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Hunger Games Nails

Going to see "The Hunger Games" tomorrow and I decided to try for some "Girl On Fire" Katniss nails! One of the blogs that swatched the polishes, mentioned these three (Riveting, Electrifying and Smoke and Ashes) looked sweet together, so that's what I used. It's my first attempt at any sort of nail design and I'm pleased with the turn out.

That being said...what blogs/sites/etc are good for beginners are far as learning how to do more complicated nail art? 

Scald Crotch


So I haven't updated in forever. This is always a source of sadness and sort of a source of shame for me as well.  Writing used to be such a huge part of my life, yet as I got into college and realized I wanted to be a teacher of English (not just a writer/reader), I always thought it would still leave me with enough time to continue with my writing. And sadly, life really hasn't.

Anyone...how to update my current position after more than 2 months away? I guess I'll just say it's going great!

New year's resolutions:
1) Lose some weight
2) Post here more
3) Save some money and start looking into a house
4) Play with my dogs a lot more
5) Keep crafting my teaching skills to get better.

Hope everyone who reads this had a great holiday season and is doing well!
Dino Shoop

"Just a Dog"

Found this on the internet and it made me smile, as I spend far too much money on my furbabies and I know of a few people that think I am nuts. I love my babies...

From time to time, people tell me, "lighten up, it's just a dog,"
or, "that's a lot of money for just a dog."

They don't understand the distance traveled, the time spent, or the
costs involved for "just a dog."

Some of my proudest moments have come about with "just a dog."

Many hours have passed and my only company was "just a dog,"
but I did not once feel slighted.

Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by "just a dog,"
and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of "just a dog" gave me
comfort and reason to overcome the day.

If you, too, think it's "just a dog," then you will probably understand
phrases like "just a friend," "just a sunrise," or "just a promise."

"Just a dog" brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust,
and pure unbridled joy.

"Just a dog" brings out the compassion and patience that make me a
better person.

Because of "just a dog", I will rise early, take long walks and look
longingly to the future.

So for me and folks like me, it's not "just a dog" but an embodiment of
all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past,
and the pure joy of the moment.

"Just a dog" brings out what's good in me and diverts my thoughts away
from myself and the worries of the day.

I hope that someday they can understand that it's not "just a dog",
but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being
"just a man or woman."

So the next time you hear the phrase "just a dog"
just smile... because they "just don't understand."

Written by an unknown Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
Dino Shoop


So the past couple of days in Vegas it's been about 116 degrees. This tiny baby kitten kept hanging around Mike and I's place, so the other day we decided to take him in and keep him.

I swear I am such a sucker for cute animals...all the sad little ones who want little homes come to me...

Here is a picture of Helmsley (his new name).

This is for sure our last animal..but we are nice and even now. Two dogs and two cats...
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So as I'm watching RAW tonight, it is announced that the WWE will be coming to Las Vegas. I have a feeling that my life will not be completed unless I get the chance to tell Randy Orton how much he sucks in person...I need to go to this!!!

Tickets go on sale this Saturday, I'm hoping that they are actually affordable and that I can go! :-)
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The school year is over and I'm ecstatic...I can't believe I've completed my first year as a teacher. I'm so happy and I feel fairly accomplished. There is about 100 things I might be changing for next year, but I do feel like this year turned out okay for.

Next year, I'll be in my same room, teaching probably the same classes (I'll definitely have 8th grade English again..I just don't know if I'll be doing more Cooperative Consulting or Accelerated classes).

Mike and I are going to go look at new apartment this week. I'm a little tired of the ones we have and I would love to have something a little nicer, with a working pool and appliances that aren't 17 years old.

The in-laws come tomorrow and I go home for a fews days in a few weeks.

And just for fun...new pictures of the babies!!

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On an utter wim...I cutted my hair today. I kept talking about how much I'd wanted a bob again after looking at a bunch of pics of Victoria Beckham and then before I knew it, I was in the chair, getting my hair did.

It was well past my shoulders...but behold BadCellPhonePic!

I'm really liking it...it's too damn hot to have super long hair in Vegas and I feel a little more put together and adult with this cut. Plus I was really in a mood for a change.

The official dedication of my school happens this week and I couldn't be more thrilled! I got a new outfit and I think it's going to be fun.