Saturday, July 31, 2010

About to start working on #5

   So, this blog thing kind-of started at the beginning of the year when I came up with a list of things that I wanted to accomplish this year. Here is a link for you to check it out if you didn't read my blog post What Happens Now? Starting tomorrow, Aug. 1st, I will be working on #5, and this will be a hard one for me!! No spending besides necessities, that means no shoes, clothes, jewelery, books, movies, music downloads, or any other non necessitate spending for the months of Aug & Sept. I have to say that it should be a very interesting two months.

   In anticipation of my spending dry spell I happened to come across these too cute mustered yellow flats at Target and they were calling my name! I just love buying shoes. You don't ever feel fat when shopping for shoes, and its never a big deal if you need a lil bigger size. I think these will be really cute with my navy dress and I will no doubt be wearing them with all kinds of different outfits. I'm totally in love with this color!!! I'm even thinking of painting my dresser this color.




   I couldn't believe when I woke up this morning that it was, well not morning at all but 1pm!!!! I had really slept too, not like I woke up and then went back to sleep. The best part is that I'm already ready for bed. I guess I just needed the rest, I had better get it while I can since school starts in a week. I will actually have to get up pretty early all of next week for meetings. After I finally got up today I figured I needed to do something productive. I decided that it was time to re-pot my orchids, clean my house, wash the sink full of dishes that have been piling up, and record transactions in my checkbook. I love my baby orchid in this bright turquoise pot that I've been having just laying around the house. This will one day make a beautiful green orchid. I also have a white one and at school I have a mini orchid that is cream color with a rose color spots...yep, I love polka dots that much that I even have flowers that have them. HAHA! Well when I started typing this I thought it would be short and sweet but it seems that I have just gone on and on.
                                                                                      -Till Tomorrow

Friday, July 30, 2010

The Little Things That Prove I'm Blessed & Random Facts Friday

   I worked in my classroom all day. Its coming along pretty good. I posted a short video if you want to check out what I've been working on. If you watched the clip I say that there is a story about my tables, well there is and its one of the many little things that show me how blessed I truly am. At the beginning of this summer I found out that I would be teaching Fine Art Survey. I already teach World Geography, and the way that I teach it is very project based. So when I found out that I was also going to be teaching an art class I thought that switching out some of my desks for tables and chairs would be so great for all the projects involved in both of the classes. I did what your supposed to do when you want things for your classroom, I spoke to my principal and he told me to contact the lady over the Secondary department for the Parish. I sent my request, and some very good reasons why it would be good for my classes and students, and I got a reply that said that it was not in the budget to get furniture for the classrooms at this time. Well I was pretty bummed about this, but if you know me it takes a lot to deter me when I set my mind to do something, so I said a prayer and then left it to God. Well when I went to school to work in my classroom I was telling two of my co-workers that I couldn't get the tables but was going to think of something when one of them said, "I have an extra table that you can have!" Then another teacher walked up and heard us talking and said that she knew one of the teachers that had one in her class that she didn't need. A few minutes later she comes walking up with it and by the end of the day I had 4 tables all from the Awesome & Great teachers that I work with. It also just happened to work out that I got 2 big tables and 2 small tables, this is Great because it balances out the classroom...isn't God just Awesome like that to give me not only what I wanted, but in the way He knew I would have wanted it if I had picked it out myself. So I came home yesterday and was telling my Mom and she tells me that she will buy me another small table, so I can have two small in the front, one small in the middle, and the two large in the back...Perfect!!!! Today when I got to work I started setting up my tables and moving around my classroom, thanks to Heidi and Sammie Lynn I was able to figure out a great set-up with the few desks I kept and my new tables. I just love the set-up and I think its really going to work great! I'm so thankful for the great people that I work with and for my wonderful family!! After moving around my classroom I worked on getting things up on the walls and then even made copies of my Geography syllabus and supply list. But, sadly I don't have a thing for for my Fine Art class and I'm starting to freak out. I looked up some stuff but really want to meet with the other art teacher to see how she is teaching it.
  Besides classroom fun and table elation, I'm trying to get back on track with my diet plan. I'm thinking of doing Weight Watchers again. It works pretty good for me and my weight loss goal is 8 lbs for right now. I'm sure that it won't be a problem since I always do better when I'm working and at school. I'm not trying to be rail thin, I just know what I weighed before the summer and I don't weigh that now. So, just a lil something that I'm going to work on.
   Well today is Random Facts Friday, so here are three random facts about me:
  1. I LOVE coffee!!
  2. I still sleep with my baby blanket.
  3. I can change the oil on a car and I've changed an alternator.
-Till Tomorrow!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Errand Day

