Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wake up that brain!

This grad school thing has been crazy busy-- I think my MAT group has to constantly give ourselves pep talks or else we wonder why we are putting ourselves through this one year crazy program.

Although I must say, I think my IQ has increased significantly in the past month! I must have been losing brain cells when I was going through the motions of the "real world." Why do they call it that by the way?I mean were we just living in fakeville prior to college graduation. Am I back in some alternative existence now that I'm in school again? Very strange saying if you ask me. Speaking of which-- if you'd like to talk to me about the latest technology, how we can incorporate wikis, blogs, podcasting, social networking, and other digital media publishing elements, I'm game. Or, maybe you'd prefer to talk about the pedagogy, methodology, or various theories regarding our current curriculum and teaching standards, and how we can change how students are engaged and developing through education. Perhaps you've been dying to talk to someone about the developmental psychology of children and adolescents. I know you want to know about the various laws and amendments that have changed the environment of the classroom and the differentiation accommodations that are incorporated into lesson planning for various diversity and disorders of students that are strategically inclusive in todays schools. No? You don't want to? Well if by some chance you do-- I have all kinds of info! :)  It's awesome to stick to one topic in school and become a master in it. Hey, that must be why they call it a MASTERS degree-- man am I smarter!
I'm over half-way done with the summer session. Then I'll have a break before fall starts! Stick with me kids. It will be a quick ride. God is good, He gets me through everything. Hope you are challenged today. If you want to wake up that brain, here's some word jumbles courtesy of The Pioneer Woman.


Jun. 23, 2010
See if you can unscramble all of the following words. 
The clues follow the scrambled words.
Go for it!

NTERUVADE – Exciting Experience
ARBELEISM – Very Unhappy
CUYHBB – Pudgy
RMAEPTNIS – Flavor of gum
ARBRIRE – Obstacle
TAMAOLE – Breakfast Food
GMRTAUNE – Squabble
BHGERONI – Lives Nearby

Let me know if you get stumped and it drives you crazy-- there were a couple that I couldn't figure out, but couldn't go to bed until I did. Yes I'm that nerd!
--Word CubBuster

Sunday, June 20, 2010


The Atlanta summer heat is officially on us. It was a scorcher this weekend. So much so that my Dad and Kathy's dog Abbey had a little seizure from the heat exhaustion! Thanks to mr. slirppee I think she's doing okay now. We spent a nice little Father's Day afternoon in the park as my Dad was driving from Orlando to Memphis. It was great to see him and Kathy minus the heat!
Saturday Matthew and I got an early start and tried to ignore the sweat and focus on God's beauty. Atlanta Botanical Gardens and the Piedmont Park Green Market!  There's nothing like a little bit of nature to make you appreciate God's artistry. I've never been to the Botanical Garden before. It was like an amusement park for flowers and plants! I loved their new Orchid conservatory. I never knew there were so many different species of my favorite flower! Absolutely gorgeous! Even though it was a beautiful place, I'd still recommend going when it's a little less humid-- thankfully the Orchids were one of the few attractions in-doors (I knew I picked that as my fav for a good reason).  We also got to see a few wild frogs and quail running around while we were there. That night we enjoyed some great Green Market purchases- organic wheat, lemon and chive speghetti with organic homemade tomatoe sauce and parmesan, and a side of baked asparagus. Delicious!
Sadly, my folks took my camera on their yaught trip so none of these pics are organic. It was a great weekend though, and I wish it wasn't over-- back to school. :(  
At least I'm refreshed and ready to appreciate the week. Have a great one....    

~Your CubBuster

Friday, June 18, 2010

Anna's big adventure

 Ms. Dufresne, as her student's call her, moved to Charleston, SC today. She has only ever lived in the Atlanta area, so this big adventure is bound to bring new friends, new memories, and new growth. She was an amazing roommate for the past three years, and I will miss her dearly! But, I'm excited to visit her in such a beautiful little city. She'll be minutes from the beach! 
A-- I already hate not seeing you in the bathroom after you've already gone to bed and decide to sleep walk and have conversations with you that you don't remember the next day! I will miss our "popping" dilemmas, your awesome angel food cake, and watching you work it out to your shred video! I can't wait to hear all about your new students and new stories. I'm definitely going to need to call you and vent about rough days in the classroom. Can't wait to have spring breaks together!
Love you Anna Francis!  

