I've had a busy few years. I am a new teacher; I've changed grade levels every year, which is like being a new teacher all over again. If you know any new teachers, please give them a hug (if they like hugs), or a Starbucks, and please forgive them if they have no idea what is going on in any part of their life; it's a crazy thing to be a new teacher, and nothing can prepare you for what it's really going to be like, nothing. I have survived three years of teaching, I am almost past the point where most new teachers burnout, that's another exciting accomplishment.
I've moved - again, but I have stayed in one spot for three years now, that's the longest I have been anywhere that didn't involve going to school and staying with my family. I think I might even be starting to put roots down. My post label "ramblings of a reluctant desert rat" doesn't seem appropriate anymore. I'm not reluctant, I'm building a life; that seems so weird f…
So, the other night when I was supposed to be working on a history assignment, I had this thought. Why am I not making more of my own stuff? As in, why am I spending all this money on hair care products (most of which do not help as advertised), toothpaste, body wash, etc. So, again instead of working on my history assignment (sorry professor) I posed this question on my personal Facebook account,
I have been tossing around the idea to try making my own beauty products (shampoo, etc). I know a few of you out there do this already, ideas on recipes??
I was surprised, though I guess I should not have been, at how many responses I received and I started thinking that perhaps this crazy plan might be worth trying. Then I saw this documentary on Netflix called No Impact Man about this guy who decided to try and eliminate his carbon footprint and take his family along the for the ride. My family is not as supportive as his, and honestly I do not see myself as that dedicated. I would lik…
This last weekend I went to a free workshop about the medicinal and edible foods in the Mojave Desert. It sounded great, but I was disappointed that some of the information was just wrong. I think my recent Anthropology classes may have ruined these presentations for me for ever. I just kept hearing my professor in my head saying, "WHAT!?!?!?" Total bummer. Maybe I can figure out how to turn that voice off the next time around? The presenter was nice and enthusiastic (though she did mention several times that this was her first presentation which kind of turned me off as well). So, I couldn't say that I would go again without finding out more about who will be giving the presentation the next time around. And, it was so windy that I didn't really get any good pictures - uber bummer!
I also discovered this weekend that I am definitely not a desert rat. Sunburned in about a half hour, with ridiculous quantities of sunscreen AND not mostly in the shade, sigh.