Saturday, June 30, 2007
I went to Walmart today to get the things I need for dinner. I found a really good deal on the chicken... or so I thought. They rang up the original price so they had to go check on it.... for 10 minutes. Turns out that it was for different chicken that was not where the sign was located. I really hate that. I thought I checked carefully to make sure I was getting the right chicken. Luckily, they gave it to me for the lower price otherwise I probably would have just sent it back and gone to United to get it.
My kitchen is now clean as well as the living room (aside from the floor). I have furniture in the living room back in some semblance of order. Josh's bathroom is mostly clean, but I haven't tackled the toilet yet. I still need to tidy up the craft room, my bedroom and my bathroom. My bedroom and bathroom aren't really necessary because nobody should be going in there so I may just do those later. I do need to wash the sheets and comforter for the guest bedroom and remake the bed.
I talked to Marty tonight and wished him a happy birthday. He hasn't gotten his card, but he also hasn't checked his mail in the last several days. Oh, and Prison Pete's editor just celebrated a birthday so if you read that blog you can say something over there. Well, I'm going to get a few more things done before bed time. I can't believe I cleaned almost all day and didn't read any of my book.
Friday, June 29, 2007
Summer, I know you probably thought this would never happen... but I really did it. Now if I could just get the rest of the carpet in the living room up and the nail boards, and the dishes and the bathroom... It's never ending, isn't it?
At noon I went with Josh to hear the final summer band concert. They played it on the town square and there was really a nice crowd that showed up. Now I'm having a bit of lunch. After lunch, I'm either going to read or start cleaning. Can you guess which I'll end up doing?
Thursday, June 28, 2007
I made dinner and dessert tonight. I made a Chinese chicken dish that was a bit too spicy, but pretty good. I also made cheesecake brownies and I hate to admit I've had three of them. I need to put the rest up and take them to camp tomorrow so I won't be tempted.
That's all the excitement here. I did have a weird dream during my nap this afternoon though. I had to spy on people by living in an attic without getting caught. It was very strange. Oh well. Guess I'll go read some more.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
I guess I'll get busy on that tonight. I also need to clean house. My students are coming over on Sunday to have lunch. I've owed them a cashew chicken dinner for a while so I decided that Sunday would be a good day for it. It also gives me the excuse I need to get busy. Of course I'm sure I'll put it off until Saturday at least.
Nothing much more to tell today. I've got to figure out what I'm going to make for dinner tonight. For some reason after going to the store, I've come home with a lot of chicken dishes.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
I came home and read blogs and then did a lot of reading this afternoon. I am re-reading the Harry Potter books in anticipation of the final book coming out in July. Yes, I am one of those people... completely addicted. I realize as I'm reading how much the movies are not accurate in many ways and how much is left out. I've finished the third book and am moving on to the fourth now. I am almost kind of scared about the seventh book. You know me... I HATE surprises, but I think for the first time I'm not going to try and find out how it ends before I read it. I do have a sneaking suspicion though that Harry will be killed (probably as a self-sacrifice) in the last book.
I'm not feeling 100 percent, but am feeling a little better. I am giving thought to going to a chiropractor. I talked to a fellow teacher on our national trip and she swears by her chiropractor. I'm not certain, but I have a lot of general aches and pains and I just feel old. I've been having some dull headaches and sinus issues as well. Nothing incapacitating, but not feeling completely up to par either. Yeah, I'm probably run-down and I know that I need to eat better, exercise and such, but it's hard to get motivated when you just don't feel like it. Well, it's just a thought... what's your opinion about chiropractors?
Monday, June 25, 2007
Sunday, June 24, 2007
I was thinking of taking a nap when my brother called and said he would come install the dog door for me. So I got up and cleaned the sliding windows and tidied up a bit before he came. He got here a little after 3:00 and spent about 45 minutes installing the door. I then had to re-teach two of my dogs how to use it. Mollie (the 3rd dog) is being stubborn about it. She learned to use the door to the garage but she doesn't seem to care for the door directly to the back yard. The other two caught on quickly but I've had to shove her out the door. Once she's outside, she will use it to come back in since I've blocked the entry to the garage. I think that when there's a squirrel or something to chase in the back yard, she'll start using it more. At least I hope so. I guess this means I can start cleaning out the garage, huh?
At 5:00 I went to the speech camp picnic. I decided to help with Oral Interp again but I'm only going to go in the mornings. Since Josh needs to use my car to go to band rehearsals, I'm not going to mess with going back in the afternoons. Besides, there's still too many things that need to be done around here. In the mornings I can spend time reading books and such.