See more of the girls farewell dinner pics on the Pictures Page.


Thursday, June 10, 2010


So it's probably a taboo to talk about another blog creating site different from this one, but I am. I am not on For my Media and Tech course, I had to create a blog in wordpress. It's a little more complicated in the beginning, but you can do a lot more I think.

Check me out....

P.s.   sorry such a short post. Grad school is kicking my butt and it's only the first week!  UGH.... why did I voluntarily sign up for this?

-- Your tired CubBuster

Monday, June 7, 2010

Crest White Strips Please

Have you ever seen Old Yeller? You know 1957 feel good Disney flick? Okay... I'm sure many of you have, but I had the distinct pleasure of a first viewing last evening. Good ole Turner Classic Movies was broadcasting it and Matthew and I figured it was about time I had appreciation for another dog besides my own. Now I held it together and did not cry when Old Yeller got the disease-- hydrophobia. Um... definitely thought it was a made up disease, but it turns out they were just trying to be fancy pants. Poor dog just got rabies! He was rabid. Come on! And why didn't the mom or Travis need to get tested for rabies after touching Yeller with his blood all over him. I know I'm terrible.............I didn't even tear up, I'm such a terrible person! I was too busy critiquing teeth. :-|  I'm so bad! But really-- Three words, CREST WHITE STRIPS. They obviously didn't have them in the 50's but ma, pa, and pretty much all the other actors (did I mention Ma) could definitely have used them!
However, I would highly recommend this film. It's one of the few great ones of all time. I'm still in awe of the authenticity of the animal fights. How did they film all those farm animals and have Yeller (who I found out was purchased for the film for 3 dollars from an animal shelter) interact like he did for the script. That Yeller was a perfect cast. Well done casting director! He even had a real bear fight!
Also, if you loved the two young brothers, they also starred in one of my personal favorites, Swiss Family Robinson. I think I might rent that next!

Chloe would kill me if I tried this at home!

~Coffee CubBuster

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Some Ballroom, Una Boda, and a Beating!

Memorial Day weekend has left me a little sore, a little sleepy, but quite sprightly!

First, Matthew and I started out with some Groupon Ballroom dance lessons. Daza Dance was the mother place of our new and defined dance moves. We learned: Salsa, East Coast Swing, Tango, Waltz, and the Fox Trot. It's a whole other world that Ballroom dance culture, but one that I, of course, thoroughly enjoy, and one that Matthew has come to tolerate and maybe even appreciate. Maybe we'll be the pros on dancing with the stars next season!  Look OUT!
Next, we attended the beautiful wedding of one of my former Shepherd co-workers, Jackie and her new hubby Kevin Stackpole. The romantic ceremony was set in the midst of green vineyard rows under the shade of an oak tree at Chateau Elan. The ceremony that followed was majestic in the Cask room filled with the scents of wooden barrels, deep red grapes, and sweet wedding cake. The candle-lit room was intimate and sweet. The perfect setting for Mr. and Mrs. Stackpole. I must also send out my gratitude to Kevin for all his many years of service to our country. All who have fought for our freedom should be thanked not only on Memorial Day, but everyday.
Finally, we set off for good ole' lake lanier. The perfect setting for the Blair-Maupin crew. Big B and Little B were our guests this weekend, and couldn't have been a better fit with my crazy cranium family. We all had a ball! Got lots of sun, conquered the wake board (sorry Big B-- next time it will happen I know it!), traveled through the safari via jet skies, and remained on the winning cranium team! Go team Blue! It was a great weekend-- I am truly blessed.

           Jackie looked absolutely beautiful on her special day!

Pete and his beautiful wife Lucy

Big B with Little B--little B had no clue her life (and ankle) was about to be endangered!

Matthew and Blair had no clue what was about to happen! 
Chloe was ready to captain the boat.

We had a great time!

Check me out on the wakeboard!

Ha ha..... yeah right, maybe next summer I'll be there!

~Your wakeboard, slalom CubBuster