Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Delay of Game

No - the title is not about the Phillies. What it is about is the fact that xanga/my computer suck right now. I can't download my pictures onto the xanga website which means I can't get them on this blog, which means no more updates about Fall Festival. Ugh.

It works fine on my laptop - but the problem is that my laptop doesn't have all of the fall festival pics on it.

So I'm delayed by the fact that my computer sucks.

Boo. And no - that boo does not go with halloween. It goes with "Boo, I hate this computer but it has Photoshop so I must deal with it.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

To Sort:

I'm going to have to vear from the path of "Fall Festival" pictures I promised, but you have to see these. They are mostly all of Charlie, but that's the whole point of this post. So get over it. I'm over it.

My little mangy puppy has been groomed today. Boy, has she ever been groomed. I thought you'd like to see a little of Scruffy Charlie before you see Pretty Charlie. This will help you really see the difference, and it'll give me a chance to show off my puppy.

Two weeks ago I had a ton of work to do, so Esther and I watched a movie in my room instead of downstairs. It gave Esther the opportunity to see what it's like for me. Charlie licks your face, walks on your back, and takes over the bed.

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She probably does that because she's used to the royal treatment. She those groucho marx eyebrows? Yeah? They're gone now, thanks to the grooming.


She looks so comfy when she sleeps. I wish I could get that comfortable.


Bodil (the breeder) offered to show me how to groom Charlie. Borders aren't you average dog, you can't just clip the hair. You have to strip it, or pull it out by hand. Needless to say, my Little Bearded Lady has never been groomed. But can I just say, she looks fantabulous.

From this:


To this:


It took an hour and a half to get her looking like that. She is so brown, so very brown. Bodil clipped the hair on her belly, trimmed her beard, and eyebrows, and tail, and legs, and neck, and booty. I'm guessing she lost about 15 lbs of hair. Ok, not that much.


She literally looks like a completely different dog. Completely different. I took her to Mom to show off her new do and Mom did a double take. As I'm sure all of you will too when you see her in person again.

Charlie has earned several nicknames since coming to me casa, most of them you see above. But the other nickname I have for her is "Little Fatty." Today I found out that I was right, she is a fatty. Bodil told me that she needs to lose some weight. It's just puppy fat, but it still needs to go. She probably has it because I've been feeding her twice as much as she needs. Oops.

But when you hear how much she needs, you won't think what I'm feeding her is that much. She only needs a 1/2 cup a day. Well, that and all the treats Mom gives her.

But enough about Charlie (bet you never thought you'd hear me say that), on my last day at DMS I took a picture with my 6th grade health class. I love those kids.


See the kids second from the left? The one sitting on the AC? Yeah, he's my favorite. I'm allowed to have a favorite since they aren't my kids. So it's official. He's my favorite. I really loved all of them though and I really miss them.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

It's time - I think

Since there are far too many pictures for one post I'll be seperating it into three stages. Charlie, Charlie, and Fall Festival. Kidding! Charlie, Culbert Kiddies, and Fall Festival. Nope - that won't work. I've got it - Pumpkins, Applesauce, and In-between's. I feel as though that last category is appropriate because it is part of the title of this blog. I'm going to start with the Pumpkins section because I got lots of good pumpkin photos.

The first step to our awesome pumpkin making happened Friday night - we went to Weaver's and picked out our pumpkins. I made sure that we got a picture with each kid and their pumpkin.

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While we were there Cricket decided to make friends with the local goat. Yes, it is backing away from her as she fake kissed it.

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Then we headed back home for some chili and hang out time. Don't worry Mike - I won't post that picture of you playing Annie's violin with Tommy's shorts on your head.

After all the applesauce making and clean-up. It was finally time to carve pumpkins. I think Cricket, Char, Lauren, and I took it more seriously than all the kids. We were the last ones at the table carving.

