So far, so good.

I’ve subbed two days in a row this week and so far, so good! Of course, I am exhausted and not used to getting up early and working 8 hours. It’s nice to get out, feel productive, and make money though. As long as I stay clear of this measles outbreak in Indy, it will be all good.  Yikes!

I have quite a few more days of subbing scheduled. I could be called to sub at any of the 12 elementary schools, 3 intermediate (middle) schools, 3 junior high schools, and 2 high schools.  That is just ONE school district!

I subbed for 8th grade social studies my first day.  WOW, I was impressed. The students were respectful, prepared, did their work without any complaining… amazing.  Huge difference from what I’m used to. Must be the culture of this community, socio-economic status, etc.

Today I subbed at one of the elementary schools and it was a good experience as well.  Kind of crazy because I was filling in for a resource teacher so I was all over the place. Although with all the young kids, I felt like I was surrounded by germs – ha.  Tis the season to be sick.  Hurry up spring!

One of the little kids stopped me today and said “Are you a grown-up?” Another one said, “What grade you in?” HAH. At the junior high, I got asked my age and I heard the students whispering that I was short and they thought I was a student.  ;o)  Always good entertainment.

Mindy’s Photos 101

Before I decided I would start offering photo sessions, I wanted to make sure I was ready for that step. Of course, you can never be “ready” enough because you need experience and practice and the only way to get that is to go for it! However, I didn’t just want to be a girl who has a dSLR and therefore, thinks she can call herself a photographer. Anyone can buy a dSLR, but that’s just the first step. Thanks to my awesome teacher, Ryan, I have learned A LOT in the past few months. Probably the best thing he did was teach me on the Manual settings. I owe him big time!!!

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Third Summer Purchase: Canon Rebel t2i

As of Sunday night, I am officially finished with my summer classes!  Hip Hip Hooray!  Woohoo!  YAY! That 9 credit hours would’ve put me behind another regular semester, but I knocked them out in the summertime!  I still feel like I had a summer though, at the same time (just SHORT as usual).  And they were just silly classes like History, Stats, and Poly Sci anyway.  ;o)

I just added 9 hours and 3 A’s to my transcript and as I knew before I started, it was all worth it!  Now, as far as how much I learned… that’s minimal.  Online classes are too easy for me to BS without having to read the textbooks, etc.  I would sit down the night an assignment (or final) was due and throw something together like I knew what I was talking about.  Why I feel like admitting this on my blog, I don’t know.. but that’s the horrible truth. I think it’s safe to say since my grades are already posted.

But the point is… I’M FINISHED!!!  Time to celebrate!  For one week… until I start classes again.  Ugh.  Next week I have a one week class (1 hour of credit) that is considered part of the Fall semester, even though the semester doesn’t start ’til the week after that.  It’s a lab safety class and I have NO labs left to take.  Kinda weird, eh?  I am still required to take it though… you know how that goes.  Then the next week I will officially start the Fall Semester.  WOW.  I know the summer flies, but really??  Is it REALLY that time?  The thought of fall makes me want to CRY!  But that’s a whole ‘nother post.

For now, in these last few “free” moments where I have NO classes resting on my shoulders… I’m going to celebrate!  I made my third and final big purchase of the summer.

It’s all Ryan’s fault (isn’t it always?!?).  Ever since he taught me how to use his dSLR I can’t keep my hands off of it!  Sooo…he recommended a dSLR for me and and now I’m about to have a Canon Rebel t2i in my possession!!!  And the Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens to go along with it!!!  Can you tell I’m excited?!?!  Because I am!!! I am most certainly only a beginner, so here goes nothing…. but that’s the fun of it, right?!

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I also won a camera strap giveaway earlier this summer (is that fate or what?) so I hope to be receiving this camera strap soon… It’ll be perfect!

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Thursday 13: Early Memories of Us

Thirteen Early Memories of You & Me <3

1) Eating, bowling, and hanging out at your house for Courtney’s 15th (WOW, we’re gettin’ old…) birthday!

2) We went to watch the sunset at the park, but we didn’t find a spot until the stars came out. I didn’t mind though.

3) 2006 Courtwarming: Our first dance. My date was crowned the KING!

4) When Court and I came to pick you up and just said, “Grab your swimming trunks!” and we took you hottubin’ at my house

5) Sha-la-la-la-la… you wanna kiss the girl

6) When you & Cameron rapped your own version of Party Up by DMX in my backseat

7) Eating Chinese at Lucky House in St. James for one of our first dates

8) Staying up all night watching the stars at the Brown Eyed Monster’s House with the monster, Courtney, Heather, & Nathan

9) Watching a Harry Potter movie in theaters with Courtney & Cameron.. I only went to be with you.

10) The “holding” game that Courtney always wanted us to play.

11) One of the first times we hung out alone — we got ice cream from McDonald’s and drove around.

12) Watching movies at your house, such as Madagascar, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and The Notebook.

13) Becoming inseparable at first sight and having fun and making everyone “awww” wherever we went…

(Look at me pointing at you.. thinking .. SOMEONE TAKE A PICTURE, RYAN RAY IS SPOONING ME)

Wait a second… this isn’t right naming just thirteen memories… how about one more?

14) February 14, 2006. Need I say more? :)

Who’s gonna drive you home tonight?

Writing prompt: Write about a memorable drive you’ve taken (with you or someone else behind the wheel).

Late summer, 2005:
My Aunt & Cousin were visiting from California for a few weeks that summer. We decided to take a late night drive down the road a few miles to Little Prairie Lake. My mom was driving, my Aunt Marcie was in the passenger seat, and my cousin Darah, my brother and I were in the backseat. My mom brought along a CD (which I had just burned) because she really wanted to listen to a certain song. She didn’t tell us which song, we were going to find out when she played it… but the dang CD wouldn’t work for some odd reason! So.. we gave up and just talked and told stories while driving down the dark country road with the windows down. We got to Little Prairie Lake and sat there with the car off and windows down. We were talking about my mom’s sister, who passed away about 10 years ago. We were talking about spirits and other crazy stories that come up with my Aunt Marcie. She is the most interesting person I know, full of stories and adventures. Out of no where, all of the interior lights of the car quickly turned on and off again. I broke the silence and said, “Mom, did you do that?” She replied, “No I did not touch anything!” We were all a little freaked out; I rolled my windows up and I think we started back on the road. None of us in the car had touched the lights. So then on the way back home, my mom decided to try the CD again. The song worked this time! The Cars came on singing the song Drive….. “Who’s gonna tell you when.. It’s too late? Who’s gonna tell you things.. Aren’t so great?” My Aunt Marcie said, “This is the song you wanted to hear?!? This is the song we listened to on repeat the whole trip to Missouri. I cried while listening to it and I don’t know why!”
WOW, how strange!! My mom didn’t know why she wanted to listen to it either. The mile we had left to our house was full of some tears, many thoughts running through our heads of what just happened, and the sound of music playing. It’s hard to even retell this story because it’s one of those times where you just had to be there to experience it in its fullness.
…What a “DRIVE” to remember