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It's the name of a pasta shape.

It means "little ears".

I love pasta and I have little ears. That's pretty much the extent of my thought process.

New car...hopefully.

So, after spending about a month trying to figure out why my car was leaking oil it turns out that it's a bigger issue than anticipated and that it would probably be about a $1000 repair.


Not worth it.

We were hoping to be able to wait at least until the end of this year so that Dan could get his raise but it seems like I need a new car now.

We took a trip to CarMax and test drive several vehicles and I settled on a Honda CR-V EX. We didn't want to buy from CarMax because Dan knew he could get a better deal from a normal dealership where you can haggle out the prices. The man is a GOOD negotiator. He's tenacious about it, too. We were at the VW dealership until 10:30 at night the day he bought his car.

Anyway, we ended up going over to the Honda Carland here in Roswell and found a lovely, dark blue, Honda CR-V EX, 2004, 24,000 miles. Dan didn't want to commit that day simply because we had JUST made the decision to get me a new car.

They weren't open today and Dan is going out of town tomorrow. He's going to try and do the negotiation over the phone from Wisconsin and get a written agreement on a price so that I can take my car in to trade on Monday evening. CarMax appraised my car at $2,000 so I have that paperwork to wave at them if Honda Carland tries for any less. I've got about $1,500 saved and Dan said he would contribute $2,000 since it's essentially going to be our "family vehicle" for traveling and driving the dogs around.

With any luck I will have a new car by tomorrow evening! A pretty nice car, too. My "grown-up car".

Since it's a Honda I can just keep it forever.

I need to call my house and see if my dad can come with me tomorrow to help hash out the details. I am just NOT good at dealing with people in these sorts of situations. I get very flustered and nervous an end up just agreeing to whatever just to get out of there. Not exactly good when you are trying to negotiate such a large purchase.

Dan needs the computer. Or, the printer, really. Either way I have to get off now!


My classroom!

I was finally able to take some pictures of my room. It's a little messy but that's what happens in kindergarten. You get so busy you forget to pick up after yourself until the end of the day. Anyway, here goes!

My Room!Collapse )

So, that's that. I like my room. It's very colorful!

Also, here are photos of my hallway display. My principal RAVED about it the other day so I am quite pleased with myself.

Hallway DisplayCollapse )

Isn't kindergarten fun??
...but I'm back!

The sinus infection was killer, the antibiotics made me incredibly sick to my stomach, work has been WORK, and...

We got a new dog!

Needless to say, my life has been pretty full.

Anyway, the new baby's name is Louie and he's a Basenji mix. He has cute, pointy ears, white socks, and spots all over his belly. Whatever he is mixed with must have been HUGE because he has feet that look like they belong on a 100+ pound dog and he only weighs 40 pounds. It's pretty comical. He yodels like a Basenji and makes the funniest noises when he's "talking" to Trevor. He has a fairly normal sounding bark, too, but he rarely uses it. I like that both of our dogs are very quiet.

Here are some pictures!

The boys!Collapse )

Louie is only about a year or so old so he still acts like a big puppy. He's all muscle and big feet so when he jumps on you it's a little painful. He has also figured out how to steal things off of counters so we have to push everything really far back. He's a sweetie, though, and likes to snuggle with me on the couch. We're going back to the rescue today to finalize the adoption.



Dan and I have finished the fence (except for one gate)!

This means ANOTHER DOGGIE!!!

We are going to meet a few dogs this weekend at this rescue organization over in Decatur. I AM SO EXCITED!!

One is a corgi mix, one is a fawn colored doberman mix, and the last one is a black and white sheperd mix. We're leaning towards a particular one BUT since the new dog has to get along with Trevor we are keeping our options open. The one we like best on paper might not be the one he gets along with best.

I will love any dog we get! If I had my way I would own a freakin' zoo of animals.

Anyway, that's the big news right now. I'm still being kind of reclusive at the moment so forgive me.

Worst Week Ever!

Not really. But close.

