Wednesday, November 7, 2007


I was reading one of my favorite blog today and Jane made a blog post from virtually nothing out-of-the-ordinary. Here's mine.

Write about my day!

Well, my day was a typical, very busy day at an elementary school. Lots of behavior issues, especially at lunch time, and two wet pants episodes. It was busy and the day went by quickly. Oh, lots of kids not feeling well and the secretaries were on nurse duty. Plus my own daughter smilingly wasn't feeling well for about 10 minutes. I think she just needed a hug (plus a tum(s). How do you say a singular Tums? She had a Tums? She had a Tum? I have no idea but they both sound weird.

Analyze my cat!

I have spoken of my demon cat here before I believe. He bites me, which I probably deserve. It's very annoying, though, when I'm sitting at my computer desk and he pounces on my feet over and over and jumps at my hand every time I move it. Maybe the picture below explains why he might attack me, but seriously, the clothing was not my idea.

Really, not my idea.

Tell what I had for dinner and why!
I made pizza. The reason is that I haven't menu-planned or grocery shopped for the week and that is what I had on hand. Also, I could put the dough in the bread machine and go do my after-school work and not have to worry about it for 1 1/2 hours (or so). My work took longer than I expected which explaines the "or so". Supper was at about 7:30 which is rather late but we lived through it. It was good pizza too, if I do say so myself. I put baby swiss cheese on it for added zip (my life is pitiful) and it was very tasty.

Bitch about television!

Television sucks. The only shows I like are on at 9 and it bugs me that the ones I liked the best last season, Medium and October Road, are not on anymore. I take those surveys online and they ask my age and then my favorite show. I always put Judging Amy whenever that was on. Then they took it off. Last year I put Medium on every time I took that survey. Now it's off. I think they see what 40-something women like and then say "we don't want to play up to that demographic, cancel that show". They can bite me.

Re-count a celebrity siting

Once when I was in Emporia, KS for an art therapy conference, they were filming a movie about that preacher and his secretary/girlfriend that plotted to kill their spouses. I think they killed one spouse or something, maybe both. Keith Carradine was playing the preacher and I saw him walking downtown. Also, once when I was in Aspen I was checking into the hostel, because it was all I could afford, and the guy working at the desk told me Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell just checked in to the fancy-schmancy hotel in town. I didn't really see them, but they were nearby. An aside to the preacher/secretary killers mentioned above. I was a church secretary for years so I found that story kind of amusing. Well, in a sick kind of way, but still.

Talk about my first date!

I was asked to a homecoming dance in 7th grade. I was immediately in love with the boy who asked me. He is now gay. I'm sure there's no correlation, right? I continued to be in love with him for at least the rest of that school year and he stomped on my heart.

Where was I born? What story did my mom tell me about it?

I was born in Des Moines, Iowa. Two things my mom told me. One is that I was supposed to be born the day before but she had a cold so they postponed my cesearean birth. So I was supposed to be slightly more of a Libra than I am. I'm currently right on the cusp, but my personality is SO very Libra. That explains it and I never thought about it til just this very minute. Also, now I can't remember what the second thing I was going to say about my birth was. Oh, yes, now I remember. I didn't gain weight and had to be re-hospitalized for it. Imagine that now. It can't be true, really.

What was my first pet's name?

My first pet's name was Princess Anne mylastname. I loved her and she loved me. One Christmas she ate my dad's present on Christmas eve, candy I had made in Bluebirds for him. It was wrapped with tissue paper in a margerine container with no lid. She ate every bite. I was very sad. But the shiny silver aluminum Christmas tree, with 4-color rotating light helped me forget my sadness. We really had one of those. It was awesome. It went well with the cardboard fireplace.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

I'm Listening. Shut up!

I actually heard a woman say that to her kids at the store. I laughed out loud and had to quickly move to another aisle so she wouldn't know I was laughing at her. I could so relate but had never been able to put it so eloquently. heh.

Well, two of our three kiddos are traipsing around the country without me. I'm having a little bit of the empty nest syndrome. You know, I'm the one who can't even leave them at camp without crying (and that's an hour from home). I did pretty good though. Left Em with my sis and got just a little verklempt (sp?) but didn't out-and-out cry. Then, this AM, left Er at the airport and got a little MORE that V word, but held it together til I was on my way to the car. They both made it to their respective destinations without any problems, so that is a relief. Now I can spend the week worrying about everything else that might happen to them. I'd better make a list so I don't forget anything. Er is in California!!! EEEEEEEEEEEEK. The scary, west-coast, crime ridden, earthquake prone California. Well, I know she'll be fine and have a great time. I just think she'd have a better time with me there, right beside her, holding her hand and wiping her face off with my wet thumb. Right? Don't you agree? It's a joke, really it is. I know better.

I'll be a little crazy this week but I'll make it through. I know these are good things for them to do. I remember going on trips and all the fun I had (I hope they don't have that much fun).

Ok I'm outta here.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Fleaaaaaaaaaaaaas Release me . . .

