Monday, May 31, 2010

Alive!

Hey dears! 

This weekend was wonderful. Exactly what I needed. 

I spent a lot of time with friends, both the friends I see once a week if not more and the friends I don't spend time with too often because we've grown apart (but not in a bad way). 

This weekend was full of Daria:

Handstands:

Puppy love:
Wall-e cakes

Out of character manicures-

And the perfect amount of quiet time in my natural habitat:


I've had time to reboot and I'm ready to make this week awesome. I've missed the hell out of all of you and I can't wait to get caught up on reading and commenting.

xoxoxoxo

Friday, May 28, 2010

Comfortable Silence

{Found here}

One of my favorite quotes ever is from Pulp Fiction.

“Don't you hate that? Uncomfortable silence. Why do we feel it's necessary to talk about bull in order to feel comfortable? That's when you know you've found somebody really special. When you can just shut the hell up for a minute and comfortably share a silence”.

In the last 24 hours, life has finally caught up with me. I'm frustrated beyond belief for reasons I can't even begin to describe. I'm frustrated with my current situation, I'm stuck at a job I don't want to be at (no offense) because I literally have no choice due to the fact that Summer tuition is due in two weeks and this is the only way I can go to school, I am feeling so disappointed and let down by so many people in my life and I can only play pretend for so long before I want to hide away.

When things get like this, I have two choices. I can either wallow and hide away from it. Or I can wallow and hide away from it at one of my best friend’s house.

My best friend is the dearest little dear heart and most extroverted feeler on Earth. He is a photographer during the day and draws amazing pictures and comics at night.

He’s ENFJ and the perfect balance to my antsy, depressed self.  He patiently listens to all my teaching stories, all my work stories and all my ideas. He understands when I don’t want to talk and I love him for never pushing.

Today was tough and just plain nasty. I didn’t have anything to say. I just needed to escape and catch my breath.

I need to make peace with situations, I need to deal with what has been given to me and make the best of it.  I need to be ready to face the world and I just don’t think I can yet.

Instead, I’m going to comfortably share a silence. I’m going to enjoy this moment. With him sitting on the floor, focusing on his computer screen carefully editing pictures  and me,  getting lost in a book and closing the door tight on any darkness trying to sneak in.

So what I'm trying to say is, I'm going to take the three day weekend off from the internet to deal. Deal with sucky people, sucky situations and sucky life events. I’m going to comfortably share this silence and be reminded that things can and will be okay.

When I return on Monday or maybe even Tuesday, I'll be ready to take on the world again.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

