Thursday, March 31, 2011

I eat my feelings...

...and anything else I can get ahold of...


J/K... kinda

I try, really I do, but I've got an unhealthy relationship with food, and I blame my mom (who doesn't?). My mom has been overweight most of my life (though she was a skinny-mini pre-me) and I think that has colored how I view food. My mom was always dieting, cheating on a diet, or trying not to  cheat on a diet. She would go through phases where she ate really well and made us healthy dinners... and then we would all binge when suddenly there was tons of junk food in the house. 

This has transferred into my adult life. When I started buying my own food and being responsible for my own meals... I totally packed on the lbs. College was not friendly towards my waistband. Of course, Drew is no help... he is my enabler/encourager/partner in crime of bad eating. We love us our junk food, ice cream (case in point, about an hour ago we went to Hannaford's cuz we "really needed" some Ben & Jerry's, right) and other junk. 

Now, you gotta give us credit, we are SOOOOO much better than we used to be. We are much better at making meals and limiting our binges... but I still feel like a failure.

I am afflicted with 2 major eating issues. 1) I eat my feelings and 2) I am a mindless eater BAD COMBINATION!!!! I look to food when I am happy/sad/mad/lonely... you name it, if I feel it, I eat. And OF COURSE I don't eat healthy foods in those situations, nope I eat junk. Even when I'm not feeling anything, I will sit in front of the tv and munch, not realizing how much I've mowed down half a bag of chips, AND I WASN'T EVEN HUNGRY TO BEGIN WITH!!! 

I was successful last spring, where the South Beach Diet helped me lose close to 30 pounds BUT, I was miserable. The lack of carbs made me cranky, tired, and gave me major stomach pains. So for a little while I was on Amanda-modified South Beach which meant I ate as few carbs as possible without making me hate life. Well, slowly that has morphed into my current state of eating healthy all day... and then eating crap when I get home from work {sigh}. 


I guess my point in this rambling/griping post is that I wish I had more self-control... and that I'm trying to work on it, but it is so hard because I grew up thinking of food in an unhealthy way, and It's hard to overcome years of training in that area.

Oh I'm sorry!

Oh, I'm sorry... you want me to help YOU now? Hang on while I go pee myself laughing!


I'm sorry, but if someone has no interest in me, helping me out, or doing anything for me, why the hell would I want to help them out? I try, really I do, and I'm not trying to be selfish here, but GIVE ME A BREAK. I bend over backwards for people and get no appreciation or acknowledgment that I've done an awful lot for them. I have unreturned e-mails, phone calls and other contact and THEN, when they want something, I'm supposed to jump? Um... let me think about that for a minute... yeah, that's not gonna happen.

So here's a hint, if you wanna use someone, at least do a decent job pretending that it's a two-way street. It is (literally) the very least you could do.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday



I'm loving that it is 48 degrees out right now, feels like summer!

I'm loving that a student told me that I'm "super scary" when I'm mad, so he's going to work on not antagonizing me (his choice of words!)

I'm loving that Zo and I went for a 3 mile run yesterday, it felt amazing!

I am LOVING how quickly this week is going by... only 2 1/2  more weeks until we head to Spain!!!! 


and finally, I'm loving this book:
http://literarysluts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/itwsmall.jpg
Soooo good and super addicting

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

FB Stalking

Some random thoughts on Facebook:

  1. I am a Facebook whore addict. Part of it is that I am SUPER nosy, and part is that it makes me feel like I have a lot of friends :)
  2. There are an amazing number of things that I would not know about my "friends" were it not for Facebook
  3. Said friends make my stalking of them SOOOOO easy by posting every intricate detail of their lives
  4. I have several "friends" who, when they pop up on my news feed, I can not for the life of me figure out how/why I know them... I delete them sometimes, but then I feel bad and think that I SHOULD know them 
  5. Facebook sucks away my time- which is why I can't fathom adding Twitter to my already overloaded Facebook/Blogger/E-mail/Edmodo/Shelfari-checking schedule, I'm just too busy doing nothing to add more nothing to my life! 

Monday, March 28, 2011

Phew!

I just googled my name, like first and last, nothing that came up was really me. No pix, blogs, even FB sites that are actually me... it gave me a strange sense of relief and security... 

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Quick Question

Anybody else get REALLY disappointed when they drive by someone who has been pulled over, and discover that they don't know the person in trouble...no? Just me? hmmm...

 

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Saturday Morning


This is what Saturday morning looks like at our house: 
Zoey enjoying the morning sun.

A good laugh :)

Ok, so I know these are old school, but my little brother was watching them the other week and I just about died laughing, again, so I thought I would repost them for your enjoyment!


Friday, March 25, 2011

Cat Huntin'

Come on, say it like a Mainah; Cat Huntin!

Disclaimer: No cats are ever hurt or in any type of danger though we may joke and threaten it!


We are some cat haters in this household (sorry to you cat people out there!) The majority of our feline disdain stems from the fact that hubby and I are both allergic. As in sneezy, wheezy, can't breathe or see allergic. Therefore we have always tried to keep a healthy distance from those discomfort-inducing creatures. We avoid visit relatives with cats, friends with cat hair on them and all physical contact when they are in the vicinity...

So yes, we avoid cats...  BUT, that can be hard to do when they keep coming in our yard! I get it, many cats are outdoor creatures and love to roam free. Guess what? Not my problem. I'm SOOOOOO tired of our neighbors' cats wondering, stalking, and pooping in my yard. I don't have a cat, therefore I should not be cleaning up cat turds all over my own yard. I also should not have to worry about my little Peanut eating said cat turd. Why is that cats are allowed to wonder free and do as they please? Why is it okay for them to crap in my yard, dig up my plants and annoy my dog? If my dog were to do those things in THEIR yard, it would be a whole big to-do! So I don't get it, why is it okay for cats and not dogs? Why must peanut be on a leash in order to roam the neighborhood but that cat can wonder free? It really makes no sense to me.




ANYWAYS.... back to my original topic, cat hunting :) No, we do not actually hunt cats (though at times it is tempting) but we do attempt to keep those pests out of our yard. How? you ask. Good question! We yell at them, throw rocks near them (not actually at them!) and try to make our yard an unpleasant experience for them. Alas, this is a generally unsuccessful endeavor as several particular cats seem to enjoy tormenting my poor Zoey more than they dislike rocks coming their way or an angry blonde screaming at them. 


Poor Zoey is going to have a heart attack over these dumb cats, she gets all guard dog on us while barking, whining, and shaking... I'm pretty sure if we let her, she would destroy those trespassers... hmmm... tempting... so please, cat owners out there, think about your neighbors when you let the cat out, is it fair to them to clean up after your pet? I feel that if I don't actually have a cat, I shouldn't have to clean up after a cat, and I don't say that just because I hate cats (even though I do), I say that because I hate cleaning up after someone else's pet!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

SPIRIT WEEK

Gotta love a week where this is acceptable to wear to work:













And this is a girl that loves to make a fool of herself :) It was spirit week at school this week, this teacher's got herself some spirit (and clearly no shame!)


I love finding random stuff to wear and going all out. It makes work fun AND the kids love it. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A face only a mother could love...

I was recently told by my grandmother that this: 


was a face only a mother could love... um, what? NO. This is a face that everyone loves. This is the face of the sweetest little girl I could have ever asked for. The face of a baby who loves me unconditionally. This is the adorable face attached to a little, cuddly, fluffball of love. SO boo on you Grammy.


I guess I can't take her too seriously, this IS the same woman who recently told my little sis that she was so glad Abby "grew out of her ugly stage" 

Seriously?!? Who says these things to people they supposedly love???

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

In a rut!

Okay, so I've been working out 5-6 days a week for awhile now, trying not to be a fatty (so please disregard yesterday's binge, it was a moment of weakness/spousal pressure). HOWEVER, I seem to be in a bit of a rut. I tend to do the same workouts all the time, and while they are GREAT workouts, I am the type that gets bored easily. 

SO I need some help, any workout ideas out there? I work out at home (because OMG, I don't want to see my fat butt working out, as if others want to see it!) I love Jillian Michaels, both her 30 Day Shred AND Yoga Meltdown (holy buttkickers) but I've done them so many times that I could run through them in my sleep. I like running but I've got hip issues that make extensive running impossible.

So readers, if you're out there (and I know you are cause I stalk my stats page which says I'm averaging about 30 pageviews a day) PLEASE help a girl out! I need some new ideas that are interesting and preferably cheap/free. 


Monday, March 21, 2011

Just a little advice....

