Sunday, December 30, 2007
I can tell you now that I got Drew and Tungsten T/X Palm Pilot for Christmas. Best Buy really came through for me as they shipped it on December 20 and it arrived on our door step at 12:35 in the afternoon of December 21. Sooooo, it was even here for Drew to open on Christmas. (Which was good because I am not very good at making fudge...have I ever told you that story? Hmmm...someday. maybe. It's embarrassing.) He likes it and I was pleased.
We promptly undecked our halls about 2 days after Christmas and hauled off the tree. Which was probably a good thing considering the thing was probably turning into a fire hazard. Drew was faithful to water it every single day...but a dead tree can only take so much water before it bites the dust. It stopped accepting water about a week and a half before Christmas.
I thought maybe I should blog a little bit since I haven't recently...I hope your holiday was great and you will all be safe bringing in the new year.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Finally, I was goofing around on the internet one day and ya'll I stumbled on the perfect gift. So, began shopping at the various stores I can purchase said "item." This "item" comes in 3 basic grades: basic, better, and best.
I looked at the basic "item" but decided it was...well...too basic and wouldn't do the trick. But the BEST grade was too much...WAAAY out of the spending lid. So, I settled on the "better" grade. After deciding on the perfect "grade" for both Drew and my budget, I started shopping around for the best price.
Don't make fun of me...you would too.
Lo and behold, one store, let's call it Department X was running a HUGE sale on the "item." This sale was the BEST grade for the price of the BETTER grade to the tune of about $115 savings! YES! So, I ordered it online from Department X and planned to pick it up at the store the next day (Saturday). I got the email confirmation that order had been placed. Yes...done, I thought. What a relief.
But, I was wrong. Not done. It just cannot be that easy this close to Christmas, can it?
So, I got an email informing me that the closest Department X did not, in fact, have any "items" in stock. Department X gave me a number call and they told me they could ship it at no additional charge to me since the website said it was in stock at my local Department X. I informed the nice lady that this was a Christmas gift and I needed it before Christmas. She assured me that it would DEFINITELY arrive before Christmas. So, I reluctantly agreed to the shipping. I got an email confirmation of the change in my order at Department X. Whew. That was a close one...but, it's done, I thought. NOW, I can relax.
Saturday morning I got an email informing me that the "item" is on BACKORDER, backorder ya'll, and may take up to 2 weeks to be shipped. It will most likely NOT be here by Christmas. Growl Department X!
So, I had to decide whether not to stay the course and not worry about it...or to cancel the order and decide on something else.
I did what you would do.
I ate some fudge to help me think straight. I felt like Winnie-the-Pooh in that cartoon where he says "think. think. think." on the blustery day.
Well, I finally decided to keep the order and probably print a picture from the internet for him. I can at least wrap it very nicely. That'll be good, right?
Or, maybe I can just make him some fudge.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
So, this year we decided it was high time we did all of that. So, off we went in the family truck to the farm. It was so hard looking for the perfect tree. They all look so small outside. the one I really really wanted was just too big. We finally settled on the tree you see above. It was a heavy one to carry, I'll tell ya that! Once home, and trimmed up we waited until tonight to decorate it. Isn't it beautiful? The only thing about it is that it takes up the biggest portion of the corner...sort of like a mini Griswald Christmas tree. Have you seen that movie? National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation? Well, if you have, then you recognize one of my favorite lines in the movie "It's not going in our yard, Russ, it's going in our living room." Yea. That's kinda how I feel.
However, I can tell you that the smell of a freshly cut pine tree just permeates the entire house and it smells divine. The only thing better than the smell of pine is...apple pie. yummmm.
Anyway, after we decorated the tree, I took a few pictures. The one above is the finished product and the one below I took to use as a wallpaper on my computer. It really turned out well. Happy decorating to you and good luck finding your own mini Griswald tree.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Shortly after we were married, I was backing out of the garage and successfully sent the side mirror of my car flying through the garage. Drew was standing in there and we laughed and laughed about it. Until we got the bill. It cost close to $150 to replace the dumb thing.
