The Rantings of an Indentured Servant

Sort of Self Explanatory, Don't Ya Think? If it's not obvious, stop. Pan up. Re-read. There you go genius...

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Building houses for those who have none

Okay, so I'm going to be gone until march 4th because I'll be sleeping on a floor somewhere near Franklin West Virginia.

Augustana Habitat for Humanity is going on our annual spring break build over our spring break. Sadly I don't think I'll have access to a computer so there will be no new posts from me. I know, I know... you're heartbroken, eh?

But I promise to fill everyone in on the high points when I return :-)

Happy Next week or so!

Monday, February 20, 2006

Men are like...

Okay, so my real life dad sent me this via e-mail, and I thought it was too funny to pass up. If you're a guy, just pretend you're not for a minute and read it...

1. Men are like ...

Laxatives. They irritate the crap out of you.

2. Men are like ...

Bananas.The older they get, the less firm they are.

3. Men are like ...

Weather. Nothing can be done to change them.

4. Men are like ...

Blenders. You need One, but you're not quite sure why.

5. Men are like ...

Chocolate Bars. Sweet, smooth, & they usually head right for your hips.

6. Men are like ...

Commercials. You can't believe a word they say.

7. Men are like ...

Department Stores. Their clothes are always 1/2 off.

8. Men are like ...

Government Bonds. They take soooooooo long to mature.

9. Men are like ...

Mascara. They usually run at the first sign of emotion.

10. Men are like ...

Popcorn. They satisfy you, but only for a little while.

11. Men are like ...

Snowstorms. You never know when they're coming, how many inches you'll get or how long it will last.

12. Men are like ...

Lava Lamps. Fun to look at, but not very bright.

13. Men are like ...

Parking Spots ... All the good ones are taken, the rest are handicapped.


Thanks Dad! :-)

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

quiztime!

So I saw this at The Reality Ranch and thought it was cute :-)

You Are Fozzie Bear
"Wocka! Wocka!"You're the life of the party, and you love making people crack up.If only your routine didn't always bomb!You may find more groans than laughs, but always keep the jokes coming.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

A little something ...

well... Happy Valentine's day everyone. My first one in over three years that I'm single! w00t!

However, I have a pseudo date this saturday! Yeah! I'm not completely deformed and grotesque after being in a long term relationship!

It's this guy I used to go to elementary school with and in middle school we were in the same choir (I shall refer to him as Choir Boy.) He used to be really shy and short, but now... hubba hubba! (hahaha! too bad he's got a girlfriend...)

So I was on a field trip with my 6th graders for my student teaching stuff and there was this kid that totally reminded me of Choir Boy. That night when I went on AIM, I IMed him, but it was someone else using his screenname or something. Anyway... yesterday he IMed me back.

We seriously talked until about 5 in the morning and made an ice cream date to catch ourselves up when I'm in town this weekend. I know it's not a real date because he's seeing someone, but I think it's my first step back into the world of being single.

I actually feel like it's possible for other people to find me attractive and want to hang around with me! (Even if it's only for the occasional gratuitous cleavage shot!)

And it's super cute because I was his first crush he says.

So... I'm going for ice cream on a pseudo friendship date with the Choir Boy.

P.S. I got a valentine from Dale and Shaun slipped under my door last night! How cute is that?

P.P.S. Wes gave me my first extra tipper when I was home two weekends ago! I practiced the other night for my friends and used it and it was beautiful!

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Not all good things last...

Well, McGuyver Guy and I officially called it quits today (at least as a dating relationship goes.)

I guess sometimes one good thing has to end so another can begin. The whole when God closes a door he opens a window theory.

It just hasn't been the same since our pseudo break-up/big fight a while back. That extra something that you need to make it work just isn't there for either of us anymore. And that sucks, because we both love each other very much. He really is my best friend.

I'm very saddened that it had to end. I wish to God that it didn't have to happen. But I know that there's a reason we spent three years together in this relationship and I'm also very thankful for all of the happiness I've had because of it. I have a feeling that I won't lose him as a friend, and we may better off as just friends.

I'm sure it will be ackward and a little weird at first, but I just have a hunch that all will end well.

It was a mutual decision and there were no harsh words or regrets. (Which is what probably would have happened if we tried to stay together for too much longer.) We just weren't as close after the big fight and I think it really hurt us as a couple, and maybe we were just too young/inexperienced to recover.

I know we've made a lot of mistakes in our relationship, and we tried to fix them as we went, but I feel almost like it's the passing of an era. We learned all we could from each other as a couple. Hopefully we can continue to learn from each other as friends. Hopefully we will have learned from our mistakes for future relationships.

I probably sound really callus in this post to try and put everything so objectively, but I'm actually crying right now (as I have been on and off all night/morning) so it's not like I'm completely okay with it. Three years is a long time and you can really become attached to someone. They become like an extra limb, you know? When it's severed you have that phantom limb thing going on, but you know deep down that it's gone for good and you can't just grow it back.

