Five years later…

Five years ago, I was a junior in high school, sitting in my AP biology class when the physics teacher came skidding into the room. “My husband just called! There’s white smoke! There’s a new Pope.”
A few hours later, we crowded into the four largest rooms in the building to watch on CNN as Cardinal Jorge Medina Estévez told us “Habemus Papam!” And then he said it would be Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger-now Pope Benedict XVI.
I’ve seen this Pope at World Youth Day 2005 in Cologne, Germany and in the fall of 2008, I saw him in Rome. I love this man. Today, I went back and was watching the video of that announcement five years ago. I love my German Shepherd so so so much. He has had a very difficult five years-especially the past few months. But he is the successor to St. Peter, he is the Vicar of Christ. He was elected by the Cardinals, inspired by the grace of the Holy Spirit. “And I also say to you that you are Peter; and on this rock, I will build My church and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven…” (Matthew 16:18-19).
He is a good and holy man. May God bless him abundantly on this his fifth anniversary and all the days of the rest of his life.

Procrastination…in video form

You may recognize the format of the following two videos. They were created using YouTube’s new “Search Stories” feature, a feature that was used to create a commercial for Google during the 2010 Super Bowl. I’ll post the link that some time.
But since I’m stressed college senior who is working on her “senior thesis” and massive lesson plans and other random crap, creating Jane Austen-themed Search Stories is my new form of procrastination.
This one is “Emma.”

And this is “Pride and Prejudice.”

Enjoy! And feel free to mock my Jane Austen Obsession.

On a related note, I need to buy a new copy of P&P. I want to reread it but my copy is in my parents’ attic. Plus, you can never own too many books or too many copies of a Jane Austen novel.

And in cool crocheting news, I received an order today from a classmate for a pair of mittens. She saw a picture of a pair I made for a friend and said, “I’ve got to have those.” She’s paying for them and I’m excited. It’s a great pattern and I’m always glad to get an order.

Nothing and Everything

I don’t have class on Wednesdays although most Wednesdays I go to a local public high school to spend two and a half hours observing Spanish classes. However, that school is on spring break this week, so I’m home working.

Tomorrow, I need to have the rough draft of my unit plan for Teaching Adolescents Reading ready for conferencing. I’ve been working on this plan for six hours now-minus the half-hour break I took to make some challah bread and a fifteen-minute break to eat dinner. And I still have another hour to work on this.

And it’s raining. I’m so ready for the end of this semester. I just want to be done with projects and presentations. I want it to be summer.