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The softer side of "ms. P"...

20120904-184629.jpg I reminded my students of the quote above today and they seemed to enjoy it so I decided to share it with you. There is such truth in these words.

Related side-note: Also, how funny are teenagers? Just in general, they are ridiculously awesome and equally ridiculous. Today a kid said to me in class, "you've got a baby...are you old enough for a baby?" (note: the art of the backhanded compliment is alive and well in our youth.) Thanks guys. But then, seconds later I heard a girl mutter to a friend, "I like her better now."

Was it the baby that won her over? Perhaps. Most likely. Maybe me just acknowledging being a human? Probably not. One may never know. Ah, the mystery of adolescence. Each year I take two steps closer to figuring it out and three steps back. :)

Back-to-school, baby!

Cute Guy with a Stroller...

It's not often you read a blog where the wife writes an ode to her valiant hubby. Well, it's time ladies, this is happening! Every morning the handsome fellow I married takes little lady to daycare and braves the gridlock and aggressive drivers without a complaint. (well, not too many!).

(As I discovered today, "drop off" of the sweetest, smiling little girl produces a large hole in one's heart similar to what I imagine was felt when my parents dropped me off at the airport to study abroad in college for 6 months. Note: I usually do "pick up", sooooo much easier.)

And he looks real cute pushing a stroller. See below.

So that's all for today. Thanks sweet hubby. You are great.

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Warby Parker Glasses...

Trying out Warby Parker for glasses has been so much fun so far. They have this awesome 5 day try-on-at-home program and my 5 pairs of glassed, picked out online, arrived today in their super chic little black box. Decisions, decisions.

Oh, and the best part...they are $95 with lenses! I might have to get two pair.

A girl can't possibly decide between the hipster retro black and clear frames or the tortoise ones!

Check our Warby Parker's website here: Warby Parker

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3 Fashion Trends Guys Hate! And the ones they love...

Every now and then its fun to get a glimpse into the secret world of men.  Being that I have a husband and a roommate of the male persuasion, I get this glimpse all too frequently!

So, today I am sharing the Fashion Trends that men hate.  (They feel quite strongly about this, apparently!)

1.  Maxi dresses - "The whole point of a sundress is to see a little leg" (direct quote).  Apparently, there is no reason for all that extra fabric, ladies!

2. Pashmina Scarves - The horror, men don't like them!  Well boys, tough, I am still wearing one every day.  The reaction that I received was  "Oh, look at me, I am so cool I wear scarves.  If you are cold, wear a turtleneck".  Honestly, who wears turtlenecks!

3.  Dresses without a shape.  I can kind of understand this idea, men like curves and don't always want to see a boxy dress over a lovely body.  Ok, point for the men, I concede.

Trends they love:

Jeans with a white t-shirt (wow, so simple!)

Things not pictured: Leggings (haha, so obvious), Short skirts (really?, we had no idea!) and tight dresses (original, thanks guys).

Hope you enjoyed a little enlightenment from the other gender!

M

Re-reading favorites from childhood…

Something I always think about is re-reading some of the books that really helped me to become the little bookworm that I am today as an adult.  After finishing my M.A. in Spanish Literature and reading more serious books like don Quijote and La Celestina, it might be fun to travel back in time and re-read some of my favorites from the 90s! Some of the books that come to mind are:

"Harriet the Spy" by Louis Fitzhugh- My first favorite "real book", about a little rebel spy girl who creates an adventure!  (we shared a passion for crazy imaginations).  Read more about her here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=87779452

"To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee - My first "classic" book, which I loooooved!  You cannot beat the intoxicating portrait of the South, coupled with a little social justice and mystery all wrapped into one great book.  And, who can complain about the black and white movie with Gregory Peck, who I convinced myself I was related to due to family with the last name Peck.

Read more about the 50th anniversary of "To Kill a Mockingbird" here:

http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2010/07/the-booky-man-revisiting-to-kill-a-mockingbird-on.html

"Ramona Quinby, age 8" by Beverly Cleary - As soon as I began to read these books, I became obsessed with little Ramona and her adventures as a 3rd grader.  I remember thinking that her life was super cool, and not recalling now as to why! (thus, the need to re-read these little gems!)

"Amelia Bedelia" by Peggy Parrish - My favorite "comic" book about a maid that takes her instructions very literally and is a mess!  I loved her attitude towards life and making mistakes and found her to be the cutest little maid that ever lived.  These books were a favorite of my elementary school classmates because we always had a copy floating around for "silent reading time" (which, turns out, was only fun for me and like 3 other students in class, not my hubby who was in the same class and wiggling to get outside and play!)

Read more here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1049147.Amelia_Bedelia

There are so many more like "Sarah, plain and tall", "Little House on the Prairie" and "Little Women", but I have to control myself here! :)

Which were your favorites?

M