My dad called me and he found some used engines for Josh's car, but it will cost around $700 for one (with the shipping). I don't have the money right now. I have almost enough in savings, but I'm still planning to use that for my trip to Atlanta. I'm still hoping that the bonus money from school comes through soon this summer. I should be o.k. once that money comes thought it means that I'm going to have to go with really cheap floor tile for the living room. I guess I'll just watch for some good sales. It also means I probably won't be able to have my clarinet fixed for a while. Oh well... I think vacations are important. I know that perhaps it's a good idea to pinch and save money, but I am of the mindset that you have to enjoy things when you can because you never know when your time is up. If I save and save for a rainy day and avoid doing things for fun and seeing the world, I may not ever do it.
Now it's time for bed. I did finish the 2nd book tonight and I think I'll wait to start the 3rd one.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
I am a speech and debate coach/teacher. My students compete in a variety of speaking, acting, interpretation, and debating events. They generally compete all year long in varying events for different kinds of tournaments. Most of the year is spent on TFA (Texas Forensic Association) tournaments which allows for certain kinds of events. To qualify for state students had to earn points by placing at different TFA tournaments during the year. They have to earn 8 points (last year - will be 10 this year). Points ranged from 6 or 8 points for 1st place (depending on number of entries) down to 1 pt for placing 6th-8th generally. (There's a chart that shows how points are determined.) My students participated in about 7-8 TFA tournaments this year in addition to hosting a TFA tournament at our school. I had 6 students qualify for TFA state with some students qualifying in multiple events.
During the spring, they focus more on UIL (University Interscholastic League) events which are different in some ways. UIL is a state based organization for ALL schools in Texas and basically is what manages all school competitions from Academic events to sporting events to music. It is a great opportunity for students to earn scholarships when they qualify for state. To qualify for UIL state, students had to compete at the District level and place 1st, 2nd or 3rd. From there they went to regionals and also had to place 1st, 2nd or 3rd. From there, they qualify for state.
The tournament my students were involved in this past week was part of the NFL (National Forensic League), however. NFL has many similar events as TFA, but a few are different and in some ways the rules are a bit different as well. To qualify for NFL nationals the students had to compete in a district tournament and place 1st or 2nd. They may compete in two events at the district tournament, but if they place in two events, they then have to choose one event for nationals. At nationals, they have 6 preliminary rounds that are guaranteed. After those six rounds "breaks" are posted and students with low scores (ranks of 1,2,3 for the most part in each round) go on to rounds 7-8. From there, they keep cutting students until they get to the top 6 students that make finals. If they are out after round 6, 7, or 8 they can then enter supplemental events. If they get out of supplemental events after round 4, they can enter consolation events.
I don't know if this makes any more sense to you, but here is a link to part of our speech team website that explains the organizations and events. Comment if you have any questions.
Friday, June 22, 2007
This morning we went to the Village Inn for a brunch meal and then headed back to watch more finals. We watched LD debate, International Extemp, and Dramatic. We also stayed for the award assembly. We were there for seven hours. We left and went to dinner at a mexican restaurant. We got in around 9:30 tonight. I packed my suitcase, took a quick shower, and will be retiring soon. I am anxious to get home. I've missed it. I really want to sleep in my own bed.
Well, it's getting late and we're leaving at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow so I've got to get some rest.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Today has been a decent day for my students. Jon didn't make it to rounds 9-10 in Dramatic, but was able to compete in another event starting at rounds 3-4. My other student who was out yesterday began competing in two supplemental events today and has stayed in all day which is good. I had to be in a judge pool this morning to see if I would be needed to judge but we have so many students from Texas in events that we weren't used. (We're not supposed to judge students from our own state.) Around noon I went out and got the new Janet Evanovich book that was released yesterday. I also got a throw to keep myself warm as the air conditioning in the auditorium at the school is up pretty high and it's quite chilly in there. I started reading my book for a while and then when they were calling judges, I started some crocheting. Around 3:15 another coach was ready to get out for a bit so I took her to Starbucks. I got a Chai Tea Latte and a piece of raspberry pound cake that was quite yummy. Then I did more waiting. I wasn't sure if I would be at the school or at the hotel when Abbagirl would be picking me up. They got a very late start on round 4 this afternoon/evening so I called her to let her know that I'd still be at the school.
Now I'm back at the hotel and I'm sure I'm the first to post because I'm a total internet addict. My kids are out to dinner with the other coach and when they're finished, they're going back to the high school to check for postings to see if they're still in rounds. I called them and one of them is still in one of her events, but the other doesn't know yet. So I'm going to sit back and catch up on blogs, watch a little t.v. and just veg for a while.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
I've been sporting a headache all day. I think it's because I didn't have any caffeine today. I also have a sore shin as I fell yesterday when walking into the middle school. I tripped on an entry way and fell forward. I scraped the top of my ankles and hit my shin. I also have a bruise on my arm because of my backpack that I was wearing.
Tomorrow is going to be an earlier day. We have to leave at 7:15. I have to be a stand-by judge in the morning at 8:30. After that, my judging assignment is finished, but I have to be at the school until 4:00. The other teacher I'm with is going to lunch with some friends of hers and I have to stay until she gets back. Sometime after that, I'm meeting Abbagirl for dinner.
