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Christine (aka) Pineapple >^..^<
11 January 2015 @ 11:49 am
So last week was the first week back to teaching after winter break. It was an odd week since I was only in the classroom for 3 days. Two days I was on campus but was a teacher-leader for "Challenge Day" - http://www.challengeday.org/ - for the second year. It's more draining than the worst day of school, but so worth it! When I got back to the classroom I felt I had the strength to tackle a problem I had let built up in me and the classroom - the utter lack of respect I felt from most of my classrooms. I smacked them with it on Thursday and Friday seemed a bit better. We shall see how tomorrow and the days after will go.

Friday my second grad class opened - and very appropriately it is Classroom Management. The hardest thing a teacher sometimes has to manage. I started reading the first of 2 chapters for this week and I am reading just the basics right now and part of me feels kind of defeated. I have taught for 6 years, subbed for 2 on top of that, and still I am beating myself up for not seeing the basics. Well, I am not all bad, and I am doing a lot of the good, just the fact that my class is not my dream classes is what is getting me down at the moment. I hope this course will really kick the intellectual fire and give me tools I can use. So far, even so I am down(ish) I know I can improve and WILL IMPROVE. I sat down and put the timer on for 1.5 hours (this is my break and than maybe an ep of Bomb Girls) and still have half of chapter 2 to do, and two articles. Last night I wrote down the first 3 Units in my planner and went to bed with a daily and weekly plan. I hope to get a lot done on Sundays, take about 3 hours or more (split between morning and afternoon) and after school - it worked well last semester. I also have observations I need to schedule for U4 so I hope to get those scheduled this week. There are at least 2 discussions that I need to do each week, and have to upload them to my "vault" but I am having problems accessing it so I may have to contact tech for that...

In the weight-loss category, I *think* I lost a pound. I kept getting different numbers so I moved the scale to my kitchen and still got another number. So for the record, 1/11 is 140.0 - that way it is written (for the world to see and so I can keep track of the number). I have not eaten anything too high in carbs over the last week and battled the "why not eat cake" moment. I had greek yogurt this morning. I eat 2 scrambled eggs every morning, drink 1/2 to 1 cup of tea (depends on if I remember it is right there), have a snack of protein bar or handful of nuts during my conference period, yogurt for lunch, maybe a protein bar or drink mid afternoon, chicken and protein shake, or just one or the other for dinner. I am not motivated to workout. *ducks* never have been. This will be week 3 of protein only, and I am hoping for some tangible proof that I am loosing. The weekly scale is ok, but I'd like the spare tires to start deflating slowly. But not too slowly, but I know it will be slowly... :(

Also if it's going to be cold, than can we have some snow - on the weekends? Because I like my days off in Spring semester, there are already too few. February can't come fast enough either since the first weekend I am heading back to Dallas for Dallas Comic Con - Fan Days. And Stephen Amell and John Barrowman will be there.... *diezzzzz* 
Where Am I?: my living room/desk
Attitude? Yes.: okayokay
I'm Listening...: silence
Christine (aka) Pineapple >^..^<
04 January 2015 @ 07:19 pm
So I had meant to post everyday since 2015 started. And obviously it has taken 4 days to do so. Oops.

So here is the deal. I have gone back on my super restrictive diet ... er lifestyle shift. This means I have turned my back on carbs (bread, cookies, flour and gluten based thing/heavy amount), I have also dropped the veggies (anything that is not protein) - and indulged myself in protein. And a small, small, amount of carbs that come with some of the high protein things.

Today was the toughest day - I found some cookies in my bag, and I stood in the kitchen trying to convince myself that one -bag- would not be harmful. I was strong - they sit in my cupboard along with the other cookies. Uneaten, I may add. Tomorrow I must make sure I have to pack protein shake, bar, and my lovely lunch. Actually, its Cordon-Bleu, so it's delish!

