26thFebruary

It’s FRIDAY!

And I don’t have to work tomorrow!  The extra pay from working Saturday school is nice but it sure does cut into the weekend.  Everytime I do it, it seems to consume all of Saturday and the next thing I know it’s Sunday evening and I’m getting everything ready for work the next day.

I need to work on the school newsletter this weekend.  That will probably consume a lot of Saturday but there’s a big difference between working at school and working at the kitchen table in my pajamas with a cup of coffee to keep me focused.

Seems like we don’t have any money these days.  We have enough for the things we need but it seems like I’m constantly hearing a lot more “We can’t afford it.” from DH.  I don’t like that.  Of course, we’ve taken on a lot of extra expenses with DS’s situation and the twins are at an expensive age but I’m still surprised when I want to do something and DH brings it to my attention that money is too tight.  He’s managed the money for years and he has a much better handle on expenses than I do but I’m determined to get a grip on it.  I told him I want to sit down this weekend and look at making a budget.  Don’t know how that’s going to work but I’m going to take a stab at it.

Went out to dinner with Pam and Jana last night.  I went to the wrong place and sat there for ten or fifteen minutes before I called Pam.  Seems that Zen Garden opened Zen Tea House a couple of doors down.  I walked in and said, “Wow!  This place is a lot smaller than it used to be.” 

The hostess said, “We divided it and lease out the other half to retail.” 

Okay…I told her I was meeting a couple of friends for dinner and she brought me a menu.  At least fifty kinds of tea and very little food.  A handful of sandwiches, soups and salads.  Again, I said, “You’ve really trimmed the menu.  It’s not at all like it used to be.” 

She said, “We change it all the time.  Would you like some tea while you wait for your friends?”  I looked over the tea choices and couldn’t figure out how much a pot of tea would cost since all the teas were priced by the ounce.  I said, “Can I just get a pot of green tea?  Nothing special, just regular green tea?”  She said, “Would you like Jasmine?”  I know that one…inexpensive and fairly common. 

She went over to the counter and measured out a spoonful of tea into a filter paper, twisted the paper and tied it off and dropped it into a teeny little tea pot.  I sipped on my tea until I called Pam and then told the hostess I was in the wrong place.  She said she thought I might be but Zen Garden restaurant was just two doors down.  Well, Hell!  If you thought I was in the wrong place, why didn’t you mention it?  Anyway, she rang up my tea…$8.49 with tax and I paid her and asked he to give me the rest of it in a cup.  At that price, I’m taking it with me.

It was good to see the girls.  Pam has lost 49 pounds since her surgery and is lovin every minute of it.  I hadn’t seen Jana in ages and it was great to spend time with both of them.  We never seem to find the time to get together like we used to.

I’ve got to get ready for work.  It’s Friday and that means jeans.  Have a good one, Chickies!

25thFebruary

Water Works

Don’t know why but I was up every couple of hours to pee last night.  Didn’t bode well for a good night’s sleep.  Must’ve consumed a load a sodium somewhere in the last couple of days.  Oh, just remembered…the doctor did change my cholesterol meds.  Wonder if that’s what it was?

More snow last night.  Under an inch but still looking cold out there.  I don’t see much in the way of balmy weather anytime soon.

My classes were great yesterday.  The one kid I was concerned about was back but he slept the whole period.  I woke him up, walked over to help someone else and he went back to sleep.  Went over and woke him up again and he glared at me and went back to sleep.  Okay…I worked with all the other kids and we had a good class.

Going out to dinner with the girls tonight.  We’re going to a vegetarian Asian restaurant called Zen Garden.  We’ve eaten there a few times before and the food is wonderful and healthy.  A cozy little restaurant with an outstanding chef.  Should be fun.  This is the first time we’ve been able to get together for quite a while.

Work is almost but not quite overwhelming these days.  I’m working on putting together a binder full of tech resources for each our teachers.  That’s 110 binders.  I’m working on the newsletter.  Trying to keep the iBooks running for another few months.  The National Honor Society induction is coming up in about three weeks and I’ve been trying to pull that together and the ROTC Awards Dinner is next month.  I have a coffeecake session coming up in a couple of weeks and then I’m doing a followup PD the week after that.  Trying to keep my head above water one day at a time.

Gotta run.  New snow means a few extra minutes to get to work.

