Can’t say I’d mind a birthday celebration with any or all of them. Maybe if I keep my fingers AND toes crossed when I make my birthday wish….
Leave it to New Kids on the Block to bring me out of my blogging funk. I’ve been thinking of lots of things to update on here but never bothered to get around to it. Let that be a lesson to you…never underestimate the power of the boy band.
My brother presented me with this little gem today:
He found it in a Goodwill, knew I would love it and bought it. If this sounds familiar, you might remember he bought me one of their other videos a few years ago.
I absolutely love every single thing about this cover. First of all, how much more street thug cool can you be than to have your picture taken literally in the street…next to a minimally graffitied wall…next to a sign that reads drug free school zone? Not much let me tell you.
Looking at Joey, aka Little Joey Joe, *sigh and swoon* (it was quite the competition between Joey and Jordan as to who would be my favorite New Kid but in the end Joey won out) I have to wonder if he was expecting there to be a flood or whether he hit puberty in the time between buying those jeans and taking this picture. My guess is the latter.
I don’t really know what look Danny was going for…Tom Cruise in Risky Business? More mature? Cool and casual? Let’s go out for an evening stroll through the back streets of New England while I impress you with the intricacies of freshman community college knowledge. Fail, fail, and fail. You’re not fooling anyone Danny. We’ve all seen Community and the only intricacies of knowledge going on there is what to do should you find yourselves locked inside the school during a zombie attack. Which by the way, was very helpful. As a side note, I’m very excited for Community to come back this fall. And very ticked with networks at putting it in the Friday, aka kiss of death, time slot and only greenlighting 13 episodes. You suck networks *shakes fist*!
Nice pajama pants Jordan. And what’s with that hat? And the vest?
Jon, I’m totally loving your tights? long john underwear? under your jeans. And penny loafers? Seriously. I guess the jokes on us because you had us totally fooled. How could we not have known you were gay? It’s so obvious in retrospect. George Michael you were wrong, the clothes DO make the man.
Donnie, oh Donnie. I just don’t know what to say about your mess of an outfit. What. The. Crap?!??
So I turned the video over and this is what graces the back:
How about a closer look?
Looking at this I can’t believe Jon’s the only one who’s gay.
Joey, or excuse me Joseph as it’s labeled, must really like that T-shirt he’s wearing of forgot to bring a change of clothes to the photo shoot. I’m loving the bowling pin broach on his jacket. Did you know I like to bowl Joey? Did you, did you?? Oh the fun we could have had.
Seriously Jordan,What. Is. Up. With. That. Hat?? You look like a creeper with your fingers trying to give a dainty tip of your hat. You might be about to give a cordial greeting but you’re undressing me with your eyes. Perv.
Jon your hair is perfectly coiffed and looking closely I think your eyebrows were purposefully brushed that way. Again I ask, how did we not know you were gay?
Donnie I still don’t know what to say. Your clothes and style are sending all sorts of mixed messages. Mostly ones that say you look stupid.
Danny, I forgot you had that nasty rat tail. I wish it could have stayed that way.
Oh man, I can’t wait to push play!
Last year I took this photo showing the two massive trees in our front yard (very bottom pic). Yesterday some work was done and this is the result.
Now I like trees just as much as the next person but these were out of control. After laying sod twice in two years, the grass is still dead. The window on the far right looks into my bedroom and every time we got a thunderstorm or are under tornado watch, those branches would sway like crazy and I just knew if they break and fall in the wrong direction I’m dead. You may think I’m overreacting (and I probably am but I’m OK with that) but in fact, both trees had lost large branches that cracked during thunderstorms and thankfully fell away from the house. So while that’s been going on in the front, I’ve been doing some cleanup in the back.
I didn’t really know what I was doing (as clearly demonstrated by my digging a random hole and putting a plant in it) and though it was time consuming and went better than I thought, I really didn’t do it the right way. This year I still don’t know what I’m doing but have put more thought and effort into the prep work and even though I’ve still got a long way to go this is so far the result.
My dad helped me till the ground and my mom helped me lay all the steel edging. Then it took 5 bags, nearly 6 hours, and what feels like 2 broken hands to clear out the debris from the bed.
