My roommate and I were in a lecture class together.
And guess who was our professor.
That's right the one and only Dane Cook.
In this class we were his favorites.
And he always asked us questions.
At the end of the day he had a notebook he asked students to write in about how the lecture went and just to share their thoughts.
We were the only two that got to write in it.
I woke up feeling pretty special.
Thanks Dane Cook.
Warning: This post has some adult material. So if you are uncomfortable with adult content, please stop reading now. But please come back another day.
Last night Roomie A and I went to event held on campus.
We enjoyed "An Evening with Lily Tomlin."
Neither one of us knew exactly who she was.
Roomie's Mom heard she was coming and told us it would be super funny.
So we went.
I think we were the youngest people in the whole auditorium.
The wonderful older gentleman sitting next to us, kindly informed us that she was hilarious and around 70 years of age.
Lily Tomlin was funny. But I think I laughed more at the people laughing at her.
I think I wasn't old enough to get a few of her jokes.
But I was surprised by some of her jokes.
I did not realize older people were as obsessed with sex as some of us younger people seem to be (based of off media, music, movies, television, etc.).
I know some older people who after hearing some of the jokes would hang their head, sigh, and blush.
I thought it was funny that the people surrounding me (my grandparents age) laughed hysterically at these things.
Guess that generation gap isn't as big as we thought.
I found her to be entertaining.
I loved her portrayal of a six year old. Very funny.
I enjoyed the way she could switch between characters.
I was impressed.
I loved the skit about her parents when she was teenager.
I went in not sure what to expect but came out with sore abs because I laughed so much.
You should watch some of her sketches online.
Hope you find something that makes you laugh today.
Who am I to count myself privileged?
Who am I to look down on other people because of it?
Yes, I have been very fortunate and very blessed in life, but does that give me the right to look down on others who haven't been as blessed?
I don't think it does.
And I struggle with it. Some days more than others.
I am only human, so I'm not perfect.
But I don't have to judge people because they weren't blessed in the ways I am.
We can not control which family we are born into or what opportunities we are given because of the place we live, schools we go to, and family connections.
I know this will be something I'll probably struggle with for a long time.
I think the hardest part is when I come across someone who has a lot of potential but they won't apply themselves, and they don't care. But I know they could accomplish many great things if they tried.
As a future teacher, I need to be able to provide all my students with the same opportunities.
In one of my classes we read an article in which a teacher said a student was unable to learn because his parents could neither read or write.
She didn't give him the same opportunities as the other students because it was "pointless and a waste of time." I couldn't believe someone would actually think this way and treat a child that way.
I hope I'm not like this. Not only will I need to be open minded about these things when I am a teacher but also in my everyday life.
So who am I to think I have this right?
No one. I do not have the right look down on others.
I am going to try to be better about this and think about these people and what their life story might be.
I hope you try and do the same.
(Not saying you look down on others, but just in case you do. We're all human, no one is perfect.)
Do you believe in dreams? I believe in the "I dream to be a movie star when I grow up" type dreams. But I'm not sure I believe that the dreams I have while I'm asleep tell me something. I feel that sometimes they are relevant and sometimes I'm just like "what?" Last night I had a really crazy weird dream (which is pretty common), but a person was in it who I never would have expected to show up. Is my subconscious trying to tell me something?
I feel so lazy and so unproductive right now. I have a test tomorrow that I should be studying for but instead I'm praying they cancel classes. Instead of studying I'm going to put in a DVD, crawl in my bed and hopefully not come out until tomorrow.
I'm not a graceful person normally. The winter snow and ice does not help. I fell on the stairs twice today. Almost busted my butt on the sidewalk. And thanks to this lovely weather, my car won't make it up the hill to my apartment. I had to park at the bottom and hike up the mountain. Winter was nice while it was here, now I want it to go away. Please?
I hope you had a better day than I did. Be careful in this crazy winter weather.
1. Share a few things about yourself. I'm known in the blogosphere as Smart Ass Sara but in real life my name is Sara Strand. I currently live in Wisconsin and hate it. I'm a natural born Floridian and wonder why I haven't moved back every winter. I work full time, have two kids under five, married for six years in June, am an avid scrapbooker and card maker and can no longer buy a store bought card or gift item without taking gruff about it. I shop at second hand stores yet carry a Prada purse, use a crappy no contract cell phone yet buy expensive shoes that I can't wear because they hurt my feet. But they look pretty and that somehow makes it's ok. My husband also has no idea how many purses I really own.
2. Where do you get your inspiration? I get my inspiration from other people, magazines, online, bright colors, t-shirts, my kids' clothing.
3. Do you have a favorite piece you have created? I actually have two favorites. One would be the "Giggle" frame: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=27702642 and the other are my "RitaMargarita" cards: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=27702330. The frame is similar to one I use at work with a picture of my kids which was inspired by a pair of my daughter's pants. The cards are the exact ones I used for my birthday gathering of friends a few years ago. It was a good time. 4. How did you get started? I actually got started scrapbooking in high school when I made a really rough scrapbook to hold all of the pictures from my senior year. Then fast forward 3 years I wanted to do a scrapbook for my mom so I got back into it. And that time it turned into an obsession. I know how my own scrap closet in my dining room which is now spilling out into the eating area. But I really do love it and I like preserving my pictures. It's relaxing for me.
5.Anything else you would like to share with us? Anything else...hmm..I'm sassy and funny. I'm cute and cuddly. I use swears on my blog and only now do I feel comfortable with my personality. I have fun, I lead a crazy, fantastic, wonderful, sometimes inappropriate life but I wouldn't change it for the world. :)
I'm so tired of the snow. I feel as though it has snowed non-stop since Thursday. I've never seen so much snow in my entire life. Apparently so far in 2010 our town has had around 60 inches of snow.
