And a little bad news….

July 28th, 2010

Did I mention I lost my engagement ring while in Alaska?
I dropped it somewhere in the rental car and apparently the car eats rings like the dryer eats socks. It was nowhere to be found. We searched the car several times. Went back to the parking lot in case I kicked it out of the car.
No ring.
Kevin keeps saying “it’s just a ring” and he’s right. But still, it was my engagement ring.
With the rate I lose things, I should be impressed that I went almost 10 years without losing it. Yay me, I guess.

NaBloPoMo Post #20: Long, Long, Long Day

November 19th, 2009

Today was the first day of parent-teacher conferences. So I taught for a half day, put the students on the bus and then went back to my classroom to greet waiting parents. I was at school from 7 am – 7 pm.

Came home to a sick 4-year old, crabby 1-year old and sick husband.

Put the kids to bed (4-year old kicking and screaming into the bedroom).

Went to feed the dogs and Speak stumbled down the stairs because he was having a seizure.

It’s now 9:40. I’m exhausted and freezing (hoping it’s cause I’m tired and not because I’m getting sick).

Oh, and the babysitter can’t make it this weekend because her friend is moving so date night has been canceled.


The post in which I whine and complain…

March 6th, 2009

That’s a warning for you. If you don’t want to hear about my crappy week then just stop reading.

Let’s complain with bullet points, shall we?

  • My class sucks. Yeah, I know teachers aren’t supposed to say their class sucks but guess what? This week and last week sucked. I have yelled more in the last 2 weeks than I have ever yelled in my whole teaching career. I hate yelling at my kids. Hate it, hate it, hate it.  But every single other approach I have for dealing with kids who refuse to listen or follow the rules is not working. Apparently the entire class has chucked their brains at the door and have gone with the approach of just pummeling each other for the most ridiculous of reasons. The swearing and obnoxious words have multiplied exponentially, in both English and Somali (want to know how to say poop, butt or fart in Somali?) and are being shouted out at any given time during class. They declare that they want to go to the office, they like making bad choices and missing fun activities like learning labs or choice time is “fun”. And then when they get sent to the office or miss out on fun activities they are pissed at ME for not letting them do anything fun. Seven working days left and I am on a plane to Ethiopia.
  • Milo is sick. Yes, my little boy has some type of intestinal bug, lost a bunch of weight and is now on round two of antibiotics. And he’s on another continent and there’s nothing I can do. I did talk to several other parents whose kids had the same thing while in the care center and it sounds like he’ll be fine but still…my baby is sick and a million miles away.
  • Lexi is sick. We went out to eat tonight and she started complaining she was tired and wanted to go home. When she started trying to sleep at the restaurant we decided to get our food to go and head home. About 1 minute into the drive home she puked. Blech.
  • Family drama is thrown into the whole mix.
  • Good friends in a country they may need to be evacuated from.
  • Other good friends going through rough times.
  • Oh and work drama is being taken up several notches.

I think that’s it. Next week is going to be stress-free. No drama, no bad news, no sick kids. If you have anything you’d like to tell me or you’d like me to worry about you need to speak up before Sunday because on Monday I’m not listening.

Sick of being Sick

January 19th, 2009

I have officially met my quota of sick for 2009. Seriously. This week was ridiculous.
Last Sunday I went to bed feeling very tired but didn’t really think about it because it had been a long week and a busy weekend.
Woke up around 4:30 in the morning with the stomach flu.
Stayed home sick from work Monday and Tuesday.
Went to work Wednesday. Not because I was feeling great but because I was sick of writing lesson plans for the substitute. (For those of you who are not teachers writing sub plans is the reason most teachers come to school sick and/or never take vacation. Sub plans are the biggest pain and many times it’s just easier to go to work sick than to try and write sub plans while sick.)
Went to work Thursday.
Thursday night went to bed with a slightly sore throat. I thought it was because we had the fireplace on and it was really dry in the house.
5:15 Friday morning. Guess who’s awake with 102 fever and writing sub plans? Yeah. Me.
Slept all day Friday.
Saturday woke up. Fever’s up to 104. Much more sleeping.
Sunday woke up with slight fever and headache (probably from laying in bed since Thursday night).
It’s now 1:40 in the morning and I’m not tired – sleeping for two and a half days can do that to you.
I’m just glad that Monday and Tuesday there is no school.

