Monday, September 22, 2008

Happy Fall!!

I am so excited that it's officially fall today!!

It was such an e x t r e m e l y long day, and was made so much better by the small moments I could steal outside enjoying the sun and breeze.  In fact, I used my 15 minute lunch to sit on a picnic blanket on the school lawn and read in a good, fat book, eating an apple as crispy as the fall is promising to be.  

  I'd really love to have a fall picnic, with a potluck lunch, and sweet teas, and games under a pavilion tent, and maybe even a three-legged race or something.  I think that many people today don't really get into that sort of old-fashioned fun anymore, which is so sad to me... I'd join a three legged race any day; or maybe those ones we used to play where you had to run around with an egg on a spoon and then, standing,  crack it into a cup on your supine friend's forehead, or be the first to whistle once you've just eaten four saltines.  Maybe a little gross and slimey, but never ceasing to be hilarious.  Or perhaps, as my mother newly coined, "Fularious" (funny + hilarious).  

I decided to really try today and not have any time that I didn't use to a real, meaningful purpose. Even if it was to just be outside for a minute, or teach a kid an extra few minutes, or grab a coffee to get out of the awful traffic and savor the comforting smell.  And I did!  And I'm totally exhausted. It's 10:30, and I know that once I close this compy and turn off the light, I'll be as good as dead until 6 tomorrow morning. But if does feel nice to have had a nice, busy day.  Not the stressful kind of busy, but the nice, active, happy kind.  And now to be busy in my dreams..

The Happiest Fall to All!!

Bon Automne, mes amis! :)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

A birthday poem.

My birthday was on Tuesday.  I'm officially oldish- the big 2-4.

My brothers, being writers, always put lots of effort into getting the 'perfect birthday card'- it has to fit the moment and day, and have the perfect amount of funniness and cleverness.   If you've had to buy a birthday card recently, you probably have noted that there just aren't that many good cards out there right now.  They're all too sappy, or just plain cheesy. So Chason, my older brother, decided to just buy a blank card with a Yorkie on the front, and write his own version of a birthday card.  (So you know, Sherbotzky is my little sisters new Yorkie.)   Here it is:

The Tale of Mrs. Tantweenie

Oh, it was a very sad day; truly a debacle
When Mrs. Tantweenie, wearing her blue beanie, pressed down on the throttle.
While putting on her face, she failed to see
Standing in the street was Sherbotzky- the Yorkie.

Sherbotzky was small, a present in her paw
A little pink and blue bow under her jaw.
True, she did piddle, but only a little
As Mrs. Tantweenie's Buick drove down the middle

Of the road.  And despite the fright, Mrs. Tantweenit checked her sight
Saw Sherbotzky and pulled the wheel to the right.
The Buick skidded, shreaked, and drove off the street
With little Sherbotzky cowering underneath.
And Mrs. Tantweenit, wearing her blue beanie,
Smashed through the fence belonging to Mr. Goldenie.

"Sherbotzky, you could've been killed!" Mrs. Tantweenie shrilled.
"The street could've been covered in Yorkie blood that you spilled!
In the name of Pete, what were you doing in the street?
Stupid little dog, you could've been trampled under feet!"

Sherbotzky retorted- as it was reported:
"Mrs. Tantweenie, you meany! And what an ugly blue beanie!
I was going to Annie's party with this pickled zucchini!
It's her favorite, you know, how her face does glow
As all her good neighbors and friends do know."

"Oh you little snot, I hope your Zucchini rots!
And then you'll feel bad for the dumb thing you bought."
Mrs. Tantweenie sputtered with a grin
And opened the car door and started to get in.

And Sherbotzky seized the moment
Not caring that she'd done it
And hurled the Zucchinis at Mrs. Tantweenie
Which bounced off her nose and knocked off her blue beanie.

And off to the party with little Sherbotzky
At least, that's how the story is told.
To celebrate Annie's birthday-
But not to say Annie's old.

HA.   And I'm not really old, and I don't like pickled zucchini. Please don't ever give it as a gift. At least not to me.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Schedule Shmedule.

I am not a 9 to 5 kind of gal.

    It's true.

 I've decided to embrace this about myself.

So, when trying to set up this year's 


teaching schedule,

(which will probably consist of more than one 8 to 7 day)

   I've decided to allot time slots 

for the things I'd really like to do,

but never have time.

I do like teaching, don't get me wrong, 

but there is just nothing more oppressive to my soul

  than the thought of being stuck inside a 

6x10 windowless practice room that has

    only 1 flourescent light,

an old, somewhat out-of-tune piano,

and listen to kids (most of whom didn't practice much) 

for 11 hours day.

This confirms to me that I should not ever work in a 


So I'm going to slot times in my day for 

drawing/journaling like this,

   studying my music, 
refreshing my memory on music theory 
and music/opera history,
dance lessons (which I've started- move over, Eleanor),

going to the opera,

meeting friends for coffee or tea,

training for a half-marathon,

and whatever else I'd like to do, 

but never give the time!!

I'm exited about it.  

Happy Saturday, dearies!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Oh Facebook...

How has facebook come to rule our lives?  I don't know, but it's highly addictive if you're not watching out for it.  And there's facebook chat, now, which is fun sometimes, don't get me wrong. But yet another way to hook us in.  It's actually really funny to me!  I don't really care about it too much- it's really just a way to stay in touch with my friends- but it's hilarious to me to hear "facebook me" or " yeah, I saw on facebook that they broke up" or stuff like that.  Facebook is now the number one, best and true source for all things in our lives.
For instance: I decided to take off all the extra little things on my info section, the things I think are really unnecessary. If you know me, then you know all those details anyway.  But apparently it listed that I changed things for everyone to see. So I get a message congratulating my "no longer listed as single"ness.  If it says it on facebook, it's gotta be true ya know.  It doesn't say anything about my being in a relationship of any kind, BUT I'm no longer listed as single, so I must be!  Mustn't I....???

If you really wanna know, just facebook me.


Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Catching Up.

   I've had a very interesting summer.  Lots of things happened; babies born, new pregnancies, new engagements, tons of weddings, people coming and going; I've had lots of time to think.  And I'm making changes.  Soul searching is one of those things that was thrust upon me in the midst of all the craziness.  So while I figure out my 'new' life and soul and heart and calling, I'll update you with little moments of my summer that are far overdue.  

Introducing:  THE Ugliest Landscape Job I've ever seen.  I apologize if this is your house and you've stumbled upon my blog...
You can't see the door very well, but it's a giant boar's head door knocker.... with some kind of sun rays behind it.... seriously.

And this is my dog eating her doggie treats

And this is the $money$ I gave Avery to eat the dog treats- 1 of each of the 3 flavors. MMmm. Chicken, Beef, and Veggie-what a delight to the taste buds!

Doesn't he look happy about it?! : )

And last but not least, I do see the most interesting things on the highway.  Apparently it was 'tote your tires' day and no one told me. 

Ciao for now, lovelies!