July 30, 2008

a little better than yesterday.

My "readers" weren't as bad today as they were yesterday -- but they were still bad. My saving graces were three little children who (sigh of relief), could read at a 2nd grade level.

Two cute-enough-to-mention moments took place this morning. The first one was with this little boy, G. He's Latino and so, so, cute. And boy, was he a talker! In-between reading tests, he would just babble on and on about the most random things. After one reading test, he started shifting in his seat and saying, "Ooh, something hurts!" He dug in his back pocket and pulled out his wallet - a very large, black leather wallet and proceeded to say, with a thick, Spanish accent, "Look at what I have. Do you like my man wallet??" (I still laugh out loud when I think about it)!

My other cute moment took place with this little boy named C. He was so, so, scrawny and had the biggest Coke-bottle glasses I'd ever seen. I asked him to come up with a sentence using the word "jump." He then said, "I jump on Sarah's bed when she's not home...that's true, too." Lol. I said, "Does Sarah know you jump on her bed?" C. said, "Yeah!! We jump on it together when we watch Hannah Montana in 3-D!" Hahahahahaha :)

Here's a funny for ya involving yours truly. I met one of the sweetest kids today. His name is L. and his Dad is in the Army. L. is one of those kids who can actually, ya know, READ, and during the testing, he repeatedly called me "Ma'am." Whoa. I was blown away by his manners, his intellect, and his overall disposition.

After the testing, I walked out to talk to his father about L.'s achievement, manners, etc. I approached his father, who was wearing his Army BDUs and who was, quite honestly, extremely good-looking (Not that that really matters, but it does add a bit to the awkwardness that follows...) I looked at him and said, "Can I talk to you real quick? It's good news, I promise." I walked L. and his dad down the hallway, away from the other parents and students, and told the Dad what a great reader L. is and how impressed I was that he said "No, Ma'am, yes Ma'am," etc. And then...I started crying!!!!!! I am so embarrassed, but I couldn't help it! Chalk it up to yesterday's frustration and an impending menstrual cycle. My eyes teared up and my lip started to quiver. Oh geez.

I looked away and said, "I'm sorry" to Army Dad, who then raised his arm and put it around my shoulders in a comforting embrace. SO EMBARRASSING!!! I just totally fell apart!! I apologized again and then said that I seldom see kids like L. and that it really made me happy to see parents who care about their children's up-bringing. He said, "We try to do the best we can." Feeling another emotional outburst headed my way, I then said, "Well, you do a great job. I just wanted you to know that." And then I walked away...totally, freakin' humiliated.

I then remember that I had not introduced myself. I should at least stick out my hand and say, "By the way, I'm Crazy Lady. I mean, Mrs. Webb." So, I walked back over to them and overheard Army Dad saying the following to L.: "Did you hear what she had to say? I'm really proud of you, son." More lip quivering. I walked up to him once more and said, "By the way, I'm Mrs. Webb. Nice to meet you." He shook my hand and then they were on their way.

It took me about five minutes to compose myself. Army Dad either thinks I'm crazy or he walked away feeling very, very happy - knowing he had raised a child sweet enough and smart enough to make me feel hopeful again.

July 29, 2008

troubled waters.

Today was...interesting. As you know, I had to go up to the school to give the incoming 2nd graders their reading diagnostic tests. Oh boy.

I am frustrated right now and I have such a heavy heart. I apologize if this post is incoherent. It's really just a rambling of all the thoughts in my head.

First off, when did the "smart kid" become the exception, rather than the norm? I had one child -- ONE CHILD -- in about 30 of the ones I tested who was actually at a 2nd grade reading level. ONE CHILD.

When did it become the norm for a child to be "diagnosed" with ADD/ADHD? When did it become the norm for a child to be on meds, "be easily distracted," have an AIP, be in Resource, be Self-Contained, or Title I?? When did all this happen and why is it acceptable!?

I am so, so, devastated by what I experienced today. These kids can't read. They are sweet, but they are so far behind.

One form I looked at said, "Grandparents refuse to put her on medication." As though that's a bad thing!!! I could scream!!

I am so frustrated. Today put such a bad taste in my mouth. How on Earth am I supposed to get these kids to the next level if they're not even able to read kindergarten texts? *Big, heavy sigh.

Aside from the frustration, I feel there are two additional things to tell you about my day. The first one, not so good. The second one, very good.

