Monday, November 29, 2010

December around the corner

Oh my gosh. I have no motivation to do anything. I have two teensy assignments left until I'm done with my master's degree, and I'm trying to figure out how to squeeze them into tomorrow so I don't have to do them tonight...

Today was a fun day. It's nice to have the kids working on exam review guides because they're quiet and I can see that they're concentrating. I also like to see them working because I can tell how much they really learned over the course of the year. I hope that they do as well as I think they will.

In other news, weight watchers changes their points system. I don't get it. I'm going to my meeting on Thursday, so I'm hoping that it becomes a very long meeting and that she explains everything. Somehow fruits are all 0 points now and I get 29 points in a day instead of 24 and 49 points for the week instead of 36? I don't understand...I guess I should try counting points again instead of eating whatever I want and wishing for a loss on the scale (although I'm getting really good at wishing, apparently...)

At school today, after lunch, I was walking to my classroom for study hall and the guidance counselor told me the kids weren't ready for me to come in yet. I was like, "Sorry, what?" He said they were setting everything up and weren't done yet...I had no idea what was going on. But, they surprised me and bought me a little tree, lights, garland, a star topper, and ornaments. They all signed the ornaments and then got me a big 'W' for and reminded me that they are the best G block ever. Isn't it cute?
After going to the dentist, I came home and cooked a recipe I found here. It was delish. My favorite part was the toasted Panko breadcrumbs.

It was prettier once the pasta was mixed in with the panko and basil on top, but I didn't get a picture. But still, two pics in one day? Pretty good I would say...granted they were both with my iPhone...

I'm almost to Star Stylist with Stella & Dot. I'm so excited! Tomorrow I'm going to help a girl at a party, and that should put me over the edge. I'll definitely hit my goal that I set for myself if I hit Star Stylist this month! I think I'll do a giveaway if I hit it... :)


Sunday, November 28, 2010

A few random thoughts...

...I listen to my car GPS even when I know it's wrong. Why do I do this? Do other people do this? I will know a major route I should take and only really turn it on to get the side streets correct, but when it tells me to take a different major road to get somewhere, I second guess myself. (I also secretly sometimes wonder if it gets annoyed when I go out of the way on purpose on the way to my final destination and it keeps having to tell me to "make a U Turn if possible".)

...I keep things in recipes even if I don't like the ingredient because I think maybe it will mess up the recipe or taste different than what I remember. For example, cilantro. I hate cilantro (I've heard it's genetic? Not sure...). But, when I see a bunch of cilantro on the ingredient list, I add it to my shopping list and cut it right up and into the recipe. Yesterday was quite frankly one of the first days that I put my foot down and just left cilantro out. I feel that this is strange. I have to get nerve up to leave something out of a recipe?

...There is no way that I could not have a job. I would be bored out of my mind. I tell Tim this, and he just says that he would pick up some hobbies. I think I could pick up about 12 new hobbies and still be bored if I didn't have something that was my main interest. Although I only think this when I've been off school a little while. When school is in session and really busy, I'm as ready as the next girl to throw in the towel and enjoy living the good life.

...I worry about EVERYTHING. It's debilitating. If there is nothing for me to worry about, I think really hard about everything going on and find something to worry about. It's quite terrible. I feel bad for all the people around me because basically I just have to tell them 17 times until they have each told me that it will be fine. How do I make myself stop worrying? What do you do when you're worrying about something unnecessary?

...I could live forever on sushi and Mexican food. Without any doubt or hesitation whatsoever. If I had to pick one food where the calories didn't count it would be chips and guacamole. I might even be able to live on that for a good year without getting tired of it.

...I'm so happy right now. I don't know why. Things are just going so well. I love everything going on in my life and everyone in my life. I hope that things are the same for you all as well.

I promise I'll start taking more pictures to add and will update later on the Junior League event.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Thanksgiving and renewed interests

Oh my gosh! My break from school has been AMAZING! I feel completely and totally rejuvenated and remember that I have an interest in life aside from working and learning. It's been so wonderful. Here have been my last few days...

On Tuesday night, my boyfriend and I went to go see Harry Potter and eat popcorn and drink a huge soda. The movie was good, and while I'm not a movie person, it was nice to sit there for 2 and a half hours and know that there was nothing pressing coming up! Ah!

On Wednesday, we both had the day off. I went to the grocery store and bought everything that I needed to make my Thanksgiving foods, and we sat around and watched tv (I swear I thought we did something else, but I can't remember now and neither can he...)

