Saturday, April 12, 2014

What a week!

It’s been a long, exhausting week but very fruitful.  It started with the beginning of the state library convention.  I’ve been serving on the Local Arrangements Committee for the past year.  Even though that meant that I wouldn’t get to participate in any conference sessions and that I had to work most of the conference, it did have some great perks.  On Monday we had our last meeting and worked on getting things set up for the start of the convention on Tuesday.  Every day I had to go in early – leaving my house by 7:15, but luckily I had a parking pass to park inside the convention center.  I worked in the Placement Center which is where both job seekers and employers come to look for or post jobs and conduct some interviews during the conference.  We had some resume reviewers that came and visited with job seekers as well.  I ended up reviewing a few of the resumes as well. 

The first general session speaker was James Patterson which was very good.  The highlight of the conference for me, however, was hearing Henry Winkler.  I grew up with Happy Days and nobody was cooler than “The Fonz.”  His talk was very engaging and entertaining.  I discovered that being part of the Local Arrangements Committee gave me an even more impressive perk – we got to go down to the “green room” when he finished and had our pictures taken with him.

thefonz2That was certainly the highlight of the conference for me.  He was very nice and was willing to take a picture with everyone that was in the room even though others were trying to hurry things up. 

So I made it through the conference, but haven’t caught up on sleep yet.  This morning I met my students at the school at 8:15.  We headed to their first Scrabble tournament.  My students did well – taking 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 8th places.  They all seemed to have fun as well.   So it was a successful weekend, but now I’m exhausted.  I’m going to do my Lumosity training shortly and then head to bed.  Matt and I have a bit of a rivalry going on with Lumosity.  There are two word games on there and I keep beating him.  He knows more words than I do, but I am a much faster typist.  Well, I better get playing so I can get to bed. 

Friday, March 28, 2014

A Trip to Houston

Today I played hooky from school and went to Houston.  Ok, I actually took a personal day with my principal’s permission, but I still took the day off.  I left around 8:30 this morning but had to stop at the bank first and fill up my tank with gas.  I got to Houston shortly before noon.  I was meeting Josh downtown in order to hear one of his pieces being performed.  He was selected earlier in the year to compose a piece for a special music project and received a commission for writing it.  His piece was performed four different times during the year and the last performance was today.  So I met him downtown to hear it.  Of course I thought it was amazing and by far the best piece.  (But, yes, I’m totally biased.)  I just thought his piece sounded more “time oriented” which was kind of the theme of the project with the performance taking place at a clock tower.  One of Matt’s friends that we have stayed with in Houston also came to hear it.  Matt didn’t go with me so I thought it was nice for Kristie to come.  She and her husband have been very hospitable to us. 

After the concert (6 pieces were performed), Josh and I went to the mall for lunch and shopping.  He bought me lunch at California Pizza Kitchen and then he went clothes shopping.  He found some shirts, pants, and shoes.  I found two pairs of pants since I typically wear the same 4 every week (and jeans on Fridays).  I headed back at 5:00 which was not a great time in Houston traffic, but it wasn’t too bad.  It was slow for a while, but it kept moving at least.  I got in a little after 8:00. 

Matt and I got a surprise yesterday.  Matt’s mom sent him a card that said “Congratulations and best wishes to the two of you.”  Maybe all the prayers and intercessions we’ve been sending up are working.  I don’t know if this means she approves of me, the marriage or will even come to the wedding, but I guess we’ll take it as a hopeful sign.  That’s all we can do. 

Matt has been sick for a few days with the flu.  He went to the doctor on Thursday and got some medicine, but still tried to go back to work.  He ended up coming home after lunch and going to bed.  He did go in to work today although he probably should have stayed home.  You know he is sick if he is in bed before 10:00 – which is where he is at the moment. 

I’ll be headed there soon.  I’ve been playing the word games on Lumosity and I finally topped some of Matt’s scores.  I decided to quit while I was ahead.  I hadn’t blogged in a while so I figured I could tell you about my quick trip today.  Tomorrow I need to create a flyer for our upcoming Fiesta Concert.  I’m looking forward to sleeping in though. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Lumosity + Grilling = Burnt Food

I got Matt a subscription to Lumosity for Valentine’s Day.  I actually got a family subscription so we’ve both been “working out” a little over a month now.  There’s a word game on there that he has become obsessed with.  It is compounded by the fact that I’ve surpassed his highest score.  He definitely has a bigger word knowledge, but I’m an extremely fast typist.  He’s slowed down because he doesn’t use the “enter” key, but uses the “click” button on his laptop.  In spite of that, he’s pretty fast.  So tonight he lit the grill and then put some hotdogs on it.  While waiting, he played his game.  And played it.  And burned the hotdogs to a crisp.  So now I’ve told him that he can’t grill and play Lumosity at the same time. 

