Wednesday, November 19, 2008

It Getting To Be That Time of Year...

And no I don't mean the holidays...yet! It's almost time for....FINALS!!! Yea! The time of year every teacher loathes and looks forward to. The time of year my skin breaks out in a rash at just the word "paper". The time of year that every student (even those that I haven't seen since the first week of class) is suddenly the model student and very concerned about his/her grades. The time of year that I go cross-eyed and blind looking at so many papers, but after it's all done, I'm free! Free to enjoy the holidays! I blame finals for my Christmas decorating not getting done until a week or two into December although I may get lucky this year and have them up the weekend after Thanksgiving (fingers crossed). Maybe this year I'll actually decorate my mantle with more than just stockings...maybe. Thanks for giving me some venting time, and I'll be sure to post more updated pics since I finally have my computer back. Until then...it's the most wonderful/stressful time of the year :)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Where has the time gone? Part 2

Two posts in one day? That's like a sighting of the Loch Ness monster or Bigfoot! More catch up. The week after my mamaw past away for some reason I was on the Starkville Humane Society page and saw a puppy I just had to meet. Now remember, we put a fence around our yard, and I've always wanted a dog, but I didn't know if I was ready for one this soon. But there she was a Blue Heeler/Australian Shepard mix, and I fell in love. We named her Belle. Then, I swear I went through what I can only imagine it is like with a child: what do I do now?; I don't want to screw her up!; what if I'm a bad owner?. I kid you now this went on for a couple of days, and now she is in to everything. We have gotten the walking on the leash down, but if you have any tips on dog training or raising, please let me know. Here are a few pics I got off my facebook page, and if you want to see more there are more on Facebook.

Meet Belle!


Here's a side shot to show her markings.

Can I chew on the camera?

Where has the time gone?

Okay, so my plan of keeping an updated blog over the summer and into the new school semester has failed miserably, but at least this gives me a good reason for a nice catch up blog. Therefore, beware, this might be a long one.

In May I made a list of to dos over the summer, so let's see how many I actually did.

1. Strip the border in the dining room and get it painted this week.
I did this one!! I thought the border would be easier since it wasn't double layered like the rest of the wallpapered rooms, see below to the pictures of the foyer. The dining room also looks great if I may say so. Pictures to come when I get my computer back.

2. Go see April, Robert and Duncan in Natchez
This one unfortunately we didn't do :( But I hope to change that soon.

3. Have a great time teaching Intro to Lit in June
This one came true. I had a great time teaching a bunch of great students in June!

4. Celebrate Joshua Patrick's arrival on June 4th (give or take a day)
This one didn't happen on June 4th, but on May 30th! Little man is not so little any more and so precious. Again, I'll post pics later.

5. Paint the 70s poop brown trim on the outside of our house to a nice pleasing tanish and paint our garage so it doesn't feel like your driving into a dungeon
Alas, we still have our dungeon, but we do have the paint colors ready!

6. Put up a privacy fence in our backyard! (Hopefully, this may get moved up the list)
It did get moved up!! And we finished it by the first weeks of July working off and on between my teaching and Alan's baseball practice.

7. Read for pleasure
This I definitely did! Nora Roberts and I caught up on a little quality time.

8. Paint our bedroom (The first room to paint with no wallpaper to take down
9. Get our kitchen painted (There's lots of wallpaper, so I'm calling in professionals this time!)
Alas, 8 & 9 didn't get done, but hopefully, soon.

10. Go to the beach with my family
11. Go see Travis, Julie, and Addison in Jacksonville
These two were done in the same trip (pics to come). We went down and spent four days with my family and then drove on to Jacksonville and spent 3 days with Travis, Julie, and cutie pie Addison. We had the best time!

12. Go see Keith in Boston
Unfortunately and luckily, this one didn't happen. I'll explain the luckily in a minute.

13. Go see Alan's summer ballteam (mostly in June)
14. Relax
These two were done, but not always together. The Green Wave did pretty good this summer. They're really coming together as a ball team.