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I drew a bat for Lukey and I figured he'd be cutting it out so you wouldn't be able to see how poorly I drew it. But about 30 minutes later I heard Lukey say "I'm giving it eyes!" That was my first clue that he wouldn't be carving it out. The second was when he said "I gave it a bellybutton!" But then I checked later and saw he carved out the body - and that was the only thing in his whole pumpkin that he cut out.

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I don't think Leia really cared about her pumpking. I'm pretty sure she was just thrilled to be handed a Sharpie. She didn't get much of a design on her pumpkin - but somehow she ended up with a perfect heart cut out of it.

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Emily did a spectacular job cutting out her pumpkin. She didn't need any help from anyone. I loved hers - she didn't carve out the whole design so it looks like Larry from Veggietales.

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I think Annie was the first one done - I had just finished drawing my design and I look up and there she is posing with her pumpkin. She definitely has the record for fastest pumpkin carver.

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Tommy started out with good intensions, "I'm making a hole!" Then he ended up with a helmet. That might be the best pumpkin helmet I have ever seen.

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I had to put the camera on a box and use the timer to take the picture so the shutter could stay open without me shaking. It turned out really cool because the light that is there looks even more intense than it really was. Left to right: Annie, Leia, Emily, Tommy, and Lukey's is behind Tommy's (oops).

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Now for the rest of us. From left to right: Charlotte, Me, Lauren, Esther, and Cricket.

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This was cricket's first time carving a pumpkin and I'd say it turned out pretty darn sweet. She drew the tree all by herself. Char cut out the Seatle Sky line - I think somebody might be a tad bit excited about moving.

Stay tuned for the next exciting entry - Applesauce Schmapplesauce, We Own that Crank

ps...Have you seen Char's new hair? It's awesome. Oh, see that little piece of paper she is holding? That is the recipe for roasting pumpkin seeds. "I didn't have any paper."

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Sunday, October 19, 2008


While I'd really like to share with you some pictures from the weekend - I have been doing work since around 10 am this morning and I'm ready to burst. I took a break for lunch and dinner, but other than that I've been working non-stop.

Something about this homework is different though - it doesn't feel like such a burden. Don't ask me why, but I'm starting to think I don't really mind doing it. It's kinda freaking me out, but hey - whatev.

Guess it's a good thing I don't mind because I've got about 2 solid hours left (if not 3). Homework here I come!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Fall Festival

Last year we called it Applesauce Day, but things have changed a bit. It's not just about applesauce anymore - it's about carmel apples, candy apples, pumpkin seeds, carving pumpkins, and a bonfire.

To say that I'm excited would pretty much be the understatement of the century. I'm overjoyed. Not only with this be a fun filled day with family, but it also marks the end of my first placement!

It's a huge milestone - This means that I'll have a whole weekend without lessons to write - this means that I'm halfway done the semester - which means I'm halfway to graduation - which means I'm almost a teacher - which means I'm almost unemployed. Wait a sec, that took a turn for the worse. How did that happen?

Anywho. Here are the plans for the festivities. Friday night will involve pumpkin picking and apple buying (and cleaning the garage). Also - I'm pretty sure we'll be having a sleepover that night as well. Which will be easier for Mike and Kelly because then they can actually get ready without kids under their feet. And I have a feeling Charlie won't be sleeping in my room that night - with her five favorite kids in the house I'm sure I won't be able to pry her away.

Saturday will hold the real action. Applesauce making starts early in the morning at 9 - ok, maybe not early, but early enough. Then we'll move on to candy/carmel apple making. I'm sure by that time we are gonna need some food, naps, and veg time - So Antonio's here we come!

Note to self: Set up Wii for the Wii King.


Then after vegging out for a good 5 hours, the pumpkin carving will ensue and a bonfire won't be too far behind. It's going to be an all day event with lots of friends and family.

