Friday, February 27, 2009

Its Friday!!

So glad its friday!!
  I don't know what I'm going to do this weekend.  Jesse is going to the State wrestling tournament tonight and tomorrow night.
I'm kinda amazed at what happened on American Idol last night.  Chris??  I thought he was ok,  but something about him just annoys me.  On KLOVE they said he was a Christian.  Still annoying. 
I hope they let that Megan chick come back for the "Wildcard night"   I like her.  Shes cute.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

another week.....

I'm not sure why, but I just got a phone call from the Putnam Co. Sub calling system. The machine-voice-woman offered me a job for Ms. Richards for all next week! :) Usually they just put me in the system and I don't get a phone call. This time they called me...not sure why. doesn't matter. I'm still in!

So, I'm there for at least another week. YAY!

my 1st sick day

Today is the first time that I have ever been able to take a sick day and get paid for it, what!!! haha. Its so exciting! I can't wait til I get a fulltime job and I get 15 sick days!! Wahooo!

I have a cold. Its not that bad, but I dont have the patience to put up with 110 12 year olds. I'm very achy and sneezy and just plain yucky. I'm going to just rest and eat a lot today. I already had oatmeal, a bowl of cheerios and an apple. I'm thinking that around 130 or so I'm going to drive out to McDonalds and get me a grilled chicken sandwich or a Southwestern salad.

ok........nap time

oh more thing. Mrs. Thomas talked to Ms. Richards and she said she'd be back on March 9th. That gives me at least 1 more week! :) But Mrs. Thomas said not to count on that.....she (and everyone else) still think that I'll be there until May.


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

ok.. I'm gonna attempt to call AI

I think tonight was unfair for the girls because the guys sucked. I think that Adam Lambert will be on to the next round for sure. For the girl, I'm going to guess that the redheaded 16 year old, Allison will be moving on also. The third person is a toss up... but my guess is the cute little blonde named Megan or Meghan or however its spelled. I'm usually pretty good about calling it....but this time I'm not sure.

Tomorrow we'll see!

sub job could be over? :(

This could be my last week as the 6th grade reading teacher at Poca Middle School. That means two more days!! Boooooo! I kinda doubt that it will be....but we shall see. I'm guessing that I'll find out tomorrow.

My students are taking a test tomorrow. I don't know what to do after that!! I don't want to start anything new if I'll be leaving. So, I still haven't decided what we will be doing when they finish their tests tomorrow. If I find out that I'll be staying we are going to start reading Where the Red Fern Grows. So.. my fingers are crossed. I really want to stay!!

I'm watching American Idol right now. Its been even worse than last week if that's possible. I'm a fan of Allison and Megan so far tonight. The guys have been awful. I don't like how they are saying that one guy and one girl and the next top vote-getter goes on. That's not fair. It should just be the top 3 regardless of sex.

Anywho........ I'm going to go make me a cup of hot chocolate. I'll be posting tomorrow or Friday about continuing my job. Pray.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

watching UFC....

I'm sitting over at Ty's house right now, watching the UFC live on Spike. Jesse had be bring the laptop because he was afraid I'd be bored over here. I'm glad he did because these fights have all been mad boring so far.

Ty has a really cute miniature collie named Reese and I love her. We are playing with a squeaky toy squirrel right now.

Today I've been bored and lazy. I just couldn't seem to get motivated to do anything. I was supposed to go hang out with Cassie, but I called her last night and she never called me back. She finally did call around 12:30 today.... perhaps we'll get together next weekend.

Tomorrow Jesse and I aren't going to Maranatha. Instead we're going to some church in Teays Valley. Some chick Jesse went to school with..her husband is preaching and he and Ty want to go for some reason. I'm not so sure. But... we'll see.

I'm ticked that I'm going to be missing Pastor Wright preach on "Thou shall not commit adultery" in his 10 commandments series. Oh well. I think I'm doing ok on that subject. hahaha.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

me, big mouth? who knew?!

