Monday, December 1, 2008

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thanksgiving week

We went to West Palm for Thanksgiving and my brother and sister-in-law's wedding. It was a lot of fun and I got to see my nephew Noah who I haven't seen for about a month and a half now. He is so super cute, starting to smile. He also is in love with this ladybug thing on his car seat. He smiles at it and tries to talk to it. It's pretty funny. So, here's some Noah picture goodness :o)

Ladybug Love!

Sunday, November 23, 2008


Took the dogs to the dog park yesterday with Lindsey. It was their first trip since Lindsey had her baby. They were very excited and the weather was beautiful.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The fuzzies and the no goods

I've been feeling very irritable lately about a few things. I'm in one of those moods where I wish I had an alternate blog that no who knows me knew about so I could post long sarcastic and disgruntled rants. They would be very entertaining for you all to read (as some of my old roomies know), but not very nice and therefore I will default to the advice that if you don't have anything nice to say don't say it at all.

I will leave you instead with an old doodle I think perfectly represents how I have been feeling lately...

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Not much to report. This week (all two days of it) had no emergencies at school. Looking forward to tomorrow though. It's a Friday and a pep rally day. I love pep rallies :o)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Photo Friday: Sharp

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Monday, November 10, 2008

New cork art...

My newest cork idea...framed cork boards!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

911 twice in 5 days...

Well, Tuesday was another interesting day at school. 5th period I was walking out of the front office and happened to see one of my seniors who is pregnant walking by. She looked like she was in a lot of pain so I got her into the dean's office to sit down. I knew either something was wrong or she was going into labor. The nurses came down and I called 911. She was in fact having contractions, they were only 1.5 minutes apart and the 911 responder asked if I could see any part of the baby! I said "You mean like sticking out of her?! No, but she has her clothes on so I don't know". Inside I was thinking "ARE YOU CRAZY! THERE IS NO WAY I WOULD BE LOOKING ANYWHERE AROUND THAT AREA!" Then she proceeded to tell me what to do to prepare for the birth which included removing all clothing from the waist down. I answered to this with "well the school nurses are here". She told me I may still need to do any or all of these steps so I listened. But again inside I was thinking, "HECK NO AM I TAKING OFF MY STUDENT'S CLOTHING, ESPECIALLY ALL CLOTHING FROM THE WAIST DOWN!" The paramedics finally came and took her to the hospital. Her sister came into my office 30min later to tell me the baby was born. I'm glad she left when she did because that was super fast and I might have actually had to do some of those crazy things.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Runners up for my garden photo friday challenge

Thought I'd share a few of the images I was thinking of using in my photo friday challenge.

This is from my garden currently. I didn't have any strawberries all summer and all of a sudden these two little guys wanted to come alive.

This was my vegetable garden over the summer while it was alive :o)

I love, love, love these little guys and am looking forward to planting some more now that it is cooling off a bit. They are sweet alyssum flowers.

And finally another picture from our Poland trip. I thought this was super cool. They made a wall out of these cement/cinder like blocks and in the holes planted all types of different succulents. Not only does it look neat, but it helps with run off while not just pouring concrete over everything.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Photo Friday: Garden

This one was hard for me because I have lots of pictures that fit. I decided on a pic from our Habitat for Humanity Poland trip 2 summers ago. There were all of these really wonderful community gardens because most people live in apartments and don't have yards. Also, Asia, one of our guides told us that many people buy plots because the winters are so bleak and cold they look forward to being outside, creating beauty and seeing the vibrant colors.

Sunday, November 2, 2008


Yesterday morning we woke up, sat in bed looking over our sample ballot and researching on the internet before going to vote. I'm glad to have done my civic duty. Make sure you do yours on the 4th :o)

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Go Rams!

Many of you know that Jon is the swim coach at the high school where we work. Last night the girls' team won the district title for the fourth year in a row. Yea! It makes me happy because he works really hard, enjoys coaching, and more than anything wants for the kids to have fun.

