Something that made you smile today
- Some of my favorite students winning awards at our underclassmen awards ceremony this morning.
- A colleague telling me how happy she is that I was hired.
- My wonderful, sweet, amazing husband telling me how happy he is to be with me.
A 10+ year old picture
Me and Jen with country singer Collin Raye at a concert in Myrtle Beach. I’m having trouble remembering what year this was, but the last time we went to Myrtle Beach was 2000, and I don’t think this was that year.
But here’s another one for good measure:
Me and Lisa, Alpha Delta Pi Spring Party, 1994 (I think).
What’s that? You want to see a pic of me in high school?
That’s me going to the prom in 1990. (Yes, I cropped ex bf out of the photo…)
Yeah, I kinda lost track there. I’m going to skip to Day 17.
A Childhood Picture
I was somewhere around 4-5 in this photo, which makes this the late 70s. That might be the longest my hair has ever been.
When we were kids, people used to think my friend Jennifer and I were related. I didn’t get it then, but looking at this picture, I can kind of see what they were talking about!
I’m not going to start by blogging about my lack of blogging, because hello…boring.
I logged in and I noticed that I had several beginnings of posts saved as drafts that I will probably never finish and post, because I no longer care. That happens more and more lately…
I just uploaded a few photos to flickr–things that were on my phone. I still have some stuff on my camera that I will get around to uploading soon. (I love sending photos from my phone–it’s so easy!) Among those photos is one of my little red Chevy Prizm, which I recently said goodbye to. I’d been driving it for nearly ten years, which is about as long as I’ve lived in WNY. That probably needs its own post one of these days…anyway, we bought a Honda Insight, and the Civic is now my driving-to-work car.
I am liking my phone quite a bit, but am finding myself tempted with the idea of an iPod touch so I can have access to apps not available for Droid. It occurs to me that I have never bought a new iPod–I’m on my second hand-me-down from Rand–so it wouldn’t be totally insane.
I’m finding that I’m not reading as much as I would like, and my to-read pile grows by the day. I’m going to have to start making a dent in that. Here’s my current to-read shelf at goodreads, which I’m certain is not complete…not all of those books are in my possession, and I know there are books in my possession that are not on the list.
The last non-school book I finished was my friend Seanan’s book A Local Habitation, which I owe her a review of. I am a BAD FRIEND. (I liked it, by the way. Maybe not as much as Rosemary and Rue, but there was plenty to like. I promise to write a proper review in the next week!!!)
And finally, today was the last day of school before SPRING BREAK, BABY. I am not going anywhere fun/interesting, but I will be enjoying my week off. Whoo!
So this weekend, Rand and I went to PA for my cousin’s graduation party. I made him a gift, in addition to a bit of cash, of course.
This, along with a couple of other new items, have been posted in my etsy shop, although it’s probably a bit late to get any sales on it now! I also made some new bookmarks, posted to flickr, that will be posted in the shop this week. (Oh, and last week, I got a pretty new banner for my shop courtesy of etsy seller the photospot. I think it looks great!)
In addition to the graduation party, Rand and I were able to hang out with my friend Anita, who lives on the west coast. She happened to be in town visiting her parents, so yay!
Before we left for PA, Rand and I noticed that the stuff in our refrigerator wasn’t really as cold as it should be. I turned up the temp a couple of notches, and we decided to wait until we got back to worry about it.
Sure enough, there was no improvement when we got back. We did a little bit of research, and determined that it wasn’t worth trying to have it repaired. This morning, Rand went into work a bit late so that we could go to Sears and look for a new one. It’ll be delivered tomorrow. (It’s a Kenmore, in white…nothing fancy. Because our space is limited, we didn’t really have a whole lot of options. The new one is much better than what we have, and is Energy Star rated.) In the meantime, everything perishable is either in the freezer, which is still pretty much working (not 100%, but enough), or in coolers.
So today, other than dealing with that, I’ve been cleaning up the kitchen, reading submissions for Toasted Cheese, taking care of some stuff Rand and I are selling on Amazon, and getting my car inspected. The inspection wouldn’t have been bad, but my check engine light was on, and so I had to pay for the diagnostic so they could figure out how to get it to shut off…but still, relatively painless. I’m good for another year, by which point we will probably have gotten a new car.
Hmmm…was that all? The excitement of my life knows no bounds…
On day ten last year, I found out about a girl named Monique who graduated from law school a year before me. She kicked cancer’s ass long enough to graduate, study for and then take the New York State Bar Exam. She passed away soon after that, cementing her status as one of my all time greatest personal heroes. I regret that I never met her, but I’m a better lawyer today because I know her story. For BufBloPoFoMonique day, tell me who inspires you. Who is your hero?
Interestingly enough, Kelly tagged me in a “Women I Admire” meme a while back. I started a draft post and never finished it. So, I guess I’ll finish it now.
You can click on over to flickr to read my notes.
This is, of course, not a comprehensive listing. I could (and perhaps will) add to it. Just off the top of my head…there’s Margaret Atwood, Madeline L’Engle, and Anna Quindlen. Plus, there’s a whole host of other real-life ladies I’m lucky to know. But it’s late, and I’m getting tired.
Just as a bonus…a few women I wish were real (but can still admire in their fictional form):
Jaye from Wonderfalls
And this doesn’t even mention any men. But it’ll do. Good night!
While Rand is off gallivanting about the UK, my mom and dad came up to Buffalo to help do some work in our kitchen. Our main goal? To get rid of this:
I hate wallpaper. I curse the man who invented wallpaper. And this? Barf. It looks it should have been in someone’s guest bathroom in 1986.
Here are a few more before pix of the kitchen (I'm cutting...lots of photos.)( Click to see! )
We’re finished now, and my parents have headed out. I’ll post some “after” pictures once I put a few finishing touches on, maybe later on today.
Jen tagged me. I was at work when I saw the post. I took this with my phone.
- Take a picture of yourself.. riiiiiight.. NOW!
- DO NOT change your clothes. DO NOT fix your hair.. Just take a picture.
- Post that picture with NO editing.
- Post these instructions with your picture.
- Tag 10 people to do this!
Meantime, let me just say that I had a wonderful time and talked to lots of wonderful people. I wanted to post because several people mentioned our wedding photos and wondered where they could find them, and I couldn't remember what the link was. So here it is:
(Feel free to pass it along to anyone who may not be on my flist who might care. Thanks!)
(Photo by Debbie)
Yep, folks…Rand and I have been married for a whole month. Woohoo!
We currently have our whole cake top sitting in our freezer. We have a secret plan for it, which I will reveal…probably tomorrow.
Rand refers to the above photo as “freewheelin’ Rand and Erin.” I’ll let you all guess on the reference.