I am going to do the pure protein for about 2-3 weeks, if I can manage maybe to the end of the month. The first week of Feb. I am traveling back to Dallas for Comic Con, and that may be my next transition point.  I have found some wonderful coconut flour to make some pizza dough. I made some "cloud bread" - eggs, cream cheese, and cream of tartar. It took FOREVER to whip the egg whites to stiffness. I don't have a blender, so a whisk was my friend. It sucked. But it made some "bread" rounds, so I can try one in the morning - with the discarded/messed up egg whites and egg yokes.

And so there we have the beginning of 2015.
I'm Listening...: watching Downton Abbey
Christine (aka) Pineapple >^..^<
30 December 2014 @ 09:53 pm
So... my parents are going to celebrate their 40th anniversary next year, and as a family we are planning to vacation together. I think the last time we did this was in 2010 when we went to Connecticut to celebrate Grandma's 90th birthday. And I think that's also when jessm78 and I spent the day on Long Island too! Good times...

Anyhow, back to this summer... working as a teacher I get "the whole summer off" (hold on, let me stop laughing about that one...) and so I am the one with the most restrictive time table. My parents can go for as long as they want, I have to be back on US soil and back at my house by mid-August, my brother has to just give his work when he wants his 2 weeks off. The places we want to go is to Germany (we have family and tiah15 who lives in the same city as our family) and ..... ENGLAND!

starbuck1980, campmotha, and coexist_love I will be back on the other side of the pond! :) YEAH!!!  So, since I have been to London and know peeps and places, I'd ask if there is anyone who would shout out some ideas. I'd love to see Stonehenge. I'd love to do Scotland, Wales, Ireland.... but we only have one week, and a to be determined budget.

.... weee!!!
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Where Am I?: Dallas, Texas
Attitude? Yes.: tiredtired
Christine (aka) Pineapple >^..^<
29 December 2014 @ 09:47 pm

So Tanis decided I was cold sitting in the chair and set about to warm me. Cats are such little hotties!!
Christine (aka) Pineapple >^..^<
28 December 2014 @ 11:38 am
WOW. I didn't realize HOW LONG it had been since I actually posted (let alone actually look on here...) SOOOOOOO SAAAADDDD!!

So as the year ends, shall we do a quick "where did she go"? Yes... let's...

2014: A Retrospective

The start of this year found me starting the second year teaching at Ellison HS, Speech and Journalism.

Jan: Learned my grandma passed away, and came back to Dallas to spend a weekend with the parents and brother, to figure out what to do ... mourn...

Feb. - March: Worked. Spring Break. Worked.

April: Traveled up to Connecticut to bury my grandma. She was cremated after she died and my aunt wanted to wait until the ground thawed. Only my parents and I were able to go, and we took long walks on the beach, reminisced how we missed the water, and of course took our last tour around the house and got some memory pieces. I came back to Killeen on the night of Prom, and went from the airport to Prom. My students were so glad to see me - I love my Newspaper kids so much!!

May - June: School wound down, I was renewed for another year, so celebrations! So awesome to see your students complete their journey and see them off to the next. Afterwards I realized why in the past 5 years I had never done it... it's exhausting to sit through 500+ names!! I was also accepted to teach summer school, so I spent 3 more weeks teaching. I also did graduation for the first time ever, and that was fun!

July - Aug.: Summer was coming to an end, so I spent time on my parent's couch. Naturally. 2014-2015 school year also saw me moving from one classroom to another - and switching from Speech back to English. I kept Journalism and Newspaper - I'd fight for those classes. My parents (and a few students) helped me pack and move my room from half way across campus, and upstairs to downstairs, outside into a portable. Weeeeee...... I took another week to decorate and a few students (I pay in food, they don't say no to that) help to get the room all back to normal.

In July I took the GRE the test to get into Graduate school, missed my entry by 4 lousy stupid points... and decided to look at my options. I ended up being accepted into Capella University, an online school, and am on my way to get an M.S. inCurriculum and Instruction.

