Friday, February 27, 2009

Paybacks are no Fun

My oldest daughter informed me that it is uncool when old people like me listen to the same music as young people.

I was listening to that song by Flo-rida...Right, Round. She was horrified that I had it on my MP3 player. It has a great beat and I love running to it.

Seriously, when did I become an old lady? And why didn't someone tell me? And maybe I will have to start listening to old people music. ( Not sure what that is???)

I knew paybacks would be coming...but so soon? She is only 12.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Field Trip Day

Every year the second grade classes head up to Milwaukee for the Shrine Circus. I can't believe this is my twelfth year going to the Circus. This is a trip the kids look forward to every year. I think it is okay, but there are some things that bug me.

The tiger tamer guy...he was this '80s throw back with long fried out blonde hair, he had leather pants on and no shirt. He kept bounding his chest like he was Tarzan or something. Or he would bang on the hey look at me. Not sure if you can see him. I need to get a bigger lens for my camera. ( That is coming for my family members who read this...hint....hint)

At this point of the tiger act when it was walking on a tight rope kind of made me nervous. I was thinking this wild beast could jump right off that rope and ooohhh don't want to go there.
We love the elephants...they are such big animals, but they are very graceful. This is the grand finale...a man gets shot out of a canon. Crazy stuff. That is what the kids look forward too every year.

Overall, it isn't that bad. For many kids, it is the first experience with a Circus, but for me I get to wonder again about this '80s guy, or the girls who wear thongs for I believe the male entertainment in the crowd. ( I did overhear one of the 8 year old boys say " She's Hot!")

Until next year.....

***In my post yesterday I said how I am giving up my "Thirsty Thursday" ritual for the Lenten season....Why did I do that? It is Thursday and I so bad want to have my Hook and Ladder Light. I even said to hubby...would God strike me down for cheating?

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Bye, Bye, Barley...

I've been doing some thinking about what to do this year for the Lenten Season (is that the right way to say it). In years past I would give up things like candy, donuts, and chocolate. That really doesn't apply today because I don't really eat those things anymore. I may have a piece of chocolate, but I can't even remember the last time I ate a donut.

In more recent years I haven't really given up anything...but tried harder to really not eat meat on Ash Wednesday and Fridays. I am not a fish person at all and when you go out to dinner to a burger place..what to do? I've been so good the last couple years. Today I made myself an egg salad sandwich for lunch. I even made enough to have Friday too.

As I was thinking or you could say dreaming last night what would be hard and a sacrifice for me to give up this year. Something that is going to really show how much self control I do have. I decided that I am giving up my weekly "Thirsty Thursday." I usually will have a couple of barley pops during my Thursday night shows. I look forward to it every week. It will be hard to give this up for 6 weeks, but I am going to do it. I was thinking maybe I will even lose a pound or two. I will also have cocktails only 1 day out of the weekend and not both.

I sound like I have a problem with alcohol, I really don't, I just really enjoy the flavor of it all.

Saturday, February 21, 2009


Have you ever seen the commercials for the Snuggie blanket? I remember first seeing them on TV around Thanksgiving time. I thought how funny is that. The joke around my whole family is that someone is always freezing. The heat could be set at 70 degrees and someone will always comment how cold they are.

As my whole family (mom, dad, sisters, nieces. nephews, BIL, etc) are enjoying our time together during the Thanksgiving holiday, we all bring up these Snuggie blankets. Apparently my Mom and Dad thought this would be a great Christmas gift for everyone...what a one get one free and you get a book light too. My Dad placed the order in hopes it would arrive to us on Christmas, but the response to the Snuggie blanket was overwhelming and they were back ordered and not even sure if they could send them in the future.

Last weekend as we are celebrating Emma's birthday, a surprise present is given to the girls of the was a Snuggie blanket. We were all cracking up...Snuggie has finally arrived. Let me tell you I love my Snuggie blanket. I have been using it every night.

My mom, me, sisters...Laurie, and Tricia, and the dog Betty...all enjoying our Snuggies.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Is This Age Appropriate??

It's happening to me....a crisis if you will. I am thinking that the reasons I am wanting to do some of these things is because my 1 year anniversary of turning the big 4-0 is quickly approaching.

While in a conference on Wednesday full of educators the instructor asks for a show of hands who are the veteran teachers? I am thinking do I raise my hand? Am I a veteran? I have been teaching for almost 15 years...what do I do? Do I look as old as some of those people that are raising their hand? I opt not to raise my hand and think to myself...I am at a table with 4 other people from my school and they are all WAY younger than me. None of them are even 30 yet. I decided that hey I got to have some fun with myself.

Today I am getting my hair done....DIFFERENT!! I say that all the time, but I swear I need a change. I want to put a pink strip in my hair, but I will wait for the summer. I think it will be fun for the triathlons and other races I will be doing.

I am getting my eyebrows waxed. I would love to stop and go tanning....maybe that would get rid of my zits that keep popping up.

I am going to get another tattoo...something small and cute. I was even thinking about some sort of piercing.....

I know that I am getting older. I will never be one of those women who will not age gracefully, but seriously it freaks me out.

