Saturday, August 30, 2014
Monday, August 25, 2014
I survived another first day of school. It was relatively uneventful. I pulled textbooks, moved things around the library, and worked on some Scrabble class lesson plans. Matt brought me lunch today and helped me with some library stuff. My Scrabble class went well. I gave them a quiz to see how much they remembered about the rules and we did some practice scoring. I then started them working on memorizing their two letter words. I even assigned homework. I guess I’m a pretty tough teacher to assign homework on the first day.
I got home around 5:00 and forced myself to start my 5K training program. I’m following the Biggest Loser plan with a few tweaks since I have 15 weeks until the event rather than 10.
Lucy seems to be doing well in spite of her splint. She is handling it well. She doesn’t seem to mind being in my closet. The vet said she needed to be in a confined area without furniture that she could climb on. I take her back on Friday to have her splint redone.
Matt and I went to a fancy restaurant for dinner last night. It was a high dollar steakhouse. I ordered my steak medium well because I like it hot throughout with just a touch of pink. The steak I got was much more medium – it had a cool dark pink center. I had to send it back and wait another 10 minutes to eat. Matt was almost finished by the time I got my steak back. They at least offered us a free dessert. I was more impressed by the place that we went to in Buffalo.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Lucy’s surgery went well yesterday. I picked her up this morning and she seems very happy to be home. She was a little loopy earlier it seems – she couldn’t sit still, but she finally calmed down. I’ve created her a place in my walk in closet for her to stay when I’m not home. She has to be somewhere where she can’t jump on furniture. She has a large cast on her leg but she doesn’t seem to mind it too much. I have to go out and get some more kitty litter this afternoon. My closet was a mess so I pulled everything out and now it’s all over my bedroom. It gives me a reason to get my laundry done now.
Matt and I are going to dinner at a fancy steakhouse tomorrow. We are going to use one of the gift cards we got as a wedding gift. School starts on Monday. I guess I’m as ready as I can be. I need to create a lesson plan for my Scrabble class for next week. I also need to create a worksheet page.
Friday, August 22, 2014
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Sorry for being a day late – I started this yesterday after work, but then went out to a social thing with other librarians and then I was so exhausted, I went to bed early.
From DK Zody: Where were you born and how did you end up in Texas?
I was actually the first person in my family that was born in Texas. My parents and siblings were all born in Indiana. They moved to Texas in 1968 and lived in Amarillo. They moved to Perryton, TX where I was born in 1969. We lived there for six years. That was where I was hit by a car and broke my neck when I was four years old. In 1976 we moved back to Amarillo. I lived in or around Amarillo until I moved to San Antonio in 2011. I still love living in San Antonio and wonder why I didn’t move here sooner!
LM asks: When/how did you become so interested in Scrabble?
I’ve always enjoyed word games. I liked doing crossword puzzles as a kid. In puzzle magazines, I liked doing the anagram magic squares. Sometime in the mid 1990’s, I had a Scrabble game on CD that I played on the computer a lot. The more I played, the better I got, but I’ve since learned a lot of other strategies from Matt. I used to play my ex-husband, but he always accused me of cheating since I knew more words than him. When I finally got an iPhone about 6 or 7 years ago, I played Scrabble on it quite a bit. One of the reasons why I contacted Matt on Catholicmatch.com was because his profile indicated that he liked playing Scrabble. Once we started playing (and dating), he taught me a lot of strategies that has helped me play better. I rarely played bingos before I met him. Now I average one or two per game most of the time. Before nationals last summer, I did some studying, but I’m not as dedicated as Matt is.
From Mago: If I have guests it would be very rude to "end" the evening at some point, like announcing that I'd want to go to bed now or such - it would be equal to throwing the guest(s) out. The guest is expected to say when he wants to leave.
Is this the same in the US ? Or is the host expected to say "thank you for your visit" first ? Who is expected to take initiative ?
I won’t claim to be an expert on etiquette, but I’ll offer my personal perspective on this scenario. Most of the time, guests generally take the hint when it’s getting late and excuse themselves. On the chance that a guest has overextended their stay, I would try to drop hints about the lateness of the hour by saying something like “I didn’t realize it had gotten so late” or “Wow, it’s midnight already?” If by chance they haven’t taken the hint, I would say something like “I hate to cut the evening short, but I have to get up early tomorrow.” Most people would take the hint by then and most are gracious about it. Now that I’m in my 40’s, it seems that most people my age are too tired to socialize past 11:00 p.m. anyway. If by chance we’ve been drinking or the guest has a long drive ahead, I always offer to let them stay the night.
Jan’s question: What shocked you about Matt when you two moved in together?
