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Month: January 2011

Love these bookmarks!

I love every single one of these bookmarks! They are just perfect. I especially like the library card book mark (second from the left). It’s great for someone who likes to share their books with others. Now, here’s a cute way to keep track of  who is borrowing what! Buy them here! (found via teachingliteracy)

In the Kitchen: Homemade sweet potato fries!

Kevin & I successfully made homemade sweet potato fries tonight! Sweet potatoes are a new food for me. I don’t know what my aversion was to them in the past, but I am glad I have rectified my relationship with them. These fries were surprisingly easy to make. We basically followed this recipe with a few changes. We seasoned ours with a special seasoning blend Kevin got at the farmer’s market where he works.


This might not look like the prettiest or most appetizing photograph, but trust me. They were GOOD.

Have you made anything delicious lately?

Books that I LOVE. {Part 1}

As an English teacher, I think I would be remiss if I did not share with you some of my favorite books; some of which I’ve read as recently as a few weeks ago. Others that have stuck with me since I was in elementary school. These are the books I recommend to my students. These are the books that have helped foster a love for reading that I hope to instill in them. These are the books that I keep coming back to over the years. The books that have dog-eared pages & writings in the margins. These are the books that are as much a part of me as my fingers & my toes. I think you get the idea! This might end of turning into a little series, because it will simply be too long if I put them all into one post. Anyway, here we go…!

The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Written originally as a child’s novella, The Little Prince has so many lessons to teach us in its short, sweet story about a confused little Prince that is trying desperately to understand how adults work. I remember going to my English teacher, Mrs. Rogers, in the 9th grade & asking her for a book recommendation & her pulling this book off her shelf. As if reading my mind she said, “I know it looks little & childish, but there are some pretty big ideas in these few pages.” I took it home & read it in its entirety that night.

The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath

Another book that I read in high school. I didn’t know much about Sylvia Plath when I read this, but afterward I bought her journals & become slightly obsessed with her. This book is so painfully beautiful. I will always treasure it.

The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger

This was one of the only books I can think of that had me crying by the end. I don’t typically get that involved in a plot, but I was hooked from the first page! The movie does not do this book justice in my opinion. Read it, but be prepared with a box of tissues!

Invisible Monsters, by Chuck Palahniuk

Oh my goodness. This book is ridiculous, but you wouldn’t expect anything less from Chuck! Its biting sarcasm & over-the-top plot about a super model who has been grotesquely disfigured in an accident will keep you on the edge of hysteria. Although it wasn’t my first Palahniuk book (that place of honor goes to Choke), it was the one that left the most lasting impression on me. I will always be an avid Palahniuk fan. He is not afraid to be weird & different & unapologetic.

Well, that’s all for now. Please tell me some of your favorite books! I am always look for recommendations!

Things I Love Thursday: Snow Day Edition!

{via pinterest}

Well, I’m jumping on the TILT bandwagon! I think this will be good for me. I need to be reminded of what I love & what I’m thankful for by the time Thursday rolls around & I begin to feel all “meh”. So, I hope you enjoy & get some happiness from what makes me happy!

This blurry, accidental photo of Kevin from New Year’s Eve makes me swoon. I love him. I love that he takes care of me & I love how cute he is & how he loves me even when I’m clearly acting irrationally. Basically, I love everything about him. Okay, I’m done!

Kevin & I have been obsessively watching Kids in the Hall. There are a ton of seasons available to stream instantly on Netflix. Kevin loved the show when he was a teenager, but this is my first time watching it or hearing anything about it (sheltered, anyone?). The ’80’s fashion is almost as hilarious as the sketches & it was a show definitely ahead of its time!

Little things that made me smile this week:

My puppy, Harper. She drives me crazy, but she is also the cutest little thing in the whole world. I love it when she gets all cuddly. Cuddly Harper is my favorite Harper.
Changing into my comfy sweatpants after wearing my work clothes all day.
Frozen blueberries & strawberries mixed with vanilla yogurt.
Exercising & being more aware of the food I put inside my body.
My morning cup of coffee. Without it, I am like a ship lost at sea.
SNOW DAYS! I’m having one right now. I feel like I’ve had more snow days this year as a teacher than I ever had as an actual student. I’m not complaining!
This week, I decided to put a little extra effort into my morning make up routine before work. Instead of just mascara, I put on eye liner & eye shadow. One of my students asked me on the first day of doing this, “Are you wearing make up, Ms. Krugh?! It looks nice!” It made me smile.
Finally getting new speakers for my record player & listening to my records again for the first time in months.
I am requiring my students to read The Hunger Games because I love the book & I can because I’m their teacher (Hah!). One of my students read the entire thing over the weekend & begged me to bring him the next book in the series. When I brought it to him the next day, he exclaimed, “Yes! It’s like Christmas Day all over again!” It warmed my teacher heart right up!
Old school chick flicks available to stream instantly on Netflix (can you tell I’m obsessed?) such as When Harry Met Sally & Sleepless in Seattle. Haters gonna hate, but I love me some Meg Ryan.

Okay, your turn! What made you swoon this week? If you make a post, I’d love to read it! Post a link in the comments!

Daily Outfit: Oh, Messy Life!

Don't mind the mess.


{Jeans: Converse from Target | Striped gray tshirt: Old Navy | Jacket: Express | Scarf: Target | Shoes: Target}

I admit, this photo is not the best showcase of my outfit. I do apologize. I got a small point-and-shoot digital camera for Christmas. It’s a nice alternative to my larger & bulkier Canon Rebel. However, I’m still getting used to it. So, please bear with me! I was also going to edit out the messy bedroom, but I thought you might find it interesting. I always get a kick out of other people’s clutter. Anyways, I wore this on Sunday night with plans to go out to see some live blue grass music with our downstairs neighbors. However, we ended up not staying at the bar because it was ridiculously packed. Everyone wanted to be out celebrating their impending day off, I suppose. We ended up going to a small, local bar, drinking a few beers, & enjoying some lovely conversation.

Oh, also! In the effort of full disclosure, I’m working on really trying to get in shape for 2011. I’ve been working out every day & watching my calories. So, perhaps we can consider this my “before” photo. Fingers crossed that I don’t lose all motivation like usual. Anyone have any tips for staying motivated?

Always remember…

Since I had the day off yesterday, today felt like such a Monday at work! Plus, it’s gloomy, cold, & rainy outside.
Needless to say, I need a bit of inspiration!  And, what better place than the always wise Winnie the Pooh.
Always remember!

{source: PaperHeartOriginals}

You are like a sunset to me.


And in case you were wondering, you are like a sunset to me
You’re all kinds of beautiful as you end my day
And you sweetly retire as the stars chase you away
(The Spill Canvas – Sunsets & Car Crashes)

I simply had to share these beautiful sunset photographs I took outside my apartment windows yesterday. It was absolutely breathtaking. I go back to teaching tomorrow. I’m not as prepared as I’d like to be, but that’s life. Hopefully I can keep updating the blog regularly. What do you do to get yourself back in the groove? I typically go on a cleaning & organizing frenzy. Here’s to getting back to reality!

Today’s a quiet kind of day.


I’m spending the day recuperating from last night’s New Year festivities. Kevin & I didn’t do anything too crazy, but I’m an old lady & if I stay up past 1 am my body hates me. But, that’s another story for another time. I hope that you are all doing well & that you had a safe, wonderful time ringing in 2011 with people you genuinely like. I’d also like to share this lovely quote by Neil Gaiman. I think he expresses what I want to say much more eloquently than I ever could.

“I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you’ll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you’ll make something that didn’t exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind.” – Neil Gaiman


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