Jon volunteered me to drive 3 of the girls to dinner after the meet. They were funny and very talkative (well, one of them was). One of the less talkative girls was the first student I ever gave an ESOL test to. She transferred from another country and was accepted into the IB program. I am the ESOL coordinator at school and really enjoy getting to interact with students who have lived all over the world. It's funny though because most of them are in IB, extremely smart and speak better english than our American born students. I end up doing a lot of pointing to pictures of squares and triangles while asking to "Please name this shape" to future Ivy league graduates and National Merit Scholars. Luckily, like my less talkative little friend who rode in the backseat last night, most of the kids are really great and know I'm not trying to insult them.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Crazy day

So, I was worried about how the kids would act during the PLAN after last year's group. However, I am very happy to report that this year, sans Halloween candy, they were GREAT. Yea! But, because no day can go without an emergency, I did have something scary happen. 10 minutes into the interest inventory one of the students in my room started having a seizure. One minute he was joking around and the next he was on the floor. It came over him so quickly that the boys at his table thought he was playing. I told one of the kids to run and get an administrator. The nurse came down, the paramedics showed up and everything was ok, but it definitely put me on edge. I was very impressed though with how my room of kids reacted. They quickly cleared everything out of the way and stayed quiet until we could move them to another testing room.

On a lighter note, here's a picture of a little something I started painting last night...

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Irony and Geography, or not...

Just finished watching Pushing Daisies. We had to record it to watch the 30min Obama commercial. I love recording things because then we can fast forward through the commercials which is ironic tonight because we recorded the show to watch a commercial. That might not be irony (Jon is always telling me I don't use it correctly), but you guys get what I'm saying.

Anyway, Milton from the movie Office Space is a new guest character. This is ironic (again probably not irony, maybe more like a coincidence) because Jon saw Milton aka Stephen Root before the UF football game 2 weeks ago. He parked his car at our friends' house to walk to the stadium. Office Space is one of Jon's favorite movies and after checking the actor's bio on IMDB he now likes Milton even more because we found out he is a UF graduate.

On a job related note, yesterday at school I had to google a map of the US to show one of my seniors where New Mexico is located (he saw a view book for the College of Santa Fe on my desk), that it is not a part of Mexico and that Mexico is in fact it's own country. Upon showing him that the country of Mexico spans from Texas to California he said, "Oh, that makes sense because if it wasn't a different country no one would care about people crossing the border." Good job little buddy, way to make the connection :o)

Tomorrow I am proctoring the PLAN (practice ACT) test to a group of 10th graders. I am certain it will go 1,000 (yes 1,000) times better than last year's which was given the day after Halloween. It was a Friday and almost every kid had a huge bag of candy of which 1/3 had already been consumed before school. It was hell. Chocolate smashed into the carpet, wrappers everywhere and the kids would not have been able to sit still let alone concentrate on a test if i had offered to pay them $100. Tomorrow will be much better.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Photo Friday: I Love...

...that his grandma always said he has the nicest hands :o)

Monday, October 27, 2008

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Crafting up a storm

I finished a few projects this weekend that have been on my to do list:
1. The fall cork wreaths for my mom-in-law and sister-in-laws' classrooms

2. Dogsat for my friend Lindsey who had her baby this weekend, yea! Baxter is her boxer.

3. Finished Lindsey's gator corkboard (way for me to wait until after the baby is born to get it done)

4. Thought about making a fabric baby book, but got overwhelmed with the process...

5. instead I decided to use the fleece (and went back to the store for 4 more yards) to cover all of the couch cushions. One fabric baby book, too much work, but covering all of the couch cushions, no big deal. Sometimes I get a little ambitious...

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Illustration Friday: Repair

To repair your mind and body...relax.

This is a handout I made during grad school for middle school kids. I should take my own advice more often :o) I'm not good at relaxing.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Monday, October 20, 2008

Mary & Steve's Wedding Weekend

Rehearsal dinner and wedding morning...

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Also, I am LOVING this. I might try to make one!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Mary's Bachelorette Night

Dinner, frisbee and watching Dirty Dancing. What more fun could a girl have?

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

What we write when we think no one is looking...

