Sunday, February 16, 2014

Ridiculous Amounts of Stuff and My Buying Battle


Right now I'm reading, 
"7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess"
 Let me tell you this book has made me cry, laugh, and really made me look at my life and some of the things I'm doing and really ask myself, "Really Sylvia, this is the best you can do?" or even better, "Wow Sylvia, you need to make some changes!" 

At the beginning of the year I started the One Little Word workshop. A part of living my word Flourish was having a set of intentions and actions for how I was going to Flourish this year. One of the items that I listed that I wanted to work on this year was to reduce stuff, de-clutter, reduce spending, as well as reducing my debt. I won't lie this is by far the hardest thing for me. I'm not sure how but it never fails that I say I'm going to stick to a budget and then I do well for a bit then for some unseen reason I seem to fall off the wagon. 
Hello, my name is Sylvia and I have a spending problem! 
I was reading Jen's book, and in one chapter she list the different clothing items she had in excess, and I thought, "Wow, this is so me!" I continue to spend money and sometimes even use the excuse that, "I need it!" But really what can I really NEED?? So I decided to follow in Jen's steps and really take stock of what I had. I needed to get a good idea of where my excess was. I am not proud of the following list but here it is. This of course is just the tip of the iceberg...just a snapshot of my over excess.

23 Make-up Brushes (I have no idea why I have this many. In my defense I'm almost positive that most of them came free with make-up kits and such. Oh, and I figured out that I use maybe 4 of them.)
11 Eyeliners  (why do I own this many I have NO clue?)
19 Colored Lip Glosses and Lipsticks
27 Chap-sticks! (This is just the plain non-color type. I really have a fear of running out and buy them all the time)
55 bottles of Body Wash, Lotions, Scrubs, Face washes and Perfumes.
17 Different types of Hair Care products.
65 T-shirts (this has been reduced to 42, I know right! Not a big difference but I'm trying!)
23 Coffee mugs (this is not counting the dozen or so I have at work or use to hold paint brushes and pens)
22 Different flavors of Tea 
18 Different flavors of coffee in both K-Cups, beans, and ground.
13 Travel Mugs
16 Quilts, Blankets, and Throws
86 Paintings, Framed Pictures, and Wall Ornaments
72 Pairs of Shoes
188 Sharpies/Markers (Can I use the excuse that I'm an artist and I need this many for my craft???)
24 Scarves
4 Calendars (This one I happened to notice and really had to ask myself, "WHY?" and that's not even counting the ones on my computer and phone)

Wow...that list, well it's more then slightly embarrassing to see it like that. I really feel like I need to taser myself when I say I have nothing to wear or when I feel the need to toss items in my Target basket as if I'm stocking up for a small country. I already started to reduce and really need to do more. I need to have this list so I can have it staring at me when I go to buy more coffee, tea, beauty products, or shoes (or any of the mentioned items above...you get the point!).
So I think my plan is going to be to do some research and find a good place to donate items. I have some students that I know could use some of my items I've been purging. In the past I have just made drop offs to a Thrift Store, but I want to do more then that. Honestly some of this stuff just needs to be tossed. Why is it that I seem to hold on to items that never really get used? I mean really, 23 make-up brushes?? That's not an item that you can donate and if I'm not using them why keep them? And I know that this will sound like I'm making excuses but some of those t-shirts and pairs of shoes are from all the way back as far as the '90's (which my nephew informed us was, "The really way back old time." 

How have I become so consumed with stuff? After Katrina I could fit my whole life into a Nissan Sentra. After I lost most of my stuff in Katrina I said I didn't want to collect things again, that I wanted to invest my money into experiences. I think some of that was my way of dealing with the fact that I was kind-of messed up with the fact that I had become attached to things and then felt hurt when I lost them. I decided that experiences and memories couldn't be taken from me so that was safe. I think this also played a big part to me deciding to traveling as much as I have. I want to get back to that mind-set. I want to invest in memories and people. I don't want to horde up things. It's easy to type this, harder to follow through. How did I lose the battle of buying stuff? Why do I feel better when I buy things and what does this say about me? I may have lost the battle with buying but I'm praying God helps me win the war!  The best part is I don't even live in a big place....I mean really I live in a very small space! I mean I still sleep in a twin bed...remember, because that's all will fit in my room. But I guess it's relative when you think about the fact that what I call small is considered normal for places like New York.

