Saturday, October 31, 2009

October 31

Last year on this day, I was babysitting a tiny seven week old baby named Chubster...

tonight, I'm babysitting the same cutie, now thirteen months old and sweet as can be.

However, there is one problem.

His parents left this HUGE bowl of candy, and trick-or-treating in this town was two days ago.



I'm trying VERY hard not to go near it...but I'm sure sometime between now and 2-3 a.m. I will cave.

Hope you have a great Halloween night!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Music Wednesday

Every once in a while, I hear a song on a radio, fall in love with it, and download it from iTunes shortly after. Occasionally, I also check iTunes top songs to see if there's anything I've missed that I like.

A few weeks ago, I found out about the group Owl City. I LOVE THEM!!!! (As an aside, while writing this post I found out they are coming to my city in the winter...I'm GOING. Even alone...heck, I've already done that before!)

Anyway. Owl City sings lots of songs, including the #5 song right now, "Fireflies"



I'm not going to tell you how many songs of theirs I downloaded because I'll get in trouble, but all of their songs are fabulous and I recommend them.


Some of the other songs I've been listening to...
One Republic's "All the Right Moves"



Any of the music from "Glee" (even though I don't love the show, I do enjoy the music!)



and last but not least, "Pomplamoose"


*By the way, I don't watch music videos so I have no idea what these ones are like...*
What have you been listening to? I'm always up for new music...haha!

Monday, October 26, 2009

How Darn Cute...

Remember when I told you that Jessa and I were making these shirts for ourselves and our co-worker Amy for Halloween?

We tiedyed them this morning and I had the chance to reminisce a little- I used to tiedye ALL the time as a teen. In fact, one of my youngest sister Rachael's first outfits was a onesie tiedyed by me. If I remember correctly, it didn't fit her until she was about one... I vividly recall taking this picture of her...oh the things she had to go through.

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Anyway, the point is that I tiedyed a lot as a teen. I even sold tiedyed sheets, shirts...you name it. I thought I was cool.

That moo (haha, anyone watch "Friends"??) point aside, the theme for Halloween at school this year is jeans a Halloween shirt. Neither Jessa nor I owned one (a Halloween shirt that is, we're good on the jeans, thanks!) so we decided to be a little creative and tiedye ours, inviting Amy to join in the fun. We'll paint the faces on tomorrow but I think they're cute even like this!

Amy's
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Mine
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Jessa's
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And...more on this later, because I'm literally covered in pumpkin goo still, but we're carving/decorating pumpkins with our 20 afternoon kids- here's the first carving. I am the Carve Master, while Jessa is in charge of the painting. Haha. I'll write more on it later, but I'm having a blast! Some of the kids have never done this before...but we're a fun school, and we like to dig in and get messy!

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Random Sunday Thoughts

I just finished listening to my FPU class... I have SO many papers I need to go through from the past week or so. I need to call and schedule an oil change for my car, which was supposed to be done last week but...like everything else, got put on hold.

People are booking me for mid-December babysitting jobs already! I have been offered three jobs for the first weekend in December, but of course they're all on the same night. I hate when that happens! I always take the first job offered though, pretty much regardless of who it is. I don't wait for "better jobs" because the families I sit for are all wonderful!

I'm finally getting a chance to respond to comments from the end of September on, which is probably why most of you will be getting seemingly random emails from me (except for those of you who still have noreply@blogger.com as your email address :( ....) Ha! I have over 150 to respond to, which makes me feel popular! =)

Of course, in doing this...I discovered I never finished my posts on my trip out West! I got distracted by Picasa's new features, Jessa's departures from school, being sick...I'll finish it someday. All the posts are in my head, my head just doesn't have the ability to post while I'm working or sleeping.

A few news stories caught my eye this weekend. Of course, everyone is talking about the Balloon Boy story. I was at work or something when the story broke, so I didn't hear about it for a day or so. As soon as I read the first article and then watched an interview where the boy explicitly says "you told me to do it for the story" and the dad was all "uhhhhhh, no that's not what he really meant", I thought there was something very fishy going on!!!

I also found the story of the amnesiac teen girl who was found in NYC sad and slightly scary. How weird would it be to find yourself in a strange city, not knowing who you are? Judging from the latest story I read though, it sounds like she'll be back with her family on the West Coast soon. Still- I found it sad.

 I hope you all had a good weekend!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Personality


We're a small school and usually have just one staff meeting a year- right at the beginning of the school year. This year, my boss is changing things up and trying to improve interpersonal relationships.