Like hundreds of other people I like to read Dooce's blog. Today's entry featured some journal entries from her freshman year of college. It reminded me of a night during my last year of college while living at 418 with my 6 roommates. Someone (Casey I think) decided it would be a good idea to sit around and read from our journals. It is one of my top 10 memories from living there. I won't tell you what was said, but I will tell you that a certain ex-naval school roomie sat and listened while insisting that she did not keep a journal. After a few minutes she disappeared to her room only to return with not one, but TWO journals and when she read we found out that some days "she is a dreamer who dreams of love". It makes me smile just thinking about it. Perhaps I'll be brave enough to post one of my own entries for you guys...we'll see :o)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Full Moon

The moon was beautiful last night. Here are some pics I took with my camera, pretty amazing...

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


So, in the last week and a half or so Allie (our black lab/german shepherd mix) has been on edge whenever we go to the dog park. This is VERY unlike her. She was so submissive when we got her that for the first year and a half of her life she would pee a little whenever meeting someone new and we can't even say the words "dog park" unless we plan on taking her because she gets so excited.
The first incident involved an aggressive dog coming over an putting it's head over my lap. Allie would run over and the other dog would growl at her. She finally got tired of this a started showing her teeth/making an angry face at the growls. I got up and moved away from the other dog and that was it.
A few days later we walked to the dog park again. The same dog was there, and barked at us from inside the fence, but didn't come over right away once we got inside. Allie seemed fine until Baxter (my friend Lindsey's boxer who we walk with almost everyday) surprise bounded into her with his front paws knocking her into me. She growled and snapped back at him. Then, she came and laid down behind my chair. Baxter went over and licked Allie's face and everything was fine. About 15min later the aggressive dog came over. It kept putting itself between Lindsey/me and the other dogs and if our dogs came near it would growl. Well, Allie started doing the angry face again and when the other dog snarled and lunged at her she snarled and lunged back and they started fighting! I was in shock, but the second the other dog bit her she started yelping and trying to get away (even though she was bigger). The other owner put her dog in a headlock and wrestled it to the ground. But, it had Allie by the scruff of her neck and wouldn't let go so it ended up pulling her to the ground too. After a good 5 seconds it finally released and Allie was fine physically. The other owner left and we found out from one of the neighbors that this dog attacks other dogs almost everyday.
Yesterday, Lindsey and I decided to walk to the dog park again. I was a little apprehensive, but didn't want one bad experience to ruin going. The other dog wasn't there and everything was ok until Allie started acting anxious. She wouldn't leave my side and kept whining. I noticed she kept trying to put herself between me and any other dog that came over...even Baxter. Finally, two completely harmless dogs came walking up, tails wagging, non-threatening and tried to sniff Lindsey and me. Allie barked and growled at them. The other dogs lost interest, nothing else happened and eventually we left.
Now, of course, a few people have said "maybe you're pregnant", but I know that's not the case. I'm not sure what to attribute it to. I'm going to have Jon come with us the next time we go and see if having her "stronger" owner there makes her relax a bit. We'll see...

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Yet another addition to the etsy store...

So, I've had these onsies for quite some time now and am finally getting around to painting and posting them. The onesies themselves are from this really great company, Zee Spot. Check them out They are organic cotton and the colors come from environmentally frinedly dyes. Plus, the customer service has been wonderful. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for wholesale organic cotton onesies. I'll have to get to painting some of the other colors I purchased. I sent one to my new nephew with a jack-o-lantern on it but forgot to take a picture...Oh well, I'll just have to get them to put him in it when I got down for Thanksgiving :o) Noah + painted onesie= even better picture

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Thursday, October 9, 2008

New addition to the etsy store

The start...

...and the finished product!

I cut out the leaves from cork using cookie cutters and then attached them to a foam wreath ring that I wrapped in fabric strips. I'm pretty happy with how it came out :o)

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Monday, October 6, 2008

Mary & I were busy girls on Saturday...

We made mobiles! Here are Mary's. We discovered that she is really good at making them. She might even be a guest seller on my etsy page.

...And my mobile.

What I love about seeing our creations together is that you can really see Mary's left brained engineer and my right brained randomness :o)

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Saturday, October 4, 2008

The Sandman

Here's little gem from my sophomore year in college for a technical writing class...

