Sunday, October 26, 2008

Sunday blahs

I hate Sundays.

I really do. I don't really know why. Today is my only day off allllll week, so I should be enjoying it. And, I guess I am. My old co-teacher Aniya and I went on another fall hike to catch up on each other's lives, which was fun. I took an hour-long nap, but now my day's all outta wack.

Do you get the Sunday blahs?

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Since when...

are diabetes, asthma, and seizures communicable diseases?

Sorry...but I just went to a "communicable disease" class, and most of the time was spent with the teacher discussing those three things. Seriously?!!?

On the upside, I am babysitting a 5 week old baby tonight! :)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Firsts of the week

This week has been so crazy, with lots of "firsts"

- first incident report write up for me @ school. Surprising, since this is my 2nd year teaching, but it was one of my luncher/napper/afternoon boys who is 4. Poor Danny hit his head on the climber, but didn't even tell a teacher! His head (right near his eyebrow) was bleeding, and he made not a peep. Probably 10-20 minutes later, I began inviting the nappers inside to use the bathroom before napping, and noticed the bleeding head! He sat up in the office with me (head covered with a paper towel, which had blood on it, but was not bleeding through, for a while, the secretary, my boss, and about 3 other teachers looking in on him to give their opinion on the cut. The parents were called, his dad came, and I wasn't sure what the outcome was until he came back to school today. He got two stictches!

- first 50 hour workweek (plus 7 hour medical class coming up Saturday) in a loooong time

-first time fixing a virus on my secretary's computer

- first time being asked to my secretary's house to fix her home computer

-first time being hired to design a webpage for my school

- first time buying a washer and dryer
-first time causing a flood in my kitchen and laundry room because of the above ;)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Thirteen Things I am good at...

**Pictures provided by my students- ages 4 & 5**
I've been feeling a bit down, so I tried to think of 13 things I feel good about...

1. Computers (most of the time!)- I just removed a virus & more from my secretary's computer. Most of the time, when my computer has an issue, I can figure it out. I was even a computer information science major for a while in college!

2. Kids I am a teacher and love it. I love infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school age kids...I love being around them- that's when I feel my best.

3. Driving on long car trips I LOVE to take long car rides (14 hours or so is my longest so far). I don't even mind if I'm by myself, as long as I have music!

4. Math Yes, I'm weird, but I enjoy it! At least, until geometry hit...

5.  Babysitting strangers Friday evening, I babysat for two cuties (ages 4 & 1) that I'd never met before. It was actually fun! I've also done some babysitting for weddings and such. I don't mind, kids are so welcoming ;)

6. Writing Not necessarily on here, but on my Belize blog, and while traveling Europe I recieved a lot of wonderful comments, many people suggesting that I write children's, not so much.

7.  Keeping in touch I always say that once you're my friend, it's hard to get rid of me. I love quality time with my friends, old and new, and will do almost anything to keep in touch. It is in this way that I've been able to visit extended family in California twice, family I wouldn't have seen otherwise. 

8.  Photography I love lots of the photos I snap, and other people seem to as well. My grandfather was a photographer, but I *hated* when he tried to take a straight half hour of photos of our family. I would cherish it now...

9. Paying the bills on time I've never had a late bill..yet, anyway!

10.  Bartering I just bought a major appliance (more on that later!) off of Craigslist, and was able to get the seller down $50 in his price. Yay!

11. Making fast friends I know a lot of people find it hard to make friends, but I really don't. 

12. First impressions I can tell within a few minutes how I will get along with someone. Rarely have I been mistaken.

13. Reading I love to read and am a fast reader. If I had the time, I'd read all day long! :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Little Things

Have you ever noticed the difference the way a small deed done by someone else affects your day? Someone comments on your blog, waves hello at the park or grocery store, and somehow it makes your day a little brighter?

I had two such incidences yesterday. Truly, if I stopped to count the little instances when someone took a moment to say hello to me yesterday, there would be more than two, so I guess I should say two that struck me more than the others.

I was at work, sitting with all of my non-nappers in the "nap room" when Cara (my co-teacher) ran to the office to print off a few papers for school-- and when she returned to our room, explained that now, somehow, there was a virus on our secretary's computer. WHOOPS! I still don't think she downloaded anything, at least not by accident. It's a virus, not nearly as brutal as the one I had, that was not allowing them to do anything. I left my group of kids at 5, my boss took over closing the building, and I spent two hours working on the computer. I'm going back this morning and feel halfway confident that I can remove the stupid thing. Some of it is gone, but not everything- BUT we can use the internet/Word documents just fine, so that's a huge plus!