Let's go back to pre-planning week. I was hot gluing stuff to my wall and I went and burned the absolute PISS out of my right hand while attempting to load a new stick into the hot glue gun. It's a second degree burn. According to the almighty internet I was supposed to get treatment for it since it's on my hand. Oops. It seems to be doing fine but the new, tighter skin hurts if I bend my hand too much.

So, I've been dealing with that mess.

THEN on Sunday night my back, left, upper teeth began to hurt. I've been battling teeth pain off and on for about a year or so now. We can't figure out what the problem is. I am also due for a cleaning so I thought I might have a cavity. I went by the dentist office on Tuesday to make an appointment and the hygenist had a few extra minutes so she took an X-ray of my teeth. She said she couldn't see a problem but that my sinuses appeared to be sitting extremely low, pretty much right on top of my teeth, and that if they were irritated then it could be causing my teeth to hurt. I hadn't been feeling any true sinus symptoms so I kind of just filed that theory away to think about later.

Well, the next day, I woke up and I was extremely mucus-y. I thought it was because of the extreme heat or something. I went about my day and made an appointment with the doctor to get my sinuses checked out just in case. On my way home I started to feel absolutely AWFUL and the left side of the roof of my mouth seemed to be swelling up. I pulled into the CVS near my house becasue they have a Minute Clinic (a nurse practitioner runs an office there and can diagnose and treat common ailments). She took a look down my throat, in my nose, and felt the pressure in my face and said that I had a classic sinus infection. I got some antibiotics and then, since I was having pain in my teeth and my throat, I decided that I wanted a milkshake and fries for dinner. I drove to two different Chick-Fil-A's and one was closed for remodeling and the other had a broken ice cream machine. AAAARRGH! I got really upset and called my mom and begged her to bring me a milkshake and fries. Luckily, being the wonderful mommy she is, she did so right away AND cleaned the kitchen.

This whole thing explains why I had been sleeping literally 12-14 hours a day since Monday. I would wake up, go to work, come home, go to sleep on the couch, and wake up to crawl in bed. The only thing that got me off the couch was when I needed to let the dog out or feed him. Dan was out of town so I didn't have anyone to help me around the house so things got a little gross.

BUT, I'm back. My antibiotics are working, the pain and swelling are going down. I'm starting to feel better.

The one good thing this week has been my kids. They were so awesome this week! I really hope that this trend continues because, so far, I am really impressed with how well they are following directions and listening. They are really neat and clean, too. I haven't even had to do a lesson on how to use glue and we've already done two "glue heavy" projects. Plus, they are all ADORABLE. I want to take them all home! They aren't a super "high" bunch of kids but they all seem to be hard workers and they seem to really want to learn. I haven't noticed any truly lazy ones, yet. They are also very quiet which is definitely a change from last year! I really wish it wasn't totally inappropriate to post pictures of them on here.

Anyway, I'm going to try and get some chores done since I've been neglecting my household duties this week.


I just need to win these next two Ebay auctions and then I am DONE for a while. I've already won 7 auctions of smaller lots of books by specific authors. Now I'm working on a bunch of Eric Carle books and a big lot of Caldecott award winners. Those auctions don't end until the day after tomorrow so I can take a break from watching the computer for a day. Even if I end up paying my maximum bid for the next two auctions I'll only end up paying about $2 per book when you do the math for ALL the books I've purchased/am going to purchase. Not a bad deal at all considering that a lot of them are brand new/hardly used. If I was paying retail for all these books (brand new) I could easily be paying close to $1000.

I'm going to be getting a lot of packages in the next week or so, haha.

The next step is to find books that fit the kindergarten themes. We have "All About Me" and "Transportation" and "Apples" etc. and it changes every two weeks. I also need some holiday books. I'm thinking that if I target the holiday auctions at least 2 months ahead of time I can avoid too much competition.

Ugh. All this strategizing! I should have bought books last year but, since they were readily available for borrowing, I just didn't bother. It was one less thing I had to spend money on.

