Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thinking about Thanking

To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.  ~Johannes A. Gaertner

Ahhh, Thanksgiving is near. I can't wait! Thanksgiving is by far the most attended holiday in my family. The only thing larger in attendance than people is the FOOD! There is so much food! Casseroles, pies, and turkey galore!

Family can be so stressful, dysfunctional and crazy sometimes. However, God handpicked those people gathered around that table, and whether we like it or not, those people have made us who we are. I have so much identity in my family, and am grateful for everyone in it.

I truly believe that God and family are the most important relationships we have in this life. It's so hard to be away from family, I miss them all so much. I'm looking forward to the holiday season.

It's weird spending this many consecutive days away from work. In case you're concerned about who is caring for Guinecula during this holiday break, he is in my guest room. I'm not kidding. If there is anyone that has ever overstayed their welcome in my house it is him.

I'm burning multiple candles at one time, yet my house still smells like wood shavings.

There is so much to be thankful for. Some of my tops include: God, family, friends, a free country, my house, job and animals.

Here is wishing you a laughter and family filled Thanksgiving! Cheers!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sunday Funday

Praise God for relaxing Sundays. Today has been a wonderfully relaxing day. My poor husby is sick. How he got my sickness is beyond me....maybe. Either way, we slept in and had a great lazy Sunday. I'm just now pulling out my paper gradebook and updating my online gradebook that my student's parents can see. Let the e-mails begin.

This week will be nuts. We've got Young Authors Day we'll be celebrating, as well as our Friendship Feast (The politically correct way to say Thanksgiving Feast). I'll be out Friday for one of my Best Friends' wedding.  Basically, I'm grateful for a lazy day in which I have no obligation to be anywhere or do anything.

We've got a fire  going in our fireplace because it's chilly outside. We're about to play a riveting game of scrabble before we dive headfirst into another busy work week. Don't be jealous. I wish I could bottle these days and keep them on the mantle.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I never knew how much I didn't know

Hindsight. 20/20. This is one of the truest statements I know. Would've. Could've. Should've...these are such unproductive sentiments to have. My new verse for when I fall on my face is next time. Instead of wallowing in my failures and shortcomings, I will choose to learn from them and be a better person/teacher/wife because of them.

I've been listening to the new Sara Bareilles CD on repeat for a good 2 weeks now and am so inspired by her lyrical genius. This morning as I was driving to work I heard the words I never knew how much I didn't know. I was like AMEN sista! It goes along with the ole' saying "Ignorance is bliss."

As we grow older we have to be intentional about our ignorance. We go on vacation to be ignorant of all that is going on in the real world. We choose not to watch the news or read the newspaper because we just don't want to know. 


Even now as I type I wonder, How much do I not know still? I'm overwhelmed at how much I have yet to learn about life, love, teaching, learning...the list goes on and on. I've learned so much since I was an innocent child...I've aquired even more experience and knowledge since I graduated high school...and college..and been married with a job.  I suppose that instead of being intimidated by my current level of ignorace I should be grateful, and excited.

There I go thinking too much again. I'll leave with a lighthearted story. This conversation occurred with a student after reading a post-it note he stuck on my door that said, "Penis are useless." Hope you enjoy this little nugget of my day:

Mrs. Henderson-"Now  class, as you leave today I'd like you to stick a post-it note on my door that tells me something you learned today."

Students-"OKAY!!"

**Moments later I approach the culprit**

Mortified Mrs. Henderson-"What is this? Why did you write such an inappropriate statement on your post-it note?"

Baffled Student- "What? I read an article that said there are efforts in the United States to retire all the pennies. Wouldn't that make them useless?


Mrs. Henderson-"Well, I suppose so...I am so sorry. Go on now, and work on your spelling!"

Monday, November 8, 2010

Really?

Today was one of those days where all I wanted to say was...Really? Really alarm clock? You're not going to go off when you're supposed to?

Really coffee cup? You're going to fit awkardly in my cupholder so my coffee sloshes all over my car on the way to work? Really?

Really red lights? Waiting for the exact moment BEFORE the point of no return where I HAVE to stop?

Really....DVR? Only recording half of Greys? Now I don't know if the two lesbian characters go to Africa or not!?

If you noticed, I skipped my entire day at school. I did that because it was ONE BIG FAT REALLY?? kind of day!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Sick Day

Well today is my first official sick day. I wish I could say that I'm spending it catching up on work, shopping or getting a pedicure. But no, I'm actually sick. I went to work yesterday morning and felt so miserably horrible that I had to leave mid-day.

Instead of feeling sorry for their poor, sniffly teacher, my kids seemed to prey on my vulnerability and stuffy ears. I don't know if it was my sickness and lack of patience, or their day after halloween sugar hangover...either way, I had to get out of there.

I went to the doctor and she confirmed my suspicions that I have a bad sinus infection. Off to bed I went. I remained horizontal for the next 15 hours and woke up this morning still feeling horrible. I'm on antibiotics, but I guess they're taking their sweet time to kick in.

When I would miss school as a kid it was no big deal. I'd veg out all day eating chips and watching trashy daytime TV. Seriously, did you know that Steve Harvey is the host of Family Feud? I know it's bad, but I thought he died. My biggest problems were the osteoporosis commercials that kept interrupting the Price is Right. But today, I'm having borderline anxiety at the thought of someone else in my classroom at my desk, teaching my kids. Adam brought me to reality by asking how effective I would really be trying to teach two digit multiplication with snot running down my face. I concurred.

So for now I'm on Kleenex box number 2, movie number 3 and toothbrushing number 0. It will be tough to catch up after a day and a half out of the classroom, but hopefully I'll come back 100%.

Maybe I'll peel myself up from the bed and brush my teeth. However, I wouldn't want to overexert myself. Instead I'll begin movie number 4. Julie and Julia here I come.