Monday, April 30, 2007
I started dinner when I got home (mexican rice caserole) and ran to the store while it was in the oven. We got some good rain here and several of the streets were flooded. I've had dinner and now I'm watching t.v. and writing this blog. I have a feeling that I'm going to sleep well tonight. I'm thinking that it's going to be an early bed time for me as well.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
Today at school was nice. I got to work in my room all morning. I was able to get papers graded and put together the stuff I needed for my comm. app. class when I'm gone next week. I found most of my debate stuff that I'm going to use next week as well. I just have to work on sorting it all out. This afternoon was an inservice that was actually pretty good as far as inservice goes. I intended to start working on my flag routine, but didn't have time. I'm going to have to get cranking on it soon.
I don't have much more to say. My life is very unexciting. Still no interesting people to write about (i.e. no dates) unless you count Josh who has been my only "date" of sorts for the past two years. At least we share the same taste in music.
I think I'm going to go take a quick nap and then when Josh gets home we'll go to the mall to find him new shoes and then meet my aunt, uncle, brother, sis-in-law 0f sorts, their kids, my dad, and his girlfriend for dinner. We're going to Golden Corral.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
I haven't started cleaning house and I'm certain that I'm going to procrastinate tonight and wait until tomorrow. It's already fairly late and we haven't even had dinner yet (though it's in the oven finally). I need to do some laundry so I don't have to go to school naked tomorrow. I think I'll at least load the dishwasher tonight.
I'm tired. I'm going to turn on the t.v. and get my book out and veg for a bit.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
We left Arlington around 5:00 and headed towards Austin. The drive was uneventful and amazingly I was able to get to the hotel easily. We checked in and I just had to be upgraded to a King room because there were no more queens available. Darn. The hotel was very nice. We then headed out to eat. We tried to go to Chili's but they were closing at 8:45 which is weird. We then went to Fuddruckers and got burgers. They also closed quite early. We came back to the hotel and I was able to soak in a hot bath which was quite lovely. I finished the book I was reading and went to bed around 10:30. The next morning I had a quick breakfast at the hotel. (I love the free breakfasts.) It was really quite good. They had eggs, potatoes, ham, sausage, biscuits and gravy along with pastries, cereal, yogurt etc. I had potatoes and sausage with some juice. We left around 7:45 to go to the competition. Amazingly, I found it with no problems. We registered and my students drew their speaker numbers which were 24 and 34. We had a long day of waiting as both students didn't speak until after lunch. We also found out that there was a hostage situation going on in a building just a few blocks from the place where we were. I started another book and read most of the day. They provided lunch - sandwiches from a local deli. My students did their speeches and then we waited for the awards. Neither of them placed in the top three, but they did get a $100 savings bond for making it to the state level.
We were out of there by 3:00 so we went back to the hotel so the kids could change. We went to a mall that was close by and hung out there for a couple of hours. (Mostly in the bookstore) Around 5:20 I heard from my friend Mary (the choir director at my church who was also in Austin at the time) and she was going to meet us for dinner. We headed to the restaurant (Pappasitos) and waited for her. She arrived and we enjoyed our meal and good conversation. When we left, the kids didn't want to just go back to the hotel and they wanted to try and find a movie theatre. I didn't want to just drive anywhere so I stayed on I-35 and there is not a movie theatre within 10 miles of our hotel in either direction. We played the alphabet game in the car while looking for a theatre (that we never found) so we just drove around the city for a while and then headed back to the hotel.
I took another bath (a luxury for me) and then got ready for bed. I watched a little t.v. but started to fall asleep by 10:30. I gave up and turned the t.v. off. I got up this morning around 7:30. I checked out around 8:30 and had breakfast again. We left Austin around 8:45. The kids fell asleep right away. Around 10:00, one of them was having a nightmare and yelled out waking everyone up. He said that he was dreaming about spiders and he hates them. It was funny. We stopped in Abilene for lunch around 12:30 and then got back on the road by 1:00. We got into Hereford around 5:30 and I made it home by 6:00.
My aunt called and she and my uncle are coming to stay this weekend. That means I have to clean my house. Oh well... I needed an excuse anyway. I caught up on blogs and then I called in dinner. I just finished a short while ago and now I'm going to take it easy for a while.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
I don't know if you can read it, but on the directions it says "Swim across the Atlantic Ocean 3,452 mi."
I needed a good laugh today!
Friday, April 20, 2007
Here's my to do list for tomorrow:
Sleep late - done
Contact rhapsody about my account (when I tried to update to my new email, I mis-typed it putting .com instead of .net and now I can't access my account.) - done
Go to school and finish grading papers and leave my sub information
Do laundry and pack
Go to the 5:00 Mass since I'm leaving early on Sunday.