I'm starting to gather ideas for my lesson plans for the first three weeks of school. I've already thought of some good things to do and gotten some ideas from the internet. I need my notebook that they gave us last year, though, so I can really get started. I'm going to try and have my lessons done monthly instead of weekly so that I'm not killing myself every week. I need to figure out a good way to type them up. Last year I had trouble because I never liked any of my formats and I tried using Excel but I suck at it. I think I need Dan to give me a tutorial.

That's enough about school. Now that today's auctions have ended it's time for me to go to bed!

Schoooooool Days.

I am going Ebay crazy right now!

I am watching/bidding on 4 different children's book auctions right now. I won one last night for 6 or 7 Dr. Seuss books. I've currently got a group of Eric Carle, a group of Kevin Henkes, and a group of Laura Numeroff books in my sights. I'm also trying really hard to win a HUGE lot of Caldecott award winning picture books. There is another one that I'm watching that I'm not sure I want to bid on. There are a lot of great books in the lot but there are also a lot of random ones, too.

I love Ebay.

Last year I used a lot of my parapro's books since she used to be a kindergarten teacher and still had a bunch of them. I don't have that luxury this year so I am trying to build up a nice sized library fairly quickly.

I can't wait to get my $100 gift card from the state. I already have definite plans for that money. About half of it is going towards area rugs for my read-aloud and calendar areas. Then I'm going to get some PVC pipes to make Phonics Phones for my reading groups. After that I'll still have a little bit to play around with so we'll see what I end up with. I'll probably got to JoAnn's and get some fabric for my walls and to cover up my book cases. I was also thinking about making fabric curtains to hide my housekeeping area when it is not in use but I'll have to see how that one would work.

I got permission so take a bunch of stuff out of other classrooms (classrooms where the previous years teacher isn't returning). I ended up with a kidney shaped table (great for reading groups), a fabulous easel (the previous teacher had to leave it because the school purchased it for the room), and an extra computer table that I can put next to my desk to create more surface area. I'm also looking to get rid of a lot of my housekeeping stuff, like my table and chairs, the extra doll and doll bed I had, and the two rocking chairs that caused nothing but DRAMA last year.

My room has a lot more stuff in it BUT it flows much better and the space is being utilized better. I have more floor space now. I'll definitely take pictures when it's all set up since it will finally be how I want it.

I love Friday!

Another lazy Friday!

I love having summer off. I also love that my summer job is only 4 days a week for 4 hours a day, haha.

I am still procrastinating over sending my paperwork in to the Social Security Office. I have it all filled out I just keep forgetting that I need to buy a big envelope so that I can mail the marriage license and my passport and stuff along with the application.

Let's see...what else is new...

Oh, I need to get Trevor's Heartguard and I need to buy a toilet brush so that I can clean the toilets. Apparently we threw ours out when we moved and I didn't know that until I went to try and find it this week. I also want to take Trevor to the dog park for a while since we are going to be over in Dunwoody anyway.

I spent a few hours yesterday moving furniture around my classroom. They didn't have the air turned on so I was pretty disgusting by the end of the day. Last year I just left things as the previous teacher had arranged them because I didn't have time to fix things up because of all of the stupid MONDO Literacy Design training we had to go to during pre-planning week. I also couldn't get into my room early last summer because of construction. I didn't like the way things were arranged but I just dealt with it. Now I am changing up everything. I just hope the dumb ol' fire marshall doesn't have a cow about the fact that I put my big metal storage cabinets in the bathroom. The bathroom is HUGE and the cabinets don't block anything so I really don't see what the big deal is. I am also going to hang things from the ceiling, put stuff on the wall within 5 feet of my doorways, and cover my big dividing wall with fabric that ISN'T flame retardant (if flame retardant material is too expensive, anyway). MWAHAHAHA.

Seriously, though, if you follow all the stupid rules then your classroom ends up looking barren. Not cool.

I figure the worst thing that can happen is they ask me to change it.

Since I worked the SPARK kindercamp this summer I got to meet 11 of my kids and I LOVE them. I think I ended up with a fairly high group and they were so well behaved for the three days I had them. Almost all of them caught on to things really quickly. I ended up using all of the extra work I had been given for "early finishers". Hopefully they won't throw in any crazy kids before school starts. I don't need anyone messing this up!

