Tuesday, May 31, 2011

It's not even pink!

I got my "pink slip" today... the most disappointing part? It's not even pink... how lame is that? 

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Good Amanda!

As I mentioned in my What I'm Loving Wednesday this week, I found a gym this week :) And not one of those huge franchise everyone and their grandma goes, type of gym (nothing against those, but I don't want to see people and have to chitchat while I work out, I want to get in, get my sweat on, and leave)

This gym is perfect for me. Why? You ask... sooooo many reasons. The biggest: it's open 24/7/365 so even on a holiday at midnight, I can go workout. This is perfect for me because I am totally one of those people who would be like "oh the gym closes in an hour, I guess I don't have time" and conveniently not go. This gets rid of my excuse.

I also love the group classes it has. This gym has Zumba (loves) kickboxing (yay) yoga (oh boy) and circuit classes. I've been to two classes already and I loves them.

The final major perk? It's quiet. The group classes I've been to have had less than 10 people in it each time AND each time I've got to the weight room there has been 0-3 people there... which means I can work out in peace, alone, without having to interact with other people... anti-social Amanda wins again! 

I signed up on Wednesday, and have already gone I've gone four times in four days!!! okay, I know that's a pathetic accomplishment, but it's actually great for me to go to the gym four days in a row. I'm fine working out at home everyday, but I don't push myself as hard as I should and I tend to workout for a minimal amount of time. 

In an effort to be more serious about the gym (since I'm paying for it and if I don't go Drew's gonna get all pissy) I am going to (try to) blog about my workouts here on Sunday's so I can keep track of it. I debated about posting my weight here... but I'm just not ready for that type of scrutiny yet... granted I'm way below what I weighed at this time last year... I'm still not comfortable with my body enough to announce to the whole world what I weigh... maybe later, for now just enjoy my workouts:

Thursday: 1 hour cardio boot camp (omg that hurt) 

Friday: 45-minutes on the elliptical, 30 minutes of strength training 

Saturday: 1-hour Zumba class

Sunday: 35-minutes on the elliptical, 40 minutes of strength training 

Friday, May 27, 2011

Book Club Friday

This week my reading hasn't been too ambitious...I need some new book ideas, I guess I will need to hop around this link up and get some ideas. 

I bought this book for my kids a couple of months back and figured I should actually read it so when they ask I can tell them about it. It was a decent book, very obvious plot line, but still very interesting. I usually like Haddix's books, and this was no different. It was engaging enough that now I feel like I need to go get the rest of the series. 

I'm reading this aloud to my kids right now... not gonna lie, it's pretty sketchy... as in even my students were wondering what Carroll was on as he wrote this. I've never actually read it before, but it feels like a bad trip to me. I used to love the Disney version of the movie cause it was so quirky and odd... I had always just attributed it to Disney wanting to engage young children... now I see Carroll was just tripping, I mean seriously, you should hear the stuff  "Alice" says/thinks in this thing... its pure craziness. 

I started reading this one last night. No verdict yet, but I always love Grisham books so I'm betting it will be good. It will probably be on next week's book club when I can actually say something about it. 

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Who are you and what did you do with my husband?

I've been one of the lucky ones for the past 8 and a half years... my husband doesn't watch sports. He has never cared about watching the World Series, the Final Four, the Superbowl or any sports event of varying significance. 

Oh how I have loved it... don't get me wrong, I'm all for a good sports game when I actually know the people playing... or even one person that plays. I loved watching Drew play hockey in high school, I even enjoyed basketball games in college (though I liked those mostly because my dance team performed at half time)... but I have never enjoyed sports on tv.. and for as long as I have known him, neither has Drew

Well what the hell happened? All of a sudden the Bruins are in some important game...oh, the tv just told me that it's the Stanley Cup... that's right... the tv is on a hockey game {cue gagging, shrugging, exasperated sigh} 

Even worse? He's totally doing that macho yell when they score, yell when there's a bad call, excited sports fan thing

{sigh} I miss my husband...how much longer is this thing on for...? I hope my old husband returns soon, I'm not liking this new guy :( 

