Thursday, December 31, 2009


"A person can be lonely even if he is loved by many people, because he is still not the 'One and Only' to anyone." - Anne Frank

Well, as I've already discussed in my blog, being able to love and care for somebody is what makes me happy. So naturally, I've felt really lonely recently. It's especially worse during the winter.

In times like these, I try to comfort myself by remembering the people that do love me. Though, like Anne Frank says, it's not the same, it does provide some reassurance. I found these pictures last time I was home.

My parents, back in the day.

Apparently they couldn't take good pictures because they didn't have immediate results to tell them that my dad's eyes were half closed. But hey, we're cute anyway!

My mommy and me.

Dad teaching me all he knows.


This one is my favorite. It shows my dad in his most unrestrained state of love for me. Now that I'm 22 he can't really do that to me.

Happy Easter, bedhead Dad.

Daddy-daughter Girl Scout dance.

My grandpa adores me too. When I got to the house in New York on the 20th, my grandpa saw me and got all teary-eyed and happy. It was so precious.

Seeing all of these people who love me then reminds me of Someone else who loves me. He never leaves me.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Let it Be Known!

Those who know me know I love movies. I love them with an indescribable passion. If I go too long without movies, I get kind of moody and feel a little unbalanced.

Today I went and saw Avatar in 3D. Alone. Because I'm used to that.

It was by far one of the most amazing and spiritual film experiences of my life.

The story, while predictable, was highly entertaining.

The characters were sympathetic and real.

The special effects, the creativity, the world (Pandora), the creatures were absolutely and breathtakingly beautiful.

I teared up several times throughout that movie.

While I was watching, before it was even the middle of the movie, I decided that it was amazing. I was trying to come up with the words in my mind to describe the experience. I came up with epic, brilliant, beautiful, and spiritual. 

I was so floored and overwhelmed when it was over that I sat and watched most of the credits before I felt like I was going to burst out in verbal exclamation with how much I loved that movie.

Don't worry that I cried on the phone to my dad because of my overwhelmed state of being as a result of watching that movie.

I was also shaking for thirty minutes afterward.

I don't think there's anything more to say.

Hats off, James Cameron. You are the man!

But so is Sam Worthington, whom I will marry tonight. He doesn't know yet. (Don't worry, it's been planned since I went to the midnight showing of Terminator: Salvation. We're not a couple who rushes into things.)

I love that he had such a hard time disguising his accent in Avatar, by the way. Too cute.

The Lodge

This is where we stayed in New York.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Upstate Undertakings

Oh you know. I was just in upstate New York from December 19 to the 28th to celebrate Christmas with the paternal side of the family. It was fun. I'm too lazy to recap it all so I'll do pictures and captions.

After some annoyances with Delta airlines, I arrived safely at the cabin.

This is where we spent most of our time before noon and after 10.

This is where I slept. Complete with bra.

We cut down our own tree from the property.

I was the designated camera girl.

We decorated.

Or mom and dad did, anyway.

I did some baking. We did lots of eating.

Lots of sitting around.

We hung out with Uncle Marty and Bullet.

And Mimi and PooBear

We did Christmas.

Self-photo shoots.

Chinese food.

And self-timed photo shoots.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Love My Cute Students


I got a big Symphony bar.

And a HUGE Symphony bar.

And a box of Chocolate Mint Sandwiches.

And an awesome sand dollar ornament.

And a Cafe Rio gift card--20 freaking dollars! Seriously?!

And a miniature loaf of banana nut bread.

And a bag of candies and a cute card and Mango body butter (from one student).

And a snowflake ornament.

And a decoration that says "love many, trust few, always paddle your own canoe." Rings pretty true.

And a couple of decorated candy canes.

And a Tootsie roll canister full of Tootsie Rolls.

And a canister of Whoppers.

And (from another teacher) some hand soap from Bath & Body Works.


My kids are awesome.

My roommate got me one of those liquid sticks incense things.

My other roommate got me a Ghirardelli caramel chocolate bar.

Rachel got me Bunness pajamas.

Holly got me a cute polka dot fleece blanket!

Brianne got me a gift card to In-N-Out and Red Mango! Yesss...

The administration got me a $25 University Mall gift card.

My mom got me a Kohl's gift card. I need new clothes.

The beat goes on. Off to New York tomorrow morning.


Jake got me a dream catcher.

Christmas Card from a Student

Dear Miss Balibrea,

Thank you for teaching me English. You are my best English teacher I've had. I think you are a great teacher. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

- [Thoughtful Student]

Thursday, December 17, 2009


A. I've eaten WAY too much food in the last 48 hours.

B. I loved Ender's Game.

C. I do not like liars. Hey everyone, want to see Janae get into a rage? Lie to her!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Today's Gonna be a Good Day

My last post was my 200th post. Whoa.

Last Christmas my romantic life was a bit of a mess.

This Christmas my romantic life is non-existent.

I guess I'd rather have non-existence than sad drama.

My day today was awesome. I let my kids do research in the library which saved my voice and stress. They did pretty good, a few students excepting.

During my prep period, I didn't really have anything to grade or do. So I went to the faculty room where there lay an array of FOOD waiting for me.

