Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year's

Sorry for the delay in posting...the holidays crept up on me and then took me by whirlwind. I felt like much more of a grown up this Christmas season. I have helped my mom out a lot since she has been out of town so much right up til Christmas Eve. I have just had the chance to reflect on all of this and see up close how much life travels in a circle. Having the time to visit my grandmama emphasized this completely. She is doing better from her hip replacement but they have discovered that basically her knees are shot and so is one shoulder. Basically she will never really walk again with the ease that she once did which is sad if you know my grandmama. She was a very athletic person and loved walking whether it was around town or just in the yard. It is hard to see her this way and know that she isn't able to move about without pain. :(
But on a positive note, I have had the chance to spend a ton of time with the Beau over the break. He took some days and then had some extra days off this week which has been nice. He was sick, he blames my baby cousin, so of course yours truly took care of him. It wasn't too bad but he definitely pushed the limit on Sunday when he was whining about something and I didn't baby him enough. He got mad and said some not nice things. But one thing that is great about the Beau is his ability to apologize when he is wrong. He apologized about 5 minutes after he said it and realized how mean it was.

Anyways I digress, I was watching the Today Show with my grandmama the Monday and Tuesday before Christmas when they started talking about New Year's Resolutions....Ha ha... I am sure you thinking the same thing that I was thinking. Resolutions are a joke! They last maybe a week at best. One big big point they made on the Today Show was the fact that people make their goals too unrealistic and too big. They are so right about that!

So I have decided to follow their advice and see how it goes. I have set two small goals for myself. 1. To do at least 10 lunges per leg. 2. To do at least 10 minutes on Wii Fit. These smaller goals are suppose to help you keep them and to feel a greater sense of achievement with them. It doesn't hurt that they are smaller and usually lead you to continue once you have started. I will have to keep you updated with the progress. Some kind of change needs to happen needless to say with my body. It is time!

I have found the first resolution much easier to do. The second one has been slightly harder to do since we bought a new TV and then the Beau thinks its a sport to watch me do Wii Fit from his couch. Lets just say I no longer do Pilates and rolling into a ball in front of him. He went and got a beer once and watched me do Pilates. He found it highly amusing and truly an entertainment. Me....not so much! I can laugh with myself or at myself with the best of them but somehow that doesn't amuse me as much as it does him.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Funniest E-mail

I am not one of those people who normally forwards e-mails but this is one of the funniest e-mails I have read in a long time. It is from one of my mom's friends. Being a dog person makes it funnier and you can definitely relate if you have had a dog who is a little neurotic. Mind you as I was reading this, laughing histerically because this is something my parents' Jack Russell Terrier would do, the Beau is wondering what I am finding so funny. Needless to say once he read it, he found it as funny as I did. Enjoy!

Jasper and the Unbaked Yeast Rolls

Those of you who have/had animals will probably appreciate it more. It is a story that is hilarious in itself and the person that wrote it is a good writer and made the story even better. Enjoy...

We have a fox terrier by the name of Jasper. He came to us in the summer of 2001 from the fox terrier rescue program. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this type of adoption, imagine taking in a 10 year old child about whom you know nothing and committing to doing your best to be a good parent.

Like a child, the dog came with his own idiosyncrasies. He will only sleep on the bed, on top of the covers, nuzzled as close to my face as he can get without actually performing a French kiss on me.

Lest you think this is a bad case of 'no discipline ' , I should tell you that Perry and I tried every means to break him of this habit including locking him in a separate bedroom for several nights. The new door cost over $200. But I digress.

Five weeks ago we began remodeling our house. Although the cost of the project is downright obnoxious, it was 20 years overdue AND it got me out of cooking Thanksgiving for family, extended family, and a lot of friends that I like more than family most of the time.

I was assigned the task of preparing 124 of my famous yeast dinner rolls for the two Thanksgiving feasts we did attend.

