Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
- my family and friends
- the fact that, while fighting a rapidly-advancing attack of the crud, I'm not full-blown sick...yet (I'm knocking on every wood-ish item I can find!)
- the opportunity to take a trip to DC with some very excited 5th graders...my first trip there...pretty pumped!
- being able to spend some time with Byrne on her big 25th yesterday
- the fact that tomorrow is Friday :)
- the fact that my kiddos are so VERY excited about learning about pioneers and the Oregon Trail...they're eating it up
- getting to be a part of LA's "batch of fun" at the beach last weekend
- the pretty new ring I got at Target...what can I say, it spoke to me...and it was $4, so it reeeeaaally spoke to me
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Boys Like Girls..."The Great Escape" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGPgxoIPY6Q
OAR..."This Town" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWkTwcwhLc0
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Sigh. Vent over. I feel at least 40 % better now.
Today I'm (actually) thankful for:
- family and friends
- the fact that tomorrow is Friday :)
- my upcoming trips to the beach and DC :)
- the chance to celebrate LA's rapidly waning singleness with a "batch of fun" (Kate, that's always, ALWAYS, going to be funny.)
- stressful days...only because they make me appreciate the peaceful ones that much more
- the fact that, even though I'm busier right now than I like to be, it's because I have friends, fun plans, a job, all that good stuff
- "SNL: Best of the 2000s" on right now...love it!
- lots and lots of sunshine, and more in the forecast
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
I've watched it since college, and feel like the guys on the show are family friends. Does that make me a weirdo? I'll ponder that. I'm especially interested in watching this season because it'll be Captain Phil's last season. He died a few months ago and will definitely be missed on the show; he was one of my favorites. Tonight's agenda: couch, "Deadliest Catch", and a plate full of crabby goodness (if I liked seafood...and I don't...soooo, scratch that). Couch, "Deadliest Catch", and something decidedly non-crabby...happy Tuesday :)
Monday, April 12, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Today I am thankful for...
- family and friends
- cooler weather and less pollen, thanks to the rain today
- a much, much, MUCH better week after the supremely bad one last week
- lots to look forward to...life is really good these days and I'm thankful about the way everything has worked out...always for the best :)
- a day off on Monday...woohoo, weather day!
- my kiddos being so excited about their book groups...it does this teacher's heart good to see them absolutely thrilled about reading books and working nicely together
- my health
- Dirk fixing my taxes...avoid forking over $400 to the IRS? Yes, please.
- long chats with dear friends this week
- 30 Rock: "Liz, I don't have time to hear about whatever reject from 'The Island of Misfit Toys' you're currently dating."
- beautiful spring flowers...knowing that they'll be gone sooner than soon, I decided to take some pictures on my walk today
- "Hey, Soul Sister"...Train...in danger of being way overplayed, but it may just be the happiest song ever recorded...I'm mildly (mmmm, or totally) obsessed (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVpv8-5XWOI)
Monday, April 5, 2010
Poor Mama just stood there trying to decide what to do with her Listerine-chunking child. She finally said, "Titan, I don't know why you're acting like this! What's wrong?" Uh, allow me. Titan??? I'm a fan of naming your child something that 12 other kids in their class won't share, but seriously? The kid is probably so very displeased that he's named TITAN that he just couldn't take it anymore. It might have also just hit him that he'll never find a little license plate with his name on it at Alvin's Island down at the beach, and he decided to fight back. Regardless, I hit the road and left Titan to his tantrum. I must admit, I said a silent prayer of thanks when I got back to my Titan-free home :)
Friday, April 2, 2010
It's written by Rick Bragg, who is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. My mom told me for a long time that I would love his books, and true to form, I fought her on it. I don't know why I insist on doing that! The lady may know me better than I do...she's always right. Always. Anyway, Rick Bragg is a professor at UA who writes stories about life in blue-collar Alabama. This one is about the generations of people who worked in the old cotton mill in Jacksonville, AL, barely scraping by. I find it fascinating to read about days gone by. I was also humbled by how these folks were able to find bright spots in what seem to be very hard, meager lives.
I've read three others (All Over but the Shoutin', Ava's Man, and Somebody Told Me), and I'm hooked. His books are pretty gritty and sometimes unpleasant, but they paint a such a clear picture of the rural South "back in the day". There's one more I haven't read (The Prince of Frogtown) so I plan to jump on that one soon. I hope ol' Rick cranks out another one ASAP; I'm about to catch up with him!
Thursday, April 1, 2010
- my family and friends--They love me, advise me, support me in my endeavours, provide endless hours of laughter and entertainment, aren't afraid to put me in my place when I get out of line, rejoice in my successes, and offer their shoulders when life lets me down. They know everything about me and love me anyway...quite a feat! Other people pop in and out of my life, but it's nice to know that I have true-blue folks I can always count on.
- some upcoming fun trips and events to look forward to
- being able to celebrate new jobs, new houses, weddings, and first babies with some dear friends over the next few months
- the fact that tomorrow is Friday :) :)
- the fact that summer break is 2 months away :) :) :)
- delightful spring weather and more daylight in the evenings (so I can walk after work)
- maybe, possibly, sorta kinda making a decision about grad school...maybe...possibly...sorta kinda