Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!!

   This has really been a great year! I've had some fun adventures and enjoyed making some great memories with friends and family. I did a lot of first this year, like turning 30,  going to my first St. Patrick's Parade, seeing the Broadway Musical "Wicked",  my first Cruise,  first Road Trip, seen the Grand Canyon, my first and last experience with online dating,  attended my first "Tacky Christmas" party, and saw the Nutcracker.
I didn't travel out of the country this summer for the first time in 5 years, but I did take a 7 day cruise with friends for the Mardi Gras break and it was a Blast!!! I got to log a dive in Belize and it was amazing. I did work 3 summer camps and in between them me and a friend took a road trip to the Grand Canyon. I have to say that I was blown away by the magnitude, vastness, grander, and beauty of the Canyon. I also got to experience both a sunset and sunrise on the Canyon and it only increased my love for the splendor of God.
    I can truly say that I have grown as a person this year. I feel that I have more of an understanding of who I am, what I want in life, what kind-of people I want in my life, and I feel that I am a much better teacher then the year before. I guess that is all anyone can hope for, to complete a year and look back and feel that they have grown as a person. I always feel like I could have grown closer in my walk with Christ, but I don't feel as if I have strayed from it. I guess thats a good place to be in, one where you feel that you still are in need of the mercy and grace of God. 
   I have to say that this year was all the better because of the people and friends that God has blessed me with. I don't think I would have made it through the Fall semester without my girls at work. They are there for me when I need to vent and say things that could have others giving me strange looks. My family has also been a huge support and I have really enjoyed my nieces and nephew. I still can't believe how fast this year has flown by!! I'm looking forward to this coming year and all of the adventures that I'm sure to find myself in. Whats so great about a new year and that there's no telling what can happen and where it will take me. I really hope and pray that I get to see some changes and new "firsts" for me. I'm also hoping to get to do some traveling and maybe get in a visit to see my friend Barbara in Japan, maybe visit a someplace new and ancient, and maybe go for a lil sunny visit for Mardi Gras break with Courtney. Who knows what 2011 will bring, one thing that I know it will bring in 31 days is my 31st Birthday and thats kind-of freaking me about a bit. I just can't believe that I will be 31 this year. My students all think I'm around 24 so I'm just going to go with that. But as far as my drivers license says I'm still 31 no matter how young I may look. I just feel like maybe I should have more done by now, not that I'm complaining. I was just talking to my Dad the other day and I told him I just have to visit Australia and Antarctica and I will have visited all of the seven continents.
   I haven't yet decided if I'm going to do a list for this year like I did last year, I'm thinking about it and I still have some things that I have to do this year that I didn't get done in 2010. This was my list of things to complete in 2010:

1. Read through the Bible in a year. I did it when I was a kid but as it seems that was awhile back. *Wow, was way off on this one and not completing this one makes me sad.

2. Ride a New Orleans streetcar.  *How did I miss on getting this one done?? I will do it in 2011!!

3. Go to the New Orleans Aquarium...I know I live so close and never really take advantage of all the things the Big Easy has. **It was amazing...loved all the fish, like diving but not getting wet!**

4. Hike Tunica Falls.  *Man I really wanted to do this, going to put it on the list for next year.

5. Go two months without spending anything besides bills, gas, and meds...Im going to need the meds for this one. **I did this, it was NOT easy at all!!! Won't be putting this on the list for next year.

6. Blog everyday! Even if its not that all eventful. *Didn't hit everyday but I came very close!

7. Pay off my mom and 2 credit cards (not an easy task if you saw their balances but I can do it!) *Ok, paid off my Mom, got my emergency fund built up and almost have one cc paid off.

8. Go Tubing  *So sad we didn't get to do this, so going to put it on the list for next year!

9. Take a painting class. **Got an A in it!**

10. Visit and indulduge in all that Angelo Brocato's has to offer.  **It was delicious!!!
At Brocato's Yummm!!

11. Watch seasons 1 and 2 of Law & Order in a day.  *I pretty much watch it everyday but didn't get to watch them all in a row.

