Monday, March 25, 2013


It's official. My coursework for my graduate program is completely done. I submitted everything last Thursday and today received grades for both final projects. I'm pleased with how it all turned out. However, I feel rather strange. It's almost surreal. I'm not totally done with everything because I still have to take my comprehensive exams in May so there is about 6 more weeks of this hoop jumping. I'm really nervous about getting those started, but I'm giving myself the entire spring break off from all things work and school. Still though, it feels weird today.

Yesterday I ran 12 miles. That was a pretty good start to spring break. I was really sore last night, but feel good today. I think I'm going to be ready for the Corvallis half which is just 3 weeks away. That time went by so fast, but then again, the past 12 weeks have been a blur of a life I was not in control of. It feels good to be holding the steering wheel again.

Today I should start my house projects. This poor dwelling has been painfully neglected for the last 3 months. We decided to go to the coast for a few days with my sister at the end of the week so I don't have as much time to drag my chores out like I usually do over a school break. I'm sure I'll feel much better when it is all done.

I guess I'll start with taking a shower. After all, it is after noon. Yikes.

Happy Spring Break!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Move over Rudolph

Want to sweep your wife off her feet after nearly 24 years of marriage boys? Call her skinny. I haven't heard that word in since high school. The self esteem booster is insane.

I'm flying higher than Rudolph when Clarice called him cute.  Bring on the day.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

10 Good Things!

I've been so negative lately I've decided to take a brief reprieve from my school work to make a list of the great thing in my life right now.

1. Spring term ends in 4 days. They will be 4 insane, mad rush days but then it is OVER!

2. Family-My in-laws are here to visit. I was stressed about it, but it's really nice!

3. 6! Size 6 that is. As in two new skirts I picked up today are size 6. Woohoo!

4.  27- As in the waist size of my new jeans I found at the second hand store. They are my favorite brand ever "Paige" which I can't possibly afford new, but there they were and they fit.  $35 for $172 jeans. Boom goes the dynamite! Perhaps this stress has been good for my clothing size!

5. The 5th grade writing assessment is DONE and turned in to the principal. Back to teaching again!

6. Did I mention Spring Term ends on Wednesday???

7. Annie. She makes me smile every day!

8. Spring- It starts this week and I can't wait. Track season and more family time!

9.  Art- Gale is almost done with the "Rogue" print and I am beyond excited. I can't wait to have that boy back in our house again in beautiful form.

10. Spirit Week starts this week. I love dressing up with the kids. So fun!

OK, Technically that was only 9 but the fact that Spring Term ends on Wednesday counts for like 1 million good things.

Until Wednesday I'm out.  See you on the other side!

Monday, March 4, 2013

I get by with a little help...

The rumors are true. I've been a terrible blogger for quite a while now. Approximately 8 weeks to be exact, going on nine. The good news is, the light has been turned back on at the end of my tunnel. Well, the end of this term's tunnel that is. There still is the whole comprehensive exams light which will be out of commission until at least May. 

I'm not going to sugar coat it either. It's been hell so far. I'm cranky, I'm grouchy and I'm even kind of mean. Nothing pretty here at all. Which is why things like this....

surprise the heck out of me when I get home from work.  At first I thought the Easter bunny was lost and had already hopped through my neighborhood. Nope, my bad, it was in fact a Triple Bunnie that did it. Melinda hopped her way over and left a care package at my door to greet me before I jumped right from the life of teacher to the life of student. A sweet gesture both literally and figuratively. Run Club (don't ask...first rule of Run Club is..don't talk about Run Club) has become my lifeline over the past 9 weeks.

As if one lovely gesture isn't enough for one week, last night as I was spending yet another Sunday on the sofa with my online class I got a text from my trainer/friend that she wondered if her husband could drop something off for me. A month ago on my birthday she said she had found the perfect gift for me and it was on it's way. Well, delivered by hand (how cool is that) right to the same door step was this.....
I am in love with this T-shirt. Seriously! Ever since she started training me I have joked that she gives me "dinosaur arms." When I used to teach 3rd grade PE I always threatened that after our workouts I'd make the kids play T-Rex dodge ball. It sort of stuck and she has been sending me wonderful T-Rex cartoons whenever she comes across them. This shirt is the PERFECT b-day gift for me and I love it.

Finally, I owe the fact that I haven't flunked out this term almost entirely to my amazing husband. Just when I'm about in tears trying to decipher a programing assignment, he says "I know how to do that, we can do it no problem."  Not only does he help me with my work, but he also cooks and picks up the slack around the house. Seriously, I'm a lucky girl. And as if that was not enough.....

He brings me home a bottle of one of my favorites just because I was working on homework and couldn't join him at the tasting.

This posting doesn't even touch on the meals cooked for me by my sister and the constant support of my teaching partner this term. I consider myself to be one lucky girl.

Thanks everyone. I promise to be back to my old self just as soon as possible.