Saturday, April 30, 2011

Saturday Morning Scene

Saturday Morning Scene

My Saturday Morning Scene:

A 6.6 mile walk for MS... then I had pizza and ice cream :)

Friday, April 29, 2011

This is what it's all about.

Those moments when Drew, Zoey and I are curled up together on the couch...those are the moments that life is all about.

When we're not thinking about money, work, the to-do list, or the future... those moments that we just enjoy all that we have together... they make me realize just how truly blessed I am, I couldn't ask for a better life :) 

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Well THAT backfired...

The reason I started blogging in the first place was so I could right whatever the hell I want, say what I think, and just write.

Yup, that's gone.

Now right off the bat I knew I would have to censor myself somewhat. I mean, did you hear about the teacher from Pennsylvania who lost her job because of her blog? Yeah, I knew I wouldn't be able to comment much about my job, or cite specific students, but I was fine with that, If they're bugging me I can just complain to the hubby or friends. That was no problem. I also knew that I would need to monitor my language, which I'm totally cool with since I don't enjoy reading blogs with f-bombs thrown about and more obscene language than your typical college bar...


I didn't expect so many people I know to be reading this. Yes, I realize that statement sounds funny. However, I started blogging for me. To get my thoughts out. To rant about my family/friends/people who come in close proximity. Those first couple of months I was enamored with my anonymity. Sure, I posted pictures, but since no one knew who I was, it didn't matter. Alas, apparently it was not meant to be. Now all of a sudden friends, family, random people I knew way back when, and people I somewhat know are reading and following my blog (yeah, you know who you are! Even you who reads without following... it's kinda obvious when you make comments about things on the blog or, even better, use pieces of my blog for your own blog/facebook, yeah, you're not fooling anyone)

So now I'm in a pickle... do I keep blogging and say screw it to the people in my real life who may be upset or offended? Do I watch what I say and lose that freedom I've experienced from blogging? 

Those of you who have been blogging for awhile, do your friends/family know? Do they read? If so... how do you balance that?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday

Join the link up on Jamie's blog!

What am I loving this wonderful Wednesday?

  • My sweet puppy who is extra cuddly this week. Who cares if the cuddliness is due to the recent hair cut that has left her naked and cold?
  • A student who told me I am the best thing that could have happened to him in middle school, man that melted my heart of stone!
  • My BFF C who is going through a tough time, yet still manages to smile and be an amazing teacher... she really inspires me!
  • To Jessica Renee at You are My Color... she is by far my fav follower. This girl always has a comment to make me smile. Whether she's offering support, compliments, or my first blog award, this girl is amazing! 
  • And of course I'm loving the hubs, who is (even while obnoxiously obsessing over motorcycles) the most amazing man ever!
What are you loving this Wednesday? 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tail Wagging Tuesday

Yup, it's Tail Wagging Tuesday again... Link up here with CMae

 This week's topic is to post your dogs bed, or where they sleep.

This is Zo's official bed, yep... loaded with toys. This is where she chills sometimes and she tends to drag it into the kitchen when we are making dinner. That may be her official bed, however we all know were Peanut really sleeps. That's right in bed with us :) Zoey usually sleeps either on my legs, on my stomach... or right smack in between us. We may live to regret this... eh, who am I kidding, we love it. Actually I'm at the point now where I struggle to sleep when she isn't curled up on/beside me.

Now, please excuse her appearance in these pictures... poor little Peanut got her hair cut today and they went a little short. Poor pup is pretty much naked. She's embarrassed but I promised her my blog friends would still love her. She's also freezing. Hello, naked dog and 40 degree weather don't really go together... we may have to pull out her sweater for the next couple of weeks!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Back to school, back to school...

First day back today... I'm exhausted! 

It was a long day, but I was glad to see my kids. They were so sweet today! They are always good to me after I'm out (I was out the day before vacation), I think subs make them appreciate just how good I am to them. I got so many compliments on my new hair today, it made me feel really good especially since I spent 20 minutes this morning with the blow dryer and straightener just trying to get the bangs to work (as cute as it make look when styled right... it is a major pain to deal with!). 

