Two and half years and a 4.0 later, I’m graduating with my masters degree in teaching! So glad to be done…now to find a job.
I finally got my internship assignment today and I’ll be helping out in a 1st grade classroom for this next semester. I was really hoping for kindergarten or 1st grade so I’m pretty excited about the placement.
To get ready I’ve been going shopping for an entire new wardrobe. I hate shopping. I mean I really despise doing it. As a result 98% of my clothes are more than 7 yrs old, most likely stolen from my brother’s closet, and comprised of ratty t-shirts and work out shorts. In the winter I basically wear the same pair of sweat pants everyday and throw on a hoodie. I don’t bother tying my sneakers and wear a baseball hat when I don’t feel like washing my hair. In the summer it’s much of the same; same pair of shorts everyday, t-shirt and flip flops. Basically I dress like a teenage boy.
Having to get a new wardrobe was bound to happen and I’m a little surprised, albeit happy, that it took me nearly 33 years to do it. In the past two weekends I’ve spent somewhere between $400-$450, which quite frankly, is a ridiculous amount of money to spend on what is basically just cloth and thread. On the other hand, it’s been 33 yrs. in the making so…not so bad. And even more surprising to me is that I found so many clothes that I liked and actually fit correctly. Score!
I do need to put a kabosh on further spending as I now won’t have a job for the next four months due to this internship. Ah well, it was fun while it lasted…well at least it was tolerable.
In other random and unimportant news, I’ve almost reached my book reading goal. Yes, I really have one of those. It’s the same goal I’ve had since 2008 – to read 50 books throughout the year. I only successfully achieved this goal that first year, but 2012 looks to be an overachiever. I’m currently on book 49 with a stack waiting in the wing to be read. Success – even if it is in something so minor!
Finally! The semester is over. I have to say this past month totally sucked with all the projects and papers I had to do but now it’s over and done with. AND it was my last semester of actual course work, just an internship left to go till graduation. All I want to do is sleep, eat junk food, read, and sleep. I’m so tired right now all of my thoughts are coming out as phrases.
In other news I finished the yard work in the back and will post pictures later. This Friday I’m going to be helping to lay sod in our front yard and will post pics of that as well. Right now, I’m going to sit in front of the TV and do nothing.
I’m 32 years old. I’d like to think I still have a pulse on what the kids are into these days. Sometimes the pulse may be a little hard to find like you look over at your great Aunt Mable and she appears unresponsive, so you start performing CPR only to discover she was just resting her eyes half way between a bite of mashed potatoes and peas. Hard to find or not, it’s there. For the most part I can turn on the radio and tell you the song and artist that’s being played. I have an entire IMDB library in my head and can spout off random and completely useless facts that benefit absolutely no one about various celebrities. I’m so fashion forward I CHOOSE to only wear sweats because I don’t want to induce a frenzied riot in Walmart while I’m buying a gallon of milk and not because I fell asleep in them the night before and figure with a baseball hat no one will be able to tell the difference. But I digress.
One of my assignments for my c lass in a few weeks is to create a glogster. That’s glogster with two Gs, not to be confused with globster which is what I kept referring to it as. Just so you know, according to Wikipedia a globster is “an unidentified organic mass that washes up on the shoreline of an ocean or other body of water.”
You know what else I learned from Wikipedia? What a glogster is. How sad is that? I’m on Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, not 1 but 2 blogs, Flickr, and probably a whole host of stuff I can’t even remember. But I had to look up the definition of what a glogster is after my forty something year old professor with no kids told me to create one for class.
