Saturday, August 23, 2008

A few layouts

I realized today that I haven't posted any layouts in a long time!

First, the August Scrapstars challenge is up. This month's theme was "Hot for Teacher". Of course, I chose hubs! :D

This is last month's "Summer" challenge. Oh, how this song made me want to dance through the halls at school on the last day!

One of my favorite lyrics right now:

I made this one using the Sassafrass Lass insert in this month's Scrapbooks etc. Yay for freebies!

Some painted drywall tape. My cat is an odd creature.

My friend and her daughter (this one made the Catwalk on SIS!):

I made this one today. The magazine clipping came from my NEA magazine. So far the school year is going well! I'm back in my classroom for good (and it looks fabulous!), and I love the new schedule. Oh, and the kids are great, too!

This is what I do when I want to relax. Oolong tea at Paradise Cafe.
Yellow has become my signature color this summer, so I had to put it all over a layout!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

For all you bad bloggers out there...

I just found out about the lazy blogger. Hehe - my blogging lapses shall be no more! Here's my generated post:

Holy Cow! I just noticed I have not updated this since long before Shakespeare wast a would not believe how much more of a drama I could make that. I hope you still love me!

I am so busy with responding to fanmail, choosing my retirement village, and just generally being a delightful mistress to my husband. My day seems to be a litany of stuff and giggles from 4am to 11pm, at which point I fall asleep on the couch. I am not complaining though. Life is good.

I totally promise I will write something that makes sense soon. No, really! What do you mean you don't believe me?

Sounds just like me, right? ;)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

A Post-It Post

Two day into the school year, and I feel good! Well, actually right now I feel exhausted, but it's that good "I-did-something-to-deserve-feeling-exhausted" exhaustion.

My room looks awesome! I have both floor and ceiling tiles -- woohoo! Although I do question the decision to put my ceiling mounted projector directly below a sprinkler. But I guess it's a good example to point out to my design students when we discuss poor planning. :)

We're working with adhesives tomorrow in Engineering class. Part of this lesson involves talking about how Post-It notes were invented. I tried to find a video about the creation of Post-It notes on YouTube. I didn't find what I was looking for, but I did find this. Enjoy the cheeze-tasticness.

And I will leave you with a fun fact: most of the world's Post-It notes are manufactured in my town.

Monday, August 11, 2008

And I thought I was busy before...

School starts back tomorrow! I'm actually excited. We're going from four 90-minute classes per day (with alternating sets of classes) to seven 50-minute classes per day. In the past, I've noticed a tendency to loose students around the 60-minute mark, so I think the shorter class will work in my favor. Oh, and on Sunday, I spent 12 hours at the computer working on curriculum for the year. Ugh.

Let's review:
Students = Yay
Curriculum = Ugh

See. We're reviewing things. I'm already in teacher mode. :D

On Saturday, I did this:

I have my Master's degree. Finally. Amen.

By the way, I think deep down I only wanted the Master's degree so I could get the awesome sleeves. And do this:

Being dignified is so overrated. :D

And because I feel bad for holding out on you all, I will finally share photos from our mission trip. I'll start with Krakow, because that's where the trip started.

For me, this photo captures the essence of Krakow. I loved the center of town -- lots of stuff going on, but it didn't feel rushed or busy. People seemed to know how to take it easy.

Lots and lots of street performers. They were fun to watch.

Mike + maps = happy. Mike + ginormous map = really happy.

My husband is very resourceful. He bought the phone card he is holding using no less than three languages. (First he asked, in Polish, if the postal worker spoke English. Then he asked for a phone card in German...not sure why, but it made sense at the time. Then he and the postal worker spoke English.)

The name of our hotel literally meant "the hotel under the castle".

This is the castle.
This is the Wisla River (pronounced vee-swa, because the "l" should have a slash through it, making the w sound. I don't know how to make and "l" with a slash through it.). This was right across from our hotel.

Doesn't hubs look like he's going to jump somebody?

This sign made me smile. I was on the lookout for children carrying giant lollipops across the street.

Gelato and lodi. Loves it. (And check out that light fixture!)

"Hamburgery" is a fun word. It makes me think of "tomfoolery", but with hamburgers.

Next from Wisla.

Friday, August 1, 2008


I'm home.
I've been awake for 24 hours.
I didn't know if we would get out of Germany today.
I got a crash-course in faith, particularly over the last four days.
Lola is being super-cuddly at the moment.
I will share trip details soon. Now I will sleep. :)