Monday, September 23, 2013

Weekend Update

I am finally doing a weekend update on a Monday!  Never mind the fact that it isn't technically from this past weekend.  Let's just move on from that, shall we?

I have no idea what is going on with me, because I am rarely sick, but, man...I am down and out.  Feels like a serious cold with some sort of sinus infection going on.  I actually had to stay home from student teaching today which I hate doing, but I know I would have passed this on to my kids and cooperating teachers.  I have been out of it most of the day, but finally got a bit of energy to try and write this out.

A few weeks ago, to kick off the beginning of the NFL season, Joel, me, and some of our friends got together and participated in the NFL Run Series here in St. Louis.  It was a 5K, but probably the coolest 5K I've done, as a football fan.  We finished the race on the 50 yard line of the Rams Stadium, and an announcer called out your name as you finished.  SO cool!  Here are some pics from the day.

The next day we went to the Rams game to cheer them on.  Thanks to the race, we were able to get $5 tickets to the game.  Not the best seats in the house, but hey, they were more than worth their $5.  We also went to my favorite breakfast spot in St. Louis, Rooster.  Do yourself a favor and eat there if you ever get the opportunity.  I can't say enough good things, so I'll let the pictures talk for themselves.

It was a blast hanging out with friends, and hey, the Rams won!  That's what I call a successful weekend.  And the Dolphins are 3-0!  My Indy weekend recap with the Phins game will appear before too long.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Dreams do come true!!

So, guys...remember a month or so ago when I posted this picture?  Where I actually got to meet (quickly) Tackle Jake Long (former and always in my heart Miami Dolphins)?

Well, it got better.  Jake now plays for the STL Rams, and the team did a pretty awesome thing for our troops.  They came on base and did a scrimmage with a few military folks, and then stuck around for pictures and autographs.  I wore my Dolphins jersey, and amidst the boos from the Rams fans, got his autograph and a pretty awesome photo with him.  Dream.  Come.  True.  I've never met any current or former fins players, so I felt extremely fortunate.  Thanks to the Rams and Jake for making many a dream come true that day.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Thursday Weekend Update!

Gosh, I am so behind on updates.  And responding to comments.  But I promise I will, guys!  I love getting them, so keep them coming.

So, a few weeks ago, I had a total 80s moment.  Guess who I saw in concert?  Kenny Loggins!  Oh, and it was epic.  He sang Danger Zone, Footloose, and even Pooh Corner!  We had front row seats, and Kenny totally came out into the audience, grabbed my hand, and sang to me.  I know, right?  If I was just a few (umm...20) years older, I would have totally swooned.  It was pretty cool, but I think a few of the ladies were jealous when they came over and told me I'd better never wash my hand again.  Pretty cool evening!

We also went to the MO History Museum to see a traveling NFL Hall of Fame exhibit.  Even though Dan the Man (Marino, of course) wasn't there, it was still pretty neat.  They had a recall booth that we got to practice in, and there was lots of memorabilia that was pretty awesome to see.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Weekend Recap, Way Behind

Even though I am crazy busy working and teaching during the week, I have been trying to make the most of my weekends.  A few weekends ago, I went to go see Rascal Flatts and The Band Perry with a good friend of mine.  It was an amazing concert, and even though I've seen RF in concert before, they just keep getting better and better.  I'll just let the pictures do the talking.


Joel and I also went to St. Louis Downtown Restaurant Week and tried out a new place, Lola.  Lola is right downtown, and is a mix of creole/Cajun type food.  Restaurant week offers a three course meal, and I decided to go with the Caesar Salad, which was honestly the best salad I have ever had (the croutons were homemade garlic bread pieces and the freshly grated parmesan cheese was to die for), the chicken and waffles, which was also the best C&W I have ever, ever had (they even make their own maple butter sauce that will literally make you drool), and bread pudding, which was also pretty decent!  The wait staff was also super friendly, and I am already planning our next return.  Joel got the gumbo and cheesecake, and was also pretty darn pleased with his meal.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Still here, I think

Wow, it's been a crazy couple of weeks.  I am officially one eighth of the way done with student teaching already.  How did that happen?  Also, who decided it would be a good idea to work while I am doing it?  Gosh, I'm getting everything done because, ell, I have to...but, I forgot how dang hard working so many hours plus all of my school requirements would be.  And hey, I'm not 22 anymore, so this old gal is going to be at around 9pm every night.

This school is challenging to say the least.  Unfortunately I can't share too many stories, but I am in an alternative high school for kids with emotional / behavioral disorders.  It's rough.  So challenging, yet so rewarding.  I'm only teaching two classes a day right now, but I am exhausted at the end of the school day (I'm still there all day, just only teaching two periods right now).

I swear I'll be a better blogger and schedule more posts, since I'm not doing a great job of "live" blogging during the week.  But, hang in there with me, guys.  Some of your kind words and comments really keep me going.  And I am also slowly trying to keep up with all of your blogs, as well.