Sunday, September 26, 2010

"Don't worry, we moved it for you a-hole"

Another entertaining weekend to say the least. Friday night my darling hubster had CQ so he couldn't do anything fun. I went to dinner with another teacher I work with at our new favorite Mexican restaurant named Salsa's & Beer (best name everrrr) where we were served free corona's b/c that night was their official grand-opening. Afterwards, I brought the hubster some dinner at the staff duty desk and hung out there with him for a little before coming home heading to bed.

Saturday, he decided not to take a nap & spent the morning putting a suspension lift on his friend's truck with him. I went out & did a little shopping while the boys were getting greasy. I got some super cute Halloween decorations. I love Halloween, and I really hope he is back from Airborne School by then. I also got a few pairs of Seven jeans that fit perfectly, since I needed new jeans.

When I got back, we all headed out to the Mule Day festival. Yes, MULES! he he. It definitely made me laugh to know there is a whole festival devoted to them. We went to the rodeo, which made me happy. It was an actual professional circuit rodeo, not like the open-bullriding at Shady Acres. We didnt stay til the end b/c none of us had eaten, and we wanted to beat the traffic. All six of us hoped in the hubby's truck & went to leave, only to find out that some douche bag in a little tiny honda civic had blocked the path. My hubs went to the announcers booth to try & get the owner to move it, but no one came. At that point there were cars lined up behind us getting angry that none of us could leave. So, my hubby being the rebel that he is hooked up a tow strap to the civic with the coaxing of the dude in the truck behind us, and dragged it out of the way with his truck. The whole time I was saying "someone's getting arrested" but thankfully no cops showed up.

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Here is the civic with a nice little message letting them know what inconsiderate jerks they are. Maybe next time they will park somewhere that isnt blocking 50 other cars in.

We then proceeded to be stuck in traffic FOREVER because the rodeo finished up as we were waiting for the owners of the civic so didnt make it home until midnight. We fired up the grill & the drinking began. The couple across the street came over and we all had a blast playing beer pong and laughing all night. I finally snuck into bed around 4am, and everyone else went to bed shortly after that. Now I'm the only one awake. I've been up since 9:30, and now it's almost noon. Hopefully someone else wakes up soon b/c I'm bored. lol. Maybe I'll grade some papers and try and be productive while it's still quiet.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A Great Weekend

Friday: I left school as soon as the kids were on the bus & I came home to the air-condition repair man at my house. Since we bought the house in April, we've been having problems with our air conditioner, mostly because the people before us installed a $200 digital touch-pad thermostat. It was way too high-tech, so I thought that I just didnt know how to use it. Hubs gets home from the sandbox, and he starts clicking away on it. No use... it was still 80 inside the house when the screen was set at 65. So we finally broke down & called One Republic since the previous homeowners bought us a 1-yr home warranty as part of the selling package. For $55 we got 2 house calls, and a new thermostat that actually works. Yay for home warrantees :)

I showered & we were off to the Craig Morgan concert which was FREE for anyone on Pope Airforce Base since Craig was stationed here at Ft Bragg while he was in the service. The concert was awesome, and I had a great time with the hubs & my friend Jamie. One of the hubs friends had gotten there early, so we sat up with him, less than 5 yds from the stage! We danced to the songs, and he ended with my favorite song that he sings: International Harvester.
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This is Craig Morgan (right) and his bass player (formally of ACDC)

After the concert, we went to The Cadillac Ranch, a local country bar. We did a little line dancing, and my hubs proceeded to invite a whole bunch of his friends over to the house for a bonfire after. We stopped at Walmart to picked up some steak & chicken so the boys could have some after-bar munchies on the grill & proceeded to sit around the fire at our house until 6am.

Saturday: We obviously slept late since we were up all night. When we finally did get up, we went to the outlets to do a little shopping. Incase I havent mentioned it (or you didnt guess this already from this post) I am a total country girl. I grew up in the middle of no where in upstate NY, and the same goes for my husband in Central, MI. Even though we're both Yankees, we like to say that we were born in the wrong part of the country, since we're total Rednecks. lol. Anyway, we went to the outlets b/c they have a few country stores up there, and my hubby needed a new band for his cowboy hat since he broke his at the Craig Morgan concert. We both ended up spending a ton of money, but got lots of great stuff... including 2 new pairs of cowboy boots for me :D I'm obsessed with Laredo boots (they're all I'll wear) and they had them for $20-$60 less than you normally find them, so I thought that justified getting two pairs ;).