I have to create a website for one my classes and my teacher gave me the option of using Blogger or Wordpress instead of Google sites, since I already use blogger. I can't decide. I'm a very indecisive person sometimes. I'm trying to be better about it.
Have you heard of this awesome Notebook Project? I've signed up and am pretty excited about it. You should go check it out.
I hope you had a good Monday. And didn't go through it with a "case of the Mondays.
Happy Valentine's Day!
I hope you had an amazing day.
Tim and I celebrated throughout the weekend since he had to go home today.
He got me a pink snuggie (please don't judge).
It's actually quite practical.
I was so glad to spend a lot of time with Tim this weekend.
It's been two weeks since I had seen him ( I know it's not long compared to many others but it is when you've gotten used to seeing him everyday).
Roomie A and I went to see the movie Valentine's Day on Friday.
I really liked it.
I know it has gotten some not so fantastic reviews but I thought it was really good.
And can't wait to buy it when it comes out on DVD.
P.S. Has anyone read the book The Time Traveler's Wife and seen the movie?
If so, what did you think?
I loved the book and am skeptical to renting the movie...
Do you feel extra smart on some days? The other day in one of my classes I felt extra smart. This doesn't happen often for me so I was excited. In our class of close to a 100 people, I was one out like three that knew the answer to the question the teacher asked. Amazing right?
Want to know the question? It was an analogy my professor missed when he took the GRE. And I knew the answer! I was excited.
My first featured shop is CAPow, run by the lovely Crystal.
I asked her a few questions about her life and her creativity. And she provided me with some great answers!
1. Share a few things about yourself with us. My name is Crystal, but I go by CAPow (which is my first and middle initial, plus the first 3 letters of my last name). I currently live in Upstate NY with my awesome boyfriend and our two adorable cats.
2. Where do you get your inspiration? My inspiration comes from my daily life. I'm constantly in a photographer mindset, and constantly scanning EVERYTHING in sight for a great photo opportunity. I also read a ton of amazing blogs that offer some incredible inspiration and ideas.
3. Do you have a favorite piece you have created? If so, which piece and why? I really like the image I use for my avatar and shop header. It's of a small owl figurine I spotted in an abandoned storefront. I saw this little guy when my boyfriend was taking me on a tour of his home town, so it holds a special place in my heart.
4. How did you get started? If you ask my mom, I started by breaking several of her point and shoot cameras as a child. From the minute I could hold objects I had crayons in my hands. I spent my childhood coloring, drawing and creating. My mother taught me how to knit, crochet, and sew. In high school I had the opportunity to take a black and white photography class and learn how to develop both film and photos in a dark room. That is when I TRULY fell in love with photography. Everything just grew from that point. I started out taking pictures of punk bands in our local hardcore scene, and just expanded to photographing anything and everything that I find inspiring. I've even shot a few weddings!
5. Anything else you want to share? I just want to thank all my fellow bloggers and etsy sellers for being so awesome and inspiring. I'm really proud to be a part of such awesome communities.
Here are a few of my favorite items from her shop.
dear rental company, please come fix our washing machine. i no longer know which of my clothes are dirty and which are clean. it's been two weeks. seriously. i need clean clothes. (i apologize if you are around me and my clothes are smelly)
dear snow, please go away so i can leave my apartment. i'm tired of the cold.
dear boyfriend, i miss you so much. can't wait to see you next weekend.
dear weheartit, thanks for providing me with some fabulous photographs.
dear readers, thanks for being wonderful. i love reading all of your amazing comments. i wish i can send you all a gift for being fantastic
I am trying to remain positive but there are a few things that really irk me some days. Like today. I am studying to be an Elementary Education teacher. And I love it. I love working with kids. Since I was in the 4th grade all I've wanted to do was be a teacher. I've never wanted anything more in my entire life. So it really makes me mad when I come across people in the education department who don't really care about teaching. For example, Today this girl in my class said "I hate school, so I don't know why I want to be teacher. I mean I really like little kids. But I'm hoping to meet the rich guy of my dreams, marry him and not have to work." Are you kidding me?? If you don't want to be a teacher, get the heck out of my way. You are taking up the seat in the classes I can't get into. The classes I need in order to graduate, in order to have my dream job. And I feel so bad for the students who get stuck with teachers who don't want to teach, the ones who think it's just a paycheck. I wish I could hit people like this.
Are you Literate? Obviously you are in reading, or else you would have no idea what this says. Being literate in a certain area is defined as being proficient in the area. In one of my classes this week we discussed being literate in many different ways. There are so many types of literacy. And we have to come with 3 literacy's and complete a project on them. Not hard right? Wrong.
I'm not literate in anything! There are some people who spend their whole life dancing, playing a sport, speaking different languages, etc. My whole life has been about education, furthering my education, learning about education, and working with kids. That's it. So how am I supposed to do this project? Sigh. What are you literate in or a master at?
In one of my classes last week we learned that we need to teach children that it is okay to fail. I think that is not only an important lesson for children but something I need to remember as an adult. It is okay for me to fail, as long as I don't give up. Sometimes it is important to fail. When I fail, I can learn from my mistakes and often I come across a better opportunity. I'm not saying you should always fail, but when you do, don't stress about it. I think if people always succeeded then they would be spoiled, ungrateful people. We need a little failure to keep us humble. What do you think?