Part of blogging is imparting our knowledge and experiences to others so that they can learn from our mistakes. Therefore I have some very sage advice to my readers out there:

Don't eat half a bag of Cadbury mini-eggs ever right after taking a nap and on an empty stomach. It will make you feel like there is an angry monster gurgling in your belly. Even worse, it will make you feel like a fat slob... 


now I need to go let Jillian Michaels kick my butt for awhile so I don't feel so gross/fat. Why, OH WHY, did I eat that chocolate? Wanna know why? BECAUSE DREW HANDED THEM TO ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Make up your freaking mind!

Dear Maine, 

Please decide... is it winter or is it spring? Not really a tough choice, but you need to make up your freaking mind! 


Yesterday I started blogging about the exciting "heatwave" we were experiencing because on my drive home yesterday, I saw this:  
 
and I almost peed myself! What... is 58 not a super high temp? Hm... I guess it's just a Maine thing to think that's awesome...



And the ground outside my classroom looked like this:

So I was all, like, sweet spring is here :) yay!

Alas, it was not meant to be. Upon waking up this morning I was faced with this:  

and my car said this:

 So Maine, while I know you have schizo tendencies, especially when it comes to weather, I would really appreciated it if you made up your mind. I don't know whether to wear my Cabela's winter boots or my flip flops... Should I be rocking a scarf or my shades? This is all too confusing!

On another note, I went shopping with my mom and sister today... here's a pic of me and Scabbers while we waited for mom in L.L. Bean










And just to make you smile, here is a picture of what is on my board at school right now. Gotta love middle schoolers! 

 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Can't Get Enough?

... try my sister's blog.

That's right, lil sis started a blog... if Amanda does it, Abby does it soon after (just TRY to deny it Abby... just TRY). 

Love my little sis (most of the time) but she does have a propensity to copy the things I do. I guess I have to take that as a compliment, you know the saying "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" well consider me duly flattered. Yes it gets annoying to have her copy much of what I do, but I guess it just proves that;
  1. I've done well for myself
  2. She looks up to me enough to want to copy me 
  3. I'M TOTALLY AWESOME :) 

So while I gripe and often get frustrated when the 'rents acknowledge how wonderful Abby is (do exactly the SAME things I've already done and gotten NO credit for) while simultaneously making me feel like crap for my oh-so-pathetic-and-unsuccessful-life... it's not like I've managed to graduate college (and high school!) with honors, landed my dream job, got married, bought a fantastic house AND gotten the sweetest little puppy ever--all by the ripe old age of 24. Nope, no biggie, I've apparently done nothing.




sigh...


so if you're in the mood to read the ramblings of the younger, less attractive and less entertaining sister, (j/k sis!) head on over to Saved By The Bell: The College Years and compare away :)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

exHAUsted

Whoa! Parent-Teacher conferences suck the life out of me! And make me feel like I'm losing my voice. It's not even that I have "bad" kids that I have to talk about... it's just meeting with the parents of so many students back-to-back for a week and a half. 

I promise I will be back in full force, probably Friday when conferences are all done! 


P.S. it is SO weird not to have a "daily challenge" post that I have to do, it was what kept me blogging every day! I'm thinking I need some new questions to answer for the blog, so if you've got one comment here and if I like it, I'll answer it <3

Sunday, March 13, 2011

So tired

I try and I try, but apparently I'm the only one trying... I'm tired of being the only one trying...

I'm tired of putting in effort when you have no desire to
 

I'm tired of pretending you're not a crappy friend

I'm tired of making excuses for why you always flake on my or have some lame excuse... stop lying and just admit we're not really friends


I'm tired of pretending the things you do don't hurt me

I'm tired of going out of MY way to accommodate your schedule... just to have you ditch... 


but most of all...

 I'm tired of thinking you can change



Saturday, March 12, 2011

Day 30

Day 30- Your favorite song.


Our wedding song, nuff said :)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Day 29

Day 29- In this past month, what have you learned

I'm obnoxious!  


In all seriousness, it's not like this "challenge" has been uber-introspective or self-developing, but it was fun and helped me realize that I love blogging :) Now I only hope I can continue to have material for this beast.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Day 28

Day 28- A picture of you last year and now, how have you changed since then?


