Tuesday, December 30, 2008
1) The evil Wal-Mart and its cashiers....I know people gotta work, but I really hate it when the cashier doesn't interact with me and then doesn't make sure that I leave with all my bags! I usually remember to do this myself, but occasionally I'll have Raelynn with me and I'm distracted. How awful it is to come home with hot dog buns but no actual hot dogs!
2) The parking lot near Lowe's and Kroger. Ever since Kroger put up their gas station, there's no rhyme or reason about how traffic is supposed to flow. My friend Ashley has an interesting name for this mess but I shouldn't repeat it 'cause I'm sure it's offensive to some folks. I hate that parking lot.
3) My daughter's pediatrician and my bank both moved locations this week. Apparently, I'm one of the last people to know. I hate driving up to a place and then having to get out of the car and walk up to the door to decipher the little handwritten note on the door.
4) Another evil Wal-Mart rant...I had to wait for Raelynn's prescriptions for an hour and forty minutes and they still didn't have one of them. Raelynn has bronchitis and has a horrible cough. Guess which medicine we don't have???? You betcha....cough medicine. We gotta go back tomorrow because they say it'll be in then. Yeah, right.
5) Commercials on TV for medication. Really people, I don't want to have to explain what Male Erectile Dysfunction is or explain what birth control is to Raelynn. Also for the record, I hate when medicine commercials start listing all the side effects...I think that if "death" is a possible side effect, you shouldn't take the medication.
6) DVD's that don't have the "English for the Hearing Impaired" subtitles. I'm going to post about this topic at a later time. FYI-I'm hearing impaired.
7) I'm in work denial. I refuse to think about or believe that I'll have to go back to work next week. Perhaps if I don't think about it, work will go away.
8) My STUPID DIAL-UP at home. That's all I'm going to say about that.
9) Art supplies that find their way into the wrong places at my house: Play-Doh in the carpet, markers in the bedroom with no caps, scissors used to cut doll hair....one guess as to who the culprit is (and no this isn't me.)
10) There is only one place to eat in this town that carries Diet 7-Up. I can't have sugar or caffeine. And I can only go to Sonic so much. Water isn't even an option.
11) The water in this town tastes horrible.
12) Losing my ring tones on my phone. I broke my phone a couple of weeks ago and all the cool ring tones were saved to the phone. I don't have the art of the "bluetooth" transfer mastered yet, so I'm looking for people that can hook me up.
13) Paper cuts.
14) I need a sink in my classroom. Stuff is never dusted there and every time I work in the room, I feel like my hands get really dirty. My progress is hindered when I have to go to the restroom to wash my hands.
15) In general, going to public restrooms that have no soap, paper towels, or toilet paper. There is no excuse for this.
16) The evil Wal-Mart shopping bags. They are everywhere. When I'm trying to tell David where something is, I usually say, "It's in the Wal-Mart bag." Sitting at my computer right now, I can count 7 bags that are holding various things. And yes, I already checked them to see if they had the missing items from my shopping trip today--They don't.
17) Mud--all this rain has caused everything to be muddy. When you live in the country like I do, mud gets tracked in the house and gets on everything.
18) Driving in my car without my sunglasses. I have to drive to work in the sun and it's in my windshield again on the way home. There's a point when the sun is in the sky and it's right in your line of vision. I hate that.
19) Weather that can't make up its mind--come on...either be hot or cold..not both within the same week. I can't keep pulling out both wardrobes.
20) Sensitive teeth. Apparently if you brush too hard, you wear away the gums right at the tooth level. This makes for difficultly when getting your teeth cleaned.
21) Getting my teeth cleaned.
22) Raelynn getting her teeth cleaned.
24) Those small paper clips and paper clips that get rusty. I use these all the time and I hate the small ones. The rusted ones make my hands dirty and I already talked about that issue.
25) Missing the coming attractions when I go to the movies. To me, that's missing part of the movie. However, I fast forward through them when I'm viewing a DVD.
26) I just saw a commercial for the movie, "Jumanji." I hate this movie. I like Bonnie Hunt, Robin Williams, and Kirsten Dunst. I just don't like this movie.
Okay....I'm starting to feel better. I think sometimes you just have to let all the crud out. Thanks for taking the time to listen. Reading about what people are thankful for is nice (it's always friends, family, health) but I really like reading what ticks people off (as long as it isn't me.)
Okay..now it's your turn.....what's on YOUR mind?
Sunday, December 28, 2008
I really long to be organized like this in all areas. I've taken many personality and learning styles tests and they have all shown me that I'm in the structured/organized category. I do agree with that to a point. I like things to be orderly and neat, I just don't always succeed at putting stuff back. My mother fussed at me a lot growing up about that same thing. However, knowing my personality like I do and my tendency to go overboard with stuff, I'm afraid that if I try to get too organized, I'll take it too far and become unpleasant to be around. You know those sort of people, right? They're too busy straightening things up to have a good time. Scientists have said that it takes 21 times or about 3 weeks to make something a habit. I'm hoping that's true and I can spend the next few weeks getting everything around me to make more sense.
And when I get depressed that my progress isn't as speedy as it should be, I'll just look at my neatly organized storage bowls and tell myself "I think I can, I think I can."
