Wednesday, December 25, 2013

A Pointless Post about Coke (not the drug)

I'll never understand why Coke decided to put people's names on soda bottles. I'm guessing they thought people would be compelled to buy Coke if they saw a bottle with their name on it. Well. If Pepsi ever did this and on the off chance they used my name, I would NEVER buy it. Because ew. Pepsi sucks. 

Anyway, here are some of the names they used in Chile. 

I wonder how they came up with the list of names. Some are super common, like Diego, Alejandro and Constanza. Others I've never come across, like Fabiola, Hernan and Franco. 

Working at a school, it's easy to see which names are popular (Valentina, Isidora, Consuelo, and Catalina for girls. Matias/Mathias, Clemente and Vicente for boys.) 

So Coke, if you're listening, pick better names next time. 

Apparently I'm awesome

So the year is almost over. No more students. Two more days of work. Six more days until I leave for Thailand. Clearly I haven't done a great job of keeping this blog updated. Maybe next year will be better. 

Anyway, this is a post I wanted to write for a while but I'm really good at finding other things to do. Here's how I was described by other people this year. 

  • One of my students in 8th grade was talking to me about my teeth. Probably because they're straight. Anyway, she told me I have "Willy Wonka teeth". Um, thanks? She assured me this was a compliment.

I'm not so sure.

  • After finding out that I had a discussion with a student about vampires, a coworker told me I was like Raj from The Big Bang Theory. If you're unfamiliar with the show, Raj often discusses various creatures with his friends. 

Personally, I find nothing wrong with discussing supernatural beings with students. It's definitely more interesting than talking about things like the difference between the present perfect simple and the present perfect continuous. 

  • Okay the next one I still don't understand. One of my IV medio students told me I reminded him of Parks and Recreation. He didn't mention a specific character. But as long as he didn't mean Gerry, then I'm more than okay with the comparison. 

This show is perfection.

  • This last one has been brought up twice. One of my 7th graders told me I remind her of Monica Geller. Apparently we talk the same. 

Last week, I decided to do a little organizing. Carolina, my coworker, was upstairs in the computer lab so I sent her a picture of what I had done (we're weird like that).

Apparently organizing CDs alphabetically and by category isn't normal. 

So there you go. Willy Wonka, Raj, all of Parks and Rec, and Monica Geller. Not bad. Could have been worse. 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

What Does the Fox Say?

Thanks to a combination of my students, some gringo friends and a dancing competition TV show, this song has been stuck in my head ALL.WEEK.LONG.

It seemed like everywhere I went this week people were either  playing, singing, or dancing to this song. So here is The Fox by Norwegian duo Ylvis. 

Yes, this song was written as a joke/criticism of certain music genres. But who really cares?
It's just so damn catchy. 

Toy Story 3

I'm slowly catching up. So in the beginning of October my students in IVº medio did their play. (IV medio is equivalent to 12th grade.) Months before, they decided they wanted to do Toy Story 3. We finished the script in June and we had been working on the play sporadically since then. It was definitely a bit stressful. Probably more for me than for them. They've been doing plays since Iº medio (9th grade) but this was my first. I ended up standing backstage with them to help with the curtains so I was able to take a few pictures. I'm obviously very biased, seeing how they are my favorite class, but I thought they did an excellent job!

Meeting Lotso and Big Baby at Sunnyside.
Barbie and Ken
Bonnie's room.
Commander Buzz.
Tackling Buzz.

For the next class we celebrated by having a small party. The kids brought in food and drinks. And naturally, I just had to make cupcakes. Toy Story themed cupcakes. With aliens! It's hard to see in the picture but those green blobs are little martians. 

"....the claaaaw....." 

And they gave us this cute thank you note. 

I'm going to miss these kids next year!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

The General

Sundays definitely suck less when the upcoming workweek ends two days early. Thursday and Friday are holidays here in Chile (not because of Halloween) so that means we get an extra long weekend. Sounds good to me. 

Another thing that sounds good? Live music. For music video Sunday here's Dispatch singing The General. Only one of my favorite songs ever. 


Okay prepare for on onslaught of late posts. October has been a busy month. The month started with the celebration of the German festival, Karneval. Students were separated into one of five groups: costumes, masks, dance, music and floats. The teachers were also assigned to different groups to help the students with the various tasks. I worked with the students in the mask group. We spent three days helping the students create masks for themselves and their friends in other groups. At the end of the third day we walked in a short parade through town. We all dressed up in different costumes and walked along side the two floats. The kids definitely had a blast. 

Obviously no German celebration would be complete without someone dressed in a beer costume...


...or a giant pretzel.

Some of the teachers before we left for the parade.

