Monday, October 27, 2008

Mom's Sweet & Sour Meatball Recipe


meat mixture
2 lb lean ground beef or ground turkey
1 c. crushed cornflakes or grapenuts
3 eggs
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
1/3 c. tomato ketchup
2 tbsp. minced onion

1 can jellied cranberry sauce
1 12 oz. bottle chili sauce
3 tbsp. dark brown sugar
1 tbsp. lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all meat mixture ingredients. Form into 2 inch balls and place into a 9" x 13" baking dish. Place into oven.

While meatballs are baking, add all sauce ingredients to a sauce pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occaissionally until smooth. Remove meatballs from oven, pour sauce over the meatballs. Place meatballs back into oven for the remaining cooktime. Meatballs should cook for a combined amount of 30 minutes. (larger meatballs may require additional cook time and smaller meatballs require less time)

mini-long-term sub job!

Yesterday was such a beautiful, nice day. I was able to go outside and run for the first time since Tuesday of last week! I did a longer run out and about around Hurricane, about 6 miles or so.

I didn't get a sub call, not one. So... I went to bed not knowing where I would be working...if anywhere.

Early in the morning, I got 2 calls to sub at elementary schools, one for MMI and one for LD. I turned those down, hoping that I'd get something better. At around 7 am I got a call for a Reading teacher at a middle school....and when I listened to it again (remember, I was half-asleep) I realized that it was a multiple day assignment for the next 2 weeks!

I went to school this morning and everything worked out pretty well. I had to make plans, but I managed to get those done for the next 2 weeks already. I have homeroom, exploratory, planning, 2 basic classes, lunch, then the remaining 3 basic classes. Tomorrow the students are taking a test. Their regular teacher has to have bypass heart surgery on Wednesday and shes gonna be out for at least 8 weeks, probably more. So it will be put up for bid for a long-term sub after my 2 weeks. I'll bid on it, but since I'm not certified in reading I'm sure I won't be getting it.

After school today it was so dang cold.. I didn't want to run outside. (especially since I am getting over a cold) So I actually ran on the treadmill today...only about 4.5 miles while I watched Oprah.

Then I cooked dinner. We had sweet and sour turkey meatballs, roasted red potatoes, and a salad. I have the best recipe for sweet and sour meatballs...(and I will share it on here eventually. I'd do it now, but Jesse is wanting the computer.) My mom used to make it all the time when I was a kid and it was my FAVORITE meal. I even wrote a poem about how much I loved her meatballs. hahaha.

Just in case anyone reading this feels like they should buy me a birthday present (~november 30th!!~), I am taking collections so that I can afford to buy a new bag. I love this one called Medium Slouch from Lucky Brand. This one is Parrot Blue.. and I love it..and I also love the one in Mulberry (purple). Why do they have to cost so much???

Saturday, October 25, 2008

OMG, I'm Slackin'!!

Wow... the blog has seriously been neglected lately. I'm sure all of you are tragically hurt...and I sincerely apologize! :)

I'm gonna try to do better.

This week has been good... and bad.

I got to do a lot of subbing for Art teachers this week!!

On Monday I subbed for a 6th grade math teacher at GWMS. That was a really good day!

On Tuesday I subbed at Poca High for their Art teacher. It was the 3rd time I have subbed for him. It was a much better day than the last time. On tuesday night I ran with Jesse (on a bike)all over the town of Hurricane. It was a good evening to run. Later that night I started feeling like crap and sneezing a lot.

On Wednesday I subbed at Winfield High for a math teacher. She teaches PreCalc and AP Calc. The kids were so well behaved that I could read a book. I felt like total crap all day though. My nose was running and I had to hold a tissue constantly. I was really looking forward to my planning period during 3rd. Another teacher uses that classroom during that block, so I thought I could go out to my car and take a nap! But...right before 3rd I got paged by the office.

Of course they wanted me to stay in that classroom and sub for the traveling teacher's class. So I was teaching Applied Geometry, if you can call it that. It seemed a whole lot more like herding cats. (as my mom would say)

They would not behave...they were loud and obnoxious. Two boys in particular. I separated them because they were being annoying. Then they started argueing; something about a girls panties that one of them brought to school. One boy started to get really angry. The other students looked and me and said, "this happens every single day" and "they always fight." Well, the angry kid finally snaps and screams across the classroom, "YOU DON'T KNOW $%*#! YOU DON'T KNOW $%*#! SHUT THE *^#% UP!" Then he started breathing heavy and I got scared that he was gonna jump over the desks and blast the other guy. But he just grabbed his stuff and walked out the door. He never came back...and I wrote him up and gave the form to the VP. I'm sure he got in pretty big trouble for that one.

On Wednesday night I had to work at Cracker Barrel which stunk since I was sick. But actually it couldn't have went better. I was busy...and made good money...and still made it out of their pretty early. I made almost 60 bucks in the 3 hours I was on the floor.