Because this is what part of it looked like:
I THINK I’m ready to buy the plants and actually plant them which is by far the best part. All the plants you see are left over from last year which is kind of nice, especially a few that I had no idea would come back…surprise!
I don’t know what it’s like for the rest of the nation but down here in Arkansas the weather has been HEAVENLY! A lot of sunshine, low humidity, warm temps…sigh. Just the other day it was 80 degrees. And I loved it. I’m currently in denial about the fact this probably means the summer will be unbearable hot and riddled with insects. But for now I’m content and happy with the sun.
A few posts back I talked about an assignment I had to do for class that involved creating a glogster. I’m happy to say that yesterday I finally got around to doing it and it’s now submitted and done. Looking at it, it’s pathetic it took me as long as it did to put together because I’m pretty sure there are some third graders that could have done a better job in less than half the time. The information on the page is ridiculously scant but I think that’s the point. At least I’m hoping it is. There was no way to possibly put all the relevant information from the chapter on this thing so I scaled back to an extreme degree. Here’s a link so for those of you who didn’t know what a glogster was, you can get a peek.
Also, some of you from Facebook may have seen that I posted an update about oatmeal. More specifically, how I don’t like it but am trying to fool my tastebuds into thinking they do. I think I have finally found success in maple brown sugar. Is it the beginning of a long and beautiful friendship? I doubt it, but at least I didn’t dump it down the drain. That’s gotta count for something.
Speaking of food, there’s a new restaurant here that’s becoming my favorite. It’s called Pitza 42. They serve personal pizzas on pita bread or you can get different kinds of salad. And for every meal purchased they donate a meal to a charity that helps feed hungry children around the world. AND it’s cheap. Doesn’t get much better than that.
A look ahead this week shows that Friday is FIELD TRIP DAY!!!! I love field trip day. We’re taking the kids to the fire station so that should be pretty fun. Last year we had some firemen come to the preschool and the kids got to see and try on some of their fire clothes and sit in a fire truck. The kids had fun but I think this year will be better.
And finally, I’m going to end this post with the Valentine gift I gave my mom and brother. If this doesn’t say I love you, well, I don’t know what does.
A few years ago my brother and I made some heart shaped sugar cookies for Valentine’s Day. Instead of decorating them pink with pretty sprinkles, we iced them black and wrote what most people really think of the opposite sex (you know you’ve thought these). Here are the contenders for Valentine’s Day 2012:
Some of these were repeats, some new, but all had us cracking up while we made them.
Yesterday was my birthday! Whoo hoo!! I had the day off work and was pretty lazy for most of the day. My mom, brother, and I had a little gift opening party and then went to dinner. My brother went on home while my mom and I went to Target so I could look for cheap school supplies and other Crayola type things for the kids at the preschool. I then went home and watched Thundercats. And that my friends is how a 32 year old celebrates their birthday on a Friday night…or at least how this one does it.
Since I last wrote, summer school started and ended. I’ve never taken classes in the summer and I never want to again. It blows. Summer is supposed to be a time of relaxation and freedom. It was never intended to be a time of research methods and child development. But it’s done now and I got a two week break before starting up again for fall. I did get some good news yesterday regarding my practicum. The university is allowing the preschool where I work to serve as my practicum site so I now don’t have to be placed in a school somewhere in the district which means no scheduling hassels, worrying I won’t get my hours, and I get paid. Getting them to accept it has been a little bit of a problem so I was ecstatic they finally agreed.
During those two weeks I had off, I went on a little road trip with a friend of mine from Utah. She flew down here to Arkansas and we decided to drive to Mississippi to the Gulf Shores. We didn’t really plan this very well so when we got there it wasn’t at all what we thought it was going to be. Nevermind that we really weren’t in the right place which we didn’t discover until a few days later. Instead we went on to Gulf Shores, Alabama which is a tourist spot. If you have kids this is a great place for you. I don’t have kids and neither does she so we went on to Pensacoloa, Florida.
This was perfect! We got there late afternoon and drove right to a beach and just layed there. I loved it. In the morning we got up to see the sun rise which was kind of nice I guess and I was planning on another day of laying at the beach. We didn’t do that though. Instead we went to the national park and walked around on some trails. We decided to go ahead and make our way back to Mississippi after we got some information on where we were supposed to go. The second time around was a little better. We had dinner at a place called The Shed which we had both seen hightlighted on different food shows. It’s a BBQ/Blues joint and if you are ever in Ocean Springs, MS you need to eat there. Definitely two thumbs up. It looks like a crappy hole in the wall place but it’s SO GOOD.
