Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Confused much??

I thought I'd show a picture of my Christmas Cactus. It's blooming. In case you were confused, it's May. Apparently it is now the anniversary cactus (8 years today!). Sorry for the picture quality, I had little light to deal with.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Some flowers and a story.

I was out checking out the weed progression in the front of our house, and found some forget-me-nots growing. (Ok. I think they are. They look like them. Therefore, in my world, they are!) I really like these flowers. Probably why I collect vintage postcards with them. I took a picture and thought I'd share.

I also was able to cut some of our irises. Some of you know that irises are my favorite flower. I don't know why, they just are. I really like blue irises (hence why they were the chosen flower of our wedding 8 years ago tomorrow). The ones in our yard tend to be purple or another color. The other color ones are still buds, but I'm sure they'll be blooming soon. I cut a few stalks of the flowers and then brought them in. I decided to do my own version of ikebana to arrange them. I love flower frogs. (The dark thing you see in the bowl. It's spikey so you can just poke the flower on it and it stays.) It took a bit of arranging because the one stalk is extremely heavy. But I think I got it. It's adding nice color to my office. I'm sure Joe won't like it, but too bad. I spend lots of time in here!

And now, for my story...

So the other day I was subbing in a spec ed class. (Not short bus special. Just slow when it comes to learning.) They can become wild after lunch, and that day was no different. The one comment was about assuming makes an a$ out of you and me. Apparently it's the new 'saying' at school-the kids have just discovered it. Anyway, the one boy was telling someone not to assume something, and the other girl was just not getting it. So he tells her, write it out. She does. She looks at it. She says, "But there's no 'n' in there. I don't get it." This repeated for 10 minutes. I think we should respell the word assunme, with the silent n, just for her. Maybe then she'd get it.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend-what's left of it! :)

Friday, May 16, 2008

So, the other night instead of working (I'm pretty sure I was done, really), Heather tagged me for a new meme. You can read her blog here. I will warn you, it's a long one!

Favorite person (outside family)? Erm...um...I can't pick just one! I'm quite fond of my fellow JoKeRMob friends. Technically, the others are related (either through blood, Joe's family, or the Phi Sigma Pi family!)

Favorite food?
I really like Thai food. And Peanut Butter ice cream

Quirks about you? I tend to be neat and organized when I'm
not at home. At home, nothing is clean. I'm also a perfectionist when it comes to my crafts and creations.

How would the person who loves you most describe you in ten words or less? Not really sure. I know he's said that I have a big heart and that I'm generous.

Any regrets in life? That I didn't listen to the stories my grandparents and my Mom would tell me when I was younger. I'd love to hear them again!

Favorite Charity/ Cause? Homeless animals and Children's services

Favorite Blog recently? Um...I don't read any blogs that are my favorite. I like Heather's.

Something you can’t get enough of? sleep!

Worst job you’ve ever had? working as a web developer-except I wasn't really, I was hired to clean up for new employees and make a nice impression.

What job would you pay NOT to have? the person who has to smell armpits to see if deodorant works.

If you could be a fly on the wall, where would you be? The main office where I work. I'd love to know what's going on there! (Heather, you're not the only one!)

Favorite Bible verse right now? I don't know the specific verse. But I know it's the one that God won't give you more than you can handle.

Guilty Pleasure? WifeSwap (but only on rare occasions)

Got any confessions? Nope.

If you HAD to spend $1,000 on YOURSELF, how would you spend it? Well, I'd either buy some craft supplies OR I'd take a class at KSU for my library science degree.

Favorite thing about your house? That it's ours.

Least favorite thing about your house? It needs a new roof and other repairs. Oh, and that there isn't a dog in it!

One thing you are bad at? Um...I'd say getting my point across. Not always, but quite frequently, I know what I
want to say, but I cannot say it. That and keeping the house clean.

One thing you’re good at? I think I do pretty decently at crafts. (jewelry, needlework, scrapbooking, photography)

If you could change something about your circumstances, what? I'd have a full-time teaching job and Joe wouldn't be worrying about where he's going to be working in a year.

Who would you like to meet someday? Well, there's the obvious, like Jesus. I'd also like to meet some of the gals that I work with.

What makes you feel sexy? High heels.

Who is your real life hero? I have a bunch. Military members are high up there. And my parents. And teachers-they put up with a LOT.

What is the hardest part of your job? Being able to sit and read the same thing 120 times in a row. Or listening to students whine b/c I won't let them leave. Take your pick.

When are you most relaxed? When I'm sleeping.

What stresses you out? Not knowing where I'll be working next year.

What can you not live without? Dr. Pepper. Ok. I can. But it's hard.

Do you agree or disagree with the recent article that reported that blogs are authored by narcissists? Well, I don't consider myself a narcissist, so I'd have to disagree. I think blogs are a great way to share things, thoughts, pictures, videos, etc. And they're a great sounding board to get opinions of people. But, at the same time, there are the blogs that are out there solely as a look at me, see what I can do, pay attention to me, pay no attention to anyone else.

Why do you blog? I tend to blog to share my thoughts with my friends, as well as some of my art and creations.

Who are you tagging? Um....anybody who reads my blog? I don't have any favorite blogs, or really know many people who blog.

Okay - rules:

1. Answer the questions (Did I really have to include this as a rule? Duh!)
2. Link back to whoever tagged you
3. Tag eight bloggers to do the same, 2 from each category.
New/ newer bloggers (since we want to share the love and send them traffic)
Bloggy friends
Bloggers you’d like to get to know better
Bloggers you don’t think will respond, but you hope will

Good luck and have fun!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

A tribute to my mom

In honor of Mother's Day, I thought I'd post a story about my mom.

Shortly after they moved into this house, my mom was discovering all of the "native" plants that were growing around it. One night, around 11 or so, we were both online chatting via instant message. (We did that a lot.) They didn't have DSL or RoadRunner, so she asked me to look up a plant that was baffling her. I asked her to describe it, and she'd say, hold on, let me go check. Instead of actually going outside (it was 11!), she'd go into the other room, open the window, and shine a flashlight down on the plant to look at it. After she was done observing it, she'd return to the computer room and describe it. This went on for at least half an hour.

So the story seems pointless, I know. But, think about it. It's 11 o'clock at night, totally dark out, and here's a new neighbor opening her window every 5 to minutes, shining a flashlight on the ground, and then closing it! I always laugh when I think of her doing that. :) We didn't find out what the plant was that night, but when it went to seed, we found out it was money plant.

Most of the money plant is now gone from around our house, and our late night IM sessions are gone, but a few individual plants are left behind, and they bloom around Mother's Day. I always look and laugh when I see them.

Rest in peace, Mom. I love you!