30 April 2012

april photo a day recap

April Photo A Day Challenge from @fatmumslim is officially over.

I did it again. Still not 100% sure I'm gonna go for May. Here are the days for April.

And here are all of my pics from the month!

Linking up today with Savanah and Ashlee for phone photo fun Monday!

Are you planning on participating for May?

25 April 2012

yellow pinspiration

It's Wednesday, so it's time to link up with Michelle over at The Vintage Apple! You can follow me on Pinterest here.

This week's color pinspiration? Yellow!

What are you pinning on Pinterest? Please share!

24 April 2012

up up away

8 students + 3 teachers + competition + sight-seeing = FUN!

Chicago by Bart Heird, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivatives 2.0 License

Chicago here we come!

Hopefully we'll be returning with some nationals winners in our bunch!

23 April 2012

photo dump

Time to dump some photos from this past week. Some of these are from the April Photo A Day Challenge from @fatmumslim

1. Gotta get my 50 votes in for Phillip Phillips!
2. Flower of the fabric variety. Like it? Get it or one like it :)
3. We've been having some beautiful weather lately. Gorgeous!
4. Love my job. Love the projects my kids turn in. Annoyed by having to grade them? Yes...only because it takes so long! :)

5. Grow Faster by Essie. LOVE this stuff. Makes my nails stronger and they grow like lightening!
6. Storyboarding. I hate to do them, as do most of my students. However, they are insanely helpful when completing a project.
7. New obsession? I think so. Lemon Parfait is to die for...too bad Vera's retiring it!
8. Later this week I'm heading to Chicago. The weather there is quite a bit different than our 80s here in Texas!

Linking up today with Savanah and Ashlee for phone photo fun Monday!

20 April 2012

a peculiar book

This week I finished Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.


Synopsis from Amazon.com:
"A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows."

My review:
"Don't judge a book by it's cover."

"Looks can be deceiving."

There are many adjectives used in that amazon.com review of the book. Spine-tingling is definitely not one I would use to describe this book.

I was expecting a lot from this book. The images on the cover (both front and back) are creepy. The description sounded creepy good. Unfortunately the book just didn't deliver for me. I rated it as just "It's OK" on Goodreads (as many others did, the reviews over there are a lot more harsh than mine). I don't think I have rated a book that low yet. A few of the "twists" I already saw coming and the ending was just lackluster for me.

Anyone else read this book? What did you think of it?

I'm linking up with Heather and Megan for Book Club Friday.

18 April 2012

green pinspiration

It's Wednesday, so it's time to link up with Michelle over at The Vintage Apple! You can follow me on Pinterest here.

Let the color themes begin! This week it is green pinspiration!

polyvore via Lori on Pinterest

My favorite color had to be first :) What are you pinning on Pinterest? Please share!

16 April 2012

the starving activities

I'm a fan of sharing my kiddos work. This one I know you will enjoy...especially if you are a fan of Hunger Games!

For this project I had my Animation kids do a Choose Your Own Adventure type story/game. Remember those books from when you were young? I loved them.

choose your own adventure: the party by sushiesque, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 License

They had to use Adobe Flash to create everything and use interactive buttons so the reader could pick their way through the story. Today was the last day they had to work on them, but this student finished his on Friday so I can share it early :)


Isn't that hilarious?!? I'll post more later in the week!

13 April 2012

book club friday

I just finished Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler.

Synopsis of Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang from Amazon.com:
"Life doesn't get more hilarious than when Chelsea Handler takes aim with her irreverent wit. Who else would send all-staff emails to smoke out the dumbest people on her show? Now, in this new collection of original essays, the #1 bestselling author of Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea delivers one laugh-out-loud moment after another as she sets her sights on the ridiculous side of childhood, adulthood, and daughterhood. 

Family moments are fair game, whether it's writing a report on Reaganomics to earn a Cabbage Patch doll, or teaching her father social graces by ordering him to stay indoors. It's open season on her love life, from playing a prank on her boyfriend (using a ravioli, a fake autopsy, and the Santa Monica pier) to adopting a dog so she can snuggle with someone who doesn't talk. And everyone better duck for cover when her beach vacation turns into matchmaking gone wild. Outrageously funny and deliciously wicked, Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang"

My review:
I've read Chelsea's other books and have seen her show. If you haven't, please be forewarned that she is raunchy and inappropriate at times. That being said, she is also hilarious. While this book wasn't quite as funny as My Horizontal Life or Are You There Vodka? It's Me Chelsea, it definitely has its moments of hilarity.

