Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Dear Winter,

I'm sorry to say that I never look forward to you. I dread the thought of your arrival and, much like my mother, I start silently dreading you right around the Fourth of July. No matter how much I don't want you to show up, though, you ALWAYS manage to show up. And WAY earlier than I would like, I might add.

Now it feels like you have been here FORever. Much like a guest who overstays their welcome, you are hanging around. I know there are people that do like you. Please go visit them. They live in places where you are accepted, where you are welcomed with open arms. Go there. Stay there. Let them enjoy you.

I am so tired of you, winter. With your snow and your cold rain and your wind and your short days, I am tired of you. With your long sleeves and sweaters and hats and coats and chapstick and dry skin, I am tired of you. With your shoveling and scraping and salting, I am tired of you. Go away. Take the groundhog with you.

Spring is waiting to visit me and with spring, it's warmer cousin, Summer. I love Spring and I love Summer even more. I am waiting for them with glee. They can't come soon enough.

Begone with you, Winter. Begone.

Sincerely,
melicity

ps. miss raven would like me to add that she also does not like you and wishes you would leave posthaste.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

I think today should have been Monday....

My Monday wasn't bad. I think it forgot it was supposed to be "Monday." Either that, or Tuesday bullied Monday into letting it be "Monday."

The morning wasn't too bad. We had a special assembly this morning for Black History Month. Other than going WAY over the time limit and pretty much taking all of first period, it was fine. Oh, and hearing the kids sing a Michael Jackson son with a great deal more enthusiasm than a praise and worship song didn't thrill me, either. The teachers weren't too happy about losing first period. Sigh.

Anyway. My day was progressing rather nicely until middle school lunch. I hear a knock at my door and a teacher comes in carrying a cell phone. No biggie. I take the phone, the parent has to come get it. That is pretty routine. Then (buh, buh, bummmmm) she hands me a note that she intercepted during her class. Remember the days of writing notes in class:

Do you like me? Check yes_____ or no______

If only the note today had been that simple. I won't get into details because I don't have that kind of blog, but suffice it to say it was pretty nasty. I had to call the parents and DESCRIBE the note. Oh yeah, that was fun.

Next on my list of notsomuchfunthingsthathappenedtoday.....a 6th grader told another 6th grader that she wanted to shank him. Yes, you read that correctly. And no, I do not work in a prison. Would you like to know her reason? She thought he pushed her on purpose. Turns out, it was most likely an accident, she just got mad. Then I find out, much later, that she has been bullying other kids in the class. Guess what I get to do tomorrow?

And finally, because things like this seem to happen in three's, at dismissal time I had one of my high school teachers call and tell me he caught two kids kissing. WHY?!?! The rule at my school is no PDA. You don't have to like it, you can have different views. It is our school and we have our rules. So, I ask who the kids were. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?! It is one of my best seniors and one of my best juniors. WHY?!?! The girl and her mother come to my office first. She comes in kind of "aw, shucks" like and is laughing about it. Then I have to drop the hammer. She is suspended. She cries, I try not to cry. She thinks it sucks. Guess what? Me, too. She is convinced that her boyfriend's parents will hate her. They won't. She thinks this sucks. Me, too. Call the boy in. Talk to him. He is stoic, but trying not to cry, I think. I am barely keeping it together at this point. Call the boy's mom. She understands, supports me, agrees. I hang up and burst into tears. Today, my job sucks.

I have to be fair and consistent though, no matter how tough it is and with those two, it was tough! I found myself wishing that the teacher hadn't seen what he saw or that he was mistaken. He wasn't and I trust him. He has no reason to lie. I just suspended two other kids a month or so ago for the same thing so how can I not this time? No matter how much I like these kids, and I REALLY do, what would it say about me if I just swept it under the rug? How could I face the other two students, let alone their parents if I let this one go? What kind of impression would it give the rest of the high school? If nothing else, I want them to know that I am fair and consistent and the rules apply to everyone, no matter how much history I may have with that particular student.

Did I mention my job sucks today? At least I didn't have a parent hang up on me today, right?

Monday, February 22, 2010

Hello, Monday....

Is it me or does Monday come around too fast?

I had a great weekend, though. I got to spend some time with a good friend and miss raven got to hang out with her mini me. Don't you just love being with someone who totally gets you? I only know a couple of people like that so when I get to be with one of them I ALWAYS enjoy myself.

