School is back in after a nice 3 day weekend (4 day for me). LA was great, but it’s always nice to come home. Even nicer when you have presents waiting for you from hawaii!! B was on a business trip in Oahu for a week and he was awesome enough to bring home some goodies for me. Like this and this. I’ve also been dying to try out Incoco nail wraps and he surprised me with them!
love them! super easy and flashy. I was never really into nail polish and stuff till recently when I kept seeing all the amazing nail art all over the blogs. Nail art is fun. It’s cute. Fun nails puts a bounce in my step, etc. The kids react to my nails. They make comments, they talk about it, it helps me relate to them and vice versa. It works for me. And it’s FUN!
Yesterday we ate three noodle meals. Pho in the morning, ramen for lunch and banh canh gio (other type Viet noodle soup) for dinner. Today, it’s a wrap day. My uncle Richard took us out for nem nuong wraps. second to pho, these wraps are my favorite Viet dish. plus, you end up smelling fish sauce in your hands for the rest of the day. good thing or bad thing?
No joke, LA has the BEST Asian food ever.
Nem noung is garlic and sugar marinated barbecued pork patties. At the table, you wrap the pork up with lettuce, rice noodles and mint. A quick dunk in nouc nam and its ready to be devoured. Seriously delish.
Coming to Los Angeles means two things: hanging out with family and eating noodles.
LA to me = San Gabriel, Alhambra, Rosemead, Monterey Park. LA, the asian part. I’m ok with that though because this part of LA has the best noodles ever, all kinds. The best Pho, the best fun and mein ever, the best ramen ever. I would happily eat only noodles while I’m here in asian LA.
For lunch today we went to a ramen place in Rosemead called Shin Sen Gumi. So yummy, even yummier than Katana-ya in SF which is my favorite in the city.
our ramen: Kris’s (sister’s) with roe and egg, Eddie’s (my cousin) with extra char siu and mine with extra char siu and spicy miso. Holy crap it was yum.
I swear this is the first time ever I’ve been able to eat noodles without geting splashes all over my top. Kris and Eddie helped me snap photos. Kris was sure to remind me to give her photo credit, so here it is. Photo credit to my sister, Kris. and Eddie.
There’s my new bag!!! I was super excited to find this at Nordie’s Rack last week. It’s the perfect size, color and it has a cross-body strap. Not to mention it was a steal.
sunglasses and glasses: bonlook – coat: gap (hella old) – top and jeans: f21 – belt: gap (hella old) – flats: frye – bag: pour la victoire
Family photo time. My mom, sister, Popo and me. Popo doesn’t remember who I am anymore. Popo needs round the clock care now and she talks to herself a lot. But she still mentions how tall I am every time she sees me. ”Wah. hou gouw ahhh.” some things never change.
new bag! triangles on nails!
B and I have this thing about these three words. I saw this DIY project on craftgawker a while ago and I loved the idea. I even recreated the project twice so far with other canvases and phrases. Third time around, I decided to switch it up a bit. following the same ideas, I took a trip to Michael’s and created my own version:
I bought three blank canvases and covered all three in blue acrylic craft paint. Later, I changed my mind and decided I liked the chrome spray paint a lot. so I covered two of the blue canvases with chrome spray paint.
Next step was lettering. It took forever to get all the stencils straight and evenly spaced. All other blank space was then covered with tape.
While at michaels, I ended up purchasing both stencils and vinyl lettering, so I used both types. In the end, I liked the look of the vinyl lettering more…should have stuck with one style.
Here are two of them, the ‘heaps’ one already spray painted. next came the peeling off of the letters. The stacks turned out really clean, no bleeding of the paint. The heaps on the other hand with the stencils, bled a lot.
Next up was ‘loads’. this one also had a chrome background, but I used the stencils for thicker letters and sponged it in with blue paint.
Again, there was loads of bleeding under the stencils. oh well.
all supplies used, minus the tape:
I love them! they go so well with my new sofa too! I ordered this sofa 3 months ago and It was just delivered yesterday. 3 months of waiting since I chose different fabric from the stock upholstery. It was worth the wait though. Bambi loves it already!
Here she is snoozing. She’s found her spot already…right in the middle of the couch.
I’m in my third year of teaching science. A few lessons I have learned thus far:
1) a lot happens in the background — teachers get hired, teachers get reprimanded, etc. Nothing is out in the open, there is very little transparency.
2) my kids go through a lot everyday. Compared to their situations, my life is a piece of cake.
3) never assume that kids are just being lazy when they miss classes or forget to do homework. usually there is a pretty damn good reason why school is not their #1 priority right at that moment.
4) never lower your expectations for a student, but keep it realistic.
5) ignorance is bliss. I know that I have homeless students, I know many of my students have ‘case managers’, live in half way homes, have been in the foster care system since they were babies, been raped, witnessed murders, have absent working parent/parents/grandmothers/siblings… guardians. I know about them, but I’d rather not HAVE to (meaning i wish it were a different story).
6) I can and will do my best. but sometimes, even that is not enough.
7) I still have a lot to learn.