Thanksgiving day we went to his aunt and uncle's house. I decided not to go home this year because my parents were staying in Chattanooga only long enough to say hello before heading down to Tuscaloosa for the Alabama/Auburn game. It was lovely. I cooked literally all day until we had to go, and I only made three things. I made a pecan pie from scratch using this recipe for the crust and this recipe for the filling. I didn't eat any because I don't like pecan pie; I only made it for Tim. I also made sweet potato casserole, which has always been my favorite thing; I used my Grandma's recipe, which is my FAVORITE! I made a HUGE casserole and it's all gone. And then I made Ambrosia, which is a marshmallow and fruit salad. I guess everything I made was very southern, but so am I. We had fun. The family was great and it was nice to share with someone else's family since I couldn't be with mine. Here is a picture of my pie:





I was pleased with everything.

Yesterday I started thinking seriously about Christmas shopping. I can't post what I bought for people because they read it, but I'm done shopping for my sister and almost done shopping for my mom. For my dad, we have no idea! What are you getting your dad? Also, my boyfriend is asking for clothes. I feel like that's so boring. Should I get him what he wants even though it will be boring? What are you getting for your boyfriends?

I don't subscribe to this whole Black Friday thing. I don't get it. Are the deals REALLY that much better? I went to LOFT and they were doing 40% off but wouldn't take my teacher's discount. Guess what they were doing today? 40% off but they would take my teacher's discount. Don't get it. Anywho, on the way home I started thinking about where I could start pottery classes again. I love throwing pottery and did it here in Tampa last year before the place I took got hit by a car and was declared structurally unsound. Since I'm finishing my masters, I will have time to do it again.

The worst part of yesterday was Cam Newton. I won't go into more details so as not to get mad again.

Today I finished the shopping, did a lot of laundry, and found a new way to organize online recipes. I'm using del.i.cious. If you haven't used it, it seems to work pretty well and let you develop a little online cookbook. I found four recipes to make this week and made myself a batch of Paula's white-bean chili (I say myself because Tim doesn't like it and doesn't ever want it for dinner). I put it in little tupperwares and put 2 in the fridge and 3 in the freezer and will have that this week for lunches. Then I made Huevos Rancheros for dinner. Tim loves it, but I really don't like the recipe that much...I also go the stuff to make two more recipes that I got from another blog. I'm excited to have time to cook again too!

Tomorrow I'm going to Nordstroms for a Junior League event. I need to start taking more pictures since I'll be posting more regularly again. I'm excited...I could win all my purchases for free. Oh, the power of positive thinking.

Let me know what you're thinking about getting the men in your life for Christmas...I'm desperately looking for ideas.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

When I was a little girl...

I had a little fisher price table at which I did all my crafts...

I hated dolls and one time tried to convince my sister to have a Barbie yard sale to get rid of hers...
I loved Jelly Shoes and couldn't stand the day my mom took me to K-Mart and told me this was my last pair...




I cooked in the kitchen and pretended like I was filming a TV show (this was before Food Network BTW)



I had candy cigarettes and drank root beer and worried/loved that someone might think it was the real thing...

I forced my sister to "play school" with me promising if I was the teacher first, she could be second. Then I quit when I was done being the teacher.


 What are some funny things you remember from your childhood?

(BTW, I'm back to the world of blogging because I turned in my comprehensive exams and will be graduating from my master's degree program December 11th as long as I pass!)


Funny post borrowed.

I was reading this blog and found this list. It's hilarious and so true. There are pretty much less than 3 that I haven't thought at some point.
 
ADULT TRUTHS
 
1. I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blu Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.

13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.

14. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

15. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

16. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.

17. I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option.

18. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

19. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?

20. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!

21. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

22. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch three consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

23. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey – but I'd bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from three feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Nerves...

So, I went to the doctor again yesterday to get the sonogram (btw, a sonogram isn't that bad...I had the one where they went inside of you and was really nervous but it wasn't bad). They found four fibroids. One was apparently teensy, but one was apparently quite large. The big one was 8 cm in diameter. I literally have a small child in there. It's freaking me out a little bit. However, I don't have any of the symptoms people have them they bother you, besides having to pee all the time. So, apparently the doctor will call today or tomorrow (I love how doctors have no real priorities when it comes to patients) as he wasn't in the office at the time that this thing was done. The sonogram lady said that he would give me options. That makes me nervous...I'm just quite nervous about a lot of stuff surrounding this whole thing...I'm just going to wait on the call as I don't know what else to do. Reading on the internet is quite useless, as there are all sorts of suggestions, ideas, and avoidances.