So I'm going to do a little challenge for myself. I'm going to go the rest of the month of Feb. and all of Mar. without buying any of the following items.

  1. Coffee (This does not include already brewed coffee...I can still hit up Starbucks especially since I have money on my card thanks to awesome people that gave me that as a Birthday gift! This is never a bad gift. It's something that does not add to my clutter and is perishable...and well it just makes me HAPPY!)
  2. Tea (I just went and ordered 4 boxes of my new addiction, Clipper Wild Berry tea, so I can be sure to make it through this challenge...I know! I'm weak!!!
  3. Make-up or beauty products. (The exception is shampoo and conditioner)
  4. Shirts
  5. Shoes
  6. Note Books, paper packs, or any type of paper craft items. (If you saw my craft room you would understand!)
  7. No pens, markers, or pencils. 
  8. Coffee mugs, tea cups, or travel mugs.
  9. Scarves
  10. No buying book downloads or itunes
  11. Jewelry 
  12. Underwear (I seem to have a ridiculous amount of underwear and for some reason I seem to wear the same ones over and over...I of course wash them in-between wears) 
  13. No lip gloss! (I won't lie just typing that makes me nervous and I did a mental count to make sure I had enough of my favorite kind the blue Moisturizer one to get me through the challenge)

    Ok, so just realized that the list ended on 13 items...coincidence, I think not! Me not spending is spooky all by it's self, so adding a little thing like a list of 13 only seems to add more Gris-Gris to this haha! But I got this...and I'm sure that all of my family and friends that have nothing else better to do and end up reading this will no doubt help to hold me accountable. 

    There were a few other items that I felt led to do after reading 7. I'm going to start contributing to my Dad's compost and recycle all perishable items. I'm going to try and find a homeless shelter to donate my items to rather then just dropping them off to the Thrift Store. And I'm going to check out the West Bank Farmers Market. 

    So in the spirit of Reducing I'm having a Swap Party on Friday. I was reading about them in Flow magazine and thought, "This is a great idea and looks like a fun time!"
    So I googled it and seems that they are a big thing and all over the place. I also found that they are certain types of Swap parties that are just for clothes or jewelry and some can have a lot of rules and be open to the public. I'm doing my first one with a collection of friends and were not sticking to a lot of rules. I used Facebook to send out an invite and this was what I typed up after looking at a bunch of different swap party rules, guidelines and different invites.  
    I sent the invite below to a friend who is going to use it to do her own. 

    You’re Invited to a Swap Party!
    We’ve all got perfectly good items that we no longer want. I jacket that just doesn’t fit right, a framed picture that doesn’t go with your new décor, a lovely jewelry box you got as a gift that just doesn’t work with the rest of your décor, picture frames you don’t use, or a piece of jewelry that is not your style.
    Well bring it to the Swap Party!

    When:

    Where: The Latham House

    What to bring:
    1. Some type of party finger food
    2. A minimum of 4 gently used items. (See examples below)

    *Please let’s all decide upfront that since we are all friends we won’t be offended if some of the items that are being swapped were past gifts from one another. This is about having fun, de-cluttering, and recycling instead of disposing of something some one else may be perfectly happy with.
    *Also, no one should feel obligated to take any items. If nothing strikes your fancy then no big deal. I know I’m trying to de-clutter but don’t really want to do a yard sale. Plus this just seems like a fun time.

    Swap Party Rules:
    1. Make sure that all items are clean and in good condition.
    2. Bring a variety of items. Also, bring the quality of items that you would like to receive.
    3. Items will be displayed and nothing can be claimed until the host opens the Swap.
    4. Each person will be given small pieces of paper to put their name on and they will use these to claim the items they want.
    5. If more than one person puts their name in for an item the host will pull the lucky winner from a hat.
    6. Everyone is responsible for taking home any of the items they brought that were not claimed.

    Examples of items to bring:
    -Jewelry: Ex: Necklaces, bracelets, earrings that haven’t been worn.
    -Craft items: Ex: Scrapbooking items, Journals, yarn, material.
    -Gently worn clothing: Ex: jackets, scarves, hats.
    -Purses or bags: (make sure they are cleaned out)
    -Household items: Ex: Lamps, framed wall hangings, dishes, candle holders, picture frames, clocks.
    -Gift Items: We’ve all been there, gotten a gift that just isn’t us. A candle that may not be a sent we care for, another journal when we already have a stack at home, another cute

    So I'm pretty excited and I'm sure a fun time will be had by all.  Well, I'm off to get ready for the week. I have to say that it was another successful weekend of no school work...Yay me! I'm still sticking to a work free weekend and using my planning periods for productive planning. I got to spend the day at church, then reading, and just relaxing and enjoying the lovely 70ish weather...pure heaven!

