Sunday, April 30, 2006

What car am I?

"You are a Mercedes SLK!You appreciate the finer things in life. You have a split personality - wild or conservative, depending on your mood. Wherever you go, you like to travel first class. Luxury, style, and fun - who could ask for more?"

Boy, am I glad I turned out to be something cute! Maybe this should be my next car, even though I was looking into buying something biodesiel (one small contribution to saving our planet).

What are you?

This weekend was good, although way too short. Went to J's soccer game, the spanked the other team. Saw Mom, she is doing great...she had an extra week off of chemo because of the whole low blood count thing. Had some success prop shoping and planted some new stuff in the yards. All, in all not bad.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Zombie flesh and other things...

All my stitches are out, the dehissing (big doctor word for coming apart) has stopped and the white looking zombie flesh has turned black (yuck). The doctor told me he could remove the black dead skin but it is very painful, I'm in enough pain, I'll wait it out - that's what giant bandaides are for. Doctor thinks I should be able to minimize scaring, but it looks pretty bad right now, and that doesn't include the sharp shooting pain I get periodically. The price I pay for the theatre.

I have been blog is a private thing for me. I don't tell anyone where it is or how to find it. Well, I have a very nosey student who has managed to track it down (yes, I'm talking about you, E). Now, my only hope is that he keeps it to himself, like I asked. He told me he hasn't been to it since the day he found it...which I hope is true. He is the only person now who I know face-to-face who has seen this!

The play opens in 3 weeks! YIKES!!!! The kids don't know most of the music and although the vocal director has been given copies of the schedule he still tells me he doesn't know what time rehearsals go to. I finally told the kids to just learn the music off the CD and I didn't care what the V.D. said. He can fix it later. At least they will know the music for opening night.

I have completely paid for my trip to China. I am so excited. I have never been out of the country for real (I don't count Mexico or Canada, although I know they are in reality out of the country), not to mention to a comunist country. It should make for some interesting stories.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

To buy organic or not to buy...

Why is it that anything that is organic costs twice as much as the non-organic stuff? I like to buy organic. I like feeling like it is just a bit better for me than the stuff with all the pesticides and junk. But I have a hard time spending $4.00 for a half gallon of milk when I can pay $3.50 for a full gallon. I just don't get it.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

I'm a mess...

my arms are bruised, I have HUGE bandage on my leg and a small cut on my finger. I look like I have suffered some sort of abuse. The students are loving looking at my falling off a ladder is the talk of the campus. It's really funny...everyone is all worried about me (which they should, but not for falling with the ladder).

The stiches are scheduled to come out on Monday. Although when I look at them it doesn't look like they will be ready to come out by then, it all looks pretty bad. I should post pictures of my's pretty scarey. And to top it off new bruises keep popping up. But all in all I'm healing nicely and have a really good story to tell.

On another note: why do drama students think that just because something doesn't offend them it won't offend anybody? My class is working on a playwriting project, which is really fun and the kids get to write about what they want for the most part. Today I actually had a group try to convince me to let them write a play about a girl who comes home from college a lesbian and gets disowned by her family. Now, I personally don't have an issue with the subject matter, as a public school program I can not let them use this script idea. It was really hard to get them to understand that just because it doesn't bother me and it doesn't bother them, it might bother someone.

Question: why do drama students feel they have to push every social boundry they can find?

Monday, April 17, 2006

Contrary to popular belief...

drama teachers do not defy gravity. And the curse of the "Scottish Play" is alive and well (if you know the name don't say it, if you don't too bad because I won't tell ya. My English students said it today with doing the counter-curse!).

...see the tree...see the ladder...that is where the disaster begins.

I was painting said tree for over an hour with no problems. Nice students standing at the base of said ladder to dip the paint brush for me, so I didn't have to climb to the bottom each time.

The tree was just about done, most of the kids had left, just a couple working on Snoopy's house and I decided that I would finish the tree without them.

