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I’m pathetic, I know…

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Wow.  Soooo…it’s been over a month.  I should hang my head in shame.  But, in my defense: it’s SUMMER!!! :*D  I’ve been busy traveling across the country, swapping stories with some of my favorite authors, and spending time with my amazing family.  Then, I got back home just in time to share my one-year anniversary with my incredible husband.

I told myself that I would catalog all these experiences through my blog…but as you can see, that didn’t happen.  SO, now we have a lot to catch up on.   I will start with a few pics of some summertime changes we’ve made around the house.

First, we set up our new patio furniture:

The middle tile can be removed, and there's an insert for either an ice chest OR a fire pit. You gotta love it!


As the hubby was working on putting the the table together, he noticed something interesting (and entertaining!) on a bottle of touch-up paint that came with it.  Do you see what we see??


Lost in translation...


It’s been too horridly hot here in Texas to actually ENJOY our table…but we are looking forward to it…eventually.  It has to get below 100* at some point…right?!


So, about this whole “homeowner” thing…

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Ugh.  So, I know I’ve been unusually silent, but any of you that work in education know what the last week of school can be like (i.e. cRaZiNesS)!  A lot has been happening in our world, but I’m a little overwhelmed as to WHERE to begin.  I’ll start with today’s happenings, and then in my next post I’ll catch you up on my latest tech-savvy expedition!  (Dying to know aren’t ya?!)  I’ll also have to give my thoughts on the AMAZING Dr. Who episodes we’ve had, as well as lament on how much I will miss the Doctor…but I’ll have four looooooong months to talk about that…

SO, on to today’s latest…

Today Nathan and I added another page to our book as first-time homeowners:  we had our carpets cleaned.  I was in a curriculum workshop all day, but Nathan was home to “man the fort.”  Being the dutiful husband that he is, he had the forethought to take some snaps of our empty living room…

Bath time! ;*)

…and our VERY crowded kitchen.

Iiiiiiiiiitty Bitty Living Space! (Name that movie.)

We were surprised at just how much we COULD fit in one kitchen.

There's even still a little room to walk!


Nathan was engrossed in Catching Fire (I’ve been trying to get him to finish the trilogy for ages!), so he didn’t really pay attention when the carpet cleaner left.  WELL, then I got home, and, being a woman, actually LOOKED at the carpet that was supposed to be clean and beautiful.

It had not been raked.

There were footprints everywhere.

It was obvious that he hadn’t applied the carpet protector, even though we paid for it.

I was not happy.

Nathan called the company, and at first they said they would send a tech out to apply the protector and rake the carpets tomorrow…and to just stay off the carpets until then.  Riiiiiiiight.  Tell that to my cat that has been locked in the laundry room all day.  Oh, and, um, where do I sleep?  How do I get ready for work?  Yeahhhhhhhhhh, tomorrow’s not going to work.  Thankfully, when Nathan called back (again!), the manager said he would send a tech out right away.  The tech had to come from Frisco though, so “right away” during rush hour equals about two hours.  Eventually the same cleaner we had the first time came back and finally finished what he started.  Of course, then we had to wait several hours for the carpets to dry AGAIN since the protector was just applied.  Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Ah, well, at least the day is over.


A snapshot into the future?

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Okay…so for those of you that haven’t met her, let me tell you a little bit about my cat, Bella.

To put it simply:  Bella loves food.

I know what some of you might be thinking:  What animal DOESN’T love food??  Yes, well, you see…Bella takes it to a whole new level.  In fact, Bella loved food so much that a few years ago she became severely overweight.  I’m not talking chubby.  I’m talking seventeen pounds of Jaba-the-Kitty (as my sister so lovingly called her).

Obviously, I had to put her on a diet.  Although Bella hated her diet, she is now very svelte and healthy.  BUT she is still a fat cat on the INSIDE, so she always wants food.


She will drive you crazzzzzzzzzy begging for food, even if you’ve JUST fed her.  The only time she’s not begging for food is when she’s sleeping — although you better believe she’s dreaming about it!

So, imagine my shock when Nathan gave her a new food to try, and then he comes and shows me THIS:

Naturally, I was completely dumbfounded at the sight of Bella turning her nose up at food.  Something had to be done!  This called for drastic  measures:  I went over, pointed at her bowl, and told her to eat.

Yep.  That’s all it took.

Winnie Meets Honey Pot!

I think this is very telling of the way things will work if we ever have children.  I’m just saying.

Sweet Serendipity!

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I have the best students EVERRRRRRRR!!! 🙂

And, WHY is that, you ask?  (I know you are in suspense.  Admit it.)  Well, today, one of my students gave me a gift for Teacher Appreciation Week.  That act, in itself, makes him a wonderful and kind student — but, wait, there’s more!  He handed me a brown paper bag and in that bag was a lovely, colorful mug (in which I can’t WAIT to have a steaming cup of Good Earth tea), a few mini bags of Starbucks coffee, AND a $10.oo Starbucks gift card.  Now, I think you see where this is going…

I NOW HAVE TEN DOLLARS TO SPEND AT STARBUCKS!!!  And just what do I need ever so DESPERATELY?!  A Starbucks double-insulated cup of greatness, but of course!

No,, no...Thank YOU!

Let me just summon the Chandler that I know and love and say:  Could there BE more perfect timing?!?

RIP Starbucks Cup of Greatness

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It’s been a bittersweet weekend.  Let’s start with the bad news first.  It is with great sadness that I must report that my beloved Starbucks double insulated tumbler has kicked the bucket.  It’s actually been on the verge of death for months now, ever since I dropped it on the ceramic tile.  But I was able to make it work.  So what if the lid didn’t exactly screw on all the way; I made it work.  Well, it was nice while it lasted, but then Nathan dropped it a second time…and it didn’t survive.  *Sigh*  What will I do at work without my big insulated cup of ice water and my pretty green straw?!…So, now I guess I am on a mission to find a new one.  You will be deeply missed, Starbucks Cup of Greatness.

