Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Biting the Bullet

They are scheduling my hearing test.

This is a case of how many times can I say, "Excuse me?"  "Come again?"  "Could you repeat that?" 

Family is annoyed.  Students are annoyed. 

The kicker? 

Driving the Bug to ballet, she was talking from the backseat. 

"What did you say?"  "Can you say that again?" 

Said with a little sigh, "Never mind, Nana." 

Yep.  Hearing aid, here I come.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

End of the Nine Weeks

How can you tell it is the end of the nine weeks?

Stacks of papers.  Check.
Messy desk.  Check
Neck and shoulder pain.  Check.
The overwhelming feeling of something going on every evening.  Check.

The nine week ends on Thursday, and all the "signs" of it are present.  *sigh

Monday, October 13, 2014


Favorites from the weekend:

*Steak and ale pie made by Niece LuLu.  Yum! And quite British!
*Warm socks, a fake fireplace space heater, and an electric blanket.  We are working hard not to start the furnace.  With daily temperatures to be in the 70's, it would be crazy to start it now.
*Popcorn balls. Sticky? Yes.  Messy? Yes.  But...they are a reminder of childhood and Halloween.
*A white elephant auction at a family reunion that has actually become a redistributing and sharing of family keepsakes.  Sunday's purchase was a bracelet made from Grandma's button collection.  (I spent hours digging through her buttons, stringing them, and then taking them off again!)
*A load of summer clothes and shoes (that didn't get worn this summer) delivered to Disabled American Veterans. 

Not so favorites from this weekend:

*Popcorn hulls in my teeth.
*Leaving lesson plans or grading until Sunday night. I hate spending my entire Sunday evening organizing my week.
*Not knowing how to dress for this crazy weather.  Layers. Layers.
*Shopping online.  Besides the security issues, surfing the websites makes me dizzy and nauseated.  I hope I'm not the only person who still prefers to shop in stores.

The A-OK:

*The gray hair.  It has grown on me--both literally and figuratively.
*The leaves slowly turning.  (They could hurry it up a bit.  Some years, they turn and fall at the same time, causing me to miss the photo ops.
*Dental floss.  I have it stashed everywhere: at school, in the drawer by my living room chair, in the bathroom, and in my purse and computer bag.  I'm always prepared.

The not so OK:

*No winter coat. The zipper broke on my anorak last winter.  I hate buying coats, so I need to buy one I will wear for many years.  Pressure. Pressure. And I can't wait much longer to make a decision
*My iPhone battery issues. I've been looking at phones, but I still haven't decided what I want or what to do. Too many options make it hard to make a decision.

And if I were a worrywart:
*L's coughing is reminiscent of her pneumonia scare.  She promises if it isn't gone tomorrow that she will call her doctor. (And she better!)
*The nine weeks ends on Thursday. Where am I going to find 12 extra hours for grading? Yikes!

And I think that pretty much covers it. Oh, except for these two pictures that show how the Bug and I have a heck of a time taking a decent picture.

2014 Christmas Card? I think not. Think we'll ever get it together? Maybe we could photo shop the two together?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Learned from Nana Daycare

Armchair arms can be ridden like a horse, used as a slipper slide, or relaxed on like a bed.

The Bug has become my workout buddy.  She taps my fitbit (pedometer), looks at the number of lights that illuminate, and says, "Steps, Nana! Steps!  You need steps!"  Little Hitler.

Hullabaloo, which isn't even on the market any more, is a great game for kids. I loved it, too.

You can watch Frozen many times--and love it every time.  Then, expect a 3 year old to run around the house and shoot ice out of her fingers.  I also learned that Queen Elsa is better than Princess Anna because Elsa has "the power."  (Hence, the shooting ice out of her fingers.)

When Nana is asked to attend on a trip to the bathroom, it isn't because she can't do it herself--she just wants company.  I guess when you potty, you just need someone to talk to.  If you happen to bring a book along, she will sit there (doing nothing) while you read the book--or two.

If the job is messy, the Bug doesn't want much to do with it.  Painting a pumpkin is fun, until she gets a bit of paint on her fingers.  Even pizza is eaten with a fork.  Of course, the messiness doesn't apply to feet. I have taken shoes off to discover the sandiest, dirtiest feet I've ever seen.

If you play hard, you nap hard.

What did I learn? Be creative. (A chair doesn't have to be a chair.) Workout and get your steps.  If you want to be good at a game, make sure you are flexible enough to put your nose on the floor. (Hullabaloo)  Be the person with the power.  Everything (even pottying) is better with a friend. Keep your hands clean, but it is OK to let your feet play in the sand and dirt. Play hard. Nap.

There. The philosophy of life from my favorite three year old.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Nana Daycare

The Bug's daycare provider is closed today. This is the second Friday in a row.  Daddy CT stayed home with her last Friday for a Daddy and Buggie day.  Mommy doesn't have that many days yet, since she is new to this job.  So, today is Nana and Buggie day.

What do we have planned?
*A bath.  Momma says she has to have a bath.
*Cookie baking
*Frozen Match Game (She is bringing this one.)
*A movie and popcorn
*Reading books (The Little Mermaid is a new favorite.)
*If it isn't raining, I'm hoping for a walk.
*Pumpkin painting. (It's a little early for carving.)  I made this one Wednesday night with black chalkboard paint and white thumbtacks.
I'm not sure what the pumpkin decorating will be like today, but I'm pretty sure it will have to be as easy as this one.

Oh, and I'm certain there will be a nap in there; if not for the Bug, at least I will be taking one!

Did I mention that there is a Papa Pizza delivery coming at noon? 

Yes. This has all the makings of a red letter day.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Here We Go Again...