Now a bit about my school. It’s changed a lot in the past 3 years. My first year of teaching, I broke up 2 fights in my classroom, had my laptop stolen, things thrown at me in the middle of class, every curse word hurled at me and a parent threaten me. My second year I had a desk thrown at me, a kid threaten me and a parent scream at me. This year, I’ve had nothing stolen, no curse words (directed at me) and just one kid that threatened to punch me in the face. It’s changing. So is the surrounding neighborhood. The hood is becoming less of a “hood” and more of an immigrant neighborhood. Now I have more issues with kids not speaking up enough in class than kids who can’t seem to keep quiet.
I teach at a “hard to staff” high school in San Francisco. SFUSD, like many other school districts, is large, unorganized, bureaucratic and dauntingly political. The school site itself is disappointingly political. I try my best to avoid it all and just focus on my own classroom. For example, right now the staff is in the midst of a hats allowed in school vs. the current no hats rule.
this is a chart most first year teachers see. It’s a graph showing the typical emotional pattern teachers go through every school year. It was pretty spot on my first year, and it’s still pretty spot on this year. I wouldn’t necessarily say I’m ‘disillusioned’ right now, more just neutral, phlegmatic.
Even with (especially with?) the daily and yearly ups and downs of this roller coaster ride…I still love teaching.
One of my TAs (I have one this year!) helped me out yesterday and snapped these photos. She kept laughing at me, and when I told her I kept a blog, she shrugged and was all, “I know.” … huh.
Physiology 5th period: the usual class commenter said, “Ms. Schenck you look like a picnic today.” awesome
I saw this dress a while ago on refinery29. I liked it and made a mental note. At the time even on sale, it was more than I was willing to shell out. A few weeks later, lo and behold, I came across is in the sale dungeon of Urban Outfitters with and extra 50% off the sale price. woot woot! I grabbed it, debated keeping it for a few days, and ended up wearing it. It’s a good day/work dress (with leggings, as it is super short on me). quirky colors means teenager eyes are more attracted.
dress: APC Madras, similar here – long sleeve: Old Navy – leggings and necklace: f21 – boots: frye via nordies rack – watch: marc by marc via nordies rack – rx sunglasses: bonlook – on the wrist: paracord from B and gold bracelet from my popo (grandma) from when I was a kid
I’m obsessed with Madewell. Our San Francisco Madewell just opened this past July, but I’ve been stalking Madwell ever since their online retail debut. It’s my favorite store. It’s the cooler, hipster J.Crew.
The new spring collection looks came out recently and I’m feeling giddy. Super cute stuff…and my new dress is part of it! Perfect teacher outfits! I die. I lust. I drool. I wait….for sales.I constantly have to remind myself that I am on a teacher’s budget. Madewell sadly, is more often than not well outside of that budget. It’s a process, but sometimes I end up with great deals. I wait and wait for things to go on sale. Then I wait and wait for the extra 30% off sales campaigns. Then I go to the store to see if they have it in stock to save on shipping. Only then do I splurge on Madewell. The spring dress I just bought, from look #1 above, was brand new to the store, but there was a 30% off all dresses promotion going on which brought the cost down to about $90. There was a lot of internal money guilt back and forth, but in the end I knew I had to have it. It was just too cute to pass up. Now I will wait for Look 4 and 7 to go on sale!
It was girls’ night out. All respective significant others are out of town and/or didn’t feel like hanging with the chickies. B is in Hawaii on a work trip…. I am sooo jelly.
We went to Luna Park for a late supper and drinks. I wore my new favorite dress from Madewell which garnered more than a few complements both from the girl friends and from rando girls whist waiting in the restroom line. All together, this means that this dress was not only a great buy, it is now going to be a closet staple for the weekends.
Next test that could possibly raise the dress up to a weekday and weekend closet staple: how the kids respond. Granted, for the classroom, something as short as this dress would never fly. So some layering magic will have to happen. FSM forbid I actually show too much skin at school. I feel dirty just contemplating it. *shudder*
glasses: warby parker – jacket: urban outfitters (old) – hoodie: american apparel – dress: madewell (not online but currently in stores) – socks: asos – booties: boutique9 via endless – clutch: f21 – watch: marc by marc via nordstrom rack – bracelets: DIY and gift from B
I’m all about the nautical look. I love it. I’m obsessed with it. I was a sailor, after all. I did at one time fancy becoming a coastie (coast guard) or a merchant mariner. I just wanted to be on the ocean forever….I <3 sailors.
BTW, all pics by Aimee. thanks girl!
I bought B a couple of these for his christmas stocking this year:
We shared one last night and OMG, it was, as my friend Zhaoweezy puts it so elegantly, an orgasm of the mouth. Imagine the best salted caramels ever: the perfect amount of salt mixed with rich butter and smooth sugar. Then coat that in rich smooth chocolate. Now inject all that with strong hints of bacon and bacon bits. H e l l a. A m a z i n g. B kept gushing about these a full 5 min later. He said he could still taste the amazingness and he never wanted it to go away.
I highly recommend trying these at least once, if not only once. It’s like crack, for the price of diamonds. Pricey, but oh so exquisite. Check out their website, Nosh This sells online. I purchased them at the Holiday Renegade Craft Fair back in December.