I am still cursing the electrician for getting the new oven hooked up so quickly. It was the only appliance in the whole darn house that worked, thus the assignment.

I made the decision to cook the rolls on Wed evening to reheat Thurs am. Since the kitchen was freshly painted, you can imagine the odor. Not wanting the rolls to smell like Sherwin Williams #586, I put the rolls on baking sheets and set them in the living room to rise for a few hours. Perry and I decided to go out to eat, returning in about an hour. The rolls were ready to go in the oven.

It was 8:30 PM. When I went to the living room to retrieve the pans, much to my shock one whole pan of 12 rolls was empty. I called out to Jasper and my worst nightmare became a reality. He literally wobbled over to me He looked like a combination of the Pillsbury dough boy and the Michelin Tire man wrapped up in fur. He groaned when he walked. I swear even his cheeks were bloated.

I ran to the phone and called our vet. After a few seconds of uproarious laughter, he told me the dog would probably be OK, however, I needed to give him Pepto Bismol every 2 hours for the rest of the night.

God only knows why I thought a dog would like Pepto Bismol any more than my kids did when they were sick. Suffice it to say that by the time we went to bed the dog was black, white and pink He was so bloated we had to lift him onto the bed for the night.

We arose at 7:30 and as we always do first thing; put the dog out to relieve himself. Well, the dog was as drunk as a sailor on his first leave. He was running into walls, falling flat on his butt and most of the time when he was walking his front half was going one direction and the other half was either dragging the grass or headed 90 degrees in another direction.

He couldn't lift his leg to pee, so he would just walk and pee at the same time. When he ran down the small incline in our back yard he couldn't stop himself and nearly ended up running into the fence.

His pupils were dilated and he was as dizzy as a loon. I endured another few seconds of laughter from the vet (second call within 12 hours) before he explained that the yeast had fermented in his belly and that he was indeed drunk.

He assured me that, not unlike most binges we humans go through, it would wear off after about 4 or 5 hours and to keep giving him Pepto Bismol.

Afraid to leave him by himself in the house, Perry and I loaded him up and took him with us to my sister's house for the first Thanksgiving meal of the day.

My sister lives outside of Muskogee on a ranch, (10 to 15 minute drive). Rolls firmly secured in the trunk (124 less 12) and drunk dog leaning from the back seat onto the console of the car between Perry and me , we took off.

Now I know you probably don't believe that dogs burp, but believe me when I say that after eating a tray of risen unbaked yeast rolls, DOGS WILL BURP. These burps were pure Old Charter. They would have matched or beat any smell in a drunk tank at the police station. But that's not the worst of it.

Now he was beginning to fart and they smelled like baked rolls. God strike me dead if I am not telling the truth! We endured this for the entire trip to Karen's, thankful she didn't live any further away than she did.

Once Jasper was firmly placed in my sister's garage with the door locked, we finally sat down to enjoy our first Thanksgiving meal of the day. The dog was the topic of conversation all morning long and everyone made trips to the garage to witness my drunken dog, each returning with a tale of Jasper's latest endeavor to walk without running into something. Of course, as the old adage goes, 'what goes in must come out' and Jasper was no exception.

Granted if it had been me that had eaten 12 risen, unbaked yeast rolls, you might as well have put a concrete block up my behind, but alas a dog's digestive system is quite different from yours or mine. I discovered this was a mixed blessing when we prepared to leave Karen's house. Having discovered his 'packages' on the garage floor, we loaded him up in the car so we could hose down the floor.

This was another naive decision on our part. The blast of water from the hose hit the poop on the floor and the poop on the floor withstood the blast from the hose. It was like Portland cement beginning to set up and cure.

We finally tried to remove it with a shovel. I (obviously no one else was going to offer their services) had to get on my hands and knees with a coarse brush to get the remnants off of the floor. And as if this wasn't degrading enough, the darn dog in his drunken state had walked through the poop and left paw prints all over the garage floor that had to be brushed too.

