Monday, April 28, 2008

Help Me Spend Money

So I've been wanting a beach cruiser for a long time and I've finally decided to get one. Now, I know little about bikes and I'm having a hard time deciding which one to get . . . so, help me make a decision. Keep in mind - I won't be riding it all over town. I just want to ride it to go to the pool, the library, and the grocery store - all within a mile of my house. I've narrowed it down between the following two bikes:

  • Cost: $99.00 (plus shipping and handling)
  • Info: The ad says it's made of aluminum, but one of the reviews said only part of it was aluminum. It didn't say how many gears it had, but I think it only has one (which is common with beach cruisers).
  • Reviews: It only had 4 on-line reviews. One was extremely favorable, one was okay, but two said it was cheaply made.
  • My concerns:
    • Shipping
    • It may not be all aluminum. It may be just as heavy as the steel frame and susceptible to rust.
  • Pros:
    • It's beautiful!!
  • Cost: $119.00 (no shipping and handling - at local stores)
  • Info: Steel frame with 7 speeds.
  • Reviews: It had 34 reviews and most of them were very favorable. Some said it was the most comfortable bike they'd ever ridden, but some said it was so uncomfortable they returned it.
  • My concerns:
    • I'm nervous that it has a steel frame - I'm afraid it may rust; I'm also afraid it may be really heavy.
    • It has a large spring on the front. I wanted to put a basket on the front, but this may not be an option with the large spring.
  • Pros
    • It's at a local store so I can go pick it up and not have to wait for shipping (or pay for shipping).
    • Again, it's beautiful - check out the pink and white seat.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Back with a Vengeance, Baby

You may be asking, "What's back?" T.V. Baby. That's right, TV!! Since the damned Writer's Strike, my life has been devoid of my beloved TV. (To read more on my misery, click HERE). But this week, TV returned with a vengeance. Now, to be honest, one of my favorite shows (The Office) returned a couple of weeks ago, but this week I was gladly bombarded with several of my favs. Monday started my joy off with a brand new scandalous-filled episode of Gossip Girls and I loved every minute of it. And then tonight, I hit the mother load - Ugly Betty, Grey's Anatomy, The Office, Lost, and Miami Ink. What's a girl who loves TV suppose to do? Tivo them and stay up all night watching. I started my TV fest at 7:00 with a margarita glass full of pina colada and a plate full of cheese. I just concluded my TV watching - 12:21 am. Honestly, I took a few breaks, but I fit them all in - I didn't want any show to feel neglected. And, oh - they were not. They were not.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Best of Friends

Alina just finished a facebook project - she added old pictures of all her friends. This is the picture she added for me. The caption she wrote said, "Mandy and I became friends in High School. Even back then we were fans of the Smiths and playing cards." I love this picture - some things never change (aside from the fact that I now wear pants - seriously, what was I wearing? Super short shorts?)

Shadley, Me, and Alina

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I'm a Sucker For . . .

So, Alina has a bumper sticker that says, "I'm a Sucker for Guys in Eye Liner." Every time I see it, it makes me laugh and I think, "Yes, I too am a sucker for guys in eye liner." I've decided I'm a sucker for a lot of things. These are just a few:
  • Comfortable Shoes - Vans and Rocket Dogs are a MUST!! Check out just a few of my favorites:

  • Tattoo Sleeves - Love them!! Can't even express how much.

  • Trashy Television - Gossip Girls, Grey's Anatomy, etc. You know the type - less plot, more sex.

  • Witty, Comedic Sitcoms - Arrested Development, The Office, etc.

  • Food (obviously):
    • Movie Theatre Milk Duds - I never buy Milk Duds anywhere else.
    • Crumbly Blue Cheese Salad
    • Let's be honest - any kind of strong, smelly cheese.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Faith - A Principle of Action & Power

So here's my talk:

The Apostle Paul, Alma, and Moroni defined faith in similar ways:
  • Hebrews 11:1 – Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
  • Alma 32:21 – And now as I said concerning faith—faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true.
  • Ether 12:6 – And now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith.
Our Faith must be centered in the Lord Jesus Christ, just as it was during our pre-mortal lives. In the General Young Women Meeting last month, President Eyring stated the following:
“For each of us, life is a journey. Our journey began in the same place before we were born into this world.

