Mundane Excitement 

For the past week or so, I have harbored a deep excitement about going back to work to set up my classroom! I have actually been counting down the days! It’s a little sad actually, but I truly love decorating my classroom. Every year I end up moving rooms so I get to start over, decor wise. I have been Pinning on Pinterest all summer and I am ready to get started! 

No, I am not saying I am ready for summer to be over, because I am not quite ready for that yet. But I am thrilled to begin organizing and decorating! 

This exhilaration tells me that I am in the right career. LOL! 


My favorite time of year is here! Valentine’s Day, for me, always means BOOK SALE! Every year since my husband and I have been married we have gone to this annual book sale down in Phoenix, and it is always the highlight of my year! I would much rather smell the scent of old books than that of a dozen roses. Now this doesn’t mean I don’t like flowers. So honey if you are reading this, as a reminder: Daffodils are my favorite!

Becoming the Woman I Never Thought I Would Be

While growing up I was never a cool kid. I was never invited to parties or asked to sit at the popular table in the cafeteria. But I was perfectly okay with not being apart of the in crowd.  I did not see people as being either popular or unpopular, druggies or geeks, bandies or thespians. I saw everyone as people. I did not place people into labeled boxes or nice neat categories. Everyone was just a kid like I was, and I knew they were just trying to figure out who they were and where they fit in. They experienced the same pains I did, felt awkward at times, and even out of place. I knew we all were the same once the outer surfaces were scratched away and the true heart was revealed.

However, it has recently been pointed out to me by a few of my closest colleagues that I am one of the “popular” teachers at school. I was shocked to hear that because never in a million years would I have imagined being considered cool! I have always been ‘nerd and proud’ and rarely have I ever cared about how others viewed me in popularity. Obviously, due to my anxiety issues I tend to feel uncomfortable when someone is upset with me, but I never cared much about fitting in. It just seems completely foreign to have people look up to me..

I have been reflecting about this conversation and trying to figure out why people are viewing me in this different light. My priorities and values have not changed much since high school, and I have never sought coolness or popularity, so I was curious as to why people saw me this way. Upon reflection, I believe students and a few other faculty members see me as being someone they want to be around, because I do not judge others. I will talk to anyone and everyone. I treat everyone with the respect they deserve, even if they do not show it to me. Again, I believe we are all the same behind the walls we hide behind. I think that the students and other teachers see my attitude and feel safe being around me because they know I will not judge them. They know that I will love them no matter what.

It is just interesting that popularity is such a coveted thing within human nature, and people are willing to change who they are to achieve it. However, I am learning that if you just be yourself people will sense your realness and want to be around you. Do not hid behind fake personalities or bitchiness just to fit in. Be yourself. Good and bad. People will respect you for it, and you will begin to love yourself.

A Nerd’s Dream!

Harry Potter is now a part of my JOB! I am going to start reading the Sorcerer’s Stone with my 6th grade class an I cannot wait! My kids are actually excited about it and I finally can get paid to do projects about my favorite book of all time! Whoop whoop! It’s a dream come true!

Netflix Binge Watching

The long weekend is finally near,
I can already hear the soundtrack from my favorite show ringing in my ear!

From Saturday to Monday from dusk til dawn,
I will most certainly have Netflix on!

I know many of you may think I’m crazy,
But I already know because my mom always said I was lazy!

But I don’t care what the people say,
A Netlix Binge is my FAVORITE kind of day!

Talk Nerdy To Me: Lord of the Rings Edition

When I was in high school, the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings trilogy came out and everyone was hit with LOTR fever! I was swept up into the madness and LOVED every moment. I had all of the DVDs, regular ones and the director cuts (which are a million hours long). I have audiobooks and soundtracks. Figurines, two copies of each of the books and even two encyclopedias about Middle Earth. My bedroom walls were covered in movie posters (which I still have at my parents house!).


What I loved most about the story was that the smallest of all the races, was the hero. The ultimate underdog story. Hobbits are half the size of most of the creatures found in Middle Earth, yet they are the most resilient. They saved everyone! I always thought it would be awesome to be a hobbit! You would live a super chill life and only worry about gardening and drinking. Sounds pretty amazing! 

Here is my opinion on who is the TRUE hero of the series. I think it was Samwise Gamgee! He followed Frodo across the entire country to help him destroy the ring, and in Frodo’s moments of weakness, he was there to carry him up Mount Doom so Frodo could complete his quest! Frodo couldn’t have done it if Samwise was not there beside him, encouraging him every step of the way. And of course, these lessons from the trilogy can be applied in our own lives, such as finding a great support group that will always be for you, even in your weakest moments. I actually wrote a paper about these themes in high school (I got an A of course because it was during peak of my devotion 🙂 )

And if you asked me which one of the three movies/books were my favorite, it would be hard to choose, but I have to say I do love Return of the King! 

WELL! Now I want to go watch all of the movies! Too bad I have to work in the morning or I would pull an all nighter!! 



You can’t talk about Lord of the Rings without throwing a little Game of Thrones joke in there! We love Sean Bean!

Nerd and Proud!

Over the past few posts I have opened up about some more personal issues in my life regarding my anxiety, so now it is time to let you know the lighter and more fun part of me! I can say loud and proud that I am a NERD! The most nerdy part of me is my love for all things Harry Potter! I have been reading (and many many times rereading) the books since I was in elementary in the mid to late nineties! So pretty much we are best friends. 🙂 I’m sure you’re all curious to know which book is my favorite, but It’s hard for me to pick one! I guess I could say that the 6th one (HP and the Halfblood Prince) is up there. I also have all of the audiobooks and I listen to them all the time. I’m fairly certain that my husband knows them all by heart now. 🙂 

To carry on deeper into nerdom, I love superheros (but honestly, who doesn’t?) My classroom is decorated with superheros and I frequently wear my Marvel shirts to school. X-Men, by far, is my favorite! If you have never done this before, don’t judge too harshly, but when I was in high school, I wrote out fan fictions with several friends that involved X-Men! 🙂 It was pretty fun! 

Oh! How could I forget?! Lord of the Rings is amazing! I have read all books and seen all the movies more times than I can count. I even wrote my senior thesis about the Christianity allegories throughout the series (of course I got an A on it!) I was really impressed with the Hobbit and I’m waiting on the edge of my seat for the next part to come out! 

There are so many other nerdy things about me, and I fully embrace all of them! If you ever want to have a nerd discussion, just message me and I will happily engage in the discussion (I’m sure my husband will be grateful as well)

Nerd an Proud!