Monday, February 27, 2006
How did I spend my day off you ask? O.k. I know you didn't ask, but I'm going to share anyways. After sleeping in, I got up and started doing laundry. I took a shower and then headed to Amarillo around 11:00. I went to Barnes and Noble to find a book to keep me occupied on my trip. I actually found three. Then I went to Taco Villa to enjoy a meat burrito grande before I give up fast food for Lent. After that, I went to the Catholic bookstore to look around. Got a book of daily inspirations that I plan to start reading and a music CD. From there I headed to Wally world to get pet food and other miscellaneous goods including a new light to hang over my washer and dryer in the garage so I can see. I am happy to report that I got it hung almost all by myself. I had to use Josh briefly, but I mostly did it myself, tyvm.
I then took Josh to the store to buy him food so he will survive while I am gone. I made supper and continued to do laundry tonight (in my newly lit space) and even did some cleaning. My cold is still here and I am still sneezing and have that tickling cough, but overall it isn't too bad. (Hang on while I knock on some wood) I just have to get through tomorrow at school and then I will be off on my trip to Pharr. Just so you know, I won't be able to blog while I'm gone so just be patient until I get back.
Sunday, February 26, 2006
I have so much that needs to be done today, but I am not up for any of it. I will probably stay in bed or sit in my recliner most of the day. I may find the urge to do a load of laundry. I can hope at least. It's a good thing I have tomorrow off.
Friday, February 24, 2006
Thursday, February 23, 2006
I know this slump will pass and it's just a moment. And it's not that I am unhappy in general. I am still happy with many things, most especially Church right now. That is a bright spot, but even that has been somewhat side-stepped lately. Again, there are not enough hours in the day.
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Tonight I have RCIA but will have to leave early. There is a special concert tonight at 8:00 for my friend's father who is retiring after this year. He is a music professor at the college.
I am on my conference/lunch period right now and I haven't really done a thing. I just don't feel up for it today. I just want to go home. I could use a nap. It's not that I am in a bad mood in particular, I am just in a blah mood. Not good, not bad, just there. One of those days where you want to be anywhere but here.
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
My afternoon classes just watched an episode of Monk. I'll tie it in to my upcoming lesson in some way. It was pointless to teach today when I only had 3 of my 5 classes. I'm still trying to figure out what I'm going to do tomorrow. I have a few hours yet.
Tonight Josh and I went to Amarillo to Best Buy. It's been a LONG time since I went to Amarillo for anything other than going through there on my way to somewhere else. I picked up two movies. I wanted to get the movie "Life is Beautiful" because I thought it might be a good movie to incorporate into the next chapter I am teaching. I haven't seen the movie, but have heard so many good things about it and I think it may fit. So I'll get a box of kleenex and watch it this weekend. I also got the movie "In Her Shoes". I haven't seen it either, but have read the book and loved it. I also heard good things about it so I'll find a time to watch it as well.
I also got some Taco Villa for supper tonight. It was quite yummy. Although after reading Grumpy's blog, I want some of his homemade lasagna and salad with his homemade blue cheese dressing. How far is it to Alabama?
Next week I am going to the TFA state tournament down in Pharr, Texas. It will be interesting, I think. I wish I would have had a laptop to take with me, but haven't seen my tax refund yet. I checked online today and I am supposed to receive it by March 21. Patience.