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
I've decided that this vacation, I'm out to perfect the fine art of doing nothing. That's right people, I'm quitting my work addiction cold turkey. So far, I'm doing well with no withdrawal symptoms.
During Christmas, my two main jobs are to eat and to be with family. My mother is the best cook in the world. Eating is something I don't have a problem doing. Family...well, that's another story. My family tree is intertwined. My brother is married to my husband's sister. A brother/sister married a brother/sister. Other families have to split their Christmas celebrations up, but in our family, we just have one big get together that lasts several days. I sometimes get anxious in large groups of people, so I have to pace myself to get through the holiday. So far, I'm doing well. No one has thrown anything at me, so we'll consider that a good thing.
Here are some of the people that I have encountered over the holiday so far...
1) My husband David--I encounter him all the time so this isn't a surprise
2) My daughter Raelynn--see explanation for number 1
3) My mother Beverly--she keeps us fed, overfed, and then nauseated from eating too much good food.
4) My dad Omis--he never sits still. He just had knee surgery, so he's been sitting more still than normal. He watches the Fox News Channel 24 hours a day.
5)My older brother Hugh--he lives in Denver and is married to my husband's sister Melissa. He hurt his back again so he's been to the doctor twice and spends time icing down his back. He thinks he has now burned his back from the ice and is on his way to frostbite.
6) My sister-in-law Melissa--she is married to Hugh (see #5) and is missing her grandson, Jayden. He's six months old and very cute. They've been married for over 22 years. She's as close to a sister as I've ever had.
7) My nephew Christian--he is Hugh and Melissa's son and is moving here to live with my parents for awhile. He's 20.
8) My father-in-law Leland--he is David's best friend. We see him at least once a week. He lives over an hour away.
9) My father-in-law's wife Mary Ellen: David's mother died right before we got married. Mary Ellen loves Christmas and gets along with Raelynn real well.
10) My sister-in-law Beth: David and Melissa's youngest sister. She lives an hour away. We've seen her at a family dinner and we met her family for bowling the other day.
11) My sister-in-law's husband Roy: I don't know if I would call him my brother-in-law yet. You'd have to meet him to understand what I mean. He works on an oil rig on the coast.
12) My niece Allison: Beth's oldest daughter. Allison's father is John. I haven't seen him yet this trip. Allison is in the ninth grade.
13) My niece Caitlyn: Beth's middle daughter. She is in the seventh grade.
14) My nephew Conner: Beth's youngest child. He is in the fifth grade. I got to be in the delivery room when he was born. That was an amazing experience.
15) Jason: Jason is my niece Allison's boyfriend. I don't know much about him. I only shook his hand when I met him.
16) Miranda: She is my nephew Christian's girlfriend that lives in Oklahoma. She came to visit and spent the night at my parents' house.
17) My sister-in-law Jo: She is the oldest child in David's family. She lives in Texas.
18) My brother-in-law Jack: He is married to Jo. My brother introduced him to Jo.
19) My nephew Richie: He's Jo and Jack's only child. He works at a rubber making plant and lives in Texas.
20) Nikki: She is Richie's wife. I've only met her twice and haven't spoken to her much so it feels funny calling her my niece.
21) Kennedi and Dylan: These are Richie and Nikki's kids. They are 5 and 4.
22)Lacey: She is a friend of Richie and Nikki's and lives with them. I didn't get a chance to speak to her.
23) My uncle Robert: He lives next door to my parents. He is my dad's older brother. He likes to come over and play cards.
24) My aunt Mary: She's married to my Uncle Robert. I can't describe her. You'd have to meet her to get the full experience.
25) My uncle Tommy: He is the brother closest in age to my dad. He dropped by for just a few minutes. He lives outside of town but I don't see him very much.
26) My aunt Dicie: She's married to my Uncle Tommy. I see her even less than Uncle Tommy.
27) Shirley: She lives next door to my parents too. She comes to all of our family functions.
28) Michelle: Some random renter of a house my parents' own. She asked to talk to my dad outside so I didn't get a chance to wish her a Merry Christmas.
29) Assorted family members: We had a catfish dinner the other night for family from David's mother's side of the family. There were assorted aunts, uncles, and cousins there. A lot of the people I've already mentioned were there too.
I'm sure there are some folks that I've forgotten. I've sat around and done a whole lot of nothing so my mind has turned to mush. I think another week of this and I may have the nasty work-a-holic addiction broken.
Let's hope so....cause breaking it is the only thing that I'm working hard at.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Some of you out there are cheering with me and are glad someone else said it. I've gotten lots of amens on the Frosty issue..of which if you did not know...I detest him. But that was an earlier post. Mint is used in lots of things that I just consider wrong. Like mint chocolate chip. To me, that kind of ice cream tastes like someone just couldn't decide what flavor they wanted so they randomly started putting things together. And no, I do not like York Peppermint Patties. Again, why go and ruin perfectly good chocolate by adding mint? I don't like mint in my ice tea and I've never had a mint julep, but I'm positive I wouldn't like it if I did. Another annoying place I see peppermint is in the ever popular round peppermint candies that they give you each time you go to Sonic. You know the ones...they are basically cylinder shaped candy canes. I can't stand these. If I need a breath freshener, I'll pop in a Tic Tac. It has fewer calories, doesn't leave that nasty sugary aftertaste, and takes less time to consume. Also, if you carry a pack of Tic Tacs in your purse, they won't melt and leave a mess. And they sound so cool when you shake the box. Try shaking a candy cane or a round peppermint. They make no sound at all. That's no fun.
