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>Awards: I’ve Been Hoarding!!!!!

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Just before the A to Z Challenge started, I was given some terrific awards. I meant to pass them around the weekend before the Challenge, but spring hit the ground running and I’m still trying to catch up. I had intended to do a whole post, following all the rules and distribute them as I’m supposed to. Thing is, it’s getting busier around here. This weekend is full – with unexpected personal stuff and work stuff. And hopefully some writing stuff.

So here’s what I’m doing. I’m posting the awards, who gave them to me, a link to their blog, and the rules for giving them out. (I’ve actually been working on this post a couple weeks-all the info has been saved in various drafts) Then, I’m asking you to simply take them. Especially the ones you don’t already have. I’m justifying this in my head by thinking about the Tinkerbell post. All of you matter to me. You’ve all been there for me. And if I could give each of you an Oscar, I would. Cause you deserve it.

And I’m asking you to let me be terribly lazy this time.

If you’ve not met one of these fantastic bloggers, I highly recommend you check them out. They’re funny, witty, clever, sweet, and worth your while!

In no particular order, here they are:

This one is from Jeremy over at iZombie. Cool, huh? 
This one gets passed around as you like (up to 10 people)
but at least 2 people need to be bloggers you just met.
Put in their links, and link back on their blog
so we can all meet each other.
Jeremy wants the blogging world littered filled with Zombie Rabbits!!!!
*note to Jeremy-given the reproduction rate of rabbits, this could be the apocalyptic zombie we’ve been dreading!*

This one is from Carol at Under The Tiki Hut. Ain’t it pretty?!!
Very festive and sparkly, like Carol 🙂
To pass this around, I have to tell 4 truths and 1 lie. Hmmmm…..
1. I write backwards with my left hand.
2. The smell of wood smoke in autumn is intoxicating to me.
3. I love hot summer nights.
4. Cooking is not my favorite thing to do.
5. I once dreamed of being an interpreter at the UN.

Donna Hole very kindly passed this along to me. Wow, thanks, Donna!
The only rule I found was to mention the creator, (Michelle Gregory at beautiful chaos) and then
pass it to those who’ve been there for you
in some capacity.
Considering how Donna is so loyal about scouring the blogs and posting
shouts out and flybys, I’m honored she’d think of me.

Just as a Thank You for following.
Isn’t it gorgeous?!!!
If you haven’t met her, she’s N. R. Williams’ daughter.
No wonder she’s talented!
She creates book covers and has art gifts for sale. 
Check out her blog!
I especially love her Monday Poems and Thursday Quotes 🙂

All my followers! Who wouldn’t want this beautiful award on their sidebar?!!!
Deirdra from A Storybook World gave me this very lovely award.
She regularly interviews authors and posts interesting writerly stuff on her blog.
Definitely pay her a visit!

Talei from Musings of an Aspiring Scribe gave this one to me, thanks Talei!
I’m supposed to reveal 7 interesting things about me. 
Since I posted 4 true ones above, I’ll list 3 more…..
1. As young as age 5, I held snakes for my uncle. He put them in the barn to keep rats away from the chickens.
2. I don’t like to watch dvd’s if they’re not in wide screen format. I hate the cut offs.
3. Part of the process of our layoff included talking to and taking tests with a counselor. Some of it was pretty in depth. I took this one test…..and stumped her. I’ll just say that my answers depend on what I’m thinking at the moment. Hee!

Well, there they are. Take them. And have a great weekend!
I’ll catch up with you sometime late tonight or tomorrow……..

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I’m no good at making up jokes. So I’m cheating! And keeping it short!

If you didn’t stop by yesterday, be sure go back and pick up the little something I created for you on the Tinkerbell post.
Have fun today, I know I will :))))

>My Tinkerbell Theory (Long-ish, But With A Surprise At The End)

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I do believe in fairies, I do! I do!

You ever have those days when it seems like you’re all alone in your quest for your dream? And everything and everyone is pulling at you from all possible directions and, when you finally do get to a quiet, peaceful moment, you’re too tired or too fuzzy to think creatively?

