Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Cabin View

The Mr. and I just returned from a short vacation. This was a return to a cabin we've been to before. It's on a lake. There isn't much to do. There is a hot tub, a television (NCAA Basketball Tournament), a kitchenette, a king sized bed, and a great deck table. I slept a lot. I read a book. I spent a lot of time in the hot tub, looking up at squirrels and birds in the trees. It was just what the doctor ordered.
We laughed a lot. My favorite story this trip was when the Mr. ordered a pizza from a nearby town. We were in Oklahoma. The town he ordered from was in Indiana. (Not exactly nearby.) Riding around looking for the place was quite interesting. We ended up eating deli sandwiches instead. And laughed...a lot!

Leaving the cabin at the lake, we headed to Oklahoma.City. We caught a matinee of Beauty and the Beast, where being "seniors" meant two tickets for a whopping $8.10. Several nursing homes were in attendance at the show, too. The Mr. and I were the youngest people in the audience for quite awhile.

The movie was beautiful, but our luck with restaurants continued. 

This was our lunch. And that was after driving around for 30 minutes. 
Movie theater food.

Eventually, our losing streak ended with a steak dinner. It almost made up for some rather sketchy meals.

We took in two museums, too. (You know, you have to learn something while you're on a trip. Family rules.)
The Will Rogers Museum in Claremore was interesting. So many of the things Rogers was talking about back then are still true today.

"There is no credit to being a comedian when you have the whole government working for you. All you have to do is report the facts. I don't even have to exaggerate." Will Rogers

I'm pretty sure Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Fallon, and Steven Colbert would agree.

The second museum was the Oklahoma City Memorial for the bombing victims. It is a beautiful museum, telling the story minute by minute and day by day. I had forgotten so many of the details of that situation.

Anyway, we are home now, semi-unpacked, and reunited with Baxter who had spent time at Little Big Brother camp for a vacation of his own.

Break so far: rested, restored, and almost ready to return to school. And yet, I don't have to for four whole days!

Monday, March 20, 2017


Loves of this season...

sweet jonquils and crocus
budding trees
dragging out the outdoor furniture
coffee on the patio or deck
hanging wash on the line and smelling fresh laundry when I bring it in
flip flops return
bird feeders

Flip side-

mosquitoes, flies, and Asian ladybug invasions
quite a bit of yard work to do

But the best...

this is the last big push of the school year
summer can't be too far off.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

First Two Days of Break

Boy, did I need this break! And so far, so good.

I have to begin with the Mr.'s Thursday Birthday Breakfast. The T's joined us at a local cafe for breakfast before school and work.

                                             Long John with lit candle courtesy of the Tiny Town Mayor--also former student.  Pretty sweet!

Yesterday, I made a trip to Big City to see L, CB, and little man E. I dropped off a birthday gift for the oldest of the CC's. Then L and I went to have our hair cut. I decided to chop off a bit more than usual. It feels like spring now.

Little Big Brother, Sweet SIL, the Mr. and I went out for St. Patrick's Day dinner of Lamb Stew and Corn Beef Brisket and Cabbage. It was delicious. And the bagpiper was just icing on the cake.

The weather today was beautiful. I dug out the spring clothes: shorts, t-shirts, capri pants, and sandals. I stored quite a few winter clothes away. (There's a good pile for Goodwill, too.)

I just pulled in the laundry from the line for the first time this year. Nothing beats the fresh smell of line-dried laundry.

After a trip back to the doctor on Thursday, I now have 2 inhalers, several new medications, and hopefully am about to lose this miserable cough for good. The flip side is I don't shake it, I will be having more tests. I feel better today, so hopefully, this is the last of it. Uninterrupted sleep would be the best part of the recovery.

And this is me, doing my hair today.  Not quite the same. Think the hairdresser will move in with me??

Still on the agenda for break: a little sewing, a cabin trip to a lake for a couple days, and heading to the theater to see Beauty and the Beast. I am looking forward to rest and recharging my batteries a little. I'm pretty sure the Mr. will be thrilled to have the coughing/gagging done. Fingers crossed.

Did I mention there will be a hot tub at the cabin? I feel better already.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Almost Spring Break

One. More. Week.

And I only have to survive Parent/Teacher conferences with enrollment/career plan individual conferences with advisory students and their parents, a Forensics Tournament on Tuesday night, and two lunchtime theater performances on Monday and Thursday. Whew! Throw in the Mr.'s birthday on Thursday and this is one heck of a week!

In the last few weeks, they asked Little Big Brother and me to direct the musical next fall. I haven't done that for three years, and I have never done it when I had three hours for speech and drama classes. (Six hours of English and directing a musical were not a great combination.) With a lack of singing boys, we have been racking our brains for some possible shows. My brain is on overload.

We also had 8th grade career/class pathway fair last week. In a short amount of time, I threw together a quick Speech/Drama/Forensics booth, complete with the news booth from the recent play. I'm so grateful for students who are great at celebrating these classes.

Yesterday, I spent some time at the farm. I haven't been out there in quite awhile. I think I am on the downhill side of this stupid cold/cough. Two months of it has been quite enough. Anyway, it was good to see Dad and Grandma B. When I left it was snowing.