I got a really nice e-mail from another friend of mine. It is always nice to know that there are people out there that really do appreciate what you do at work. You know, instead of hanging up on you. ;)

I got an e-mail from my nephew today. I told you he was brilliant! It was a book that he created online. Little Red Riding Hood and a Giant. I see a Pulitzer in the kid's future. Really.

My BFF is REALLY coming to visit!!!! I am SOOOOOO excited! Really. I absolutely can't wait until she comes!!! We are going to have so much fun!!!

I am obviously Not Me-ing today. Get over it.

I Wii-ed today. A machine should not make me feel this guilty. It made some snarky little comment about not having seen my for 15 days (yes, it WAS that long. Do not feel it necessary to add to my guilt thankyouverymuch.). I think I might be sore tomorrow but I am getting better at skate boarding but not so much at snowboarding although it did unlock the advanced course for me. That ought to be interesting. I also kicked butt in the super hula hoop. I unlocked the next level for that, too. Now I can hula hoop for ten minutes. THAT ought to be funny. I tell you what, though, that REALLY gets my heart beating fast. I also did yoga--the sun salutation. I looked at some of the other yoga positions and just had to laugh. There is no WAY my body is going to do THAT. I am NOT that flexible. Really.

Speaking of the Wii, guess what I found at Target? A PINK Wii remote! Whoo-hoo!!!! Saving pennies for that! :)

One final thought of randomness.....tonight at 5:15 guess what I saw outside? DAYLIGHT!!!!! It was still light outside! Gaining minutes every day and LOVING it! Summer is coming. Really! :)

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Thankfulness...

I know, I know. It isn't thankful Thursday, but since I posted a kindofwordless Wednesday post on Thursday I figured I would do my Thankful Thursday post today.

I am very, VERY thankful for my amazing friends. Those that know me know that I do not need many friends. I am an intensely private person and choose to tell only what I want known, which isn't usually much. You may THINK you know a lot about me, but chances are, you don't, because what you know is mostly superficial. Most of you don't KNOW me, really. My friends are people that I have chosen carefully. I have a lot of people that I am friendly with, but that is way different that being friends with someone. I like to think I am a fairly friendly person, although I know that some people think that I am a snob when they first meet me. I'm stand-offish. More shy, really, than anything else.

The fact that my friends, all, hmmmmmmm......four of them, stick by me through everything, is amazing to me. I know better than anyone what kind of person I am. Heck, most of the time I get on my OWN nerves. I can be whiny, stubborn, pessimistic, and boorish. I am so thankful that I have friends who not only put up with that but also tell me when I am acting like that because sometimes, honestly, I don't even realize it.

I am also thankful for my family. For whatever reason, it seems like someone in my family ALWAYS knows when I need a phone call pick me up or a card, just because. I could go on and on pontificating about how wonderful my family is but I fear it would sound rather, well, trite. All those cliche's that you hear about families? Yep, my immediate family falls into them. Can count on them for anything, always there no matter what time of the day...that's the kind of family that I have and I feel beyond blessed because of it.

Not a long post today. Just a final thought (ugh. That sounds so Jerry Springer-ish!). Be the person that makes the "Just because" phone call today. Call someone in your family, call a friend. Tell them how much they mean to you. Tell them you love them. Tell them all of those cliches and mean them.

love you, lori, hannah, freddie, renee, dad, matt, susanne, daisy, nikolas, suzi, janet!!!! :)

Friday, February 19, 2010

The thoughts that are bouncing around in my brain....

I have been trying, for the last few hours or so, to think of SOMETHING, ANYthing to blog about. I know that my BFF will be at work in the morning and will want to read my blog. I feel the need to keep her entertained but, alas, I am drawing a blank.

I will try typing a random stream of thoughts....ready? Here we go....

1. My favorite quote of the day was told to me by my roommate who had it told to her by a 12th grader. She asked the girl how her project was coming and got this (paraphrased) answer: "It's rough right now. It isn't organized. It's basically word vomit." Hmmmmm....I don't know about you but I TOTALLY get a VIVID picture in my mind when I hear that.

2. I still {heart} the Olympics. I loved that the American won the gold medal in men's figure skating. I LOVE hearing our national anthem being played. The national anthem of the United States is the BEST one in the world, hand's down.

