Thursday, May 8, 2014

And..She's back!

The semester is over and I don't have classes for another few weeks. So, I might want to update this. I know you've been dying to hear what has happened. Lets work backward in time....

2 hours ago my son asked how babies came out if they weren't cut out of the Mom. A conversation ensued. The mystery of female biology is no more. Husband, you OWE me. What good is having boys if I have to explain these things to them??? My one perk, and it's gone. At least it wasn't awkward or anything.

5 hours ago, I got Mother's Day flowers 3 days early. And they are pretty! I am so blessed to have a husband who thought ahead enough to order flowers in time that I can show them off to my fellow teacher AND he didn't have to pay prime delivery fees. He's thoughtful like that.

Yesterday, I found out I won an award! I haven't won an award since I was in 7th grade. I received the Outstanding Student Award from SHSU Dept of Library Sciences. So nice to be recognized. I am honored. Truly.

Just before I went to get the mail and find my surprise award, I booked a trip on Expedia to London for the summer. AHH! It's going to happen now for sure because those suckers are nonrefundable. I am so excited. 8 days in Germany for baseball camp and 4 days in London. Traveling the world. I never thought it would happen, but I can't wait. The planner in me is on hyper drive and I am trying to relax about the packing and the paying (right now we can get there and have a place to stay, but not eat or go anywhere), and the being away from home for 2 weeks, and the paying, and finding the right shoes to walk around Europe without having my feet kill me, and.... I think I need to relax a bit. So I'm going to smile awkwardly at my shiny award and figure out what to cook for dinner.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Best VBS promo ever!

VBS Volunteers Promo 2014 from Crossroads Baptist Church on Vimeo.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Day 5

Oh my Spring Break. Today was a doozie. I drove about 8 hours today. To and from East Texas. Mission accomplished. Treasure found. But boy am I tired. I got home. And there was no pie. It is Pi day. So Dear Hubby just left to get pie. And milk. He's a good man. I think he was so eager to go get pie because he was with the boys all day. All. Day. Or maybe he is thanking me for not having to drive all day. I'm glad to be home. And sad that Spring Break is about done. But there is still tomorrow. Right?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Day 4

I felt a little lost today. Woke up with a headache, but was feeling better by noon. The children were frighteningly willing to do anything I asked. The weather was gorgeous. I got to finish a good book. It's a middle grade novel with some great elements. Not quite right for a 3rd grade read aloud, but it will certainly make it to the shelves.

I also got a haircut. Talk about big adventure. My stylist was Chinese (I think), a bit older, and had a very different way of doing things. It all came out in the end just fine, but was a little scary getting there. She didn't ask what I wanted done until she had already washed, conditioned, and combed out my hair. Scissors were in hand. I can't wait to make the newish cut mine.

All in all it's been a great day after I found my way.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Day 3

It was a great day off! Project Room Reclamation was put on hold. We saw a movie. We played games. Hairs were cut. Not much to share.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Day 2

This day started out slowly. The plan to take the husband to work early derailed when he decided to just sleep in. Then we went to get his truck from the shop. We are down one truck heater and $100 and consider it a win. If you want to know why, it's because I don't have to take him in to work anymore this week.

I went shopping on the way home. When I got back the boys were all like "Where ya been?" "Oh, I see, shopping, did you get good stuff?" And then I made them pizza and they loved me for the rest of the day.....Or not.

When Project Reclamation started, they were moderately motivated. 45 minutes into the drama of sorting room detritis, they were looking for an out. 90 minutes into it, they were downright whiny and rude. After 2 hours, there was a wee break and then they were back at it. Only after a severe lecture highlighting the benefits of efficient time management and receiving of The Look, did they finally get it in gear and accomplish the task set before them. Time elapsed: 3 hours 17 minutes. Needless to say, I got a lot of work done that I needed doing with no one clamoring for the computer.

I, on the other hand, read some books, completed a presentation, started another assignment, cooked dinner, and did some laundry. Now we have towels to dry ourselves with.

It's been a good day.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Day 1

First day of Spring Break is a moderate success.

The boys hauled 5 bags of trash out of their room. They filled an 18 gallon tub about 3/5 full with stuff for garage sale. And it looks like they are about 1/10th done with the Room Reclamation.

While they were playing and sorting memories I managed to start the paperwork called taxes.

And contact the car warranty people to get assurance we really didn't have a warranty.

Talked with the husband 3 times to help decide to postpone major car repair  by bypassing the system that is affected. Smart, right? But it's just the heater and it's March. In Texas. I'm going with the odds that he won't need that sucker until November.

I got the oil changed in my car. Funny story: It was supposed to be an hour and a half wait. BUT, if you give the desk people sympathetic eyes while they chat with their friends on the phone, it goes faster. Out in an hour.

I also took the husband to work, let the friend's dog out, read some for fun, picked hubby up from work after waiting for almost an hour in the parking lot, and made a great dinner.

Coming up: finish our Netflix guilty pleasure series.

It's a nice start to a great week.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tuesday rant

I have held my tongue so often today I think I may have a permanent lisp.

 Here's what makes me rant:

benchmark testing
stupid people
smart people who act stupid
oblivious people who don't do their jobs
educrats who are so focused on CYA that they miss the point of their profession
teachers who should know better
slacker teachers who let everyone else do their duty while they chat with anyone they can find
parents of teens who get their feelings hurt and hurl accusations at my husband who got up early on the yuckiest weather day ever to meet with them
kids who don't know that silent lunch means you cannot play "I'll kick you harder than you kicked me" under the table
people who use false humilty (we all know you have to do it and wouldn't if your job wasn't on the line) to accept blame for something we all know they did wrong and try to get us to be excited about their newly clearly defined expectations
faculty meetings
inservice at faculty meetings about something I have no intention of implementing
meeting after the faculty meeting

And I can't post any of this on FB because people would think I mean them (which I might or might not) and get all paranoid and label me a grumpy witch "how can she be a pastor's wife" and I'd get a ton of "bless you r heart" comments that I just cannot tolerate tonight

I feel better