Saturday, January 31, 2009

Things You Didn't Know

Ok, so I've been tagged on facebook about three times to post 25 something or others about me/my life. I'm very sorry to all those who tagged me because I'm not doing it. So to appease people and alleviate my deleting guilt I will post 5 things in my blog that maybe you didn't know about me.

1. I'm absolutely terrified of birds. I feel like they are going to peck my eyes out. Living in NYC this posed a slight problem because of the mass infestation of winged rats (pigeons). I would walk blocks out of my way to avoid them and if they were in the street and I was with someone I would make them chase the birds away. I also wont sit anywhere near a garbage pail at the beach because of seagulls.

2. I have five tattoos. I have a butterfly on my ankle, a pierced heart on my shoulder blade, a tribal rose on my lower back, Tinkerbell on my butt, and the word "Live" on my inner wrist. Also, after the baby is born, I'm planning on getting another one on my inner forearm. Not sure what I want yet. Maybe something in Sanskrit. Something different. What can I say...I'm addicted. I got my first one at 15 (I was dating the tattoo artist) and I never looked back.

3. I'm a strict vegan for almost two years. I read the book Skinny Bitch and Slaughterhouse and I couldn't stand the thought of one animal dying for my consumption. Everyone should go to http://www.goveg.com/ and watch the movie "Meet your Meat" before eating another bite of animal flesh. I'm also a big supporter of PETA and I work a lot with their letter writing campaigns.

4. I meditate and do yoga (prenatal yoga now) almost everyday. It really gives me some peace in my crazy mind. I need a little quiet time for myself, at least until the baby comes.

5. I have over 30 pairs of shoes. I love shoes. I will plan an outfit around my shoes. I like funky shoes, Betsey Johnson is my favorite designer.

Well that's about it. I'm not too terribly interesting, but you get the gist.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Doomsday

So Mayor Bloomberg, or the arrogant dwarf as I so affectionately refer to him, announced his Doomsday budget today at noon.  23,000 city workers are set to lose their jobs, 15,000 of them teachers.  Not  such hot news for me.  Even though I've been teaching for 4 years, I'm not sure if there's 15,000 teachers under me.  Now I'm not sure I necessarily even believe him.  I'm thinking, and hoping, that since our contract is up in May he's trying to lay the ground work for a 0% contract in leu of lay offs, which I would much prefer.  

I was even thinking of trying to leave New York in hopes of getting a job in Jersey because I want to be closer  to the baby (who's kicking me regularly now)  and avoid the high toll and gas costs, but I'm not sure of how much of a reality that will be now.  I should have gotten a job at one of those companies giving out billions of dollars in bonuses.  No one gives me a bonus when my class passes the ELA test or when a student moves up a reading level.  Ahhhh the glamour of teaching. 

Monday, January 26, 2009

I Hate The Subway

So last night I went to go see the Killers at Madison Square Garden. It was an awesome show and I'm a little bit in-love with Brandon Flowers (he's no Jack Nicholson, but who is?). So my sister and I are taking the train home because there was no cabs when an announcement comes on that the train we're on is switching to a different line. Great. So it's 11:30 and we get off the train and we're stranded. So we figure we'll take a different line and transfer...no good. We waited 20 minutes and no trains came. So we leave the train station and decide to call a cab. No dice. An hour wait at each of the three car services we call. It's midnight now and we're freezing. So who do we call? Dear old Dad to the rescue. He picked us up at a McDonalds (trying desperately to get warm) and I crashed at my parents. A nightmare getting home, but the concert was well worth it.

A Bit of Background

So after badgering my dear friend Kit forever, she made me my blog. Thanks Kit! So I guess I'll start with a little bit of background.

I grew up in Brooklyn but moved out to New Jersey about 2 and a half years ago, right after I got married to A. I teach 3rd grade (still in Brooklyn) and he's a state trooper. I am currently 18w2d pregnant with my first child and I couldn't be happier. The first trimester was a little rough but things are evening out now, I can even feel the baby move which is really awesome.