24thFebruary

yada, yada, yada….

Don’t know why I’m posting.  I can’t think of a thing to say.  New day, same old stuff.

One thing to celebrate.  The kid who just came back in the regular school system has been removed from my class.  Thank you, counselors!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  They moved him because they knew he wasn’t really suited for my class.  It’s not like I can give him a camera or video camera and send him out in the school to film classes.  Not the kind of kid that can be out and about without consequences.  Of the other two wild ones, one was absent yesterday and the other turns out to be a bit spirited but really not a problem.  In fact, I really enjoyed working with him yesterday.  That means I only have one left that’s going to be a major challenge.  With him absent yesterday, I really enjoyed all my other students.  We had a great day.

Gotta hit the day running.  Have a good one, Chickies!

23rdFebruary

Whoo Hooo, Andrew!

Andrew graduates in 12 weeks.  Hard to imagine.  He’s been scrambling.  Putting in applications and trying to get a job that will allow him to go to school.  Finally, after many attempts, he’s got an interview with UPS next Monday.  It would be a wonderful opportunity for him and I hope it works out.  He participated in the Kentucky Works program last summer that was supposed to continue through this summer and beyond.  It was supposed to help him with tuition and do all kinds of good things but we haven’t heard anything about whether or not it will continue this year because of funding cuts.  If he gets this job at UPS, we won’t have to worry about the Kentucky Works Program.

Got my new students yesterday.  One class may be a problem.  I’ve got three kids that are bad news.  One who just returned from an alternative school yesterday.  He’s been out of the regular school system for the last year for assaulting a teacher.  I looked up his record and it’s unbelievable.  18 offenses from stealing, assault, sexual misconduct and threatening a teacher in the year before he was placed in the alternative school and 12 offenses the year before that.  They’ve kept him out of the regular school system for one year and now he’s back.  And I’ve got him.  Lucky me.  I noted in his record that he stole money from a teacher’s purse and stole a digital camera from a classroom.  I hate having to worry about him stealing something.  My class works with digital cameras, video cameras and laptops all the time.

The other two problem children are almost as bad. 

Gotta get ready.  Can’t wait to work with the little darlings today!

22ndFebruary

Let’s go!

I feel much better!  Spent the weekend relaxing.  I actually managed to read an entire book and slept 9 hours Saturday night which is a rare event for me.

I left for work Saturday morning and the downpour had changed to sleet.  Went out and turned on the wipers to remove the slush from my windows and drove to work.  I called Cheryl right before I started at 8:00 and told her I wasn’t going.  I offered to send her a check to help with breakfast but she wouldn’t hear of it.  Worked with kids until 12:30 and then put everything away and walked out of the building to find the sky completely clear and no rain in sight.  Just goes to show how difficult it is to predict the weather here in the Ohio Valley.

Yesterday, it got up to 65!  What a beautiful day!  I went for a walk around the block.  Checked the weather in Florida and it was 84 and sunny at our property in Madison.  I would have loved to partake of 84 and sunny but it was a treat just to get 65 and sunny here.

Now I’m rested, refreshed and ready to start the final trimester of the year with a new batch of kids.

20thFebruary

Party Pooper

That’s what I feel like.  I’ve just this second made the decision not to go to the girl’s weekend.  I’ve been wrestling with all the following:

Reasons to go:
They’re counting on me.
I made a commitment.
Cheryl and I are supposed to make breakfast for everyone.
Sistah Pam’s feelings will be hurt.

Reasons not to go:
I won’t get up there until late this afternoon.
I’d have to head home right after fixing breakfast tomorrow.
It’s POURING rain.
I have to work half a day and just want to come home and enjoy some downtime with DH.
There’s no phone reception and the directions Pam gave me yesterday evening are more of those “turn left at the fork in the road after you see the sign for Sycamore Land Trust and then go until you see a yellow sign” kind of directions.
The cabin address doesn’t show up on mapquest OR my GPS.

I just made the decision, a couple of minutes ago, that I’m not going and I feel guilty as all get out.  I don’t want to hurt Pam’s feelings but, in my current state of mind, it seems like I’d be going just to fulfill obligations and not for enjoyment.  I feel rushed and nervous about finding the place and I cringe at the thought of driving two hours through unfamiliar territory in a downpour.  Without a phone signal… I don’t know if I’m doing a good thing by taking it off my shoulders or doing a terrible thing to cancel at the last minute.  I feel like I’m letting people down but then I feel like it’s supposed to be fun and it’s more like an extreme obligation at the moment.

