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Friday, August 13, 2010

Road Blocks to Writing


I was doing pretty well working on my thesis during July.  I was reading a lot of history, which means I was reading pretty s-l-o-w-l-y.  But I was reading.  Then we went on vacation.  So did my thesis work.  I was ok with that because I knew that Gloria would be at choir camp every day this week and I would have lots of time to work.  My plan was to write the first draft of the history part of my thesis.  What is it they say about the best laid plans???  Here is what happened this week instead of me writing every day:

Monday:  Took Gloria to choir camp.  Took Screamer to the vet.  Went to the grocery store.  Realized that all of the books I was using for my thesis were due at the seminary library on Friday.  Can't renew them...I've used my one renewal already! 

Tuesday:  Took Gloria to choir camp.  Went to school to work on packing my stuff so that it could be moved upstairs to a different classroom.  Shipped my books back to the seminary library.  Returned to church to assist with the afternoon activity for choir camp--80+ children walked to the bowling alley to bowl.  That was fun...and hot...and crazy. Went to the mall with Gloria after choir camp to do some back-to-school shopping.  New shoes for both of us. Clothes for Gloria.

Wednesday:  Took Gloria to choir camp.  Went to school to work on packing my stuff some more.  Had lunch with a sweet friend I hadn't seen in ages.  Ran a few errands.

Thursday:  Took Gloria to choir camp.  Went to school to move my stuff upstairs to my new classroom.  Returned to church to assist with the afternoon activities for choir camp.  Came home to move things upstairs so the downstairs carpets can be cleaned on Friday.

Friday:  Took Gloria to choir camp.  Came home to wait for "Stanley" to come steam clean my downstairs carpets.  Still waiting.  Will return to church for the Evensong that will close choir camp.

What is missing from all of that???  You guessed it....writing the history part of my thesis.  Oh boy...what am I going to do?  How am I ever going to get that done!??  Slightly stressed right now.

Monday, August 9, 2010

How to Escape from a Cat Carrier

Screamer here...I wanted to share my side of the story before Momma could make me out to be a bad cat like she says that I am.  She thought I needed to go to the vet today.  Now why in the world would she think that?!?  I can see perfectly fine through one eye while I squint through the other one.  And who cares about a little reddish colored discharge?  No biggie.  But NOOOOO, she insisted on taking me to Clear Creek Animal Hospital.  That's that place they do things I don't like.  I'm not going.  No way.  I'll show her who's boss.  Watch and learn...

Step 1:  Chew, tear, paw, and rip at the flimsy mesh that your human THINKS will contain you while riding to the vet until there is a hole the size of your head.


Step 2:  Sit back and admire your handy work...oh so briefly.  Also, do this again while at the vet's office so they will think your human is making up terrible lies about how you escaped and ran all over the car panting like a big shaggy dog.  I'm innocent, I tell you!

Step 3:  Escape through the head-sized hole.  But do it quickly so that no one can take a picture documenting that it was REALLY you that did it.  I'm pretty sure that black blur doesn't look a thing like me...(cough, cough...hairball...really...)

Step Four:  Leave the empty jail cell behind.

Step Five:  Act completely innocent.  Which I am, of course!  I didn't do anything!  I'm a goooood cat.

P.S.  The lady doctor put this really weird stuff in my eye.  It made my tears turn green (and it keeps running out my nose too...yuck). She says I have conjunctivitis and Momma has to put a drop in my eye three times a day for ten days.  Even did the first one right there in the office to show Momma how to do it.  Momma agreed and said I'm the "easy" one to handle.  Yeah, right.  That's what she thinks.  I'll show her who's boss!  I've watched Hannah Cat for long enough to have learned a thing or two about resistance.  And don't let her try and tell you that I repeated my escape act on the way home.  I wasn't panting like I was going to hyperventilate while the car was moving.  That wasn't me, I swear!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Serpentarium

While we were in Edisto, I took Gloria and Reiny to the Serpentarium.  Believe me when I say it was not my idea.  I truly thought that they would absolutely be horrified by the idea when I jokingly mentioned it.  Oh how wrong I was.  One wanted to go, so of course the other one wanted to go too.  There was no way my mom (AKA Maggie or Mema)  was going, so it was up to me, Momma/Aunt Merrill, to provide this outing.

