Monday, September 15, 2014

Monday Morning Coffee

Good morning!

Here we go!  Another start to another week.  

I made it through my first full week of school.  Small accomplishments were made, so I'll count those as major victories when looking at the full scale of things to be done.

The first few weeks of any school year are always hectic, but they are even more so this year with the new software system for student information and grading.  

Nothing seems to be working.  But our district is not alone.  Pretty much our whole county is under this same umbrella & each district has specific ways they run their programs, so it is gonna take a while, I'm afraid.  Not to long though - please!  We have count day coming up & if my attendance reports aren't working correctly it will be an utter nightmare!

So to take my mind off all that crap at school, I came home and spent a wonderful weekend with my Dream Boy.

We went out for dinner Friday night to our favorite little Italian spot and had a cozy dinner of salad/pizza and tiramisu.  We actually sat at the bar this time and had a great time because we were so close to each other & could actually carry on a conversation.  It was quite lovely.

Saturday I spent the morning running errands, did a little shopping (got the cutest dress and skirt) and then I came home and spent the majority of the afternoon in my Creative Corner making a few more of these.
I also had to make one for the S&DiL as they celebrated their FIRST wedding anniversary yesterday!

Can you believe it?  One year ago they were doing this....
 (photo credit to Ashley Paige)
We had the lovely couple over for dinner last night to celebrate.  It was a nice quiet little evening with the 4 of us.

This week I am looking forward to S2 and D2B2 coming in on Thursday.  Her parents are also driving in Wednesday night and the 6 of us are going to be spending the weekend planning their wedding for next May!

I spent some time on their Save the Dates this weekend as well while in my Creative Corner.  

Dream Boy & I also went out on Saturday night - we blew the week's grocery budget on 2 dinner's out, but again, we had a wonderful night.  It was a pre-celebration to my birthday on Tuesday of this week.

So - I'm off to have breakfast with my ladies and then on to school. 

I hope you all have a great week - thank you so much for stopping by! 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Monday Morning Coffee

Well - here we are again!  Monday.

Wow - how did we get here so fast?  I guess it wasn't so fast, but yet it was. Know what I mean?

I survived my first week of school with many long days and nights that didn't seem to be long enough.  It got pretty warm by the end of the week, with major humidity setting in on Friday, but thankfully, they got the air conditioning working in my classroom & I stayed rather comfortable.

Albeit, there were other classrooms that were not reaping the benefits of the AC.  They are trying to fix our system after it wasn't allowed to be run for 4 years because our former superintendent thought it wasn't "cost effective".  Yet here we are, he's gone and we're stuck paying $8-$10,000 to have it fixed & brought up to code so it can be run on certain days and events.

Well, Friday night the humidity brought in major thunderstorms with a cool front behind it.  Fortunately, Dream Boy & I suffered no damage on our homefront, just heavy rain.   But there are areas around us who were still waiting for power to be returned to them yesterday.  Many neighborhoods lost massive trees, causing structural damage to homes & such.  The clean up crews were all over the area this weekend.

Saturday turned out to be a cooler, more pleasant day.  We spent the late morning/early afternoon doing our grocery shopping & a trip to the Farmer's Market as well.

We stayed in Saturday night and fixed dinner together.  Then we settled in to watch a movie - HBO was free this weekend, so we watched Twelve Years A Slave.  Wow.  Just wow.  So hard to watch and even harder to believe that anyone ever felt it was justifiable to treat another human being in such a way. It blows my mind.

Sunday Dream Boy went on a local bike ride with his 2 buddies and I hung out at home - quietly relaxing with my Wonder Dog.  I spent some time sitting in the sun until he came home and then we headed out for a Sunday afternoon drive.  His bike ride had taken him through the vineyards on the west side of the county & he wanted me to see & smell them.
Deanna - Dream Boy thought of you when he saw this barn earlier on his ride, so he made sure I captured it for you.   :)
Then we drove in the direction of the vineyards.   I rolled my window down & you could literally taste the grapes from the heavenly smell in some areas.  It certainly looks as thought the crop is going to be a good one this year.
And now - I am headed off to breakfast with my lovely ladies to start our week off together in prayer & fellowship.  It makes for an early morning, but it is a wonderful way to start my week off.

Make it a great day everyone!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

This 'n That

Well hello.
Is anybody else goofed up with their days this week?  With the holiday on Monday, I am a day off.  I keep thinking it's Wednesday, when it's actually Thursday.

Guess that means that I'll be happy that tomorrow is Friday already - but I'm afraid that next week will seem to be forever long!

I have been crazy, busy at school this week.  Putting in some pretty long hours - working through my lunch to try and catch up.  It's only the 1st week, what is the rest of the year possibly going to be like?

We have a whole new system for grading and attendance and student information and let's just say, it's lacking.  There are still SO many things about it that need to be configured to work for our school district and it is putting a real cramp in my style.  I think today though, the IT guy made a break through in getting a major part of it working correctly.  He came into my classroom at the end of the day to have me help test it out & it seemed to be working right - but we'll see if it's still working tomorrow morning when we all log back in!

It is always so hard the first 2 weeks or so of school to get back into the swing of this schedule.  I'm not very fond of the "darkness" in the morning when that blasted clock next to my bedside starts blabbing at me at the crack of dawn.  I am not a morning person by any means.

But, I have been doing some crafting and creating in my evening hours to help unwind and make my heart happy.

Such as this...
Yep - I made another one and have orders for 2 more.

I've also been crocheting headbands for our upcoming craft sale at church.  I have so much leftover yarn, odds & ends, so I'm using it up for this project.  A win-win situation, right?

I had 2 senior sessions last week and finished up the editing tonite on the 2nd shoot.  I've got the pics ordered & will put their packages together for delivery early next week!

This is Becca~~
Love her hat........and her care free attitude!   She was a real sweetie to work with & was more than willing to play along.

Then there was Nick~~
This guy was pretty cool.  He even told his mom WHERE he wanted his pics taken at!  I've never had a senior guy have an opinion of where they want to go for their shoot.  

He was in his element here.  It was a local biking & hiking trail.  Most of it was in the woods, but then it opened up to the open fields and the barns at the back of our local Nature Center.  

Nick does a lot of long boarding out on this trail - it's great because it's all paved black top.  He knew exactly where he wanted to go & what so great to be with.

So, I guess I'd better be heading off to bed, it's gonna be another early morning.  But then it's the weekend........the sweet, sweet weekend.  Time to sleep in.  

Yummmmm...

Monday, September 1, 2014

Monday Morning Coffee

Well, here we are - September.

Whoa. How did that happen so fast?

September??  In our house it's a month of some celebrations.  Son #1's birthday is today. My parent's 60th anniversary would be on the 3rd, Son& Daughter #1 will celebrate their first wedding anniversary on the 14th, my birthday is on the 16th and Dream Boy & I will celebrate 34 years of wedded bliss on the 27th.  

Today is my last day of summer freedom though.  I'm heading back into the classroom tomorrow for another year of school.  Another year of high school.  Will I ever graduate?  Ha ha!

So - what did you do this past week?  Dream Boy told me this morning that my blog was a "little lacking" this past week, so I guess I need to catch you up?  

Weather wise - I had one dock day with the pup on Wednesday.  It was a good day.  We spent about an hour & a half lazing away on the end of the dock.  The lake was fairly quiet as well, so it was just us soaking up the last of the summer rays.

I spent the 1st 2 days of the week doing school stuff.  Our yearly welcome back breakfast was Monday morning and we ended the day with our building staff meeting.  Normally the papaprofessionals (that would be me) aren't included in the staff meeting.  Yes, we are staff, but the former admins didn't feel the need for us to be there, let alone pay us if we still chose to attend.  This year, our new principal said, "heck yea, you need to be there and heck yea, you will be paid."  Nice - someone who really understands the need for us to be included in the term "staff".  

Tuesday I spent the morning helping with the training of "said staff" on our new grading & attendance software system.  That didn't go as smooth as was hoped, but it's still a HUGE learning process even for the IT guys who were supposed to be teaching us too.  When pretty much the whole county has been forced to switch to this system and the previous company we all had gave about 6 months notice that they were dropping the current system - well, that doesn't give anyone much time to research, explore and learn and new one.  Let alone customize it to meet the needs of each individual district in out county that is using it.

I spent the afternoon in my classroom working a little more on that system and enrolling students into their online classes.  Still have more to do - the work is sitting over on my desk behind me mocking me.  It's been there since I brought it home last Tuesday - with PLENTY of work to be done before tomorrow.  I can hear it now - it's taunting me......so MUCH to do!

Well, I had other things to do with my last few days of summer other than school stuff.  

I had 2 senior photo sessions last week.  I've got one almost fully edited and I need to get the 2nd one going today as well.  

The 2nd session was a brand new venue for me.  I did senior pics for a boy who knew where he wanted to go.  He told his mom exactly where he wanted his pics taken at.  Wow - most boys' don't care, let alone have a specific location in mind.  It turned out to be a beautiful, wooded location with a paved biking/running trail through it.  We ended up on the back side of the local nature center and found some really cool spots in their barns to take a few shots!

Friday I worked on some editing and some creating.  I blew up 3 of my pics that I've taken from school activities & sent them into Staples to have printed out as "engineering prints".  They were about 18x24 in size.  I cut down black foam board & mounted the prints to them & they will now be adorning my classroom wall.  It cost me around $20 for the prints and boards.  I'm also taking black foam board and using a white chalk pen to write out different quotes to include in layout for my classroom wall.

Our weekend has been filled with a LOT of humidity.  Saturday started out rainy and then just turned plain yucky.  Yes - yucky.  A technical weather term for pea soup heavy humidity.  

Dream Boy & I headed into the Farmer's Market and gathered up some fresh produce and some beautiful sunflowers.  
Saturday night we took S & D#1 our for his birthday dinner.  He chose the local Mexican restaurant - never get a bad meal there - and pigged out.  

Sunday we started out day off in church and then headed home for a little bit of relaxation before heading over to the local campground to pig out again with our friends from church.  They have a big group that comes out there for a week every summer and on Sunday afternoon they have a big potluck meal. Plenty.of.food.was.to.be.had.

We ended the evening with a "baggo" tournament.  Some call it Corn Hole, some just call it "hole" - but we spent a few hours with several teams duking it out for the coveted title of Champion.
Dream Boy & I headed home around dark and just chilled with a movie for the remainder of the night.

Today - I'm home blogging, editing, painting and will have to break down and listen to the 2 notebooks from school that are mocking me & try to open them & get some work done.  

Dream Boy & D#1 are off to the racetrack to watch S#1 race and then when they get home we're headed over to have Low Country Boil with a group of friends.

I hope you are having a wonderful day, celebrating Labor Day if you are in the states or just having a great Monday wherever you may be.

Thanks for stopping by - even though it is a little later than normal!

See you all soon!  I honestly will try & be better with my blogging this week Dream Boy.  :)