   I had a doctors visit early this morning and then had some errands to run. I think that I now have pretty much everything that I need for my class. I was so excited, my mom bought me a table for my classroom. She is such a Great mom, and not just because she buys me stuff. She is always doing stuff for me. She made me these really Cute curtains for my classroom and last year she bought me a ton of stuff for my classroom. Well after a very hot day in town, my car was reading 96 degrees, I just want to sit here and watch some tv and then go to bed. I stayed up way too late last night and had to get up way too early, all of which amounted to me only getting 4 1/2 hours of sleep last night. So I'm going to relax, cool off, and then go to bed. Oh, one of my readers suggested that I post a few of my pictures from my travels. We had talked about the Awe of God's creations at YMI and Bro. Rob B. had me show a few pictures and share a few comments about them. So I think that I will try and do that occasionally. Tomorrow I plan to work in my classroom and will try and take some video of my classroom.  -Till Tomorrow

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Going to Bed

   I spent way too much time at school today and didn't give myself enough time to finish everything that I needed to at home, plus spend time writing an interesting blog with pics of what I got done today. So this is as good as it gets. I did get all my stuff done for new teacher induction, but now I have to get to bed. I have to be up super early so that I can get across the river to a doctors appointment at 8:30!! I hate when that's the only time they have available, especially since its a hour and half drive from my house! Well got to run.  -Till Tomorrow

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

   Wow what a day!! I felt like I worked all day but didn't really get all that much done. Don't you hate when it takes you forever to just get setup and to find the tools that you need to get started. That was me today, I spent the whole morning trying to figure out what tools I needed to be able to hang some shelves on my walls at school. We have cement walls so it took me a  few trips to the hardware store and home to get everything that I needed to do the job. Finally, I got the shelves up and then I started to feel a little productive. I even got two small bookcases put together and do a few other things as well. I took a few pictures, its coming together ok but I still has a lot of work left to do. So I go back tomorrow and I'm hoping to knock out the rest. Oh, and I have to go on a hunt tomorrow....seems that someone has had the nerve to steal my electric pencil sharpener!?! I paid for that myself and the culprit will be found! I don't know why I didn't lock it up with the rest of my stuff that I didn't want "walking off." I'm also very excited that I finally got my Powerpoint for my presentation done, now to just get the handouts copied and then I'm done whewww...      -Till Tomorrow
I'm loving my new bookcases!!!!!

My Own lil Mushu

Check out those shelves

Looking at this pic just now it looks like my shelf is a lil off...Oh well, can't sweat the small stuff

Monday, July 26, 2010

Desperately in Need of My Routine

    So the summer months are always a break in routine and I enjoy the first few weeks of it. But, eventually I get to a point where I am so ready to go back to my routine. It's been a crazy busy summer for me and I have to say that I'm pretty excited about relaxing and getting my classroom ready for the next week and a half. One thing that I'm about to really get serious about is back to working out and eating healthy again. I do so much better during the school year. I'm pretty bummed, I've gained a few pounds over the summer and I just sick with how I've let myself go. Got to get things under control!!!
Tomorrow I'm going to school work on my classroom and I'm pretty excited, I know I'm a nerd.

    I've been thinking about how you sometimes have to work with people that you don't always like and that don't like you. I've been working on putting together packets for the new teachers. One of the things that they wanted me to give them was examples of different syllabus from different teachers and grade levels. So I contacted a few of my teacher friends and asked them to send me their syllabus. I was very impressed by something that one of my friends, Sammie Drury, had included at the end of her's. She put a great quote about attitude from Chuck Swindoll. It was just what I needed to read, here it is take a look.

Attitude

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace that day. We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me, and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our ATTITUDES.

Charles R. Swindoll
I can't change others, but I can change how I respond to them. I want to respond to others the way Christ would, but as of right now I just wanted to pray down fire and brimstone on them...it's a work in progress.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Summers Over...Back to Work

   Well school doesn't officially start till the 10th of August, but it feels like I'm back at work and my summer is over. I have been in my office all day making changes to my syllabus, supply list, making powerpoints, working on presentations, making handouts for new teachers and of course taking some time out to play around on Facebook. Went to church tonight, and then back home to work. I then spent a good amount of time chatting on Facebook when I should have been working. Then while chatting I figured while I wasn't working I may as well go ahead and paint my nails. So now I'm trying to type this with wet, well semi wet, nails. I really should be in bed since I need to get up at 6:30 to get to my meeting in town for 8:30. I'm so excited about working in my classroom on Tue. I have some big plans for my room this year! Well its time for me to call it a night.  -Till Tomorrow

