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Sunday Lately #121

Sunday Lately  is a weekly linkup hosted by the Blogger Tribe, which is led by the powerhouse duo Katy (Wild and Wanderful) & Angelica (Gardening in High Heels).  We e-hangout every Sunday, sharing a small glimpse into the past week of life in our own worlds. We’d love if you could join us!

This week’s themes: Laughing, Suggesting, Reminding, Embracing, Creating.

It’s been a few Sundays since I last joined in on this weekly linkup. Time to jump back into it!

Laughing-I spent a lot of time laughing with the kids during Sunday School today. We were talking about last Sunday of how nice the Easter service was and one of them told me I was left behind. I looked at him and asked, “What do you mean by that?”

“I was left behind in the parking lot.”

“How?”

“Because of that idiot right there!”-he pointed at his older brother. Older brother just grins.

“He told Nana that I was in the car and I wasn’t!  I just stood in the lot and watched them drive off. They went down the street and turned the corner before I saw her stop and a minute later she was back.”

“Well that’s good she came back for you.”

“She didn’t come back for me! She came back to give the preacher a card. She didn’t even know I wasn’t in the car until she pulled into the parking lot!”

Cue laughter.

Suggesting-Go outside and take a walk. Enjoy the beauty of spring.

Reminding-Myself that it’s okay to do something for yourself. More on that in the next theme…

Embracing-Your inner self confidence and loving the body you have.  Yesterday was my day to go to Morgantown for the boudoir photo session I had booked a month ago. I was nervous but the second I walked into the studio and finally met Jodi it all went away. She was amazing and I felt completely comfortable. We talked a bit while I was getting my hair and makeup done and the next thing I knew it was time to start. I time went by so fast and one thing I found myself thinking was ‘I’m totally owning my sensuality right now.’ And then she let me see a couple of the pictures and I was blown away. I could see my self confidence shining through. I can’t wait to get the sneak peek email from her soon. I did this entire session for me.

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Creating-a new playlist full of songs that remind me of someone quite special. He makes me happy and I haven’t been this happy in a long time.

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Sunday Lately #117

Sunday Lately  is a weekly linkup hosted by the Blogger Tribe, which is led by the powerhouse duo Katy (Wild and Wanderful) & Angelica (Gardening in High Heels).  We e-hangout every Sunday, sharing a small glimpse into the past week of life in our own worlds. We’d love if you could join us!

This week’s themes: Basking, Discovering, Tinkering, Feeling, Switching.

Basking: In the glow of the sunlight from this afternoon’s gorgeous sun! It was rainy for a little bit, but the sunshine has returned! It’s helped improve my mood greatly because I’ve chosen to be lazy this weekend.

Discovering: new books! My classes are finally finished and I’ve spent this weekend relaxing and looking for new books to begin reading. Right now I’m reading the one my friend wrote-Kicking Mediocrity in the Crotch: How to Get Unstuck and Take Your Life to the Next Level.

Tinkering: With my private Pinterest board that has all of my Boudoir inspiration ideas. I booked this two weeks ago but due to classes I haven’t had the time to look at ideas. Now that I can I’m a little overwhelmed with the amount of clothing and poses.

Feeling: tired of being sick! I still have that stupid cough and had to go back to the doctor this Wednesday. I was given another antibiotic and maybe, just maybe, this one will work.

Switching: My work wardrobe over to my spring outfits. I’ve missed wearing these lighter dresses and the jean jackets.

A brief week but it was kind of a blur.   

Sunday Lately is a weekly linkup presented by the Blogger Tribe.Next week’s themes: Working, Loving, Stressing, Growing, Visiting.

Sunday Lately #116

Sunday Lately  is a weekly linkup hosted by the Blogger Tribe, which is led by the powerhouse duo Katy (Wild and Wanderful) & Angelica (Gardening in High Heels).  We e-hangout every Sunday, sharing a small glimpse into the past week of life in our own worlds. We’d love if you could join us!

This week’s themes: Progressing, Neglecting, Purging, Wondering, Craving. 

Progressing: I’m progressing (slowly) by slicing every day of this month for the Slice of Life Challenge. Yesterday’s piece was one that I’m really proud of & it was my first attempt at poetry. See that here (if you want).

Neglecting: Reading. I miss reading books but my classes have kept me busy since February. But after this next week I am done and I can stop reading educational articles and other people’s posts about the week’s readings. But these classes have been beneficial and I have a lot of new resources to test out with my students.

