Wednesday, July 29, 2009

What's Up Wednesday....


I don't usually have specific days for specific posts, but I found a "What's Up" post over at Jeanne's Life or Something Like It and decided to create my own version of a What's Up list. I added a little alliteration, renaming it "What's Up Wednesday...." and turned it into a quick summary of what's been going on in my life. So, just so you know...

1. I've seen several movies lately... Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Public Enemies, and Pelham 1-2-3. All of them were good; of course, I had been waiting for Harry Potter to come along since last November when the movie was first scheduled to be released. Johnny Depp was in Public Enemies, and John Travolta was in Pelham 1-2-3. Enough said!


2. Since May, I've had three cases of poison ivy, and I don't even garden! Go figure. I think one my dogs must be rolling around in it, and she must have the plant's oil on her when I pet her. (I'm thinking it's mischievous Maggie's fault.... I've never had it until now, and she's the newest addition to the family.)

3. I realized the importance of wearing good exercise clothes last week. I have a fondness for tennis skirts and have been wearing the skirts while walking. Underneath, I wear fitted shorts that come down on my thighs. One day, I wore a pair of shorts that had ripped in the inseam. Chaffing began to occur when I was still more than a mile from home. I couldn't walk or jog for several days. For that matter, I could barely walk at all!

4. I'm better now, thank you. I logged four miles Monday morning and another 1.5 miles with Maggie Monday evening. On Tuesday, I only did 1.5 miles... more on that later.

5. I'm having an extra long summer this year. Our school district pushed our start date to mid-August. Now our governor has asked us to stay home three more days (without pay) to help with budget issues. Although I prefer getting paid for all 190 days of my contract, there's a bright side.... I get to take Hannah to her first day of school for the first time in five years, and I have an extra day of Christmas break to look forward to.

6. It's easier to walk four miles than to walk the 1.5 miles around my block. When I get to the bottom of one long, steep hill and am facing the climb up the other side, I start looking up for a helicopter to come lower a rope to me. I even daydream about telling my underage daughter to carefully, carefully, drive the car to get me.

7. Maggie, our mixed-breed dog, may be part human. Yesterday, she was on her back legs with her front paws on the kitchen island. She "cruised" from one end to the other just like babies do when they're learning to walk.

8. My dining room is still full of boxes, folders, papers, and books from my classroom. I've organized one of our new units into a binder. What in the world am I going to do with all the other stuff? Load it back into my car and take it back to school in a few weeks? Without even going through it? "I pledge to never bring home tons of work to go through during my summer break ever again." And I mean that.

9. I have two painting projects to take care of within the next couple of weeks.... Our back stairway doesn't match the newly-painted kitchen, and it's supposed to. Hannah wants her bathroom painted. I know it will be worth it in the end.... It's just that whole procrastination thing....

10. Even though we're being furloughed for a couple of days at the beginning of the school year, I'll probably go in one day to arrange my room. i love getting it organized and ready for that first day. I would have done that anyway....

So, what's up with you these days?

13 comments:

Caroline said...

Good stuff! I am leaving for vacation tomorrow...woo hoo! Can't wait to get out of town for a few days.

Relyn said...

Pushed your start date back to mid August?? That's when ours is and it seems TOO FREAKIN' EARLY to me!!!

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Jeanne said...

Love it! We saw the new HP and liked it but I can't say it was my favorite of the series. Felt they cut some good stuff and added too much fluff. Still wonderful to get back into the wizard world again. The other two movies interest me for the two Johns as well hehe but will no doubt wait for them to be out on dvd. I like how you find the bright side to the school budget issues. And thanks for your comment on my latest post. Chicken Salad sandwichs Mmmm Enjoy the rest of your week!

prof en retraite said...

Hi Roban...I enjoyed seeing what you are up to these days. Your teacher remarks brought back memories of my feelings about this time of year! Our Governor Sonny Perdue has also furloughed teachers for three days. (Are we in the same state?) You are right...I would have gone in early anyway to fix up my room. Truth is, I am enjoying seeing the "back to school" displays in the stores and knowing that I am retired and don't have to go in! I hope you are enjoying the last of your vacation!...Debbie

miruspeg said...

Now that was an interesting read Roban. We could have been on the phone talking...except it was a one-sided conversation..lol.

Maggie sounds delightful and a fully fledged part of the family now even if she passing on poison ivy to you.

As usual I was smiling reading about your chaffing...ouch!! And I loved your imagination about the helicopter and Hannah driving to collect you, at least it took your attention off climbing the hill.

I will remind you about your pledge to never bring home tons of work to go through during your summer break....I'll be there next summer so you definitely won't have any spare time for paperwork!

Now you ask what have I been up to??? Mainly Blogging and emailing!!!

Cheers mate
Peggy

Jamie said...

What a cool idea - neat way to read what is going on!

AmpersandPrime said...

I'm glad you get to go to your daughter's first day of school.

and lol on asking her to drive to get you on your walk.

we are *still* trying to get unpacked from our move!

Steph at Problem Solvin' Mom said...

What a fun meme! I'm mostly preparing for this new baby and trying to spend quality one on one time with our daughter. We start school in late Aug/early Sept, hope you enjoy the few extra days off, even if they are without pay.

Monica said...

How fun to bring Hannah to school on the first day. That will be so much fun!

Candace said...

Great update!

That is awesome that you can take your daughter to her first day of school.

I never bring home school work over the summer because I NEVER touch it, lol!

I have a similar hill on my running/walking route...it kicks my butt every time. I always promise myself that I will run all the way up it, but about halfway I'm walking!

Enjoy your days off! It's got to be nice not to start school in July for once!

Octamom said...

Love hearing about your days and thoughts--and I love the pic of you! Hoping the poison ivy and the chaffing are resolved soon!

Blessings!

beth said...

good stuff...
real stuff...
and that's what makes for a great blog !

{and thanks so much for your support}

we don't start school here until sept. 1...but we also didn't finish until the second week in june...

I guess it all equals out somehow...