Wednesday, May 23, 2018

It's Thursday Already!

Link up and play along with Thursday Thirteen!

I am so tired of being sick, and it's only been three days.
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1. Itchy eyes.
2. Fluid in my ears
3. Tinnitus
4. Sore throat
5. Cough
6. Chest pain
7. Can't sleep
8. Blowing my nose every few minutes
9.  Nose is getting raw
10. People asking if I'm okay
11. People telling me I look terrible
12. No energy
13. Scratchy voice

Sorry this was not a very exciting Thursday 13.  But I will leave this for you to cheer you:

Monday, May 21, 2018

Totally Random

Link up with Stacy for some random Tuesday thoughts.

It is with a heavy heart that I express my deepest sympathy to the Santa Fe, Texas community after the most recent high school shooting.  This has hit close to home, both literally and figuratively, as Santa Fe is just 20 miles south of my home.  I did not know anyone personally affected by the tragedy, but friends and co-workers at my school cannot say the same.  An art teacher from a nearby district created this artwork to express her grief.  It will be used in fundraising efforts for Santa Fe ISD.  These are the two mascots:  The artist's, a gator (Dickinson) and an Indian (Santa Fe).  On each limb are initials of those who lost their lives.
Copyright Laura Masters Doherty
John Barnes, the first officer on the scene is still in critical condition.  There is a GoFundMe account set up for him and his family.  I don't know for a fact that it is legitimate, but I sure hope so.  You never can tell these days.  Here is a list gathered by a local TV station of ways to help the victims of this shooting.

I can only focus on sadness for a short time before I go crazy, so I am going to be really random and move on to other topics.  Please don't see it as rude or unkind.  First, this is what my throat feels like right now.
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I am going to try to go to the doctor tomorrow.  It's probably a run-of-the-mill viral infection, but better safe than sorry.  Eight days of school to go, and I get sick!  Murphy's Law!

I have to share this with you!  Have you ever heard of the Baby Mop?  First of all, can you imagine putting this on your baby?  Second, why didn't I think of this?

And what about this?  Half of the upper half of a man, minus the head.  It's called the Boyfriend Pillow.  It even comes with different colored shirts.  Isn't this creepy?

And check this out.  This is actual video footage of me reacting to a lizard!  Hahaha!

I hope you all have a good week.

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Sunday Synopsis

The 17th Suspect (Women’s Murder Club #17)The 17th Suspect by James Patterson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the story line and writing of this, the 17th book in the Women's Murder Club series. Usually, by the time an author gets to number 7, 8, 12 in a series, the writing becomes predictable and dull. In fact, the 16th wasn't that impressive, but I love James Patterson and the characters of this series, and I have to say this book was better than I expected.

There are two major plotlines in this novel as well as a few subplots. Sergeant Lindsey Boxer of SFPD, gets involved in a series of shootings of homeless people. She crosses some jurisdiction boundaries, encounters personal conflicts, and contends with health issues as she tries to solve the mysterious murders.

Assistant DA Yuki Castellano takes on a court battle unlike any other she has dealt with thus far: a woman accused of raping a man. Is it a battle worth fighting for, or is there something her client is hiding?

Cindy and Claire take a backseat to Lindsey and Yuki in this installment, but they are there to support their friends as they take on cases that have become personal to them. Credit goes to Maxine Paetro, who co-authors with Patterson, for staying true to the characters and keeping the reader guessing. This was a very fun read!

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Monday, May 14, 2018

It's Random Tuesday

Time to link up with Stacy for Random Tuesday Thoughts.

Happy Mother's Day (somewhat late) to all the moms out there!  I hope your day was special.  I had a great weekend.  We spent time at my sister's on Saturday, then on Sunday, I spent time with my twins, then my daughter took me shopping.  Now that she is working, she can do that.  Role reversal!
Here is a picture of my mom, sister, and me.
Seems we can't all look at the same camera at the same time!  And here is a picture of my twins with me.
Not a great one, but a picture of us nonetheless.  GREAT Mother's Day!  I hope yours was, too.

State testing is half over for my grade level.  Did you know that high-stakes tests such as the STAAR (given in Texas) cost upward of 93 million dollars a year?  Did you also know that schools have seen a decrease rather than an increase in actual achievement?  It also doesn't improve teacher performance.  Why the big push, then, for standardized tests?  My personal opinion is that the company who creates the tests is making a ton of money.  I'll get off my soapbox now!

What was your favorite book as a child?  I loved Dr. Seuss!  Go, Dog, Go, Are You My Mother, and of course, Green Eggs and Ham were some of my favorites. How about you?  Here's a crazy guy (via Flicker) reading Dr. Seuss to his dogs!
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How fun is that?

That's all for this week!  I'm exhausted (from state testing, in case I forgot to mention it).
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