Purging: All of the negative body thoughts of myself. This past week I found myself being highly critical of my looks and my body shape again. I hate that I was able to slip back into that mindset. This morning I while I was putting on my makeup I stood there and made myself name four positive things about myself.

Wondering: If I’m ever going to feel better. My cough has subsided thanks to my antibiotic but now I have a super dry throat and I fear my allergy attack is here. To go from bronchitis straight to the allergy attack absolutely sucks. I hope tomorrow I wake up and I feel a little better.

Craving: A new tattoo. I recently started watching Bondi Ink Tattoo Crew on Netflix and now I find myself wanting a new one. I know I’d want it on the lower part of my leg and something to do with me overcoming Fall 2007. But I can’t think of something appropriate to signify that. I’d say a phoenix but that’s almost expected. I’m the type of person who wants something unique to represent that chapter of my life.

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Sunday Lately #115

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Sunday Lately  is a weekly linkup hosted by the Blogger Tribe, which is led by the powerhouse duo Katy (Wild and Wanderful) & Angelica (Gardening in High Heels).  We e-hangout every Sunday, sharing a small glimpse into the past week of life in our own worlds. We’d love if you could join us!

This week’s themes: Smelling, Wanting, Reminiscing, Memorizing, Completing. 

Smelling: Fresh spring air that’s trying to kill me. It’s that time of year again when my spring allergy attack hits me. Fortunately this year I’ve been able to still breathe. I’ve just had this barking cough and a voice that makes me sound like I’ve been smoking a pack or two a day. But the good news is I’m slowly getting better.

Wanting: To redo last night all over again. WYP’s prom was last night and it was an absolute blast! The decorations were beautiful and the music was a nice mix of modern and 80s. When Uptown Funk came on let’s just say the Zumba moves came out & I didn’t care if anyone noticed.  I can’t wait for Adult Prom 2018. I just hope next year I won’t be suffering through an allergy attack.

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Reminiscing: High school prom. I think my favorite dress was my senior year. It was an ocean blue with sequins along the top. I remember senior year prom some of the guys in calculus went bananas when the DJ played Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody & Time Warp.  The band kids went bananas (and not in a good way) when someone suggest the DJ play Three Dog Night’s Joy to the World. 

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Senior Prom (2006)

Memorizing: All of the words to Darren Criss’s new EP album. The songs from this album has been on repeat for the past 3 days. The songs have an 80’s vibe to them & who doesn’t love 80’s music?!

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Completing: Homework in my classes for the next 2 weeks. I just want to be done with both classes. I’m going to attempt to do that tonight. I don’t care if there’s a lot of reading to be done with it. It will get finished!

Sunday Lately is a weekly linkup presented by the Blogger Tribe.Next week’s themes: Progressing, Neglecting, Purging, Wondering, Craving.

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Sunday Lately #114

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Sunday Lately  is a weekly linkup hosted by the Blogger Tribe, which is led by the powerhouse duo Katy (Wild and Wanderful) & Angelica (Gardening in High Heels).  We e-hangout every Sunday, sharing a small glimpse into the past week of life in our own worlds. We’d love if you could join us!

This week’s themes: Fangirling, Building, Winning, Organizing, Being.

Fangirling: WYP Prom! It’s next Saturday and I’m so excited. I found my dress on Thursday and although it wasn’t the one that I originally had my eye on I love it! It’s going to be awesome. I’m looking forward to the dancing because the only time I get to dance is at Zumba or with my students.

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Building: Educational resources. In one of my re-certification classes our big project is to build up resources for a unit plan using Scoop It, Diigo, or Pinterest. The assignment wouldn’t be so bad if we didn’t have to search for the CSO’s each time. The WVDE website has made the latest way to search for CSO’s less user friendly. I’ll be happy when I’m done with this project.

Winning: At my classes. We’ve hit the midway point and in both of them I have an A. I was even ahead this week in my Classroom Management course. I had everything read, my response posted, and the required 3 comments completed by Thursday. I’m hoping I can do the same for this week.

Organizing: My thoughts. This week I started the Slice of Life challenge. I have to write something every day for the next 31 days. Right now I’m 5/5. I’ve been finding it to be quite cathartic (especially on a day like today).

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Being: This past week because of the SOL challenge I’ve found myself being nostalgic. My beginning slice was about why I teach. But the one I wrote about today was hard to do. Today is a hard day for me because it was my grandfather’s birthday. If you want to read that post click here: A Moment of Sadness.

