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Tuesday, July 31st, 2007
7:59 pm
Boy what a busy weekend. I went to one birthday party and had a great date. I do not know how I feel but it is worth the risk. We went to transformers and brewers alley for dinner. Transformers was great. I love the special effects but there was no cheezy song. I went to another birthday party and finally ended up with my family for dinner. I realized that I prefer small gatherings of friends to big parties. I do not know what to do at the big parties and there is too much going on. I wonder if anyone else feels like that. That does not mean parties are out. I want to celebrate the birthdays, showers and other parties. It just means I like small gatherings and for my own celebrations that is what I will do.
Wednesday, July 25th, 2007
5:36 pm
I am just relaxing and looking forward to a break. I have big plans including a trip to the beach. Yeah:) Do you want to hear something funny. I got back in touch with Waymen. He is a big sci fi nut. We both signed up for this catholic group. Small world. I am getting back into art. I am using pastels to draw the mountains. I hope that I can draw the ocean down at Virginia beach. I like materials that are very smudgey and the colors blend together. Any thoughts on materials would be appreciated.
Saturday, July 21st, 2007
9:45 pm
So far this summer has been a let down. Maybe I anticipate how great the summer is and then am never satisfied. I want one summer without any trips to the ER. I want one summer without negative major event. On the flip side, Claude is cute as ever. My student teacher is making my job very easy. She is a natural.
Sunday, February 18th, 2007
5:45 pm
Hi! I have been working and working and working. Snow is great especially when you get off school. I have been able to watch a few new movies. I like the Gathering. I love fiction/ suspense around biblical themes. I also saw Mozart and the Whale. I thought it was great for a mush movie. THe movie is about two autistic adults who try to find romance. I saw a movie at blockbuster which I did not get. Hellboy the animated version. Has anyone seen it? YOu know me a super heros/ comic books.
Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007
7:46 am
OK I looked at this year and thought this passed year sucked. Too much death and disarray. I took a closer look and thought about it. THere were just as many ups as downs.

Ups: Downs:
Kelly falling in love Uncle Pat dying
Getting a great job Rudi's dad dying
Kelly got preganant Having my job back out at the last minute
Having great friends and being broke and sick

When I look at everything, I do have a few hopes/prayers for the future.
1. get financially solvent out of debt or at least having it under control
2. maybe falling in love
3. seeing Kelly's baby
4. have Mary Lee beat cancer and survive
5. continue to do well with my job

I also have a few resolutions.
1. loose weight (When did I not have this one?)
2. Get my debt and finances under control
3. Join or volunteer with the l'arch community (center for adults with developmental disabilities)
Wednesday, December 27th, 2006
11:41 am
CHristmas was grand. I spent the days with friends and family. My brother thought about buying me a present. That is progress. Everything was perfect. My family got along with each other. Huge accomplishment. The only disapointment was the Earogon movie. I cannot quite pinpiont disapointment but there was something just blah aobut it. Oh well. Michael and I are off to see the Persuit of Happiness. This was the best Christmas in a long time.
Thursday, December 21st, 2006
7:56 am
Yeah, there are only 10.3 hours of work left until break. Not that I am counting or anything. I will survive! I will survive!
Monday, December 11th, 2006
7:16 am
Wow! I have the best friends in the world. No offense to anyone elses but the fact that they came in and got my classroom ready. I am still in awe. I was feeling so down in the dumps and then this happens. I am truly blessed. First day in third grade. I let you know how it goes. No swimming today. Arm is a little sore.
Friday, December 8th, 2006
7:43 am
Can this week get any worse? I just sprained or broken my elbow. Yow!I am counting the days til Christmas break.
Wednesday, November 15th, 2006
12:36 pm
I am crazy busy. I am trying for Yoga tonight. I am counting down the days to Thanksgiving and a break. I love my job. I just need to breath. I am currently reading two books which are great. The first is Inkspell about people who can read people into and out of a book. I listen to it to and from work. The second is Unreal estate. I got read aloud software on my computer and listen to it during my free time or when working at night. It is amazing how much the voice can make a book exciting. I started with a very blah voice and then learned to change the voice. It is much more exciting now with a Robin Williams type voice. I have been dying to read the book for over a year. On my list of other great books to read include the third book in the Bartemous Trilogy and One more day by Mitch Albon.
Tuesday, October 31st, 2006
12:31 pm

