Tuesday, January 29, 2013


I'm not getting as much done in the last two days as I usually do.  The intermediate school kids' germs finally caught up with me.

I didn't call in sick today because I was thinking, "What if I feel worse tomorrow?"  Now, I'm thinking the same thing about tomorrow.  What if I feel worse the next day?

I know it's a virus, so I'm not going to bother going to the doctor.  I've had a lot of students out sick the past two weeks.  Anyone else got the bug?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

Well... Almost Wordless.  Do you participate in Wordless Wednesday?  Come link up!

I guess I caught my daughter off guard.  Oh, well!  She's still cute to me, and so is my son.  We're not ready to say goodbye to Kuzco, but we knew it was coming.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Year of Productivity Update 1

Do you remember when I declared 2013 my year of productivity?  I have felt so good about getting things done.  That feeling of accomplishment is empowering.  I am doing things I normally do, but I am just more aware of how much I am getting done.  My goal is simply productivity.  For example, I walked four miles on Saturday and finished reading a book on Sunday.  Today I attended a staff development, went to the grocery store, ran three errands in preparation for my son's livestock show that is in two days, had dinner at home, helped my daughter with homework, made lunches, cleaned the kitchen, and gave the cat a bath.  These are things I would do anyway, but NOTICING that I am doing them is giving me a great sense of just how productive I can be.  Why don't you join me?  You don't have to do anything special... just notice your productivity!  It is giving me a great sense of usefulness.  And isn't it great to feel useful?

Saturday, January 05, 2013

To My Teenage Self

I just watched the movie Looper today (pretty good movie, but pay attention!), and it got me thinking. If there really were time travel, and I could talk to my teenage self, what would I want to say?

Dear Young Forgetfulone,
Don’t hurry love. It will happen in due time. Don’t rush it, and don’t fall for guys who are not worthy of your love and caring. Men will lie, cheat, and mistreat you if you let them. Refuse to tolerate it. Look for someone who treats his mother well, someone who is successful, and someone who brings out the best in you. Avoid anyone who is critical of you unnecessarily. This goes for friends, too. And on that note, cultivate friendships with those who do not make you feel like you’re in competition with them. Don’t try so hard to “fit in.” You will fit in when you find the right people with whom to associate. Instead of conforming to others, be yourself, and do what makes you happy. That does not mean that you should break “the rules,” though. The rules are there for a reason. Following the rules doesn’t make you boring; it makes you safe and successful.  And don't try to be a non-conformist.  In so doing, you conform in a different way.  Also, write down your stories, all of them, including stories your relatives tell you.  These will be more than important to you someday.    Most of all, love God.  That's what matters most.  Teenage self – you are smart, you are kind, and you are important. You will understand that saying more in the future when you read The Help. Most of all, when you make mistakes - and you will - forgive yourself.

Thanks to Blogger PR for suggesting this topic.

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

2013 - The Year of Productivity

Happy new year!  I hope everyone had a safe, fun time celebrating 2013.  I did!  My Houston Rockets won their game, and the hubs and I celebrated sans kids with some "us" time.  This is going to be a big year... I just know it!  We've got the livestock show coming up at the end of this month, several months of Winterguard contests coming up, lots of birthdays to look forward to, and in August, my "babies" will be starting their senior year of high school.  I can't really think about that right now!

If you've read my blog for a while, you might remember that I don't make new year's "resolutions."  Goals are nice, and I set frequent goals for myself, but I won't set a resolution that will simply set me up for failure.  Yes, I want to eat healthy, exericse, be kinder, and all of those things that most people want, but I don't need the new year to tell me those things.  I believe they are ongoing.

So, what I am doing this year is proclaiming this "The Year of Productivity."  It feels so good to get things done, no matter what those things are, so every day, I hope to finish the day by being able to tell myself I accomplished something.  Yesterday, I got the inside Christmas decorations all packed away as well as some laundry done.  Today, I took care of the goat and helped my mom do some grocery shopping.  It's the little things that mean the most to me, so here it is... 2013 will be MY year of productivity!  Let's get stuff done! Happy new year!


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