First: There was a little "boy" waiting to take "his" test outside of the classroom. Since I'm new to this school, I have no idea about anything. I walk confidently up to "his" mother and ask, "What is his name?" She gets bug-eyed and says, "Claire." Oops...I act like nothing happened and quickly say something like, "Ok, well, we're running just a tad behind, so we'll be with you two shortly" and then quickly walked away. How embarrassing. But seriously...she did look like a boy.

Second: The kids had to do this thing called Word Usage Fluency (or something like that) where I say a word and they have to use it in a sentence in the correct usage/form. Example: I would say the word, "Green." The child would say, "The grass is green." Almost every, single one of my kids did the following:

Me: "Across."

Kids: "Jesus died on a cross."

They may not know how to read, but at least they knew that!

The cuteness factor doesn't take away my frustration and sadness, though. I really wish I didn't have class tonight. The bottle of wine in the fridge is calling my name...

I am truly devastated that our kids are lacking in the basic skills. Why did people have children if they were never planning on taking the time to nurture them and show them the way in which they should go?

I could cry.

July 28, 2008

while the cat's away, the mice will play...

I'm being so bad today.

I did my homework and then took a two-hour nap on the couch.

I ate a healthy breakfast and lunch and rewarded myself with some strawberries, chocolate syrup, and Cool Whip (which is actually not too bad of a dessert in the first place, but it tasted like some sort of sin).

I haven't gotten out of my pj's. And I don't care.

I am NOT going to class tonight. I'm a skipper. Skippidy doo-dah. I'm not going. Nanny nanny boo boo. (Wow). I just don't feel like it. And I haven't missed one class this session. So screw it. I'm staying in my pj's!

I've got a delicious chicken parmesan cooking away in the crockpot...which I will enjoy all by myself while watching "Spanglish" for my movie analysis project.

I am enjoying this day of sloth ever-so-much because tomorrow I have to wake up at like, 6:30. *Vomit. That, and the proverbial s*** is going to hit the fan in a few weeks anyway so I might as well lap up the luxury of staying home and being lazy while I can.

P.S. I have taken myself off the calorie counting thing. Two weeks into it and no results other than being continuously hungry and cranky. I've decided to go back on The Zone, which has been the ONLY thing to work for me, ever. Why fix what's not broken? And really, if you follow The Zone the way you're supposed to, you end up keeping your calorie count low anyway. So, yeah. There you have it.

July 27, 2008

bullets before bed.

  • Army Wives was actually interesting tonight. The last two Sunday's have been kind of a snooze, but this one was good!! Anyone else cringe when Denise was kissing the doctor?!
  • We went and saw Mammia Mia! this afternoon. It was super cheesy, yet I liked it...but I can't get those songs out of my head! "Mamma Mia! Here I go again! My! My! How can I resist ya?"
  • We bought a "Tanita" scale today at Academy. It takes your weight, your fat percentage and your body water percentage. And let me tell you, that's one mean woman, that Tanita. My old scale said I weighed 146. This one said I weighed 151!!! My caliper tool thingie said I was 26% body fat...this beyotch said I was 30.8%!!! Evil, I tell you. Evil. I'm going to get on it in the morning though and see if those numbers are different. It's never wise to weigh yourself/test your body fat two days before your period starts and right after consuming a large Diet Coke and about 10 cups of movie theatre popcorn...at least that's what I'm telling myself.
  • Aaron leaves tomorrow for Honduras of all places. Honduras!! Geez. This boy gets around. He should only be gone for two days, but we all remember what happened the last time he went on a trip. I laugh to remember how mad I was for missing our anniversary!
  • I have to be up at the school from 8am to about 4ish on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Not excited about that one at all. We are giving the in-coming 2nd graders their reading tests. The only good thing about those two days is that I will be seeing the kids I'll be teaching this year. Of course, I don't have a roster yet so I won't know exactly which kids are going to be mine, but it will still be fun to scope them all out. ;)
  • My grad school summer class could end at any moment now and I think I'll be just fine. I'm ready for that chapter of my life to end! It's time to start focusing all my energy on the little boogers!
  • I'm headed to bed now. Hubby awaits.

July 26, 2008

just jack!

Here's the cutie pie I babysat this morning.


baby time!

I'm off to go babysit for a few hours. How many of you thought I was pregnant? Ha. Sorry.

Nothing like baby snuggles in the morning.

But first, a Starbucks!

July 25, 2008

well, good news. sort of. kind of.

Didn't lose a pound - as expected. The scale still reads 146. And forever shall read 146. Before Aaron came home from this last deployment, it read 137. How annoying.

But the good news is that my body fat went from 29% to 27.6%, according to my handy-dandy caliper thing. So, that's very good.

