Thursday, August 16, 2012

Hello blog! It's been 3 years! lol Hmmm... me thinks it might be time for a blog-lift. :p So many thoughts, so many ideas... What to do?

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Is it really June?? Already?

It would seem I had abandoned this place. I think about it...every now and again. Coming here and 'blogging'... But then I can't think of anything really worth typing. Not that I have come up with anything interesting now--but I'm bored. Sometimes it's just therapeutic to write random thoughts with no real direction or purpose. (Although, it might also be scary to put what runs through my brain down here, in print, for all the world to read.) It is nice that I'm not really thinking about the next lesson plan, the materials I will need for my learning labs, what I need to get done tomorrow... Just random, mindless, meaningless thoughts: Which movie from Netflix should we watch tonight? Should I plant the little seed tomato plants I have... or should I go buy bigger, more established plants? Spend the $$ for new planters... or just stick 'em in the ground in my little garden area? Go to the library today? Take the kids to the pool? Hiking? The park? When should I have that yard sale????? Life will become hectic soon enough. This is nice.

Maybe I'll have more random thoughts tomorrow. Maybe ones that are worth writing about. And then again, maybe not.

Monday, December 22, 2008

December 22

Snow, snow, and more snow! Woke up to dark skies with fluffy stuff falling...and that's been the theme of the day. I guess that's okay for Christmas break. Poor Tim has to drive to and from work in it, but other than making a few "Santa" deliveries around town, I get to stay home and enjoy watching it out the window. I think a nice cup of hot cocoa or maybe even some coffee is in order for tonight. Snow always makes me feel like cuddling up on the sofa (with the throw my sweet friend, Cathleen, made for me for Christmas) next to the fireplace with a good book. Or maybe a movie...

I survived my crazy week. Barely! My observation went very well...I think... He seemed pretty happy with what he saw if the post-ob meeting was any indication. At least so far I don't seem to be a sucky teacher. LOL I got about 99.9% of my assessing done--gotta grab one kiddo on the Tuesday they come back and another that has been absent. Report cards will be due that Tuesday afternoon (January something-or-other). Although Monday is a teacher workday, I really need to be mostly done before that. One or more of my team is coming over this Saturday to see if we can't sort things out and get them underway. They are soooooo time consuming!

Our anniversary was really nice. Tim sent me 20 roses--one for each year. The center rose was yellow surrounded by 19 red roses set in some beautiful greenery... There's more... but it's so mushy.. LOL

On Friday, Josh, my oldest 'baby', turned 16. He's already several inches taller than me and wears a much larger shoe size...but it's hard not to think of him as a little boy. I have no idea where the years went. We had a small birthday party here at the house and he had two friends spend the night. He requested the new 2nd generation iPod Touch... which means I inherited his older iPod Touch--which I have no clue how to use. But he is very happy with his new toy and has been uploading (downloading?) all sorts of things on it.

The diet.... ahh yes, girls. Well, AK, since I am a totally emotional eater, I can always FIND time to eat. LOL But I have done pretty well--up until I decided to bake a dozen different varieties of cookies and candy. Not that it's been all that bad, but once you eat sugar/carbs, that kicks MediFast all out of whack. I have only had a few cookies in the past couple of days and a spoonful of fudge from the pan earlier today--probably not enough to make me gain pounds, but enough to mess up the ketosis part of my program. Oh well... After Thursday, I'm back on plan. Ummm... except for maybe New Year's Eve. We're having a big get-together with some friends over here. I suppose a good host would offer goodies, right? Maybe I should call my diet a wash, too, Trish--- until Jan. 1st. :) Diet. A four letter word that's the story of my life.

Christmas is nearly here. I still have not mailed Christmas cards. I think these will have to become "Happy New Year!" cards if they get mailed at all. There are just not enough hours in my days to get everything done.

