Thursday, August 31, 2006
1….Kenny's singing to Garth or Toby (cute honey!)
2....My sewing machine's hum
3....Sparky in his wheel
4....Fall's wind, light and cool
5....My students' baby voices asking if they can help me
6....Dad saying "Hello Lindsey" on the phone
7....Mom saying "Hi Tootz"
8....Car on a gravel road
9....Casting the line on a fishing pole
10....Talk radio on the morning drive
11....True Ceramic Pro straightener
12....Kenny's typing on the keyboard
13....The 'Happy Birthday' song
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Wednesday, August 30, 2006
The last 3 days have been a blur! Getting ready to start school again is never a quick thing, but the last 3 days have done by so fast and there is still so much more to do. I don't think the work ever ends! Today I almost took a nap in my classroom at one point, that's how pooped I was from all the running around and getting things ready. I have a nice new community circle carpet, nice and fluffy, and it looked mighty comfy right about 3 o'clock this afternoon....no one would have ever known!
I'm sure that everyone who reads this blog is sick of hearing about me going back to school. Sorry! I will talk about something else. Labor Day Weekend. Anyone doing anything exciting? We wanted to go to the U.P. but I don't want to go that far now this close to school. I want to spend this 4 day weekend relaxing cause I won't be coming up for air again until Thanksgiving, so being in the car a whole day there and a whole day home doesn't seem appealing! We will, however, be going to the lake house I think. There's no computer, but I can still do some school work (my masters classes just started again too) and be on/in the water. THAT sounds perfect. I'd love to hear what everyone else's plans are if they have already made them!
I really will post the finished pictures tomorrow...I promise:)
Monday, August 28, 2006
Stop! Please stop time for a day or two!! My head is spinning from the new school year. We don't have students until next week, but our first day of meetings and orientation was LONG. And the sad part is that we were done early. I forced myself to stay awake during meetings, and when I was awake, I was thinking about things that had to be done in my room, and copies that needed to be made for the first day, and so on. I'm sure everyone else's minds were doing that same thing. Don't get me wrong, I'm looking forward to meeting the new kids into my room next week, and I'm very excited to be back with the people I enjoy working with, including Miss Z! She and I are even carpooling...that's awesome for the gas tank when you have to drive 60 miles a day! But I am going to have to adjust my sleeping schedule AGAIN to getting up early. I have to go through this every year, and every year, when the time comes, I act like I didn't know I would feel like this. But I knew! Here's something I wasn't going to tell, but I guess I will: I couldn't sleep last night. Can you believe it? This is my 5th year of teaching, and even my first year, I wasn't sleepless the night before the first day back. I wasn't even sleepless the night before the first day with kids! But I was last night. I tried to sleep and then got up and whined to Kenny that I couldn't sleep, and he told me I sounded like a 6 year old. Very fitting, don't you think? I wasn't anxious, I wasn't upset, I wasn't uncomfortable, I just couldn't sleep. So I layed on the couch and listened to Kenny type on the keyboard and that finally put me to sleep. And then BLAAAAAAAAAAM BLAAAAAAAAAAM BLAAAAAAAAAAAAAM BLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAM. Dammit. The alarm already? Nooooooooooooo! Snooze once, then twice, and on third time I forced myself up and into the shower. 1 bowl of grapenuts and a few minutes to check the weather online, I was dressed and ready when Miss Z knocked at the door. We piled up the backseat of my car with things for her new classroom and awaaaaaaaaaay we go into traffic! The day really wasn't as bad as I made it out to be, I just can't stand sitting in meetings when there's so many more important things to be doing!! Right now, it's probably more important for me to go to sleep rather than play on the internet, because I do have to get up again tomorrow and do it all over again! I promise tomorrow I'll have more fun things to report, and pictures of my room put together.
PS-This is my 100th post. That went fast!
Sunday, August 27, 2006
~At the Lake~
Kenny & I spent lots of time at the lake house this summer. It's so peaceful and relaxing, and when the leaves start to turn colors, it's even more beautiful. I'm looking forward to that!