I'll do measurements on Wednesday, since I measured myself for the very time two days ago (Wednesday). I'm not expecting much change in two days ;)

So, no pounds lost. But body fat went down. Celebrate the small victories, right? And I shall. I am going to meet my girls for Mexican food (and NOT count calories or the amount of chips I eat), and then I am going shopping. I deserve it!

Plus, I might sneak in a crossfit workout later this afternoon, so I'm not being too terrible.

My Hubby said a good thing yesterday: "If you wage war solely against the l-b-s's, you're gonna lose. You're always gonna lose. If you do an activity you enjoy and monitor what you eat, looks will come and the l-b-s's won't be an issue anymore. Who cares what the scale says if your body fat is ideal?"

Good hubby.

Gotta run. Sharpie pens, Vera Bradley bags, and clearance racks await!

July 24, 2008

a fabulous discovery + a mini rant.

What do you get when you add the following?

One cup of strawberries (halved), two tablespoons of Hershey's syrup (sugar free), and one scoop of Breyer's Fat Free French Chocolate ice cream?

A delicious and BIG dessert for only 155 calories, that's what!

I mention this only because it was yummy and fulfilling and I think those of you trying to get fit/healthy would benefit (especially if you have a massive sweet tooth, like yours truly).

Really though, deep down inside, I am angry and frustrated by this whole "healthy eating and working out" thing that I'm about to scream. And it's only been two weeks.

I don't want to go on and on about how frustrated I am because I know I just need to suck it up but sucking is all these past two weeks have done. I know it will be worth it all in the end, blah blah blah...but this blows!

I know, I know, I KNOW, that tomorrow's weigh-in is not going to be pretty. I've worked out three times this week (hard!) and I've eaten very close to my allotment each and every day. In fact, most days, I've had some calories to spare. However, I sneaked a peek at the scale yesterday and guess what? No change AT ALL from last week's weigh-in. I'm scared for what tomorrow morning is going to bring. I have a feeling it's going to make me depressed. *Sigh. (I must note here that I am not just basing progress on the scale; I am comparing measurements and body fat %, also).

Being healthy is...(choose your adjective):


Stop me before I say "not worth it."


July 23, 2008

eyebrows, flea markets, and consignment shops.

I love Wednesdays. It is the day I don't have to go to class.

So, I went and got my eyebrows waxed. While I was there, I talked to my hair stylist about my plans for the haircut. He's so excited! All he ever gets to do on my hair is trim, so he's looking forward to doing something different! I also decided that I am going to have him put in some "streaks" on the bottom only. Kind of like this:

Let me mention here that I can't believe I just put a photo of Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus on my blog. Anyway, I think I'm going with the Olson haircut with the Miley streaks. I figure now that I'm an elementary teacher, I need some street cred before I start wearing denim jumpers with embroidered bunnies on them.

After the eyebrows, I went to this little shop down the road that sells, well, junk. I ended up buying some blue and white mugs for my mom for $1 each (I got four) and this set of Asian-inspired...somethings.

One of the pieces kind of looks like an urn. Ok, scratch that. REALLY looks like an urn. But I liked the colors. I plan on putting them on my mantle or maybe just around the living room here and there. Whatever. The whole set was ten bucks.

After the "flea market," I headed down to this shop called The Wardrobe and dropped off about 30 pieces of old clothing for them to sell. What stinks is that I only get 40% of the profit, but 40% is better than nothing. I plan on getting more clothes ready for another haul this afternoon. I hope they sell! And I hope this lady doesn't rip me off like the one in San Angelo did *insert ugly, nasty, adjectives to describe that evil woman here.*

I'd like to continue taking things to the base thrift shop, where they give you 75% of the earnings, but alas, the base thrift shop is only open when the moon is in the 7th house and the groundhog sees its shadow. It's quite inconvenient for folks who work (I'll be one of those folks soon and very soon...nooooooooo!), so I've decided to take my bidness elsewhere. Besides, the base thrift shop is extremely anal about what you can and cannot bring (i.e. only 5 tops, only one pair of shoes, only one bag at a time, etc.). Good riddance.

So, that's my afternoon. I am about to prep dinner and sort through some more old clothes. So You Think You Can Dance is on tonight and that makes me oh-so-pleased.

next haircut.

I don't have the courage yet to cut it all off the way I want to (read: Victoria Beckham wedge), but I do want something a little different. And I mean, a little.

Right now, it's way long with lots of long layers. I want to keep it way long. So, there's not a whole lot of wiggle room for change. I have noticed that my bangs are all the way down to my chin (which would be good if I was going for the VB haircut right now, but I'm not). So...I thought, "Why not do something with the bangs?"