What else...

Oh, I've lost 8 pounds! Between moving in with Dan, starting teaching, and planning the wedding I had gained a fair amount of weight over the last year (about 10-15 pounds) and was feeling really gross. I finally started doing something about it after I noticed that I was starting to get a fat pooch above my knees and imagined me as a 300 pound lady whose thighs and upper arms had gotten so big that the fat pooches were covering her elbows and knees. You know what I'm talking about. You've seen it! After that I was like "Oh, hell no. No, no, no. Not me!" So I started cutting back and working out more in the second week in June and I've lost 8 pounds. From 156 to 148 as of this morning. I'm going to try for between 135 and 140. So far so good!

Here's the thing about my weight, though, that's always bugged me. I will fully admit that I am lucky and never gain weight around my middle. No matter how much I've weighed I've always had a flat stomach and a small waist (as evidenced by my size 6 wedding dress!). I gain weight in my butt and thighs where it's less noticeable. Lots of people are shocked when they find out my true weight or pants size because "You're waist is so tiny!". Yeah, well, check out this ass! Haha.

This leads to a lot of "Why are you trying to lose weight?" and "You don't need to lose weight!" and "You can eat this huge piece of cake because you're young and tiny and it doesn't matter!"

The final comment usually comes from someone at work (a lot of middle aged women work in elementary schools). I always feel like I would be insulting them, since they are almost always lamenting about needing to lose weight, if I didn't take the cake and eat it. Like I was saying something like "Oh, no thanks. I don't want to end up like you." or whatever. Plus, if I didn't eat it, they would start in on the "Why are you worrying about your weight? You don't need to!" comments which are just annoying! Don't make me feel bad just because I am concerned about my health and wellbeing.

Luckily, my mom is not one of those women. She was chunky when she was a teenager/young adult and has gone the opposite route of most people and now weighs significantly less than she did when she was younger. She's always told me not to let myself get too big because it just makes you miserable and that it's better to worry about it now than when you're 40 and it's even harder to lose. Thank goodness for her otherwise I might give up on this whole thing and just keep eating that damn cake!

Anyway, that's enough of that. I think that has been brewing in me for a while. Amanda and I were discussing this stuff last night (we have very similar body types) and I guess it finally got to me.

Hrm. Anything else?

I don't think so. I can't wait for pre-planning week! That's my favorite week because I get to decorate and play with school supplies and such all week. I get so geeked out over school supplies! I bought pencil boxes for my kids at Office Depot for $0.19 apiece! They can keep their crayons, pencils, scissors, etc. in them and there will be less disputes over everything because everyone has their own box. That will be nice. The communal thing didn't really work for me last year so I'm going this route. I also got individual dry erase boards for the kids to use (Go to Home Depot and ask for tileboard. $10 for a huge sheet and they will cut it into 12x12 squares for free. I got 24 I think). I am so excited about all my new stuff!

Okay...so there was more. It wasn't important, though. I was just having a moment.

I should do something now.


I am so frustrated!

Trevor needs his heartworm medication. We ran out of his year supply last month without realizing it. We need to give it to him this month.

I (apparently stupidly) thought it would be no problem to go to a vet clinic here in Roswell and get it as long as they called his former vet to confirm that he was negative for heartworm back in April when he had his yearly.

This is not so, unfortunately. I am getting frustrated because he is now a few days late with it and I am worried that, since more mosquitoes are out because of the slightly damper weather we've been having, he's going to end up with heartworm. I can't get over to our vet clinic in Dunwoody until Friday so then he will be even LATER on it. GRRRRRR!!!

Plus, I'm not sure how long is too long to go between monthly treatments. If we wait too long he's going to have to get another $40 heartworm test which I really don't want to pay for because he JUST HAD ONE IN APRIL.

That's the end of my rant. Thanks for listening.

Perhaps I will update with happy things later on.

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