Monday, July 27, 2009

Fishing 101..

When fishing, it is completely appropriate to...

  • wear linen pants
  • wear a shirt with a bow
  • sport flip flops
  • make a 7 year old bait your hook

Check.check.check. and check.

In my defense, I didn't know I was going fishing or I would have changed the pants, shirt, and shoes.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Michigan love

Back in Hometown, Michigan this weekend. Coming home always reminds me how my life in Maryland is so different. Take, for example, Thursday night's dinner... big bro couldn't join because he had to feed the cows. We definitely woke up to a combine and straw bailer right behind our house. (Don't worry... I snapped pics) Last night? We drove "into town" to see where the bank had been hit by a truck. Today? We went antiquing in town and saw my old high school science teacher and a friend from high school's parents.

Good thing I look good today.. we're going to the vineyards for some wine tasting.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Summer TV

Dear Summer Television,

You are horrible. Why, oh why, must you be so horrible? I have such high hopes for you when I turn on the t.v. Yet day after day and night after night, you continue to let me down.


I think you stink.

Sincerely yours,
My Mid Midlife Crisis

Monday, July 20, 2009


My stupid washing machine is leaking AND I almost ruined a load of laundry because the bleach didn't dispense in the previous load.


I want to get new dishes because the bowls don't fit very well in my dishwasher and it annoys me every.time.I.load.the.effing.dishwasher.

On a brighter note.. I've completed Day 2 of "Operation Tidy House".. which is at least one load of laundry a day and NO dishes in the sink/counter/table/etc. Only in the dishwasher.

Don't you dare judge me for not doing this previously. I'm turning a new leaf here.

Saturday, July 18, 2009


I just joined twitter.

I have no idea what I'm doing. Follow me. I feel like a moron.

Click to follow.


It's almost 5:00 pm and I'm just now taking a shower. Yes, my first shower of the day.

I did, however, brush my teeth this morning. At least I have something going for me.

Friday, July 17, 2009


We totally scored tonight on the movie front.

Somehow our local cinema showed a sneak preview of "The Ugly Truth" with Katherine Hiegel and Gerard Butler.

We (hubby and I) LOVED it. I'm not sure the last time we went to a movie that we both came out thinking, I could see this again or I could buy it.

When it opens next weekend, YOU MUST SEE IT!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Head, shoulder, knees, and toes

You know you're a teacher when you have "head, shoulder, knees, and toes" stuck in your head because you sang it approximately 9,872,916 times today. Complete with the motions.

You jealous?

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Parrots and Summer School

As you probably know, we have two pets.. Leila (Big Dog), the black lab.. and Zoey (Little Dog) the mutt.

After these last two weeks of summer school, I now know what it feels like living with a parrot. I have a little one who says everything I say, just like I say it. Even if I whisper something to my assistant, super hearing boy can hear it and restates it just like I said it.

Yes, the little guy has some special needs... but give me a break, dude.. let me say "I'm running to the bathroom" without repeating it.

Sure.. there are times when it's cute. Even funny. You know, when he says things from movies and such. Or even when I'm laughing and he mimics me. Cute. Not - so - much when I'm telling a student to wipe their bottom (yes, I have to tell kids how to go to the bathroom.. do you pity me, yet?) or asking a student to complete a task. But, I hit my wall today when he repeated my bathroom statement and when I said to him, as he was hitting me mercilessly, "No hit teacher! No hit teacher!" I thought maybe he understood when I said that and he repeated it. Turns out he didn't, he was just repeating what I said.

And yes, I do say things like "No hit. No hit teacher." These kids need very explicit instructions, so grammar tends to go out the window.

It's dark..

We lost power about an hour and a half ago.. and it just came back on.

Hubby and I had to figure out how to entertain ourselves. We figured an ice cream run was the best way.

Seriously, how did people ever survive without power? I mean.. no internet? no tv? no radio? no microwave? Thank goodness we no longer have to worry about a well because, well.. that would mean you have to be conservative on the bathroom trips, and who am I kidding? The glass, er two, at dinner? They would go right through me.. I'd be a peeing banshee!

Wait, was that too much information? Oops. My bad.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Love, Love, Love..

Why hasn't anyone told me about the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser?

It might be my new obsession.

Seriously, this thing cleans anything with very little effort. I keep walking around trying to find things to clean just to see if it will work. And it does.every.single.time.

Sigh.. I'm in love with a cleaning product. Please help me.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Human or dog?

Little dog thinks she's human... as in, thinks she should be on the furniture, held like a toddler, and sits in regular chairs like it's her j-o-b.

At the vet with her and they simply can't get enough of her... even after she peed on a chair, on the floor and on the technicians shoe. Oh yeah, said tech had to suck up the pee from the floor with a syringe in case they couldn't get more pee.

And they still love her.

Who am I kidding? We do, too.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Drumroll, please....

And the winner is.......

#17-- Kate... from Nautical by Nature

I went from this nice little excel spreadsheet...

to and put in my parameter... and out popped #17..
Congrats to Kate! Stay tuned, something else might be in the works.


This just in...

I have a crush on Tori Spelling. Just finished her book, "sTori Telling" and I've watched like 10 episodes of "Home Sweet Hollywood" and I just love her.


Thank goodness for DVR.

Oh Summer School...

Summer school is always good for a chuckle, or two.

An actual conversation I had with a 7 year old today...

Student: (shouting)"Hey, you! HEY! I said hey, you!"
Me: "Um.. I know you can't be talking to me.. that's not a polite way to get my attention. Can you think of a nicer way?"
Student: (in hushed voice) "Hey, you!"
Me: (rolling my eyes..) "Maybe you could say excuse me?"
Student: "But I didn't fart."

Later on in the morning...

Student: "Yo mama's fat and so are you!"
Thanks, dude.. I needed that reassurance.

And a kid threw up on his sock, so I casually say to him.. "Hey, buddy.. let's take that sock off, ok? You don't want to walk around with throw up on them". To which he replied, "No. I like the throw up. It's red. Red is my favorite color. Now I have on red socks."

And no, I could not convince him to take the sock off.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Last Chance...

It's your last chance to enter the giveaway! So far only 10 people have entered.. that means your chances are really high for winning!

Winner will be announced tomorrow!

Friday, July 3, 2009


Don't forget to enter my giveaway!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Monster or puppy?

See this face?

Looks can be deceiving... I've created a monster!
In an attempt to wear the pups out, I purchased a few outdoor toys to run them wild with. Big Dog now thinks it's my duty to take her outside and play whenever she gets the feeling to play! Um.. hello? I have some reality t.v. to watch Big Dog.
Seriously.. every 10 minutes I get a barking mad dog who thinks it's time to play outside.
Good thing she's cute.

Help? Please?

A girl has needs, you know.

Here's what I'm looking for.. monogrammed flip flops and a monogrammed agenda (preferably an academic year, as I'm a teacher).

Where can I get these?

ETA: I'd like to get something that is classy and I'd prefer to do it through someone you all know and love.


Sitting at the motor vehicle association (for the third time) and it's been 40 minutes since they called anywhere near my number. And... there are seriously 4 people working with over 100 people waiting.

I might as well get comfortable.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

You have what?

New neighbors moved into the neighborhood....

Said neighbor drives a noisy truck (annoying, I know) with a replica of a male body part hanging off the back. The worst part? They are saggy.

WTF? What kind of person has saggy b @ ll $ hanging on the back of their truck?

Annoying, no? Me thinks so.