A group of students and teachers. I'm the one in black standing next to the devil. I'm the cat. Not the woman in blackface on the other side of the devil. 

And of course, the English department. 

Monday, October 14, 2013

A Post About Vampires

So today in 7th grade English we were reading an article in the book about Bono. It mentioned that he worked with a charity dealing with AIDS in Africa. I asked my students if they knew what AIDS was. They didn't at first, but when I told them the acronym in Spanish they knew what it was. One student raised her hand and of all things this is what she asked:

"Miss, if a vampire bites someone with AIDS will they die?"

Just ignore Tom. He ruins everything.
So a normal person would probably just dismiss a question like this. But I am not a normal person. So I told her I didn't think so because vampires don't suffer from diseases. Unless that disease is the sun. Or getting your head ripped off. (I am so that teacher.)

A few minutes later she raised her hand and asked an equally important follow up question.

"Miss, if a vampire bites a zombie will he die?"

They should kill everyone off and rename it "The Daryl Show". I'd watch that. Happily.
I told her that vampires would never want to bite a zombie. Vampires are simply not that stupid. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Monday, September 2, 2013

The one with all the cake

I should preface this by saying that this post has been sitting in my draft folder for almost three months. On the plus side, it is now filled with even more deliciousness.

So it all started back in May when I made this Optimus Prime cake for my friend/coworker's birthday. His name is Alex and I planned the whole thing with his wife, Carolina, who also happens to be an awesome friend/coworker/(cup)cake lover.  (By all means, feel free to look at the cake and marvel in its awesomeness here.)

Immediately after that cake, I started planning with Carolina for her son's 5th birthday which was in June. After browsing Pinterest for many free periods (just kidding we didn't do this at work...) we found a cake I felt I could actually replicate and have it still be recognizable. Here's the original in case you were curious. But more importantly here's mine:


Here's me meticulously spreading the red frosting inside Spidey's face with an off-set spatula. (I didn't want to mess up his eyes.)

Better yet, here's a picture with said 5 year old and his Spiderman cake!

To simply say that I adore this kid would be the understatement of the century. 

Okay, so a few weeks after The (definitely) Amazing Spider-Man cake our school was getting ready for the alianza. If you're curious what an alianza is you can read about here as I'm too lazy to explain it again. Since my current school is smaller than the last, the students were divided only into two teams rather than four. Half the students were on the Justice League team and the others were on the Scooby-Doo team. (The theme was cartoons or something like that.) (I'd also like to point out that I clearly arrived at the school a year too late, as last year's teams were The Lord of the Rings vs. HARRY FREAKING POTTER. )

Anyway, so some of my students in IV Medio (12th grade) asked me to help them with an event for the alianza that had to do with cooking. Apparently someone thought it would be a fun task to ask students to create an entire meal FROM SCRATCH in 3 hours in a tiny kitchen with an oven with no temperature dial. And when I say from scratch I mean nothing could be store bought. This included bread, tortilla chips and pasta, all of which were made by either team. And we had to share the oven with the other team, whose teacher helper was none other than Miss Carolina. (If you don't know who she is scroll back to the top of the page and start reading again.)

(Maybe it's the fact that I haven't really blogged in like forever that is causing me to get so effing off topic.)

So I was helping the students from the Scooby-Doo team and they wanted to do this crazy overly ambitious Mystery Machine cake. After baking the cake for pretty much double the prescribed time and cooling it off in the freezer we were left with 30 minutes or so to decorate it. Given the amount of time we had I thought it looked pretty awesome.

Moving on, only two pictures left to go. So this next one shouldn't take too long to explain. Every Friday the greatest department in all the land has a 45 minute meeting. Obviously I'm referring to the English department at DS Villarrica. Said department consists of myself, the aforementioned Alex and Carolina and our fearless leader David, who, just in case you were curious is from France. So between the four of us we collectively speak four languages: English, French, Spanish and German. (We couldn't be any more amazing if we tried.) Anyway so I decided to make chocolate peanut butter cupcakes for one of our meetings. I definitely almost went into a diabetic coma after eating only one as I may have gone a little overboard on the peanut butter frosting.

Last one. These adorable little mini cupcakes were made last week. Carolina, another avid cupcake fan, decided to start a business selling cupcakes. After creating a page on Facebook, the orders started coming in. Since she had to go out of town last week, she asked me to fill an order for her. So I got to make 24 mini chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. Feel free to check out her page here. Better yet, next time you're in Villarrica order some!

If you successfully made it to the end of this post I'll give you a gold star sticker the next time I see you.

Saturday, August 24, 2013


Oh, just some pictures of that lake across the street. 