This one includes a lot of stories that make her ex Ted (head of the E! network) look like a complete idiot and make her look completely crazy in the process. Poor guy. Tricking him into believing she accidentally killed a dog, that said dog then had to have an autopsy, and a dog funeral on Santa Monica Pier? I died while reading this chapter. Did I mention I was waiting to get my oil changed? I'm sure the people in the waiting room thought I was completely nuts!

I'd recommend it to anyone who is a Chelsea Handler fan.

I'm linking up with Heather and Megan for Book Club Friday.

What are you reading this week?

12 April 2012

it's back...(techno thursday)

I haven't done a technology Thursday post in a while, but I have a few apps I need to share.

I'm currently obsessed with these three.

Love this one! I know I went on and on about PicStitch in a previous post...While PicStitch is free and has some great features. It doesn't come close to PicFrame. For $0.99 you get a lot of customization features that just aren't there in PicStitch. More choices on number of frames and frame layout. You can also resize and crop images (not there in PicStitch) and change the layout of the frames.

More features? Rounded corners? Check! Drop shadows? Check! Change the color/pattern on the background? Check Check!I've been obsessed with this one lately. If you follow me on Instagram I've been using it on most of my images lately! See more features and screen shots here.

Camera Awesome
I've only had this one for a day and am already loving it. It's FREE. Free. It allows you to take multiple images a lot quicker than the default iPhone camera. Love this!

A lot of added filters (you can buy more for a small price) and other features. Also has a built in timer and interval timer for you to take time lapse images. Love this one so far and I can't wait to play around with it some more! See more features and info here.

Sleep Pillow
The best travel app? Definitely this one! I use it every time I'm away from home. It's a white noise app. There is a free version and a pay version (just $1.99). I've tried out a lot of these and this one is my fave. It has a sleep timer, lets you choose from a huge number of sounds, and runs with the screen off (one of the things that was hard to find in many similar apps).

I can't fall asleep when its too quiet so this app has been a lifesaver. Bonus? It came in handy a few times the electricity went off in the middle of the night. Silence and I do not mix when sleeping. See more info here.

What are some of your favorite apps of the moment? Please share!

11 April 2012

big bang love

It's Wednesday, so it's time to link up with Michelle over at The Vintage Apple! You can follow me on Pinterest here.

Big Bang Theory is definitely one of my favorite shows on TV. It is beyond hilarious. Here are some great pins featuring this great show. My kids at school even picked a Big Bang Theory themed shirt for our our group this year. Love it!

Don't you just love this show? If you aren't watching it...you must start! Thursdays on CBS and plenty of reruns on TBS during the week :)

10 April 2012

10 years? really?

This weekend while driving to my grandmother's house, Nick Cannon was listing the top 5 songs from 10 years ago. It hit me that it's been 10 years since I graduated from college.

10 years? Seriously? Time has flown by and doesn't seem to be slowing down.

Ten years ago at this time I was enjoying my last few months of college. Going to concerts, hanging out with friends, and doing some studying every now and then.

Tony Lucca (hope you are voting for him on The Voice!) and me in Dallas, March 2002

I didn't have any job prospects. All I knew is that after graduation I'd be moving back home.

Am I where I thought I'd be? Definitely not. Never in a million years did I think I would be a high school teacher...let alone one at my old high school.

Am I happy where I am? Absolutely. I love my job. I love house. I love my family. I love my friends.

Could things be better? Of course, but things could be a whole lot worse and I remind myself that every day.

Where were you 10 years ago? Are you where you thought you'd be?

09 April 2012

what could have been...

It's nearing the end of the school year and I have been working on figuring out what my kiddos are going to do for the rest of the year. I'm so excited about all of the projects we are doing in each of the classes I teach.

This is an assignment idea I came across for Audio Video Production a few years ago and have been wanting to do it ever since. This year, we are. My kids start it this week. Can't wait to share their results!

Recut movie trailers! You take a movie and create a new trailer making the film into a different genre.

Here are some of my favorites...

Sleepless in Seattle as a Thriller

The Shining as a Romantic Comedy

The Notebook as a Thriller

Mary Poppins as a Thriller

People like to make thriller movie trailers apparently. You can find more of those than any other.

Next year I think this may become a beginning of the year activity so they can practice more with the editing software. I can't wait to see what all the kids come up with.

Have you seen recut movie trailers before on YouTube? What are some of your favorites?

04 April 2012

to sew :)

It's Wednesday and time for my favorite link up! The Vintage Apple's Oh, How Pinteresting Wednesday! You can follow me on Pinterest here.

I have a lot of projects on my "to do" list from my various sewing boards..it's kind of like a "to sew" list :) Here are some faves from my Sewing - Other and Sewing - Home boards.

What have you found on Pinterest recently? Anything good?