Sunday, February 22, 2009

Not Me Monday

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

Here we go again. Pete says this is cheesy, I like Not Me Monday

I most certainly was not mistaken for a homeless woman by a volunteer for the woman's shelter being held from 7 pm to 6 am at my daughter's daycare, no not me. I am so made up and have the most up to date shoes that there is no way I would ever be mistaken for a homeless person. I did not answer the volunteer in a snobby tone, "no I am a parent of a child at the daycare". I most certainly wouldn't have been mistaken for a homeless person because I had the most scuffed shoes on ever seen, okay ever seen except for me until the middle of the school day. I most certainly didn't almost make us late for dinner on Sat polishing those same shoes. Nope not me. Oh and I really did not play up the homeless image by visiting Goodwill after work and purchasing 3 items, all for a total under $10. No I of course got those 2 Ann Taylor Loft and 1 Express item at the mall. I certainly wasn't giddy with excitement and anticipating my next visit to Goodwill after I left. Oh and my husband definately didn't comment that he liked one of those fabulous bargains the next day, making me even more giddy.

I certainly didn't pick the one night in which Celia didn't pee until the early morning to wake her up to change her diaper at 10 and 2:30 so that she could get over this awful teething/ remainings of a reaction from a disposable diaper rash. No not me. I certainly didn't feel a bit of revenge when I woke her up each time for all those sleepless nights in which she woke me up, no not me. I would never feel that.

Oh and I really didn't get overly excited when I found a box of feminine neccessities on sale, 50% plus %50 at our Acme that is going out of business even though it is not a frequent need of mine (not going to explain that). I definately didn't say "Oh wow" when I found them for an 1/8th of their typical price, causing a male store employee to look up like I was insane. Oh I really am not insane. I didn't almost tear up as I was walking through the empty aisles of my favorite grocery store. I certainly wasn't thinking of the times that Celia's shoes dropped on the aisle floor, our friendly pharmacist, and Celia hanging out in my moby wrap while shopping. I wasn't thinking about that, sniff, sniff.

I certainly didn't clean the kitchen like a mad woman even though I feel crummy and have no voice then harbor resentment for it. Even though it likely didn't have to be done then. I certainly didn't do that. I certainly didn't wish on more then one occassion this weekend that I could be male so that I could actualy have a sick day. Nope not me. My daughter was certainly not the cutest and best behaved little girl this weekend, making being sick alot easier. No she was a complete terror. She certainly didn't occupy her self for over an hour on Sunday leaving me no room for complaint as far as rest goes. No she was overly demanding.

I certainly am not doing "Not Me Monday" to avoid getting work done, no.. I never procrastinate.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Not Me Monday

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

Here we go again.

I did not put my daughter in a disposable at night because I was too lazy to prepare a cloth diaper with an extra insert knowing that she had the start of a diaper rash and there was a chance that the disposable could make it worse- resulting in a burn. Nope, I didn't do that. I am always prepared, I would never take the easy way out (her non-existent burn is almost gone now).

After talking to someone I had not seen in years, I did not forget that I hadn't paid at the self checkout at Acme and leave the store. I did not realize the mistake immediately after leaving the store, run with my cart and Celia through the entrance doors and swing back to the self checkout and pay. I did not cause one of the sales clerks to have a totally confused look.

I did not accidently put Celia's dirty pajama top on her last night with a big crusty stain on it that neither Pete or I noticed. No I did not do that, she had a fresh, clean pj top on last night.

I did not give my neighbor's door the finger when I pulled up Sat morning and found out that she moved her car one space to the space that I park in. I did not stick my tongue out at her door like a little kid when I found out that my neighbor saw her move the car just to move it in that spot and she didn't just park there afer returning from somewhere. I do not like that spot because one time I hit Pete's car while pulling out of the other spot so therefore I started parking in the other spot. No that is not the reason that I like that spot.

I did not hang loads of paper in my classroom to cover up mold stains and melting stains from a pipe that burst in our room when we received a memo that hanging large amounts of paper is against fire codes. I did not show off the memo to everyone because I thought it was the most absurd thing ever. I take safety precautions seriously and would never do that even if it is the oddest thing I have ever heard of.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

A New Look

So I decided to try to update my blog and use a background from "the cutest blog on the block". I think I might experiment with some other backgrounds, but the blog was due for a change.

