Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Loving it!

   So I just love Lindsey's blog over at the Pleated Poppy. She has the cutest stuff, ideas, and blog. Her latest post is about making a Family Rules canvas, which I just love. I'm thinking of making one for my classroom. I have a ton of really cute paper that I have been collecting and I'm thinking that this would be the perfect project for it. Plus, I'm still in my spending moratorium and I have all of the supplies so sounds like the perfect project. So take a look, maybe it will inspire you to create your own Family Rules. And as always, I'm up when I should be sleeping so... -Till Tomorrow

I'm going to tweak it a bit and make it "Rules for Life" that way I can hang it in my classroom.

Monday, August 30, 2010

The Hero Within

   This was a paper that I wrote back in college. I happened across it in my files and read it and was glad I did. I can definitely use the reminder as I enter this new school year. I took out the work cited stuff due to hook ups with the HTML. I promise it was all cited in the one I turned in to my professor. Leave me a comment and tell me what you think. Enjoy!   -Till Tomorrow

The Hero Within

   All of us possess within us the possibility to be a hero to someone. Whether we are young or old, we all can come to the aid of another, and in most cases, when we reach out and touch another life, we also walk away affected in some way. Two great examples given to us in film are two movies produced by the great film maker, Steven Spielberg. “E.T.” and “Schindler’s List” are both critically acclaimed movies with two unlikely heroes. One, a small boy dealing with heartbreak over his parent’s divorce reaches out and helps someone quite different than him, and in the process, he is helped through his own hard time. The second, a man who has always looked out for number one has a change of heart and helps to save the lives of hundreds. From both of these completely different movies about totally different people, we will look at how regardless of age or social standing, one can reach out to others. Consequently, touching someone else’s life in either a small or large way changes a person, and ultimately, each of us contains a hero within.

   In the movie “E.T.,” we are introduced to a young boy Elliott who discovers a “munchkin-scaled botanist from a distant galaxy who disperses to collect plant specimens.” He is mistakenly left behind by his spaceship crew members and is taken home by Elliott. Elliott and E.T., as the alien is called, quickly become friends and Elliott sets out to help E.T. find a way back home. Here is a little boy going through a hard time since his father has left and he reaches out to help someone that is in every way different from him. In, “Schindler’s List,” we also see someone reaching out to a group of people that are considered different. Schindler, a wealth business man during World War II, hires Jews to work in his factory that produces cooking utensils for the Nazis. He first hires the Jews because they are cheap labor, but sometime during the movie, (we are not told why or how) he has a change of heart and then continues to hire Jews, which saves them from the death camps. Both of Spielberg’s movies portray young and old people, from different social standings: Elliott, a kid from a single parent home and Schindler, a rich business man. Whether helping someone to find their way home or something as great as saving lives, both main characters are seen as heroes in their own right.

   As we watch these two “heroes” reach out to help others, we see that each are changed in some way by their actions. Elliott reaches out to help E.T. and in doing so pulls the family together that was drifting apart, due to the father running off with another woman. In some way, Elliott and his brother and sister need to focus on something else to forget all the tension in the house. E.T. definitely gives them something else to focus their attention on as he…”moves into the house, and the center section of the film is an endless invention on the theme of an extra-terrestrial's introduction to bedrooms, televisions, telephones, refrigerators and six-packs of beer.” We see a much more dramatic change in the character Schindler, who goes from a selfish man to a very caring, generous man at the closing scene of the movie. The closing scene is the most moving as Schindler prepares to leave Germany, which is no longer Nazi occupied Germany, and he is surrounded by the Jewish workers that he has saved. As he bids them farewell, the Jewish workers from his factory give him a letter which will allow him safe passage and a ring that is engraved with the Talmudic quotation, “Whoever saves one life saves the world entire.” Then Schindler sees his luxurious car and is consumed with guilt as he realizes he could have saved more people by selling his car, he then pulls the Nazi Party pin from his lapel, and cries, "This pin. Two people. This is gold. Two more people. Here one sees a much different man, the viewer no longer sees someone who is living for himself, but a man who has made it a mission to save another’s life.