Ugh! Well the major way I have changed is that I am now 23 pounds lighter (cue applause!) So obviously I'm not as much of a cow as I was then. On a less vain note, I am a tiny bit more mature than I was a year ago. I've had a whole 'nother year of being a wife/puppy-momma which means more responsibility, and sadly, more growing up. I feel like I take care of things (myself, Zoey, our house, work, etc) better than I did a year ago, mainly because I've had to pony up and do it {sigh}.  

Also since last year I have developed this crippling, all-consuming, horrendous disorder. This disorder affects all major aspects of my life and is thus always on my mind. What, you may ask, is this mysterious disorder? Oh yeah, it's called....







drumroll please...
























BABY FEVER.
But since Drew has voted an emphatic "NO" on that one... I must continue to suffer in loud, obnoxious, obsessive begging silence...

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Dear Zoey

Dear Zoey,

Don't you know that chocolate is toxic to puppies? We don't deny you the addictive treat to be mean, we do it out of love for you and a desire for you to live to your 2nd birthday. Why, then, did I come downstairs to this: 

Not only was it hazardous to your health, but come on pup, those were Girl Scout cookies! At $3.50 a pop and only available once a year, those are precious not to be scarfed down in secret (well at least not by dogs).

I am sad, worried for your safety but most of all upset that I am down several Girl Scout cookies.

Love,

Your cookie-loving Momma

Status Updates

As I've previously mentioned, I am a total Facebook/blog stalker, maybe it's the subconscious voyeur in me, maybe I'm just nosy, but I love reading about (and seeing pix of!) other people's lives.

HOWEVER...

I don't give a...hoot (we'll say hoot)... about how many loads of laundry you did today, or how many times they puked while battling the worst cold ever. I don't wanna know "cause of the week" you're supporting or how you got your GTL on (I won't even get into how I feel about THAT one). I mean COME on, LAME...


Therefore in order to make my Facebook stalking of you more enjoyable, here is my advice on status updates: if it's not interesting enough for you to walk up an acquaintance and discuss, then it is not interesting enough for you to post. 

Day 27

Day 27- Why are you doing this 30 day challenge

1) Because I wanted to make sure I had topics to blog about as I started this blogging adventure
2) because I love to talk about myself (thus the blog, duh!)
3) It was interesting/funny to see the random topics someone else came up with... and then to respond to them

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Day 26

Day 26- What you think about your friends


...depends, are they reading this? Oh, then I better say something nice.

j.k, I have some amazing friends that I just don't get to see that much. 

Between my hubby, little sis, dance team girls, work friends (both past and current) and a few "others" who don't have categories, I have some good friends but...




I have many people who I consider my "friends" but, being the eternal pessimist/woe is me type person, I always feel like I don't have any "real" friends... yes I am aware this is not entirely true... hello I'm not a recluse and I have a decent social life, but I often feel like I've lost touch with people I used to be closest with, and that we can never find time together.... or that they don't have time for me...

When those feeling sink in I often have to wonder whether the people I consider my friends really care at all... or if they do care, just don't care enough to make me a priority... yup, this is my pity party and I'll be depressed if I want to...



Wanted: BFF's who always have time for me, make the effort first (hey, I'm tired of always being the one to call/text) and who don't ditch when "better" opportunities arrive. Applications now being accepted via comment, e-mail or FB chat... OR FREAKING CALL ME!!!!!!!!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Viewers De-Lurk yourselves!

Okay, so apparently people are reading this... which is kinda creepy/exciting, but I find it weird that someone in Iran has been here, or Denmark... I mean, Spain I get (my brother-in-law is there), but the rest mystifies me. That and the 185 people from the U.S... how many of them do I personally know... how many creepers from my real life blog-stalk me and then don't say anything? I mean, I know the little sis and the hubby read regularly (part because I make them and part because they want to make sure I don't say anything TOO horrible about them) but other than that, no one else comments either in person or on the blog... so I'm curious... and intrigued... and a little flattered that someone out there is reading. So if you're a lurker, please de-lurk yourself. I wanna know who you are, even if you are a stranger I've never met, or a friend, or maybe someone who I haven't talked to for awhile but is still interested in knowing what I'm up to. So please, fess up and de-lurk :)

Day 25

Day 25- What I would find in your bag

Depends on which bag... in my purse (which hardly ever sees the light of day):
  1. Plan book, have to keep me and hubby organized
  2. Wallet... no actual cash because then I will feel inclined to spend it
  3. Mittens (hello, it's Maine)
  4. Blistex LipShine gloss
  5. A multitude of pens (I'm a hoarder of office supplies)
  6. Camera (it's pink)
  7. iPod nano (pink of course) 
  8. Spare change
  9. Various receipts/ scraps of paper
  10. A book: currently Stream to the River, River to the Sea by Scott O'Dell (my kids are reading it for lit circles)  

I would include pictures, but it's Monday, it's been a long day, and I'm feeling particularly lazy, so you're outta luck... sorry

Sunday, March 6, 2011

The end of an era

An era in my life has come to an end... 