Well, I'm going to turn in. Thanks for all the nice comments yesterday.
Monday, June 18, 2007
My first post was a basic introduction and I know that some people haven't read since the beginning. A good portion of the blog was spent on my relationship with Marty. I gave a somewhat brief summary of it here. One of my summer projects is going to be updating my posts with tags. I have a few favorite blogs that I've written. My best work was probably the one about choices. I created my own meme once that didn't get much response, but I thought it was a cool idea. I often write about the same things, but I guess we all do to some degree. I started with coasters, progressed to relationships, and I think a post that doesn't mention housework is probably incomplete. I often brag about my son or my kids at school. I chronicled much of my Catholic journey until I created a separate blog for it. I have changed quite a bit in the past three years I've noticed. I started letting go of the bad girl side of me that was left over from my marriage and I'm getting close to figuring out who I really am (or at least who I really want to be).
I have developed some amazing friends from blogging. Of course there's Patrick who I dated briefly. Two of my oldest and dearest blog friends are Andrew and Summer who I both met because of Prison Pete's blog. I happened on Pete's blog early in my blogging experience and thought it was very interesting. I nominated it for blogs of note and amazingly it was chosen. Because of the boom in Pete's readership, both Andrew and Summer started reading his blog which in turn lead them to mine or me to theirs... I can't remember really, but I am so thankful for both of them. I am excited to meet Andrew later this summer and I truly hope to meet Summer at some point as well.
I also have met Susan. She was a friend of Patrick's and I found out that she has a degree in speech and theatre and she graciously volunteered to judge at tournaments for me. I haven't been able to sit and talk with her at length because I've kept her busy judging when I've been busy myself. One of these days I'm coming down to Lubbock and we're going shopping together! Patrick's wife, Tiffany, also blogs and I've met her briefly as well. They both came to my confirmation which I thought was very kind of them.
I don't know if it's fate that the National Speech tournament is in Wichita this year, but I was so excited to find out that I would be able to meet Abbagirl. We have talked on the phone twice and she gave me a nice compliment in her blog about my voice. We are getting together Wednesday evening and I am looking forward to it very much. I identify with her quite a bit with she and I both being a single mom with a son.
There are several others that I've grown to care about and read their blogs regularly. I love Pipe Tobacco's ability to completely share his emotional state on his blog. Lisa is going through some major turmoil lately that breaks my heart because I have been in the same position she's in now. Recently, I've been reading some other blogs and am growing very involved in them. If you're listed in my links, I have you in my google reader and read every time you update, even though I don't always comment. If you're not listed, but you read my blog regularly, please let me know and I'll add you.
Well, I think I orginally had more to say, but it's taken me a long time to write this and I'm going to call it a night. I just want to say thanks to all my readers and I hope you continue to stop by because I'm going to continue writing.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
After all I’ve gone through with Bret I have to thank him for one thing. Because of being in misery and upset over him, I lost my appetite and I lost weight. (I thought I didn't obsess about weight until well after I had Josh - back then I was a size 3) That’s the only good thing that I got ouf chasing him. After what seems like forever, I finally realize that Bret isn’t worth wasting my time on him. I’ve written him notes. I gave him a tape and I talked to him and he hasn’t listened to anything I’ve said the whole time I’ve liked him. It has never seemed fair but Bret is just an immature little boy and it will take a while for him to grow up. (O.k. maybe I was just upset - but Bret actually was and always has been for the most part mature - except for the whole birthday surprise thing - another story, another time.) I tried to settle things with him but he wouldn’t listen so I decided to just pretend that nothing ever happened and we could start all over as just friends. That’s the way it is and will always be. Now that everything is over I’m a happy person again. (I admit I didn't quite let go completely at that point, but I did by the time I was a junior in high school. Bret has been and continues to be one of my very good friends.)
Saturday, June 16, 2007
- I went band camp and it was fun and boring at times until I met Todd. The bad thing is that I met him on the 3rd to last day of band camp. I thought that he was kind of cute and he was a neat guy. I was bored at the camp ball because I wanted to dance with somebody. I decided to get up the nerve to ask somebody. There were two guys that I wanted to ask. Todd was one of them. One of my friends said to ask this other guy so I started to look for him but I couldn’t find him. When the next song came on Todd asked me to dance and we danced the rest of the night. I thought that he really liked me. He waited for me after the concerts but when he left, I realized that I didn’t know his last name so I couldn’t get hold of him and I knew I’d never see him again. The one guy that I’ve liked since Bret and I can’t even see him again. I finally got hold of him but he wasn’t too interested in me so I said to forget it. It’s not worth it. School started and I found out that Bret only moved 4 houses down the street where he used to live. (He really was going to be moving to another town 45 miles away from Amarillo, but his dad got a position at another local church.) Of course I fell in love with him again but this time I told him how I felt and that I really liked him. I made him a really neat tape telling him how I felt by using songs. (I have since done this for others including Richard.) I wrote him dozens of letters telling him how I felt but everything I did was useless. He wrote me back once and I liked his note but it was too good to be true. It was a big joke. He had me just for a while but I’m not stupid and I figured things out for myself. One of Bret’s best friends liked me but nothing ever happened. I wasn’t interested in him but I didn’t have the heart to tell him. I was going to go with him but I realized that I’d still like Bret and I wouldn’t be happy with him.