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Mass Text

I actually feel bad for posting this video. It's that horrible. Remember when Rebecca Black came out with that terrible song? Of course you do. But here's the video anyway because I'm sure my mom has no idea what I'm referencing.

Anyway, on Monday I was having class with my 8th graders and I told them about a new video I had seen that was even worse than Rebecca Black. (They, unlike my mother, know who she is.) They insisted I show them the video so I looked it up and showed it to them during the last 5 minutes of class. Thankfully, they agreed that the video was terrible. The "singing" and "dancing" are horrific. The song is ridiculous. As are the Barbies and the dog. The one thing we all agreed on was that the video is absolutely hilarious. (I'm sure that was not the singer's intention.)

Anyway, if you haven't already seen it, and my glowing review hasn't yet made you close the page, here is Tay Allyn's video "Mass Text". If you've made it this far you might as well watch the video.

I'm sorry.

If it makes you feel any better, for the rest of the week my students sang bits and pieces of this song during our class. So every day I left their room with this horrible song stuck in my head.

Little Lion Man

I have no words. This song is that good. 

Also, Marcus Mumford has a huge neck.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Hardest Part

The absolute hardest part about the end of a three week vacation from school is the fact that tomorrow I will no longer be able to sleep in until 10. (Okay, let's be honest, 11.) Waking up tomorrow at 6:30 is going to be, quite possibly, the worst thing ever.

So sticking with the same theme, here's The Hardest Part by Coldplay. I can get over the absurdity that is this video because I love them that much. And I love this song.

Coldplay makes everything better. Even 6:30am wake up calls.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Back to Bradford

It's currently week two of my three week break from school. Last week I went to Santiago to visit with friends and family. One day I went to my old school to see my students. It was a lot of fun. I ate lunch with the girls (alternating between tables so no one got upset) and I was able to stay with them during their art class.

Here are some pictures from the visit. 

I'd just like to point out that many of these SIXTH GRADERS are the same height as me.  

Sunday, June 30, 2013

I Want it That Way

Tomorrow is the last week of the semester. This means that come Friday, I'll be able to sleep in for three whole weeks. That's right, we get three weeks of vacation!

Anyway, here's a song that I listen to every morning while driving to work. Pretty much on repeat. And I sing along. Loudly. Each time I listen I try to alternate which BSB harmony to sing along to. (Except for Howie's. Never been a fan of his.) (Reading this back, I realize I sound like a huge nerd. I'm okay with that.)

I was a huge BSB fan when I was younger. (In case you were wondering my favorite was, and still is, AJ.) I think when you're thirteen years old you don't really try to find a meaning behind the song. Well now I'm 29 and I can tell you that I have no effing idea what this song is about. Which way are they talking about? Because at first he wants it that way, then she wants it that way and then, just to make it more confusing, he never wants to hear her say that she wants it that way. What the what?!

(Apparently I'm not the only one who has questioned the meaning of this song.)

So here's the video. (Nice airplane, guys.) If you're able to make any sense of it, please, for the love of all that is holy, let me know.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Gelatipulpo and other things that make me laugh

I know, I know. I haven't blogged in forever. Sometimes I just don't feel like it. So to make up for my absence, here's a whole post of stuff I found funny enough to take a picture of.

Pretty much this entire menu is funny. Who would order something containing "sea squirt"? Don't even get me started on the Echinoderms. 

This is a sign in Villarrica. It is supposed to say retorno which is a lane set up to make a u-turn. Anyway, some clever kid changed the t to a p. I like to imagine that every time he (obviously it was a boy) drives past this he laughs to himself ala Beavis and Butthead because it says porno.

Poorly translated signs will never not be funny. This one is in a grocery store in Púcon. 

 Grampas for sale! Only $1890! That's a pretty sweet deal. For only 4 bucks you can get your very own grampa.

Every day I have to drive past this horrible sign. "Camping"? 
It "kills" me every time I see this horrible apostrophe catastrophe. 

Update: While driving to work this morning I realized that the sign is incorrectly using quotation marks, not apostrophes. I would have just changed it, but I so enjoyed "apostrophe catastrophe". Every time I say it in my head I use a made up accent so the two words rhyme. And it makes me laugh. So I'm leaving it here. 

It may be hard to read, but this imported garlic (that we bought without realizing it was imported) has the slogan "Fresh, we always".

Yum! Placenta conditioner!

If the popsicle isn't calamari flavored, why did they name it after an octopus?? 
And why does it only have 6 legs?
He looks pissed.

Okay this one is from a train station in Antwerp, Belgium. 
Every time I see this picture it makes me laugh. 

Probably the best?