Nothing too drastic. Here's what my hair looks like now:

Exciting, I know. Here's two ideas I'm throwing around. (I know it already looks like I have side-swiped bangs, but they are just very long bangs that I sweep to the side because if I wore them any other way, I would not be able to see). I also wear them pinned back sometimes.

Anyway, here's what I'm thinking.

Item #1: The Mandy Moore

Love the simple bangs, they're not too overwhelming or brickish. I also love the short layers around her temples. Plus, the fact that she's gorgeous doesn't hurt.

Item #2: The Ashley Olson

These bangs are little thicker. I would definitely taper them the way she has them (reference: the right side of the photo). She's also got some short layers around her temples, too. Me likey.

I do not, however, want my hair to look like this again:

Terrible picture, I know. Disregard. I felt like these bangs were too little-girlish, too short, too across the forehead. I shudder to remember.

Moore or Olson? You decide.

P.S. More posts below.

July 22, 2008

the nerd in me.

Is it crazy that I am way super excited about the new Sharpie pen that won't bleed through paper?

I can't wait for a trip to Office Max on Friday!

P.S. Read yoga post below.


Yoga kicked my butt today. We learned a whole bunch of new poses - daring poses - and I think I actually got a good workout out of it this time.

Here's one of the poses I mastered this morning:

Haha, totally kidding. Is this guy insane, or what?

I did learn, however, the fish

the shoulder stand

and the reclining warrior/seated hero pose

And simply because this is adorable, I leave you with this sweet picture of a baby yogi in upward facing dog. Precious baby.

July 21, 2008

quizno's honey bourbon chicken.

Although low in calories, this sandwich is disgusting. Never again.


Why does everything remotely healthy have to taste like absolute crap?!?!

minorites in film.

For a class project, I need to analyze a movie. Tough, huh? ;)

The movie needs to have minorities in the leading role/major roles. My goal is to analyze how said minorities are depicted throughout the film (i.e. are they stereotyped, etc.)

I have come up with a working list of movies to analyze. Anyone know of any others with minorities cast in the lead roles? I'd like to analyze a movie I haven't seen before. Oh, and it has to have been released within the last 5 years.

Here's what I'm thinking so far (but I've already seen all these...boo).

  1. Crash
  2. Babel
Yeah, my list isn't that long. Any suggestions??

P.S. Check out post below for amazing, new recipe.

sunday night deliciousness.

Looking for a way to spice up your traditional Sunday-carrots-and-potatoes-pot roast?

Try this recipe.

It's mouth-watering, delicious, delectable, and slightly gourmet. I tweaked it a bit since I'm not a particular fan of cooking with red wine. I just eliminated it altogether and this still turned out amazing.

Red Wine & Cranberries Glazed Pot Roast (sans Red Wine)

The Ingredients:
- 1.5 lbs. top round
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 t salt
- 1 t pepper
- 1 T dried onion flakes
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- 1/4 cup wine (obviously optional)
- 1 T Worcestershire sauce
- 2 T soy sauce
- 1.5 T maple syrup (this is what gives the roast the crunchy layer. Yum!)
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries

1. Make a dredge with the flour, salt, pepper, and onion flakes. Rub the dry mixture all over the meat. Place meat in crockpot. Discard remaining dry mix.

2. Add garlic and the wet ingredients to the crockpot. There is no need to stir. (I just kind of poured the stuff all over the meat to coat and then just let in hang out in the bottom of the stoneware).

3. Top the meat with cranberries.

4. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. If you peek and find the liquid has evaporated, you can increase the liquid ingredients by 50%. If you use a piece of meat with more fat (like we did), you won't run the risk of your meat becoming dry. Ours had a layer of fat on the bottom - we just scraped it off when it was cooked.

This is seriously delicious. The meat just melts in your mouth. No knife needed.

July 20, 2008

fantastic saturday.

Aaron and I had a "date day" yesterday.

It started off at Starbucks. I had a coupon for a free Vivanno Smoothie, so Aaron used it to get a banana chocolate smoothie, which he complained was "too smooth." I tasted it and thought it was wonderful! But, I got my delectable iced coffee, 50 calories concoction instead, and was happy.

We headed down to Little Rock around 4 p.m. so I could check out some shops and sales featured on rocktheshops. I discovered that Little Rock does indeed have shopping that extends past the one, main mall that everyone goes to. Who knew? Thanks, Shop Girl!

