is coming up, so I've got a LOT to do. Oops.
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 Overall, I've had a great weekend so far!  Saturday, my school's Lego League team had their robotics competition. I've been assisting some with the preparation for the competition, so volunteered to help chaperone.  Unfortunately, I overslept by about two hours (at least it wasn't a school day!), but I still made it, and we had a good deal of fun.  Granted, our team came in last for the actual robotics demonstration, but they didn't do too poorly on their demonstration or their teambuilding exercise.  To top it all off, we actually won a trophy! It was the Judge's Choice trophy, so we're not quite sure what that means, but winning something was definitely pretty exciting for the kids. We'll find out Monday if we are one of the teams going on to the next stage in the competition. 20 out of 25 teams move on, so we actually have a chance, despite our poor performance on the demonstration.

Then, Saturday night, I agreed last minute to host a couple of Irish CouchSurfers.  They finally found my place around 2am (my phone's not working, so that didn't help), so we only got to talk briefly before heading to bed.  However, we had brunch this morning, which was awesome.  CouchSurfers, we decided, are (usually) some of the most open, friendly people out there.  So we had some great discussions before they had to head off again.  (The Irish accents were an added bonus, in my opinion! ;)  )   Not many CSers decide to visit Tulsa, so I'm glad I got this opportunity to host!

This afternoon, a friend who I haven't talked to in forever caught me on Skype.  While we were talking, we discovered that the newest version of Skype comes with a free trial of video conferencing!  So we downloaded everything we needed, rounded up a couple more of our friends, and had a video conference call. I still can't get over how cool technology can be.  We had three people in Madrid, one person in California, and myself in Oklahoma, all looking at and talking to each other at once.  And, since the friends I was talking to are some of the most amazing people in the world, we just had an all around good time.

Of course, all this means that I haven't even started grading and lesson planning yet. Oops. At least we only have two days of school next week! And then I get to go back to California for Thanksgiving!!!

It's here!

Aug. 23rd, 2010 01:34 am
bookaddict88: (Results Beyond Hope)
So...I haven't been posting much. I've just been so busy! The rest of Institute went well, overall, and I'd love to talk about it some more later.

For now, though, it's 1:30am, so I just have one thing to say: My first day as a 5th grade teacher begins in 6 hours .

I really should get to bed. Sleep is probably more important than planning at this point! But I'm so nervous/excited...
bookaddict88: (Results Beyond Hope)
Time again for one of my round-ups! This is a pretty full one. I had more time to read last semester than I've had in a LONG time. And of course, I did lots of other cool things as well!

Books I've read:
  • The Rope Trick by Lloyd Alexander (reread)
  • Fire by Kristin Cashore
  • Dreamhunter by Elizabeth Knox
  • Young Miles by Lois McMaster Bujold (reread)
  • Dresden Files Books 1-12 by Jim Butcher
  • Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The History of Rasselas by Samuel Johnson
  • Lady Susan by Jane Austen
  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  • Queen of Attolia, King of Attolia, and Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner (re-read on the first two; also, got halfway through The Thief)
  • The Sally Lockhart Mysteries (Books 1-4) by Phillip Pullman

Places Visited:
  • Colorado, USA
  • Maastricht and Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • London, UK
  • Brussels, Brugge, and Ghent, Belgium
  • Monschau, Berlin, and Munich, Germany
  • Athens, Thessaloniki, and Poros, Greece
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Bern and Interlaken, Switzerland
  • Salzburg and Vienna, Austria
  • Venice, Milan, Siena, Lake Como, and Florence, Italy
  • Madrid and Sevilla, Spain
  • Paris and the Loire Valley (inc. Bloise and Tours), France
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Edinburgh, London, and Stratford-upon-Avon, U.K.

Productions Seen:
  • Les Miserables (two different productions, in London and Edinburgh)
  • Don Giovanni at the Estates Theatre in Prague
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (the ballet) at the State Opera House in Vienna
  • Oliver! in London
  • Legally Blonde the Musical in London
  • Macbeth at the Globe in London
  • King Lear (Royal Shakespeare Company Public Understudy Performance) in Stratford-on-Avon

Other random things I've done:
  • Volunteered at Junior Winter Camp at Forest Home
  • Taken and passed the PRAXIS II
  • Got my B.A. from Baylor University!
It was quite a semester!

Woohoo!

Nov. 11th, 2009 12:04 am
bookaddict88: (Squee)
I found out today that I got accepted into Teach for America!!! =D  They've assigned me to teach elementary school in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The location was not one of my top choices, but I'm really glad I got assigned to elementary students.