While I loved being back, being this close to the end of the school year kinda scares me...especially since I don't know my fate. My school is, like many others, suffering from tremendous budget cuts. And as a new teacher... that means I'm on the proverbial chopping block. Last year I was too... but I never felt this nervous. I guess I had this sense last year that I was "safe" and I would make it... I don't have that this year. They've literally cut everything they can already... unless the school board is feeling generous... I have a feeling I will be out of a job :( So, I'm doing what any responsible teacher will do, I'm applying... and applying...and praying. I don't entirely love my district... or my school for that matter... but I do love my program, and the teachers I work closely with... and I love my kids. The thing I love most is that I get them for all three years of middle school... I don't want to give that up! I've had 2 years with my current 7th and 8th graders. I want to see them all graduate from high school... I want to see my 6th graders when they are in 8th grade, and it kills me that I might not get to see that. Right now feels so bittersweet to me. I'm enjoying these last few months at school... but I'm also wondering if it is going to be my last in this job.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Espana: Part 2

Old bull fighting arena that was turned into a mall
Brent waiting for the trian
On Sunday of our vacation (which happened to be Palm Sunday) we headed out of the city and took an hour long train ride to Montserrat which is this gorgeous mountain range. To get there from Barcelona you take a 1 hour train, get off that train, then get on another train which takes you about three-fourths of the way up the mountain to the area where the cathedral, monastery and some small shops/restaurants are located.

Part-way up Montserrat
View from the train

The view from here was breath-taking. You can see for miles. We explored for a little there, took some pictures and then decided to take the monorail up even higher. Now let me tell you, this thing was a little sketchy. It basically went straight up the side
The monorail up the mountain
of the mountain. However, it was totally worth it. There was a hour-and-a-half hiking trail that would allow you to sit atop the very top of the mountain, but we didn't have time to hike it before the last train of the night left (and we did not want to be stuck for the night in some random time). I think the coolest thing about Montserrat was that there were not fences or gates up. Around here anytime you go to a national park or hiking there are ugly fences that block part of your view. In Spain they figure if you're old enough to go there, you're old enough to keep yourself safe. My father-in-law says that it's because people over there are not as sue-crazy as we are in the U.S. so places like that don't have to cover their butts so much.

The next day we visited the city of Girona. This was one of the old cities built of stone and stairs. It was really cool to see all the old buildings and beautiful archetecture. THe crazy thing was that the roads there were about the width of my driveway, with homes and shops on either side yet cars went flying down them. I seriously had to look over my shoulder every 5 seconds to make sure I would be out of the way! We explored the city, climbed up the wall, and had lunch. It was beautiful that day, around 70 degrees (yes, those of you for whom 70 is chilly may laugh, but for me that's summer weather!) and sunny. 

The streets of Girona

On Brent's last day (he left to go to Florence and Greece and a cruise... so jealous!) we went on the cable car that went over the city. We had to wait in line for about 2 hours (which felt like 4) before we were able to take the elevator up, and another 1/2 hour waiting up there for our turn on the car. It was really cool to be able to see the entire city, especially when I saw just how much higher the Sagrada Familia was than the rest of the city.

Barcelona cable car

Overlooking the city
Columbus statue (he actually is pointing away from America but towards the ocean)

The city
View from the cable car
 The day after Brent left, we decided to go to the Picasso museum. Now, prior to this I didn't know much about Picasso except that he went nutso towards the end of his life and had some pretty sketchy paintings. However I had no idea just how crazy his work became in later life. His early work was quite pretty and very well done... as we walked through the halls and progressed through his life it just got weird, I really didn't enjoy it and I don't understand what the appeal is...maybe I'm just lacking artistic vision...

Anyways, I've spared you some of the more boring details of our trip, but it was an amazing, beautiful place to go. It was my first time in Europe and I couldn't have asked for a better vacation! I was sad to leave, but psyched to get back and see my little puppy. We have had her back for 2 days now and she is just not the same. She is exhausted and I think she might be sick :( Hopefully it is just exhaustion from playing with her puppy friends all week... I think she may also have an upset stomach from all the butter/cheese/bacon fat that Drew's grandmother undoubtedly fed her last week. Hopefully she will perk up tomorrow, otherwise we are hitting up the vet! 

