Thursday, August 12, 2010

Guillermo Garcia Gomez

Let me take a minute here to introduce my beautiful Chihuahua puppy, Guillermo. He will be nine months old on August 27th. He is fully bred and the cutest puppy in the world. Nick and I got him when he was only six weeks old, and about the size of the palm of your hand. This picture to the left is one taken on the day we brought him home from Triple Creek Kennels in Bethel, OH. His name comes from Weeds, the HBO series. One of the drug lords that Nancy Botwin has to contend with in season three is called Guillermo Garcia Gomez. How fitting for a Chihuahua. ;)

Guillermo is a great puppy. He was pretty much potty trained when we got him. But he was so small that we had to keep him in a little pen at night and during the day. Of course, being an animal lover, it KILLED me every time I left him for school or work and heard his little baby cry. Eventually, Nick and I gave in and let him out of the pen at night to sleep with us (even though we know it's not recommended!) It's funny how when something so small and fragile is in the bed, you sleep a lot lighter!

Since he was a baby he has learned lots. He can sit, give us both paws, lay down and roll over. He knows he gets a treat for going potty in the right place (on the pad or outside) and he always follows the rules. Unfortunately, still being a Chihuahua, he gets so excited when he sees someone new or for the first time and he tinkles everywhere. He also LOVES to bark at every sound. For such a small dog, he has a huge voice. But we can't really get angry with him. He's too cute. He loves to play with his cat brother, T Bone. T Bone is Nick's roommate's cat, and while he's about twice as big as Guillermo, and has the capacity to be a lot meaner, he is very gentle with the puppy. That's saying a lot considering Guillermo can be a huge bully.

Nick and I always talk about how lucky we are to have such a pretty and well behaved Chihuahua. He really is such a wonderful dog, and he loves us so much. And we love him! I will leave you with a few pictures of him, new and old.

xoxo Stephanie

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Entertainment Galore!

So. Sex and the City. First of all, my lovely friend Niki took me out to see it at the Danbarry Dollar Saver theatre. That being said, and thinking only of the movie itself, minus the numerous shots with boom mikes and screens and random people’s arms and other such ridiculousness, it was fantastic. Of course, I would love to see it again without all of the distraction (read: smelly theatre, weird, off center screen, random scrolling numbers and other business appearing on occasion) and really pay attention to the movie. Such a guilty pleasure should not be muddled with so many random things! I wouldn’t give it an A+, especially not compared to the actual show, or even the first movie, but considering all the stinky things I heard about it, I quite enjoyed it.

I will admit, though, that it has prompted me to do a bit of research about where the Danbarry Dollar Saver gets their films….

In other news, I have made a new friend! Danielle Hampton, over at Sometimes Sweet has agreed to send me a few syllabi and teaching documents to help out with the impending student teaching (which reminds me, only 3 more days of summer. Sad face!) Danielle’s blog is so much fun, and I encourage my (hopefully eventual) readers to check her out by clicking here! She is so sweet and helpful and is sending me over some info on an idea she posted about a while back about book clubs for the kids in her classroom. I remember being really interested, but of course too chicken to actually ask about it. If you get into her blog, beware, she has LOTS of readers. But don’t get discouraged! She’s great. I can tell already!

I popped into work today to return some movies I rented, and while I was there, I picked up the first season of Hung.

It’s an HBO series that I have been hearing about lately and I want to check it out. I’m planning on watching an episode or two in the next few days, so I’ll get back about how it turns out.

In other news, Nick and I have been addicted (interesting choice of words if I do say so myself) to Breaking Bad.

It’s a show set in New Mexico about a chemistry teacher, Mr. White, with lung cancer who enlists the help of a former student, Jesse, to combine his access to various chemistry supplies and Jesse’s street knowledge to take over the meth scene in their town. We’re about to start watching season three, and I am really excited!

Okay, maybe now it's time for bed. Good night!


Tuesday, August 10, 2010


It's been a rough time with friends lately, but the ones that I love the most have managed to stay super close to me, and I, to them, over the last few months. However, I have discovered that there are a few people in my life that are toxic at times. What do you do when someone in your family is not a good friend, and sometimes not a good person? It has become difficult to be around this person because I can often think of how much I do not want to be like them. I hate feeling this way about someone who will be in my life forever. I hate having negative feelings towards anything, really. I guess I just have to decide what is important to me and how I want to live my life, and if this person fits in that equation then they are welcome to join me. Right?

On the other hand, my best friend, Lauren, has come back into my life in a positive way after a few (or more than a few!) months of distance. We talked things through in a really productive way that I am absolutely proud of and I can't wait to get together more.

Secondly, after reading a few posts over at my friend Morgan's blog, Blackbird Fly, I have really started to be honest with myself about teaching. For about a year now, since we have been introduced into real classrooms settings, I have been questioning whether or not this is the right thing for me to do. This entry is the second place I have admitted this worry. I finally talked to Nick about it last night via text, so not as thoroughly as I would like. I realize that any profession comes with a certain amount of work that one might not look forward to, even if they are completely ecstatic about their path. However, I have come to dread going into a classroom. I have yet to discover whether this is because of the setting I have been introduced to (guest teacher rather than fixture) or because this really is the wrong decision for me. I have deduced that I will stick it out (at least through student teaching and maybe even my first year) to see if this is really what I want to do. My fears are similar to Morgan's, though. Have I wasted four years of my life and thousands and thousands of dollars? Let's hope not...

Anyways, on a more positive note, I am going to finally see Sex and the City 2 tonight.

I am a new fan of this series, and have recently watched all of the seasons and the first movie. Call it a guilty pleasure, but I live for girly, silly stories. I'll be back later to let you know what I thought!


Welcome! To me!

Welcome to my new blog. I decided that the one over at LiveJournal was riddled with posts that came from a harder time in my life and I needed a change!

SO, the things in my life.

I have such a great life right now. A completely FANTASTIC boyfriend, Nick; a BEAUTIFUL Chihuahua baby, Guillermo; and so many, many wonderful friends.

My birthday just passed, and I got an Amazon Kindle from my parents and boyfriend.

In one and a half weeks, I have read four and a half books. I have gotten really into Gemma Townley lately, and have read three of her books already. I am currently on the third book in a series by her.

Just your average British chick lit. It doesn't take a lot of concentration or effort to read and is amusing and entertaining. Much like one of my favorites, Sophie Kinsella. She wrote the Shopaholic series, which is one of the best. ;) Not your typical high school English teacher reads, I suppose, but still fun!

Next week I start my first full time teaching experience as a student teacher at one of our local public high schools. A little intimidating! Numerous updates as it progresses...!