12. Go see a Broadway show. **I saw Wicked**

13. Plant at least 5 trees. (my part to help the planet) *Can't believe I didn't do this one!!! Going to plant 10 this coming year to make up for it.

14. Complete a series of fleur de lis drawings.  *Got 3 of them done but so tired of seeing the fleur de lis everywhere!!

15. Learn a new word a month.   *I learned a few here and there and my kids even taught me a few

16. See the Nutcracker!      **Went the weekend before Christmas and it was Great!!!!

17. Read a book a month.    **I did do this one!!! A few months I even read more than one.

18. Read Jane Eyre.   *Read some of it :)

19. Log a Dive. **Logged 2 dives in Belize and it was amazing!!!**

20. Cook 5 of Julia Child's recipes including her Beef Bourguignon  *Sadly I didn't get this one done as well :( But its going on the 2011 list as well.

21. See how long I can jump rope for (I will need to do some training for this one).   *Haha, not sure what I was thinking?? Didn't get this one either, I was going to try and get it in today but couldn't find a jump rope Haha!!!  

   Wow, so I only got 9 out of my 21 on the list done...kind-of sucked at that! In the words of one of my students "Epic Fail!" I'm going to make a new "To Do List" for 2011 and hopefully do better then I have this year. That will be number one on the list, to complete more items on my To Do List then I did in 2010 haha!! Well 45 min. left of 2010 and I'm pretty excited about a New Year!!! 
 -Till Next Year :)

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Martha's Brooch Necklaces and Some Other Stuff

All ready to go!!
Look at that clean desk!

   Today was such a productive day!!! I spent 6 hours working in my classroom and got so much done! I got everything cleaned, copied, organized and ready to go for the first day of the Spring semester.

I really wish I had another week off. I've been getting to work on some stuff that I've had for awhile and I have to say that I'm pretty happy with the results. I saw this really cute necklace on and decided to make one for myself. Now to make this "Statement" necklace I had to go to one of my favorite sites, eBay! These necklaces are made from old brooches and are so cute!! I really like the color, its different, but I'm working on a silver one as well.

All I had was pink ribbon for the pic but I'm going to use cream

Close up

Soon to be another one

Love these brooches!!!

 I've also been working on a scarf for my nephew. He requested orange, so orange it is. I also have plans to make a few more but with school starting up again who knows when they will be done.

    Besides working on some of my projects I have also been trying to spend some time with my Bible. I have also started reading "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World." A great book that I have already read before but its that good and its been a while since I read it.
   So tomorrow is a girls day. Me and my sister are going do some shopping and then we are meeting up with some friends for dinner at the Melting Pot. Should be a fun day! -Till Tomorrow

Monday, December 27, 2010

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

   Wow, so its been five whole days since my last post yet it feels like weeks have gone by. A lot has been happening the last few weeks. We wrapped up the fall semester and I have to say I was not sad to see it over. I will miss my kids that I've had this fall but I'm looking forward to the spring and praying that its a good one or that it goes by really fast. We have had family get togethers, parties with friends, my Brother and his family have been down for a visit and just left today, met up with my friend who is in town from Japan, and then today it was all about cleaning.

There so Fluffy!!!
   Christmas, was as always, a great one. We are so blessed and I'm so blessed to have such a great family!! I got some great gifts and of course included in those gifts were socks and pjs, but by far my new Chi has been the most used. It was a lot of fun watching my nephew and nieces open and play with their new toys. I have to say that I was so happy that I got my niece Molly the kiddy make-up that she loved so much. Here is a pick of her after she had applied about her 12th coat of lipstick