We had a very unromantic Valentines Day yesterday!! I went into work in the morning while Celia took her nap. She had an awful Diaper rash, primarily due to a disposable diaper. I guess she can't handle them right now. So we are in cloth full time for a bit. She has never had a rash this bad, it is like a burn. It is better then yesterday but still looks painful. It must be better though as diaper changes have not been traumatic for her today. She had a lot of nakey time yesterday and at one point I had a close call. I was talking to Pete on the phone and saw Celia stand still for a moment and get "that" look. I just said "I have to Go" to Pete and plopped her on her pink potty. So she was very proud that she went poopy on the potty. She did her routine of saying "Yucky, Yucky, Yuckeeee!".

We went to Penn's Table with our neighbors for dinner. We love the food and the prices. It is a local restuarant that serves breakfast all day long, along with other things. There were 5 people eating and our total bill was $25! Not bad! We were home before 7pm and Celia went down around 7:30. Then Pete went down stairs, I went up to bed around 9:00 and fell asleep shortly after that. Celia didn't get up until 5:45. Yes, you have that right, we were happy to sleep in until 5:45. She is horrible at sleeping in. So that was our Valentines day.

We are off to Boscovs this morning as soon as Celia wakes up from her nap. They are having a sale on vaccuum cleaners and our vaccuum cleaner really stinks. Our roomba is awesome though!!

Friday, February 13, 2009

The Good and the low

Okay I will start out with the Lows of the week:

Celia had a really rought time with the fact that I had to work late this week. She cried for the afternoon girls and had a bad pack and play incident, which I am not going into. In anycase my smiley, happy, little girl is showing another side at daycare!! Evidently Celia thinks that she should be the first to be picked up and gets more and more upset when other kids go home. In the past she has been fine with not leaving first in fact I have arrived occassionally when she is the only one left and enjoying all of the attention!!

I was one of "those" parents in Target today. I had that screaming at the top of the lungs child. The reason I later found out was due to a poopy diaper.

I had to unpack and put away my classroom by myself (with the help of some friendly movers to move the boxes and furniture to my room)

I didn't finish today so I have to go in tomorrow morning

My students can not handle a non-routine "fun day", they really, really, really can not handle it.

I hate Cleartrack, it sucks (Only IEP writers understand what that is)

Pete's allergies were destroying him

I thought I broke my thumb today, I didn't, but it is quite bruised

The Good:

I get paid extra for staying late at work and coming in tomorrow

My new supervisor seems to be great, I feared someone new as my previous supervisor was awesome.

Celia is talking more and does an awesome "E L M O" dance (to the tune of the YMCA).

I have off on Monday

Snow is on the horizon, possibly, happy thoughts for colder weather to support it!

Celia has been well for 2 weeks.

My students are working very hard and really making progress. Two of them are starting to catch on to reading.

We have a relaxing weekend planned

So what's your good and low for the week??

Monday, February 9, 2009

Not Me Monday

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

Okay this is my first try at this.

I certainly did not spend most of my evening blogging and looking at mindless tv shows when I should have been writing my Education Foundation Grant, nope, not me. I certainly did not keep my sister on the phone for longer then I should have because I really didn't want to work on my Grant, nope not me, not at all. While looking up the Pennsylvania Kindergarten Science Standards I certainly didn't let my fingers lead me to My Charming Kids blog, no, not me.

I definately did not give my student an extra animal cracker as a reward because I forgot that he hadn't earned it, nope not me. I definately keep track of that and never make a mistake. I didn't notice the smug look when he got it either, nope. I definately didn't teach him that when you run away from the group and tip chairs over that you earn an animal cracker, nope, not me, no would never do that.

I didn't finish Celia's last few Annies wheat bunnies that I had put in a bowl for her and said that she had eaten them. Nope, never would do that, never. I certainly didn't say "all gone, all gone, in Celia's tummy" while she was getting very upset because she knew darn well that there were more in the bowl a second ago. Nope not me.

I certainly didn't say to Celia on Tuesday that we were going to go home and play with Amber, her favorite person because she wouldn't sit in her carseat even though I knew we were not playing with Amber. No not me, never do that. And on that same day, I certainly didn't let her nurse extra long even though I want to get her down to 2x a day so that I could look up something on the internet and have a cup of tea, nope not me.

I certainly didn't let Celia go around naked for about 40 min. on Friday in which she peed on the floor twice and I dove to catch it in her pink potty at one point, then she later put the potty on her head when it wasn't really truely cleaned. No that would never ever ever happen. I never let my child run around naked and she certainly has never peed on the kitchen, bathroom, living room, basement, bedroom floors. Not my child.