I'm just glad we're not bitter or resentful of each other, and I hope that we can get over the ackward lump and have a real friendship. Really, for the last two months that's basically what we've been anyways. We just cut out the make-out and bingo! Friend behavior.

I've heard mixed reports as to whether this can work or not, so I know that it could either A) blow up in my face B) won't really do anything and we'll just stop talking to each other or C) become almost like best friends... which is what I'm hoping for.

I think I really am heartbroken, but at the same time I know that it's for the best for both of us so the logical side of my brain says stop crying because it'll be okay.... but then there's that pesky little female emotional self that says "but you just ended a three year relationship and even though there's no spark you still love him."

To which logic side responds "Yes, but you are not in romantic love with him anymore. You have companionship with no passion and you cannot settle for less than what you need. Neither can he. You love him like you love your best friend, not a husband."

I think I used to however, and that's the tragedy. What could have been.

But I know that this is right and there is a purpose for it all. Right now that's about all that I can find comfort in.

Why can't life ever go as planned?



P.S. I'm coming home in the morning to see Little E and family and hopefully some friends. Contagion, are you going to be around for some help with blog code? Wes, I won't have your shirt, but I'll try and stop by to show you the bodhran.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

BAAAAAABBYYYYY (CONT)

She's here!

Little E (Chastity's baby) was delivered tonight via C-section. There were some complications, but all is well now and thank you to everyone who read Contagion's Post and offered her happy thoughts.

Little E is a girl, 6 lb 14 ounces and 20 inches long. Last I heard Mother and Baby were nursing, and then mom was going to try and get some rest.

Give me a call/e-mail if you want the hospital info and everything. Chastity will be there until Sunday.

*sigh* I'm an auntie! *tear*

**This post will remain at the top of today for the rest of the day since I'm so proud of both mama and baby!**

Why I want to be a teacher....

So, I taught my sixth graders more adjectives today (superlative/comparative.) I also was observed by a middle school teacher with 40 yrs experience who basically holds the rest of my teaching career in his hands....

Somehow, everything went perfectly...

He actually told me that there wasn't anything he could see that I didn't do wonderfully at!

I don't know, why... but God was shining down on me today. The kids were so "on." I don't know if you understand what I mean by that, but some days there are just two steps ahead of where you were expecting them to be, and they ask all of the right questions and lead themselves exactly where you wanted to take them. It was, as some might say, "Brilliant!"

I couldn't have asked for a better group/day/lesson to be observed teaching, but I'm glad it was this one. I think maybe it was a sign from the higher power that this is what I am supposed to do.

It's always nice to have that little bit of reassurance every now and again. :-)

So I told my folks, and now they think I have a big head... geez, do something wrong and they gripe, do it right and be happy and you're full of yourself... lol. Good to stay grounded, but dang I'm happy with what those kids learned today!

I'm in!

YESSSS.... I made it in the Bad Example Clan!

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

I want to join the Bad Example Clan because...

I want to join the Bad Example Clan because...

Well... okay... see...

1) Both of my (blog)parents are members of the Bad Example family, and so that makes me one too... so I kind of want to feel liked and stuff, you know?

2) My platy (fish) and guppy(fish) somehow managed to breed and make two baby platuppies (fish/fry) and that's pretty cool that they did that in my fish tank, you know?

3) umm... I don't really know how to put this, but ... wellll... so I was thinking that if it was possible to have a blog-crush, I would probably have one on Harvey (I know, I know, he's my grand-da and all, but still) because he's so dreamy, and a real sensitive type too. The kind of guy you can sit down and talk about your feelings with. Harvey is to blogging what Sean Connery is to the Film Industry.... he adds that certain amount of class through his distinguished air... and that accent! (well, I kind of made that part up... but you could read the blog with an accent)... you know?

4) Well, I just want to okay? I like to feel that sense of belonging.


So can someone pleeeeeeaaaaasssseeee sponsor me?

BAAAAABBBYYYYY!

Alright. Chastity is at the hospital as I am typing this probably going into labor.

She was taken there at 6 pm tonight so they could induce her because the baby is late. She should have little Eiley Grace by noon tomorrow. Call me on my cell if you want more information. I'll be up all night.

(You people don't answer your phones, I swear!)

If you want to be included in the rounds when she actually gets here (the baby that is) let me know. I'll be calling/posting again as soon as she arrives.

Miss a week, Miss a lot

So.. I have strepp throat, a massive amount of homework and I have to teach tomorrow... That's why I kind of missed a week of blogging there. (And I was doing so darn well.)

So, over the week I ordered ballroom shoes, almost didn't get the courses I need to graduate, and my grandma went into ICU at the hospital for internal bleeding. She's alive and doing alright for now, so that's always good.

Anyways... there's a lot of other stuff I want to blog about, but I thought I should catch you up to speed.. so moving onward....

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