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Sunday Lately #113 Holding, Closing, Going, Watching, Expecting

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Sunday Lately  is a weekly linkup hosted by the Blogger Tribe, which is led by the powerhouse duo Katy (Wild and Wanderful) & Angelica (Gardening in High Heels).  We e-hangout every Sunday, sharing a small glimpse into the past week of life in our own worlds. We’d love if you could join us!

This week’s themes: Holding, Closing, Going, Watching, Expecting.

Holding: Honestly holding back tears for a bit on Friday. My uncle was taken to Wheeling Hospital Wednesday evening & he’s still there. They originally thought it was a stroke & when I heard that he had a shift in personality, didn’t recognize his wife nor know how to hold and write with a pen it reminded me of Pap G. However by Friday evening he was doing better and my family went to see him on Saturday. He’s still not 100% and they’re not sure what’s wrong with him. I just hope they can figure it out soon.

Closing: I worked on closing off all the negative thoughts about myself. I did better this week & I’m trying to remember to write 2 positive things either about my personality or looks at the end of each day. There’s one thing I’m on the fence about doing and if I were to do it it would really push my self confidence limits. But pushing limits can sometimes be a good thing.

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Going: On an adventure! Friday was such a beautiful & summer like day I spent the afternoon exploring more of Wheeling. The sky was blue and all of the trees were beginning to bud. Spring is on it’s way!

Watching: American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson. This series was SO GOOD! It’s one of the reasons why I procrastinated on my assignments last week. The casting was perfect and the acting itself was phenomenal, especially Sarah Paulson. However I found myself finding it hard to take John Travolta seriously because of the way he would talk.

Expecting: This weekend I was expecting to find a prom dress…..

I didn’t. I have one more weekend to find a dress & then it’s Adult Prom! I guess next weekend will be spent in St. C looking for one.

Sunday Lately is a weekly linkup presented by the Blogger Tribe.Next week’s themes: Fangirling, Building, Winning, Organizing, Being.

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Sunday Lately-#112 Enjoying, Hoping, Forgiving, Delving, Relying.

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Sunday Lately  is a weekly linkup hosted by the Blogger Tribe, which is led by the powerhouse duo Katy (Wild and Wanderful) & Angelica (Gardening in High Heels).  We e-hangout every Sunday, sharing a small glimpse into the past week of life in our own worlds. We’d love if you could join us!

This week’s themes: Enjoying, Hoping, Forgiving, Delving, & Relying.

Enjoying the celebration of my best friend’s baby boy who’s due into this world in April. Yesterday was her baby shower & it was a wonderful time. The theme was Dr. Seuss and Brad’s sisters and mother went all out with the decorating. Marissa had an idea of what the centerpieces and other decorations looked like but they kept her in the dark when it came to the cake. Just let me say the cake was decorated…well I’ll let you pick the word.

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And I just love the name-Hunter Cole. He’s already so spoiled & loved. I think the cutest gift of the day was from Brad’s sister. She had a little football onesie made with Brad’s college number on the back. He will be set for the West Liberty football games this fall ready to cheer on his dad & all of his defensive players.

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The beautiful & glowing mom to be and myself.

Hoping: I’m hoping I can find my motivation to get back on track with my classes. This week I did not want to do the readings or the discussion posts. This was the first time I waited until the due day to post a discussion response. I’ve NEVER done that. I need to get it together before next week starts.

Forgiving: This week I forgave myself. For nearly three years I’ve doubted whether I was good enough for someone in terms of a significant other. Yes, I’ve dated one person since a previous relationship that spanned several years, but I kept doubting myself & almost applying a pressure to myself to get better. Get better at what? The more I thought about it the more I realized that I didn’t need to get better. That this stupid ideal was all in my head and my own fault for believing in it this long. I closed that particular chapter of my life awhile ago, but now I think it’s time to close the book itself.

Delving: I found a box of old photos from when I was probably 4 or 5. I spent a majority of Tuesday evening going through them. A lot of them were pictures of me with Mam or Pap B or Pap G. I’d give anything to talk and hug them again.

Relying: On music from Doctor Who to keep me motivated to complete all of my discussion posts & assignments before midnight.

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Sunday Lately #111-Fighting, Relaxing, Daydreaming, Delivering, Amusing.

i-qxpflfz-lSunday Lately  is a weekly linkup hosted by the Blogger Tribe, which is led by the powerhouse duo Katy (Wild and Wanderful) & Angelica (Gardening in High Heels).  We e-hangout every Sunday, sharing a small glimpse into the past week of life in our own worlds. We’d love if you could join us!