It was a really busy day for me today.  I had to leave right after lunch to go to a meeting.  Matt and I ate at a hole-in-the wall Mexican restaurant before the meeting.  After the meeting I had to run back to the school to set up a screen and projector for a meeting after school.  I then had to head up to a training session north of downtown.  Once I got home, I had to call Microsoft to resolve an issue with the Office program I installed almost a month ago.  I was able to purchase Office 2013 for only $10 through a deal with my school district, but once I installed the program, it wouldn’t let me activate it.  I finally called customer service.  It took about 30 minutes and they had to remotely uninstall and reinstall it.  It is working fine now at least. 

There’s not much else to report here.  I haven’t gotten much wedding planning done lately.  Matt and I have kept the house clean for a week now.  We have company coming in two weeks.  We went to see Divergent this weekend.  Next weekend we will probably see Bad Words.  It looks like it would be very funny. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Where did the break go?

I can’t believe that spring break is almost over.  I haven’t accomplished everything that I planned to do, but it has been somewhat productive.  I’ve continued the cleaning binge I started on Thursday.  Yesterday I scrubbed all the toilets and cleaned bathrooms.  I also did about five loads of laundry.  I discovered a leak under the kitchen sink yesterday so I had to pull all the stuff out from there and now have a bucket until I can have it looked at.  Today my focus will be the downstairs – especially the kitchen.  Matt finally started going through all of his stuff in boxes upstairs.  I told him that we needed it sorted by the end of the weekend. 

I didn’t work on any school work.  I will try to get to some of that tomorrow if the house is clean by then.  I’m hoping that we will be able to keep it clean for at least a few weeks until we have company that comes to stay for a week.  I also have some band stuff that I have to get done.  I still have to order my wedding dress, but I need a few more measurements. 

Matt got me a Bose Soundlink Mini speaker for Christmas and I’ve been using it to listen to music as I clean the house.  It helps keep me going.  It’s better than having the tv on as I’ll get distracted and sit down – kind of like I’m doing now. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Cleaning Binge

Yesterday I was on a cleaning binge.  Earlier this week Matt and I started to go through his boxes of stuff that have been sitting up stairs since he moved in last October.  I don’t know if the difference in packing is a men vs. women thing or if it’s just Matt, but I shook my head many, many times as I opened boxes.  It was as if he found an empty box and shoved whatever would fit into it and then put a lid on it.  No sorting, no rhyme or reason as to what was in there.  I, on the other hand, at least try to pack similar things in the same box – or at least stuff that goes in the same room in the same box.  I finally have the guest room and the floor of the loft area cleared of all his stuff, though he still has about six boxes of things to go through.  I created several boxes for sorting and a filing system for papers.  I also cleaned up Josh’s room (as much as possible with Matt’s desk still in pieces), the master bedroom and most of the master bathroom.  I still need to clean the toilet, the floor, and my closet.  I’m trying to get myself motivated to get started, but it hasn’t worked yet.

I enjoyed sleeping in this morning until I noticed it was “too” quiet.  Angie didn’t come when I called her so I figured she must be up to more trouble.  (She tore up carpet in Josh’s room earlier this week.)  Sure enough, when I went outside in the back yard, she came running from the side of the house.  I went to investigate and she had started digging underneath the fence.  She hadn’t made her escape yet, but was close.  So now I have her locked inside and will have to go to the hardware store and get more cinderblocks today. 

To answer Summer’s question posed on my facebook page – No, I’m not cleaning the garage.  Half of the garage is fine – my car is parked in there right now.  The other half is a different story.  We have Matt’s love seat, washer and dryer, table and chairs, and a myriad of other boxes from his storage closet.  There are also most of the empty boxes that I used for my own move.  The garage will be a summer project at some point, but not sure if it will be this summer or not.  When I do finally clean it out, I want to paint the walls.  Right now they are a dark green with a yellow stripe at the tope.  Probably former Greenbay Packer fans lived here.  I want it a nice neutral gray.  I also want a large tool box so I can actually put tools away where I can find them when I need them.   Maybe that will be next year’s Christmas present. 

Well, I guess I should try to get motivated to get going.  I have to run to the local library for a book today, then to the store for more laundry detergent (and cinder blocks). 

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Spring Break is Here

Yesterday was a pajama day.  I never changed out my pajamas all day.  I slept in until 9:30.  I sat on the couch most of the day.  I gathered and input addresses for all the wedding guests.  The list keeps growing it seems.  I’m going to order my wedding dress this week.  I had a lady from school take my measurements for me.  My plan for spring break is to get some wedding planning done.  I also plan to get all of Matt’s stuff that is in boxes put away.  It’s time to actually use the attic for storage I guess. 