Sept.: I had to basically re-learn a few things in English 2, after not teaching it for 3 years, and also how a bigger department does things...

October: Austin Comic Con. Grad classes start. Dallas Comic Con. Teach. (Basically, a blur)

November: Stress: Teaching full time, Grad class heating up, and NaNo!! I made it all work - and won. And I turned 34!

December: Teaching and Grad class ended at the same time, and I passed my class with a 4.0 (an A). Raced to Dallas with my cats and am enjoying 2 weeks off from teaching and 3 weeks before my next grad class starts.

*huff huff*

So... bring on 2015!! This year is my parents 40th wedding anniversary and we - as a family! - are planning a trip to Germany and other places in Europe. That will be around July/Aug before I go back to teaching (because I just am so sure I will be getting my 4th year contract!)

I am making a commitment now to post regularly (yes, I am sure we have all read THAT somewhere...) but I really wanted to have written when I started my 6th year teaching and document the struggles and joys of teaching and going to school myself. So, I will do that for Spring Semester (and beyond) - also I want - need - people to keep me accountable in my weight loss. I have gained all the pounds back over the last 3 years and I can feel my body protesth loudly and I just hate how I look. So I know the tools, and am going to be implementing them. But before I start the great purge, let me just eat this box of chocolates... and cookies.... and more chocolate before Jan. 1.

Where Am I?: Dallas, Texas
Attitude? Yes.: determineddetermined
I'm Listening...: Christmas music
Christine (aka) Pineapple >^..^<
02 November 2013 @ 10:52 pm
Well I renewed my account to a paid one... Happy early Birthday to me!

It is also November (in case someone is living without calendars) and it is NaNo time! Once more I tried to write my story about one of my favorite people in history - Lady Jane Grey. And for the second year in a row she hated how I was starting her story, stormed out, and took my muse. So... After three re-boots, I am now happy to report that I have settled back into my wheelhouse - or what I think may be it - mysteries.

And because NaNo is 50K words, a lot of my writing seems really long and filled with a lot of unnecessary exposition. But... editing is my friend - just not during November! I don't know if I will do anything serious with the novel, as in publish it at the end (not to sell, just to have it in print form) since I really am wanting to clean up my very first NaNo - my steampunk fic.

Ah oh well... School is going well. Lovely batch of students this semester... a lot I don't want to see go when we switch. The bad thing about teaching semester long classes!! Of course my two year long ones - Newspaper and Journalism - are draining in their own right. We have produced one Newsletter so far and are working on a 8 page Newspaper (think more magazine layout)... and journalism is going agonizingly slowly at times. But if they understand I will slow it down, I'm getting a few who are just goofing off. Really I don't teach hard classes. Oi!

Ah 2 weeks ago tiah15 came to the States for a conference and stayed with my parents. I took a nice long weekend last weekend to spend it with her. It was so awesome to see her - twice in one year!! Once at her place, and then at my parents... we have plans to do skyping and then a vacation in 2015. Heck ya!!

NaNo Day 2: 7696 wds.
Attitude? Yes.: groggygroggy
I'm Listening...: Marina & The Diamonds - Primadonna
Christine (aka) Pineapple >^..^<
25 August 2013 @ 03:36 pm

Thanks to tiah15 for the cute sign, it's now on my craft room wall.

Got my hair coloured yesterday.

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And some pics of my make shift cutting table. IKEA furniture and a piece of table top = win for crafting.

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More pics later, I'm still working on this room.

Happy birthday to anyone I missed, and to desertjess :)

Back to sweating...

Christine (aka) Pineapple >^..^<
24 June 2013 @ 11:56 pm

So met up with the coolest of cools: tiah15! Finally am in the same city - state - country - side of the world! So we literally spent all day walking, shopping, talking, talking, and just being ourselves. :) I love my real life/ met on internet, fandom friends!!