At least Cheryl called me last night.  She and I are supposed to fix breakfast for everyone and she said just to call her and let her know if I decided not to go and she’d take care of breakfast.  I wish I had time to go ahead and fix a breakfast casserole so she’d just have to pop it in the oven.  DH could take it over to her while I’m at work.  She said she’s heading out around 9:00 or 10:00 this morning.  Guess I’ll call her in an hour or so and let her know.

And now, feeling like I’ve let everyone down and I’m not a good friend, I’m going to get ready and go to work.  As guilty as I feel, I’m still feeling a huge sigh of relief.

19thFebruary

Another weekend??

So strange…All these snow days.  It seems like we just go back to school for a day or two and then get another break.  And yet, it seems like these days are dragging on forever.  Gotta get through today, teach Saturday school tomorrow, and then head up to Brown County, Indiana for the girl’s weekend.  The forecast is calling for rain and snow showers but it’s a lot warmer than it’s been for a long time (going up to the 40s!) so nothing should interfere with the weekend.

Yesterday’s potluck was fun and today is leftover day.  I found a Bob Marley station on Pandora.com and we had Caribbean music playing, a spread of summer goodies and lots of summer props around the room.  I threw one of DH’s Aloha shirts on the back of a chair, tossed a couple of beach towels over the file cabinets, set out suntan oil, sunglasses and mosquito repellent and the atmosphere was downright tropical.  I made toothpick spears with cherries, pineapple and orange slices and bought some of those cute little paper umbrellas for the pina coladas.  The deviled eggs are gone and the pina coladas are gone but I’m taking a half gallon of ice cream in today.  I’m not big on sundaes but we were short in the dessert department so I figured I’d get rid of a half gallon of ice cream that’s been sitting, unopened, in the freezer since the boys’ birthday last weekend.  Glad to give you an idea to break the winter monotony, Joy.  Hope your family enjoys it.

Today is “spirit day” at school.  That means jeans and a tee shirt representing the team or a club or activity at school.  Guess I’ll wear my comfy jeans and an ROTC tee shirt.  Better get to it.  I’m procrastinating getting dressed.  I’d much rather sit around in my warm PJs and blog than get ready to face the day.

Have a good one, Chicklets!

18thFebruary

One big picnic!

Today is potluck day.  The theme this time is a summer picnic.  I have two red and white checkered tablecloths.  I’m taking sun glasses, sun tan oil, flip flops, and a pool ring to throw around the room for props.  I have a CD I bought on a cruise a couple of years ago of kettle drums and Caribbean music that I’ll set up in the break room.  That ought to help set the mood.

On the menu, I’m taking a blender and fixing virgin pina coladas.  I’m also taking deviled eggs and hot dogs.  Some of the other dishes co-workers are bringing include baked beans, fried chicken, cole slaw, potato salad, macaroni salad and fresh watermelon. 

It may be all in the way you look at it but I’m really looking forward to having a taste of summer today.  There’s lots of snow on the ground and there’s more in the forecast for the weekend but I’m just going to squint my eyes, smooth on some suntan oil and pretend like I’m in a whole different place.

17thFebruary

Six loaves of bread

Count em.  Six loaves of bread consumed since Saturday.  Not me, thank God.  I only had a couple of slices but DH and the boys couldn’t seem to get enough.  I had to resort to the “quick” version of the recipe.  Four days and six loaves.  Admittedly, they’re small loaves but a couple of times, they’d consumed one loaf before the other one got finished baking.  At least, I’m not the only one who was reacting to cabin fever.

We’re back to work today.  I feel so strange about it.  This trimester was supposed to end last Friday but they extended it a week.  That was feeling weird…I had finals completed and the kids were ready to move on, then we had to confront an additional week of classes even though we’d only missed two days for snow.  We’re supposed to have a special assembly called “Rachel’s Decision” today and we were supposed to have a special lesson with the kids yesterday to prepare for the assembly.  Then we missed yesterday.  Today’s email says they’re still having the assembly and we should be prepared to be “flexible”.

