Sunday on the porch….

sundayblog2 (1)We rescreened our porch this summer and I have to say that I’m really loving it.  I have been trying to spend as much time out here now that it’s relatively bug-free. Those roaches still find away onto the porch but Nutmeg is a good hunter.  We even got a cute little bistro set from Ikea to replace the white plastic table and chairs.  They were not comfortable at all.   The bistro set, perfect for Sunday coffee and blog writing.  I’d really like to get a glider out here.  Gliders are my favorite!!

Work is going well.  School started last week and after a few little hiccups, we are starting to settle in.  I have to say that the past few years have been getting better overall.  The interpreters have a home in the school.  It’s great, we can store our books, dictionaries, professional development stuff, and have a comfy spot to plan for the classes.  This is the first year in a long time that we’ve had all three grades of Deaf/Hard of Hearing at the same time.  When the finish hiring people, we will have four interpreters at our school.  Wow, the department is growing!

Next week, I have a meeting with the union, DTU, and the district to go over changes to the interpreter contract.  Change is slow but it’s happening.  This has been my goal for the past three years.  It’s amazing to see it finally shaping up.  Eat your heart out Norma Rae!

 

Renovation…

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The picture is of our bathroom when we first moved into our little bungalow in 2000.  It’s been 14 years and started renovating the room in August.  The first day of demolition was Oct 13th.  Today…it’s dry wall day.  The contractors were here a little bit before 8am.  Oof…I had planned to sleep in until 9:30am.

I had a fasting blood test that I needed to get done this week so instead of going in at 10:45am I headed out shortly after the contractors showed up.  There was no way I was going to be able to last in the house without coffee or stress eating.  Hello, mini-marshmellows!

Now, Nutmeg and I are hanging out in the computer room watching Black-ish on Hulu-Plus.

What a great way to spend the first Monday of vacation…

Notice: Alarm and video monitoring in progress…

We were robbed again.  Six weeks after the original one.  This time we did get them on video thanks to our dropcams.  Another door broken and in the process of being replaced.  It’s in, just needs to final touches and the storm door.  This is getting a little expensive.

We also decided to go with a monitored security system.  It was a little freaky for me to watch the invaders in my house and then have to call 911 myself.  This time I can still watch it but the monitoring company will be faster.  I was in shock.  …yes, you read right.   I watched the invaders in my house.  The dropcam sends a notification to our phones and I happen to be looking, thinking that it was Nutmeg jumping into her window perch.  I freaked when I saw a thug walking across my living room.

So now our life includes arming and disarming alarms in our own home.  I didn’t grow up with security systems and thought I’d never need one. I will admit that the first night we had it installed and armed was one of the best nights of sleep I’ve had in months.

It’s sad that we have to protect our homes from people who think they have a right to come in and take things that they didn’t work for.  Yes, they are only material possessions.  I’m safe, Jerry is safe, our cat is safe, but the audacity that people think they are entitled to things simply because they are there confounds me.

Why can’t people be good?

46!

46presentsToday I was completely spoiled by Jerry.

I should say that actually it started on Friday night.  When I got home from work I was allowed to open my presents.  SO FUN!  I love them all.  He is a great gift giver.

Today, woke up, went to breakfast at our favorite spot, Cool Moose Cafe.  Then because there is going to be a block party near our grocery store tomorrow we went food shopping.  Even that was fun!

A quick stop home to drop off the food and then back out to  go clothes shopping for me.  I hate shopping for clothes.  I think I’m on of the few woman who find this boring.  I might have to do with my size but I don’t remember being that into it even when I was thinner.  Anyway, I ended up buying more clothes then I expected.  Everything just seemed to fall into place.

Lunch was at Olive Garden.  I love their salad and that’s exactly what I had for lunch.  The only bad thing was that in a more than half empty restaurant we got seated right next to a small family of five with young children.  I almost asked to be moved but I didn’t want to be “that person”.  Most of the lunch was spent listen to the children yell…maybe talk loud…but..no..yell at their parents about being X for tic-tac-toe.  It didn’t dampen my spirits.  I was just thankful that we got to leave. (heh)

Back home, we participated in a beta test of a new game.  Well…Jerry did.  I got to press Login for two hours before I could get in.  I guess that’s why it’s beta 🙂

The night was topped off with an evening out at Alhambra Theatre and Dining.  It wonderful.  The show was Driving Miss Daisy, one of my favorite movies and the cast was excellent.

Jerry really out did himself this birthday.  I can’t wait for future birthdays to see what’s next. 😀

Happy New Year!

Just a few more hours left of 2012.  It was a pretty good year.  Can’t complain.

My families estate is somewhat settled.  Just a few loose ends but I don’t see that being resolved in the future and that’s okay.  Forgive, but don’t forget, right?  I miss Mom and Dad every day.  There are so many things that I want to tell them, or show them, that they would find cool.  They were pretty hip for being parents.

My health is pretty much the same. I really need to get a grip on this weight.  It’s dangerous and I know that.  Fruits and veggies, no sugar and if I do get breads it’s got to be very limited.  I think that I”m gluten sensitive but don’t want to have a bunch of tests.  I know I can do this, I just really need to commit.  The fear of death is real and I need to be smart.

Work is going pretty good.  Strange, because after this school year I’m not really sure where I will be placed. I hope I still have a job. I know a few others are moving on to other things so I’m sure there will be a place for me. I also need to get serious about this credential stuff.  I have DVDs to help me study my “student” reception skills.  I just need to get them back from the person that borrowed them from me and do it.