So if you pay attention to the national weather you know we’ve been getting severe storms down here in the south. About a week ago we got some crazy, intense wind and this is what it did to our fence
This is just what the wind did. The fence posts have been snapped and since I took this picture that other panel has fallen. Monday I was sitting in front of the computer minding my own business trying to type a final paper for class, when my brother came in letting me know the tornado sirens were going off. I’d heard the siren but was so concentrated on my paper I kept thinking it was an ambulance or a cop car. The sirens ended up sounding not once, not twice, not three times, but FIVE times in a 3 – 3 1/2 hour span because that’s how many tornadoes/possible formulating tornadoes there were. And all of them followed the same path through the state.
I spent the next three hours watching stuff like this on the TV
I happen to live in Conway located in the middle of the screen. As you can see one tornado skirted around the north part of the town. At the same time that was happening, that tornado forming to the south ended up making it’s way up going between Conway and Mayflower and it was this tornado that demolished the town of Vilonia just to the east of Conway. To give a little perspective on distance, Vilonia is within 10 miles or so from my house.
I took video on my phone with the intent of posting it on here but it won’t upload (go figure). But it was video so you could hear the sirens sounding and the announcement telling everyone to go inside. What you can’t really tell from the video is how greenish yellow the sky was and how eerily calm and silent everything was.
The other video I took was showing the street right in front of my house and how flooded it became in a matter of minutes. This was due to the tornado passing over us and on its way to Vilonia. I did manage to snap a couple of pics though
I’ve seen plenty of photos showing the aftermath in Vilonia and further south in the Hot Springs area that was also hit extensively by tornadoes and all I can say is we were so fortunate at my house to not experience more damage than a fallen fence. I know a handful of people that got hit pretty hard and lost extensive amounts of their home and property. Here are some shots that I got from friends or from the Arkansas Severe Weather page:
Last night we had severe thunderstorms and the sirens went off again but as far as I know, there wasn’t anymore extreme damage done. I thought we had seen the last of it last night but as I left work an hour ago this is what I saw
To the east it looks like a perfectly nice and almost sunny day. To the west it’s dark and creepy. I ended up driving home in a torrential downpour but it has since stopped raining. It’s overcast and the wind is blowing really hard but maybe this really is the last of it. I hope so.
The other day I decided I wanted to try my hand at gardening. We have an area in the backyard where the grass has stopped growing so I converted it into my little makeshift garden. I have no expectations for it and I probably just spent $40-50 to dig in the dirt but that’s just the way it goes.
I realize this doesn’t look much different but even if you can’t tell I did anything, my shoulders sure can. No tiller, just a hoe. I don’t recommend it unless you have built up stress and frustration in your life. In that case, have at it.
There’s not much there but in my mind it looks like this:
Generally I don’t put much stock into what the weather people say. I can usually flip a coin and make a guess my self with better results but yesterday they actually came through. No doubt you’ve all heard of the winter blast we got down here in the south and while I know many of you got much more snow than we did, it was record breaking for us.
Some parts of the state got over 2 feet and were 20 below zero. It snowed for a solid 8 hours straight and made it the worst road conditions I’ve ever driven in and I’ve lived in both Utah and Idaho, so I’ve had my share of winter driving. See what makes it so bad here isn’t really the snow. It’s the fact we have humidity. Humidity = ice. Lots of ice. Ever want to know what it would be like to drive on a ice skating rink come on down and give it a whirl.
I took a video with my phone early this morning to give a little live footage but it wouldn’t upload to anything. Sure glad I spent all that money on a phone that won’t do what I want it to. Let’s be honest, it’s probably user error. But I do know how to use my camera so here are a few shots. I didn’t want to drive anywhere so I was limited to my house.
I took pics of the snow last week and you can view them here if you want.
My sister took this pic of me in the airport and I just found it on my phone. My face looks a little like Lord Voldermort…or Michael Jackson. Joan Rivers eat your heart out.