Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Boyfriend and I have a short conversation after last night's Glee.

I haven't posted in so long. A huge sorry to my frequent readers!

Not sure how many of you watch Glee...but we do every week!  I have a sweet spot for Kurt and Blaine.  This might be partly to blame that I have a celebrity crush on Darren Criss, but also because they are the OMG-CUTEST-COUPLE-ON-TV-SINCE-MONICA-AND-CHANDLER-EVER.

As soon as the show ended, the Boyfriend and I shared this in conversation:

Me: I love you, Paul.
Paul: am I like your Blaine?
Me: yea! And I'm like your Kurt!
Paul: *blank stare*
Me: well at least you're the manly one! Blaine is manly!


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A debate that will never truely end...

Let me start off by stating my thoughts on religion and politics.
Yes, I'm totally a liberal. I believe in real freedom and hugging trees on weekends. surprise, surprise!

I don't care if you're liberal, republican, democrat or nothing at all. We all have our own beliefs!
Yes, I go to church.  I believe in a higher power. 

However, I believe in total separation of Church and State. 
I do not believe that religion has a place in our government. I'm glad that Rick Santorum dropped out of the presidential ,as well as Michelle Bachmann a while back, because that man and that woman are all about making the government a pulpit for their beliefs. 
And I know that there are some people who see nothing wrong with religion being a part of the government. Those people scare me.
Why do they scare me?  Because this country is supposed to be the land of the free!  Freedom of religion!
Freedom of religion also means freedom FROM religion.

Not every person in this country believes in religion of any sort. The rest of us believe in different types of religion.  The government cannot impose their beliefs on their people! Making laws based on religion is not the right way to run this country!
A facebook conversation about politics and religion happened today on Boyfriend's profile.

Boyfriend is Paul.  I, of course, am Alma.
I left out the names of everyone else except for the first letter to follow a little easier.  


Let's just all get along and agree on one thing: we all want what we can't have in this grandiose government of ours.

But the one thing we should all agree on is that every person should have the right to live their lives as they damn well please.
Whether that be living day-by-day by the Bible and it's teachings, living by another religion, or living with no religion...choosing to marry someone who is the same sex or opposite sex... choosing safe sex over nothing (i'm looking at you, Santorum!), and having the right to make decisions of their own bodies.
We are all created equal. Remember that!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Things I have learned from substitute teaching so far.

When I'm not out taking photos and meeting new clients, I'm substitute teaching.  I work with Pre-K - 4th usually, and sometimes move up to the middle and high school grades.

I'd like to think that I'm trying to help out kids in the absence of their teacher, but sometimes they end up either showing me things that I realize are essential to adulthood.

Here are the current things I would like to keep on record for years to come:

*note, all the photos were taken by my cell phone.  No faces are shown, since protecting the kids is priority! . :)


Pre-K class enjoying a Phonics movie after a long week.
After a long week of learning the alphabet, manners, and more numbers...a movie will always do the body good. But educational movies do the mind and body even better.
Never cease to learn. Find fun ways to do it!


My teacher name in play dough while in a Pre-K class.
My rainbow painting while in a Pre-K class.

Always play.
Adulthood is serious time, but always leave room to play.  Play with play dough, paint with paints, color in a coloring book you buy for yourself.  It's great stress relief and it makes you feel like a damn artist.


Silly sock day.
 Never be afraid to wear weird socks. If you can't wear weird clothes, at least weird it up with the socks.


3rd grade boys burying a gnat that was found in a lunch box afterschool. The held a funeral, complete with invitations for other students, in the playground during after school recces.
 Remember that small things matter.
Just like the students above who held a "funeral" for a gnat they found in a lunchbox.  Most of us would just clean it out and throw it away.  These kids went all out and made a whole ceremony for the insect they named Carlos.

Don't disregard the small things.  Make an impact no matter what!


2nd grade writing journal topic of the day.
Don't let go of your fun side. Ever. Especially if that fun side includes drawing stick figures of Harry Potter every chance you get.
Don't became a brittle, bitter old person just because you feel you have to when you get older.  Be fun, be joyful, be happy. 


A 6th grader left me a nice little note on the marker board.
 Remember that YOU ROCK every day of your life.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


Let's be instagram friends.  :)

Find me under alma_dear and leave your username in the comments so I know who you are! 


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

A little known fact about me, that will now be widely known.

It is my life goal to hug a Koala.

I will go all Kristen Bell on whoever is with me the day my goal is attained.

I need to find a zoo with Koalas that allows hugging.

Monday, April 2, 2012

New tattoo!

A few weeks ago, I really wanted to get another tattoo.

I got a mini one today!  Tattoo count is now 4.
It took care of the urge I had to get one.  :)

I got the word Smile on my inner right wrist.

I am a photographer, so "smile!" is part of every day vocabulary. 
It's adorable. I'm so happy!

The awesome tattoo artist doing his thing.

I'll get a better photo when it looks less puffy. :)


Whoever says the Boyfriend and I aren't risk takers have obviously never seen us play Jenga.

The tower got a little taller than this with a lot less support on the bottom, but I got too into the game to take another photo :)
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