I’m not saying that there aren’t people around me who wish me well in my creative endeavor. It’s just that most of them have a lot going on in their lives and just don’t have the energy. They do want to know how it’s going, but, really, I can’t expect them to get all giddy about getting four thousand words written when they have to spend their evening going to a dozen sporting events, cooking dinner, and making sure everyone’s homework is finished. Some of my friends understand that trying to write something is hard, and they respect that. There are those who believe you can just pull the words out of your head and be published in a few months. I wish! But, really, they don’t understand what it takes, or what it costs.

It’s just not everyone’s thing. Like baseball isn’t mine. Honey is a great ball player and I would go watch some of his games if he played in a league. But come the hottest part of summer, I’d have to think of other ways to be supportive from time to time. Me and summer – we ain’t cool. And Honey would be fine with that. He knows that summer is not my thing.

Not everyone writes. So people don’t generally understand the emotional highs and lows, the ever plaguing doubts and insecurities, and the need to try, even if the dream of becoming published and successful inches farther and farther away every day.

I do have one friend who gets it, but he’s a college student. My co-teacher’s son, William. He’s an aspiring writer who plans to masquerade as a history teacher. The rare moments we get to see each other, there’s not enough time in the world to share our successes and failures and ideas, etc. But it’s good, for a few minutes, to speak the same language, to have the same understanding, you know?

That’s just one of the many, many reasons I’m so thankful to have all of you. Whether you know it or not, you help me. You inspire and encourage me. By commenting and commiserating; by going before and throwing breadcrumbs liberally behind you; and you even take a few minutes to read and offer feedback when I hesitantly put something up that’s writing, not just posting.

And what makes it even more special, is that you offer your time and support regularly, even with just plain ol’ everyday life stuff.

I don’t remember what made me think of Tinkerbell the other day, but when I did, I had this image of all of you. Of us; our little cyber-social world. Most of us are not what I call ‘face-to-face’ friends. We’ll likely never meet (except if you live in my state, it would really be cool!), but we still get to know each other a bit. I miss it when I can’t visit more regularly. I miss you when you’re gone for a while. There have been occasions when people have left permanently, one way or another, and I’ve been genuinely sad.

As I thought about Tinkerbell, I began to wonder. Sure, we blog for all sorts of reasons, but…..do you think – is there a bit of Tinkerbell inside us all? Inside of me?

I can only answer for myself. And I would have to say yes, I do believe there is a bit of her in me. Or, rather, I’m a little like her….somewhere. I get weary and tired. Especially when it comes to writing and trying to figure out some of the what if’s and the what now’s and so forth. Not to mention the self-sabotaging I do sometimes. And there isn’t anyone who understands. They want to, but, like I said before, it’s just not their thing. I love them for their desire to help and if their support is in the form of clearing the way for me to write uninterrupted and without any fuss because the dishes aren’t washed, then that’s fabulous to me *waving and blowing a kiss to Honey!*

I think that’s part of what makes you guys so special. You do understand. When one of us has fallen down because of rejections, or a block, or illness, or whatever, we clap our hands and remind each other that we do believe, we do believe! We remind each other that there are people out there, somewhere, tethered to a computer in a room, typing, and going through similar things. And that we’re not alone.

Hope is offered. So is understanding. Often, sound advice and creative ideas are, too. Sometimes a laugh, which always helps. {{{{hugs}}}} are priceless.

Pretty soon, even if a solution isn’t in sight, a warm glow fills us and we revive, ready to try again. Just because someone, somewhere, believes…….

So thank you, my friends, for all the times you clap for me. Just know that I’m clapping for you, too. I do believe! I do believe!


So, for all of you who regularly come by and visit, sharing wisdom and laughter and commiseration, this is for you. No rules. Just a thank you. I really, really mean it. It’s yours. Share it with whomever you choose.





BTW, image gotten from imagebase.davidniblack.com. a free image source. Way cool site.

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I just wanted to get a quick update out here….

There may be a couple days in April when I’ll be late visiting blogs. We have a staff meeting, a fund-raising yard sale, and a couple other work related things going on during the upcoming month. But I will still get around and visit. It just may be a bit faster and perhaps a couple less blogs….