August Blogging Challenge:
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I haven't kept up on this AGAIN, so I'm catching up now. This is what made me happy on:
8/16: Sleeping in.
8/17: Helping Kenny with his work so he had a lightened work day.
8/18: Working in my classroom again, and feeling more prepared.
8/19: Driving in the country where I feel very AT HOME, and having lunch with Grandma W.
8/20: Being lazy with Kenny.
8/21: Laying in the sun with Bethy!
8/22: The weather!
8/23: Seeing B.R. feel better after many treatments for cancer:)
8/24: Learning a little more about teaching phonics....a refresher course that I needed and enjoyed!
8/25: Kenny's smile and his karaoking to me:)
8/26: Sleeping in and being lazy on my last weekend of vacation.
8/27: Being with family as we celebrate my grandparents' 60th anniversary at their church (will post pics later!), and a late lunch with Shannon!
Saturday, August 26, 2006
1. Yourself: Baby
2.Your bf/gf: Strong
3. Your hair: Curly
4. Your mother: Continuous
5. Your father: Unconditional
6. Your favorite item: Purse
7. Your dream last night: Real
8. Your favorite drink: Tea
9. Your dream car: Red
10. The room you are in: Clean
11. Your ex: Nothing
12. Your fear: Depression
13. Where you want to be in 10 years: Married
14. Who you hung out with today: Bethy
15. What you're not: skinny
16. Your Best Friend: Kenny
17. One of your wish list items: Mansion
18 was missing!!!
19. The last thing you did: AttackKenny (it's still one word if there's no space!)
20. What you are wearing: Shorts
21. Your favorite weather: Sunny
22. Your favorite book: Novel
23. The last thing you ate: Lasagna
24. Your life: Fun
25. Your mood: Loud
26. Your body: Healthy
27. What are you thinking about right now: Punching
28. What are you doing at the moment: Laughing
29. Your summer schedule: Hectic
Friday, August 25, 2006
And here is the AFTER picture...all done!
I'm shipping the quilt to my cousin tomorrow. Hope he likes it.
The second thing I finished last night was the hanging fish. In my classroom, I have 5 tables, all numbered. I wanted something to hang above the tables to show the numbers, and I came up with the fish idea.
All I did was cut out the fish, sew them, stuff them, and glue the numbers and eyes on them. They turned out cute!
Thursday, August 24, 2006
1. New group of students (whew!)
Can you tell I'm really trying to pump myself up for going back? It's working pretty well. I am not as sad about it today.
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Wednesday, August 23, 2006
N: I'm so frustrated! I can't find a job to save my life!
B: Don't worry, something will come along. Now that 3 of us live over here on this side of the state, within miles of each other, you should be looking for jobs over here instead of there.
Me: Yeah, that'd be great if we could ALL be together here, and you and A are the last ones to move closer! Ya know, there is a middle school computer job opening up at my school....OMG....why didn't I think it sooner?!?!?
N: Uh, yeah, why didn't you? Are you serious?
B: OMG you could move over here with us!!!! Do it do it do it!!
N: L, are you for real?
Me: Yeah I'm for real. I'll be at school tomorrow for summer tutoring...want me to mention your name?
N: YES. It can't hurt. Wouldn't this be crazy, me teaching with one of my best friends?
Miss Z checkin' out her new classroom.
Me and N a few weeks ago.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
I worked hard in my classroom last week, so much so that when teachers report to school on Monday for our week of training and meetings, I won't have to stay after to get my room in order. It's practically done already. I can concentrate on my new task this year: teaching a 1st grade/2nd grade multi-age classroom. I'm nervous still, excited A LOT, and ready to just get in there and get my hands dirty, meet all my new short people, and just WORK. I love to work. Really, I do. So why am I whining because it's back to school time?? Because I love having this freedom for about 8 weeks every summer (it used to be 3 months, not anymore!) There's nothing better than having that.
While I'm thinking of it, here's a myth I must clear up about teachers. Most people think teachers get paid for 12 months of work, including the time they don't work during the summer.
