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Stolen from a few people...

The Assumption Game

How to Play:
- Comment below with an assumption that you make about me
- And I will reply with whether it’s true or false.

If you don't want to play? Tell me one thing you're grateful for this week!
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So [livejournal.com profile] rejeneration had a great idea where she gave me a number and I have to give that many facts about myself so let's do this thing. The number she gave me was six! If you'd like to participate, gimme a holler :)

1. I teach in a GT academy where the kids shock me with their combination of intelligence and thick-headedness on a daily basis haha

2. I moved to America when I was 4 and consider myself American, though people always do a double take when I mention I was born in Africa ;) [I still have family there!]

3. I lost almost 80 pounds at one point, but had since gained half of it back :/ Time to wrangle up some of that self control again! [Partly because I snowballed in a downward spiral after Dad's passing and partly because I got too cocky and started eating everything in excess]

4. I have become obsessed with Criminal Minds lately and really want my own Derek Morgan lol - or even Garcia ;) I'm almost done with S9. I gave up at the end of season 8. It is giving me some weird dreams though haha

5. I love make up but suck at putting it on but spend money on it anyway! It's so pretty [Ipsy is like getting a birthday present every month!]

6. I am a huge hoarder. My room is full of stuff I probably don't need and can't resist buying more of anyway ;) See number 5 lol

I'm headed to Minnesota tomorrow morning and man the forecast means it's going to be HELLA COLD.
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So at my rambling post, [livejournal.com profile] billysgirl5 asked me If you could travel anywhere, no matter the cost or anything else, where would it be and why?

This is so difficult to answer so I'm going to go with a cop out answer - a world tour. I've always wanted to visit different parts of the world and do different things (mainly eat all sorts of food) so if I had all the money? I'd just do a global hop - hit each continent, some more than once. I want to see the beauty of Iceland, the volcanoes and beaches of Hawaii, the amazing New Zealand, the historical Rome, the cultural Greece - all of it. I'd definitely want to do a fangirl hop to - visit all you lovely people all over the world!

Sorry J, for that terrible answer ;)

AND OF COURSE J2 HUNG OUT TOGETHER THIS LABOR DAY WEEKEND.

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I realized I never got to rambling about tips for new teachers in my last post for [livejournal.com profile] ash48! Sorry, love. (Want togive me a topic to ramble about?)

1. Don't try to be perfect. You can't do it all and don't try to! Don't compare yourself to teachers that SEEM perfect. Be yourself and do things that work for you and your classroom
2. Be confident, even if things aren't going your way. Teachers have a tendency to think on their feet, but be confident in what you're doing.
3. Get to know the staff - the ones to avoid (those negative Nancy's are usually hanging out at the back of staff meetings or in the teachers lounge, play nice but don't listen!) and the ones to hang out with (the ones that are happy about being there and are proactive)
4. Focus on the KIDS. Does what you're doing work for THEM? The coolest sounding lesson may fall flat because it doesn't work for the students. The amount of testing etc you think you have to do? Find a way to work around it a little so you don't overwhelm them. Do you REALLY need to do that hw assignment? Think about helping them learn.
5. YouTube is your friend - from content to engagement strategies to raps about your subject
6. Listen to teachers around you - just because you're new doesn't mean you know it all
7. Build relationships with parents and actually listen to them. You have their babies and they're protective. Admit it if you're wrong and always work WITH them to come up with solutions
8. Be proactive whenever you can - especially after you've been evaluated. Work on what they critiqued you on.
9. Overplan. Seriously. And actually spend TIME doing it - not bs plans. Do NOT wing it. I'm still struggling with this.
10. Stay organized. Always. Have a place for everything and make sure your students know it. The more you have routines, the more your class will run like a well oiled machine.
11 and probably most important. ENJOY your kids. Build relationships with them. Learn at LEAST 2 things about each one and talk to them. Pick 4-5 a day and pay extra attention to them so you can get them all that week. Take what they're interested in and build it in your lesson. Your job? It's about them. It's about getting them engaged and learning. Your class might be the only safe place they've got. OR you might be the only adult that listens. YOU want to be the teacher they remember with fondness.

:) Hope that helps, Ash!
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So [livejournal.com profile] ash48 asked me to ramble about teaching in my post where you give me a topic to ramble about. She also said tips for new teachers.

Teaching is a double edged sword for me. I've wanted to do it since I was little but now that I'm IN it, I don't know if it's what I want to do with my life. I love some aspects of it - the people you work with, the wealth of knowledge, making connections with kids, summer holidays, the creativity aspect, getting to decorate my classroom and create things for it. I dislike some aspects of it - the pressure from everyone, the discipline issues, grading, being at a loss for when kids don't get it.