So now, I just have to do some research and decide if I'm going to accept the offer.  I'm pretty sure I want to, but I need to see what the process is like if after I finish Teach for America, I want to transfer my credential to California. I'd hate to teach for two years and then have to go back and take a bunch of courses before I could get another credential! And also, there's the weather issue. I HATE humidity, and from what I've read, Tulsa gets pretty hot and humid in the summers. Still, I don't think that'll keep me from accepting if that ends up being the only issue.

Anyway, I'm very excited, and thought I'd share the news!
bookaddict88: (Kiddie love)
I just heard that two of my good friends, Firefly and Cave Rock*, got engaged yesterday!  I'm SO freaking excited for them!!!! I lived and worked with both of them all summer, and they're seriously two of the most amazing people I know.  They deserve each other, and they SO deserve to be this happy! I can't wait to call Firefly tomorrow and get more details!

...Anyway, I know that none of you know these people, and so probably don't care about this. But I had to let out my excitement to more people than just my roommate (who has no clue who these people are that I'm talking about either), and I can't do it anywhere else because the couple hasn't made the official announcement yet and it's too late to call the other people who do know about it. So, expressing my happiness here will have to do.

*Most people know them as Katrina and Zachary, but as they were my co-workers/family at the camp I worked at this summer, I only think of them by their camp names.

bookaddict88: (Happily Ever After)
I'm a Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Finalist! Basically, what that means is that I get a week-long, all-expenses-paid trip to New York City in June, where I'll get to study about this year's theme (i.e. Abraham Lincoln) through lectures by eminent historians and visits to historical sites, museums, and archives. The actual Scholars (rather than the Finalists like me) get to go for five weeks during the summer, but I never even considered that I could be chosen for that.  I did, however, think that maybe, possibly, there was a chance I could be selected as a finalist, and I've been on pins and needles this last week waiting for the letter that would tell me the results.  I found out late this afternoon that I was chosen as a finalist, and I've been SOOO excited ever since! I mean, New York City is such an interesting place, and to get to spend a week there studying history?  Awesome!

Now, though, I need to figure out what I'm doing the rest of the summer...

bookaddict88: (Happily Ever After)
I'm FINISHED with all 6 of my finals! It's officially summer!

...Although I had a scare today. I woke up early to study for my dance final, and made the mistake of studying on my bed. I fell asleep...and woke up 5 minutes after the final had started. Thankfully, I live on campus, so I threw on shoes and a sweatshirt (easier than changing out of the large t-shirt I was wearing as a night shirt), pulled my messy hair up into a ponytail, then ran to take the test. I got there 10 minutes late, but it was all good. And then I was out of there in 20 more minutes, finished with my last final!

I also just discovered I got an A in my Combinatorics and Algebra class, which was REALLY exciting. That class was hard!

So now I have just over 48 hours to pack and clean and just do whatever I want.  Then I pick up my dad from the airport and we start driving home!

ETA: Woah, I'm halfway done with college. How'd that happen so quickly???

Oh my gosh!

May. 5th, 2008 11:04 am
bookaddict88: (Impossible)
So I just got a phone call...and I won a prize for my mom on a radio station! She'll be getting flowers from me for Mother's Day (which is great, because I won't be home) from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, 1 week of spa treaments at Planet Beach, and a daily devotional Bible for Women (in the New Living Translation) called Sanctuary. She also qualifies for the grand prize cruise, but I'm not holding my breath for that.

I don't usually listen to the radio except in the car, and I NEVER enter contests. But I was following Air1 last week because they were giving out Prince Caspian related prizes, and well, I'm addicted to Narnia. It was a call in contest, and so not surprisingly, I didn't win anything. Anyway, I noticed on their website on Friday that they were holding the Best. Mom. Ever. Contest this week, and all you had to do was e-mail them with why your mom is the best mom ever. If they read it on air, you would win a prize pack. I figured that was easy enough, since I love my mom, and I wouldn't have to call in or anything, so I did it. AND I WON!!! I never win anything!


I won!

Feb. 17th, 2008 02:04 am
bookaddict88: (Dance Through Life)
I'm going to see Chicago in April! 

The Baptist Student Ministries at my school had a fundraiser for missions tonight.  Part of the way they were raising money was through a silent auction.  I bid on several things, and ended up winning a couple of gift certificates for a restaurant... and tickets to see the musical Chicago when it comes to town!  I got two tickets for only $50.  I don't remember their actual value (I think it was around $110), but at any rate, they're center orchestra, row H.  In other words, I got amazing seats for only $25 each!

I love the performing arts, especially musicals. While I've seen quite a few musicals, there are tons I have yet to see, including Chicago.  I have the movie soundtrack, and I'd been wanting to rent the movie, but seeing it live is so much better! Especially at this price.  Even if I'm disappointed by the performance for some reason, at least I'll only have paid $25 (since I'm sure I can find a friend who'll go with me and pay me back $25), which is less than half price. 

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