Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Hello, World... What is Happening to You?

I have had a summer beyond all summers... memories and fun and travel and love.  I have a grandbaby!  I was in a killer show!  I saw dear relatives!  I spent time with best friends!

But today, I can hardly remember the joy.  I'm overwhelmed by the world.  What is happening?  I can barely recognize my country.

Take time to reach out, friends.  Stretch your hand past the insulated world you've created by blocking and accepting people on social media.  Get to know someone else from across town, across cultures, across religions, across beliefs.  You don't have to agree with them.  But knowing them will help you see the world from their perspective and will help you show compassion and empathy.  Until we're able to do that, we'll never move forward.

We're better than this.  Love will prevail.  We can do it.

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.
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