Indigo Robe

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Mum likes reading, decorating, shopping with the girls, and Starbucks. She also feels funny writing in the 3rd person. Papa (also known as Sparky) is currently looking at me with a blank stare having asked him to add something about himself to the blog. (Now he wants to say something) The only thing he loves more in life than music and Coke is his wife and kids. (Awww...) :) Little Lotte is a genius on the computer and makes me fall over laughing every day with her quick wit. She loves computers and animals. Sweet Pea abandoned her family and moved to Phoenix for work and is now married as of 2/28/06. She is beautiful and smart and the most nurturing person I know. She gave me the greatest gift ever when she made me a grandmother. I am the proud Mum Mum to Andrew Christopher. There are no words to describe the joy of having a grandson!

Friday, June 30, 2006

Last Night I Didn't Get to Sleep At All...

I had to be at an instructional team leader "retreat" today so I technically had my first day back to work since summer vacation began for me. I can NEVER sleep the night before a work day. I forgot that little fact and "worked" in my sleep all night long. I am TIRED!!!

The reason I put retreat in quotation marks is because normally our "retreats" are held in the library and we do team building activities where we spin our chairs around really fast while calling out our high school nicknames until we find someone who uses the same brand of toothpaste as we do. Then we take 3 hours and 45 minutes to discuss active participation, reinvent the standards and align them with the planet Mercury while writing lesson plans for the year. After a 15 minutes break where we eat stale chocolate chip cookies, it's back to discussing closure in a lesson for 4 hours and 15 minutes and then it's lunch time. Lunch is usually a day old tortilla with day old shredded chicken and a brown piece of lettuce with a stale chocolate chip cookie for dessert. Mind you -- there are NEVER any diet sodas at these things.

So imagine my surprise when I received the email stating that we were meeting at the Tanque Verde Guest Ranch for our retreat. Granted, there was nary a diet pepsi to be found but being the wise, experienced teacher that I am, I brought along 2 cans of diet pepsi to sustain me throughout the day.

It was a good day and I will not bore you with the details except to say that my schedule for next year rocks and I like the people on the leadership team. We only discussed active participation and closure for about 45 minutes total all day, and they served us a killer lunch buffet.

Speaking of food, we went over the wellness policy and it's really incredible. Thanks, once again, to NCLB, cupcakes are no longer allowed in the classroom for a child's birthday. You can't even drink Gatorade so don't even think about it.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Georgia on my mind...

Monday, June 19, 2006

Father's Day

"To her the name of father was another name for love." --Fanny Fern

"The most important thing that a father can do for his children is to love their mother." --Theodore M. Hesburgh

"Who giveth this woman?" This woman. But she's not a woman. She's still a child. And she's leaving us. What's it going to be like to come home and not find her? Not to hear her voice calling, "Hi, Pops" as I come in? I suddenly realized what I was doing. I was giving up Kay." --
Stanley T. Banks [Father of the Bride]: Fatherhood Quotes: Fatherhood and Life

"a father is someone that
holds your hand at the fair
makes sure you do what your mother says
holds back your hair when yor are sick
brushes that hair when it is tangled because mother is too busy
lets you eat ice cream for breakfeast
but only when mother is away
he walks you down the aisle
and tells you everythings gonna be ok" -- Unknown

They say that from the instant he lays eyes on her, a father adores his daughter. Whoever she grows up to be, she is always to him that little girl in pigtails. She makes him feel like Christmas. In exchange, he makes a secret promise not to see the awkwardness of her teenage years, the mistakes she makes or the secrets she keeps. -- Unknown

When i was born,
You were there to catch me when i fall, whenever and wherever.
When i said my first words,
You were there for me,
to teach me the whole dictionary if need be.
When i took my first steps,
You were there to encourage me on.
When i had my first day at school,
you were there to give me advice and help me with my homework.
I still havent finished school,
or walked down the aisle, or had my first child.
But i know you will be there for me through all these times and more, the good and bad.
So i just wrote this to say 'I LOVE YOU DAD!!!' -- Louisa Mansfield

Friday, June 09, 2006

This kinda blew each half of my mind equally :)

Brain Lateralization Test Results
Right Brain (54%) The right hemisphere is the visual, figurative, artistic, and intuitive side of the brain.
Left Brain (52%) The left hemisphere is the logical, articulate, assertive, and practical side of the brain
Are You Right or Left Brained?(word test)
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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

A Blast from the Past...