On Thursday I subbed at Hurricane High for one of their Art teachers. It was a great day!! I felt a little better and I slept in til 8:30. At 8:30 my phone rang and it was a job offer for a whole day position, even though it was already started. So I called HHS and told them that I would be there in about an hour. When I got there at 9:30, first block was almost over! So I missed that! YAY! It was a rambunctious Art I class. Second block was AP Studio Art...and it was kinda fun. Third block was another Art I, but it wasn't too bad and then 4th Block was his planning! So I got to go home at 2:15!! You couldn't ask for better than that!

On Thursday night I literally layed in bed from 3 pm til I went to bed at around 11.

On Friday I subbed for the Art teacher at Winfield Middle School, which is where my Mom works. I got to spend some time with her...we had leftover Husson's pizza for lunch! :) It was a good day. I love Middle School!!

Today...Mom and I went shopping out at Southridge. I bought some stuff at Michael's to fix up a Autumn wreath for my front door (and it looks AWESOME! I <3 it!!) and I bought a pair of jeans. We went to Walmart on the way home. We didn't get back until around 9:30. a normal and then mom and dads. I really need to work out!!!Since I have been sick I haven't ran or worked out at all!! :(

Sunday, October 19, 2008

quick update

I haven't blogged for awhile so...heres a quick update

Thursday... I didn't get a job. I didn't even get a call until almost 10 am and it was for a 7 am to 3 pm job, so what the heck?? On Thursday night we went over to Brian and Jessica's house in Winfield. We had dinner with them...and sorta helped them with a yard sale they were having this weekend.

Friday.... I subbed at Buffalo High School for their Art teacher. It was a good day...The only crazy class was her 4th block. After school I ran and then Jesse and I went with Brian and Jessica to the Hurricane/ So. Charleston football game. That was fun :) even though it was kinda cold.

Saturday... I layed around and was lethargic for most the day. Then I went to the Goodwill and bought some crafty stuff...went to the Craft Store...and then to Kroger and Walmart. After that I exercised (w/ Jillian) and cleaned the upstairs bathroom.

Today... We went to my parents...then to Ty's. When I got home I ran about 5 miles and just a little bit ago I got a job offer to sub at a middle school for their home ec. teacher. I'm really glad cause I love middle school!

gotta go.... Kitsy just threw up.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

back to WMS today

I was so happy last night when I got a call early in the evening for my Mom's school!! I subbed for a 6th grade science teacher today. It was a great day. They had shortened classes because there was an assembly in the afternoon. There were 3 members of the Power Team there today, which was pretty interesting.

The day went very well...and again, I can't wait to go back. I am really loving middle school.

After school I was so sleepy! I took a short nap on the couch.

Then Jesse and I went for a long walk around Hurricane...bought us a Little Caesar's Pizza (I only ate 2.5 pieces)...and since then I've been relaxing around the house...doing a little cleaning and laundry.

I've been patiently waiting on a job offer for tomorrow, but I haven't got one...and now its after 10 so I guess I'll have to wait til tomorrow. I just pray that I get a good one!!!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

as I get older...the weeks go by faster

This week flew by.

I subbed every day but Monday (due to the eye situation)

I already posted about Tuesday and subbing for the Band teacher at Buffalo. On Wednesday night I was waiting and waiting to get a call. At around 9:30 I was fairly sure that I wouldn't get a job (because they stop calling at 10pm) 9:45 the phone rang. It was a job offer for a PE teacher...He taught 2 Intro to the Majors classes which went by really well.

Then, during 4th Block he had a gym class. But...there was on hitch. They were having a Blood Drive that the gym was full of tables, nurses, orange juice and raisins. So, they couldn't have Gym class in there. It was raining outside. So, I found the principal walking in the Commons Area. He said to have them sit on the tables in the Commons and have a "study hall" period. Ok.

This turned into a babysitting period of me watching them listen to their MP3 players. Which is no big deal.....if they could just behave.

One kid was really getting on my nerves. I had to say something to him 3 or 4 times. He kept screaming across the Commons, etc. Finally I had had it...and I told him to get his things and move to a table by himself. He immediately reacts defensively saying, "What?! I didn't do anything!!" and crap like that.

I told him to move again. He refused. Just then, the principal walked through the Commons again. I said, "Do you want me to get Mr. Donalson to have you move?" He said "Yeah!" Mr. Donalson looked at the kid and said, "My office NOW!"

So later I had to go to his office and talk to the kids mom. Mr. Donalson said that he "rung him out" hahaha...

That wasn't all the went wrong with the class either. There is a kid with MI in there and one second he was sitting there...I turned around...and then he was GONE! I was kinda freaking out, but luckily he came back about 20 minutes later.

Oh, and that wasn't all...a kid rubbed a handfull of crushed deodorant all down another boys face. It was all over the floor. By the end of that class I felt like pulling out all of my hair.

Luckily the rest of the week I spent at Winfield Middle School with my Mom. I subbed for the Spanish teacher. The kids were great, smart, well behaved, funny, and very friendly. I can't wait to come back! And of course it was nice to be so close to my Mom.