I’m not sure that anything in particular shocked me when he moved in since he had practically been living here for about six months before he actually made the move. One of the things that did shock me during the move, however, was to realize how much of a messy hoarder he was. When I was helping him pack and clean I found saved receipts from 2001. Instead of dust bunnies under his bed, there were dust killer rabbits. He still had pairs of pastel colored pants that haven’t been popular since about 1986. The other thing that kind of shocked me was learning how bad his mother actually was when we got the cold response from her regarding a potential visit during Thanksgiving. I thought perhaps he was exaggerating to some degree and I encouraged him to work on the communication with her. I learned my lesson.listen if you have free time this afternoon.
For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary!
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Today was a faculty meeting at school but this afternoon I had to continue to run around and check the setup for all the classrooms. It seems that every time I thought I had what I needed for a setup, I was missing something or it didn’t work. I spent the last three days dealing with all the technology stuff that I didn’t get a chance to get some of my stuff done that I needed for my librarian meetings tomorrow. I stayed late today and downloaded software and printed a bunch of stuff.
I had leftovers for dinner tonight. I picked up some brisket breakfast tacos this morning but only ate one of them for breakfast. I want to change out of my work clothes and put pajamas on, but I have to go pick up Matt at the airport late tonight. I guess I could change into sweats or something. His flight was scheduled to get in around 10:45 but now it’s not getting in until 12:30. So much for getting a good night’s sleep.
I thought about taking a nap, but I don’t think I could actually fall asleep at this point. I think it would be worse to nap and then get up and then go to sleep again.
Matt didn’t do as well as he would have liked at the tournament. He was pretty discouraged when I talked to him. At least he is looking forward to coming home. I think he’ll take a break from Scrabble for a while. He does this when he has a bad tournament, but he gets over it quickly.
Monday, August 11, 2014
I didn’t want to get up this morning, but that is not a surprise. I made it to school by 8:00. I spent most of the day pulling out equipment and entering information in the computer. It wasn’t very exciting, but it has to be done.
After work I went by the credit union to talk to them about a loan I applied for online. I was approved, but I wanted to change the term of the loan. I was there about an hour, but I walked out with two cashiers checks to pay off my credit cards.
I thought I was going to see my brother tonight. They were in town going to Sea World, but he hasn’t returned any of my calls. I finally went out and picked up some dinner at Sonic. I thought of my friend Andrew while ordering. I got the Asiago chicken club sandwich and a mini butterfinger blast.
At least after getting up early and working all day, I should be able to get to sleep easily tonight. I’m already feeling pretty tired and it’s not even 10 yet.
Matt didn’t have a very good Scrabble day today. He only won 2 games out of 7. I hope he has a better day tomorrow. He will be coming home late on Wednesday. I’m ready for him to be home. We rarely spend much time apart.
For those of you that submitted questions last week, I’ll answer them for this Friday’s 7 quick takes. I could still use a few more questions if anyone is wondering anything that I haven’t covered in my blog in the past 10 years.
Friday, August 08, 2014
We ate at a very nice and fancy restaurant on Wednesday night. I've found that if you want a really good steak dinner, sometimes you have to splurge and pay for it. The service was outstanding and the food was amazing. The steak was cooked exactly right and very tender and flavorful.
Monday, August 04, 2014
I appreciate DKZody asking her question in the previous post’s comments. Remember that for me to post my 7 quick takes this week, I need six more questions from the handful of people still reading. Is anyone still there? Leann? Andrew? Jan? Mago? LM? Jamie? Summer? My new commenter Jeanetta? Surely there is something that inquiring minds want to know.
In other news, Matt and I went to a Scrabble party at a friend’s house north of Austin yesterday. It was nice to socialize, but playing five games of Scrabble against people that are all better than me kind of sucked. I would have won a game had I known that “zitherns” was a word. I knew “zither” but didn’t realize it could have an “n” on it as well. I hate the moments after a game when you figure out what you could have played.
Today will be a busy day of getting stuff ready for our trip. I need a new suitcase as mine is falling apart. I don’t think duct tape will hold it together enough to survive the brutal handling of airline crews.
I guess I should finish up my coffee and start getting stuff done this morning. I need to pay some bills and see how much money I’ll have left for the month.
Friday, August 01, 2014
I was pleasantly surprised to get a comment on the previous post from a reader just down the road from me. Although I don’t check my stats much any more, I’ve been wondering who still actually reads my blog. I’m trying to do a better job of posting – at least I’m trying to commit to the weekly 7 quick takes. Next week I won’t have a computer with me, but I thought of an idea that I could do to write an early post and then have it post next Friday. The idea involves my handful of blog readers that have stuck around. So here’s your task if you choose to accept it:
Ask me any question you would like to know and I’ll answer it for next week’s 7 quick takes. I promise to try to answer anything as best I can – as long as it is not blatantly offensive or an obvious joke. So if you’ve been a closet reader or just haven’t commented in a while, I’m hoping you’ll participate. You can ask more than one question, but if I end up with more than 7, I’ll pick the best questions.
For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary!