Friday, January 27, 2006

AHHHH the dang dog...

Okay...it's official...the dog's name is...Lola. We decided last night. There is no going back. It is finished.

My day started off pretty average. Lola woke me up whining and I really wanted to sleep about 10 more minutes but try explaining that to a dog. So I got up and started the day. When I was on my way to school I realized that I didn't have early practice this morning - I started singing out loud. We don't start super early but knowing that I had a few more minutes to just be, rather than yelling at kids, I was excited! The only way my day can get better now is if it starts to rain. I have been praying for rain today but probably not for the right reasons. I just don't want to stay for after-school practice. Once again, we don't stay late...I just really am not in the mood.

I need to go now. I have been redecorating my classroom and there is still work to be done. well...of course there is work to be done, otherwise I wouldn't be redecorating my room. I always seem to do this when I have a huge stack of papers to grade. Oh well...

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

My Life this week

I forgot to post last week about my car trouble. I was on my way home from school to save Marley (yes, her name has changed...again. We just couldn't remember Lola when we calling her name.) and I was in Ryan's car and I ran out of gas! For the first time ever! Some of you may not believe that I have never run out of gas before but it is true. At first I thought it was funny but then when I couldn't get in touch with anyone to pick me up, I started to become frustrated! Thankfully my friend Mona saved me! She came to pick me up and then Holly and Philip had to stop and help me get the lid off of the gas can! I'm not too smart when it comes to car issues.

So...about the dog. She is pretty fun. but she is sort of like a baby. We (I really mean Ryan) wakes up with her at least two times each night. Then when she is awake she just wants to bite me! But when she is asleep, she is soooo sweet!

I have to go now...the bell just rang and my conference is officially over. I'm off to coach!

Friday, January 20, 2006

Tagged...

Shauna tagged me. This is my first time, I am so nervous!

4 jobs I have had:
Journey's shoe store
Joe Allen's Pit Barbecue
Lytle Land and Cattle (waitress)
Teacher

4 movies I could watch over and over:
Legally Blonde
Legally Blonde 2
13 going on 30
Anchorman

4 places I have lived:
Abilene
An apartment in Fort Worth
Another apartment in Fort Worth
...that's sad!

4 TV shows I like to watch:
Bachelor
CSI (any of them)
The Office
Survivor

4 places I would rather be:
At home with my new puppy
on the beach...ANYWHERE
The Cinque Terre in Italy...the best food and scenary anywhere!
On my couch asleep

4 websites I visit daily:
My blog and everyone else's (shhhh...don't tell)
Weather.com
My school website
MSNBC

4 foods I love:
Anything at Pei Wei
Modern Enchiladas at Mi Cocina
Coca Cola (yes, I think it counts)
Strawberry Snacks (you can find them at QuickTrip)

4 places I have been on vacation:
(The most recent are...)
Kansas City
Italy
France
Spain

I don't have four people to tag because I don't know that many people who blog. That's sad too!

Thursday, January 19, 2006

More dog stuff...

Ok, quick post today. I am sitting in class while my students are testing and I know one of my principal's will come by any minute. It never fails... if I am ever at my desk, a principal comes into my room. Anywho...

We need help with the name for our sweet puppy. Here is the list we (or I) have compiled so far:
Lola
Marley
Mila
Maddox
Roxy
Claire

Look at her picture and make a choice...or better yet, give us some more ideas!

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Our New Addition...


Here is our new addition to our family! She is a 6 week old Chocolate Lab and her name, as of right now, is Roxy. We have had a hard time picking a name, so if you have any suggestions please let us know. The picture is sort of blurry but you can still see how cute she is! We love her already!

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Random Thoughts

Nothing exciting to talk about today...I have been looking at other people's blogs and I really need to post some pictures on mine. This will be somewhat of a problem seeing as how we don't have a digital camera. Oh yeah, add that to the list. One more reason Ryan and I aren't really a part of the 21st century. I mean we are trying to live a simple life but at some point you have to draw the line!

Ryan drew the line...He ordered cable over the Christmas break. He said that he needed it because of basketball and it was only going to cost 24.99 a month so I gave in. He contacted the cable place and had everything set up. But something happened and they couldn't come. Then we were out of town. And then we just sort of forgot about it. Until one night. Ryan had gone to hang out with David in Dallas and the cable people called me and told me they were at our apartment and just wanted to make sure we were home. I said come on up and then immediately called Ryan. He was so excited! After about 20 minutes I get a call from the cable man and he tells me that they aren't going to be able to set it up because our apartment uses a different provider. I said, "You call my husband and tell him that because I don't want to!" So, here we are...still no cable. Ryan has stayed up at Chili's twice now to watch a game. I told him just a few more months and then we'll be out of our silly apartment that doesn't face southwest (or whatever direction it had to face in order to keep our dish).

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Sooo tired today...

I am a morning person. Well, let me rephrase that...I am a morning person once I get out of bed. Typically my alarm starts going off at 5:30 and I usually get up about 6:20. Then I am rushing around because I like to be at school no later than 6:50. So I have decided to make myself get up by 6:10. Less rushing and really what difference can ten minutes make??? So I started this new idea today and now I am sitting here like a zombie, completely convinced that if I would have slept those extra ten minutes I would feel great. It couldn't possibly have anything to do with the fact that I have been going to bus school every night this week and not getting home until after nine. It was those 10 minutes I missed this morning. So tomorrow, I will resume my regular schedule in order to test my hypothesis.

Everyone is having babies! I won't name any names because who would want that announced on a blog but I am sooo excited for all of them. It always makes me wonder if I am ready to have a baby and then I realize that I have enough trouble taking care of myself, Ryan, Mike and Pete (our cats) that I just don't know if I could do it right now. I know that someday I will be ready but I am just not there yet. But I love all of my friends for having babies so that I can be around them and love them and then... give them back!