Well, by this time the dog was sobering up nicely so we took him home and dropped him off before we left for our second Thanksgiving dinner at Perry's sister's house.

I am happy to report that as of today (Monday) the dog is back to normal both in size and temperament. He has had a bath and is no longer tricolor. None the worse for wear I presume. I am also happy to report that just this evening I found 2 risen unbaked yeast rolls hidden inside my closet door.

It appears he must have come to his senses after eating 10 of them but decided hiding 2 of them for later would not be a bad idea. Now, I'm doing research on the computer as to: 'How to clean unbaked dough from the carpet.'

And how was your day?

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Tis The Season

Let me just say that I love the Christmas season! I love everything about it and all it entails. This past weekend I went to Edisto which was a great getaway and the perfect way to relax before three more weeks of schools. Yes, 15 days as of Monday and now 13 days left until we are out for "WINTER Holiday"!!!! My kids crack me up because they came in yesterday and announced it was Christmas. I love that innocence about children and I was shocked to see some of mine with it still. Even though all of my students are talking about Christmas and discussing it to no end, I can't talk about or reference it. The "Holiday" party shall be interesting....

I was so excited though to walk through the door of the Beau's house on Sunday and see:
1. Our artifical tree up and ready for me to decorate (the Beau claims to be allergic to real aka. he doesn't want to have to deal with a real one each year) ask me some time about how my mom heard that the Beau was allergic and sent her into panic over her future grandbabies!@!
2. The house was clean
3. Vegetable Soup that hit the spot on that cold, rainy day!
4. A warm couch and a Beau excited to see me after the weekend

An added bonus came after the tree was decorated and no ornaments were broken in the process!!!!!!!! Yay, I am suppose to get some of my Christopher Radko ornaments this year that I have been collecting since I was little. No bad mojo when they come in of broken ornaments!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Well I am sufficiently stuffed and have no desire to move unless it is to my bed from the couch. Today was a great day but definitely not our normal Thanksgiving. My grandmother is home from the hospital and whatnot which is awesome and a blessing but she is not making the progress that we all thought she would. She had put off her hip surgery because of everything that had happen with my granddaddy. She isn't able to be by herself anymore which is frustrating. She is my role model and I have always looked up to her. I hope at her age that I have as much spunk and determination to do what I want to do. She has refused to leave the house that has been in the family for over 200 years. She is not wanting to have any help really outside of the family for now (had enough of that when my granddaddy was sick). All of this would be fine if we all lived in the same town and if my aunt and my uncle lived even within our state but they don't. Sorry for the long winded start but what all of this caused was for my mom to not be home today until about an hour before we ate Thanksgiving dinner. I am grateful for her being home to eat with us but it wasn't the same. I didn't get up and head home to help her with making macaroni and cheese, pecan pies, and deveiled eggs (our contributions) or watch the Macy's Day Parade with her.
It also got me to thinking about all the things I am grateful for. We discussed this in my class on Tuesday and my kids had some creative answers (foods they like, pets, family, their toys, video games). I found an e-mail from my mom earlier that provided a website where you click once a day to fund the food for animals on the animal rescue site. Here is the website and all you have to do is click on the purple box. A simple way to help out.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Turkey Day

I love the winter holidays even though I am a warm weather girl. I am amazed at how early the stores are starting to was right at Halloween that the stores started pulling out the Christmas decorations. I almost feel like Thanksgiving is being lost sort of in the mix for the commericalism of Christmas which I understand with the recession and all but still. The commercials at least still celebrate Thanksgiving and I have to give out props to Jennie O. I love their commercials about getting the turkey ready for Thanksgiving day. I think my favorite one is the turkey wrestling. Does anyone else find these as amusing as I do?