Merry Christmas to all who happen upon this post.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Sunday... well, technically Monday...

edited for blah, blah, blah... LOL

Friday, October 31, 2008

Only Grace

He saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our own accomplishments, but according to his own purpose and the grace that was given to us in the Messiah Jesus before time began. --2 Timothy 1:9

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

October 15, 2008

Sometimes I get a little contemplative.

However, instead of the long ole ramblings that were originally here... I have edited this post. Trust me... you didn't miss anything.

My contemplative mood prompted me to post my new favorite song here. It's a bit contemplative as well. I say "new" favorite because I've discovered (in my old age) I don't ever have a favorite song or artist for very long anymore. One will touch on something inside of me and stick for just a little while.....(Downhere's "A Better Way" for instance until the next one comes along and strikes another nerve. The lyrics are below the video. It'll make you think a bit. Maybe?

33 Miles-- One Life to Love

He never thought he cared so much about the minute hand
Until he started praying for, a second chance
If he could only do it all again
He'd trade the long nights that he spent behind his desk
For all he missed

He tells his wife, "I wish that this moment in this room was not me dying, but just spending a little time with you."

You only get just one time around
You only get one shot at this
One chance, to find out
The one thing that you don't wanna miss
One day when it's all said and done
I hope you see that it was enough, this
One ride, one try, one life...
To love....

She never thought she cared so much about those little hands
That held on tight the day she left
Til she was scared to death
Sitting all alone on a hotel bed, the end of the road
The sun had set on her big plans
To feel young again

She picks up the phone, dials the number, hears that little voice
That's haunted every single mile, since she made that choice

You only get just one time around
You only get one shot at this
One chance, to find out
The one thing that you don't wanna miss
One day when it's all said and done
I hope you see that it was enough, this
One ride, one try, one life...
To love............

You only get just one time around
Only get one shot at this
One chance, to find out
The one thing that you don't wanna miss
One day when it's all said and done
I hope you see that it was enough, this
One ride, one try, one life........
One ride, one try, one life........
To love....
To love....

Sunday, October 5, 2008

I've been meaning to get here for a while. Just seems like there is always something else I need to get done before I take the time to ramble here. It's been a long, crazy month or so.

Grandma was 87 on Oct. 3rd. I think that's what she told me...87? So I guess that means Grandpa is pushing 90--if not 90 already. I cannot keep track of ages--I'm doing well to remember everyone's birthdays. Granted, I'm not so great at getting cards in the mail these days. Oh I buy them... but then they never seem to get sent. I wonder how long is too long to finally get them sent off? My mom and sister Shelly had birthdays on July 30th---I still have their cards. *sigh* So anyway, I need to get back out to TX and visit my Grandparents. It was a little bit shocking to realize that Grandma may not be quite as "sharp" as she used to be. There were several occasions in which her comments seemed a bit odd--like when she mentioned my cousin and said, "She's one of your friends." Ummm... well, sure.. but she's my cousin. She also mentioned that said cousin works for an Optometrist. Yep, Cindy has worked for this Optometrist for years. I was a bit thrown when she went on to inform me that Cindy is the "dish and bottle washer" there. I need to get to Texas.

A funny thing happened the other day in Kindergarten. Well, I thought it was funny. I had the worst time containing myself for quite a while afterward. I couldn't even relay the events to my husband without the same tears of laughter all over again. Maybe I was tired.... at any rate, it was definitely journal-worthy.

I was getting ready to read the book "Mabela the Clever." This book tells the story of a cat who invites a village of mice to learn about her "secret cat society." Before reading, I showed the cover of the book to my class and asked them which animal they thought was clever. We'd discussed the meaning of the word clever several times in previous weeks.

After a little discussion they decided the cat must be the clever one. They noticed something else about the picture. "The cat looks like she wants to eat the mouse!" To this I asked, "How do you think this little mouse feels?" Hmmm... they weren't too sure. Maybe sad? Mad? So I asked, "Well, if you were about to be eaten, how might you feel?"