Oh, P.S. today is our 1year 11month wedding anniversary/8 year 7month dating anniversary... is it sad that I count both? (It's easy since our dating/engagement/wedding anniversaries are all on the 26th) Meh, how many people can say at 24 that they've been with their significant other almost a decade... hell, these days, how many people are ever able to say that? I plan to acknowledge all celebrations of our relationships longevity...simply cause I can :) 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday

Link up with Jamie

After a week and a half of rain, I'm loving that the sun came out yesterday and we hit 79 degrees... 79 degrees in May in Maine!!!! Sorry that I am overly excited about that... If you live in Maine, you get it
No, these scary witch-nails aren't mine!
I'm loving my new nailpolish called Empire State Blue:

Yes, I know it's blue... yes, I also know that only 12 year olds wear blue nail polish... I work with 12 year olds... and I posses an inner 12 year old... I'm loving the blue.

I'm loving that I found a gym, within 5 miles of my house, that offers Zumba classes, and that my friend Amy is joining with me... so excited! 

 I'm loving that there are 16 and a half days left of school... this teacher needs some summer vacation and warm weather! 

Finally I'm loving that I guest blogged yesterday on Sarah's blog and got some nice comments about it, thanks everyone for reading!!!
What are you loving this Wednesday? Link up and share!

Monday, May 23, 2011

My First Guest Post!!!!

Hey everyone, I have partipated in my first guest post!!! (yay me!) Check out Sarah's blog Vitality 101. This crazy girl has embarked on a 90-day journey without Facebook {shudder}. And while I give the girl props, I don't have her self-restraint. So head on over, read up, follow Sarah, and tell me what you think! 

Coming soon: Sarah's guest post

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Button and Bonfire

I am so proud of myself! I created my own blog button :) So feel free to grab it and add it to your page (no really, go ahead!)
In other news, yesterday was amazingness. The weather cooperated (well, mostly) so we were able to go to our bonfire! If you saw yesterday, we knew going into this that there was quite a bit to burn. My friend Amy calls her husband "Chainsaw Charlie" (his real name is Brian) because he loves to cut down trees and play with his chainsaw. Well, apparently Brian was a little over ambitious because OhMyGa (anyone remember Jessica Simpson saying this? Yeah, I loves it) did we ever have wood to burn. Not only that, but the boys apparently felt that the fire wasn't catching enough on it's own... so they decided to "oil the fire", yeah, I bet you can all guess how that went. So here are some pix of our night:
The pile (you can't tell, but it extends like 20 feet back.

Zo and her sweater. Hey, we didn't want the pup to be cold (and come on, how cute is that?)
No joke, 20 foot flames

Enjoying the flames...oh and he was prepared in case the world ended and zombies took over, notice the toy gun and ski goggles... that would protect us :)

Sorry for the blurriness, Chainsaw Charlie was using his tractor to add fuel to the fire. It was moving, it was misting out, but I felt I just had to share this.
Again, dark, misty, and moving, but oh-so-funny


Saturday, May 21, 2011

Saturday Morning Scene

Saturday Morning Scene

Link up with Katie

The house is clean: 

The puppy is staring out the window:

...and we're going to a bonfire tonight with some really good friends. By the way, this pile here... yup that's one of THREE that are already ready to burn.

As long as the rain stays away, this will be a perfect day.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Book Club Friday

Today I am linking up with Megan and Heather for their book club. It is funny that I came across this Link Up because I was just thinking yesterday that I needed to update my blog with the books I read this week. If nothing else being mopey and depressed is good for the book shelf :) 

So here is what I read this week (and yes I know it's a lot of books for one week... no I'm not really ashamed of it.

This is one of those quick, easy chick-reads that are oh-so satisfying. I had read this one before, but I want to go see the movie (hint hint Drew) so I wanted to reread it.

While I was at the library getting Something Borrowed I decided to grab a couple of Emily Giffin's books because I love her writing. This one was even better than Something Borrowed and I really enjoyed it. 
 Technically I read this book to my students, but hey, it's still reading. It's classic, it's cute and it gave us an excuse to watch the movie... which is a lot sketcher than I remembered it.  We are doing a media study right now so we are looking at why books are changed so much when they become films... my kids are really enjoying it and it's actually making them think (which is tough to do when you are watching a movie, on a rainy day week, at the end of the school year.