So…uh, what happened to November folks?? I don’t really know where to begin because the post I’ve been thinking about posting is irrelevant seeing as how Halloween is long over and gone. So just imagine, I walked around my neighborhood and took pictures of the decorations people put up and some of them were pretty cool. A lot of people around here did some sort of decorations even if it was minimal. One of my favorites was a ginormous spider a guy built out of PCP pipe with glowing green fangs and put up in the front yard. I’d post the pics but they didn’t turn out all that well now that I’m looking back at them. We even decorated our porch which was a cross between nice harvest with pumpkins and hay bales and typical Halloween with spider webs and ghosts. I even tried to make this:
It didn’t quite turn out exactly like this but good enough. Another reason I’m not posting pictures is because my computer is going through a freak out period. I just got it a few months ago and there’s already some sort of hardware glitch. Lovely. I’ve talked to tech support on two separate occasions and all I’m wanting them to do is send me a box to put my computer in so I can send it to be repaired. It is now a month after my initial call and I still don’t have a box. Grrr. I will be making yet another call tomorrow and may have to ask to be transferred to their complaints department or something. It’s frustrating and annoying. And I’m annoyed that I have to talk to some guy in India who I can’t understand and who can’t understand me. Double Grrr.
With the semester coming to an end I’ve been bombarded with papers, projects, assignments, etc. The good thing is I’m starting to see the end. Whoo hoo! We had family in for Thanksgiving which was fun. I was a cooking fool last weekend. I made a big dinner the night before then cooked the turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and made four pumpkin pies. I love pumpkin pie. All the cooking is just the warm up for the Christmas desserts that need to be made. Last year I baked a little over 400 cookies, 5 loaves of bread, three batches of fudge, 2 batches of cream cheese brownie bars, 2 or 3 batches of homemade oreo cake/cookies, and tried divinity which I ended up being sidelined for because that’s really hard to make. Maybe this year. Speaking of the Christmas season, all the holiday movies have started up which I’m apparently a sucker for. So odd because ordinarily I can’t stand Lifetime or Hallmark but sprinkle in Christmas and I can’t turn it off. Go figure.
Well for some stupid reason I woke up at 3:45 this morning and couldn’t go back to sleep. I hate that. So I”m going to go attempt to do that now. But I’m going to leave you with what I discovered making a web outside my window:
Ok, ok so it wasn’t really a goliath birdeating tarantula out there but it may as well have been. It was totally big and creepy. Well, pleasant dreams!
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.
I really didn’t mean to disappear for a couple of months but every time I came to the computer to write something I decided against it and before you know it, it’d been nearly two months. So here’s what I’ve been up to during that time.
I had a month long break from school before starting back up again about three weeks ago. This first summer term I’m taking Research Methods and just typing it out makes me snoozzzzzzzzzze. In about another three weeks I’ll be adding Child Development to my load before getting a two week break before starting fall semester. See what I mean? ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
During my month of May break, I had a whole list of stuff I wanted to do but you know, time passes quickly and I didn’t do nearly half of it. I did manage to read 8 or 9 books which more than doubled what I had read this whole year up to that point. Yay me. And I’ve still been keeping up with my garden which has yielded
barely any vegetables so far:
I have since picked and eaten the veggies in these photos and they were really good. I’m sure more cucumbers are to come because the plants are huge and full of flowers. So is the watermelon plant and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for that one because I have become obsessed with watermelon this summer.
I added to the backyard by planting a lot of flowers and bushes. It needed it badly and I was in the mood to experiment. So far the majority of the flowers are thriving and slowly but surely our backyard is looking better and better. I can’t wait for the sunflowers to finally get big and bloom but it might not be for a couple more months. In the meantime here are some pics of just some of the flowers I’ve got back there:
I did notice the other day one of the flowers looked like it had been chewed and it didn’t take long to discover the culprit:
Every year we have wild rabbits that seem to roam through our neighborhood. I have no idea where they actually live and I usually don’t mind them in the yard. Just not when the eat my plants.
I also went on a little trip with my mom and sister down to Hot Springs. We did some horseback riding and went to a wax museum among other things. I’ve gotta be honest. The wax museum was horrible. It was so random and no one really looked like anybody they were supposed to. Here are some of my favorites:
Ack!! Seriously?! Prince Charles reminds me of a rat and Queen Elizabeth hasn’t looked like that for at least 60 years. I had to read the plaque to know who she was.
