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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Compliment Class

There's always one...at least one...every year. I call them, the compliment class. They are full of really nice things to say all the time, they shower me with notes, pictures, and "pass around and sign it" cards that say, "You Rock, You're the BEST!" They make my head big. But, don't worry, because with all that goodness has come a bit of sour lately. I've had my first few tell me bluntly that they 'don't like art because I make them work' (versus last year, when it was 'free draw' all day, all the time). Oh, poor kiddos. Life is hard.

Like one of my colleagues said to me yesterday, "Out of 900 kids, there's always gonna be a few". So, I can't let it defeat me.

It's classes like the one I had today that make me realize why I love what I do and overshadow those other whiners.

This is almost becoming a food blog, but no no my dear friends, it's to show you I'm on the path and I'm trucking right along...

6 Layer Dip (but hmm...seems like a lot more then 6!?)

-refried beans
-cheddar and monterey jack cheese
-ground beef
-sour cream
-salsa
-more cheddar and monterey jack cheese
-chopped lettuce (I added this myself...wow...look at me go! not following the recipe and all. wow, I am impressing myself)
-diced tomatoes

-green onions

...and the most important part. Scoops.




So how many domestic diva points for this one? Please vote in the comment section. Ciao!



**and i promise...i will not always take pictures of the food i make, but, geeez there needs to be some proof i'm making progress, right?**

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

2 points

I earned 2 points for last nights dinner.

Salmon (seasoned and grilled to perfection)
Herb and butter rice (umm...It came from a bag...minus .5 points, dang it)
Ceasar Salad

But, the good news...it was delicious.

Oh, and TOMORROW night...we are having a Mexican Extravaganza for my brother in law, Brent, and well...I am making a 7 layer dip, minus the guacamole (no one's a guac fan but me), so...6 layer dip. Wow, I'm getting better and better each day.

haha

Saturday, April 25, 2009

We had a dream...

to create a beautiful flower bed and garden...to extend the current sad and quite pathetic one that was currently there, and create a spectacular little landscape. Curb appeal. Yea, that.

1 trip to Wal-mart garden center, 2 trips to the local Amish market for flowers/soil/mulch, 1 trip to Wawa for lunch, 2 very willing people, and 5 hours later....we did it. Our blackened fingernails, sun burned backs, and sore knees (ow...raw) prove we did it.

It was much harder then it looked, because it involved shoveling up a LOT of grass, and wow...that's much harder then it looks...tilling the soil (errr...I mean, CLAY), and mixing in some top soil to make a better habitat for our little flower friends. Then, the laying out of the plants in exactly the perfect place, and of course, digging a little hole for each plant, watering the hole, then poking and prodding it in just right. The next step was the black mulch we added on top. The final touch was our rock-border which we find super fab.

Want some pictures?

Here's our very drab BEFORE picture:
(anyone want a holly bush?!)
During:

and VOILA!!!
(just wait till it all starts growing and multiplying!)
...and oh...click to enlarge it...you know you want to.

Oh and please note, to the left of the door is our "garden", with tomato plants and strawberry plants. We'll see how it works out, but I'm excited...because I LOVE tomatoes.

Mac was a real trooper, and was out there all day with us...but the sun pooped him out, and we caught him trying to find shade wherever he could.
And a little shout out to my main man for being so AWESOME and loving doing this kind of stuff with me:

What do ya think?




Thursday, April 23, 2009

/un-inspired/

I'm so blogless lately....like, the equivalent of being 'lifeless', but...blogless. I've got nothing major to post on because things are just mediocre. My students aren't saying anything particularly funny these days (pshh whats up with that?!), nothing new has really happened in my house, the puppy is doing fine, but nothing new there. I haven't felt blogspired lately (think: inspired), which is so rare. There used to be many times throughout my day that I'd think, Dang...I should blog about that. Nope. None of that lately.

So, instead of posting on things I'm inspired by...I'll post about things around my house I need to do, but am feeling completely uninspired to take care of. Or...lazy? Either way. I'm obviously avoiding taking care of them because I'm taking freaking pictures of them instead of dealing with them. I'm awesome, I know. And negative 5 points for me on my road to domestic diva.

