Monday, September 1, 2014

Monday Morning Coffee

Well, here we are - September.

Whoa. How did that happen so fast?

September??  In our house it's a month of some celebrations.  Son #1's birthday is today. My parent's 60th anniversary would be on the 3rd, Son& Daughter #1 will celebrate their first wedding anniversary on the 14th, my birthday is on the 16th and Dream Boy & I will celebrate 34 years of wedded bliss on the 27th.  

Today is my last day of summer freedom though.  I'm heading back into the classroom tomorrow for another year of school.  Another year of high school.  Will I ever graduate?  Ha ha!

So - what did you do this past week?  Dream Boy told me this morning that my blog was a "little lacking" this past week, so I guess I need to catch you up?  

Weather wise - I had one dock day with the pup on Wednesday.  It was a good day.  We spent about an hour & a half lazing away on the end of the dock.  The lake was fairly quiet as well, so it was just us soaking up the last of the summer rays.

I spent the 1st 2 days of the week doing school stuff.  Our yearly welcome back breakfast was Monday morning and we ended the day with our building staff meeting.  Normally the papaprofessionals (that would be me) aren't included in the staff meeting.  Yes, we are staff, but the former admins didn't feel the need for us to be there, let alone pay us if we still chose to attend.  This year, our new principal said, "heck yea, you need to be there and heck yea, you will be paid."  Nice - someone who really understands the need for us to be included in the term "staff".  

Tuesday I spent the morning helping with the training of "said staff" on our new grading & attendance software system.  That didn't go as smooth as was hoped, but it's still a HUGE learning process even for the IT guys who were supposed to be teaching us too.  When pretty much the whole county has been forced to switch to this system and the previous company we all had gave about 6 months notice that they were dropping the current system - well, that doesn't give anyone much time to research, explore and learn and new one.  Let alone customize it to meet the needs of each individual district in out county that is using it.

I spent the afternoon in my classroom working a little more on that system and enrolling students into their online classes.  Still have more to do - the work is sitting over on my desk behind me mocking me.  It's been there since I brought it home last Tuesday - with PLENTY of work to be done before tomorrow.  I can hear it now - it's taunting me......so MUCH to do!

Well, I had other things to do with my last few days of summer other than school stuff.  

I had 2 senior photo sessions last week.  I've got one almost fully edited and I need to get the 2nd one going today as well.  

The 2nd session was a brand new venue for me.  I did senior pics for a boy who knew where he wanted to go.  He told his mom exactly where he wanted his pics taken at.  Wow - most boys' don't care, let alone have a specific location in mind.  It turned out to be a beautiful, wooded location with a paved biking/running trail through it.  We ended up on the back side of the local nature center and found some really cool spots in their barns to take a few shots!

Friday I worked on some editing and some creating.  I blew up 3 of my pics that I've taken from school activities & sent them into Staples to have printed out as "engineering prints".  They were about 18x24 in size.  I cut down black foam board & mounted the prints to them & they will now be adorning my classroom wall.  It cost me around $20 for the prints and boards.  I'm also taking black foam board and using a white chalk pen to write out different quotes to include in layout for my classroom wall.

Our weekend has been filled with a LOT of humidity.  Saturday started out rainy and then just turned plain yucky.  Yes - yucky.  A technical weather term for pea soup heavy humidity.  

Dream Boy & I headed into the Farmer's Market and gathered up some fresh produce and some beautiful sunflowers.  
Saturday night we took S & D#1 our for his birthday dinner.  He chose the local Mexican restaurant - never get a bad meal there - and pigged out.  

Sunday we started out day off in church and then headed home for a little bit of relaxation before heading over to the local campground to pig out again with our friends from church.  They have a big group that comes out there for a week every summer and on Sunday afternoon they have a big potluck meal. Plenty.of.food.was.to.be.had.

We ended the evening with a "baggo" tournament.  Some call it Corn Hole, some just call it "hole" - but we spent a few hours with several teams duking it out for the coveted title of Champion.
Dream Boy & I headed home around dark and just chilled with a movie for the remainder of the night.