So, in mid November, we have our second staff meeting of the year. Before the meeting, we are all required to complete a personality test. I LOVE these things!

I recently took the Jung Personality Test and came out with an
ISTJ personality
Introverted
Sensing
Thinking
Judging

Apparently, that means I'm superdependable, which would explain my addiction to my job and babysitting ;)

According to the test, I'd be a good dentist (ew, no), accountant (tried that), surgeon (that would be cool)...ironically, no teacher listed. LOL!!!

Just the facts...that's what I prefer to hear. Yep, that's true!

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According to the iPersonic Personality Test, I am an ISTJ too! They call it a "reliable realist"... green are the ones I agree with, yellow somewhat (or depends on the situation!) and red are ones I don't agree with at all (but my mom and friends might have a different take, haha!)

-responsible-minded
-down to earth
-precise
- reserved
-demanding
- reliable
- quiet
-serious
- do not talk a lot
- good listener
- distant to outsiders
- great deal of wit
- thoroughness
- do what is necessary
- expects a lot of self and others
-stubborn
- planning = safety, order, discipline
- do not have great deal in interest in personal contacts at work
-friend for lifetime
- small circle of friends
- careful
- organized
- trustworthy

Have you ever taken a personality test? Did it describe you correctly? I think I'll write another post on this later, because I find it really interesting!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Guess what?

I'm finally feeling better! After work yesterday I tried to go shopping for a few things Jessa and I need for Halloween at school, but I just couldn't make it though more than one store...

Today I made it through FOUR!!! And that was after TEN hours of work, too. My co-workers could tell I was feeling better, they kept joking with me. :) I found two kinds of dye for us to try on Monday-- we're making these shirts since our theme this year is jeans and a Halloween t-shirt. The shirts are in the laundry pre-washing now, the first load of laundry I've done in over a week. I plan to clean my room, bathroom, kitchen and vacuum/ clean all the floors tonight too so I can just chill all week.

I'm SO glad to be feeling better. It's about time.

I'll be back later this weekend!!

Update: Four hours later, it's 11 pm. I JUST finished- the fourth load of laundry is in the washer, I've vacuumed, taken out four bags of trash, cleaned the bathrrom and my bedroom.... I am exhausted and my neck hurts...haha. I have a pizza in the oven (whoops, never took time to eat dinner!) Now I can enjoy the weekend :D

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Fall in the country



When I went to visit my family a few weekends ago, I was reminded how pretty the area is where they live. The leaves are changing in Big City, but it's in no way the East Coast or the middle of nowhere. As I drove the back country roads to come back to BC, I pulled out my camera and carefully took a few shots. Enjoy! (I think you can click on them for the full effect, they are prettier that way, haha!)

The view from my parents' field



This is the "town" outside where my parents live. If only the electric lines weren't there, it would be so much prettier!



Outside the village




On the road to BC







Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Oink, Oink, ZZZZ


I'm down.
I'm sad.
I'm exhausted.
Money stuff is overwhelming me, and I don't have time to work with it.
My apartment is a mess because I haven't had the energy to clean.

I've slept almost 50% more than usual the last few nights. I work, then I sleep. I am so TIRED of being sick.

The signs point to swine flu, for the most part. One of my friends has mono, but she lives 8 hours away, so while I absolutely loved her possible idea that I might have mono as well, I don't think I do-- the only symptoms I have of mono are the ones that overlap with the oinky flu.

Thankfully I have a boss who is very supportive of shortening my often 10 hour workdays to lighter seven hour days. Today I skipped out on work two hours early but went in three hours ahead of schedule. I wanted to head to the park after work because we're having gorgeous fall days FINALLY, but there was no way- I just don't have the energy right now.

I am loving my co-workers though. I have one co-worker (Renee) that has been officially diagnosed with the swine flu, and she told me it was a week of being at work but also being completely exhausted before she felt better. Sleep, sleep, sleep is the only thing that works, is what's she's offered. Last Friday when I felt and looked awful, Renee said, "You have beautiful hair, though!" Today she asked how I felt and after my response of "Alright, still exhausted though!", her response was "Well, at least your hair is beautiful!". Renee is encouraging and cracks me up.

Another thing that has completely cracked me up is Cara's response to my not normal "I can sub but if I do I can't work as late as usual...". She keeps telling me the school will fall down if I leave. When I responded that I had to leave Friday after just two hours of work, she was all, "Okay, that's fine but you can NEVER quit working here." I guess that's a good sign that she likes having me around, and after this post, it made me feel good- I needed the encouragement badly. Thank you for all the kind comments (& emails!) regarding that post, by the way. Hopefully I'll feel better soon and be able to respond.

