Sunday, October 29, 2006

A few weeks later

Life has been busy again. Today was the school's annual open house for prospective students, and we had a good showing. We have mass, brunch, and then tours with our student ambassadors, a group of which I am in charge. I think we had the most interest this year than we have in a while. Many times we get only those who want to go to school here, and not those who are searching or considering schools. Anyway, its over, which means that I can go back to working on college apps and rec letters instead of worrying about who will be where etc. I do need to send out about 50 of our "brochure books" but will be able to take care of that this week.

Really not much else going on. Keith and I have been watching Notre Dame games on TV. . .and next week he is going out with my Dad for the game. We have had both time at home on the weekends, and time visiting friends. Last week Junior Woman's club had a dance. Although it is supposed to be a fundraiser for the entire club, we had only 21 people there, and only 8 members. That is really sad cause we had the potential to make so much more money. I think I would rather pay $100 in dues than have these fundraisers cause no one ever seems to want to support them after the members say they want to. We were supposed to have a comedy night in the spring, but the comedians are much more to "put out" for so I don't know if we are even going to consider it.

Speaking of Juniors, at October's meeting we made beaded necklaces/bracelets using my and my Mom's beads. I asked for $6 for bracelet and $10 for a necklace (which we decided should have been more). Well, one of the members made a 24 inch necklace using some really nice beads so she got a deal. I know she would not have made that one if I had charged by the bead or by the inch like I used to have to do when I didn't have my own. She is just the kind of person who would do this even when asked not to use so many of the beads when many won't be seen due to being around the back. I really should have said anything over 18 would be an additional amount of money but I really didn't see her taking all the rather pricey beads she did. I guess I learned a lesson, although I already knew she was kind of a "taker" anyway. It seems she always has a plug for herself or something she wants.

I still have many papers to grade for the end of the quarter but we are off school tomorrow and have until Wednesday to get them in the computer. We are having problems with our online grade company, and while people keep telling me, I don't know what to say cause I don't have that much experience or knowledge with computers. It is just frustrating cause I want to be able to help but I just can't seem to find the time to look into all that this entails. We need an expert.

Well, I am thinking I need a little nap. I am just kidding but it is really a fall, lazy day today. I have 2 4 day weeks in a row, and then we have a full week but on the 18th we leave for San Diego and the christening. I think we might appreciate the warm weather by then. Fall seems to be blowing in here!!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

A weekend with nothing

Last weekend was "full" of stuff. . .I taught my last underage drinking class for this cycle, a bridal shower, an Apple Fest and an evening of food, drink and conversation at a friend's. The week didn't get much better since I had to drive 30 miles to do some paperwork for my 2nd job, and then work at 2nd job on Tuesday. I hosted a meeting here on Thursday, so Wednesday was cleaning and prepping day. By Friday night, I was happy to just sit on the couch and watch TV with hubby.

We did end up eating out and doing a bit of shopping yesterday. It was 25% off for educator's at Borders so I got my 2007 calender, a book for me and a gift for hubby for Christmas. I also picked up 2 pair of boots at Walmart. They are suede like but stretchy and have a wedge heel. I haven't had anything like this, but have been wanting something like this for wearing out. I usually don't wear heels but these are wedges so I think they should be more comfy. The price was right for something I won't wear daily or walk in much so I got both black and brown. I started the shopping by needing coke/pepsi and sprite/sierra mist for a taste test in my Psych class, but we ended up with a bit more stuff.

Last Sunday was just a gorgeous Indian summer day here, and we spent it outside at an Apple Fest where I got 2 gifts for niece and nephew, some delicious Honey Crisp apples, and a new decoration for our front door (for spring though so I have to wait a while to use it). We also walked among the over 1000 cars that were there for the car show in this small town north of us. It was a great way to spend the day, especially since this weekend, although sunny, is 20 degrees colder than last weekend.

Today, we are going out to brunch, and then I want to make a beaded bracelet for a co-worker whose birthday was last weekend, read a bit, and enjoy a lazy day. I have much to do this week, and next weekend appears to be a busy time as well. I am making a list of things I must complete this week. . .like pick up our sponsor paper from church so we can send it to my brother for his son's baptism in November, call about a craft show at which I would like to take my bookmarks and magnets, and do my lesson plans for the next month. It was nice to have some days to just enjoy home and each other.

**I did watch a bit of QVC cooking day yesterday, but didn't buy anything which was good for me!!**

It is good to be back here and keeping track of my world.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Declutter my world

Over the past 6 months, I have been selling books, CD and a few DVD on Amazon. I am not making a huge amount of money, but since many of the books were received at little or no cost, it has helped us a bit with spending money. I think I have made over $350 minus the cost of shipping which has enabled us to eat out and have a bit of fun while trying to get ourselves out of debt. I know there are more things I " could" sell, but I am not sure I have the time to photograph them and get them set up on either ebay or craig's list. Since a few of the things are furniture or vintage large pieces of furniture, craig's list which is free and local is the way to go, but I still have to prep everything. All I know is that it would help us money wise, but it would also be great to have a chance to get rid of things that take up space. I sometimes buy DVD or CD and then realize I don't NEED them (which is easier to discover than. . .) or WANT them. So, I intend to clean house again and see if I can sell more things. . .
If I had a flea market close, I would probably go and sell fairly often but I hate yard sales cause its so much bother when there are few who stop. At markets however, more people usually means more sales. I am also trying hard to avoid buying more when I don't NEED OR WANT.

On that thought, though, I do need (OK, want) some new jeans and just can't seem to find the time to get to the stores I want to explore and try on some new jeans. I have not bought myself a pair in about 5 years. . .I usually do prefer to wear skirts or khakis but sometimes you just NEED jeans.. . .LOL

Monday, October 02, 2006

Isn't it ironic?

Irony is wanting to talk to a trusted friend about personal thoughts on something, and then realize that the one friend you really trust enough to listen, understand, etc. . .is the friend who you want to discuss.

Irony is also when people who are open to new thoughts and non-judgemental are the ones who end up judging you before you are even given a chance to listen or understand.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Here I am

I know how long it has been since I posted, and its not that there is nothing to say or that I haven't been checking other blogs. I do and I have, but somehow I just wanted to enjoy my summer and then all of a sudden, school started. However, there were some high points. . .

**On 7/7, my nephew and godson, Carson William was born in San Diego, and although we have seen pics of him, we are looking forward to seeing him at his christening in November.

**We had a fantastic time in Cape May. . great weather, great food, and my Dad drove out with us and stayed with us, which I think has helped our relationship and we enjoyed being together for a trip.

**School started with the most kids ever in the past 10 years, and I feel good that my hardwork has helped to build enrollment.

**This year, I am taking the time to enjoy the meetings with kids, the retreats, the time I spend with classes, etc. I know its only October 1, but I want to make this a positive year.

**I have read many books over the summer and this fall, but mostly about the food industry. I would never give up my guidance counseling for working as a chef, etc, but it is interesting to read about the work, the restaurants, etc.

**I have been trying to sell some books on Amazon to help with expenses, but then I go and spend it on beads. I guess I should be trying to sell some jewelry etc. I did have fun this summer creating new pieces and earrings and would probably be working on something now, but I spent the weekend trying to feel better. The first cold of the season has caused coughing, aches, and illness.

**This is really a new start. We had a computer that was not working but things are remedied for now, and I miss being able to look back at my old entries now that they have disappeared. However, this can be a new beginning for a new season.