Sunday, November 16, 2008

a celebrity sighting

A few weeks ago I got an email from New York & Company about a special event at their store. Carson Kressley was going to be touring 5 cities nationwide and hosting a fashion show at their stores. Well, one of his stops happened to be at the mall I shop at about 10 minutes away. So I rsvp’ed for my friend Sarah and I to attend last week. We got there early, stood in line for a while, then took our seats. In each chair was a bag with a red purse in it, which just happens to be my favorite color.

Then Carson came out and hosted the fashion show. He showed how to mix and match a bunch of different pieces.

We were only about 5 rows back from the end of the runway.

He was actually pretty funny. I was afraid he was going to be annoying like on TV, but he wasn't.

the model that could use a little sun :)

the confident model that liked having her hair in her face

and the model that could pass for J Lo's twin

I loved this red jacket she was wearing! If only I had some fancy parties to attend, then I would know some perfect outfits for them! :)

After the style show part was over, he held a question-and-answer session with the audience.

After it was all over, he came out and autographed pictures.

It was a fun night. Unfortunately my camera died on Halloween so I had to rely on Sarah's picture-taking skills. The same thing happened the next night at the Stars game. Does anyone have any recommendations for a good camera...not too expensive, a good zoom, not too heavy so I can carry it in my purse, etc. I'm thinking maybe if I wait until the big sales after Thanksgiving, maybe I can find a good deal. But until then, I'm going crazy without one! :)

Sunday, November 09, 2008

it's worth it

This week I had one of those memorable moments in teaching. This year I'm responsible for a small group of special ed fifth graders. They're not severely handicapped or anything, they've been diagnosed with some sort of learning disability. I've really clicked well with one of them in particular. I'm in her reading and math class everyday and she's in my Read Right group. Unfortunately she's had some rough times at home in the past.

A couple of times when I've been working with her I've caught her looking at me and smiling. Once I jokingly asked her why she was looking at me and not the book we were reading and she said, "you're nice." Well this week she looked at me and said, "I wish you were my mom." I asked her why and she said, "because you're nice and I would like it at your house." I told her I didn't have any kids at my house and she said, "that's ok, I could be your first one." Talk about trying not to tear up! Believe me, if I could take her home and rescue her from her homelife, I would. Moments like that make teaching worth it. (Then there are moments like yesterday where you have to spend the whole freakin day at school for the carnival that make it not so worth it.) :)

Not much else to blog about. I got to spend some time with Jill today. We went to "Canton in the City" in Colleyville. I think we should stick to the Canton in Canton from now on. :) Then we enjoyed the weather while sitting outside at Starbucks.

Here are some pics from Halloween. My friends and I got together to hand out candy to trick or treaters. Being a witch was not at the top of my list of things to dress up as, but I didn't think Wilma Flintstone would fit in here... :)