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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

The Countdown Begins

14 days of school left.

When I look at it that way it seems like this school year is never going to end. But when I look at through the eyes of my list, the end if right around the corner.

Today I made a quick list of my to-do's. It felt good to scratch a big chunk of it off and then rewrite my list.

Being a teacher has wonderful pros. I live for my summer vacation. The beginning of the year and the ending of the year takes years of a teacher's life. The stress drives my nuts. My lower back hurt from bending over doing a paper work. My jaw hurt because stress drives my body crazy. My fingers hurt from bubbling in the lovely report cards.

BUT I ONLY HAVE 2 weeks and 4 days left! I can make it!

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Book Review

All of you know my nice stack of books that I have. The stack drives me nuts. I feel like I have years of reading there; yet, I continue to add book after book. I can't help myself. I love to have the possible read ready and available.

I used to read ALL THE TIME. But TiVo corrupted me.

I have so many books started. I will read, put it down. Pick up a new book, put it down. I have too many books started. Some I am right in the middle. Others, just the first couple of chapters. When I go to pick them up again, after putting them down, I remember it all. Each story floods back to me. Each character reappears in my head.

The other day, while hanging out with K, we came across a book in the book store. K told me that I HAD to read it. I totally trust her opinion and made the purchace. She told me that it was one of her favorite reads. I knew right then that it had to be really good.

The book was The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. My first thought was, "Science Fiction, NOPE. I don't do that." As I began to read I became intranced. It moved me. I didn't want to let it go.

I made an effort to read a little every day. Some days it was a huge chunk. Other days just a page or two. As I really began to get deap into the book, each chunk began to get longer.

I can't really tell you about the book. I couldn't do it justice. Grumps really wanted me to share a little of the story with him. But as I began to tell the story, it just sounded stupid. I told him that he had to trust me.

Today as I came to an end, I was very sad. I wanted to finish it because it was truly amazing. A story about the heart. Then again, I knew that when I finished it, the story would be over. I love that about reading. I wanted more. So I am going to leave this book on my sidebar for awhile. I just can't let it go quite yet. But do trust me, it is a book worth reading. It will haunt you. It will drive you crazy. It will move you the most.

Let me know what you think about it if you have or do read it.

Pulling Back

I have been trying very hard to cut back from my laptop. I find it to be a huge blackhole. I waste too much time even just having it open and to the side of me, waiting for an email or a chat. Some days it just drives me nuts. I feel like I am going crazy after my millionth refresh.

I have been spending time with friends, Grumps, and a book. I really haven't even been watching tv. I still have a few finalies to watch. I am trying hard to make this television season last a little longer.

I have read blogs as I feel the urge. The daily readings are of the past for a little while. I am sure once school is out (3 1/2 weeks) I will be back in full. Until then, I am around. Don't stop checking in. I won't beg but I do love it when you stop by.

Monday, May 22, 2006

I'm Back

I am back from my little overnight getaway with Grumps.

Let's just say that he really did good!

More details later!

Tomorrow is our 8th anniversary!

Wednesday, May 17, 2006


Raise your hand if you are a pet owner?

Raise your hand if you take your dog to the groomers? To the vet?

I have decided that I am judged every time I take Itsy. I can just hear it in their voices, "You have no clue how to take care of your dog. You are doing an awful job at it."

The groomers clearly thought I didn't love my dog. Itsy gets a grooming report. Her first report said such wonderful things. Her second (yes it was a year later, I hate paying almost a hundred dollars for my dog to be groomed every 8 weeks.) let me know that I am just an awful owner.

Itsy will be going back next month. Let's see if she gets a better report.

I took Itsy to the vet yesterday. Once again, I was judged. First I believe that the vet was an over reacting sort. She said that Itsy has cataracts and knee issues. She also has teeth problems. Itsy is 2 years old. I felt like an awful mother once again.

Itsy received shots and I was told to watch her closely. One of the shots could cause a bad reaction. Guess what? When it was bedtime Itsy began to act strangely and her leg was swollen. I began to over react. I believe that is what vets hope we would do. They are in cahoots with the emergency care hospital. They want our money

Because I thought my dog would die in the night because she wouldn't come out from the end of the covers, I took her to the dreaded animal hospital. It was midnight when the journey began. Yes, I over reacted. Itsy just had a sore leg from the shot. Just what I thought but when I called they made me guess my judgement. Yes, all for the money again.

Itsy was given some really nice drugs and given back to me at 2:30 am. Our journey home took an even more eventful turn since the exit ramps were closed. We arrived home at 3:00 am. Itsy was drugged out of her mind. I had to write up substitute plans for the next day. I can't teach on 2 1.2 hours of sleep. I would hurt someone.

All of that said to say, I WAS JUDGED! Does anyone feel the same?

Sunday, May 14, 2006


Good therapy, the best therapy has to be drinks and karaoke with a friend.

K, my neighbor, was having a bad week. Her husband was being a total dork. This is normal for Grumps, not so normal for H.

Now I am drinking from a bottle of champagne.

I have thought about you guys this week. I have had a few blog ideas and then when the time comes, I have not been in the mood. It is too funny how my mood totally makes me or doesn't make me want to blog.

5 more weeks of school. FOREVER away! But getting pretty dang close!

Monday, May 08, 2006

An Act of Kindness

I have been thinking about doing a random act of kindness after reading M's and I's blog. I don't drink coffee. So I have been pondering how and when can I do this.

