Sunday, January 10, 2010

Manicure Sunday!

Manicure Sunday!, originally uploaded by daniellehampton.

Today's been a great Sunday...I've been laying low and getting stuff done! And by stuff I mean cooking yummy food and watching "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" for the first time. My sister recommended this to me and I'm unsure if I want to continue watching it- I think the storyline is interesting but the acting is so horrendous it makes it painful to watch. Does it get any better? I'm only on episode three.

Hank is currently at the Cardinals playoff game, sitting in the best seats and having such a good time. He's a total basketball and football nut and loves to go to games whenever he can. He's sitting in the 5th row today and I'm taping the game so I can try and spot him on television later tonight!

Tomorrow begins another work week, but luckily next weekend is a three-day weekend. On that subject, I'm so incredibly excited because Valentine's Day is on a three-day weekend next month. I love that holiday, and I'm already planning something special. I wonder what Hank has planned.... ;)

This week at work I'll be continuing our poetry unit with my seniors and the short story unit with my sophomores. We'll be reading "The Yellow Wallpaper" tomorrow and I'm super excited- I love that story. It's creepy and so well-written. Afterward I have them construct a diary, written from the narrator's point of view, that picks up where the story leaves off. The finished products are always so incredibly interesting and I love reading them.

Do you have any favorite short stories you'd like to recommend? I would love to check them out, and possibly integrate them into this unit. So far we will be reading- "The Yellow Wallpaper" (Gilman), "Story of an Hour" (Chopin), "A Rose for Emily" (Faulkner), "The Lottery" (Jackson), and "Harrison Bergeron" (Vonnegut). These are 15-16 year olds kids so anything appropriate would be awesome! Suggest away.

The rest of today will be spent working out (heading to the gym in a minute), food shopping, and preparing some meals for this week. I'll probably make a little food/recipe post in a couple of days. I'll also be answering my formspring questions this evening as well. I have 50 from just this week. If you have any last minute questions, feel free to send them my way via the box over there to the left!

Have a wonderful Sunday <3.

ps. the polish I have on is Sally Hanson's Black Patent


  1. Sounds like a good lesson plan! I teach history, but I have my students do diaries based of historic events/people and I'm always amazed at how creative they are.
    I remember reading Edgar Allen Poe short stories in high school and that stuck with me. My favorite of the Cask of Montiago.
    Good luck with your activity!
    p.s. I like your nail polish!

  2. i love your nail polish, it looks so cute!

    glad you enjoy your students so much! my boyfriends wanted to be a poetry teacher at one point, but isn't sure if he wants to teach it anymore, but do some sort of other job with his degree. i always thought teaching sounded exciting.

    hope you have/had a lovely time at the gym.

  3. I loved reading "The Yellow Wallpaper" in English class and I remember reading "The Lottery" as a one act play in drama class- those two are like my favorite! The Tell-Tale Heart was so good too- so you could try that.. any short story by Edgar Allen Poe would work though!!

    and I have that nail polish- love it looks soo cute!

  4. I wrote an essay on 'story of an hour' a few semesters ago for my literary criticism class-LOVE kate chopin! and 'the lottery' is sooooo good. interesting because you mentioned you're reading the hunger games series right now, too :) enjoy your short story unit! those are always my favorite :)

  5. I'm not sure about short stories, but in high school we read Fahrenheit 451 and I couldn't put it down! It was amazing to me think that books were burned but also the way the book seems to predict the future. I would recommend it to ANYONE!

  6. yay for restful but productive sundays.... especially when they include pretty nails :).

    my suggestions for short stories would be "winesburg ohio" by sherwood anderson. it's a bunch of short stories put together in a sort of novel. i would imagine you've read it. but...i remember reading it in high school and really enjoying it. some of the stories are seriously odd, but i loved that about them. anyway, maybe it'll be something that would fit for your class.

  7. your hair is pretty. i want it.

  8. hey!
    you look breathtakingly beautiful in your photo...your eyes are alight!

    love that you assign 'the lottery'. such a great short story.

    my favorite is 'the farmer's children' by elizabeth bishop. it is HEARTBREAKING, tender and very sad. i first read it when i was 18, and it still chokes me up. don't know how 15-16 year old appropriate it is, but wanted to mention!

    just missed you at the gym----i was there from 430 - 530. :)

    happy sunday!!

