Sunday, October 4, 2015

These Kinds of Notes Make My Day

October 4, 2015

Seriously-this is why I do my job. I love knowing that what I do helps prepare kids for the world beyond their high school classrooms!

Hi Mrs. Lutjens! I hope you're having a good year teaching so far I just wanted to thank you again for constantly pushing us to annotate... I'm taking an intro to architectural studies class and the readings all require annotation to really be understood and written about! If it wasn't for your class, I probably wouldn't be as good at it as I am now. Thank you so much! I really loved having you as a teacher and I'm sure all of your students this year will too

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Note to Paul

October 1, 2015

I sent this to Nicholas' former physics teacher and robotics coach today:

Just a little something I wanted to share: Nicholas is doing well in college so far--As and Bs. Hasn't missed a class yet. Joined three clubs: one that builds drones, one that builds solar-powered vehicles, and one that builds unmanned land vehicles. You know--the kind of stuff being on the robotics fab team has prepared him for. He does not love his required speech class, but his first speech was on a person deserving of respect and admiration. When I asked him who he spoke about, he said, in his very "Well, DUH!" Nicholas way, "Lake, of course. My teacher said it was an A or B speech, but he had to mark me down a little because I went over the time limit, because, well, there's just so much to say about Lake. So I'm fine with having gone over my time." So, you know--I thought you might like to hear that. smile emoticon

I'm sure he hears stuff like this all the time from his former students.  I'm sure he doesn't get tired of it. We are lucky to have had such a great mentor and role model for Nicholas all through high school.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

One More New Piece

September 27, 2015

Doug and I have been searching for a new coffee table for the living room for a little while now, especially since we got new furniture for the study.  Today, I think we found the perfect piece! I can't wait to see how it changes the look in the front room. Our house is small and often messy, but little by little, we're making improvements here and there.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Sadie's 2015

September 26, 2015

Today was Teamsters' Day at the Battle of the Bay: San Francisco Giants vs. Oakland A's in Oakland.  Doug's union hall offered a little day trip to its stewards and their wives, so we were up bright and early to catch the chartered bus they provided for us.  Once there, we attended a fantastic barbque put on by the Teamsters (my very first proper tailgate!) before heading into the ballpark.  We had seats directly in the sun--a drawback, to be sure--but had the opportunity to see a rookie Giant hit a pretty impressive Grand Slam that all but sealed the deal for an eventual Giants win.  This was Doug's first major league baseball game, so it was pretty cool to get to see that live.

The only tough part of being gone all day was the realization I had a few days before that we would be gone on the day of the Sadie's dance.  Nicholas got to go even though he's a graduate, since Treasa is still at Buchanan, and Danielle asked her good friend Nathan to go with her--her first high school dance.  I told Nicholas, Treasa, and Danielle that since I was going to be gone and wouldn't be there to take my traditional 'before the dance' pictures, they had to make sure to send me pictures via text.  Treasa's dad did the photography duties at her house, since Treasa's mom was also at another event.  It was a blurry shot, but I'm glad they sent it anyway.  I'm not even sure who shot Danielle's picture, but I think it's pretty cute too.  It's Danielle, Megan, Nathan, and Megan's date Garrett.  I checked in with both the kids at the end of the night once they got back safely to their dad's house, and they all said they had a great evening!

Friday, September 18, 2015

New Ride

September 18, 2015

My new ride for the next week or two while the Prius gets a new trunk and bumper:

Thursday, September 17, 2015


September 17, 2015

So, this happened today.  I was heading to school with Danielle after a morning orthodontic appointment.  It was approximately 8:30, so there was a lot of traffic on Herndon.  We stopped at a red light behind about eight other cars.  When the light turned green, apparently the woman behind me glanced up, saw green, and just hit the gas before she realized that the rest of us hadn't moved forward yet.  Luckily no one was hurt, but it's going to have to spend a little time in the shop.  What a pain!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

I Need a Nap

September 16, 2015

Today was a straight-through kind of day:  NHS meeting before school, then AP classes and World Lit. class, and another NHS meeting at lunch.  I've had at least three lunch time meetings per week since school started.  I don't remember ever having that many lunch meetings during the school year.  When did that start happening?  Anyway, it's been a long day, and I think I need a nice long nap.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015


September 15, 2015

Four assignments due for my classes today.  All done and submitted on time.  Whew!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Getting Ready for the Fair

September 14, 2015

Today the registration for the fair entries was due.  For the fourth (I think?) year in a row, Danielle and I are entering art and photography in the Big Fresno Fair.  Although I'm not quite as happy with my entries as I have been in the past years, I'm still really proud of this tradition D and I do together.  This year I've got 7 photography entries, and Danielle has 26 photographic and artistic endeavors she's showcasing.  I can't wait to see our work up on display again this year!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Settling In

September 13, 2015

Shelves are built and the bed is made.  It's beginning to feel like home.