I procrastinate a lot and I was going through my stuff and my first ever supervisor mentioned to my principal that preparation was my weak point - and it still is! I just don't know how to get over that hump.

There's so many key points that go into teaching - lesson planning, accommodations for those with special needs, differentiating, engaging kids, assigning hw, grading them, looking at tests, replanning based on how they did, reteaching, and that doesn't include the professional developments, talking to parents, and having meetings. It's A LOT.

I feel like I'm not good at it. My classroom environment is awesome, the kids like being there because it's personal, and I know most of the kids like ME because I try to create those relationships, but idk if I'm an EFFECTIVE teacher. Am I giving them the skills they need to succeed in the future? I hope so. I try to teach them kindness in my class, use that as a big part of who I am and what they should be, so is that coming off to them? Just, it's all these things that are constantly going through my mind.

This will be my 5th year and it's going to be the biggest challenge yet. I'm going to do a couple of different things this year that I hope you can help me with.
1. I thought of this earlier and saw [livejournal.com profile] wendy was doing it, and that cemented that I should do it - write down 2-3 happy things each day. I need to find the happiness in what I've done. I CAN list a negative, but only 1. Just so I can reflect how to change and not obsess.
2. Reflect on my lessons - what went well and what didn't
3. Change my MINDSET. I need to think positive and well and hopefully the day goes that way
4. Build relationships with parents more. They've always been there but I haven't REALLY interacted with them
5. Develop friendships with the staff so creative ideas can flow
6. At school focus on SCHOOL. No more social media/fic/etc while on my break - be productive about it
7. Get my crap done BEFORE school starts the next day. No last minute copies, hastily checking pinterest etc
8. At home focus on HOME. BE with my family, talk to them!
9. Focus on my religion. Take 20 minutes every morning to focus on my relationship with God.
10. Make to do lists that work - separate them day by day rather than one long list - and actually try to get each thing done.

Basically, stop being so damn lazy haha. Hopefully with all this I can find more enjoyment in my job. And if I'm still unsatisfied, find something else to do. SIGH. Wish life were easier!

Damn that was a long post. If you got through that, KUDOS ♥♥♥
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So [livejournal.com profile] wendy asked how I take my coffee in my post where you give me a topic to ramble about.

Short answer - sweet and creamy.

Rambling answer? It depends.

Starbucks or any coffee place: Skinny mocha or Marble mocha, non fat milk, 1 pump white choc 2 pumps skinny mocha
McDonald's: Medium sugar free vanilla iced coffee
Home: Milk with instant coffee and sugar
Brewed at home: I have a Keurig and bought this Gevalia mocha ground coffee and pair it with flavored creamer. My favorite at the moment is salted caramel mocha. YUM.

I drink way more coffee now than I ever have before haha

Speaking of coffee, see my awesome mug here. I could resist no longer.
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Where My Demons Hide by [livejournal.com profile] ash48
It's woven in my soul, I need to let you go....
Amazing.

Also, I clearly failed my OWN challenge. I realized on the 2nd and so I'll push it back to September instead *facepalm*

How about instead, since I still need to remain active here, if you want to hear me ramble on about anything on any day, let me know?
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tagged by [livejournal.com profile] dodger_sister:

When you get this you have to say 5 nice things about yourself publicly, then tag 10 of your friends!

1. I like to do things for other people and love when they appreciate it.
2. I love my eyes - they're brown, but have this hint of lighter color to them.
3. I am generous towards my family and friends - if they want it, I'll try to get it - whatever it may be
4. I am usually responsible. People count on me and I try my best to follow through.
5. I have good taste in things and don't let brands make the decision for me :)

I tag [livejournal.com profile] wendy, [livejournal.com profile] matalinolukaret, [livejournal.com profile] elless18, [livejournal.com profile] dolnmoon, [livejournal.com profile] fiercelynormal, [livejournal.com profile] dephigravity, [livejournal.com profile] enchanted_jae, [livejournal.com profile] raloria, [livejournal.com profile] keyweegirlie, [livejournal.com profile] big_heart_june
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My last entry for [livejournal.com profile] billysgirl5 for the January Meme.

She asked if you could go anywhere, no matter the cost or anything else, where would it be and why?