Here's the real deal: Teachers get paid for 10 months of work. They can choose to have their 10 months of pay be spread out over 12 months, or they can choose to be paid over 10 months. Most teachers choose to be paid over 12 months, so they don't have to budget their money during the 10 months of working for the 2 months of summer vacation. So teachers don't get paid to be on summer vacation, it just means they have chosen to have their pay checks spread out over the year. I get really irritated when someone accuses teachers of getting paid to sit on their asses in the summer and still make money. We're not making money, we're just getting what we earned! There are so many "myths" about teachers that really irk me, but I'll go into details about that later. I get real pissy about this! Can you tell?
Okay, back to the back-to-school issue. I'm trying to cheer myself up about going back to school. I have many reasons to be excited about it. I have a new classroom, new tables (BRAND new), I get to see the people that I love to work with daily, my classroom is on the first floor, one of my best friends just got hired at my school (can you imagine how that happened?-more about that tomorrow), I have $200 worth of supplies waiting for me in my room that I DIDN'T have to buy with my own money (that's amazing these days!!!!!!), and I think I'm finally starting to feel better about the new school year. There are far more good things outweighing the bad things, which basically boil down to getting up at the ass crack of dawn and having to wear business attire every day again. Ugh. My school is strict about the dress code, and it sucks. So those are my biggest complaints. So it's not so bad, as I look at it now. I guess I just needed to bitch a little bit to anyone who would listen.
Monday, August 21, 2006
We were riding our bikes yesterday and as I pedaled under a tree, a bird shit on me. No joke. At least it was on my hand, NOT on my coffee stained shirt. I gave up on putting a clean shirt on 'cause I knew something else would happen. Now you know if I had put on a clean shirt for the third time that day, the bird shit would have been on the shirt, just because it was clean. I know a bird pooping on me isn't necessarily considered dropping/spilling, but this just adds to the events.
Today, I spilled Dr. Pepper on the couch, and it soaked in. Ooooppps. As I was talking on my cell phone, I was doing the dishes too and was holding the phone between my ear and my shoulder, and I dropped in on the ceramic tiled floor. HARD. And the worst of all of my droppinesses (is that even a word?) was about 15 minutes ago, I opened the fridge, and the butter fell out and splattered (and I mean SPLATTERED) EVERYWHERE! That was the last straw. I'm just not allowed to touch anything else today. My luck is ruined for a while. I'm usually clumsy, but not like this! I am officially done with anything today. I should just stay inside, away from birds and phones and anything liquid.
Sunday, August 20, 2006
Saturday, August 19, 2006
1. Who was your first prom date?
3. What alcoholic beverage did you first drink?
What a walk down memory lane that was!
Friday, August 18, 2006
I know, I know, most people put pictures of their kids on their blog, but since I don't have any yet (except you Kenny!), I will put pictures of my 6-week-old hamster Sparky. So this is a cute picture, right? Wait, there's more.....
Sparky picked up my ring!!! I couldn't even believe what I was seeing. Total cuteness. And just when I thought I had seen it all.....
He starts nibbling on it!! I was in pieces watching this. It was too hard to take the picture, so Kenny had to take it. What a stitch. Imagine how crazy I'll go when we have real babies.
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Talk about peaceful! And the stars....beautiful. I grew up in the country, where this kind of peaceful night often went unnoticed. Now, since I live in the hustling bustling suburbs, I tend to forget what it's like, and man do I miss it. I'm not really much of a fisher-woman, it's more Kenny's cup of tea. But I go with him and cast a few out there and hope that I don't catch something for fear of touching a fish (yuck, I hate scaly wet things!). I fish for a little bit, then pull out my book and flashlight and read.
Talk about relaxing. And on this particular lake, there's NOBODY out after dark, so the lake is glass and quiet and all things wonderful. There was no real moon (Kenny did drop his pants and moon me just for fun because I said there wasn't a moon outloud....should have kept that one to myself) but the stars were bright anyway, and the dippers were clear. Just being away from everything for a few hours does wonders, especially when you go somewhere as serene as this. Ahhhh. Here's Kenny in his "I'm all serious about fishin' so don't bug me" stance. I'm getting ready to go to sleep right now and I can still smell the bug spray. Makes the night complete!