3. I am almost finished with my BFF's birthday present which is a good thing because....

4. SHE IS COMING TO VISIT ME IN THREE WEEKS!!!!!!!!! :)

5. I am very, very tired of snow.

6. I do not like ice dancing or curling. Don't hate.

7. I seem to be a food vaccuum of late. Seriously. It's almost like I can't stop myself. I have no willpower.

8. I have not been on the Wii for almost two weeks and am secretly dreading what it will say to me when I start back. Soon.

9. My dad is home from the hospital and Gracie is no longer visiting at my brother's house. I think all three of them are happy about that. ;)

10. Can someone please tell me why I had a parent call and yell at me today because her daughter isn't allowed to play sports at this time because she is failing a class. Um....shouldn't you be upset with your daughter? Oh, and while you are at it, please don't hang up on me. That's rude.

11. Have a happy weekend! :)

12. You want a picture of miss raven? Oh, ok! :)

Enjoy!! :)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

wordless wednesday, errrr....

I mean, Thursday. Sorry, I'm a day off. All those snow days have really confused me! :)

Anyway--this really isn't, as you can already tell because you are smart like that, a wordless post. What it really is, though, is a conversation that took place between me and miss raven last night. Enjoy!

Me: Here sweetie, I filled your bowl up with food!

miss raven: Yea! mommy!!

Me: Enjoy!

miss raven: sniff, sniff, wait! what is that my super-sensitive nose smells? Could that be, could it be, is it....yummy food??? (roots around in the bowl) IT IS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Me: please, sweetie, don't fling your food all over the floor. Mommy really doesn't feel like cleaning it up.

miss raven: too bad! (crunch, crunch, crunch)

Me: grabs camera and takes the following picture/video:

video

(note the floating kibble in the bowl. does she care? no. she knows i will get it out for her.)

miss raven: (jumps on the bed, sits in my lap facing me) B-E-L-C-H! thanks, mommy! that was great!

Can you see why I love her so much?!?! :)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Dear Fleece/sweat pants,

You are so warm and cozy. You wait for me every day. I come home and put you on and I am instantly more comfortable. Oh, how I love you. You come in a wide variety of colors and are so soft. Did I mention I love you?

But, oh, how you trick me. You make me think that everything is ok. That it won't hurt to eat that "little" extra bit of ice cream. You'll stretch and make more room for me. Eat another piece of chocolate...it will be fine...you'll still fit me. I listen to your soft and soothing voice and give in. "You're right!", I think, "This little bit extra and that little bit more won't hurt me at all! After all, I shoveled A LOT last week! I deserve a little treat (or two, or three, or....).

Now, dear fleece/sweat pants, I must go back to work. I can't wear you to work, although I would LOVE to. I must wear your dressier cousin, the WORK pant. The work pant is no where near as forgiving as you are. It taunts me as I attempt to wrestle the zipper up. "Surely I haven't eaten THAT much more! The fleece/sweat pants told me it was ok! THEY still fit me!" The work pant mocks me as I try to make the button and the button hole meet. It makes fun of me for listening to you fleece/sweat pants.

I must not listen to you anymore. I will still wear you for your comfort at the end of a long day, but I can no longer let you beguile me into thinking that all those extra bites will magically disappear and I won't be affected by them. I am covering my ears and singing every song I know to block out your siren song. You will not win, fleece/sweat pant. You will NOT win.

Sincerely,
me

Friday, February 12, 2010

My day (what a boring title!)

So.....what did I do today?

Well, I did not stay home today! Whoo-hoo! My roommate and I went out today. Yes, melicity, there is an outside world!! :) We went to go see the new movie Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Lightning Thief. It was a pretty good movie. I've never read the book and I'm kind of glad. You know how it goes....the book is usually way better than the movie. I didn't have anything to judge the movie against, so no reason to be disappointed. The effects were pretty good. Not Avatar worthy, but still not bad.

