Monday, April 25, 2011

A Braggy Moment

We interrupt this regularly scheduled program to share some breaking news with the world....

I PASSED THE GACE!

This means that I can (1) Student teach in the fall. (2) Graduate in December. (3) Be gainfully employed as a teacher.

AWESOME!

We return to your normal broadcasting now....

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A New Beginning

Today is my birthday. I don't know why, but the idea of getting older has never really bothered me. In fact, when I was younger I LOVED to point out if I was older (according to my best friend from 7th grade... I apparently did this every year!). Sure, I can see the progression of time. My hair is a little grayer around the edges. My hands don't look like those of a 20 year old...although being an obsessive hand washer does not help. Just this past year I realized that the doctors are right....the cartilage between your knees does deteriorate - I can tell this when I am scrubbing the garden tub and try to get back up! But it doesn't really bother me.

I like to think of birthdays as an opportunity to grow. I like to think about things about myself that I would like to change and decide what I need to do to set things in motion to try to make these changes a reality. This year, I think what my change will be is taking better care of myself. The past few years have been about furthering my education. Raising my child.Trying to be superwoman for a lot of different people in my world. So this year is about doing things for myself. Not anything drastic - just small things that matter to me. Taking time to enjoy the flowers in the yard (did that today) or time to read a book or watch a movie that I want to see. Taking the time to stop and get my eyebrows waxed or getting my nails done. Getting a coffee. Or, like today, going to Zaxby's and having a milkshake. The birthday cake milkshake to be exact. And you know what? It was GOOD!

So today, in honor of my birthday, do something special just for you! :)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

10 Things That Make Me Happy

Ever seen that movie "Ten Things I Hate About You" with Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles? I love that movie. The whole take on the Taming of the Shrew by Shakespeare. Set with a modern teenage twist. I am going to Target to see if they have that movie. So that The Bug and I can watch it together and I can share with her something that I think is cute and funny ... and I also happen to like the music.

So while HATE is such a strong word... I have been thinking about things that make me happy. Here's a short list.

1. The Bug. Her laughter is infectious. Her artwork is amazing even though she will not share it with the world...to quote, "I have copyright issues." Not sure where that came from. Her jewelry is adorable and totally a way to make some pocket money without having to babysit. Her aunt and I are still trying to convince her of this!

2. My husband's hair. When he actually lets it grow out. Because he keeps it cut so short because of cowlicks on the top of his head. But his hair is this gorgeous black color and it is so soft and lovable all on his own. It is hard to believe that it was BLOND and longer when I met him.

3. Laughter. Especially when it involves the two people mentioned previously. Or when The Bug is hanging out with her friends. Genuine laughter - not that stuff that seems to forced. When that starts, I am done.

4. The Cat. She loves me. What is there not to love about her? Last night we had some unbelievable storms. She left her safe haven under the bed to come and hang out in the living room with me. Granted, she crawled under the couch. But she apparently feels safer when she's in the same room as me and that's a good thing in my book.

5. My parents. Both of them. Equally. For their advice when I need it. And their help. And their unconditional love and encouragement of me. What would I do without them?

6. Peanut Butter. I love peanut butter. If I were a poet I am sure I would write a sonnet all about peanut butter and how much I love it. Even though, at times, it has made me sick. It is my favorite food ingredient. I wonder what a peanut butter drink would taste like though? I might not like that as much.

7. Chick-fila. Seriously, if you live in a section of the world where there is no Chick-fila, I seriously feel sorry for you. I am a serious Chick-fila girl - we have it every Tuesday night for dinner. And Not only because it is buy one, get one free. I have loved Chick-fila from the first time I tried it - probably around the age of four. It never gets old.

8. Music. All kinds. Especially 80s music though. Nothing makes me happier than music. I am always singing something...just ask my family! I am so glad that my parents have such diverse musical tastes that I was exposed to all sorts of music as a child. I try to do the same with The Bug.

9. Books. I love to read. I want a Kindle. I think the perfect life would be where I could read books all day long. And never had to do housework. And Chick-fila delivered.

10. Winnie the Pooh. Seriously. So much so that I abandoned my family at Disney World and made a bee line to right where Pooh was standing.I have pictures! Last night, we were watching reruns of Who's Line is it Anyway (another favorite!) and Colin and Ryan were doing a skit where they do infomercials to sell albums. Colin said "We'll return to your movie, Crouching Tigger, Hidden Pooh".... and I nearly lost it! Hilarious!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Just a Cleanin.....

My daughter is sick. Because adults let teenagers roam around Universal Studios during a monsoon with wet shoes and socks and clothes all day Thursday. Then threw them all on a chartered bus (wet) and then made them come home on the same bus on Friday (which I am sure was still wet). So today we went to the lovely doctor's office and got some meds. Because it is spring break...and who wants to be sick and in the bed? Ugh....

Since she is sick, I am stuck at home. Cleaning. Not fun. Oh and writing imaginary lesson plans on The Tell Tale Heart and watching a video on youtube of Vincent Price doing an awesome performance. I wonder...was it his life's goal to always play such creepy characters? Did anybody ever think he was too cute for all that scary stuff? But what would Thriller be without his voice over?

I am also spending time helping the cat stalk this bird that comes every day and taps on The Bug's bathroom window. It's like we have sonic hearing and wait for the tap-tap-tap each morning. It's a strange story actually - this bird (if bird's live that long) did the same thing last year. It looks like the same bird. Orange beak. Sort of looks like a female cardinal. She keeps us entertained for the most part. Okay, the cat more than me. I am just glad to be home this week. I only wish I could find the person who invented housework and give them a piece of my mind. Why can't someone create the self-cleaning house?