I didn't show up at daycare on Wednesday when they were closed for a snow day or a there is wet slush on some roads day. No not me, I am on top of things like that. I didn't leave Celia with my poor neighbor who had to spend her snow day not napping and watching her 7 year old and my 17 month old. No not me, I would never do that I would be on top of things.

I most certainly wouldn't be staying up doing this blog when I am exhausted and need to be in bed. Of course not me.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Savoring Celia and Fears of Ahead

I know I had snow pictures before but I had to add this, I think this is a sweet picture of Miss. Celia. She has had a somewhat rough week, at least the evenings have been rough. It has had to do with naps missed or naps cut short, teething, and a diaper rash. However in between of the moody blues she has been really funning and talking even more. I look so forward to seeing her after work. Once my students leave, I can't wait to get to daycare and give her a hug. For the first time, she is very excited see me. She was always happy to see me but now she runs to me and gives me a big hug! Of course then the fit starts when I try to put her coat on. She wants to do it herself. She gets mad when she finds out she just can't do it herself- but she tries. Celia hasn't bonded yet with the new afternoon teachers/staff that in her room. Her teacher Miss. Jen leaves at 3, or it might be 2:30. In anycase someone different comes in. The regular afternoon girl started Student teaching in January, Celia really loved her. I think that she is actualy missing her and doesn't know how to express it.

We had an interesting day on Wednesday when I discovered that Celia's daycare was closed due to snow. The roads were fine but they follow the area shool district and they closed late. So there I was stuck, needing to go into work and no where for Celia to go. My great neighbor Maria volunteered to watch her. So I took a 1/4 day and Celia spent the afternoon with Maria and her daughter Amber. She didn't get an afternoon nap however she did sleep a bit longer then normal for her morning nap (of course she doesn't get morning naps at daycare).

Celia is saying short phrases now like "Where'd it go?", "Don't touch", "G'bye ____", "Good Girl", etc. It is really neat. I still have tough afternoons with her because she wants to be permanently attached to me and I have things that I need to do. Everyone says, savor it because she won't want to be held pretty soon. They told me that when she was 6 months old, they told me that once she starts walking she would not want to be held... Yeah right.

So what are the fears ahead??? The same that is what everyone is worrying about the stupid economy. It is scary. Pete and I are blessed, we both have jobs. At this point it is making me want to work longer then I thought I would. At least I have the summers with Celia. But I am trying to cut costs, especialy grocery costs. It is tough. I really don't believe the people out there who claim that with proper coupons, etc. that you can cut your grocery costs in 1/2 or more. It doesn't happen for me. One thing I am going to try is to unplug more things around the house. There are alot of things plugged in that we don't use on a regular basis. Of course it is hard when you aren't on the same page as your spouse! I understand it too, it isn't as important to Pete and there is no way to force someone to care about the same things as you. I wanted to try making my own laundry soap. I know some Moms who do and have great success. Pete threw a fit! It would be a cost of about 3 cents a load, that is quite a deal.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Fighting Cancer

I posted something about Tuesday yesterday and then I erased my post. I am not sure why. I have read her blog for awhile, well her family's blog. They started a blog even before their twin 2 year old daughter was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma. She fought very hard and Wednesday they found out that in a week's time her tumor had doubled in size even with treatment. So they took her home to spend the rest of her time with her family. She passed away that Friday. Her blog touched alot of people. On the side of my blog is a picture of her with a link, visit the blog if you want. But really that isn't that important, her story is sad. It is touching but it is sad.

What this has made me think about is something that I do outside of work and family, I couch for team in training. It raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. I recently went to our kickoff for the season and listened to survivors talk about living through cancers that had a 10% survival rate. They talked about how the society helped them. It is a great organization. But I guess more so is the fact that I can't go to one of these events and just be amazed at the survivors. It is nice to do something but it never feels like enough.

In this economy, I know that not as many people are donating to charities. Our numbers for team in training are extremly low.

Alex's lemonade stand products raise money for the fight against Neuroblastoma. It is one of the most common cancers in children under age 2. So it really hits close to home as I look at my healthy 17 month old (she does have a double ear infection though). Wawa and some other stores sell Alex's lemonade. So grab some lemonade if you get a chance and think about Tuesday.

Sorry this hasn't been the most upbeat of posts. The story just touched me. I enjoy reading blogs as a past time, more interesting then books to me. However the thing about blogs is that they are about real people! I am going to stick to the more upbeat ones for awhile.

Oh and give me some prayers for snow, there is a chance again tomorrow.