Log in

Honeymoon in New York, Part II

Tuesday: Tony and I got a late start today and didn't ended up eating breakfast until after noon some time. We did pick up some really gorgeous velvet embossed cards from this 4 story art store on 57th on our way to Ess-A-Bagel. Ok, so bagels in NY are divine. Why can't I take these home with me? We had these multigrain everything bagels that were chewy and slightly crusty on top, just the perfect consistency. I ate it with this crazy sundried tomato tofu spread while Tony had the typical lox on cream cheese. I have to say, his was much better, so I'll keep that in mind. While eating breakfast/lunch, we get a call from my aunt who tells us that the real estate agent will be coming to the condo we are staying in to show it in 30 minutes. In a panic, we grab a cab back, realize that it's going slower than molasses going uphill in January, then hoof it back just in time to see him closing the door after turning on the lights. We rush in, clean up in 8 minutes and make it look vacant, and rush back out so he can show the client. After that, we hop on the R and the 7 to Flushing and Forest Hills to meet with Tony's aunt Sarah, uncle Fernando, and cousin Kyle. Fernando drives us around, showing Tony where we went to middle school and what has happened to his old home (lived there until he was 8). We then went to this park with some gorgeous globe fountain near Shae Stadium. There we saw a real life guido with the DBZ hair and too much tanner. I only thought that level of D.G.ery lived in clubs. After, we went to their house, waited for Kyle to get home, then toured some of the sights like Brooklyn Bridge and the docks. We did get to see the Empire State building and Chrysler Tower all lit up, which was very pleasing.

We still need to hit up China Town, Times Square, and a few other places before we head out on Friday. Yes, I'm taking lots of pictures, which I'll add to these posts soon.


Woo, I'm Married!
It was awesome, Tony teared up when he saw me (really made my day), we were surrounded by dear friends and family, and despite the drama - we had an amazing time!

Pictures will be forthcoming
I'll post more about it when I have more free time.

Fire Update

As of last night, the Los Padres/Indians fire is 66% contained. The emergency contact gave my mom a go ahead to come up to Seattle. They said they were cautiously optimistic about the progress and the relative safety of the house. I haven't been able to find an updated map of the burn coverage since 6/22, so that's a little bit harder to determine fire progress without it. I'm just happy that they deemed it safe enough for her to come. :)

Fire Update

Indians Fire

Monterey Ranger District---Los Padres National Forest

June 18, 2008 11:00 AM

The Monterey County Sheriff, in cooperation with the Indians Fire Incident Commander, has issued a Voluntary Evacuation Notice for residents of upper Pine Canyon who access their property from the dirt portion of Pine Canyon Road. Once you leave, please do not attempt to return until authorities have determined it is safe for you to return to your property.

Fire update

They keep putting off the date they are coming up, which is a little unsettling in more ways than one. Not only that, but my mom is the one making my dress, which she is currently sewing. If she doesn't come up, I have no dress and purple wedding dresses are rather hard to come by. I understand that I can't control it and it's not planned and it's petty of me to expect my parents to be here, but I just can't imagine walking down the aisle without them.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


I'm getting married in 12 days, and I should be super excited. Instead, I'm nervous. Not so much for me, but for my parents. My mom was planning on coming up to Seattle today to get Cheshyr in order and finish up my dress. Now, they may have to just fly up and we hope that the dress fits perfectly without a final trial. Currently, Pine Canyon is being threatened by a huge fire. The pictures and e-mail my mom just sent me are making me nauseous to think about what might happen. They are on watch right now and the firemen are concerned about my parents leaving to come up here at all. The house very well might go up into flames, and I'm concerned about their safety and that of the animals. I don't know how she's going to move the horses when they don't fit her trailer...or the dogs in the car...or the 7 cats without enough kennels.I feel ill.

From my mom:
Here's some pictures taken last night 6/15, this am 6/16 & now this afternoon. The smoke plume is over us now & there are 3 or 4 fire engines a the foot of our driveway. The crew is from San Diego area & said there are various groups of engines stationed up & down Pine Canyon. God help us! Mother Nature Help Us!! I sure hope they can get a handle on this fire!!!

here's a link for an update....



To see all of the important locations of our wedding on one interactive map check out our Wedding Mapper map!

Today's Positive:
Tony and I picked up our marriage license today.

We got into another car accident...in my car. :(


Seattle pictures

Spring has sprung in Seattle. Finally.

(UW campus cherry blossoms, early April; Tree 1 block from the apartment, late April; Flowers around the Inn at Queen Anne, last week of April)


Apr. 23rd, 2008

Yes long time no post. I've been swamped with the combination of medical visits, school, and wedding planning.