Yes, we have been dealing with fleas. Hopefully they are under control now and we won't all get sick from pesticides. Ick. We (translate *I*) made this shirt for that poor, poor kitty. It wasn't my idea and I was coerced. Actually, I put up with the whining about it as long as I could and then I caved. It is kinda cute, but the poor thing seems miserable when it's on him. It closes with velcro so it's not too confining. Summer is too damn busy and I'm not even working. What's up with that?? Well, working . . . hmm. Not getting paid but I'm still working, believe me. Refereeing 3 kids takes a lot out of you.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

It's only been a month

This picture kills me because she threw her baton up to catch it, in true baton twirler girl fashion. Note that she is hiding from it as it falls toward her head. LOL. I have some photos of her actually catching the thrown baton, but th is one was so much better. Note the machine thingy behind her. Is that a back-hoe? I'm not really sure. But it's some machine that is used to make an egress window, which is being made for us. Yippeee. DD #1 will move to the basement room with the egress window and DH & I will get to move above ground. It takes so little to excite me. But I digress about egress. Hehehe. I've been just waiting to say that.

There is an elementary art teacher job opening at the school I work!?!?!? (Edited to remove REALLY BAD GRAMMAR . . .and I want to be a school teacher. Shame on me) ACK. I applied for it, thinking I could get a provisional license but now I'm not so sure. I guess I will check into getting my 8 hours of course work done RIGHT NOW and then if they want to hire me, I think there is a 1 year license I could get. IF they want to hire me. I would love to get that job, for many reasons. Money is a big one, but also that is what I studied to do. I am nervous at the prospect but also really excited. I've always wanted to teach elementary art. Ah, we shall see. Send good thoughts my way, devoted readers (hahahahaha).
Summer is awesome. That would be another plus to a teaching job. What I'm doing now (teacher aide) is great because any time there is no school I am home. I love it, and am really loving this summer vacation. The main detractor is the pay, and that would be a big plus if I got the teaching job.
Ok enough about me. Oh heck, what else is there to talk about? More me tomorrow at 5,6, & 10.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007


As the kitty claws at my elbows (at least he's not on the keyboard right now):

Meat & Potato Quiche

2 lg. potatoes, shredded
2 T. oil
1 lb. sausage, browned (or ham, hamburger, etc)
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese (or swiss)
2 eggs
1 c. milk
salt & pepper, to taste

Shred potatoes into a pie pan. Add oil and mix, then shape around the pan like a crust. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and add sausage and cheese. Mix milk, eggs, and seasoning and pour over. Bake at 425 for 30 minutes.

Corndog Casserole

1 1/2 lb. hotdogs (we use half cheese hot-dogs and half beef)
2 T. butter
Minced onions, to taste
2 Pkg. Jiffy cornbread mix
2 eggs
1 1/2 c. milk
8 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded

Brown hotdogs with butter and minced onions. Mix cornbread mix, eggs, and milk. Add most of hotdogs and cheese to cornbread mix. Pour into greased 13 x 9 pan. Top with remaining hotdogs and cheese. Bake at 400 for 30 minutes. Yummy

Sunday, May 6, 2007

After Midnight . . .

Ok so we got a kitty and the kids named it Midnight, cuz it's blackish with a couple white spots on his chest (stars). He's too cute for words. Look . . .

Except, ummm, we've shut him in the hall so he'll get used to using his litter box like he's supposed to, etc. and . . . he's mewing to beat the band. DAD GUM. He is a loud little thing. How can such a little piece of living fur make so much noise? He also has some big ol' claws. But he is really really cute. Blurry picture, but ain't he cute??? In other news, we weren't close to the tornados this weekend, for which we are very thankful. My heart goes out to those who were not so lucky. The devestation just amazes me, every time something like this happens. My daughter just said tonight that it was impossible to imagine, one moment you are safe and warm in your house and the next, it's all gone. And it's true that things can be replaced, but still . . . if we lost all our things, meaning things that have sentimental value . . .photos, baby books, etc. and houses that you've transformed into homes filled with love . . . it would be devastating. I'm so sad for them all and am hoping to go help with the cleanup and support in other ways as well. Hug your loved ones extra tight tonight. Peace.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Begin Again

Since my spring has been filled with new beginning, I guess I'll start this again and see what happens. I'm loving my job at the elementary school, looking at ways I can "move up" and maybe use my teaching degree that's 25 years old to actually become a teacher. What a concept!!! Anyway, I love the environment most days. I love being off work at 3 PM too. I feel like I have so much more time in a day than when I worked til 5. I love it. I think spring has finally arrived in Kansas. After SNOW the last two weekends, it was hard to imagine it would actually make it, but here it is. Above are our now dead tulips in the first spring snow.
Anyone out there have experience with online college courses? I'm thinking of trying to update my teaching certification by taking some of those. I wonder how they compare to the real thing. Time-wise it seems like it could be a really good thing. Leave me comments if you have any of that experience.
On the knitting front -- I got nuttin' Lots of WIP but no FO's. One of these days.