Christine (aka) Pineapple >^..^<
05 May 2013 @ 11:08 am

Stupid phone ate my post and posted crap. I guess I'll update via computer.... Damn technology and fat fingers!!

Christine (aka) Pineapple >^..^<
14 April 2012 @ 04:56 pm
So I had to get a new battery charger for my camera - somehow I lost it. I bought a new one over Amazon, and it didn't work. So today I wondered into a Radio Shack and they had a Universal battery charger - with a car charger too - and now I have a battery charger that works!

But you know you can't just buy one thing on Amazon, so I bit the bullet and got a new lens attachment for $8. Not much money, and if it didn't work, I didn't spend tons of money! OMG, it is awesome! It has a macro and a wide lens attachment... and now that I have a fully charged battery...

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Christine (aka) Pineapple >^..^<
07 March 2012 @ 08:30 pm
I am so glad that next week is Spring Break. I get a week off from my awesome kiddos, and if I am super lucky, a few days extra! I kind of love this subbing gig! But on the flip side, I am soooooo ready for a permanent class I can call my own.

I already have my clothes packed, just a few more things to add, and it can be thrown into the car on Friday. I am working on Friday, so I will be picking up the Girls after school, and making my way up to Big-D!

As far my new skinny me, I am LOVING that I am looking kick ass!! I have 2 bags full of jeans and pants that I can't fit into anymore - several are my mom's, so she will have some "new" pants too. Hehe. So now, I only have 4 pairs of pants - 2 work, 2 jeans - that fit. Woot, shopping!!!

So I am really happy, and now I am in the next phase, to slowly reintroduce food into my diet. Tonight I had PASTA for the first time in .... at least since October. And it was divine. I can even have cereal - so ya baby, I'm having some flaky goodness in the morning and some scrambled eggs. Have to up my protein intake I found out. So have to get used to bigger portions and more food over the day. :-D No more "starving" moments during the day....

Love ya'll!!!
Christine (aka) Pineapple >^..^<
21 February 2012 @ 07:23 am
So I have severely neglected my LJ. TSK TSK. Which means, my friends, I have also neglected you. *shame*

So since it says the last updated was about a month ago, I figured it was time to come back.

Basically, in a nut shell, without much gloss and fuss, and not to further add to your sense of utter disappointment in not seeing my name on your friends' updates, I shall keep it simple, short, concise and not linger on with the abundant words when only a few should suffice to convey what has been going on:

Not a damn thing.

Ya... I have been subbing a lot more so that's been occupying my time. And quilting. I got a few paying projects, I pluck at as I have time. I also have sold one of my purses at school, and have several more people who are interested, so I may have to go back to making those more too. Jobs are slim in the education realm, and I don't know what to do. Money is tight, Dad is looking for a new job, Mom is continuing her drawing, and my brother is doing well, I guess.

I guess I understand why Tanis is wondering around, meowing at things - she is bored. And I guess in some way so am I. I'm doing what I have to - not even what I can - to keep myself sane.

Last weekend, I watched all the Twilight movies, on my own. I loved it, and want to do a re-watch every weekend! But it would be nice to have some other human there. The girls are great, but friends are nicer! They don't appreciate it when I sigh and point at Jacob taking off hi shirt, or when Edward is taking up half the special effects budget with his diamond sparkling skin.

Perhaps that is also why this last 8 or so pds will not melt off! I have lost 27lbs since October, and only the past month or so has it been not coming off as fast. I have taken up walking and lightly jogging, until my knees hurt. I even did some ab workout on the floor this morning. I am ecstatic that all my pants need pins in them to keep them up, or belts. I am waiting for my "final" weight to buy new pants. I guess lots will be donated to Goodwill. I do have one pair I got at Goodwill, actually, and it fits, snug at times, but fits. So that is my goal pants and pant size. As my parents say, I have a figure back. Of course I had a figure before - it was just round. :-D

Oh well. I need to pack up to get ready for subbing - I'm in Spanish. And no, I don't speak Spanish. German I could teach the basics, but not Spanish. That is why there is textbooks, and others who will be correcting the papers. Wee. Update me folks!! I give you *squishy hugs* all around the world.