Jake and Scout spent the weekend.  We made chocolate snow cream and DS brought in some huge icicles for them.  Scout wanted another one after his melted and sent DS out to get another one of those “snow spikes”.  I swear, I don’t know where he gets that stuff.

Girls weekend is coming up and I don’t have a clue what’s going to happen.  Usually, around ten of us rent a cabin for the weekend and party.  We usually go up on Friday afternoon and come home Sunday.  It’s a couple hours on the road and the roads are not the friendliest.  I have to work Saturday morning so I only get to stay from around 3:00 Saturday afternoon until Sunday morning.  Now, they’re calling for more snow and I’m trying to figure out if it’s worth it.  It’s great fun and I’m looking forward to it but it’s up in the hills and the roads can get pretty slippery.  Check out last year’s post to see exactly how tricky they can get.  I guess I’ll have to wait and see what the weather is going to do.  I could always cancel if I have to but I hope we get enough of a break to get out of here for a while.  I hate feeling captive to the weather.

Okay, gotta run.  It’ll be interesting to see what the day brings…

14thFebruary

TOTALLY Ripped!

I swear, I’m so sick of snow and cold weather I don’t think I can stand it.  We’ve got a forecast for another 9 inches or so over the next couple of days and the aggravation is getting to me.  I was being a total bitch.  I ranted about the laundry.  then I ranted about the clutter.  Then I ranted about the dirty dishes that had accummulated in the hour or so since I’d washed them.  I went on a cleaning spree and insisted that everyon pitch in on the family room and clean it from top to bottom (literally).  Finally, DH, (in desperation) threw a bottle of wine in the freezer and suggested (very strongly) that I drink some and chill out.

So here I am. Totally ripped because I drank the entire bottle on an emply stomach and trying to complete the process of baking bread from scratch.  I wanted to try this recipe and it looks pretty good so far but I finally had to toss it to DS and tell him to finish up because my lips are numb and I’m totally wasted.  I have a big pot of homemade vegetable beef soup simmering for dinner and I’m going to crash in front of the TV and try to find a movie I haven’t seen at least a dozen times.

I swear, if I don’t see a tulip or a crocus or a daffodil sometine soon, I’m going to slash my wrists.

Looks like an expensive weekend shaping up.  Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day.  I need to get Valentine’s goodies for DH and the grandkids.  On top of that, tomorrow is the twin’s birthdays.  They’ll be 19.  I asked them what they wanted and Steven said, “A car”.  Fat chance, Buddy.  Sometimes it’s difficult having twin grandkids.  Everything is doubled.  Then, of course, Thursday is DS’s birthday.  He has Jake and Scout this weekend and I guess I’ll have to spirit them away and buy presents for them to give Daddy.  Obviously, DIL won’t do it but then, she completely forgot his entire birthday last year.

DH really wants to get away for a while.  He wants to go to the casino.  I said, “We can’t afford it this weekend.  I’ve got to spend a fortune on presents.”

He said, “All the more reason to go.  You might win enough to cover the presents and then some!”

Yeah, maybe…but I haven’t been very lucky the last couple of times.  Lost my $20 almost before I could get it in the slot.

My neighbor in Florida emailed me yesterday.  She was so excited.  They were calling for snow!  She invited her daughter, SIL, and grandkids over for dinner.  They were going to sit in her sunroom, eat chili and drink hot cocoa and hope to catch a glimpse of some snow.  Really, Lavonne, I just can’t get excited for you…  Maybe we should grill hamburgers and drink iced tea in the family room and try to catch a glimpse of some sunshine.  Nah….don’t think it’s gonna work.

Guess I’d better get a shower and make some decisions.  I’ve got a lot of shopping to do.

6:00 p.m. update- Back from shopping.  I bought Andrew a beautiful new coat reduced from $210 to $60.00 with an additional 15% off that when I checked out AND a coupon for $20.00 in Kohl’s cash that I can use next week.  I wasn’t sure if he’d like it but, thank God, he loved it.  Steven, on the other hand, is getting a cell phone.  DS wouldn’t give me a single clue on what he wanted and absolutely refused all my suggestions until he finally said what he’d really like was sleds for the kids.  Actually, I think that’s a pretty good idea.  He loves taking them sledding and both of their sleds broke last year.  So I gave him my debit card and sent him out in search of sleds.  Told him to go ahead and get three of them.  I don’t know if he’ll find any but they’re calling for another 6 to 12 inches of snow in the next few days and I know he’d really enjoy taking Jake and Scout out sledding.  I got Holly a necklace and perfume for Jake and Scout to give her.  Got DH some weird Valentine’s gifts but I know he’ll like them.  I went by Lotsa Pasta and got him a pound of Tortellini salad with mozzarella, artichoke salad and a loaf of garlic focaccia.  I know it sounds strange but he loves the stuff and I don’t go out that way very often so I made the trip today.  He’s been drooling over the focaccia for the past hour.  Golden brown with huge roasted garlic cloves peeking through. 