Sunday, February 19, 2006
Friday I slept in until about 8:30 then took a shower and got ready. I was going to meet Richard for lunch but he wasn't able to make it. We went to Casa Rio and had mexican food. It was pretty good and the prices were reasonable. The rest of the afternoon was spent at the exhibit hall. I finally got to see Josh briefly. He had told me that he found the music software he wanted. It's only $250. I do want to get it for him. It may just be a while. Oh! He made 3rd chair in the concert band. I think that's pretty good for a freshman. Well, my feet were absolutely killing me after being on them ALL day. I didn't leave the convention center until 6:30. I went back to the hotel and ordered room service. Sure it costs an arm and leg, but sometimes it's worth it. All day on Friday I was sporting a headache. I did get some tylenol, but it took a while for it to go away. After I ate my dinner, I took a hot bath and then was feeling o.k. I got dressed and ready for the reunion. They have a reunion for many of the colleges and I went to WT's reunion. I ran into several people that I hadn't seen in a long time. I had two rum and cokes over about a two hour period. Around 11:30 Kirsten and I decided to go the bar and order a top shelf margarita. It is a very good margarita. I had a pretty good buzz after the first one. But I followed in Kirsten's footsteps and ordered a second one. We had to leave the bar at midnight but took our drinks out in the lobby to finish. I have to say that by then I had a good buzz and was drunk, but not to the point I couldn't walk straight etc. Just a happy state where I talked a lot.
We headed back to the hotel. Kirsten proceeded to give me her theories on Harry Potter and we were up until almost 2:00. I fell right to sleep. And then things went way down hill. I woke up at 4:45 and had to go to the bathroom. And then I started to get that feeling that something wasn't right. I started salivating like one does just before vomiting. Sure enough, up came my dinner. I really didn't think that I had drank enough to warrant this. I was actually telling Kirsten earlier, I've somewhat learned to know where my limits are. So I went back to bed. I was up again at 7:45 throwing up the water I drank. I took two more tylenol at 9:00 hoping I could keep it down. By morning I was rethinking whether or not this was related to drinking. I just felt horrible. But it wasn't really like a hangover. And my friend Kirsten who weighs about 100 lbs. wasn't really phased. I go down to check out around 10:00 so I can get to Josh's concert early. It took 25 minutes to check out. There was a line and then when it was my turn, the computer decided to freeze up. By the time I was finished, I had to run to the theatre (about 8-9 blocks away) in order to get a seat. Nothing like running in a brisk 35 degrees when you feel like crap. But I made it and finally found a seat. His concert was really good. I went and bought the CD of it for him, then told him I was heading home.
I was not looking forward to a 9 hour drive when I barely slept the night before and still felt bad. Although I didn't feel like eating anything, I figured I should eat something to give me some energy and perhaps wake me up. I stopped at a McDonald's around 1:00 and got a cheeseburger, shake and some water. I took more tylenol. It lasted about an hour. I had to pull over to puke. What a mess! I wasn't very careful and ended getting some of it on my clothes. I continued on until I found a rest stop and then pulled over to change. I almost made it half way and found myself unable to keep my eyes opened. I pulled over again to another rest stop and took a 20 minute cat nap. That seemed to do the trick. I started feel bad again around 6:00 so I took more tylenol and got a coke for the caffeine. I also nibbled on some crackers just to have something in my stomach. Let me tell you, this was the longest trip of my life. I still felt queasy and I pulled over just outside of Lubbock at a rest stop and tried to vomit again (because it generally feels better after you've done that) but it didn't work. I finally made it home though I felt the need to hurl for the last hour and a half of my trip. Luckily it did wait until I got home. I immediately headed for my bathroom and let the deed be done. I took my temperature which was 99.7. I didn't take any tylenol because I wasn't sure my stomach could handle it. I drank some water and headed to bed waiting until I had to go pick up Josh. As fate would have it, his phone didn't work and he ended up getting a ride home from his band director. I stayed in bed until 2:00 a.m. I got up and took my temperature again and it had gone up to 101. So took a regular tylenol and a tylenol pm and finally got some sleep. I slept until about 10:15 this morning. I didn't want to miss Mass two weeks in a row so I made myself get up. I went to church, but didn't sing in the choir. I am glad I went. After church, I went to the grocery store as we didn't have milk or other basic necessities. I came home, had some lunch (and kept it down), started this blog until I decided I needed a nap. And that's what I did today. Oh, and to answer Summer's question. The Christmas tree is still up. And it will probably be up for another week. But lemme esplain. Other than the fact that I haven't been home and I am behind on so many other things that taking a Christmas tree down is really on the bottom of my list AND there's a light out in my garage so I can see very well to get things put up anyways. And it's not just those easy light bulbs... it's the really long florescent kind that I have to get at a hardware store. So until ACE hardware opens up down the street, it will have to wait until I can make it to Amarillo. But luckily we're getting a day off in a week. Next Monday is some kind of school holiday, so I'm thinking that is when my tree will come down. You can stop laughing now.