While standing on the ladder, with paint can in one hand and brush in the other, the ladder decides it no longer wants to stand at the wall, but rather lie down at the bottom. Hence my 2 second ride to the floor. Now, if you have ever seen people go down an extention ladder in the movies it looks like a lot of fun... let me tell you IT'S NOT! It's pretty damn scarey.

So in a manner of seconds I am falling to the ground, the drumline coach, a drummer and two drama students are standing over me asking if I'm okay. I thought I was, I got up slowly, kind of took a few tentative steps, checked for blood from the nose that hit something (turns out it was probably my own hand), bended the elbows because they hit as the ladder hit the ground. All seemed to be okay, I didn't even shed a tear.

The problems started when I started to help clean up the 1/2 can of spilled green shin felt a little funny, I pulled up my pant leg and there it was in all it's glory, a cut. I retreated to my classroom to bandage myself, when I discovered this wasn't an ordinary cut, this was a gash, this had that (if you're squeemish skip to the next paragraph) fatty stuff that lives under your skin poking out. I checked with the drumline coach and it was deamed that I should go to Urgent Care.

Three stiches and a tetnis shot later I am finally home. Showered and ready to crash. By the way showering with a plastic trash bag rubber banded to your let, not fun either. I am just really glad that it wasn't a student, I am also really glad it wasn't worse. I could have broken more then the skin. The guys in urgent care said they have never had a teacher come in having fallen off a ladder...I told them they needed to spend more time with drama teachers.

So, what have we learned...
1. "Scottish Play" curse - real!
2. Drama teachers do not fly!

Friday, April 14, 2006


I will keep this short and sweet...why is that people who homeschool can say whatever they want about public education, but heaven forbid public educators say anything about homeschoolers?

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Prayer Request...

For those of you who are the praying Mom is in ICU-Isolation. Her white blood count is way down and she has a high fever. Her spirits are up...but it sounds scarey to me.

If your not the praying type, but you believe in karma, good thoughts, well wishes, whatever, please send some my mom's way. We can use all the support we can get.

Let me just say cancer sucks!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Just one thing...

I am loving my new living room! I love the color, I love that it is clean (by have to clean to move furniture to paint). I just love it! Of course the already dark now really dark.

Time to go shopping for lighting.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Redecorating...part 2 The Living Room

There really wasn't anything wrong with my living room...On Sunday I just got a hair that said PAINT! So I did...



All of the paint is by Waverly Home Classics. Wall color is Sandy Shell, trim is Latte, and the doors are Spanish Green.

What do you think?

And then there were 4

I have a new friend! For years I have complained that I really don't have any friends. It has been Michael, Cheryl and Gina, with various others who fade in and out. More recently it has just been Michael and Cheryl. But at my new job, I have made a fantastic new friend, Laurie. We get along great. We have so much fun together...and we laugh a lot (mainly at other people).

I really like Laurie and I am thankful that she is my friend. Now for the unexpected "best work friend" from the last school I worked at was a really good friend of Laurie's when they were kids. Go figure!

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Redecorating...part 1 The Dinning Room

This all started when I decided it was time to really start getting ready to have contractors come out to bid on remodeling my kitchen/dinning room. What started out as a simple project - move the computer into the craft/crap/guest room - turned into a major overhaul of my house. For the 4 years I have lived in my house my dinner room has functioned as an office, with a huge desk.

The desk is commonly refered to as "Big Mambo." This picture was taken after I moved the computer. But you get the general sense of chaos that I lived with.

This is the other side of the room. Where the actual table used to live. Notice the yellow back neighbors made fun of me when I did it, but they all love it now. Beats the weathered gray color I used to have to look at.

Here is what this area of my house looks like now...

This desk came out of the craft room - it didn't have anyplace to live once the new computer desk went in, but more on that in another post.

Of course Herb needed a new place to be once "Big Mambo" left the building, so I put up this also keeps him out of Prada's reach. Okay, for some reason, blogger won't upload the last picture - but the shelf is right above the little desk.

Now, I can actually have dinner at a dinner table, I can't wait.