Wednesday, February 27, 2008


It's been a long time since I got the kind of satisfaction I got today when I reconciled our bank statement. Man. Kaleb usually does it (and all the other financial stuff) but last night we both sat down and were having some great one-on-one time while doing the checkbook. So romantic, huh?! :) So we kept getting WAY off and finally around midnight (we'd started a little after 10:30 or so) we decided to call it a night. I brought it to work with me this morning and BAM I did it! Not like BAM--it actually took a little while, but still. It was such a wonderful feeling when I subtracted those last two numbers and their difference was $5.28, the initial difference there should've been. Mmmmmmm...sweet success.

Last night we took our first "professional" family photo! Our church is doing directory pictures so we did that, and we ended up buying some of us for our parents and of Ella of course. She was AMAZING, really hamming it up for the camera, which she NEVER does for a) strangers and/or b) photographers. We were so very proud of her!!

On the way home, she asked us where we were going. Kaleb told her we had to stop at the grocery store to get a few things and she goes (if I'm lyin' I'm dyin') "You have GOT to be kidding me!!!" Oh, man, we lost it. What 3 year old says that?? We laughed and laughed at her, so she kept on saying it. Man, I love that kid.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Stuff White People Like

I think this is the funniest website I've seen in a while. Especially since a lot of them apply to me or other white people I know. I especially love that #69 is Mos Def, whom I am a huge fan of because of most of the reasons listed! So sad. Guess I really am white.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

A Clean Desk...

I have never been organized in my life. I'd always try to be, but I'd never get there. Or I'd be organized for a few days and then stop. However, I have kept up my newly organized room/desk for a week now, and I LOVE it!!! I stole some ideas from Leslie (Standing File Folder rack on desk with important folders in arm's length at all times, actually making copies in advance, etc.) and have incorporated a few of my own. Since we don't have textbooks, I organized all the worksheets I had from our Motivation Math CD's into page protectors in huge binders for each grade I teach according to their objective. I have some worksheets that I'd made on my own to insert, also, and I need to make a binder for tests for each objective. I'm actually keeping my papers graded and recorded in the computer AND in my gradebook (we have our gradebooks checked every other month, and the night before it's due I'm usually up here late recording all my grades on hard copy), and I'm checking attendance (instead of borrowing Leslie's gradebook the day before they're due to copy hers)! I am quite proud of myself, and it makes me feel REALLY good.

Also, and I'm not changing my little ticker because my official weigh-in isn't until Thursday morning, but I finally hit 20 pounds gone! Actually it's 20.5. I am PUMPED. Only 9.5 lbs until wedding weight now!

Saturday, February 16, 2008


Last night was perfect! I was able to fix up Kaleb's V-Day basket at school and fix an awesome (non-Weight Watchers) lasagna for him that he was really happy about! He really appreciated his gifts and it felt SO good to be able to give him stuff that a) I had made, b) he didn't necessarily ask for but still liked, and c) meant something. I never thought that I could be this in love with a human being, but every single day I love him more and more. He is the most amazing thing that ever happened to me. He is more than I could ever dream of or hope for. He is exactly who God planned for me, and I am so glad that he chose me! I am the luckiest girl in the world.

I didn't want anyone to think that I was upset with him or that we were having problems over the V-Day flowers. I was just disappointed, which is ridiculous since he was only doing what I'd asked of him! We laughed about it that night, and it will go down in our history as "remember that one time when I told you not to buy me flowers and you listened to me?"

I love him, I love him, I love him.

Thursday, February 14, 2008


This is to say that my sweet husband brought me a beautiful bouquet of tulips home from work! I knew he'd pull through. And I also learned, once again, that men cannot be expected to read our minds. My husband is wonderful and amazing, and I am SO psyched to Valentine's him up tomorrow!

Happy Black Thursday

I always hated Valentine's Day. Mainly because I was always single for it and felt it was just a way for people in relationships to throw it in my face that I wasn't in one, but still. Throughout college, I celebrated Black Saturday, Black Tuesday, Black Monday, Black whatever day Valentine's Day landed on. I even made cute cards with black hearts on them for my friends...good times. My mom would give me a "Happy Movie Day!" gift or some other random holiday that fell around V-Day. It was awesome. I'm married now, and I thought that all of that would change. Apparently, it hasn't.