I perused some of the boutiques at the Pleasant Ridge Town Center, but decided that most of the merchandise was kind of...expensive! I wandered in to Belk for the first time and was blown away. Seriously?! Does this exist? I had no idea!! I had never been to a Belk before because I always thought it was for old ladies. Not so! I managed to find, within 10 minutes, two of the cutest little teacher cardigans you could ever imagine. They were originally $32 each and I got them both for $8.53. Yes, BOTH for $8.53.

While I was doing all this shopping and perusing, Aaron was at the at&t store across the way playing with the iPhone. Standard behavior.

After that, we drove around and looked for this kickboxing place Aaron has been interested in. We found it.

Then, we headed over to another boutique (Box Turtle) that was having a "big" sale and serving wine and offering a free gift for each patron. When we got there, everything was fine. Ten minutes and one chardonney later, this little shop was so crowded you couldn't even move or breathe. I was sweating and Aaron was getting grouchy, so he waited outside. I managed to have a look at everything (again, overpriced) and settled on a Chinese Laundry clutch that was 40% off. It's way cute...and red. My "free gift" was a huge bottle of lotion that is really stinky. It has since then made its permanent residence on the kitchen sink. Definitely not a lotion I would wear "out." Oh well, it was free.

Afterward, we went to Macaroni Grill and had dinner with the Jacksons. Shannon and I split a pitcher of sangria and life was good.

THEN (yes, can you believe this was all in one day!?) the four of us went to see The Dark Knight. I was pleasantly pleased. I'm not a huge fan of action/Batman-like movies, but this one was pretty good. You actually had to....think (!!!) at some parts to understand what was going on. Heath Ledger was amazing. Sadly, I can see why this character made him lose sleep at night. It made me miss him.

We didn't get home until around 1:30 in the morning! But what a great day it was! Double dates are fun! :)

P.S. I have fallen slightly off the calorie-counting wagon these past two days. Nothing terrible enough to lose sleep over, but I have gone over my allotment. Actually, I haven't even really counted them at all. Despite this fact, I know I still did not over-eat as much as I used to before I started the calorie journal. So, that's a good thing.

Ah, well. The counting starts again on Monday, so whatever. A girl's gotta eat sometime.

July 16, 2008

call me a conformist.

The pressure was just too much to handle.

I caved.

I choked.

I succumbed.

I went there.

I bought...

a giraffe print handbag!!!!!!

Lord, help us all, but these things are just cute!

the best dang afternoon, ever.

So, I'm in a good mood. Wanna know why? Keep reading. 

1. My back pain is somewhat almost sorta kinda gone. It's still there, but has become more of an annoying ache rather than a numbing, excrutiating, god-awful sensation that runs from the base of my spine all the way down to my feet. I'm hoping tomorrow it only gets better! 

2. The latest issue of Real Simple arrived in my mailbox today. Enough said. 

3. So sings my soul, Starbucks saves the day again! I've grown quite fond of this lovely concoction called a BK Mocha Joe: an iced coffee from Burger King that makes me smile like a crazy person. However, said BK Mocha Joe is 370 calories and not such a good idea for someone trying to lose some poundage such as myself. I did some research online and lo and behold! I can get almost the exact same thing at Starbucks for get this...35 calories. Oh yes, I said it! I went to Starbucks today to try it out and it's not *quite* as tasty as the BK Mocha Joe, but for 35 calories, I'll take it! It's an iced coffee, with added nonfat milk and Splenda. Pretty much perfect. This made me so happy that I immediately called my husband because I just had to tell someone! Am I nuts? Probably. But at least I won't get fat on Mocha Joe's!! 

4. I had a meeting at 6 p.m. this evening and I had some time to spare after I bought my iced coffee, so I went into a shoe store that was advertising a 50% sale. Yeah, I definitely bought me some of the cutest Tommy Hilfiger flip flops I've ever seen...for 20 bucks. 

5. After my meeting, I swung by this fantastic boutique called Indulge and what to my wandering eyes should appear? A 1/2 off sale on Vera Bradley merchandise! I walked in ten minutes before closing, so I didn't buy anything...today. But they will definitely be seeing me tomorrow. I still have birthday money to spend! (Tyly, this is also where they sell those jeans!)

6. I came home and ate crockpot ribs with my husband. And seriously, it was one of the best dinners in the whole, wide world. We added some corn and a salad with Ranch dressing to the mix and geezus, I thought I'd died and gone to palate Heaven...or something. 

7. Now, it's time to watch So You Think You Can Dance. Life is pretty much fantabulous. 

hodge podge.

