Archive | March, 2011

It’s my birthday and I’ll cry if I want to!

30 Mar

Okay, so it’s not really my birthday, but I can cry if I want to!  This week are two very special birthdays…

It’s for these two guys!  That’d be my dad and brother.  Their birthday’s are two days apart!  So in honor of them, Wordless Wednesday shall be Wordless Birthday Boy’s Wednesday…

Andrew’s birthday is first


He does this exact same pose every single time!


Then it’s daddio’s turn

Aren't they the cutest cowboy hat wearing, harmonica playin' guys you've ever seen?!

You’ll notice that I only have one picture of my dad and that it is of his back.  He’s a tricky one to get a picture of!

Happy Birthday Andrew and Dad!

One of my student’s birthday is the same day as my dad.  I told him and he was less than impressed.  He did however tell me not to forget to wish him happy birthday tomorrow on his birthday.  Thanks, I’ll do that.



La, la, la, la, life goes on…

28 Mar

Since it’s Monday and since I’m sure everybody is a little bummed that it’s Monday…watch this!

There!  Don’t you feel better?  I mean how do you watch that without smiling just a little bit.

I do have, however, have questions after watching the video.  1)  Where did they find a hallway that long?  2) How is pulling the cart or whatever it is they are sitting on?  3)  Where did they find all those people?  I need answers people!

Daily Post

How did you get your name?

I don’t really know how I got my name.  I just think that my parents like it, but way down deep I like to think that they named me after Emmyloo Harris.  Mom, right??  My middle name is Rachel, but not spelled Rachel.  No, no.  The nurses asked my mom how to spell my middle name after giving her the good drugs.  So, my middle name is Racheal.  Yup.  I guess that makes me that more unique, right?  At least I’m pretty sure not a whole lot of other people spell their name like that.  Agh, I like it.  I give my mom a hard time, but I love it!


Freestyle Friday (Weekly Photo Challenge: Ocean)

25 Mar

I forgot to post these Shamrock photos when I did the Shamrock post…  So, here!  Take a look!

If you look really close at the first picture you can see that Leanne is wearing sandals!  Today, I am wearing a sweater and the temps may get down to freezing.  What in the?

The weekly photo challenge has direct ties to the Shamrock.  I took a picture of the sunrise on race day and wouldn’t you know it, I was at the ocean!


Oh, so pretty!


School News

Today was a long day.  It was long because we had two students crying before 8:30…school starts at 8:30.  Oy!  We gave them hugs, told them they were wonderful, and then sent them to the counselor.

I am very glad it is the weekend.  I plan on sleeping, doing yoga, and walk, walk, walking to get ready for the Flying Pig Marathon!  What are your weekend plans?

The day we got a new dishwasher

24 Mar

That’s right people!  We’ve been going on 5 months here with no working dishwasher and what happened today??  New dishwasher!




Leanne and I are both super excited about this.  It means no more washing dishes by hand.  No more letting the dishes pile up because neither of us feel like doing them.  We have a working dishwasher!

Wanna know who was not excited about the new dishwasher?

This guy…


What the!

Maybe if I sneak up on it...

What is making all that noise?!


Bond was none too pleased with the new addition to the kitchen.

We do not care because now we have clean dishes!

School News

Today was pj day at school (yes I wore my pj’s).  The kids brought in stuffed animals as part of their pj’s.  One of my students has Autism and brought in his favorite Winnie the Pooh toy.  He obviously loves this thing; you can tell it’s been everywhere with him.  At one point during the day he wanted to ask a question.  We have been trying to get him to raise his hand, but he doesn’t like to do that.  This is a trying task and he will often just not raise his hand and suffer in silence.

We told him he had to raise his hand, he went and sat down…  he raised a hand, but not his hand.  That’s right, he raised Winnie’s hand.  It was too cute!  How can you get frustrated with that??  I mean, he raised someone’s hand right?  Right?  I call this a baby step…

Daily Post

What non exercise do you wish would keep you fit?

Man if reading and listening to music would keep me fit…I’d be freaking Jillian already.  That.  Would. Be. Awesome!


From the cornfield to the ocean

23 Mar

Daily Post

Describe the biggest risk you’ve ever taken (and what happened)

The biggest risk I’ve ever taken was moving to Virginia Beach.  Leanne was already here, being in the military and all.  I was done with living in Middletown and needed a change.  So change I did.  I like to call it my quarter life crisis…I know, whatever.  I packed up all my stuff, crammed it into a moving truck and took the 10-12 hour journey to Virginia Beach.
When I moved here I didn’t have a job.  Um, scary much.  I was interviewing everywhere, but as some of you fellow teachers know, it can take more than a few interviews to get a job.  Especially when people aren’t exactly in the hiring mood.  Thanks economy!
Anywhozits, the risk paid off.  I’m teaching, working on my Masters degree and living at the beach.  Life ain’t too bad.

Dorky I know, but she made me do it! My first paycheck in Virginia Beach.

School News
In first grade a little one told the assistant, “Mrs. T. you are the funniest person I know.  You are funny like Captain Hook!” Hmmm….

The wheels on the bus…

22 Mar

Daily Post

What is the strangest thing that’s ever happened to you on a bus?

Well, I don’t take the bus now, but I used to in college.  There was a bus stop right out the front gate of Capital University, right in front of Graeter’s.  I would often take the bus down to OSU’s campus to visit Leanne before I had a car on campus.  I always hated riding the bus.  Cheap?  Yes?  Enjoyable?  No, not really.

There was the time that I took the wrong bus home from OSU to Capital and had to walk through the “ghetto” to get back to my dorm.  No bueno.  There is always the stories of the homeless person sitting in the back or the person hacking up a lung throughout the journey.