  9. secret life of the american teenager gets much better... the storyline definitely too. if you can look past the ridiculous acting and the parts that add the "go to a doctor" etc. it gets much better!

    love the nails

  10. Ughh I think that show is so stupid! I agree that the acting is horrible!

  11. WOW!!! I LOVE YOU!!!no REALLY!!! I recently changed my major from Education to English in hopes of getting to review awesome stories with high school students and eventually college students as well!! "The Yellow Wallpaper" ? In high school?! AWESOME!! I didn't read that until college! I should get out my copy to look over :) Thank you for being such an inspiration and sharig your life on your lovely blog!
    ~adrienne K~

  12. I love reading about your lessons, it makes me miss school in a way. English was always my favourite subject.

    Secret Life is my guilty pleasure. Once you acccept that the acting is terrible you start to enjoy it. (I can't accept how much lip gloss Adrian wears though!)

  13. I love that you're doing The Lottery! I think it was one of my favorite stories last year.

    Hm. Suggestions ... Oh! I remember reading The Most Dangerous Game last year and that one was just wonderful. The Metamorphosis was another one (I had to be the only girl in class who wasn't completely grossed out by it, haha).
    Other than those two, though, I can't think of anything off the top of my head.

  14. I am sooo right there with you on Secret Life. I first started watching it and kept asking myself, "Why am I watching this???" But for some reason I continued watching it and now I can't get enough! The acting is quite terrible, but the more episodes you watch the more you get used to it. After a while you don't even notice.

    On another note, I read one of your posts where you students said you reminded them of a teacher on Glee. Just because of that I starting watching the show. It is sooo cute! These kids are incredibly talented and the neat-freak teacher is just adorable. I think you'd enjoy it!

  15. That nail polish is amazing! I went for OPI's "Sweet Tart" this week. :) The Yellow Wallpaper was one of my favorite short stories to embark upon. I think that when I got into college, it seemed to still be a lot of my proffesor's favorites.
    I suggest the following:

    Ursula K. Le Guin's "She Unnames Them"
    Jamaica Kincaid's "Girl"
    Amy Tan's "A Pair of Tickets"

    I love all of these, especially the first. I remember when I first read "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin I cried like a complete baby. She has a way of placing her words together and creating such a remarkable strength on paper.
    Have a great time at the gym!

  16. I remember reading "The Yellow Wallpaper" in school and loved it!

  17. omg is that the short story about the woman w postpartum depression? so sad/creepy/compelling.

  18. I loved Yellow Wallpaper. I read it in my abnormal psychology class actually! Can you imagine they would tell women not to read as a cure to their depression?! I love A Modest Proposal, I am completely blanking on the author.

  19. I love The Yellow Wallpaper so much!

    My suggestions would be Cold Snap by Thom Jones, and Where are you going, where have you been by Joyce Carol Oates (My FAV short story!).

  20. "secret life" is absolutely ridiculous.
    i don't watch it anymore, but when i was, it was only to see what would happen.
    the acting made me want to pull my hair out.

    cute nails!

  21. You are amazing, how the hell do you have time to do all of this stuff??! Cook, clean, are crazy woman! :)

  22. you are soooo beautiful! :]

  23. Roald Dahl's adult short stories were always entertaining to read in high school. I recommend "Lamb to the Slaughter".

  24. i adore that picture of you!!

  25. A little late, but I am a senior in a short story class in Seattle right now. I definitely do not like Poe and my classmates mostly felt the same! "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been" is good but creepy. I really like "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven" by Sherman Alexie. "Harrison Bergeron" is a must, probably my favorite that I've read in this class. James Joyce's "The Dead" may be too difficult for your students but I really liked it. Also, Raymond Carver! "Cathedral," "A Small Good Thing" and "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love" are all great picks.

  26. Omg I love the nail job! It's beautiful. I'm gonna be a manicurist just as soon as I finish my training so I might just have to try this one out myself! I'm going to school for it at Empire Beauty School, it's so much fun and so interesting! For all you gals out there who don't believe in your ability to make it big, I'm telling ya GO DO IT! I can't wait, I'm gonna be making so much money! At least according to this site about manicurist salaries. Does anyone know if this is really how much they make? I really hope it is!!