I LOVED the first two books in the Millennium Trilogy, so I was super psyched to start this one... alas, it was a bit of a disappointment. Still very well written, and I still loved the characters that have been in all three books, but this one was lacking. It wasn't as mind-bending nor as addictive as the other two. The first two sucked you in with a combination of writing style and plot development... this one just felt a little stale, although it did a great job of bringing the series to a close. While reading this I also discovered that the author died shortly after delivering the three manuscripts which was disappointing because I was looking forward to more by this author.

So that was my week in books, I am looking forward to reading the other blogs linked up this week to get some new book ideas!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday

Link up with Jamie

Although this last week has been rough... and I've been in a state of moping depression... there are somethings that I am loving this week:

-I'm loving how supportive and outraged coworkers, students and parents have been. I haven't been able to tell my students/their parents, but they're smart and get that my lack of comment tells it all... I truly appreciate all of the supportive comments, well-wishes and totally appropriate anger towards the powers that be... if nothing else, thier anger and sadness at my eminent departure lets me know that I am not alone in my feelings

-I'm loving that I haven't gained any weight this week. While that may seem like an odd thing to be grateful for, if you read my Lazy Day post, you know that part of my week of moping includes a lack of exercise and diet restrictions that could have blown everything... luckily my body seems to realize that I am depressed enough without having to add weight gain into the mix

- I'm loving that I've been really motivated this week. The whole job uncertainty thing seems to have kicked my butt in gear because I don't think I've ever been this productive before during my prep periods and before/after school... it's truly amazing what I've been able to get done during this time... imagine all the things I could have accomplished if I had been this on top of things before!

-And finally I am loving that today is my baby-brother's 15th birthday. Crazy... he always seems so young to me, but I guess he really is growing up {tear}

Me and my younger siblings :)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tail Wagging Tuesday

Link up with CMae

Today's Tail Wagging Tuesday is to post a video of your pup. Well I couldn't pick just  one...

This one is just plain cute: Zoey playing in the snow
And  this one just makes me laugh: Zoey trying on her winter boots.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Lazy Day

This song is totally how I feel right now. There is something about being told your "let go" that makes you want to let go. I haven't worked out since Wednesday, all I want to do is eat junk... and I really don't care. No this is not some full-blown depression or downward spiral... This is just me taking some time to process, mope, and plan. I swear I will  get over this and get back into my healthier habits. I in no way want to regain all the weight I worked so hard to lose last year, and I have in no way given up. But I am calling this week my mourning period. I promise that at 3pm Wednesday, which will be exactly 1 week since "that meeting", I will have moved on, be remotivated, and ready to go. So bear with me for the next 1 day 20 hours and 54 minutes. This is the tail-end of my funk.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Saturday Morning Scene

Saturday Morning Scene

My Saturday Morning Scene:

Okay, that's not all, but today is a major cleaning day and my already clean laundry is the only part of this process that I deem appropriate for various known and unknown viewers to see. It's going to be a long day, but this place needs a good scrub down... and the best motivation for such a scrub down? Inviting friends over... some of which have never seen your house. Yep, that is the ultimate motivation to get my butt in gear.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Time to Purge

... I've been avoiding blogging... I've been afraid to write...I don't want to say it out loud...

I was let go :( budget cuts in a public school, and I'm the newest.

I'm devastated. I know that sounds melodramatic, since I knew this was a possibility... but I guess I just never really let myself think about what I would do our how I would feel if I really was the one cut. That's right, I was the one... the only person in our building cut... I feel like I'm walking around with a spotlight on my face and an announcer screaming "look at Amanda with pity, she just got cut".

