Thursday, January 27, 2011

365 days and counting

One year ago, Adison left.  This is almost the last time I saw him. That bag he is carrying is mine. It is the one he insisted that he didn't need, but I insisted I'd bring it to the airport anyways. It turns out his bag was too heavy and he needed it. You know what they say... big sisters are always right.

And then he went to the MTC. He was so excited for the food. And then a couple of weeks later he confessed that it had gotten old. And showed me in a diagram. He summed it up with "and one day you wake up and realize that if you have to eat it one more day you will kill yourself three days ago."

And now he is in Argentina. Where he he is taller than everyone by at least a foot. Seriously, doesn't this look photoshopped? I am pretty sure it isn't. He has forgotten how to spell and I would say he forgot correct grammar, but I don't know if he ever really knew that.

But he is Super-Missionary, so he doesn't really need to know those things to teach the gospel. At least not in English.

And while I am still glad that he is on a mission and doing his best and teaching the gospel and serving others. I am glad to say the countdown begins. 365 days!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Things I Like Right Now

1. Old-style country- as opposed to the pop country

2. Books on CD

3. Ice Cold Water

4. Sleep

5. My Smartboard in my classroom

6. Cute Socks

7. Orange- I have eaten more oranges in the past two weeks than I did all of last year

8. Getting money back

9. The Office- just joking. I like The Office always!

10. Legally Blonde The Musical soundtrack

Monday, January 17, 2011

Force-the-Truth Randi

Chris and I decided to get rid of our storage unit to save the $100 a month it was costing us. So I spent half of my Christmas vacation throwing stuff out, donating and refitting everything into less boxes to take back to Chris's parents shed.

Well, I didn't check what the policy was for moving out of the storage unit. I figured if we out by December 31, we wouldn't be charged for January. No such luck. The owner said we had to give a 10 day notice and I didn't tell him till December 30. And he doesn't pro-rate, so we would have to pay for all of January. But he said that if he rented out our unit in January, he would refund us our money.

Well, we weren't too happy. Chris more upset than I was. But he said ours was the only unit like it that would be open, so I figured it would rent out soon.

Fast-forward a week. The storage unit is down the street we live on. We pass it frequently. And we can see our unit from the street. Last Saturday I drove buy and saw someone moving into our unit! I wasn't 100% sure because I wasn't paying attention. I thought the owner would call us soon. But a week went buy and nothing.

Then my mom drove buy this Saturday and saw it again. So I figured either Chris or I had to call. I tried to call Chris to get him to do it because I can't really handle that stress much. But I couldn't get a hold of him.

So it was left up to me. I called and this was our conversation, after introducing myself.

ME: "Have you rented out our storage unit yet?"
HIM: "I have someone who is interested and if they come in I will refund you."
ME: "Okay, but I have seen someone moving into our unit this week and last week, so...what about that?"
HIM: "I don't remember; I'll have to check."

He calls back 10 minutes later.

HIM: "It has been rented out. I forgot because the lady originally rented another unit and her truck wouldn't fit into that side of the unit and so I moved her. I'll send you $70."

Now, I don't want to say that he lied. But, our unit was the only one left like it. And why would you build a storage unit where a truck wouldn't be able to fit into part of it (since most people probably bring trucks there) and I saw the truck, it was an F-150.

Moral of the Story: There may be liars out there, but I can stop them. Even if I have to deal with anxiety afterwards.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

2010 Books

Instead of entering all these in on GoodReads right now, I am just going to post them here.

I read/listened to 22 total books last year. (Not including a few repeats like The Hunger Games and Harry Potter) Well under my goal. 35 is the new number this year.

Queen of Babble, Meg Cabot

Shades of Grey, Jasper Fforde
Animal Farm, George Orwell
Queen of Babble in the Big City, Meg Cabot
Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut
The Van Alan Legacy, Melissa da la Cruz
One Second After, William R. Forstchen
The Children of Men, P.D. James
Thursday Next: First Among Sequels, Jasper Fforde
Something Borrowed, Emily Giffin
Something Blue, Emily Giffin
Queen of Babble Gets Hitched, Meg Cabot
Baby Proof, Emily Giffin
The First Days of School, Harry K Wong
The Motivation Breakthrough, Robert Lavoie
The Ghost, Robert Harris
Getting Started with English Language Learners, Judie Haynes
Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, Seth Grahame-Smith
Wayside School is Falling Down, Louis Sachar
Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
A Great and Terrible Beauty, Libba Bray
Rebel Angels, Libba Bray

This year I would like to read Jane Eyre, Matched, the new Jasper Fforde book that comes out in March, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Teach Like Your Hair is on Fire, and about 30 more. I'll just have to find them as I go throughout the year. 

Saturday, January 8, 2011

A Good Week

Sometimes there are moments during teaching when I wonder what the heck I am doing. I second doubt my decision to become a teacher and wonder if I can really do it. I am sure that happens to all new teachers in their first couple of years.

But then there are the days when I know I am exactly where I am supposed to be and everything (well, almost everything) runs exactly to plan.

I had three good days of school this week (out of three days of school.) I was more patient, more firm, more consistent and may have used some bribes. But everything equaled a better school day for me and my students. (Hopefully I am not jinxing myself with this post.)

There are 95 school days until summer vacation. I can make it.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Resolution Time Again

I am big on resolutions. I know some people think they are pointless, but I really like trying to set them. I know I always set too much. But this way, I can weed out the ones I don't really want to do, or change my mind about.

Here is my list:

  1. Run a mile in under 10 minutes
  2. Work out 3 times a week and lose 15 pounds
  3. Spend 1 hour a week on family history
  4. Read/Listen to 35 books
  5. Have all my students pass the TAKS test (or at least 85% in each group)
  6. Try 52 new recipes and take 52 good photographs
Look, I narrowed it down to 6! With only a little cheating. 

Sunday, January 2, 2011


Now that I am done with my other blog, this one will get more time. (The other blog will only be public for a few more days. If you would like to see it, hurry and get over there.

Here is my return.

Remember, poor people are people too. And they have children.