Thursday, March 24, 2011

painting party on my pants

Part of my job is to be flexible with where you have to teach.  I have taught in the cafeteria, the teacher's lounge, the art room, the conference room, the PACE closet (yes CLOSET), etc.  We get shoved in whatever corner is available and proceed like normal.   At the campus where I use the art room, I feel very fortunate to have such a great space.  We have big tables, a sink, and it isn't that big of a deal if we make a bit of mess.  Well yesterday, I had my three classes there like normal, chatted with some of the teachers, the usual daily interactions.  When I got home, I immediately changed into my shorts and t-shirt (I do this promptly when I walk in the door just about every day!) and went to go hang up my pants (don't judge me for not washing them every time...who has time for that??).  It was then that I noticed the party. 

The party of paint on the backside of my pants.  It was as if Jackson Pollack had used my pants as a canvas.  I had hot pink and neon green splatters and splotches all over my backside!!!! I had numerous thoughts run through my mind:
1) How had no one told me about this? Did they not notice??
2)Does this mean no one looked at my bum all day? (yes I realize this is ridiculous because I work with kids and women, but kids tell you when you look weird all the time so they SHOULD have told me)
3)Did I just ruin one of the 4 pairs of pants that I can actually fit into without having a mini meltdown in the morning?? 
I am kicking myself for not taking a picture before I doused them in colorsafe bleach and washed them repeatedly. Imagine something like this though:

 But the good news is after some heavy scrubbing and bleach- they are as good as new:) I am forever grateful to the JCrew chino's washabilty. And the moral of the story: Always check your chair before resting your derrière!!

Monday, March 21, 2011

book nerd

I am a book nerd.  This is not a huge revelation by any means, this has been common knowledge to anyone who has known me since about the age of 4.  I was OBSESSED with the library as a kid, partly because I was partially banned from buying books as a kid because I read them so fast it was a waste of money.  ((I have vivid memories as a kid of visiting the bookstore (pre B&N...we are talking Bookstop here folks) with my mom and sister and sitting on the little step stools in the kid section and read 2/3 of a babysitter's club book while they shopped around. I can see my Mom's point now.))  But if there was any type of reading competition, I was all over it.  BookIt!, Bluebonnet books, summer reading programs, I owned them all.  That is because not only did they involve my love of books, but also a chance for me to crush other little kids and show my literary superiority...I was competitive at a young age ok? 

I still love to read as an adult, maybe not quite as frequently, but its still a great love.  This all being said, I would never claim to be well-read.  I do not read the classics or important books filled with social commentary.  Those that I have actually read were probably required reading for my English classes growing up.  Not that I don't enjoy those (although who really actually liked Moby Dick?) but that is not the genre I lean to typically.  I prefer quick, easy, entertaining reads.  My recently read book list would have quite a few books in common with a 16 year old (without the Bieber biography) and I am quite okay with that.  I love Nicholas Sparks books, Harry Potter, Twilight, most fiction best sellers, you get the idea.  So of course the Hunger Games series was on my MUST list for my trip last week during spring break. 

Now some folks might get embarrased to have to visit the TEEN FICTION/ADVENTURE section at their local bookstore, but I am not one to.  In fact, I make mental notes of other books to look up:)..not really but I probably should.  ANYWAYS.....I was super excited to bust this bad boy out on my flight to visit my sister last week and let me tell you, it did not disappoint.  I loved it!  It was a great story and I couldn't wait to read the next two books in the trilogy and they were equally as entertaining.  It was a really new plot concept with intriguing characters and I didn't want to put them down. So if you are on the market for a new series, I highly recommend this one.  Or if you hate reading and think I am crazy person, they are making the series into a movie(s) and they are currently casting the main characters, so get excited!  

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Project List

I have started a list of projects that I eventually want to try when I have time the tools the opposite of laziness.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Ruffled rubber gloves  by Jones Design Company

ruffle wreath by Jones Design Company

ruffle wreath

French Door picture frame by Pleated Poppy

Twine Cans by Brown Paper Packages

Picture Frame Jewelry Holder- I have this in my will be something like this:

or with chicken wire.  I just have a TON of jewelry now that I am doing Stella & Dot and need a better way to access what I wear.

I did actually complete a project on my list...I made this coffee filter wreath for christmas:

What are some of your favorite projects that you have made? What is on your list to do??

Birthday week

This week is my birthday week! I love my birthday, always have, always will.  I do not dread the day of my birth the older I get...I completely embrace it.  In fact I still celebrate my half birthday much to my husband's chagrin. I am not typically a person who loves being the center of attention...I tend to get very nervous and embarrased.  But for whatever reason it doesn't bother me too bad for this one week.  Yes, week.  Birthdays are to be celebrated for more than a day. 

Last week some of my sweet friends surprised me at dinner with birthday cupcakes and it was perfect.  I have some very thoughtful friends!!  Then Friday we celebrated my birthday at my work.  My birthday buddy had made me some delicious cake balls (her mom actually made them because she is an
awesome baker!) and we had chocolate parfaits...soo good.  I felt very loved to say the least.  Did I mention that my birthday is not even till this Thursday??  Its going to be a great week!!

With turning a year older, and taking stock of my life and all that, I have decided to step out of my comfort zone and actually tell people I have a blog.  Because its ridiculous to have a blog and not tell anyone!  So that's a goal for the week....actually let people read this bad boy:)