    ~Till Next Time


Sunday, February 9, 2014

Flourishing...in so many ways!

I love this quote. It makes the fact that I'm a big kid seem ok.
     So as apart of embracing my word for this year, Flourish, I have been trying really hard to make my sabbath a time of rest and relaxation. I've had 4 weeks now that I haven't worked or gone to school on a weekend. This is a big deal for me. I did it in part because I needed a day to recharge but I also felt that I needed to do it to be obedient to God and give Him a day.
Ok, so I know what you're thinking, "Sylvia what does this have to do with the quote and the fact that you started this post talking about how you are a big kid??" Well today I was enjoying my day of rest and relaxation, as well as the Amazing South Louisiana weather (Good thing it was nice and 70ish today...I thought I was going to have to move somewhere more southern with all this dang cold weather we've been having. Oh and if you know where I live any southern would be Cuba!) So as I was laying in my hammock enjoying the weather and using my foot to keep me rocking I thought to myself, "Why do we get rid of some amazing things we had as kids?" You see there are a few items that are considered "kids" stuff that I really think we should have as adults.
Number 1: Battery Operated Swing. I don't know about you but I've never seen a kid who didn't LOVE their swing! Why do only kids get this?? I want a battery powered hammock!! I bet by bro or Dad could make this!
Number 2: Nap time! Why did they make it seem socially unacceptable for you to have a daily nap time worked into your schedule every day! We had it as kids...we even had little mats and all. What happened people? This was a good thing!!!
Number 3: Happy Meals! Wouldn't you love if you could get an Adult Happy Meal. It would come in this great cute little box and have a small gift. It could be a pack of Post-its, a new Pen, Chapstick, or even samples of items like you might find in Birchbox.
I feel that some of these have real potential! I mean I can't be the only person that thinks like this since I have seen and own a few items I feel are Adult "Kid" items. One example of this is my travel mug.
Yep, I will call it what it is...An Adult Sippy Cup! I love them and use them everyday. This is just a portion of my collection haha!
What other kid items would you want them to see them make for us big kids?? 

     So on another totally different topic...I'm good for that when blogging (who am I kidding, I'm the worlds worst at leapfrogging from one topic and another haha!! I blame my ADD)
So as I was looking for the pic of my "Adult Sippy Cups" above I came across some pics of my old classroom and old school and I had a moment of deep and wide Thankfulness for my new classroom and school! Here let me show you what I mean:

Before: This is what my "desk" (I use that world for a table that held some of my stuff) looked like at the old school. It was a table that I shared with the student computer.

After: Now I have this awesome L-shaped desk with filing cabinet and all. I can have all my stuff out to plan all at the same time!

Before: This is the view from my classroom doorway. This was one of those Awesome (inject a ton of sarcasm here!) rain days.

After: I have hallways!!! and no dodging ran, gnats, and heat when getting out to say make copies! You just don't know what it means to have hallways!!!

Before: And who can forget the Parkinglake!!! God I'm so thankful not to have to deal with this any more!
I'm so tankfull for our wonderful new school!

Yesterday I got to do one of my Actions as part of my One Little Word. One of my actions is to Create! I'm taking a pottery class in the hopes of refining my work but I've been wanting to get back on the Wheel. I don't have my kiln hooked up yet but that didn't stop me from doing some throwing yesterday.
I have to say that I was pretty excited to get to throw in my new classroom, on my new wheels, for the first time! It was so fun and again made me very Thankful for my new school!
My new wheels

I needed a new cup!
I hoping that when its done it will look like this
I've become slightly obsessed with Flow They are visual delights and make me so happy! 
I love their Instagram

I also made a salad bowl...I like a roomy salad bowl.

So I spent most of my Sat. being creative and putting into action my word Flourish. I also finished my tree painting (well like I tell my kids...it's not done till you sign it so I guess it's not quite done)
As I was working on my painting and thinking about my word for this year and what it means to me it kind of hit me that my painting really expressed my word. I had picked a tree as my symbol and well I snapped a pic and then used my new favorite app. Rhonna designs to create this pic.