This week’s themes: Fighting, Relaxing, Daydreaming, Delivering, & Amusing.

Fighting: This week has a been a struggle with me fighting the urge to eat a lot of junk food. I’ve been craving chocolate, Chinese food, and other things I shouldn’t be eating. I didn’t give in & I’m kind of proud of that.

Relaxing: My new routine this week has been to re-read Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows a little bit before going to sleep. It’s kind of relaxing and although I typically begin re-reading Harry Potter in April I just had this urge to re-read DH now.

Daydreaming: This is an easy one! I’ve been daydreaming of vacation. June=my return to the mountains of Tennessee.

This place is my 2nd home. I not only grew up in WV but in Tennessee, too. From 1989 to 1994 we would vacation here with my dad’s parents too. They would get a camping spot right next to ours and I’d run between the two places. Of course I know that this year the visit will stir up some emotion for me but so did the visit in Fall of 2015. This place is part of the meaning behind my tattoo. All those years vacationing with Mam & Pap B here and visiting Dollywood with them mean so much to me. Last year was the first year we didn’t go in many years, but we knew Pap’s health was declining. On a lighter note, I do have some shopping to do here this year for someone new. More about that in the next theme.

Delivering: This week the items I picked as gifts for my best friend’s baby shower were delivered. Her baby shower is next Saturday. I’ll post more of the details about that next week. I will say that the invitations to her shower are the cutest. The theme is Dr. Seuss & as I told her the other night her baby boy will be so spoiled. I’ve already planned to get him something from Dollywood & maybe something for his Mom & Dad too. 😉

Amusing: This week my two re-certification classes began. One is Finding the Best Educational Resources on the Web & the other is Classroom Management. I’ve already completed everything that is due by next Tuesday and today in both classes. In my classroom management class we have two readings for next week (yes, I’m THAT student who works ahead). One of them was titled Strategies for Classroom Management. While reading the 12 strategies I was amused to read the following two:

  • Get to know your students.
  • Know your school discipline policies.

I couldn’t help but think have there been instances where the teacher didn’t bother to do either thing? I don’t think I want to know the answer to that question.

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Sunday Lately #110

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Sunday Lately is a weekly linkup hosted by the Blogger Tribe, which is led by two amazing ladies-Katy (Wild and Wanderful) & Angelica (Gardening in High Heels). We e-hangout every Sunday, sharing a small glimpse into the past week of our life in our own worlds. We’d love if you could join us! This week’s themes: Procrastinating, Hiding, Imagining, Sharing, Praising.

Procrastinating: I pretty much waited until the last minute to register for the 2 classes I need to complete my re-certification. If that’s not procrastination I don’t know what is. My current one runs out June 30th of this year. I’ll start this Wednesday & the classes will last seven weeks. I have to take one tech class & the other is of my choosing. All of it is online & there are no required books or library fees which saves me $$$.

Hiding: I hid my eyes when I checked my weight yesterday. I felt like I had gained this week rather than lost any. But I was happy to see that I have gone down another 4 pounds. Little by little I’m getting closer.

Imagining: Typically I spend my Saturdays & Sundays being slightly lazy since I spend four days of the week at the gym. But today was nice enough it was worth going for a run. I needed to get started training outside & instead of procrastinating again I changed out of my dress & heels & into my workout clothes. The sun was nice but I could’ve gone without the wind. Being ambitious I didn’t skip the hills. Instead I kept imagining myself crossing the finish line at the Pittsburgh Half Marathon. That certainly helped to motivate me & I was able to get in a good 2.5 miles. It’s not 13.1 miles, but it’s a start.

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Sharing: Thanks to someone amazing sharing his workout playlist with me I’ve been introduced to some new motivating songs to my running playlist. He may have also been the reason I went for a run today. When you send a snap that includes Phil Collins’ In the Air Tonight playing in the background it’s going motivate me to move. Who isn’t motivated by that song?

Praising: Hmm well I wasn’t necessarily praising anything when this happened in church but today I was proud. I currently attend the church that I grew up in & went every Sunday with my grandparents. Pap was a deacon then an elder until they left the church in 1995. Today was my first time serving in that very same church as a deacon. I felt so honored when they asked me last November if I would become a deacon for this year. I was only slightly nervous but I had so many people that I’ve known since I was little come up to me after service and tell me that I did such a great job. I hoped that I did but the one person that I feel would be proud of me I know was looking down with that gentle smile that I so miss.

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Mam, myself, & Pap. 1989

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