Friday, May 30, 2008

Does anyone even read any of this?

Well, I'm posting again. As I look around the very LARGE world of the Internet, I've found some very interesting blogs. Do bloggers write for themselves or for other people? I've been reading two blogs a lot, one of a girl I know here in town and the other is her sister. They both have incredible senses of humor. It's very interesting reading other people's thoughts....especially if they are people you know, or know of. There's this false sense of intimacy. From reading my friend's blog (and by friend I mean acquaintance) I feel like I know her so well. She can't say that about me. (Unless she reads my blog and even then I don't think so.) As for her sister's blog, I've never even met her. I do truly enjoy reading both of their blogs. I hope to one day know my friend better in a reciprocal way, and actually meet and get to know her sister. They seem like real fun people to know.

So for my latest addictions:

Netflix- I just started this addiction this week. I am a huge movie and tv fan. In my house, the tv was always on and usually it was loud. We only had one tv for most of my growing up and as a grown up I can say we only have one at our house. When I'm home, it's usually on. But that doesn't mean that I'll watch anything. I am choosy about what I want to watch. I do like to watch movies. I worked for several years at a movie theater and loved the perks of watching free movies. I like going to the movies with my friends (David will go with me depending on the movie and the occasion) and renting them as well. A couple of friends do Netflix and because I go along with peer pressure, I too am a member of Netflix. I've already received my first three movies and watched them all within a 24 hour period--(gotta love summer!) So far I've seen Untraceable with Diane Lane, which I really liked. I was surprised at this. I thought it was a combination of Silence of the Lambs and The Net with Sandra Bullock. The second movie was National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets. This movie David and I actually saw together at the theater but it was nice not having to stalk Blockbuster to wait for it. The third DVD I watched was the British tv show, The Office.

This is my other addiction-

I realize that this isn't the cast of the British show, but that's why I rented it. Needless to say, it wasn't near as funny as the American version. Perhaps it's because I've watch all 3 seasons on DVD enough times to have them permanently engrained on my brain and nothing can compare, or maybe it just isn't as good. We'll never know. I can only hope that the 4th season gets released soon on DVD so that I can buy it and watch it. This show is so funny. I don't understand when people say they don't like it. I figure those people just don't understand it. When I find someone who loves it like I do, I get real excited. It's almost as if we share some cosmic bond. Strange I know. If you haven't watched this show, I strongly suggest that you do. If you can't wait until it comes out in reruns so you can see all 4 seasons, you can always rent them on Netflix...and the cycle of addiction continues.......

(and can we please give it up for the fact that I was able to add pictures to this post?? woop woop!)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Lumberjack by day, Working the Chain Gang by night

So, when I sit down to blog, I can never think of anything witty to say. Perhaps it's the feeling that no one reads my blog. Although, now that I think about it, that's not entirely true-my friend Carrie posted on my facebook page that she read my blog once, so somone out there has read my rantings before.

For the first time in a long time, I feel more like myself. I'm not sure if I'm getting burned (or is it burnt?) out with my job, but I found that I was being very cranky and negative quite a bit at the end of the school year. It took several days once school ended to feel the irritation leave me, but it feels like it has finally. As further proof, I can walk by the school supply section of Wal-Mart and not even think of going down the aisle to look. As I'm sure you don't know, I'm a "crayon sniffer." As soon as fall school supplies get put out, tend to find myself traveling up and down the aisles like a hunter seeking his prey.

Summer finds me becoming a different person. Each holiday of more than 2 weeks is like a mini-honeymoon for me. David and I are both teachers so it's nice having the same time off. That makes for a stressful school year since we both can get caught up in the stresses of daily school life (although I have to say this is more me than him.) David has some major plans for the house this summer....demolishing and rebuilding the carport and adding a side porch. I've helped him with breaking concrete and dumping the dirt he's digging. I'm not much for sweating or hard physical labor, but I have tried to be helpful. We work a lot at night since the heat can be horrible. I also helped David with a tree he cut down at my parents' house last weekend. Check me out---I was a lumberjack! I become more domesticated around the house, cooking, cleaning, and what not. There are so many things I'd like to do around here but can't find the time during the school year.

I start back to graduate school next week. I'm hoping that I'll learn something useful and not fall apart due to stress. Hang in's going to be a wild ride!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

an enlightening moment

I went for a run tonight. For anyone that knows me well, this sounds significant. I am a firm believer that endorphines obtained during and after exercise is nothing but an urban legend. I never feel really great or on top of the world when I exercise. Perhaps that's because I don't enjoy sweating. Anyway, I went for a run tonight as the sun was sinking low past the horizon. I had my Faith Hill CD playing and on the way back, I felt really great. Not happy that I was sweating, mind you, but I felt like I could keep running for miles. At first I thought that I was just happy that I was doing something for me, but I realized that wasn't so. I'm trying to lose a few pounds before Jessica's wedding so that the dress I bought will still fit. So technically, I'm not running for myself. I'm running for Jessica.

Yesterday, I was given a good-bye note from a student. It read, "Dear Mrs. Ro, you are ghetto-fabulous. I will miss you." Now, what does this mean? I thought that if something was "ghetto" that it was run down. Can anyone clear up the confusion for me? This is the last week with students. I've had this group for 2 years and I will miss them. It's interesting to think about the students I will get next year. Here's to hoping we all get along!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

This Post Has No Title

So, I don't know if anyone even reads this...if you do, take a moment and post a comment so I'll know that my voice is heard somewhere out there!

Today is Sunday. I vowed today to start back eating more healthy since yesterday I went and picked up my dress for Jessica's wedding. It fits but I know it will look better if I can can drop just a few pounds before the big day. I'm reading the book The Secret (and when I say read I don't really mean from cover to cover...when you are busy like I am, you sneak a few minutes in here and there and you ready just a little at a time. The essence of the book is that positive thinking brings about the positive things in your life. So I'm not going to focus on "losing weight" since embedded in that thinking is that I'm overweight. I'm not really that far into the book but it's made some sense. I definitely need to work on being more positive.

I went to church this morning and Johnny did a great sermon on Baptism. The idea that I walked away from this morning was that God, my father, loves me even when I don't love myself. That's so awesome. He wants good things for me and will take care of me, even if I mess things up.

The family and I went to eat Chinese food after church and then a quick trip to Walmart. I was majorly bummed out that there were no Fiber 1 bars. It's as if the town of Starkville has conspired against me! I may have to go to Kroger and see if they have some.

We walked to my mom's house (she lives on the same street) and the weather was nice. Realynn found a little doll in the road as we were walking and spent some time trying to clean her up. She's so sensitive. I'm blessed that she's mine.

I've put off lesson plans....I have a general idea about what I'm going to do tomorrow. Basically, we'll be trying to go over the MCT material before their minds get blown by it all.

Well, I'm going's time for bed and I need all the beauty sleep I can get!

Saturday, May 3, 2008

I'm Back!

This is my first blog in about a year. It was required part of a graduate class I am taking, but now I've decided to use it for my (and others') enjoyment. We'll see how much fun this all is later.

I am slowly learning all the ends and outs of blogging so I hope you'll be patient with me as I learn more about how this all works.