Sunday, January 28, 2007
I have been out of the blogging world for a little while.
I did a couple easy posts last week, but I STILL have to write about LAST weekend. And now this weekend. Whew!!
Where do I start? Last weekend we left on Saturday morning to drive about 8 hours to a convention that Kenny was involved in. I was thinking it was a vacation more or less, and the place we were staying was actually a resort complete with an indoor water park! Because we were there for the convention, our rooms (normally $300 a night) were free, along with free passes to the water park. Yipeee!! The resort also had an african safari theme to it, so everywhere you turn there is animal print....talk about wild! Here is a picture of us in the lobby. We kinda felt like we were in the jungle........
Kenny loved the convention and had a great time socializing, and I had a great time chillin out and EATING! The food was great, and I even stayed on the low carb thing. It wasn't that hard. There were some extra sweets involved though....why not, right?
We actually got a caracature done! I've been wanting one forever, and finally got Kenny to agree to it. Before we left home, I got my hair done, the usual highlights and trim. I decided to use the flat iron because you can see the highlights so much better when my hair is straight. I normally am too lazy in the mornings to take the time to straighten my hair, and it takes a lot because it's naturally curly, so I'm not even used to seeing myself wth straight hair. When we say the caracature, neither of us recognized me, mostly because of my straight hair! Of all the times to get this caracature done!!
We had a nice long visit with my aunt and uncle who only live about an hour from the resort. They met us in our lobby on Sunday evening for dinner, and Kenny had to go listen to some other people speak, so I had my aunt and uncle to myself and we just chatted and chatted away. Before we knew it, it was 10pm and they had to go to work in the morning!
I had taken Monday off, so Monday morning we got up and attended a couple more conferences, had an amazingly yummy lunch complete with CAKE (the best ever!) and then got on the road around 2pm. Because I have this HUGE paper due soon, I had to work on it on the way home in the truck. With Kenny singing LOUDLY to the radio and trying to talk to me. I had to make him be quiet for 45 minute intervals so I could work on my paper, and then at the end of each 45 minute block of time, I gave him 5 minutes of talk time, and then back to the paper. Can you believe it? It actually worked. I got a ton of work done. Who would have ever thought I would be able to work like that in the truck?
When I got back to work on Tuesday morning, I was pleasantly surprised to find my classroom in top shape. Everything was in its place, and I was greeted with a note from the sub that started with: "Dear Ms. L, Your students were little angels!" I was SO HAPPY! I know I have a good class this year, but everything changes when there's a sub in the room. It was just so COMFORTING to come back to that kind of note.
The rest of the week was ultra stressful. Coming back to stress is so hard. I'm still not caught up yet. This past weekend I went home to work on my paper some more where I had very few distractions. I finished the writing part (whew!) and then had my dad edit it today before I came home. My parents only live a few miles from each other, so I stayed with my mom Saturday night and went over to my dad's this afternoon. He is EXCELLENT with English and grammar, so I completely trust him to edit my big ole paper that's almost done. I have to make the corrections and some last minute changes, and I'm hoping to be done on Wednesday. Then maybe I can get back to my normal blogging, which I MISS SO MUCH!! I feel like I'm neglecting all my blogging friends. I haven't been able to read and comment and enjoy being part of everyone's blog lives in the last week or so. I can't wait to get back into the normal routine after this stinkin paper is done!
Here is a cute picture of my mom plowing the driveway this morning.
And here is her new kitty, Zeke. He's so fun! My mom actually trained him to ring that bell to go out or to come into the house. A CAT!! I can't believe a cat will do that, but he really does!!
Thursday, January 25, 2007
I was tagged by Tasha to do this one!!
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Good times, good times!
Friday, January 19, 2007
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Thirteen Ways To Relax..........For FREE!
1. Take a bubble bath with the lights out.
2. Light a few soft scented candles.
3. Make something for yourself or someone else.
4. Post on your blog.
5. Read others' blogs.
6. Make cookies (only if you ENJOY it!).
7. Soak your feet.
8. Drink a cup of tea.
9. Email a good friend you haven't seen in a while.
10. Rub your entire body with sweet smelling lotion.
11. Read a magazine you love from cover to cover (PEOPLE is my favorite!)
12. Watch TV and zone out.
13. Write a letter (a real one!).
Now, if I could only take my own advice!
Monday, January 15, 2007
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Saturday, January 13, 2007
- Still battling allergies because it's not cold enough to freeze the nasty allergins away
- Nose has been "blown" raw since Wednesday, hence the travel size vaseline jar in my purse
- Involved in WAY TOO MANY projects/committee/responsibilities at work and paying dearly for it now
- 40-60 page paper deadline slowly creeping closer
- Still no packing even started (we're moving in Feb)
- LOADS of papers to grade
- LOADS of laundry to do
- Got a massage Friday after work and promptly fell asleep (ahhhhh...)
