28 June 2012

I'm A Nerd

I didn't realize how well that statement fits me.  It's almost embarrassing.  Almost.  But I think I'm okay with it because it is so much fun for me!  A group of friends and I decided we want to learn Spanish, so instead of showing up and practicing stuff, and creating a plan together, I decided I needed to take charge of this one by making flash cards for the whole group (12 of us) along with "blue cards."  When I was learning Portuguese I was given a Yellow Card, with all the conjugations, on the front and some irregular verbs on the back.  I loved that card.  Loved it.  I carried it with me everywhere.  So I decided we need one of those for Spanish.  And not only did I made it, but I also laminated it and made a tri-fold out of it.  I love how it has turned out!  I'm so excited for our next meeting!  I'm going to do common phrases on the next batch of flash cards--  Including "Dame um beso." and "¿Quieres bailar?" Any other suggestions on really important things we should know?

22 June 2012

Sing With Me

How have I never been to a Sing-Along at the Disney Concert Hall?!?  So. Much. Fun.  This particular one was Disney songs, but they do different themes, too.  I feel like the luckiest girl in the world, because not only do I have fabulous friends who take me to events like this, but they also do it up VIP style with food, and the front of the line, and prime seating!  Thanks, ladies!  I'm so in for next month!

14 June 2012

I've been negligent, haven't I?

I know, I know...but my posts have started ending up like my letters used to:  unfinished, forgotten, and eventually discarded.  I have several that I've started, and then never finished, usually because I haven't been able to upload the accompanying pictures, and everyone knows that blogs are better with pictures.  Well, I'm going to start doing that again (I hope)!  And as I was catching up on some older drafts that were waiting for pictures, I also found some posts that were never published for unknown reasons...so I've published them too.  There are some really old posts that I'm finally posting, and to make it easier for you, here's a list of their links:

Feel the Burn
Longer than it should be:  you have been warned.
Dear Coworkers,
Christmas Eve
Mother Teressa Said:
Memorial Day
Basketball Champs
Track Meet!
National Train Day
Happy Retirement Pablo!
Weekend in Havasu

10 June 2012

Weekend in Havasu

Yesterday I drove out to Havasu because I needed a vacation...I probably spent as much time in my car as I did in Havasu, but it was away from home (well, really, away from work...) so I took it.   

I took the ferry boat across to the Casino for lunch.  The Security guy there was being nice and carded me-- It was funny because he looks like he's a teenager, and while I might look young, I definitely don't look like a teenager any more.  

I don't really remember why these guys are famous, but when you see a statue like this, you've gotta get a picture with it, right?  Read on sir-- let's map out this town!  (Maybe?)
After lunch,  we took a drive up to Oatman, a ghost town.  We got there pretty late, so most things were already closed, but the few shops that were open were full of super friendly people.  I love those small town folk!  
There were burros (Really? When did we stop using the word donkey?) wondering all over this town, with flashing signs warning that they were crossing, and every where you looked they were called another word...I'd tell you what it was, but my mom wouldn't approve. ;-)

To get there I was driving in the middle of no where for what felt like forever.  But just because you are in the middle of the desert, doesn't mean you can get anywhere any faster, because the speed limit was 40. Except for the town we passed through, where the speed limit was 25.  All the way through it.  And I didn't see a single person.  Not even in a passing car. 

And through all of this I realized that I super miss being able to take vacations like this. Have you been wondering why you haven't see blog posts about my vacations?  It's because I didn't have a dependable car.   I knew the end of my Jetta's life was coming so I'd done some research and found a new car that I wanted to buy and on the way there my baby girl pretty much exploded...Luckily the car I was going to test drive was a good deal, because there was no way my Jetta was gonna make it home.  So now I have a new car (!!!) and the freedom to take off just because I want to.  I'm so excited!