We went to Whole Foods and Scout and Jake got a sample of cheese.  Then they got a sample of cake.  Then they got a sample of chocolate truffles.  I was looking through the cheese section and I happened to look around and saw them trailing behind me like baby ducks carrying platters with egg rolls and baklava laid out.  Scout had even arranged a pile of conversation hearts in the middle of his plate.  I couldn’t believe it.  My eyes must have gotten huge because they both stopped in the middle of big bites of egg roll and said, “What???”

“Where did you get that?”

“Over there”

They pointed to the food bar.  We’d walked by it and they just assumed it was more samples.  While I was browsing, they’d taken plates and picked out what they wanted and were happily munching away.  No wonder they’d been so quiet and compliant!  I went in search of someone to pay and the employee stocking the hot bar laughed his ass off and said to just forget it and let them enjoy.

I’m back home now.  Jake, Scout, and Holly are downstairs playing video games.  Two little boys from the neighborhood are visiting them (including the one from next door who absolutely CANNOT leave me alone for five minutes).   “What are you doing, Miss Pat?  Are you playing a game on your computer?  Huh?  What are you doing Ms. Pat?  Do you like computer games?  I like computer games.  Can I play games on your computer, Miss Pat?  Huh?  Can I?  Huh?”  I smell like a half dozen different kinds of cheap little girl perfume that Jake and Scout insisted I spray all over my wrist while they were choosing which one to get Holly.  Steven wants to know if we can go out and get his cell phone since Andrew already got his birthday present a day early. 

I know it’s only 20 degrees outside but I’m getting a beer and heading out to the spa.  Maybe no one will notice that I’m gone….

More snow in the forecast.  Snow coming Saturday, and Sunday, and Monday.  I actually kicked around the idea of going to our place in Florida this weekend.  It’s only a ten hour drive and we have Monday off.  Then I looked up the weather in Madison, Florida and found that it’s in the 50s and rainy.  That’s a lot better than the 20s and snowing but still not worth the trip.

Checked in on Brandie’s blog this morning and found that Tiffany offered a beautiful place for a retreat.  Four days drive time but something I’ve never seen…California.  It truly made me sad that we were so close a couple of years ago but had to call it quits at Las Vegas for our ramblings.  I really wanted to see the Redwoods.  Wondering what it would be like to take DH and the boys out that way, have them drop me off for a few days while they wander around the area and then pick me up and continue on our way.  We might get to explore a new area of the country.

Worth thinking about this morning because it helps me to know that there will be an end to this ##%$## snow and ice one of these days.

11thFebruary

Hit the road, Teacher!

School is operating on a one-hour delay today.  Don’t know what’s up with that.  Usually, if we have a delay, it’s two hours and I don’t know what we’re supposed to accomplish by starting school an hour later.  They’ve had two days to clear the snow, what difference is another hour going to make?  Anyway, delayed openings don’t mean anything around here.  Teachers still have to go in at the regular time.  Still, I don’t care if I’m late.  I’m just going to take my time, leave a couple minutes early and slide on in.  I work in a bedroom community called Highview.  It’s called Highview because it looks down on the city.  Beautiful views but you’ve got to climb a couple of hills to get there.  I’m always questioning my decision about which way to go in.  Through the back road which is narrow and hilly but is used by all the school buses or from the front which is even more hilly but is more of a main road even though it’s still two lanes.  The school buses tend to plow a path through the back road but there are a few areas that are rather steep and narrow.

At least, if I get stranded, I’ll look good doing it.  Wearing new clothes today!

Anyone really interested in a retreat, Brandi is trying to figure out a budget and locale.  Let me know where you live and how much you can spend or give her the info at http://www.3fatchicks.com/diet-blogs/brseay/

hmmm….sure do wish I’d bought some boots yesterday…..