- I was happy with Michael and I thought that I really liked him but I was wrong. I only liked him for about two weeks and then I just acted like I liked him. I was still in love with Bret but I didn’t want to break up. I know that I was being a jerk and I shouldn’t have said yes in the first place. I was just a nice person and I didn’t want anybody to get mad a me. (I still don't like it when people are mad at me.) Finally I decided to flirt with Bret and then Michael might break so I wouldn’t have to. My idea worked but I denied liking Bret because I still didn’t want Michael mad at me. Michael started hating me so I decided to forget it and just chase after Bret like I had planned. (I have since discovered that in junior high... guys don't like to be chased and but it's a little different in adulthood... some guys do and others still don't - boys are still confusing.) I liked him and he knew it and the whole school practically knew it but I wasn’t embarrassed like I used to be. I got really mad when April B. came into the picture. She flirted with Bret every time she saw him and I just wanted to punch her lights out. She knew that I was in love with him but she just kept butting in. She wouldn’t admit it but I think that she really liked him. If he would have liked her, I would hate him for life. (Don't you love the exaggeration?) I couldn’t believe it but I asked Bret if he would go to the “Showcase” with me and he went. (I have either gone to Showcase or participated in it since this time other than about 3 years. Last year was the first year that I could not attend.) I considered it a date but I don’t know what he thought. Everybody told me that he was going to ask me and I thought he would but I was wrong! I got my hopes up but I shouldn’t have. One night when I went to bed, I was thinking about Bret as usual. I was wondering what I would do if Bret moved. It really freaked me out the next day when
told me that he was moving. I was really upset. I wouldn’t smile for two weeks but then I figured that I can’t have what I want. When school was out I tried to forget about Bret but I couldn’t. I thought that I’d never find somebody to chase after. Shelby
Friday, June 15, 2007
- It all started at band camp when I was in the 8th grade. I met Bret C. and I fell in love with him. (Bret is my Baptist preacher friend that I've mentioned before.) He was cute, funny and a likable person. I decided right then and there that he's the one I'd chase after when school started. One night I asked Kirsten, my roommate, why she didn't introduce me to him sooner. Nobody but Kirsten knew that I liked him because I was too embarrassed to tell anybody. As soon as school started, word got around and I was so embarrassed! After he found out I didn't want to get near him or even talk to him but I still stared at him in band. I would look at him but I would turn away as soon as he looked in my direction. As time passed I got braver and I started to talk to him. Once I decided to give up and go after somebody else and I actually did - sort of. I liked another guy for about 2 weeks but I had to go back to chasing Bret. I just couldn't resist. I kept liking him on and off. One day another guy asked me to go with him but I was still in love with Bret. I didn't know what to do. I said that I'd tell him my answer Monday. I finally decided to say yes. I thought I'd chase Bret the next year and go with Michael until school was out. (Michael was my first kiss which happened in front of the house I'm in now. He is also Josh's band director now.)
I still have a lot to get done (like packing) but I think I'm going to nap for a bit. We're leaving at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning and we'll be gone until next Saturday. I am taking my laptop with me, however, so I should be able to blog at somepoint. Pray for good internet access at the hotel.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
I got the extra bedroom cleaned for the most part. There's still stuff in the hallway and garage that I'll need to go through at some point, but it's not in the room itself. I also don't know what to do with my stuffed animals that I've kept. I've given tons of them away, but have a few that have sentimental value. I tried putting the bed in a couple of different places, but finally decided on having it centered under the window looks the best. That will allow space on either side which makes making it up easier. I still have the nightstand to paint, but am not going to mess with it for a while. I realize that once again I forgot to look for paint to spray the hardware! Oh well, I'll deal with that later as well. I need to sort through my beads and get them organized as well. I do like the space better now. I have a specific craft area which is nice.
Now I just have to deal with all the other stuff around the house. The garage is getting quite full again but I'll tackle it later this summer. I'll probably do that while Josh is gone to band camp. I'm hoping to take my trip to Alabama/Georgia right after camp is over. It might be better to do it while Josh is at camp, however. He won't want to do without a car for a week or however long I'm gone. Then again, he might want to come with me on the trip. I guess it will be a wait and see thing for now. I'll see what he wants to do.
Well, it's time for supper so I better go see what's left in the kitchen to eat.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
I'm forcing myself to go to bed early since I have to be in Hereford by 9:00 tomorrow morning. I took a tylenol p.m. about an hour ago and it's starting to kick in. I'll post pictures once I'm done with everything. I really should have taken before pics, but oh well. Just use your imagination.