As for this week, a couple things. I can’t seem to kick this darned headache, so I didn’t visit anyone Monday. Plus I had a few errands to run and that put me behind.

And, I’ve been busy scheduling posts. So far, I’m up through ‘J’. I hope to have the awards post up by Wednesday, and I’ll do most of my pre-A to Z visiting then. If I can’t find time to do the awards post, I will save it until the end of the month, or perhaps for a Sunday.

Otherwise, it will be pretty light around here until Friday, when the blogfest kicks off.

How about you? Are you ready? I just read that it’s now at 600+ bloggers participating. W. O. W. That’s pretty awesome!


BTW, my posts are going to be pretty short and relate to things that are in some way favorites of mine. I hope you enjoy them 🙂

>FINALLY, Passing Along Some Awards!

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Hello everyone! Hope your week was a good one and that you’re heading into a relaxing/fun/exciting weekend. I’m trying to get caught up on everything and one of the first things I want to do is pass along some awards. For those of you who gave them to me, I’m sorry it’s taken so long to acknowledge and pass them around. I’m remedying that right now!
Without further ado:
This lovely award was given to me by Tara at Feel of Something New, Madeleine at Scribble and Edit, The Blogger Formerly Known As, and Marcy at Maine Words. If you haven’t checked out any of these ladies, you’re missing some fantastic bloggers. Sharp wit, great writing tips, useful linkage, and lots of fun. Give them a visit; you’ll want to follow them, I’m sure. Thank you Tara and Madeleine and Blogger Formerly Known as and Marcy for thinking of me! 
And now, for passing it on…
The rules:
Link back to the person who gave it to you.
Give 7 facts about yourself.
Award 15 great bloggers you’ve recently discovered.
Contact them and tell them about the award
Seven facts about me? Hmmmm……
1. I’ll never forget seeing the leaves on the trees for the first time when I got my glasses in third grade.
2. Every day in the summer, my sister and cousins and I swam in a creek….with snakes.
3. I once set off a neighborhood panic because I’d crawled into my baby sister’s crib (who’s only 18 months younger than I) and went to sleep under her blankets with her. Mom couldn’t find me and no one thought to look in the crib….for a while, at least.
4. I can be terribly impulsive.
5. I’m not into candlelit dinners and big romantic gestures.
6. My favorite food in the whole wide world is pasta….and I still get to eat it!
7. I was named after Rebecca Boone from the TV show Daniel Boone, or so I was told. (I was supposed to be a boy and they only had a boy’s name picked out.)
I’m actually going to follow the rules here and pass it on to 15 new people. I’m awarding my 15 newest followers: 
You weren’t counting, were you?
Simon from Spellmaking gave me this particular award a while back. It’s supposed to be given to those who’ve been in some way inspirational. I really don’t know how I qualify (I’m terribly random), but thank you very much, Simon! If you haven’t met Simon, he writes some very beautiful, amusing, and clever things and posts some of them on his blog. He has books that I hope get published soon (so I can read the whole story!), twitter fiction, and novellas. He also keeps us up to date with technology and publishing. Really, go check him out!
I’m supposed to pass this on to writers who inspire me. Wow, that could take a long time. I’ve thought about this and here is my solution. I am inspired by all of you. I really am. You make me laugh, cry, think, gasp…..and you make my day. So I want all of you to have it. This isn’t about being lazy. It’s about how much I love to read what you write. Honestly. I’m going to make my way around throughout the day and leave a comment confirming it. 
If I haven’t made my way to you before you get here, please go ahead and take it. I really mean for you to have it. REALLY
And for Valentine’s Day, the fabulous Jules from Trying to Get Over The Rainbow has created this piece of blog love for everyone. It’s to share, no  conditions, no rules. Free. For. Everyone.
She created it in appreciation of all the love the blogging world gives. So take it, spread it around. Remind the blogverse why this is the best community there is.
There are a lot of reminders I wanted to talk about, but I may just do that as a separate post. So, in the meantime, get your awards, display them proudly, and have a fantastic weekend!!!!

>AWARDS!!! AWARDS!!! AWARDS!!! And A Haiku!!!

