Saturday, December 31, 2016

celebrate good times, come on.................


2016-2017

Goodbye 2016! Hello 2017! Goodbye things from the past that hold me back and keep me from moving forward. Hello future and what God has planned for me. Goodbye facebook (for a time). Hello Instagram and Snapchat. Hello engaging more actively in those around me, family, and work . Goodbye reading meaningless clickbait articles about trivial this and that. Hello reading books. Goodbye however I used to teach something, Hello to discovering what works better for student success. Goodbye crunchy peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with chocolate chips that I've been eating all break. Hello chicken tender and broccoli. Maybe goodbye landline. Hello cell phone. Goodbye clothes I probably will never wear ever again. Hello budget for new clothes that can be worn at work because that's a need, right? work clothes? Goodbye to plants that died in my yard last year. Hello to new plants yet undiscovered that I must try next. Goodbye stacks of magazines here and there in the house that it turns out I never ever actually went back to read anything in the last ten years. Hello continued subscriptions to Outside, National Geographic Traveler, and Monocle. Goodbye election year. Hello first year of a new administration. Goodbye politicians, voters, bigots, liberals, conservatives, those who divide, and those who make peace. Hello politicians, voters, bigots, liberals, conservatives, those who divide, and those who make peace. Goodbye to those who say a lot based on faith/beliefs yet do nothing. Hello to those who act toward improving humanity putting faith/beliefs to work. Goodbye to careless spending ? Hello to paying off a car loan and investing in the house. Goodbye to investing in myself so much. Hello investing more in others. Goodbye goodbye. Hello hello! Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

holiday fixins....


end of December.....

I guess I'm trying to get motivated again to work out at the gym.  Hey, I mean if PiI've also decided to Pietro Bocelli can split his time equally between working out and teaching at college, so can I! ha
I've been listening to Sarah Glidden interviews on youtube all morning while bringing all the Christmas boxes out of the back room and repacking them and putting all the Christmas tree stuff away that I took down last night. I finished reading my new book "Rolling Blackouts" by GLidden last week and enjoyed the read all about her travels through Turkey, Iraq, and Syria with journalists.  interesting tales.  I also watched a heartbreaking documentary last night about the failures of humanity with the immigrant situation into Europe.  So I have a lot in my mind this morning.
Christmas is going away for another year, away away, back to the attic and a closet in the front room for any boxes with candles or special things in them.  One good thing is I've already combined two boxes by better packing them.   I have a stack of Christmas cards from the past that I want to sort out with the stack from this year's.  my goal is to have things picked up enough to vaccuum in here today!
I've already taken apart two chairs to store up in the attic.  I decided time for less furniture!  Since my sister had the siblings over this year and I did not, not really any group of people were ever over here, and thus I don't really need all that much seating in this main room. Less is more, less is more, less is more!
I hope everyone enjoyed Christmas time this year! I had a nice weekend in AR a few weeks ago, and then enjoyed doing nothing. ha, and had a great dinner and hang time with siblings last week Thurs. I made all my sisters, and sis in law, and mom a holiday wreath and they loved 'em.  I'll try and get a photo posted  Christmas Eve eve, Friday I went to dinner with Scott and bf B to a Mexican place in town, Chelino's. it was yummy and we hung out and chatted for quite a while, They had asked me about dinner on New Year's Eve and I said maybe I'd go but then later I mesaged scottie that nah, I was OUT!  I might be out of town actually, but I don't want to go either way. I decided long ago that I'd rather be alone if I'm single on New Years or Valentines. blah!!  ha, don't get me wrong I love my buds and seeing them, but I dunno, a few other couples get invited, then I'm the single one, and even if there are other single people, I'm just not up for it.  I can't fake interest in conversation with people I don't see but once or twice a year. I'd rather just hang with Scott and B and our buds in general.  For me being alone for New years gives me time to focus on goals and directions and evaluate the year passed. yay!  My friend T in AR invited me up for New Years Eve took and my feelings were the exact same, no thanks! ha
I'm going ot lunch with my older siblings today, ( I'm number 4, the 5th lives in the panhandle). we're meeting at my usual Saturday pizza lunch place.  it's great having another week off work.  My brother has offered to help with some roof line repair, so I'm hoping he'll come by and give me some prep advice.  Not sure if I mentioned it, but my intercession class was cancelled since not enough students enrolled. I'm glad!! With Jan 2nd a holiday, that would have been a semester's worth in 9 days!! whoosh.  Now I'll have time to actually prepare during the prep week back jan 9th, I guess classes begin the 17th?  looking forward to a fresh start and new semester.
enjoy the limbo week between holidays! cheers

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uh huh................


Monday, December 26, 2016

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

bromance tv..........


eddie reader sings with Phil Cunningham et al...


I got a better recording of this on a cd last year, but this gives you an idea. This was my favorite song I put on the Christmas CD mix I made for family this year and sent in cards...

alas,no beard wrestling for me...................

break break break..............

good morning  I had a good time at Scott's party Saturday. We had some super cold weather move in with a little snow, so the turn out was just about right with a good number but not too full of people.  I went over there by 3 and sure enough people were showing up right at 3. ha. I met some people they knew from the neighborhood, from work, from church, quite a mix! I helped keep food put out on the tables and picking up plates and cups to throw away as people came and went.  Oh yeah also people from the Chamber of commerce as Scottie's bf is on that too.
I got home around 8:30pm and found my heat unit was no longer working, the house was about 53 degrees. Oh no! :)  The craziest thing is it was the coldest night of the year!! down to 9 degrees!  I went to bed with a space heater in my room and left the big screen tv on and the kitchen sink dripping.  I slept very cozy.  Sunday I woke up and brought the space heater out to the main room, opened windows to let sun come in from the south side of the house.  after church I ran errands at a few grocery stores in city, and I called Scott while at West Elm to see if he had any space heaters. ha
I dropped by and borrowed one, came home and cleaned up the place. this last weekend I cleared out the back room behind the kitchen where I have an upright piano and had several shelves full of stuff. i cleared out the shelves completely, moved out two of them to make more room getting to the laundry and back, and then vacuumed. had dinner with my folks at their place Sunday night then back home for one more night in my cold house.
Monday a repair guy came over, highly recommended by a guy who sits next to me in Sunday school whose daughter used to live next door to me. well anyway, the guy came over and fixed it, the pressure switch had to be replaces and he cleaned some gunk out of the hose leading to that.  thanks goodness it was not the motor or the heat unit!!  I was only out $202 and back in a heated home.
Last night I went to dinner with my vet friend A, meeting at IHOP and I had a really nice waffle which I never eat. yummmm. we plan to get together in a few weeks for a movie.
today I'm going into the office for a while then back over to my folks' place to meet 2 of my sisters for pizza lunch and just hang and chat. fun days off.

I guess Chris Pratt's not the only one that can replace Harrison Ford.. hee hee. :)  I am a little disappointed that the same ole hipster's hipster hairstyle and scruffy beard remain unchanged 29 years from now..... (insert rolling eyes here).  Enjoy the holidays all!

fly, baby, fly!


Monday, December 19, 2016

Saturday, December 17, 2016

who doesn't love this guy....

now all you millionaire rap artists, get out there and buy some fancy Columbia jackets! ;)