It was so dark in this section of the museum I took this picture mostly just to see what it was. And then I had to laugh. But the laughter really got going when we went into what I suppose was the kids/Disney section and saw this:
Gah, let’s take a closer look:
Hey what do you know, my new facebook profile picture. I absolutely love his face.
In the beginning of May our town celebrated its annual Toad Suck Daze celebration. In its honor, we had the kids at the preschool bring toads to school for some toad racing. Imagine 16 preschool kids with toads but believe it or not, it was fun. There are a couple of toads that live in the yard of the preschool and the kids LOVE to play with them. I feel bad for the toads. We had a frog fatality and I’ll spare you the details but will say barefeet = dead frog.
I hadn’t actually gone to the Toad Suck festivities since I was in high school but my brother and I decided to go and check it out this year. This included walking the parameter and then leaving. Too many people and a lot of lame stuff does not a good time make. Trust me. Although, one of the booths had a karaoke machine and was inviting participants. When we waked by some white trashy girls (I know that sounds harsh but you weren’t there) were singing quite loudly and off key to R Kelly’s song Ignition. It. Was. Hilarious….and terrible. My brother got some video of it that I will have to get and post.
The only other thing I’ve been busy with is watching TV. While I’m waiting for the summer shows like Burn Notice to start, I’ve become obsessed with Bones.
I’ve seen the show a number of times and like it but can’t watch it during the season because it’s on at the same time of a number of other shows I watch. Lucky me, the reruns are on constantly. There are about 12 episodes that get put on the DVR each week and I recently discovered all the seasons in their entirety on Netflix that I can access through my brother’s Xbox. Lucky me indeed. It’s taken me a while to actually be able to tolerate the character of Temperance Brennen. Admittedly I watch the show for Seely Booth and his sarcasm.
I also spent a day making a ton of homemade strawberry jam that was/is absolutely heavenly and could quite possibly make applesauce a little later in the summer. I might just be one of the oldest young people I know.
And there you have it – a run down of my two month hiatus. You missed me didn’t you?
Finally, it’s MARCH!!! My favorite time of year begins in the spring and ends with summer. Life seems so monotonous and bleak during the winter months especially January and February. Ever since I was in high school on the track team, I’ve always considered March (which was the start of track season) to be the beginning of spring, even when I lived out in Utah and the ground was still covered in snow and I was wearing a winter coat – it was still spring.
I’ve been incredibly busy and felt overwhelmed the past month with work and school, but especially this past week. It was one of those times were everything in life converged together simultaneously and all I kept saying to myself was, “If you can just make it through February you’ll be ok…if you can just make it through this weekend you’ll be ok…if you can just make it through this assignment you’ll be ok…if you can just make it through…..” And I started to realize that I’m guilty of doing this all the time. If I can just make it…blah blah blah. What a sad outlook. I might as well say, “If I can just make it until I finally keel over I’ll get the rest I’m looking for.”
For three weeks I filled in for my boss at work – it was only supposed to be for one. Her daughter was pregnant with twins and went into labor really early and had some complications. I’m very happy I could fill in for her so she could go and even more happy that everything turned out ok for mom and babies. It’s just the timing really sucked.
I would go to work at 7am and get home between 5:30-6:00 and have to be in class or work on papers until I collapsed in bed usually sometime between 11 and midnight, just to get up a few hours later and start over. I admit I’m one of those people that honestly needs at least 8 hours of sleep so 6 felt grueling and my brain was fried. The energy required to keep up with preschool kids astounds me sometimes. And I’ll admit showering started to become a burden and an annoyance because that was time I felt was better spent sleeping. So consequently there were days I wasn’t so April fresh and shaving practically went right out the window. So bless the child at the preschool who randomly asked me one day, “Miss Natalie, are you a supermodel or something?” and with no hesitation on my part and a straight face responded with, “Yes. Yes I am.” haha I have no idea what his idea of a supermodel is but I’ll take it. He’s learning and will make some girl very happy in about 20 years.