We all were taught by Elohim, the Father of our spirits. We loved Him and wanted to be like Him and to be with Him forever. He told us plainly what it would require for us to have that joy. We would have to receive a physical body, with all of the trials that would bring. We would be subject to illness and have within our bodies the processes which would finally lead to death.

Heavenly Father explained to us what it would take to make the journey from where we were then to be with Him forever and live the life that He lives. We would make the journey through life without a memory of our time with Him in the spirit world. And the only way back to Him would be for us to overcome physical death and the effects of sin which would come from our breaking commandments. He told us that we could not overcome the effects of either death or sin by ourselves — without our having a Savior who would break the bands of death and provide a way for us to be washed clean from the sin which we would surely commit.

You know from the scriptures revealed by God through prophets that there was a rebellion in the spirit world when the plan for our journey was offered to us. Those who rebelled did not want to accept and to depend upon a Savior nor run any risk that they might not return again to Heavenly Father. Every one of you was among the brave, the faithful, and the true in that conflict. You accepted the Savior and the plan for this journey to return to the joy of our Heavenly Father's presence.”
Each of us has already exercised faith – As Ether stated, we hoped for a better world, even a place at the right hand of God (Ether 12:4). Mormon said something similar when he stated we hoped through the atonement of Christ and the power of his resurrection, to be raised unto life eternal (Moroni 7:41). Because of this hope, we exercised faith – we accepted the plan and accepted Jesus Christ as the Savior of the World.

Faith is more than a passive belief. We express faith through action. We demonstrated our faith in the pre-mortal world by accepting the Savior and His plan for redemption. Faith is always a principle of action. When we work toward a worthy goal, we exercise faith. We show our hope for something that we cannot yet see.

Each of us has exercised faith in various ways and in various degrees as we have continued on our journey. We exercise faith when we attend our Sunday meetings, pay tithing, take care of family or priesthood duties, care for the poor and the needy, attend the temple, and have daily prayer, scripture study, and family home evening.

Those who have been baptized, have exercised faith. The fourth Article of Faith states, “We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

Faith is a principle of action, but that is not all. Joseph Smith taught that faith is not only a principle of action, but it is also a principle of power. Our faith in Christ leads to righteous action. In turn, our righteous actions increase our spiritual capacity and power. Elder Bednar spoke about this in General Conference earlier this month. He stated, “Understanding that faith is a principle of action and of power inspires us to exercise our moral agency in compliance with gospel truth, invites the redeeming and strengthening powers of the Savior’s Atonement into our lives, and enlarges the power within us.”

Hebrews 11 and Ether 12 have always been two of my favorite chapters of scriptures because they list the actions of the faithful and the power that they received because of their faith and works.

Ether chapter 12, verses 16 & 18 state, “All they who wrought miracles wrought them by faith. . . . And neither at any time hath any wrought miracles until after their faith; wherefore they first believed in the Son of God.” Because they had faith in the Son of God, they acted accordingly, which action brought them power to perform miracles.

What are some of these miracles?
  • Ether 12:13 – It was the faith of Alma and Amulek that caused the prison to tumble to the earth.
  • Ether 12:14 – It was the faith of Nephi and Lehi that wrought the change upon the Lamanites, that they were baptized with fire and with the Holy Ghost.
  • Ether 12:15 – It was the faith of Ammon and his brethren which wrought so great a miracle among the Lamanites.
  • Ether 12:17 – It was by faith that the three disciples obtained a promise that they should not taste of death.
  • Ether 12:19 – There were many whose faith was so exceedingly strong, even before Christ came, who could not be kept from within the veil, but truly saw with their eyes the things which they had beheld with an eye of faith, and they were glad.
  • Hebrews 11:5 – By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death.
  • Hebrews 11:7 – By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, prepared an ark to the saving of his house.
  • Hebrews 11:11 – Through faith Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child.
  • Hebrews 11:17 – By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son.
  • Hebrews 11:24 & 25 – By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God.
  • Hebrews 11:29 – By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land.
  • Hebrews 11:30 – By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.
  • Hebrews 11:32-34 – And what shall I more say? For the time would fail me to tell of the prophets: Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight.
Those who exercise faith are given power. Those who exercise faith today are given power, just as the faithful in times of old. President Eyring talked about this power in General Conference earlier this month. He stated:
It would be wise to determine to sustain with our faith and our prayers all those who serve us in the kingdom. I am personally aware of the power of the faith of members of the Church to sustain those who have been called. In the last few weeks I have felt in powerful ways the prayers and the faith of people whom I do not know and who know me only as someone called to serve through the keys of the priesthood. President Thomas S. Monson will be blessed by your sustaining faith. His family will likewise have blessings poured out upon them because of your faith and your prayers. All those who were sustained by you today will be sustained by God because of their faith and yours.
The power given to us because of our faith strengthens us as we face the trials of this life. There are some who believe that if they are faithful, they will be blessed by a life absent of trials. This is not the case. While addressing the Young Women, President Eyring stated, "Some of your trials may be severe. You need never be discouraged or afraid. The way through difficulties has always been prepared for you, and you will find it if you exercise faith."