Enough of that; let’s get to the good news! 🙂  Friday afternoon, Nathan and I went on our weekly couponing adventure.  It was a pretty successful trip.  Can you guess how much we paid for all of the products below?

Goodbye clogged shower!

Survey says: four dollars!!  Since my hair sheds like crazy and tends to clog our shower drain, I’m most excited about the Liquid Plumr.  Sad, I know…but true.

In other good news, the second episode of Doctor Who was phenomenal!  Seriously, the best episode yet in a lot of ways.  I never thought another episode could be as creepy and suspenseful as Blink, but I think this one might just beat it…or at least equals it.  The opening was definitely the best I’ve seen, and then the ending left Nathan and I both with a MILLION questions!  It is going to make it hard to wait a whole week to see the next episode.  In the mean time, check out the trailer.  If you don’t watch Doctor Who, you should.  Seriously.  You must.  Right away. 🙂

The Doctor, Inspiration, and Dulce de Leche…Life Is Gooooood!

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The Doctor is back!!!!  After months of waiting, the new season of Doctor Who has finally begun, and I must say, the premiere did not disappoint.  Of course, Nathan and I watched it right away on Saturday night…and, of course, we both loved it!  The writing is awesome; just as you learn a little more and start to figure out one piece of the puzzle, a whole new mystery opens.  The only downside to watching the episode: now waiting another week to see the next one!!

It’s hard to believe that the Days of Unleavened Bread are over.  I feel like I blinked and the week was gone. :-/  We did have an amazing last day, though.  Services were wonderful and filled with inspiring messages; I definitely left with so much to apply into my own life.   During the lunch break, Nathan took me to a new frozen yogurt place that we hadn’t tried before.  Anyone that knows us knows that we are pretty much OBSESSED with frozen yogurt!  I was excited to see that they had some unique flavors I hadn’t tried before.  While all of them were delicious, my favorite was dulce de leche.  It was amazzzzzzzzzzzzzing!  Irish Mint is still my ultimate fav, but I now have a close runner up, too. 🙂  At any rate, it wasn’t until after we had downed the yummy goodness and were driving away that I realized we didn’t take any pictures…so I have nothing to show for it.  (I’m such a disappointment, I know.)

BUT, lucky for you, our lunch break wasn’t yet over.  We still had plenty of time left before the next church service, so we decided to check out a local nearby park.  We were definitely blessed, because just about all day it was rainy and cloudy…but during the forty minutes that we were in the park, it was sunny and gorgeous! 🙂  However, when we first got to the park, we were pretty underwhelmed…not to mention confused…and one might even say, nervous.  The area we first entered looked like it was the remnants of some bizarre ritual that involved tying people to tiny chairs beside a big bonfire fed by both wood and decrepit bird houses.

What's with all the log "chairs" for tiny, tiny people?! I'm nervous...

Thankfully, once we got through the *ahem* “sanctuary,” the scenery started to improve.  There was a really pretty walking path, and a pond with a waterfall, fountain, and two bridges.  We were also able to enjoy two rose gardens.  It definitely made the trip worth it, and the field of creepiness was forgotten.

Now this is more like it...

It was a little windy, but still, no complaints.  In fact, can I have a lunch break like this EVERY day?!?

I love this guy!! 🙂


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I think the room might finally stop spinning now…maybe.  This week has been insane.  And it’s only Wednesday.

Nathan and I spent all day Sunday finishing our deleavening AND preparing yummy food for Night to Be Much Remembered.  As we usually do, I handled the cooking and Nathan handled the cleaning (aren’t I super lucky?!).  Somehow we managed to get it all finished AND get to Passover early on Sunday evening to help set up.  As always, it was an inspiring  and moving service.  We then both managed to make it through a Monday (of ALL days) on very, very little sleep.  It was totally worth the whirlwind to then spend the evening with a group of wonderful friends and enjoy an AMAZING dinner of lamb, cranberry rice casserole, chickpeas and quinoa, cous-cous, homemade chutney, wine, and unleavened bread — LOTS of unleavened bread. 🙂  We had so much fun!  It was the perfect way to let down and relax after all the crazy busyness.  Sadly, none of us thought to take pictures.  I know, I know…what were we thinking?!  I blame it on our collective exhaustion.  Needless to say, we were very happy to have afternoon services the next day.  OH, how I have missed afternoon services.  Nathan and I also went for our Sabbath walk.  Lately we’ve gotten in the habit of taking a stroll on the walking path in our neighborhood and stopping halfway to sit on a bench and catch up on church blogs.  I absolutely love this time together. 🙂

In other news: I’m not sure how, but in the midst of the cleaning frenzy, we also managed to make a couponing trip to Walgreens and CVS.  I ended up scoring a ton of cleaning supplies and every bit of it was FREE.  Ironically, these cleaning supplies come AFTER we pretty much have everything deleavened, BUT they will still be of great use, nonetheless.  And then, of course, there’s the olive oil; I loooooooooove olive oil!


Also, while speaking of deals, I was beyond excited this morning to open my inbox and find today’s Living Social deal was for Salon Purple!!  For those of you that don’t know, Salon Purple is the ONLY place I trust my hair.  I can rest assured that I’ll leave WITHOUT looking like an 80s prom queen.  Plus, they do an amazing job with color.  Get the deal while you still can.  You won’t be disappointed!!

Now, did I mention that grades are due in a few days and I still have 40 stories left to read?  Ah well, I’m just going to savor this moment with my hot cup of Good Earth tea and breathe while I can…