80 MPH


{Found here}
  1. Wake up
  2. Check email while still in bed and respond to 2 emails about joining my etsy team.
  3. Get out of bed, brush teeth, swtich things from my school backpack to my teaching bag
  4. Go downstairs and make a bagel
  5. While bagel is cooking work on reading response for Thursday Class
  6. Eat Breakfast
  7. Pack lunch
  8. Do dishes
  9. shower
  10. Dress for student teaching
  11. Pack change of pants and socks
  12. Leave the house
  13. Drive 20 minutes to school
  14. get to school at 9:10
  15. Talk to three of my students reading specialist
  16. Make it to classroom
  17. Read my host teacher's note for the day
  18. Make copies of entry task
  19. School starts, kids come in.
  20. Pass out entry task. 
  21. Calendar, lunch count.
  22. Reading Group. Half my class leaves, students from other class come in.
  23. Teach the difference between Tepees and Tundra.
  24. Check Allison's, Brooke-Lynne's, Skyler's, Zamir's and Jazmine's homework. 
  25. Write out tickets for the bicycle drawing.
  26. Talk to para about child with CP.
  27. Word knowledge activity (homophones).
  28. Get frustrated when nobody remembers the word suffix when we've talked about it 28093092 times.
  29. Take Austin's chair because he continues to rock in it.
  30. Call helper's to pass out books.
  31. Tell them to turn to page 264, 4 times.
  32. Decide to have them read quietly to themselves instead of in partners like I originally planned.
  33. Have jayson move to the floor near me.
  34. Walk around to monitor reading
  35. Go to my happy place.
  36. Have books put away.
  37. Gulp Dr. Pepper.
  38. Turn off lights and have them put their heads down for 2 minutes of quiet time.
  39. Reading ends, class returns.
  40. have helpers pass out whiteboards and markers.
  41. Repeat the phrase "please leave the cap on your marker until I ask you to take it off" a dozen + times. 
  42. read story problems outloud and ask them to solve it on their whiteboards
  43. Move Sam to back table.
  44. Collect markers
  45. Write the page # on the board that I want them to turn to so I don't have to repeat it.
  46. Work through problem #1 together then have them do the rest on their own. 
  47. Talk to my ELL student about the different meaning of the word "nails".
  48. Sit down.
  49. Attempt to work on lesson for my observation in two weeks.
  50. Kids finish math early, slightly panic, decide to play around the world.
  51. Line up for lunch.
  52. Walk down to lunch.
  53. Tell Malaki and Isabelle to stop poking each other in line.
  54. Sit down, eat half m sandwich with the kids. Reach my interaction capacity after a child asks me to spell I-cup for the 3rd time. Retreat back to the classroom which is dark and quiet and temporarily peaceful to finish my lunch and ingest as much dr. pepper as possible.
  55. Recharge.
  56. Recess bell.
  57. Get students from recess.
  58. Ask them to take out their writing work.
  59. Remind Zavian, Zamir, Aaliyah and Khaiya o check their spelling dicitionary in their desks instead of asking me words they know.
  60. Edit 6 writing assignments
  61. Thank god for early release days. It's time to pack up.
  62. Freak out slightly when I see that a pencil sharpener had been emptied on the floor.
  63. Call kids to the carpet area to read before we go home.
  64. Read approximately 6 minutes instead of the schedule ten due to the fact that I had to stop and tell kids to stop playing with rocks, staples and shoe laces. 
  65. Dismissal bell rings.
  66. Walk kids to bus.
  67. Teaming meeting. Assess how we should teach division in the remaining two weeks when many students still struggle with simple addition.
  68. Correct reading tests. Get frustrated when a question says "why was the boy sad" and one of the answers is "because he was sad".
  69. Leave school.
  70. Pick up dinner. 
  71. Arrive at college.
  72. Change pants and socks.
  73. Go to class. 
  74. Listen to 57 slide presentation (no lie) about assessment and how to write a paper and pencil test the right way.
  75. Eat a candy bar I dig out of my bag.
  76. Drink more dr. pepper.
  77. Get out of class at 9:15.
  78. Finally finally finally head home.
  79. Make it home alive.
  80. Get into my pajamas, brush my teeth and get into bed.
  81. Check facebook, google reader, etsy shop.
  82. Close computer.
  83. Crash.

Monday, May 24, 2010

The one about the baby animals

Tomorrow (today if you're fancy and live somewhere that isn't near me), I have my first unit plan due. I decided to do it on Eric Carle books because I'm a junkie for the written word and Eric Carle is one of my favorite authors. Also, because my program director told me it wasn't a good choice and I was determined to prove her wrong.

Holy hell.

This is the biggest and hardest project I have ever done. Five lesson plans that have 3 different forms of assessment and a cornucopia of other weird and tedious requirements. Each of my lesson plans are between 4-5 pages. I also need a summary and rationale. And a title page because I'm super J and like things a certain way. 


I think I'm done and almost ready for bed and go to print when the ink gage on my printer moves from 2 to zero and starts printing in light gray. fuuuddgee.


I give up universe. I'm just going to go to my happy place.





Wait... I need more...


{all found searching "cute animals" here}

Much better. 


Ok, so what was I saying? Oh yeah, lesson plans.

Forget it. I'm just going to scroll back up and look at the panda waving.





Sunday, May 23, 2010

Jack Shepard is a pussy boy

I'm sorry that I'm not sorry if you are offended by me saying pussy boy (damn it! I said it again).

But really. Jack Shepard is one!

*this is one of my last posts about lost, I promise* 

April Fools!

But for real. Jack Shepard is such a pussy boy.

I'm still so sad about lost ending. I got all teary when I got a text from ABC today about the show (shut up, you're just mad you didn't sign up before the show ended) and I knew it would be one of the last ones from them I would ever get.

So here's what I'm going to do, I'm going to tell you how I think Lost should end. 

1. Jack Shepard will FINALLY get what's coming to him and die. Hopefully by Locke shooting him in the face/heart for being such a baby and wasting countless episodes of valuable lost time.

2. When babyface Jack dies, Hurley would take over the island because he's the sweetest character ever and when he wanted to write the script to Empire Strikes Back, he earned a spot in my heart.