One other thought about kids...I know I am not ready for kids yet, because kids follow a very strict routine most of the time. Sort of like my cats. Every morning as soon as my feet hit the floor Mike runs into the bathroom. He rubs on my legs and meows until I feed him. Just like a baby. Now of course a baby doesn't meow and rub your legs but it cries until you feed it. Unlike a baby, if I am tired I just kick him a little and he will go away until I have finished going to the bathroom. Kids won't do that. You can't kick them and make them go away until you finish doing something. That's how I know I am not ready. I think I could handle a baby right now, I just wouldn't be able to handle a baby and having to go to the bathroom.

Sooo tired today...

I am a morning person. Well, let me rephrase that...I am a morning person once I get out of bed. Typically my alarm starts going off at 5:30 and I usually get up about 6:20. Then I am rushing around because I like to be at school no later than 6:50. So I have decided to make myself get up by 6:10. Less rushing and really what difference can ten minutes make??? So I started this new idea today and now I am sitting here like a zombie, completely convinced that if I would have slept those extra ten minutes I would feel great. It couldn't possibly have anything to do with the fact that I have been going to bus school every night this week and not getting home until after nine. It was those 10 minutes I missed this morning. So tomorrow, I will resume my regular schedule in order to test my hypothesis.

Everyone is having babies! I won't name any names because who would want that announced on a blog but I am sooo excited for all of them. It always makes me wonder if I am ready to have a baby and then I realize that I have enough trouble taking care of myself, Ryan, Mike and Pete (our cats) that I just don't know if I could do it right now. I know that someday I will be ready but I am just not there yet. But I love all of my friends for having babies so that I can be around them and love them and then... give them back!

One other thought about kids...I know I am not ready for kids yet, because kids follow a very strict routine most of the time. Sort of like my cats. Every morning as soon as my feet hit the floor Mike runs into the bathroom. He rubs on my legs and meows until I feed him. Just like a baby. Now of course a baby doesn't meow and rub your legs but it cries until you feed it. Unlike a baby, if I am tired I just kick him a little and he will go away until I have finished going to the bathroom. Kids won't do that. You can't kick them and make them go away until you finish doing something. That's how I know I am not ready. I think I could handle a baby right now, I just wouldn't be able to handle a baby and having to go to the bathroom.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Today I played pretend

Today I got to fill in for one of our assistant principals because they were out at a conference. I told Ryan yesterday that this would be good for us because if I hated it then I could just drop out of grad school and we wouldn't have to worry about the loans. But I didn't hate it. I really liked it. I know that it wasn't "real" because I couldn't do all of the things an AP does but I still enjoyed it.

It is sort of weird to think that in a few years I won't be doing the same thing that I am doing right now. But then again, that isn't wierd to most people. Some change jobs every few years but I just didn't think I would be doing something new so soon.

I was talking to a few people today about being an administrator and the one thing that I think worries me about this job is that there will be people who won't like me. Generally, I am pretty easy to get along with. I am not saying that everyone loves me now, but I don't do whole lot that would make someone mad. But being in a leadership role, I know I will end up stepping on some toes. I don't think I am really a people-pleaser but for the most part I just like for people to like me. I don't mind having my own opinion and I definitely and not scared to share it, and I don't avoid confrontation (sometimes I embrace it, right Ryan?). People today were saying, "I bet you are being so nice" or " I can't see you being mean" or "I bet you would be fun." None of which sound like descriptors of a principal. So, I don't really know what category I will fall in as an administrator but I just want to be a good one.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

I've got my lunch packed up, my boots tied tight...

Back to school! Not a bad day if I do say so myself. I had a good lesson planned and we are on my favorite topic- genetics! I am a little worried, however, about the mention of sex in my classes. When you talk about sex in middle school it usually works like this: 7th graders crack up and make lots of sex jokes and 8th graders usually just blush and stare wondering if I really just said the "s" word. But not today. I wasn't even talking about having sex. I just said "sex-linked trait" and they all about wet their pants. Some of them were blushing, others were laughing but most were just giggling nervously. They are so funny!

I have had a few funny sex stories since I have been teaching. Last year a boy was reading and instead of saying organism he said...well, you know. He looked up at me with wide eyes and said "I just said the wrong word didn't I?" And we all got a good laugh. Or this year when boy in my class wanted to name our turtle "testes." Pronounced by him "tes-tes" (no long e.) I have been trying to remember funny stories from when I was in school but can't think of many. In 7th grade Sarah S. asked our teacher what were minnow pods. We later found out that she really meant menopause. Any funny stories out there? I would love to hear them!

By the way, thanks to all of you that leave comments on my blog. I love to read them and I have started commenting back.

Monday, January 02, 2006

I know, you thought I quit...

If you will refer to my previous post you will remember that we don't have internet at our apartment. So...it seems like on my two week break I would have plenty of time to write but actually I will be writing more often now that I am back at work.

It was hard to get up this morning. We had a pretty long drive yesterday from Kansas City. We went there for Ryan's family Christmas, it was great! We played games the whole time! I love to play games. ( I think I have said that in one of my two previous posts as well). I am a little worried since I am becoming repetitive on my third post! Yikes! We had fun at my parents house too. We got to spend a lot of time there and mainly relax and just hang! I love Christmas time. But now...it's back to the real world. I have been at school today but it hasn't been bad because there aren't any students here! Just kidding, it's weird but I have sort of missed my little kiddos. They will be here soon enough. 16 hours to be exact. I've got to get out of here!

Sorry this is a boring post. I just wanted to let all of the people (maybe 6) that read my blog that I am still here!