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Home at Last

The Birthday Girl
   Today was a full day. I taught this morning and then after teaching and loading up all of my stuff I drove to Baton Rouge. I had to go by the School Aids store and then on to my niece Molly's Birthday Party. She was so cute, as always! Both of my nieces are Huge Mickey & Minnie Mouse fans and so it was a Minnie Mouse Party! It was really good to see the family and get to spend some time with my niece and nephew. I ended up staying for a while and then decided I had better head home before the bad weather came through. Thank God that I was not having to evacuate, and that Bonnie turned into nothing! I know that we are all praying that we don't have to evacuate at all this hurricane season...it just really messes things up!
Well I was in beast mode when I got home and got everything unpacked and put away. The suitcases are stored away since all of my summer trips are over. I really feel like I haven't had a break! Well I'm off to bed so I can get up and get to work on my stuff for my meetings before church.
Oh, and check out the Awesome cake and cupcakes that my sister in-law made...Watch out Ace of Cakes!
-Till Tomorrow

Friday, July 23, 2010

Wow, and the days go by so fast...Oh, and "Random Fact Friday"

   I just don't want to even admit and believe that the month of July is almost over! I can feel it the freaking out....its coming. I won't stress, I won't stress!! (repeat this over and over, and take my happy pill) I am happy to see the last day of camp tomorrow. It has been a good camp, really the campers are great kids, its just that they are Jr. high and younger and I'm used to my High schoolers. Plus, I know how much I have to do when I get home...and Im ready to be at my house. I love it, my family has all missed me. Talked to my Mom today and when she saw it was me on the phone she said, "Oh, look its Syl calling," and my sister Carleen said, "I miss Syl." How sweet, they say I drive them crazy when I'm home and miss me when I'm going, thats true family!
  I have to say that camp has been more then interesting this year. Every year we always have a few stories that get told the next year, like "you remember when that kids did this or that kids did that?" I have to say that this year its the counselors that gave us the stories...Oh my the stories that I could tell, we will just leave it at that. I had planned to try and get some work done while I was here but that just didn't seem to happen. I did get to collaborate with one of my friends that teaches the same class as me thanks to Facebook. We used the chat to compare notes and share ideas for our classes. I can't wait to see her room, she said she was going to post pics since she is so proud of it this year. I told her that I of course would be no doubt not only posting pictures of my classroom but subjecting those that happen to read my blog to a breakdown of all that entails my classroom. Setting up and organizing my classroom is by far my Favorite part of the whole school year. I seems to always find my happy place when I walk into a store and see the aisles and aisles of school supplies. And just the thought of labeling and organizing my desk makes me feel warm and fuzzy all over! There's just nothing better then a full cup of coffee, a bright and organized classroom and the smell of post-it notes and sharpened pencils. Well its way late and I still have to teach one more class in the morning...thank God for Starbucks Doubleshot Mocha's I would not be to great tomorrow without it!!
oh, before I go I just have to say that I am LOVING my new blog layout!!! I found the pic online and then made some changes to it but I just love it!!...ok, just had to get that out.
Oh, I almost forgot, today is the debut of the first "Random Fact Friday" My friend Jessica B. suggested this and so I thought I would give it a whirl. I'm thinking that 3 is a good number...so here goes:
 Random Facts About Me
1. One of my ears is higher then the other.
2. I can touch my nose and ear with my big toe.
3. I have never broken a bone...well I did throw a dictionary at my friends foot and broke her toe but none of my own bones.
-Till Tomorrow

Thursday, July 22, 2010

ChAngeS, BiG ChaNgeS

I'm sure you noticed by now that I have over hauled my blog. I was ready for a change and I'm LOVING it!!!! I just love the picture that I found for my new header and I found this Stinking Awesome site that lets you edit pics and its super easy...always a bonus! 
So tell me what you think, any suggestions or changes that need to be made. I LOVE getting comments...still can't believe that anyone reads this. 
On another note, I worked on my blog all night and have gotten zip done for my presentation (but the blog is cute so I guess thats a great excuse...right?) Well my butt is going to have to kick into over drive come Monday morning. I have two more days of camp, a Birthday party in BR and then I will be washing and unpacking most of my Sunday. So much to do so little time to do it in. 

