Archive for October 2009

Flowers for Lazy-non

October 28, 2009

It is not often in my house that flowers are bought for an occasion, let alone, just because.  Now, this is not something that makes me sad, or even think twice, because mostly, other than the initial reaction of

“Oooooo, how pretty!”

My second instinct is, shit, I am going to have to clean these up when this all is said and done.  And, if people who know me could only use one word to describe me  in the world, it would be lazy, or at least that is what they would be thinking, even if the words coming from their mouth said something they thought wouldn’t hurt my feelings.  Let me tell you, it won’t hurt my feelings, I am lazy and I enjoy it when I have the time.

All of this being said, my husband, the most frugal and thoughtful man in the world, bought me surprise non-occasion flowers.  So in order to get the most bang for my buck,  in honor of my husband, I am sharing my flowers with everyone because they are so damn pretty!

Pretty in Pink



Beautiful Roses surrounded by mess

See, I am lazy, look around the flowers and see my handiwork.


Who Needs Reading Anyway?

October 21, 2009

As a teacher I am always telling kids to read books.  Go get your textbooks, silent reading time, we are going to the library to get books, today is the book fair and you can buy books.  You should read, books are good for your brain, keeps them from turning to mush.  All sorts of things involve books, but you know what doesn’t involve any books at the moment?

My life….

This is a sad, sad moment and is quite unusual for me.  I just haven’t had time or found a book that I really want to read right now.  So, I am asking, begging really,  please, help me find a good book to read. If you have a suggestion, just tell me the title, the author, and a short summary.  If you can’t think of anything please, pass this on to a friend who reads a ton so I can get some good suggestions.  I have been staring at the shelves of books at the library and just can’t seem to find anything that makes me want to give up civilization and do nothing, but devote myself to reading.

Be Careful What You Wish For

October 18, 2009

My Classroom at a particularly calm moment

My Classroom at a particularly calm moment

There are many days at work when the students are driving me nuts and the only thought I have is, how nice it would be to hit one of them.

This past Friday, however, everything was going quite well, no need to even dream of hitting.  We were getting ready for a field trip, joking around and talking together (some of my favorite times) and then things went horribly wrong.  That’s right, I unintentionally hit a student in the face and they ended up bleeding.  Now, I am sure this is frowned upon by many, but you have to realize it is just a hazard of my Italian bloodline. We Italians are well known for gesturing while talking, I am not sure why, but it is something I can’t stop no matter how hard I try.

I was talking to one group of students about going across the room to get something, gesturing wildly, like I tend to do.  As I turned, to point to where I was talking about, another student was innocently crossing the room to come and ask me if he could go get his jacket for the field trip, needless to say my gesturing connected with his mouth and there was a strange moment of confusion on both sides.

I felt terrible and apologized immediately, but I also have this nervous reaction to things like that where I start laughing because I am not sure what else to do.  Which is not really a good idea when you have just had your fist collide with a student’s face.  Luckily for me, my students, including the one bleeding from his lip, all seemed to find the situation funny as well.

The rest of the day while on our reward field trip to go bowling, whenever one of my students saw someone not following the rules, they would say, “Be careful, Mrs. M. packs a mean punch,” and they would all start laughing.  I wasn’t sure how to take this at first, but really it worked out well, and the kids seemed to view it as a bonding experience.  So who am I to argue?

Let’s Go Shopping!

October 16, 2009

Okay so I was reading another post today by Jess talking about online addictions and I have truly found mine.  Thanks to an email from my husband I am now newly addicted to shoe shopping online.  I have pictured myself buying many, many pairs!  It’s so exciting and free… except for the ones I actually bought.

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I like these ones

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I don't think I could stand in these but they are cute!

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I want them!

…and there are more, many, many more.  Shoe shopping was never so easy!  Plus free overnight shipping!  Someone please disconnect my internet before I am broke and hoarding millions of pairs of shoes.

PS. If you, too, would like to see more terrific shoes, head over to where these beauties are from.

The Best Present I Have Received

October 12, 2009

During my childhood I spent a great deal of my time daydreaming a glorious future for myself, so I could make it through my interminably oppressive present.  I spent a lot of time wondering about questions like:  Who would I be?  Would I be happy?  Would I have children?  Could I be a good mother given the questionable example of my own?  Would I have a decent job?  Would I have a husband?   Would I ever be loved? Would I get to do everything I dreamed of?

Well, not that I have the final answer to all of these questions, but I can say that I am happy overall so far, that I do have children, and that though they make me insane some days, I am a good mother.   I can say that I have a decent job and I can say that all of these things connect to one major part of my life.  My husband.

My husband is not just any husband, he is kind, loving, and helpful (even when I wish he weren’t). He isn’t perfect, but he is what I want when I am happy or sad and anywhere in-between.  We have been through a great deal in our time together and I would not trade a minute of my life with him for anything in the world.   What I have learned in the time we have been together is that love can mend one’s soul, and that even I can be loved unconditionally.

Thank you for what I was sure as a child was impossible,  I love you.

This Makes Me Happy

October 7, 2009

This adorable picture makes me very happy!

He looks ready to clap at his own cuteness, doesn't he?

He looks ready to clap at his own cuteness, doesn't he?

How about you?

Okay, I need your thoughts

October 5, 2009

This up coming Sunday is my 6th anniversary and I don’t have a gift.  We are poor so gifts have to be reasonable, but what is the best gift you have given for an anniversary or gotten for an anniversary? So far I am picturing, ummmm… an empty box.