Wednesday, January 31, 2007


I have never in my life been so happy to see a month end, geez!!!

Monday, January 29, 2007

Never Thought of it This Way

"Optimists are useless and merely find hope where pessimists will work"
- Ben Dory

I saw this quote and I thought it was very interesting. I actually feel like I am more of a realist but I definitely work hard to create or change something as opposed to hoping for the creation or change.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Danny, Do You Like The Stache?

Thursday, January 18, 2007

My Hero

I love watching KTVU2 news at 10:00. I could listen Dennis Richmond tell me anything; the news, telephone numbers, or a children's story. Very few people are a institution but this man is a institution.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Resolutions for the New Year

I would probaly say that I hate New Year's resolutions. I think they set people up to fail but I do think that people should periodically examine themselves and see how they can improve. After a really bad week last week I decided I need to become really good at a couple of things as opposed to being average at a lot of things. I have had difficulty juggling a lot of things this year. And the juggling just became more difficult with me beginning the Master's program in education. I am purging myself of a lot of things so I can be really amazing at a couple of things. In the past I have relied on pure will and determination to balance all the things on my plate. Another reason for handling all these things was that I can't say NO.

So if I had a New Year's resolution all though I will never admit to it, it would be that I become a little bit more selfish to ensure my sanity and success in a couple key areas.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

The 2nd Worst Moment of 2007

First let me start off by saying that I am usually a really positive person. But this week has been a bit of a strain as you can tell by this post and the previous post title. I know this is going to be a great year in which I succeed a great deal but right now the second week of 2007 is a bit of a bust.

I came home and was "surfing the web" when I received a call from a 916 area code. I picked up the phone and this how the conversation went.

916 Person: Hello this is Ms. X (not real name, but sounds cool) from the department of education at Sacramento State. May I speak to Mario Landeros.

Me: This is him. (Inner dialogue: She is going to remind me about school starting next week)

916 Person: Do you know that you missed the first day of class.

Me: Excuse Me.

916 Person: Yesterday was the first class of your Master's Program

Me: Oh my (Inner dialogue: Oh crap)

916 Person: I e-mailed you a month ago letting you know the schedule.

Me: Yes, I remember, I assumed that the classes began at the same time as Sacramento State classes. (Classes at Sac State do not begin until 01/19)

916 Person: Well, that is not the case, I e-mailed you the schedule.

Me: I apologize what can I do to fix this situation. (Inner dialogue: Yeah Yeah Yeah the e-mail I get it)

916 Person: Here is the course syllabus with the instructor's e-mail. You may want to contact her.

Me: Thank you

After I got off the phone with Ms. X I felt like the biggest piece of trash in the world. In the business of education the two things I take very seriously are my first impressions and being responsible. Forgetting to come to your very first class of my Master's program is a very poor performance. Especially when you consider the two things I take seriously. To my students this may not be a big deal but it sort of is. One it is important to me, I am my biggest critic so when I do things like this I tend to beat myself up a little more than others do. Second missing class at the university and especially graduate level is a big nuisance. You have to e-mail the instructor to tell them how sorry you are and that it will never happen again. You also have to get a make up assignment. Also I missed 4 hours of academic content that I need to catch up on. I will get over this in a couple of days but the writing in my blog at this moment is at least helping in the process of getting over it.

I promise the next post will be a positive one. (This promise is being made to myself but if you want a ride on the promise train come along.)

Monday, January 08, 2007

The 2nd Worst Morning of 2007

I came to the conclusion today that as long as I am teaching, the first day back from Winter Break will be the second worst morning of my year. During break I was sleeping for 12 hours a day and not getting out of bed until 11:00 am. Waking up today was a miserable experience. The reason that it is not the the number 1 worst morning of the year is because the year is early and I don't want to commit myself too quickly. Once the day started I felt good and was happy to be in the classroom.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Welcome Back

I took the Winter Break off from everything; school stuff, blogging, exercising, and regular grooming. I am the biggest sloth ever. I will see how tomorrow goes.