I was super excited to get to have dinner with my dearest, sweetest friend Brandon. Hmm...If only.
It was so good to see him and hang out, then we went for a walk around campus and talked and it was so nice. 
Well its way past my much needed bed time!! 
-Till Tomorrow

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Something I don't say often

I'm Ready to GO Home!!!!! Yes, I know not words that are usually uttered by my. I'm the one that is always ready to go and go some more, but I've just about had it. I'm at camp for another 2 1/2 days and then I get to go to my niece Molly's Birthday party. I'm so excited to see all of the family and to spend some time with Molly...she rocks and is the funniest kid!!! This is one of my favorite pics of us making faces. She is such a lil charterer. I just can't believe how big all of them are getting. Max has grown so much and lil Sophie, well that kids is growing alright, she's got rolls for her rolls. I love having nephews and nieces, its all the fun of kids and none of the major responsibility, and I get to spoil them!
I think one of the major reasons that I'm so ready to go home is that I know that I have so much to get done once I finally get there. I have so much stuff to do to get ready for school and to get my classroom ready. Plus, I have a ton of stuff to do to get ready for all the up coming meetings and in-services that I have coming up.
So my friend Jessica suggested that I add a fun random fact about myself blog day. So I thought about it and I think that I will try it. I think I'm going to have "Random Fact Friday" starting this Friday...I guess we will see how it goes. Not to sure that I have that many random facts about myself.
Well another day of teaching tomorrow. Tomorrow I'm teaching Mind Mapping as a note taking skill. Its pretty interesting and I'm looking forward to it, I think I'm going to use it in my classroom this coming year. If your interested in learning more here is a great link that explains it, just don't be intimidated by some of the examples. Mind Mapping
-Till Tomorrow

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Missing YMI

YMI 2010
   So tonight was the last night of YMI (Young Ministers Institute a place for serious young adults to explore the call of God on their lives)  and the celebration service. Its the night when the YMIers get to use their talents for God and they do the service. This has been the service that I usually organize but just like everything we made some changes and Blair was in charge of it this year. I heard that she did an awesome job and that the service was great! It always is, we have such talented students with a heart that wants to worship.
Trying to make decisions

A few pics from YMI:
Looking like they are deep in discussion





                 

   Well this morning I started Creative Scholars Camp, a camp for students with dyslexia and other learning disorders. Its a really cool camp and we not only give them practical tips that they can take back for the new school year but we have lots of Fun as well. I'm teaching a studies skills and organization class. Who would have thought that I would have come this far, all the times I wanted to quit.
I shared at YMI how after I was diagnosed with a learning disorder while in my Jr. year of college they gave me the results of all of my tests and in the last page said the following, "Sylvia may want to seek career counseling and discuss her  unrealistic expectations for a career and her future." I could have died!!! Unrealistic Expectations!!! I was two semesters away from student teaching and had a 3.7 GPA. No, it had not been easy and there were many days I wanted to give it up, and I would cry my eyes out. But then I would suck it up and do what I had to do.  To man, with my learning disorder, it may have seemed that it couldn't be done. I, on the other hand, had God on my side and I pushed forward because I was going to be a teacher!! This Dec. will be two years of teaching for me....so stick that in your Unrealistic Expectations!
1 Cor. 1:27-31 comes to mind when I think about it.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Seeing Things Differently

   Tonight while I was driving home I had the radio on and it was on Mix 92.3 (*Shock* I know...I was listening to non Christian music...now I know some of you will think that "A good Christian" wouldn't do that, but I think I can still get into heaven so lets move on)
So the new Goo Goo Dolls song "Home" came on and I liked their old stuff, but I really like this new song of theirs.

I was just taking to Tony P. (now if you want to read a really spiritual blog then you should read his, he is more about quality over quantity) and Danial B. at YMI about the book "Windows to the Soul," and how only second to the Bible this book has been life changing for me. Well the book talks about how as God's creations humans are born with the desire to connect to their creator, and even though sin separated us from Him there is something within our every fiber that longs to connect. Now we know that all things are made by God and for God and that includes all talents and even those of non-Christians. The author then goes on to say that if we look at the music, art, and nature as trying to connect to our Creator then we see things differently. The soul longs to return to connect, and even though sin came in, there are moments when the non-believer is not aware that it cries out.

The song "Home" by the Goo Goo Dolls seems to me to be just that. They may not have even been aware, and may have thought it meant something else, but if you look at with Godly eyes (for lack of a better word) then you see something a little different. All art, poetry, music, talents, movies, and things of beauty are just windows to the soul...a soul that longs to connect to its creator.