As I was finally leaving work, an hour late, my boss could not keep from expressing her thanks and proclaiming, "I have NEVER seen anyone move around on the computer like you do!" I just felt so good, so needed at that moment, and not by one of the kids, so it was a welcome change. We'll see what happens this morning when I try to complete the fix, but my boss really touched me by her praises. Sometimes I think I should have been a computer fixer. ;)

The other incident coming later, as I have to run to work! Just remember, be a blessing by those you are around never know how much you are affecting them (hopefully in a positive light...).

Monday, October 20, 2008

Assignment for Monday evening...

~Find a washer and dryer to buy... even though I have no $$ to do so, haha!

~Uncover secrets to deleting viruses from computers...

~Watch Spiderman 2

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Need some advice

I've decided the time has come. I can't live like this anymore.

What I'm talking about is my roommate and her boyfriend, who pretty much live together. Mac is 20, Cheese is they are YOUNG (in my mind, lol!). They "just" started dating in February. Mac and I moved in together in August, and all was fine and well...with the exception of Cheese. Cheese is there ALLLLLLLLL the time. Truthfully. Cheese is at my apartment more than I am! Granted, I work, have a social life, and have been taking babysitting jobs...but at 9:30 am, when Mac is at class and I step out of the shower, I have to keep in mind that Cheese is there. He takes over our apartment, I feel like. He turns the tv up LOUD, even if they walk in the door at midnight. He is there. ALWAYS.

And it bugs me.

I like the guy, as a friend- he is hysterical to be around, and usually a sweet guy, but as a boyfriend to her, he's not the best. They bicker, quite a lot. She gets pissed off at him very easily, but then the next minute they are all lovey dovey. Not the relationship I'd choose for myself (or her!) but I guess that's their choice.

I just need to talk to her...but how? Everytime that I am there and so is she, Cheese is too. I think there needs to be a slowdown in him spending the night (maybe like 1-2 times a week, not SEVEN). And if she leaves for work/babysitting/whatever, he needs to leave too. Sound reasonable??????? Gah...

Seriously though, how do I even begin to bring it up? Write a letter when I'm leaving for the weekend and give her time to process? LOL... I mean, the guy doesn't pay rent, but takes showers, eats our food, doesn't clean up, uses electricity...

How do people deal with this all the time? It's so stressful, feeling like I'm back at the P's trying to hide out in my room. I guess I was very blessed with my old roommate Shayna- never had to deal with this!

No time

All week, when I had no time to sit and write, I was thinking up funny and inspiring blog posts to write. Now that I finally have the time to write, nothing. Gah!

It has been a busy week though. I had two babysitting gigs in addition to my normal work week. The week coming up will be even crazier... about 41 hours at my school teaching, an 8 hour disease class @ the hospital with two of my co-workers, a babysitting job Saturday evening (for baby Casey Taylor), getting together with 2 year old Gracie Jae on Tuesday night, and doing something fun with the Grace Heart group on Wednesday. Whew...

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Another fall hike

I've had a pretty good week. It was crazy busy, but I did get a lot of exercise and friend time in!

I subbed two mornings, worked my normal hours throughout the week, had my car in the shop for a day (needs $2500 worth of work...ugh), and met with four prospective babysitting families.

On Friday night, I went to the movies by myself. I don't really mind doing things alone, at least things like grocery shopping and watching movies. Going out to eat is a little harder! Anyway, I went to see Swing Vote- it's at the $1 theater so I figured why not? It was a good movie, as a whole. I don't want to give anything away, but I will say, what the FREAK was the writer thinking with that ending!?! Sheesh... after the movie ended, everyone in the theater looked around in disbelief. Stupid, stupid ending!

Yesterday I ran a few errands, went to church, and had Aniya over for a little while. I've been collecting paper for her from school because her new school recycles and receives money for it. Every few weeks she comes to collect it and we get a chance to catch up on life. In the evening I drove to Shayna, Lyn, and Sonia's house and we walked downtown for some ice cream. The place we ended up was the rival ice cream shop of D's, my all time favorite here in the Big City...but I was willing to try it. It was good, but not nearly as good as D's!

