Stressful as it can be, I really do enjoy working with these crazy high school kids! This is *most* of my journalism class at the annual Deseret News Journalism Conference held at UVU. A day that is fun for the students, but stressful for me as I chaperone a couple of suburbans full of teenagers and then stress some more as awards are announced for various competition categories such as best layout, best news article, best column ect.
This year we took home three awards - we have done better, but that's really not too bad for a conference with 21 schools participating and over 400 competition entries. I just get anxious for my students to be recognized for their hard work and budding-talent. Aside from boys playing Risk on a laptop during a break-out session, and girls that were just there to check out cute boys from other schools, all-in-all the conference was a successful experience for us.
1. Meet someone. Go out on lots of dates with said boy. 2. Go out with other boys who are asking you out who are not said boy. 3. Let boys who have not stepped up in the past anticipate stepping up with you. 4. Become very confused as to whether you are actually dating said boy. 5. Become very very confused as to whom you like and why. 6. Turn down the man who actually asked you out for Valentine's Day because it is not said boy and you feel kind of guilty about a Valentine's Day date with someone else. 7. Said boy does not ask you out for Valentine's Day because he is not sure what is going on either. 8. Stay home and grade papers on Valentine's Day. Who needs it anyway, right? 9. Feel slightly disgruntled that you are home grading research papers on Valentine's Day. Wonder why you are going out so often with boys but have no boyfriend, and are, as stated above, home grading papers on Valentine's Day. Valentine's Day never seemed important at all before; wonder why you are worried about not having a date for it now. 10. Get over it.
So I just signed up to go to China over spring break with a program for educators subsidized by the Chinese government/education system. So...I will be travelling with a bunch of boring teachers like myself.... jk....but it will be a really interesting and very cost efficient trip. My roommate Keri is going with me as well. What I'm most excited about, is that other than touring Chinese schools (jk), I will among other things, be able to walk on the Great Wall of China, see the Terra Cotta Soilders, and tour the Forbidden City.
I am a year older, but still blessed with amazing and supportive friends. This year my birthday was really really wonderful. It was a weekend full of celebrations! I think birthdays are really just a great reason to get people together. Friday night we went to Macaroni Grill, my favorite resturant in Provo with a bunch of my guy and girlfriends and then saw the movie Tangled, cute movie. My best single girlfriends had cake and icecream for me Sunday night and gave me an emergency dating kit with toothpaste, lipstick, a movie, scented lotion, and a red, fuzzy blanket! :)Someone is going to get special treatment from me. Haha Heidi and Heather and Cami and I got together and ate at Tucanos on Saturday. I love that we are all still good friends - always a pleasure! Thanks girls for being a few of my favorite married friends!
Thank you to all of my friends and family for being so wonderful whether I was able to celebrate with you or not!