3. Kate will just disappear. Don't waste any time on telling me where she disappeared to because that's pointless and she sucks.

4. Ben and I will get married. 

5. Desmond and Penny will live happily ever after because they are great.

6. Juliet will have a kickass off island life because she so deserves it after all the crap she put up with on the island.

7. Ben and I will have kids.

8. Sawyer will be able to go home and parent his kid.

9. Walt will come back to the island to get his dog and then be able to leave.

10. Here's what WON'T happen: the island won't be hell, they won't all be dead, it's not someone's dream and anything stereotypical, dumb or unoriginal.

My fishsticks are done cooking so I have to go now. Yes, I'm eating fish sticks. I'm sad ok?!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Zero



I'm writing this post because I'm supposed to be writing lesson plans all weekend (literally, I have 6 due this week) and I have zero motivation. None. It's not even like writing these plans are that hard or complicated. I just don't feel like doing it.

So instead, I'm here. Catching up on comments (or attempting to at least) and making lists of pointless things.
Here's whats on my mind right now:
  • I don't understand why it's even necessary to write lesson plans. I don't ever use them when I teach. I completely 10000% understand the importance of being organized and having things written out and a plan for the week (I am INFJ afterall) but this whole, 4 page plan for every single lesson I teach is a bit much and just for my teachers. Not at all for me.

  •  I'm friends with a friend of a friend on facebook. Did you follow that? I go to school with a friend we'll call A and was trapped at her house once (literally, trapped at this girls house because I didn't have a car and we were supposed to drive to class together). Anyways, her friend M came over and now becuase you know, we hung out once we are supposed to be friends on facebook. Anyways, this girl has the most ridiculous statuses on EARTH. I want to pull my hair out everytime I read them. Here's an example of some (complete with my commentary of course)

    1.
    If LOST was so great, why did it get cancelled? I'm seriously curious as to why it's going bye bye.
    Uh. Seriously? Lost wasn't canceled. They announced in 2007 that the show would end in 2010. If you are going to bitch about something on the internet, at least make yourself look edcuated and know the facts first.

    2.
    so, these giant sized smarties are just that. giant. smarties. meaning that they are the bomb!

    Please tell me you are kidding.

    3.
    Dear Stupid Man at the main gate, you're a poo poo head!

    Let me explain this one. The man at the gate she is referring to is the guy at the MAIN GATE of the freaking NAVAL BASE. That they don't let her randomly come on and visit her husband 430834 times a week at. 

    Needless to say, I hid her after I copied these statuses. It's not just because she bagged on Lost (although that was the icing on the hiding cake) but I just hate reading that kind of garbage.
  • I spend a lot of time working on the Puget Sound Etsy team. It's  really frustrating to me though when I get emails/comments complaining about how we don't have meetings and blah blah blah. but everytime I do try and plan anything, nobody responds. I'm trying hard to do a featured seller article once a week on the blog to show off work and get to know people on the team better but I've had ONE response. One! Don't complain if you aren't willing to contribute. Losers.

    Alright, I'm going to slave away some more. Please go out and do something fun so I can live vicariously through you.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Oh Friday

Oh Friday.

I'm so glad you're back. 

This week has been crazy. I haven't been feeling very well, add that to the fact that I've worked everyday this week and gone to class (ok, maybe I only went to one class out of 3 but I earned a break, I swear) and teaching on Monday and Wednesday,  I am just plain exhausted. 

So exhausted in fact, that my plans for this weekend consist of pajamas, junk food and homework. Oh and maybe a healthy dose of wallowing about Lost ending (yes, I'm STILL hung up on this and will be forever).

I decided to not do the fill in the blanks for today because they were all about fashion and I'd be the last person on Earth who should answer any fashion related questions. I'd have to google the name of the company who makes those really soft sweat pants. 

It's time for bed now.

Have a good weekend dears.

Oh and If you don't hear from me for a few days (weeks? years?) it's because I'm in my room still crying about Lost being over.

p.s. please watch this video if you like lost at all (but don't if you aren't caught up because it is full of spoilers and recent stuff)



Thursday, May 20, 2010

Live Together, Die Alone

Dude. You had to have known this was coming. If you don't like reading about how sick and sad it makes me that Lost is ending, look away now. (also, beware of possible spoilers).