People know that I'm right, yet they keep coming up with new and random peppermint pairings. Hershey Kisses has a version called Candy Cane Kisses. Basically, it's white chocolate with little bits of candy cane mixed in. This isn't the best candy they make by a long run. Another ridiculous pairing is with Oreo cookies. Come on, people! What's the matter with the regular Oreo cookies? Why are you messing with perfection? I just don't understand it. There is a reason that peppermint is seasonal....it's just not good enough to have around all the time.
Another mint that I'm not fond of is wintergreen. Luckily, they haven't tried to pair this with anything food related. You'll see this mostly in gum and mints. Where it belongs. A similar issue I have is these toothpastes that are flavored with things like vanilla. But that's a different post for a different time. I just had some wonderful dinner at my mom's and since I don't want to offend...I'm off to get a Tic Tac from my purse. Notice I didn't say a York Peppermint Patty or mint chocolate chip ice cream. They'd just melt and make a big ole mess. Power to the Tic Tac!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
As I have posted before, I really like Christmas...and tacky. And I really love anything that is Christmas and tacky together. On top of the annoying (to everyone else but not me) jingle bells that I have tied to my sneakers, I also decorate my nails for the holiday. Over the years, I've been in and out of "nail rehab." Before I had a child, I considered my bi-monthly appointments a part of my therapy. Now when I have to choose between getting my nails done or buying groceries, I tend to lean towards the groceries, so I guess I found the rehab that works. But I digress.
In the picture above the nail polish on the left looks exactly like my "Jingle Belle" polish by Sally Hansen. You know Sally...she's "hard as nails." I think I found this polish at a Walgreens, because Walgreens is the place where I find great stuff and then when I return to find it again, it's gone. I always keep my eyes open for this polish, but I haven't lucky enough to locate another bottle. This polish encapsulates everything I love about Christmas...it has all the Christmas colors: red, green, silver, and gold and it's GLITTER!!!! Yay for sparkle!!!
Before finding Sally Hansen's Jingle Belle polish, I would paint my finger and toenails a bright red and then cover that with either a red glitter or green glitter topcoat. On top of that, I would add a silver glitter topcoat. At this point my nails were pretty thick with many layers of lacquer. And let me just tell you, it was ugly. I lied to myself that it looked "festive." I noticed that no one else commented on it. I'm guessing since they couldn't find anything nice to say, they chose to say nothing at all.
Before I became "clean" of my nail habit, I took my Jingle Belle polish to my nail tech and asked her to incorporate it into the Christmas nails she was about to give me. She really thought that the polish was tacky and added as little of it to my nails as possible. She didn't want people asking who did her nails if they looked bad. I guess what's important here is that I liked it and I didn't buckle to the opinions of others. I'm getting better at this all the time.
So tonight Raelynn asked for her yearly Christmas nails. I got out my Jingle Belle polish and painted one of my fingernails so she could see it. She immediately told me that she didn't like it. I was afraid at this point that she was going to ask for some Christmas nail art....which I can't do. Imagine my surprise when she asked for red nail polish with a red and green glitter topcoat. She couldn't decide which one she wanted to she asked for both: one finger red, one finger green.
She also wanted this same pattern repeated on her toenails. When I was doing painting, she asked me if I liked the way they looked. And I of course told her, "They are just beautiful, sweetie!" Which I swear is totally true...and thus the tradition is carried on to the next generation.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
It looks so pretty.....I wonder if there is a way to get one and attach it to my dashboard so I can enjoy it as I drive. I've tried decorating the car by putting up a tree, but found that David wasn't as up for it as I was. So whenever I feel a little nostalgic, I go sit in the dark in my daughter's room and remember simplier times at my grandmother's house. Merry Christmas Mana.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
So here's the background. I've been dealing with significant hearing loss since July. I've now gotten the diagnosis: Meniere's Disease. Sounds scary, eh? Basically, it's like how glacoma in the eyes work...I have an excess of fluid built up in my inner ear, which causes pressure on my nerve endings and causes hearing loss and a continual sense of dizziness. Hence, the hearing loss and accompanying ringing associated with it. What fun. There is no known cause and no cure. However, I'm taking medication to help. Another thing I have to do is cut out caffeine and salt. Doesn't sound bad but....no caffeine means no coffee, no diet Coke, no iced tea, no chocolate. And did you know that salt is added to just about everything? So basically I'm down to eating dirt and drinking air. I guess I was looking for a weight loss program and now I have it.
Now here's the other part of this story. As you may or may not know, I have an older brother. He's over 5 years older than me and by the time I got cool enough to carry on a conversation, he was grown and moved out. My brother ended up marrying my husband's sister (brother/sister married a brother/sister) and they are here visiting for Christmas. They live in Denver. They also brought their son, my nephew Christian with them. He'll be living with my parents as he goes to school.