My uninspired list of to-do's to possibly gain inspiration to take care of:

clean up the boxes from my birthday (helloooo april 5th), that are stashed behind the couch needing dealt with...mac is SO tired of dropping his bone in there and having to dig it out, I mean...I am tired of this.

put away the random things that are acculmulating on my banister...a dirty dish towel, a jump-rope4-heart t-shirt, and...socks?! Oh Lord help me.

Unload that stinkin' dishwasher!

hem the curtains that are 4590 feet too long...okay, about 1 ft. But, we've lived here a year in July. I am officially a SLACKER. Normally I'd tuck them under so it's harder to tell, but thanks to the lovely weather and the windows being open, you are privy the 'wind-blown' look.
write "return to sender" on the 4 envelopes that came to our address with all different names on them and walk them to the mailbox. Fyi: I am so sick of the "DEED SERVICE"...die, die, die.
This is the official sign that I have failed. I put up a picture frame with NO pictures in it. This is not like me, for anyone who knows me...so, I have officially 'lost it'.
Note to self: Print some wedding pictures for goodness sake!

Now that I've realized what a slacker I've been, I may have just inspired myself to go take care of these things. A-ma-zing.

Better run before it escapes me.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Heaven in the form of bread


(yea...that's totally a bite)



and then...this is complete laziness.
I was NOT kidding about the hubby bringing home pizza. Pathetic, I know. But, let's not forget that I just baked that little nugget from heaven above. Let's not forget. Baby steps.

My desire...

is to be a domestic diva. You all know this...I've expressed it before. But, how...oh HOW do I fall in love with cooking? Is there a trick? Some magic words I can say? Helpppp.

Today I got the urge (okay, I saw that Kesh was making banana bread via Facebook...and got a craving) to make home-made banana bread this afternoon. My first thought went straight to the ingredients. Ingredients are what always get me. I NEVER have the right goods. But, this time...I did! I actually did! I had everything to make this recipe:

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 ounces butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preparation:

Cream sugar and butter; beat in the mashed bananas, eggs, and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients and stir into the first mixture just until moistened Fold in chocolate chips until well incorporated. Pour batter into greased and floured 9x5x3-inch loaf pan. Cover loosely with a tent of aluminum foil. Bake at 325° for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking for 3o to 40 minutes or until wooden pick inserted tests done. Cool for 10 minutes, remove from pan and cool banana bread completely before slicing.

~~~

I did it. I felt like such a diva. This is the kind of awesomeness I'm longing for. I am getting there...slowing....as I say...."inching my way to domestic divaness".

Sorry to cut this short, but...hubby's home with a pizza!







;)

......What?!
I baked today....I can't bake and make dinner. Inching people...I'm inching.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

On this lovely saturday

We got up early and went yardsaling.
(Here is Mac and all our yard-sale finds...see previous post)
Declan washed his car while I painted the canvas' outside
and Mac played in the yard.

It's soooo clean now.
We bought some hanging plants and I set
them up...my favorite.
Declan played around with my camera.
(and I got a wet kiss from Mac)
We tried to take a picture...and it got ruined by our furry friend.
Then we finally got one.

Mac was playing with Dec...and tried to bite his finger. (oops!)
Pupp got pooped out, and fell asleep.
The end....(well, up until 5:45pm anyway. The night is young!)
Ta, ta.



Yard Sales 1.0

This morning was the first time of the season we went out to yard sale, and mannn was it gorgeous out and the perfect day to do it. The sun was (and is) shining, and it was a lovely 74 degrees. Declan and I got up around 8:30, got showered, went to pick up Sue...and off we went.

My favorite thing about yardsales is that you normally can search through a whole bunch of junk, but find one little treasure that makes it all worth it. At our first stop I got this vintage turquoise-gem necklace. It's awesome. It was .50 cents. Can't beat it.

At our next stop I found this lovely pair for a bathroom. It just so happens we were looking for a new 'theme' to roll with in our guest bath...and for $1.00, I found it. I will be painting that bathroom a green color this summer, and getting a chocolate colored shower curtain and other decor. It so happens that for .50 cents at the same yardsale they had two terribly ugly canvas' with roses on them, which I painted over this afternon to match the new theme of this bathroom. Here is a picture for your viewing pleasure:



At another stop we found an unopened, brand new Battle of the Sexes game. Hey, we're a young married couple, and we love games. This just happened to be a favorite, and we didn't yet own it as part of our personal collection. 3 bucks.


All I have to say is...score. I love finding little treasures and spending only $6.25 doing it.

Friday, April 17, 2009

A fun way to spring up your home

On the Monday after my birthday (April 5) I was surprised with some lovely fresh flowers sent to me from our friends Chrissy and Phil. I snapped a quick picture with my phone that day, and here is what they looked like:
They sat on my island bringing life to my kitchen for almost two weeks! It was great. I kept them watered and looking lovely. Last night I started looking more into them, and realized I could probably split them up into a few different vases and bring some life to different areas of my house. As I started pulling the flowers out of the little foam block, I snipped the ends of them just a bit so they could soak up fresh water and live a little longer.

I got out some vases, and started picking and plucking and tugging and arranging these flowers to make beautiful little bouquets.

Out of one lovely gift...I got THREE gifts. It was awesome. I got out my new camera and decided to show you.
So, that's that. My spring post on this lovely day. Although the bouquets given to us by friends are family are lovely...possibly after a few weeks you can split them up and spread the love? It worked for me.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

My body is all sorts of whack

I'm not usually that aware of my body. But something is going on. All the signs lead to one thing, and it isn't that one thing. So what is going on with me?

-Vomiting
-Car sickness
-Migraines (but, whats really new with that?!)
-Exhaustion
-Odd cramping
...and some other things I'd rather not put out for the world to see.

The bottom line is...I know, it seems to all point to one thing, but...it's not. So, what's next? What is my problem? Why I have I felt like this for the past two weeks? Am I dyyyyying? Gosh, I hope not.

I spent the day home from school today dealing with some of the issues listed above. I got up, got showered, and literally felt like I just HAD to go back to bed. I got out, sat on the toilet in my towel, and called my school. It was only an hour before the school day started, so someone answered. I told her I'd love for a sub but wasn't sure if it was too late. To my surprise, she said "there are lots of subs asking for placements...so...go back to bed!" I put my soaking wet hair up in a towel, emailed in sub plans, and went back to bed. I woke up at 12:15pm. I have NEVER slept that long in my life. All I can say is, I must have needed it, because I have become the girl who gets up at 7:15am EVERY day whether its Monday or Saturday.

All I have to say about this body is, "What the H?! Figure yourself out. NOW."

Monday, April 13, 2009

Eventful Events

This entire long weekend was full of so much fun. Some I already posted on, some I definitely did not. Either way, it was a blast. Everything from the concert in Philly with my siblings, pot-luck Easter with Declan's family, Greek Easter with mine (yum!!), to late-night-easter breakfast for dinner at the 'Lil Balla's Diner (as Declan referred to it). It was a blast. Today I have off, and am recovering. Running errands. Taking in the last of it. 30 more days of teaching until about 90 days off. Not a bad deal, eh?

Now for some thoughts and pictures:

(My boy got a hair cut Saturday...)


(...and He loves his Aunt Sue. I think she likes him too:) )
(Getting an Elmo Tattoo will surely win you brownie points with your niece)

(See?)

(Kylie is uber adorable and she doesn't even have to try!)

That is all.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Sibling Love

Wow. We had so much fun last night in Philadelphia with all the kids and spouses in the family. It was relaxing, stress-free, care-free, fun, and enjoyable. We took a train to Philly to see a concert, but gave ourselves plenty of time to eat a yummy and relaxing dinner, get some starbucks, and then enjoy some good music. We even had some time before we caught the 12:19am(!!!) train out of Philly to play on the biggest twister board EVER. No one cared about people around them, in fact...people commented on how they wanted to join in. They should have! So-much-fun. Ahh. We will do this more often for sure :)

Monday, April 6, 2009