School: Last quarter I ended up taking Teachers' Self Understanding (5 credit @ UWB) with Dr. Cherry Banks; Cultures of Curriculum (3 credit @ UWB) with Dr. Pamela Joseph; American Cultures (5 credit @ SCCC) with Paul Croon.
The self understand was the most difficult because it forced me to really look and a great deal of privilege and misconceptions that I was not actively aware of due to the perceived color of my skin (not having people follow me while in stores, being able to find the proper foundation for my skin, not getting questioned for the types of medicine I use, etc.) One of this issues I had problems with was accepting a white identity because I don't identify as white. I am also ethnically Jewish and I've faced a number of prejudices and stereotypes (both in jest and in callousness), so in this sense I do have a minority perspective on some issues. I guess I'm still struggling to 'find' myself in this context, but the class really helped to open my eyes.
Cultures of curriculum was interesting because we had to observe teachers instructing throughout the quarter while figuring out what type of curricula they were using. And yes, there is more than one curriculum. I discovered that I really enjoyed change-based pedagogy because it encompassed what I wanted to do with my students while teaching at FSU and what I want to do once I get certified. (Allowing students to make their own meaning, giving them freedom to creatively approach papers, teaching students as a coauthor of knowledge - not as the end all, be all of knowledge).
I had trouble with the American Cultures course as well, but it was more of a personality conflict with the instructor. Our styles just didn't mesh and he didn't appreciate me observing his teaching methods - plus, he refused to listen to alternative interpretations (in a Lit class of all places!)
This quarter I'm taking Change Reform (5 credit @ UWB) with Dr. Carol Kubota and Historical Analysis of Educational Issues (3 credit @ UW) with Dr. Nancy Beadie. Change reform seems interesting so farm, and I think I'm going to focus on my change topic of kids, providing for core needs, and how failure or fulfillment of those needs influences how kids perceive school/education. The instructor is so much fun though! The ELDPS course on the Seattle campus is a bit more intellectual and a bit more more, oddly enough. We must read an entire novel each week (Just finished Garry Wills' Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remade America). In addition to that, we have a paper due each week that is supposed to address different issues of each novel ranging from alternative interpretations, to historical context, to claims. It's a pretty beefy course, and I really should be finishing my paper that's due in three hours instead of writing this =^-^;=

Wedding: Things are going well, although I don't have as much time to devote to it because of the course work. We just met with the DJ and went over what we wanted. This weekend I meet with the wedding planner to
'walk the grounds' and figure out where the wedding party will be before, during, and directly after the ceremony. Tony and I still need to work on the prenup, but I think he's going to have to start it. Most of the stuff is either booked or purchased, so we are doing well. We did finally book the honeymoon, which will be August 17th-August 22nd. We will be fling to Washington, D.C., then busing it to New York for a few days. We are going to put off going to Japan until I have more than a single week off from my program.

Health: doing ok. I'm still having problems with my neck, but the combination of massage and physical therapy have really helped. I think my range of motion has increased from 30%-80%. I'm getting there though! Weight-wise, I've been doing ok as well. I started using the Body Bugg and I've lost 12 lbs since Valentine's day. Not too shabby, but I wanted to drop at least 10 more by this time next month. Hopefully that happens. I've stepped up cardio to 1-2.5 hours 5-7 days a week. I've decreased calories and I've been really carefully about sugar this past week thanks to some info Kathleen posted in her LJ. I must be looking better because I've been getting cat calls from random guys when I'm out walking (in jeans and a sweater).

Ok, now back to writing that paper!

ganked from aboutagirl777

What Privilege Do You Have?

Father went to college
Father finished college
Mother went to college
Mother finished college
Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor.
Had more than 50 books in your childhood home
Had more than 500 books in your childhood home
Were read children's books by a parent
Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18
Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18
The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively
Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18 [didn't have a credit card until I was 21]
Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs
Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs
Went to a private high school
Went to summer camp
Had a private tutor before you turned 18
Family vacations involved staying at hotels
Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18
Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them
There was original art in your house when you were a child
Had a phone in your room before you turned 18
You and your family lived in a single family house
Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home
You had your own room as a child
Participated in an SAT/ACT prep course
Had your own TV in your room in High School
Owned a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College
Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16
Went on a cruise with your family
Went on more than one cruise with your family
Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up
You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family [nope, father made that one very obvious each time the bill came in]

In the group exercise which was originally designed for college students, staff and faculty, everyone stands in a line and steps forward if any of these things are true for them.

If we were all in a big room, I would have taken 8 steps forward. How about you? How many would you have taken? How many steps will your kids have taken by the time they're 18?

Notice that each of these are things that were given to you or provided for you rather than things you necessarily earned yourself. The exercise instructions note that just because you've taken a lot of steps doesn't mean that you haven't worked hard to get where you are. But perhaps consider the things you've had handed to you that others didn't have.

To participate in this blog game, copy and paste the above list into your blog, and bold the items that are true for you.

(Exercise developed by Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, Stacy Ploskonka at Illinois State University. If you participate in this blog game please acknowledge their copyright.)

Oddly enough, this relates to the paper I'm supposed to be writing.