I was really excited about it earlier this week...I have big plans for Kaleb and I on Friday night, and I was so thrilled to get to do something special for him. I guess I still am, but I'm just really depressed today. I almost cried in front of my students, who think that Valentine's Eve isn't a night when they have to do homework and that Valentine's Day isn't a day when they should have to do classwork. I'm sick of the situation I'm in and the fact that nothing I do seems to make it better.

I feel selfish because I know that Kaleb is giving me a pedicure, which is what I asked for for Valentine's Day, but I kind of thought he would automatically send me flowers. Because he's my husband, and that's what all the husbands I've known do on Valentine's Day. I thought this year, for the first time, I would be one of the proud (and many) who get flowers from their significant others on Valentine's Day (because in my entire life, my dad is the only person who's ever sent any to me). And I didn't tell him to because, really, who wants to tell someone that they want flowers? I don't know. I feel very selfish, as I said before, but I also feel like what would it hurt to send some? The excuse is that it's so close to our anniversary (March 3) which is an excuse I gave him in the case that finances were tight. But they're not. And that's the reason that, with a heavy heart, I begrudgingly celebrate Black Thursday.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

3 Things:

Three jobs I have had in my life: Library Clerk, Daycare worker, Teacher

Three movies I have watched over and over are: Donnie Darko, The Princess Bride, Garden State

Three places I have lived, - Many, La; Bethany, Ok; Beaumont, Tx

Three shows that I watch: Ghost Hunters, How I Met Your Mother, Biggest Loser: Couples

Three places I have been: Branson, Mo; Toronto, Canada; Riviera Maya, Mexico

Three people who e-mail me regularly: Kaleb, Leslie, Mama

Three of my favorite foods: Sausage Balls, Peanut Butter Pie, Garlic Bread

Three places I'd rather be right now: Mexico, a River, my house

Monday, February 11, 2008


I took my PPR today to be certified in Texas. Finally! I mean I think I still have to pay them more money to get my full certification, but at least I'm done shelling out $117 per test! And maybe now that I don't just have a temporary certificate I won't have to explain to retards when I interview that, yes, it is a real certificate, and they might hire me. Not that I'm leaving Ehrhart or's just nice to know that there's nothing holding me back from being officially certified in Texas.

I had a wonderful weekend with my amazing husband. It had been forever since we'd been able to just spend some QT together, so we made the most of it. And I got to have sushi Saturday night! I even splurged on a Crunch Roll because I'd worked out for 1.5 hours that day. We joined our church yesterday, which was also a fun thing to do together. We feel committed now, like we're a real part of it, even though we might not be here for many more years. Ah, well. We'll see how that goes.

I'm so excited to have the rest of the day off!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Lillies for all...

Two posts in one day...I swear not to make it a habit, but I wanted to thank Jenny at Pink Armchair Designs for the wonderful design she put on my blog!!! It is perrrrfect. I just decided earlier today that green was my favorite color (officially) so how perfect!! Thanks, Jenny, for doing it and thanks, Leslie, for recommending her!

Let the blogs begin...

I realized today that I haven't blogged since April 2007, which is kind of a record for me. Oh, xanga. Wait, I have blogged on myspace...I really don't count that, though. So I'll start with something that I'm obsessing about lately: my weight loss!

I started a new eating plan on January 6, 2008, and began Weight Watchers (on my own, no meetings except with Leslie!) a week later on January 17. Since the 6th, as of my WI this morning, I'm down 16 pounds! That really thrills me, and it's such motivation that if I can do that in a month, of course I can reach my ultimate goal of being down 55 pounds! I didn't set a date for that one, but I am pushing to be down my 10%, which is 20 pounds, by our one year anniversary, March 3. I think I can get there before then, but I don't want to push myself. Originally I wanted to start in December and my goal was to lose all the 30 pounds (YES THIRTY POUNDS!!) I'd gained since the wedding by our anniversary. Then I realized it was December and, really, who starts a diet in December? I hope to be wedding weight by April at least. We'll see. I'm just really happy about how well everything's going. I want to find a track (because I can't afford a gym), but for now I am loving and enjoying my precious TurboJam and the occasional WATP. Leslie is a HUGE blessing and she put the bug in my ear about WW, which I'd never tried before but have quickly grown to LOVE. It's perfect for me, and it's exactly what I need to stay on track.

I swear I'm not all about weight loss, but it's what really matters to me, health-wise, right now, and it makes me feel good. I think this is the end of my first post. Oh, it is.