From Friday to Saturday I spent 11 hours in one class and on Sunday spent 14 straight hours working on a paper worth 40%, yes that did read 40%, of my grade for said class. This didn’t include the other assignments and projects that were due for other classes during this same weekend. At one point of the weekend I got so mad at the printer for something so completely lame (I even recognized in the moment that it was lame and that I was completely overreacting) I literally punched it with my fist multiple times. I guess I just needed to relieve some built up stress. And I have to say I felt momentarily gratified. And though my mom was mad when I did it (it is her printer after all) we were both able to laugh about it two days later.
Lesson learned: drop out of grad school. No, the lesson learned is not to procrastinate (isn’t that always the same damn lesson needed to be learned for everything?) and that I’m freak’n AMAZING b/c I got it all done on time. Of course that said, I haven’t received any of the grades yet.
But now it’s my blessed month of March. Looking ahead school doesn’t get overwhelming again (I don’t think) until the end of April and I’m back to working my regular part time shift. And in fact I have 4 1/2 days off right now. I got 9 hours of sleep last night and arranged my whole day around one errand. Sigh. Did I mention it was sunny and 70 degrees here today? Thank you March. Thank you.
Hey remember when I used to do updates all the time? No? Well I did. I haven’t logged on to wordpress for a few weeks so I thought if one was appropriate I guess it would be now.
Thanksgiving was nice. My oldest sister and her family came down for a few days and it was nice to see them. I even went shopping on Black Friday. This is HUGE for me because I hate shopping on regular Fridays (and every other day for that matter) so to go on the busiest shopping day of the year is a little mind blowing. No I didn’t get up early or camp out at a store. Matter of fact, I don’t think we even went until 10:30 the next morning. At most places “early bird” sales were still going on and there was still plenty of stuff still in stock so ha ha all of you who got up and stood in line in the cold all night.
School, school, school. What can I say except I can’t wait for you to be over this semester. Only two weeks to go and I hope the time flies. Thanksgiving really messed me up motivation wise and for that I almost wish we hadn’t had a week off. Trying to get back into this week has sucked. Tonight I turned in an assignment not due until Saturday. Which would be awesome except I submitted it to the wrong place and couldn’t take it back. I emailed my professor and hope she’s cool and fixes it for me. It’s an easy fix for her but she may want to teach me some lesson or something. Hope not. I’m really not interested in learning anymore lessons of any kind, especially a life one and it could really screw up my grade which would be a shame because for the first time ever, I’m actually doing really well in school.
And the preschool, what can I say about that? Except ’tis the season…for coughing in my face and wiping snotty noses on my sweatshirts. If I don’t end up sick it’ll be a Christmas miracle for sure.
I got my hair done last week. I had the girl cut almost 4 inches off, shorten up the layers, thicken the bang area, and do an overall darken. It feels so much better and it’s still kind of long which is good b/c I prefer my hair pulled back most of the time.
And finally, what’s with everyone searching the word gumby? And why does that bring them to my blog? I checked my stats for the first time in forever and 61 people alone used that to find my blog today. Is this the seasonal-comeback-retro-fad toy this year? I’m so out of the loop.
That’s right, September 24th is National Punctuation Day. This may be a good excuse for me to brush up on my writing skills because no doubt as you read this you will find a number of errors. Looking at their website, I gather this day was really meant to be geared toward younger children in the school system. Good for you Jeff and Norma (Punctuation Day founders)! But talk about random. It makes me wonder what all the other National Day things there are. Did you know that on September 19th was National Talk Like a Pirate Day? Imagine going into a work meeting while your boss says things like, “Arrg, shiver me timbers” or “Ahoy matey”. Actually, come to think of it (and a little off the subject), a couple of years ago a co-worker and I planned a pirate themed birthday party for my former boss and it was AWESOME! Hmm, that could be my next post. In the meantime, Happy National Punctuation Day.
*after writing this I googled National Days to see what I could come up with. This site has a list of what are supposed to be official national days (though I see no Punctuation or Pirate Days on there). But for fun I checked out my birthday and it is National Beheading Day. HAHA! And now I wonder what National Day theme falls on your birthday??