Elly, my adorable little Australian kiddo in her equally adorable accent, piped up:


For just a moment I was stunned to silence... and then I cracked up. Yummy? I couldn't stop laughing. "Yes... I suppose if you were about to get eaten you might feel......... yummy." ?? !!!!!! Oh my gosh! Eventually, I elicited the answer I was looking for, "Scared... frightened.." Yet the hilarity of the initial answer wasn't lost. I continued to try to read... through tears of laughter. This was not working out so well and at one point I got up to find a tissue to stem the flow of tears. The kids thought I was just about the funniest teacher on the planet.

The following day my husband brought me flowers and balloons for my birthday. He asked my class about the laughing incident the day before and they informed him, "She was crying!" LOL Whew.... I love Kindergarten!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Monday, September 8, 2008

The nights are cooling down. Fall is in the air.... This can mean only one thing. Bowling season is once again upon us. The first meeting was last night and next Sunday night we will establish new averages with the first 3 games of the season. This is typically the night I bowl my better games. LOL I'll generally have a couple of 200+ games every year and it would be no surprise to me if one of them is next week--the worst night possible! Haha It would just figure. Hopefully the opposite will hold true and I'll be really bad and set a low average instead? Nowhere to go but up (I hope) from there! (o: Last year was kinda pathetic, though. I think I ended the season in the mid 130's. I tend to range 130's to high 140's. You would think after so many years I'd get better?? Oh well. At least I'm consistent, right? Seems most of the usual teams are back.... a bit wild some of them, but fun.

Joshua has spent the last few days cleaning the Expedition and making it more "his." He's washed things inside and out... The paint is jet-black and shiny (not bad for a '99 with 60K miles on it--still looks great!) and the wheels really shine. He got a new chrome emblem with flames to embellish the "Ford" symbol on the back gate... he's such a teenager! It's so weird to think of him as driving. I still cannot get that picture of him as an infant in my arms out of my head. He's still my baby! How can he possibly be old enough to get behind the wheel of any vehicle beyond a bicycle?? Sobering, really. I'm not ready for him to take to the Interstate, but he's doing pretty well around town.

Kindergarten is going well. The kids are starting to fall into our routine with fewer reminders now. But we are sooooooo busy! The double-up schedule is a real challenge, but we're managing. They live for learning labs where they get to play in the various "labs" around the room; art, science, math, sand/water table, dramatic play, literacy, writing, etc.... I'm trying to take advantage of the time I have a para during this part of the day to get my progress monitoring done. I've done dibels on several of my students--thus far the results are not encouraging. I have to keep in mind that they have not really learned the things I'm asking them to do at this point, but it's still frustrating to see the scores so low regardless. I'm looking forward to seeing their growth, though. I think that will be lots of fun. We are beginning week 4 and so far we've been working on letter sounds /m/, /a/, /s/, and /d/. Tomorrow we begin /t/. They are loving learning the new sounds and it's fun to see them point out the letters with so much excitement in everything we are doing. I was told a funny story last year... at this stage we are only learning sounds--purposely not emphasizing letter names. When the vision specialist came to do vision tests last year, our Kindergartners surprised her by giving her the letter sounds instead of the letter names on the eye chart. I'm looking forward to seeing if that is again the case this year! (o:

Tonight the Broncos meet the Raiders on Monday Night Football. That'll be fun to snuggle up to Tim on the couch and hang out with him for the game--provided things don't get too tense. That'll have him pacing, jumping up and down, and possibly hollering at the TV! LOL At any rate, it's always nice just to hang out. Since the kids aren't all that into football, it's a bit of 'alone' time (sort of) for us. Something we don't get a whole lot of these days--but wish we could. Hard to believe... we will be celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary this Dec.

I recently ordered the Rosetta Stone (levels 1-3) in high hopes of learning some Spanish. I think this will really give me an advantage not just at school, but in the community as well. The demographics here have changed dramatically in the last 10 years. What was once a mostly Caucasian population is now more than 50% Hispanic. It's wild. As much as I agree that if you are going to live in the United States, you should learn English, I think the reality is that its not always the case. I'm frustrated that I cannot communicate with more than half the parents of the students in my classroom. Here's to hoping I can fit this new venture somewhere into my daily routines.

