Tuesday, August 30, 2011

It's Official

If your child is in Jill Schlessinger's sophomore Honors English at Highland High, I will be his or her new substitute teacher.  The kids adore her, and I'll have big shoes to fill while she's away.  That's why I'm balancing The Complete Works of William Shakespeare on my head.  I'm hoping it will all come back to me through osmosis.  Do you remember your high school teachers saying that to you?

We'll be covering Julius Ceasar, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and The Crucible, and I can't wait to dig in.  But mostly I cant wait to be around all those high schoolers.  I love watching them interact, and I actually keep a log of things they say to one another.  Just the other day this Justin Bieber look-a-like kid said to me,

"Hey, Mrs. S! Do you hear wedding bells?"
"No, Jarrod."  
"That's funny cuz me and this girl are getting married right now."
"You mean, 'This girl and I are getting married right now.'"
"Yeah, that."

I'd better write that one down.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Just Being Audrey

Have you read this book?  It's adorable; and if you're one of Audrey Hepburn's adoring fans, this children's picture book is for you (so is this UK-based website filled with Hepburn paraphernalia).

Just Being Audrey is about how Audrey has a passion for ballet, but eventually she discovers that she is too tall, and her height will always ruin her chances of becoming a prima ballerina.  So, she decides to become an actress.  But her most favorite job of all is being a mom.  Isn't that sweet?

The real reason I bought four copies of this adorable book is because my homegurl is changing dance studios, and we needed a thank you/parting gift to give to her awesome teachers at Dance Connection Too.  Like Audrey, Hannah wants to be a ballerina, and luckily, I don't think she'll end up being too tall. Thanks to some guidance from my good friend, Brandee (her daughter studied ballet for years), we're off on a new dance adventure at Ballet Etudes.

Don't you just love ballet?  My homegurl will dance in the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Cinderella. (Not Black Swan, though, right?)  I even tried on her pointe shoes the other day and tried to do a twirl-jump.  Not so pretty.

P.S.  Please make note of how my homegurl put a little piece of fabric under her costume so her cute little bellybutton wouldn't show.  I didn't even make her do it, because, frankly, I love me a two piece.  Remember, Mi Madre, when I wanted to wear a two piece so bad?  How did you survive me?

Friday, August 26, 2011

Dance for Heidi

OK, chicas, I've been missin' this little blog of mine.  So, to celebrate getting back into the groove of posting, my homegurl and I have put together a little dance for you and Heidi.
OK, this dance is actually for our stake's activity day girls.  They're having a ginorm shindig at our  stake center tomorrow, and I've been practicing the dance we're teaching them all week.  I now have a  bruise the size of a russet potato on my left rear cheek.  It's a deep violet color, and I'm kind of proud of it.  I keep taking a peek at it in the mirror, and I was even debating if I should post a picture so you could see.  But then I thought that might be a titch inappropriate?

Tomorrow I will post videos of the girls doing the dance, all 350 of them.  Also, Chelsea, from Dance Connection Too, choreographed the dance, so I can't take credit for all those smooth moves.  That's why we say "We love you Chelsea" at the very end, in case you were wondering.