My brother and I share a love for coffee. In Denver, Starbucks are on every corner. Here, not so much. But I must say that Strangebrew Coffeehouse does a pretty good job. This is a habit that can be quite expensive. When I was growing up in Key West, we didn't have any Starbucks. There were coffee shops, but there was nothing but window service. You walk up to the window, the old Cuban men hanging around outside would move out of your way, and you order the most wonderful drink ever: cafe con leche. Basically, this is Cuban expresso with steamed milk. If you ever get a chance to try it, you should. It's great.
My brother figured out pretty quick that if he bought his own Expresso maker, he'd save lots of money making con leche instead of frequenting the local Starbucks for a $5 cup of coffee. So he ended up buying a $300 expresso machine and now he brings it with him when he comes to visit. When we visit him, I certainly get my fill. He'll make it every day. Needless to say, I'm totally wired out of my system. This trip is no different. As I walked up to my parents' house for dinner, I noticed that my brother's shiny red, expresso maker was sitting on the table on the porch. Will I be enjoying any coffee this holiday? The answer sadly, is no. This was a part of Christmas that I looked forward to....drinking cafe con leche, staying up late, and waking up late. Guess that won't be happening to me this year.
So--I'm hoping that Ben and Jerry create some ice cream that is cafe con lech flavored, because I think that'll be the only way I'll get to experience the taste again. Maybe if I had my brother make me a teacup sized cafe con leche with more milk than coffee, I'd be okay. If you see my bug-eyed and deaf during the Christmas break, you'll know the coffee is what did me in.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
I will readily admit that I'm a total sucker for love stories. This is one love story that is so different. Not just the fact that Edward is a vampire, but because of the excitement and intensity of first love. And who doesn't remember that and how it felt, right?
It's really a good movie. I have a couple of weeks coming up with no work. Perhaps I'll reread the series. The depression of having nothing to read hasn't sunk in because I keep rereading the books. I can't say that I've ever done that before. Everytime I reread it, I notice something new. I've been told that the next book will be made into a movie and will released next November. That would be so great. Because by then, I'll have the first movie memorized and totally engrained in my head.
If you want to see the movie, give me shout out. There's nothing more satisfying than bringing someone over the dark side.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Today is a day of mourning. First, let me say that I'm straying from my Christmas themed posts because I had a small emergency today. Basically, I broke my cell phone. This is major for me. I've never lost it, never had a reason to get a new one. But I guess today was my lucky day...I dropped it on the ground just right and it came apart at the hinge. I felt as if I was missing part of my body--not having a phone hurt that bad.
I went after school and got a shiny new purple phone. It's purty. BUT......I had saved a lot of numbers to the phone instead of the SIM card because I had assigned them a special ring tone or had attached a picture to their entry. All those numbers are gone. And those are the ones that I call.
So....if I talk to you on the phone and/or you want to talk to me....send me your numbers. Until then, I'll just be waiting for you to call me sometime...and of course then, I won't know who you are. I'm not looking forward to that. Send your numbers!!!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
As I have mentioned before, I love Christmas lights. Given my affinity for Christmas trees, this should come as no surprise. I'm not sure how it started but I've found that just putting lights on my tree at Christmas just wasn't enough. This must have been a grown-up thought because as a kid we never put lights on our house or trees in the yard at Christmas. The only lights you could find would be one little strand on the Christmas tree. At some point when I was grown and making my own money, I realized that I could buy as many lights as I wanted and put them wherever I wanted. This must have been a liberating moment. I only wish I could remember it.
In college, I used blue Christmas lights as a night light. I'm not afraid of the dark or anything (not that I like it too much) but I found that the glow of the lights was very soothing. This is an important thing when you're pretending to be a grown-up and you think you have such a hard life. My stresses then were nothing compared to the ones I have now. After I graduated college, I moved into an apartment. Since I rented, I couldn't put holes in the walls to hang my lights, so I settled for stringing them around the balcony railing. The condo association had a Christmas balcony lighting contest. It would be safe to say that they didn't even stop as they went by my balcony. One puny strand wouldn't win it.
Since that time, I have used Christmas lights in my classroom. Year round. I think it started by stringing one innocent strand around the board with the intent of "drawing attention to the board." Yeah, right. I liked the look so much that I expanded my light collection and looped them from my drop tile ceiling frame. I found other things in the room that also looked good wrapped in lights. I think that I had a total of seven strands, all connected end-to-end. One easy plug turned my room from standard to tacky in just a second. I put them up at Christmas and liked them so much, I kept them up year round. It was very calming to my students during our read alouds. I'm sorry to say that my twinkle fairyland was shut down because I was breaking something they called "fire codes." I think this was a conspiracy by The Man to squelch my festiveness. I mean really....me? Burn down a building with Christmas lights? Not possible!
And then I moved to Mississippi. I'm sure we have things like "fire codes" here but so far, I've not been told to take my lights down. I currently have 5 multicolored strands looped from my classroom ceiling, one purple strand around my homework board, and multicolored lights around my front and back white boards. This is offset by white lights around the door so that I can place different plastic holiday covers on them. I have plastic light covers for just about every holiday. My room definitely looks interesting. There are parts of me that is screaming, "It just looks so tacky!" but honestly, the kids totally love it. And I do too. I'm keeping them up until The Man tells me to take them down.