On a sad note, I have to go back to work tomorrow :( While I love my kids and my job (most of the time) I am sad to see my vacation gone. However, it is crazy to realize that there are only 2 months left of this school year... wow has it gone by fast! 

Saturday, April 23, 2011

While it's Snowing: Espana Part 1

That's right, it's snowing right now. April 23rd... and snow. Wow Maine, just wow!

While I'm watching the snow, I figured it's a great time to tell you about my amazing trip to Barcelona last week. Warning: it contains many pictures!

Waiting in Boston
So our trip started off with a two hour bus ride to Boston, the usual wait at the airport, 7 hour flight from Boston to Madrid, getting lost in the Madrid airport then catching our 2nd flight to Barcelona which took another hour and a half. We arrived exhausted, smelly and ready to go. After showering I tried to use my hair straightener (using one of those cool Euro/American power adapters. Now unfortunately I don't have any pictures, but apparently my straightener was not a fan of the European electricity. Despite my adapter, the thing started bubbling! The plastic on the inside of the straightener apparently overheated and bubbles. Making it impossible to completely close the straightener. Now of course I wouldn't even think of continuing to use it the rest of the week (but don't worry, when I did it was fine, just a lot hotter than usual). 
Ordering Tapas

Downstairs of the apartment

Apparently this is food?
The patio at the apartment

That first day we chilled at the apartment for a bit (which was gorgeous!) and went out for Tapas which means "little bite" and consisted of snack sized portions of foods like Potatoes Bravas (potatoes with spicy garlic sauce) croquettes (deep fried potatoes and minced meat) and several other yummy foods. Tapas were definitely our preferred meal while in Spain, we had them just about every day. We roamed the city for awhile and hit the grocery store (which contained a variety of "interesting" food items). The grocery store was the only store we saw in Barcelona that was larger than my living room. No joke, most stores (and restaurants!) were tiny. Things got crowded quickly and it was very difficult to seat five of use at most restaurants. 

Buying Metro tickets
Our apartment building
One of my favorite things about the trip was that we either walked or took the metro just about everywhere. I live in Maine, if you want to get some place around here you have to drive. In Barcelona it felt like everything was at my fingertips. Dying for late night coffee? Walk downstairs and there are 5 places to get some. Need to hit up the bank? There are at least three on your street. Now, I do realize that part of this corresponds with city-living, and that if I lived in a city in the U.S. I would find similar circumstances. However, part of it was that there are SO many stores, shops and restaurants there! People live in apartments where the first floor of the building consisted of shops and restaurants, while the upper floors are all apartments. Just saying, it was cool. 

Outside Sagrada
Inside Sagrada
The next day we went and visited La Sagrada Familia. This was an amazing cathedral that was started in the 1800's and is still being built today. The archetecut was a man named Gaudi who was very innovative in his style. I won't bore you with all the details, but it is gorgeous and very intrecate. Gaudi was also the mastermind behind Parc Guell which we saw later the same day. 

Escalators to Parc Guell
View from Parc Guell
In order to get to Parc Guell you have to climb a bunch of hills and then take 3-4  (I forget how many) outdoor escalators to get to the top. The park is known as the "fairy-tale park" and looks like a scene from a Disney movie. Gaudi is well-known for his use of mosaic tiles. It was amazing the things he made. While there, my brother-in-law Brent and I had our picture taken with a lizard modeled after the park... Drew was too lame to join us!

Brent and me with our lizard friend :)

....Part 2 coming soon! 

Friday, April 22, 2011

First Award!

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I received my first blog award! 
The lovely Jessica Renee at You Are My Color gave me this: 
 Now I don't know if I'm actually stylish, but I love that she thought of me for this award. Therefore in continuing this award I am supposed to award this to 5 blogs that I read and share 7 things about myself, here goes:

I'm passing this award on to some lovely ladies:
  1. Neely at A Complete Waste of Makeup
  2. CMae at Live What You Love
  3. Stacie at "Well-Behaved Women Rarely Make History"
  4. Abigail at Saved By the Bell: The College Years
  5. Katie at Loves of Live
7 Facts about myself:
  1. The English teacher in me cringes with people use improper grammar such as "Drew and Me went to Spain"... Drives me bonkers, even when I don't know the person doing it, I desperately want to correct them
  2. My husband is my best friend and though it sometimes makes me sad that I don't have a female BFF, I wouldn't trade him for the world
  3. I watch reruns of Boy Meets World (everyday), partly because it's hilarious and partly because it brings me back to my childhood
  4. I'm a total Facebook stalker... if they ever let people see who views their profiles, I'm screwed
  5. If I could, I would read all day every day. No joke, I love me some books and I feel like I never get the chance to read all the books I want to read (I no joke have a stack of books waist-high in our "office" of books I am trying to find time to read)
  6. I am my own worst critic... even when I receive praise I find things wrong with my looks, my personality, my teaching, my accomplishments, my relationships... you name it, I can find things wrong with it. I know that makes me a negative-Nelly and that it completely tears apart my self-esteem... but I just can't stop myself.
  7. The fact that I have 13 followers both amazes and humbles me... that 13 people find what I say interesting enough to read on a daily basis floors me... that I know there are more readers out there that follow me (hello, I stalk my stats too!) is incredible but also makes me curious about who is out there reading me on their own... hello, don't you wanna be my friend???

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Back from Spain!

Hola! I am back! 

Alas, 18 hours of travel time, jet lag and the late hour (well, late for Barca-time, which is what I'm currently running on) means that this is a quick post. Tomorrow I will be back with pictures, stories, adventures, and MY FIRST BLOG AWARD!!!! (can you tell I'm psyched about that last one? Totally made my day to come back and see that) So I leave you tonight with the promise of MUCH more tomorrow, now I must go take a real shower because I'm tired of being a dirty Spaniard!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Peanut Here!

Hi all, it's me, Zoey

I know, you've been wondering when I would guest blog. Well, Mama and Daddy are in Spain right now, and THEY LEFT ME HERE, "Lame Mom, not Lamb!" (can anyone besides my Mommy and Auntie Abby name what movie that quote is from?)

Anywho, here I am with my BFF Bailey and my great-grandparents pup, Kate (would that make her my great aunt?...hmmmm) We are legit in the middle of nowhere, Maine. I mean like more deer than people, middle of the woods-type deal. I LOVE IT. Gram M feeds me cheese, bacon, and puts butter on everything... I'm gonna return to Mama one fat pup.

Sure, I guess I miss Mama... I mean she does that whole feeding, cuddling, loving thing for me, which is pretty nice, but I'm kinda pissed that she ditched. She better bring me back a GOOD present or I'm gonna be leaving her some presents of my own!

On the plus side, I've totally gotten into my yoga practice this week, I'm a pro at downward dog, not bragging, just saying.

As my final gift to you lovely blog readers, I give you this gem that Mama filmed last week... aren't I a viscous little pup... aren't you scared?(please excuse Mama's funny sounding voice... she doesn't really sound that creepy!)

Monday, April 18, 2011

International Post

Oh hi there, sorry about the whole not posting thing...

But, I'm in Spain, and enjoying my vacation...

be jealous, super jealous :)

back soon with stories and MANY pictures!!! 

Friday, April 15, 2011

This is really hard...

I'm not gonna lie... I'm crying a little... and I feel like a fool for it...

Drew just pulled out of they driveway with my baby :( I know, I know, I'm about to go on an amazing trip and see a continent I've always dreamed of seeing. This is a great opportunity and is going to be an amazing vacation...

but I wont see my baby for a week. My faithful blog readers know how devoted and infatuated I am with my puppy. She is my baby. I have never felt this kind of love for someone before, and I know that she's a dog... and that some of you will never understand how I feel about her. For those of you who feel like their pets are their children, you know exactly how I feel right now.

Zoey will be spending a fantastic, pampered week at Chez Gram and Gump. A magical land in the middle of nowhere where a pup has all kinds of food, animals to bark at, and love. She will be fine... she probably won't even miss me... but man it was hard to watch her go. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


New haircut... I don't know yet how I feel about it. I was planning on going shorter, but my hairdresser left it a little longer and I didn't want to be that whiney complaining person that thinks she knows better than the pro... 