Well, I had better get back to my lesson plans. It's so hard to keep up--even at half-time! I put in way more than full-time hours, so I have a lot more respect for teachers than I ever have. Not sure how full-time Kindergarten teachers keep up with all the prep-work! Tomorrow after work I get to attend the 2nd night of my classroom management class for new staff "induction." This has something to do with "Highly Qualified" and getting my professional license (my current license is provisional). Of course I have not done the required reading for this as of yet... (might be trying to do some of that during the game!) It's a fun book, though. Harry Wong's "First Days of School." I highly recommend this book for any teacher. Anyway, at some point this fall I'll have to take the ELL course, too. Always something!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

As usual, it's been a long time since I visited here and/or posted a thing. It's amazing how fast the days are zooming by lately. Busy is good, I guess?

I'm beginning to feel less overwhelmed at school, but not entirely comfortable in my position. I still have a lot of "organization" to do in my classroom, but most of it is personal or not really essential for the day-to-day activities with my kids. Files, supplies, etc... "Stuff." This week also began my "double-up" schedule. That has me a little more than stressed out. My kids only attend half-time so Cathleen and I must teach 2 days of curriculum for every 1 day that the all-day-every-day teachers teach. It's non-stop craziness and I have yet to figure out how to get through all I am asked to cover. I'm told this is normal and not to worry, it will come. But it's still frustrating. I have a great group of kiddos. Still those 2 or 3 that are trying to push those buttons---but in the end I will win. (o; Consistency, consistency, consistency (and maybe a little bribery...)! All in all, I'm enjoying my job. I am really praying a year from now I still feel the same way.

The kids--MY kids, all seem to be pretty happy with their teachers. Josh is beginning his second year with Kaplan Academy and is a sophmore at Rifle High School. Jacob is in 8th grade and Kellianne has started Middle School in 5th grade. Hard to believe that we no longer have kids in elementary school. Tim and I just kinda sit here looking at each other and wondering how we got so old! Haha

Speaking of old... I now have a new favorite person. :P The other day my daughter's former third grade teacher stopped me in the hall to tell me that one of the young, male teachers at Highland asked her did she know that I have a child in high school??? He was stunned at this news and wondered how this could be possible. He was just sure I was only about "27" years old. Geez! I really liked this guy before.... but now I really like him! (o:

Bowling league starts up again soon... wonder how pathetic I can be this year?? Although I did have a couple of 200+ games last season. Not exactly a stellar average, though.

My brain is kinda mush so I have no idea what to type anymore. Tired seems to be the theme lately!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Notes from Kindergarten

Hard to believe it's already Wednesday. Things are already underway with back-to-school and I have spent 5 days in training and orientation. Tomorrow there are home visits and a staff meeting... At some point I need to actually spend some time in my classroom.

My room is still a mess. An even bigger mess than before. I have loads of boxes, manipulatives, toys... (stuff!) all over the place. I took pictures today (just for you AK! LOL). Things are going to have to undergo a major transformation over the next few days since I have a class coming on Tuesday. Once (IF) I get it all pulled together, I'll take "after" shots and post them here. I have a feeling this is going to be a work in progress, though. It's overwhelming how much there is to do. Our tables and little chairs have not arrived yet--and apparently aren't going to in time. My Everyday Math materials are not here either--district ordered the wrong stuff.... All very typical predicaments. What can go wrong usually does. Teachers must be flexible and resourceful! Or so I have discovered. Haha Hopefully the kids won't know the difference.

Speaking of my class... I'm up to 12 students and I know it's still growing--there were a stack of enrollments just today. Out of my 12 kids so far, only 5 speak English. That's a little unsettling but they assure me things will be just fine. I sure hope so because my Spanish vocabulary is slim-to-none!