Ok, I believe in having good social skills for jobs that require personal interaction. This article just angers me. How can you say that you will not give someone a job because they are odd or autistic? The children I work with are very responsible and kind. I have two patrols and they are the best patrols I have ever worked with. This includes in general education and special education programs. These two children have a hard time interacting with others but you give them a job and they do it well. What will happen to the children I work with who are on the spectrum. I scream out discrimination.
Monday, October 9th, 2006
4:12 pm
I am employee of the month. Neat:)
Wednesday, October 4th, 2006
12:36 pm
Two in one day. I forgot something. I have been watching Heroes. Any thoughts on it.
7:53 am
Ok I have been in la la land recently. Today I woke up feeling incredibly fat. That does it. I am going on a diet and exercise plan. No more excuses. I do not like what I see when I look in the mirror and I am not as active. Now which diet. I do not eat partially hydronated oils already. This is my typical day:

egg beaters on an english muffin (whole wheat)

soup with reduced fat wheat thins
yogurt with fruit

stir fry with olive oil
a little cheese

This is what I actually eat.
Exercise: I am looking at Yoga and dance.
Friday, September 1st, 2006
7:50 am
I have been very busy of late working at my new job. I love it. I feel like I am promoting change, helping students and hopefully easing the mind of parents. Everyone is so nice at this school. Knock on wood! I have uber busy with gathering materials. I have one professional development that I am in charge of. Can you believe it! Me a leader! I never really thought of myself in that mold before. My first seminar will be on data collection within the classroom. I am nervous and excited all at the same time. The children are wonderful. On the flip side, I have not had much of a chance to bond with my cats, go swimming or paint/ make with pictures. That is something where I need to find a balance. I am hoping a balance will be found. I am currenly reading a book by Parker Palmer about finding balance and wholeness within. It has given me fifteen minutes that I need for myself. I realized that I need to be in a place where my philosophy meshes with the school and I believe in the system. I also am focusing on that balance piece. TTFN. Have a great weekend.
Thursday, August 31st, 2006
12:41 pm
My job is GREAT! I sound like Tony the Tiger. THe children are wonderful. Very happy!
Monday, August 28th, 2006
7:10 am
Ok, I have been on vacation and recuperating from surgery. I have already started my new job. Today is the first day of school. Picture a 28 year old woman jumping up and down on her bed singing First Day of School like in Finding Nemo. I love where I work and the teaching staff is great. I love it. I hope this trend continues. Yeah to great jobs and great people.
Friday, August 11th, 2006
6:22 pm
Ok! All is well at home. I went in for surgery yesterday. Today Kelly took me out to blockbuster. I napped for most of the day but all was good. I am swollen and tired but no worse for wear. I feel so lucky to have such great friends. Everyone was so kind. Kelly cleaned my kitchen, picked up groceries and took out the trash. I keep thinking I have to do something special for her.
Thursday, August 3rd, 2006
9:40 pm
Ok to give a little update on the past week I went to visit Val's baby. Bre is just about the cutest baby ever. I am going into stores looking for cute things for Bre.

Unfortuately on my way home from seeing the baby I got really sick and went to the hospital via ambulance. I have not been feeling well since the episode on Monday. Today I found out that I am to have galbladder surgery. At least the problem is ready for the solving.

On the upside, Fidel Castro is reported as ill and has transfered powerr to Raul. Raul is no where near as popular as Fidel Castro plus he is known for being cruel. This plants a whole new seed of hope for cuban exiles everywhere.

Cuban Americans theorize one of three things is happening. The first is that Fidel is dead in which case I will break out into song and dance. Ding dong the witch is dead.

The second theory is that he is very ill. Again song and dance.

The third theory is that Fidel is tryng to see who craves power and what will happen if he was no longer here. He has pulled similiar tricks in the past just not to this extent.

The real question is what will happen to Cuba after his death. Many know that Raul is crazy. Will Bush do anything knowing that he is a threat and has no regard for human life? I strongly feel that the US is bullying other countries and it does not help create understanding.

Where true understanding grows, inner conflict exists. I want to see Cuba free. It puts a whole new light on things when you want to see your family be free of a tyrant. I want to visit my father's house where he grew up and meet family I have never met.

I hope/pray the cubans living in Cuba along with the exiles push the Castro family out of power. I do not know if I want the government to act.
Monday, July 24th, 2006
8:35 am
Happy Birthday my little brother. I went to the funeral survices for Rudi. I think about her every day. Enough with death, I hope there will be new life to come. I am going to visit Val and the new baby. Picture all the oooooooohs and aaaaaaaaaaaaaaahs a girl can muster. I also went to the Rupperts for a family get together. I saw David, Mary, Christine and parents. Such nice people. I feel old. It was good to converse with them. Talk about what I love, education, disability advocacy, cats and friends.
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