Drew still laughs.
Today, I hit the garage AGAIN and removed a mirror. Only this time I was in the truck. Oh no...
So, I called Drew and he and I had a good laugh over the whole thing. I guess we will see what the bill looks like in this one.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
A week ago last Monday I was at school leading a class during teacher technology days when all of a sudden I felt a small pinch on my left arm. I wiggled my arm and immediately felt another prick close by the last one..but nastier. So, I moved my right hand over to shoo away whatever was on my arm, near my elbow. At this time I realized that it was a wasp. My thoughts were "OH HOLY CRAP!" About at that moment, in it's last final ploy to prove is virility, the little sucker stung me again...the worst one yet...right on my elbow and then flew away. Jerk Wasp.
I did what you would do.
I freaked out.
No, really...I freaked out. I ran down down the hall toward the nurses office with more speed and agility than a cheetah on it's first kill in a month. The office nurse told me to calm down and gave me an ice pack. She also told me to be on the look for hives, general achy joints, headache, and lethargy. "Yeah, okay" I said "but what about the pain? What can I do?" Her response?
"Nothing. Keep ice on it and take a tylenol."
So, later that evening my joints started hurting and I got a bad headache. OUCH. My elbow was so sore for about 4 days that I could hardly stand to bend it or lean on anything. Finally, it quit hurting and I thought it was all over. OH NO...I was very wrong.
A few days ago the three sting sites started itching like crazy. I can't scratch them enough and NOTHING stops it. NOTHING! I spend every spare minute that I can find scratching scratching scratching at my elbow.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
I had a dream 2 nights ago about my dad...it was odd. I haven't dreamed about him in a while, but I can't stop thinking about it. As we near my sister's wedding I am reminded of all the things Dad will miss in my life. My children. My next graduation. Our next house. So many things. I feel grateful that he was still alive for my wedding, but I feel so sad that he will not be here for my sister's. I know she is feeling some of the same feelings and I feel a sadness over it.
I guess just miss him and felt like sharing it.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Yes I will.
I have a 10 page paper due on October 29 on John Dewey. (No, he is not the guy who developed the Dewey Decimal System.) He was an American Educational Philosher that blah blah blah....yadda yadda...look it up if ya really wanna know more. I don't want to make you feel like you are sitting in a boring college course all over again!
Anyway, I have practically completed all of my homework and I am PLANNING to watch movies and drink soda and eat popcorn and do zero writing about John Dewey tomorrow.
I know you nay-sayers out there deny my ability to do this for an entire day, but I assure you that I will.
PLUS, my sister's wedding is now a mere 1 month away and I am busily preparing for that trip. she has chosen beautiful dresses and all...but the shoes need to be broken in. That is always a joy. So, I have been trying to clean my floors in heels and that my friend is ALWAYS an adventure.
Otherwise all is well....now...go forth and clean in heels!
Monday, October 08, 2007
Friday, October 05, 2007
You would too if your house was 96 degrees.
Anyway, I went for a little walk to the post office to try and exercise and came home sweating. yuck. My thoughts as I entered into my air conditioned home, walking past my 5 pumpkins sitting on the front porch, is that I am ready for fall.
Leaves of various colors.
(Okay, so...I can't really HAVE the apple cider without serious consequences to my system...but still....I like to smell it.)
What are your favorite things about fall?
Monday, October 01, 2007
Here's how it all started...a few years ago we had tickets to Godstock in Comstock Nebraska. One of the performers was MercyMe. We absolutely loved them and wanted to see them again in concert. So, I began a massive search for a concert near us.
But...alas...MercyMe does not come to our area very often.
Why? Probably because our state has more bovine than humans. Not. Even. Kidding. Well, since bovine do not PAY to go to concerts, there isn't much money to be made here, I guess. So, I checked Denver. There was a concert during a perfect time for us to go. We could get a GREAT DEAL on a hotel. (And I love hotels...love, love, love!) AND...no school....perfect. However, the cost of the tickets were $120 EACH!