I'm not sure how I'm doing on the diet. The school has been feeding us breakfast and lunches... and not exactly Weight Watcher's friendly. Hopefully portion control is keeping me in the loss column. Or at least from gaining. I'm nervous to see, though.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Where did it go??

This weekend went way too fast! In 9 hours I have to be in SFA training. I swear I just came from orientation! All in all, being so busy makes the time fly. And it really is a lot of fun to get to know all the new teachers.

Saturday we had a very lazy morning and then made a trip to Grand Junction for an office chair and some odds and ends. We had a really nice time--got some borders and bulletin board stuff at Learning Works, had lunch at Applebees (Weight Watcher's menu), went to Hobby Lobby, Office Depot, Barnes and Noble, Kohls, Sam's (for my chair), Walmart... We were halfway home when I realized I forgot my fricken chair!!! AURGH!!!!!!!

Yep, it will be another trip to Grand Junction soon. LOL

My classroom is barren. Nothing on the walls. Just empty-looking. Except for my desk (sans chair) and all those big pieces of "furniture" that will serve as storage and room dividers. Spent hours sorting through a zillion boxes to put all the SFA materials into their various units. The tables (Kinders don't have desks) and teeny-tiny chairs have not arrived yet. Nor have any of the manipulatives, toys, etc., etc... Lisa, my host teacher with whom I did my student teaching, brought me a big ole box of books for the class library (so sweet!), so at least there's a little something in there, I guess. Maybe I'll take some "before" and "after" pictures to post--just to remind myself what it looks like to be a clueless first-year teacher.

Today we went to the staff picnic in the park across from the school-- just around the corner from my house (Yes, the same park that has something against our family reunions. LOL) That was fun... although I have to say my weight-loss efforts were not quite so focused. Too much great food! We had a really nice time mingling and chatting with everyone. And there were no broken bones, either! Haha The people in this school have always been some of my favorites, so it's neat to be a member of the "family."

Did I mention I have a new laptop? An iMac... well, MacBook. The school issues one to every teacher. Even has my name on it. (Wow, I'm a teacher!? Hasn't quite hit me, maybe.) It's really a neat little machine and has a TON of features my HP doesn't--even a built-in webcam. The district encourages us to take them home for personal use, have fun with them... etc. If I ever get used to how different it is from a pc, I think I'll like it.

Well, time to stop goofing off here and go to bed. I'm such a night owl! I really, really despise mornings. I am hoping that one day I will look back on this and laugh because I have come to LOVE being a morning person!

HA! Not likely! (o;

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The "iPhone Killer"... and other stuff, too

Old habits die hard. Here it is, 2:30 AM, and I have to go set up my classroom bright and early tomorrow morning. Yucky! I guess the up-side to all of this is that I'll be good and tired come bedtime tomorrow night, right?

Made a trip to Grand Junction today to do a little school shopping. The kids got a few things.... clothes, supplies, etc. I found a few things as well. I still say we should get to wear t-shirts and jeans... but nooooo! Gotta look "professional." Seriously.... these are 5 year-olds we're talking about. Who plays with 5 year-olds all dressed up? *sigh* Someone forgot to tell the powers-that-be that we finger-paint! Hello! Oh well.... just as long as they don't think they'll get me into some frilly dress and high heels. Not happening!

My favorite purchase of the day, however, was a really neat little device that passes itself off as a cell phone. Joshua used my upgrade last year after his cell phone got left out in the rain. So now I'm using his upgrade--and he informed me that I got the better end of the deal. Haha! (Oh come on! He has one of those iTouch iPods... give your mom a break, pal!) I now have a cute little LG Voyager. Touch screen, full keyboard, navigation, Internet... pretty neat. Yep, I'm gonna figure out how all the bells and whistles work on this little puppy--right there along with all the gadgets on my SUV that I still don't know how to use--in all my spare time, of course. (haha) That is if I can keep my kids' hands off it! (o;

My new toy.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Who Moved My Cheese?