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Monday, February 13, 2006
I also have to get ready for another substitute which generally takes forever. I have a million pounds of laundry to do, but I am at least getting it sorted and have a load in the washer now. I would like to leave a clean house, but that just may not happen.
What else is new? Nothing. I have nothing exciting to share. Life is the same old thing right now. No love interest. This will be the first Valentine's day in probably 7-8 years that I haven't had someone in my life and gotten flowers. But I'm not sad. Just in a state of reflection. Perhaps it's a good place to be in. Though I admit I will miss the flowers. Since 1997 I have either been with Richard (who despite his faults, still did the right thing on special occasions most of the time) or in 2004 I wasn't exactly with anyone at that time but did receive flowers from Steve in Michigan and in 2005 I still had Marty (well sort of). But I am learning to deal with the fact that relationships aren't everything and I really need to learn to just do my own thing now. I pray for guidance in that area almost daily. It's time grade some papers and continue with the laundry. It's still the story of my life.
Sunday, February 12, 2006
I am still giving thought to the idea of getting my librarian certification. I am still thinking I might want to get out of the classroom at some point. Or perhaps move on to teaching college. Problem is that it will take a lot of time and money of which I don't have generous amounts right now. I am also wondering if I did make the effor to get my certification if I would receive a salary decrease. In general, librarians make more than teachers... but not if you compare a starting librarian salary to a 5-6 year teacher salary.
My brother stopped by today. We had a nice long visit. He is in the process of getting divorced which is a good thing. I know as a Catholic coming into the Church that I probably shouldn't say that.. but it is true. And besides... his marriage wouldn't have been considered valid since his wife had been married before. We also talked about God and religion and all of that. It was interesting. I invited him to my confirmation at Easter Vigil. I think I will have some family there. I am not sure how many though. I am thinking about sending out announcements. I am inviting people by word of mouth, but I do want to get across the importance and significance of the event.
Well, I need to get the dishwasher started and figure out what to wear tomorrow.
This week I have to get ready to go to San Antonio and hear Josh play. Luckily some money has come my way so I can make the trip. I'll post more later when I get a chance.
Thursday, February 09, 2006
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
- What time did you get up this morning? 6:35 (Ten minutes after the alarm went off.)
2. Diamonds or pearls? Diamonds all the way.
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? The Producers. I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time.
4. What is your favorite TV show? Monk
5. What do you usually have for breakfast? Usually don’t do breakfast. Sometimes it’s cereal (frosted mini-wheats) but I can’t remember when I last had them.
6. Favorite cuisine? Italian
7. What is your middle name? Ann
8. What food do you dislike? Almost all vegetables, except for corn, potatoes and salad fixings.
9. What is your favorite CD at the moment? I don’t have a favorite as I hardly listen to them any more. It varies.. maybe Chicago (the musical) right now.
10. What kind of car do you drive? Honda CRV
11. What is your Favorite sandwich? Schlotzsky’s Roast Beef and Cheddar
12. What characteristic do you despise? People who constantly lie, but deny it. Hypocrisy.
13. Favorite item(s) of clothing? My rollercoaster freak t-shirt.
14. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go? Sandals resort in the Caribbean
15. What color is your bathroom? purple
16. Favorite brand of clothing? There are different brands??
17. Where would you retire to? Somewhere warm with no hurricanes or earthquakes
18. What was your most memorable Birthday? When I was kidnapped in college and my friends surprised me with a party
19. Favorite sport to watch? I usually don’t watch any… but maybe Olympic gymnastics or skating.
20. Furthest place you are sending this? To my blog. I think people in Michigan read it and once in a while Marty pops in from Alaska. Oh, Michelle in South Africa pops in once in a while too. So probably there.