I've also found that battery powered Christmas lights can be used for more than a wreath. As you may know, I often dress in costume at school. During the last week before our Christmas break, I give each day a theme. On Christmas Tree day, I dress in a green dress with little ornaments pinned to my dress. There are pockets on this dress where I store the battery pack for my lights, which are also pinned to my dress. The outfit is completed with gold garland as a boa and a headband with an angel perched on my head. I get lots of stares when I wear this to school. I wonder why. I don't keep the joy to myself though, I also let the kids in on the fun...they're welcome to dress up too.
This week, my sweet friend Carrie gave me a Christmas necklace and matching earrings that have lights. Any yes, they not only are shaped like lights, they actually light up! They are so great!!!! They will go nicely with the rest of my extensive Christmas accessories. Some may view my lights as a little "too much" but I figure hey... most people are pretty easily distracted. Why not give them something interesting to look at? After all, a walking Christmas tree that teaches math may not be enough to capture the attention of 25 fourth graders.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
So I said earlier that I would try to blog this Christmas season about Christmas stuff. So I'm not going to disappoint. My house has a Christmas tree in every room in our house. Mind you, they are not all big, but you definitely get the festive spirit when you walk through my house...(and keep your eyes averted from all the clutter lying around.) It should come as no surprise to you all that at one time, I also had a Christmas tree in my car. Notice I said had--as in-past tense of currently having such tree. Let me 'splain.
One time I went shopping at Walgreens looking at their Christmas stuff. I like to give the evil Wal-Mart a run for their money and you can usually find some neat stuff at Walgreens. This occasion did not leave me wanting. On the decoration aisle, I found a Christmas tree that had suction cups so you could attach it to the window of your car (on the inside of course.) It also had Christmas lights that were attached to a cigarette lighter adapter. So of course I was real proud of myself for being so festive. On the down side, I was sad that I didn't do more night driving so everyone could see my cool car Christmas tree. As it was, I had to put the tree up on the window in the back seat so I could see out both windows for stupid stuff like on-coming traffic.
So I don't remember where we were going or why we were taking the car that I usually drive, but for some reason David and I were driving (at night) down the highway and I plugged in the Christmas tree. David is a good driver. Always has been. I've even posted about all the things he drives well. So you'll understand why he got very freaked out at the sudden bright lights that appeared out of his peripheral vision. Once I explained what it was, he asked me to remove the tree and not put it up anymore in the car. He said it could cause an accident. As if. Like I couldn't see out the windows and be festive. (Actually I think he was right but I'll never tell him that.)
It was a long time ago when this happened and for whatever reason, I no longer have the car Christmas tree. I keep hoping that I'll find another one so I can continue being festive everywhere I go. I often browse the local Walgreens in hope that they'll have it again. I'm sure you can buy one over the Internet, but after I was the victim of identity theft (now there's a long post in the making) I'm a little leery of buying anything from a "company" that sounds like it's run out of someone's basement. I'll just have to settle for looking at the trees in my house to keep my spirits up.
But please...if you find one of these trees for sale....let me know. I'd like to see if I can make that tree stick to something else--something that won't cause me to wreck.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
We all like Christmas surprises, right? I'm all for good surprises....you know...winning the lottery, finding money, secret santa gifts....but I wasn't prepared for my UNpleasant Christmas surprise tonight!
OK...I know that snowglobes have water in them. I get it. I also know that they break from time to time. I know this because Raelynn loves snowglobes so much that she inevitably breaks them from too much lovin'. So imagine my surprise when I pulled out the Christmas decorations and found a ton of MOLD in the box!!!!!
Apparently what happened is that my Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus snowglobe broke in the decoration box sometime between Jan 1st and today. The water leaked out into the waterproof box (thereby trapping the liquid that caused the mold) and pretty much everything it touched was a nasty mess. Many Christmas items bit the dust tonight....Raelynn's stocking, all of the stocking holders that I got from Crate and Barrel that were incredibly cute, and many ornaments. Did I mention that I'm allergic to mold and mildew? Great.
So, after weeding through what was left of the Christmas decorations and cleaning out the bottom of the box of sludge and broken glass, I put up the Christmas tree and Raelynn helped me hang the ornaments. I have to say that she did a pretty good job of spacing them out so that the different colored ornaments weren't bunched up together. And to top that, she can totally carry a tune when she sings Christmas carols, which she did the entire time she hung ornaments. I know...so much to be proud for.
So if there was a lesson to this cautionary tale it would be this: If you want to store seasonal snowglobes, wrap them in bubble wrap and wrap that in newspaper. Or better yet, leave your Christmas decorations up all year so they won't get broken during the storing process.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
This was my first Thanksgiving dinner to cook for my family, including my in-laws. Everything worked out great and no one got sick from food poisoning. This is a good thing. One of my fears, other than rampant diarrhea and vomiting from my food, was being able to get everything done at the same time. Well, the end story here is that the food was fab-o and everyone loved it. That's a load off my mind.
'Tis the season for thanks...many of you have listed things you are thankful for and in the spirit of continuing this practice, I will add my list to the many floating around in cyberspace. There are in no particular order.
1) My husband, daughter, parents, and family...this isn't really original, but it's so true. Without them, I'd be a star with no fan club.
