I'm sure I'm not alone in feeling like this thing runs more of my life than it should. Everyday I have to be constantly vigilant about the time. Time for kids to come in, time to end math, time to go to lunch, time for recess, time to have meetings... it never seems to end. I love the weekends when my time is my own.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
So, why a car battery? What's so special that is would warrant a mention in my year long "journal"? It's more the frustration that came with it. There was quite the fiasco trying to get a new battery put in, a terrible fear that my starter had mysteriously gone bad as well, and then a whole lotta butt chewing when S showed up and saved the day (or at least finally got something going). As of now, everything is running fine, but I can tell you what, never again will I darken the doors of Auto Zone if I can help it.
Tonight was the first night of our weight training class. Last time around I attempted too much weight for the reps we were doing and could barely sit down for three days. This time I got a little smarter, but am still hurting! Everyone keeps saying "but it's a good hurt" and to that I say ha! not even. The benefits will pay off, but day 1 back left me sore and tired
Ahhh... southern food, and airplanes, and a hitting range. All can be found at our local Pik'n'Pig. They have such good BBQ! If anyone visits again, we'll be sure to head out this direction. There was an incredibly blue sky and a great breeze which made for sitting on the porch perfect. B and I were able to catch up and see some pictures from his latest trip to Peru. I've decided that I will just pool all input on world travels from my friends, find out their favorite, and that's where I will eventually go. So far, looks like Peru is it.
I was house sitting for a friend and found this lamp. At one point in my life, I thought they were the coolest things ever! I could just sit and watching the bubbles go up and down again.
Not sure why this was so fascinating, but it was. I used to have a blue one and I think a purple one, but in the midst of moving 3 or 4 times in the last few years, I seem to have misplaced them. I was way more excited than I probably should be to see one again.
Friday's are probably my favorite day to teach because I get to be in jeans all day. Not that dress clothes can't be comfortable, but there's nothing better than working in jeans. I'm much more at home in a pair of jeans and tennis shoes than slacks and heels. It just seems to feel like I'm not working at all. Of course, we have to wear a lovely school shirt to go with it, but I don't mind so much.
Oh Panera, probably one of my favorite places to eat.
I brought some in for our 3rd grade team and became instantly everyone's favorite co-teacher. I would like to think it was my winning personality and wonderful smile, but I'm pretty sure it was the fresh bagels and cream cheese I showed up with.
I don't buy many books, but the ones that I do, I read over and over again. Some even on a yearly basis. When I came home one night this last week, the power was out and I was left with nothing to do but read a book by candle light. Even though the power came back on, I am beginning to prefer reading to watching tv. Unless it's Glee of course. This picture features probably three of my favorite authors; Jane Austin, John Grisham, and J.R.R. Tolkein
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
So turns out, quite suddenly, I'm the owner of a small cat currently named Lucy.
A friend needed a good home for this cat and I had been considering getting one for a while. So as not to appear as the crazy cat lady, I will limit myself to only 1 cat picture for every 2 months. Already she's found the perfect spot to hide in my apartment.
Since moving to NC, I've been able to get to know my cuz and her family better. Most Monday nights I can be found over at their place eating dinner and just having fun. W took quite a bit of time warming up to me, but now, when I come over I get a big smile. And I swear, last night he said "Dawn".
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Seeing as today really wasn't all that exciting (just church and school work), I decided to look around and see what struck me as worthy of remembering. If my sisters see this picture, I'm sure they'd roll their eyes, but I'm using it anyway.
For me, seeing my finger nails looking nice and long is not a vanity issue so much as it is a reminder of the strength and will power God gives. All through elementry, jr. high, high school and college I bit my nails as a nervous habit. I tried everything to break it from chewing gum, to acryllics, to nasty tasting stuff, but nothing worked. I can't pin point a day when I quit biting my nails, I just know, little by little, it happened. Seeing them long reminds me that I do have the strength to break life long bad habits and change is possible. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
My dear friend J decided to surprise me with a birthday function tonight. So this now makes for three days of celebration. Day 4 is tomorrow, then I think it's time to officially be done. :-)
When I think of the blessing in my life, it's hard to get down about the little stuff. 2 years ago I left some of the best friends a person could have. While my southern friends could never replace all those still in Mich, they are just as amazing. God has provided me with my family away from family and I am thankful!
Friday, September 18, 2009
I've long considered tackling a 365 photo project, but I seem to be the person who can always start something, but never quite get it finished. I finally came to the point of being ready to tackle it, but lacked a catalyst. New Year's is still too far off, and by then who knows if I'd have the motivation to do this. So, I decided that as I officially enter a new decade (the 30's), I would document this first year. Thank God I'm longer in my teens, and the 20's were not bad at all, but I'm looking forward to the excitement the 30's will bring.
A good friend asked what I had learned from 29, and what I hoped to learn from year 30. I guess 29 taught me how to listen for God's voice, that it's ok if not everyone is happy with me, and that doing the same thing all the time and expecting something different truly is insanity.
Here's to seeing every day events in a new and creative light.