 In case you don't know or have been living under a rock for the last few weeks, Lost ends this Sunday. Forever.

Lost is my favorite show ever. I love it so much. The thing about it is, you either love Lost or you don't. I've never met anyone who is in the middle. I have a small group of Lost devotees who I text back and forth with during each episode. When we hang out, we compile list of our favorite Lost moments or the moments that truly surprised us.



When I don't get out of class by 8:30, I start to get anxious and worry that I'll miss the first few minutes of each episode, the moments that introduce us to the next piece of the story before going to the title screen and leaving us begging for more. 


I feel how I felt when the last Harry Potter book came out. Knowing that it was all over made me feel sad and worried. I like things to end the way I want them too. I want to be able to say "wow, it all made sense and was obvious from the start". 


I'll miss spending nights with you Lost. I'll miss having something as awesome as you are to look forward to. I'll miss trying to figure you out. I'll miss your subtle clues and inside jokes. 


See you in another life.


xoxo
Whitney



I now present you with my top 10 favorite Lost moments...




10. Finding out Sayid now works for Ben





9. Hurley Driving the dharma van



8. Pretty much any moment from "The Constant"



7. Not Penny's Boat



6. "Let's go over it again"


5. Seeing Jacob for the first time




4. Locke in the coffin



3. Breakfast with Henry Gale



2. Downtown



1. Desmond in the hatch! (my favorite lost/tv moment forever and all time)






Tuesday, May 18, 2010

QUUIICCK

I am literally supposed to be walking out the door right now to go to work but I HAVE to post this because I found it hilarious:

 I don't have the link because someone sent it to me so sorry.

Also, I miss you internet and I'm so sorry all I do is work and go to school. Let's reunite soon.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Friday, May 14, 2010

And then we laughed. Hard.

A lot of the time, I like to have my posts prewritten and scheduled during the weeks when I'm working or teaching or both and know I won't have time to sit down and write anything worthwhile. 

I have an awesome unsent letters post scheduled to go up tomorrow morning but then something happened today and I felt like I have to write about it now while it's still fresh in my head and hilarious so insted of overloading your subscriptions with what is going on in my mind (introverted intutition!), I'll push a post back until Sunday. 

Remember a few days ago when I was talking about stuff that happens to me that is so awkward and completely out of line that I couldn't make it up if I tried (see here)

Well anyways, today they BOTH came (this makes sense if you clicked on the link above or just follow along carefully) into my work (this is only slightly justified because we used to work together last year and he likes to come in and say hi but only when I'm there which is rare because I'm just a sub and only when he has a girl with him which is a whole other post for a whole other day). 

I am having a hard time conveying how hilarious/pathetic this was to me. 

This is the SECOND time he's just "dropped in" and brought his girlfriend along with him, two different girls mind you.

I mean, what is the point of doing this? Why would either one of these girls want to tag along?

How does this come about? Does he ask her what she wants to do on this beautiful Friday night and when she can't come up with an idea, he suggests they stop by his former job?

What's the conversation like on the way there? In the parking lot? Does she know I'm going to be there? Is it something they plan together?

So there's where I am now. Laughing consistently because this happened and so so thankful that it happened at the moment that it did because I was feeling good today and the weather was nice and I was half way decent at my job and it was just a perfect.

I love when I feel like I'm victorious and I finally have the upper hand in a situation that I had been struggling with for so long. 

Life is good and super funny.

Fill in the blank Friday

Yesterday was so completely beautiful. But of course, I was stuck inside most of the day. 

Things lately have been really good but super busy. I'll try to sit down sometime this weekend and write an update about everything that has been going on.
But for now, it's time for the blanks. As always, you can play along here.

1.  The very best thing about the summer is    I'm not sure if I could pick just one thing. I really love the Summer. I think what I love the most is when you wake up and it's already bright and sunny out. That helps me get out of bed and get my butt into gear. 

2.  My first crush ever was      Atreyu from the neverending story. I loved that movie and him especially so much when I was probably 4 or 5.

3.  This may sound really silly but     last night, my tech teacher called me social and it upset me really bad. I don't think of myself that way and 90% of the time, I'm the quiet introvert one but my program is set up so we take all of the same classes with all of the same people the entire two years. I'm just comfortable around these people, I'm not the annoying talker in class.  It was just a reminder that as a teacher, I don't really know how kids will take something I say and I have to be careful in case I have a student who is silly and oversensitive like I am. 