Home life is good.  Sure, I could use a trip out of town or two but that’s okay.  I have a wander bug that Jerry doesn’t.  It’s not a deal breaker.  We’ll be going to San Antonio in May and then I have Silent Weekend in Orlando in June.  I would love to get away for spring break in early April….we’ll see. I am a girl that loves a great hotel room.  (no clutter, someone else cleans it, no responsibilities)

I am a pretty lucky girl and always seem to land on my feet. I don’t expect anything different for 2013.

Fa la la la la….

Well, it’s that time of year again. We kicked off our Christmas season last Saturday at Jerry’s company holiday party. It was pretty fun. Jerry and I even danced. I don’t think we danced last year. *shrug*

This week is the last week of work until Winter break. Then I’m off for two weeks. Yay! Jerry is taking some time off too so we are stuck together. It’s a good thing Star Wars: The Old Republic is coming out so we can bother eachother game together.  Jerry is already “in” as he was smart and put his pre-order code in as soon as he got it.  I unfortunately waited until November 2nd.  Ah well….  We will be playing on Juyo server in case you were wondering.

This weekend we have more Christmas fun.  Friends are coming over on Friday for Chinese take-out and movies.  Then on Sunday we are heading up to Georgia for the Sutton Family Christmas.  I’m looking forward to bugging Jerry in the car for a couple of hours.  Good times…good times…

Still need to do some shopping for Christmas.  Jerry…still need to shop for Jerry….

Other than that we have been doing good. We are totally stuck on The Big Bang Theory right now.  We watch re-run after re-run just laughing like it was on for the first time.

Hoot, hoot….

 

I shouldn’t be surprised by people anymore.  You’d think that with all the things I have endured in these short forty-four years that nothing that anyone could say or do would surprise me.

Yes, life is short.  Live each moment like it’s your last but don’t forget compassion.  I believe in karma and would not want to be on the bad side of it.

No one is perfect, I hardly claim to be.  In fact, I have a very low self esteem but am aware of my short comings.  Maybe that’s where the difference is.  Awareness.

Today at work we had a “stress management” training session.  It turns out I’m an Owl.  Ok, what does that mean?  Owl: The wise owl. The owl is logical, mathematically minded, methodical and sometimes seen as a perfectionist. The owl can be slow to make decisions and inflexible if rules and logic says otherwise. Owls are not big risk takers but love detail.

See…don’t break the rules!!  Be more logical!!

Trying to read the map…

This past weekend, Jerry and I went and saw the movie The Help.  It was a wonderful and inspiring movie.  But, it was yet another tap on the should for me to do something. I just don’t know what that “something” is yet.

I know we all want to leave our mark on the world.  Some are artists, healers, politicians, motivators, the list goes on.  ….and then there is me.

This isn’t a pity party.  I know we all can’t be Martin Luther King Jr. or Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  We all do have a purpose.  I guess I’m just wondering what mine is.  Where am I supposed to make a difference?

If the journeys  in life are supposed to lead you to this greater good, why can’t I read my map to get there? Maybe I have the wrong map, maybe it’s out of date, maybe I just suck at navigation (hehe, that even made me chuckle).

Maybe, it doesn’t have to be a big thing to make a difference.  Hmm…I need to ponder that for a bit.

Summer vacation, part two…

Ahh…another small break before the regular school year begins.  Lots of changes this year.  New principal, students are to be mainstreamed and people let go, resigned or moved to other schools.

One of my favorite people called me this weekend to tell me she was resigning and moving on.  She is one of the people that made going to work fun.  I looked up to her as an interpreter and learned tons from her.  I will miss her.

Change…that seems to be what life has been about lately.  Today I had to go to the doctor for lab work.  I’m really trying to get healthy.  I have lost 36 lbs since school let out in June and am hoping that with some of the weight gone I can get my health in order. I still have lots more to lose but that’s okay.  🙂  Having Hashimoto’s thyroiditis can be a challenge.  I have these thyroid storms that make me either really tired, or jittery.  Fun hunh?

This upcoming weekend, Jerry and I are heading to Savannah, GA.  I have never been and am looking forward to getting out of town and exploring a new city.

My definition of…

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Squeezing by…That’s how we seem to live around here.  Don’t get me wrong, we are fine but we don’t have a lot in our savings. I really thought we’d be more financially stable by our mid-40s.

This is the first summer since starting my interpreting gig that I am doing a summer gig as well.  We need the money, straight and simple.  Could we get buy without me working, sure but it’s less stress if I work.  The more I’m at home, the more time I have to fret over every little penny.

So why are we in so much debt?  Family & Travel costs.  2009 & 2010 we amassed a ton of travel  costs.  Back and forth to Michigan due to family health issues and eventually funeral expenses.  I am thankful that we had the available credit to fly back and forth, rent cars and stay comfortably while we were away but now we are paying for it.

I’m doing little things to try to save us some cashola.  Coupons, I never thought I’d be clipping coupons but I do.  I have a few rules thought about my clipping.  I don’t use a coupon for something that I wouldn’t buy normally.  I tend to be brand loyal so I’m not really one to try a different brand, even if there is a coupon.  I usually buy the less expensive brand anyway.  We are eating at home more.  I’ve also cut back on my trips to Starbucks.  I loved my trips but since the Keurig came into our house, my $7.35 breakfasts have stopped.  Oh, Veggie Artisan Breakfast Sandwich how I have missed you.  Amazing how quickly those trips add up…heh…

So, if you can think of other little ways the pennies can add up, please let me know 🙂