Simplify, Simplify

English teacher, Shakespeare admirer, vocabulary investigator, photographer, writer, reader, nerdfighter, wifey, doggy momma, daughter, friend, Family Guy fan, journalist, cheese lover. Also, I love Dave Matthews Band more than I love most things and people.

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  1. Class of 2013: Everything they said about you at graduation was true

    Congratulations. 

    I didn’t intend for my post to you to be so long, but I promise it’s worth it.

    It’s taken me a few days to think about what to say to you, and it hasn’t been easy. Frankly, the last three days have been some of the most exhausting days I’ve had in a while, and I was just tired. Now that I’m rested, and thinking about things that happened one year ago today, I think I’m ready.

    Each of my class periods of seniors had its own personality, and I loved watching each group grow as a community, starting with the seating chart tests. I’m sure you all thought I was crazy, but it worked. You knew and respected each other. And that was my first priority. Period by period, here are my goodbyes.

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  2. Random Awards of Awesome

    Period 1 (Journalism) wins the award for best inquiries. There are a few people who are asking important people amazing questions. Made my day.

    Period 2 wins for best sonnets. Super impressive. Made my day.

    Period 3 wins for best discussions and best questions. Made my day.

    Period 5 wins for making me laugh with borderline inappropriate sonnets and Sweat Jar Avenue.

    Period 6 wins for best cafe-like atmosphere with finger snap applauses and love-infused poems.

    Today was one of the best all-around days I’ve had in a while.

     
     
  3. Christmas cheer!

    Christmas cheer!

     
     
  4. :)

     
     
  5. A nice reminder for the holiday season. Thanks, Yogi Tea. :)

    A nice reminder for the holiday season. Thanks, Yogi Tea. :)

     
     
  6. ameliawordsworth:

curiousquail:

Please Help! We’re in the finalists to open for The Shins, Jack White, Of Monsters and Men, Metric and Gaslight Anthem. You can vote once per day!Vote Here on a ComputerVote Here on a Phone!Facebook Group

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE VOTE GUYS
THIS IS MY OLD ENGLISH TEACHER’S HUSBAND’S BAND. THEY ARE SO RAD. PLEASE VOTE. GO SAN JOSE BASED BANDS PLEASE <3


Two things:
1. Yes, please vote. They are quite rad. You can vote every day. 
2. Ann is the best. :)

    ameliawordsworth:

    curiousquail:

    Please Help! We’re in the finalists to open for The Shins, Jack White, Of Monsters and Men, Metric and Gaslight Anthem. You can vote once per day!

    Vote Here on a Computer
    Vote Here on a Phone!
    Facebook Group

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE VOTE GUYS

    THIS IS MY OLD ENGLISH TEACHER’S HUSBAND’S BAND. THEY ARE SO RAD. PLEASE VOTE. GO SAN JOSE BASED BANDS PLEASE <3

    Two things:

    1. Yes, please vote. They are quite rad. You can vote every day. 

    2. Ann is the best. :)

     
     
  7. Getting ready for my first timed 5k tomorrow! 
I am also going to try to get there early to cheer on Ms. Stubbe and Mrs. Wygant as they take on the 10k! 
What an awesome way to start off Thanksgiving!

    Getting ready for my first timed 5k tomorrow! 

    I am also going to try to get there early to cheer on Ms. Stubbe and Mrs. Wygant as they take on the 10k! 

    What an awesome way to start off Thanksgiving!

     
     
  8. please-remind-me:

Johnny Cash, when asked for his definition of paradise.

    please-remind-me:

    Johnny Cash, when asked for his definition of paradise.

     
     
  9. Student recommendations

    One of the perks of teaching high school is that kids know what’s funny. And they tell you. And you watch whatever they tell you. And they laugh.

    One of my awesome seniors (hi, Lloyd!) let me borrow Mean Girls because I hadn’t seen it before. I was a bit skeptical, mainly because it stars Lindsay Lohan, and, well, need I say more? But when the opening credits started and I saw “a Lorne Michaels production,” I was intrigued. Then I saw Tina Fey, Tim Meadows, Ana Gasteyer, and the guy who plays the janitor on Scrubs, and I knew I was in good shape. It was awesome and funny. 

    Another senior had made an It’s Always Sunny reference in class that I hadn’t recognized, and he said, “You have to watch that episode! It’s so funny!” Joey randomly purchased Season 7 yesterday, so I watched that episode- Chardee and MacDennis: The Game of Games. The reference Drew made in class was that someone would have to eat a cake, but one ingredient at a time. It was indeed so funny, and might be my new favorite episode. It’s tough to top the Nightman musical episode, or the intervention episode, or the World Series Defense episode, but this one is up there for sure.

    Thanks, kids!

     
     
  10. jrsdphotography:

    My little rock star.

    I had so much fun at Echo’s birthday party yesterday. :)