Monday, March 26, 2012

be present

The past couple days have been beautiful and warm outside.  We've taken Ponce on nice long walks and yesterday I sat outside while reading a magazine and drinking ice water.  I'm loving it!  This month is about to be busy with school dance concerts and final projects and papers, but I'm going to do my best to remain calm and present in the moment.  I'm much happier when I note that to myself.

Hello summery spring!

01.  Danna Ray  02.  unknown

Sunday, March 25, 2012

spring break

The break has come and gone too quickly. Though I am thankful to have a break at all - during the last 2 years working full time jobs, spring break does not exist. Honestly, sometimes I'd rather be working again instead of in school again. Isn't 18 years of schooling enough!? Things in this country seem to be changing to the format of college as the 2nd high school. Very strange. Now you have to get a master's degree or doctorate to make yourself more knowledgable and marketable. I also feel like a decent amount of what i'm learning in graduate school should have been covered (or at least touched upon) in my undergraduate work, but was not. Why? I think it is so standard now for many to attend college after high school that the rigor of standard college programs is diminishing. Colleges are focusing on income rather than education.  For example, in not even one year of grad school I have already read more related books/articles and done more homework/projects than I did in four years of undergrad work in the same field. I have vowed to myself that if... no, WHEN I secure a position teaching in higher education, I will seek to have my students learn and grow in a more rigorous manner. I do not mean to imply that reading more books automatically means you are learning more, but it does open up more topics for discussion and ways of understanding.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

1/3 done

I have been slacking on my March posts! My second semester of graduate school is more than half over now. Crazy and wonderful! I'm learning great things and I love most of my classes... but I did enjoy being out in the working world before I went back to school. Only 2 more years after this semester! And time is flying quite quickly actually.

Tomorrow is my first choreography showing of a solo I made for an undergraduate at school. She is an awesome dancer and this is my favorite piece I've made so far. I can't wait to show it! We are using "Mad Rush" by Phillip Glass for music. Love the song!
Spring break is this next week. I'm ready for a vacation! Too bad I couldn't go back to Switzerland. I found this photo on Flickr (craftydogma) and I SWEAR it is the exact place we were at in Switzerland when I went with a band in 2003. Cool!
We will be going to good ole Oklahoma for several days to visit families and relax for spring break. We miss OKC!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

new routine

Austin has been working hard at his great new job in OKC! Unfortunately we've had to get used to new schedules. Our friendly neighbor comes by to check on our pets a couple days a week (when I'm super busy) and Austin gets to help take care of my brother & sis-in-law's dog, Pete :) I've also started staying up a lot later than normal. Oh well. We do make the most of our weekends. One weekend we had a backyard picnic and I made a delicious new cookie recipe:

Salted Caramel Coconut Thumbprint Cookies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat together 3 sticks unsalted BUTTER and 1 cup SUGAR with a mixer until fluffy. Beat in 1 1/2 tsp VANILLA extract. Gradually add 3 1/2 cup all-purpose FLOUR, 1/2 tsp SALT, and beat to combine. Press dough together and roll into 1 1/4" balls. Dip each ball in beaten EGG (recipe calls for 2, you could probably just use 1) and roll in COCONUT flakes. Place on parchment-lined baking sheets and press an indentation in the center with your thumb. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove and re-press thumbprints. Bake an additional 8-10 minutes until golden. Place 40 Kraft CARAMELS and 6 tbsp HEAVY CREAM in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth. Spoon into thumb indentations and sprinkle (while warm) with flaky SEA SALT.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

mr. conner

This man is a high school teacher now:

Finding a teaching position in a public school is fairly difficult in Texas, especially if you're from out of state and are right out of college without previous experience. At the end of the 2010-2011 school year DFW schools laid off tons of teachers... so he has to compete with hundreds of applicants (with experience) in every Texas job he applies for. Luckily, Austin kept his options open and he found, applied, interviewed, and got the exact type of teaching position he was hoping for ... in Oklahoma. Last week he started teaching technology classes for grades 9-12 at a school in Oklahoma City. From what I hear he is doing pretty awesome so far. I wish I could see him in action :) It is tough being apart 5 days a week (luckily our brothers both live in the area so he has a place to stay!)... but he is doing what he has wanted to do and I can tell he enjoys his job. I am so proud of him!
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