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Denise from L’Aussie Writing recently created this award and honored me with it. So did Madeleine and Ellie. Last time I was given awards, my computer and internet were acting up and I lost all the information I had saved about who had given them to me and what the rules were for passing them on.

This time, I saved the info in a draft post. Ha!

About the award…

It’s titled L’Aussie’s Fair Dinkum Award and it’s given out to bloggers who are “interesting and creative” and who “comment as often as time allows.” Quoted from Denise’s explanation.

One of the options she gave was to do a post about being fair dinkum, which has a few different meanings. It can be used as slang, such as “For real?” It can also mean the real deal or genuine.

I’m going with the real deal/genuine interpretation for this post.

In my life, I’ve been fortunate enough to have had many fair dinkum people as friends and family members. My brother is as fair dinkum as anyone could possibly get, and so is my nephew. Their wives are, too. They’re all straight-up, what-you-see-is-what-you-get people who don’t play games or double talk or shove knives in anyone’s backs. They’re true-blue loyal, all of them.

If they like you, that’s it; they accept you, warts and all. When they’re needed, they’re there and they won’t accept any type of repayment. Their (our) philosophy is that we’re family (or friends) and that’s just how it works. Family means being there for each other. Always.

Another fair dinkum person is Honey (he’s my favorite but don’t tell anyone!). Over the years, he’s proved his commitment to me by being patient and understanding when I’m all wonky inside and he let’s me vent when I’m frustrated without being judgmental or condescending. He also makes me laugh like a loon, which is something that has always worked like magic on me. He takes care of my inner child, which means the world to me.

I have some friends who are pretty fair dinkum, too. They offer encouragement and support when I need it and I know that if I needed anything, they’d be there. They let me be myself and value our friendship enough that they’re completely themselves around me, too. A two-way street is a necessity in any real relationship. If it’s not there, it’s not real.

I have to say that the blogging community is the most fair dinkum community I have ever encountered or heard of. All of you are passionate and creative and caring and supportive…..and you show it not only in your responses to the blogs you follow, but in how you lay yourselves out there, too. (That two-way street I was talking about earlier.)

Not only do we need to know that someone will be there for us when we need help, but we also need to be able to offer help.  Otherwise, we end up feeling, well….needy all the time instead of useful and having a purpose and being able to contribute.

So anyway, that’s how I feel about fair dinkum and I love Denise’s award. Not because she gave one to me, but for what it represents. I do love that she gave me one, though *grinning*. Duh! And I also love that Ellie and Madeleine thought of me, too. Wow.

When Denise awarded this originally, she gave it out to the fair dinkum people who regularly show up and give some blog love to her posts. I decided to do the same thing….only, and this is a very nice thing….lots of you show up regularly. I began making the list, going through the last several posts and seeing who showed up somewhat regularly…..and I had way too many names! You all are the best and I really mean that. 
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Madeleine also gifted me with this lovely award:
Here are the award rules:
1. Thank and link back to the person that gave this award.
2. Answer the 10 survey questions.
3. Pass the award along to other bloggers who you think have the best blog.
4. Contact them to let them know about their award.

1. If you blog anonymously, are you happy doing this; if you are not anonymous, do you wish that you had started out anonymously so that you could be anonymous now? I do blog somewhat anonymously because of my job. It allows me to be more open without crossing any confidentiality lines. Also, I don’t like to put anyone else’s name ‘out there’ without permission, or their photos. However, many of you know my name through email, so….

2. Describe an incident that shows your inner stubborn side. I’m not stubborn *cough*. Um, it mostly shows up in little things. Like decor and ‘persuading’ my husband to have input in the choices. I am extremely stubborn….in flexible ways. Does that make sense?

3. What do you see when you really look at yourself in the mirror? Lately, it’s been surreal. I’m seeing more of my sister and my mom. I never felt like I looked too much like either of them, though most people swear my sister and I could pass for twins….not sure what that means…..?

4. What is your favourite summer cold drink? Sweet tea, a Set-Up, almost anything from Sonic…


5. When you take time for yourself, what do you do? Read, play on here, nap, watch a movie…

6. Is there something that you still want to accomplish in your life? What is it? Get fit, get published, pay off our house, visit Ireland, England, and Scotland….