Saturday I had to run by Costco to grab a couple of things for a baby shower. I had a small hangover from the night before. I needed a good ole Costco hotdog to help me with it.

I waited in the nice long line for a good 10 minutes. As I am waiting I think, "I should buy the people behind me their food." Costco's food is SOOOOO cheap.

I get up to the counter to make my order. I pull out my debit card and the lady quickly let's me know that I have to pay cash.

I NEVER HAVE CASH! My hotdog was only $1.50 with a nice big Coke but still... NO CASH.

I told the lady to just cancel. I was bummed. The guy behind me overheard and quickly told her that he would pay. He said that waiting in that long line and not getting a hotdog is awful.

Instead of ME doing an act of kindness, one was done to me. The day had began with a little dread. Baby shower's aren't my thing right now, but man, that hotdog really helped turn things around.

THANK YOU really nice man at Costco who bought my hotdog.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Cinco de Mayo

Today I celebrated Cinco de Mayo with great friends.

We met at my favorite restaurant for the big day.

We started the event with a nice drink.

Then a shot of tequila, my favorite.

Next, another drink.

Followed by another shot.

Then 2 more drinks.

Dinner was supposed to follow.

My friend ate her's. I forgot about mine.

My other friend left, soon after Grumps who showed up because he was very hungry.

My friend who stayed enjoyed her time with a long lost friend.

I just watched and listened. Okay, I am now deaf because the music and people just got out of control.

I got picked for a contest because I was standing on my chair. I turned it down. I had no idea what I had signed myself up for. HA! I didn't want Grumps mad. HA!

We had the perfect table. People wanted our table. People continued to pressure us for our table. BUT....

We didn't let up. Instead I let all the world know that I was (and still am) married. THEN the girl wanted to know how old I am? I told her, or rather, signed to her, 30. She was shocked. She couldn't believe it.

My friend said that she was so young that she didn't have a clue what 30 truly looked like. I laughed and took it as a compliment from the very young chick.

I also set on someone's toilet papered toilet seat AND let a VERY young girl pass me in line for the bathroom because she was going to "pee". She was holding her mouth. That isn't where pee comes from. Her mother brought her in. I swear, UNDERAGED!!!

How was your Cinco de Mayo? I am sure I will feel great for the shower that I am hosting tomorrow.

Thursday, May 04, 2006


I am irresponsible. I SUCK!!!

My niece sent us a Flat Stanley. For those of you who do not know who Flat Stanley is here we go.

Flat Stanley is a story book character. While at school, a bulletin board fell on him and made him flat. He decides that it would be cool to fold himself up and mail himself to a friend. There the adventures begin.

Classroom teachers use this book and character to help teach geography. They give a paper Flat Stanley to each student. The students get to decide where they will send their Flat Stanley. The people that receive them document Flat Stanley's adventures. They take pictures, journal, and what not.

So... we got a Flat Stanley. This is our second one. Our first one is pretty hard to beat. I got Flat Stanley's picture taken with the president. Of course my cute face was there too. The pressure is now on. I can never beat that.

We "took" Flat Stanley downtown. Well, actually we forgot him so I Photoshopped him in. I took him to my classroom. The kids 'played' with him and helped with the writing part. I spent time collecting photos and journaling.

I really do hate getting Flat Stanley. It is just too much work. With that being said, I get his package together and Grumps asks me, "Flat Stanley is in there, right?" "Of course."

Okay, now I second guess myself. Guess what? He isn't there. He must be in my classroom. NOPE. I told the kids that I would give a reward to whoever finds him. NOPE. I have looked everywhere.

I LOST FLAT STANLEY!!! He is supposed to go back to where he came from, CANADA! What do I do? Do I make a new one? Do I send the package with a note saying that Flat Stanley loved here so much that he decided to stay?

I AM IRRESPONSIBLE!!! Don't ever send me Flat Stanley again!

What Lost Character Are You?

Take the quiz:
Which LOST character are you?

You are Charlie You are an ex-rocker trying to kick a drug habit. While on the island you have met a very nice girl Claire.

Quizzes by myYearbook.com -- the World's Biggest Yearbook!

I am not thrilled with this quiz. I am NOT the Hobbit (as K and I call him). He is annoying, ugly, and self absorbed. Is that me?

What character are you?

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Pizza Night

Have I told you how much I love my Wednesday nights?

It all began almost 2 years ago. Wow, does time ever fly. K and I met and realized that both of our husbands are never home. Why spend every night alone? We both love drinks, pepperoni pizza, and TV.

That began our ritual. Every Wednesday night I go over to K's to enjoy all of the above. We complain about our week, our jobs, and life in general. We laugh and make fun of TV. We eat until we feel sick. We drink until our heads spin. WE LOVE WEDNESDAYS!!!

We have only missed a handful of these days. To miss has to be very important. We have to have a good reason.

Sometimes our husbands join us. We would actually rather they stay away. They talk too much. Ask too many questions. Wednesdays are a time away from it all.

I LOVE WEDNESDAY NIGHTS @ 8pm, 3 doors down!!!

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

28 Day Slater

I am now an addict. If you were a Saved by the Bell freak like me, you will LOVE this!

Thanks Rockapella!

My Haunt

Thanks NWG!!!
How pefect is this?

Sunny will be haunted by...

Catherine the Great


To be your bosom buddy

'Whose ghost will come back to haunt you?' at QuizGalaxy.com

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