Thursday, May 29, 2008


I was thinking last night when I couldn't go to sleep...this is what happens in the summer, see. I sleep in and then stay up too late, but tomorrow I start summer school so all the sleeping is at an end!
Anyway, I was thinking about different things people said the different places we've lived. When we lived in New Orleans, instead of saying something like "I'll be there *at* 4:00," They said "I'll be there *for* 4:00." Kind of makes sense when you think about it....I never caught on to that one.
Then when we lived in Georgia, they said "Two dollars and ten cent," instead of "Two dollars and ten centS." That one drove me crazy...they also said wooter for water, but ok.
So, here in Oklahoma it is "You're OK." Like when you bump into someone or didn't realize you were in their way and you say "Excuse me." Instead of "That's OK," or "No problem," they say "You're OK." I kinda like that one and I've picked it up.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Random Things

Whoo-hooo!! OK, I am much more pleased with this one. No, it's not perfect but it's better than the other ones. I went by the quilt store and got a couple of pointers from the pro, so I came home and tried again. Usually when you make a quilt you name it something. I'm thinking of calling my Deaf Jane "Blood, Sweat, and Years," cuz that's how long it's gonna take me!! LOL You guys have any suggestions?? I'm open!

Dear Hubby had his follow up appointment today and all is looking good. They took the staples out, I think I must have been turning blue because I was holding my breath for him, but he said it wasn't bad at all! They have this cool tool that pushes down in the middle while pulling the sides up. So, he's good and won't have another appointment for about 5 weeks.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

My First "Baby Janes"

Hello all, been quilting here...

Here is the latest finished project for my friend who will be having her baby in August.

Hope she likes it!

And since I finished that one, I decided today was the day to do a Baby Jane. I got all my supplies ready and jumped in.

I made two. One by machine and one by hand. One took about 15 minutes, and the other took about 3 hours.

Can you tell the difference? (Other than I'm a dork and I trimmed the seam allowance off of one of them.)

Hubby has a follow up appointment Wednesday! I'll keep you posted. Oh, and I'm still jogging!
My friend and I signed up for a Aerobic Kickboxing class, though. I wonder how that's going to factor in with the jogging program.....