A story about the world’s greatest neighbors and how I am such a spaz.

June 30th, 2008

Today Lexi and I came home from our play date around 12:30. I pulled the car into the garage, put the emergency break on, turned the car off and got out. As I was unbuckling Lexi from her carseat I noticed that the car was moving backwards. Yeah, you read that right. It was rolling backwards and out of the garage with my kid half strapped into her carseat still inside. I couldn’t open the driver’s door because at the time my thought was “if I open the door, the door will hit the garage wall and wreck the car even more.” I tried to reach the emergency break through the window but couldn’t because now I was in danger of getting smushed into the garage wall. So the car kept rolling. And rolling. And rolling. Until it stopped. And it stopped because our neighbors have a nice picket fence directly across the alley from our garage. Okay, they used to have a nice picket fence. Now the have a mostly nice picket fence and a partly smashed up picket fence. The smashed part is about the same width as our car. At this point I am now back in the car and shaking because I looked at our neighbor’s yard and realized that if the fence hadn’t been able to stop the car, the car would have gone through the fence and over a retaining wall. With my kid in it. Don’t worry. Lexi’s fine. She thought it was pretty fun. I’m fine. Even the car got off with only a few dings in the bumper. And because we are honest people we left a note for them telling them to call us and offering to repair the fence. Several hours later they still hadn’t called but they were out back when we came home tonight. We went over, apologized (a lot) and they told us not to worry about it. Seriously. I broke their fence and their response was “it’s okay, we needed to replace it anyway.” So that’s the story about how we have the world’s greatest neighbors and how I am such a spaz.

Lessons learned today:

1. Always make sure the emergency break is completely engaged and the car is in gear.

2. Abby is a spaz.

3. If you are going to back your car into your neighbor’s fence make sure they don’t care and are planning on replacing it.

4. Honesty is always the best policy.

5. Shut the garage door before you get out of the car so if this happens again the car can only roll 3 feet and damage your own property.

Stupid Computer, Be More Useful

October 2nd, 2007

Our laptop died. I’m not quite sure what happened but I came home from work to find Kevin on the desktop talking to tech support and the laptop showing the Mac equivalent of the blue-screen-of-death. Basically, the hard drive crapped out on us. Don’t know why. Can’t fix it. And can’t get all of my stuff off the computer. (Side note: Do not yell at me for not backing up all of my stuff somewhere else. I know the importance of this. We have a separate hard drive that the desktop is backed up to on a regular basis. I thought the laptop was getting the same treatment. Apparently not. D’oh.) Kevin made an appointment with the guys at the Genius Bar and they had to be the ones to break the bad news to us.

And tonight I realized how much I use the laptop, especially since I rarely use Kevin’s computer.

Want to take a guess how long we will last before buying another laptop? Here’s a tip – guessing in hours instead of days will give you better odds.


September 3rd, 2007

Yesterday I got sick. I thought it was allergies but then it turned into an ad for Nyquil. I took 2 of the nyquil, slept for 5 hours in the afternoon, woke up, did lesson plans and talked to Kevin for a while, then went back to sleep around 9:30. I slept until about 10 this morning. But I woke up in the middle of the night with 102 fever. Today I felt okay – not great – so I did stuff around the house, watched TV, worked on lesson plans and then I tried to go to bed around 10. Well, it’s 11:30 and I’m not tired. I should be tired but I can’t sleep. Part of it is because Kevin and Lexi are in Kansas and part of it is because of how much rest I’ve had in the last 24 hours.

Worst Customer Service. Ever.