This is what the whole painting looks like

I'm pretty happy with the final painting. Guess its time to start another one.

So after a day of pottery, painting, and thinking about my word I thought it was time to finish my Feb. assignment and get all of my actions down, as well as reflect on Jan. 
Here's what my pages look like

This is my monthly reflection pages. I will add more as I move through my pages. Love the Snap pockets!

So I'm doing my OLW in my Smash Book and I'm also using it as a creative journal. Here is my Feb. page.

My Action page 1. I found this cute Tag stack called Sunday Afternoon from DCWV and I used stick on chipboard numbers from American Craft.
I love this quote that I found from Gandhi. I thought it was so fitting since our word means nothing if we don't put some actions to it.

Page 2 of my Actions

Here is what it looks like together.

So that's a little about my weekend. I have to say that not having to worry about work, lesson plans, or grading has made my weekends so much more enjoyable! I loving that I'm doing my #5 Action and seeing some good results!

~Till Next Time :)  

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Flourishing & A Mr. Bingley Apron Moment

     The quote that I picked to go with my "One Little Word" for this year is "The only point is to Flourish and to aid in the flourishing of others." As a teacher I know I sometimes get so caught up in "teaching" my students that I sometimes forget the other stuff...like all the stuff they have going on in their lives. Now I've been at it for 5 years and I know that I can't "Fix" it all but I can do some. This is one of the reasons that I picked this quote. I didn't just want to focus on my own flourishing but I want to play a part in helping others. Whither it's through a kind word, a small gift, of just letting my students know that I care. I want to see them not only do well in my class, but well in life. It's especially been a rough school year for our little school. We have seen some tragedy and experienced some events this school year that have rocked our little family. A few of my students in my classes are going through rough times and dealing with things that I wish no child should have to experience. Some days I can see the sadness and I know that they are just getting through. I pray for my kids, but I want to do more than just that. I want them to know I care, that I'm there for them, and that it's ok for them to have a bad day, but to not dwell in it. I have shared with a few about my word for the year (yeah, I'm that teacher that sits and chats with my kids while we work). A few have asked me about my bracelet with my word Flourish on it and have shared with them what it was about. Today was a day that I got to put actions to helping one of my students flourish and I have to say it felt good! 

     So for my Birthday my friend made me an awesome apron. I have a nice collection of them that I wear at work (still never fails that I end up with paint or something else on me, apron or not). Here is a picture of my Mr. Bingley apron and the live inspiration for it.
The kids Love it! They of course love Mr. Bingley and love the apron. Oh, the eyes were just little lines at first and the first time I wore it the kids all told me that he was lacking Mr. Bingley's big eyes and that googlie eyes were a must! A kid digging through my supplies found these and they declared that he was truly a Bingley Big Eye look-a-like LOL!!! Man they crack me up!!!