When the Prophet Joseph Smith was a prisoner in Liberty Jail, he received the revelation contained in Doctrine and Covenants, Section 122. His imprisonment was a severe trial, but the Lord counseled Joseph to remain faithful in verses 7-9:
And if thou shouldst be cast into the pit, or into the hands of murderers, and the sentence of death passed upon thee; if thou be cast into the deep; if the billowing surge conspire against thee; if fierce winds become thine enemy; if the heavens gather blackness, and all the elements combine to hedge up the way; and above all, if the very jaws of hell shall gape open the mouth wide after thee, know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good. The Son of Man hath descended below them all. Art thou greater than he? Therefore, hold on thy way, and the priesthood shall remain with thee; for their bounds are set, they cannot pass. Thy days are known, and thy years shall not be numbered less; therefore, fear not what man can do, for God shall be with you forever and ever.
I love the phrase, “hold on thy way.” To me it means be faithful – be steadfast. All things will not be well at all times in our lives. We will experience difficulties and challenges, as have the Lord’s Saints since time began. We will be challenged, our faith will be tested, but if we are steadfast, we will have the power to endure our trials. “And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high” (D&C 121:8).

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie is coming in concert on Monday, May 26th (I think that's Memorial Day) at Thanksgiving Point. This is an awesome venue, and an awesome band - I saw them a few years ago and loved it. Anyways, I was wondering if anyone was interesting in going. The show starts at 5:00 and I think tickets are around $38. I'd like to buy tickets before they sale out, so let me know.

Here are two Death Cab for Cutie music videos. The first one is "Title and Registration." It's from the album, Transatlanticism, which I think is one of the best all time albums EVER. The other video is "I Will Possess Your Heart." It's from their new album. The intro is really long - the lyrics don't start until 4 minutes, 40 seconds, but it's worth a listen.

Monday, April 14, 2008


I have to speak in church this Sunday about faith. Any suggestions - scriptures, quotes, talks, etc. I know, it's a pretty broad subject. I'd love your help narrowing it down.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Down South

So next month I'm going to the Southern U.S. It's the only region in the U.S. that I haven't visited. I'm really excited. I'm actually going for a friend's (Mike's) wedding, but since I'm down there, I'm going to do some traveling. Here's a tentative itinerary (subject to change based on money and time). If you've visited any of these places, let me know what you thought.

Saturday, May 10th: Travel Day
  • Fly into Birmingham, AL

Sunday, May 11th: Another Travel Day
  • Drive to Charleston, SC

Monday, May 12th: Charleston, SC

Tuesday, May 13th: Charleston, SC

Wednesday, May 14th: Savannah, GA

Thursday, May 15th: Macon, GA; Andersonville, GA

  • Drive to Macon, GA
  • Drive to Andersonville, GA

Friday, May 16th: Andersonville, GA; Gadsden, AL

Saturday, May 17th: Gadsden, AL

  • The BIG Day - Mike & Jesanna's Wedding

Sunday, May 18th: Birmingham, AL
  • Mike & Jesanna's Reception

Monday, May 19th: Travel Day
  • Say "Good-Bye" to the Good Ol' South
  • Fly home to SLC, UT

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Val's Birthday Party

On April 7th, we went to Tepanyaki's to celebrate Val's 30th birthday. As Shawn put it, "An Asian man flicked bits of shrimp into my mouth and it was just so nice."