After the movie we went to Panera to eat. I love me some Panera! I had the new veggie soup w/pesto and a turkey sammie. Very yummy indeed and good company. :)

After we got home and I took miss raven out I set to baking. I made sugar-free chocolate chip cookies and sugar-free banana bread. (Note to BFF: If you want some, you must come get it for yourself. The delivery truck can't make it that far right now!) The house smelled SO GOOD!!!! After dinner I had a piece of the banana bread (the bread butt--hehehehe). I cut it in half and put peanut butter on one half and chocolate/caramel spread on the other half. pure bliss. Excuse me while I clean the drool off the keyboard. I'm sorry you can't smell these through the computer. I'll wait while you clean the drool off of your own keyboard........
Back now? ;)

I am getting ready to watch the Opening Ceremonies of the winter Olympics. I {heart} the Olympics. I can't even choose between the summer and the winter because they both have their great events. Watching Michael Phelps in the last summer Olympics was incredible. I also love watching the diving and gymnastics. In the winter there is the luge (sad, sad, sad about the olympian from Georgia that died today! :( ), the bobsled, ice skating, speed skating, snowboarding, skiiing, skeleton, and many others. I am SO excited about the Olympics. And, I'm not the only one, am I, BFF?!?!? :)

miss raven doesn't care about the Olympics. As I type she is sleeping (imagine that!) under the blankets (NO, I didn't make my bed...again!), at my feet. She was sweet enough to pose for some pictures today, though. Here is my favorite:
I love her SO much!

The games have started! GO USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Thankful Thursday!!!

Here is what I am thankful for today:

-good friends! you know who you are! ;)
-a loving family--i miss you guys!
-my dad's surgery went well
-the snow finally stopped!!
-we are shoveled out!
-peppermint mocha coffee creamer all year long! whoo-hoo!!!!!!!!!
-fun yarn to crochet with
-heat!!
-a week long, unexpected, vacation. ;)
-yummy smelling candles
-homemade blankets
-laughter
-the sound of miss raven snoring
-parents who don't think that their offspring is perfect and actually teach them personal responsibility
-teachers that do their jobs and don't make me worry about what is going on in their classrooms
-sunshine

there's more, but that's all for now. :) tomorrow i think i will make banana bread. that sounds so good right now. fresh, hot from the oven, with a little bit of butter melting on the top. mmmmmmmmmm! :)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

SNOW-ver kill

hehehehe.

I wish I could take credit for these witticisms. The fact is, I am just not that clever. "Snowpocalypse", "Snowmageddon", "Snow-ver kill" are just plain funny to me. I mean, I have been trapped inside all week, for all intents and purposes. Things like that start to get to a person. Who wouldn't think those were funny? Oh, who am I kidding?!? I would have thought those were funny whether or not I had cabin fever.

So, we are closed for the rest of the week. That means I don't have to wake up early until NEXT TUESDAY!!!! (please refrain from mentioning that they are calling for yet MORE snow on Monday. If I don't think it, it won't come, right??) I am running out of projects to occupy my time. Ok. That's not entirely true. There is much I could be doing, I just don't want to. Instead I am crocheting, baking, taking pictures, taking naps, and shoveling. Can't forget the shoveling.

This is what I made today:


I can not take credit for any original-ness here. They are a recipe from Amanda at i am baker. I think mine turned out well, though. The chocolate cakesters are double stuff, hence the height difference. They are SUPER easy and were actually a lot of fun. My fingers ended up a little stained from the red food coloring I used, but, heck, it is Valentine's Day, right? Not that I am celebrating or anything.

This is what it looks like outside right now:
well, not right now. Right now it is dark because it is night. That picture was taken this afernoon about three-ish.

I broke down and threw birdseed on the porch today. I can't stand it for the little birdies any more. I feel so bad for them!
Back to working on the BFF's birthday present!! :)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

so here we snow again...

yes. that is snow. more snow. because, you know, this:
just wasn't enough.

have i mentioned that i am not particularly fond of snow? recently, i mean?

my roommate and i ventured out today. she drove. i am a chicken. i'm not ashamed to admit it. bock, bock, bock. that's me. we went to Barnes & Noble (because she's nice like that and took me there so i could get the latest issue of my crochet magazine. i promise to make you a hat soon!), Wal-Mart (that was interesting. i did get the fixin's to make an interesting "baking" project tomorrow, because, well, you know, no school....again.), Home Depot (shovel? hahahahhaha!!!! ice melt, yes!), and the grocery store (oh! the lines!!!!). we made it home safely (because she is a rockstar thankyouverymuch.) and commenced with yet more shoveling. you know, because we haven't done enough in the last two days. i am happy to announce that, for a brief moment today, we could actually see the road! now, it looks like this...again.
because i was bored today (and, do you know, i couldn't remember what day it was!), i made these:
peanut butter cupcakes with chocolate frosting. thankfully we were able to give away all but the two we saved. you know, for us. can i just say that they were, perhaps, one of THE best things i have EVER baked? E.V.E.R. they aren't "pretty" but what they lack in looks they beyond make up for in taste. peanut butter and chocolate? can't go wrong with that!