So...on we searched. I have been looking for over 2 years for tickets at a decent price within reasonable driving distance. No dice.
Then, oh then, we hit the jackpot in August. I was driving in the downtown area of Kearney and saw a sign for a MERCYME concert coming Sept. 30! WHAT! We checked into it and the tickets were $25 for seats in row 14. I KNOW! HOW COOL IS THAT.
So, we went and it was awesome! You can go here to listen to the songs on their new album that will be released Nov. 20. The song that really touched me is "Finally Home." It actually made me cry in public.
Then, we rocked our faces off.
Then...we drove home and were sound asleep by 9:30pm.
See. I told you we were just like teenagers last night.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
1. People falling down.
2. Billboards like "Eat here. Get Gas." bwahahahahah
3. Other people's flatus. (Farting) and yes, I know how immature that is!
5. Babies laughing
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Monday, September 03, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
- School started (Aug 16 with students) and that is always an interesting time of year.
- Drew had a birthday (Aug 18). We had steak and a nice dinner at The Cellar in Kearney and I bought him some smoker racks for the smoker.
- Our tomatoes have finally started producing ripe tomatoes. (So far, we have picked 10 gallons of tomatoes and they are just getting started.)
- I have been gearing up to start classes at UNK this week. I will be taking one online and one on campus this fall. That should be interesting.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Friday, August 03, 2007
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
Did I ever tell you my honeydew story? I haven't? Well, when I was young my favorite fruit was honeydew melon. Wait, it still is my favorite....anyway, I digress. I loved honeydew so I would shamelessly beg for it at the grocery store. Mom would rarely get it becuase she had to feed 7 kids and 2 adults and, frankly, honeydew is expensive. So, one day (when was about 3 or 4) I was standing near the honeydew and Mom had said "No" a few times already. I reached up and grabbed one on the botton and pulled it out. As a result, several honeydew fell to the floor. One broke open and Mom had to purchase it. oops. I thought "Hmmm. That's an easy way to get honeydew." So, I did it again the next time we were at the store. My mom caught on pretty quickly to my little ploy and started parking me in the cart as far away from the honeydew as she could. I used to cry and cry....sigh...oh the memories.
Well, NOW Drew and I are growing our own and I can have all the honeydew melon my little heart desires...I CAN'T WAIT FOR ONE TO RIPEN! That....and I am just dying to taste a tomato off of one of our our 14 tomato plants! Yes, I said 14. That's just ours...with ma's we have 23 plants. Yeah...we will be canning 'til the cows come home when they rippen.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Saturday was Andy and Becca's Wedding. I am sorry to say that I forgot my camera in hotel room all day Saturday and, therefore, have NO PICTURES from the entire day. The wedding was beautiful and unique. I just know that they will be very very happy and blessed. That afternoon we went to a BBQ hosted by my sister and her soon-to-be sister-in-law. It was loads of fun and I thoroughly enjoyed the time to spend with family and new friends.On Sunday we went to the Warren Sand Dunes in Sawyer, MI. We spent the WHOLE day on the beach and in the water. We didn't feel like climbing the dunes, so we didn't. We were tired and were quite happy to lay on the sand and soak up the sun. That evening Todd and Cindy met us in Michigan City where we ate at the Texas Corral. It was DELISH! Then, on to Joliet for the night and then the long drive back home. It is good to be back (and eat a meal I prepared in my own kitchen rather than ordered someone else to prepare for me.) It is good to be home.
Friday, July 06, 2007
Anyway, I checked out Kris' website this morning and she had this quiz about passing the US Citizenship Test. I scored a 95%, how about you?
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
In honor of our anniversary, I have created a little quiz to see how well you know us!
Sunday, July 01, 2007
UPDATE WITH PICTURES!
These are all the parts of the Smoker. You have the base with the heating element, the main part, the lid, the grates, and the water.
First, you have to soak the wood in water so that it doesn't catch fire in the smoker. (you want to SMOKE the food, not char it.)
