Monday, December 15, 2008

Well, not so much...

So, as it turns out... our trip to Carson is now postponed. It's supposed to snow 9-14" in Washoe Valley, making a trip staying in Reno, driving through Washoe daily, and getting to Carson... downright nasty. Of course, now Breanne says it's only snowed like 2".... now that we've changed our flights to come home for Dad/Mike's birthday in January. Oh well... now we have a few days to hang out together and have time off together this week!

Oh, and I wrote about how I wish I'd taken pictures of Kai in the snow... well, here's her devouring a Starbucks sandwich wrapper with lily pollen all over her ears, (there's a bouquet of lillies sitting on the table beside her). Whoops! :)

Sunday, December 14, 2008

It Snowed In Portland Today!

Now, if only I'd gotten a picture of Kai playing in the snow (dammit).... cutest thing!

It rarely snows as much as it did in Portland, and it's going to be below freezing for the next week, to boot. A cold stretch like that apparently hasn't happened since the 70's! Mike and I will be equally freezing this week, however, in Reno/Carson City, Nevada. It's time for another visit to my family, this time with Mike, thank goodness. The first Christmas celebration at home without mom. Ugh. Not looking forward to that. Also not looking forward to the snow that is sure to be covering Washoe Valley in NV. It will be good to see everyone, stay with Breanne, and drop off many Christmas presents. Yay!

Anyway, that's all for now. Hope everyone has a fabulous week! :)


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

A Few Favorites...

I've been wearing my leather jacket a lot this winter, and I started thinking about all the fabulous leather pieces I've seen on Etsy, especially a jewelry artist who does BEAUTIFUL leather work. It's quite lovely.... so here's a little collection from my favorites! (Obviously, my last day of student teaching is going pretty slow). :) Enjoy!!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Flickr-ful: Winter Weddings!

I love searching through Flickr and finding beautiful pictures. This morning I'm searching winter weddings, also the first Treasury I created for Etsy. Check out the beautiful shots I found below!

Reminds me of a Great Gatsby wedding, full of 1920's glamour!

Such pretty vintage loveliness!

A winter wedding shot from the 1940's...

A modern-day wedding... full of vintage-looking, handmade touches. Looks like an Etsy shopper to me! :)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

I Almost Forgot...

To promote the fact that my Etsy store was on the news, courtesy of my fabulous friend Stephanie.
Thanks again, Steph! Check it out! :) Story link:\ 816.html Video link:

UWIB = Unbelievably Wonderful Items to Buy!

Okay, really it stands for Unique Women in Business, the Yahoo group of entrepreneur chicks I joined. There are so many fun, fabulous artisans in the group, and it's such a warm, supportive community to be a part of. I just added some of my favorite UWIB items from Etsy to my favorites, in the hopes of creating my next treasury with them. I haven't had a treasury in a while, seems like my timing's been off. But hopefully I'll catch one soon!

In the meantime, I'm wrapping up my student teaching experience at Benson. I have a week left at school, before I finish up my final class for my graduate degree in education. Once that's done I'll officially apply for my diploma, send in my application for licensure in Oregon, and then wait for my license to come through. Hopefully that will happen in early to mid-January. I plan on substituting for the remainder of the year, scoping out schools in advance of my first full-time teaching job next year!

Teaching at Benson has been a lot of fun. I absolutely love all my students, despite how frustrating they can be as a group sometimes. I'll miss them a lot, and I feel like it's unfair that I only get to teach them for the first part of the year. I'd rather stay (and get paid) by finishing out the year with them. :) Oh well, at least I'll be able to come in and sub once in a while for Rob. That's also on my to-do list -- market myself as a sub!

Oh, one other thing... the best part of my day yesterday was getting a "My Favorite Teacher" slip. :) Another teacher at Benson has the kids fill out these little papers once in a while, either an "I'm struggling" slip or a "My Favorite Teacher" slip. I had an anonymous sixth period English student write about why I'm his/her favorite teacher. Apparently, I'm really nice and help a lot with English homework. It was, I'm sure, something small for a student to do, but it means a lot to me. In fact, I think I'll include it in my portfolio as proof positive that I get along with my kids so well!

That's all for now. Hope everyone's fabulous! :)

Much love!!!