Now to the major happening this summer. I said I would tell you why luckily we didn't go to Boston. Well, the only week we really had for out of town travel was the week we went to the beach and Jacksonville. We had orginially thought to then leave Jacksonville and go up to Boston and then get back before Alan had to be back at work. It would have been a push, but in the end we didn't want to stretch ourselves too thin. Well, the last week of July (when we would have went), my grandmother died. My mamaw, Mary Lucille Moore, was the grandparent I was closest to. She and Dada (my grandfather) lived next door to us, and I would always go over and play in the garden or with the dogs or play dress up in her old clothes. They were part of our everyday lives. After my grandfather died in 2001 and Mamaw had fallen a time or two, she moved in with my parents. She was 92 years old and still very sharp. Back in May, she had a light stroke, which she bounced back from pretty quickly, but the after effects to her body really weakened her. She had trouble remembering for a little while, but got that back. It was her mobility that really got her down. She was in a nursing home swing bed for rehabilitation, and she hated it there. She said she didn't like being around all these old people :) That was Mamaw's humor! But the last week of July, she got pnemonia suddenly and past away that same day. Luckiy, my parents were back from the beach and we had just gotten home from Jacksonville; in fact, I was planning on going to see her that weekend. So, she certainly will be missed even though I know she up in heaven with Dada now and all her friends. They're probably having a big time like always :)

That's all for now, but I'll be back soon with another edition. I promise.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Welcome Back!

Sorry to the few faithful that stopped by my blog only to be sorely disappointed to not find ANYTHING new. The end of the semester was wicked crazy, and I've be taking my time and enjoying the start of my summer. Of course, I'm about to go back to work since I'm teaching summer school in June. Instead of trying to rehash the last couple of months how about starting anew and looking forward to summer. Here's my summer wishlist:
1. Strip the border in the dining room and get it painted this week.
2. Go see April, Robert and Duncan in Natchez
3. Have a great time teaching Intro to Lit in June
4. Celebrate Joshua Patrick's arrival on June 4th (give or take a day)
5. Paint the 70s poop brown trim on the outside of our house to a nice pleasing tanish and paint our garage so it doesn't feel like your driving into a dungeon
6. Put up a privacy fence in our backyard! (Hopefully, this may get moved up the list)
7. Read for pleasure
8. Paint our bedroom (The first room to paint with no wallpaper to take down)
9. Get our kitchen painted (There's lots of wallpaper, so I'm calling in professionals this time!)
10. Go to the beach with my family
11. Go see Travis, Julie, and Addison in Jacksonville
12. Go see Keith in Boston
13. Go see Alan's summer ballteam (mostly in June)
14. Relax

I admit it's an ambitous list, and I'm realistic enough to realize not everything will get done, but that's why it's called a wish list. I'm hoping we'll at least get to see everyone this summer even if all our projects don't get finished. I have completed my first summer painting project. I've liberated our foyer from the evil hold of ugly tie-dyed wallpaper! Hooray! As you can tell from the pics, it was very trippy wallpaper and even the lightswitches were wallpapered. It was a pain in the butt to remove, but this is the last area I'm removing our two-layer thick wallpaper. We started last year on our wallpaper removal crusade in our master bathroom. We figured if we screw that up only we'll see it. That's when we discovered that we were dealing with TWO layers of wallpaper. The bottom layer being 20 years old. The wallpaper itself peels off okay, but that bottom layer leaves its backing on the wall. So you have to primer over it. I also discovered if you spackle over the lines it makes the wall a lot smoother. So, here are the before, during, and after photos. Not only do I love the color, but by painting the walls, I think it completely changed the look of the tile on the floor. Orginially, the blue wallpaper really made the floor look blue, but now with the gold color, I think it really brought out the different colors of the floor. Let me know what you think!
BEFORE: It's bad lighting because of the sun, but hopefull, you can see to full effect.
Here's a close up of the pattern and a shot of the lightswitch cover.
DURING:Here's what it looks like with no wallpaper and just the backing and spackle on the wall. You wouldn't believe the mess when you have to sand the spackle because then the wallpaper backing gets standed also and makes a huge mess!
AFTER: The final color. Hopefully, you can see the difference in the floor.
I just realized on the pictures it almost looks like the wallpaper backing and my paint color are the same! I promise they are most definitely not! Here's a close up, although it might not help much.
I also want to give credit to Tori because I used the color from her house, Gold 4,although I think hers is actually Gold 3. I loved how her walls looked in this color, and it definitely doesn't disappoint, so thank you Tori!
One painting project down, Four more to go. I'll keep you updated!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Whew!