I spent about an hour or so last night research sciatica. I didn't learn anything new except for this amazing thing called "acupressure." Who would have thought?! I asked Aaron to try it on me and although he did it right before he left for work and it was incredibly rushed and probably not done the right way whatsoever, I felt a bit of relief! I am going to see if he can do it again for me later. I might be on to something here! I really don't want to have to pay a doctor to tell me things I already know (unless, of course, I could get some sweet pain killers out of the deal). I kid!

I have been sticking pretty closely to this whole calorie-counting thing. So far, so good. Yesterday was a bad day though because I met the girls for lunch at CHILI'S!!! I got the lowest calorie options, but I still felt like fat cow. And I overate at dinner because, quite frankly, I was hungry! I only exceeded my daily amount by about 300 calories, so it could have been worse. I know on a normal day, I probably exceed my amount by way more than that (read: huge bowl of Baskin Robbins ice cream), so whatever. It's a new day and so far, everything is in line. Did I mention I have a crockpot full of ribs cooking? Looks like it's salad for lunch!

Speaking of the crockpot, we have been sticking pretty close to eating out of the crockpot every night and some of those recipes have been fantastic! I highly encourage you to check out a year of crockpotting. There are so many options!

The class (the last and final class of my graduate career!) I'm currently taking is a blast! It's called "Images of Minorities in the Media" and talk about an eye-opener! The class is great because there's 8 grads, and about 20 undergrads in the same room. I feel like I'm 18 again. The undergrads ask really stupid questions (read: "Can you give us bonus points?") and make really stupid comments (Example: "Hegemony? Is that like Jimminy Cricket?") and think they're funny (and they're not). I like it! I've learned a TON about the African-American culture and we get to watch TV shows as part of the curriculum. Nice!

Other than that, life is otherwise pretty simple. I'm enjoying the last, few remaining days of this blissful sabbatical. I know I need to start lesson planning ASAP, but ugh...do I hafta??

I'm off to write an essay...or check on the ribs. One of the two.

July 15, 2008

momentary freak out.

School starts in one month and three days from this very moment. This is very scary. Very, very, scary.

Back still hurts like a beyotch, although yoga this morning felt absolutely wonderful. I am considering acupuncture. I am also considering a chiropractor. I am also considering a massage.

I am going to give it a day or two more and then I don't care about how much an alignment/needles in my back is going to cost me (stupid insurance doesn't pay for "alternative medicine"). This needs to go away!!!

July 14, 2008

bullet update.

  • I'm super mad at Angelina and Brad. They stole one of my baby names (Vivian). But they spell it differently (read: Vivienne). Dang it!
  • Speaking of celebrity babies, what's your opinion on Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman's baby's name, Sunday Rose? It's different...not too terrible. At least it's not Apple or Pilot Inspektor.
  • I went grocery shopping yesterday at Wal-Mart (much to my disdain!) and spent a whole lot of money. I bought myself a new crockpot because the one we've been using is small and from the 1980s. I am going to use my new one tonight to make Blue Cheese and Steak Roll-Ups. Yummy yummy! Sidenote: Isn't it great to wake up and see a fridge full of food!?
  • Professional Development was torturous. They spent a whole day on "introductions" and "ice breakers" and didn't actually start telling us anything we needed to know until 30 minutes before the end of the second day. So frustrating!
  • My classroom is coming along. I spent some time on Saturday afternoon making curtains for my front window by the door and the window in the back (a.k.a. the reading corner). I was planning on going up to the room today and working and taking some pictures, but decided not to. I can always go tomorrow. I'm rather enjoying the sloth that is Monday afternoon.
  • I've started using a food diary/calorie counter online and it works!! I've lost three pounds already (and haven't gotten off my butt once). I know I'll probably hit a plateau soon and will actually need to exercise, but I can barely stand up long enough to put my makeup on. Which brings me to my next point:
  • My sciatica problem STILL has not gone away. It's been a week and three days! This is the longest I've ever been so uncomfortable. I should probably go see a doctor or a chiropractor. It's ridiculous. I can't cook, wash the dishes, walk to the mailbox, sleep comfortably, sit comfortably, take a shower -- without my back causing me to buckle in half and have to take a "breather" by leaning over (usually on the counter). I think that's another reason why I don't want to go up to the school. Too much ouchie.
  • So that's my update. Not too exciting.

July 13, 2008


I'll have a post about something tomorrow. Not sure what yet. But I am alive. Just not enough energy to actually type anything or even think after all that amazing professional development...that they made us sit through without coffee!

I'll be back tomorrow sometime...and ya might even get pictures! Ooohh!

July 9, 2008

the one and only benefit of watching rachael ray.

Sorry, people. I'm just not a fan - of the show, her food, or Rachael herself. Every recipe I've ever tried of hers (well, ok, except for maybe one or two), has been nasty.

I digress.

I watched her show today and it featured a woman who vowed to cook a real dinner for her family every, single night for ONE YEAR! And the beautiful thing about it (at least for me) is that all the meals were/are cooked in a crock pot. Have I just experienced God!?

You must check out "A Year of Crock Potting: A New Year's Resolution to Use the Crock Pot Every Day in 2008."

I really think I have died and gone to some sort of cooking Heaven. 365 crock pot recipes from one source!? Are you kiddin' me?!

I love how she posts the "verdict" for every meal, too. Nothing's better than easy suppers!

P.S. Professional development? Yeah. Still sucking.

July 7, 2008

professional development. insert vomit here.

I get to wake up at 7 a.m. tomorrow to be at literacy training by 8:30. I get to stay there until 3:30 and I get to do it all over again the next day...and the next.

Pray for me.

July 6, 2008

officially in my late 20s.

My birthday has come and gone and I can honestly say that it was probably one of the best birthdays I've ever had!

It started off terribly, though. 'Ol sciatica decided to rear its ugly head the morning of my birthday. I think I must have slept wrong the night before and a nerve was pinched. My goodness, I couldn't even walk. Today, I am still having trouble standing up straight. Stupid, stupid sciatica!!

Aside from the excruciating pain that lasted all day and night, things went wonderfully! Shannon was nice enough to open her house for us and we had a wonderful little party to celebrate.

My dear, sweet husband, who I believe was making up for the crappy anniversary, was sneaky enough to get me a chocolate cake without my knowing. It was incredibly sweet when he told me he got "little girl" colors because he knew I was kind of depressed about turning 26.

He also "planted" FOUR separate cards in the house for me to read when I woke up. One on the keyboard, one by the coffee pot, one in the bathroom, and one in the car. Such a sweet boy.

I made Luby's macaroni and cheese and Mexican 7-layer dip for the party. Mind you, I made all this whilst sitting on a chair in the kitchen. I felt like a granny, but it was all I could do to keep from crying the pain was so bad.

We got to Shannon's and she immediately handed me a Washington Apple Martini. Such a good friend :)

Once everyone got there, we ate all the delicious food and "happy birthday" was sung to me by some of the most precious people I have ever met.

We then proceeded to play tennis and boxing on the wii. Well, everyone else played. I sat and nursed my aching back and laughed at everyone, especially Shilo. See video down below for reasons why. (Sorry it turns sideways. Don't know how to fix that).

At 9 pm, we all grabbed chairs and sat in the driveway and watched the firework show that was taking place a few blocks away. It was so nice!!! By the way, ever notice how dorky your laugh sounds when you capture it on video??

After the fireworks, we came back in and played Rock Band on the XBox for a couple hours!

I think after all the Rock Band excitement, we were all a bit tired and decided to call it a night.

It was such a wonderful night with some of the coolest people on this planet and I couldn't have asked for anything more. How nice is it to say that and really mean it? (Haven't I said this before?)
I'm a lucky girl and ya know, being 26 isn't all that bad, after all.

P.S. Post below is new.

our 3rd anniversary!

This year's anniversary was kind of weird. Aaron was in Alaska and everything was just kind of...off. However, I did receive flowers (the day after the fact, but who's keeping tabs, right?) They were beautiful and at least he tried...lol.

I made cupcakes for Aaron's return. I got the recipe off of Erica's cookbook. They were absolutely delicious and I would recommend these cupcakes to anyone! They were pretty simple to make, too. I doubt mine look the way they're supposed to. I thought they resembled the print of a dairy cow, so I dubbed these cupcakes "Holstein Cupcakes." Is that weird?

Weird or not, these became a Webb family favorite and I will definitely be making them again!

To celebrate our anniversary, we went to Ristorant Capeo and what a bust that was!! Everything started off just fine, but we soon realized that the food just wasn't all that great for the price and neither was the atmosphere. Plus, the fact that a "bachelorette party" rolled up in a limo half-way through our dinner with the bride wearing a veil with plastic penises and condoms attached, didn't really add to the romantic vibe Aaron and I were going for. We were pretty much disgusted that these women were ignorant enough to believe that what they were doing was appropriate for where they were. Uggh! Stupid people! I'm all for having fun with your friends, but there's both a place and time for plastic penises...and Ristorante Capeo on our anniversary was not it! Here's a picture of us before the madness set in:

When we got home from dinner, we exchanged gifts. I got Aaron a leather watch from the Buckle and a leather toiletry bag for his shaving stuff. Inside the bag was some shaving cream and shave oil that he likes from theartofshaving.com. The stuff is way pricey, but it supposedly the best stuff on the market. And it smells oh-so-manly.