This morning I slept in and read a bit before cleaning the apartment, doing the dishes, and all that fun stuff. Aniya picked me up and we headed off to the park where I've been spending some of my recent weekends. We walked and hiked for a good hour or so- the time goes by a LOT faster when there is someone to talk to! The more I hear her talk about her new school, the more I get the feeling she doesn't love it, and definitely not in the same way she LOVED our school. It's sad, but she also loves her classes and there's no way for her to have both right now. Anyway, we ended up stopping for ice cream at D's, and I had a huge cone of my favorite flavor- chai tea...DELICIOUS!

Just a few pics from today's walk...the trees have REALLY been changing fast around here. I might go back to the park tomorrow after work, or maybe even before if I'm really motivated!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Saying goodbye

Usually, I am the one moving and saying goodbye to everyone. Apparently that's not to be the case in the next year or so...maybe something my mom said way back in '97 makes sense now "sometimes moving is harder on the ones left behind"

Today I was informed by not one, not two, but THREE of my friends that they are or hope to move away from Big City in the next 9 months or so. I guess I should have seen it coming, because one of the girls is my old roomie Shayna and she'll be done with of course she'll be moving back to our hometown, 3 hours away.

One of her really good grad school friends is Lyn- and she and I have become close as well throughout the past year. Lyn and have the same awful sarcastic sense of humor, and when I am around her we have SOOOO much fun teasing Shayna. She will graduate a few months after Shayna and head back to her lonely western state.

And the third one is my old co-teacher Aniya... I have a secret hope that her move won't work out, even though I know deep down that it is probably the best move for her current schooling situation. But, I *just* moved to her apartment complex in August and have enjoyed seeing her a few times a month since then. Sure, it's not the 35/hr weeks we used to have, but I'll take what I can get...and now she wants to abandon me?!

Just feeling a little down tonight...three upcoming goodbyes and learning about all of them in the same day is not fun at all!!!


Wednesday, October 08, 2008

TT: Ways People Find my Blog

I love stuff like this!!

1. travel prayers
2. Amish boppli (I am fascinated by the Amish and used to call Rachael "Boppli")
3. Bethany hooks (that scares me!)
4. Working with a co-teacher (I love co-teaching!)
5. Leamanah Castle, Ireland (is beautiful...)

6. Monany (the nickname for my friend Monica, and I am Bethica)
7. Tie dyed sky jennie (no idea...)
8. Games for kids about boldness (hey, whatever works!)
9. Amber morning Georgia/ Amber morning and Bel Air (huh?)
10. Monday maniac (glad I could help!)
11. Friends bold addicts (clueless here)
12. How to be bold personality (if you figure it out, let me know!)
13. Rachael Texas out to my parents (Rachael has never been to Texas and my parents don't live there, so where'd this one come from?)

and a few more
~Weston for a boy (I think it's a cool name!)
~Milkfuls candy and cool photo (I LOVE Milkfuls, but cannot find them ANYWHERE around here!)
~Kinder games I spy, Simon Says
~Matt Nathanson (ROCKS!)
~Bold Halloween costumes (haha, don't ask me how to accomplish that!)]
~Autumn favorites (aww...crisp leaves, apple picking, pumpkins...)
~Bethany Ann cookie Michigan
~Happy Feet massage
~Girls in Belize city (this one scares me a bit...what were they looking for?)

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Upcoming week

Here are what my next 5 days look like...just thinking about it makes me want to cover my head! It should be a fun week, and definitely full of meeting new people... but still!!

Monday: work 8-6 (subbing 8-11), meet with potential babysitting family (no idea how many kids/ages!) in nearby town @ 6:30, possibly small group if I have time @ 8

Tuesday: meet with potential babysitting family @ 9 (4 boys ages 7, 5, 3, and baby), work 11-6, have Cara help me bring car to shop

Wednesday: Cara is picking me up @ 10:30, work 11-6, Cara is bringing me to get my car, meeting with potential babysitting family @ 7ish (3 kids ages 6, 4, 8 mos)

Thursday: work 11-6, babysit 7-?

Friday: work 8-6 (subbing 8-11)

Fall hikes

I went for an early fall hike this afternoon at a nearby park. Even though the temperatures have been cooler lately, the leaves are just barely changing. I spotted a few chipmunks and squirrels throughout my hour long hike, but they were too fast for me to snap pictures of!

Interestingly enough, I did spot a few remainders of Hurricane Ike, whew blew through here last month. Crazy!!

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Saturday Six (10/4)

1. When was the last time you ate fast food? Probably earlier this week, I don't remember exactly!

2. If you get a meal on the run, are you more likely to get something unhealthy, like a burger and fries, or healthy, like a salad? Burger and nuggets, usually. I am NOT a salad person!