Hope your day is Awesome!
Where Am I?: middle of nowhere.
Attitude? Yes.: blankblank
I'm Listening...: rooster. and Tanis bouncing off the walls
Christine (aka) Pineapple >^..^<
12 January 2012 @ 09:26 pm
I need a sewing icon. I have baking... and travel, and writing, but my quilting is not being very representative on here... I may fix that this weekend...

So my quilting has kind of tipped into extreme over the past few months. I stumbled on this book at the library and bought it.... wait, what? bought a book at the library? I don't think that's what the scanner is for, Chris.

Yea, I am aware of this. However, to 1)get funds and 2)recycle books that are no longer (if ever) popular, the library puts them on a shelf with the honor system of you pay for them. So I found the craft section, only .50¢/book mind you, and stumbled on this cool book with patterns for play quilts. And I put it back - I don't have kids, nor will I and so why would I use this? And then ended up getting it - I know others who have kids, or will have them, AND it was only .50¢.

And I love the book! So I figured I wasn't going to slave over a bed sized quilt, but could make elements of some of them into smaller, more kid friendly sizes, and I am almost done with my first one. I'm piecing the back together tonight, and hope to finish at least some of the binding, and take pics and put it up on my etsy, and here, to sell. :-D

I may have stumbled on a business! I looked up play or activity quilts and there isn't anything out there like what I have made. And I already have some design modifications and new designs rattling in my brain.

And on the writing front, I am still in the process of going through my first read through. Mom already finished the book (no correcting, just some plot pointers) and liked it. Thanks Mom!! :-*

School called me yesterday and I subbed today and will be back tomorrow. \O/ considering I got my second "thanks but we hired someone else" email from a school district for the other job I had applied for. Damn you!! rejection will make me... stronger.

Ok, so yes... I need to go back to watching Big Bang Theory re-runs and quilting. I think I forgot I made hot chocolate. Mmm... Kitchen Time!
Attitude? Yes.: goodgood
Christine (aka) Pineapple >^..^<
02 January 2012 @ 03:33 pm
Updates! Updates!!

So I noticed I guess I am not officially registered over at songfic50 anymore, but I still have the writing table, and lookie, I found some of my song fics already written... so I figure I'd be super nice, and update the fic table, thus, letting my brain know we have posted the fic...

It makes sense to me.

So... Here is the list of the newly updated fics:

Gwen/Rhys: Foundations: a short ficlet where Gwen thinks of how "loving" Rhys is and how understanding he is about her job. PG.

Gwen/Jack: Almost Lovers: Gwen is told by Jack to let him go. After all, she has Rhys, and that makes her complete, right? PG.

Jack/Ianto: Walk this Way: friendship/fluffy piece where Ianto is listening to some music on his way to work. PG.

Beth: In Your Arms: Beth just needed to relax. PG

The Cleaner: Another One Bites the Dust: The Cleaner does not mind being called. She protects humans from Vampires, one bloody scene at a time. PG

Josef/Sarah: You Put a Spell On Me: Spoilers for ep 10: Sleeping Beauty. A song reminds Josef he was romantic, once. Like a few decades past. PG.

Ok there are others, but I will be doing those later...
Christine (aka) Pineapple >^..^<
28 December 2011 @ 06:59 pm
So I have a private LJ now for my fic. And after staring at the oldness of it all, although it was beautiful on it's own, it just didn't suit the newness ...

I have redesigned! doxy_fics is newly colored, and has a shiny banner. Ok you can hate on it. I didn't pour over it for days and agonized over picture vs text placement... it's simple. It gets the job done.

So ... now I guess I need to update it since the old content was swept away and left me with a date of 2009... eeks. Looks like I have some fic to revisit and write!!