After all the gifts had been opened and the new stuff put away it was time for me to clean! I think that I like taking down the tree and wrapping up the ornaments as much an I like taking them out. I always feel such a sense of accomplishment after the Christmas stuff is put away and the house is cleaned and put back to normal. I am still in shock over the fact that in four short days this year will be over!!! I still have a week of my holiday break and I'm really enjoying. I think I may go in on Wed. and try to get some things together and get my classroom cleaned and ready for the new school semester. I'm also ready for the new year and starting back at my Yoga & Pilates class. I'm ready to get into shape and I'm hoping to get a dive logged in this year. I'm really looking forward to this coming year and some of the adventures and changes that I'm sure are to come. Well its freezing here and I'm curled up for the night watching the Godfather and working on the scarf that I'm knitting for my nephew.  -Till Tomorrow  

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

What a way to end it

*Warning: Please read the following at your own risk. I will not take responsibility for you misreading and/or misinterpreting the following. It is stated from my own personal beliefs and for the most part comic relief. Most of the following, like a lot of what I say, is stated with strong undertones of sarcasm.*

   So I have called my short stint in the online dating world to an end...yep I'm done!! No I did not meet anyone, but I did learn a lil bit about myself in the Horrible process. The really funny part that I just have to share with all of you is this lil bit, this nugget that eharmony left me with. This is taken from their site and is what they tell you when you tell them to remove your profile...take a look, I thought it was pretty funny!!!

If you are closing your account because you've met a special person to share your life, on eHarmony or elsewhere, congratulations. If you haven't yet made that connection, I'd like you to consider the following points:
  • Research shows only 1 in 4 American marriages are actually happy.
  • Choosing the right mate is the KEY to creating a compatible, loving relationship.
  • Finding a soul mate on your own and knowing if you're really compatible has never been more confusing or difficult.
  • eHarmony's proven method of selecting compatible matches has helped create thousands of happy, successful relationships.
I have highlighted the really FUNNY parts for you. I love that the people that are supposed to be helping you find "the one" like to remind you that research shows that only 1 in 4 marriages are happy...WOW!! Just knowing that really makes me want to try to be the one that makes it. I mean who wouldn't want to try and be the one that breaks the statistics???
   So I continue to be single, which I believe vary well may be a statistic. Who knows what God has really, WHO knows???? I sure don't, He doesn't seem to want to clue me in on this part of my life. Oh well, life goes on and I plan on living it, enjoying it, and having all the fun that you can when your not married and can't have sex...I'm just saying.
-Till Tomorrow

Monday, December 20, 2010

How would I respond?

Its that time of year, Christmas, when I have to remind myself that the story of the virgin birth is not simply a story but a historical account. Its not some fairytale, but something that took place a real girl and guy that allowed God to turn their world upside down. I say that in a reverent sense, but when I think about this and read Luke 2:26-35 I wonder, "how would I respond to such an event in my life?" Think about it, Mary was planning a wedding, she and Joseph no doubt had plans, and then an angle appears and everything changes. Skip the honeymoon, and the first year of marriage without a kid, you not only get a child and your plans changed but can you imagine the responsibility of watching over the King of Kings. My sister worries when I keep her kid, and I will say that I am worried sometimes as well, I mean you really can't just apologize if something happens to someone's kid. I would have been a wreck thinking that I had to watch over the Savior of the World! I would have no doubt pulled a Bubble Boy kind-of deal. And lets go back to the beginning, I wonder how I would have responded to an angle appearing to me and basically saying don't finalize that wedding dress your going to need a few alterations to make room for the baby bump. God I would hope and pray that I would have responded the way she did. That I would also say, "be it unto me according to they word." So often we make plans and decided our future and forget that He has a perfect plan for us. I know that sometimes I fear the unknown and if things will happen for me or not, and then I read this and I am completely humbled and convicted. I wonder how she remained strong when people talked about her and assumed things, when she had to change all of her plans and then eventually deal with the heartache of the loss of her son. How strong a faith to walk a path that had never been seen or done? She could have said no, she could have said "thanks but I already have the dress and the honeymoon sweet, and I just don't think that this is the plan that I had for my life." I pray that I can have a fraction of her faith, that I can follow God's will for my life no matter the direction it may turn and what plans of mine it may upset. Because, you just never know when a little change up in our plans can cause a World of Good.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Whats Really Important!!