However, the strangest thing to happen was when Leanne and I took the bus to go see a Columbus Blue Jackets game.  We were on the bus, fine and dandy crowded and cramped, sitting and minding our own business…  Out of no where this guy yells out, “Alright! Jailbait!”  Uh…no.  Needless to say we got off on the next stop regardless if it was ours or not.  I’m pretty sure soon after that I convinced my parents to let me have a car at school.


Sham Rock on!

20 Mar

Yesterday Leanne and I did the Shamrock 8K.  I, of course, had to do the pre race ritual of putting everything together the night before.

Take 1, Bond was helping.

Take 2: shoes, sports bra, sports pouch, long sleeve tech shirt, socks, race number, pants and obligatory green Shamrock shirt.

When I do this I always feel like Billy Madison for some reason… “…I got my lunch packed up, my boots tied tight, I hope I don’t get in a fight. Ohhhh, back to school. Back to school. Back to school.”  I don’t know why.

Pre race breakfast was a wheat bagel with almond butter and a banana.  Can’t change it.

We got up early (6:30) so that we could get down to the oceanfront to get a good parking space.  One of the upsides to get up early on a Saturday morning by the beach, are views like this.

There was a visit to the lovely porto potties, because, well, you know why.


Even the potties are in Shamrock spirit!


We took some pre race pictures…

Leanne and Phil


We did some stretching.  Did you know that by doing some yoga poses like wide legged forward fold, down dog, and regular forward fold before and after a race helps?  It really truly does.  I was so amazed when I did these poses the first time.  Really!

After our impromptu yoga class we headed to our corral.  Surprise, surprise, we were not in the last corral!


What's up Corral 5!?

There was another corral behind us, what are the odds?

The gun went off and we waited…for about 10 minutes.  Why? Because this was in front of us.


Hello corral's 1-4!


It’s really not that bad.  You just have to realize that you will not be starting with the gun and all the other Kenyan’s.  It was a good race.  We had about a 14:48 pace, which is not too shabby.  We finished in an hour and 12 minutes.  I’m pretty happy with our time.  This was our first race back in and it felt good to get moving again!

Overall, the race was fun, super crowded at the beginning, but after about mile 2 things spread out.  The weather was pretty perfect, a little drizzly at the beginning, but not an issue.  At the end of the race we were walking by these two ladies, on of whom named Shirley.  Shirley’s friend really wanted to run all the way to the end, but Shirley was not feeling it.  Her friend kept yelling for her, “Come on Shirley!  We can do it Shirley.  Just grab my hand Shirley!”  She was so motivating that people watching started yelling for Shirley, it was pretty good.

Today we went for another 8K (almost).  It’s time to get motivated and the training up!  How do you stay motivated during a race?  I’ve got my bud with me!


Oh yes, there’s food…

18 Mar

Just in case you thought St. Patty’s Day was all about green and Elvis…

It’s not….

That would be corned beef with sauerkraut and Leanne’s Guinness.  Yumminess!  Leanne cooked the corned beef in a crock pot basically all day in Guinness, carrots, and green onions.  The sauerkraut is the same recipe as used here.

What did you have for St. Patty’s Day?

Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ on the river…

17 Mar

Happy St. Pat’s Day!  Did you wear green today?  I know I did.

I like St. Patrick’s Day in all, but it’s not like it’s my favorite holiday.  I do like St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago.  I’ve been a couple of times and did you know they dye the river?  I didn’t either until 2005ish…  Anywhozits, pictures!


First step!  Police in action!
First pass through

What I think is amazing is the fact that they dye the river with tiny little Dixie cups and a baking sifter.


See the guys!? I like their white suits.

The dye is actually an orange color until it gets mixed in with the river.  What does that say about the river??


Old picture of Leanne and I.

Whoo! The river is green!

After they dying of the river, everybody walks over to the parade route to get good seats or really just standing.  The parade is your normal parade.  You know, marching bands and the like.  If your really lucky you may just see St. Patty’s Day Elvis’s, Elvi?


One of my favorite pictures!

The old dude’s hand in the picture is great.  He was super friendly and would move so I could take pictures (They actually had chairs in front of us).

Semi Wordless Wednesday

16 Mar


Today was a crazy one!  The kids were fine in the morning at school, but I don’t know what happened after lunch…  There was crying, feelings got hurt…oy.

Let’s just relax and look at some pictures shall we?


Cat feet all in a row. I can’t remember if I’ve posted this already or not, but I just love it. Bond does this often.


I love this quote! It is so true!

Good reminders, no?


These three bottle caps sit on the backsplash in the kitchen. Just something to look at while washing dishes and you know, contemplating life…

Daily Post

Grab the nearest book (or website) to you right now. Jump to paragraph 3, second Sentence. Write it in a post.

Ooo, this is a good one… “With the help of a detective, I found his address and sent him a letter.”

Bonus: Make up a sentence to follow the first one, but make it go in an entirely different direction that the actual book or website does.

With the help of a detective, I found his address and sent him a letter.  I was happy to have found him and exhilarated by the idea that I may actually hear back from my biological father.  I knew that he would contact me.  Five months later I was still waiting when a strange man showed up at my door.  Can I help you?  I asked.   “I don’t want you to say anything, just listen.  I am your father.” I felt my stomach rise up to my throat.  He kept talking, “I got your letter and well, it sent me into a spiral.  I hadn’t thought of you in 20 years and I was okay with that.  I don’t want to have anything to do with you.”  He then abruptly turned on his heel, tramped down the steps and down the street.  I was left there with my mouth wide open and heart smashed into pieces.  “I don’t want anything to do with you.”  That would be my mantra and thought  needling in my mind for the rest of my life.

**Just so you all know, this is not autobiographical.  Promise!  I thought this was a pretty cool topic.   You try it!

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