Oh the glories that were there.

As always, the water warmer and hot cocoa, available--at my disposal.

A slim long table containing chips and three or four different types of dip.

A table in the corner with five or six crock pots containing various soups, ham, and little smokies.

A long table in the middle with a variety of desserts, vegetables and dip, and chips.

I loaded up a plate, got some hot chocolate, sat on the couch, and read Ender's Game.

It was one of the most relaxed, fun, comfortable moments that I've had in a really long time.

Then the principal and his assistant came in, shouting my name because they had found me. They handed me a red envelope and said, "Merry Christmas!" I accepted it and said, "Thank you."

I set it down and looked at it a few minutes later, expecting a letter of appreciation for my work and efforts.

But no!

It was a $25 gift certificate for University Mall!

Could the day get better? I submit that it could not.

But THEN! I left work at 3:20 in the afternoon. That is SO early, and never happens. I don't think it has ever happened, actually.

Could the day get better? No sir.


Russel won So You Think You Can Dance.

And almost all was right in my world. On this day, December 16th.

It's been a good day.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Losing Honesty

I'm becoming one of those people who says she's "fine," or "good," or "doing well," when it's not true.

Friday, December 11, 2009


This song makes me feel adventurous.

Missing Out

Sometimes I think that I'm not living my life to its fullest.

There are things I want that I don't go after. Because I'm afraid.

I am afraid of the unknown. Afraid of failure.

I like a planned and structured life. It's where I'm comfortable.

And my responsibility runs my life.

"In the summer, I shouldn't travel or do something fun. I should plan for the next school year. I should have two jobs. I should work out every day."

I wonder if I should make a New Year's resolution to be more daring.

To run after the things I want.

To stop caring about things I should be doing. And to stop worrying about what might happen.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

I love Christmas time.

I'm still having a rough time. But when I walk in my front door and see our tree and all our lights and decorations, I smile for a moment.

Church was awesome today.

The atonement is real.

The Spirit is real.

Its presence and impact on my life is real.

Here is a video of my apartment.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

My 19 Hour Day

I got up at 6:30 and got ready for work.

I ran around at work trying to get my resume printed for my interview with Granite School District.

I had essay conferences with students (or briefly lectured the ones without drafts) for three 80-minute periods straight.

I took fifteen minutes to eat lunch--leftovers.

I got my portfolio ready.

I monitored the school party dance for 20 minutes or so while putting the portfolio together.

I left at 2:05 PM and went to BYU.

I got my letter of recommendation from my professor's office.

I went to my interview, filled out a form, got interviewed, and left.

I walked back to my professor's office to drop off the TWS.

I walked back to my car and arrived back at work at 3:35 PM.

I graded 3 periods of journals for an hour and twenty minutes, finishing at 5 PM.

I graded and entered late work.

I left work.

I got home, updated my class website with homework assignments, etc.

I got dressed for work at Blockbuster and left at 5:53 PM.

I picked up food and arrived at work at 6:02 PM.

I worked.

While at work, I created my Christmas presents list (for others) as well as a to-do list.

I also planned next week's schedule--we're spending the week on debates for themes in Night.

I left work at 11:35 PM.

I got home from work.

I fed my fish.

I typed out a more detailed schedule for next week (including journal prompts, outline of activities, etc.).

I created a worksheet that I'll need to give my students next week.

I submitted my Teacher Work Sample on

I (immensely) edited my letter to parents regarding their students' incomplete grades. A total overhaul of my term 1 letter, really.

I checked Facebook.

I wrote this blog.

It's 1:30 AM.

Now I'm going to bed.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


Fact: As difficult as I know it will be, I'm yearning for a family and for motherhood right now.

Fact: I miss all of my friends I used to celebrate Christmas with. We used to have a really fun time, and we were all really good at giving good gifts to each other.

Fact: I love giving gifts. I consider it a talent of mine. But I only really enjoy it when I know people well and have put a lot of thought into something they'd enjoy. I have almost no one left outside of my family who I feel I can do that for.

Fact: Someone stole my 3-hole puncher. Honestly? Why would you want to steal that?

Fact: I was very mad at and mean to my students today. I feel bad.

Fact: Almost no one came to Enrichment tonight.

Fact: Elf is a funny movie, no matter how few people are there (and no matter how many times you see it).

Fact: I'm finding joy in that it's December and there is no snow!

Fact: My heart is still broken. I don't know what it will take to unbreak it.

Fact: I want something or someone to take care of. I miss my rabbit a lot. :(

Fact: I figured out that the sideways picture thing is because iPhoto saves pictures elsewhere after editing (Modified folder, not Originals). My bad.

Fact: I enjoy funny people.

Fact: My mom bought me three new books the other night. I can't seem to put down Ender's Game.

Fact: I have more clearly come to realize the presence and effect of the Spirit in my life, and particularly appreciate it when I feel it's not with me.

Fact: My students' papers are better this time, on the whole.

Fact: I'm sad about not being home for Christmas or doing Christmas baking this year.

Fact: I still really miss my friends.

Fact: I need to go to bed.