Until then, I'm signing off with an oink, oink.


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Monday, October 19, 2009

Weekend Wordle & Life



It's been a weird few days over here.

On Wednesday night of last week, I started getting a sore throat. I downed Airborne that night and the next but didn't think much of it.

On Friday, I arrived at work at my normal time, FINALLY welcomed Jessa back (she'd been out for over a week by this point) and started to feel "off". I thought I might be hungry, so I made some tea and had leftover snack muffins.

After an hour or so, my boss popped her head in and asked if I was okay. Three co-workers told me I didn't look good. I was shaky and slightly over-tired...so after two hours of work I went home.

I spent most of the afternoon sleeping and waiting for a fever to come, since that's what my co-workers had all had- but it never came. Even after sleeping a few hours that afternoon, I went to bed around 10 and slept 11 hours.

When I woke up Saturday, I felt pretty good. Tired, but sore throat was gone so I went to babysit for 13 hours. By the end, I was exhausted. I fell into bed and slept for 5 hours before getting up to cheer my friend on in a marathon (more about that later). After arriving home, I slept 4 MORE hours. By 11 last night I was asleep and just got up.

So...I'm not sure what's up. I feel "okay" and definitely not as bad as I did Friday, but I'm still really really tired! I'm falling behind in reading everyone's blogs and responding to comments because when I'm home, I'm sleeping. Hopefully I'll be up and running like normal again soon...

Everyone else feeling okay??

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Painted Apple Trees



As soon as I saw this apple tree project, I knew it was perfect for my classroom. I still need to take a picture of all the apple trees together, but here's what we ended up doing!

Ironically my school was all out of apples, so we used small tomatoes, acorns found on the playground, and orange peels to create our apple trees!


The kids, a couple at a time, each chose a piece of construction paper and then dug in. I ended up painting a tree quickly just to give the younger kids an idea of what they were making, but of course they just did whatever they wanted! ;)


One of our boys is very creative- he made apple baskets, something that hadn't even crossed my mind! All of their artwork was definitely original. :)

Adam's baskets of apples to the left

It was amazing to see the difference between the older and younger kids- even our second year kids were much more adept at making apple tree shapes than the first year ones!









Of course in some of the youngest kids' work, the trees look like blobs. That's okay!


Thursday, October 15, 2009

A Random Thought

Okay...so it might be random but it's actually not a *new* thought for me.

I've been feeling very down and worthless lately. I work hard during the day and enjoy it, but once evening comes, I'm alone with my thoughts and myself. I'm lonely. Big surprise. Relaxing at my parents' house this past weekend was wonderful, but seeing my younger sisters with their boyfriends and realizing just how close one of them is to having a ring on her finger is hard. No, it's beyond hard for me. I'm jealous of her relationship, that she's farther along in life than I am. I've always struggled with jealousy especially with this particular sister. In my mind, it has been because we are very close in age (12 months apart) and I feel like our whole lives, we've been competing for everything. I was always compared to her. She always got the better grades, she never got in trouble while I had my library books taken away or time on the stairs handed to me every time I turned around. Her room was immaculate, mine was a pigsty. She was quick to forgive and I held grudges. In college she joined a sorority and made fast friends. I went to a college my dad worked at, something I let work against me. She received many scholarships in college, made the Dean's List every semester, graduated summa cum laude (or something like that), went on a two week cruise of Greece and Italy, and then lived with my parents for 8 months before getting a job. She has minimal, if any, loans, her rent is dirt cheap, oh and she has a boyfriend. I graduated, never achieving my goal of getting on the Dean's List even once. I moved to Massachusetts soon afterwards and worked 60 hours a week as a live in nanny. My loans are up the kazoo, my money is a wreck, I've already kicked out one roommate this calendar year, and my friends all deserted me for boys and jobs and other states. I am desperate need of some serious girl time.

Yea, I realize I probably sound like a complete brat right now, and you might feel inclined to tell me to suck it up, grow up, or something of the kind. Please don't. I've heard it enough in my lifetime, and this is how I'm feeling right now. We all have our issues, and this happens to be one of mine.
 I'm just being real. 
Real is not always happy.

Anyway, onto the purpose of this post. Since last summer didn't work out nearly the way I'd planned, my thoughts have already been jumping ahead to next summer. Last school year, I gave myself until January and then started summer job searching, because I wanted to be sure I had a job. Yea, that worked out well.