   Both of these movies have shown us that no matter who we are we can be a hero to someone, and in most cases… “The unlikeliest heroes are often the greatest.” In the case of Elliott, he reached out to someone who was very different from himself and helped him to get home. To E.T., Elliott was a hero; Elliott looked beyond the differences and his fear. In this action, both discovered a friend. If we all could be like Elliott and not fear the unknown or unfamiliar, maybe we could be seen as someone’s hero. Schindler gives us a deeper look at stepping out to save someone’s life; the life changing effect can happen to the one doing the saving. In watching these movies, we learn that when we reach out to touch someone else’s life, our lives can also change in the process and we understand the value of life. We all have a hero within; the hero within can be a good example to those younger ones in our care, reach out to the needy in our community, encourage someone to continue on when they want to give up, or do something as small as babysitting for a single mom who needs a break. Any of these things can be seen as heroic by the person receiving the kindness. We may never be in a situation, such as Schindler’s, to be able to save the lives of hundreds. We may also never be given an opportunity, such as Elliott’s to help someone from distant land. But, if we look around and take notice of our surroundings and those in our world we may be given a chance to show our hero within.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Five Years Later

   Yes, five years ago on this day my life changed forever. I survived and it, and in many was it has made me stronger. I look back and I sometimes wish for what once was, but I try and not linger in the past.
   Katrina happened, life happens, and as my blog title states, Seasons+Changes=LIFE. I will always remember and never forget, but moving forward, changed in many ways due to an upset that made the history books.

I found this painting tonight while I was looking for a Katrina related art piece for my Fine Arts Journal topic.
   Its by an artist named Darin Overholser. Click here to check out his art work. I loved his description,

"This is a more somber piece. Its the old story of Man vs nature. What we thought was the most destructive storm in US history, was just a ballet dance to mother nature." -Darin Overholser.  

   How true, what we saw as complete devastation was just a ripple in the hand of God. No matter what may come I know that God can bring me through. My Dad preached tonight on Ps. 29:10 "The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord is enthroned as King forever."

I pray that I never have to go through another Katrina, but no matter the storm I know who is my rock and my salvation. I will close out tonight with a few quotes (yep, I really do love quotes) that I found after Katrina.
"Storms make trees take deeper roots."  -Claude McDonald
 "It is the wounded oyster that mends its shell with pearl."  -Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The worst thing in your life may contain seeds of the best. When you can see crisis as an opportunity, your life becomes no easier, but more satisfying."   -Joe Kogel
 'The reality of any place is what its people remember of it."  -Charles Kuralt
 "The past should be a springboard, not a hammock."  -Ivern Ball
"Keep some souvenirs of your past, or how will you ever prove it wasn't all a dream."         -Ashleigh Brilliant  

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Rainy Day


   Yay! I thought that I had killed my orchid but I was looking at it today and it has two new sprouts. I have three orchids total, one on my desk at school, one by my kitchen sink (i use the word kitchen loosely, if you have been to my place you know what I mean) and the one with my new lil sprouts is by my chair in my livingroom.
   Last night I went to bed at 8pm and I slept till 8 this morning. I couldn't believe that I slept that long. I guess I really needed to catch up on my rest. It was a pretty intense week. We have started to plan Homecoming and I'm already looking forward to it being done and over. I'm just praying that things go a lot better then they did last year. I'm hoping that I learned from last year and can avoid a lot of the headaches that I had last year. I'm already ahead of the game and have my money for homecoming in my account, this time last year I was scrambling trying to fund raise and didn't even have a theme picked out.

   Today was such a blah rainy day. The most strenuous thing I did today was to fold some towels and pay a few bills. I didn't get out of my PJs all day. It was a good day! Oh, I almost forgot I did tweak my two lesson plans and email them to my vice principal. I do have a little bit of grading to do tomorrow and I have to get the ballots together for my Class Representative election that is on Tue. I also have a Homecoming committee meeting on Wed. that I need to get some notes together for. All of this reminds my why I love the spring so much. All I have in the spring is Wacky Olympics. Plus, during the spring it seems that we have a break every other week. After Labor Day its the long haul till Thanksgiving break.   -Till Tomorrow

Friday, August 27, 2010

Yay, its Friday!

   It's been a long week and its only 7:30 and I'm ready for bed. I'm going to post this and then call it a night. Today is not just Fri.....It's "Random Fact Friday!!!!"