Next, you put the wet wood around the heating element, but not ON the heating element or it will ruin the electric element.
Place the meat (in our case, ribs) in the smoker and put the lid on top. Check the time and DON'T mess with it for about...mmm...4-5 hours.
This is what you get if you let it alone for a while. Yummmm. We took them off the smoker, added BBQ sauce, and warmed the sauce in the oven (350 degrees for 10 minutes.) You can just add the sauce while they are still on the smoker if you want.
This is what the ribs looked like cut open. Can you see the juices? Can you see how tender they
This is our dinner. As you can see, we had corn, watermelon, and smoked ribs. It was so good and I highly recommend it!
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
We are getting pretty excited for the trip back my old stompin' grounds next week. I am fairly certain that will be a blast for us to have a few days away and to share in the joy of celebrating 2 lives coming together as a new family while we are there. I have been trying to think of a few ESSENTIAL things we could do in the Chicago area while we are there for one day...any suggestions for us?
Monday, June 25, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
1. Air conditioning
2. Popsicles (Or ice cream) - Because it is so soothing to the palette! (and mind...and soul...and)
3. Computers - because I store practically my whole life on one!
4. Air conditioning
5. Microwaves - Because it makes light of hard work
6. Printers - Wow, can you imagine typing a 20 page assignment?
7. Air Conditioners
8. Toilet Paper - Seriously...imagine the alternative.
9. Toothpaste - Again...the alternatives are ground rats (Really...look it up!)
10. Air conditioners
And those are just a few...what about you? For what are you grateful?
Monday, June 18, 2007
Anyway, we have been getting geared up for the two weddings in 2 weeks for us this summer. First up to bat - Drew's brother is gettin' hitched in Colorado this weekend and that will be fun. Then Becca and Andy are tyin' the knot the first weekend in July and that means a long anticipated vacation for us. Whoo hoo! I am so excited to celebrate in these marriages and to get away for a few days.
Anyway, homework awaits. I just didn't want you to think that I had forgotten all about you! Adieu for now...I shall return to you soon.
Friday, June 08, 2007
1. Grab the book closest to you
2. Open it to page 161
3. Find the fifth full sentence
4. Post the text of the sentence to your blog (Along with the title of the book)
5. Don't search around for the coolest book you have, use the one that is really next to you.
The closest book to me is School Law and the Public Schools: A Practical Guide for Educational Leaders by Nathan L. Essex 4th Edition (since I am up to my EARS in course work this month!) Okay....let's see... page 161 is in the middle of the chapter for laws concerning Individuals with Disabilities. The fifth full sentence says: "Children with ADHD may be eligible for special services if they are found to have a specific learning disability, be seriously emotionally disturbed, or possess other health impairments." Yeah, I know...it's riveting.
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Sunday, June 03, 2007
Saturday, June 02, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE to watch Little House on the Prairie.
2. The sound of a hard rain pounding on a windshield/roof of a car hurts my ears so much that I sometimes feel like my eardrums are going to burst.
3. I always hang my keys in exactly the same place.
4. I love the sound of a piano (expecially when accompanied with a guitar).
5. I love the ocean.
6. I can't swim because I hyperventilate when the water gets above my chest.
7. The sound of a fork scraping against someone's teeth gives me the chills.
8. The smell of moldy food causes me to gag. (Sorry, just being honest!)
9. When I REALLY cry hard, I have so much trouble getting air into my lungs that I almost pass out.
10. When I burn my tongue, I put honey on it. It really does help.
So, there ya have it. Of course, that is only the tip of the iceburg for me. So, I KNOW I am not alone. What are your little-known facts?
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Here ya go!
1. What's the best last movie you saw?
2. What's your favorite summer flower?
3. What irritates you more, sitting in traffic or a meeting after 5:00pm on a friday afternoon?
4. If you HAD to have another occupation, what would you do?
5. Blueberries or cherries?
1) What's the best last movie you saw?
Hmm... the word BEST makes it hard. I think the best last movie I saw was, ummm, The Pursuit of Happyness
2) What's your favorite summer flower?