Umm, I'm going to go with 2 answers. 1 is the religious one, I want to go to Hajj, the pilgrimage to the sacred city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia (wiki version) because it's crazy expensive. The second is a world tour haha. No, if I had to pick one place it'd be New Zealand. I've always heard amazing things about it, and I've ALWAYS wanted to see Australia and I really just want to travel EVERYWHERE, but yeah that's at the top.

Hope you've enjoyed a little more insight into me! It's been an awesome month revealing some things about myself and rambling on haha

(My February Picture Meme is still open!)
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So [livejournal.com profile] sassy_cissa asked me about the one blog/website I check daily for the January Meme

Besides my e-mail, it's probably Pinterest. Tumblr sometimes, but yeah I'm hooked on Pinterest. SO MANY PRETTY PICTURES.
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So [livejournal.com profile] locknkey asked me how I got into SPN fandom for the january meme

I first started to delve into fic a little bit (J2 fic) by [livejournal.com profile] annella and she and [livejournal.com profile] frances_veritas would continually post about it. It was mid-season 2. My first episode was Roadkill. I ADORED Sam and was ehh about Dean bc of the way he acted with the chick. But then. Heart. Oh man, my heart was gone with that episode haha. I started from Season 1, INHALED it (while I was in my freshman year of college *facepalm*) and yeah, that's my story haha. Then became obsessed and fell in love with the boys and the show.
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I missed yesterday's entry for the January Meme for [livejournal.com profile] billysgirl5 who asked me for my favorite food and drink.

Umm, this varies on the day hahha

I do love Dr Pepper any time. I also like strawberry lemonade (extra strawberry!)

Food-wise, again, depends on the day. Lasagna, most Italian, chicken tikka, makhni chicken, bombay ranch pizza, alfredo pizza, almost all things with sugar, cotton candy, spinach dip, broccoli cheese casserole, omg the list is endless haha

Clearly, I indulge more than I should *facepalm*

No good answer for this, sorry lol
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So today's post from the is from [livejournal.com profile] the_milky_way who asked Teen Wolf. Talk about anything you want: like, dislike, OTP ;)

Okay so I'm going to preface this by saying that a lot of what I love/adore/etc is brought upon by peer pressure or essentially I am EASILY swayed by other people's thoughts and ideas. It's a problem. (Ex: I always loved Scott, but started to hate him JUST a little bit because a few fics I read really delved into the betrayal of Scott to Stiles and Derek in S2 re: Gerard)

I recently really got into TW. I had watched it since Season 1, but ngl, the growth of Stile's hair made him uber desirable (on more than a personality level, bc I always loved him, but made him into a 'hot damn he's hot' - I never claimed not to be shallow) and thus propelled me into fandom. This past summer got me super into Tyler Hoechlin/Dylan O'Brien - esp. after watching the comic con interview with them (reference here) and yeah. THEN, I realized there was a WHOLE TON of Stiles/Derek fic and yeah, game over. I've been reading them NON STOP. It's a problem in that I've been reading fic and not getting any real work stuff done haha

Okay, I like that the writing is usually pretty awesome - the characterizations of Stiles and Scott's relationship has always been a fave. I love the idea of Scott/Allison and Stiles/Derek. Isaac, I've kinda adored because of fanon rather than canon (does anyone else have moments of: is this canon or fanon?!). Umm I don't like that Derek is ALWAYS suffering - it's like the show's creator seriously hates him. Can we just give him SOME happiness? Like how hard would it have been to just keep Laura alive. Seriously. Anyway, I like it for the most part, just small things here and there methinks. And seriously, it's come a long way since the first season wherein I just tolerated it hahahah
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for the january meme, [livejournal.com profile] sassy_cissa asked me what my favorite book is.

Obvious choice is Harry Potter series (the first one in particular). I loved that series - first fandom, first obsession, first fic, all of it. I loved getting lost in a world of magic. I love the feeling of the book in my hands, the pages worn as I had read them over and over again. I loved the elation within me when the new ones would come out. All of it.

Beyond that, I in general love chick-lit-ish that has humor within it (Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella? AWESOME). I like to read young adult novels a lot (The Fault in Our Stars by John Green? AMAZING. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen? A FAVE.)

But yeah, idk, I just like well written books. If we're going to go with classics, though, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Giver, and The Outsiders are prob my top 3 (omg the Giver is being made into a MOVIE!!!)
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first off, thanks go out to [livejournal.com profile] fiercelynormal for this icon. JENSEN WAS FIXING JENSEN'S TIE AND JARED'S ALL CHILL. fsldkfjslkdfj ugh I love them so much.

Anyway, today's january meme inspired entry is from [livejournal.com profile] billysgirl5 who asked for my biggest pet peeve.