3. Of the meals you’ve cooked at home in the past week, have they been generally more healthy or less healthy than what you would have ordered in a restaurant? Eh..about the same I guess!

4. Take the quiz: What Does Your Burger Say About You?

What Your Burger Says About You

You are very gluttonous. Even if you're full, you'll still clear your plate.

You are likely a fairly picky eater. And you're secretly a little squeamish about some foods.

You are very traditional in your tastes. You are unlikely to go for a gourmet burger... and very likely to go for fries.

5. What was the last meal you prepared for yourself? Dinner a few nights ago was chicken and potatoes

6. When was the last time you exercised for more than 30 minutes? Haha, so tempting to say NEVER but I run around with the kids at work!

Saturday Social (10/4)

Today's Saturday Social Question:

Do you like popcorn? What is your favorite way to make it?

My Answer:

I like popcorn alright...but I never think to buy it. I'm not a fan of microwave popcorn but love buttered, salted air popped! Caramel popcorn is pretty darn good too ;)

Saturday Social


Would you consider moving to another state than the one in which you now live, for a job? Is it as easy as “yes” or “no” or would it depend on the state? Would it depend on the job?

I love my job, and don't see leaving my school anytime soon, so it would take something big (marriage, for instance!) to move me. The state would definitely be taken into consideration. I loved the East Coast, but it was so incredibly far from my I don't know. It would factor in a lot of things but I am always up for a new adventure!

Random questions

My grossest injury: I broke my wrist when I was 12. I was at a Vacation Bible School and was playing Sharks and Minnows with the kids. I tripped and fell, and two girls I knew fell on top of me. I blacked out and when I came to, my arm was in a very odd shape...think ----^--- EWW. I had to have surgery to correct it and spent the rest of the summer and part of the fall in a cast.

My most illegal activity: Speeding

My most knowledgeable field: Baby names/ Childcare

My life’s goal: To be a mother

My favorite television show: I don't have just one-- Friends, Gilmore Girls, In Plain Sight, New Adventures of Old Christine, The Office, Monk

My favorite vegetable: Corn or potatoes

How long have you been blogging? Since August '06

What are the good things blogging has brought to your life? I have gotten to know new friends and found that blogging/writing brings me peace sometimes.

Tell us about your blog name. Ever think of changing it? If so, to what? Why? I like what it is now, but in the past it has been "Ramblings of a Nanny" and "Bethany's Paradise"

Have you ever…

1. gone on a blind date? Kind of- I met the guy at speed dating and then went on a date with him a few weeks later.

2. skipped school? No, at least not until college ;)

3. watched someone die? Yes, my grandmother. I was 8. Chilling.

4. been on a plane? Oh yea, many times

5. been on the opposite side of your country? Yep, I visited California in '02 and '06

6. swam in the ocean? Many times

7. had your booze taken away by the cops? Haha, no but I did have an open bottle of wine and it spilled all over the back of my car. It stunk for WEEKS.

8. lettered in high school sport? Nope, I was homeschooled in High School

9. cried yourself to sleep? Yes

10. played cops and robbers? Yep

11. sung karaoke? Yea...I'm not good at it!

12. paid for a meal with coins only? I'm sure I have

13. done something you told yourself you wouldn’t? Absolutely.

14. cheated on an exam? No

15. made prank phone calls? Yep, we used to do it daily in Pa.

16. laughed until some sort of beverage came out of your nose? I don't think so.

17. caught a snowflake on your tongue? yes

18. written a letter to Santa Claus? Yep, when I was younger

19. watched the sunrise with someone you care about? Umm...I guess so-- my dad ;)

20. been kissed under the misteltoe? No

21. ever been arrested? No

22. gone ice skating? Yes, and I really enjoy it!

23. been skinny dipping outdoors? Nope

24. had a nickname? Beth, Annie

25. been on TV? Yes when I was in grade school


When was the last time you cried? Yesterday; the darn Karen Kingsbury books make me cry every time!

What is your favorite lunchmeat? Turkey

Do you have kids? I wish.

If you were another person would you be friends with you? I hope so!

Do you use sarcasm a lot? Heck ya

Do you still have your tonsils? Yes, and I thought this question said "Do you still have your toenails?" I was going to say...why wouldn't I?

Would you bungee jump? Yes I think so!

Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? Not usually

What is your favorite ice cream? Chai tea, gingersnap, cherry vanilla

Red or pink? Red

What are you listening to right now? An episode of New Christine

Who was the last person you talked to on the phone? my friend/old co-worker Kaity

Why aren't you married? I ask myself that question often.