I tried to make a blog several years ago but couldn't remember the password or even how to GET to said blog and ended up abandoning the thing. However, being that a blog is never really abandoned, while cleaning out my favorite bookmarks on the ole EMAC, I found it. Having re-read the entries, I would say it was the tail-end of my midlife crisis and the beginning of my caffeine addiction. See for yourself. Here, for your reading pleasure, a few entries from 2002 :

****And oh yes, the tickets to SUGAR RAY? FRONT ROW, RIGHT SEATS!!!! (Right where Mark jumped up all night) Also the cause of a week of deafness :) Now, on a more serious note...I had a really good day at work.. not sure why... I DID have this dream about Chelsea (our principal last year) last night.. can't remember it but funny thing is , a fellow teacher came up to me today and started talking about her. They said, Chelsea mentioned that she felt that the cancer the took over her body did so quickly because she was always under such stress. She was always working and pushing herself and the teachers... she felt she had to prove herself to admin. and improve the school. She spent a week living on diet coke and working 16 hour days. She said she wished she had slowed down and if she had it to do again she would tell her teachers to do the same.. to not worry about test scores and just ENJOY TEACHING and DOING WHAT YOU LOVE. I thought, wow.. that is WHY I enjoyed myself today.. I just did WHAT I LOVE, I didn't feel any pressure.. and it made a difference in my teaching manner. Chelsea, may you rest in peace. (She died on February 1, 2002 )

Monday, February 25, 2002 09:10 p.m.

Here is what happens when you put a computer in the hands of the computer illiterate!!!! It's been days (weeks?) since I posted last.. not even sure when I last posted. Of course, I would like to say the reason is that I have been just toooooo busy but the truth? I forgot my password. Can you believe it? Oh, and Pita, that bad, bad .com didn't save my password like I asked it to... FINALLY tonight I remembered that I saved it in incoming mail. Wheww! So are you ready? Let me start with saying that I am SURE a lot of exciting and thrilling beyong imagine stuff happened in my life in the last week but uhhhhh, I can't remember much of it. THAT is EXACTLY the reason I wanted this forum! Not for others to read as much as for MYSELF! I am the original SHORT TERM MEMORY GAL! Here is what I do remember: I HAVE THE GREATEST TEENAGE DAUGHTER IN THE WORLD!! Wanna know why?? Well, see.... Valentine's Day is a big national holiday in my house. Tradition says that we go out to dinner and dress up and exchange cards and wrapped in silver and red foil presents.... but this year, I decided to cook. (remind me not to do that next year, I hate my own cooking) When present time came, I got something from Sharon that I will never forget.... I opened my card to find tickets to see SUGAR RAY at the U of A... and it was only 5 nights away!!!! To be more precise, it was to see MARK McGRATH.... oh lordy, he is my mid life crisis!!!!! I just adore his little smile, those dimples, those moves! I can't believe I am typing this!!!! Anyway, wow.. did I scream, I felt like a teen all over again. Bob took pictures of me screaming.... and then the time of the concert came. Now, I am this great, law abiding citizen and the tickets said.. NO CAMERAS.. so did I take a camera? NO! Did every other girl there have a camera ? yes!!! But that's ok... Sharon knew one of the people taking pictures and promised to get me some. I HOPE I do get some! The concert was great... at least I think there was music.. I was just there to smile and watch Marck.. wow, wow, wow. That's all I can say.. wow.... one "thing to do before I die" to cross of the to do list of life. (Yes, it was right under find cure for cancer and end world hunger, ya know) :) Something else must have happened... hmmm.. oh yes, we laid a wood floor.. rather BOB laid a wood floor. Looks REALLY nice! I am tired.. I have to stop... maybe I will remember to post every night before bed...a dear diary thing... aren't you just THRILLED?!?!? :) And oh yes, the tickets to SUGAR RAY? FRONT ROW, RIGHT SEATS!!!! (Right where Mark jumped up all night) Also the cause of a week of deafness :)

Monday, February 25, 2002 08:56 p.m.

For lack of a better template, I am stuck with the one as I am not a computer person. I've also found something interesting about myself. I was so looking forward to this web log.. but now that it's here.. I am nervous about posting. What makes me nervous? A little fight with the dear hubby today. It seems that while I spilling my guts out loud about all the reasons he was wrong (smile)... he was right outside listening. I thought he was at the store. Opps... sooooo.... now that all of those thoughts that were safely stored in my head are out in the open, I feel rather funny. Perhaps there are some things that should remain only in one's mind. Still thinking about that.... we shall see.

Sunday, February 17, 2002 09:27 p.m.

trying to post with two people watching my every finger stroke! I can't take the pressure!!!

Saturday, February 16, 2002 12:01 p.m.

trying to see if the date is now showing on my entries!

Saturday, February 16, 2002 11:52 a.m.

Well, I tried to make a blog at BLOGGER (my family uses that one) but it is NOT cooperating for me. :( I am sure it's the user's fault (MINE!) so I hope PITAS is a good second choice. I just told my husband about this thing called BLOG and he is just shaking his head.... :)

Saturday, February 16, 2002 11:47 a.m.
Teacher Snow's Silver Apple
I feel like a 16 year old with their new driver's license, using the car for the first time. In other words, I DON'T KNOW WHAT I AM DOING so be careful if you are driving on the information highway with me right now!!!!

Saturday, February 16, 2002 08:49 a.m. **************

Friday, June 02, 2006

Two Posts in One Day... You can tell it's summer!

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At the risk of my blog becoming the dreaded Christmas Letter filled with everything PERFECT about my family...

Lauren was accepted into National Honor Society.

And she is thinking about becoming a teacher.

And she is a freakin' incredibly talented ballet/tap dancer.

And she has a heart of gold.

And Sparky and I love her to pieces.

Congratulations, Little One!!! WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!