Thursday, May 22, 2008

100 Things

1. I have two children, ages 17 and 13. I wanted to name my daughter Aleksandra and my son Braden, but those aren’t their names. That’s ok. I like their names.
2. I have a great hubby. We met in January, didn’t start dating until April and got married 5 weeks later. I wouldn’t recommend this, though. Do as I say, not as I do.
3. We eloped in a field of flowers. It was beautiful.
4. Next Wednesday is our 11th wedding anniversary.
5. I really like in the mornings to sprawl across the bed when he gets up. We used to have a king size bed, but we didn’t move it here, which was fortunate because if we still had it, that would be all we had in the bedroom.
6. I am a Speech Therapist/Special Ed. Teacher. I love it.
7. I have been teaching for 15 years, and in those 15 years, I have taught at 11 schools.
8. I was voted Teacher of the Year last year at the school I currently teach.
9. I am wishy-washy. It’s not a good thing, don’t emulate me. Except in the case of what’s best for the child, then I’m likely to fight you to the end.
10. My first car was an aqua 1966 Ford Mustang Convertible. Two weeks and two days after I got it, a lady ran a stop sign and I hit her. The car was made before shoulder belts came along, so I had a nice black eye and big bruises on either arm. We fixed it and I drove it for two years before it got passed down to my sister.
11. I have hypothyroidism. I’m (still) waiting for all the weight to dissolve away as easily as it got there! No such luck.
12. I have had bilateral carpal tunnel surgery. Not at the same time, thank goodness. Caused from #11.
13. I hate to talk on the phone.
14. I am very frugal. Cheap, there, I said it.
15. I taught myself how to cross stitch, knit, scrapbook, and play the cello.
16. I can also quilt, crochet, sew, and play the guitar.
17. I am fluent in sign language (well, obviously not fluent enough to pass that blasted test!) and I have voluntarily taught sign language classes at three different churches.
18. I can sing. I frequently sang solos at our last church and have sung in four different cities’ civic choruses.
19. I own a Klingon Bat’Leth. Signed by Lursa, B’Etor, Martok, and Galron. I saved a spot in the middle for Worf. Yeah right, I heard he doesn't give autographs anyway.
20. I am afraid of heights.
21. My husband forced me to go on a roller coaster one time and promised never to bug me about going on them again. As I was walking off hyperventilating he said “See you in Heaven!”
22. When I was in high school everyone said I looked like Molly Ringwald. I even got the “Molly Ringwald” award in choir.
23. We got a new dog, we named her Molly.
24. Molly died a few years ago, and my mom and step-dad eventually got another dog. Her name is Molly, too. They look nothing alike.
25. My favorite place in the world is Disney World in Orlando.
26. My favorite ride there is Haunted Mansion. I remember being about 5 years old and the ride got stuck where the ghosts try to ‘hitchhike’ with you. It is an awesome ride. Last time we were
there, I went back to Magic Kingdom by myself and rode it three times in a row.
27. I collect Disney pins.
28. And stamps. I have some “I Love You” sign language stamps that are precious.
29. In my other life I would be a pediatric neurosurgeon.
30. I once had a greeting card that I made for our anniversary published in the magazine RubberStampMadness. July/August 2002 Issue 124, page 68.
31. We collect glasses from Hard Rock Cafes. We have glasses from: Dallas, Key West, Miami, Hollywood, FL, Orlando, Washington DC, San Antonio, Atlanta, Bahrain, Kuwait, Dubais, Cayman Islands, and Paris. The last two are compliments of my brother, so we haven't actually been to those. We've had one from New Orleans. Twice, actually. For some reason I keep breaking it.
32. We lived in New Orleans. My husband went to school there. It is a beautiful place to visit but not so nice to live, since we aren't rich. Mardi Gras is pretty crazy, and lots of fun!
33. We actually stayed outside in a tent during the time a hurricane was coming. We didn't know any better. No, it wasn't Katrina. We were gone before then.
34. I watch wrestling. My favorite wrestler is Sting.
35. I have lived in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Georgia. Oklahoma is the farthest place north I've lived.
36. I miss Texas. I love it. Yep, I'm one of those annoying people that think Texas should be it's own country.
37. Although I grew up in Texas and one of the things I miss is hearing the cadence of Spanish being spoken, I took French in high school.
38. My French teacher was from France. She couldn't say my friend Duane's name right. It sounded like Doh Ahn. Of course, I started calling him that.
39. I prefer dogs over cats. My favorite dog was a pug named Phoebe.
40. I love working with special needs children, but not always their parents.
41. I played the lead role, Mary, in Give My Regards to Broadway in the eighth grade play. My teacher started calling me Mary and one day I said "Stop calling me that! I hate that name!" Her name was Mary Beth. I felt terrible.
42. I use a Neti Pot daily.
43. I have 47 pairs of shoes.
44. While growing up in San Antonio, we took field trips to the Alamo. I was so disappointed the first time I saw it. It's right in the big middle of town....not out in the open like you expect.
45. I am a procrastinator. I once researched and wrote a 5 page paper on facial clefts the day before it was due. I think I got an A. Again, do as I say, not as I do.
46. Besides teaching I have also: waited tables, worked in a shoe store, and worked in a book store (my first and fav job).
47. I have trouble saying no, therefore am usually overextended and don't take care of me.
48. Relating to that, I like to please people and do things for them. It makes me happy.
49. In fact, I have made at least nine quilts and given them away.
50. I love to play board games. Except monopoly, my husband is brutal. My favorite growing up was Clue.
51. I love school supplies. Fresh, new school supplies. So much fun when it's back to school time. Remember in You've Got Mail when he says "I would buy you a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils." That's a great line.
52. I am a list maker. In fact, I've been known to add something to my list just so I can cross it off.
53. I love purses and bags, too. I don't know how many of those I have, but never too many.