7. When you attended school, were you the class clown, the class overachiever, the shy person, or always ditching? My second grade teacher wrote on the back of my report card that I was “shy and timid” and that was pretty much  me throughout school. I did have a circle of friends and we participated in several school activities/clubs/organizations. I was on yearbook staff all through high school and I loved roaming the halls and playing with the Nikon….

 8. If you close your eyes and want to visualize a very poignant moment in your life, what would you see? Too many things….something I said to my mom that I wish I could take back (the ignorance of children); sitting by her bedside in the hospital the night before the day she died (oh, there’s a stubborn incident-I’d already cleared it with the staff to come after work, about 12am, and the nurse on duty told me I couldn’t. I flat out told her that I was staying and I planted myself in a chair and refused to move. She left me alone after that!).

9. Is it easy for you to share your true self in your blog or are you more comfortable writing posts about other people or events? I’m actually kind of comfortable being me on here. 

10. If you had the choice to sit down and read a book or talk on the phone, which would you do and why? Read a book! Unless it’s someone I like talking on the phone with…..


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received this yummy award from Donna Hole some time ago….


I’m supposed to share 10 things that make me happy and pass it to 10 friends so they can be happy. 
1. My husband
2. My family
3. My friends
4. All of you
5. My kitties
6. My ‘puter
7. Books and music
8. Soft rain
9. Gray, misty days
10. Kindness
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So, here’s the deal. If you’re a follower, these awards are for you. Your ‘visits’ and comments quite often lift my spirits and put a smile on my face and I thank you. Please, pick up these awards and ‘take them home’ with you. 

I feel like you’re all True Blue and The Best and you make me Happy!

Be sure to check out Denise, Madeleine, Ellie, and Donna over at their blogs. They’re wonderful ladies and, while they write about a variety of things, they always write from the heart. They’re some really Beautiful, Happy-Making Fair Dinkum Bloggers 🙂

My haiku:
it is cold outside
my fuzzy blanket is warm
I’m feeling cozy

Oh, snap! I haiku-ed before I looked at the theme for this week. It’s frost. Here’s another one:

draped in winter’s cloak
frosty diamonds sparkling
Mother Nature shines                                                                                                                                                                    

Remember to take these awards!!!!! They’re for you!!!!!

>Haiku Blog Hop and Keyhole Blogfest Awards!!!!

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Madeleine at Scribble and Edit is hosting a Christmas Haiku Blog-hop. All you have to do is scribble three lines with the 5, 7, 5 syllable structure and link up. It’s to find out how much fun haiku-ing can be and the hop will go on until Sunday at 10pm, UK time. 
I thought of mine while I was in the shower, so it’s really not that difficult! Come on, join in the fun!
My Christmas Haikus….
snow falls lights twinkle
children sleep one eye open
Santa waits for them
a star shines above
a baby is born below
hope has been given

I have to say that participating in this blogfest was FUN!!! I read so many interesting entries and met lots of new friends; thank you,  Madeleine, for hosting it!
It was great reading the guesses (and the comments were just lovely, thanks!) and when several of you got incredibly close to the answer, I worried that I’d made it too easy. Duh! You’re all just too darn insightful!
Anyone who took a guess is welcome to the award, but the ones who nailed it in some way were:

Congratulations to the insightful bloggy sleuths! 

If you don’t already know them, run over and check them out; you’ll be glad you did.

I have another award to pass around, but I’m saving it for after Christmas. I have the info saved in two separate places, so hopefully, I won’t lose it!

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

>Award Winning Rule Breaking……Huh?

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I’m sure you all are familiar with the term irony, right? Well, guess what happened just after I did the post about the lost info awards? I visited Donna Hole….and she had an award for me! Hahahahaha…..I don’t know if I deserve awards, but I DO know I can’t be trusted to keep up with them! So I’m passing this along ASAP so it doesn’t get misplaced somewhere. 


BTW, if you haven’t met Donna, go over and check her out. She writes with an honesty and vulnerability that belies her underlying strength. She also has LOTS in common with me, which makes me worry for her a bit….