So... yesterday I went to work at school as usual. However I had to go to work at Cracker Barrel too. From 5 to 8 I was scheduled on Wednesday night.

I was busy chatting with a girl named Andrea that I haven't seen in probably over a year...and there was this new chick. I'd never seen her before. While we were talking in the vestibule, the new chick answers a to-go phone order. A couple seconds later, the girl turns around and says, "I can't hear!" Its always loud in, I quieted down a bit and continued talking to Andrea. New chick turns around again, and says, this time with a bit more rage, "I can't hear! I'm trying to take a to-go order!" So Andrea and I walked away, but kept talking. Then, the new chick yells at all of us once again, "I said, I can't hear!"

So, I looked at her and she didn't even have her finger pressed on her other ear to help her hear the person on the phone better! So I said, "Put your finger in your ear!"

A few minutes later, she gets off the phone and starts yelling at everyone. She says something like, "I was just trying to take a to-go order and it was so loud in here that I couldn't hear at all and SOMEONE told me to stick my finger in my ear! blah blah blah"

By then I was ticked, "Whats up with this girl," I thought to myself. I spoke up, "I was the one that said it. If you have a problem with that stop yelling at everyone and you can take it up with me!" I could feel her tension building up and I could tell that she wanted to hit me. Secretly, I was kinda wishing that she would hit me. I may be little...but this is one chick that I wasn't afraid of. She looked like a strong wind might blow her over....kinda like your average Eastern Kentucky Methhead. I didn't see any open sores, but I did overhear her talking about her "bearded dragon." creepy.

Today was a good day at school. I got lots of hugs. :) I feel like I'm doing better with discipline and its making me a happier person and probably a better teacher, too.

Tonight I made enchiladas and black bean dip and Jesse couldn't be happier! It was really good. I think I could eat that dinner every night.

Tomorrow is friday and I couldn't be happier about that!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

I <3 my Job

I'm at school right now.  My students are taking a test today.  I hope they do well on it!!
I'm still at my long-term sub job thankfully!  I'm loving it now more than ever.  I found out the other day that I will be here at least until March.  Everyone seems to think that I'll be here till May. 
The last snow day that we had I got a phone call at home from Mrs. Nutter.  She's the secretary here.  She said she talked to the people in the payroll dept. at the board office and they said that I should be receiving long-term pay and should have been receiving it all along!!   I read up about long-term subs in the Putnam Co. policy manual (which I should have done a long time ago!!)  and it basically says that principals have the right to put a sub of their choice in for an absence when the absence is supposed to be 90 days or less as long as they attempt to get someone certified in the area first.  Well the absence I was put in for was only supposed to be for a couple of months....and they attempted to call about 70 people before they got me.  I just got SUPER lucky!... I mean, BLESSED!  Thank you Jesus!!
I didn't think the pay rate was that different for day to day versus long-term subs...but I thought wrong!  Its 50 dollars a day different!  Plus I get holiday pay and I get paid for other days when day-to-day subs don't work!!   Like yesterday was presidents day, but teachers had to work for training, faculty senate and for a parent-teacher conference.  A day-to-day sub doesn't get to work on those days...but me, I worked all day yesterday in my classroom...with no students!...and still got paid for it!! Yippee!!!
Jesse and I spent a lot of time together this weekend.  On Friday night we bought Subway subs and watched Nights in Rodanthe which we got in the mail from Netflix.  The book was about 400X better than that movie.  I think it was too hard to get the whole book into a 90 minute movie.  Anyway...on Saturday Jesse and I watched another movie...I worked out and went to Wal-Mart.  Then on Saturday evening we went to the Barboursville Mall.... I bought 2 sweaters, 2 t-shirts, and a pair of dress pants. Jesse got a new lavender dress shirt and tie.  I guess he let me buy all that because of my raise! hehehe...