Now I think this song would be Awesome as a drama, I'm just saying.
As you read the words you can't tell me that its not a soul that is crying out?
How many people in this world feel lost and alone and surrounded by "Crowded rooms full of empty faces?"
How many times have you heard someone say that no one speaks the truth, that even the "...deepest conversations full of lies?"
How many people in this world "...wonder if they’ll see through my disguise?"
And WOW, the course seems to be the very cry of a lost generation that longs to belong, to feel at home.
The next verse then says, "It’s 3 A.M. and I can’t sleep without you," how many people today can't even find true peace and the struggles of a peace-less life leaves them with sleepless night. 

Man, I'm telling you this song just got me, made me stop and think about a life without my savior and it even made me pray for those that are lost. Yes, a non-Christian song was able to minister a message, it just takes us looking at things as Windows to the Soul.

-Till Tomorrow


Goo Goo Dolls - Home Lyrics

Crowded rooms full of empty faces
Our deepest conversation full of lies
Another night with all my friends
The kind you’ll never see again
I wonder if they’ll see through my disguise

And I want to say
That I can’t hold back
And it might be wrong
But it’s all I have

Come take me home tonight
Come take me home
Oh I need you now
I’m lost without you
A million miles but I will find you
So take me home

It’s 3 A.M. and I can’t sleep without you
I think I’ve found the perfect words to say
The shattered light transmits my voice
Sometimes we don’t have a choice
I’d wake you up from half a world away

And I tried so hard
Tried to be so strong
But you see the crash
My defense is gone

Come take me home tonight
Come take me home
Oh I need you now
I’m lost without you
A million miles but I will find you

Come take me home tonight
Come take me home
Oh, come take me home tonight
Come take me home

Come take me home
The shattered light transmits my voice
Sometimes we don’t have a choice
Come take me home
Wake you up from half a world away
Oh I need you now
I’m lost without you
I’m holding on till I can find you
So take me home

Sunday, July 18, 2010

What IF

   Bro Rob spoke tonight on "WHAT IF?" 
 What if we lived like the Bible was really true?
What if we lived our lives like heaven was real?
What if we lived our lives like there is a hell?
What if? I like to ask this question a lot. Just this week I asked, "what if, instead of 9 months, babies were born in just two weeks?" How would that change things? What if I were born in a different country? What if the world were square? What if we lived like this was our last day? What would we do different, what words would we speak or not speak, who would we tell the story of Christ to?
We should always be asking what if, it pushes us to think outside of the moment. 
What IF....

Friday, July 16, 2010

YMI Friday Night

Being transformed into something new in Christ…what does that look like, has it happened to me?

Tonight Sulli Turner spoke on Noah and how he set the spiritual temperature of his time. We have to me thermostats and not thermometers; one sets the temp and makes changes while the other simple reads what is already there. I want to be the kind-of person that makes positive changes in those around me and does not simple move and change because of outside factors. My faith should be at a place were no matter the situation I can stand firm in my salvation and radiate the love and peace of God to those around me.

Change is always happening and we have to be apart of that, we can’t escape it, but it’s how we react and adapt to the change that defines us. I ask myself the question, “ Am I setting the temperature around me?” Are you? The titles of my blog is about seasons and change and how they are both vital parts of life, am I reacting to the changes, the seasons, in my life in a way that shows others my faith in God? Can others see a difference in me? Also, am I treasuring the changes and seasons? Or am I so worried about adjusting to the change that I don’t enjoy it or learn from it. For no matter the change or the season, if we don’t learn from it and the things that happen during it, then it has happened in naught.   -Till Tomorrow

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Packing and Packing

   So much packing! I've been washing and packing, one suitcase for YMI and one for camp. I hate packing, love going just hate everything involved with the going part. So not much else going on besides that. Well we did have some big Happy news, they stopped the oil leak!!! But it remains to be seen if this is the end to the BP mess. Hopefully this will be the end and things can get back to normal, they did lift the ban on fishing. I'm really ready for a good fishing trip, maybe when I get back and before school starts...hmm may just have to plan that.
   Well I've still got a lot to do and an early morning so I'm going to call it a night. 
                                                                                                                                    -Till Tomorrow

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Too Much, Too Much...Its All Really Starting to Be a Bit Much

   Wow, we only have three weeks till school starts and I have so much that I need to get done. Plus, in between trying to get all of it done I have YMI (Young Ministers Retreat) and I'm teaching all week next week at the Scholars Camp. I leave straight from camp on Sat. to go to my nieces Birthday party and then home. I start the next week off with a nice 7:30am meeting on Monday morning and then I have so much to do in my classroom. I was also asked to present for the new teacher inservice and now it seems like its more just right before the first week of school. It seems that there's so much do and so little time to do it. I need another two months before school starts!!!!!!!!!
Ok, well I'm to dye my hair and cover those few gray hairs that had the nerve to show up on my head.
-Till Tomorrow

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Regroup and Refocus

   I'm back to the place where I need to regroup and reevaluate. Let me just share a little, I'm in debt, a good bit of debt. Now I know, your probably thinking "who isn't?" But I want to get out from under this, and I was doing so good but it never fails that just when I'm doing good I fall off the wagon. I need to change my thinking, I need to start thinking like I don't have money! I have to change my spending habits and ground my nomading self, that part of me that always feels the pull of the travel bug. I have to set my goals firmly in my mind and not waiver. I have to get this under control!
 