Dreaming Big

So eventually the Beau and I will be buying a house and when I say eventually I mean sooner than later we will. While the Beau has a great house now it is exciting to think about a new house and hopefully it being a house we will move into together! Talking about what we both want in a house and from us both looking around, we are finding that what we want is not out there right now at a price we can swing. The idea of building is something we are throwing around a little more. There are pros and cons to both sides so I am interested to see what happens.
On another note, as the Beau and I were hanging out tonight the discussion of ADD and ADHD came up. Neither one of us is diagnosed with either one but the Beau said that he would probably be diagnosed with it if he had gone to the doctor when he was younger. He went on to say that it took a lot to get him excited about what he was learning about. Don't get me wrong either because he is very smart but it was funny. I was saying at the same time that I have trouble focusing one thing for a long period and flit from thing to thing (doing things or saying things). And low and behold, the Beau says under his breathe "Don't I know it". Smartie Martie thought that I hadn't heard him...haha see who gets the last laugh. Glad I can laugh at myself and him.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

That Time of Year

I feel like I am a rut with school and my daily routine. It seems to be the same old, same old day in and day out which is getting old quickly. I am ready for the "Winter Holidays" since it is politically incorrect to say Christmas Break. To top off my routine, I have gotten worse instead of better. So frustrating since I have been trying to take good care of myself and take my medicine and whatnot. The kids were entertained enough though by my voice and I think honestly felt sorry for me today.
On a brighter note, it appears like it is going to be a cold winter :) So maybe some snow this year...It was at least a record low last night in the twenties which is amazing for us down here in the south in mid-november. It is time to invest in some new dressier winter clothes. My wardrobe is predominantly school clothes or cute tops that can go with jeans...not much dressy-wise. Here are some things I am looking at:

Lace Dress from Ann Taylor Loft

Houndstooth Skirt from Talbots on sale!

Guess "Drifter"

Michael Kors Jacket
Can you tell that I like the Houndstooth pattern right now!

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Stole this from Southern Prep

1. What time did you get up this morning? is getting harder and harder to get up...can't wait for Thanksgiving Break
2. Diamonds or Pearls? Pearls but I wouldn't say no to a diamond
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? I can't has been awhile
4. What is your favorite TV show? Jon and Kate Plus 8
5. What did you eat for breakfast? Smart Start
6. What foods do you dislike? brussel sprouts
7. Your favorite potato chip? Baked BBQ or Baked Cheetos
8. What is your favorite CD at the moment? Can't tell you the last CD I bought.
9. What kind of car do you drive? Chevy Trail Blazer
10. Favorite sandwich? French Dip
11. What characteristics do you despise? those trying to make themselves look better just in front of bigwigs
12. What are your favorite clothes? button down polos and my pink chinos
13. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go? Anywhere sunny and warm
14. What color is your bathroom? beige
15. Favorite brand of clothing? preppy
16. Favorite time of day? 6:21 pm
17. Where would you want to retire to? the coast(isle of palms maybe?)
18. Favorite sports to watch? football
19. Coke or Pepsi? definitely coke
20. Are you a morning person or night owl? depends on the day and the mood
21. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share? same old right now but maybe one day!
22. What did you want to be when you were little? doctor
23. What is your best childhood memory? being with my family at my grandparents or their beach house
24. Nicknames? BUD, B
25. Piercings? Ears
26. Eye Color? Brown
27. Favorite day of the week? Saturday
28. Favorite restaurant? MoMos or Terra
29. Favorite ice cream? chocolate and vanilla frozen yogurt swirl
30. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? jcrew
31. Bedtime? last night was around midnight and too late to have to get up at 6 the next morning
32. What are you listening to right now? ugly betty
33. How many tattoos do you have? none
34. Next film you'll see? 4 Christmases possibly

Monday, November 10, 2008

Blog Giveaway!