2) Running water and electricity--The few times I've been without one or both of these have made living very difficult. I like to wash my hands, flush the toilet, have ice in the maker, wash clothes, and take a bath. Those things are hard to do without water and some electricity. We take this for granted people! If you don't believe me, try going without either one for an extended amount of time.
3) My home-I do spend some time harping on my house and the perpetual state of improvements that it goes through. It's then that I think about all those people out there that don't have any house at all. It puts things into perspective.
4) My job-I enjoy what I do and have more fun that I should. I get weekends off, two months in the summer, 2 weeks at Christmas, one week in the spring and another in the fall.....my husband and daughter have the same days off that I do. Many unhappy people have no jobs or hate the one they have. That's no way to live.
5) My friends-I have lots of great friends and am always looking to add to my list of people that I enjoy. If you aren't my friend but want to be, let me know. If you know me in person but don't hang out with me on a regular basis, you don't know what you are missing.
6) Good books/TV shows/movies- I like to be entertained. Without these three, I'd have a hard time making it.
7) Good food-It's a great thing to be a little overweight. There are lots of people in this world that have no food at all. I don't want to list any particular food I really like because I don't want the other foods to get jealous.
8) Glitter- This is one accessory that I must have. It not only adds sparkle (literally) to me, it announces my personality before you actually get to know me.
9) Blogging-I love to blog and love to read your comments as well. My writing teacher told me that we all write for an audience, even if it's for ourselves. There's great motivation to write if you think someone is going to read it.
10) Facebook- This is a wonderful thing. I'm able to stay connected to people that I know from lots of different places. Who has time to write a real letter anymore?
Okay, so this is a partial list. I'm sure with much thought, I can come up with more. Right now I'm in the middle of a turkey coma, so I'm going to walk it off and think of you, reading my blog. Thank you for taking the time.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
For those of you who don't know, David and I met in December of 1986 at my grandmother's house. The year before, David's sister Melissa, and my brother Hugh had gotten married. I was not able to go to the wedding, so this was the first opportunity I had to meet him. David was 21 and had just gotten out of the army. He was very cute and I felt a connection to him immediately. I was still in high school so, we dated long distance for a few months. Those were tough times. Neither one of us knew whether we were coming or going. We broke up shortly thereafter.
For those of you that have interconnected families, you quickly learn that the other person never really goes away. Over the years, I heard about David and what he was up to from my brother and sister-in-law. I also roomed in college with his other sister, Susan. Another connection. We ran into each other at family functions and it was always awkward. The timing wasn't right.
Ten years later, I met up with David again at Christmas, but this time at my brother and sister-in-law's house. By this time, they had two kids and were the only grandchildren on either side. An easy compromise for everyone was to have one large family Christmas. David and I walked and talked for about 2 days during that time. We even had a few fights. David was teaching in Alabama and I was teaching in Florida. We began our long distance relationship again.
This time it was different. Time and maturity were on both of our sides. Three months after meeting up again at my brother's house, we became engaged. Eight months after that we were married. The rest is history.
I don't often blog much about David. Some people that work with him read my blog and I don't want to put David into a weird situation he didn't ask to be in. David also doesn't read my blog. He feels like if I were to write about something and he didn't like it, it would really hurt me. And it would. He's very good like that. Very perceptive and wise.
I know that he was sent to me by God, because I asked for him. I didn't ask for him by name, but about 3 weeks prior to our reuniting, I made a list of all the qualities I was looking for in a husband and then prayed that the Lord would send him to me. I listed all the qualities that I was looking for, even down to hair and eye color. It's hard to believe that it all happened so quickly but it did. We've had our ups and downs, but I figure that all marriages do. I can't imagine even a day without him. I feel very blessed to be his wife. I feel like I'm a better person because I know him. He's had to overcome some large obstacles in his life, but he's still standing strong. If you ever come in contact with him, it'll be an experience you'll always remember. He's that great.
Happy Anniversary honey. I love you very much. Everyday with you is better than the one before! Thank you for choosing me.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
1) Sleep late. By that I mean, of course, 6 AM. My daughter knows when there is no school so she wakes up extra early to take advantage of all her "free" time. She's seven. When you're seven, all your time is "free." Apparently, she doesn't realize this yet.
2) Return my Netflix movie to the post office. This is the 4th DVD of the TV show, "Freaks and Geeks." It's really a good show. I take my mail to the post office because one-If I leave in my mailbox with the little flag up, it can take up to 3 more days for my mail to be received and two, I live across from some "questionable" neighbors. I wouldn't put it past them to root around in people's mailboxes.
3) Go see Twilight and eat Mexican food with some friends. I've already seen this movie once and I'm excited to see it again. My previous post is my movie review. (You didn't think this post would be without a Twilight reference, did you?)
4) Grade papers. I tend to do lots of this during breaks from school. There is just no way I can get them done at school with all the other stuff I have to do. I'll spend a couple of hours there a day until I can get some things at school in order.
5) Lesson plans. This is another thing I spend lots of time doing. The teacher across the hall from me is planned up to like February. I just can't do that. Things change from day to day and I like to leave my options open. Also, when you're that anal, things really bother you and you're unhappy all the time.
6) Call in a couple of prescriptions to the evil Wal-Mart. I keep forgetting to do this.