She’s probably holed up in the house after what seems like an eternity of snowy days and freezing weather.  Probably going out of her mind from looking at the same four walls for days and days and days.  Probably becoming downright rabid by now.  Foaming at the mouth and snapping at anyone who comes near.

Yeah, that would be me.  Snow and ice on Saturday and Saturday school cancelled because of it.  That’s four hours of extra pay out the window.  Same old snow on Sunday and a bit of it still hanging around on Monday waiting for the Monday night onslaught of another six inches.  No school on Tuesday and no school today.  No after school ESS which means another hour of extra pay gone.

Days and days of TV and books and being off track with eating.  I’ve got to get out of this house TODAY!

9:45 Update - Got to thinking about a 3FC Retreat again.  I mean, what else am I going to do while enduring this miserable weather?  In reality, if we were to actually do it, what would it look like?  Put away the dreams of private chefs and look at it realistically.  Where would it be?  I know Joy likes walking and riding bikes and Brandi needs a beach.  Me?  I need a private house with a pool and spa.  Where would we go?

I went to Vacation Rentals by Owners and did a little browsing.  Marco Island might be a choice.  It has beautiful beaches, bike trails, dolphins and manatees and great shelling.  We could stay in Richard Nixon’s old home.  Sleeps 10 to 12 for $2,500 per week.  Perhaps this place at $3,000 per week.  This one is only $1,250 per week.

Really, I’ll put it together.  Where do you live?  Where should we go?  Me?  I live in Louisville, Ky.  I can do an area ranging from the Great Lakes to Maine and then down the coast to Florida.  I can go as far west as Louisiana and then back up to the lakes.  I’m off in the summer June and July.  Anyone interested in really doing this?

4:15 Update:  I went out and got a haircut.  The main roads aren’t bad at all but the secondary roads could use some help.  Since the main roads were okay and the mall IS on a main road, I went shopping.  Didn’t go last Friday because of the weather but I went today.  Found perfect pants at Macy’s.  Women’s Petite size 16.  Beautiful dress pants in black and gray for $24.98.  Whoo Hooo!  Now I can wear my Barbie shoes in the snow tomorrow!

 

That’s all I need is just one pair of black pants.  They need to fit me in the waist and not come halfway up my chest (short-waisted), they need to give me room in the waist without hanging off my butt.  They need to be the right length and not require cutting 8 inches off the bottom and completely re-hemming them.

That’s what I need.  And I’m dreading it.  I (Yes, me, Sista Pat) do not want to go shopping at this time.  But I have to.  I feel like a slob.  None of my good pants fit me so I have two choices.  Wear jeans or stretchy leggings or wear pants that are waaaay uncomfortable.  I’m not like that.  I like wearing nice clothes.  But I threw out all my fat pants and now my other pants don’t fit so I just keep dressing like a slob.  And that makes me feel bad.  I’ve been wearing a lot of jeans this winter and I think I need to pick up a few nice items to make me feel better.  Dress for success and all that.

I’m afraid of how it’s going to make me feel when I go looking for pants and try on one pair after another that look like crap.  True, I’m watching what I eat again and I’m hitting the treadmill but I know what a downer it’s going to be to try to find those damn pants and I don’t want to get discouraged. 

I’m sitting here this morning in a pair of jeans.  About the only thing that fits and feels comfortable and I’m feeling totally slobby.  I don’t have anything going on after school today and I’ve made up my mind that I’m going to bite the bullet and buy a pair of fat pants.  I’ve really struggled with all the “dress up” occasions that I’ve had to deal with lately.  I just don’t have the pants to go with dressy tops and jackets.  Seems like I’ve worn the same “good”outfit about a half dozen times this winter and I’ve been miserable and raced home to get out of those pants!

Wish me luck.  It may be a long afternoon/evening and I’ll probably leave a lot of dressing rooms feeling teary-eyed.

3rdFebruary

Hello???

Weird morning.  Is there anybody out there?  No comments on my blog, no emails on aol, no new messages on facebook, nothing on my school email account since last night.  Weird….Maybe I’m just noticing it because everything is quiet and eerie around here.  I’m giving the boys a mercy day.  I know they could easily go back to school but they were so excited to get a full week off for having their wisdom teeth removed and looked like little puppy dogs when I told them I thought they were ready to go back to school after just one day.  They didn’t lie to me and say it really hurt but they did their best with “It’s still kind of sore….” so I’m giving them one more day.

