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Posted on 2011.02.28 at 15:48
I'm engaged to the love of my life. Mark and I will be married on December 18, 2011.



Posted on 2010.10.23 at 18:13
I just realized I haven't posted anything since December of 2009. I suppose it's time for an update. I am sitting on the couch with the most wonderful person I've ever met, Mark, and we've been together for almost 8 fantastic months. I'm having a much better year at work this time over. I guess the whole 1st-year-teacher complex has finally ended, and I'm starting to become a better teacher. I guess I'll summarize my year thus far in list form, since it's the quickest way to get it all out:

1. Closed contact with my mother's side of my family December 27th, 2009. Long story.
2. Met Mark in February through my karate class/the art museum, and we began dating March 6, 2010
3. Sold my 1992 Nissan NX and purchased a 2003 Nissan Maxima in July.
4. Didn't get fired.
5. Principal DID get fired :)
6. Visited Pensacola Beach before the oil slick hit it.
7. Started another year of teaching at Bolton-Edwards Elementary/Middle School.
8. My father had a stroke 6 days before my birthday :(
9. I celebrated my 24th year on earth.
10. I passed my black belt Shotokan Karate rank test.

This brings us to the present. I'm prepping to go to Denver, CO with Mark so that he can present a conference paper. We will visit Bonita, my best friend, and Raechel, my wonderful sister, while we are there. After this, I fly to California for the first time. Meeting Mark's parents... I'm a bit terrified, but I'm looking forward to the trip. Anyway, I'll try to be better about my updates. Until later.


My 2009, in Review

Posted on 2009.12.31 at 13:40
2009 has been probably the most eventful year of my life. Looking back, most of the event were good, though there were a few rocky roads.... (mmm... Ice cream!)...

Anyway, Here is my 2009:

January 2009:

For the first time ever, I did not enroll in traditional classes. I did not return to the dorms in Troy. I said goodbye to the Paden House.

I moved in with my grandparents.

I began my internship, student teaching, in Pensacola, FL at Ransom Middle School.

I interviewed for the UNCG theory department. I did not get accepted.

March 2009:

I left Ransom Middle School and began my internship at Tate High School.

I started realizing that most of my friends in Troy, though I thought I'd remain close with, were growing apart from me.

May 2009:

I completed my internship and submitted my portfolio.

I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Troy University.

I interviewed at a high school for a band director job. I did not get it.

I contracted Whooping Cough.

June 2009:

I interviewed at Bolton-Edwards Elementary/Middle School as a band/music teacher. I got the job.

July 2009:

I packed away everything I owned and said goodbye to my lives in Troy, AL and Pensacola, FL to move to Clinton, MS.

For the first time, I was living completely alone.

I adopted a cat named Titan.

I began training for my first Figure competition.

August 2009:

I started my first big-kid job in the real world as a band director.

I restarted Shotokan Karate.

I finally stopped showing symptoms of Whooping Cough.

September 2009:

I contracted H1N1 and missed 2 days of work, followed shortly by sinusitis. Add 1 more day.

I turned 23. I didn't celebrate.

October 2009:

I went to homecoming in Troy.

I had my laptop stolen.

I purchased a new laptop.

November 2009:

My best friend at work resigned. Back to square one.

I saw my family over Thanksgiving break. I ate a lot.

December 2009:

I had three successful holiday concerts with my band students. Even though much was asked of them with sometimes only a few minutes notice, they came through like a real team. I started to see the results of what I am doing for these kids.

I finally told all my friends and family about my plans to compete in figure competitions.

I completed my first full year of teaching (if you count my internship) and my first semester at BEEMS.

I got two Snuggies for Christmas.

Cross-reference from Facebook

Posted on 2009.12.30 at 22:18
I posted this on Facebook a week ago, but forgot to put it on here for the few of you who aren't yet in the 21st century... Anyway, here it goes:

So this is it.... after much anticipation and excitement, I'm letting you all in on what my big change is. No, I'm not engaged. I'm not pregnant. I'm not having a sex change. It's nothing big and exciting like that. Now that I've let you down, I can tell you what this is really about, as it's very exciting for me, even though none of you will probably really care once you find out.

