Saturday, October 31, 2009

Blood, Gore, and Pumpkin Guts!

Yesterday at work was zany. It was our annual halloween parade, and our first ever Pumpkin Drop. Earlier in the week was the auditions for our talent show (another first, my bright idea). In between, I sandwiched more university observers, yet another new student teacher (male this time) and "fun" halloween lessons (using all the "cool" instruments). The kids were nuts all week.

The talent show auditions went surprisingly well. We set it up "america's got talent" style. Art, music and pe combine classes and the three of us, + new (male) student teacher, were judges. The kids in the classes were the audience. We had a lot of fun. I took my meds and got along surprisingly well with everyone else. The actual talent show will be in a few weeks, no judging then, just all fun.

Yep, i'm back on my meds. My anxiety, combine with hormonal depression, and a new feature, paranoia, convinced me that i've got a real problem and should not EVER be out in public without meds. Ever. At least, I should be on meds until menopause hits, or my baby making sack is removed, whichever comes first.

Yesterday, it was impossible to concentrate on anything after the Pumpkin Drop in the morning. It was the Art teacher's idea. Each class brought in materials to package up their pumpkin, hoping to insulate it in the best way possible. We brought in a crane and our principal went up in the bucket, 80 ft into the air and dropped the boxes. (one of the pictures i took here.) PP totally moved up to the "YOU ROCK!" level in my book.

Even the newspaper was there. They got the kids' names wrong, but they were there.

I snapped a couple shots with my camera phone, hoping to post on facebook, but was too mesmerized to do much more than send a confusing pic to hubby. I did shoot a ton of pics with my regular camera (as did a number of us) and that is posted on our school's web page. I took video as well, check out a link here (it's just like being there!). The kids were wired. We were wired. The kids knew they had a halloween party later in the day. It was a great and zany day.


The only picture of me, and it's my shadow. I was slightly spastic at the time, all that blood and gore and pumpkin guts.


Still slightly spastic, trying to figure out how to work my camera phone. I gave up and took 100 pictures with my regular camera.
...which are on my work computer...sorry. Check out the link for more pumpkin guts.

Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Frosty Flowers, Goodbye

Frosted Flowers...and grass. The end of the growing season is here.


It was frosty and foggy this particular morning. I jumped out of my car on my way to work to snap these last photos of my garden in the end-of-it's-season glory.


Alas poor cosmos! I behold your beauty one last time this season.


How different you are from this...


Naked, cold and shivering...
You certainly know how to go out with a bang...


...or shall we call it a "brrr"....?


At least I'll get to enjoy you maiden grass, with your beautiful seedheads throughout winter.


Ah! Sweet hardy Coneflowers! Until we meet again! I'll see you next summer.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

3G part 2

Oh yeah, I found out I can tether my phone to my computer via Bluetooth and cruise the internet. It also is totally not allowed according to some fine print i finally found on at&t's website, after looking for hours and signing my lifeblood away with registrations and passwords. The fact that I may or may not have found it while tethered to my phone will not be discussed here.

Unlimited does not mean unlimited folks. That's why they have various levels of "unlimited" data plans. You pay for how "unlimited" you want "unlimited" to be.

Can't wait to see my first bill. Funny how they say my balance online will not be visible until after the 1st billing cycle. It's sort of funny. Except it's not.

Friday, October 16, 2009

enter 3G

I have now entered the world of 3G network. And no, it's not Verizon. You know of their latest commercial, where they brag about their "service map"? I laugh, because you can see WV in the negative image. Almost the entire country is yellow (service) except WV. It's white (no service). Crack me up.

No, we went with AT&T. And living way out in podunk-ville, I get what no one else can offer me, high speed internet connection. We may not have it with cable (no cable out here), we may not have it with DSL (thanks verzion, but you suck, 6 years you've been promising it and it never came), but I have 3G on my new phone. Now, if only there were some way to tether my phone to my computer...let me know if you know anything.

It's very cool. And now, we've decided to take the plunge and eliminate the landline. Except, it's not really a plunge, more like entering the pool on the shallow side and wading to the deep end. I simple downgraded our phone service. We see how we like it for a month or so and then make a final decision.

It's weird and cool all at the same time.

I can even check the weather from my phone. so cool.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

lovely lazy day

I tossed Tubby outside. Voluntarily or involuntarily, neither of us are sure. There was protesting, but i think it was about the "picking me up off the ground" part and not the "tossing outside" part. Ok, maybe it was about the "tossing" part, but not the "outside". Whatever. She's out there to stay for now. Catch something good Tubby!

Today is a lovely, lazy day. It's the first day I have nothing to do since August.

It's glorious.

Hubby was: gotta get dressed, gotta do something, gotta go somewhere. And I was all: take the girls with you.

They left and he was disgusted, but today i have nothing planned and i intend to do just that. Maybe I'll bake. Maybe I'll curl up with tea and a book. Whatever it is, it will be glorious. And I'm starting now.


Thursday, October 8, 2009

the sunny side

i'm keeping on the sunny side. thanks everyone.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

work. sigh.

I have entered a deep dark pit of despair. Not sure if i should have gotten off my meds. i love teaching kids music. i do not love the stress that comes along with the job and the extra "stuff". Maybe i wasn't meant to work full time. Maybe I was...I don't know.

About This Blog

Hmm, seems somewhat redundant. I'm a mom of 2 lovely ladies. I'm the wife of a triathlete machine. I'm a general music teacher in a public school. I like to take pictures of things, especially things i consider beautiful. I like to share. As long as it isn't food. Enjoy!

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