Daisy. Hands down!
3) What irritates you more: sitting in traffic or a meeting after 5:00 pm on a Friday?
A meeting after 5:00pm on Friday (ANY day for that matter)
4) If you HAD to have another occupation, what would you want to do?
If I HAD to have another occupation, it would be photographer. BUT, I love my current occupation!
5) Blueberries or cherries?
neither, really. I would choose strawberries. :)
Okay, your turn.
Friday, May 25, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
This week was a horrible week for me. I had a few extra stresses along with trying to close off the school year that I slipped into some of my horrible "grab and go" habits (burgers and pizza, etc.). I also did not walk nearly enough. I had a problem with my ankle that I could barely wear shoes! Seriously, It was bad. So, I ended up not walking...although I COULD have done something else and just chose not to.
Oh well. Next week will be better.
How 'bout you?
Friday, May 18, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Yay! Today's the day we begin the May Day Challenge.
First, the plans: I have decided that I will walk at least 5 days a week and choose to eat only the foods that is allowed by my physician (without completely depriving myself of the occassional "other things"). During my walk, I have decided to pray, listen to music, or talk to Drew (if he is along with me).
Now, the confessions: I realize that weight loss is not JUST foods or JUST exercise or JUST spiritual well-being. It takes all three in order to be totally successful. I KNOW I have a disorder that requires me to watch what I eat and yet...sometimes...I just choose to ignore it. So, this is my plan. To inaugurate the event, I have posted a TickerFactory Ticker to the right. I am slightly embarrassed at the total weight that I need to lose, but that is part of being real with you and myself.
Okay. Well, that's my plan, what's yours?
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Okay Okay. So, my sister is getting married and I NEED to lose some weight. Beyond that, I am tired of looking the mirror and feeling like a huge overgrown bucket of flab. I want to feel attractive and healthy again. A few years back I lost over 60 pounds and have managed to gain about 35 of it back. This is both depressing and disappointing to me. Of course this disapppointment just fuels the fire to keep eating things that I should not be eating and I KNOW IT! So, I recently discovered a new blog called I Should Be Folding Laundry and the author was offering up her same thoughts on weight gain and so has launched a challenge. It is called Tales from the Scales and I am going to participate. Here's how it works. First, go to the website and committ to the process. Then, you have to develop a plan, and then set that plan into motion by May 8. Each Tuesday you do a weigh in and post it at Tales from the Scales AND, of course, talk about it on your blog. (You don't have to announce your weight, just your gains and losses). You get internet buttons and stickers when you achieve every 5 pounds of loss. Seriously...I think this will be both fun and encouraging. Anyone else in for the challenge?
Sunday, April 29, 2007
As part of our weekend fun, we also bought and planted a new tree. You can see it below. It is a red maple. If you remember, last fall we planted a tree, it was a Red Sugar Maple. This little tree is seemingly pretty healthy.
Friday, April 27, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
So, 30 today. I heard that 30 is the new 20 and 40 is the new 30...so it is a good day. My students asked how it feels to be 30 and I said "I guess, no different than being 29!"
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
1. People who complain to inappropriate people at inappropriate times.
2. Internet routers that stop sending a wireless signal for no apparent reason.
3. Snow at inconvenient times. (Is there ever a convenient time, really?)
4. Remembering that I forgot to lay something out for dinner around, oh, 9 AM and there is nothing I can do about it. (This is practically a daily occurrence for me!)
5. Commercials that don't make sense to me because then I feel like a huge ignoramus. Am I the only one?
6. Folks who never use a turn signal...seriously, is it REALLY too much work?
7. Telemarketers that call in the middle of my favorite show.
8. Wait...telemarketers. period.
9. Being stopped at a red light when there doesn't appear to be anyone coming in any direction. My thinking is...Do I honestly need to be saved from the carelessness of the invisible people too?
10. People who wear too much cologne or perfume...PEEEWWWW
There ya have it...so, what bugs you?
