Monday, November 04, 2019

Random Tuesday

October finally ended!  I thought it would be forever!

  I have 29 more school days until retirement.  Yes, I'm counting!  I've got so many plans!  Well, ideas anyway, not necessarily actual plans.  I am going to keep my part-time job for a while - to give me a little extra income.  Plus I like it, and I get a discount on craft supplies!  Win-win in my book.

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Oh, baseball, where is thy sting?  Just borrowing from Shakespeare to describe our sadness that the Astros lost.  It's so crazy that neither team won on their own home field!  That's what you call home field DISadvantage!

We are trying to decide where to go to watch our Rockets play this season.  We've been to Dallas and Memphis so far.  If your city has a basketball team, and you think we should visit your city, leave me a comment below.  Some ideas we've had so far include Toronto, Boston, and Charlotte.

And now...

Yeah, I know Halloween is over, but this is funny!

I'm pretty sure this is universal.
My kind of pun, my kind of snack!
Have a great week, and come link up with Stacy!

Monday, October 28, 2019

Random Tuesday

Wow!  Since I posted "Go 'Stros" this time last week, they lost the first two games of the World Series.  But all was no lost.  They won the next three games.  Tonight just might be the last game in this year's WS!  I would like that.  If the Nats win, I'll miss game 7 because I'm working.  Come on, Astros!  Win in 6 for me!

The Rockets have won two of three so far, It's a start.  It's also a long season.

Man!  The month of October never ends!  It drags on incessantly.  It seems like the longest month of the year even though it has the same number of days as a few other months.  Wake me up when September October Ends is what Green Day should have sun about!

 Halloween is this week, and it's not like the students need another reason to act crazy, but we gave them one.  It's also Red Ribbon Week complete with wacky hair day, mismatched clothes, and so on.  I'm not a fan of Halloween.  I liked it a lot when my kids were little and could dress up as something cute and go to a party or trick-or-treating.  But I'm not a fan of kids the age of my students still going trick-or-treating. Oh, well.  No big deal.

Have a great week!
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Monday, October 21, 2019

Random Tuesday

I'm linking up with Stacy for random fun!

I did it!  I'm almost free!  39 school days until I am officially retired after 31 years!  I signed the papers yesterday.  It's such a huge weight off my shoulders.  I get a decent pension, supposedly for the rest of my life but dependent on the state of Texas, of course.  And I still have my part-time job, and I enjoy it.  There are so many things to look forward to.  A daughter having a baby, my son (hopefully) graduating from college, another daughter probably getting engaged soon.  And CRAFTS!  All the crafts! 

It's a great week in sports, too!  Our Houston Astros are going to the World Series for the 3rd time starting today!  And our Rockets season starts Thursday.  Go 'Stros!  Go Rockets!

I think I am going to take up sewing again. The only sewing I've done since high school is hand sewing, but I think I remember the basics.  I'll need a machine, and I want to stick to something basic.  I don't need 100 different stitches, embroidery, or a serger.  Any recommendations on an inexpensive, basic, yet sturdy machine?  Singer or Brother? 

And now...

Have a great week!

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Sunday Synopsis

Crazy LoveCrazy Love by Leslie Morgan Steiner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a true story. Leslie had everything going for her.. a prestigious degree, intelligence, good work ethic, a job at Seventeen magazine, looks, and great friends. She met a man on the Subway, who later won her heart. Everything seemed perfect, until it wasn't. The day before Conor and Leslie were to be married, Conor hit her for the first time. They had argued before, and he had pushed her before but this time he went too far. Was the wedding called off? No. She went through with the wedding in spite of the feeling that it wasn't a great idea.

Conor, the insecure husband, took a new job in Connecticut meaning Leslie would have to quit her job and move out to a house far from her friends and family. Doesn't that always seem like the first step of an abuser? To remove them from having a support system in place. Over the years, Conor pushed her down a flight of stairs, threatened her with a gun, because jealous at the mention of any male other than himself that Leslie talked to, an ugly fights that often turned physical. Leslie couldn't leave him. She loved him so much, but will he end up killing her?

The writing of this book was mediocre. I felt like some parts dragged on too much. It does send a message about the motives for domestic violence, so that's good. I would have liked to hear what happened later on down the road.

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Random Tuesday

I'm linking up with Stacy.

It's been a while!  So much is going on.

