I must be dreaming!

I had a weird dream last night that I was pregnant. And I promise, I am very much not pregnat, nor am planning on being pregnant any time soon. This dream was one of those, that you wake up in the morning, and it still bothers you, and seems to be sticking around in your mind. Which is annoying, because like I said, very much not pregnant.

So I did what any logical person would do, and I went to Google to try and figure out, just what this dream might have meant. As far as I can remember, this is the first time that I've really looked into meanings of dreams and I was totally blown away, by just how earily similar these sounded to my life at the moment.

So I went to two different websites. One said that it meant I was looking for a way to be creative. Hello, working with kids you've got to be creative. And, the new season started at the dance studio this week. The second site said that this dream meant that a big change was happening in my life, and I had to make a decison. With the way my job situation is at the moment....this totally 100% applies to me!

I'm not saying I totally believe in dream interpretation, but it was just plain weird. 

A few of my favorite things: July

Hello friends! It's that time again, where I mention a few of my favorite things from the past month. The rason I do this series, is so you might be able to find some new things to love and enjoy for the upcoming months. I also filmed a video to accompany this post, so if you don't feel like reading today, you can listen instead.
I've been really loving coconut scented things this month. Maybe it's because it's Summer, or maybe it's because coconut reminds me of someplace tropical, and I don't like near anywhere tropical. So, my first three favorites are all coconut scented things.
*Ulta moisturizing body lotion: not thick, which is great for the Summer, and comes with a handy pump, so it's easy to use!
*The Body Shop shower creme: really luscious and creamy, has an INSANE delicious coconut smell
*The Body Shop body scrub: good to use once a week-ish on rough patches of skin, does not irritate me

When I was on a plane a couple of weeks ago, I noticed just how dry my lips were. So when I had some time to kill on my layover, I stopped at the little Body Shop stand, and picked up a lip balm, which has vitamin e to be moisturizing, and also has an SPF as well. Yay! It's the first, well one of the first lip balms, that I don't ever want to lose and hold on to.
*The Body Shop vitamin e lip care stick

*Marc by Marc Jacobs leather satchel: Bought this lovely bag when I was on vacation last Summer. I switch out my bags on the regualr, and I fell back in love with this bag. I like the size, I wear it on my elbow and just go. It has feet on the bottom, so nothing weird gets on it. I love the feel (and the smell) of the leather too. I just wish the inside of the bag was a little different.

*Tervis insulated water bottle: I have a small but mighty collection of Tervis cups growing at my house. I love the waterbottle design because it has the hole on top so I am able to put my fingers through and carry it with me wherever I go. Plus, Tervis cups keep my drinks nice a cold, and they have a million and one designs to choose from. There is really something for everyone!

*VonZipper Booker party animals: These are my sunglasses of choice right now. I love the rainbow reflective lenses that do such a fab job of blocking out the Summer sun. I also love the teal leopard print arms on the sides. These are super lightweight and don't feel like they are weighing my face down. Plus, I feel cool wearing them ;)

*Neighbours : Neighbours is a silly Australian soap opera that I've been watching on the regular for over a year now. The show has truly been going on for 30 years, and tells the stories of all the families that live on this one street. It's only half hour episodes, so it doesn't take up your whole life, but it's silly, soap opera-y, and I'm addicted. Now, since I live in the US, I have to watch it on the sly, but don't tell anyone that ;)

*Livefastdiepoor and its siste channel Justin Scarred have Youtube videos all about the happiest place on earth: Disneyland! Justin is funny, weird, and entertaining, and always has some neat facts to share about Disneyland, filming locations, and abandoned locations. I really find his videos entertaining.

*Something Different : another Youtube channel with entertaining, feel good videos. Sarah post hauls, vlog videos, and just basically makes me laugh.

Now it's your turn! Has there been anything that you've been loving, reading, watching, eating, wearing, or whatever this month?


on 'Summer at Tiffany'

'Summer at Tiffany' is a memoir written about a young girl, and her friends' experience working as a page in the Summer of 1945 at Tiffany and Co. in New York City.  I just finished this book a few days ago, and wanted to share my brief opinion about it.