Can I just say how fast 3 weeks pass? It doesn't seem like that long ago that I posted the countdown ticker for Disney World and now it's just a few days away!! I love spring break! Of course, I could use a week to recover from my week off and catch up on my papers, but spring break isn't for grading papers! It's for catching up the sanity that you've lost so far during the school year. I'm hoping to find some of the sanity I've lost down in Disney World, but for right now I just want to take a breath, whew. It's finally almost here.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Countin' Down the Days

As the piles of papers keep coming in, I'm sitting at my desk not thinking of the test I have to make out, but of how many days are left until I get to go to DISNEY WORLD!! I'm going with my sister, nephew, niece, mom, and brother. Notice that except for my brother, all the men are staying in Mississippi. They don't know the fun they'll miss. Of course, my brother-in-law and father do because they have been before and have "politely" declined going back. Alan has to work since baseball season doesn't stop for spring break, but I think he would like it if it were just us and some friends. I'm not quite sure he's ready for the Disney trip with an 8 yr. old and a 4 yr. old :)

Not to go off on a tanget, but I want to mention a website I'm just hooked on: www.woot.com. I bought Alan and me two MP3 players for just under $10 each! They spotlight one item a day, usually electronic, but not always, at a low price, and regardless, of the item, shipping is always $5. Fabulous! These were the first items I've bought from them, so I'll let you know how it goes!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Jackson's B-day

Here are some photos from my nephew Jackson's 8th birthday party! I can't believe he is already 8! I feel so old! He has come a long way from the little preemie who was in the NICU! He had a rodeo party where the kids rode a mechanical bull, chased chickens, and rode a horse. It was so much fun!! The chicken chases were hilarious, about 15 kids that have never seen a chicken in real life trying to catch them! Good times.


Snow Days?

I can't believe the freaky weather we have been having lately. By the end of school on Friday, everyone was gearing up for snow. Saturday morning, we were awoken by a phone call from JD, who was in Vicksburg, asking if we were getting any snow. To add to my disappointment of being awoken early, I looked outside to see that we didn't have a drop of snow!! This is Columbus, which is north of Vicksburg, how the heck did we not get snow?! And to rub in the irony even more, my parents, and everyone in Collinsville, got about 2-3 inches of snow, not a light little dusting. The last time I saw snow was in 2000; Starkville got more than Collinsville, but I was down home then. Ever since I've become a "northern" Mississippian I have yet to reap the benefits of the "northern" weather. Not only was it freezing cold this weekend, but we had no snow to play in :( At least it was a long weekend! :)

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Tornado experiences


If you live in Mississippi, you've been under a tornado watch today. If you're in the Golden Triangle area, you know that not only were we under a watch, but that watch turned into a warning. There was some damage to the Caledonia schools, but as far as I know, no one was hurt. Thank God, but not to play down the seriousness of the situation, but guess where Ashley got stuck during the tornado warning? WALMART!! My friend Shelly and I were going to make a quick run after we were at Belk's, and right before we got our last item, it was announced for all customers and employees to move to the middle of the store. We were there for at least 45 minutes in the middle of the lingerie section, listening to some very annoying employees for 45 minutes. Now, Walmart's not my most favorite place on most days anyway, a necessary evil, but it is certainly the last place I want to be put on lock down in!! If there is a next time, I'm going to the camping section for a chair, then run by the magazines, then I'm going to get me some chips and dip, and have a little party in the lingerie section, and maybe go get a UNO deck too! Don't get me wrong I'm glad they were safety minded, but 45 minutes!! This definitely goes down as a new experience for the new year!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