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Monday, August 14, 2006
Sunday, August 13, 2006
After we were beached out, everyone went home and changed and we met at a sports bar and had more fun together. It's crazy how we've all gone our separate ways, yet still stayed in touch, and most of us now live within 5 miles of each other. We're still working on A to get herself over here!!
Here are the rest of the pictures!
AND here are the pictures of the new baby hamster, Sparky.
Friday, August 11, 2006
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Five items in my freezer
Five items in the closet
-purses (way too many)
-unused golf clubs (rolling my eyes)
-unused copy machine (rrrrr...)
Five items in the car
-stuff for salvation army
Five items in my purse
Five people I tag
-Tasha (when she can!)
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
This is what made me happy on: Wednesday, August 9th:
Going to school and moving all my stuff from my old classroom to my new classroom. I've been dreading this move all summer, and it went off without a hitch!
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Monday, August 07, 2006
I got this idea from Tee-Tee of 2 T's in a Tub:
Do a post focusing on happiness each day in August. You can post about the things that make you happy or you can post about the things that made you smile every day of the month. Since I've missed August 1st-6th so far, I'll make up for them today. This should be a great way to focus on positive things rather than negative things, an act I always need help doing. I challenge anyone else who reads this to try it too, even if you have to play a little bit of catch-up! Here goes:
August Blogging Challenge: Happiness Is!
This is what made me happy on:
Tuesday, August 1st: Getting a massage...ahhhh....
Wednesday, August 2nd: Spending time with my brother Mark.
Thursday, August 3rd: Staying home for once!
Friday, August 4th: Sewing for many hours, out to dinner with my man :)
Saturday, August 5th: Bottom of the 9th, 2 outs, 1 man on, Tigers down 3-2, Pudge steps up to the plate and nails a homer, Tigers win again!!
Sunday, August 6th: Successful auction for family friend:)
Monday, August 7th: Spending a few hours with a long-time friend.
Sunday, August 06, 2006
My little baby hamster (not really a baby) died last night:( Rusty was almost 3 years old, and that's VERY OLD for a hamster, so he had a nice long life. He was sick for the last month, and so I knew it was coming, but I'm still sad:( I know, I know, it's only a hamster, but he's still my baby, and I miss seeing him cruise around his house and on his wheel. I even used to let him run around my desk while I was typing and he'd step on the keyboard and actually type letters.......SO cute. I grew up with lots of big animals like horses and sheep, and I never thought in a million years I would like a small animal. Rusty started out being my classroom pet that I brought home on the weekends, and after the first summer, I just kept him at home cause he was so darn cute! This picture is my favorite one.
Saturday, August 05, 2006
Last night we went to dinner and thought that it was too nice outside to go to a movie, so we drove around trying to find something to do outside. Right down the street from us is a place called Greenmead which is a historical "town" that puts on craft shows and entertainment during the summer. They were hosting the annual Highland Games which is a Scottish heritage organization. We got there and the MOST AMAZING scottish band was rocking the tent....literally! They were SO GOOD! I've been to irish bars where the band is good and everyone dances and has a great time, but this was even better. There were tons of people there, all kinds.....moms, dads, kids, grandparents, teens....you name the age group, and they were there! I thought it was so neat because where can you go these days for everyone to be entertained like that? Teenagers don't want to be seen with their parents, grandparents usually don't want to be where it's loud, you get the point. But this was for all ages! We got there only a few songs before they finished, but we're going back again today because they were JUST THAT GOOD!! The band is called Glengarry Bhoys. Click on the link and you can see them and hear their music too. Talk about good, clean entertainment! Kenny commented on how he remembers now how much he enjoys this kind of music, enough to buy the CD and play it in the truck. His dad is 100% Scottish, so he was raised with many things from that heritage, including going to see bands like this perform. He said that when he was younger he loved this kind of music, and then as he got older, it was forgotten about and never had another thought about it until last night. Now we're buying the album!
PS-And THANKS TO OUR LUCKY STARS for a break in the nasty, oppressive heat. We can breathe now! Yay!