Come Monday, it’ll be alright…..

Two posts in a row with song lyric titles  – aren’t I creative?  You’d never know I love music.  🙂

This was one of the best weekends I can remember in a very, very long time.  Spent our Saturday painting our bedroom (only ten years coming) and finally hired someone to replace the horrific carpeting in our three bedrooms.  I am so excited to see the finished project which is scheduled for next weekend.

Spent Sunday afternoon NOT watching football……..(can’t say the same for hubby!).  I have a friend whose son is in M’s class this year…..they’ve been at the same school a few years and are FINALLY in the same teacher’s class.  I took both boys over to the house so that C could play with the younger boy (who is a year older than C).  I must say, I can’t remember a nicer afternoon in a LOOOOONG time.  To sit and actually RELAX and talk with someone who knows EXACTLY what I am going through while all four boys are off doing their own thing, was absolutely heavenly.  I didn’t have to worry about M being only interested in turning on every fan in the house or trying to run away, and C was having the time of his life with his new friend.  I have honestly NEVER seen him play that way with another child (and he’s got a lot of friends at school).  But something about the way these two interacted together and the fact that they have become so mature and wise beyond their years because of their older siblings, was just absolutely heart-warming.  Within an hour they were talking sleep-overs, playdates, etc.  What a beautiful sight.    Thank you, my friend and fellow blogger!  I cannot stress what a joy it was to spend the afternoon with you and yours!

Our house looks great for my favorite holiday this year.  We got a gigantic inflatable stack of pumpkins for the front yard (much to hubby’s chagrin).  New Charlie Brown/Great Pumpkin decor for the inside, along with little light-up bats & spiders and we are set for trick-or-treat!  I’m so excited that our church/school is doing the Trunk-or-Treat this year for the first time.  I’ll actually get TWO days of wear out of these costumes for which I shelled out $60 today at Party City!  I really want to dress up this year, especially for the Trunk-or-Treat, but we’ll see what happens.  At least I’ll get to break out my traditional gigantic Jack Skellington top hat I wear every year.  I love Halloween!

Due to Yom Kippur, all the sports were cancelled this weekend (the weather wouldn’t have allowed anyway).  It was so nice to have a short break from all the chaos shuffling from one sport to another.  Next weekend things will start up again, but it sure was wonderful to be able to get so much done over the last few days.  It’s nice to be able to know that when someone asks me tomorrow “How was your weekend?”  I can honestly answer “It was fantastic!”

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I get by with a little help from…………

I don’t know what got me thinking about it this morning, but I was pondering all the little things in life that I look forward to and that are my little day-to-day “survival tools”.  Some people get by with alcohol, cigarettes, etc………..not me.  The stuff that keeps me sane are arbitrary in the eyes of other people, but without them, life would be a lot sadder for me.  Here’s a list in no particular order of the trivial things in life that make me happy:

1. Popcorn.  Seriously.  I could eat it every day and never get tired of it.  When I was a little kid, my dad would take out the big oil popper and make a huge batch and all of us would crowd around the TV and watch “The Love Boat” or “Dallas”, and a few times a year, we’d sit with our popcorn and watch whatever Charlie Brown holiday special was on.  It’s just one of those things that is my comfort food and makes whatever show I’m watching that much better.   I actually have designated nights when popcorn is a necessity – one is Tuesday nights because “Glee” is on, and the other is now Thursday nights when “The Big Bang Theory” is on.  I also tend to throw in other nights when Mike is out with his buddies (and I don’t have to share) and weeknights when we don’t have plans.  I actually use the big oil popper myself now………I’ve gone through about 10 of them since I graduated college.  The same big, dome-shaped, West Bend Stir Crazy popper.  Can’t imagine life without it.  And, sorry to say, microwave popcorn just DOESN’T cut the mustard, right there with any popcorn brand that isn’t Orville Redenbacher.

2. Nail polish.  Yes, if you know me at all, you already know this……..family, co-workers, friends, Facebook pals……it’s an addiction.  My collection is now into 3 digits. I have ordered polish and nail art supplies online, been put on beauty supply store waiting lists, driven to the indoor flea market (where I am the youngest person around by a margin of about 50 years), and can even identify brands and shades other people are wearing.  Yes, it’s a sickness.  Time Magazine actually has a blurb in it this week about how nail polish “is the new lipstick” with sales up 54% over last year (that’s probably due to me in large part).  Ever since 7th grade when my English teacher had her long red nails with the gold theatre masks embedded into the tips, I have loved having my nails painted.  Now I like to do them myself; it’s relaxing for me.  Plus it’s one girlie thing I get to do on a regular basis being the only female in my house.