Go to grocery store so Josh won't starve
Pay bills for the month
I'm sure there's more, but that's all my brain can handle at the moment. Good night.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Now I'm home and I hope to go to bed early. I was tagged for a meme so I guess I'll go ahead and get that done.
What I'm reading now:
Currently I'm about halfway through a book called "The Amber Room" by Steve Berry. It's getting pretty intriguing right now so when I read, I hate to put it down. Most recently I read a book called "Hide" by Lisa Gardner and I really enjoyed it. I discovered this author a few years ago and I have thoroughly enjoyed her books.
I have a few more books sitting around that I may get to, it just depends. I am waiting for Janet Evanovich's next book that will come out in June. I plan to re-read the Harry Potter books this summer just before the last one comes out on July 21.
I wish I had more time for reading. I have been able to read more since I've been going back to tournaments. I'm going to have to have something to read on Monday while I'm in Austin. Well, that's it for tonight.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Earlier this year, I received some prose and poetry books to review. If I wanted to keep them, I was to send a check to the company and the books were mine. If not, I could send them back. In addition to the books, they sent along a DVD that was free if I paid by a certain date. If you know me, you know that I didn't really do anything until well after that date. I finally decided to keep the books because they had several potential pieces for my students and so I had a check cut to send them. I sent back the DVD that I didn't even get a chance to view (it ended up in one of my piles) because I had missed the deadline. Today, I got the DVD back in the mail. With it was a thank you card that had the following message written:
- While wrapping up this year's record keeing responsibilities I noticed something interesting. You placed an order for two books, Prose To Be Read Aloud and Poetry To Be Read Aloud, but sent back the DVD. Your order form and handwritten note is enclosed. You are the only person who did this! Others simply paid for the books after the review time was passed without sending the DVD. Thank you for your honesty and integrity. Please accept the DVD enclosed as a gift for me.
How cool is that?
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
On Friday, Josh and I are going to have a touch of class and go to the symphony. Although I heard it was sold out, I was able to get tickets today. We're going to hear Mozart's Requiem which is what he was writing when he died and had to be finished by one of his students. I think it will be cool. It's being performed in the new Globe News Performing Arts Center which is kind of a funky, yet cool new place that opened up last year.
I found out today that I'm going to get to meet Abbagirl this summer. I'm traveling to Kansas for our National speech tournament and we'll get to meet. I am also hoping to see Andrew as well; I'm waiting to find out if I'll have some money left over in July.
Well, I don't have anything else to share. I have to figure out what to make for supper now.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Josh's money will be "released" on Wednesday and payday is Friday. Josh needs new shoes and he wants to go see Mozart's Requiem this weekend. I'm also leaving for a state trip to Austin on Sunday. My students want to stop to ride some rollercoasters on the way down. O.k. maybe I put the idea in their heads, but they want to go. I'll be gone Sunday through Tuesday, but I'll probably take my computer with me. Then the week after next, I'll be going BACK to Austin for UIL state. I'm excited that Josh will be down there too for One Act.
Today was uneventful. I did find out why I only have 6 students testing in my room. These are the students that can request having their test read to them. If I have to, I'm required to read the questions to them. The only thing I can't read are numerical answers for math questions. But the counselors said that despite them having this modification, they most likely won't ask me to read the questions to them. Oh... and get this. Usually the school gives us water and mints to give to the kids on testing day. We got a note from the counselor stating that they would only send water because the mints do not meet the TEA standards of foods with minimum nutritional value. Teachers, can however, provide mints for the students... as long as it's not officially sanctioned by the school, I guess. I wish that the state would simply let the teachers get back to actually "teaching."
Well, I'm going to take a shower tonight so I get a little extra sleep in the morning and I'm going to try to go to bed early. I did not want to get up this morning. But... on the bright side... only 6 more weeks of school!
Sunday, April 15, 2007
School is going well. My classes have been doing well with my students passing and everything. Next week is TAKS testing at school and I found out that not only will I get to stay in my room this time, but I will only have 7 students in my room.
The speech team is still doing an amazing job. At regionals this weekend, four of my students made it to finals and three of them are now going to be competing at State. The other is an alternate.
I'm still not raking in the dough, nor am I debt free, but I am able to pay my bills each month with a little left over. And today, out of the blue, I got a notice from Social Security that said they reviewed Josh's benefits and are increasing his benefit amount starting in May AND they are sending a check for $1500 in May as well.
Now, the house on the other hand... it's a mess again.. but that is pretty much the status quo around here. I still haven't had a date or any prospects.... but my Cosmo horoscope says that I'm meeting my potential soul mate in September. (LOL) But regardless of a few things not being perfect, I feel as though I've been especially blessed this year and question whether I am deserving of it all. I still wonder if a big let down is coming up. I hate to even seem pessimistic because I'm really not that way these days, but it's hard to go with the flow and tell myself that I deserve to be happy. But maybe after 2004 and early 2005, maybe I deserve just a little bit.