Unfortunately, I have a lot. But my main 2 are unnecessary putting down of people and jealousy for stupid things

My sis has the latter and is always 'woe is me, why does she have that and I don't' grrrr.

The first one is prevalent everywhere, but really in my school. The students don't realize that the crap they say hurts someone. 'Gay' is not allowed in my presence at ALL because it's always used in a derogatory way and the kids know that. If they say something mean or do something mean, they get a look from me, and are told to apologize. It's a small thing I can do, but I do what I can to let them know it's not okay.
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hee, 18th for [livejournal.com profile] elless18 for the January Meme.

She asked me What's your first memory and how old were you?

Man, I don't even KNOW. My memory is spotty at best - last week is a struggle some days, let me tell you.

Okay so this is a SUPER random one. I was six and had been back in Kenya for the first time since moving to the US. My mom and I went first because her mom was super sick (bed ridden) and so I had been there for about two weeks before my dad and my sister arrived (she had school). Anyway, so they arrived that day and I held my dad's hand and he trailed after me as I introduced him to everyone - whom he obviously knew, being married to my mom for YEARS. But all I remember is me pointing out each person and proudly telling my dad who they were as my dad greeted them.

LOL Sorry L, if you were hoping for something else. I can't remember my earliest memory - everything is super fragmented.
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[livejournal.com profile] locknkey asked me about my biggest accomplishment for the january meme.

I was going to go with graduating college and securing a real job, but I feel like it's an accomplishment, but not my BIGGEST. I don't think I've actually achieved my biggest accomplishment yet. I would want my biggest accomplishment to be the moment I've figured out how I'm happy - or in a job that truly inspires me. All I've wanted for the past 4 years is to figure out what I'm meant to do. I have realized that teaching isn't for me, maybe in small doses, but not whole class. I love a lot of aspects of it, but I can't deal with everyone being on different levels and the disrespect thing, nu uh.

So yeah, haven't had my biggest accomplishment yet, but I'll get there. Life's a journey after all, to be cliche!
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For the January Meme, [livejournal.com profile] enchanted_jae asked me the joys and frustrations of modding a comm/fest

Okay I mod a few comms, but I haven't done any fests (omg you people are SAINTS btw)

[livejournal.com profile] spnnewsletter - easy bc I've got an AWESOME team. Can get a bit frustrating based on crazy comments or entries when I'm coding or weird requests, but super cool
[livejournal.com profile] dailyjsquared - sigh, I'm a failure at this one haha. Part of it is that most pics are just con pics and I don't think there are as many EVENT things and such now you know? Not that I don't ADORE any and all J2 pics, but I forget to do it every day and idk if I have enough pics and such
[livejournal.com profile] notjustroomates - it was awesome to start, and has just become another j2 comm, that I don't even know if people post at. The enthusiasm and participation was low and thus it's just hanging around :/
[livejournal.com profile] collidefics - fic comm, wish I posted more cause I wanna finish things *facepalm*
[livejournal.com profile] comment_away - dead :/
[livejournal.com profile] hd_fluff - the one Jae wanted to know about haha. I like this comm because there's always participation, it's super casual, and I get to mod it with Jae - keeping in touch with my Harry/Draco side!

So I don't mind modding, because I've had it pretty easy. The joys are simple - awesome things produced. The frustrations are easy to get over (mainly they are time things because I'm usually a punctual person and when certain things don't happen aka prompts and pics posted not on time, it causes a weird thing in my belly. I've learned to get over that though and just roll with it)

hahah this wasn't supposed to get that long.
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At the January Meme [livejournal.com profile] billysgirl5 asked me my all time favorite movie.


Umm...I don't have one? I adore many movies - bollywood and english alike - and like different things in each one. Bollywood might be the family ones (Hum Saath Saath Hain, Hum Apke Hain Kaun, Kal Ho Na Ho, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, throw in Dostana and Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na with some Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and 3 Idiots thrown in). English is anything with humor, romance, and some action. I LOVE Superhero movies (Marvel ones in particular, sorry Batman, ilu but Iron Man is my faaaaaaave) but I also love RomComs.

So. There is no ONE favorite movie. I like lots. hahahah, sorry man!
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From the January Meme, [livejournal.com profile] dugindeep asked me my top 5 J2 moments.

This was an evil question, and I'm not surprised it came from you, Ms. A. So...I cheated.

My top 5 Jared and Jensen moments - warning: image heavy )

And if you want more J2 love: Jared and Jensen's Epic Bromance

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