A friend from high school posted on Facebook that she is going to be a Grandma....OMG I am so not ready to be called Grandma. I love being just Mom for now. I can wait 20 years to be Grandma.

Monday, February 16, 2009

My Baby is 7!!

Happy Birthday my little angel. She loves that her birthday falls on Valentine's Day. She loves hearts and all things pink. You are now 7 and I can't believe how big you are. We had a great celebration with family and friends.
Emma blowing out her candles. She was so excited!

Alyssa gave the girls a make over...pigtails and lots of make-up. We had a sleepover.

Madi, Emma, Maya

Alyssa made this poster for her Emma.

All ready for bed. Love you GG!!

Life is so Crazy!

I can't seem to keep up! I wanted to post pictures of my little E on her birthday. I have the pictures in my camera, but I haven't downloaded them. I even took pictures of A at her Band O'Rama concert last weekend. I haven't uploaded those either. Where does the time go? Why can't I get it together?

I feel like I am drowning in chores, work, and STUFF. I use to be so organized. What happened to me? With every season I use to change decorations accordingly. That doesn't happen as much anymore. I do it, but it seems rushed and last minute.

My husband seems to have an idea, but I'm not sure if I can agree all the way. He tells me my priorities have changed. Have they?

* I know I exercise at least 5 times a week and that takes up at least 60-75 minutes of my time each time I do.
* I work full time...I am gone about 9 hours.
* I like to sleep at least 8 hours.
* I love Facebook. blogging, and TV time.
* I spend time with my kids.
* Cleaning, laundry, picking up, and it keeps repeating over and over. (hubby helps...he is awesome)
* I pay the bills and keep the bank account up to date.

Which reminds me I hung up this really cool picture frame and it has been up on the wall since December and the photos that are in it are the ones that are from the company to show how cute pictures can be. I get teased about it all the time. Who are those people? Blah blah...

And....I still haven't put my children's school pictures in the frames to replace last years pictures. I haven't even handed them out to Grandparents....Seriously what is wrong with me????

My goals:
  • Download pictures and post them.
  • Change photos and order updated pictures of my family.
  • Plan my son's 10th birthday party soon. It is in one month.
  • Keep up with my grading at school. It gets overwhelming at times. We can't have anyone help us due to confidentiality.

Wish me luck...I will need it.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Sugar is SO Sweet

Sugar Overload!!

We are having our Valentine Party at school today. I normally don't eat any of the treats because that is just me. I just refrain and drink my water or Diet Coke and call it a day.

But for some reason today I couldn't resist all of the sweet treats. First of all one of our office ladies had a big birthday celebration today. The big 60 for her. So there were all kinds of goods in the office today. I HAD to have a piece of this chocolate butterfinger cheesecake desert with caramel. I LOVED IT and actually felt no guilt. From that point on I blew why not enjoy the candy, soda, and ice-cream that the kids are having.

I enjoyed a couple mini-York Peppermint Patties after my salad I ate at lunch. I had a root beer float with real root beer not DIET. I did buy light ice-cream so now the leaded root beer offset the calories RIGHT??

I will work this all off tomorrow at my work out class. Because if I don't I will be NUTS! Oh and I signed up for the Trek Triathlon Women's Series this summer!! YES!! So excited.

Tomorrow is a special day...not because it is Valentine's Day, but it is my youngest daughter's birthday. We have a big day planned. I will post some pics of her tomorrow. I am feeling so sad that my baby is going to be 7. She is such a big girl now.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Fall From Grace...NOT

How do you take a great workout and turn it into a call for 911. Well, that is how I felt yesterday...I feel like a complete idiot if you will.

I am in really good condition. I do many different type of exercises. Yesterday in class we set up the boards to do some jumping squat type of thing. It is great. You jump up on your board and repeat for a series of reps. Usually no big deal...I actually am really good at it until my mishap.

Here I am jumping onto my board and if I were in slow motion or something. I miss my step, kick the board off the risers, fall into the guy in front of me (yes he caught me), I walk out of the work out room because I am a bit embarrassed, but also my foot is starting to hurt.

I walk out and within 30 seconds I've got the entire class in the hall. First, one girl tells me to sit and the next thing you know I've got a ball under my foot (they want me to elevate), they take off my shoe, the instructor comes running out with a first aid kit. She was looking for an ice pack.

No luck, so a couple of girls run to the desk to get an ice pack because apparently they are medical doctors and I broke my foot. They are seriously shouting "It's swelling!" Do you have your cell phone? We need to call someone because you can't drive home.

During this madness, I am trying to convince this team of medical professionals that I am fine and that it is sore and I will be fine. I just need to walk it off. NO! You can' could be broken. I think we need to have someone walk you to your car. Thank goodness it isn't your driving foot. They are telling me that I should go get it x-rayed. I am thinking if it was broken it would hurt very badly and it would of been black and blue and swollen.

I convince them that I can walk...because one of the guys in the class said he would carry me out. OMG!! I am thinking at this point. People I AM FINE!! Just sore and feeling mighty dumb.

At least I got my hour in, I missed the toning portion because I couldn't of stayed if I wanted too, they were rushing me out of there as quick as possible.