After the outlets, we went to a BBQ that a woman I work with was having. Even though everyone was almost 10 years older than us, we both had a blast. It was the first time my hubs has met most of those people & I didnt even see him most of the time we were there. He was off drinking & talking Army with the guys. He even taught them how to play beer pong. It was pretty hysterical how serious they were.

Sunday: We cleaned the whole house together, which felt great since the dust bunnies were getting out of control. Then we went to "the rodeo." I put it in quotes because it's not what most people would consider a rodeo, but they have open bull-riding on Sundays, so we like to go watch. For $10 you can ride 1 bull, or $20 gets you 3 bulls. Sometimes my hubs will ride a few bulls, but since he's going to Airborne School soon, he didnt want to chance getting hurt. We stopped by another bar on the way home so the hubs could have a few drinks with his friend, who happens to be the rodeo clown, and the friend we went to Craig Morgan with. I couldn't stay out late though, since I had to work on Monday, so we left by 10:30.

A few pics from the rodeo:
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This one is my favorite... The sunlight is perfect. I wish blogger/photobucket did it any justice, but they don't :(

"I need to start eating healthy."

Since the hubs has been home, we have not been following the best eating habits. He wants to eat all of the things he couldnt get while in the sandbox, plus, we've been going places & doing things so often that we've been eating fast food way too much.

Two weeks ago my darling husband proclaims that he needs to start eating healthier in preparation for Airborne School, which will be happening at the beginning of next month. In my mind I think: GREAT! I need to start eating healthier too! Plus, it will be easier since I will have him to help me eat the fresh produce before it rots. Unfortunately, his idea of eating healthy, and mine were TOTALLY different. He meant no more fast food, while I meant whole grains & veggies. I found this out in the middle of a Walmart aisle when we got into a rather lengthy fight because I told him I didnt want to make something because it wasnt healthy. To which I was told to "just pick out whatever because he was done telling me what he wanted to eat since none of it was healthy." Gee thanks!

In the end, he's been a pretty good sport about the whole eating healthier. I'm slowly trying to introduce more chicken, and less red meat. We're eating salads with our dinner a couple of times a week. He even eats whole wheat pasta without complaining. As long as I dont put something with PEAS in it (or anything that sounds like pea, ie chickpeas) in front of him, he's willing to try it.

For those of you who are also dieting, here are a few meals that I have made recently. They're not "diet" food per-say, but I subbed in a few healthy choices to get my hubs to eat them.

Meat & Potatoes: Instead of making mashed potatoes, I made mashed cauliflower. Although cauliflower is not the healthiest of vegetables, it's better than eating a potato. Boil the fresh cauliflower just like you would a potato, then mash it up with a hand mixer. I add a little bit of light soy milk (I dont drink regular milk fast enough & it always went bad, so I switched to soy milk. It's a little sweeter, but it still does the trick. If you like chocolate milk, I highly recommend the chocolate soy, it's DELISH) a little bit of light "I can't believe it's not butter," and a dash of garlic salt. Top it with a little bit of cheese, and it's really yummy :) I've also mashed it up and added a little bit of Queso Cheese to it, which is really good as well.
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Chicken Alfredo
Need: Whole wheat linguine (I can't find fettucini, so I use this) chicken breast, olive oil, italian seasoning, garlic salt, heavy cream, butter (I use I cant believe it's not butter), shredded parmesan cheese
Boil pasta.
Chicken: dice chicken & put in a skillet with olive oil, italian seasoning & garlic salt. Cook chicken completely.
Alfredo sauce: 1 cup of heavy cream, 1/2 a cup of shredded parmesan cheese, 1/4 butter. Cook until cheese is melted.
Drain pasta & pour sauce over it. It will take a few minutes to thicken. Drain the olive oil from the chicken & add to the pasta & sauce mixture. It's not really healthy, but if you sub the whole wheat pasta and the "fake" butter into it, then the only unhealthy parts are the heavy cream & the cheese.
(Picture coming soon, the hubs has been asking for this. lol)

Hopefully he let's me continue to make healthy choices while still letting him eat what he likes to eat (for the most part)... and I will continue to post me healthy-choice recipes for ya'll :)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Dear tomorrow...

...I don't want you to come.

Tomorrow is my birthday. I'll be 25! Ewwwww. Officially a quarter century OLD...
When did I get old?
This is UNacceptable.
Can we just skip tomorrow... I can be 23 for the 3rd time in a row :D

Sunday, September 12, 2010

PDP's

So, I spent the better part of the afternoon working on my PDP (Professional Development Plan) with my two favorite colleagues, and I'm kind of excited for the school year. We're working on some exciting ideas for this school year including a career day. I'm excited for 5th Grade to kick butt & start getting the recognition we deserve. We do so much, but the faculty at my school is insanely large (between 6-9 teachers at each grade level) so it's hard to shine out when there is so much going on daily, that it might be two weeks before the principal gets a chance to visit our hallway. Hopefully with what we have planned this year, we will definitely be making a good impression.