So what's not perfect? I still wish that I had more friends.... real friends and not just acquaintances. I want someone to go shopping with and go to the movies. Someday, I do want to get married again, but right now I'd still settle for just a date. A real date... not some freak I meet online. (No offense to the handful of normal, nice guys out there.)
Well, these are just some rambling thoughts. Life is pretty good and I can't complain.
Friday, April 13, 2007
I will post again Sunday evening. Have a great weekend!
Thursday, April 12, 2007
In 5th period today we are having my music appreciation lesson. They're learning about listening this week and I'm covering appreciative listening today. They also started 24 hours of silence yesterday so it will be nice and quiet (other than the music) today. I have 52 different styles of music I play for them from classical to grunge to rap to african.
Last night I didn't do much. I made spaghetti (my favorite) for supper and then watched t.v. and goofed around on the internet. I still only have one my space friend. Poor me.
Well, I better head out to Wally world and then get some lunch. If you haven't already done so, head over to Andrew's place and wish him a happy birthday today!
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
I've joined the My Space bandwagon though I'm still not certain why. My students have been telling me that I need a my space. I put one together, but I haven't told them yet. I'm not sure that I am going to right now. I have been looking up people I went to high school with, but there's not even a handful of them on there that I actually "knew" in high school. For now, it's just a passing fancy. I intend to keep the my space thing as a separate identity without links to this blog or my website. I'd rather not have students reading this blog. I'm sure if there were some that knew I had a blog, they could find it easily, but I don't mention such things.
I suppose I should get some papers graded or something. That's an idea! Stay caught up on grading so there's not mounds of papers to grade at once! What a concept. Or I could just put it off like I always do and find something else to distract me. Hope you're having a good day!
Monday, April 09, 2007
Now that I'm back online, I find that I still don't have much to say.
Sunday, April 08, 2007
I will try to write more later and I'm going to be playing catch up on all my favorite blogs. Hope you're having a Happy Easter and I hope it is warmer where you are than it is here!
Saturday, April 07, 2007
knew. Where the tree-tops glisten and children listen... to hear bunny
hops in the snow. I'm dreaming of a White Easter... with every Easter
Card I write. May your days be Cheery and Bright and may only your
Christmases be white!
In guess you didn't guess... it's snowing here. Snow! On Easter! I
guess I'm just going to have freeze wearing my new light and springy
Happy Easter everyone. And just so you know... Lent ends tonight after
the Easter Vigil. I should be back posting regularly tomorrow. I am
glad, however, that I learned how to post via email!
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Tonight I have choir practice and I also have to get to the grocery store at some point. Tomorrow I have to tally the cheerleading results for a local school. (It's a long story, but they pay me every year to do it.) Then immediately I have to get to Church for the Holy Thursday services. Luckily there is no school on Friday but some time that morning I have to go watch Josh perform in the One-Act play for his school. Then I have to go to the Good Friday service. Saturday evening will be the Easter Vigil and then on Sunday I have to go to both services because I'm singing at 8:30 and then playing at 11:15 (but I'm getting paid for the 11:15 service).
Luckily Lent is over this weekend so I can once again post regularly and stay up to date with all the blogs I read. Well, I better getty ready for 5th period and finish putting grades on their speeches. They're going to be having an Easter Egg hunt this afternoon. (It is a test review for them - each egg has a question in them and if they answer it correctly, they get a piece of candy. - Yes it's cheesy, but even as a high school student, they love it.) Problem is that I'm a very good egg-hider and they don't seem to be very good finders.
Sunday, April 01, 2007
I know I haven't posted in a while. I haven't had much to share. I slept in on Friday which was quite lovely. Then I went with my dad to his bank to try to set up a bank draft so that my check to him can be automatically taken out of my account. Once we got there, they said that it would have to be set up through my bank, but my bank had told me that it had to be set up through his. In the end we decided I should set up through my bill pay and have a check mailed to his bank. After that, my dad took me to lunch at Red Lobster. Since it was Friday and I couldn't eat meat, I had the seaside shrimp trio which was quite yummy. I brought half of it home and had it for dinner as well.
Saturday I went to a retreat at Church for the RCIA class. It wasn't too bad. I think it was a little better than last year's. Lunch was quite yummy, they served us Mexican pile-on. After the retreat, I was pretty much a bum. I came home and took a nap and then just watched t.v. and played a game of rollercoaster tycoon since I couldn't surf the net. (Only one more week!) I tried to call Andrew and see what he was up to, but he was gone again.
Tonight I'm going to be making my famous Cashew chicken. Well... I better get busy! Hope y'all are having a great weekend or what's left of it at least.