Sunday, October 30, 2011

No Trick

Just a TREAT because I squeezed in all my schoolwork and left EARLY Friday morning to be with Luke for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, AND Monday! I am one happy girl. It snowed just before I got here which means it has been COLD but that makes good snuggling weather.

I have found that I hardly even mind the sound of football this trip. In fact this trip I'm even finding myself liking it, because that means Luke's around and he's happy to be just sitting. (He doesn't even mind me invading his snuggle space since the game is on and I'm not complaining!)

On my agenda was pumpkin carving as we have never ever carved pumpkins together. Well check that off our list because we got not 1, not 2, but 4 pumpkins to carve!
Don't worry all you mom's out there. Luke even wanted to switch knives before I took the picture.
We picked up this handy dandy wrappy bendy tri-pod from REI that will hold our camera and our phones!  The cost  was $10 including taxes! Now we can take pictures of ourselves!!
Picture below, Left to right: owl(mine), our initials (mine) Hun from Mulan(Luke) Mike Rosowski monsters inc. (Luke)

Why is it that pumpkin seeds always sound like a better idea than they are? The first couple handfuls=yum. Especially if you use garlic salt like I did. Then you're just chewing and chewing on plant.

Sunday brought more football. Luke was happy for the 49ers win. I made some homemade chili, cornbread, and cooked up some sliced apples in a pan with cinnamon, brown sugar, and butter. YUMMY! All that seems to have made up (more or less) for the fact that Luke and I will be watching all 4 Halloween Town made for Disney TV movies this weekend.
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Friday, October 28, 2011

THAT person on the plane

Ever wait in line to get on a plane and there's that one person sneezing, sniffling, and blowing his/her nose. And you say a little prayer, please let me not be sitting anywhere near them or their airborne germs. Well folks, how embarrassing. I'm that person today. The lovely Fresno allergens hit me hard the minute I stepped out the door. Ive been sniffling and sneezing ever since.
Thanks for letting me confess my guilt.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Big Plans

This weekend,
The Civil War Reenactment made the front page.

Nikki found the LAST Lego guy I needed.

The lumber jack! Isn't he cute?!

I also found out one of my favorite authors has released a new book!

Make believe world, make believe people. No possible way any of it could be true. And this author uses just the appropriate amount of scary for me. I think I'll enjoy this one.
Also, this time tomorrow I will be on a plane to see Luke!!!
It's been 2 months. Ugh.
Im making all kinds of plans for our weekend poor guy. We've never carved pumpkins together, so that's on the list. Along with watching at least one Disney Halloween movie (of the Twitches halloweentown persuasion.) Also I think I would like to nap on the couch against him while he watches some sort of sporting event. I have high expectations folks.
Speaking of Disney/Halloween. I have found my new favorite Disney show since Lizzy McGuire. Its called Jessie. Coincidence? I think not. Jesse is a nanny for 4 kids and an icky lizard.
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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Just Like Disneyland

The Civil War Revisited is. (Yep, the first graders have me talking star wars.) Friday night I kid sat so I waited up for the oldest to come home from a football game, then woke up at 6 to take another to cheer, followed by soccer. Whew. I'm not ready to be a mom. Also, Luke and I have pre arranged that he gets morning duty. And coaching duty.
Anyway, then I got all my gear on

and tromped(in my boots) ok really I stuffed myself and my hoop skirts in the car

And headed on over to The Civil War Revisited. I sat in on some lectures and did some history methods reading(I deemed it appropriate.)

Only here would you see people waiting I'm line to take pictures with and get autographs from a reAl looking Abe Lincoln. Just like Disneyland.

This year there was a evening battle. It was very vivid, almost eerie real feeling.

The cooling air really caused the haze from the fire to be thick. The darkening sky allowed us to see the fire come out of the guns and cannons. I could feel the heat radiating when the cannons were fired.
What a great opportunity for learning! I can't wait to go back tomorrow.
Ps. I have 4 free tickets. If you want them get in touch!