I'm very, very excited. I can't wait til Friday.

ps. 57 days until Graduation!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Miles Shmiles

10 Miles didn't seem to bad - both times I saw Est along the way she looked good. Actually, not just good - she looked great! But we'll get to that in a sec...first things first people.

We arrived at our hotel around 3 pm. After a long drive, 3 yard sales, and picking up Sarah on the way down - we finally landed at the hotel. I was looking forward to these sweet-sleeper beds for 4 hours. This is such a canned hotel shot - and it would have looked nicer had I not Supermaned it onto the left bed the minute we got there.

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We had a sweet view. That three-pointy-thinged sculpture is a memorial for something I can't remember right now. But it was a good landmark - you could see it from everywhere.

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After we all got settled - we went sight seeing. The shot below was not staged. We were trying to find our way to the WWII Memorial (which rocks by the way). It also has no mention of God - wonderful.

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Click the link below. The quote ends like this: "Good luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking." Guess they just, ya know, forgot. Right.

Some of my favorite shots:

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Back to the race - So we had this big plan about how we were gonna get everywhere and how we were gonna meet Esther and where we were gonna see her. It's all boring and complicated - what you need to know is that it all fell apart for me and Est in about 5 minutes. But eventually I made it to where I needed to be. And got some great shots along the way.

Thanks to the race - the road was closed and I could stand right in the middle of the bridge without worrying about getting hit by a car.

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Here's the before shot:

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Me: Gimme the you're-scared-out-of-your-mind face

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The next place we saw Est was about 2 miles into the race.
Me: Look pretty!

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The next place Dad and I trekked to (about 2 miles) was the halfway point for Esther.

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This is where Dad and I split up so he could get to his soccer game. Next place I headed was the finish line. It took me longer to get there using public transportation than it did Esther to get there using her two legs.

And......She did it! She did it all without walking once.

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And then she almost died going up the steps to Arlington.

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Sarah's grandfather is buried there. It's an altogether different experience when you go to see some one's grave.

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We had a great time. Esther did an awesome job on her run and it was so fun to be there to cheer her on!

Friday, October 3, 2008

'Cow-nt Down, Countdown to better driving!"

If anyone knows what that quote is from - I'm very impressed. If you don't know, well, you're missing out on some good laughs. It's from my favorite episode of That 70's Show. Makes me laugh histerically every time.

Anywho. The reason that the title has something to do with "countdowns" is because I have two of them on my iGoogle homepage. Which, by the way, if you don't have one, you should. It's awesome.

So, back to countdowns - I have two of them. The first one says "Days til new placement" and the seconds one says "Days Until Graduation." You think maybe I'm a little excited to graduate? You would be right. I'm also excited to move to my next placement because, even though I'm starting to like health, I'm ready to be done.

Health is stressful and time consuming and bleck. But, not gonna lie, I like it more than I ever thought I would. Ever.


Ps...that picture is a day old. :)

Thursday, October 2, 2008

I need sleep!

Auntie Karen asked me if it was harder being the teacher or the student...well...I have an answer for that.

I have more homework as a teacher than I did as a student.

Does that answer the question? Seriously, I do have more homework. So much homework, in fact, that I usually go to school on about 6 and a half hours sleep. Not enough! I'm so tired right now that I think, even if I just let my head fall and smack the desk, I'd be asleep in a heartbeat! I'm literally struggling to keep my eyes open.

But I can do this, I can. I only have 15 more days (including weekends) until my next placement. And that placement will be much, much, much easier.

I just wrote two more paragraphs complaining about my life and after I wrote them - I had to erase them. Life really isn't as bad as I'm making it out - I'm just tired. I'm just very, very tired.

Anyway. I have a slideshow thing that runs on my desktop. The picture changes every15 seconds. It's usually a picture of Charlie or the culberts, since that's basically all the pictures I put onto this computer.

Then this one popped up. Every once in awhile a picture pops up that makes me smile.


Then as I was looking for the picture to upload - I found this one.


Very nice Leia.