Wednesday, April 28, 2010

we interrupt this conversation

Heather and I were driving to dance tonight, discussing her day, when all of a sudden there was a pause.  Then ~

Heather: Wait - lemme start over.

Me: Oh good, cuz I got lost.

Heather: Well, because I just now saw a flag and was doing the pledge. (Then she restarted her story.)

Well then, God bless America!

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

puker update

I have two stories about The Puker to share with you. He hasn't puked in two and a half weeks, but he's having a hard time living down his reputation in my mind.

The other day after lunch, some of my boys came out of the boys' bathroom to report to me that there was vomit all over the place in there. You know where my mind immediately flew! I found the fella in line and asked him if he puked in the bathroom. The Puker looked at me incredulously and said, "No!" Sorry, buddy. It was wrong of me to even fathom it was you. Ahem.

Yesterday, I picked the kids up from lunch and scanned the table for The Puker, as has become my habit. I need to see if his tray is full of puke, if he looks like he's gonna hurl, or maybe if he's fled to the heath office. No sign of The Puker. This can't be good. I asked the kids where he was and they said something. The lunchroom is loudish and I didn't catch their mumbles, so I assumed he went to the health office.

On our way down the hall I popped my head in the health office. Nope, no Puker there.

I sent my kids on their way with Suzanne while I went to the office to see if he had early dismissal. Nope, not that either.

Now, I'm feeling a little panicky. I usually don't lose any children in the course of the day. I decide he must surely be in the bathroom in the lunchroom. Once I reach my kids at the end of the hall I tell Very Responsible Boy to go in the lunchroom bathroom to see if The Puker is in there. Very Responsible Boy gives me a very puzzled look at says, "Mrs. Robinson, The Puker is absent today."


I knew that.

Carry on, then.

Friday, April 23, 2010


I am glad it's Friday. This has not been a horrible week, really, but Friday I am glad to see your face.

This week:

  • I helped out with some of the standardized testing for the ELL students. In 2nd grade, we don't do these particular tests (just 3rd-5th). I had forgotten how draining they are for both students and teachers. 
  • My own students are bored of me. It's spring. Enough said.
  • The weather can't make up its mind ~ is it gonna be warm or freezing ~ so I can't make up my mind about what to wear.
  • I'm getting tired of what's to wear in my closet.

See? Nothing big and bad. Just ready for Friday.

This weekend, it is time for The Great Try-On. Wish me luck. There could be tears.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

new, new, new

This Saturday I hung out with Grandma Smith and Heather while people considered buying my stuff.  Not a whole lot of buying was going on, but I did have a nice day with the two ladies.

I'm working on listing some of the new stuff in my shop.

These are some things I listed this morning.

There will be more to come.

Some really cute flower pins will be showing up soon.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

she's got toes

A few weeks ago, it was my birthday. We were on track break and Greg's day off that week changed so he had my birthday off. Coincidence? Probably not. I had big plans that included a breakfast cooked by the kids that I was pretending not to know about, pedicures, visiting a museum, maybe shopping, and of course lunch and dinner out. 

I'm typically the first one up in our house, so I was messing around on the computer (instead of doing the 87 things I was supposed to do) when the kids came to tell me that Daddy was sick. Huh? This is no time for April Fool's jokes. I've got plans.

Sure enough, I go downstairs to find him cramped up on the couch ~ same as I was the week before. My birthday plans were foiled ~ again.  Did I ever tell you about the time I got chicken pox on my fifth birthday? How about the time when my boyfriend and best friend couldn't see fit to spend my twenty-first birthday with me? Or the time a close friend of mine just about ruined my 30th birthday party (not that I'm that old!)? 

I felt bad for Greg, really, I did. The memory of a week on that couch was fresh. I was full of sympathy. But seeing that the memory of that couch was so fresh, I couldn't sit still on my birthday. Knowing that he would be wanting to just sleep all day, I announced that I had no intention of staying home.

So we did just some of my plans. 

The kids and I headed out for pedis and lunch.

But first, we needed shakes from Sonic. Might as well do this up right! The girls have never had pedicures besides the sorry ones their mama gives. They were giddy with anticipation. So let's just top that off with some sugar, right?

They don't have my favorite peanut butter/chocolate shake anymore, so I tried something new. Since then I've been a little hooked on the Mocha Java Chillers. I might have had a couple more.

Heather was too short to sit all the way back in the chair and get her feet done. Still, she enjoyed herself.

The girls' future husbands will probably not appreciate that I am introducing them to the finer things in life.  First, the full hair salon experience.  Now, pedicures. They might be hooked.

They both got cute little flowers. So girly. Don't they look wonderful in their new-for-the-season flip flops?

Afterwards, we went out for lunch and did a little shopping. Then we went home and took care of the sick boy. We ordered pizza and wings for dinner.

Although I wish Greg hadn't been sick and could have spent the day with us, I had a great day afterall. Pretty much because I got to spend it with my two favorite girls. And there was ice cream involved. And nobody fought.

Monday, April 19, 2010

menu plan monday - april 19

With a few big projects behind me, I feel like I can rejoin the bloggy world. In the last few weeks I've had a lot going on.

I am part of the yearbook team at school (there's two of us) and the yearbook was due at the beginning of April. In true procrastinator fashion, I waited until the last minute to do my half of the pages.

In the middle of all that, throw in writing report card comments.  I always want to make sure I say just the right thing. I want to give the parents as much information as possible about their child, as well as be accurate about what I say. No sense saying Hilda knows her addition and subtraction facts like a breeze when she doesn't!

Then, this weekend I had the craft show at Grandma Smith's community club house. I was up the night before keeping company with the owls finishing up just a few more things.

For now ~ no deadlines loom in my near future. I feel like I can breath again and go at a relaxed pace. For a minute

This week for dinner:

  • BBQ chicken (crockpot)
  • beef strogonoff (Greg cooks this dish.  Awesome.)
  • breaded chicken & mashed potatoes
  • hamburgers
  • ground beef enchiladas
  • country chicken stew
  • steak & noodles

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What's for dinner at your house?

Thursday, April 15, 2010

still here

I'm still here.

Don't give up on me.

I've got about 89 things going on and only two hands.

Be back soon.