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

This Week

I've been indulging:



And for my break?
Search Yeo Valley Official ad
(music videos by an organic dairy farm group in the UK)
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Fact? Fiction? Funny, as I "grow up" the lines become less and less clear. More and more things are becoming "faction" as Candace, the editor of my favorite podcast "Stuff You Missed in History Class", says.
Faction came to me most apparently when I read the book "Mennonite in a Little Black Dress." Many members of my larger area church community were in an uproar. "That's not how things went." said many. Even to the point of a semi rebutle book being published called "Mennonite in Blue Jeans."

After moms death and many of the events that followed, I found my self in the middle of more faction than I knew existed. On mans truth was another mans fiction. In some cases no amounts of counseling would have two parties see eye to eye.
These two events left an interesting mark. Just a few weeks ago, I bought the book "The 19th Wife." How could it not be interesting? Thing is. It's told from her exiled sons perspective. Hmm. Not so arbitrary. Its on pause right now.
But really, can anything but math be arbitrary? I so often like to think of books nicely wrapping up stories of fact, when really, it's matter if the authors presentation.
The other day my history methods professor showed us excerpts from textbooks of different places and times on the Civil War. (right up my alley as the reenactment is this weekend!!!!!) Anyway, as you can imagine the textbook General Lee's daughter wrote shortly after the civil war differs a bit from the CA text of modern day. Even Canadian and Mexican texts had different renditions. All about the same event.
Alas, I am waging an interesting battle in my head regarding what I know, what I thought I knew, and what I will be learning.

Ps. Baby blanket done! Finished in my all day science refresher.

And for my friends Jill and Lucy:

I FINALLY found a flower pattern that seemed right. You'd be amazed at how many are out there. This one is from a youTube video by a lady named Teresa.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Celebration and Sympathy

In one of my classes I help in, the kids get celebrations for doing good or extra work. Mine is a good and extra celebration: I passed one of my two CSET tests. The other I missed by not toooo many points and I'm feeling ok with that because 1.) I woke up and got there and 2.) I thought I bombed them both. Time to study study study!
Now for Sympathy. I have lots of it for kids with ear issues or sinus issues that cause ear issues. I had three sets of tubes before I turned 5. What felt like 20 ear infections a year. The "pink stuff" was always in our fridge. 1 ruptured eardrum. 4 ear nose and throat specialists. 1 useful specialist. Etc. For reasons I now better understand they would always get worse at night. I have vivid memories of mom sitting with me, rubbing my hair and helping me fall asleep before the next morning Dr Appt. Sometimes we'd try heat packs, others a cool washcloth but really, not much helps the bad ones. Even once you have meds you still have to play the waiting game. Oooh and the waiting just stinks. If I talk, it's loud in my head, if people talk to me, or I try to watch something I can't hear. You just can't win. Anyway, though Ive gotten much more preventative I had early sign symptoms today. Regardless of my past, and familiarity with procedures and OTC meds my NP still wanted me to wait for "real meds." (totally get the push to stop over prescribing) but it was like maybe she thought it would blow over and all would be good in a few days. And maybe she's right I thought as I walked away.
I entered my class building.
Wait a minute, my ears are bugging me!! This business can be keeping me in pain and awake come 10 pm when they're closed. And then I wouldn't get drugs til the next afternoon.

I turned right around ( more or less) and marched back to the school clinic and pharmacy. I can't wait. I might heal on my own but that is not a risk I'm willing to take. I want to do EVERYTHING possible to get better and not have hurty ears/throat. I am not a martyr. I am not tough. Give me meds

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Monkeying Around

So there's a chance I may have over extended myself just a bit this weekend. I did, however enjoy it all, (minus the resulting almost sickness Sunday.) Thank goodness today was a furlough day. I still feel behind, but at least I got to sleep in. Tuesday mourning (spelled that way on purpose) will be painful.
Some more highlights from my weekend:

Jenny, Jay and I crashed Tyler's birthday party. We were the biggest kids there, take that however you want. Of course I got him Lego guys, but I stopped by my favorite bookstore Petunia's Place for some books that might go with the Lego guys. I ha totally forgotten about the special book signing that day. A local author with a story about a local zoo monkey it's zookeepers!

