belated update

Before I offer an update on the highlights from the last couple of weeks, I feel compelled to share a couple of things I witnessed this afternoon.

1. I had an IEP meeting for one of my students where I heard the father refer to his son as "dude". While I am not a parent, I'll say that it just doesn't seem right to call your son "dude". The father was trying to encourage his son to complete his homework. It was like I was on the blacktop listening to two tweens talk, except if one tween was telling the other tween to do his homework, he would probably do his homework. Mental note: don't call my children "dude".

2. I watched today's Oprah about donating organs. I was moved to tears (as usual when I watch Oprah). The first thing I did was double check my license to make sure it had the little donor sticker. I was so moved by this story because we have a good friend who is in need of a new heart. He is on the list, but it could take years, and he has already waited years. Bottom line: I applaud you if you have already made the decision to donate your organs if, God forbid, something tragic were to happen. If you are on the fence, I kindly ask you to reconsider and ask yourself, what else would you do with your organs?

Okay, now for my pictoral recap from the last couple of weeks. I have been really busy, but have managed to squeeze in some fun social activities. First, the blogger brunch was a blast, despite missing Jolene and Kay. Similar to the last brunch, it was odd hearing everyone talk and realizing they actually have a voice. It was so much fun to see everyone for the first and second time time, yet already knowing so much about them. The Internet is so weird!

Back row from left to right: Trish, R, Lan, Ricci, Winnie, Kate, SandSsquared, Claire, Leslie, Ballinaxehammer
Middle row: WeeMo, me, Ashley
Front row: Aline, Wan, Nanette, Lilcee

We also recently met up with our friends, Catharine and her hubby Zuri. I went to high school with Catharine (and evidentally SandSsquared's husband too, something new I learned at the brunch) and we've been friends ever since German class in the 10th grade when I was Heidi and she was Katrin. Catharine is a dancer with Ballet San Jose and Zuri, a retired ballet dancer, is now an aspiring actor in Hollywood. They are the true definition of a commuter couple.

For the last 6 years, I've been a mentor to Natalie. We met when she was in 7th grade and in June she is graduating from high school. Crazy! She just turned 18 and to celebrate, Rob and I took her to her favorite restaurant, Cheesecake Factory.

Several weeks ago during holiday break, I took Natalie to an empty parking lot where I let her "drive" my precious Charlotte. She's hoping to get her license soon and I volunteered to teach her how to drive a manual, which was a total joke, but in the end she did an excellent job considering her terrible teacher. We cracked up the entire time. Can't wait until our next "lesson".

For Natalie's birthday, a relative gave her tickets to Stars on Ice. I was honored when she asked me to go with her. I'm ecstatic! I'm a total ice skating nerd, and so is Natalie. Except she's actually pretty good and takes lessons. I just admire ice skating from the warmth of my couch. Our ice skating date is next Wednesday.

Over the last couple of weeks:
- We met up with one of Rob's former colleagues who was in LA visiting from London (although he's moving to LA soon) for brunch and saw The Bucket List
- I had a spa day with Liv and her girlfriends
- Dick and Crystal took us out to a fancy dinner at Frenchy's for our upcoming first wedding anniversary
- I've been to Paper-Source twice with two different friends to help them with invitations/announcements (I'm seriously in love with this place)
- I started taking a class at CSULB for my special education credential (blah)
- I started taking classes to clear my multiple subject credential through LBUSD (double blah)

Phew, updates become super lengthy when it's been a while. Thanks for reading!! Until next time...


Lo said...

dude, nice job catching up on your blogging homework. :)

swell.life said...

What a whirlwind. Kudos to all of you bloggers who made an effort to meet in real life. That's very cool!

wan-nabe said...

1. i call the kid "dude" sometimes. :/
2. pink donor sticker, check!
3. loved, loved, loved meeting you at the blog party! next time, i hope to get a seat near you so we can actually talk a bit.
4. what a small world!
5. i think it's awesome that you're a mentor.
6. charlotte is ADORABLE.
7. i'm a paper source addict too. it's pretty sad, but they actually recognize me when i walk in the door now. :X

Leslie said...

I have been an organ donor since I was in high school. A friend of mine was in a fatal car accident, and her family was able to donate her organs to help those in need. Ever since then, I've been a very proud donor.

Kate said...

I am sure the hubs will be calling our children Dude...I catch him calling me dude evry now and again.

Sarah said...

When I worked with kids a lot of parents called their sons dude. A lot.

More info on organ donating:http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/organ-donation/FL00077

Every recap makes me sadder and sadder that I missed the blogging brunch :(

R said...

I'm a donor. :)

I call Lil' Man dude sometimes. :/

The brunch was fun. It was great meeting you IRL. :)

I admire all of your volunteer work.

You have been busy, but I'm glad you caught us all up. Have a great weekend!

Jolene said...

ooh, I'm going to catch up on my Oprah's tonight so I'm sure I will be crying with you...like you, I always cry when I watch Oprah. aww, I'm sorry I missed out the brunch...hopefully I can make it to the next one for sure!

oh my gosh...I didn't know you were a mentor! That's so fabulous! and the fact that you let her drive Charlotte is SO sweet! You're going to be such a great mommy. :)

Kay said...

your friend sooo has that ballerina look =)

i miss you too, i am glad we are all making are way back to our blogs.

amber said...

when i told my mom i wanted to be an organ donor when i got my license she flipped out. said she wouldn't sign for it if that were to happen (i was still under 18). for some reason she was seriously morally opposed to the idea.

and then i asked her, if i were laying there in need of an organ, what she would want someone else to do? she said "well, that's different" in a sort of quiet voice. needless to say, to begrudgly agreed that maybe it was a good idea.

thanks for bringing this up!

your friends totally look like ballet dancers. there is just a "look" dancers have. :)