    So here's a pic of my new find. Its this great old typing table that my Mom has had in storage for awhile, it just needed to be cleaned up. I'm super excited, its going to be perfect for my classroom. I've been wanting something to hold all of my copies and with its wheels it will be great to roll around the front of my class. You see I make all of my copies at one time, sometimes a few days in advance, and like to have a place to lay them out so they stay organized by class, subject, and day. This will work out great and it cost me zip!!! Plus, I just love its red color and its just too cute even with its dings and dents (adds character I say).



    I just finished this book and it was great! If your looking for a good book to read pick this one up.
A few of my favorites quotes from the book are below.
"He does not reveal his glory for His good. We need to witness it for ours."
"If life is "just a moment," can't we endure any challenge for a moment?  We can be sick for just a moment. We can be lonely just a moment. We can be persecuted for just a moment. We can struggle for just a moment. Can't we? Can't we wait for our peace? It's not about us anyway. And it's certainly not about now."
"His plan -born in eternity- will withstand any attack of humanity" 
"Cemeteries interrupt the finest families.
Retirement finds the best employees.
Age withers the strongest bodies.
With life comes changes.
But with change comes the reassuring appreciation of heaven's permanence. 
His "firm foundation stands" (2 Tim 2:19)."
"Reduce the human job description down to one phrase, and this is it: Reflect God's Glory"

Monday, July 12, 2010

Not Yet 100%

   I woke up feeling a lot better today but not totally back to full health. I seem to be having some strange reaction to the steroid shot, I'm having hot spots on my skin. Its very strange, its like I have fever in one central spot and its like my skin is on fire! And just to make things even more interesting it moves around so it may be in my arm/arms and then move to my to legs. 
   As I'm writing this I jumped over to my Facebook and two of my really good friends are enduring a lot with family health issues. My heart goes out to them and their families. I so wish that there was something I could do or say to help. I wish that things were different but I rest in the fact that both are where they need to be with the Lord, but I know that even knowing that still doesn't make it easy. Just thinking about my parents going through this bring tears to my eyes. I also cry for my friends, knowing that what they are going through has to be the hardest ever. I pray that they would feel the peace of God and rest in His Grace, knowing that All things work together for His good.   -Till Tomorrow

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Doctor Visit

   I finally realized that I was not getting any better and a doctors visit was in order. So, it being a Sunday and all I went to the Port Sulphur band-aid station aka: Port Sulphur Medical Clinic. If I wasn't so bad with math, and didn't love being a teacher, I would so rock as a nurse...heck today I was a doctor. I diagnosed myself and was on the money. I had a sinus infection and I needed a steroid shot and antibiotics, and thats what the doctor did. Oh, and let me just say that nothing hurts worst then a steroid shot given to quickly, my backside and hip are still reeling from it. I'm praying that I wake up tomorrow feeling brand new and ready for the rest of the week.  -Till Tomorrow

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Still Sick

  I'm still not feeling well at all! If I'm not feeling better by Monday I'm going to the doctor. I have a busy week next week and I need to get well, and fast.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Not Feeling so Good

   I woke up this morning and was not feeling good at all. I'm pretty sure I have a sinus infection, the tell was the green junk I've been hacking up (I know gross!). So I did nothing today...I mean Nothing!! I have to say that I've been pretty lucky and haven't been sick in quite a while. My first year of teaching I got Everything....No really Everything. I got bronchiolitis, sinus infection, the flu, Pink eye, dehydrated when I had a bad cold, oh, and I lost almost my my whole nail on my big toe (it was a moving accident). I used all of my 10 days really quick and spent a lot of time at the doctors office. They say that most teachers get everything their first year and then they are immune. So I guess thats what happened, plus I started taking my vitamins and some extra vitamin C. So I haven't been sick the whole school year and I go and get sick right when I finally slow down a bit to enjoy the summer break.  -Till Tomorrow

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Getting Things Back to Normal