I really want to get this room done by the time I leave for Wichita on Saturday. That way, when I come back, I'll just have the living room to do. I'll also need to get stuff moved out of the living room so I can pull up the rest of the carpet and then I'll have to start pulling those darn (not the word I wanted to use) nail boards up. I do have to tackle the garage (still) at some point this summer. Hopefully my brother is going to come tomorrow evening to install the pet door. That way I can get it clean and hopefully keep it clean!
I'm sorry my posts aren't more interesting. I really have nothing else to write about. I am actually thinking about leaving the house, however, and going to the store. Woo hoo!
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
I've been trying to make an effort to comment on other people's blogs more. I know I've been very bad about that. It seems that few people are blogging regularly these days. I guess I need to find more blogs to read.
Well, I'm not going to bore you with tales of my kitchen so I guess I'll close for now.
Monday, June 11, 2007
I haven't decided if I'm going to Hereford tomorrow or not. I may just try to get the kitchen finished and then just go at the end of the week like I already have planned. I hate leaving for trips when my house is a mess. I wish I could tell you some entertaining stories about my life, but frankly it's quite boring. I don't have any friends that I do things with. I didn't even leave the house today. I balanced my checkbook though. I am in love with online banking. I think it's the best invention since air conditioning. Well, I guess I'm going to try to go to bed. I'm still having a litle bit of insomnia problems here and there. I hope they subside soon.
I'm still at a loss what to do with a lot of the stuff I have. I don't need all of it, but there might be a time when I do need 4 loaf pans for something and if I throw the other three out then I'm SOL. I don't use the serving platters much except maybe every five years or so, but they're good to have when you need them. I guess I'll just try to put the things I use seldom use (like the punch bowl and glasses) in the back corners where all the spiders are and just pull them out when I need them. Does anyone need a large cutting board with a silver long-horned cow's head on both ends?
My mom was a cook. She was a very good cook and could bake anything. I do enjoy cooking but find I don't have the time very often. I just need to cut back on everything and keep it to a manageable size. I really just want to gut my kitchen and start over. I hate the cabinets, the tile... just about everything about it. I did paint it a very bright green a few years ago when my mom was still here to brighten it up, but the paint is wearing off in places and it just looks like crap at the moment. The inside of the cabinets are still a dark brown and I hate it. My dad in his infinite wisdom retiled the kitchen floor with white wall tiles. So any time the floor gets wet it's as dangerous as an ice rink. The floor has cracks and chips in it and it's horrible as well. Anyone got a bulldozer I could borrow?
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Tonight I went to a dinner at one of the church member's house. It was very nice. I found out that one of the ladies in the class is actually a very close neighbor. I was almost ashamed that she now knows where I live because our yard is so disgusting right now. Oh well... it's the life of a single mom with a son that is (usually) as busy as I am and a lawn mower that works when it wants to. I made a pineapple upside down cake for dessert and it seemed to be a pretty good hit. I only brought a small portion home which is good because then I don't have to eat so much of it! I'm going to try to start watching what I eat and start getting more exercise this summer. My new neighbor friend said she'd be interested in going walking with me some time.
My dad called about Josh's car. It's not good news, but not completing devastating either. It was the timing belt that broke and with that, some of the valves were bent which is not good. He either wants to get a used engine to put in it or possibly rebuild the one that is in it now. He hasn't decided, but I told him to start figuring it out now because Josh will need a car at least when school starts in August. He said it would probably cost $500-600 to fix and that's because he, my brother and their mechanic friend can do all the work. Well... there goes the money I was planning to use for some furniture. I'm still going to try to take my vacation this summer... but I may have to simplify it some. Luckily I'm still expecting the bonus money from school and my principal is trying to get it to us in June. I hope it comes in either June or July and not have to wait until August or September.
I think I'm going to go up to Hereford on Tuesday for a bit and try to get some books to one of my students. I also need to pick up the checks for the meal money and hotel. I am going back to the school on Thursday and Friday to work with my students and then we leave Saturday. Josh will take me on Saturday and drop me off so that he can have the car while I'm gone.
Well, I'm going to try to get some sleep and we'll see how my work day goes tomorrow.
Yesterday I put a coat of paint on the bureau and let it set. (needed 4 hours to dry) Then I got ready for the party. Josh and I left around 5:30 and then went and picked up my friend Pam. I got to catch up with some theatre friends so it was nice. They kept asking me to come audition for their summer Shakespeare production. It might be fun, but I've discovered usually it's poorly put together so it's not really that great. I guess I should consider it because it would give me something to do. But then again, I don't want to spend the gas to go up there for rehearsals all the time. I'm also planning to be gone some this summer. I just don't know.