Val with her B-day Treats

Group Photo

Friday, April 11, 2008

Movie Quote Trivia Answer Key

So here it is, my favorite comedies. How many did you get right?

Movie #1 - Office Space

Movie #2 - Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

Movie #3 - Nacho Libre

Movie #4 - Reality Bites

Movie #5 - Zoolander

Movie #6 - Happy Gilmore

Movie #7 - Tommy Boy

Movie #8 - The School of Rock

Movie #9 - Cable Guy

Movie #10 - Empire Records

Movie #11 - Rubin and Ed

Movie #12 - Grosse Pointe Blank

Movie #13 - Mallrats

Movie #14 - Return to Me

Movie #15 - Can't Hardly Wait

To see the quotes, go to the original posts: Movie Quote Trivia & Movie Quote Trivia Addendum

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Shout Out

So, I will publish the answers to my "Movie Quote Trivia" tomorrow, but I wanted to give a Shout Out to a friend from long ago, Zach Madden. Zach, since you found my blog, you know pretty much what's going on in my life. I'd love to hear an update about what's going on with you - work, family, etc. Send me an email at

Perfectly True

You Are a Colon

You are very orderly and fact driven.
You aren't concerned much with theories or dreams... only what's true or untrue.

You are brilliant and incredibly learned. Anything you know is well researched.
You like to make lists and sort through things step by step. You aren't subject to whim or emotions.

Your friends see you as a constant source of knowledge and advice.
(But they are a little sick of you being right all of the time!)

You excel in: Leadership positions

You get along best with: The Semi-Colon

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Ode to the Birthday Girl

Beautiful, Charming, Witty Girl
Daughter of an Onion Farmer
Daughter-in-Law to a King
Lover of Chocolate, Home Decor, and Leonard
Wearer of Orange Skirts and Green Spanish Coats
Who Upholsters her Own Furniture,
Tells Dirty Jokes,
And Doctors the Sick

For more on our Birthday Girl, click HERE and HERE.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Pictures of People I Love

My mom and Zack.
I love this picture!! Zack slept over (that's why they're both in their PJs) and in the morning my mom made sugar cookies with him. Look at my mom's face as Zack tries to pour the sugar.

Zack with a beater full of frosting.

Tara, Lesli, & Alina
Tara had come up from AZ so we had a
Girls' Night of nachos, Rice Krispies treats, and cards.
This is a hilarious picture of her.

Me & Sara with our matching shoes.

Mitch - He's getting so big.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

New Books

So when I accepted the reading position for next year, I asked my principal if there was money to order new classroom novels. She replied, "Oh, yea. There's tons of money. Talk to Roberto." (Roberto is one of our assistant principals). So I started looking through some catalogs and deciding on what novels I'd like to teach next year.

I asked an English teacher at my school what novels she taught this year and she immediately started complaining that there were no good novels to teach at our school. I told her I was going to order some new novels through Roberto. She replied, "Oh good. Let me know what you order." I was thinking, "Why? I'm ordering them so I can teach them. That means you can't teach them in your class!!" I then thought, "Instead of complaining that our school has no good novels to teach, get off your lazy ass and order some." Each teacher at my school has received an email each week for the past 6 weeks about getting your book requisitions submitted. Why hadn't she looked into ordering anything?

I went into Roberto's office and asked him about book requisitions - I was trying to see how much I could spend. After trying in a round-about way to figure how much money I could have, he told me, "You're the only teacher who has approached me about new books for next year. We have tons of money. Whatever you want, I'll order." I thought two things: 1) YES!!! and 2) I was shocked that no one had approached him. If the language arts department is so upset about the lack of quality books, why wouldn't they request new ones? I work with a bunch of morons.

Anyway, I spent $1600 and ordered classroom sets of the following novels:

Friday, April 04, 2008

Not-so-Impulsive Impulse Buy

This story begins with the laptop vs. Home Equity Line of Credit.

