Friday, December 31, 2010

A Year in Reflection

In January, I started my new (first) big girl job which took me a while to adjust to.


In February I took kids to region…and they ADVANCED?! Still not adjusted…

In March I took 4 kids on an overnight trip to State…and we WIN?! Then, mama and I took a fabulous mom/daughter trip to the Biltmore for Spring Break. That’s when I decide that the job can’t rule my life and I start adjusting…

In April, we practiced for Nationals, I went home ASAP after school, I laid out with friends, I finally went to Twilight, I turned 22 (AH!), I saw Dierks Bentley on my birthday, I went to Statesboro and saw Tim McGraw.

In May, I went home ASAP after school, I layed out with friends, I interviewed at Russell, I applied with the Y, and then I made the decision to stay at Madison County, I got the cheer coach job that I thought I really wanted, school ended. Welcome to the best part of being a teacher…

In June, I realized how much I love being home (in Bremen) and being with the parentals, I started running (WHAT?!), My friend Hannah got married, I had an adventure in Vieques, I kept running.

In July, I took the kids to Nationals in Chicago, I kept running, I worked YTC and remembered just how much I love Y-Club, I reluctantly went back to Athens, I conducted cheer camp and lamented the end of summer…
In August, I started back to school while living at Ashley/Katelyn/Jamie’s apt, then I moved into my new apartment and adjusted to the lack of space and new roommates, I didn’t run as much…

In September, school got back in swing and my life started revolving around it again, I took my officers to Fall Leadership, UGA football season started and I had my season tickets, the roommates still not getting along, and I wasn't running...

In October, I went to COLORADO with Katelyn H; I became very familiar with the roads to Perry, GA when I took kids to the fall competitions (where my kids kicked butt) and Fall Rally; cheerleading season began and along with it all my free time vanished; the roommates still not getting along, I started going home whenever possible; I went to GA/FL with Megan and Jonathan and experienced FRAT BEACH for the first time.
In November, games started, I realized just how boring middle school girls basketball is and how exciting the boys games were, I resented not having any time to myself, I kept going home whenever possible; Caitlin J and I went to see Legally Blonde. Then Thanksgiving Break came—best thing ever! Mama and I shopped, we ran, I ate healthier, and I made the decision that I HAD to take that back to Athens with me. Weight loss goal was 5lbs by Christmas…

In December, Katelyn O moves out, Jenna got Emmett, peace at the apt; basketball games continued, I had less time to myself, but I resented it less; I started waking up early to run; the Christmas spirit was all around and my students were sweet. Then Christmas Break came—the parents came to Athens, we all went back to Bremen, spent time with family, spent time with friends, met my weight loss goal, shopped, went to the movies, SNOW ON CHRISTMAS!!, started dreading going back to school…

I’m looking forward to all that is in store for the new year.  I’ve always been the type of person that needs to have a plan and I have felt pretty direction-less for the past year.  This post has been therapeutic because when I look back at the year as a whole I feel like it really kind of got by me, but I really did accomplish a lot!  It is scary to me to think that I could just keep up the status quo and easily see the years slip by, but that isn’t what I want for my life.  I am happy where I am, but I don’t want to be here forever.  I’m hoping that this new year has some big changes in it.  I have some things in mind but I don’t want to jinx anything by writing about it…  Let’s just leave it at this—these are my goals for the new year: 
Let the kids do their own projects
Have at least 2 projects advance from region
Have kids make it to nationals
Spend more time with my friends and family and less with folks in the 11-14 age range.
Run more, Enter races, Be competitive
Lose 20
Move locations, Change jobs

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Well, I kept waiting to take pictures for when the apt was clean, but I never seemed to have a camera with me when it was clean.  Therefore, these pictures are courtesy of my roommate, Jenna.  Thanks Jenna!   
Living Room

Dining Room


Maybe I will get a picture of my room up before hell freezes over..

Sunday, September 12, 2010

meine neue Wohnung

More on the life update…  I just moved back into an apartment, but it is in a different complex.  I'm now living in the same complex as all my little sisters in the sorority.  We now have 4 swimming pools, a tanning bed, and a gym all for less than we paid at the house (plus water, tv, and internet are included in the rent.. shweeeet).  Most importantly Dooleys are allowed and loved in this complex.  

I'm still living with my friend from high school, Megan, but we are also living with Megan's big sis in her sorority, Jenna, and a girl name Katelyn.  I'm loving it so far except for the 'Jersey Shore'-esque girls that live below us, but that drama is better saved for another post. 

We (alright... mostly me) were super excited that we could paint in the new apartment!!  PUMPED!!  Photo tour of meine neue Wohnung coming shortly!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Ich bin zurück, ja wieder zurück

So I haven’t updated the blog in over a year because frankly I don’t really think that anybody actually reads it. However, due to my recent obsession with other people's blogs… I think that it is high time that I start posting again. No, I don’t have anything exciting like European adventures to write about this time, but I do have daily ramblings, random thoughts, and the ridiculous things that middle schoolers to tell all of my non-existent readers about. Let’s start with a life update…

I graduated last December from UGA. I started teaching Family and Consumer Science (a.k.a. Home Ec) at a middle school near Athens in January. I was also told that I would be the FCCLA sponsor and that they would like for me to take kids to competition. (Quick fact.. Region competition is in February). We threw together two projects and off we went to competition. One of the projects was a speech about the need for special training in order for kids to babysit children with autism. For the other project, we planned a wedding.

Little did I know how good of a job we did on those projects. Both projects advanced to state competition. Now, I'm not going to lie.. I found this very stressful. Now that meant that I had to take 4 kids to Athens for 3 days, get a hotel, stay overnight in a hotel, as well as work on these projects for another month. I was very happy that my kids were experiencing success but I, as a brand new adviser who was faking it til I made it, was stressed. Just stressed.

March and state competition rolls around and my kids compete. At some point during this weekend my kids learn that if you win state you advance to national competition.. WHAT?! There is a national level?! I certainly didn't know about that, but I wasn't too worried. I told myself there was no way that a project that had been thrown together in 2 weeks would win state. These FCCLA people are pretty serious about their STAR Events and I was the new kid on the block. Well.. we won! Chicago here we come...

I ended up taking one of my middle schoolers and two of the high school girls to Chicago for a week this summer. While I found being 22 and responsible 24/7 for two 16 year olds and a 12 year old in a city the size of Chicago just a little bit intimidating, stressful, terrifying, etc., the girls and I both had a fabulous time. We got to do lots of sightseeing, eating, competing, and WINNING! My little middle schooler ended up winning nationals!! Here are some pictures from our adventure!

We have arrived!...and we had a very stylish ride to pick us up from the airport!

Dinner at Rainforest Cafe with my arch-nemesis. This is us making a mends but just a bit before I had turned around from giving our name and this thing was looking at me and it darted its tongue. I literally fell back and screamed. Needless to say, the kids though this was hilarious.

Bike tours! My favorite way to see a city!

Competition time! This is the cake I made to be a mini replica of the cake we chose for the project. We also had fresh flowers for the bouquet and I made a wedding dress to go on my American Girl doll to show the dress we chose. What can I say? We are winners.

Sears Tower Sky Deck... 133 stories up!!

Me with the girls at the Taste of Chicago in Bryant Park. Please notice the American Girl bag.. That belongs to the high schoolers. They bought a doll.

More about the new living situation and our family vacay to Veiques later. Stay tuned all you imaginary readers out there!