     Anyway, this morning at the beginning of my 2nd hour as I was putting on my apron one of my students was going on about how her morning was so terrible and that her day was going to suck and that her life sucked (yeah, she's a bit dramatic but come on...what kid in High School isn't??) So I was telling her that I was sure it wasn't that bad, that I wish she would have a better day, and I wish there was some way that I could make it better. So I asked her if she wanted to wear the Mr. Bingley apron to cheer her up? Now I kind-of said it off hand thinking she would be like, "Oh, Ms. Latham..." But she looks at me and says, "Really?? I can wear it??" Of course I happily handed it over thinking she was just playing with me. She was so happy and put it right on and wore it the whole class. One of me other students that was in the supply room when this happened later noticed she was wearing it and was like, "What are you doing with Ms. Latham's Mr. Bingley apron on?? Does she know you have it?" To which my now smiling student replied. "Yep, she let me wear it to cheer me up...isn't it awesome!!" It amazes me the little things that can mean something to a High Schooler. Yes, this was a high school kid, but I've learned that they enjoy sometimes the little things almost as much at the little kids. It was even funnier to me when another student in one of my other classes came in to class and said, "I heard you let ____ wear your apron!" 
    I have to say that I've had some really funny/cute/proud moments with my classes so far. One of my students who just lost his mom was working on his project and was sharing with another student how he didn't have his mom to call anymore when he made a good shot in basketball. To which the other student replied, "Man...ya got me, you can call me and tell me about your awesome balling." And I loved that he sat and let his friend talk and was an ear to hear (yes, they were working on projects the whole time). At one point my awesome listener told the student sharing (it was really sad and at one point I had to step into my storage room because I was tearing up), "Man ya choking me up! But I feel ya." I let this kid vent to his friend while working on art because that's what he needed. And I've never been more proud of a student then I was of that kid that sat there and was a friend who was willing to listen.
     These are the reasons kids need art classes. They come to my class and some days its like a cork is unstopped. They let lose of all the energy, talkiness, and stress that they can't in other classes. I feel so blessed to be able to be the class that so many tell me is their "De-stresser class." I realized how much of a responsibility I have to create an environment that allows them to do that when a student made a comment yesterday that really got me thinking about how they view me and my classroom. 
     I'm pretty crazy in class, it's just what works for me. Plus if they think you're a little crazy it tends to keep them on their toes. Anyway, I was floating around my classroom, coffee cup in hand and crazy apron on, laughing and joking and maybe throwing a little shade (Seems my kids say that I'm a master at throwing shade which means to talk trash) when one of my students made this comment. He told me that I enjoyed life way too much and that I was just too happy! He said, "Man you really like your job...oh, and I think you may have a little bit of a chemical imbalance...just saying, no disrespect or anything. Your just kind-of weird, but we like it. And your class always goes by so much faster then my others classes and it's the one class I wish didn't!" 
     Well, let me tell you I pretty much felt like super teacher at that moment. But later, as I was still basking in the glow of the fact that my class was still better loved over those stinking core classes that get all the glory, I realized that I had to keep that. I had to make sure that I kept that fun learning enviroment, that I had a smile on and my craziness (my freak flag flying as my sister says) to brighting their day. 
Just like the girl with the apron today, they sometimes need the fun and zany craziness to cheer them up, or at least make them think, "Wow, I thought my day was nut but this teacher here is crazy and doesn't even know it!" It also got me to thinking about my past student that nominated me for the "You Make a Difference" award that I got from Nicholls State University. The school sent me a copy of the note that the student had submitted to nominate me with and nowhere did she ever mention that it was the Elements or Principles of Art that I taught her, or the way to analyze a painting, or even to paint that made her nominate me. No, it was that I,  "Gave great advice, was a good counselor, had a great personality, awesome teacher, and caregiver." Wow talk about really make you think about what you do in the classroom and how it counts!!

 I hope that I can continue to Flourish and in the process help the students and people that I come in contact with to flourish as well. Remember, we never know what others are going through and how what we do can change that. 

~Till Next Time

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Reason #128 That I'm Still Single

So I've been told many times why I still must be single. 
I've heard:
"Wow, God must have someone really awesome for you and it's just taking Him longer to get him ready for you."
Or, "Well maybe God has some things that He wants to teach you before you get married."
I love when they tell me, "Well maybe you're too picky or your standards are too high?"
One of my favorites is, "You're so Awesome that you intimidate guys." 
Oh, and lets not forget, "Well... you do single so well and are so independent that guys don't think you're really looking."

But tonight over a few pots of fondue I heard the best reason why I'm still single.
It's because I sleep in a twin bed!
We were discussing the fact that I'm thinking of moving into one of the teachers apartments, and one of the reasons I really would like to do that is because the place I'm in now is very small and the bedroom is only big enough for a twin bed. 
So for the past 5 years I've had a twin bed. 
My wonderful friends (4 teachers and 2 school counselors) believe, and expressed their beliefs, that they think that by me sleeping in a twin bad I am sending out vibes to the universe that I'm closed off to sharing my space/bed thus not open to being in a relationship. 
But if I were to upgrade to a larger bed then it would let the universe know that I am open to sharing my life and making room for someone in it. 
Bahahhahahahahahahahaaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By far this is the best reason to explain the phenomenon that is my singleness.
Dang-it if I would have known this I would have bought a KING Size bed a long time ago!
Listen up universe, the bed means nothing! I promise!! 
Here are a few single jokes that always remind me that someone else must be in the same boat as me if Pinterest is full of these!