Since my last two nanny jobs have been failures, I'd almost be inclined to think something's wrong with ME in that regard, except that I'm in my third year at the school and they keep asking me to come back so I must be doing something right?

Anyway...as of now, I have no plans to leave my school, which means I'll be teaching again in the fall. However, my lease is up at the end of May, three short days after the school year ends. Which leaves my summer absolutely wide open...so I'm thinking of looking into doing some summer orphanage work. I don't know where yet, but it's been on my heart for a while, keeps coming up in dreams and random thoughts...so I decided that I'll start doing some research and see where it leads. I'll keep you updated. 

And that's where I'm at tonight. Deep thoughts, eh? Sorry.



Wednesday, October 14, 2009

I might possibly rock

About a month ago, when I returned from my cross-country venture my roommate informed me that the dryer was broken. It would turn on but not produce any heat.

With the start of the new school year, fixing the dryer wasn't high on my to-do list. I washed my clothes, thankful that the washer was working and hung my clothes to dry in the bathroom- not really a big deal in my book but once my roommate began huffing highly and carrying her laundry out the door, I thought it might be a good idea to fix once I had the money.

When my sisters, came for a visit, they brought along this handy dandy piece of machinery my dad owns. It's some kind of testing tool...I don't know. I had my dad on speaker phone while he walked me through the testing process.


Amazingly, I survived, certain pieces buzzed while others didn't, affirming my father's my suspicion that was, indeed the heating element  which was defective.


I put off ordering the piece for a good three weeks- partly because I didn't have the money, partly because I was scared to attempt to fix the piece, and partly because I'm just plain lazy.

However, this morning I walked into work and heard "You have a package!"

Whoops! I'd forgotten to inform my boss that a dryer piece would be arriving at her school (not that she minds at all, but she and most of the ladies at work who heard of my crazy scheme to fix a dryer thought I was absolutely nuts).

I drove as slowly as possible to avoid beginning this adventure. I rushed home from work, oh SO eager to fix this appliance.



Looks intimidating, eh? Let me tell you from experience, since I spent about 40 5 minutes trying to figure out how to remove said heating element: See those two screw-things on the bottom of the big green thing? THAT is what you need to take out. Don't try to remove screws from actual heating element because you'll just be wasting time. Ahem. Not like I have any idea why you'd try that anyway.

Anyway, after I figured out the RIGHT way to remove the piece, it was all relatively easy. The new piece slid in and...then I thought,

"Oh. I have to put the dryer back together. Crap."

I probably spent about 5x more time re-assembling the dryer as normal people would, but it is back together now. I put a wet towel in the dryer (after plugging it back in, duh) and it WORKED!!!!!!

Yes, I'm doing a little victory dance.

At least until the dryer starts sparking or something because I assembled it incorrectly...

Kidisms Galore


With all of the subbing I did last week, I had the opportunity to get to know a few more kiddos in my school. Gosh...they are so precious! See for yourselves-- most of these are between three and five years of age.

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Me: Ellie, what is your baby sister's name?
Ellie: Lindy, but I think my parents didn't pick a good name.
Me: Why is that?
Ellie: You're the best teacher. Lindy should be Miss S****

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Karden: What are the teachers being for Halloween?
Me: I'm not sure yet- some of the teachers suggested pajamas.
Karden: (giggling): It's a good thing my mom isn't a teacher!
Me: Why?
Karden: Because her pajamas are just her underwear!!!!!

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Max (one of our harder kinders): Do you know what my name is?
Me: Yes, your name is Max. (I've only had him for three years, sheesh!)
Max: Nope! It's Max-A-MILLION! Ha! I'm worth a million!

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Me (during roll call at lunch): Matthew...
Dylan: Ice cube?! Did you say ice cube?!
Matthew: My name's not ice cube! It's Matthew!

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Libby: Max is my boyfriend but I haven't kissed him yet- we're getting married. After we kiss, we'll get married.

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Adam: What does my pin say?
Me: Bon appetite!
Adam: Bon appetite means 'EAT FASTER'!!!!!

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Me: Adam, you are funny!
Adam: Why?
Me: I don't know, that's how you were made.
Adam: I am NOT made of funny!!!!

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AJ: Where does your mom live?
Me: Three hours away
AJ: Where do you live?
Me: Ten minutes away
AJ: So you don't live with your mom?
Me: No
AJ: Or your dad?
Me: Nope
AJ: So you live alone?
Me: Yes (At the time, I did..lol)
AJ: So, when are you going to get a baby?
(WHA??!?!)