I got new boots :)

Okay, yes, I that doesn't SOUND like a big deal... but to me it is.

Meet the L.L. Bean black boots:


Yes, they don't look like much now, but, they have managed about 10 years of Maine winters. 10 years in a state that has snow, ice, salt, and slush for a good 6-7 months of the year, is pretty impressive. Especially if you consider the fact that for those 10 years, these puppies were on my feet any day in which there was snow and/or ice on the ground. That means approximately 180 days a year X 10 years... holy monkeys that is 1,800 days of use! 

Now, I'll be honest, the past couple of years these boots have been in pretty sad shape. The insulation is almost nonexistent, the zippers broke (and thus I've been able to slide these things on and off, very useful for my lazy butt) and I'm pretty sure they've smelt like sweaty feet...

Why, you ask, did I not replace these earlier? Two words: lazy and cheap. I am both of those . Lazy in 2 senses; finding new boots would take effort, besides they were perfectly beat up so I could slide them on and off with no effort or time. Cheap because, well, boots are expensive. Good, insulated, comfy boots that can stand up to Maine winters and my habit of dragging my feet costs money... so I've put it off, claiming that I would buy boots at the end of the winters, then the beginning of next winter, then... well it never happened

However, after our first 7 hour snowmobile ride in which I complained of numb toes and snow down my boots, the hubby decided enough was enough. He found me a great deal on these Cabela's beauties:

Originally $70, hubby found them for an amazing $33... this is why I love him; he took both the effort and expense out of getting new boots :) I didn't realize how bad my boots were until I slid my feet into these. WOW. They are super warm, fuzzy and comfy. 

The one drawback... laces :( Laces do NOT fit well into my slide-them-on-as-i-scramble-out-the-door lifestyle. I HATE tying laces, buckling straps and any other shoe accouterments that requires I bend over and fiddle with them. That is why I am a fan of ballet flats, pumps, back-less shoes and flip-flops; minimal effort! I know this makes no sense as I am perfectly willing to wear tops and hair accessories with more clips, buckles, and snaps than a typical child's carseat... but when it comes to my shoes, no dice. I wanna slide them on and go.


However, I seem to have fixed this problem while taking the puppy out last night. I have tied the laces loosely together. For the time being they are tight enough to keep the boot on, but loose enough so (with some wiggling) I can slide them on without touching them. In the words of Charlie Sheen; "uh...winning!"

Oh, and Drew wanted me to mention his ice-fishing traps he also got at Cabela's, originally $30, he got them for $15... he is super proud and I couldn't care less (love you hun!) 

Day 24

Day 24- A letter to your parents

Dear Mom and Dad,

What were you thinking having other kids after me??? HELLO, perfection, what did you think was going to happen when you had other kids? It's your own fault you have one perfect daughter and then... well, those other kids. I tried to warn you, but no, you wanted more. Well, you got what you asked for...


Love,
your first-born and often-neglected perfect child




**fyi, I for the most part love my sibs... not the fact that (to my parents) my life is considered insignificant compared to theirs (holy inferiority complex) but as people they're not half-bad. AND I am the nice big sis who let's her little bro stay at her house Tuesday night so he doesn't have to be home alone late at night AND give him a ride to school in the morning (which will make me late for work because I usually go in at 6:30 but he can't be at school until 7:30, see? nice sister!)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Earring Incident

Heads up, there will be NO pictures in this post as it was a disgusting, horrifying event in which no photo evidence is needed or desired.

Ok, so I love earrings. The 15 piercings in my ear and collection of about 200 pairs of earrings attest to the fact that I <3 earrings in all shapes, sizes, and colors.