1. My bunt cake won first place in the Orange Festival baking competition.

2. Ive had a palate expander and braces twice.

3. I pay all of my bills online and only write 2 actual checks a month.

4. I don't like concerts, musicals YES!

5. Until last year I had never seen a full football game. 
And thats my random facts. Hope you enjoyed.
-Till Tomorrow

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Not Happening

   I wanted to be in bed by 11 but just don't see it happening. I just don't know why I feel like I could sleep forever when I get home from school and then at 11 or 12 I'm WIDE awake...I blame it on my Mom and her Mom, they passed this down to me. Yesterday I got the Best surprise, I got some additional pay that I was not planning on at all. It was a pretty good amount and I found out that I will have some extra on my check next month as well. I did some teaching, worked some camps, and did some professional development over the summer and now I'm reaping the benefits. Between it all its like I'm getting a whole extra check, and you know it would have to be during my 60 days of no spending. Boy doesn't God know how to play jokes on me. I have to say that I'm doing better then I thought. I have gotten to do some buying and spending, just not my money. I've been ordering Art supplies for my Fine Arts class, so maybe that has helped me to no go into detox so bad. Plus I've been keeping myself at home and limiting my trips to town. Staying down the road Definitely keeps a person from spending.
   Well I'm super excited, with the extra money I'm going to get to put a real dent in some of my debt. So I didn't make my 11 o'clock bedtime, I'm going to try for 11:30. So I will call it a night. SO VERY happy that tomorrows Friday!!! I need the weekend.   -Till Tomorrow

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

What I Wore Wednesday

 Happy Wednesday!
Hope that everyone is having a great week. 
So another What I Wore Wednesday.
Thur- another day in the classroom.
Black Dress: AE
White tank: Sam's
Mint green sweater: Old Navy
Black wedges: Nine West
Necklace: Banana Republic 

Fri- Yay!
Navy polo: School shirt
Plaid skirt: AE
Leather sandals: Ocean Minded (so comfy and legal for work dress code)
Headband: Wal-Mart

Palm tree necklace- lil shop in FL.
Starfish earrings- Swarovski (They are my Favorite!!!)

Sat- Working around the house and rebuilding my closet.
Louisiana Alphabet t-shirt: Lil gift shop at LA state capital
Shorts: Gap
Flip-flops: AE
My ever present coffee. Love this mug! It has Glenda the good witch and says,
"Only Bad Witches are Ugly"

Sun- Church
Shirt: Gap
Tank: Target
Jeans: AE
Flip-flops: Nine West
Necklaces: AE and China

Navy sundress: Wal-Mart
Tank: Sam's
White sweater: Target
Sandals: Target
Necklace: Banana Republic
(didn't even realize I wore it on Thur as well, oh well its cute)

Cream tank: AE
Brown pants: Aeropostale
Blue sweater: Target
Leather sandals: Ocean Minded
Headband: Wal-Mart
Tree of Life Necklace: Amazon

Wed- Half day and meetings
Blue Tank: Old Navy
Green skirt: Old Navy
White sweater: Target
Leather sandals: Ocean Minded
Large Starfish necklace: Swarovski 

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Fiddler on the Roof

   I watched Fiddler on the Roof for the first time tonight. It's one of the musicals that we show in my Fine Arts class. I have to say that I wasn't to sure about this one, but everyone that I talked to have great things to say about it. This movie could apply to so many things and so many people. After watching this I know agree that..."We are all crazy, like the fiddler on the roof, we must learn to play the tune of life while maintaining our balance." They ask the question, "why do we do what we do, because of traditions." The main character, says that they do the things they do because of traditions and they "we cover our heads and wear a prayer cloths because...well I don't know, because of traditions!"
   How many of us do things because of traditions, religious routines, and traditions of men?  The theme is that love overcomes all. How true is that, its not about religious traditions but about love.
I love this quote made by the father about his daughter who married a poor man but is happy.
"They are so happy that they don't know how miserable they are."
   For some reason this movie reminded me of Katrina, and as I watched them pack up and leave their homes it made me cry. It also made me so thankful for the freedoms that I have.

I want to be so happy that I don't know how miserable I am.
-Till Tomorrow

Monday, August 23, 2010

Beauty Before The Storm

God is...




Dazzling                              Sweet





What is God to you?

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Needing more Fruit in my Life

Tonight's sermon was on having the fruit of the Spirit in your life. We have been commanded to bear fruit in our lives, I don't know about you but I still struggle sometimes.
Love: I need to work on love not only those I like but the ones I dislike.
Joy: Having the joy of the Lord no matter what comes my way.
Peace: I could use more of the peace of God and less of the stress of life.
Patience: Wow this one really gets me. I've been working on this for a while and still need to continue to work on this. I'm learning that God's timing is the best timing.
Kindness: Yep, I occasionally am not a kind person. I want to be kind to all men at all times.
Goodness: I guess if I was doing all of the above all the time then goodness would not be a question.
Faithfulness: This on seems to hing on the rest. I am being faithful when I do the above and seek to Glorify God in all that I do.
and finally the one that I may struggle with the most...
Self-control: I need more self-control in my many aspects of my life. 
I'm going to be conscious this week to let the fruit of the spirit be active in my life. I want to let these things become apart of my very fiber.
Well I hope that you have a great week and remember to get your daily fruit.
-Till Tomorrow

