Sunday, February 27, 2011

Savannah - Been There 'n Done That!

We are home! We had a blast! Our feet hurt! The Bug's voice hurts! But oh what fun we had! The music was INCREDIBLE! My daughter's laugh is infectious! She has the sweetest group of musically inclined friends! I am glad that I looked the part of the tourist - and wore my New Balances all the time...because my feet don't hurt as much as the fashionista who is resting her toots on the couch as I type.

Around here, well things had less exclamation marks. The cat hid almost the entire time we were one. Hubs hurt his foot and basically sat parked on the couch. My parents informed me that if we ever move away, they are moving with us. Oh, and the cleaning fairy did not show up for duty while we were gone.

I took some funny pictures - actually a lot of walking pictures. As in the girls WALKING in front of me. We probably walked enough to have made our way back home...but it was fun and I'd do it again next year...and the next...and the next...and the next. I can honestly say that being a chaperone might have been as much fun as it was to actually be an All-Stater 26 years ago.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Spring is.... springing?

I know, I know....the English teacher wannabe inside of me keeps saying that's not correct grammar on some level, but believe me when I tell you... spring is definitely in its way! I have noticed tons of little green 'sticks' poking their heads up through the covering on the raised islands in our front yard. Now if I had planned this post carefully I would have gone outside with my camera and taken a picture of the splendor of new growth in the yard ... but no. Not me. Maybe later. Maybe not. You never know around here.

I am curious to see if my hostas will come back this year. Because remember the wind storm that we had that knocked a tree over on our house? That was my lovely shade tree that is out front as well. I took care of the debris from the breakage, but we still need to cut back the rest of the tree. That is also where I planted those zillions of hostas that I took from my parents' yard a few years ago. So we'll see what happens. I may end up having to move them to another spot in the yard.

I have the next week off from student teaching and I really hope to get some things done around here before we head to the Bug's chorus event later in the week. I need to spend some time as well studying for the GACE which I'm taking at the end of March. I want to try to spend some time with my parents as well. It's going to be a busy week but I am so grateful for the break!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

DÍA DE NIEVE

We have snow again in the south. I think I woke up twice last night to go and peek out the window to see what all was going on. Our back yard looks like a gorgeous blanket of white. Even the huge heart that is cut out in the grass is gorgeous (a story for another day...). The front yard is pretty but the trees kept a lot of the snow from reaching the ground out there. The roads and sidewalks are fine. The local schools are in session...but I am taking a DÍA DE NIEVE (translation: snow day). Because I don't have to work today - the one benefit of getting all of my student teaching accomplished at the beginning of the week.

So what does one do on her personalized snow day? I have a laundry list of chores that is probably a mile long. Clean the kitchen. Bathrooms. Bedrooms. Dust. Vacuum. Mop. Grocery Store. Bank. Clean out my car - which looks like it has a family of homeless people living in it if the back seat and rear of the van are any indication. Then maybe, just maybe, I'll curl up in my snuggie and watch a good movie. If I don't get lured in to do some homework.

On a positive note - my Dad has started the treatments for his cancer and will only have to get his shots every six months. The doctor has guaranteed us that his numbers will come back down. My Mom had a heart cath on Tuesday and is doing well. This eliminated the thought that there could be any blockages around her heart. She will see the cardiologist in a few weeks and we think they'll start trying to treat her with some different medications. He told us that he hopes to have veins and arteries like Mom's when he is her age.

One more exciting thing before I finish. I think my niece will be getting engaged soon. There's a lot of wedding buzz going on between her and her boyfriend. She is determined though to finish nursing school before getting married and I admire and applaud her for sticking with that. She'll graduate May 2012. I'll keep you posted.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Queen of Procrastination

What is it about knowing you have to do something...and you keep and keep putting it off? Today is all about cleaning the house. Partially because it really needs to be done. With a smig of the fact that The Bug has a friend coming over to hang out for a while tonight. And I really need to do some cleaning. Especially after I decided to pull EVERYTHING out of one of the downstairs closets last night and then the plans were made (and the stuff was all over the foyer!).

So today is going to be the speed round of cleaning. You know the one... You put everything AWAY (insert back into the closet) and close the doors to the rooms that you don't want anybody to see (like the guest room) and frantically vacuum and clean up the bathroom (because it's your daughter's...and she's a teenager...and you generally don't venture in there...and when you do, you hear this 'ugh, PRIVACY, please!').

On top of that, it is raining cats and dogs here. I would rather have the snow the other parts of the country are dealing with at this point. I am tired of the rain. I need to get some work done in the yard before everything here starts to bud. We have a huge pile of limbs to burn in the garden bed (remember when we lost two trees last year due to the wind?). My yard just looks messy to me right now and it is bothering me. I need to some weed pulling therapy.

Okay, time to get back to work. I wish there was a cleaning fairy that conveniently visits houses... on rainy days....so that I could scrapbook or read a good book...or take a nap!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Middle School

Okay, if you had asked me a month ago if I thought I'd enjoy my student teaching in a middle school... I would have told you "NO" hands down. But guess what? Sometimes when we are given lemons, it's really because we're gonna be thirsty and need some lemonade. Because I am really enjoying my time with the students at the middle school. They are hilarious! They make me laugh! Their smiles can light up the room and their voices remind me why I am there - to make a difference and to share whatever knowledge I have with them to make their worlds a better place and their homework a little bit easier to complete.

Yesterday I taught my first lesson in our resource math class. I designed a PowerPoint game and we did a review for their math test that they're all taking today. It was fun. They were engaged. The time passed quickly and they retained what we did in class so that when they got to their regular math class, they knew exactly what we were doing and how to do it without my assistance. I felt like a proud Momma.

My advisor is coming later in the month to do an onsite observation. I have no idea what I'll teach or even where we will be in our math lesson plans. I'm not nervous about it though. I had to videotape yesterday's lesson and watch it last night to provide my critique of how things went. The lesson was incredible. My only complaint? I need to get back to my exercise routine. I am considering joining Weight Watchers Online. I hope to lose some weight before I graduate in December. That seems amazing sometimes - I'll be finished THIS December! Incredible!