~Till Next Time

Saturday, February 1, 2014

34 And Counting!

So, Jan. 31...I was born today. 
Seems crazy to think that I turned 34 today.
 I don't feel 34... does that matter?? 
     I love my Birthday, but it never fails that at some point (just for a fleeting moment) I always seem to have to fight the feeling that in some ways my life is lacking. 
I know that when I start to feel this way I need to readjust my view because I have allowed what the mainstream view of a full life is "supposed to" look like cloud my vision. 
Yes, I may still be single, living in my parents yard, roommates with a ridiculous cute cat (but a cat none the less and thus the cat lady jokes). And maybe I have not experienced all of the things that my 18 year old self assumed I would have by now... but really, what did my 18 year old self know anyway? I know that for the most part we seem to have this mindset that by 30 life should be falling into place and everyone will have a husband, house, and kids...well that's just not what happened. But I refuse to discount what I have and what I have done in my 34 years! 

I have collected many friendships, loved many people, been apart of many wonderful memories, stood in many wonderful places, seen beautiful sites, witnessed breathtaking beauty, laughed, created, cried, been apart of change, watched as love of learning has blossomed, and helped create understanding. I have felt great sorrow, experienced immense happiness, overcome obstacles, withstood defeat, and reached many goals. No, my experiences and path may look different then others...but they are mine!
This is one of my favorite quotes and one that I go back to often to remind myself that it's ok that, "I may not have gone where I intended to go. But I think I have ended up right where I needed to be."
I know that this is just one season of my life and that I have many left to go. I don't want to get caught up in comparing my life to others and what they have achived. I'm not them I'm me! I have so much to be thankful for, I am blessed beyond measure! I want to be thankful for the moments and enjoy the seasons of my life.

I do have to day that I throughly enjoyed my Birthday today! I'm such a big kid and love all the hoopla that goes with a Birthday. I spent the day doing what I love, teaching! As I said, I'm pretty blessed and have a great job teaching a great group of kids, I work with some pretty awesome people, and have the best family! 
Surprise cake from my students
So today was filled with Birthday wishes, which started with a Birthday announcement over the intercom system at school, some of my crazy fun co-workers doing a Birthday dance for me in the front office when I went to get some paperwork, a surprise cake brought in by one of my students, and my 3rd hour did their version of Screaming the Happy Birthday song. 
I then came home to a delivery of flowers from a good friend, spent some quality time at the gym, and then dinner with my family. My Mom always cook my favorite meal for my Birthday, shrimp stew! It was delish! I was also super happy to get some awesome gifts. 








My Dad was super thoughtful in his gift choices for me and got me this amazing writing pen and book. My Mom and sister and Mrs. Vickie made me some great new aprons for work, and got me some other items as well.
I'm also pretty excited that one of my friends got me a 3 months subscription to Birchbox! I've seen it and wanted to try it just hadn't gotten around to it. The fact that it will also feed my snail-mail love is an added bonus to all the great things I will get to sample.
So on top of all the love from everyone at work, my awesome family making me feel super special, there was also all of the nice FB Birthday wishes that made it all add up to a very wonderful Birthday!

But really...Wow! Can't believe that this month has come to an end. I hate that it seems that the days and weeks just seem to fly by. I know that I am guilty of starting a Monday of a new work week with counting down the days till Friday, but I want that to stop! I think that is one of the reasons that it all seems to go by so fast. I saw this quote and it really made me think do I do this??
Do I wait, countdown, and watch for Friday, Summer, Happiness?? Am I just cruising by though life watching for only these markers? If I do that then I am discounting the rest of my time. I just finished reading my Jan. book Wonder Struck (Really, I just finished about 10 min. ago...talk about cutting it close!) One of the things that the author really talks about is embracing the everyday, reconnecting with the wonder of God, and seeing Him in the common everyday. It was a really great book and I highly recommend it! I'm also excited because a bonus of the book is a "Thirty Days of Wonder Challenge." A daily "Challenge to Experience God More," through committing 30 days to living a life alert to the wonders and leadings of the Holy Spirit through different prompts. I think that considering my word for this year is Flourish, this is a great exercise for me. 
I'm also excited about my new book for Feb. It was a Birthday gift from my Dad. I'm sure I will love it. Him and I tend to share the love of the same reading style and authors, this one he particularly felt led to get me as it is written by a teacher.

Well, it's getting late and I need to get to bed. I'm excited because tomorrow the Birthday fun continues with a Birthday dinner at The Melting Pot!! Yay! Fondue!
~Till Next Time