Saturday, March 17, 2012

Spring Vaca...

Day 1

Wake. Coffee. Bills. Emails. Pack. Goodbyes. Picnic. Shop. Drive. Drive. Stop. Drive. Hugs. Chat. Eat. Sleep.

Day 2

Wake. Coffee. Repack. Drive. Stop. Drive. Hugs. Pet. Chat. Walk. Yoga. Beer. Soak. Snuggle. Write.

That pretty much sums up our trip so far.


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

75 and Sunny...

After school today I could (should?) have done the responsible adult things that needed done around here like cleaning dirty dishes, answering long overdo emails, and getting some things in order before the girls and I head west for a week starting Friday. Instead I grabbed my book, a cold drink, and sat in a lawn chair reading in the sun for an hour.

Because that's what you DO when it's 75 and sunny in March.

I can feel it is returning with the promise of spring.


Sunday, March 11, 2012


I'm so diggin' the March Madness Photo Assignment Group that my friend Jenny set up on Facebook. Each morning I check the list to see where I should be looking for a bit of beauty, or an interesting perspective, throughout the day. Some days I end up with one photo. Some days it's hard to pick from my shots which ONE gets posted on the group's wall.

I'm also diggin' the Lighbox app I downloaded for my (android) phone. I (almost) always have my phone with me, so I figure I might as well take advantage of that fact for this project. I've always been a little jealous of my friend's with iPhones since they have Instagram. Jealous no more. (All my MMPA photos can be seen on my Lightbox a few extras because I. Just. Can't. Help. Myself.)


p.s. The above photo was taken for song title day. My song: Dust on the old favorite from Scott and I's college days...and it makes me think of summer. I'm soooooooooo ready for summer.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Lil Bits...

Today was one of those days. There were ups. And downs. My mind is spinning as our evening winds down. I really want to sit here whining about the downs...kinda big ones as far as life stresses go...but I can't let them overshadow the ups. So I'm just going to share a few of the bits of info streaming through my head...

  • I was informed today by a couple of students that I have been called some names on the bus that can not be repeated because they contain language "not appropriate for school." While I try not to let my self esteem be tied to the opinions of 10-11-year-olds, it bothers me a little bit that at least some of them see me as nothing more than a big ol' bitch.
  • My 5th technology students have started shooting their student designed and directed animations. After a rocky start at the end of last week, 2 groups very successfully worked through getting their ideas "on film" this week. The look on their faces as they watched the first rough cut play of their animations was priceless. That wonder is why all the unpaid time I have put (and will be putting) into organizing this project and the stress of seeing it all through is a sacrifice so totally worth making.
  • Tonight was Brea's spring parent-teacher conference. She is a very good student, and well liked by her teachers and peers. Maybe even more fun that hearing how well she is doing in her learning was watching her in her element. As we walked throughout the school she was busy, busy saying hello or waving to fellow students and a variety of teachers and school helpers. Her teacher commented about how Brea makes her smile everyday. We totally understand because she is pure sunshine.
  • The mailbox was the bearer of some stressful info today. To be fair the news is really of no surprise given our track record with handling our finances, but seeing the reality in black and white really drives the message home. It's kinda ironic really that the pursuit of and paying for our own higher education has significantly contributed to our being in a place where we may never be able to start saving to help pay for our kid's future educational endeavors.
  • Today's mailbox contents has in one fell swoop turned up the volume on my worry about what's going to happen when the school year comes to a close. No school = no paycheck for Jenn.
  • I ran into a friend I haven't seen for a couple months tonight at the grocery store. That could not have happened on a better night. It brought a smile to my face. It was so good to see her...I hope we can run into each other more often.
  • We girls are all so excited for spring break. Brea has been verbalizing on a daily basis (sometimes several times a day) the number of days left until we leave for Grandma's house. I'm pretty sure Grandma is also counting down the days until we arrive.
  • My brother is joining us on our trip west this spring. That makes my heart happier than I can even explain.
Tomorrow is Friday. And a new day. Thankfully.


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Creative Distraction...

The last few days of winter...

The emotional challenges that seem to naturally come with changes of spring...

Another birthday knocking at the door...

Stress, frustrations, and questions about my life path...

The countdown to Spring Break, when I can just go home and let my Mommy take care of me for a few days...

All things that call for a little creative distraction. Enter Lightbox, a new camera app/photo blog for my phone, and a March Madness Photo a Day group started by a friend on Facebook. Today's theme, doorways...

It's often the little things that get me through a funk.

(And lots of hugs...and wine.)