54. I thought David Lee Roth was so hot when he wore those pants with the plastic butt.
55. I have a sweet car. I love it.
56. But I should have gotten the Yaris.
57. I have only broken one bone. My toe. I was running down the stairs in the dorm in college and tripped at the bottom. It hurt.
58. I have a Bachelor's degree in Speech Language Pathology.
59. I have a Master's Degree in Special Education/Elementary.
60. My goal in life as long as I can remember is to have a PhD.
61. I have no patience for people who don't have their facts straight.
62. I hate lying.
63. I don't like rude, inconsiderate people. Like the lady in front of me at Wal-Mart last night. She had 22 items and then *after* she was told her total proceeded to dig through her purse to pull out.....her checkbook. Are you kidding me, people really still write checks!?
64. I don't like cussing.
65. I love books. Especially good children's books. So much fun!
66. I am "end reader." I can't stand not to know 'whodunnit' or if the girl's gonna get the guy, and I can't stay up all night, for Pete's sake, so I read the end. I still go back and read the rest of the book.
67. I also like to read the same books over and over if I like them. There's a comfort in the certainty and predictability. Like visiting an old friend.
68. My favorite Bible verse is Matthew 25:40. I consider "the least of these" to be the kids I work with everyday.
69. Someday I would love to go to Ireland.
70. I don't have a passport. Guess that's a problem.
71. When I was in high school, I was a 'punk.' Dyed hair, pretty much teased daily, white makeup with black blush. I turned out ok. And my mom was cool with it.
72. But I never snuck out. My sister did, but she left a note.
73. Last year, I really thought I wanted a tattoo. I even put in an application to be on Miami Ink. They never called. Which is fine, cuz I'm a big chicken and really, tattoos on old ladies? Yeah.
74. I hug and pat children, even though in this day and age I know we're not supposed to! Call me a rebel!
75. My grandmother is my hero.
76. She was a very sweet lady who was at church every time the doors were open.
77. We would go 'visiting' people. You know, no rush, just stop by someone's house, sit down and chat, have a coke and some cookies.....people don't do that anymore.
78. She grew up on a farm and had the most hilarious stories. She was a great story teller and would tell me stories before bed. I always told her she needed to write a book.
79. I remember being so excited when my sister had her first child. I kept talking about my new nephew, and how excited I was! Finally, my husband says, you have other nieces and nephews, you know. Oh yeah, on his side I have 3 nephews and 7 nieces.
80. I like to mow the grass. It's just that you can see your progress and it looks so nice when you're done.
81. I drink a lot. I mean, a lot. My friend called me a camel. Waiters have trouble keeping up with me. The doctor told me if caffeine was an illegal drug, I'd be locked up. That's why I was having heart palpitations and to lay off! Sigh.....
82. A running joke in our house when someone is faced with something they don't want to eat is: Eat it, it's not going to kill you. Response: It might.
83. I usually listen to Contemporary Christian music, but I need some Hard Rock every once in awhile.
84. I've seen Van Halen, the Scorpions, Iron Maiden, and Aerosmith in concert.
85. And Tears for Fears, U2, and the Cure. I'm very eclectic that way.
86. I lived in Austin when Ozzy Osbourne peed on the Alamo and was politely invited never to return.
87. I have seen the Dralion, Zoomanity, and Mystere Circe du Soleil productions.
88. I like to watch fish in aquariums.
89. The most outrageous thing I've ever heard a parent ask for: "Can he just ride his horse to school?" No, we didn't live out in the country. It was a city. Course with gas prices, maybe we should all get horses!
90. The first blog I ever read was The Pioneer Woman. I had tears running down my face from laughing so hard about her retarded brother Mike. She is part of the reason I am blogging today. Bless her.
91. For seventh grade Texas History, I had Mrs. Naranjo. She spend what seemed like the *entire* first class period making us repeat her name until we could all say it beautifully with no accent. Na-Ran-Ho! Roll that /r/!
92. In fifth grade, I sat across from a kid named Michael. I can almost remember his last name, it was so traumatic. You know those pencil erasers that fit over the end of your pencil? He would put one up his nose, occlude the other nostril and blow it at me.
93. Our teacher's name was Mr. Cage. A fitting name, he had all kinds of animals in the classroom. As a class project, we made a slide show with the animals of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Well, I happen to be the lucky one that was out there when the bird got away from me and my friend and ran off into the trees never to be seen again.
94. Also that year (I guess it was a memorable year), our math teacher pounded into us that numbers such as 5342 do NOT have the word 'and' in them. The 'and' indicates a decimal point, as in: five dollars and eleven cents. So every time I hear someone say two thousand and eight (or whatever), I just cringe....Sorry Mrs. Majors, they must not have had you as a math teacher!
95. My biological father was killed in Vietnam two months before I was born. On Valentine's Day. Sad.
96. My dad adopted me when I was two. He's an awesome guy! He'd do anything for you.
97. Once while I was waitresses I got one penny for a tip. That's worse than getting stiffed.
98. My high school choir teacher was the one that really boosted my confidence about singing. She said, Michelle, I have this song I want you to try out for me. It was Out There On My Own from Fame. I sang it in the Talent Show, and promptly burst into tears when I was done.
99. My sixth grade science teacher's name was Mr. Awalt. He walked up and down, up and down the center aisle while he was talking. We once put a penny there to see if he'd stop and pick it up. He didn't. No telling how many other things kids put there.
100. I didn't think I'd love this blogging thing as much as I do. Never thought the 100th post would come after only 5 short months. It's been a great ride! Thanks for listening, oh, your weren't listening? I know, it was long, it's OK.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Home from the Hospital

