almost... summer....

Oh gosh this year has gone by quick and slow in someways!! Isn't that always the way it is.

Anyhow... a report!

I am finishing my 7th year teaching (at the high school level, not including the almost 2 years I paid my dues at the elementary school - so 8.5ish years), and will be coming back for my 5th year. Been rough having to start a new team of students in my Newspaper class, teaching Freshman English for the first time, and sliding through my second year of my Masters (with a 4.0, thankyouverymuch).

Over the summer I am teaching Advancement Speech (for students who need to take/get credits, but don't want to take it over the year), and start my third, and last, year in grad class, as well as possibly move classrooms. Not sure about the last one, but we have 4+ teachers leaving, so it's a good possibility... Anyway.

Next week will be my 3rd Conaversary - been volunteering at Dallas Comic Con for 3 years now!! WHOOT!!! It will be a blast - just waiting on my position. After, my friends and I will crash my parents house for a night and head back home to get ready for summer school. My parents are going to Germany the last week of Aug to September. tiah15 is coming in October, and I get to hang out and show her San Antonio! Riverwalk baby!!!

Other than that, I'm alive, my students are alive, my kitties are alive.... and ya. Life is good.

November 20

So some of you may know the tale of November 20, 2010. Others of you may not... but here it is, my journey from my first home, homelessness, and finding my new life.

November 15 I bought my PT Cruiser - dream car! — and all that week I had had problems, so November 19, I got it towed back to the dealer, and picked it up that night. A new battery was all it needed. I was so tired from dealing with all of it, and that Friday night, I fell asleep downstairs in my chair. The little heater was on because it was very cold that night.

About 5 a.m. (or so, time distorts the time/space continuum) I woke up and I am pretty blind without my glasses/contacts, so the haziness wasn't really odd, but the smell was. I went upstairs to get my glasses, and came out of my room to see puffs of black smoke coming from between the wall and my stairs. I raced around, called 911, grabbed Isis and tossed her into the car. I called and called for my Aset, but she had already passed - the fire department found her under my bed, her usual sleeping spot.

I pulled my car into the little alley behind my house and woke my parents up, giving them a crying blow by blow of what I saw as my first apartment was in flames on the second story. Thankfully, I did not loose much of my belongings - books and stuff like that mainly and lots of collectible pictures from my Stargate cons. The biggest blow was loosing my sweet, beautiful Aset. My icon is from one of the first pictures I took of her - she was so tiny and all ears!!

That December I did adopt a new kitten - Tanis.

I relied on the group of great friends and I was housed and taken care of by so many people. And then I was able to find a new home in the country and met more awesome friends.

I miss the network was built before and after the fire, and am building my new one slowly for the past 4 years. Working kind of really hinders that kind of thing. But I am a little more cautious about things now - as to be expected. I don't lite fires in my fireplace - it's full of candles. I freak out at smoke smells - not as bad, and I have to locate it to calm myself. I second guess if I should turn on the house heater - even so I know it is fine (I hope).

November 20, 2010 was not the way I wanted to spend my last five days of being 29, and celebrating my 30s with this tale. However my mom and I were joking that maybe I need to find something better to celebrate my 40s when I get there in five years. Thanksgiving is really about us being so thankful that I was too tired to sleep in my bed that night, and things worked out how they did.

NaNo... the tradition continues!

Year 5 y'all!! This is the toughest month to do a writing thing in - Grad class starts mid October, so November is a bulky, assignment loaded month, Thanksgiving weekend, random days off (ok, one, Veteran's Day), and usually the students are climbing the walls because Christmas break is so close. Or we teachers are banging our heads because we still have ... so many weeks to go.

BUT, I am NaNoing, and I got my new batch of a handful of students on board again this year. I have several teachers and former students - they graduated, but they are still my kids... and my students. And forever and ever... And they all love and hate me. *insert evil laugh*

So far, day 6, I have 10,989. I am so tired right now. I have spent a few 12+ hours at the school, and two really long and boring days of inservice this week. I question if I will wake up in time to do the Color Run tomorrow... and I am meeting with another writer from my area in the afternoon. It's 10:13, so maybe that's why I am carving sleep and coffee at the same time...

Also, back being a paid member. Credit card lapsed, and LJ sent me a "hey, you are now a regular person user" and I was like "aw hellllllll na!" So I paid my $30 a year and am all good - may even have extra space for more icons. I don't know, I just clicked to add 80 more user pics. Like I don't just use the same ones over and over...


