Tomorrow.... to the beach!
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Mili has a corner in the den with blankets and toys that she likes to spread about with reckless abandon. We may have an empty nest but it looks like a toddler is still on the loose at this address.
I noticed the stuffed dachshund standing up as if he were guarding the princess while she slept. As I was taking the picture, Princess Mili awoke in the background and ran forward to attack her toy. She is one crazy dog.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
My son's girlfriend lives 4 hours away at her university. Today, she left for a golf tournament that was 8 hours away. Our hometown is right in the middle and ended up being the pit stop for dinner tonight. She hasn't been home since early August. My husband and I (official babysitters for the girl's rabbit) were able to take the rabbit to see the girl before she left on her merry little way.
The girl loves her bunny!
Thursday, September 23, 2010
An adrenaline pumping day. Definitely not the usual. Memorable. Gut wrenching. Anxious.
In the end.... relieved.
I've started to appreciate the insomnia. It is when my thoughts seem more organized and clear. In the daylight, life doesn't always make sense. In the darkness, I've learned to make sense of the chaos.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Sometimes when people say or do hurtful things, you just have to forgive them and move on. Especially since it is impossible to confront an anonymous person.
I just wish people had more class than to hide behind the cloak of anonymity.
Mean people... well, you know what they say!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
All my parents I talked with were supportive today (though I feel a little sorry for the the little one who got checked out early after having a temper tantrum)! I learned how to use and set up a wiki (awesome... I feel so techy!)! Got a service grant to help raise money for scholarships for a special needs camp (woo hoo!)! Sat in the backyard enjoying the singing birds while eating dinner (enchiladas rock!)!
It was an awesome day!
Monday, September 20, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Leaves speak of promises to me. There are so many different shapes and colors of leaves; yet they are so often taken for granted. Still, there is the promise of life... of hope... of continuum within these little things called leaves that we take for granted.
Lately, I feel as if I've come up short on motivation and ideas. As a result, I'm going to try a few themes to see if that will help me see some new things. This week's theme: leaves.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
The teacher in me can't completely leave the classroom behind. The Popsicle stick method is an old classroom randomizer trick I used to use. Each number is assigned to a teacher and I pick from this mug whenever I need to be completely fair about choosing people for different things, groups, assignments, etc.
Happy Friday! It is going to be a great weekend!
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
After work, we had some friends - including little Ray - come over for some pizza.
I asked Ray how old he was and he said "Four." Then he said, "You know how I know I'm four? Because my mom bought me a shirt with a four on it."
He just makes me smile!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Finally caught up on the posting of the pictures (not caught up on the sleep)...
After a busy day in NYC, we finally got home a little after 2 a.m. The dog was so excited that we had to play with her for a bit before we unpacked and tried to get some sleep.
When I woke up a couple of hours later, I had to remind myself that I wasn't in a hotel and that it was time to get back to the normal routine.
On tonight's agenda... sleep.
I love Central Park! I love watching the people and the wildlife (though some are harder to categorize).
We walked all over Manhattan. I really wish I could have stayed longer.
Maybe we'll be back at Christmas time with the kids...
Several weeks ago, my son stayed with my niece for a couple of nights. There he was exposed to zen butter ice cream from a cool little store in Chinatown in NYC. Since then, he has mentioned it several times (I got the hint... do I get some kind of award now?).
After checking into a hotel in midtown on a rainy Sunday, we headed out to Chinatown. We walked and walked and walked. And then stopped for some dumplings. Then, we walked and walked and walked. And then stopped to watch a bunch of people playing Mah Jong and soccer (no... not mah jong AND soccer together) in the park. Bonus! I got to see a big rat run by while in the park! And then we walked and walked and walked in drizzling rain. Finally, we found the cool little ice cream shop.
And they were out of zen butter.
So, when we found the costume shop, we had to right this wrong with the purchase of a cool new mask for the boy.
Isn't it awesome?!
Got up early for what is now one of my most memorable runs. As I was running through the greens in the center of New Haven reveling in the cooler and relatively humidity free weather, a bird pooped on my arm. Bird poop is good luck (though I'm not sure why)! Then a homeless dude jumped up from his bench and started cheering me on and gave me a high five. I wonder if he knows how much that encouraged me and made me smile.
For the rest of the day, we walked to other parts of the Yale campus (I'm so impressed with the ice rink for the hockey team!); rode the bus to West Haven to attend the Italian Festival (OMG at the invention called 'fried dough'); came back to the New Haven to attend the Latino Festival (hilarious to watch all the people dancing); discovered a fabulous yogurt store (pay after you weigh); found a dim sum restaurant (dim some good dumplings!); and realized that I like to eat way too much (I run to eat).
Oh, New Haven, how I love your cooler temperatures and all your outdoor eating areas.
Spent the day in New Haven with the youngest boy; found the best pizza in the world; walked to the home of the original hamburger; toured the campus; walked through the old cemetery; and ate several small meals.
It was so good to see the boy in his new surroundings. He has ton of friends, tons of things to read, and tons of laundry scattered about his room. Some things may never change.
In the campus bookstore, we found a big section of books written by Yale authors. It was rather impressive!
In order to be at the airport by 4 a.m. the next morning in Jacksonville, we decided to spend the night there since it is a couple of hours away from our town. The intention was to leave town early. The reality was that it didn't happen. A busy day... finishing up packing.... a minor bus accident at school.... really I have to get out of here... getting a little lost while searching for the hotel.... finally lead to a quiet Thai restaurant with some fabulous food.
We should have considered sleeping at the restaurant with it's cozy atmosphere.
New Haven and New York... Here we come!
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Packing, laundry, and more packing. After work tomorrow, we leave for the airport to fly to New York and Connecticut for a few days. I'm so excited about getting out of town. And I'm even more excited about seeing the boy. I've missed him living right down hall.
I won't have computer access for several days... so, be good and I'll catch up on posts when I return.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
The mint is in bloom and the bees are not taking notice. But not to fear, the Godless Killing Machines (wasps) are flocking to the small blooms.
I have no idea what type of wasp this is but I am fascinated by the body shape. Could we call her a pear shape? I wonder if she knows she has junk in her trunk.... Maybe she embraces her womanly curves...
Monday, September 6, 2010
Sunday, September 5, 2010
The leaves on the giant crepe myrtles are now falling off with reckless abandon. After I swept the courtyard, my husband reminded me that he could have used the blower. Then I reminded him that I like sweeping because I like hearing the sound of the leaves. I just wish we had some of the cooler weather that I visualize with fallen leaves.
As I was looking up at the tall branches, the wind blew and some of the leaves began falling again.
Maybe a cool front will come through soon.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
I was reminded today of that lesson I learned when I was first teaching: Every child is trying to communicate but sometimes we have to work for what the message really is.
Thrown desks. Tossed books. The real message isn't anger and defiance. The real message is buried far beneath.