Thursday, March 30, 2006

My Sad Computer...



Well, here's the pictures I promised of my melted computer. I sure did a good job on it! Hint: don't leave your computer on overnight with a down blanket sitting next to the fan vent!


I got my camera back yesterday! It works now!!! Yeah! I also am FINISHED with conferences! They all went really well and I think the parents got valuable, honest feedback. One more 1/2 day before Spring break!!! I can't wait for my two weeks of well-earned vacation! Rest, here I come!

Monday, March 27, 2006

My Sister's Big News

I'm so excited for my sister. She recently found out that she's pregnant! This'll be the first baby in our family so it's definitely exciting (but then...what baby's not?). I can't wait to see her grow with her little one in the coming weeks and months! I'm so excited for her! Yeah Sarah!!! The baby's due at the end of October/beginning of November.

Well, I'm not quite sure whether to be looking forward to this week or not. Today was our only full day of school all week. Tuesday through Friday are half days because we have report card conferences. The minimum days definitely get more stressful because the kids are more excited and there's too much to cram into too small of a time. However, we DO get out at 12:30!! (Not counting conferences of course!) I think my conferences should go rather smoothly. Don't have any really difficult ones coming up...at least not that I forsee. Hopefully they'll be low stress.

I can't wait to get my camera back! It seems like I never really need it until it's getting fixed. Then all of a sudden there are tons of things I need it for! Oh well, I should have it soon anyways.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

New Laptop

Today Phil and I purchased a new laptop to replace our melted and broken laptops. We bought a Dell Inspiron online. It's loaded! I can't wait to use it!! It'll take a few weeks to get here though.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Almost Spring Break

Today we had our school's Distinguished School visit to see if we are going to be a DS. The visit went really well. Wheew! One more thing done. The great thing about it is that my room is basically ready for Open House next month. Just a few projects to do with the kids for their desks and we're done. I'll have to post pictures of my classroom when I get my digital camera back from being fixed.

Spring Break is in 1 week! I can't wait. I have no idea what I'm going to do with myself. Phil and I are planning on going snowboarding. Michael and Emily will probably come with us as well. Anyone else interested? Let us know! Other than that, I have no idea what I'm going to do with my time. Ahhhhh it'll be so great!

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Venting...

Wow!! I've had a pretty crazy last few weeks.
Our accident with our SUV happened almost 2 weeks ago, not our fault but getting fixed now.
Last week, my 6 month old digital camera died. (My last one got stolen from my classroom in September so I bought the new one with insurance from school.) Thankfully, I had purchased the warrenty, so that's off getting fixed now too.

This morning, when I got up, I went to check something on my laptop and it had half MELTED overnight!!! Sigh...just not my month is it? I had left it on and a blanket was next to the fan and it got too hot and literally melted the left side of my computer, keyboard and everything. I'll put a picture online when I get a chance. Thankfully, the harddrive was okay so I put it into my old computer (on which the screen hinge is broken) but usable.

Well, at least it's all material things. Nothing that I'm going to keep forever anyways.
All in all, things have been pretty hectic lately.

At school, I just finished report cards Monday and I have parent conferences next week. We have 3 half-days next week so hopefully that'll help the stress load and not make it worse. We have our Distinguished School visit on Friday so I've been trying to clean up all the little things around my room that bug me so my room looks great by Friday!

Monday, March 13, 2006

Pictures of Exciting Weekend...





I couldn't get the pictures to work in the last post so I'm including them seperately.

Our Exciting Weekend

Phil and I have been boarding a lot lately and this past weekend I told Phil... "I don't want to go this weekend; I just need a break!" He, however, didn't listen to me but instead called Michael and Emily to see if they wanted to go to Mt. Baldy and ski. They agreed so of course I had to go too. :) Well, it definitely turned into an interesting weekend to say the least.

Well, as our friend Michael always tells Emily "first of all...everybody's okay."

The day started off pretty normal. We packed everything and everyone into the SUV to head to the mountain. The mountain was super cold on Saturday. I don't know what the windchill was, all I know is that I was COLD! It was snowing when we went up and the visibility on the mountain was pretty low (while we were skiing and riding.)

We left around 4:00ish to head home and we headed out of the parking lot to go down the mountain. We have chains and 4x4 but we realized right away it was slick black ice on the road. We saw people trying to stop us so Phil braked but our car wouldn't hold and we ended up with our back end spun around facing up the mountain on the side of the road. There were cars below us that had been in accidents and since we were facing the wrong way on the mountain we were just going to wait it out until they left below us...

Well, it didn't happen like that. We saw a few accidents while we waited. Everyone who tried to go down the mountain ended up in accidents. A few minutes later a car was trying to come down and was headed right for us. Phil said, "we're done" and Michael was like "yup." Phil and Emily bailed out into a snowdrift and Michael and I waited for the impact. Michael and I were on the side facing the open icy road so it would have been dangerous if we had tried to make it to the snowbank. Everyone who got out of their cars fell a minimum of 2 times at least! It would definitely have been unsafe for us to jump onto the icy road as a car was heading towards us. They hit us on the front passenger corner and then we slid 30 feet into the car that was below us (which had already been hit previously and had it's back window smashed out in a different accident). You can see from the pictures where we ended up. We saw a number of other accidents that day but no one was injured at all. People got more hurt from their many falls on the ice. We finally made it down the mountain around 8:00 Pm. Whew...Thank the Lord we were all safe and our vehicle was drivable. We have some damage on 3 sides of our vehicle but we really came out of it okay! No glass on our car broke for which we were very thankful on the way home. Everything will be covered by insurance.

So, anyone want to go to the mountains with us soon??? :)

Monday, March 06, 2006

First Post

Well, since I'm one of the last people in the world to have a blog I decided I should try it out. :) I don't have a lot to say right now but I'm sure I will at some point.