London! You sexy beast - after 5 years!

Made it to London, via the bus. We left our stop at 7ish p.m., got to the English channel ferry around 6:15 a.m. Needless to say we are all really tired because the bus sight seeing tour today was right as we got into the city, so started about 11 a.m., and we didn't get finished/dropped off at the hotel until 4 p.m.! Good thing I've been here before since we.are with a German tour group, and they were not speaking along, and didn't avoid big words. I understand parts, in passing, and I was happy to take pics. I'll upload those from my phone later...

Mom and dad are done the hall, and I'm sharing a room with my aunt. I think we are both so dead tired, we will not move much - I'm looking forward to sleeping flat!!

Tomorrow, we are off to Winsor Castle and Eaton College. Never been out there and am looking forward to it. My aunt wants to see some of the museum's, and we are being dropped close to Baker Street, so i want to go geek out about Sherlock. We shall see what we actually do after the tour.


First day in Germany!

First day for me has been okay. I slept through the night, going to bed around 10:30 p.m. yesterday, after a really looooooong delay in NewYork - likea 5 hour layover was turned into almost 10.

So let's start there...

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So we arrived in Frankfurt at 2 something p.m., Wednesday... really late!! My Aunt Gisi was a great sight to see! And we drove to Speyer, all of us really tired. Lovely dinner of spagetti and meat sauce - not a fancy "German" food - we don't really all eat saurkraut and meat! Mom and Dad went to bed about 8:30, and my aunt and uncle showed me the photos from my cousin's wedding - two of my cousins got married 2 years ago, three months apart, and only Mom was able to go to the second one. So it was 10:30 by the time I wen to sleepp - I played a few games on the Kindle, but nothing more without  WiFi (which I got now, obviously).

Thurday: Wokeup about 6:15, and ventured downstairs about 6:45. My aunt came down and was surprised to see me. We found evidence my parents had been up in the middle of the night, so we figured they would be asleep for a while still. We sat in the back garden and talked and then I ate a bit as she went to the bakary. I wish I could get smell on the internet because nothing is the same as a German bakary. She got rolls of different kinds - and pretzels!!'s like the most delicious fresh bread smell as it comes out of the oven and all youcan do is sit and drool. It was about10 and my parents were still not up so we set up the food back in the garden - a favored place since there is no AC in the houses - somthing so odd from the American perspective, but it's not 13913141451703771 degrees here. We left that in Texas, well actually the weather app says it's 91*F, 33*C ... eck.

Anyhow, parents made an appearence, and we ate brunch. Mom and I took a brief nap since I'm not feeling great - wacky body. Up in time for tea and cake - 2:30 - and my parents left with my aunt (who is a local artist) and uncle (who is a doctor and has his own practice, so kind of has his own hours) to vist a visiting artist student from China who does not speak German nor English - but has a translator thing I guess - so I stayed behind rest.

Sipping my tea, and charging my Kindle... so glad to to have technology that allows me to do such things as update!! My phone has no service, so basically it's reduced to a WiFi detector!! Hey, it works. In a week and half Mom, Dad, Gisi, and I, are traveling to London and I can see Sam and Em!!


Almost fly day!

So I kept thinking the 14 was a Wednesday, but no it's a Tuesday. So today and tomorrow I have to finish the quilt and get flight munchies. Also we has a 5 hour delay at JFK, so not enough time to go into the city, but enough time if someone is I  the area.... jessm78


Coloring... for adults

So if you know me, you know I have a mini-Hobby Lobby in my spare bedroom - it's a craft room. I have fabric. I have metal stamping supplies. I have scrapbooking stuff. I got books. I have cross-stichery stuff. I have buttons, thread, sewing supplies. I got... colored pencils and coloring books. Yes, I can shop in my house and never get bored - until it comes to making quilts, then OMT, I have no fabric that is PERFECT... story of a crafters life.

I am positive there are tons of blogs out there dedicated to coloring for adults - there is a website and blog for everything under the sun - and I am not a "blogger" of stuff, just my life and what I love. So... let me invite you into my word of coloring.

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June.... means still working!

Summer School started two weeks ago, and this is the last week of classes before the 4th of July week off. And since I am teaching Acceleration, I have an extra two days after that. BUT... I am so close to the end and my trip to Germany.