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Monday, April 02, 2007
Friday: Took 74 3rd-5th grade students to a Storm Hockey game. The Hockey team sponsors this program where students can earn a free ticket to a hockey game if they earn an "A" in any class or have 100% attendance for a grading period. We had several students qualify and decided to take them to a game. I organized and implemented the whole thing. As a result, we got to bed around...oh...11:30 PM. We had 74 students and 14 sponsors (Drew and I both went to help control behavior).
Saturday: Drew and helped sponsor a youth trip to Colorado Springs with our church. I had forgotten just how energetic high schoolers are! ha ha! We saw "The Thorn" at New Life Church in Colorado Springs. This is a play about the Life of Christ that the church puts on. Tickets are only $10 and it is a steal! If you are ever in Colorado Springs near Easter, you should definitely go to this play. On the way out, we ate at Casa Bonita and THAT was an experience to remember. The food was...blah...yuck-o...but the atmosphere was fun. (I am spoiled on the Mexican food since I get to eat so much of it that is truly genuine here!) We got to bed late, like 1:00 AM.
Sunday: Up early, 6:00 AM, in order to accommodate all the kids and showers that needed to be taken before we could leave for church. After church, we traveled back toward home, stopping in Denver for a bite. We stopped at a place that had about 6 different restaurants within walking distance of the parking lot. Drew and I chose to eat at Good Times. It was good...I wish there was one here! Then, we drove for 5 hours back home and my brother was waiting for us. He is a semi driver and had been dispatched to Denver, with a layover here. So, we got him around 7:30 PM and visited until around 11:30 PM. Needless to say, it was after midnight when we got to sleep...that alarm clock at 6 AM was akin to nails scratching against a chalkboard today!
whew...what a weekend!
Friday, March 30, 2007
I never really write about my students other than the fifth grade freak out post (remember?) because I was moving to fifth grade from kindergarten. The biggest thing that I have really learned is that I truly love all children for different reasons. I love the projects and discussions I can have with a room full of 5th graders that simply would not have happened in kindergarten. Case in point, these photos my students took as a result of a photography unit I taught them. Aren't they just amazing?!
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
3. Finding a Long Lost Friend!
I stumbled across a friend from high school the other day over at Classmates.com and it is so good to talk to her and see where life has taken her. I love reconnecting with people who truly made an impact on my life.
4. Meaningful Discussions.
I love sitting down and discussing things that have meaning. It challenges me, encourages me, and helps me remember that I am a thinking, feeling, person. (Some days I wonder! lol)
5. Cookies. (Do I really need to say more?)
I love a good nap. Why does naptime stop after kindergarten?
7. A back/neck rub from someone who loves me.
Seriously...I love it.
8. Laughing until my stomach hurts.
Most of the people around me can tickle my funny bone and I just love to laugh. I think it is good for the soul and body. I really like a good belly laugh.
I know, I am a nerd...but so be it.
10. Comments on our blog.
I do. I can't deny it. :) It's better than a cookie and a nap!
Tuesday morning I was leaving for work when I realized..OH NO my back tire is flat. I went running back into the house like a half-crazed dog and cried out to Drew: "My tire is flat!" He promptly went outside and changed my tire for me and then I went driving off to school with that silly looking donut tire. I am grateful for the donut AND for Drew crawling around on the cement floor of our garage at 7:00 in the morning, BUT...I always feel sort of like I am walking around in nothing but my underwear on when I am driving with the donut tire. I mean, I physically turn red-faced thinking that every other driver and pedestrian is laughing at me and saying "That poor woman...she has to drive on the donut. tse tse tse..." Of course, that is not what is happening, but in my mind it is as real as the boogie monster that used to live under my bed.
Monday, March 12, 2007
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Friday, March 02, 2007
I am so excited for my sister and her fiance Todd to get married and Cindy is just plugging along on her plans and arrangements. She asked me to be an attendant and so we have been looking for dresses. There have been several suggestions, but this one is the one she sent to me...I think it may be a winner. She wants it to be in Royal Blue, which is a also a beautiful color. What do you think of it?
(images from cybergown.com)