Saturday, August 21, 2010

DIY...well kind-of

   So I wrote the other day about how my closet caved in. Well I was waiting for this weekend to tackle the project of fixing it. I knew that it had to get done this weekend due to the fact that I had clothes EVERYWHERE!!! So thanks to my Dad (he's a pretty awesome guy, and can pretty much do everything!), who cut the wood and pipe for me, I was able to install an AWESOME new rod system in my closet. Here is what it looked like...

I then borrowed a feel tools from Dad to get the job done...
    After some measuring, a little glue, and then some screws I now have one very awesome and STRONG clothes rack.
   It may not be the prettiest closet but boy is it strong. My Dad was joking and saying that if I caved this one in it was going to be going through the floor. I'm so very happy with it!!! After getting it all installed and ready to go, it was time to test it out.
    I'm such an OCD nerd...I love organizing my closet. I like for all the clothes to be organized by color and sleeve length. I do have to say that I'm not as OCD as I used to be, now I don't worry about organizing them in brand as well as color and sleeve length. This baby holds so much and I swear I think I could do chin-ups on it and that strong. But this is not my only closet, this just holds my pants, skirts, and shirts. I have two other clothes racks and a few shoe racks.
 This shoe rack holds mostly flip-flops and sandals.

 In my Office/Craft room/Closet, these racks holds dresses and dress shoes.
 And this closet holds long sleeve dress shirts and sweaters. Yep, another shoe rack. This one holds dress shoes and flats. Oh, and I have one more shoe holder that is like the catch all for random shoes
 And I have some big plastic drawer things that I have all of my sweat-shirts and big bulky sweaters in.

   I know, your probably thinking that I have clothes everywhere and a few of you are thinking that I have way to much clothes. But in my defense, I still have, and fit into, my Umbros from way back in 1994. Also, none of these closets are that big. HAHA and I really don't care, some people gamble, others play golf, some eat out a lot, others quilt, while others drink, I on the other hand shop!
   So besides putting together my new closet I also did a bunch of cleaning. I cleaned my room, changed my sheets, and cleaned my office. I put new sheets on my bed and fluffed my feather bed, can't wait to get into my own lil cloud tonight when I get into bed. I just love when my bed is all made up, the bed set is from Anthropologie and one of my Favorites. I love all of their stuff!!
I also love my two antique hankie pillows.

   I was so glad to get everything cleaned. I even went through a bunch of stuff in my office and found stuff from a few of my old education classes. I threw away a bunch of stuff that I wasn't sure why I was keeping. I also sorted and organized all of my craft and scrapbooking stuff. I haven't really been using my office all that much lately except for storage. I forgot how much I liked some of the stuff in there. One of my favorites things in my office is this great mustered yellow antique cabinet.

    After all the cleaning, I spent the rest of my afternoon balancing my checkbook and doing some paperwork. I didn't get a single thing graded or do anything for school. Guess thats on the To Do list for tomorrow.   -Till Tomorrow

Friday, August 20, 2010

Happy Friday!!!!!

   I don't know if I've ever been so happy that it was Friday as I was today. It was just a really long week and my 4th hour class is one hot mess! And on top of the crazy school week seems that when it rains it pours and things all seem to break all around the same time. First my AC went out, then my whole closet rack came off the wall and my Whole closet caved in, then my cooling pad for my laptop went out. Lets hope that its like with people dying and it only happens in 3's. And yes, that is really true about people dying in 3's. Never failed, when I worked at the florist if someone died then you could almost bet on two more dropping as well.
   Today wasn't all bad, I had my Fine Arts Survey class and I'm just loving that class. I was totally freaking out at first. I didn't feel prepared and I was worried about the size of the class, and the lack of supplies. But it has all worked out and I'm really enjoying the group of kids that I have. There are still I few that I wish was my own kids so I could give them a good whooping, but even those lil boogers make me laugh and add their own lil bit of character to the class. We just started on Prehistoric Art and their assignment yesterday and today was to work in their groups and write a story which they would then create a "cave" painting of. They had to crush chalk with rocks and then add water to create their paint. It made for a very fun and interesting day! Here are a few shots of the groups hard at work trying to sketch out their scenes on their cave wall (aka brown paper that has been balled up and then flatted back out to give the look and feel of a cave wall).

