Sunday, January 24, 2010

Silly me...

I forgot to mention that 2 of the 3 students I took to contest on Friday advanced to State competition! I wish I knew how they actually placed but they don't announce that information. Oh well...I'm very proud teacher right now! Out of the 17 students we took from our school 8 advanced to state! So that means an overnight trip...ugh...3 nights in Fort Worth. 2 days off from school though!

Oh yeah and if anyone actually reads this...please help with some ideas for an Austin area mini vacation! See previous post!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Need Some Advice...

Kevin and I need a little vacation. In February I will be going to a weeklong (M-F) conference in Austin with the other BCIS teachers at my school. We have a 3 day weekend immediately after the conference (Valentine's Day Weekend). Kevin and I have talked about him picking me up in Austin on Friday, spending the weekend, and driving home monday. The problem is...we don't know what we would do. Stay in Austin, go to Fredericksburg, go to San Marcos... I know we could go shopping in San Marcos! :) But what else is there to do? Should we stay in Austin? Any ideas? Help Please! Anyone?!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

A follower once again...lol

You might notice that I'm following a few new blogs...I did a little websurfing last night and stumbled upon them. I was really enjoying reading when I realized that one is having a giveaway! It has lots of great stuff in it! I'm really hoping I get it because I love Burt's Bees stuff! Go take a look!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Longest Short Week Ever

Hi everyone...well my last post was pretty depressing so I thought I should change it up a bit...a post where I complain...oops...guess I did it again! lol No, things really are pretty good. My students have been behaving and while they have small bouts of spring fever it really hasn't gotten bad yet. We were off last monday so it was a nice long weekend. This week will be ultra short at work because on Friday I will be gone taking my students to BPA contest. Still working but not "at work" in the classroom. A nice change but a more stressful one. lol The bus loads @ 4:45 am and pulls away @ 5 am so I will be waking at 3 am on Friday morning. Yay...and because my co-sponsors have families and other "engagements" I get to ride the bus back home alone with the kids at 10 pm (yep approximately 17 hours...you counted correctly). Yay again. It is going to be one tiring day. Oh well...I don't mind helping. My co-sponsors have helped me a ton with lesson plans and cools ideas this year so I feel like I'm paying my dues. We really have good kids so I don't anticipate having any trouble with them and I'm hoping my guys will advance. It would be a pretty amazing feat I think considering they had an inexperienced sponsor (my first year of BPA). If so I will be gone for 4 days during March. I'm also going to be gone for a week next month for a conference (leaving Kevin :( all by his lonesome). We willl see. I'm sure my students will do well. Wish us luck!!!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

The rest of the story...

Now...onto the rest of the story. Like I said before I have a little spare time this afternoon and I'm using it to plan a menu, blog, and go grocery shopping. There are several reasons that I have some time today so I guess I'll go through them one by one....

-My house is clean. Not perfect or organized but acceptable so I'm content.

-Kevin has gone with my brother to their "lease" to watch wildlife today. Not everyone knows but Kevin has PTSD from the invasion of Iraq and had a panic attack while deer hunting several years ago and really hasn't been back since then. He loved hunting so it was very sad to see but he seems very excited to be going today.

-I've made the decision to take the spring semester of grad school off. I'm kind of at a crossroads in my graduate education. I applied to school on a whim and then didn't finish my application because I couldn't decide if Instructional Technology was the program I wanted to enter. Unexpectedly I was accepted anyway and then even received what I now realize is a pretty prestigious scholarship that allows me to take classes part time...so I enrolled. I've reach a point where I've got to decide for sure if Instructional Technology is definitely the program I want or to transfer programs. I think I want to be a high school guidance counselor. I really need some time to think and deal with a few things that are going on. I've been praying for some kind of guidance. I made the final decision after contacting the admin office for my scholarship and finding out that they would defer my scholarship until the summer for me to use and that I could still continue to receive it each following year should I return. I was so thankful.

-Last week was the first week back at work. My students were very good overall and I was happy to see them. My schedule is the same this semester so it should go well.

-The holiday season went well but was a little trying at times. Dealing with company and traveling is always stressful. I have wonderful family but I've had a little inner turmoil that made things harder.

-I guess the "inner turmoil" I've been talking about is the fact that this month Kevin and I made our first medically assisted attempt at having a baby and it didn't work. At this point we spent just about 2 years trying without any medical assistance. I was put on clomid by my doctor but I still never ovulated. I've always known I have problems but deep in my heart I hoped that the medicine would be the cure. I spent day after day testing with the ovulation sticks just to get the same answer over and over. It was heartbreaking. I don't think we will be taking anything again for a while. I need some time. I'm dieting again and taking the time off with school so I can focus on letting God heal my heart.

-I thought I was dealing with our disappointment well and pretending like it didn't bother me but apparently I wasn't. On the final day we found out for sure that it didn't work we went to dinner with a mutual friend of Kevin and I and it ended badly. After I'd spent an hour listening to them tell me how weird, stupid, and untrustworthy that Kevin and I are...I finally just stood up and left. Walked right out in the middle of their sentence. I got so angry listening to someone talk to Kevin that way. That is usually the way it goes...call me stupid...fine...but do not talk to Kevin like that. So I'm sure our friend is mad but I'm too hurt to care. As I sat there listening to them, I had this revelation that since they said those things...they must not have ever really known me as well as I thought they did. Sure, I was probably emotional from knowing that our attempt didn't work but I know I would've still been disappointed in the way they acted anyway. I don't know if the friendship will ever be the same. Now I've heard that our friend is hurting for other reasons than our fight and my initial reaction is to want to comfort them but I really don't know what to do. I don't know if I can.

So that is our life right now. In the middle of needing to make decisions & continue with life when I just want to sleep constantly because that is the only time it doesn't hurt. Thankfully the scholarship deferment has eased the stress a little. I'm looking forward to having some time this semester to cook and spend time with Kevin. We need it.

Menu Plan Monday 1/11/10

*Updated to reflect my grocery store finds!!!




Well I'm very happy to be able to write this post and linking to OrgJunkie's blog (I'll do this tomorrow.) I have a little time this afternoon...I'll explain why in my next post...but first I want to get my menu posted so those uninterested in my personal life can finish looking it over quickly.

Monday-Shrimp & Zucchini Bowtie Pasta
Tuesday-Chicken & Wild Mushroom and Orzo in Balsamic Cream Sauce
Wednesday-Crock Pot Minestrone Soup
Thursday-Out to eat because it's my Birthday! I will be 26 years old!
Friday-Leftovers!

That is our simple menu plan for this week. It's my first time back in a while so I'm not going to get over ambitious.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

All of Me