Reptiles of all sorts were every where.  Take a look at some of the creatures we were face to face with.  Only a fence separated us from the gators.  And the snakes...well...makes me shudder to think about them...

One of about 13 that we counted in this particular space.



How's this for a close up shot?!?

Now, turtles...I can handle them!

This iguana stood perfectly still as if posing for me to take his picture.


This guy doesn't live at the Serpentarium, but he comes for dinner every afternoon when they feed the alligators.  Seriously?!?  Stealing food from gators?!?  Not very smart.  Guess that's why the keepers bring him a piece of chicken, too.  They call him "Black Bart," by the way.  And sometimes he brings his girlfriend, "Black Bart's Girlfriend," with him to share the good stuff.

Snakes in trees, snakes in the sun, snakes in the water...entirely too many snakes for my liking!
We saw a snake show and learned lots about snakes.  After the show, lots of the children were holding this snake.  Gloria didn't want to hold him, but she did want to touch him.  Again...no thank you!!!  Reiny touched it too, but she moved too quickly for my camera.
Happy girls.  :)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Back to School Shopping

It's August. 

There are just two weeks let before I go back to work.  Three weeks from today, I will greet my new class of second graders.  Where has the summer gone?  Hmmm...thesis work, vacation, thesis work, pool time...it's gone so quickly!

Today, Gloria and I went to Office Max, Office Depot, and Target for supplies for my classroom.  I knew what I wanted to purchase and had scoured the circulars from the Sunday paper.  I didn't want to buy too much, but there were a few specific items I wanted and then some everyday type things that are just so much cheaper right now compared to the rest of the year.

Here's what I found:

Office Depot had the plastic, 2 pocket, pronged folders for 54 cents.  That was less than Office Max by 20 cents per folder. I later found them at Target for 50 cents each, but don't want to deal with returning them just to save myself a dollar.  I also got three packs of red pens for 25 cents each.  (Office Max didn't have red or I would have gotten them there since they had the name brand instead of the store brand.  Oh well...)  Pencil boxes like I wanted were 99 cents.

Office Max had the best price on pencils at 10 cents for a box of 12 pencils.  I picked up several packs of 25 cap erasers and a ream of paper while we were there.

Target was my best deal today.  Composition books for a quarter a piece!  Woo hoo!  Big pink erasers in 2-packs for 20 cents each.  Crayola markers for $1 a box.  Paper folders were 10 cents a piece.  (That's about the best I can do every year.)  They also had colored pencils for 50 cents each, and for each box of colored pencils you buy, you can get the 24 pack of crayons for free! 

Gloria found the cutest lunch box ever. And the cats got a bag of cat food and a box of litter.  So I think everyone was happy.  Mission accomplished!

Now...back to that thesis...

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Home from Vacation...Tired...What to Make for Dinner?

Gloria and I arrived home yesterday afternoon from our vacation.  Today...I'm worn out.  Very little got accomplished today.  Glo had speech, we went grocery shopping, and I got one load of laundry done.  Why did I start with the beach towels?  Should have started with something more pressing, don't you think?  But all that stuff was contained in suitcases and the towels were just heaped on the floor.  So they won.

Can't imagine why I'm tired...maybe something to do with driving over1500 miles during the past week or so (10 hours/600 miles yesterday alone)?  Maybe because I've been playing with, entertaining, refereeing, cooking for, reading with, swimming with, hunting shells with...two seven-year olds and a five-year old?  "Camping out" in a motel when there was no AC in Mom's condo and sleeping on an air mattress on the floor?  All of the above?  At any rate, I'm just exhausted today.  Much to Gloria's dismay, I spent the afternoon curled up on the sofa. 

I couldn't even decide what to make for dinner tonight.  Fortunately, there was a box of gluten-free chicken nuggets in the freezer, green beans in the pantry, and fresh strawberries and blueberries in the refrigerator.  Voila!  Dinner.

The menu for the rest of the week:

Wednesday:  Beef and broccoli in the crockpot with rice and fruit
Thursday:  leftovers from Wednesday  :)
Friday:  meeting friends for dinner
Saturday:  spaghetti and salad (I make my own sauce and make enough to freeze several bowls of it so we can have it other times.)
Sunday: breakfast for dinner

I need some new suggestions.  What do you like to fix for dinner?