Funniest things to come out of the mouths of sophomores:

*"Mrs. E, we've got to get you a new hobby. This desk rearranging is getting to be an addiction."

*"When you say 'double space' does that mean you hit the space bar twice between every word?"  *sigh!  Yes, this is year two of that question.  Sadder?  Even after explaining it, she submitted her paper with two spaces between every word.  Ay yi yi!

*"After a comma or a semicolon, I don't have to space, do I?"  (You'd be amazed how many sophomores don't space after any punctuation. Drives me right up the wall. I now correct as many formatting errors as grammar errors. Holy cow!  Like it wasn't enough red ink already.)

*Student:  "Why did you sign me up for tutoring?"  Me: "Well, you've been gone for a week and need to catch up." Student: "Oh, you want me to make that up?"  Me:              (What do I say?  Why yes, sweetheart.  I think you better make up the work you've missed. Well, if you want to pass the class anyway.  argh!!!!) 

*Me:  "Why was another student logging in as you to take an Accelerated Reader test?"  Student: "Well, I gave her my login information for Biology, and she just typed in the wrong log in. That's all"   Me:  "You're talking about the login that is your first and last name?  And she mistakenly thought she was you and typed it in?"    Yes.  My students think I am stupid.

*"Mrs. E?  Do you know you have the date for today as September 24, 2010?"  And then I prove to them that I am stupid.  (What the heck was I thinking to write that on the board??)

And actually, this has been a great year.  Scary, isn't it?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tough Monday

Coming off a great weekend, it is hard to get back in the swing.

Missing this:
 E is 11 months old now.
We took him to his first U town football game.

He thought it was a bit overwhelming, 
but he was so good. 
He even took a nap on Mommy and missed the kickoff.

On Sunday, the Bug brought Mommy and Daddy to Nana and Papa's for breakfast with E and his mommy and daddy.  We went to church together and then out to lunch.
K shared this photo of the Bug and her best buddy in day care and ballet class. 
Buggie doesn't know it yet, but her buddy is moving to U town in a month or so.
Those two are going to miss each other.
 And Monday was tough.  The week is full every night, and I have a 7:15 meeting this morning.  *sigh  

Back to the classroom. There are kids of another size waiting for me.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

CraZy, I know!

-I love Fall: the boots, pumpkins, sweaters, leaf raking, and cool weather. I know, most people can only think about snow and cold on the horizon.  I'm OK with those, too.

-There is a part of me that misses Trailer High.  I finally decided it was because we were outside so much more, so I have started walking home every day after school.  I'm seeing flowers and fall displays that I have missed on the drive home. I have stashed an umbrella and tennis shoes at school already. This week I need to take a spare pair of gloves, a hat, and a jacket; just in case the weather goes rogue on me.

-Cups of hot tea have made a reappearance on Easy Street.  We haven't turned on the heat yet, but hot tea, woolly socks, and an old sweater help take the chill off.  (We'll see how long we can go.)

-There is something on the calendar every day this week.  Every. Day. 

-Have I mentioned the apples of fall?  (Another reason to love fall!) Pink Lady and Honeycrisp are two of my favorites.  Combine apples with caramel and I am in heaven!

-If the weather is changing and the calendar says October, the holidays can't be far behind. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October 1

September ended with a scare.

Baxter had a horrible breathing episode on Monday night. It was as if he had swallowed or inhaled something that was blocking his airway.  Our vet did an "after hours" appointment.  He had to be anesthetized in several different ways to get him under so she could examine his throat and nasal passages.

At one point, his heart quit, and she had to use chest compressions to bring him back.  She never did find anything causing the blockage. We spent almost two hours with the Vet--who was about as shook as we were; then, we came home to spend most of the night not sleeping very well and checking on him regularly.

He is better but is having to take it very easy. Now, we just have to make sure that he doesn't get pneumonia. No morning runs for awhile. Poor little pup. That was horrid!  He's always been so healthy, that we just weren't ready for this.

Let's hope he bounces quickly!

After this, I'm not sure the ghosts and goblins of October could scare me at all.

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Latest 10 Randoms

Random facts you probably don't need to know:

1. My feet are a hot mess: callouses and white dry skin.  They are nasty.

2. The Bug has been indoctrinated by her other Grandma. I had a sore on my hand, and she said, "Do you need some Tea Tree?"  I burst out laughing.  Her other grandma is a believer in all essential oils.  Tea Tree is her favorite.  I can't get past the smell. Ugh! And now she has a 3 year old converted.

3. Little E used to stick his tongue out all the time. Now, he pulls his lower lip over his top lip like he is pouting. I thought he was about to cry when he saw me.  Nope. He's a little nut--and has the happiest chortle and toothless (well almost) grin!

4. I am blogging to avoid grading the final two sets of papers that I need to give back. Something good has to come out of procrastination.

5. You can buy the new flavors of candy corn and M&M's, but they won't live up to the original. (Though I thought the pumpkin spice candy corn were pretty delicious!)

6. The Mr. doesn't love pumpkin.  I do.  If I want a recipe with pumpkin, I have to make it myself. (Yeah, we don't eat many pumpkin flavored baked items.)

7. I just made the commitment (retirement plan wise) to teach another 5-9 years. (Our district is switching their early retirement option.)  I was wishing for a crystal ball before I signed the paper...if I only knew the future.

8. I hate spicy food. I hate pepper.  I am wondering if my taste buds are becoming more picky as I age.  Either that, or people are using more hot sauce or chipotle seasonings in food. There are some things I just can't eat.

9. I can feel it coming. I am guessing I am going to need a hearing aid in the next ten years. Darn it.

10.  I am waiting, not too patiently, for the next season of "The Newsroom" and "Downton Abbey." Reality TV has had to hold me over.

There you have it.  The news you didn't need to know.  You are quite welcome!