Thursday, April 13, 2017

Craziness Countdown

History Day was last Friday.  Now I'm editing Images of Greatness projects, learning lines, planning field trips, babying my ouchy knee, scheduling summer trips, and not believing that the end of school is actually in sight.  This year has flown!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

March Madness

I made it through my 19th middle school show... High School Musical, Jr. was a huge success, and the kids really grew through the process.  Now, time to focus on History Day and renewing my National Boards.  Spring break is at the end of the month, and I'm trying to power through until then.  It will be half play and half work and lots of sleeping in!

23 pounds lost since the New Year.  Still plugging away at it.  Andrew and I both are.  He's lost a lot too.  It's much easier when we work at it together.

We went to the new Hancher last weekend to see Mamma Mia.  The new building is amazing.  I didn't realize exactly how much I missed going to Hancher.  The space is gorgeous, and it feels more intimate than the Civic Center in Des Moines.  I'm so glad it's finally open!

Saturday, February 4, 2017


Voluntary Facebook break to focus on positives. That place was making me feel icky inside, and it was sucking too much of my life. Instead, here are some good things to share!

1.  I've lost 17 pounds since New Year's. 
2.  I've decided to try and renew my National Boards. 
3.  Andrew and I are going to Florida for spring break and to Alaska this summer. 
4.  July could be the best month of my entire life. More on that later. 
5.  Assume the best. Always. 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Fall, 2016

New responsibilities at work
Puppy growing
Hawkeye football, Olivia's first game
Friends visit
Love having to change the sheets on the spare bed
Trying to walk every day before work
Exhausted in the evenings
Lots of meetings
Working up my gumption to ask important questions
For myself
Not something I often do
Maybe getting back into blogging
If on an abbreviated level

Today's song:

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

30 Days of Thanks: Days 21-24

I don't feel very well today, so I think it will be good to focus on what I'm thankful for!  :)

Disappointment/Fear:  Hm.  It's weird to be thankful for a disappointment or fear, but I guess I'm thankful for all the disappointments I had with dating and boyfriends before Andrew and I got together.  Those disappointments all led to him, and he was worth the wait.  I truly can't imagine being married to any of my past boyfriends.  Any of those would have been marriages set up to fail.

Book:  To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite book, and I adore reading it to my 8th grade GOAL students every year.  We're getting close to the end, and they're all so caught up in the story and in the characters.

Feeling: I'm thankful for feeling supported and loved.  Being lonely is a terrible feeling, and I'm so happy to not feel that way anymore.

Photo:  I love all of our wedding photos, but I love our expressions in this one.  I have it on the lock screen of my phone, and it makes me happy whenever I look at it.

Friday, November 20, 2015

30 Days of Thanks: Day 20

Keepsake:  Pretty much anything that is family-related, especially from my mom, is a keepsake I'm thankful for.  One very special one that I have, though, is the $2 bill that I carry in my purse.  It was in my mom's purse when she died, and it was in my Grandpa Sutherlin's wallet when he died.  It's a little piece of them I carry with me.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

30 Days of Thanks: Day 19

Clothing:  Today I'm thankful for Blue Fish.  This store popped up in Fairfield a few years ago, and I was instantly smitten.  The clothing is fun, comfortable, and quirky.  Plus, it comes in all sizes... even mine!  I love being able to go into a shop on the square and find clothes for myself that I love.  Really, the only other place I can find clothes for myself in town is at Wal-Mart, and well, um... yeah.  If I had the funds, I think Blue Fish would be the source of my entire wardrobe.  Check out Blue Fish here!
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