Friday, December 16, 2011

Round 'em Up

Because I haven't written a single post since August, I thought E Tells Tales' link up would be the perfect opportunity to shout out to the world.

Here goes- ten things I've been up to since August.

1. Teaching-it's all I do. This year has been a roller coaster. There have been triumphs and there have been tears. Two more working days until Christmas break-hallelujah!

2. I "ran" my second half marathon in November. It was awful. Remember how excited I was after the first one? Well, I was not after this one. It was miserable. It was muggy out, I did not train, and the course was unfortunate. Lesson learned.

3. I'm obsessed with redecorating my house. I hope to have some before and after posts up at some point. It's nice to throw myself into decorating to get off the roller coaster. Plus, I like pretties.

4. Pinterest is the enabler of #3.

5. I love The Big Bang Theory for giving new life to the knock knock joke.

6. Girls' weekend starting tonight. 'Nuff said.

7. I'm thinking about getting one of those Shark steamer mop thingys. Good? Bad? Too boring to care about?

8. "You is smart. You is kind. You is important." Words to love and live by-I heart Aibileen

9. Favorite joke I heard this week:
 How do you make Holy water?
  Boil the Hell out of it.

10. Things I'm looking forward to after 2 more working days: sleep, reading, sleep, family time, travel, food, and sleep.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Dear Summer

I miss you already.
You are a hot, salty, sweaty mess right now; I love you.
I have to trade your free-spirited adventurous attitude for shoes and pencil shavings.
I only noticed one lightning bug this year.
There must have been more, but I'm a grown up.
I shouldn't forget to notice the magic....
You showed me a snake and armadillo.
I didn't feel the tickle of a lightning bug clasped between my palms.
You smelled like grass and hot pavement.
You were lazy and so was I.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

5 Facts of Life

1. My mom rocks. I just spent an hour ranting/venting to her while she was cleaning her classroom, and she was completely supportive/understanding. (My other family members rock too-Mom is the star student today.)

2. I'm getting back on the running train. After the half marathon in April, I fell off track a little bit. A new running group has formed in town, and it has been amazing running with them. (The coffee after running isn't a bad deal either.)

3. The school year is about to begin! I'm ready/anxious/excited/terrified all at once. 10th grade and AP 11 will be a handful this year (my first full year), but the challenge is welcome. Does anyone else get excited about rhetorical analysis? I do...

4. My friend, Emma, hosted a fabulous beach trip a few weeks ago. I want to go back and stay longer.

5. Movies this summer have been amazing. X-Men, Harry Potter, Transformers, and now Cowboys vs. Aliens-my sci-fi tank is happy and full.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

5 Years and Counting

This weekend the hubs and I celebrated 5 years of marriage.

It was great! We treated ourselves to some new clothes, tried new restaurants, and watched a lot of movies.

It's hard to believe that 5 years ago we were celebrating our first day of marriage.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A Delicious Weekend

The fella and I went to see the X-Men movie (loved it), ate pancakes at IHOP (loved it), and I read The Paris Wife (love, love, loved it). It was a great weekend! Hope you all had a wonderful one as well!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Sunday, May 15, 2011

This Week (minus David Brinkley )

This was a doozy of a week-make that two weeks. The dooziness (maybe I made that up) started as soon as we returned from Nashville. We pulled up to the grocery store to stock up for the week. When we returned to the car, it wouldn't start. Thankfully our neighbor rescued us. While neighbor and the hubby tested the battery, tried to troubleshoot on the internet, and called a witch doctor to see if he had any tricks up his skirt, I attempted not to melt down in complete post half marathon exhaustion. My dear Eleanor (my car) had to be abandoned in the parking lot until she could be towed to get repairs. Fast forward a week and a half. Many frustrated calls to "Bob" at the car place later I was reunited with my beloved Eleanor.

The hubby and I did enjoy carpooling, but it sure was nice to have my car back. Here's a cute note students wrote for me to cheer me up!
They are so sweet. They really are my bright spots. Students never fail to make me laugh, keep me on my toes, and brighten my day!

Changing subjects-one of my sweetest friends got married yesterday! It was one of the most beautiful weddings I've ever been to. I'm super happy for her. The hubby and I got to catch up with some of our other friends from Tuscaloosa which was a treat!

In other great news this week, I am getting an iphone. It should be here tomorrow, and I'm like a kid at Christmas right now! What apps should I get? I can't wait!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Life Is Like a Box of Chocolates

Two weekends ago I did something amazing, if I do say so myself.

It all started a couple of months ago when one of my friends and I thought we had some spare time on our hands (we didn't). We have been occasional running buddies for a little while, so we decided to run a half marathon. The Country Music Marathon was planned for April 30, 2011on my friend Emma's 30th birthday. The timing couldn't be better. We set out our (sometimes grueling) training schedule. We ran and we ran and we ran and we ran-then it was time for the big day.
We set out after weeks of training with thousands of other people to complete the goal!
It was amazing! It truly felt like a huge accomplishment. I've been talking about training for a half marathon for about 10 years. Actually finishing was one of the most surreal and exciting moments I've had in a very long time! After the hours of training, healing, and tending MASSIVE blisters, nothing could have made me prouder.

We had a great weekend in Nashville. It was fun to hang out with friends, visit with family, and accomplish an old goal!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Thanks Mama

Thanks for raising us, hugging us, laughing with us, rescuing us, and loving us unconditionally!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Robert Frost

One of my favorite poems
One of my favorite poets
The inspiration for the title of this blog:

"Mending Wall"

Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,
And spills the upper boulders in the sun,
And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.
The work of hunters is another thing:
I have come after them and made repair
Where they have left not one stone on a stone,
But they would have the rabbit out of hiding,
To please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean,
No one has seen them made or heard them made,
But at spring mending-time we find them there.
I let my neighbor know beyond the hill;
And on a day we meet to walk the line
And set the wall between us once again.
We keep the wall between us as we go.
To each the boulders that have fallen to each.
And some are loaves and some so nearly balls
We have to use a spell to make them balance:
'Stay where you are until our backs are turned!'
We wear our fingers rough with handling them.
Oh, just another kind of out-door game,
One on a side. It comes to little more:
There where it is we do not need the wall:
He is all pine and I am apple orchard.
My apple trees will never get across
And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him.
He only says, 'Good fences make good neighbors'.
Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder
If I could put a notion in his head:
'Why do they make good neighbors? Isn't it
Where there are cows?
But here there are no cows.
Before I built a wall I'd ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offence.
Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
That wants it down.' I could say 'Elves' to him,
But it's not elves exactly, and I'd rather
He said it for himself. I see him there
Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top
In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed.
He moves in darkness as it seems to me~
Not of woods only and the shade of trees.
He will not go behind his father's saying,
And he likes having thought of it so well
He says again, "Good fences make good neighbors."