One twenty-eight AM. A typical Monday...well, technically now it's Tuesday. Was this ever a wasted day. It ended much like it started....much too early--meaning the wee hours of morning at both ends. Another couple of hours and I will have been up for 24 hours in a row! I am much too old for this, no doubt. Not sure what's up with me, but my guess is has a lot to do with change. I'm just not very good at it.

Now as I sit here, my thoughts scrambled in my brain... typing, deleting... typing some more, only to hit that backspace button over and over again... it is now 1:56 AM. I can't think. I suppose it's too late to go drown myself in the spa tonight? (okay, not literally! LOL) I just want to turn those jets up and let them wash away all the crummy stuff that makes me feel like screaming/crying. I refuse to shed even one more tear, though. It never changes a thing.

Would it be okay with everyone if we just do this day over?

Sunday, August 3, 2008

The End of Summer

Summer is coming to a close. My kids still have 2 weeks. I have 3 days. Then it's off to work; orientation, training, prep... whatever it is that teachers do. I still have no idea, really. That's what's got me a little worried/scared/nervous. I've never been one for surprises and I really wish someone would spell this whole thing out for me. All in good time, I suppose? I know it will all be fine and in a few weeks I'll wonder what all the fuss was about. For now, I guess I'll just try to relax and enjoy what little is left of my "old life." Things are a-changin'!

The past few weeks have been very busy. I'm not spending much time here and I know I have missed some emails/replies, etc. (I'm really sorry, Trish!!) Once things settle into a routine, maybe I'll get better at this. Seems I haven't stopped for more than a few minutes here and there for weeks.

Graduation was great. Although I officially graduated June something-or-other, walking across that stage, cap and gown, with all my classmates made it feel so much more real. But the best part was passing through all the WGU mentors and staff who've been there every step of the way through our programs--lined on both sides of us as we entered the auditorium-- applauding and congratulating us. None of us were expecting it and I think a huge majority of us were in tears before the ceremony even started. What a cool and thoughtful thing for them to do! That will stick with me far longer than anything else.

The highlight of our trip was spending time with Bob and Jenn. They are so much fun to be around and Bob and I have always just clicked. I can talk to him for hours. The kids had a great time and we really liked Utah. We literally looked at a couple houses out there. Our area is changing so much--and not in a good way.... we just got to thinking. We could buy a home there in Kaysville (Salt Lake) for about what we paid for ours here.... but it would be over double the size with a massive yard. Wow. I loved the one across from Bob. More than 5,500 sq ft... 3 car garage, huge bonus room wired for a theater... granite everything... solid wood floors... Very nice. And for what we paid for ours. Not as nice or as huge as Bob and Jenn's (7,000+).... but that's another story!

While in Utah, we had an idea. Sadly, I have gained back every oz. I had lost--and then another 7 lbs on top of it! UGH! So, since we all need to lose weight, we decided to make a challenge out of it. Next summer we're all going to take a cruise together. Whichever couple loses the least percentage of weight before then gets to pay the other couple's round trip airfare to FL. The losing couple also has to wear bathing suits the whole cruise. UGH! Of course the men are motivated by the money. But the idea of baring it all in a bathing suit for the world to see is more than motivation for Jenn and me. I'm not entirely sure if it's the WHOLE cruise... and then there was talk of the other couple getting to choose the bathing suits.... regardless, having to put on something that skimpy in front of Bob does not make me very happy. Especially if HE gets to choose it! Omg... so I will be losing lots of weight. Weight Watchers (again), here I come!!

Once we returned home, Tim's sister and her family came for a visit. The kids are all getting so big! Unreal! This year at the big family reunion picnic in the park, I am glad to say that it was not one of my children breaking a bone. Sadly, however, it WAS one of Tim's niece's children. Eric, at 4 year old, decided to climb very, very high on the playground equipment. Next thing you know, he's not up high anymore.... Off to the E.R. with a broken arm. Playground 2... Family Reunion 0.

On Tuesday we decided to spend the day playing in Aspen. Somewhat of an attempt to avoid the heat---although it was darn hot up there, too! The traffic was insane and it was wall-to-wall people. I swear, it looks like there is a 'brown cloud' hanging over the mountains. How sad... Things have changed so much here in the last ten or so years. So much for safe, small-town. Even in Aspen.

So anyway.... life is back to normal. And now I have 3 more days to enjoy "summer."

Monday, June 23, 2008

It's been a really crazy week. Or 10 days... doesn't matter because it all runs together.

Happily, I got my official notice of graduation along with my transcripts and degree last week. (The actual certificate really does list my full name) Still, that didn't come without a bit of drama. (Don't ask!) All that's left now is a whole bunch of tedious junk to apply for my teaching license. It's quite the ordeal! I had no idea.

Unhappily, I discovered a lump this morning on my little dog, Maisey. I am praying hard that it's nothing serious. Its had me close to tears all day, though. I hadn't noticed it until today--and it's way low in her abdomen on the left side near her leg. Not really a good place since that's where a lymph node is located. She's only 4 and is the sweetest, most loving and 'kissy' little dog. Pretty sure she thinks she's a Labrador. I cannot bear the thought of her being seriously ill. She'll see our vet tomorrow morning--they wanted to work her in today as she is well-liked at his office and spends time with them when we travel, but things were just crazy today I guess. Don't suppose a day will change much.

Jacob with Maisey

Last week was also a week of family. We had the opportunity to spend some time with my cousin's (Cindy) husband, Jeff, while he was in Colorado on business last Thursday. The kids chose Red Lobster for dinner (yes, they are spoiled brats with expensive taste--much like their mother!) and we had a great time chatting and laughing all evening. Jeff had all sorts of stories to share about my family (parents, grandparents, etc.) whom all seem to live in HIS neck of the woods these days (TX)! Makes me miss everyone soooo much. Might have to take a road trip here before school starts. On Friday night, we had dinner out with Tim's side of the family. His sister, Betty, and niece, Angie, and her kids were driving through from Denver on their way to Delta. Some 20+ of us met at Rib City Grill for dinner. We didn't get to spend a lot of time, but it was fun to have an excuse to get together.

The God Rally was here this past weekend at the Fairgrounds. We didn't go. There were lots of Christian performers scheduled including several locals that I know personally. Most were bands I had never heard of--save one. The "big" performance was Sunday night--Big Daddy Weave (Let It Rise, Fields of Grace, Without You, etc.). Aurgh!!! I really, really like that band, too! So now I'm kicking myself. I guess I just didn't feel like dealing with the crowds and the heat. I really need to snap out of this downer mood I seem to be in. Not a clue where it's coming from, but it stinks.

We (okay, Tim) did get all the decks sealed over the weekend- which will be good for the spa considering all the water everywhere. I spent a little time in the flower beds... found a pretty little bird bath to sit amongst my flowers. My tomatoes are doing very well... Just a nice, quiet weekend.

Well, I have so much to do around here. My house seriously needs cleaned... organized, etc. The kids have used all the towels for the laundry is a must. You name it, I should do it. I had great aspirations for today but they have so far not amounted to much. Suppose there is no time like the present, right? Someone send me some motivation, would ya?

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


Merriam-Webster Online:

Main Entry:


14th century

: arrived at or brought to an end gone by : over : physically exhausted : cooked sufficiently

I don't know how I feel right now. This laptop is a second home to me..... I have spent more time here in the last three years than anywhere! And now it is no longer a necessity... well, unless you consider that all my friends live in here... (o; ...but I don't need this thing for school work anymore. I'm officially done. My last task passed a couple of days ago. My AAP (Academic Action Plan) is cleared. There are no more remaining requirements or assessments left to complete.

Ordered my cap and gown today...and announcements.... I figure this is probably the first and last time I'm going to graduate from college (barring my Masters, I suppose---but I don't even want to think about more school right now!) so might as well do it up right! However, I really don't want anyone sending me gifts--so what's the proper etiquette there? Include a little note that says, "No Gifts Please"?? I'm clueless. Regardless, I'm all set for commencement on July 19th, 2008 in Salt Lake City. Wow, still doesn't seem real.

