Thursday, November 27, 2008



Fatih and Sevgi came to Chesterton to see me before Thankgiving!! I love when they come. It is sooo nice to relax and be with them. Helps me miss Turkey a little less, except when they leave...then it's sad.
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Fatih loves Jackson!

Fatih doesn't mind Jackson in this picture....

But he's a little concerned in this one...

Fatih and Sevgi at the beach....I don't know why Sevgi brought her purse though!

Those tiny people are Sevgi and Fatih!
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PHS Basketball Game!

Portage crushed Highland. 12 and 44 are in my class.

Student Council meeting before the food drive.
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Holiday Cards

We made holiday cards for soldiers in my US history classes.


John and Steve
Nick with his card.

Kendall and me. =)
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Saturday, November 22, 2008

World Rovers

I don't know if "proud" is the right word, but today I was really proud of myself. I set up a non-profit organization/company today at the bank. I had to get a EIN number and bank account. It is called "World Rovers" and it will give me the liberty of taking student groups all over the world. It is a big step in doing exactly what I want to do.

If I wasn't clear...I own a business now.....hah. =)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Vinyl Avenue

A student at my school writes Vinyl Avenue, a blog. He is an awesome writer and even if you have no idea what he is talking about, the words and descriptions are great.  It is smart, witty, and charming. 

He describes it as, "We are Vinyl Avenue. We are music. We are fashion. We are movies. We are the trends and the threads that bind them together. We are the ones who walk down the hall and make your heads turn, but we are also the ones that, after you get to know us, you realize how fantastic our taste is. We're not mean, we're not loud. We're opinionated and relaxed.

But what the christ is Vinyl Avenue? It doesn't exist, let's stomp that theory right now. Physically, at least. It is the mental place that those of us with a clue go, where music throbs in the step of the street, where the many styles of today's people walk and speak. Where the best shops and cafes line the road, and the lights at night shine brighter than the sun, any day. A place that doesn't sleep. Where books are read and films are watched.

But enough with the imagery and personification. If we offend you, good. To be offended is to be enlightened (you can quote us etc.) We will tear down those artists of music, film, fashion, and the written word that don't deserve their pedestal, and we will raise to the highest those who deserve it. We may trash your favorite band, and tarnish your favorite author. But we may, just maybe, praise your favorite film and fill your want for better fashion."

So check it out at I like it. =) 


I woke up this morning and this was the view from my window. There wasn't any snow on the ground yesterday.  We even had a two hour delay from school because there was so much ice on the roads. 

Thursday, November 13, 2008

What better way to serve G-d than to serve people? 

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Some things...

I made a new bulletin board since the election is over. I know this is somewhat offensive if you're Turkish, but it's not really, it's just a play on words. My students know that I love Turkiye! So I made them sign their names on a turkey (the animal) and it is like I love them too!

I have lots of Obama things in my room, now I am just patriotic!!

On Saturday, I raked with the Portage Youth Commission and my cheeks are now really wind burnt and red!

"Team Awesome" as they called themselves!! So many leaves!
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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

The whole world is celebrating!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

America can be good again, atleast there is a new hope! 

Mary Poppins said:

Practically perfect people never permit sentiment to muddle their thinking.
Oh my gosh...I want Obama to win so badly!!!!!!

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Awesome Fall Break

Matthew and Rachel on U of I's campus during our walk on Saturday!
Rachel, me, and Sevgi at Rachel's friends place, we ate awesome Indian food.
My sister with her students on Halloween as Puffer Elementary in Downers Grove!

On the swings at recess. We're pretty darn cute!