Matt and I decided to try to stop going out to dinner as much as we usually do.  I’m giving up fast food and alcohol for Lent.  Hopefully that will help our budgets and my waist.  I wish I had more exciting things to post, but life is rather dull here.  No exciting spring break plans.  We thought about going to Fiesta Texas, but the weather is going to be cool this week.  It was rainy yesterday.  It was just cool today – only getting up to the 50’s.  It’s supposed to be nice Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Sick of being sick

I went to the doctor last Friday hoping that I could get some medicine to kick whatever infection I had.  They did a strep test that came out negative and said that it was probably a viral infection that would just have to go away on its own.  I should get rest and drink lots of fluids.  Well, Matt and I headed to Dallas Friday evening and spent the weekend there so I didn’t really get any rest.  I did get to meet some of his family (cousins and an uncle) and that was nice.  I still wasn’t feeling great on Monday so I called in sick to work.  The library was going to be closed for testing in the morning and then I was going to be gone for a meeting in the afternoon, so I figured I might as well get some extra rest.  I did, though, I still went to the afternoon meeting.  I took it easy last night, went to bed at a decent hour and felt a little better this morning.  I went to work but found out at the last minute that I would be doing more testing today.  I still had a cough that I quelled with cough drops and water as much as I could.  I just didn’t feel up to par this afternoon so I didn’t do much work.  I mostly read a book.  Since it was a YA novel, I figured it was part of my job.  I had to go to yet another meeting after school today.  I was supposed to go to band rehearsal tonight, but with the coughing, I figured I shouldn’t go.  I just took some cough and cold medicine that I hope works or at least knocks me out soon.  I’m hoping that since I’m sick this week that I’ll be healthy during spring break and be able to get a lot done.  I have a lot of wedding planning and things that I need to work on when I have the time off next week.  I also need to do some deep house cleaning as Matt and I will have a house guest in April.  A fellow Scrabble player and librarian from Austin is going to stay with us during the Texas Library Association Convention.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Under the weather

Last night my throat started getting scratchy and I’ve felt generally blah today.  I had to do make up tests again today, but it was much better than last week.  We got started at a decent time and all were finished before 1:00.  I took some advil earlier in the day and it probably helped.  I could feel it wearing off by dinner time.  I met Matt at Taco Cabana for dinner.  I was hungry, but I could feel my throat getting sore.  I stayed for one miserable Scrabble game at club.  It was one of the worst games I’ve ever played.  I could not catch a break on drawing tiles.  I didn’t even break 250 points which is lousy. 

Matt and I are heading to Dallas for a weekend trip tomorrow evening.  He has family that is coming down to visit and we will get to meet up with them.  He’s going fishing with his cousins on Saturday morning and I’ll be shopping with my cousin Amanda. 

I took more advil tonight and it may be working – it’s kind of hard to tell. I’ll me going to bed shortly.  I’m trying to stay awake so that I can take my laundry out of the dryer before it all wrinkles.  I might not make it.  There’s only 5 minutes of Big Bang Theory left and the advil pm is starting to make me feel sleepy. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

I love testing (not)

It could have been worse, I didn’t have to test an entire class – I was the relief person so I just babysat for 15 minutes at a time.  Tomorrow I will have the joy of doing retakes (note the sarcasm).  These tests aren’t even real tests – they’re just practice tests.  It seems like overkill to test students over and over.  So this week is totally pointless for me.  I won’t be getting anything done in my library. 

I went to the store after work and got groceries and decided to make my famous cashew chicken tonight.  It was delicious as always.  I started making a list of wedding guests.  I need to get a LOT of addresses, but thankfully most of my friends are on Facebook and I can just ask them.  If you’re one of my regular blog readers and want an invitation, email me your mailing address to jifnerwedding @ gmail dot com.  I’ll leave this email information up for a week or two, but then I’ll delete so I don’t get junk mail from spammers. 

Matt is watching the Spurs and I think I’m going to head to bed.  I might start the next book on my Kindle.  I should since it’s pretty long, but I’m not sure if I’m focused enough to read tonight.  Maybe I’ll just play a pointless word game instead. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Wedding Prep

Matt and I made a quick trip back to Canyon this weekend so that we could meet with Father Phan and do some wedding planning.  The meeting went fine and we are on track for the wedding on July 12.  We have some paperwork to do and get sent back in, but other than that, we don’t have to return until the rehearsal the night before.  We were able to have lunch with my friend Pam who is my maid of honor.  We also met my brother and his wife for dinner.  This morning, we picked up a dozen donuts from Donut Stop.  We stopped for lunch at what I thought was a Taco Villa in Lubbock, but it was kind of different.  It wasn’t quite what I expected.  Food was decent, but I probably should have gotten food at the one in Canyon.  Unfortunately it was too early when we were leaving.  Andrew – if you do get to come to the wedding, I’m taking you to Donut Stop and Taco Villa so you can finally experience it for yourself! 

I was able to finish a book while on the trip.  I read I am Malala about the Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban.  It was an interesting read.  Some of it was kind of hard to follow because it goes into a lot of historical background and such, but it was still eye opening.  Now I’m reading a YA novel.  I have one more book cued in my library to read after that.  The thing about borrowing books from the library is that I’m forced to read more often. 

Matt is out playing Scrabble this evening.  I’m watching ice skating on the Olympics and waiting for my laundry to get done.  Tomorrow and Wednesday will not be fun at work as we are doing test simulations.  That means wasted days for me and all the other teachers.