I went to church this morning at 8:30. I also went to the Sunday school class which was nice. I picked up Donuts after church at Josh's request. The class is having a potluck dinner tonight that I'm going to go to at 6:00. I need to go to the store to get something to make. I think I'll make a pineapple upside down cake.
Still no news on the car. Hopefully no news is good news.
Friday, June 08, 2007
This afternoon I took Josh to the bank so he could learn how to fill out a deposit slip and put money in his account. Shortly after that, I went to walmart to get another paint brush along with a few other necessary items. I also bought myself some cheap flowers that were on sale. They're just some colorful carnations, but they look nice in my room. A girl's gotta have flowers every now and then. I came home and put another coat of primer on the bureau and then made supper around 6:30. I decided to make pizza and it was quite delicious. Now I'm just waiting for paint to dry. I won't do any more painting tonight. I'm going to try to finish the basic white paint tomorrow and perhaps get started on the detail work. I hope to have it finished by this weekend. Then I can get the room finished hopefully before I leave next Saturday for Wichita. I'm still excited about getting to meet my blogging friend Abbagirl.
Oh, I almost forgot - I'm going out tomorrow night. Can you believe it? No, it's not a date, but I am going to a party. I'm taking my friend Pam with me. The party is for my friend Cristal that just finished law school. I'll get to see some old theatre friends so that should be cool.
Borrowed this meme from Martha, Martha. Some of these I’ve items I have posted before, but I have some new readers that may not know some of my quirks.
Fact: I have ridden 125 different rollercoasters. About 6 years ago, the number I had ridden at that point was 10. Since I joined ACE in 2001, I’ve managed to go to several parks during some summer trips. I still intend to get to
Habit: I rarely wear shoes when I’m home and they usually come off within moments of coming in the door. Generally you can find numerous pairs of shoes scattered throughout the house – under my desk, in front of the couch, in the kitchen, in the bathroom, on the floor of my room, floor of my closet… you get the picture. One time my ex-husband thought he would try to teach Josh and myself a lesson on this matter by hiding our shoes that we’d left out. This really irritated me and it made me late for work and Josh late for school. I told him that if he didn’t like the shoes out to either get over it or put them up where they belong but it’s one of those habits that I wasn’t going to break.
Fact: I have this thing about memorizing numbers. I can remember birthdays of people I knew in junior high. I know all my phone numbers since 2nd grade. I still know my mom’s driver’s license number, my ex’s social security number, Josh’s SS # and driver’s license, my own SS, license, bank account, and visa card numbers. I even know one of my student’s driver’s license number because I gave him a pattern to remember it and now I won’t forget it. I can’t just read it and memorize it though… I have to make an effort, but once it’s down, I never forget it.
Habit: I can’t watch scary movies unless I know how it ends. I’ve also been known to peek at the end of books I’m reading. I guess I don’t like surprises much.
Fact: I have made more than 30 rosaries and haven’t sold a single one. I generally give them away. I’ve made them for my RCIA class, my sponsor, and my graduating seniors. I gave one away to every member of my brother’s family and one to my aunt in
Fact: I broke my neck when I was four years old after getting hit by a car. I actually had a broken neck for over a week before it was discovered that it was actually broken. I was flown to
Habit: When I travel, I always take a religious item with me. Even before I started going back to church, I would always take the small New Testament Bible that was given to me when Josh was born. Now I wear my crucifix and usually take a rosary with me.
I'm going to break the rules by not tagging anyone and will allow you to choose to do the meme if you are so inclined. Just let me know if you do it so I can read it!
Thursday, June 07, 2007
It started out as any normal summer day - sleeping late, then going to get my haircut. I came home and blogged a bit, then went to Josh's band concert. We then went to put air in his tires and decided to head up to Amarillo in search of a new bed for him. We actually made it to the first store... sort of. Shortly before we got there the battery light in his car came on and he lost power. Luckily we were still moving so he was able to pull into the store's parking lot. We didn't quite get it into a parking space. This of course is a most inopportune time as both my dad and my brother (the ones that always come to my rescue) are out of town in Mississippi. I call my dad to get the number of his friend who is also a mechanic. I then try to call him for an hour but the number is busy. I did get someone in the store come and help push the car out of the way since it was blocking the lot. Josh and I then walked over to the Chili's restaurant that was close by so he could have lunch. (I already ate earlier) I kept trying to call the guy and kept getting a busy signal. My dad calls me back and I tell him that I'm trying. Now let me add here that I am using Josh's phone. My phone was inconviently left at home. Had I had that phone, I could have called one of my friends that lives in Amarillo to give us a ride back to Canyon and then we could have brought my car back to Amarillo. But no. I didn't have my phone. I really have no other friends that live in Amarillo that I could call. I finally remember my friend Carol who works in Amarillo. I get a phone book while we're sitting at Chili's and give her a call. Although she carpooled with someone else, she assured me that they would be able to give us a ride home when they left work at 5:00. At this point it's about 2:30. I call my dad back and tell him I still can't get a hold of Doug (the mechanic friend of my dad) and he said that he was able to get a hold of him and he'd tried calling me back... on the phone that was at home. I then realize that I am a complete idiot at this point because as I scroll down the numbers called, I realize that the entire time I've been calling him, it's been the wrong number. I dialed 655 as the prefix instead of 622. So I get in touch with Doug and he then says that the car will need to be towed to the shop. Luckily he has a brother that does towing so he gives him a call and calls me back. He said he could get the car but it would be about an hour. At this point Josh is finished with his lunch so we head back to the furniture store to wait for the tow so I can give him the key to the car. The hour actually turns into about two hours. Which I guess isn't a big deal since my friend wouldn't be picking us up until after 5:00. The tow guy arrives a little after 5:00 and gets the car and my friend Carol and her carpool buddy, Gladys arrive around 5:30 and finally we make it home. How's that for excitement?