miss raven is doing well. i knew you would want to know. she is the sweetest little girl ever. she has been so happy that i have been home for all of these days. she is NOT happy about the tiny little patch of grass i have cleared for her. she looks at the mountain o' snow and is very angry with it. as angry as a nine and a half pound chihuahua can get. which, let me tell you, is pretty angry. she is not angry in this picture.
she is just cute. ;)

disclaimer: yes, that is my bed. yes, it is unmade. yes, i should have made it, seeing as how i have been home for the last five days. no, i don't care what you think of me or my housekeeping skills. :P

thanks to all who have been commenting lately. it warms the cockles of my heart. wherever they may be. i've never quite figured that out. do you see them in this picture?
yes, i made this. you know, for single-awareness day on sunday.

anyway...keep the comments coming. i need something to read while i am snowed in. still. it's the groundhog's fault. really. i think i hate the groundhog. really.

Monday, February 8, 2010

I am....

....tired.
I shoveled for 2 more hours today.

....sore.
See above.

....cranky.
Hearing that we are supposed to get up to 10 more inches of snow tomorrow/Wednesday does not make me happy.

....irritated.
Please quit blaming my teachers when your kid doesn't tell you something big like, oh, I don't know, they aren't doing well in the class. Oh, and please quit complaining that they have a "c" in the class. Math is their best subject, not Grammar. Deal with that. I'm sorry to be the first to inform you that your child is not the genius you think.

....thankful.
My dad had hip replacement surgery today and it went well.
We still have our power and many people don't.
My job is way better than it was a few months ago.
I have good neighbors.
My brother is awesome.
My BFF is also awesome.
Shoveling copious amounts of snow is a good way to burn off the calories obtained from Super Bowl parties.
I have a heated house.
I have the sweetest puppy EVER! :)

....glad that my thankful list is way longer than my complaining list. :)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Here comes the sun...

The snow finally stopped. After 31 straight hours. Yes, that's right. 31 STRAIGHT hours of snow.

We dug out this morning. Well, sort of. We still can't get the vehicles out, really. There is a path around them (I am a rockstar, thank you!) but I am afraid that when the plow finally comes through it will just push all of the snow back against the cars. Ugh.

Here are some pictures of the aftermath:

That, my dear readers, is my neighbor's car. Seriously.All my hard work!!! :)

I haven't been completely lazy, lo these many days off. Wanna see what I've accomplished? Well, aside from all the laundry that I've done...

My new summer shawl! Oh, how I double {heart} this pattern! It is so easy and goes so quickly. I've made two of them before but have given them away. This one is staying with me. It is pink after all. :) Here is a close up of the pattern:
It is so open and airy and PERFECT for the summer! I've also done this: you know, seeing how it is Single-Awareness Day next Sunday.

Today is Super Bowl Sunday!!! My 'Boys aren't in it this year so I will be rooting for the Colts to beat the Saints. My roommate doesn't like football [I pray for her. ;) ] however, because she is *ahem* trapped at home, we are going to have our own mini Super Bowl party. Pizza, guacamole, brownies. Yep, we are good to go. :)

No school tomorrow. No big surprise there. Tuesday isn't looking good, either, and we are supposed to get MORE snow on Tuesday night. Another 6 to 8 inches. Seriously?! Doesn't someone else need some snow? Really? I'm good at sharing.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present to you.....

SNOWMAGEDDON, FEBRUARY 2010!!! (bah, bum, bum!)

It has been snowing since about 10:30 yesterday morning. Remember? I did call it a monster storm! It is to the point now that it is just laughable. I mean, really. Take a look at what I have seen over the last 24 hours:

from this...
to this...From this....
to this....From this...to this...And it's STILL snowing. I think it might snow forever. Not really. But we are supposed to get more on Tuesday. MORE?!?!

This is miss raven braving the snow this morning:and did I mention that it is STILL SNOWING???

Friday, February 5, 2010

oh yes, the excellent news...