Perfect I tell you!

And they gift wrap!

That night Jay and I made baked apples.

Yummy! So good! They were practically applesauce when we took them out of the oven!

Jay took apart his pommagranites while he, Tanya and I watched A Walk to Remember.

That movie definitely takes me on a walk down memory lane to be sure. It takes me to a day of girls singing along to sound track CDs, walking to the movie theater several times to see that movie wAaaay more than once. It reminds me of our early co-Ed movie adventures. Boys in one row, girls in another and boys snickering behind us during the cry parts and throwing popcorn. So. Lame. And...sigh..Super duper Shane West crushes. Oh yah and movie quotes on my binder...ok...that's enough. Tomorrow I have a mid semester meeting with my master teacher and supervisor as well as an observation of a meeting. Busy day.
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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Feeling Blue...but not how you think

Because I got a blue ribbon at the fair for my French Kiss quilt!!!
See here I am, pointing to my blue ribbon!

Here it is up close and personal. Only not so personal it's focused.

Here it is hanging in it's spot right inside the door!

I am pretty pleased as punch! With a touch of proud! Ok more than a touch.
And guess what!? Aunt Maggie came out with a red ribbon for her quilt (in the advanced category)

And a blue ribbon for her apron. Ok it's been gifted to Tanya but Aunt Maggie made it.

And folks, my roomie cousin Tanya took a white ribbon for her first, and giant not yellow yellow brick road quilt!!! All us alls who were entering quilts to make the show bigger and exciting not worrying about ribbons got ribbons!!! Boo yah! I'm stoked!
Jay took the bus/train in from Cal Poly and Jenny drove down from Sacramento just to come to the fair with me! It was a really special day!

We checked out produce.

Ate garlic fries, corn dogs and cotton candy.

We looked at fine art, shout out to Keith Hartman photography for a blue ribbon! Loved this griffin out front!

I resisted all urges to bring home an animal, from SPCA cats and dogs to baby pigs.

We also watched some very interesting steer(boy cows un boyed) exhibitions/showings. Sorry folks still learning the lingo.

On the way home Jay and Jenny helped me pick out some new Lego minifigs...because T's bday is tomorrow. But then they all turned out to be new ones. So I might have to go back tomorrow.

Wrap it all up with chili with Tanya and a movie! What a great day we had!
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Thursday, October 6, 2011

My Take On The Rain

Yesterday was T's fer reals birthday. He was getting donuts to take to his class.

So I joined them for breakfast of my own.

T's minifigure tried to attack my maple donut. I told him I beat him to the bite.

Also, I wore my cowboy boot rain-boots. I'm not gonna lie, they were kiiiiind of a hit.

I liked em too.
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Tuesday, October 4, 2011


These just in! Lego jewelry! In one of my schools colors.

By also on ETSY!
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Not Your Call Girl

Lately Ive been making more of an effort to look like a grown up. I think the Birkenstocks help. I've also been accessorizing.
See below, grown up beady necklace.

Yep I'm totally taking that picture in the car. That black thing above my forehead is my steering wheel. The phone is by the speedometer. In the car is when I remembered. Its also my primary in between time ie when I return calls(with my ear piece) and text messages (before departure and upon arrival.) When I got to my car after student teaching I had like 15 notifications. Unfortunately you all got put on the back burner and I called Luke. I have been MISS-ing him. A lot. After 3 more weekends I will be going to see him! But until then I will probably call...and text him first.
I talked to him while I was at Costco buying a rotisserie chicken, ground beef shrimp and a hot dog. I have been craving meat. I'm pretty sure I ate 1/3 of the chicken right after the hot dog. Just call me J-rex.
Lastly, if you're in the Fresno area you should go to the fair (starts the 5th) and see the quilt I entered. Aunt Maggie and Tanya entered quilts too. Hint for finding it, blue, green, white diamonds.
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