February 5th, 2007

When Lexi was born we got a whole bunch of coupons for various free offers. One of them was for a series of pictures at 3, 6, 9 and 12 months. It was at “professional” photo studio (as opposed to JC Penny’s or Babies R Us). The deal at this place was if we came in for all 4 sessions they give us 1 picture from each session for free. The sittings are also free. Basically, they are hoping that we will buy a package of pictures for family and friends at each session. But their prices are really high (I think a 5×7 runs about $40 – sorry, I can get 10 pictures and 24 wallets from JC Penny for $30) so obviously we didn’t buy anything.

Today when we went in for the last photo shoot the photographer asked us how many outfits we brought. We only brought one. He made a comment a long the lines of “so this is only for the panel of pictures then?” It was in sort of a “thanks for wasting my time” tone. He took about 15 pictures of Lexi standing up – not really putting much effort into getting her to smile or making sure she was posed right for the picture. At one point I made the comment that she was leaning over sort of far and so he stopped and suggested we move her closer to the stool. He shot that one pose and then said, “well I think we got one you can use” and went to get the appointment book to schedule a time to pick a picture. Kevin asked if we could try some of her sitting. He let us, but didn’t tell us how to pose her, basically told us it wouldn’t look very good, and grudginly took about 5 pictures of her, again making the comment about thinking we got one good one. I know we didn’t get any good ones of her sitting since she was sitting funny and barely smiling in those.

Alright, so I know that we weren’t dream customers because we only came for the free stuff and had no intent of buying anything, but he still should have treated us like we were going to buy a huge photo package. He doesn’t know if I’m going to recommend him to my friends or come back for a family photo.

If you are looking for a photo studio in the twin cities, go to JC Penny’s in the Rosedale Mall. The actual sitting is fast, they let you change outfits 2 or 3 times, they take suggestions from the parents on poses, props, etc, and you can pick/order your pictures on the same day. On top of all that they are completely affordable. You can go to the website and get coupons for $3.99/picture sheet.

Don’t go to Ron Burg Photography.

Now I Feel Bad…

November 14th, 2006

…I think Lexi caught my cold, so now we have one sick little girl. She can’t really breathe through her nose, and she hasn’t quiet figured out how to breathe through her mouth (which if she wasn’t sick would be kind of cute too watch her try and do). She thinks sneezing is really funny (she always has) and now it’s even funnier because when she sneezes, we duck. She can really get some distance on those things.

Poor kid, hopefully, she’ll be feeling better in a day or so.

The Kind of Sick That Feels Like Death

November 12th, 2006

Friday morning I woke up with a cold. It was one of those colds they describe on the Nyquil bottle. And since I’m not the type teacher to plan a week or so ahead, I needed to go to work because I had nothing ready for a sub. I went to work hoping that I could work until 11:30 (lunch time) and then have someone cover my room for the rest of the day. Well that plan didn’t happen because 2 other teachers were already out sick. So I worked all day. All day with a fever, a headache, and 17 kindergarteners with absolutely no volume control. When it finally hit 1:00 and it was rest time, I made them all lay down and declared that nobody was getting off their mats until it was absolutely silent in the room. Rest time lasted 50 minutes. It took them that long to be quiet, but it was a nice long break for me. Normally, I only make them lay down for 20 minutes. I came home Friday and went to bed. Couldn’t sleep because I was too hot, then too cold, then too hot. By morning I thought I was feeling better. Got up to change Lexi and half way through changing her I started to black out. I grabbed a half-naked baby off the changing table and sat down in the chair. I called Kevin in to come help me. When he picked up Lexi I didn’t even realize that I hadn’t put a new diaper on her. It was a very strange feeling. Okay, so after that weird little episode, I felt better. I went to dog class, trained with Mazie, and then taught. Not a good plan. Came home and slept the entire afternoon. Woke up, had some dinner and pretty much went back to bed.

Today I feel much better. Hopefully Kevin and Lexi will not get what I had.