- Quilt for charity auction to START
- Charity auction planning (for my own school)
- Cleaning to be done (how much do I really have to do when we're moving so soon?)
- Grocery shopping needs to be done
- I dragged myself to work every day while in an allergy daze
- Sat through 7 hours of professional development only because I had a crossword puzzle hidden in my notebook (sneaky, I know)
- Attempted to do the Saturday Scavenger Hunt this morning, couldn't find pictures to match the theme, and didn't have energy to take one
So how sad am I? I swear I'm not looking for sympathy, but I feel like I'm drowning and I have so much to do. I decided to make my list of things to do based on priorities. So today, I'm working out first, cleaning up second, and then starting some laundry while I work on this awful paper that's due soon. I feel like when that paper is done, I can enjoy the rest of the things I need to do. And the paper won't be done today, but maybe the guilt of it NOT being done will subside, just a little. The next post I PROMISE won't be so sad and dramatic. I promise. Happy Saturday to all. Now pass the vaseline.
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
1. Do you like the looks and the content of your blog?
2. Does your family know about your blog?
Yes, some of them do, although I don’t know who because NO ONE EVER COMMENTS!!
3. Can you tell your friends about your blog?
Yes, they all know, but lots of them DON’T COMMENT!! (I’ve leaving hints all over!)
4. Do you just read the blogs of those who comment on your blog?
Of course and I try to be faithful to all my favorite daily reads too!
5. Did your blog positively affect your mind?
Yup! It’s an outlet for all those thoughts....
6. What does the number of visitors to your blog mean?
Not too much...I hardly ever look at it because most of them aren’t linked to blogs.
7. Do you imagine what other bloggers look like?
YES! And like so many other bloggers, I LOVE it when they post with pictures or have a flickr or photobucket account!
8. Do you think blogging has any real benefit?
Yes, it connects you with other people in similar situations and even those who are not. But it really gives you perspectives from complete strangers who can become your efriends!
9.Do you think that the blogosphere is a stand alone community separated from the real world?
Yes and no. It can be stand alone, or it can be a way to meet people, and the beauty of it is you can have it any way you want.
10.Do some political blogs scare you? Do you avoid them?
Most of them, but I don’t read them if I can help it.
11.Do you think that criticizing your blog is useful?
No unless it has to do with editing!!
12.Have you ever thought about what would happen to your blog in case you died?
NEVER!! But I’m thinking about it now!!
13.Which blogger had the greatest impression on you?
Redneck Mommy: I'm learning to appreciate what I have while I have it.
14.Which blogger do you think is the most similar to you?
15.Name a song you want to listen to?
Shook Me All Night Long
(reminds me of Kenny...he loves it!)
Monday, January 08, 2007
Sunday, January 07, 2007
The girls and I try to make a yearly tradition of Build-A-Bear every January. I know it's slightly childish, but it's super fun if you can find the time and the dollars, and I'll tell you it's not cheap!
Here's the process.....
We have been getting together more often because B is moving down south this week. It's hard to say goodbye to best friend, knowing that the times you will be seeing her will be limited to a couple times a year at best. We're trying to keep our traditions going, even if we're far apart.
To see the rest of the Build-A-Bear pics, click here. Happy Sunday!
Saturday, January 06, 2007
There are so many to write about. It’s hard to choose!
I was only 1 in this picture.....
And in this one, I was about 4, trying to teach my dog, Snoopy, to ride my pony, Sally.
I MISS the farm! But I have the memories forever.
To read about the Photo Hunt, go here.
Friday, January 05, 2007
The ladies and I celebrated her birthday last night, but today is officially her 28th birthday....you are finally as old as I am, once again!
Since I posted new pictures of us yesterday, I decided, in honor of your day, to post an ancient picture today. I'm sure you will thank me for it later!
These was circa 1996.....junior year in high school I believe.
Niki is on the right in this picture.
And since I'm addicted to photos, here's a 2nd one....Niki's 2nd from the left . Yes, we were ALL band geeks. But it was fun! (I am 2nd from the right, in case you couldn't tell)
Happy Birthday Nik! Enjoy the evening with your man!
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
As tired as I was when that damn alarm clock rang this morning, and as grumpy as I was when the water hit my face before 5am, and as pissy as I was when I parked my car in the parking lot around 7am, I wasn't prepared for how I would feel when the kids poured in my room just after 8 o'clock....
HAPPY TO SEE THEM!
I really was, too! I couldn't believe how much I had missed them! On the first day of vacation, I missed them, but then, they were gone !!POOF!! And I didn't think about it again until I heard the first knock at the door this morning. I have such a good group of kids this year and they were all bursting at the seams to tell me about their vacation and new toys that Santa brought them. They all had so much to say that I made it their journal entry assignment this morning to write about their vacation. So write about it, they did!
The author of the following entry cracks me up EVERY day. I guess you could consider him the class clown, in a positive way. He makes me laugh. You'll see why when you read the last line he wrote. It's not funny 'till the last line: