Archive for October, 2008

I hate to admit…

My friend Kelly tagged me to name 4 things I hate to admit.  I have never been tagged before, but from reading Kelly’s fabulous blog I can assume it is proper etiquette to respond.  This is proving difficult because I am being asked to post on the internet the very things I hate to admit, but here goes…

1.  I love cheesy romance novels.  Yes, I know Kelly referenced this in her blog as well, but oh well.  Now, I enjoy other books as well, but sometimes you just need a good romance (preferably a thriller or historical).  I love that the guy is overly protective of the girl, I love that they are conflicted about their feelings and I love that it always, ALWAYS, ends happily.

2.  I get extremely nervous when I am with a large group of people I don’t know very well.  I worry too much about what people are thinking and I obsess over the fact that I may do something embarrassing.  It takes me awhile to loosen up and take part in conversations.  Unfortunately, once I do loosen up it’s very hard to shut me up.

3.  I love horror movies, all horror movie, even the cheesy ones.  However, I have never been able to watch a scary movie without hiding my eyes.  I have, over the years, learned that if I close my eyes, or look at the bottom of the screen, the people I am with can’t tell that I’m not watching.  So, Lincoln and Marnin and whoever else may see a scary movie with me in the future…if something cool happens on the screen, don’t nudge me and ask if I saw that, the answer will most likely be no.

4.  I watch way too much tv.  It is my escape.  I am such a nerd that every fall I create a spreadsheet showing all the major networks’ fall schedules.  I highlight the new shows and then decide what will be recorded where.  I am embarrassed to admit how many shows I tivo and try to keep up with, but I will try to list them in order of importance…Bones, Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds, CSI:NY, How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory, Fringe, Chuck, Heroes, Desperate Housewives, Extreme Home Makeover, House, Primeval, Skins, Ghost Hunters, Torchwood, 90210, The Mentalist, Samantha Who, My Own Worst Enemy, The Ex List, NCIS, 2 1/2 men, Brothers and Sisters, Family Guy, The Daily Show, Crusoe.  Yes, I do watch them all and that doesn’t include the summer shows of which there are at least 5.

And while I’m on the subject that new Christian Slater show, My Own Worst Enemy, was really good.

Well, the only people I could tag with this have already been tagged, except my friend Lisa who has a great blog devoted to websites where you can find coupons and contests.  So consider yourself tagged Lisa.

Freedom=boredom

I had my first free weekend since, I think, summer this weekend.  I was very excited, I was going to get a lot done.  I was going to enjoy this completely free weekend.  I was bored out of my mind today.  I did get a lot done on Saturday.  I cleaned the basement, did all of my laundry, caught up on tivo, did the dishes, read an entire book, went to bed at 10:30 on a Saturday night.  Yes, I could have cleaned my room and bathroom, but let’s not get carried away.  Today I got up at 8am and went into school to grade papers, as grades are due for progress reports this week.  I could have graded at home, but I like grading at school.  The teachers are lucky enough to have a key to the building so we can go in whenever we want.  I like to go in, pop in a DVD and work (I have recently been grading while watching Veronica Mars).  I finished my grading around one and then went home to enjoy my relaxing, work free weekend.  At about 3 I started calling my friends who lived nearby to see if they wanted to do something.  I found an old movie that I love, Peyton Place, on Turner Classic Movies and that wasted three hours of my day.  My point, if you haven’t already guessed, is that I was bored out of my mind.  I was extremely restless.  It didn’t feel right not having anything to do.  I realize that many people would cherish this, and I’m not complaining.  It was just weird.  Have I become so busy, that I freak out when I have nothing to do?  Hmmm, something to ponder.

It’s been awhile…

Well I haven’t written a post in over a month and I apologize to the three people who read this.  I have been busy.  Now, I will admit that there were times here and there that I could have written, but my state of mind was not the best.  I did not want this blog to be a place where I came to gripe about how lousy things were.  So, I have been ridiculously stressed out about work, I’m not the only one.  I know we are a bunch of females, but I have not seen this many people in tears about this job ever.  Luckily things are getting better.  The higher ups have decided that making us constantly test the kids and then record all the data, and then analyze all the data in addition to writing lesson plans, teaching lessons, solving problems, doing our regular testing, grading papers and forcing us to use only the materials they spent a lot of money on might have been a bit of overload.  We have now been given permission to teach the kids the way we know is best.  Also, some of the more experienced teachers had a heart to heart with some of us, and I love that they say this, “younger” teachers and told us to stop spending our entire Sundays at school planning.  It really does make a difference when you give yourself a two day weekend.  I have to admit that I did go into school to do some grading today, but I was only there 3 hours and I chose to grade in my classroom instead of home.

Also this weekend was the Turner family reunion.  We used to have one every year, many times in Florida, but as we got older it didn’t happen as much.  It’s sad to say, but when the older generation started to pass away it seemed like the funerals took the place of the reunions.  Anyway, my Grandpa’s family got together this weekend at my Aunt Sue’s.  My uncle Bob came up from Florida, he is my grandpa’s oldest brother, and his son John came down from Chicago with his family.  There are more of Bob’s kids and grandkids throughout the country that couldn’t make it.  We spent Saturday playing games like washers, ladder golf, and wiffle ball.  My cousin Patrick and I took his kids and nephew’s on a hike through the woods ( I got burrs all over me), we celebrated my mom’s 60th birthday and my grandma’s 80th birthday, and then we finished the night off with a big bonfire and smores.  The next day we went to the Chicken dinner at my grandma’s church and took the traditional Turner family reunion picture on the church steps right next to the tree that my grandpa planted for my grandma on their 35th wedding anniversary. Overall a pretty enjoyable, stress free weekend.  Next weekend is my sister’s bridal shower/bachelorette party.  I get the feeling I won’t be as stress free next Sunday.

Here are some pictures my cousin Megan took this weekend.