I also think I'm done ordering transcripts from all the various different universities I've attended over the years. Gotta have all those sent to the school district so they can finish my contract for Kindergarten this fall. Goodness... all those fees really add up!

The only thing left to do is apply for my teaching license--which I cannot do until all these universities send ME the transcripts, too. Okay.... so not quite done.

Still, nothing left to write, no assessments left to take. I'm free! Now what!?!?!?! LOL

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Surprise, Surprise!

Well what do ya know! She passed.... and with plenty of room to spare, too!

So... guess who is the newest Kindergarten teacher at Highland Elementary School? (=


Yep, been 4 whole days since I've been back here. Feels a lot like one big ol' long day to me, though! I'm currently living in a fog. What little sleep I get is filled with bizarre dreams about contextual factors, learning goals, and objectives... all just a bit skewed and strange. Dreams are just nuts. Ah well...

I had the distinct pleasure of taking the Gallup TeacherInsight Assessment today. This is basically a timed psychological screening that is research-based and is supposed to determine whether prospective teachers will be "very good" or "excellent" by the particular way they respond to a bunch of statements. (Gee...for some of these, they actully give you a whole 20 seconds to submit an answer! Think fast, baby!) You're not supposed to 'over-think' your answers... just answer "from the heart" as our principal, Peg, instructed me to do. I have taken another exam of this nature during my coursework at WGU--the Haberman Pre-Screener. Okay, well, I "passed" the Haberman... but I was less than enthusiastic about my score. In fact, being one who wants the "4's" on the rubric, I was pretty discouraged about the areas I scored "low" in. What!? Took a bit of the wind out of my sails, actually! It's just that those questions could be taken in other contexts... and some of the answers aren't really one's I would have chosen. Hardly seems right to have some little 'test' tell others the kind of teacher I will be or the person that I am.

So, obviously, I was not really thrilled to have to subject myself to this sort of thing all over again. But it's over.... done. Just waiting to hear if I bombed it or not... Haha! Of course, being the ever-curious one that I am, I wanted to see what others had to say about this particular exam. (Because Google is my friend, you know!) Let's just say that I'm no more encouraged by what I've been reading than I was before. Yikes.... seems this test is used by a lot of districts throughout the country, and it's cost a lot of people a position. Joy.

Well.... cross your fingers people.... did she pass??


While you can’t really study for the questions, TeacherInsight is an important part of your job application process, so you should approach it seriously. As in a personal interview, you will be asked questions about yourself and how you might handle certain situations. Don’t over-think the questions; just give your honest, top-of-mind responses as there are no trick questions. We recommend you get a good night’s sleep and arrange to have at least 45 uninterrupted minutes for the interview. Make sure you are using a computer in good working order with a stable Internet connection. Finally, be sure to read the questions carefully before responding. In particular, read the scale on the Likert questions to ensure you are answering the way you intend.

A good night's sleep!? What's that?

Saturday, May 24, 2008

In the beginning....

Okay, this is for my dear friends who've expressed disbelief and astonishment over my apparent lack of with-it-ness (is that a word?) where blogging is concerned. I've been living in this virtual world for quite a long time--I even joke that all my friends live in my computer- but I'm not much of a writer beyond the zillion or so tasks I've had to write for school. Oh, I've attempted this once or twice before, but I never stick to it for very long. Mainly because I cannot imagine that my boring, mundane life is something others would really be interested in reading about. I've never been much for keeping a diary, although I have had a few journals--all of which are typically blank beyond the first few pages and are stashed away in boxes long forgotten.

So...because I'm lazy and lack motivation in writing the half-a-dozen-or-so-plus tasks I still have left for my teacher work sample/portfolio, here I am. Woooo! I have a feeling that those of you who conveyed an interest in keeping up with all things 'Brenda' might be disappointed. Don't get your hopes up--and prepare to be bored silly. =) Now, what to write??