7) Go to my mom's and dad's house each day this week to feed their cat and dogs. All of them (the pets, not my parents) are annoying. However, it's the least I can do given how much my parents do for me.
8) Open a book or two and study for my next project for my graduate class.
9) Watch TV-lots of TV. I almost can't grade papers or write lesson plans without it on in the background. Right now, Superman, is on. Lois Lane has just found out that Clark's identity is really Superman. Christopher Reeves was really cute. Too bad he died. Margot Kidder...well, that's a different story.
10) Put up the Christmas tree. I ususally do this during Thanksgiving because it's the only time I have to do it.
11) Put up my clean clothes. I have a couple of baskets of clothes sitting in my room, waiting to be hung up. I keep waiting for them to do it themselves, but so far, no luck.
12) Clean out and organize my purse. I always feel so much better when I know what's in my purse and where to find it.
13) Cook Thanksgiving dinner. My mom is the best cook in the world and she usually does this. My contribution is deviled eggs (my recipe is the best-ask anyone who's had them) and helping Mom out in the kitchen. My parents are in New Orleans for Thanksgiving so I'm having to do it myself. Fun.
14) Finish reading Breaking Dawn, the last book in the Twilight series. I've had this book for a couple of weeks but haven't read it because I'm savoring the anticipation. I'm sure I'll be majorly depressed when I'm done reading the books.
15) Clean up my house before I put up the tree or cook Thanksgiving dinner.
16) Check Facebook, my email, and this blog several times a day to see if anyone's left me a message. Let's be honest, I don't write for me...I write for you. I already know what I think about me and what I write. The important thing is, what do you think of me and my writing?
17) Sit on my couch, lay on my bed...basically be lazy...which sort of trumps out all of the other things on my list.... It's nice to have the freedom and time to be able to be lazy.
I'm sure there are other things that I should add to this list, but I'm too tired to think of them. Maybe it's not tired---maybe I'm getting a head start to being lazy.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
This is Mexican food. I'll be enjoying this before I watch the movie....I know you wish you were me....don't hate!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
A subject that has been rolling around in my head is the upcoming movie, "Twilight." (And here's a question...are movies written with quotation marks? I feel like I'm writing it wrong.) I've mentioned this book/movie several times in previous postings-and if you've spoken to me, I'm sure I've mentioned it too. There are currently 4 books in the series, and an illegally Internet leaked manuscript for a fifth book that isn't complete. I've mentioned before the depression that hits when you read a really good book series and you get to the end of the last book. You feel as if there will never be anything else to read. I felt that way for a month after I read the entire Harry Potter series. Knowing this was coming, I've read the first 3 books and the manuscript online. Why skip the 4th book? Well, Stephenie Meyer started the fifth book to tell the first book's story again, only from Edward's standpoint instead of Bella. So what I am in the middle of doing is rereading the first book. I read the manuscript in tandem with the first few chapters of the Twilight and now I'm finishing the first book up. I feel sorta like I did when I first saw "The Sixth Sense." Once you saw that movie, you wanted to go back and watch it again, so you can pick up on the little details you missed the first time. I'm also saving the 4th book until after the movie is over. I'm savoring the anticipation. Anyway, I'm enjoying the reread. The movie comes out next week and I'm going to see it on Thursday night at midnight. Yes, that's right, midnight--and yes I have to work the next day. My plan is to come home and take a nap before going to the movie. Of course Friday will be a little rough but I think I'll manage. My friend Wendy has arranged for a private showing and I'm going to join her and her family to watch it. Now if only I had a cool Twilight movie shirt to wear. On a side note, I'm a little afraid that the movie will not live up to my expectations. In the past, I've found that I've almost always preferred the book to the movie. The one exception that comes to mind is Pride and Prejudice. After watching the movie (with English subtitles no less) I understood more of the story. I'm hoping that I won't be too terribly disappointed with Twilight. At any rate, I think I'll be too tired to worry about it much. If you're looking for a good read, I suggest this book. It's targeted audience is for teens, so it's an easy read. The story line is really good too...even if you don't like vampires. I promise you, I don't like them but I really liked this book. Just don't ask to borrow my copy. I'm toting it everywhere, trying to finish it by Thursday.
A week long vacation is coming so I'm sure I'll be posting more then. Hopefully, I'll have something new to write about. I'm sure you will be too.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
I'm not sure if this picture goes with this post, but I thought it was cuter than actually putting a picture of a real rat here. Humor me and go with it.
I have a Saturn. It's a mid-sized car with a moderate sized trunk. It's not quite what my friend Ashley calls a "mafia trunk," but it holds more than you think. I'm not a pack rat, I just don't have enough time and hands to unload things so they stay where they are until I can't take it anymore. Here is a partial listing of the things you'd find in my trunk right now...don't worry, I already took the bodies out....
1) A new 4-foot purple tinsel Christmas tree in the box to be used in my classroom. I couldn't resist it. Later, I'll post about the silver tinsel tree from my youth.
2) An expanded folder that has truly been expanded with scrap paper to be used in my classroom that was saved by my friend, Kathy B., whose child was in my class for the last two years. Paper (or lack thereof) is a major issue to teachers. If I could just figure out how to get more.....