Her excerpts are pretty darn great, too. So, while you’re over checking out her blog, I’m going to finish posting the rules. Please keep the chuckling to a minimum. I really do try to follow them…..


1. Share 10 things that make you happy.
2. Pass the award along to 10 friends so they can share what makes them happy.


That sounds easy enough, right? Are you snickering?


Okay. Ten things that make me happy. 


First, did you ever see Inside The Actor’s Studio? The host would always end the interview with a standardized series of questions before turning the guest loose with the audience for a q & a session. One of the questions was what sound or noise do you love. On a scrapbook page, I answered that question with the items listed in #1:


1. My husband’s voice, my brother’s laughter, and rain. (Look, right off the bat, I’ve broken a rule! Yeehaw! Well, I do have a rep to maintain!)
2. My nieces and nephews
3. My sister in law, my niece in law and all their fur and feather babies
4. Music….type depends on mood
5. Hugs and kisses from the kids in my class. Actually, the kids in my class….
6. Co-Teacher, Director, Assistant, and some of my other co-workers and some really good friends
7. All of you. Like Donna, I love your comments, your posts, that you can make my day, make me cry, make me laugh, and make me think
8. My kitties, even though they tear up the house, fill it with hair, lay all over the ‘puter (they love the noises and pictures it makes!), and use me as either a bed or a chew toy!
9. Movies and books and sleep and my Tempur topper
10. October through March-cool weather, color everywhere, family, togetherness, coziness, warm blankets, long shadows, the smells, the solitude, the crispness…..all of it.


Maybe I cheated, but I do have a list of ten. That has to count!


Blech! Here’s the hard part! Pass it to ten friends?!!!!! Hmmmm………


Oh, I give up! Dang, I am such a rebel! A non-law abiding blogger! A cyber Sinatra!


First, to ten friends who’ve really been there for me for a long while now, in no particular order:

1. Charlene at Another Painting Blog
2. Roland at Writing in the Crosshairs
3. Theresa at Substitute Teacher’s Saga
4. Aubrie at Flutey Words
5. Carla at Paper Clippings of a Wandering Artist
6. Jenny at Jenny Matlock
7. Olivia at That Rebel With a Blog
8. Vatche at The Student Writer’s Mind
9. Mary at One Perfect Bite
10. Anne at Piedmont Writer
   Bonnie at From a Writer’s Kitchen


Second, to newer friends that make an impact on me:


1. Jules at Trying to Get Over the Rainbow
2. Carol at Under the Tiki Hut
3. Coreen at Velvet Over Steel
4. Denise at L’Aussie Writing
5. Summer at ….and this time concentrate!
6. Jen at unedited
7. Nicole at Nicole Murray WIP
8. L. Diane Wolfe at Spunk on a Stick’s Tips
9. Jennie Bailey at Garden Full of Lily
10. Rafi at Escape From Apathy 
    Maryann at It’s Not All Gravy


I would love to pass this on to every single one of you. This was really really hard!




Pssssst! (If you wish to have it, just take it. I won’t tell. Promise. Look at all the rules I just broke! And I would have given it to you anyway, but I’m trying really hard to conform *wink*)


Thank you again, Donna, for thinking of me. I hope you and everyone else has a great rest of the week!






la di da di da hmm um hmm………
my new daybed
my yummy blanket/throw Honey got me one year for my birthday
my puter
lush fuzzy socks for sliding in the hallway
chips with melted cheese and salsa
grapes and cheese
sprite
a/c
electricity
my DADDY (not the donor) 
life
fluffy clouds


you should stop reading now….




weekends
pajama’s 
trees
a child’s innocent wonder
good hair days
a massage
being the help that someone needed
Christmas
snow
moonlight
squirrels and chipmunks
birds in flight
jackets
gray days
homemade chicken pot pie
old movies on an early Saturday morning, wrapped in a blanket sipping hot cocoa….
the earthy smell of rain


you’re still here?


‘k. I’m going now……really……





>I Found The Other Awards….And Lost Everything Else!!!!!