I don't know what's wrong with the car or what it will take to fix it. I realize I really should quit complaining about my boring life. I have been on the receiving end of God's sense of humor many times and I still haven't learned. At least it came out alright in the end. I just hope and pray that the problem with the car is an easy fix and that Josh will have his transportation back soon.
As soon as I got home, I changed into comfortable clothes and poured myself a glass of wine. I think I've earned it today. And no, we didn't find any beds we liked at the furniture store.
I still love my clean bedroom. I am finding that I am spending most of my time in here. Thanks to a laptop and my wireless setup, I can blog from anywhere in the house. I feel better and happier in a clean space. (Go figure) Being out in the living room just depresses me right now. I'm going to get started on painting the bureau and nightstand later this afternoon. Josh is playing in the summer band concert this afternoon so I'm going to go listen. Usually I play in summer band, but there's too much I need to get done and my clarinet is having some issues lately. I need to have it re-worked (pads & corks replaced, keys fixed, etc.) but I don't want to spend money on that right now. I have too many other grandiose plans instead. I still have about $700 in savings that will either go to a trip later this summer or to new furniture. Josh has needed a new bed for a long time and I really want to get him one. I hate my couches in the living room. I really, really, really want new furniture in there including a coffee table that I haven't had since moving in here three years ago.
I got my hair cut this morning. It feels and looks so much better. I even put make-up on today.
And to respond to Mago's comment regarding laundry... I ALWAYS have laundry to do. Actually I'm caught up for the most part. I have some things that need to be dry cleaned and some other things like blankets that aren't being used, but I've got plenty of clean underwear so that's all that matters right now.
I took my dog Max for a R.I.D.E. this morning. He was so excited. I really need to take them out more. We went to Sonic and I got a lime coke and he got a junior burger. (Actually I got two burgers and brought them home to share with the other dogs.) I am thinking of going to Amarillo and look at beds this afternoon, however. The painting may have to wait until later. Maybe it will inspire me to move faster. I am also planning on getting Josh's room cleaned up as well. (It's a typical teenage pigsty) He has promised to clean it up if he gets a new bed. Hmmm... might be worth it.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
1. Do you currently subscribe to any magazines? If so, which ones?
Not at this time.
2. What magazines have you subscribed to in the past?
Reader's Digest, Rollercoaster (received it as a member of ACE), Woman's Day, McCall's, and Games Magazine are the ones I can remember at the moment. I used to get a kid's Disney magazine for Josh at one point.
3. What do you do with the little cards that always fall out of the magazine? Do you toss them, or have you found a use for them?
Rip them out and throw them away. They are very annoying.