To sleep or not to sleep


”Now I lay me down to sleep. I just get tangled in the sheets. I swim in sweat three inches deep. Just lay back and claim defeat. Chapter read and lesson learned. I turn the lights off as they burn. So while I’m three-hundred degrees I throw the sheets off and I freeze. Lids down, I count sheep, I count heart beats. The only thing that counts is that I can’t sleep.”--Bare Naked Ladies

1. I feel as though the whole schedule that time follows changes the minute you step into a college town. If I thought I stayed up late when I was living at home, I was ridiculously mislead. It’s 2:30am on a Monday night and I am awake. Not because I have some important task to attend to, but for seemingly no apparent reason other than the fact that I can. Well aware of the ugly consequences about to rear their malicious heads tomorrow morning at the sound of my alarm, I still don not go to bed.

I begin to hallucinate. The sandman shakes my shoulder, trying everything in his power to pick a fight. I try to ignore him, but he just keeps on.

I snap out of my daze to realize that my aggressor is in fact not the sandman, but my roommate aggravated with my incessant typing and IM bleeps at 2:45 in the morning. I apologize, turn down the volume, but do not go to sleep.

the sandman returns......

I fought the sandman and he won, but his victory was short.

2. Sitting in class it physically hurts me to stay awake. I am experiencing the Catch-22’s of college to the fullest. As a perceived mature and responsible adult I am sent to college. Somehow though, in the shuffle, I lost the maturity to go to bed at a “responsible” hour. Now I must sit here, in torture, and keep up a facade of attentive interest. Even the most studious (especially the most studious) of collegiate
s do not get the “doctor recommended 8-9 hours” of rest a night. Taking pride in your academics suddenly becomes more important than caring for physical needs. Yet, a long night of studying is no excuse for sleeping in class. I feel for the kid in Higher Learning who was caught dozing. The victim: a poor unsuspecting and understandably sleepy student. The villain: the evil professor.

Peacefully resting a startled boy awakens to a deafening bang. All eyes are on him. The professor stands next to
#the boy’s desk glaring down, a ruptured paper bag in hand. What happened? Confusion lifts from the boy’s face as he realizes he fell asleep.

I shudder at the thought of that scene. Public humiliation is not my thing. I must stay awake, must stay awake, must stay awake, must stay awake..............

The sandman glances at me from the other side of the room.

3. Standing on the edge of a cliff I look down. There is no fear, no sound, nothing. Suddenly, I begin to slip. I kick my legs...right into the desk in front of me. The girl sitting there turns around irritated. I apologize. The boy next to me grins sympathetically saying, “Don’t worry I did the same thing yesterday.” I smile, embarrassed. The girl turns back around. Mental note to self: go to bed earlier.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Etsy purchase

I bought this purse through etsy on Monday after my trusty satchel's zipper broke for the final time. I think it is super cute and can't wait for it to get here!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Illustration Friday: Packed

We all have to fit in there!?!

Garden update

Spending so much time outside this weekend motivated me to plant my fall seeds and relocate the new passion vine. I can't wait to see if it grows up and over the netting to form an "entrance" to the garden.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Yard games and big hats...

Mary's shower on Sunday was so much fun & reminiscing on Saturday about old times at 418 was great too. Why can't life be that much fun all the time? It's nice to think about my relaxing weekend when work is as draining as it was today...
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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Friday, September 26, 2008

Lazy Friday

After reading Valerie's post about taking a day off last week I thought, "I should do that". But I didn't. I always feel guilty missing work because of the kids and stuff that needs to get done. Today though after waking up every morning this week with a headache and feeling exhausted, I decided to take a day off. It was wonderful. Once I finally got up and was feeling better I opened all the windows. The weather was beautiful and it couldn't have been a better lazy Friday...not to be confused with lazy Sunday....or lazy Scranton :o)

MacroDay: Maps

Thursday, September 25, 2008


Watching the new Survivor and waiting to watch THE NEW OFFICE!!! Yea!!!! So excited :o)
Wait, did they just say one of the tribes is named "Thong"...I hope not. Maybe it was "Fong".

Mary and I looked for big sun hats today with no success. Time is running out before the bridal shower on Sunday.

And finally, here's a look at my cool passion flowers in bloom. They look like space age jelly fish.