What book are you reading? Sunset by Karen Kingsbury

Summer or winter? Summer

Taken from Sunday Stealing

Saturday Social (10/4)

~It's That Time Again! (Fill In The Blanks)~

1. It's 10:00 AM Sunday and I'm usually just waking up...being lazy!

2. It's 3:00 PM On Monday and I'm usually at work- leading circle time or pouring the snacks for drinks.

3. It's 7:00 PM Wednesday And I'm usually at Grace Heart, a local young adult group.

4. It's Midnight Friday and I'm usually reading/watching a movie, probably getting ready for bed.

Saturday Social

Friday, October 03, 2008


I am so thankful that we're back to the weekend!! My week has just been incredibly crazy, and after Monday's disastrous afternoon...I've been ready for a few days ;)

This past week I attended a Matt Nathanson concert (OMG, hilarious). It was the BEST concert I have ever been to and didn't hurt that I knew all the words to most of the songs. It was an incredible experience that I will never forget.

In addition, I met with three prospective babysitting families. One has two boys (7 & 4), another has three girls (6, 3, and baby) and the third has a little, darling adopted girl who is 2. I really enjoyed meeting all of the families and it looks like they will all be using my services in the future. Thank God! I meet with 3-4 more of them next week too, so hopefully I will be able to build a database and be babysitting regularly to bring in some extra $$, because...

my car needs a transmission (we think). Gah!! My car will be in the shop next week to check for sure, but that's what it seems like anyway. In addition to rotors, new tires, and who knows what else!!

Anyway...I plan to spend my weekend reading the new KK book. I might go for a hike if I feel so inclined, but it will be a quiet weekend, and I'm okay with that. Next week will be crazy too!

Crazy names

Just for fun...from Sharon

MY GANGSTA NAME: (first 3 letters of your first name plus “izzle”) Betizzle

MY DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal) Blue Frog (I like that!)

MY SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, name of one of your pets) Ann Misty

MY SUPERHERO NAME: (“The” plus 2nd favorite color, favorite drink) The Yellow Chai

MY NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers) Robert Ellis

MY WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names ) Mary Fridolin

MY SPY NAME: (your favorite season/holiday, flower) Spring Lily

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Thursday Thirteen

13 Wanderers (came to my blog from)...

1. Liverpool, England (I miss England!)
2. Cairo, Egypt (so cool, I love Egypt!)
3. Switzerland (been there, went paragliding, it was AWESOME)
4. Brussels, Belgium
5. Australia
6. Bangalore, India
7. Dhaka, Bangladesh
8. Philippines
9. Nova Scotia, Canada (always wanted to go there)
10. Korea
11. Tokyo, Japan
12. Sweden (always wanted to go there, too! I knew a girl named Sweden once)
13. Luxembourg (I think I've been there...)

Have you ever checked Statcounter to see where people find your blog from?

Thursday Thirteen

A crazy Monday

Somehow, it's already Wednesday-- and October!!! Wow!

My week is flying by with rapidness...but I have to tell you about my Monday!

Short version of my day:
an explosion of diarrhea and vomit simultaneously happen to two kids at school

Longer version:
It was after nap, and we'd already had kind of a crazy Monday, with two of our kids peeing on the carpet- one deliberate. The nappers were putting their pillows and blankets away and I was dealing with one of them who was being, well Adrien (aka running around the classroom, not doing his work). We noticed the room smelled really bad, over by our rug used for circle time-- it smelled like poo.

All the sudden, one of our little girls starts to vomit; I lead her to the trash can as she continues to vomit and we discover where the poo smell is coming from. One of our little boys had diarrhea ALL over him, the floor, his blanket, pillow...

It was quite the afternoon! Thank goodness for 2 of my co-workers who stepped in to help clean and care for the rest of my kiddles/feed them snack, read them stories while my co-teacher, boss and I cleaned the children and the floor up. I sat in the bathroom, after cleaning up poor puke girlie & changing her clothes, with poo boy, holding his scared, sad little self while my boss tried to clean him up. I felt so bad for the both of them...but man, their timing is impeccable. The rest of the afternoon I spent cleaning cots, work, chairs, tables, spraying EVERYTHING with sanitizer. You can bet I'll be taking my Airborne the next few days. I didn't see my kids from 2:45 until about 4:30 because of all that was going on. I am SO thankful that my boss and co-workers were able to step in and help- they have no idea how much they helped when needed.

So how is your week? LOL.