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Sunday Lately #135

Sunday Lately is a weekly linkup hosted by the Blogger Tribe, which is fearlessly led by Angelica (Gardening in High Heels) and Katy (Wild and Wanderful). 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: Pairing, Acting, Opening, Drinking, Balancing.

Pairing:  Reading with some pool time. This afternoon was well spent outdoors reading a new YA novel. Normally I’d sit on a swing and read but today I wanted a change of scenery. I chose to sit near the Splash Zone they call it. It was the perfect spot because I was able to get the mist from the fountains.

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The slides are the latest addition to the pool, but they don’t open until tomorrow night. I may just have to go up there tomorrow night after the gym.

Acting:  Like I’m thrilled that it’s almost time to go back to school. I’m really not. Can we have another month off please?

Opening: Thinking more open-mindedly and more positively. Between something that happened this past week and today’s sermon I’ve decided it would be wiser to be more positive minded.

Drinking: More water!

Balancing: Myself on my new thinking place. Wednesday night I finally ventured down to our new docks. Well they’ve been there for over a year but I just NOW finally went all the way down onto them.

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If there’s ever a night I don’t want to drive out on 536 I can always come down to this spot. However I did learn that anytime a boat went by the whole thing rocked and I had to re-balance myself slightly.

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Sunday Lately #133

Sunday Lately is a weekly linkup hosted by the Blogger Tribe, which is fearlessly led by Angelica (Gardening in High Heels) and Katy (Wild and Wanderful). 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: Hitting, Ending, Sensing, Handling, Shining.

I’m FINALLY back & feeling ready to write again. A lot has happened since my last post and I will fill you in within this post.

Hitting: The other night I hit the wall with my stress level. Ever since my last post my stress level went through the roof. My vacation to Tennessee was wonderful & like always I didn’t want to come back. We came back on a Thursday & that night my grandmother fell in her garden and broke her left wrist, hit her head, & had to be flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital. My mother and I drove over to Morgantown the next morning, running on little sleep, and visited with her. After seeing her we felt better but that evening she fell backwards and hit her head again. She’s finally home but now she’s refusing to use the walker and doesn’t care if she falls again and it’s just super frustrating.  On top of that it looks like I’m going into another year of subbing and I’m tired of it. I swear if I hear one more person tell me to be patient or to wait my turn I may just scream. I’ve had interviews but then I always hear the same thing, “You gave a great interview and you’d be a perfect fit. However, we went with someone else.” I’m close to giving up and yet one thing keeps me from doing that. I look at the notes that I received from my 3rd then 4th grade students. I can’t walk away from that. I just can’t because when I’m in the classroom I’m happy. Fingers crossed that something happens between now and August 14th.

Ending: I’m a part of an online book club & this week we started our new read. All the Missing Girls. We were only supposed to read to page 119. I finished it in two days. I was shocked by the ending of it. The way it was told was unique and it really made you stop and think.  You almost felt like you were the detective.

Sensing: An air of change. The pastor at my church recently entered retirement and the past two Sundays we’ve had interim ministers. Our new one will be one of those two. Either one that the committee chooses I’ll be happy with. Each one was easy going and friendly. But what I really liked was both made you stop and think. Last week’s preacher made you stop and think about how we should see people. All people regardless of their education level, gender, age, race, etc. Today’s preacher talked to us about being your own superhero. We all have the ability to be our own superhero. Who is in charge of writing your story and your adventure? You. 

Handling: My stress level. After hitting the wall the other night it’s gone down somewhat. I’m hoping it stays that way.

Shining: Some self confidence into my life. I’ll admit when my stress level is high my self confidence takes a hit. Well today I took two selfies and loved them both. One before church:

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The second one was much later and with my glasses:

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Normally I hate myself in my glasses, but today I actually liked myself. It’s a start.

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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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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.

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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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