So, last month I received my tax return ($3000). I had planned to put all of my tax return on my Home Equity Line of Credit. I hate it and want it paid off so bad!! The interest rate on it is something like 11% - I paid over $10,000 last year in interest!! I still owed $8000 (But down from $24,000 - Yea!!), but if I put all $3000 it would knock it down to $5000. It sounded like a good idea, but I really wanted a laptop.

Both of my roommates have really nice laptops and I have a piece of **** I bought in 2000 that can't do anything. I am a jealous being and I was definitely jealous over the laptops. So you see my dilemma - laptop vs. the HELOC.

Well, those of you who know me, know that I'm careful with money and know I hate, HATE paying interest (I paid cash for my undergraduate and graduate degrees, have only failed to pay off my credit card balance 3 months in 12+ years, and paid off my car loan in less than 2 years). So, obviously I put the $3000 on my Home Equity Line of Credit. Bye, bye laptop.

So this month I started paying my bills and when I got finished I still had $1600 in the bank. I had received a small bonus from work, but not that big so I thought I must have made a mistake. I went through everything again, and no mistake - I still had $1600. It was a MIRACLE!! A laptop MIRACLE. I briefly thought about putting the extra $1600 on my HELOC, but decided to go with the laptop so yesterday I took Lesli with me (she came as my advisor) and I bought a new MacBook. I love it!!

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Movie Quote Trivia Addendum

So I remembered three more movies I wanted to add to my favorite comedies. Here they are:

Movie #13:
  1. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned for Sega.
  2. [I'd like to say] about a million things, but I can't express myself monosyllabically enough for you to understand it all.
  3. Look at me, look at me, you sloppy bitch!
  4. You two are retarded for each other.
Movie #14:
  1. You know how it is - You're out with a guy, you find him attractive, and suddenly everything he says sounds brilliant. Hairy legs are your only link to reality.
  2. You had a sex dream about me!
  3. You're beautiful, and no one's going to notice your chest.
  4. Will everyone just calm down! For the love of God and all that is holy, calm the hell down!
Movie #15:
  1. It's not about a dog. It's about a woman named Amanda. Who the hell names their dog Amanda?
  2. You know who else I like that didn't get much play? Velma from Scooby-Doo. She was cool. She was a hip, hip lady.
  3. You know William, from this light, you somewhat resemble a young David Duchovny.
  4. Yo, I gotta have sex tonight! I mean peep this - They say here ninety-two percent of the honeys at UCLA are sexually active. Ninety-two of the women in Los Angeles at UCLA walking around going, "Class... or sex? What shall I do?" Ninety-two percent, yo!

Movie Quote Trivia

Last weekend my friends and I were playing a game where we had to think up funny movie quotes, and then on Monday for alternative FHE we had "Nacho Night" where we ate nachoes and watched Nacho Libre. Because of that, I've been thinking about some of my favorite comedies and the funny quotes from each of them.

So I thought I'd host a little trivia game. Can you figure out my top 12 favorite comedies based on a few quotes? I'm sure you can because most of them are pretty common, but give it a try. Also, I'd love to hear what some of your favorite movies and quotes are.

WARNING: Some quotes contain profanity.
Movie #1:

  1. . . . that no-talent ass clown became famous and started winning Grammys.
  2. I can't believe what a bunch of nerds we are. We're looking up "money laundering" in a dictionary.
  3. Why does it say paper jam when there is no paper jam? I swear to God, one of these days, I just kick this piece of shit out the window.
Movie #2:

  1. That was a pre-emptive "sh!" Now, I have a whole bag of "sh!" with your name on it.
  2. It's Dr. Evil, I didn't spend six years in Evil Medical School to be called "mister," thank you very much.
  3. I hate you! I hate you! I wish I was never artificially created in a lab!

Movie #3:

  1. They think I don't know a buttload of crap about the Gospel, but I do!
  2. Well, my favorite color is light tan. My favorite animal is puppies. I like serving the Lord. Hiking, playing volleyball.
  3. But my life is good! Really good! I get to wake up every morning, at 5AM, and make some soup! It's the best. I love it. I get to lay in a bed, all by myself, all of my life! That's fantastic!

