Sunday, October 31, 2010


Blog Status: Ella is feeling a little bumbed

Do you ever get the feeling that Halloween isn't what it used to be?

I didn't grow up with Halloween, in Germany Mardi Gras is celebrated with costumes and candy in February instead but I always knew about this elusive holiday from cartoons and movies.

So you can imagine how excited I was to go trick-or-treating the first time (at the tender age of 10). I believe I dressed up as a witch and I filled pretty much a whole pillowcase full of candy and chocolates.

Tonight I think my house got a total of 10 kids in the span of 3 hours. I remember the days when the doorbell wouldn't even stop ringing and we'd run out of candy. Instead, I'm sitting here munching on leftovers.

This year is the first time in many years that I haven't hosted a Halloween party. I didn't think it would bother me, but the truth is that it does. It's been a very quiet weekend.

I hope you all had a good Halloween weekend across the blogosphere!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Teachable Moments [2] - Field Trip!

Blog Status: Ella is extremely excited for tuesday

Although this is only my second "teachable moments" post, I've had so many amazing experiences the last few weeks I wouldn't even know where to start. I'm at my placement 3-4 times a week now, so both the classes know me pretty well and are comfortable having me do simple tasks like assigning homework.

The best part, on tuesday I get to spend the whole day with the grade 10 class on a field trip! My placement teacher asked me if I wanted to come along and help chaperone. I was a bit unsure at first, but as soon as I found out where they were going, I knew it was something I had to do. I re-arranged my actual class schedule and cleared it with my professor so he won't mind me missing his class.

The grade 10 History class is just starting their Unit on World War II and the Holocaust so they're going to the Holocaust Education Center. The few IRL (in real life) friends who read this will know how much this trip means to me, and funnily enough it's one place I haven't been to.

I feel like in some ways my academic career has come full circle, and teaching about the Holocaust is something I'm meant to do - and I'm really interested to see how the students react.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

am impasse.

Blog Status: Ella is sooo hungry and is craving fast food

Almost 2 weeks and no post, and now my first post will probably be somewhat of a downer - excellent Ella!

My excuse for the past days? None really. I've been busy with school (and I'm getting a lot more responsibility in my placement) but even that leaves my evenings fairly open.

I've also had increased free time in the evenings due to the untimely ending of a certain fling - but alas, still no blogging

I just haven't had the motivation - which isn't to say that I didn't want to, because I did!

I spent the majority of my saturday with my 3 best girlfriends. It was actually planned before the end of said fling, but really could not have come at a better time! Because our schedules are so vastly different, it's incredibly difficult to find a time when all 4 of us are free, but it just so happened that Saturday night worked out perfectly.

We spent the evening looking at old pictures for the Bestest's wedding slide show, which of course included a long trip down memory lane. It was good to spend the evening with these girls, and it provided me a great distraction at the same time.

All in all, the weekend definitely had its ups and downs - and I'm currently adjusting to not having someone fairly important in my life anymore. It's a little loney, but it's getting there.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Let's be Thankful (Canadian edition)

Blog Status: Ella thinks her immune system is rebelling against her career choice

Happy friday everyone!

This weekend is an extra long weekend (and exta-extra long for me) in my area because it's Thanksgiving. I'm off to Ottawa to visit my family tomorrow for a few days full of good food, good family and homework. October is turning out to be one of the busiest months of my life school wise.

Since this is Thanksgiving, I thought it might be nice to post a list of things I'm thankful for. Feel free to add your items to the list!

I am thankful..

..for my car - I do so much driving these days and I'm thankful every day that I get home safely

..for pumpkin pie scented candles - yum!

..for the great kids in my placement classes

..for Tylenol and Advil cold medication - it's been getting me through the week

..for orange spice tea - another thing that's getting me through the days

..for my family and friends

..for The Big Bang Theory on dvd

..for scarves, Uggs and leggings/jeggings

..for Pumpkin Spice Latte's from Starbucks

What are you thankful for?

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

20 + 10 in 2010 = Tea Challenge complete!

Blog Status: Ella is feeling crappy

Remember my 2010 Blog Challenge that I first talked about Here ? more specifically the Tea Challenge from Here ?

I'm happy to report I've successfully completed the Challenge! I've actually found a tea flavor and combination that I not only like but l-o-v-e

Constant Comment Tea - steeped 4 minutes - cream - sugar


I'm failing miserably on the rest of my Challenges - but at least  I managed this one!