In other news, Weight Watchers is coming to my school today. It's so exciting! We're starting the Weight Watchers at work program. I'm thrilled. I don't know how much easier it could be for me to lose weight. They're freaking bringing me a program that I have been successful with in the past. There are 18 of us doing it, so hopefully we'll have support and it will encourage us to stick with it. I also paid $204 upfront, so I feel like that's enough of a financial commitment to stick with it...

Today at school is an easy day. We have community service so my 7th graders aren't in class and my 6th graders are taking a test. I needed this today...I had a long night last night...


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Hello again, it's me.

Hello again, blog world. It's me.

Today was just an okay day. Yesterday I went to the gynecologist and he said, "has anyone ever told you you have a larger than normal uterus?" At first my mind when to some bizarre place and I wondered if that was a gynecologist compliment. Apparently not. Apparently it means that I might have uterine fibroids. Apparently they are non-cancerous tumors that grow in your uterus. I started reading about them and it seems that it will be okay if that's what it is. It just makes me nervous because doctors are never that helpful. They pat you on the back, hand you a pamphlet and tell you to schedule an appointment for soon for a sonogram...It's strange to me. So last night I spent a lot of time reading online about these things and it seems that for the most part it's just a watch and wait kind of thing. I hope I'm still allowed to be nervous...because I am.

Today at school the kids were great and everyone was wonderful, I just kept thinking about this appointment that I have tomorrow. I got a phone call from someone who bought jewelry who wanted to make a return, and I had someone cancel their party for Thursday. It just made me frustrated about Stella & Dot; I find that the highs are so high, but the lows are very low as well.

Sometimes I think I just have too much going on. I need to slow down and have fun and stop working so much. I have so much time. I need time to sit at home and do nothing or go out with friends or not have to worry when I'm not doing anything because I feel like I should be doing something...that's the worst.

I'm ho-hum today. I hope the doctor's appointment tomorrow goes better than well and makes everything okay. Say a little prayer. Thanks.

Monday, November 1, 2010

November 1st

My parents were in town this past weekend, and we had so much fun. I miss having my parents around, even though I do talk to my mom once or twice a day. I would love to live closer to them so that I could see them more often, but for now I'll settle with seeing them as much as I can.

On Thursday night they came over and we watched football and sat around and just chit chatted for a little bit.

On Friday, we met Tim for dinner at Vallarta's Mexican Restaurant and then ate Coldstone Ice Cream. I absolutely love Mexican food and could literally eat it everyday for the rest of my life and never grow tired of it. There isn't a single thing on a menu for Mexican that I wouldn't eat. With ice cream, I could take it or leave it.

Saturday was the best day. We watched football all day long. Mom and dad brought bagels and we ate them while we enjoyed all of the good games on road block Saturday. It was great! Now if only Auburn would lose some game coming up so that I didn't have to hear about Cam Newton anymore.

On Sunday, I went shopping with my mom and Tim to pick out new clothes and a birthday present from my parents. My birthday was October 2nd, but I have trouble deciding on things, so I've waited until now to decide. I got this purse from Kate Spade (it's eggplant, not brown or black):


Then, I went to LOFT and J.Crew and exercised my teacher discount to get some clothes. I love all the sparkles and sequins in the Fall and Winter clothes, and I got a few things to ensure that I was able to partake in this fun trend:



I love that so many stores do teacher discounts. Also, though, I would highly recommend not shopping at all unless you are able to get at least 20-25% off your order or purchase in some way. All stores are doing so much to reel in holiday shoppers right now it's ridiculous. Coupons and email offers and shopping specials abound.


I swear I do save money, but I also got a few fun things at Anthropologie.com because I had a 15% coupon code for my October birthday:


I would say that I have done pretty well. October was a wonderful month for me. So many exciting things happened. I love my students at school; they threw me a birthday party complete with a huge banner, party hate, cake, cupcakes, etc. My parents came to visit. Weight Watchers started up at my school so I now have literally no excuse not to go. I got running shoes and started running (though I also stopped running in the month too, but I will start again soon). I got really pumped about Stella & Dot and built my business up quite a bit and have a strong November and December to look forward to!

I have a jewelry party this Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and really want to make Star Stylist this month. I really should be able to do it with the way my team is going and the hard work that I'm putting in.

I'm finishing my master's degree this semester and will graduate in December, so that's something else to look forward to. It's just such a busy time that sometimes I get so overwhelmed with work that I can't really see straight and get panicky about everything.

I have a few goals for November and December:
1. Stay calm and collected and not let my nerves and feelings run me.
2. Lose 12 pounds by December 31st (1.5 pounds per week).
3. Make $4,000 with Stella & Dot.
4. Finish my Master's Degree with above a 3.9 GPA.
5. Have my student's earn an 85% average on their December finals.