Getting to know me!

I got tagged by A Soldier’s Girl today!  Thanks girl!  HeeHee!

Here are the rules:The rules of the game get posted at the beginning. Each player answers the questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5-6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

1. What was I doing 10 years ago?
I was doing many things 10 years ago, but I want to share a very touching story that happened in 1998.  I was in Denver, studying at Metropolitan State College of Denver.  I was doing an internship at Denver Alternative Middle school, which was a brand new program for the Denver Public School system.  They were targeting the “At-Risk” students–students that were at high risk of not graduating from high school.  Most of these kids already had criminal records (arson, grand theft, auto, and things of this nature) in addition to having an unstable home life whose parents had done time or were doing time.  Most of those kids had severe learning disabilities and all of them were at least 2-3 grades behind academically.  When I first heard about this program, I jumped at the opportunity!  I was going to help these kids!

When Mr. J, the head teacher for this program told me that it was my turn to teach a lesson plan, I was extremely nervous, but excited!  I was finally going to be a teacher!  So, my lesson consisted of a audio presentation of H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds” (yeah big surprise there, huh?)  This little boy who reminds me so much of my nephew D, started drawing.  He was the only one not paying attention.  I walked over to him, stood behind his seat and watched him.  I lightly tapped him on his shoulder and he quickly covered up his drawing.  Mr. J came over a little while later and was able to snag the drawing from him.  There was no humiliation, no conflict.  He just took it away.  After school was let out, Mr. J was talking to me about how I could improve my lesson.  Then, he showed me the drawing.  It was the flowers on my dress that I was wearing on my first day.  It was so touching.  I actually cried (but I waited until I got home)!  A week later, Mr. J selected one intern and one student to represent our little school at the Middle School conference.  I was the only intern from my college to be invited.  The student Mr. J selected was, yes, the boy who drew the flowers.  Brings tears to my eyes to think about it.

2. Five things on my to do list for today.
Go to the exchange and get my camera, order Father’s Day gifts, go to the bakery for breakfast, finish watching DH Season 4, spend time with my hubby. (almost all complete)

3. Snacks I enjoy.
Unsalted pretzels, Mac and Cheese, String Cheese, Rice Pudding, Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwiches (If you couldn’t tell, I’m a carbs girl, all the way!)

4. Things I would do if I was a billionaire.
Change very little about my life, but I would enjoy taking more time to travel and I would probably live much more materialistically than I already do.

5. Places I have lived.
Please check the tab called “Travel Log”  L=Lived

Those that are being tagged:  Merecedes (because I know you love to Meme!), Randomability, Pam, and DC

Doing a happy dance

As many of you know, one of my favorite hobbies is photography.  I just love it.  It’s my one creative outlet.  I can’t paint or draw, and I’m not very good at decorating–but the one thing I can do–and do fairly well, is photography.

After much whining about having forgotten my SLR on our trip to Trier and my constant complaining about my iPhone and the lack of quality it possesses, I finally went out today and got a camera, albeit, a fairly inexpensive one.

I didn’t want a camera that was by any means meant to replace my Nikon D80–there is no replacing that bad-boy–but I I wanted a camera that was small enough to fit into my purse and take with me where ever I go.  That way, I have no excuses for missing those great photo opportunities.  I know that there are people that carry their DSLRs with them everywhere they go, but it’s not always practical for me to do so.

I ended up getting the Nikon L18.  It was cheap for what it offers, plus it’s a Nikon, a brand that I know and love.  It’s not going to give me the excellent shots that I get from my D80, I do realize that, but no more missed shots for me, either!  Woohoo!

On a different note, Rob got my birthday present for me (well, it’s on order, right at the moment).  I sent him a list of stuff that I would like and one of those was an extremely expensive architecture lens that rotates up/down and left/right.  Well, he liked the idea of getting me a new lens, but not a lens that was going to cost $2,000.  So, then he asked if there was another type of lens that I would be interested in having.  I mentioned the fish eye lens and whadaya know?  I’m getting a new fish eye! 

I’m so excited!  Rob also mentioned to me that needed to start carrying my SLR with me more often and said that it doesn’t need to be upstairs where it gets forgotten.