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 You know, August was a pretty difficult month for me. Strep. Going back to school. Trying to find information about my class. A new class at work.
COMPUTER WOES!!!!

Through all the chaos that was August, I lost or misplaced many things. Lesson plans. Notes. A book I was reading. Awards and who gave them to me and what the rules were….

There were days I would come home at the end of myself and find I’d gotten an award. They would cheer me up-someone thought of me!


Now, of course, I feel terrible. I can’t remember, specifically, who presented me with these awards. I’ve looked. In Word documents. Through my desk. Through my book bag…..I cannot find the info I wrote down. 😦

I am very sorry.

The one bright side I can find is that I don’t have any rules to break.


Whenever I get one of these and I’m supposed to choose, say, five people to pass it on to, I’m terribly torn. I want to give them to everyone. I really appreciate all of you. For your support. For your encouragement. For your instruction. For making me laugh. For making me cry. For just being there….

So, this time I’m going to do what I usually wish to do.

I’m giving this award to everyone who follows me. And even those of you who just stop by for a casual visit. A great hostess often has a little something for guests when they get ready to leave, especially at the holidays. And the holidays are nearly upon us.

I am sorry I can’t remember who these are from. I hope you can forgive me. Both for losing my info and for completely, totally, breaking the intended rules.

And please don’t think that I’m just throwing these ‘out there’ willy-nilly. I really do mean for ALL of you to take these. Unless you’re the one who presented it. But make sure you take the other two.

Again, I’m sorry I don’t know who to like back to to say thank you properly. ***THANK YOU VERY MUCH. YOU MADE ME SMILE AT THE END OF A GRUELING DAY*** Honestly.

>Looking Through Bright, Blurry Glasses….

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Have you ever heard that old saying, ‘The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.?” Well….

I went to the eye doctor yesterday afternoon. And you know, it’s usually a hurry up and wait kind of thing. At any kind of doctor’s office. And so it was this time.

However, the main assistant, Diane, was a complete hoot. Instead of just sitting there, I asked if I could look at frames, so she and I got up and began scouring the selection. She had a great method for picking out what looked best. It was better than purse shopping. Almost as good as book or decor shopping, and that’s saying something.

She picked out over twenty frames, and then we went through a process of elimination. And we found the perfect pair. Wow! Then we processed all the costs and before I even saw the doctor, we had the total, minus the insurance discount, and how much I needed to pay to get the glasses ordered. (I have to pay the rest when my new specs come in.) She then got all my prep work done. We were on a roll!

By that time, the doctor was ready. And here’s the point of this whole thing. The first visit to this office required an eye dilation. (It had been a loooong time since my last exam.) Doc dilated my eyes as soon as I got there, then did the exam. The second visit, no dilation. Then I skipped a year because of the house hunting. Guess what? I had to have them dilated again.

An important note: people with astigmatism keep the dilation much (much) longer than people without. My dilation lasted about ten hours!

However, this time Doc dilated them nearly at the end of the whole exam. Remembering my last experience, he put in drops that would decrease the dilation time. He did warn me that it was goopy and would cause blurry vision for a couple minutes.

Um hmmm. Either I’m completely weird with any kind of meds (I’ll have to do a post about that sometime…) or people with astigmatism also have a difficult time with the un-dilation drops. My eyes were blurry for most of the evening. Therefore, I was unable to do pretty much anything. At all. And I had a headache because of the unnatural brightness and the stress of trying to see clearly.

I did go back to work, though. Director and Assistant insisted I just hang out in the office for a while-they even turned out the lights and closed the blinds. (See, don’t I have great bosses?) When I felt okay enough (relatively speaking) to go back to my classroom, I only had six kids left. After about five minutes, Director came, divided out my kids, and said if I felt like it I could just straighten up my room and go home. Wow!

I did straighten it up, and as I punched back out to head home, Director warned me, only half jokingly, ‘don’t wreck!’

Now, I’m behinder than ever but it’s okay. I’m getting ready to head out and do some errands. Then it’s home, housework, homework, and I HOPE to get to the other awards I need to pass on.

Till then, have a great Saturday and I’ll see ya soon!