My most recent piercing (#'s 14 and 15) were acquired last May, and have struggled in the healing process. Partly because they are a cartilage piercing, which naturally take longer to heal, but also partly because the woman did a crappy job of it an angled them funny which makes it difficult to get earrings in and out. Because of this I leave the original piercing earrings in those holes the majority of the the time. To help you better understand my story, the earring in question looks like this: 




Which leads us to this morning:

I had just woken up this morning and was sitting on the couch fiddling with my earrings. I always make sure I twist the newest ones in the morning to promote healing. Once I had twisted the left one, I moved on to the right when... what the hell? Where is it? At first I thought that it had just fallen out while I was sleeping, but then I noticed that the back was still there... and the back was still attached to the post... um, ok, where is the actual ball then?


I rushed in the bathroom to look in the mirror and discovered that the ball was INSIDE my ear. Like between the layers of the ear STUCK inside. I will spare you the gory details, but I had to push the metal ball part our of my ear before I could get it out. It was gross, painful and creepy to watch that occur. And my ear is killing me now... and I'm still grossed out... and I'm really scared to put an earring back in there because it will probably hurt a lot, but I can't leave it out because if it heals right now, there will be this huge funky hole/bubble in my ear which would NOT be attractive. 

Day 23

Day 23- Something you crave for a lot


That sentence doesn't sound right... who the heck wrote this blog challenge anyways?


Some things I crave:












... thus my weight issues {sigh}

Friday, March 4, 2011

Day 22

Day 22- What makes you different from everyone else


...? 


I've got nothing for that one...



In other news:


It came!




Remember Monday's post? When I did NOT buy a SevenSlings sling for Zo? Well, it came :)  Introducing, the best idea I ever had. Now, when I bought the thing (well, paid for shipping and handling, the sling itself was free thanks to my moms coupon... why did she have that anyways?) I just thought it would be funny to put Zoey in a sling and cart her around... well, it's actually better than that! Since the great schedule change of 2011, Zoey has been home alone for the majority of the day. This is something that NEVER used to happen because of Drew's schedule, she would be alone for a max of 3 hours a day... now she is home alone for about 8 hours a day... poor baby :(


Due to that alone time, Zo has become extra clingy. As in wants to be held and cuddled all the time clingy. She wants me to hold her and play with her, and I feel so guilty. Well, problem solved. Once I figured out how to put the stupid thing on, Zo was in heaven.




It is the perfect size for her little body and lets her cuddle against me while I can still pick up, be on my computer or do anything else I need to do. Laugh all you want, but it lets me cuddle my pup, therefore I love it.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Day 21

Day 21- A picture of something that makes you happy

 Hello, sun, sand, warm water, warm breeze... that would make me SOOOO happy right now...especially since my reality currently includes this:





yes, that's in front of my house right now... it's taller than me... and it's only March 3rd...

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Day 20

Day 20- Someone you see yourself marrying/being with in the future

Good lord I hope it's my husband :) I'm pretty sure I've already made a couple of commitments to him!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Dear Drew

Dear Drew,


<3 Amanda

Day 19/SOOOO Embarrassing!

Day 19- Nicknames you have; why do you have them

 I actually don't have much for nicknames...Obv I go my Mrs. M when I'm teaching, and Amanda when I'm not... but other than that...

I tried going by Mandi for a bit in high school, complete with dotting the i with a little heart, but that didn't last long partly because I never responded to the name and partly because I realized that Mandi with an I kinda sounded like a stripper name (no offense to anyone who goes by Mandi, it just didn't work for me!). 


My father-in-law called me Scamanda for awhile there... but he hasn't done that for some time now. Most people call me Manda, but I think that's more from laziness (three syllables is SOOO Much work!).


I guess that's the extent of it...my nickname is Manda because people are lazy :) 




In other news... I made a complete fool of myself today. Okay, if I'm being honest, I do that several times a day, but today I was REALLY embarrassed. 


What happened? You ask, oh nothing much, just faceplanted in front of my students today... yup, super awkward. My phone rang, and I jumped up to answer it, except my shoe was only half on so I twisted my foot around and landed on the floor. 


I gotta give my students credit though, only a few laughed and it was more of the "omg I don't know how to react to my teacher falling on her face so I guess I will laugh" type laugh rather than that "haha, serves that *&%#$ right, I'm so psyched I got to see her fall" type laugh. So kudos to them for that. One my kids tried to reassure me by telling me it wasn't THAT bad...but the rug burn on my elbow disagrees. :(
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