ROTC meeting went pretty well last night.  We didn’t have 14 new parents show up like they said they would if we moved the meeting to 6:00 but we did have six new ones and that means a lot.

DS’s job interview was changed to today.  They called him an hour before he was due and said they had a delivery van broken down and had to leave to get some catered event delivered.  I’m still hoping he gets this job.

Nothing exciting going on here.  Just a lot of quiet.  Weird…….

This is going to be a tough one.   I have to work.  At lunch, we’re having a National Honor Society meeting so I fixed spaghetti for twelve.  The other two teachers involved are supposed to bring drinks and bread.  After work,  I have a staff meeting.  Then I have to come home for an hour or two and head back to work for an ROTC Booster Club meeting at 6:00.  Looks like the only good thing about today will be getting it over with.

We changed the Booster Club meetings to 6:00 after input from parents at the Awards Presentation last month saying they would attend if the meetings were from 6:00 to 7:00 instead of 5:00 to 6:00.  Call me a cynic but I’m waiting to see what happens.  It makes it more difficult on those of us who routinely meet because we prefer to get it done and get home but I’m hoping changing the time will get us some parental help and involvement.

The twins got their wisdom teeth removed yesterday.  They’re doing great but I was shocked to see the note from the oral surgeon saying they could return to school Friday.  What??? A full week of school?  I called his office and they said “Yeah, they should take it easy for a few days.  They’ll probably feel worse tomorrow than they do today.”  Humpf!  I don’t think so.  Unless I come home today and find them rolling on the floor in pain, they’re going back to school tomorrow.  They were sitting out in the spa yesterday evening and seemed to be hunky dory.  I’ll give them today but then I’m booting them out of the house and back to school.

I made the spaghetti sauce for today’s meeting using ground turkey so it’s pretty healthy.  Still, it doesn’t take much pasta to send the calories through the roof.  The kids wanted to meet today to discuss how the fundraiser went and I’m going to hand it over to them.  They want to sell hot dogs every couple of weeks so they’re going to have to step up to the plate and figure out how to do it.  For three days last week, I bought the hot dogs and buns after work, I got three crock pots full of hot dogs going, I got my student aides last period to put them on buns, place them in paper boats and roll them up in napkins and I set up carts with mustard, ketchup and relish so they could take them around the school after the bell rang.  After they finished, I washed the crock pots and cleaned up the mess.  That’s not something I’m going to do every couple of weeks.  It’ll be interesting to see them take charge and figure out how they’re going to work it out.

DS has a job interview today that he’s really stoked about.  I hope, no, I pray that he gets it!

6:20 a.m. - Weight is at 191.5.  I’m not surprised.   I ate healthy yesterday but didn’t track calories and I didn’t exercise.  The truth of the matter is that I was so busy fixing dinner and spaghetti for twelve and taking care of the twins that I didn’t even think of it until around 9:30 and I was just too tired.  I may try to work it in between getting home at 4:00 today and heading back out at 6:30 for the ROTC meeting.  Looks like that’s the only chance I’ll have.

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Early Morning Quickie

I promise.  Quick little post and I’m off to the mines.  I spent a lot of time this weekend blogging and it helped.  Kept me focused.  Writing about retreats and Evan and making a new Chickie Award.  I gained a lot of introspection from all the thinking and writing.  It really helped. I had a good weekend of eating healthy and exercising.

I have a little extra time this morning because Andrew and Steven won’t be going to school.  Their mother is picking them up at 8:00 to get their wisdom teeth removed.  Poor babies.  Both of them are having all four third molars removed.  Hope they do okay.  One thing I have to say for Mom, she isn’t raising them (they’ve lived here for six years) but she’s pretty good at keeping up with their medical and dental appointments.  They’ve been in braces for more than a year now.  Seems strange to remove their wisdom teeth while they’re still in braces but what do I know?  I’ve been out of the dental field for twenty years.  Things have changed.

6:20 a.m.- Weight is at 190.5 this morning.  I should be seeing the 180’s again by this time next week.

Breakfast:
dry cereal (150)
tomato juice (30)