Now it's off to finish watching Big Brother. I'm not ashamed to say that I am very much addicted to this show, and I can't wait to see who wins. Lane has been my favorite since day one, and I'm glad he's still in the competition. He's such a funny, country boy who totally reminds me of my hubby :D Go Lane Go!

Friday, September 10, 2010

A hopeful comeback

I am sorry to those of you who had started to follow me just as I decided to fall off the face of the earth. With the hubster being back from a year's deployment, and myself going back to work full time, I have been a pretty busy bee. I am making a promise to myself to make a full-fledge comeback to the blogging world now that I have some free time to actually sit down and breathe.

I'm not sure how it has been for my fellow bloggies who have had their husbands return from deployment, but mine has been attached at my hip. I love him to death, don't get me wrong, but after a year of being 100% independent, I'm finding it very hard having him constantly around. He is on leave right now, so when I come home after a long day of teaching, he doesnt understand why I want to sit down and do nothing, and not go off on adventures/do something with him. Plus he's a super caring guy who does ANYTHING & EVERYTHING I could ask him to do, so he'll try to help around the kitchen, clean, do laundry, etc, and as much as I appreciate the help, I'm having a hard time giving up the controls and letting him do they jobs that have been mine for so long. It's been a transition to say the least.

Two weeks ago (my first weekend of being back to work) at this time, I was jetting off to Michigan to meet his grandparents (aka his surrogate parents for all intensive purposes) for the first time and his aunt & uncle. I had a great time, but it was definitely not enough time. I would have loved to stay and visit longer. Hopefully we will be able to split the holidays between my family & his.

Last weekend (labor day) we were off on another adventure. This time we went to NY to see my family so that my parents could throw us a wedding reception since we got married here in NC. My parents went above and beyond for what was supposed to be a backyard bbq. I really do have amazing parents. I will post some pictures soon. Right now my battery is charging on my camera. My darling husband got me the new lens I have been wanting for my camera for my birthday (which is tuesday, but he was too excited to keep it a secret that long) so I spent the last two days killing the battery w/my new toy.

This weekend our only plans are to take the boat out on the lake & do some fishing (and by that I mean sitting in the boat taking pictures while he fishes with all his different poles) and try out my new pink fishing pole (I do like pink things!) Then I will probably spend all day Sunday working on lesson plans since I have yet to write one for this year. I know, I know, I'm being bad, but honestly, if I have all of my materials ready, and I have notes jotted down about what I'm going to do, why do I need to waste all this time typing it out into a fancy little template? It seems like a big pain in the tush to me, but I guess I have to now since they are coming around and checking them on Monday. Poop!

This year has been a great year so far. We were told before school started that our classes were looking to be about 28-29 students each. Our opening year was last year, and we started the year at 32 students each. After the first 10 days of school, when they had an official head count, we were able to get some teachers from other schools who had less enrollment. This however didnt happen instantly b/c we had to wait for relocatable "pods" to be brought on campus so that they would have classrooms since all of ours were full. So after 6-8 weeks we were finally able to each choose 4 students to move into the new class. I pretty much sat at 28 for the rest of the year. That being said, 28 again didnt really raise too many eyebrows.

Thankfully, they capped our school & would not allow any more students to enroll for the remainder of the year. For those of you who know anything about Ft Bragg, you know that this is the largest population of army troops in the country. Being just North of Bragg, we are a VERY transient school, and it's not unusual for us to have only 1/2 of our original students in our class at the end of the year, and to have the other replaced with newly PCS'd faces. Being capped meant that we would only lose students, and wouldnt be getting any new ones to replace them, which sounded great.

Then, to make it even better, our superintendent made an appearance at our back-to-school luncheon to let us know that our school had qualified for 500K worth of federal funding, of which he was going to be allocating 4 new teaching positions to our school (which later changed to 5)!! So we now have new K, 1st, 3rd, 4th & 5th grade teachers. That brought my list down to 22 students. FOUR of them were no-shows, which means my class size is EIGHTEEN!! YES, I said 18!! That is 10 less students than I had last year, and let me tell you, it is AMAZING. I can get so much more done in one day. Plus, all of my students are really well behaved (although sometimes a tiny bit chatty) so that has added to my amazing year.

Hopefully this year continues to go just as smoothly as it has gone thus far. I'll be back soon to blog more, and post some wonderful photos. I should be getting to bed since my hubby is probably wondering where I have disappeared to ;)