Friday, November 27, 2009

A little catch up

October was a really fun month, from my amazing trip to Orlando to all the fun stuff for Halloween.  I carved a pumpkin for school, ahh the joys of being a teacher!
I really enjoyed my face painting from Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween party.  She did just what I wanted, I was really sad to wash it off.  It would have been nasty if I slept in it.

I also enjoyed my Hallween costume.  The kids at school really didn't know what I was dressed up as. Ms Jones what is a flapper?  I bought the dress at Savers for $3 and then sewed on the fringe which cost me about $20.  When I decided I was going to be a flapper I was super excited to wear my awesome black heels with it.  They are kind of retro and I love them, super cute.  That is what went down the end of October.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I heart my ghetto kids! part 2

My students continue to say some of the funniest things.  Here is another installment of some of the greatest.

A couple of years ago my sister in law made me an amazing crystal necklace to christmas.  I love to wear it because it is so pretty.  My students like to ask me if it is real and are always telling me how pretty it is and how much they like it.  I replied to one student one time and said yes they are real.  They then told me that I should pawn it and get money for it.  I just had to laugh.  I would never pawn that necklace, I love it so much and I am not desperate for money right now.  They were like 10, how do they know you can pawn stuff and get money, I didn't know what pawn shops were until later.

One of the funniest stories happened yesterday.  So I have a cold right now.  One of my students told me not to get him sick, and I replied, "Well I'm not going to get you sick, you got me sick!"  They then tried to play the you are being racist card.  I told them I am defintely not racist, hello my niece is half mexican and my grandma was born in mexico.  I told the kids I would show them a picture of my niece.  One of the guys got really excited and then asked how old she is.  He was kind of disappointed to find out she is only 5.  I started laughing to myself when I realized why he asked her age.  No you will not go out with her, she is way too young for you!

Here is another story, this is a kind of sketchy one.  So my other school is on a dead end street inside of the durango curve of the i-17.  The past like 2 weeks there has been a bunch of cars parked on the street and I couldn't figure out what they were from.  I think I might have figured out it was some landscaping business and everyone would park there and they would get in trucks and leave to jobsites.  Well this week the cars are gone and the lot were all the landscape trucks were parked in the afternoon are gone.  The property is locked up and there is a for sale sign.  Does anyone else find this a little skecthy?  Illegal operation going on?  I do work in wondrous ghetto phoenix!

One more to make you laugh. Today I was teaching them a song for our concert and it is about caroling.  I asked if any of them had been caroling before.  They replied, no, you don't do that in this neighborhood, all you hear are gun shots.  I heart my ghetto kids!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Yes, I went to Florida again!

Going to Florida during Ocotber break was so much fun and much needed!  Call me a weirdo, but I needed it! I went with Tiffany, my cousin Lindsay and her friend Jessica, we all work at schools so it was easy for us to take time off to go, except for Tiff who still goes to school.  We truly had a blast.
We stalked Tiff on Main Street while she worked to keep her seasonal statues so that she can continue to get us in for free! She took our picture in front of the castle, didn't she do a great job?

We watched the American Idol Experience.  It is one of my favorite shows, well at least the finale show.  You get to see the top 7 singers from the day.  I love the judges, especially since most of them I have seen somewhere before at disney.
Next off was the Magical Kingdom where we met the princesses.  This Cinderella was not one of my favorites.  She was quite ugly, casting what were you thinking?  I don't mean to be so harsh, but hey thats life.
Animal Kingdom was a blast for the short time we were there.  The thing that was wonderful about this trip was that we had all be numerous times so we just hit our favorites. We only did Everest, Finding Nemo and Dinosaur.  Sorry Festival of the Lion King and Safari, we didn't have time for you, we will hit you again on another trip!
Tiff and I on our way to the Magical Kingdom!  
Watching Muppets 3-D.  Why is it that people always have to take pictures with 3-D glasses I don't know why but it is always fun!
Here we are after a lovely florida afternoon downpour. The rain can be nice and overly excessive at times.  It was just coming down in sheets during this particular storm, luckily we came prepared with ponchos.  That is one thing I learned, always have a poncho or umbrella with you in Florida!  It was funny to watch everyone hiding under buildings waiting for the rain to stop and then stare at us smart ones who could still play because they brought ponchos. One little girl wasn't too fond of wearing a poncho and told her mom "I look silly in this"  We told her no you don't we are all wearing them!

