This I “borrowed” from Amy. 🙂

20 Years Ago (1988):
1) I was 14 years old.
2) I ran cross country for the first time. I finished dead last at the state cross country meet.
3) I was the Student Council Secretary. I was elected on my birthday.
4) I started my sophomore year at Cotopaxi HS.
5) My three cousins who I lived with had graduated from high school and gone away so things were very lonely.
6) My first day of school outfit was a dress with a solid black top half and a blue plaid bubble skirt bottom half under a white jean jacket. Sah-weet.

10 Years Ago (1998):
1) Megan turned one.
2) I coached three sports.
3) I had been married for four years.
4) Living in small town northern New Mexico was getting old quickly.
5) My car was a Toyota Camry.
6) I was teaching high school for the first time.

5 Years Ago (2003):
1) I’d been tramping around for too long.
2) Jesse and I began to officially date.
3) We celebrated by him officially knocking me up.
4) My sister and I took the girls to Disneyland for four days and that was one of my top three vacations ever.
5) I was in my second year of grad school.
6) I finally said farewell to the biggest asshole I’d ever wasted my time with.

3 Years Ago (2005):
1) Second year at Fossil!
2) Ryan turned one.
3) We moved twice in six months. Ick.
4) Jesse started his teacher education program. Yay!
5) I technically joined theknot, even though I never posted on a board until 2006.

1 Year Ago (2007):
1) I was probably at a volleyball game.
2) In December, I bit the bullet and put a huge deposit down on our Mexico vacation.
3) We thought we’d be trying to knock me up again soon.
4) My AP students were kicking ass all over the place.
5) I cooked my first full Thanksgiving dinner. My aunt was not pleased that we didn’t come home. Bummer.

So Far this Year:
1) We had an awesome vacay with the girls and family in the Outer Banks.
2) We had an even BETTER vacay with each other in Mexico.
3) I started a second master’s degree, making me the most overeducated teacher in my school.
4) Ryan turned 4. Megan turned 11. I officially felt old.
5) We decided to NOT try to knock me up for another year.

Yesterday:
1) I thought about grading papers.
2) I felt like I made the correct administrative decision.
3) One of what I thought was my brilliant ideas was shot completely down.
4) I stuffed my face at dinner until my stomach hurt and then felt guilty.
5) I wondered if teenagers are truly getting dumber.

Today:
1) I decided there’s nothing I can do to change others – I can only change my outlook.
2) After panicking because I wasn’t prepared for my lesson, planned another in about 5 minutes that kicked ASS.
3) I let Ryan watch a dvd because I just didn’t want to play anymore.

In the next year:
1) I’ll finish my licensure
2) I’ll be an administrator. And it would not be the end of the world if it was not at my current school.
3) Ryan will start kindergarten and Megan will start middle school.
4) We will finish the basement
5) Our travel plans include a surprise kick-ass trip for Jesse’s birthday, Disneyworld with the student council kids, and a celebratory something when I get an admin job.

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This pretty much sums it up for me

It’s already Sunday night?

So I have to go back to school tomorrow?  Really?  *sigh*  At least I’m off Friday.  Let me rephrase – I’m taking Friday off because our daycare is closed.  Four day weeks are lovely.

First, let me say, THE CHIEFS BEAT THE BRONCOS TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  This is a BIG BIG BIG BIG DEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It was a good weekend.  I went to Denver yesterday and had the BEST BURGER EVER at Elway’s in Cherry Creek with my dear friend Kerry.  Seriously so good.  Then we had wonderful pedicures and I had a last minute eyebrow wax.  My LORD did I need that!  I had almost forgotten that I had eyelids.  I looked like Brooke Shields, circa 1978.  Not so good.  I wanted to do some shopping at Cherry Creek Mall, but I resisted the temptation.  Do you understand how difficult this was?  I drove past it TWICE and didn’t stop.

Today, Ryan and I went out for an afternoon of girl time – shopping!  She wanted to ride in her stroller.  I really should have said no; I mean, she’s the size of a kindergarten kid riding around in a stroller?!?!?  But it’s just so much easier to not have to hold on to her, to worry about her messing with things, the stroller gives me a great place to stash the stuff I buy…people were giving us some odd looks though, so it might be time to let the stroller go.  I managed to find some really good deals on clothes and shoes for the girls and some pants for Jesse and as usual, came home with nothing for me.  I’ll have to remind myself of my reluctance tomorrow when I’m trying to figure out what to wear and can’t find anything.  Damnitall, I should have bought that really cute orange sweater.  I did, however, visit the Yankee Candle store and pick up two of my favorite fall scents – Autumn Wreath and Frosted Pumpkin.  This house smells so good right now.  It’s making me hungry though.  Maybe it’s time for a cupcake?