   After school  Heidi and I had signed up to work the football game so we got to work the front gate. It wasn't that bad at all. Heidi and I of course spent the whole time we weren't selling tickets to chat. Got to see some of my Seniors from last year. I even saw a few that I'm happy to say are going to Nicholls!!! Loved my time there! Well I can barely keep my eyes open, so I think I'm going to call it a night.
Our box of Money that we were lot allowed to let out of our sight

Oh, almost forgot "Random Facts Friday." But don't fear, it is here...

1. I've been to the highest peak in South America.
2. I haven't drank a soft drink since Dec. 31, 2009.
3. I've watched the Mummy almost ever night this week...well I've had it playing every night this week
4. I can't whistle, I just end up spitting.
5. I took four years of piano when I was younger. 
-Till Tomorrow

Thursday, August 19, 2010

What a Workout

   Man...I have to say that my 4th hour class makes me earn my check! I'm so tired after that class, I feel all I do is run from one student to the next. I'm kind-of liking my 1st hour off, I can things together for the day, but it makes for a very long day. I feel like I've run a triathlon after my 4th hour ends. I'm really enjoying my Fine Arts class, and having someone to plan with. My kids have been working on an Altered Book project. Its apart of their final grade and they will be adding to it as we go through the units. Here are a few pics of them working on their first page that had to reflect themselves.

    They seems to really be enjoying the project, and they had a lot of fun today playing Caveman Charades...I enjoyed watching, they Cracked me Up!!!!!
   Today I stayed after school and me and the other art teacher planned next week. By the time I got home I didn't want to do anything. I had brought home some stuff to grade but I haven't gotten to it and looks like I won't tonight. Oh well, there's always tomorrow.   -Till Tomorrow

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

What I Wore Wednesday

Wow! Can't believe that its Wednesday already. What happened to the week?
Well I started my Wednesday off really good, at 5am this morning my closet caved in. Seems that the bar that held up my clothes had a wight limit and I surpassed it. I opened my closet door to find a HUGE mess, clothes Everywhere and on top of that Ants!!! I don't know what the deal is with the ants but they seem to be really bad this summer. I have had them in three different places in my house. My parents are also fighting ants at their place as well. 
Today was one of those crazy days when you wonder why you ever left the house. Things at work are nuts and I swear I will go crazy if they don't stop changing these kids schedules. And don't even get me started on what my class sizes are next semester. I did get some good news, we got a grant and my art class is getting $300 dollars for art supplies. I also got a shelving unit as a gift. God supplies what I need and when I need it. I need to remember that...
  "Worry is allowing problems and distress to come between us and the heart of God. It is the view that God has somehow lost control of the situation and we cannot trust Him."
-Gary E. Gilley-
Well, having said all of that I will just get to the "What I Wore" part of my Wednesday.
-Till Tomorrow

Thur: work
Yellow & Green tank- Juice (a great ebay find)
Yellow cardigan- Target (on sale)
Black pants- Gap ($60 pants for 19.99)
Black flats with bows- Marshall's
Gold Tree of Life Necklace- Amazon
Gold cuff bracelet- Banana Republic

 Fri: work
White tank- Sam's 
Maroon Dress- Target
Gold sandals- Target
Old locker tag Necklace- Gift from Sister in-law

 Sat: running errands in town
Turquoise polo with flower beading- AE
Brown shorts- H&M
Turquoise and leather flip-flops- Nine West (another ebay find)
Bracelet- Swarovski store in Austria
Tree of Life Necklace- Amazon (yep, I like trees)
Here's a close up of the jewelery

 Sun: Church
Black shirt- Target
Jeans- AE
Black Flip-flops- TJ Maxx
Jewelery- Forever 21 
(was a large pair of earrings that I turned into earrings and necklace all for $2 bucks!)

 Mon: work
Black dress- Target
Black shoes- Kenneth Coles
Jewelery- Same from Sun.

Tue: work
Yellow and white shirt- AE
Navy Blue skirt- AE
Shoes- Nine West
Palm tree necklace- lil shop in FL.
Starfish earrings- Swarovski (They are my Favorite!!!)

Wed: work
Brown and White dress- Sam's (only $12 bucks!)
Light Turquoise cardigan- Old Navy
Brown Shoes- Nine West
Wood and shell Necklace- Great lil shop in Jamaica

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