   Today was all about cleaning and getting the house back in order. That's always the worst part about the trip, the coming home and having to clean house and unpack. I was a little slow in getting started, but after a pot of good Community Coffee New Orleans blend I was good to go. I got the house cleaned, floor swept & mopped, vacuumed, dusted, cleaned office, and the bathroom. So today was a busy day and so tomorrow I'm going to enjoy my summer break and really soak it up tomorrow. I plan on sleeping in tanning, in the lil pool that my mom bought for the grand kids and then I plan to do some reading, paint my nails, and just enjoy a lazy day. Here are some of my favorite pics from my trip. Enjoy -Till Tomorrow

Grand Canyon
Oh No!
The Painted Desert
The Continental Divide
In Roswell
At Carlsbad Cavern
At Carlsbad Cavern

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Back Home

   So I made it home tonight. I did enjoy my road trip a lot and could have went for another week, but I love to travel and can be gone all summer and be happy. I did make a little bit of a detour on my way back home, I met up for dinner with "my boys." It was so good to see all of them and catch up with what is going on in their lives. Today as I drove around Thibodaux and Houma I remembered how much I liked living in the area and I kind-of missed it all. So I unloaded my car and stuff is everywhere in my house. Tomorrow looks like it will be a day of cleaning and washing...yay so exciting!! Oh yeah, so today I got asked to be a presenter at the new teacher orientation. I was shocked and very honored to be asked to present classroom management to a group of new teachers for our school district. I have to say that I am a little nervous about speaking to a group of teachers and school board office staff, I pray that I don't screw up haha!!! Well I'm off to get some sleep and I am a lil happy about getting to sleep in my own bed.   -Till Tomorrow

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Almost Home

So we have seen some crazy things on this trip but these two just took the cake...he seems like he is lost and she is so sick of him not asking for directions. He should have gotten the GPS like she told him.
    After driving 20 hours in two day I'm back in LA, not home yet, but back in the state. I'm staying the night at my friend Rachel's house tonight and then I have dinner with some friends tomorrow night and then.... on my way home. I have a few weeks off and then off again this time to YMI and then teaching at a camp. I never knew that driving could make a person so tired.    -Till Tomorrow

Monday, July 5, 2010

Three in One Day

We left from Sedona this morning, but not before stopping at this great little cafe for some breakfast. It was the cutest place and some really good food. After eating, restroom break, gassing up the car, and checking the air in the tires (I know, how responsible adult of me) we were back on the road and on our way to Amarillo, TX. Now I have been a bit confused for the most of this trip due to all the time changes. I don't know about you but I didn't know that AZ had their own timezone. So my phone was switching from Central to Mountain, and to Arizona. Well today we drove through all three and finally arrived in our familiar time. So a good night sleep tonight and then up by 7, breakfast, and then on the road and 10 hours of driving to Pineville, LA. So, very funny story. I had just left Sedona and was on the interstate and was doing the speed limit, which is not hard since its mostly 75. Well at the time it was 65, which I was doing, but then turned into 75. So I see a state police car pull behind me and turn on his lights. I was like "what, I wasn't speeding!" Then it hit me, it was my tint on my car thats what it had to be...so he come to the passenger side and has Rach roll the window up about half way. He then pulls out the tint checker and goes to check it but his batteries in it are dead! So he tells me to step out of my car, so I step out and stands where he tells me to and he gets my paper work and starts writing it up. So I'm standing there and I just can't believe that Im getting a ticket for my tint!!!! So I tell him, "I've never had a ticket, I can't believe this!!" He then looks at my license and says "wow that pretty good." So he asked what I was doing in AZ and I told him that I had seen the Grand Canyon and that I was a geography teacher and thought it was something that I should see. So we talked a lil about that, he was cute and had no ring so I thought it was best to use my southern charm. I then told him that I have some cop friends down home and none of them had told me anything about my tint, he said that AZ was really strict about it. He then kind-of laughs and says, "You want to know why I really pulled you over, it wasn't just your tint, you have a nice car with dark tinted windows and out of state plates. I pulled you over because I thought you could be a drug smuggler." When he said that I almost died!!! I was like..."what, no not me I'm a school teacher and she's a nurse...I even found a small bag of weed in the parking lot at school and turned it into the Principal till the cops could come." I then was like "you can search my car I have nothing to hide, really!" He was laughing and said that he figured I wasn't and that he was giving me a warning. He gave me a nice smile and I thanked him and was on my way...HAHA me mistaken for a drug smuggler!!!! Well that was my day.             -Till Tomorrow