Thursday, February 12, 2009

crazy week

This has been a crazy week.  I'll try to just give you the highlights.
Tuesday morning I was bending down to give Jesse a hug and a kiss goodbye.  (He was still in asleep in the bed, like always) and I bent down as he lifted his head up....smashing my lips into my teeth.   Luckily it didn't swell up too much, but it still made me feel like Angelina Jolie.  It hurt for the whole day, but was much better the next morning.  
On Tuesday night Jesse and I met with Cassie at Panera in Barboursville.  Jesse had offered to do her taxes so we brought the laptop and camped out there by the fireplace.  I had never been to Panera before.  I got the Pick 2 combo thingie and I got French Onion soup and the Orchard Harvest Salad. The salad was so good!   It has cherry balsamic vinigrette dressing, dried cherries, pears, walnuts, and gorganzola cheese.  I can't wait to eat it again.. or maybe try their fuji apple salad.  The soup wasn't that good. I wish I would have tried the black bean soup or the chicken tortilla soup.
Cassie and I had planned on getting together earlier in the afternoon and working out and running outside either at Ritter or at Barboursville Park.  However it was raining after school so we decided to take a rain delay.  We might get together next saturday.
Wednesday night Jesse went to a wrestling meet with Ty at Huntington High School.  They said on the news we were going to have a terrible wind storm.  I don't know if I've ever seen or heard wind like that before!!  It was ripping around the side of our apartment building!  I thought my whole building was coming down.  The power went out around 6 and didn't come back on until almost 5 am this morning.  I was basically left sitting in the dark all alone all evening!  :(   Luckily my laptop was charged up and ready to I still got a workout in.   I took about a 2 hour bath and then went to Jesse's brothers house to blow dry my hair.  They only live about a half mile away but THEY had power!!  I woke up this morning at 4:45 with all the lights in the house on and the TV on downstairs.  

Monday, February 9, 2009

another Monday...

Here I am again. Another monday afternoon at my long term sub job. I'm really thankful to be here! What could be better than 6th grade reading? (Even if these students are slightly more challenging than normal. I still love them.)

So last week it seemed like I was hearing bad news everyday. I wrote about Amy, my good friend from high school, whose father and brother were in a wreck on Sunday night. I've been praying for the other man involved and I heard that he woke from a coma the other day. I also have been praying that his family have mercy and not try to hold Amy's family liable. There was another article in the paper about it the other day.

Fiery collision that killed father, son remains a mystery

On Tuesday a friend from the church I grew up in was involved in a terrible accident on 62 in Mason County. He was passing a car and hit another car head on. They both had to be cut from the vehicles and air-lifted to the hospital. I have heard that Jarrod is going to be ok, but that he may have permanent damage done to his legs. The girl in the car he hit was not doing well the last I heard. I've been praying that she pulls through because her family may press charges against Jarrod.

My parents and I went to the visition for Amy's dad and brother on Thursday night. While we were there around 6:30 or 7 pm there was an accident on Route 35 near the Putnam and Mason County line. Jesse and I heard about it on the news. They said that a man was killed.

Then on Friday morning I found out that it was Stan Gray that was killed in that wreck. He is married to my mom's cousin, Angie. Stan was working for Mattress Warehouse at the time of the accident and he was still on the clock while traveling for business from Columbus, Ohio back to Winfield. Because he was "on the clock" I think Angie and their 2 young children will be getting a large check, plus whatever insurance they had on him personally. Kim Knoff, the owner of Mattress Warehouse, already set up two scholarship funds for their kids. I still feel terrible for Angie. I don't know how you would explain to 2 kids (the oldest of whom is in 6th grade) that their daddy is gone.

I've had enough of this blog. Next blog post will be on a happier note.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

lost blog post...

so I typed up this huge blog post yesterday... (it WAS a snow day) and then I lost my internet connection. So I copied what I had typed and restarted the internet connection. Well, that didn't work so I had to restart the computer.