First, the good stuff.
Las Vegas!  My husband and I went for four days - not our first time - but our first time to stay downtown.  We loved it!  We usually stay on the strip, but now that Tilman Fertita owns the Rockets, we decided to stay at the Golden Nugget.
  It has changed so much since I was in there last.  In a good way.  I had never been in the Plaza, so we stayed one night there.
We had an awesome view of Fremont Street from our room!  Plus, I found a slot machine that was pretty good to me.

We went to a show, played blackjack, bingo, slots.  DH played some poker.  The live music on Fremont was pretty good, too.  All in all, a super fun trip!

Second, one of our daughters got married... in Hawaii!  No, we didn't go.  They wanted to elope, and they did, and we couldn't be happier for them!  Aren't they adorable?
I had no idea there are 65 wedding PER DAY on Maui.  As they said, they just got Maui'd!
So happy for this gorgeous girl!

Not so good news - My mom is having a diagnostic flouroscopy today.  She will need to be lightly sedated, and she doesn't do well with sedation.  If you're a praying person, please add her to your list.

And now...

Here's a knock-knock joke for you:
Knock knock. Who’s there? Hawaii. Hawaii who? I’m fine, Hawaii you?
Not funny, right?  

My cat does this!
Have a great week!

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Twooooo Weeks?

I haven't posted for two weeks?  I guess I've been busy!  My birthday, a quick trip to Las Vegas, work, work, and more work, granddogs visiting for a week while their momma and daddy were in Hawaii getting married.  But I'll be back soon!  For real!

Monday, September 23, 2019

Random Tuesday

I'm linking up with Stacy today.
Short post coming up!  I worked both jobs yesterday, and I'm exhausted!  AND it was my birthday!  My son and daughter came to see me for my birthday.  Well, my son is here on most weekends, but since my daughter moved away, I don't see her often.  It's been 3 months.  We had some girl time.  So fun!  My husband , mom, and the kids took me to lunch Saturday, and DH is taking me to dinner tomorrow and to Las Vegas on Saturday. So 54 doesn't feel too bad.  Well, not any worse than 53!  Ha!

I'll get right to this...

Have a great week!

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Sunday Synopsis

SpeakSpeak by Laurie Halse Anderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Anderson paints an extremely realistic view of high school from the young protagonist's point of view. The main character is depressed. She was at an end-of-summer party which became rather wild, and she was sexually assaulted. She called 911, and as a result, many of her friends were arrested. Now she is an outcast. And she hasn't spoken about her rape. The book is about her journey to "find her voice" again. The author's use of literary devices, figurative language, and symbolism that a young adult can relate to creates a well-written novel. There is a touch of humor, mostly in the narrator's descriptions of events in the school cafeteria or biology class, and this keeps the novel from getting too "heavy" due to the subject matter. I highly recommend this book.

P. S.  I didn't plan to have two books in a row that were about rape, although one was fiction and one was not.  They were also both set in Syracuse. 

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Random Tuesday

I'm linking up with Stacy for some randomness.

It's been an emotional week!  I've finally come to the decision I have struggled with since last year.  I'm going to retire from teaching.  I don't have peace of mind yet, though, because I haven't decided when.  I could finish out the school year, but we're only five weeks in, and the way things are at school, I doubt I can't handle 31 more weeks of this environment.  So, that leaves me with staying until December, or not.  Because of events in the past week, I'm leaning toward sooner.  But I don't think my husband wants me to retire any time before December.  It's not as if I will need their recommendation for a future job since I will be retiring, not resigning.  So... I'm still undecided in a way.

My husband and I are going to be grandparents!  I'm so excited!  His oldest daughter sent us the ultrasound picture.  We couldn't be happier!  So, we had some good news amidst the drama at work.
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Have you ever heard of a thief stealing, of all things, a toilet?  Well, it's not an ordinary toilet.  It's an 18 Karat gold toilet worth over five million dollars.  Reuters reports that it was on display as "art" at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Osforshire, England, not far from where my daughter lived during her "study abroad" semester.  It was apparently a fully functioning toilet, and the thieves caused significant damage to the home of the Duke of Marlborough.  NOW I've heard everything!
Blenheim Palace

So let's get to this...

Tee hee!
If you're old enough... you remember!  LOL!

I may already have posted this, but it's funny!

Have a great week!

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