Movie #4:

  1. I'm late for a jean folding seminar. Let's locomote!
  2. Welcome to the world of the emotionally mature.
  3. He will turn this place into a den of slack
  4. Oh, PFLAG. I’m beginning to like the sound of that.

Movie #5:

  1. Mer-man! Mer-man!
  2. A eugoogalizor, one who speaks at funerals. Or did you think I'd be too stupid to know what a eugoogoly was?
  3. Just because we have chiseled abs and stunning features, it doesn't mean that we too can't not die in a freak gasoline fight accident.

Movie #6:

  1. If I saw myself dressed like that, I'd have to kick my own ass.
  2. That's your HOME! Are you too good for your home?
  3. You eat pieces of shit for breakfast?

Movie #7:

  1. Your brain has a thick candy shell.
  2. My fellow nerds and I will retire to the nerdery with our calculators.
  3. Brothers don't shake hands. Brothers gotta hug.
  4. Did you eat a lot of paint chips when you were a kid?

Movie #8:

  1. Math is a wonderful thing. Math is a really cool thing. So get off your ath. Let's do some math.
  2. OK, Ms DumBum ain't your teacher today, I am, and I have a headache and the runs. So I say, time for recess!
  3. God of Rock, thank you for this chance to kick ass. We are your humble servants. Please give us the power to blow people's minds with our high voltage rock. In your name we pray, Amen.
  4. When I get up there and start doing my thing, people worship me! Because I'm sexy, and chubby.

Movie #9:

  1. It's just skin, Steven.
  2. There was this guy, he looked Asian... and he was speaking another language, I'm pretty sure it was... Asian.
  3. Down, down, down. Red knight goin' down.
  4. My thanks to you, fair wench.

Movie #10:

  1. I went to rock and roll heaven, and I wasn't on the guest list.
  2. I don't feel that I need to explain my art to you.
  3. I tried to kill myself with a Lady Bic. A pink plastic razor with daisies on it and a moisturizing strip.
  4. The fat man walks alone.

Movie #11:

  1. I am the king of the echo people!
  2. My cat can eat a whole watermelon.
  3. I'm stuck in the middle of the desert with an asswipe and a frozen cat.

Movie #12:

  1. I'm standing where my, uh, living room was and it's not here because my house is gone and it's an Ultimart! You can never go home again, Dr. Oatman... but I guess you can shop there.
  2. I was sitting there alone on prom night, in a goddamn rented tuxedo, and my whole life flashed before my eyes. And I realized finally, and for the first time, that I wanted to kill somebody. So I figured since I loved you so much, it'd be a good idea if I didn't see you anymore.
  3. Whoa, whoa, whoa, Chatty Cathy! Clip yer string.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

My New Job

So I have a new job - and when I say "have" I mean "will have next year." For the past 8 years I've been teaching in the special education department at my school. I teach resource reading for 7th, 8th, & 9th graders, resource language arts for 9th graders, and a resource study skills class. I work with students who have learning disabilities, communication disorders, and emotional disturbances - a pretty diverse group. I love the teaching part, but the paperwork part has been dragging me down lately.

Although I've always taught in the special education department, I am qualified and licensed to teach regular education classes. So, when a reading teacher announced she was leaving the school and no one in the language arts department was qualified to take over for her (they all have English endorsements, not reading endorsements), my principal approached me and asked if I was interested. I told her I was, but I wanted to think about it. The more I thought about it, the more I decided I'm ready for a little change. I will still be at my same school, but I will not have to deal with all the paperwork and meetings that fall under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. I will no longer have to administer IQ or achievement tests, write Individual Education Plans, write Behavior Intervention Plans, or conduct extra meetings. I will be able to teach - just teach!!

After thinking of all the things I wouldn't have to do, how could I say no? So of course, I accepted. Needless to say, the special education department at the district is not very happy. In fact, when my principal told the district director, the director responded, "Convince her not to [take the position]." However, I am convinced and determined. It also makes me excited for next year. I know, crazy, but I'm already looking forward to starting a new school year. So next year I will just be teaching regular education reading to 7th graders. That's it reading 7. I don't know what I will do with all my spare time.