Monday, January 29, 2007
Wind Chimes

Sunday, January 21, 2007
2007 so far
Last Friday I was at a movie night where I left when the movie started. "Rough day?" someone asked. "Rough year, so far" I replied.

This may be the year that I buy a car, a house, and go to Europe.

But so far this has just been the year that my grandfather had a stroke on the night before we were supposed to have brunch for my aunts birthday. The year that my family and extended came together from miles and miles away. In cars and planes. The year that I have spent more time in the hospital than all my other years put together. And when I have thought more about life and death and living wills and purpose. When I have cried so much I had that crying headache for days. And when teaching has become a blur and an escape.

My grandfather is still with us, and we wait to see what God has in store for the next weeks, months, and years.

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Thursday, January 04, 2007
New Year, New Resolutions
Our first day back with the students was today. It was a good day, with a few students changing sections of my class but not too many. I got 3 totally new students, one new to the school, one new to Pre-AP, and one just new to me. I lost three that I can think of. One student just popped into my head. Was he absent or not on the roster at all? Either I didn't take roll effectively or didn't notice that he was there or not there in class until just now. Hmph.

I spent the Christmas Break in Kansas with my family, hoping for snow, watching movies (Pursuit of Happyness, Dreamgirls, and the Holiday -- all fantastic) and checking prices of flights from Houston to Dublin. For some reason, ever since seeing Stranger than Fiction over Christmas Break, I have been obsessed with going to Ireland. I check the flights almost every day. I have 4 books on Ireland and I think I had a dream (bad dream) about staying in a hostel last night. I am planning on going to both Spain and Ireland this summer. And speaking of plans...

2007 Resolutions....

5 Personal
1. Fit into Bridesmaid Dress in March
2. Go to Ireland / Europe in Summer
3. Read more books
4. Write more
5. Watch less TV (but I LOVE TV!!!)

5 Professional
1. Stay out of negativity in department
2. successfully teach Huck Finn
3. go to GT conference
4. Try to stay better organized
5. Read more

5 Financial
1. Open up 403b
2. Look into buying a house
3. Look into buying a car
4. Look into going to Europe
5. Spend the perfect amt. of money on my new flexible spending account

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