4. If you could start a magazine, what would it be about? Who or what would be on the cover of the first issue?
Home repair and decorating for the single girl on a budget. Ty Pennington would be on the cover half naked. Or maybe Amy Wynn Pastor. (or any of the trading spaces carpenters)
1. WHAT'S YOUR REAL NAME? Jennifer
2. YOUR GANGSTA NAME (first 3 letters of real name plus izzle): Jenizzle
3. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME (fav color and fav animal): Purple Dolphin
4. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME (middle name, and childhood street): Ann Grinelle
5. YOUR STAR WARS NAME (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first name, first 3 letters of mom's maiden name): Zinjedav
6. YOUR SUPERHERO NAME (2nd favorite color, favorite drink): Green Coke
7. YOUR IRAQI NAME (2nd letter of your first name, 3rd letter of your
last name, any letter of your middle name, 2nd letter of your moms
maiden name, 3rd letter of your dads middle name, 1st letter of a
siblings first name, last letter of your moms middle name): Ennaitn
8. YOUR WITNESS PROTECTION NAME (mothers middle name and a friend's last
name): Ann Nelson
9. YOUR GOTH NAME (black, and the name of one your pets): Black Roo
10. YOUR STAR NAME (One of your friends pet, and a street you lived on): Tango Grinnelle (all my other streets have been numbers)
Now the next dilemma is the bed. All I have is the mattress at this point. I think I'd like to have a simple platform bed frame in there. I looked online and I found one for around $93 which isn't bad. Then I though that it couldn't be that hard to make one. It would just be a rectangular frame with some middle supports and a sheet of plywood on top. Then when I started looking around the room, I realized that I'm going to get rid of the current closet doors because the track is broken and they just don't work. I think they're solid and I'm thinking I can use them to make the frame. My cost would then be the plywood and the paint (which I already have). The problem is that I will have to wait until my brother gets back to have it cut because I don't own a saw. There's a guy that I sort of know from online that has offered to help, but I don't think I want to go there. He keeps asking me out. I know I keep saying I want a date, but this guy had three chances to meet me and stood me up three times so I really don't think he deserves any more chances. He's also just not my type. Our morals are quite different and I know how that doesn't mesh in relationships. Speaking of which... I was looking at my ex-husband's new girlfriend's website. Don't get me wrong... it's not spiteful spying or anything. I am happy for both of them and they seem to be doing well together. But the point I was making is that I was looking at the pictures of the poker run they went on and all I could think is "thank God I'm not part of all that!" They both seem to love it and that's great for them, but I still can't see the appeal in the biker lifestyle. I really don't know what I was thinking when I married him. Richard is a good guy in many ways which was appealing at first, but there were other sides to him that I didn't discover fully until afterwe were married for a while. He also changed quite a bit once he got his bike. (Which will be paid off in a little over a year, thank goodness - it's the last thing that is jointly in our name and tying me to him - but he is making regular payments)
Well, I should get back to work in the extra room. I guess I'm going to have to change that lightbulb after all.
I spent some time updating my blog links. There have been more blogs that I've been reading and haven't acknowledged them. I wanted to let Terri know that I do appreciate all of her comments and I do read her blog regularly even though I don't comment like I should. If you read my blog but haven't commented or if I've just overlooked you, please let me know so I can add you as well.
Well, I'm going to finish watching House Hunters on HGTV and then I'm going to fix some lunch. After that, I'll try to get motivated to start working on the extra bedroom. I really need to get that done. It will probably be at least a two day project depending on how many breaks I take.
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
I'm still not sleepy and I don't know what to do. I'm watching Dog the Bounty Hunter on t.v. since there's nothing else on. I feel like I've exhausted the internet. I would try to find new blogs to read, but it seem that if you click the "next" button on blogger all you get is commercialized pages. I've looked up almost every movie I've ever seen on IMDB. I can't think of anything I want or need to buy (that I could afford) so I have no online shopping to do. Now what?
Todays agenda includes more laundry (go figure), cleaning out my closet, and cleaning my bathroom. That shouldn't take to long. Then I'm going to start on the extra bedroom. I plan to rearrange stuff in there as well. Now that I have a bed (well, a mattress) I need to put it in a different place where it's easier to actually make the bed when I have guests. I would like to have my craft room back because I actually have crafts that I'd like to work on this summer. I bought lots of beads a while back so I have several rosaries to make.
Well, that should keep me busy today. At least I'm somewhat motived to get things done.
Monday, June 04, 2007
I took some time out to make dinner (penne pasta and meatballs) and now I'm watching more HGTV to get re-inspired. I'm also enjoying a glass of wine. I'll get going again shortly. After all.. I have time now that summer is here. See... I've posted twice in one day. Of course it still isn't something interesting, but it's posting. I wish I had more exciting things to share with you other than cleaning my house, but I have no life. My life is work, house cleaning, and laundry. I really need to get out more. Maybe that will be a goal for this summer... get out of the house!
I also cut the weeds growing in front of the garage. Since I don't have a weedeater I figure I needed to do it while it was somewhat manageable. That exhausted me a bit. I started another load of a laundry and now I'm taking a small break. I'm going to fix some lunch shortly and then get going again.
Sunday, June 03, 2007
Why is it that wedding scenes in movies always make me cry? I just can't help it... even when I've seen the movie a dozen times.
For dinner tonight I made one of Josh's favorites - San Francisco chops. I had to pick up some wine for it (oh darn). Now I just need to go finish the dishes... maybe in a bit. Maybe I'll have a glass of wine first. Cleaning is always easier with a little bit of wine.
We had some interesting weather come through last night. We had a nice hail storm that first dropped pea to marble sized hail and then up to golf ball size hail. They even noted some slight rotation but nothing ever came of it. We're getting a lot more rain this year than we did last year. More is expected this afternoon. Well, I guess I better make a decision and get going if I'm going to do any shopping.
Saturday, June 02, 2007
Friday, June 01, 2007
Today's inservice was the same for the most part. I did put together a pretty good idea with one of the other speech teachers so at least there was something productive accomplished. I'm also collaborating with an elementary music teacher about a possible presentation for the TMEA convention.
Well, that's it. I don't have anything else to share and I'm tired. I'm going to take a nap and then figure out what to do about dinner.