3. The Big Bang Theory.  If you haven’t seen this show yet, do yourself a favor and tune in.  You won’t be sorry.  I have not belly-laughed at a show like this since Seinfeld.  Jim Parsons deserved those two Emmys…………Sheldon is the funniest character; every line from his mouth gets a laugh.  And by the way, even though the producers have outright denied it, Sheldon has Asperger’s Syndrome.  To be able to get a good laugh about something so difficult is really refreshing.

4. Broadway musicals.   During high school, my dream was to play any female part in “A Chorus Line” on Broadway.  I wanted to be a gypsy; living in a  sublet-ted apartment in New York City with dance tights drying all over the 200 square foot space I’d share with about 6 other roommates.   All I wanted to do was be out on that stage dancing.  But, 25 years (and a lot of common sense) later,  just going to see the shows is good enough for me. My grandmother was a theatre lover and I thank her for sharing that with me.  I can’t really explain what it is about those corny songs and dance numbers that draws me in………….you either get it or you don’t.

Anyway, I thought I’d do a silly blog………I had a tough day at work and this was a way to fill my head with a few little pleasant thoughts.

Fallin’ for Fall

Wow!  I can’t believe it has been almost three months since I’ve visited my blog.  One of my co-workers was giving my blog some props today and I started feeling badly that I’ve neglected it.  So, I’m back……..for now.

It’s been a superchaoticandnonstopbusy couple of months that have passed.  School started again (for 3 of us in this house) and that pretty much threw everyone into a tizzy.  I’ve been teaching fifth grade for the past couple of years, and this year, my school’s administration decided to throw the fifth grade team into the middle school mix.  Am I happy about teaching 3 fifth grade literature classes and 2 sixth grade literature classes?  Yes and no.  The planning is easier and I get to see my old kiddos from last year whom I love.  BUT…….teaching for 5 straight hours with n’er even a bathroom break is E-X-H-A-U-S-T-I-N-G.    Not crazy about the shortened periods either.  I just can’t truly share my love of reading in 45 minutes, 5 times a day, to 5 different classes.  I do really like reading the sixth grade stories.  They really get introduced to some wonderful concepts of literature.  It’s exciting to see the growth of my students from last year.  I think today I made one boy’s day when I told him how impressed I was with his plot graph.  He just positively lit up.  Those are the moments that make me remember why I picked teaching as a career.  I never thought I’d like working with this age, but I really do……..I’m so blessed to work with a wonderful group of students at my school.  When I see the the behavior problems and lack of motivation other teachers have to deal with, I thank God that I teach where I do.

In other news……….we started a new therapy regimen with M.  We finally went ahead and started ABA therapy.  For those of you who don’t live in Holland (here’s a link to the poem that refers to), ABA is a very intense therapy that addresses certain behaviors and helps to correct them and make them more socially acceptable.  It looks at weaknesses and helps to strengthen them.  We have a therapist at our home 5 days a week for 2 hours at a time working one-on-one with M.  Unfortunately, due to a snafu in our insurance, we are on “hiatus” from therapy for a few weeks.  (Gotta love those 3rd party providers!)  But M adores his therapist and we are glad we finally took the plunge to get this in place.

C is having a good year in school.  His teacher is FABULOUS and we are thrilled so far.  Second grade is a big step up from first grade, but he needs that challenge and he is rising up to it.   He’s doing amazing on his baseball team this season with Daddy as the manager once again.  My only trouble with C right now is a situation that was created by none other than yours truly.  M Senior got an iPhone 4 over the summer, and I took his old iPhone 3G (temporarily), and passed along my iPod Touch to C.  In the words of Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman “Big mistake…………HUGE”.  Between using my iTunes password without permission (thus forcing me to change it to something which includes a NEW capital letter and numeral), whining that he doesn’t get to play on it very long on baseball nights, and unplugging my near-dead phone to charge it, I am ready to toss the thing (which was a Christmas gift to ME) off of a 10 story building.  I finally broke and grounded him from it for a week.  Ahhhh…….technology.  (RIP Steve Jobs…….even with all my iPod fighting, you were an innovator and you’re gone too soon.)

One more little anecdote that I must include as I wrap up this epistle………..this past Sunday, M was in a noisy, loud,  whiny mood and I put him in his room for a nap (he woke up about 5 AM).  I locked the door from the outside and continued making my grocery list and clipping coupons.  Suddenly, I looked up and out of my back sliding glass doors, see that M is running around in the backyard.  Every door in the house was locked to the outside.  Well, I entered his bedroom to find the window open and the screen pushed out.  Now I understand the fun that Harry Houdini must have put his mother through.  So after a brief visit to Home Depot, the problem has been rectified.

My principal selects a new “theme” each school year and for 2011-2012 he selected the theme “No Ordinary Day” (also the title of a  Christian song).  That theme is fitting for my home this year also………..and probably next year……..and the one after………