The change in teaching — because we only teach for 5 hours — has also meant a shift in my eating also. I am happy to say I have continued to loose since the 119, going down to 117 last week, and then I had a conference, so back closer to 119/118. I know it seems like so low numbers, and I feel kind of stupid to add that my personal goal is 115.

My mom did take pictures along the way, so maybe a better reference:
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The most important factor is how I feel. I feel better. I feel like I can truly walk around and be proud of how I look. It is a change of life style and I am not going to let my bad habits that got me back to the bigger me, come back and control me. I know I can eat the "no foods" — bread, pasta, and chocolate/sweets. BUT as treats, not as things in my daily diet. My base foods are protein based — eggs, chicken (lots of chicken), greek yogurt (Dannon Light and Fit is best in high protein), and veggies.

This last weekend I had cheesecake. It was just so good... and I will say it's not bad for breakfast too. It was chocolate (duh) and so yummy. The scale did not jump up to 144, and I did not feel too bad for eating it. Next month when I am in Germany and London, I will have to watch what I choose to eat, but I am also not going to eat "like a rabbit" — land of the bread and Bangers and Mash does not say salad for every meal. BUT, it does say moderation.

I still need to do my strength exercises and try to get my muscles tones. I have the body where I am more comfortable in, but I want to get the tone my body deserves. It's harder since I am tired after teaching - just like the rest of the school year - but I do have a few of the tools at home. Books and stuff and dumbells - I need to use it, not just the 40+ sit ups and side-leg lifts.

Just because I am at goal does not mean I should stop posting - or telling of my journey. I will try to keep a better update as I maintain and shift more comfortably into the new eating style I have chosen for me and and my body. :) Thank you for all the cheers and encouragement along this road so far - we still have a bit to go!


Let me say, this has been a long and drawn out journey - as much weight losses are - but I was super busy this time. Last time I did this and lost 30lbs (145 - 115) I was a substitute, looking for a job. It was stressful, but I could retreat to my own home and not be surrounded by the "bad" food I had cut out.

But today, the scale said I have finally gotten to my new goal -

So many times there have been moments when I have wanted to just say 121, or 122 as my goal to have an excuse to just eat a muffin, or something others are having. Everyone has really understood my lack of eating carbs - and I quietly eat my protein bars, Greek yogurt, and drink my protein drinks. Oh I eat chicken and lightly breaded stuff too. This semester has been tough - DCC in February came with me looking at the yummy baked goodies and me eating chicken; Prom not being able to eat anything but salad; and all the UIL competitions where I snuck donuts to my kids. And not to mention my two afterschool homebound students where I had to make sure I brought stuff.

I know it's not different than anyone else who has special eating requirements, but this is a lonely part of being the only one who is doing it. And so many are like "oh only to have your motivation" - I got to the point where there were no more excuses. I would be 145+ by now if not 150. NOT HEALTHY for me. I'm 4'7" - have an athletic/slender build and the weight was all in my back, butt, stomach and bust. And my thighs! Oh my... Not beach body by any standard. Speaking of which, I am fairly sure the suit I bought last year will not fit...

This summer is still busy (I laugh at anyone who says "Teachers get summers off" - some do... but not 100% of it like our students), I am doing graduation (so many of my kids are moving on!!), teaching summer school, going to a conference at the end of June, for 3 weeks am over seas with my family, and when I come back, I have a week before in-service starts and the new school year begins - let's not even think about I may have to move rooms (who knows, I hope to get something about this next week when school ends). My big goal is to do my intense daily workouts I used to do - I haven't done them because of so many other things in my life. But I want to gain my muscles back, and firm up - not loose more necessarily, just firm up so I can enjoy putting carbs back into my life.

My goal to reintegrate carbs: ONE thing/meal a week will be carbs. This week will be Dallas Comic Con - and this will be my big treat - I can have ONE goody during the weekend and celebrate it without my brain feeling I should not even be looking at it. The hardest thing... figuring out what that ONE thing will be!! But omg guys, I can have one!!!


Oh I know I am not very good at this, and I have missed so many... but most of ya'll are also on FB, so I get to say it over there... BUT starbuck1980 and tiah15 are sadly NOT on FB....  so m'dears...

Hope it is AMAZING - just like you ladies!!

Em, maybe we can get together when I am in LONDON!! for a few days in July (don't know dates as of yet), and Tia, maybe you are in the city when I am there too!! We really need a USA trip, I owe you one big time!!