I first heard about this book while watching a Youtube video, and thought it might be interesting, since I am a lover and wearer of Tiffany jewelry. 'Summer at Tiffany' is a pretty quick and easy read, and for the most part enjoyable. The book was interesting, but I did find myself a little bored at times. One of my favorite things about the book however, is getting to read about life in 1945. I enjoyed reading about all the famous stars of the times that the author met while she was working, and her experiences in and around New York. I think it's always fun and fasinating to read about the life and times in another era gone by. I think you'll enjoy his book, if you too enjoy reading about life in another era, especially the 40's. When I was in New York a while back, I visited a Tiffany store, and it was fun to think about the store I visted back in the day.

If this sounds like a book you might be interested in, you can click here to find it on 'Amazon' . Summer at Tiffany would be a fun read as the Summer comes to a close, and you need one last "easy" book to read. Finally, I think this book is worth it for reading the afterwards in the back of the book, and reading the updates of the author in her time since writing this memoir. 

Two loves

Let's start off this entry with five more questions from thefridayfive

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Tonight was really awesome! I had heard that another dance teacher from AZ, that I kinda follow on Twitter, was going to be hosting an open dance class for a really great price.

I was nervous as HELL to go, simply because I didn't want to make a fool of myself, but I had a fucking blast! I was the weakest dancer in the room, but it felt so darn good just to "dance" and stretch and work hard. Ugh! Tonight was such an incredible feeling.

Yay for being a little brave. 

I've missed this

Hello there! It's been a very long time hasn't it. I realized, while using the LJ app, that I've really missed this. And more importantly, missed the opportunity to have a space  to write my feelings, and vent. And while I still feel like, my life isn't one that allows me to have time to spend endless hours on this site, I still need to have my space to write. So, here I am.

What's been happening with me?

1. I've turned 30 years old. GROSS! Spent my birthday in Las Vegas and had a fabulous time. I love that city.

2. I'm still working at the same preschool. This year has definetely been a test, but those kiddos are my life.

3. I moved into a wonderful new place that I am super lucky to get to call my home.

4. It's my favorite time of the year at the dance studio, aka recital time. Recital is next month, and I'm very excited.

If you happen to see this, hey there! It's good to see you again. 

Baby you can drive my car

It's time for five more questions from thefridayfive this time, it's the car edition!

1. What kind of vehicle do you currently drive? Make, model, year, color, personality, name.

-I drive a 1999 red Chevy Trailblazer. Her name is Kaylee. She's big, loud, kinda messy.

2. What are some of your favorite things about your vehicle?

-She has four wheels, and gets me where I need to go. She's got a cd player in her, so I can listen to music when I drive

3. What are some things you dislike about your vehicle?

-She's big, and loud, and even though it's my fault, she's got a few scratches and dents in her

4. What is your fondest memory in your vehicle?

-We bought her from some friends in Colorado. So when we first got her, while in Colorado, we drove her to one of my favorite cities, Boulder.

5. What is something that you've never done in your vehicle that you'd like to?

-Go on a road trip with her.  

On "Kitty and The Midnight Hour"

I have recently finished the book called "Kitty and The Midnight Hour" by Carrie Vaughn. I wanted to talk a little bit about it, as a book review of sorts.

...Midnight Hour is the first book in a series  all about the main character Kitty, who happens to be a werewolf and her life not only dealing with being a werewolf, but also having to deal with not being a werewolf. Since this book is the first in a series, we meet Kitty, who happens to have a job at a radio station. She ends up getting a job as a late night radio host, hosting a show all about the paranormal and supernatural. So, it has a really fantastic premise, and since it was recommended to me forever ago, I thought I would give it a try.