   Ok, MAJOR emergency my coffee pot is on its last leg, its been leaking water out of the bottom. Also another major problem, my Chi seems to have a short and I have to hold the cord a certain way for it to work. Now you may be thinking that these items can't really contribute to a Major problem but now that they have been on the fritz I have learned just how important they are to me. I can't (well I don't want to) survive without coffee and when it comes to my hair...well its just not happening without my Chi Flat iron. I have a new coffee pot on its way and I'm not sure what I'm going to do about my flat iron? I know your probably thinking that I'm just a little dramatic, well whatever, I'm ok with that haha!!
   So I'm so excited that I already have my exams done and copied and ready to go. I still have a lot of final project grading left to do, thats how I can plan on spending both of my afternoons the next two days. I do love how these kids have slacked all semester and now they have the nerve to ask for bonus work!!! Bonus work?!!?? My response, "YOU should have just done the regular assigned work and you would be passing just fine!!!!!!!" Bonus work, I don't give no stinking bonus work! Only three more days to go and I have two weeks off!!
   I can't wait for this weekend! Friday is our tacky Christmas sweater party and then Sat. is dinner and the Nutcracker, I'm so excited about getting to see the Nutcracker!!! I'm sure I will be posting pics of the weekend and telling you all about the fun times. We are all wearing our tacky sweaters to school on Fri...Fun!    -Till Tomorrow

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Im Just Saying...

   Lifetime channel can be a really bad thing! Its like the epitome of PMS in a TV channel. It either scares you to death (come on we have all seen the endless shows where they show how easy it would be for your husband to have a whole other family or really be a serial killer), brings you to tears, or makes you want for something you don't have (prime example would the desire to feel thin when all you feel like for the week is the Goodyear Blimp). They say that its TV by women for women, but really all it is are shows to make us feel better because our lives don't suck as bad as the women who is being beat by her crazy abusive husband who is suffering a mental break. Or the flip side, it gives us a two hour special which is the ideal world with the perfect man where the girl has all the best shoes. Neither leaves you with a good feeling... But then again, its just television haha!!!
   Well tomorrow starts our last week before Christmas Break. So I'm starting my countdown, only 5 days till were officially off for two weeks!! Well I'm off to bed, feeling just a little forlorn from having just finished watching the PMS channel (yep, thats what I'm going to start referring to it as haha!!!) But I must remind myself, at least I don't have a cheating abusive husband, that is really a spy and has another family two states over, and really is his evil twin brother who has been presumed dead...I mean it could happen... ;)
-Till Tomorrow

Friday, December 10, 2010

Monday to Friday

Yep, I haven't posted since Monday and the week has really flown by!! This was the last full week of school for this semester and I have to say that I have mixed fillings about the coming new school year. It's starting all over, training students about how my class runs and what is expected of them. I also have some pretty good classes this semester and I've just figured out some of my students lil quirks, so I will be starting all over.
  I'm so ready for the Christmas break. Two weeks of pure, work free, bliss!!! I do have a lot to get done before Christmas, I'm hoping to get some of my shopping done tomorrow.
So I have really been dealing with my dislike of rejection. Online dating can be pretty brutal! I was reminded today that I have done my fair share of rejecting and that maybe God is trying to show me how it feels so that I can be more understanding. So safe to say that I have yet to find ANYONE! Why is it that the thing that you want never seems to want you??? A few things that I have learned thanks to the whole online dating adventure is: the definition of a Christian is many things to many people, I don't understand boys no matter how old I get they just seem to befuddle me, I don't get the whole idea of this being fun, I don't understand why people just don't say what they mean, finally I have learned that there are a lot of fish in the sea but I think I must not know how to fish!
Well I guess we will just see...
-Till Tomorrow

Monday, December 6, 2010

Scarf Happy!