I digress, back to how  I feel (cause I'm sure you really care). Drew doesn't get it, but I feel homeless, which I know sounds funny. I still have my home, my hubby, my pup... but this I place that my life has revolved around for the past 3 years... is suddenly not going to be my place any more. Growing up, I always pictured myself teaching at this school. This is my hometown, the middle school I went to, the team at the middle school that I was on (we team teach and no joke I've been teaching with several of my old teachers the past couple of years). The moment I started teaching here, it just felt like home to me. Yes there were people I didn't like, aren't there always? But it just felt right to me. I love (most of) the people on my team, I made some amazing friends, I love my kids and I love my program. It's an intense, labor-intensive and sometimes exhausting program, but it just fit so well with my philosophy of teacher...no other school in our state has this program at the middle school level.

So now I've lost my home. My base. The place were I always thought I would be. The worst part? I can't tell my kids. I have to (somehow) go the next 5 weeks with them everyday, and not tell them that I wont be back in the fall. My 8th graders wont be able come back to visit after school next year, my 6th and 7th graders won't have me for the 3 years like they were promised. Not to toot my own horn... but they're going to be devastated... they already are and they don't even know for sure that I'm leaving.

My principal says I can't tell them until the last week of school... but they're not dumb, they know. They know there were budget cuts... they know I'm low man on the totem pole. They see how my team members hug me, pat me on the back, tell me that they love me. The saw a teacher from another wing bring me a whoopie pie... they see the change in me. They saw me tear up yesterday when a 6th grader said she loves me and that she is going to bawl her eyes out at the end of 8th grade when she has to leave me... I didn't have the heart to tell her that the day of leaving is coming a lot sooner than expected.

The worst part is that they keep asking "are you safe?" "who got cut?" or making plans for the fall... It takes all my strength not to sob...they are so earnest and concerned about me... and I can't tell them. It's killing me. One girl wrote a letter to the principal telling her how wonderful I am and how, even with all the budget cuts, I am a teacher worth fighting to save... I didn't have the heart to tell her that it's too late... but I still gave the letter to my principal, just to show her how much she's losing.

I just don't think it's fair not to tell my kids... this affects them, honestly it affects them more than it affects me. They deserve to know, but it's not my call. I get why admin doesn't want me to tell them... the parent outcry is going to be outrageous and possibly volatile (which may or may not be amusing to see). I get that admin wouldn't want to deal with it and that waiting until the end of the year will limit parent's complaining time... but they have every right to complain. I have done a lot for my kids, and not gonna lie, I'm a pretty amazing teacher... my kids AND my parents love me, respect me, and appreciate my dedication to them... they have every right to voice their concerns... but again, not my call.

So as of right now, I don't have a job for the fall. Part of me knows that this is meant to be, and I will end up where I belong... the other part of me knows that the economy stinks, job opportunities are rare... and is scared to death. This is also the part of me that doesn't handle change well and is currently being forced to make a major change... no lie, that's the part of me that is dominant right now. I'm scared, hurt, anxious... but mostly just sad. Whereas I was previously counting down the days in anticipation of summer vacation... I'm now counting down the precious days I have left on my team, in my room... and with my kids.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tail Wagging Tuesday

Today's Tail Wagging Tuesday link up is about treats. Link up with CMae here

Now we all know that Zoey is a spoiled little baby. But I guess I didn't realize how bad it was until I opened the pantry door to take a picture of her treats:

Baby girl gots herself some options. We like to mix it up for Zo and always try to look for new treats for our baby... clearly we've got too far! 

These mini-Jumbones are her current fave, but nothing beats her chewys. If we're not careful we will end up with 10 of these scattered around our house as she tends to hoard them. In fact, if I were brave enough to look under the couch right now, I would probably find at least 5, no joke.

Puppy is spoiled with all kinds of  treats, but her absolute favorite treats are... Mommy and Daddy food... yup, I admit it, we are weak. Those puppy eyes bat up at me and I can't help myself. We share. Snacks, dinner... ice cream off our spoons.... we have no shame with our baby, and she knows it.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Hip-1, Amanda-0

I think I've mentioned my hip issues on here before, but I'm too lazy to go find the post (if there is one) so just a brief recap, I have some issues with my right hip, due to an old dance injury. Basically it aches all the time and if I do too much it can result in searing pain. To make matters worse when my hip pops out (literally it pops out of alignment which is painful AND looks kinda creepy) it radiates pain up my back, making me limp like a little old lady. 