Being dumb ol' me, I forgot to copy my blog post to a file and save it. So I finally got connected again and then tried to open my post, but Blogger didn't save it. And since I restarted the computer I lost what I had copied!! blah.

So... I just don't feel up to retyping all of that. I may write more later.

I have some good news actually.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

life is short

Yesterday I heard some terrible news.

My friend Amy (that I ran with in the fall) her family is in need of prayer right now. You may have heard on the news that a Putnam County man was killed in a car wreck on I-79 in Harrison County on Sunday night. It was Amy's father and youngest brother, Adam. Amy has written two notes on her Facebook page about it...she seems so strong. She said that they are comforted by the fact that both her brother and dad had trusted Jesus as their Savior and that they know they will see them again. Luckily, I know Amy's family is very close. She has an older brother, a younger brother and two sisters-in-law. I know Amy's faith is very strong and she'll make it through this rough time. Please pray for her mom, Jean. Amy lost a brother and her father, which is terrible enough, but Jean lost her baby boy and her husband on the same day. Its just a nightmare. Praise God that they knew Jesus...

All day yesterday after I found out about this... I had the Mandissa song "Only the World" in my head. The lyrics are so true.

Verse 1: Been a hard one, Been a bad one
Been a tough one, Been a sad one
It's been one of those days that keeps chipping away at my heart
Nothing new here, so what I do here its a stereo-typical day, in the life
I'm surrounded by all of the pain and the strife
but I know it's alright, woah oh

Chorus: Cause it's only the world I'm living in
It's only the day I've been given
There ain't a way I'm giving in Cause it's only the world (only the world)
I know the best is still yet to come
cause even when my deeds in the world are done
It's gonna be so much more than only the world to me
do do do do do do do do do, yeah its only the world

Verse 2: Anybody can you hear me? Do you feel me? Me, can you feel me?
I know I'm not the only one wearing the weight of this world
We got problems (said it's alright)
Just remember (yeah, it's alright)
Take a good around we're just stuck on the ground for a little while
Don't it make ya smile.

Chorus: Cause it's only the world I'm living in (Yeah)
It's only the day I've been given (Given)
There ain't a way I'm giving in Cause it's only the world (only the world)
I know the best is still yet to come
cause even when my deeds in the world are done
It's gonna be so much more than only the world to me

Bridge: Heaven is a place where the tears on every face will be wiped away
Oh and I can't wait to go, but for know it's enough to know,
this is only temporary, this is only temporary.

As Christians we are so blessed to know that all of the pain in this life if just temporary. We have the promise of seeing our loved ones again. We have the supernatural peace of God that passes all human understanding. (translation: we have peace when other people would be freaking out) If anyone reading this doesn't have this peace...and wants it, then please email me at Jesus is the only way to have true peace.

Amy, in her two Facebook notes, has shown some amazing strength and faith. I'm sure she would agree with me that its because she has the peace of God.

The most striking thing she posted was this, her last sentence... "Don't forget to tell those closest to you how much you love them"

What an important lesson. We are so caught up in our lives that we forget things that are so simple and so important. None of us are guaranteed to see tomorrow. Life is so short.

sub job O-ver

So I went to my last day of my long term sub job on Monday morning. I found out that Ms. Richards had a doctor's appointment on Monday. Then she had a stress test today. So I was invited back for another day! I thought it was my last day. thought.

When I walked in the door this morning the VP looked at me and said, "oh, you're here for the next 2 weeks. She has up to 120 days and she's only used 60, so you'll probably be here through April." Wahooooooooooooo!

I got so lucky! I got this job all because I accepted this (2 week long, at the time) job early one morning....actually, it was a morning that I wasn't going to work at all because Jesse and I were supposed to go to Columbus. He had a business trip planned with his Nationwide job. However that job ended the week before the Columbus trip. So, we didn't go. And that...was the monday that I got the call for this job. Ironic? No. Just God showing me His love & His favor.