As you can tell from the time that has passed from my last blog, once I finished my papers and turned in my grades I was MIA for the rest of the break. We had a great Christmas with Alan's mom and then down in Collinsville with my family. We played WAY TOO MUCH Guitar Hero on Christmas day at my folks. I now think of guitar solos that I hear in songs as colors and not notes (if you've ever played Guitar Hero you understand, if you don't, let me know and I'll explain). The weekend after Christmas we went to the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, which if you haven't heard the news by now, where have you been? GO DAWGS!! We had a blast; it was the best experience, and I froze my butt off and almost got into a fight with a smoker that sat in front of us at the game. Good times :) I'll post some pictures when I get them downloaded, but right now, I'm sure all good educators know what I'm getting ready for,yep, the return to school. I'm getting my classes in order and fixing up a new batch of syllabi for next semester. And since it's the new year, I catch myself trying to remember all that happened the previous year, and I find I can't quite remember it all. Don't you hate when that happens? So here is a questionnaire that I found on another website I love to look at. Some of the questions I changed to work more for me.

1. What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before? Painted pottery, was a matron of honor (Amanda's wedding), painted a room by myself, went to Nashville and the Grand Ole Opry, bought a car, and went to a bowl game.
2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions and will you make more for next year? I didn't really make any last year, but this year I'm going to work on not procrastinating and sticking to working out :)
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Oh yeah! JD and Rachel had John Micheal, Travis and Julie had Addison, Tori and Bo had Brayden, my cousin Tori had Cade, Haley and Patrick had Grayson, and Morgan and Matt had Ella.

4. Did anyone close to you die? Not closely related, but a very nice man, Mr. Cecil Fitch, that helped us cut hay passed away this year.

5. What countries did you visit? None

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007? a vacation during the summer and more time

7. What date from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Right now it's Dec. 29th because of the Liberty Bowl, but there is also Amanda's wedding and John Austin's birth

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? I got a permanent position at MSU as an instructor.

9. What was your biggest failure? Allowing myself to get so stressed out about work and other people

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Nothing more than a sinus infection or 2.

11. What was the best thing you bought? My car!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Alan! He got back into teaching and coaching.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? The President and some of the world's leaders.

14. Where did most of your money go? Mortgage!

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Going to see John Mayer, going to Nashville and the Grand Ole Opry, and going to Memphis

16. What song will always remind you of 2007? "Go Rest High on That Mountain" I know it's an older song by Vince Gill, but he sang that when we were at the Grand Ole Opry, so I'll always remember that trip when I hear it.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: Happier or sadder? Thinner or fatter? Richer or poorer? About the same in all categories, except a little richer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? home improvements and just chilling with friends

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Getting stressed

20. How will you be spending Christmas? We spent Christmas with our families

21. Did you fall in love in 2007? Oh yeah! with my husband

23. How many one-night stands? Zero

24. What was your favorite TV show? CSIs, Starter Wife

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? I try not to hate, but I really dislike that smoker guy at the football game :)

26. What was the best book you read? Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling and Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
27. What was your greatest musical discovery? John Mayer and Josh Turner

28. What did you want and get? Job security for the both of us!!

29. What did you want and not get? A million dollars

30. What was your favorite film of this year? Transformers, Bourne Ultimatium, Order of the Phoenix and The Queen.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I was 27, and Alan had a surprise birthday party for me with some of my friends in Columbus and my friends from back home
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Tivo

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007? Tried to develop a better work wardrobe and better shoes!

34. What kept you sane? God, Alan, and my friends and family

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Harry Potter

36. What political issue stirred you the most? War and the upcoming elections

38. Who was the best new person you met? A couple of people through church and work

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007.
Enjoy the quiet moments in life. You don't always have to be doing something to have good time. Sometimes the best moments are when there is nothing to do. So, enjoy those times that you have and enjoy every day.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
"Good friend and a glass of wine, Someone to say it's going
to be alright...Evey now and then Every girl needs a good
friend and a glass of wine" - Leann Rimes