21. Who do you least expect to send this back to you? Bret
22. Person you expect to send it back first? I expect Summer to steal it.
23. Favorite saying? Oh well.
24. When is your birthday? November 10
25. Are you a morning person or a night person? Neither any more. I still hate getting up early, but I can’t stay up late either. Probably an afternoon/evening person.
26. No question? O.k. a random fact then. I don’t shave my legs in the winter unless I am planning on wearing a dress.
27. Pets? 3 dogs (Max, Roo, Molly) 3 cats (Lucy, Tux, Tecko)
28. I’m trying to figure out what I am going to give up for lent and why two questions are missing.
29. What did you want to be when you were little? A choreographer
30. How are you today? Pretty good. Tired.
31. What is your favorite candy? Twix
32. What is your favorite flower? Roses or a mixed bouquet
33. What is a day on the calendar you are looking forward to? Immediately? Friday. But mostly I am looking forward to Easter Vigil when I am confirmed in the Catholic Church.
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Saturday, February 04, 2006
Last week was spent with two days after school working on debate stuff. Tuesday I actually came home at a decent hour, but was still so exhausted after the previous weekend's speech tournament that I was in bed by9:30. Thursday all day was the debate tournament. I didn't get home that night until 10:30. Friday morning I had to go to school and spent the entire morning getting ready for a substitute for the afternoon and on Monday. We left to go to the speech tournament around 2:00 and I didn't get home until midnight. This morning I headed back up to the speech tournament and was there from 9:15 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. On my way home tonight I get a call from a police officer telling me that I had to pick up my son at the park. It seems Josh and some so-called friends (I will call them idiots) went to park to play with air pistols that are technically harmless, but they look like actual guns. Some neighbors called the police and they responded to the scene. They didn't press any charges, but did state the seriousness of having a gun that looks like a real gun in the dark. Luckily the boys didn't make any threatening moves or it could have been a very bad thing. I am surprised at Josh being involved, but I think he realizes how incredibly stupid it was and I don't think he will be hanging around those guys any more.
So now I am home. I just wolfed down some chili (without beans) and rice. I really don't have time to post, but the guilt got to me. It isn't ending soon, I'm afraid. Tomorrow I have mass at 8:30 and immediately after Josh and I have to leave to go to Albuquerque. I have to go to my aunt & uncle's 20th wedding anniversary party. Nevermind the fact that I don't have any laundry done, haven't checked the oil in my car (which is necessary), and haven't packed a thing. And I am so exhausted right now, I don't think I will get anything done tonight. I am also singing in the choir which means I have to get to church early. Luckily I did decide to wait and come on Monday. I know what you're thinking... just don't go on this trip... stay home and relax and take care of yourself. No can do. The family would be very disappointed if I didn't go, I would feel guilty and I would also be disappointed to miss it. So when I get back, I have to teach for 3 days at school, then get ready to go to Vegas on Friday. The following week on Thurs/Fri I am going to San Antonio (driving, no less) to see Josh's all-state band concert. The week after that I will have off, and then the first week in March we will be going to the state speech contest in Pharr, Texas. (And yes, Pharr is really far.)
What else can we add to the wonderfulness of all of this? Oh, Josh's band trip money had to be paid this week. I paid it instead of the phone bill and his lessons. I have a gazillion papers to grade and haven't touched any of them.
O.k. this post doesn't have much in the way of happy thoughts right now.. so I will share something happy. The students did fairly well at the tournament. One student finally qualified for TFA state and our team received a sweepstakes trophy. I also sent off my tax return this week and I will some day be getting around $1300 back. I actually qualified for Earned Income Credit this year which netted over $300 in my return. I want to buy a laptop with the money, but I have a feeling it will be squandered on things like electricity, heat, water and food. Oh well.