So school has been crazy lately and the weekends jam it was yesterday before I had the chance to catch up on some of my favorite blog reads. I have been looking at different websites for ideas for some Christmas presents so imagine how excited I was when I saw what Magnolias, Marriage, and Manhattan was doing a blog giveaway of a Donovan Design Calendar from The Paper Cafe. That website has some of the cutest notepads, labels, and recipe cards. They are going to make some great stocking stuffer this year! So if you are interested in her giveaway here is her blog

Here are the details:

We'll pick FIVE WINNERS this time--you have until FRIDAY!!

Each winner will receive this adorable Desk Calendar from Donovan Designs via The Paper Cafe. The calendars are an $18.00 value and perfect for teacher presents, stocking stuffers, gifts for your friends or coworkers, etc!

To win:

1) Readers must visit The Paper Cafe website and view their Donovan Designs products

2) Readers must post a comment on this post that tells your your favorite Donovan Design product (must have DD in product code). All posts must be done before FRIDAY!

3) Readers should make sure there is either a link to their blog or they should leave their email address so that I can contact you if you win.

4) For an extra entry (or two), post this contest on your blog or become a follower. If you do either (or both), please let me know. If the winner references that they found this contest through your blog, then they win too!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Somebody's got a case of the Mondays

So today was my first day back at work since last Wednesday and it was totally a MONDAY!!! I went to a conference out of town from Wednesday evening until midday Saturday. It was a lot of fun to break out of my routine but hard as bejeezes to come back to it. Apparently my threat from the last substituting experience paid off or my sub rocked my students' world. I am all about taking a day for professional development or if you just need a day but after this particular experience I don't feel like that is possible. Mind you I can be a very particular person (OCD) when it comes to leaving my babies. I don't like to do it often and I leave very detailed plans i.e. 7 pages per day. Needless to say this morning, I discovered that that was apparently not enough. Not only did this sub not follow my plans, she went above and beyond to GRADE all of my papers that I asked for the students to turn in to their folder. I have never heard of a sub that graded all the test. It wouldn't be so bad if she had just stopped there but she graded my test in red pen (big No-No) and went so far as to write comments on them. Can't wait to see what my parents say about that. The substitute also played Bingo with the students at the end of the day and gave them the treat that I had bought for the good report as a prize for winning Bingo. Great! Last thing I promise to whine about is the fact that I have some private books that I use as read-alouds with my class. Apparently those were given out to the students so that they could read them so they have now all read the different books that I have saved to use as a read-aloud. ARGH!!!!!! I just wanted to cover my ears each time my students told me about something they did with the substitute. No wonder they behaved and loved it! talk about having a case of the Mondays that lasted awhile today.
On a happy note, I totally got over my case of the Mondays by buying some Christmas paper to start wrapping some of my early Christmas presents. YAY!!! I love the Christmas season for all the different reasons that you can think of. It blows my mind though that they are already showing Christmas commercials and it isn't even Thanksgiving yet. One teacher told me today that is 15 days until Thanksgiving and after Thanksgiving break, it is only 15 days until "Winter Holiday". YAY! Something to look forward to...

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

What a week and it's only Wednesday!

I can't believe how crazy this week has been. With Fire Prevention Month and Red Ribbon Week this week also, it has been crazy. Seven and eight year olds can not handle change to their schedule very easily. Monday and Tuesday were rough but we have managed to have a great day today!
It amazes me how much these kids are aware of nowadays compared to when we were growing up. A student told another child today to "shut the f*** up". She is seven years old! What are parents thinking when they speak this language around their children. The little girl said that her mom uses that language around her. It blows me away! In so many ways, I guess I had a sheltered childhood. A loving mom and dad and sister, house to live in, food to eat, and clothes to wear. I wasn't spoiled but I never went without something I needed. I am reminded everday of how blessed I am and how lucky I was growing up.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Get Excited....

Hey Y,all! I have decided after reading other people's blogs obsessively for awhile that it is time to start my own. I need a creative outlet and decided that this might be a good place to start. Hopefully you will enjoy and get a kick out of some of the things that are happening in my life. Get excited because I am!!!