OH!  I also purchased the plane tickets, made the hotel reservations and planned one of the major activities for the surprise trip I’m taking Jesse on for his 30th birthday.  I cannot for obvious reasons post all aspects of the trip here, but I hope he will love it.  I’m looking forward to four kid-free days already.  Okay, off to finish another fabulous weekend activity – laundry.  I keep meaning to do laundry during the week so I don’t have to waste weekend time, but then it seems like things are just off in the clothing department.  And yes, I realize this doesn’t make any sense at all.  Happy Sunday evening!

Wheeeeeeeeeeeee!

Here are the family pics…a huge shout out to Susan Pacek, our photographer for the past three years.  She’s done our family pics, our engagement pics, our wedding, my trash the dress, my cousin’s senior pictures…I’m sure you can tell we love her!

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I’d LOVE to know what your favorites are!

Tonight in my mailbox

I really love getting the mail.  I’m sort of addicted to it.  Even if we are coming home at an ungodly hour, I will stop for the mail.  I always got the mail in high school, I’ve always picked up the mail as an adult…it’s odd.  I really can’t explain it.  I guess it’s because there are so many possibilities!  And days like today!

After working until 9 tonight at a volleyball game, I stopped at the mailbox.  Slid my key into #2, opened slowly…slid my hand inside to find….a package!  Whee!  And a card!  A personal one – not just junk mail!  Opened them both to find OUR FAMILY PICS FROM SUSAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  and a really nice card and note and bookmark from my nestie secret angel congratulating me on Homecoming!  What a night!

I’m uploading my pics as we speak…I will have a link tomorrow.  Or maybe tonight.  🙂

And by the way?  I can’t BELIEVE  how hard it is to get a smiling picture of Ryan.  When she’s an old lady she will think she only EVER made funny faces.  They are distinctively Ryan, however.  And Megan?  Still a stunning little model.  From whom did these beautiful children come?

And now I’m pissed

because i just spent time completely rewriting TWICE this long venting post and it won’t save and it won’t publish. 

I hate school today.

I’m a little bummed

about a few things…that I’m still behind in my grading, that I was back at school today, there are still no sneak peeks on susan’s site of the family shoot, that my blog doesn’t seem to generate any interest at. all. as evidenced by the severe lack of comments – not discounting keri, deanne and leah, of course. 🙂  I’m pretty aware that my life isn’t that exciting – I’m not posting pictures, and I’m not pregnant – but it’s still sort of a shot to the ego.  To be fair, I probably need one.

Today was a good day.  I finished a response letter to a kid who wrote an article in the school paper totally slamming student council.  I think it was good; I tried to be nice, but I was catty in a way only the teachers will understand.  I TOTALLY screwed up part of my Macbeth lesson.  I just haven’t had the time to reread it before today.  Oops.  I could feel my face just get redder by the second when I realized what I’d done.  I ‘fessed up and clarified, but still.  I’m supposed to be brilliant!  The best part of today was going to Student Council with nothing screaming to be done RIGHT THIS SECOND!!!  It was probably the first day since school started.  Soooooo nice.

The afternoon picked up in the stress department though, when I realized I hadn’t done a DAMN thing to prepare for a meeting I’m running tomorrow.  Teaching kids is hard.  Teaching teachers is brutal.  So I spent an hour or so planning and have read another 30 minutes tonight.  Our school is moving from a 10-12 grade school to a 9-12 grade school next year, so it’s bound to get crazy.  I’m in charge of the Academic portion, which is a bit daunting.  This is what my master’s degree is in, so I think I can handle it.  The good news is that all of my reading says that the key to success is having an administrator who is only responsible for 9th graders.  This sounds promising.  I hate 9th graders, simply on principle, but it does provide a pretty easy focus for preparing to apply for an assistant principal job next year.  There will be that position, and the activities director AP job open as well (will soon be filled by an interim).  I’m trying not to think too far ahead, but every day I learn something new that makes me believe this is a change I need to at least try.

Tonight Ryan and I went grocery shopping, which was nice, since usually Jesse does.  I love to do the shopping, just not the cooking.  Then we came home and made a pumpkin cake.  Which is clearly just what we all need at this point.  At least Jesse had a softball game tonight.  I *may* have walked an extra set of stairs today, so maybe I deserve a sweet little treat.