....lest you think i forgot. ;)

NO SCHOOL TODAY!!!!!! yea me! school was canceled today because of the HUGMONGOUS snow storm that is bearing down upon us. seriously. it is HUGE. no, really. that isn't an exaggeration. it is like a monster storm (it really helps if you read those last two words in a scary, monster-type voice). the weather people say that this is shaping up to be one of the worst storms the area has ever seen. 30 inches of snow. that's alot of snow. i hope we don't lose power.

my roommate and i braved the crowds at the grocery store this morning. it wasn't all that bad, really. we had to wait in line for about 15 minutes, but they had everything i wanted so i was happy. just as we were checking out it started to snow. we made it home with no problems. phew.

miss raven and i went for a brisk walk. by the time we got home she was voicing her displeasure at having to be out in the cold. we won't be going for a walk again for a while. 30 inches of snow? hmmmm.....outside potty time isn't going to be fun.

right now she is laying next to me and snoring. i wish you could hear her. it is sweet and funny at the same time. one of her ears is straight up in the air and i swear that she knows i am typing about her. she is smart like that. ;)

i love a good snow day. especially when it is a FRIDAY snow day!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

I feel like a rollercoaster....

and i hate roller coasters. (note to all you grammar purists: this will be an all lower-case post. i'm in that kind of mood. if you don't like it, leave.)

up. down. up. down. that pretty much sums up my emotions as of late. i know that if i was more grounded, if i trusted more, i would probably be more stable. can i blame it on the wii? remember, it did tell me that i was unbalanced.

yesterday was bad. today, not so much. ok news, pretty good news, excellent news. all that, in that order, today. what looked helpless now isn't. it may not be exactly what i want but it is better than what i had to look forward to yesterday. my reward for trusting? not sure.

can't share the ok or the pretty good news yet. i will when i can, i promise. i can, however, share the excellent news.

well, i said i could share it. i didn't say i would share it. not tonight anyway. i'm tired and i am going to bed. besides. the six of you that actually follow my blog won't be reading this until tomorrow, anyway. ;)

oh--i am open to questions, just like last week when i got a whopping ZERO to answer. i knew i was uniteresting, i just didn't realize how uninteresting i was.

have a HAPPY, HAPPY friday! :)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

In the midst of all this....

I am, by nature, a worryer. I claim to come by it honestly. My mother was a worryer and I would like to think that I inherited it from her. It's got to be in my genes, right?

I tend to worry about things I can't control. I like control. I like to be in control. I was a teacher and am now a principal. My life is about control.

I have recently been confronted by a situation that radically affects me that I have no control over, whatsoever. None. Zero. Zilch. Nada. To say that I am panicking would be an understatement. This situation I am involved in right now is not of my own making and frankly is pretty darned unfair, if I do say so myself. And the fact that I can't really control the outcome; I can't make it work out the way I want, is driving me crazy.

(I'm sorry I can't be more specific. There will be a time when I can, just not now.)

After reading someone else's blog today, someone who really doesn't know me and doesn't know my situation, but does know about life, I realized that I have to accept that there are some things I can't control. I can't control the weather. I can't control the #*$%$& groundhog seeing his $*#$&#$ shadow. And I can't control this. I can only roll with what is and try to remember and to keep reminding myself, that God is in control. Not me. Him. Not me. Oh, how I struggle with that. How I chafe against that. How I have several issues with that.

In the midst of all this, I have to trust. Right now, trust is not easy for me. At all. And it hasn't been for a while. I feel like I have trusted, only to have that trust shaken to its very core and now I am extremely hesitant to give it back. Any of it. It is hard to trust someone that you still can't help being angry with. I don't want to put myself out there AGAIN only to have the rug yanked out from underneath me AGAIN.

But what other alternative do I have? I could worry, and honestly, I probably still will, but it isn't going to do me any good. It won't change the situation, my worry. It will only make me stress out worse and make me cranky and irritable because I will either (a) have a horrendous headache (b) eat everything that isn't nailed down and then feel guilty because of it or (c) both (a) and (b).

So, I am trying to remember and remind myself....again....that God is sovereign and in control. Things will work out the way he has already ordained. I'm trying.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Decisions, decisions....

This should be a Ten Things Tuesday, but I'm kind of not in the mood for that. At least, not yet.

