Tuesday, April 5, 2011

What I'm loving Wednesday!

Hey, Des Moines area teachers... Why don't I get called to sub on Wednesdays? I'm trying to figure out if this is just a coincidence or there is a reason not many jobs are available on this day. I'm only available to sub Wednesday-Friday because Monday's I am in my practicum and Tuesdays I have a day class. The rest of the week is free. I considered changing my practicum to Wednesdays so I would be able to sub on Mondays, but I'm a little nervous to make a change in my practicum teacher's room.

I really need to sub at least three days a week to keep my budget on track for the summer, but I only have two more weeks left in my practicum so I am wondering if I should just stick it out. Decisions, decisions... Finals are the second week of May and after that I should have two full weeks to sub and make some money. Fingers crossed I am able to do that!

The semester is winding down and traditionally the last month of classes is a whirlwind of papers due, projects due and presentations. I am trying to alleviate some of the stress that I know is headed my way, but I am also a natural procrastinator, so it's a battle against nature. ;)

Well, today I am linking up with Jamie for her lovely weekly meme, What I'm loving Wednesday!
This week I am loving lots of things, as always! I am trying NOT to shop, because A. I don't need anything clothing related and B. I am saving for our trip to Niagra Falls!! But, as you will see, there is one clothing related item below...

So, this week...

I am loving... The Kennedy's.
The Kennedy's is an eight-part mini series on the Reelz channel. I had to add this channel (which only came in a digital package) so that I could watch this show. I am a big fan of Katie Holmes and also very intrigued by Jackie Kennedy, and the entire Kennedy administration, so I am enjoying this movie very much! Last night was the 2nd episode and it has everything you could want! There's political mistakes, fashion, scandal...

The History channel produced this mini series, but decided at the last minute to drop it because it was too controversial. Katie Holmes said on Ellen the other day that she has no idea why they dropped it and that there was nothing controversial in it... I have to disagree. Clearly, she has to support the movie she made, but so far in just the first two episodes Jack's infidelity is playing a major role. I'm honestly glad it is because it's shining light on his negative traits, while he was a GREAT president and did many wonderful things in office, he was also still very flawed. Obviously, you would not teach any age in the classroom that John F. Kennedy and his father repeatedly cheated on their devoted wives but it is important to know because it is an important characteristic of their personality. What this mini-series is doing for me is only reinforcing the sacrifice that Jackie made for our country. Ignorance is bliss and she let the American people continue to be ignorant during this time. She knew that to stand up for herself would only hurt the country, so I don't see it as her not standing up for herself, she was protecting an entire country.

I am loving... Substitute teaching!
It is so much fun! I am not naive, though. I know that sometime something is going to happen and I have to be mentally prepared for that. It's not going to be a bed of roses all the time. Obviously, I cannot be prepared for what could happen, because it could be anything.

What I didn't realize was how much time I was going to get to study on my own work. Each day I sub I get a good 3-4 hours to read or write papers. This is so nice! Those 3-4 hours are not at all consecutively and I have to look up probably every minute or two to avoid people goofing off, but so far it has helped so much to get my reading done for class. One class I was even able to write notes on two chapters, which I don't normally do, and it helped out a TON because we had a quiz over their chapters last night. :)

I am loving...
My Fitness Pal app. I found this app about a week ago and I am loving it! It is so easy to use and every food I eat and exercise I do has already been loaded in it so I don't have to create new foods. Do you know what I'm talking about with sites likes these? I hate having to go look at the nutrition fact and plug in all that stuff. It's annoying. I just want to log in what I ate and how much I ate. What workout I did and how long it was and go. That is exactly what My Fitness Pal does. I also really like how I can use the app on my phone or on the computer.

I am loving... this pretty dress!
This pretty yellow dress is from Shabby Apple! and isn't it adorable? Yellow is such a perfect color for this time of year and always brightens my mood. It is on sale, but it is still $70... That's still a little steep for what I would prefer to spend on clothes (I'm a total cheapskate!), especially when I don't have an event to wear it to... But, then again I DO have a friends wedding this summer to attend..... Hmmmm.... I can't though, I have to admire from afar -- maybe after our trip!
But, also? I love that this model is not sickeningly thin. It is so nice to see a model in something that I am interested in, and she is not so thin I want to puke.

That is what I am loving this week, what are you loving?


David and Elizabeth said...

I use myfitnesspal too! Love it!

Kelly said...

I am dvring the Kennedy's so I haven't watched any of them yet. I also find all of it very interesting.

Brittany said...

I love the yellow dress! Perfect for Easter !

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

Oooh The Kennedy's sounds like a good show, or mini-series, I had never heard of it before.

That dress is to die-for cute! I'm so glad spring is here and it's the season of pretty dresses again :)

marisol said...

I'll have to check out this show. I have a couple of those fitness apps and they have really helped. I do rely a lot on the WW app.

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I hope you get more subbing gigs! not fun to stress about a budget!

That yellow dress is adorable. I love Shabby Apple! I bought 2 dresses from their website last fall and loved them both!

I am happy about the warmer temps we've had lately! My patio door is open right now for the first time since like October!

Jamie said...

Thanks for playing along!

I don't know why but I loved subbing too :)

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

Oh I'm jealous!! I really wanted to see the Kennedy mini series but I don't have that channel and couldn't get it in time before it began! I hope they put it out on dvd!