I also wrote him a letter. I read it out loud to him and the first thing he said was, "I'm a douche bag."

You see, Aaron didn't really *do much* for this anniversary. He kind of let it slip. After I read him my letter, he gave me the Vera Bradley bag that I told him I wanted. I think I already mentioned how hideous the bag was, right? I sent it back last week.

So, this anniversary was kind of strange. But all that matters, really, is that I have a fantastic husband and a wonderfully happy marriage and I couldn't ask for anything more. How nice is it to say that and really mean it?

I love him.

July 3, 2008

muy contento.

I had lunch today with my precious friends at Boscos.

Lana made me a cake for my birthday!

I went and laid out at the pool with Shannon.

I have an all-over rosy color to my face. And I like it.

I just made myself a big bowl of Baskin Robbins mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Friends is on in the living room.

Life is good.

July 2, 2008

nothing special.

So, I got that new phone I've been wanting yesterday. I managed to get about $100 knocked off the price just by reading the fine print. If Student Press Law has taught me anything, it's that law and contracts are all about rhetoric and interpretation. I happened to use my skills yesterday and saved a whole bunch of money as a result. Sweet action! (How long has it been since I've said that?!)

Today's a lazy day - so was yesterday. Aaron is still in bed. It's 12:54 p.m. Ah, well. The boy works hard (except when he's in San Diego), so he deserves to sloth. Oh wait - the sleeping bear awakes. Here he is.

Not sure what we're going to do today. It's so nice not to have an agenda. We must enjoy this time now because come next week, the you-know-what is going to hit the proverbial fan. I have a new class starting down at UALR, Images of Minorities in Media, and I also have a new yoga class beginning on the 8th, along with massive amounts of Professional Development at the school district. Booo. I still need to work in my room, too. "There's no time!!" -- Jessie Spano, from SBTB.

I guess I should go see what the husband is up to now that he is risen.

July 1, 2008

shake, shake, shake. shake, shake, shake. shake yo boo-tay!

My boo-tay will become very large if I can't "shake" this habit: We are headed to Wendy's to get one of those hand-spun shakes. They are to die for! My favorite is the chocolate fudge - standard. If you haven't had one of these yet, save your calories and go get one! A small is 410 cals and a large is 540 cals...just in case you were counting ;)

P.S. Read post below. It's new, even though it doesn't look new.

while aaron takes a shower...

  • I think we're going to go get me that new phone I've been wanting. Heck yes!
  • I got to (briefly) see our neighbor's new baby: Joseph Ian. He is SOOO CUTE!! And when I say, "so cute," I mean it! His skin is this perfect, olive color and he's got a full head of dark, dark hair. His cheeks are so chubby that they hang low on his face and he's just absolutely perfect. I am thinking about making Joan and Peter some dinner this week after all the hooplah dies down a bit. Yay for new babies!
  • I got my James Avery "belt" ring in the mail yesterday and it is everything I expected, and more! It's truly fabulous and I think all you girls from Texas need to own one.
  • Speaking of what I wanted and more, sadly, Aaron bought me a Vera Bradley bag that I'd been wanting for a long while for our anniversary. And then when I opened the box -- holy crap -- this was not what I wanted at all! The big was hideous! And tiny! Ew! Of course, that wasn't Aaron's fault. I suppose it was the Internet's for making the bag look a lot better than it did in real life. I felt bad, but I just had to return it. I would have never used it - ever. I sent it off yesterday and am now awaiting my refund. I think I'll just use the money Aaron spent on the bag to help fund this amazing phone we're about to buy :)
  • My last day of Student Press Law was last night and I am so happy to be almost done with school. One more class to go and then that's it! (Well, aside from that stinkin' thesis I have to write). I only have one more class that I actually have to drive 45 minutes to three times a week. Freedom cometh.
  • Last night in class we had a "potluck" and holy mackeral, did we have a spread! I brought Mexican 7-layer dip (which was wonderful and my first time to make this recipe); Mary brought homemade pot-stickers; David brought a homemade chocolate cake; Amy brought chips and white cheese dip from Juanita's; Leslie brought popcorn; Dr. Plopper brought homemade Rice Krispy Treats. It was a-m-a-z-i-n-g!
  • Still need to post anniversary pictures.
  • My birthday is THIS Friday and there are no plans in the works. How sad.
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