So, this is the new 'do...  It will never look this good again, cause let's be honest... I am not a high-maintenance girly-girl... I am a shower, straighten the front and walk out the door... Once in a while I will blow dry... but only if it's cold out or I'm going someplace nice, otherwise it's gonna air dry eventually :)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tail Wagging Tuesday

Today's topic at CMae's Tail Wagging Tuesday is favorite toy. Well, Zo's favorite toy is definitely her Foxy: 

Foxy is Zoey's baby. She can not go to bed at night without her Foxy. And she always knows where foxy is. Like if the fox is under the covers on the bed, Zo will crawl under the covers to find him. If you say "Zoey, were's Foxy?" she look around until she finds him. It's funny because my parents gave Zo foxy for Christmas, and their dog has the full-sized version that she loves so Zoey and Lexi both have their foxes that they adore. Anyways, here are some pix of my Peanut and her "baby" 

P.S. We have a house guest this week. Zoey's BFF Bailey is staying with us for a few days. Yes, they're cute together, and yes, they have a blast, but omg I never wanna have two dogs at the same time! Kudos to all of you who manage but it's nuts. Part of it might be because they're getting used to each other but the two leashes, play fighting, chasing each other, both trying to jump on me thing is exhausting! Not to mention at 5 am when Bailey slowly crept up the bed (on my body) until she got to my head and then tried to eat my face... yeah, not a pleasant way to start the day. I'm used to my little Peanut who is so not a morning pup, and I like it!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Weekend Recap

What did I do this weekend? Why I'm so glad you asked!

4:30 am... about to crash
Friday: If you saw my Saturday Morning post, you know I was at Relay for Life with my little sis. It was a crazy fun night. First off, I almost mooned her roommate (oops!). I had been on the phone with Abby who said she was home alone. By the time I made it up there (it was a 2 hour drive after downing an iced tea before leaving, yeah, not my brightest idea) so since I thought she was home alone and I really had to pee I scooted into the bathroom and pulled down my pants (no shame, we shared a bathroom for about 18 years there) and she suddenly slammed the door on me, luckily the roomie was in her room so she didn't have to see my pale, wide, butt! 

The note
We invited Abby's roommate to have dinner with us via paper airplane note (yup, we're cool like that) then we packed up and headed to the fitness center for Relay. From 9pm to 5am we did cool stuff like eat cotton candy, walk 11 miles, participate in 2am Zumba (we were 2 of the few people who completed the whole hour of it) created luminaries for people we know who are affected by cancer, and unfortunately crashed half an hour and 5 miles away from our (admittedly lofty) goal.
$.50 cotton candy, yep, we were psyched!

Drew and Lexi
Saturday: Slept until 1pm for the first time since bar nights in college. Drove 2 hours home just in time to have dinner with my parents and little bro. Drew proceeded to torture their dog (she loved it!)

This is what the pool looked like! EW
Sunday: We have this nasty shell of a pool that was left behind by previous owners. We had discussed fixing it versus scrapping it and decieded that it wasn't going to be worth the tremendous work it would entail, so Drew put it on Craigs List. No joke, within 20 minutes about 30 people had responded to the ad. So last night a couple that lives nearby worked with Drew to tear it apart and load it in their truck. They actually came by just a little while ago to get the last couple of pieces and (bonus!) they also took the old basketball hoop we had lying in the back yard! Our house officially does not look like a trailer park!!!!

That was my super exciting weekend... now I'm tired and in need of some food! 

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Saturday Morning Scene

 Saturday Morning Scene
Except I'm posting Saturday night, mostly because I didn't have access to the computer until now (hint hint Drew, an iPhone would totally prevent this issue!) However, this is what things looked like for me this morning: 

 This was taken at about 4:30 this morning after we had walked 11 miles, done 1 hour of Zumba, eaten 2 cookies, pizza, drank several water bottles, cried during the luminary ceremony and a cancer survivor's speech, seen an ugly obnoxious chick without her shirt on and the stupid "like a g-6" girl freaking out on the track cause it was 3am and she was "so super hyped" 

Relay 4 Life was an amazing event and I'm so glad I got to do it with my little sis. Now, however, my legs are exhausted and I need to get some real sleep. We slept for about 20 min at the Relay and then passed out for 6 hours back at my sisters apartment, this girl is ready for a good night's sleep!
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