Here we are post ponchos when we were far enough in the line where we were safe from the pouring rain.  Don't we pull off the wet look just wonderfully?
UP, need I say more, my favorite movie right now. Too bad Carl had to go in, but Russel will do. If you haven't seen the movie, pleae do, you are missing out on a great adventure!

Another one of my favorites, MISICI, or for those that aren't literate in Disney lingo; Move It Shake It Celebrate It.  It is more than just a parade, you get to join in and dance, great music and great fun.  Make sure you wait for it to circle the hub infront of the castle to join in the celebration.    

Fresh baked chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich = heaven! So good.
Old man at the Grand Floridian, just had to stop and take a picture with him.     
Enjoying our Flame Tree BBQ pulled pork sandwhiches.  When we were deciding where to eat at Animal Kingdom or DAK, we unanimously all said Flame Tree.  Their BBQ sauce is so good.  They don't even use the same sauce at different restaurants around proptery. 
The birds have started becoming really dependent on people feeding them, it is bad.  They have started giving you a card with your meal telling you not to feed the animals. 
Kitchen Sink, enough said
We have now made it to Universal Studios.  I love how Universal is definitely not Disney.  They are really hurting right now, which was nice for us.  We got a 2-day park hopper, but could have done it in 1 because the longest we waited for a ride was 20 i think, but on average everything was like 5 min.
This picture is for my sister Marilee.  We were in Seuss Landing and saw this and had to take a picture.  It is the egg that Mayzie had Horton sitting on.  
 The last nigh of our trip we went to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.  It was a blast, you pay extra for it, but there are awesome firworks, amazing halloween parade, candy and face painting are included in the price, and special characters are out.  We had a great night.
Modeling our awesome face painting.  I asked the lady for fun whimsical halloween and this is what she gave me.  I loved it!
Cindy and her Prince.  She was a lot prettier than the one the other day.
Here we have Susie and Perla.  Can you name what movie they are from? (hint: the picture above)
The creepy ghost keeper of the boat.  He looked super creepy.  The barbershop that is on main street also was decked out as a dead quartet and on their costumes you could see how they died.

The headless horsemen starts of the parade, it is pretty awesome, one of my favorite parts of the Boo to You Parade.
As you can tell we had a blast.  I can't wait to go again.  Mesa High is going in the spring for Festival Disney.  I volunteered to be a chaperone, because who better could go on the trip.  Hello I am Festival Disney and I could fill everyone in on all the totally awesome things down there.  Who knows. Until next time!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Boo to you!

Halloween is an interesting holiday, it is kind of a love hate relationship. I'm not always a big fan, but there are somethings I am a big fan. One of them is how creative people get for their costumes. I saw some really interesting things this year. One of my cousins whom I love dearly and we have had a love hate relationship had an awesome costume, he dressed as the artist Bob Ross. He has been growing out his hair for this occasion and fluffed it out quite nicely, he also had a paint palate to complete the ensemble. It was awesome. As we were at his sister's house for the intense cardboard maze her husband does each year,I was talking Bob and his friends as they had just finished the maze. This teenage girl looks over and says, "Hey your the guy from Channel 8 (for those in AZ you know that is our PBS channel)." We all just busted up laughing, it was hilarious. Another girl said something similar later, but the first reaction was the best with the was she said it. He was quite pleased with her reaction.

Bob was not the only one of my family to have a cool costume. I have an aunt who likes to dress up in different ways. For my sisters wedding since it was Cinderella themed she came as the Fairy God Mothers, for my cousin's wedding when she was marrying a guy from Canada back before the election, she dressed as Hillary Clinton. Friday night as we were at my cousins house having a party and people were previewing the maze, my aunt showed up as Obama, she had painted her self black and had a black wig on. As soon as I saw this dark figure walking up I knew it was her. Again I was laughing hysterically. It was pretty much priceless. Highly entertaining as we Jones' like to be!

As I was looking at the paper today I found a costume that I love from one of my favorite movies, UP. This kid had built a replica of the house and blown up like 30 balloons and was carrying the house with a hose. He had scouting stuff on and his dad even decked out in a suit to be Carl. I might have to take that into consideration for next year, pretty awesome, I love it! People can be so creative.