Here's a cool picture that has nothing to do with today's post! LOL
This is a project my first graders are doing for the end of the year. Is that not the cutest thing!?

Hubby came home from the hospital today! He is still in pain, but feeling much better. He is doing so great! I'm really proud of him, walking and taking all his meds like he's supposed to.
It will still be a few weeks before we know if the surgery was completely successful. Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Some Randomness

Here are my goodies from the latest swap, organizational swap.
Fun, fun!

Here is the picture that struck me so funny this morning on the way to work from the hospital. The bags of onions were just tied down...obviously no back door there. I just had visions of the ties coming loose and being pelted by onions...LOL
This was leftover on my board from last week. I thought it was funny as I had worn my green pants today.

Surgery Day

I dropped my husband off for back surgery a little while ago. I guess I am a bit more worried/distracted than I thought I'd be because I sat at the first window at the drive thru after I had paid, and then drove up to a green light and stopped. No one was behind me to honk, so there I sat.....
I do have my new green pants on today. They are nice and cheery, though I keep thinking of Mr. Green Jeans from Captain Kangaroo. Wow, that must have made an impression because that was a long time ago. Captain Kangaroo was a little frightening, though, kind of like the Burger King "King."
I did get a funny picture on the way to work. Can't show it to you right now cuz I don't have the cord for my camera. I'll download it later.
Have a great day.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Jackie O is home

Pumpkin pict we sent
Originally uploaded by miadca
Today was the big ransom bash! We had a blast....everyone loved the Power Point we made. I may try to figure out how to get it on here, but it's on my cohort's computer, so it'll have to wait.
We chowed down on pizza, salad, and sodas. He *claims* he couldn't find any pumpkin pie for dessert, but we found one when we sent him one! So, we had peach cobbler for dessert. It has been a fun joke....we're planning for next year. Any ideas!?

Thursday, May 15, 2008


Does your elementary school have art class, or do they rely on the poor already overworked classroom teacher to fit it in when there's time? I love(d) art. Not many schools that I've taught at have had art, but when my own kiddos were in elementary school they did. There they each did a fish project. I can't remember what grade it was when they did the fish project, let's say first.

The picture on the left is my daughter's and the picture on the right is my son's. Aren't the differences amazing to ponder!? I wonder what these say about their respective psyches?
Also, to give credit where credit is due, and I meant to when I posted them, yesterday's pictures were taken by Dear Hubby.
Anyone have any idea why it is doing this to me? It looks right and like I want it to when I type it in, but when I publish it, it messes up! Grrrr

Tuesday, May 13, 2008


Originally uploaded by miadca
Well, Jess caused me to put this on out there.
I've been doing the "Couch to 5K" program. I'm still on the first phase, which is jog for 60 seconds and walk for 90, alternating for 20 minutes. It was super hard the second day. I figure since I'm 40 now, I can take a little longer than the 3 days before bumping it up. So one more day tomorrow, and I'm on to the next level!
Some of my coworkers ran the relay for the Memorial Marathon, and there is another in Tulsa in November. They wanted to get as many people on board as possible, so here I go.
I figured new running shoes were a good motivator! Wish me luck!