4.  I squeeze my toothpaste from       the middle which drives just about everyone crazy. 

5.  My absolute favorite "comfort food" is   mashed potatoes and brown gravy. This is the only thing that usually sounds good to me when I'm sick or sad. 

6.  A random fact about me is that     yikes. I've already talked about my obsession with personality types so what else is random about me? I am crazy about deleting things off my dvr. Except for lost and 30 rock, as soon as I watch something, I HAVE To delete it or it will drive me crazy. 

7.  The one piece of technology that truly makes my life better and I couldn't live without is    I'm not going to lie. It's absolutely my cell phone. I couldn't live without my computer or of course the internet but I think I would live a shorter time if I had to go without my cell phone.


Have a great weekend everyone! I am going on a mini road trip tomorrow with one of my best girl friends to the Olympia Farmers Market which I hear is awesome and fun. I'm bringing my camera so I'll take lots of pictures to share. Then, my plan for Sunday is to do some homework and relax because this upcoming week is super busy. 
But for now, the sun is out and I have a few hours before I have to go to work so I'm going to go live it up.

Monday, May 10, 2010

I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried

I don't talk about my personal life because of a few reasons. 1) I'm paranoid. 2) I worry about complaining too much and 3) I have a hard time telling stories in a way that isn't a giant yawn.

But I feel like it is my duty to share this because I swear, stuff like this only happens to me.

The guy that I talked about here and here and I'm sure some other places but I'm too lazy to go back and look called me tonight to ask if it was okay for him to give his new girlfriend (the girl he calls his freaking soul mate and has plans to marry) my phone number so she can text me and get to know me.

WHAT.

How does that even make sense? I've seen enough lifetime movies to know that there is no normal reason as to why she would want to "get to know me".
Vomit.

See what I mean? 

This week started off with a bang. More like a slap to the face.




 

Sunday, May 9, 2010

A different kind of Sunday Sweets

Happy Mother's Day to the sweetest person I know. 

 See, my mom is super cool. She lets me talk to her about MBTI for hours on end. She watches Titanic with me when I have a bad day. She doesn't blink an eye when I decide to make these at 10:30 at night (this was last night).

She lets me live at home because I'm a loser and my school costs way too much. She has introduced me to U2, Madonna, Super tacos from jack in the box, Sephora, Coach, Harold and Maude and many other awesome things.

She's laughing so hard she's crying at SNL right now.


I love you mom!







 

The Other Side



A little while ago, I wrote about the beauty of working with strong groups of women here

Now, it's time to talk about the other side of this.

There are certain situations that are forced and awkward. There are certain times when you are required to hang out with people who think differently than you, live differently than you and are no good for you to be around.

I don't want to go into details but I'll give you the info you need to know.

I spent some time recently with a group of women who did nothing but sit around and complain, be negative and criticize. Well, don't get me wrong, I do my fair share of this on my own time but there is definitely a solid line and when this line is crossed, the situation quickly becomes toxic.

These are the kind of women I work to avoid. These are the women who obsess about weight and inadequacies, these are the women who struggle to focus on the nice things that the universe has gifted to them. 

I am not one of these women and I hope you're not either.

xoxo

Saturday, May 8, 2010

What it's like working in second grade


Girl: Miss Whitney, do you still live with your mom?
Me: Yup
Girl: You still live with your mom?! You know you're a grown up! Your mom doesn't need to watch you anymore!

Different girl at lunch: "Guess what Miss Whitney! I had a dream you were my stepmom. Isn't that so cool? How cool would that be? You were my stepmom. That would just be so cool".

Friday, May 7, 2010

Guess What!

If you're the type of person who doesn't like looking at pictures of people's furniture, move along. Also, I apologize for posting twice in one day but I just couldn't help it.

There is this amazing furniture store-type thing based out of a storage unit downtown (dude, I know right?). Anyways, I stopped there and found this!


Oh my goodness. Love love love For those of you who don't know (which should be ALL of you otherwise you know information you shouldn't) this is the EXACT same green that I have in my room. 

I'm not going to tell you how much it was because I think it was reasonably priced but I know there is going to be some debbie downer out there who will tell me I paid waayyyy to much and frankly, that's something I don't want to hear.

Instead, let's look at more pictures of my majestic beauty of a shelf.