And that is my week in a nutshell, well except the push to finish nine weeks grades, grading makeup work, and writing letters of reference for students completing scholarship applications. That was all fun...

Have I mentioned that I am really ready for Spring Break?

Sunday, March 5, 2017

End of 3rd Nine Weeks

We ended the nine weeks on Friday. Instead of feeling all rested and caught up after the play, I am struggling to finish the grading and grades.

It. is. always. something!

Spring has arrived on Easy Street, even if the calendar doesn't say so. What happened to our snow? That's what I'd like to know.

So here's a photo dump of the last few weeks: play pics, a bug visiting for lunch at school, grandkids, and the first jonquil of spring.

Now back to my regularly scheduled grading.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Opening Night

Tonight is the night! Apocalypse opens at Tiny Town High. It has been a busy couple of months, but the show is ready to go.

Eventually, I will post more, but for now I will just say: craziest show we have ever done, and the parents loved it last night at Parent Pic night.

Who'd a thunk?!

The curtain is going up in two hours. (Praying for a decent sized audience.)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Happy 34th

Today is L's 34th birthday!
She has always managed to keep our family entertained.

And now she has this little guy to keep her entertained.
He is pretty sweet, sometimes shy, and only once in awhile is he a crazy man! (And his momma sooooo deserves that!)

 I'm pretty sure she is spending the day at work today, but planning to celebrate with CB this weekend. And until we can celebrate with you...

Happy Birthday, dear L! You are so loved!

Monday, January 16, 2017

The Ice Day Cometh

The ice storm was kind of a bust. (OK by me.) In spite of that, we didn't have school at Tiny Town High today. It was a little slick. And it might have been guilt over messing up the calendar and not having Martin Luther King, Jr. Day off. (We're off next Monday. Weird.)

Because of this bonus day, I am caught up on grading and planning.

I wish I could say that my cold/cough was much better, but it really isn't. If I'm not better by morning, I will try to get into the Dr. in the afternoon. My chest is starting to hurt from the deep coughing. That being said, many people say this bug lasts for several weeks. Lovely.

We shall see...

The next time we have an ice/snow day, I better be caught up with everything AND healthy. I would really like to enjoy the day.

For now, I will enjoy being caught up!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Colds, Stitches, and Google Classroom

Random bits:

*The spring production is a comedy/drama called Apocalypse. It is a combination of Disney family and Zombie Vampires. We are two weeks in and so far, so good. It promises to be a good time.

*I have a student teacher this semester in my English classes. He seems like a great guy. I'm expecting a good semester.

*We are in an ice storm area, but so far we are completely dry. So much for weather forecasts.

*Classroom grading is quite different these days. Google Classroom makes it possible to have a paperless classroom. We assign papers and tests online, grade them online and put them into our online grade books. All of this is wonderful technology until the internet is down or the electricity is off. I am always glad to have hard copies of my assignments that I can pull out in a jam.

*The Bug had her first stitches this week. She slipped in the shower and split her chin. And we always thought her little sister would have dibs on the emergency room trips.  (She is such a little daredevil.)

*I am battling a nasty chest cold. Early on it sounded a bit like whooping cough. I sure hope it isn't; otherwise, I have exposed a whole lot of kids to it. Ay yi yi!

*This month I am participating in Diet Bet. I've bet $30 that I can lose 4% of my body weight in 30 days. If I am successful, my $30 is returned. (I think that the winners split the $$ that the people who don't lose the weight don't get back.) It is an interesting program with quite a few plans you can sign up for and an official weigh-in procedure. This is an online/app group. So far, so good. It doesn't hurt that I'd rather cough than eat.

*Snapchat and FaceTime messages from the grandkids are so much fun. Seeing those faces and hearing their voices makes my day.

And now it is time to get back to grading. And I haven't started lesson planning for next week yet...! Time to get my buns in gear.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

All the News That's Fit To Print

There isn't much.

I have a few choice words for the way this year is starting off, but I will leave them out of this post.

My dad has five sisters. They are all younger than Dad. They are a lively, fun bunch. I have always loved this group; their silver hair and graceful aging give me hope for my golden years. They rally around all of us when bad times come. And now, Dad's middle sister is the one in need of support. She suffered a stroke late last week and is struggling with speaking. She confuses words or doesn't speak at all. If you know my family from aunts down to cousins, speaking (and usually speaking rapidly) is what we do and who we are. We are never at a loss for words. Except now. She is. I am praying for a complete recovery--that she is as fortunate as I was.

Today, I am remembering her visiting me shortly after I returned from the Denver hospital after my stroke. I was at home but still in bed, and she came back to sit beside me and visit for just a little bit. She had to check and make sure I was OK. I was still pretty out of it and in no shape for company, but I remember her visit.

People have always said that I look like her. I guess now our similarities don't end there. I sure wish they did.

So...the chest cold, the toilet that had to be replaced, the ridiculous amount of lesson planning and grading, the purchase orders I need to write for the show and for forensic tournaments might be a pain, but my problems are small.

Aunt Anita's troubles make mine pale in comparison.

So far, 2017 has nowhere to go but up. Let's hope the turn around is quick.