3) A box full of "stuff" to be used in my classroom store. Again, my friend Kathy B. cleaned out her trunk and house and donated a bunch of small toys and trinkets that my kids will love. If I could only get them out of my trunk and into my classroom.
4) Assorted rags that David put there to be used during the odd emergency. I don't think I've touched them in like 2 years. If you could see them, you wouldn't touch them either.
5) A spare tire and a jack. Now technically, this stuff can be found under the lining in the trunk, not in the trunk space but I'm listing it because to get to it, I'd have to take everything else out of my trunk.
6) Another somewhat large box of "stuff" for my classroom store from my friend Kathy B.
7) A bag of unopened pine shavings to be used for my class pet. Snickers, the guinea pig, isn't doing so well, so I may be taking this back to the evil Wal-Mart to get my money back.
8) About five 2 liter bottles of assorted sodas for the Bunco game I'll be co-hosting this Wednesday. These are always good times. It's a big thing here in Mississippi. I think just about everyone belongs to at least one Bunco group.
9) A Cappe's Kitchen cup. My house is outfitted with plastic cups from assorted eating establishments in town. This particular cup size is my favorite. Not too big, not too small...just right.
10) A Disney tote bag full of children's books about spiders and bats. This is left over from a presentation I did for one of my graduate school classes. Again, these items need to be returned to my school library. If only they had legs and could walk themselves.
11) One large maroon, blue, and white umbrella. Don't ask me how I'm supposed to get the umbrella to use it during a rainstorm...but in case I figure it out, I'm ready.
12) Some old Wal-Mart receipts. These things are as evil as the Wal-Mart bags and the institution itself. I swear these things multiply when I'm not looking.
13) Five Diet Mountain Dew sodas attached to a 6 pack ring. Before my acid reflux got bad, I'd have one of these at school to get me going. Now that I can't have them, they just sit there.
14) One sharpened pencil that must have migrated from the front section of my car where there are about 10 pencils in the cup holder. I stick these in my hairdo during work and then find them later when I'm driving home.
15) Pine straw. This stuff is everywhere. I think that if you live in Mississippi, you must have this stuff in your trunk or somehow attached to your wiper blades. Since I don't have any pine trees near my house or where I park my car (home or at work) I have no idea where this stuff came from.
It seems like a lot doesn't it? My trunk must be bigger than I think because I can also get a week's worth of groceries in the trunk while also toting home my rolling backpack and additional school bag. I think my car's trunk deserves some award...if at the very least I deem it "mafia sized."
Friday, November 7, 2008
There hasn't been too much to report this week. I did have a rough day on Thursday. Thanks to some friends and a visit to Old Venice, the day ended much better than it started. I really think that to make schools more efficient, a full time massage therapist should be on staff at each school. Someday when I'm independently wealthy, I'll go to massage therapy school, get licensed, and then volunteer my time at schools. Getting a massage is fabulous but expensive enough to not happen as often as I'd like. Guess I'll just have to settle for wearing my pj's to school on Pajama Day.
Raelynn went trick-or-treating this year for real for the first time. We did not plan this in advance, but just couldn't resist her current wide-eye wonder at it all. It seems that this year is the one where she really gets into every holiday. So we came home and gave her about 10 minutes to find a "costume" to wear using the elements she already had in her dress-up box. I think she was trying to be fairy princess, but she looked closer to a hobo with wings. We then whisked her off to the suburbs and did one section of one neighborhood. She had a blast. The weather was real cool, so I enjoyed walking around holding David's hand. Holding hands is great. When you have kids, you don't usually hold hands as much with your spouse as you do with your child. And you start calling your spouse "Mom" or "Dad." I swore I'd never be one those people.....and yet I am.
I will be out of school on Monday. I am required to go to a district training on mentoring new teachers. I spent 4 hours on lesson plans and gathering materials for the sub this afternoon. And that's not all. Snickers, our class guinea pig, is in rather bad shape. I'd hate to think he'd die over the weekend and the kids were faced with death first thing Monday morning. So, on top of the 4 hour long planning and preparation I spent today, I'll go in before work on Monday to take care of any "passings" that happen this weekend. (On a side note, I can't go to school on the weekends anymore, so I would if I could.) Why 4 hours you ask? I remember subbing and it's not easy. At all. I believe that leaving very detailed (and when I say very detailed, I mean anally detailed) lesson plans. It just works better for everyone that way. You might be wondering why I'm even mentioning that I'm going to be out, right? For me, this is huge. I never miss work. I don't know if it's this incredible work ethic I have or whether I'm just too lazy to spend 4 hours on lesson plans for one day. If I had somewhere interesting to go (a concert, a cruise, etc) I think I could talk myself into taking off. In all my years of teaching (and that's been a lot) I've never taken a mental health day. I wouldn't even know what to do on those days. If you have any ideas on what to do when playing hooky from work, please leave a comment.
So that's about it. Not much to say. I'm really enjoying the books I reading and not looking forward to the depression that will soon follow. I hope to be more present in the blogging world this week. Hint Hint: a comment now and then makes me feel loved, which in turn makes me want to post. So really, commenting is a win/win situation. I feel validated and you get more of my incredible wit. I know. It seems almost too good to be true.
See ya'll later..peace..I'm out!!!