I love her so much. I can't figure out what I want to put on her yet. Movies? Books? Candles? Pictures? Either way, I'm so happy to have found her.



Happy Friday!

I think this is something I say every week but is it just me or does it feel like the weeks keep flying by? Every Friday when I sit down to do this, I feel like I literally just did the last one.

My Grandma always used to tell me to drink up the moments of being a kid because when you become an adult, the years start flying by. I hate to admit she was right about something but that really is how I feel. I'm almost done with my first year of my teaching program and it still feels like it was just yesterday that I would spend all my time at work checking my phone (sorry Constance) to see if my letter had come in the mail. One day, I'll write about what it took to get into Western and the 2308382 month wait to here if I got in. But today is for celebrating the fact that I made it through another week and it's all about the fill in the blanks!
 {Found here}


1.  My favorite book growing up was     The Art Lesson by Tomie DePaola. I'm not even sure what it is about this book but I just love Tomie's style. I even wrote him a letter (cough recently cough) and he wrote back and I almost cried.

2.  The funniest book I've ever read was  Nora Ephron's "I Feel Bad About My Neck". So super funny and real. 

3.  The one book that has truly changed my life is      "Sloppy Firts" by Megan McCafferty. These books carried me through my awkward teenage years and reminded me that there are people out there who are just like me, even if it doesn't always feel like it.

4.  If you're looking for a real "tear jerker" you should probably read     "The Lovely Bones". Please don't judge the book based on the movie. I read the book probably 5+ years ago and it just broke my heart and made me happy at the same time. 

5.  If I could meet any author living or dead I would meet  Tomie DePaola! We would eat popcorn together (Which is both of our favorite foods). We would talk about kids books and maybe he could even  read to my class! I don't think my heart could handle that.
6.  The next book on my "to read" list is      I haven't had time to read a book for fun since the quarter started so I'm not even sure. I'd like to finish "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle"  .

7.  If I was snowed into  remote cabin in the woods and could only choose three books to bring with me I'd bring      The Handmaid's Tale, Harry Potter #7 because I've been meaning to re-read it and probably Sloppy Firsts.



Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

New Life Plan

My new life plan is to buy this wedding chapel from amazon (yes, it's for sale on amazon):
 And charge people to get married in my backyard or driveway. Wherever it will fit.

Now, I just need to find a way to get $21,420.47.

 

Unsent letters Volume 2


Dear school acquaintance, 
Your life is not that bad. 
When you complain, it makes me lose respect for you.
Also, I knew you wouldn't last at your job. 
xoxo
Whitney

Dear M,
Thanks for being amazingly hilarious and willing to take mock awkward prom pictures with me (you can see this on facebook).
You are my best friend and I probably wouldn't have been able to survive the first quarter of this program if it wasn't for you.
xoxo for real,
Whitney



Dear MBTI,
Thanks for being awesome and making sense and helping me understand people and be a little more patient.
Yours,
Whitney

 Dear Lost,
 I can't tell you how much it upsets me that we are running out of time together. You are the highlight of my week. I don't think I will care about a show half as much as I care about you. But here's the thing, please please please end well. Please tell me the island isn't hell and you haven't all been dead this whole time. That is both lame and predictable. See you soon dears.
Your #1 for life,
Whitney

 Dear Student Store,
Where the hell is your diet dr. pepper. I pay you $3000 every 3 months, the last you could do is supply me with my drug of choice.
Do your job,
Whitney 

 Dear Verizon,
I hate you. I hate you so much, If I met you in a dark alley, I wouldn't even think twice about punching you in the face (unless of course it was Lost night and I wouldn't have time to go to the ER when you punch me back). I'm so sick of my phone randomly turning off and your only solution being to come into the verizon store. Because you know, I have time to spend 5 hours in there. 
Bite me,
Whitney 

 Dear life,
 I am trying. I really am. Can you just meet me halfway here?
Whitney

 Dear Tuesday night teacher,
Sorry I didn't change my unit topic even after you passive aggressively told me I should. In the words of John Locke, "Don't tell me what I can't do".
Wishing you had faith in me,
Whitney 

  Dear New Subscribers,
Hi. My name is Whitney. Thank you so much for finding me funny/awkward/interesting/awesome.
I'm sorry you found my little corner of the internet during a really dark and lame time. Things are getting so much better and I can't wait to share it with you. So stay awhile, but your feet up and enjoy the ride.
Love,
Whitney