Sunday, November 30, 2008

Friday, November 28, 2008

Nana's blogging!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

"We thank you lord, for this our food, for life and health and mercy good. May manna to our souls be given, the bread of life sent down from heaven" - Gillis family prayer, probably a Midwestern Presbyterian thing.

Today I am thankful for:
- My squirrelie girls who make my life meaningful, and everything more fun.
- My hard working, patient, helpful husband who just made me a ham egg and cheese bagel for breakfast.
- My family and any chance we get to spend time with them.
- Kevin's family and their eagerness to come visit us.
- All my supportive friends and family.
- For the good old USA.

Hot showers, computers, television, indoor plumbing, automobiles, and even Lilly (the dog).


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

"Oh he's not really sick. . ."

Today was Grandparents Day at school. They also called it Special Persons Day.
Could call it "bring someone important in your life who has a check book to the bookfair" Day.
Really, it's nice to see the effort at inclusion of all different types of families that makes kids feel less weird for not being from the Cleaver Family. In this class there are a couple of sad stories reguarding why dad wasn't there for donuts with dad this morning; why Grandma and Grandpa aren't coming.

But on the lighter side. . . I don't know why this litte girls Grandparents weren't coming, but she was expecting mom and brother. I overheard someone tell her "Your mom can't come because your brother is sick." So I sat near her and a few other loners so they would have an adult to chat with and share cookies.
Some share more than others. She was mad at her brother because now mom couldn't come. chat chat chat. Well, no see, he's not really sick. Really, chat chat chat. oh he's not really sick, he has a problem with his pee pee. OK. Yeah, there's something wrong with his pee pee again. There's always some thing wrong with it. Let's have another cookie sweetie!

Imagine what I might have learned if I'd had her full attention for longer than 2 minutes.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

This was funny. Made me laugh and cry instead of cry and cry which is a nice change today. (Abi's parent teacher conference makes my top 10 worst moments list.)
It's alittle long, but get's hilarious at the end when Ellen calls her back.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Friday, November 14, 2008

Ding, Dong, the Witch is Dead! The mean old witch, the wicked witch. And all of Emerald City is Rejoicing

Now, here is an example. Some day, I will need to keep my personal blog / proffessional blog very seperate,
(or perhaps learn to keep my mouth shut? Nah.)
BUT - not yet
Today I feel the need to document my amazement at the number of people who had a smile on their face, a little bounce in their step, who expressed a feeling of relief. The volly of celebratory phone calls that burst forth, the offering to throw a goodbye party without inviting her, the high fives that where discreetly given. . . I was not alone in finding my co-worker less than charming. She really was that bad.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Hamster? What Hamster?

I feel like Carl Rove. Recreating my reality. Spinning it.
Shhhh - the hamster is gone, and unbelievably the girls haven't noticed yet.
I had moved him into the basement because of grandma's being horrified by the many health risks involved with harboring an exotic pest; and they have pretty much forgotten about him (hence his death by "natural causes" - don't ask).

It's a pleasant Monday afternoon. We had to go see about braces for Abi, she will have an expander in 2 weeks, and I will get to be Ratchet Woman. Ab is excited because we get to crank it 28 times, and Caitlin only got to do 21. AND - Abi gets to be in the big book! That's right. Her mouth is so impressively messed up, that she has had 3 before pictures of her face, and 6 before pictures of her teeth taken. WOW! Caitlin didn't. She's just Bunnicula. hehehe. Meaning she has the 2 big old front teeth, then 2 gapping holes, and then a crazy set of fangs! Oh shush! It's good to be able to laugh about it.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Never say never? Even if one is prone to exageration?

NEVER - talk politics in the copy room and expect to come out of it feeling good.

NEVER - open your 401k statement and think "how bad could it be?"

NEVER - wait until the last minute to get your obscure lesson plan done.

NEVER - pick "youtube" as your final assignment, because you, my friend are easily distracted, and will NEVER finish your "research".

Saturday, November 01, 2008

The up side of global warming

The upside to Global Warming:
The It Girls look would not have been visable underneath snowpaint, snowboots and ski parka. They went without jackets last night! They also were tickled pink with the glitter hairspray that you can't even see. (I was tickled pink too, being afraid it might go on thick as spraypaint.)
And our long lost playgroup buddies showed up for some impromptu hot chocolate and pumpkin pie. (They have 2 hamsters now! Cheekie and Cutie. They stayed home though.)
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