tagged? i changed the rules

okay, so i think i was tagged by melissa, but i didn't like her game so i found a new one on someone else's blog. here's how it works: 

go to your photos and click on the fourth file folder. in that folder you choose the fourth photo and tell about it. so i did that, and ...

it was the folder titled, amy and pete pictures. so i will tell you about it. this photo is from 2003 i think. i can't remember if it was before or after we were engaged. this photo is one of my favorites. little side note, my eyeshadow was a chillstick from marykay and i loved it (they don't make them anymore but they should), end side note. we were at pete's house just being silly, but it turned out to be a pretty good picture, thanks for reading. 

at this point in the game you "tag" four people. so i want to know what the fourth picture in your fourth file is: 

leah z
jen k
mat w (maybe it will help you blog, hint hint)
carrie w (yes you)

good day

teachers are great

this weekend is busy for me. it is the end of quarter one at school so we have to turn in our grades by monday. friday was a 1/2 day at school but i missed it because of a conference i presented at down at byu. so i have a lot of grading to get to today and tomorrow. the plus side, i had a great time at the conference. it was the utah council teachers of english annual conference and i presented because of the wasatch range writing project i participated in this summer. in order to attend the summer institute for free, i have to present my work twice this year to a group of teachers. the ucte conference was my first time presenting my "research" i won't tell you all about it on here, but you can ask me if you want to know what my presentation was about. overall, i did fine. about 20 people came to my session and they are all very nice. i enjoy talking to a group of teachers because we are all similar and everyone is very nice (even if it is just a front.) end note, english teachers seem to be more friendly than other content teachers; maybe because there are more women than social science teachers. either way i think all teachers are great. so to all you teachers out there, thanks. 

new toys

recently i have had a very busy schedule that is just starting to slow down. i have been to parties and weddings, and meetings. all good things too. i also spent a week home alone while pete was in china. 

we bought a new camera (see picture) so pete could take it with him and i use it now for everything else. 

the following pictures are of my other new toys. 

i went to a sensy party at sabrina's house and bought a large sensy and an outlet sensy with three scents.

the large helps my kitchen smell like good things and the outlet sensy is in my classroom and the students love it. 

thanks for letting me share my new toys with you. hopefully my posts will have more pictures in them because now i can take my camera in my purse wherever i go! have a great day. 

where am i?

i thought i would put a little geography quiz on my blog, since i am a geographer. look at this picture and tell me where it is. what city is it in and if you are really talented, the street or exit it is near? there are no clues other than what is in the picture so you will only know if you have driven near there. happy guessing...

field trip for science

i recently went on a field trip with the 9th grade science class. we went to the aquarium in salt lake (way out there at 106 S.) the pictures below are from the trip. there were a lot of cool fish and some scary ones too. so join me on a picture journey:

they have a fresh water and salt water area. the fresh water is about the water in utah
the frog was cute (bad picture, though)
i forgot what kind of fish these are (some sort of trout), but they were huddled in the corner just floating (i also used flash on this one, don't tell)
this toad was fat and lonely
the ocean area had two big coral tanks and a shark tank
this eel was building a house but he didn't make any progress because the moment he moved the little rocks out of his rock place he would drop them on the other side and they would fall back down into his place. it was sad to watch
these are tiger fish, very pretty, very poisonous
try to guess where the fish are in this picture...
that's right, they are the two ugly things in the corner (freaky huh?)
this fish was big and ugly but the black light made him look cool
the jelly fish changed colors as their light changed. 
this is a bad picture of the octopus but he was big and he moved a lot
next to the octopus is his friend the lobster, the biggest i have seen

the sea horse were fun. they held onto the kelp with their tails. 

the video of the shark tank didn't upload, sorry. the girls i was with really enjoyed being scared by the fish that would swim by.

the trip was fun. we also could touch the stingrays and starfish. i felt bad for the fish that lived there (i don't think it was close enough to their true habitat but that is another story for later i guess) overall i had a good time, but once is enough times to go there because it is so far away and we were late coming back so both my classes missed instruction time (which i am very covetous of). i think elementary students would benefit the most from the aquarium so take them there if you have them. end.