I was bored. Truly bored by the book. Now, to be fair, I am terrible with books, and will most often read when traveling. So, I will read a little while on a trip, come home and not read the book for long periods of time, and then if I happen to be traveling again, I will pick it up and continue reading. So, perhaps that could have contributed to my feelings toward this book. I did like the fact that she was a werewolf, because I don't think I had read any other books where the main character has that ability, but that couldn't hold my interest for the rest of the story.

On a side note, one of the things I did find interesting about this book is that it is set in Denver Colorado. So as someone who had been to Denver and it's surrounding areas a number of times, I thought it was enjoyable to read a book set in some place that I was somewhat familiar with.

Like I said, this is a book in a series, so would I read the next book, probably. Would I hurry out and get it right away, no. But I would maybe save the title in the back of my head for a rainy day. Anyway, if you happen to need a book to read, please check it out on the link above!

See you soon!

Here comes the bride!

It is time for five more questions from thefridayfive About a subject, which I probably shouldn't love as much as I do.

1. If you were getting married tomorrow, who would be in your wedding party?

-I don't like large wedding parties, I would keep it small. There is another teacher at the dance studio that I've grown up with, and she would be involved. And not exactly in the "wedding party" officially, whether she knows it or not, I would love if millionstar designed something pretty for the special day <3

2. Where would you get married?

Right now, at this point in time, I'd say somewhere in Arizona. It's where I live, it's where the church I grew up in is, and so I'd like to stay here. Ask me again closer to the day.

3. What song would be played for your first dance?

- "Wouldn't it be Nice" by the Beach Boys. I've already picked it.

4. What would your wedding colors be?

-Raspberry, gold, and cream. (so my dad can wear his ASU tie down the aisle ;) )

5. Where would you go on your honeymoon?

-Paris? The mountains maybe.

This was much too fun. 

A quickie

I realized once I was in the air, and much to late to do anything about it, that I never posted about the fact that I traveled to, and have just returned, from a two week trip to France. I didn't think there were too many people around these parts anyways, but nevertheless, there you have it.

I've been back to France, and it was overall a good trip, but if you've like to see just a few pictures from this trip, you can check those out on my brand spankin' new Instagram here.

The thing about this trip is that it was kind of a trip where everything was just going wrong. And when you travel, that's guaranteed to happen, but it was like a landslide. Lol! It started off when we got a call from the airlines at 6:30 am the morning we were supposed to leave, that our connecting flight had been cancelled. All was well in the end, but then it was rain, and missing trains, and a taxi strike on our last day in Paris, that kind of put it all over the edge. Le sigh.

Safe to say, I was very relieved to be back in Phoenix. But not so pleased to get back to work tomorrow. I could spare another few days in France for that. 

An update: in three parts

1. I have officially finished my very first year of classroom teaching! No, it wasn't easy, and of course it was stressful, but I couldn't be happier. It's crazy to me that this is something that I've wanted to do my whole life, and now it's finally happening. And although this isn't where I see myself for the rest of my life, I am so happy that I have come this far, and started such a wonderful thing in my life. Right now, I'm on a break, I have to go into work on Tuesday to clean, and then on Wednesday, I start working again through the Summer. I'm just really happy that I've accomplished this, and have come so far. And now, I take what I've learned, and use it to make myself an even better teacher.

2. We are now in my favorite time of year at the dance studio. Recital time! Recital time is in full swing, and we've really only got four weeks left until the big day. I'm really only nervous about one of my dance classes, but otherwise, I am super pleased with how my dances look. I've got a lot to do in the meantime, making pillow cases, and maybe making some accessories, but things are looking good I think. I can't wait till recital! If you've been here for a little while, you'll know that this is my favorite time of year, and at least so far, I still feel the same way.

3. In a little over a weeks time, I will be going on vacation to France. We will be gone for almost two weeks, and I'm really excited! It's not the best timing in terms of recital time, but I can't wait to leave. We leave next Monday, fly through Texas, and then on to Paris. Yay! I didn't know just how beautiful France was until I visited for the first time two years ago, and so now I'm really excited if just to see the beautiful country one more time.