Guess what? It's SNOWING outside right now! I despise winter (what? you didn't know that? really, you should visit my blog more often.) however, even I am not opposed to a good snow day every now and then. Especially when I need a break from over-indulged, spoiled, whining children and parents and teachers. We are supposed to get somewhere between 4-6 inches before tomorrow morning, on top of what we got over the weekend. And speaking of weekends, it is supposed to snow AGAIN this weekend. The last I heard about that was that it is supposed to be WORSE than the snowpocalypse of December (I fully confess that I did not come up with that lovely word on my own. I saw it in the paper and am borrowing.). Worse, huh? Better run to Safeway and stock up on bread, milk, and toilet paper because that's what we do here when the threat of snow looms large upon us.

The Wii told me today that I have good posture. This was while I was doing the "Triangle Pose." Of course, during the Palm Tree it told me I was unbalanced. I'm still trying to decide if it meant physically or mentally unbalanced. Hmmmmm. I'll have to get back to you on that one. At least it didn't scold me sarcastically today about my afternoon snack consumption.

The Biggest Loser is on tonight. Have I ever told you, my faithful 5 followers, how much I double {heart} the Biggest Loser? Oh, how I do! If I could have Jillian train me for just a week.....I would cry and puke and maybe even yell back at her, but I would LOVE it! I can't for the life of me figure out the people who get on that show and COMPLAIN about the workouts. Maybe the first couple of seasons, yes, but, c'mon! You have to know by now what it is all about! There are a million people who would LOVE to be chosen to be on that show and the ones that get on there and complain make me want to SCREAM!

Ok. Ten Things Tuesday--because I am now in the mood:

Ten Things I Remember From Growing Up in the 80's

1. Hammer pants
2. Leg warmers
3. Banana clips
4. Jelly shoes
5. Ataris
6. Walkin Like an Egyptian
7. Wham!
8. Valley girls (gag me with a spoon!)
9. Texas-sized homecoming mums. If you didn't grow there, you won't get it. Sorry. Ask me nice and I might show you a picture sometime. Maybe.
10. Slam books

I loved the 80's. Don't get me wrong. I am one million percent glad I am not a teenager anymore but the 80's were, like, totally the best time to grow up. Really. I love that the 80's are making a comeback but, OMG it makes me feel so incredibly O.L.D.

I realized the other day as I was talking to one of my students about something that I (insert LOUD audible gulping sound here) sounded just like my mother! Do you remember when you were growing up how you swore by all that was good, righteous, and holy in this world that you would NEVER (with a capital N) say the things that your mother said. Well, I do, and on a regular basis. After coming to that startling realization I decided that I am proud of the fact that I sound like my mother. She raised two intelligent, capable, well-adjusted children by saying the things that she said. I don't necessarily agree with everything she did but she did the best she knew how and I am proud to sound like her. And I wish with all my heart I could tell her that.

Tomorrow is supposed to be Wordless Wednesday. Let me tell you one thing. If I get the day off, I am sure I will have plenty to say! ;)

Monday, February 1, 2010

Not me (or my dog) Monday!

Well, since I have had an *ahem* perfect, problem-free week, it was a REAL struggle to find some Not Me's to share. After many hours of hard thinking, I've managed to come up with a few.

I did not spend the entire weekend relaxing and not worrying at all about where I am going to live come March. After all, being told by your landlord that you have to move out by the end of the month is an extremely stress-enducing thing, thus preventing a person from being able to think straight, let alone relax. And, as everyone who knows me knows...I freak out about EVERYTHING, so there is no way I didn't freak out about this.

I am not writing this post while watching the Bachelor. I hate that show because I hate watching one man "date" several women at a time. It's worse than a sorority house. I would never watch something so, so.....well, anyway. I only watch educational tv.

miss raven did not sniff around the small patch of snow-less grass looking for the perfect spot to do her, um, business, only to plunge her little front paws in a huge (well, huge for her) drift of snow so that she could create, well, yellow snow.

I am not prepared to bodily harm that stupid groundhog if he even dares to see his shadow tomorrow. I love winter and never, ever want it to end. Ever. Really.

I do not talk back to the Wii when it complains when I step on it in the afternoon. I do not give it sarcastic answers when it asks me if I am eating too many afternoon snacks. I don't care what a machine says about me.

How about you? Is there anything you haven't done and would like to share? Do tell!! :)