On Friday night after school I went to the Mall with my friend, Cassie! I left my house at 4:30 to meet her there at 5. As soon as I got on the Interstate at Hurricane I saw BRAKE LIGHTS! AhhhH! I was in traffic from Hurricane to Milton... It took me 1 hour and 35 minutes to get from my house to the Mall, which is less than 20 miles.

I had a good time hanging out with Cassie though... Didn't buy anything though. Well, except for a tube of hairball medicine for Kitsy from Complete Petmart. Cassie and I had dinner at Bob Evan's. I had their Country Spinach Salad and I swear it was huge. It was really good, but I bet it was a whole bag of Spinach. (hmmm, that explains a lot about my poo this afternoon.)

This morning I cooked pancakes for breakfast and then went to Elder Beerman and Walmart (where I saw Brian & Jessica)

I told my mom that I would make a dessert for tomorrow so I made a layered chocolate pie. It looks so good!! Its a shame that I had to lick 4 mixing bowls all by myself...hehehe!

now...its time for a shower! Goodnight!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Is that your eye or an egg mcmuffin?

Sunday night... I was sitting on the coach, playing on the computer.....and my Kitsy came and slept on my lap for awhile. Shortly after that my eye started itching....and I shouldn't have. But I scratched it.

Shortly after that, it started to burn..and itch more...and then it started to swell.

It got so swollen that it was almost swollen shut.. I made Jesse go to Kroger and buy me some Benadryl. I took 2 of those...which may have helped, but I'm not really sure because 30 minutes later I was snoring in my bed.

When I woke up it was still swollen. I got a couple of sub calls but they were all crappy ones that I woudn't want to do on a normal day, let alone with a red, itchy, swollen eye.

Later that morning I took another Benadryl....and then slept from noon to 2:30. The pills seriously made me feel woosey and drunk. They are great sleeping pills though.

At 4 I was supposed to run with Amy....but I was feeling rather sluggish. Plus she called and said she needed to go be with her mom for awhile, so we didn't run.

I attempted to run around here, but it didn't Jesse and I went for about a 2 mile walk instead.

While I was in the shower on Monday night I got my 1st and only sub was for Mr. Hopkins, the Band teacher at Buffalo High School.

So, thats where I was today.... It was basically a babysitting day of me watching long-haired boys play hackeysack. But... I got to leave early at 2 pm. :)

After school Jesse and Brian went to play tennis at the park...and I went with them and ran around 5 miles. Then I cooked a new recipe, baked salmon with a honey mustard pecan glaze. It was pretty good.

Just a few minutes ago I got a sub call for tomorrow.... I'll be teaching 2 classes of Intro to the Majors and 1 PE class. I'll be reporting about how that goes soon.

I'm looking forward to the end of this week... Thursday and Friday I'll be teaching Spanish at the middle school where my mom works...and then on Friday night my friend Cassie and I are making plans to spend some time together!!

Friday, October 3, 2008

happy bday Jay

I spent the day at Buffalo High School for their Spanish teacher. It was a good day...except for a "mad teacher moment" I think it only my 2nd mad teacher moment ever.

We were watching a video in 1st block. I didn't know there were remotes, I never saw them. I just used the TV and the DVD player. Well, a few minutes into the video it turns off. I turn it back on. It mutes, etc. You get the picture. It was cute at first, but it got old real quick. I never found out who had the remotes.

Second block comes in. Still no remotes had surfaced. And again... the TV magically turned off, etc. This time the culprit wasn't as smooth. A bunch of them started giggling. I said, "I'm not doing this all day! Do I need to get the principals and do a pocket search?" A few minutes later the remotes surfaced on a kids desk. He says, "I didn't have them!!" I knew he didn't have them. He was just the patsy.

The rest of the day went well.

After school Jesse rode his bike around while I ran about 4 miles. Then we went to Jay's suprise 30th birthday party. It was at Frankie J's Italian Chophouse in Pullman Square. The food wasn't that good, I don't think I'll be going back there. But the party was nice.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

BOOOM! Is this a drill?

Oh what a crazy day!

I went to Winfield Middle School today. It was gonna be a pretty easy day... just 2 classes and planning.

I was teaching science to 6th graders...well sort of. I was watching them while they did worksheets. We were in there for maybe 30 minutes when a kid came running back into our classroom from the bathroom, screaming, "Its another BOMB THREAT! They wouldn't let me go to the bathroom!"

Great. So I said, "Ok we'll just stay calm until they tell us what to do."

A few minutes later they rang the fire alarm...and we were all headed out to the football field. That was around 12:30, I think.... We couldn't go back to the building until 2:40!! We sat out on the football field with all those 6th graders for that long. They had to bring in a bomb-sniffing dog. It was insane.

The kids ask, "is this a drill?" haha.... They think its only real if there really IS a bomb in the school. There are no bomb threat drills.

I was glad to run with Amy after that.... relieve some stress.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

no makeup day.

Today was a no makeup day. I basically only left the house to run. It was a dreary kinda day.

I never got a sub I cleaned the house in the morning. Later Jesse and I tried to go running (he rode Jeremy's bike) but we had to book-it back home when a thunderstorm rolled in. I got about 3 miles in. Then I did Level 3 of Jillian when I got home.