Monday, May 12, 2008

The Black Hills

Last week we took a little jaunt to the Black Hills of South Dakota for a little break before Hubby had back surgery. I'm glad we did, as he's scheduled for surgery next week!

We stayed in a cabin, and this is the view from the door when we got there Thursday evening.

We were excited upon hearing the Winter Storm Warning had been cancelled until we realized....

They changed it to a blizzard warning.

This is the same view from our cabin door the next morning.

Luckily my daughter and her boyfriend made it before the roads got too bad.

The snow kept up most of the day Friday, so we didn't make it to the Badlands like we had originally intended.

So, we played "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" to find out most of us weren't!

Here's me and Greatness in the snow later that day. We got to see lots of cool things like Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse, which I didn't put pictures of here....huh. Well, check my Flickr stream.

We also saw lots of buffalo, pronghorn antelope, white tailed deer, mountain goats, birds, and prairie dogs. This pict was taken Sunday morning on out Jeep tour. No more snow!

Greatness and her boyfriend had to leave a bit early which was sad, but he got a great job and needed to be there for training. He's so responsible! And polite, and kind, and respectful, and responsible. Yeah, I said that.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

Here is my Mother's Day Card! Isn't that great!? There's my son, long hair, hat, skateboard and all. The inside reads: To the best mom in the world! Im so glad you are my mom you are always there for me you always care for me there is no other mom out there like you!

So sweet, better than any card he could have bought me. I think we need to work on the concept of run-on sentences, though, huh?

Saturday, May 10, 2008


One of my favorite small pleasures is crayons. They make me
happy. I needed to feel a little happiness yesterday.

What I like to do when they are all still nice and sharp is to dump them all out and 'organize' them. It's just what I do.

Of course, there's always the dilemmas. Do you do them rainbow fashion? If so, where do black, white, and the browns go? I'm sure there is an artist out there that can tell me how I'm 'supposed' to be doing this.

I like to start with black, then move to gray, white,
then to the browns.

This was a box of ninety-six! So I also ran into the problem of does Brick Red come before or after Maroon? What about Periwinkle? Is it purple or blue?

They have cool names now for some of them. Remember a few years ago when Crayola had the new crayon naming contest. So now we have Macaroni and Cheese and Purple Mountain's Majesty.

Friday, May 9, 2008

I'm Not Ready Yet

I keep thinking, OK, today I will post something on my blog and try to get out from under the black cloud of this week, but I can't.
Today are the funerals for our dear friends, and I know how heart wrenching it is going to be for our church family and friends in Georgia. I called Jenny this morning and could barely choke out a few words of love for her. I think she understood. She was very calm. Bless her heart.
Then there's poor Tye. What was he thinking or was he? Why? What was he possibly thinking of solving? Does he know that we all still love him and are praying for him? Does he realize the ripple effect of how many people's lives he has changed? Hundreds? More?
And we know that all things work together for good to them who are called according to His purpose. Hard to see that it the middle of this tragedy.
Flowers and words are all for naught. There's nothing I can think to say....

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Beautiful Jenny

This is my precious friend Jenny who is going through a horrible time right now. I love you, Jen!

Monday, May 5, 2008

I am Sad

I planned to come home this evening and regale you with stories and pictures of South Dakota. We had a lovely time, and it was great to see our daughter and her boyfriend. More to come on that.
But, plans changed when I heard about this. We knew this dear family when we lived in Georgia, and it is completely incomprehensible at any time, but especially when you know the family. Please pray for my friend and her husband that are left to deal with this terrible tragedy.


Now what!? I'm checking in from our short jaunt to the Black Hills, and I see that the poll is 50/50!! What to do, what to do? Oh, go with the one I like you say? Ok, I will!