Sunday, July 4, 2010

It took my breath away

    So I started this 4th of July day at 4:20 am so that I could see the sunrise over the Grand Canyon. I have to say that it was so worth it. I was not in "church" today, but me and God had church on the side of the mountain as I praised Him and thanked Him for all that He does and can do. It was just amazing to stand in such vast beauty and know that He cares about me, a speck of dust. It really was a moving experience and made me so thankful for all I have been blessed with. 
After watching the sunrise and getting some pictures we went back to the hotel and back to bed. Then, after a nice 4 hour nap, we went back to see more of the Grand Canyon. It was just breathtaking, vast, amazing, and beyond what words can truly describe. I am so glad that I did this, that I took the time to come and see this "hole in the ground" as some have described it when I said I was going to see it. 
    After time at the Grand Canyon, not long because it all starts to look the same, we were back on the road and headed to Sedona. It was a nice trip and we stopped a few times, once was below when we stopped to see the Flintstoneville.
    Sadly tomorrow we start to make our way home. We were going to stay with friends tomorrow night that live outside of Phoenix, but Rachel (my traveling buddy) is homesick and ready to head back. Its 19 hours back home so we are doing it in two days. I really have to find myself a traveling buddy. Someone who can turn the phone off, leave everything at home, go for as long as the boss will possible let you off of work and still keep your job, doesn't mind taking the scenic route, likes to spend money, not afraid to stay in something below a 4 star hotel, doesn't mind if I take a thousand pictures, has no kids to worry about or a man for that matter (if they have one he should be able to do for himself and not need to be in constant contact), needs to be a lil adventures, and like good food, heck any food! Now an easy way to fill that order would be for God to just send me a husband that could become my travel buddy...but well we all know that seems to not be happening any time soon. So I guess I'm just going to learn to fly solo and Mom will just have to be ok with me going alone. 
-Till Tomorrow

Saturday, July 3, 2010

WOW What A Day We Had!

   Today was a very fun day and we have seen a ton along the way. We slept in and took our time getting ready and then off to explore. We went to Old Town, took pic with Route 66 sign, then saw the petrified forest, painted desert, Large meteor crater, worlds largest dream catcher and map of route 66, and then a sunset on the Grand Canyon...what a day! I have to say that I was very impressed with my first view of the Grand Canyon! It was almost moving to see the beauty and it made me wonder how anyone could question the existence of God. It was so beautiful and was beyond anything that a picture could ever convey. I did take some pictures but I know that they will not be close to seeing it in real life. So tomorrow we are going to get up at around 4:20 so we can drive up to one of the outlook spots and watch the sunrise on the Canyon. I can't wait! Tomorrow is another fun packed day! Oh, Happy 4th!! We are going to explore the canyon and then we are on to Sedona were I'm hoping to get to see some fireworks. I'm really so glad that we did this trip! God has really watched out for us and things have just seemed to work out and fall into place. It has been such a pleasant trip, even with our lil hotel mishap yesterday, but it all worked out. Well I'm off to bed so I can catch the sunrise.  -Till Tomorrow

Friday, July 2, 2010

Drive and Drive Some More

   

   Today involved a lot of driving! We drove to Carlsbad Caverns and went down 754 feet to the Big Room and saw some really awesome Stalagmites. Got some really interesting pictures and I even got to adopt a bat!!! Seems that there are a lot of bats that call the caves home. After Carlsbad, it was on to Roswell to the UFO museum and a great lunch thanks to the Urban Spoons recommendations. I was a lil disappointed with the UFO museum, really thought that there would be more to it. After Roswell we were on our way to Albuquerque. Now I did all of the travel planning and had made our hotel reservations through Travelocity. So we get to the Travellodge in Albuquerque and I go in to get our room and I was so not impressed at all. The place stunk so bad...but I thought, hey I will give it the benefit of the doubt. I get our key and we get all of our stuff and go to our room, I open the door and stop, Rach is right behind me and all she hears me say is, "OH NO!!!" I won't even walk in, the room is trashed!! There are alcohol bottles everywhere and it Stinks! So we go straight to the front desk and cancel our reservation. We go across the street to the Hilton and get a very nice room! Rachel said that there was no way we were staying there, she knows me and she said that if I wouldn't even go in then it was bad since I have stayed in some "interesting" place in Venezuela and China. So after getting settled in our really, new, nice room we got ready and went to dinner. We were going to go see a movie after dinner but I guess we were feeling our age and we decided to go back to our room and chill and go to bed. So I'm relaxing and enjoying my nice bed and typing and uploading pics to my Facebook check out this link to see my pics from the trip so far, Grand Canyon Road Trip!
Tomorrow we are headed to the Grand Canyon, and whatever else we happen to see on the way. -Till Tomorrow