   I'm just nuts right now about knitting scarves!! Right now I have four knitting projects that are in progress, but I am really working on making scarves for Christmas gifts. I have the cutest bright pink yarn that I'm using to make my nieces lil scarves and a fun orange for my nephew's. I also got some extra yarn to make 4 surprise scarves and I can't wait to give them to the people that I have in mind. Besides that and school not much else going on. I am trying to work my way through Jane Eyre and have decided that I am going to read again "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World." An Excellent book that I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a Very good book to challenge and encourage you in your Christian walk. I need that right now, I need to remind myself of who I am in Christ and that no matter what He has the timing of my life just the way He wants it and in the Big picture of things its just as it should be. 

One of my favorite quotes is:

"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-

                            -Till Tomorrow

Sunday, December 5, 2010

A Fun Weekend

   This was such a good weekend spent with family and friends. This week was the Orange Festival and we were all glad to see things a little more pre-Katrina and the festival be held back at the Fort Jackson. The turn out was pretty good on Sat but a lot smaller today, the Saints game must have had a lot of people glued to the TV at home. My sister had a booth there this weekend and I was so proud of her and the great job that she did. She does custom sewing and embroidery and her items are so cute and so well made. Here is a link to her DTR Facebook page, go check it out and maybe find some great Christmas gifts. My brother and sis in-law and the kids came down for the weekend and its always fun to have all of the family together! My brother Max had me laughing so hard, and the kids are always fun. I really enjoyed helping my sister today and getting to spend time with my sister in-law.
   I can't believe that this is our last full week of this school year. The Christmas break is right there and I can't wait!! I'm going to town tomorrow afternoon and I'm hoping to get some of my Christmas shopping out of the way. I still have a lot left to do. So thought I would give you an update on the online dating scene. Haven't met Mr. Right yet. I haven't given up yet, but I'm really starting to wonder. It's also been a real hoot for my family, they think that its just so funny that even the online match makers say that I may want to broaden my wants in a match. My sister was telling my Uncle and Cousin who were over for a visit about my latest delve into the online dating and how they couldn't even find me a match and my Uncle said something that cracked me up!! He said, "Ha...did they send her a message that said "Ms Latham, we are sorry to inform you that the last person that we had that met your match requirements was crucified." The man has jokes!! But thats fine, and I did have to laugh at that one...come on, you know that was funny, and to come up with that so fast.
   Well it was a good weekend and I'm looking forward to a good week. Hope that your is Blessed and filled with Joy!  -Till Tomorrow

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Feeling a Lil DIYish

   I saw these really cute fabric rosettes necklaces and I really think that I can make them. Best part is now thanks to the internet I just typed in "How to make fabric rosettes" and I got a ton of sites with detailed instructions. So I think that its something that I'm going to give a try, and I happen to be pretty lucky and have a Mom that is fabric has all kinds of great fabric that I can use. So here are some examples of what I want to make.

I'm thinking that a few of these would look really cute on a knitted scarf!!! I can't wait to play around with some colors. Here are also some other really cute item that I came across and I may try out a few.

Love Love this one
I've got to find me some vintage fabric! That's what these are made with.

Love this one! But I just won't pay $55 for it!!

LOVE LOVE the Polka Dots!!!

Ok, Last One

Sorry I found this one and just had to share
This is my Favorite!!!! But its $65!

Well we will see...who knows I may be able to make one just as good.
-Till Tomorrow

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Not One, But Two

   Yeah, so I was trying to avoid grading and the most logical thing to do with my time was to decorate my classroom!! So its really feeling a LOT like Christmas in my classroom after I put up not one, but two Christmas trees. I have the bigger tree that the kids can touch and the smaller tree behind my desk that is not touched by the lil angles. I learned my lesson about putting stuff in the lil angle's (I teach Freshmen and Seniors) reach after they killed my classroom fish last year by putting hand sanitizer in his bowl. Now anything I don't want them to touch has to go in my area, the perimeter around my desk, that is off limits. Well on top of my two trees, I have the cutest ginormous snowflakes hanging from my ceiling, my adorable Peanuts Gang Nativity, and my favorite Christmas stocking. Hope you enjoy!  -Till Tomorrow