October 26, 2015

How to avoid jail time during a triple threat week

I've never really been much on superstitions. I think the closest I've ever been to believing one is if a virgin lights the black candle on Hocus Pocus, the Sanderson sisters will appear and terrorize your neighborhood.

However as I've gotten older and have gained more life experience I have come to truly believe in one superstition: crazy things happen when there is a full moon. More specifically children and especially teenagers tend to morph into little (and sometimes big) gremlins.

Now that you understand how frightening that can be let's add some whipped cream to the top of the sundae by stating the obvious that this coming weekend is Halloween and no respectable teenager can come to school without at least attempting to have a costume on because they just can't resist.

And finally the cherry on top of the Sundae: They are all going to be well rested and feeling like they have spring fever because they have been stuck in their homes for a little over 4 days.

We hit the lottery this week.

If you're anything like me you might need to take a couple WOOSAH moments this week so I've compiled a few things that I think might help.

Stay Caffeinated. On a week like this limiting your caffeine or trying not to drink it at all is just setting yourself up for failure. Don't set yourself up for failure. You're going to need the extra boost to keep up.

Pray. A lot. Have you been slacking on your Bible or Devotional reading? This is the perfect week to get back to it because it's only going to be by the grace of God that you survive.

Eat the chocolate. And if you don't have any to eat, buy the chocolate then eat the chocolate. I suggest dark chocolate covered espresso beans. Two birds with one stone. I know, I'm an overachiever. But they really are delicious.

Laugh. Finding humor in tough situations is a lifeline. Use it.

Drink. Disclaimer: Not promoting alcohol consumption. I was thinking more along the lines of staying hydrated with water, but hey if you're a big kid choose a big kid beverage if you want. Not judging at all. Ok, maybe just a little but I am trying not to.

And those are my suggestions on how to avoid jail time during a triple threat week.
Happy Monday.

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October 19, 2015

Is this really you Fort Myers?

Saturday night we went downtown Fort Myers to have dinner at Ford's and walk around, no big deal. We do this every so often, but this past weekend was different because there was a big festival going on. There were quite a few people there, I guess upwards of 20,000 they say. Again, not even that big of a deal because we'd been to this festival the past 2 years and it was so fun; mostly to walk around and people watch, but as always the food options downtown make it pretty great too. So, of course we didn't think twice about taking one of my best friends from Indiana while she was here to visit.

What started out with a text reading, "How do you feel about Zombies? We're thinking of going to ZombiCon." Ended with a text reading, "Leave NOW! We just heard gunshots."

Yeah, that escalated quickly.

Here's what happened:

I'm struggling to find words. And you know that doesn't happen often. But.... a person opened fire, killing someone and injuring several others, at a street festival that was raising money for art and music in the community.

Please do all of us in SW Florida a favor and say a prayer for Fort Myers. Not just a prayer for the police officers and detectives who are trying to locate the person (I use that term loosely) who caused this incident, but a prayer for the whole city. That we would band together and spread love. It starts with you. All of you, any of you, even just one of you.

I know this can't really be you, Fort Myers and I am eager to see what lies ahead.

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October 12, 2015

If you met me in real life....

You'd quickly find out these things about me:

I talk with my hands. A LOT. Like it just doesn't make sense to talk with your hands as much as I do.

My face makes it really hard for me to hide stuff from anyone. For instance, I love playing practical jokes on people at work, but I STRUGGLE to keep it to myself or to keep a straight face when I'm asked about it.

My life revolves around when my next meal will be and what I'll be having for it. Ask Mr. L. I bet he will say his most dreaded text message from me is "What should we have for dinner?" Which I generally send several hours beforehand when it makes no sense to be worried about what's for dinner. Speaking of food- check out my recipes page to see the awesome pumpkin protein pancake recipe I made Sunday!

My dog is my child. See below. Even when we lived in Indiana we used to do things you would generally only do with human children.

Coffee is a necessity. If I don't have it, I'm probably going to fall asleep sitting up or yell at someone. I just wish Keurig would quit cramping my style by trying to reject my favorite non keurig k-cups, don't worry we overcame that obstacle. Mr. L is kind of a MacGyver. Sorry Keurig.

And lastly, I asked Mr. L for one and he said I'm passionate about the things I do. Go ahead and try to get in the way of something I've set my mind to. It won't work. I think that doubles as "You're bossy". But I'll take passionate.

And now that I've ratted myself out, I'll let you go for the day. I have an important meeting with my friend On Demand. Blood and Oil, here I come!

Monday you were alright, Tuesday...be good to me.

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October 02, 2015

5's again! Finally.

Finally getting my life back to something that could be considered semi-normal, so I was super pumped to participate in 5 on Friday today!

So, here are 5 awesome things that happened this week!

5. After going back and forth with CVS and my doctor more times than I’d like to count, my prescription has FINALLY been filled! (It was so necessary).

4. The culinary teacher at my school knew I wasn’t feeling great and brought me some gluten free pumpkin spice cake/bar thing she made. It was seriously amazing and made me super happy.

Serious Deliciousness
3. Mr. L bought me muffins from Publix. If you live in southern Georgia or Florida you know Publix makes good stuff. And I need to give Mr. L more credit. He is pretty phenomenal.

Of course they're pumpkin. I'm basic.
2. It was one of my favorite people’s birthdays. The best way I can describe this woman is sassy and awesome. She’s always willing to listen to me ramble about silly things or provide me with advice and guidance when I’m not sure what to do next. Seriously, couldn’t ask for a better additional momma figure in my life. So here's another Happy Birthday shoutout to Teri Lock!

1. I can't finish the list without mentioning my precious babies. This week one of my students said “How you durriinnnn?” and I was instantly super happy that one of my middle schoolers had seen the movie Norbit. If you haven’t seen it, don’t waste your time. But if you have, then you know why I think this is hilarious.

And lastly, this isn’t something awesome that happened this week but I haven’t been sharing many pictures and wanted to leave you with these two precious faces that I love. I really like them when they’re being cute.

Mya burrows into my blankets right when I get out of bed.
This just so happens to be my favorite animal of all time.
Happy Happy Friday y'all! Linking up, make sure you check out some other 5 on Fridays. They will not disappoint!


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