Friday, November 20, 2015

A Lazy List on a Friday

I'm taking the lazy way out of blogging tonight... I found this list- a little week in review, and I'm running with it.
The temperature is changing, and I cannot.get.warm. It is way too early in the season for me to be constantly cold... yet here I am. 
The highlight of my week was Olive Garden and foot rubs and a puppy snoring on my lap and talking until I couldn't keep my eyes open for anything. And finally figuring out where he and I stand. 
The low point of my week was Monday night. Epic anxiety meltdown. Crying myself to sleep. Waking up in the middle of the night in a complete panic. Being moody and grumpy and completely irrational. 
My favorite photo I took was not one I could share here. I took a picture of this guy and his human, and it was pretty damn cute. I also took one of Reckless and I, not to mention countless classroom pictures I can't show for privacy reasons. 

This week’s workouts were skating Tuesday and Thursday, and the gym with my derby wife this evening. I can barely move my arms to type this.
The best money I spent was on a tunic and fall plaid and some new shoes- all at Old Navy. I'm redefining my fall style, which means getting all new pieces. And I love the look of a tunic. 
My plans this weekend include hopping in the car first thing tomorrow morning with my dog and music and heading west to Lubbock. Skipping practice because it will be frigid, and this girl needs some sleep. 
Happy Thanksgiving, y'all.

Friday, November 13, 2015

30 days of gratitude

So, I had originally planned on blogging through 30 days of gratitude.
At the very least, I was going to put it on Insta (and probably FB) every day to I share what I'm grateful for.

But things are different this year.
Very different.

I've still been keeping up with the 30 days project, but only ending up sharing every third day or so on the social medias.

The difference this year?
So many more people are popping up in my Gratitude Project, and for privacy reasons, I'm not sharing them.  Lots of texts too.

This year, I have so.many.more people in my life that I cannot even decide on just one thankful thing for each day. This project is making me feel incredibly grateful, even when I'm not in the best place or in the best mood.

So far, here's my list of 30 days... most of it not in pictures to share on Social Media.
Nov 1: Texts showing people care
Nov 2: Texts from two very special people. And Blue Bell
Nov 3: Dinner with two special people. And tacos.
Nov 4: My kids huddled together at our outdoor school
Nov 5: Our school program
Nov 6: Fajita night with derby wives and sangria
Nov 7: Lazy Saturday mornings and clean carpets
Nov 8: Babies and naps and WFTDA championships
Nov 9: Quiet moments of work and play
Nov 10: The ways my kids love me
Nov 11: Long phone calls with BFFs
Nov 12: My adopt an athletes and how they love my kids
Nov 13: turkeys on bulletin boards

This project, though only halfway done, has shown me just how much fuller a life I'm leading this year than last.


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Ten on the Tenth

Yesterday was the tenth, and I remembered that it was the tenth, so I was able to take Ten on the Tenth pictures. 

I actually took Fifteen on the Tenth pictures, because I'm sitting on babies, and I tend to document more when I'm away from home. 

So, here's my day in pictures...
gifts from littles
my classroom runs on caffeine
recess duty on a beautiful day
After school plans and my favorite cup
my backpack is falling apart
not a bad view
dinner at pie five- meh
my teenager found this for me...
a little leg warmer
Next blog topic: trying to figure out this whole "space" friend thing... and what it's doing to me...

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Sunday Surfing v. 7

I'm about two weeks behind, so this list is going to be forever long.
You've been warned.

First and Foremost: THIS.
I love Neil Gaiman and his writing, and his quote was my new year's inspiration and I firmly believe in him and magic. But this story by his wife? Swoon.

The Thoughtful...
*It's more about cupcakes than you think.
So. much. truth.

*VSCO Cam Tips
How can I memorize all of these?

*The Life-Changing Magic of Intentional Ignorance
I have applied this in some areas of my life and it is indeed life-changing.

The Mindless...
* Harry Potter Coloring Book.
Must. have. this.

*The kitchen style for your Meyers-Briggs type.
Truer than I anticipated... I love the Scandinavian Style.

* Pretty Words
I need to study this one too as I'm about to start some seasonal crafting...

* This sign.
I tried to make it, but couldn't find the mustard balls. (balls... hee hee...)

And The Funny...
* Tweeting Awkward Moments.
I L'd. OL.

* Learning Centers for Teachers.
I would throw elbows to go to station 4.

* Made-up words that describe every day life.
See: dogologue, floordrobe, laundrut

And THIS....
This is my jam right now, especially with all of this weather...

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Joshua Judges her Ruth-lessly

Things with the boy{space}friend are not what I'd like right now.
This {space}friend thing is HARD, and I'm not really experienced at it, and it's just hard to figure out.

But that's not what this is about.

While I was wondering about analyzing something from the b{s}f, I got a message over my group app.

In the middle of a torrential downpour, complete with tornado warning, a derby sister told me a secret- one that is life-changing and hit her like a ton of bricks.

She apologized profusely for "bothering" me.
She said she didn't have anyone to talk to.
She said everyone else she knew would judge her.

After checking to make sure she wasn't going to hurt herself, I did the best I could to give her advice, despite the fact that I have exactly zero experience in this general area.

The thing that struck me was this: she wasn't bothering me at all- I had messaged her just two days before thanking her for cheering me up when I was having a crappy night.

And despite what she thought in the middle of this trauma, she did have lots of others to talk to, and absolutely none of them would have judged her.

But she picked me. And I'm honored.

For all intents and purposes, I never know if I'm doing anything right. It's the nature of teaching (much like motherhood- I ask myself- am I screwing up my children?), and it's the nature of everything else in my life.

Am I doing the right thing with the b{s}f?
Am I doing the right thing with derby (the answer is always no- I could be doing more to get myself better prepared)?
Am I doing the right thing by my family and friends?

But for once, I think I'm getting the message that at least, in one little relationship, I'm doing the right thing- being the right person.

The thing is- everyone is judgmental. You say you're not judgmental? Let's you and I go to Walmart at 9pm on a school night and then we'll revisit this topic, mkay? And I will be the first to admit that I'm judgmental. But here's the kicker:

I can't let my judgment of you affect how I treat you. That's my endgame. No matter what I think of you, I cannot let my feelings affect how I treat you, because that's not what Jesus would want. And in this situation- honestly I wouldn't/don't judge her because I don't know how I would act or what I would do... I'm just as confused as she is right now.

But I feel like when she reached out to me it was my little reminder that, above all else, I must be doing something a little bit right.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

#Thankful Day One: Text me when you get home safe

I'm doing 30 days of thankful with Cathy Zieslke.

I did it last year, and loved every second of it. This year, I'm kicking it up a notch.

As I was driving home from the middle of nowhere last night after a Halloween party, I was thinking about trying to remember to text the two different people who wanted to know I made it home safely. I was thinking about how it is a simple little thing we all say from time to time, but what it really means is "I care about you and want you to be safe."

And I thought that was the sweetest thing.

So I made that my #gratitude for the day.

(Don't know if I'll get every day blogged, but I'm trying).

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Halloween Surfing

A few things that I am finding hilarious this All Hallow's Eve:

16 Things Every Teacher Says at Halloween
They left off "STOP HOWLING" which I had to say yesterday.

Guide to Candy Trading.
This is freaking brilliant.

How to identify suspicious candy
I watched this repeatedly.

And, of course...
Church Costumes For the "Fall Festival"


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