I get home and hubby is wondering why I am home early...he gets a good laugh out of it. I tell my sisters about this because I tell them I hope I don't run into anyone while we are out to lunch and shopping. And wouldn't you know it...I did run into someone from class.

I tell her that is was blown WAY out of proportion and I am fine. It is just a little sore. She is actually one of my friends so she understood about how these nut jobs went way overboard and made it like an ER seen or something. She told me some of the comments were "Looks like her 5K season is done for." WTF? I have a season now? I am some sort of pro runner? Seriously people.

Today, my sister tells me that she ran into someone from my workout class at church and she is telling her how concerned everyone was and wondering how I am...blah blah. She tells her that I am fine and am so embarassed and that everyone turned it into a huge deal. The girl says it was a huge deal and that any one of us could of fell because it is such a crazy exercise and when the class is that packed, it gets nuts.

I am going back to this class Monday night. I am feeling funny about what everyone might ask. I am not in the mood to answer questions or have people be medical experts. I am just fine. In fact, I worked out today. Yes, my foot may a little sore in the spot where I biffed it, but it will be fine.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Party Time!

I was tagged by my sister Laurie at Newly-Wedded Wife to do a photo tag.

Here are the rules:

1) Go to the 4th folder in my computer where you store your pictures.

2) Pick the 4th picture in that folder.

3) Explain the picture.

4) Tag 4 people to do the same.

This photo if from a year ago at my work holiday party. In this picture is my very good friend Renee. (far left) She teaches second grade with me. My other wonderful friend Joanne. She is our school nurse. We like to call her Nurse Ratchet! And of course me. It was a very fun night to let loose with co-workers. We drank, played Guitar Hero, Danced, and sang Karaoke. It was a great night. This is a photo from our then unfinished is now done. :)

I tag Shelly , Carrie, Kat, and Kristie.

Radio Rants and Purses

I love listening to the morning radio. I love certain DJs in the morning because they crack me up. I find myself laughing out loud in the car on some days. Until today when....

I am driving my son and 2 neighbor girls to school for a student council meeting. (They are 8 and 9 years old) First station is talking about Michael Phelps and his pot smoking, bong picture..I quick turn the station before I get too many questions and then BAM I hear Sex face is heating up...switch again and hear DJs talking about cocaine on actors and another station playing the rant and rave by Christian Bale yesterday (I think he was swearing every other word), the next station was a Nickelback song that had all kinds of rude things and swearing. I gave up and turned the damn radio off. "Why did you do that?" I think we can just not worry about it B because we are almost at school.....Thank goodness.

I guess I never realized how much the radio was R rated because I don't pay much attention because I normally don't have kids in my car at that time anymore. On student council days I will stick with Kids Bop or Radio Disney.

Last week I was tagged by Just a Girl to do a Bag MeMe. Go check out her blog...she takes cute pictures of her kids and loves running just like me. :)
I finally am going to post my photo. I have a knock off Kate Spade bag that I bought at a purse party last fall. I think it cost around 50.00, not sure. I really like the bag. It is great for winter and is big enough to hold all of my things and not be too big where I lose things in it. The only thing that bums be out is the tag on the front came off....see why it is a knock off.

1) Post a picture of whatever bag you are carrying as of late. No, you cannot go up to your closet and pull out that cute little purse you used back before you had kids. I want to know what you carried today or the last time you left the house. No cheating!
2) I want to know how much it cost:) And this is not to judge. This is for entertainment purposes only. So spill it. And if there is a story to go along with how you obtained it, I’d love to hear it.
3) Tag some chicks. And link back to this post so people know why the heck you’re showing everyone your bag.
I tag the following ladies because I love reading their blogs! :)

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

I Heart Many Things

Obsessions...I have many of them. Here are just a few that are on my mind today....

1. Exercise~ I work out at least 5 days a week. I feel like crap if I don't, so I do and I love it.

2. Facebook~ I can't get enough of it lately. I found this new game called Prolific. It is a live Boggle game. You play with people all over the world. I am so obsessed sometimes I don't even know that my house is a disaster zone some days. It is a 3 minute game in which you try to make as many words as possible. This 3 minute game turns into 1-2 hours of it. I suck at this game because I am either not fast enough at typing or I don't know all of the words that are suppose to be words, plus I have never heard of half of the words that these people make, and they get points for these crazy words. So here I sit playing game after game wanting to win so bad I can't stop. Thank goodness we can't do it at work...Facebook is a banned site.

3. Lately, my skin is breaking out like I am a teenager or something. I have been buying all different kinds of facial cleansers to try and get rid of these yucky pimples that keep coming up. I hate them so I pick at them and then they become worse and then they turn into scabs and then they are red and oh well.....

4. I hope I didn't gross you out with number 3.

5. Not an obsession, but I love, love, love The Bachelor! I like most of the girls like Jillian, Melissa, and Molly. Naomi is beautiful, but don't think she is ready to be the responsible adult. Plus the previews for the next week look crazy with her family. I would be scared of in laws that bury things like that in the yard...yikes what a first impression.