Monday, April 17, 2017

what i've been up to for the past month & 10 days (!)

has it really been over a month since i last blogged!? life has been moving at 1000000 mph this entire year so far (2017, i love you, but you've been a wild ride so far, for sure!), & i'm grateful for a couple of weeks before graduation to sit down & reflect before my life takes off at full-speed ahead, again! here's what i've been up to since basically the last time i blogged (in no particular order):

LOTS & LOTS OF (STUDENT) TEACHING. designing bulletin boards (aka helping my teacher staple up the ones she designed ;), staying late after school grading essays, eating lots of yummy food (chipotle when i was settling in for a long night in...also grading essays, haha, & olive garden foods thanks to the PTA on the night of parent-teacher conferences, & a fair amount of celebratory donuts ;), standing on tall things (like my favorite stool) to write on the board, going into full-on ninja mode on the day that we had an (unbeknownst to me) lockdown DRILL (i love my students and will do ANYTHING to keep them safe!), finishing my observation hours & saying goodbye to my byu supervisor (annette), buying books to use for found poetry, taking a mini photo shoot with my mentor teacher, carli, on our last day together - my last day of student teaching (this past friday!!), & documenting the beautiful work that my students did on (one wall) bio poems & (the other wall) found poems! moral of the story...I LOVE TEACHING. SOSO MUCH. :)

LOTS OF TRACK & FIELD COACHING. becoming an official coach, cheering on my mighty dons, traveling around central utah for meets, enjoying the beautiful scenery everywhere we go, learning how to work events like the shot put, discus, high jump, & long jump, & sporting my new SFHS track & field gear (thanks for the sweatshirt gift, coach cable!).

TRYING TO LEARN HOW TO BE A REAL ADULT. by doing things like preparing for graduation (buying my tassel!!!!!!!!!), attending the BYU teacher fair, & interviewing for/waiting on hearing back from potential job/other opportunities (HEFY & EFY counseling, teaching jobs) like crazy!

FINDING WAYS TO BE PHYSICALLY FIT. aka have fun & unwind mostly, doing things like bowling with my Brazilian friends who came to visit from Recife (finally joining the turkey club!! aka THREE STRIKES IN A ROW! *high fives*), running sparingly, & sadly i dropped my weight training class (because i wanted to have time to coach after school). but i did fall in love with weight training in general, so i'm sure i'll start back up eventually!

CONTINUING MY #UTAHTEMPLETOUR2017 WITH SOME AWESOME FRIENDS. st. george, cedar city, salt lake city, monticello, & provo (that last one = a repeat, but still great :). i love love love to see the temples!

CONTINUING TO - & FINISHING - BEING A BYU STUDENT FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE! including exciting hallmarks like finishing my last independent study class (forever, hahaha), & my last BYU class --> my student teaching seminar class! love this group of english teaching crazies! photos include: all of us who did student teaching this semester; my practicum group from last semester; byu professor chris crowe & english teaching advisor dixie archibald (LOVE them!); & yours truly CELEBRATING! #bYugrad (almost)!

ENJOYING MY FIRST SPRING BREAK POST-HIGH SCHOOL. now that i'll be going back to high school (lol - as a teacher!), that means i get exciting things like spring break again (BYU doesn't have spring break). so student teaching = an opportunity to celebrate having spring break again! exciting highlights from my spring break included: watching LDS general conference, celebrating liana's bday, teaching myself some ukulele, watching (& discussing) the new book-to-netflix series thirteen reasons why (i had read the book over the summer and LOVED it!), face timing some people i love, road tripping to the monticello temple with a future roommate (& running into some friends in moab on our way back), having a combined RS/EQ activity (laser tagging to the soundtrack of Guardians of the Galaxy -- AWESOME), & celebrating liana's bday again at her party at the end of the week with kyle (& friends)! it was a crazy but awesome week!

FACETIMING LOTS OF LOVED ONES (& SPENDING SOME FACE-TO-FACE TIME WITH OTHERS). i definitely am grateful for technology & the opportunity to talk with my family on the regular, as well as for my awesome friends in & around provo who are always so willing to spend time with me doing things like staying up late chatting, seeing theatre shows, getting massages, going to church, celebrating the birthday of relief society, eating indian/american/mexican food (i really really like food, hahaha), & going rollerskating! (:

DOING LOTS OF OTHER RANDOM THINGS. mostly insignificant items, but significant to me! such as: throwing out two of my favorite pairs of shoes/sandals ever (seriously such a sad moment in my life), eating more yummy food (hahaha seriously food is like, my #1 love language) like sweet potato waffle fries & girl scout cookies (SAMOAS & THIN MINTS 4EVER <3), getting crazy sick (and huge shout out to sharron for bringing me my favorite OJ & a yogurtland gift card that -combined with watching castaway for the first time & sleeping a ton - helped me feel better after like tow weeks, haha), going to FHE (& playing a fun game like "church jeopardy"), celebrating big sis/famous reporter anna getting a new job (@ WTHR in indiana!!), getting at realizing how much my hair has grown since i cut it all off when i got back from my mission two years ago (#neveragain haha), laughing at some funny things  - including funny Facebook posts & the fact that my march madness bracket actually did pretty well (LOL), among other things.

at the end of it all...I HEADED BACK HOME TO OHIO TO CELEBRATE! i had my awesome roommate, angelica, drop me off at the provo trax train station (did you guys know that they have parking spots that are specifically labeled "kiss & ride?!" haha #cutestthingever) & went to the SLC airport ---> met up with ruth & drew in denver ---> finally arrived in ohio late this past saturday night!

it has been a wild ride these past couple of months. SO excited to be home & spend some time relaxing before jumping back into the craziness of my life back in utah! :) next stop when i get back to utah at the end of the month ---> BYU GRADUATION! eek!!!! :D

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