I want to start off by saying Happy Birthday to my grandpa. This is the first birthday he isn’t here on this earth to celebrate, but I bet he’s having one great party up there.
Hello again, everyone! It’s the day before the day before the weekend…hooray! 🙂
I had another pretty good week last week, so I’ll just jump right in to Meghan’s Week in Review. Head on over to her site for more WiR fun!
This past week…
- I spent two mornings at the high school in which I’ll be student teaching. I talked more with my coordinating teachers about plans and classes for next year, and I’m getting more excited to start. Both of them are just so nice, and from the looks of it (I read syllabi and observed a few hours), I really like their teaching styles. They have yet to work out my schedule, but it looks like I’ll be teaching at least one Mythology course (an elective for seniors) and a few Honors American lit classes (for sophomores).
- While there, I also got some summer reading. I never thought I’d have a teacher hand me a Bible! 😉 I’m supposed to go through these books, take notes for myself, and then also look at spots that 10th graders would have trouble with. Gladly!
- Over the weekend, I did a lot of relaxing and made progress on a few books. I’ve been reading The Great Gatsby on my Kindle, and then I started Of Mice and Men. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have noticed Ella was with me during most of my reading.
- I cut up the first watermelon of the year, and it perfumed the entire house for a little while. That is probably the best smell of summer.
- I continued perfecting my Green Tea Lemonade recipe. I’m going to give it one more try to triple check the recipe, and hopefully I’ll be able to share it soon!
- Dan took me on a really cool date a few days ago. We often find it difficult to go on dates that are both inexpensive and different/fun, so this one was especially great.
The Grand Rapids Public Museum is currently home to a Titanic exhibit (I think we have it for a few more months) that I had really been wanting to see. So, the other day, Dan and I drove downtown to see it finally. I hadn’t been to the museum in a very long time, so that in of itself was kind of cool. (Plus, buying tickets for the Titanic exhibit gave us general admission to the rest of the museum, which we explored a bit after.)
I wasn’t allowed to take pictures inside, but the exhibit was really great. When you arrived, you got an “I.D. card” with the name of a person who was actually on the Titanic, as well as a little bio. My person was from Cornwall, which is actually where some of my family is from!. 🙂 At the end, you looked at the lists to see if you survived. The woman I had survived, but her husband did not.
Overall, the exhibit was really well done. I was a bit of a Titanic buff when I was younger, so I had seen a lot of the pictures before and knew a lot of the information that was shared, but I’d say it is definitely worth a trip.
- After that, Dan and I went out to lunch, and then to a local winery for cider tasting. Dan found a Groupon which included four 5-oz. samples for each of us, plus a growler of our favorite at the end, for only $14. Too cool.
I have loved cider ever since I first came across it in England, so this was just perfect. From the left, there was raspberry, original (apple), peach, and cherry. We talked with one of the owners for about an hour during the tasting, and it was just a nice time.
In the end, we got the raspberry cider for the growler. It was Dan’s favorite (mine was the peach, but they were all good).
- On a much darker note, I saw probably the worst thing I’ve ever seen yesterday. I watched a deer get hit by a car – and it was still alive after. That’s as much detail as I’ll get into, but it was horrible. I was bawling through the rest of the drive, and I’ve been quite shaken up since.
- My mom successfully helped cheer me up yesterday by listening to Disney music in the car later that day. We also drove past the place where it happened, and I didn’t see the poor thing. There’s a vet’s office right near by, so I’m hoping someone called them and got it taken car of. Still, I’ve had a hard time shaking that image.
- To end on a positive note, yesterday, I visited with my grandma for a bit, and learned a bit of my family history. I have a beautiful leather-bound book that I want to fill out with that information, so I went over there and looked through old pictures and an extremely old family Bible with her. It was really fascinating. We traced back as far as my great-great-grandparents. I was writing down birthdays from the 1860s! It made me want to go to England and Ireland and trace my family history some more. I wonder if I’m related to anyone famous…
So that is my week in review. Like I said, overall, it was another great week. Now I’m off to the kitchen to whip up some goodies…I’ve been in the baking mood all day and I think it’s time I address it. 😉
I hope you’re having a great Thursday!
Questions for the day:
What was your favorite book in high school? Did you like your English classes?
Are you fascinated with a certain event or time in history?
How do you get bad images out of your mind?
What’s your family heritage? (I’m English, Irish, German, and Dutch.)
Are you related to anyone “famous”?