Monday, December 19, 2011

New book...

Looking forward to reading this one...  It comes out in February, but you can get a sneak peek.

Rainshadow Road

I love winter--let's me read more now that I don't have to go to work!

I am one of "Lisa's Divas" - a group of select fans who share info & content related to Lisa's novels and get sneak peeks & swag in return.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Personal Best

Thought I would post this so that I would remember.  Oh, and update the ol' blog before it goes by the wayside.


So, I have taken up running.  Well, running is a generous term.  More like jogging.  On the treadmill only.  And yesterday, I actually did 1/2 hour instead of my usual 20 min.  (3 min walk/3 min jog/repeat).  I was SO proud of myself!!!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Finally Broke Down and Did It

I am quite sure that there have been years when I have been excited about buying stuff for my classroom.  I was full of anticipation, plans, and excitement.

This was NOT the year.  Yesterday, I went shopping for the notebooks that I use to make sure that

  • The kids don't lose everything I give them
  • They don't destroy everything I give them
  • They don't claim that I never gave them something I already gave them
Umm. Target, what's with the pile of 600 notebooks and only allowing me to buy 25?  You know this just means that I have to go to multiple Targets, right?

Fortunately, I need fewer this year than last and I managed to go to only three stores.  At one, there was a couple behind me and they asked me if I was a teacher.  I replied, "yes", and then they asked me where I taught.  When I told them, they hightailed it out of my row?  Really?!?!?!  So odd.  I got the idea that they did not like my district.  Oh well.

I went for a 4 mile walk yesterday.  Woo hoo!  And did not even need to stop and take a break while going up a hill.  That's progress.  Now if someone would tell the scale that it is allowed to move backwards, I would be eternally grateful.

Todays plan is to finish reading at least 2 more of the 8 books I have somehow found myself in the middle of--no, I have no idea how it happened.  I used to NEVER be able to read more than one book at a time.  Now, I cannot help it.  Maybe it's just because none of them are completely awesome.  In any case, it shrinks my TBR faster!

Going to enjoy my lazy Saturday!

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Hundred Dollar Store Gone Green

Today has been a completely lazy day at home.  I just love those sorts of days--especially since I don't get them during the school year.  Just seeing the light at 1:00 p.m. is a treat when it comes with no children in it.  Ha!

After exercising today (the usual on the treadmill and some running;  YES, I said running.  Not a lot yet, but enough to make my face turn as red as a tomato.  I feel SO accomplished!), we went to Target (The Hundred Dollar Store, since I can never make it out of there without spending at least that much.).  True to form, I spent more than $100.

The school supplies were SO much more expensive this year--and they all had limits on them.  I was not really in the mood to buy my usual 30 boxes of crayons and 120 notebooks, but I was even more discouraged when I saw the prices.  I think I am going to have to shop around a little more this year instead of just going to Target and getting everything.

As we were walking toward the cash register, my chatting mother turned an appalling shade of green.  Seems as though someone felt the need to hurl.  Although we made it out of the store alright, she has been put to bed and given the night off from--well, everything.  She did not eat much today, so I don't think it's food poisoning, but I do hope that the hurling does not actual happen!

Granted, I felt a little green when I saw my Target bill....I go in for 3 things, and I never make it out with a full wallet.

(deep sigh)

On a side note, church was good yesterday.  Sunday night's lesson made me want to read Genesis again.  *That* is an accomplishment that should make my pastor proud.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

If Only I Had Waited, I Know I Could Have Slept

I could not sleep last night.  I was up until 2:00 a.m. thrashing around and counting sheep.  Even the kitty was sick of me.  She cast a sleepy eye at me and just shook her head.  (Not really, of course).

I should have waited to try to sleep.  I went to the most BORING professional development in the history of the world--and I have to to go to 2 more days.


Monday, July 11, 2011

Mouse on a Wheel

After tutoring, Mom and I went for a walk around the local park.  Around and around the local park.  The walk felt eternal--after only twenty minutes.

We decided to walk in the neighborhood instead.  Much better.

Random things:

  • Have to go to training for the next three days.  How am I going to do that when I no longer get up until after 9:00 am?!?!
  • I really want to see "The Help" when it comes out.
  • My mother just freaked herself out.  She thought it was Tuesday--when she has a church meeting.'s only Monday.  She was thrilled.
  • It's going to take me 700 years to watch 4 seasons of "Lost".
  • Turns out that the spiritual aspect of losing weight CANNOT be neglected without consequences.
Time for dinner!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Resistance to Kindness

Yesterday, I had an opportunity to be kind.  My act of kindness was at no financial cost, little cost to my time or energy, and not difficult to do.

And I passed the opportunity by.  I told myself that my little act would not matter, that no one would notice if I did nothing.  After all, I was only marginally involved in this person's life anyway.

They may not have noticed that I was not kind.  But they sure did notice when NO ONE took the time to be kind.  And I realized that I was part of the NO ONE.  For my ignoring the opportunity, I got a big, heaping bag of guilt.

I deserved it.  I was truly selfish and unkind.  The truth was that this person has done hurtful things to me in the past, and while I am no longer angry, I felt OK about withholding a little from her.  Not Biblical, I know.  I learned a lesson from this.  My little act of kindness may not change the world, but it can make another person's load a little lighter.

I know that when we miss an opportunity to obey God and we repent, He usually sends around another opportunity.  I am watching for it.  = )

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.  Ephesians 4:32