On June 5th, 2010 and July 17, 2010, I'm competing in the NPC Mississippi Bodybuilding and Figure Southern Classic and Championships in Jackson, MS in the figure division. For those who don't understand what I'm talking about, google image "Ms. Figure." It's not quite regular modeling, but it's not quite bodybuilding, either. It's right in the middle.

This is something I've wanted to do for a long time, but I was afraid of negative criticism from my friends, and especially, my family. By moving to Mississippi, I got away from those that I feared and just let me be myself. I'm happy with my results thus far, though I still have a long way to go.

I've told most of my close friends and the few people in my family that I feared the reaction from the most. This is my first public official announcement of my intent to compete. I know this is a sport that isn't very widely accepted for women to do, yet, but I hope to shed some light on how awesome it can be. If you feel it is unacceptable for women to have muscle, that is fine. It's your opinion. All I ask is that you understand that this is something I really want to do that is going to make me a happier, healthier person.

I appreciate all of your support, and I hope you can enjoy what I'm working to do! Below is a link to my BodySpace (it's like MySpace for fitness enthusiasts). You can see my progress from 2007-Present on it. Disclaimer: while on stage, I must wear a bikini and high heels. Don't hate on them in my practice poses!

Again, the link is below. Thank you, and enjoy!


Posted on 2009.11.13 at 06:16
ugh. that's all, really.

Posted on 2009.09.23 at 22:13
Today was my 23rd birthday.

I had two students bring me bags of cookies, though, and another, a ziplock bag of popcorn (won't be eating that, lol). I also had my 2nd grade and kindergarten classes sing to me. 2 clarinet players also practiced and prepared Happy Birthday for me!

As far as my coworkers, though, not a single person wished me happy birthday. I didn't say anything, but being completely ignored, not even greeted with a "hello" or "good morning" is a good way to drive a person into depression...

Today was a crummy day.

I need to see friends/family before I go mad. I like to think that I'm currently teaching not only in the armpit of America, but the infected ingrown hair in the armpit of America.

Happy birthday to me.

Posted on 2009.09.03 at 06:04
I Was home sick from work yesterday with the flu, and I still have it. It's 6am, and I have to be at work in an hour. I'm pouring sweat, and I feel miserable. I can't miss any more, though, at least not this early in the year.

To get your day started right, take a look at this!

Posted on 2009.08.15 at 10:12
I finished my first week teaching them kids at school. All in all, it was pretty rough. I don't want to get into details, but I have A LOT of work on my plate to make this happen.


Posted on 2009.07.26 at 18:59
I haven't written in what feels like forever. Here's what's been up:

Two weeks ago, I moved to Clinton, MS.

I love my apartment.

I didn't have internet for two weeks cause they don't sell DSL modems anywhere here... they are trying to push Comcast!

I've been visiting my classroom cleaning up the mess the old director left me. I have a challenge ahead of me.

Last week, I adopted a cat from the Mississippi Animal Rescue League. His name is Titan, and he's a polydactyl. He has an extra toe on each foot, fangs that hang out all the time cause they are too big for his mouth to close over them.

I have three TV stations: CBS, a 24 hour local weather forecast/infomercials, and Retro TV

I took another Praxis exam (PLT k-6) on Saturday that was required for my Mississippi licensure. I did okay, I think.

The average IQ of Jackson, MS is around 40. I'm sure of it.

When it rains here, it smells like dirt and wet dog.


Hey, eljay!

Posted on 2009.05.27 at 22:27
I'm officially the k-8 music/band director at Bolton Edwards Elementary Middle School in Bolton, MS.

I teach:

k/1st/2nd grade general music
3rd grade unison recorder ensemble
4th grade harmony recorder ensemble
5th-6th grade beginning band
7-8th grade symphonic band


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