Today - I'm home blogging, editing, painting and will have to break down and listen to the 2 notebooks from school that are mocking me & try to open them & get some work done.  

Dream Boy & D#1 are off to the racetrack to watch S#1 race and then when they get home we're headed over to have Low Country Boil with a group of friends.

I hope you are having a wonderful day, celebrating Labor Day if you are in the states or just having a great Monday wherever you may be.

Thanks for stopping by - even though it is a little later than normal!

See you all soon!  I honestly will try & be better with my blogging this week Dream Boy.  :)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday Morning Coffee

I'll have my coffee with a side of cold medicine and tissues please.

Yep, a summer cold is trying to rain on my parade.  I've been taking Zicam for the last 2 days in hopes of keeping the worst of it away.  Dream Boy started it last weekend and I woke up on Saturday with the tell tale signs.

But alas, the clock keeps ticking and time keeps moving forward.  So I'll suck it up and move along.

Dream Boy & I headed to the park yesterday for the last of the summer concert series.  We were treated with TWO performances.  The 1st wasn't originally scheduled, but when The Verve Pipe was stuck in Memphis and couldn't get there on time, they pulled this duet out of Grand Rapids to fill the gap.

They were very good.  A little bit on the Ingrid Michaelson/Jay May side.  Loved them really.

The Verve Pipe finally arrived and the show continued on for another hour. Most of these concerts last 1 hour, but we didn't leave until almost 7:30 --- and they start at 4!

Friday night was the last of our summer wedding series as well.  D1's older sister got married and we were invited.  She had a very small wedding, but a very large reception.  It was a wonderful time and this girl has had a good fill of dancing for a while too. 

Saturday was a finish up editing kind of day.  I managed to finish editing the wedding I shot 2 weeks ago.  Now to put their package together & send it off in the mail since the couple lives in Baltimore!

Today - well, today I head back to school.  There.  I said it.  Back.to.school.  Not at all ready for this.  Not at all.  Students don't report until next Tuesday, but staff has the annual breakfast this morning & staff meetings this afternoon.  Tomorrow is training, in which I will be helping with the training.  Hah!  Me, training the teachers.  Yep.  Me.

So - I hope you have a wonderful week & will stop back around.

Have a great day everyone!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ice Bucket Challenge

On Monday night S2 nominated Dream Boy, amongst other's, to the Ice Bucket Challenge that is bringing MAJOR awareness to the awful disease of ALS.  You get nominate by someone else who was nominated and so on and so on.  You have 24 hours to donate $10 and do the ice bucket challenge OR donate $100 to the ALS website.  

As of this morning, this challenge has raised $41.8 million in donations compared to $2.1 million during the same time period last year (July 29-August 21).

So on Tuesday night, a friend of mine nominated me & I took the challenge yesterday.  Much to Dream Boy's delight as you will hear...
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It's amazing how something so simple has brought such awareness to something so dreadful.  

I, for one, was honored to be a part of it.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Landslide - Songography


Climbed a mountain and I turned around
And I saw my reflection in a snow covered hill….

Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the oceans changin' tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?

But time makes you bolder,
children get older,
I'm getting older too.

How and when did I reach this age?
This stage in my life where so many years have passed and maybe not as many remain?

Wasn't it just yesterday when my sister and I were fighting over Barbies?  
Or helping mom bake Christmas cookies?
Or having first dates………getting married…….having babies……..our babies getting married……babies moving away……

My child like heart still says I'm very young.  My mind says the same thing most days.

But the reflection in the mirror - the knees that can't bend as well - the few gray hairs that grace my head tell me differently.

Like a landslide, it passes all too quickly.

I've learned and am still learning, to embrace who I am and where I am in my life at this point and time.

I'm living every day as the gift it was meant for me.  Opening my eyes more & more to the beauty that surrounds me in many forms, big & small.

Joining up with Kathy today at You'll Shoot Your Eye Out.