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OBX in the Aztek
July 24, 2010, 22:59
Filed under: travels

We took a last-minute break from real life and hit the Outer Banks a few weeks ago.  I’m not normally a spur-of-the-moment type person but the spirit moved me and my husband wasn’t about to say no to a camping trip in the Aztek (I’m not usually much of a camper) or the beach!  The weather was gorgeous and even the heat was tolerable.  The campground, Frisco Woods, was awesome as was the view from our campsite.  We were a bit wary of staying somewhere without a website or personal recommendation but it turned out to be much better than most of the alternatives in the area and we’re planning to go back again later this summer. I love it when things just come together!

This was my first trip to the Outer Banks as an adult and I really enjoyed it. I grew up going to the Jersey shore so I do miss having a boardwalk to explore but the warmer ocean temperature in North Carolina almost made up for that. Compared to Va Beach, our “local” beach, I’d take the Outer Banks anyday. We went there for a few days last summer and I was not impressed and have no desire to go back. Live and learn.



thoughts from june/july
July 10, 2010, 17:02
Filed under: inner monologues | Tags:

1. I’m a terrible blogger in the summer; I have way too much free time and nothing I really want to say! Maybe that explains my lack of posts? I think about posting often but just don’t get around to it. I’d promise to do better but honestly, I wouldn’t even believe me!

2. I don’t love being a teacher. I don’t even really like it most days – it’s a paycheck. I do love summer vacation though! No alarm clocks going off at 5:30am, no parent-teacher conferences, no grading (or procrastinating on the grading). By the time September rolls around, I’ll actually be ready to get back to the classroom. Maybe.

3. My students did awesome on their AP test! I was concerned because, as great as I am (no false modesty here!), this was the first year that I taught AP Environmental Science and I was working from scratch. Scores came out on Monday and I was floored – I had a 63% pass rate! That doesn’t sound great, but the national average is 50%. Yay them, and yay me!

4. One month until our big summer vacation. 8 days on St. John in the USVI. I can’t wait. Too bad it will also mean that summer is coming to an end. I’m not going to think about that though. Nope, not at all.

5. I’m amazed by how nicely all the fashion bloggers look over the summer. I’m ecstatic to have my summers off but my fashion sense seems to take a nosedive when I don’t have to look nice. I look decent when I go out, but much of my time is spent working on the house or in the backyard. My usual uniform is shorts or a jean skirt and a t-shirt with flip-flops. Functional, but nothing noteworthy.

6. The Birkenstocks I posted about last month? They’re awesome! I like to think they’re a step above flip-flops but even more comfortable. I think I need another pair but I can’t decide between brown and black. Both? That seems excessive… But would I let that stop me?

7. This heat is killing me.

8.  Because of said heat, Zach and I have been ingesting entirely too much homemade ice cream.  I try to fool myself into thinking that the homemade version is more natural (it is) and therefore healthier (maybe) but the quantities are definitely not.  Flavors tried thus far:  Sour Cream (much better than it sounds), Lager (eh), Stout (pretty good), and Smores (the mix-ins didn’t mix in so well).  Which leads me to my next thought…

8. P90X. I’m pretty sure the P stands for painful. My husband and I are working through it together and wow… It’s pretty intense. We both felt that we were looking a little soft this summer and I’ve always had a soft spot for crazy infomercial exercise programs; at least this one is better than Richard Simmons. I think might be in a little over my head.