This started the summer of 2008, right after I graduated college (and stopped dancing). My doctor said I probably injured it dancing and then continued dancing on it for awhile (maybe even years) before is started bothering me. He said since I was always dancing my body was just used to it, but that scar tissue was building up around the joint. I was in physical therapy for awhile until I got kicked off my parent's insurance and then I haven't gone back since getting insurance again because 1) it's expensive and I'm cheap and 2) I learned how to manage it at physical therapy so why pay to do stretches I can do for free at home (though I do miss the electro-therapy... that was heaven)

I digress. Back to my hip. Since I lost so much weight last year, my hip has been significantly better. Something about not lugging around an additional 30 pounds that helped it stay in place better... weird how that works. However today my hip decided to revert to its old, evil ways. I was about 15 minutes into my 6-Week, 6-Pack workout (haha, I just almost peed myself laughing about the thought of me with a 6-pack) when I felt a twinge in my hip. No big deal, I thought to myself, I must have just moved funny. 5 minutes later though, the twinge had grown into a throbbing, sharp-shooting agony. I collapsed into a pathetic, sweaty heap on the floor and just felt like crying. I try so hard to be "good" limit my junk, work out 5-6 days a week all in an vain attempt not to be a blimp. Despite all my good intentions, my body keeps betraying me. I want to scream at my hip that I'm only 24-damn it! It needs to stop acting like I'm 70! 

It's just so frustrating to feel like I don't have control (yes, I'm a control freak, no, it doesn't bother me). It's not that I'm too fat or out of shape for my workout, I could actually handle that better with the mindset that I will ease into it as I get stronger... my body just can't handle it.

Thank goodness for my amazing hubby, who happened to call mere minutes after my almost-meltdown. He encouraged me to do some yoga (which helped some) and made me feel less guilty about quitting during my workout. I hate to admit defeat, but he brought up a good point that if I push too hard I will end up really hurting myself.

{sigh} so now I'm sitting on the couch feeling pathetic, fat, and lazy... oh yeah, and my hip is still killing me...


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Bad Mommy

Drew informed me the other day that we missed Zoey's second birthday while we were in Spain... I hadn't even remembered.... bad Mommy!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Saturday Morning Scene

Link up with Katie at Loves of Life

My Saturday morning scene? Well of course  it involves Zoey!!!

How cute is that little tongue?!?!  Peanut and I have decided to have a lazy Saturday (I know, the best kind!) so our plans include bumming on the couch, going for a nice leisurely run and maybe doing a little cleaning. Drew's gone for the day, so we might as well enjoy our Mama-Puppy time :)

Friday, May 6, 2011

10 Reasons Why I Love My Students

This may be Teacher Appreciate week, but I am so appreciative of my students this week:
  1. On of my 8th graders told me today that I am the best teacher ever because I am nice and I let them do fun and interesting projects
  2. I got a hug from one of my 6th graders, just because I let them choose their own seats
  3. My homeroom stopped talking when announcements came one... hello, we've been working on that one ALL YEAR LONG!
  4. An 8th grader who I've only had this year told me she wishes she could have had me all three years
  5. I got a high five from a struggling student
  6. An 8th grader said he can't really be excited about school almost being out, because then he would have to leave me
  7. One of my 7th graders said she is going to cry on the last day of school... when I reminded her that I will be her teacher again next year she told me that she was sad because the end of the year means we only have one more year together.
  8. 2 8th grade boys (who aren't even my students!) both claimed me as their "bff" 
  9. They were quiet for an entire period today... without me having to say a word!
  10. 2 of my 7th graders made me a thank you card for teacher appreciation week... it had 20 things that they love about me... I'm not gonna lie, I cried a little as I read it
How could I not love them??? Now I just need to make it through the next week and find out if I get to stay with them for another year, cause I don't know how I could possibly leave them.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday

This week I am full of things to love:

  1. I'm loving that budget decisions are being made within the next week, good, bad or ugly I will know whether I have a job next year soon, and knowing the worst is still way better than sitting around wondering.
  2. I'm loving Jillian Michaels' 6-pack abs workout. Though I can barely breathe after, and my abs feel like I just got socked in the gut, it feels amazing to do the whole workout... and she claims after 6 weeks of it, I will have a 6-pack...I may have the 6-pack, but it will most likely still be hidden under a layer of flab!
  3. I'm loving that I have a dinner date Sunday night with my "twin"! It's crazy but I actually saw her more when she lived 5 hours away than I do when she's less than 20 minutes :( 
  4. I'm loving my Netflix- because there is nothing I love more than procrastinating by finding a good movie/tv series to watch :)
  5. I'm loving that as of today, there are only 32 days left of school! While I love my kids, who doesn't love summer? Especially when my summer job consists of hanging out with two amazing little kids who constantly crack me up with their antics and their surprisingly mature wit. 
  6. I love that I drove home behind a car whose license plate said "1EyeGuy"... I so desperately wanted to pull up next to him to see if he indeed, had only one eye.
  7. Finally, I am loving that this is my 100th blog post... should I feel proud that I lasted 100 posts... or pathetic that I've only been blogging for 3 months and already posted 100 times? I'll let you judge that one.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tail Wagging Tuesday

Join the fun and link up with CMae at Live What You Love

This week's topic is "the look". For Zo, that is definitely the stink-eye. Little peanut has some attitude and when she doesn't like what's going on, she is more  than willing to let you know. Thus, this look:


The most common causes of stink-eye? Moving her when she's curled up on or against someone, and taking her picture. Both of these pictures are the result of photo sessions that Zoey quickly grew tired of... if she doesn't want her picture taken, she shouldn't be so darn cute!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Puppy Crack

Zoey is addicted... to chocolate. It's like puppy crack for her.

It all started a few months ago when Zoey got a hold of some Girl Scout Cookies. Now, this was totally my bad, I admit to it. I left the cookies on the couch when I jumped in the shower, and I came back to this: 

We freaked out for awhile and watched her like hawks to make sure she didn't get sick. Well, that taste turned into a chocolate obsession for our little pup. Anytime we have anything chocolate in them her little puppy nose goes nuts

Case in point, a few weeks after the Girl Scout incident, Drew had some peanut butter cups on the the end table in the living room. Now, keep in mind Zo is all of about a foot tall, and our end table is at least 3 feet tall. No idea how she did it, but Zo ended up eating a couple (we're not entirely sure how many) peanut butter cups... foil and all.

Out most recent puppy-crack incident? Yeah, that occurred today. Zoey and I were in the bedroom together. I was putting away laundry, she was steadily licking her no-nos. After about 20 minutes I go to check on her and discover this:

Apparently Drew left the bar of chocolate we bought for friends of ours when we were in Spain. He claims it was on the ironing board, but short of Zo scampering 4 feet up the ironing board, I'm sticking with it was was on the floor. Let me tell you, pup was pissed when I took that away from her, and she proceeded to sulk for about an hour after I took it away. So Amy and Brian, if you're reading this, we really did buy you chocolate in Spain... and if you don't mind some puppy drool, than it's all yours!

And now, a message from Drew:

Drew says "gimmmmeee, gimmmmmeee,gimme now: I pick things up and put them down."

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Birds, wasps and snakes, Oh My! and some books :)

What did I discover today? Why, I'm so glad you asked!

I discovered 3 birds nests under my deck :)

Then I found this nasty wasps nest

And I discovered this little guy in the pit that used to house my pool:

Yay for birds! Boo for snakes and wasps!

I also finished reading this book today:

If you haven't read it, than you are totally missing out! It was a phenomenal book and I have a copy if anyone wants to borrow it.

This week I also finished this:

I really didn't expect to enjoy Dragon Tattoo... and actually almost put it down because the beginning was kinda sketch, but it ended up being so addicting and enthralling that I sped through it and am now reading its sequel:

I'm also currently reading this one

Now if only I didn't have to have one of those pesky job things, I could dedicate my life to reading more amazing books :)
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