Monday, November 30, 2009
Although I did miss November 21 (sleep deprived from New Moon opening), I blogged 36 times in the month of November (37 counting this one).
I've averaged 17 viewers per day and totaled more than 675 viewers for the month of November. On average, 1.4 people visited my blog per hour in November. If you compare that to October, only 8 of you visited per day and 412 visited for the entire month!
Now, I'm assuming that many of you (my faithful readers) skim what I write and ignore 99% of it. Hopefully there is one day that I make you laugh... or at least crack a smile. Hopefully you haven't been too irritated at my complaining... or too bored with my boring posts.
Quanity over quality has been my push for November and I've actually enjoyed trying to be creative about what I post.
Thanks for reading friends, mom, and a view strangers (strangers, feel free to comment so I can follow you too).
Sunday, November 29, 2009
- a new week at Curves (goal is 4 visits)
- girls' night to the Mission Inn for the Festival of Lights
- massive amounts of law reading
- flashcard making and memorization of law
- Grade Business Letter for at least one period
- the first of three weeks school craziness before Christmas break
- clean the guest bedroom and make it liveable again for my parents for this weekend
Melissa and I both have an angel bells from 1993. Our names are written in gold on the front. When it is shaken, the bell makes a beautiful sound.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
I wrapped the picture because I couldn't think of anything else to add without spending a lot of money!
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
One Point Pumpkin Pie!
I love pumpkin pie--so much so that I can't just eat one slice. Regular pumpkin pie is 9 points for an 1/8th of a slice. These beauties are 8 points for the WHOLE THING!! Or 1 point per slice.
Here you go (this is for one, I always double it so that I can eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner):
- 15 oz can of pumpkin
- 12 oz can of non-fat evaporated milk
- 3/4 cup egg substitute (egg beaters) or 3 egg whites
- 1/2 tsp salt (don't leave it out, it helps set up the pie)
- 3 tsp pumpkin spice
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2/3 cup Splenda
Combine all of the above and beat until smooth. Pour into a Pam sprayed 9" pie pan. Bake at 400 degrees fro 15 minutes, then lower temperature to 325 and bake for an additional 45 minutes. Make sure knife put into center comes out clean. (There is no crust)
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Each year, when it is time to put up the Christmas decorations, we open each Hallmart ornament from its very own box and original wrapping. Melissa and I played with each of them and each had our favorites. There were even a few of them that never made it back into the boxes because we played with them all year.
The one above I got in 1990. The two kitties sit inside a actual mini-basket on a actual knitted blanket and are playing with the bell in the basket. The bow that holds the bell on has been retied every year (and won't stay tied anymore).
If I had to pick an all time favorite, it would be this one!
Monday, November 23, 2009
- Arrange the cookie cutters into a circle (which I think was the hardest part).
- Use the hot glue gun to glue the pieces together.
- Cut wired ribbon in about 3 inch pieces (non-wired ribbon doesn't look as good, tried that first).
- Tie each cookie cutter together with the wired ribbon and fluff the ends.
- Glue a mini jingle bell to each tie.
- For the top hanging hook, tie a piece of ribbon in a loop and cut the remainer of the ribbon so it looks like the ties from the cookie cutters.
- Tie a regular bow, with short ends, and glue on top of the hanging loop.
- Glue three jingle bells on top of the bow.
- Hang up :)
Sunday, November 22, 2009
almost forgot again today.
yesterday I had class from 8:30 til 4:15. I came hope pretty wiped out. Went to Tawni's for dessert. Great talking time...
today I vegged in front of the tv for hours. Enough time passed that I felt bad. Robyn came over, we crafted some more. After cleaning up, I started putting up the Christmas tree. Special ornaments make me happy, I will be posting more about those soon.
for now, off to bed.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
With Robyn's desire to make a glittery replica of a Crate and Barrel product, I started thing about crafting my own tree. After spending several hours in Micheals and returning twice for more parts to the project, I had all the supplies to make my own set of "trees."
I was so excited to begin crafting that I started the night before Robyn and I were to meet. Remembering the days of my childhood, I used paper plates and attempted my project.
I think my trial run (to keep at my house), came out pretty good.
Monday, November 16, 2009
"Not yet," said Dave, "now we have to texture the walls so the repairs are not seen. What you see here is the texturing process. First, every single door way and window has to be covered up and taped for protection. Everything is the room will be covered with a fine layer of dust, so make sure you cover the furniture too... in the above picture, the fuzz of the picture is not my inability to focus the camera, that is plaster compound in the air!
Dave then used this contraption (aka texture gun) which hooks up to the air compressor to spray a fine layer of "orange peel" texture onto the walls. Everything experiences the spray (thus the need to have everything covered).
Wait 24 hours and then you can paint... maybe.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
As my masters degree winds down, I only have class on Saturdays (and only seven more Saturdays at that!). Girls' night aside, I now have no excuse not to go work out.
Hasn't stopped me from making them (I'm too tired, I hate to drive there, I can't work out myself, I don't want to do it, it isn't fun, only if I could afford a trainer, water aerobics is too expensive, the Y is scary at dark, Bally's is ghetto, etc).
Besides, according to my specialist for PCOS, I need to lose more weight. I need to weigh 165. Working out will get me there faster.
Curves is literally .4 miles from AHS. I will leave here and go there... I will!
Never would have thought about it Rexanne (my Tupperwear lady) hadn't called and invited me as the new owner.
It has been "long," flippy, and REALLY short... five weeks ago at my last hair appointment, I told my trusty hair stylist that I was bored. Because it is so short, there isn't a lot we could do, so we opted to change the color. I went all over dark (three/four shades darker than my natural color) with blond and light brown coloring...
It wasn't enough.
I was still bored.
Today, I went for my five-week hair cut (yes, every 5 weeks I have a scheduled hair appointment and yes, it is normal when your hair is this short). I was planning on getting the back bottom trimmed in order to grow it out a little for a different style.
Then... I saw another hair stylist's hair. Her hair was really similar to mine, but she had bangs.
I told Stephanie, "okay, lets do that."
She laughed and asked if I was ready... within minutes I had bangs! At first, I couldn't stop laughing because they looked funny flat and wet.
After some styling and blowdrying... I think I like them :)
Five weeks from now, what should I add?
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
These opposing definitions to this word can be seen on educational campus across the world.
It seems that some teachers see great benefits in working together for lesson design and these people are willing to step out of their individual classrooms and work for a "joint intellectual effort." They share ideas and form new ones; they develop passion and persistent in their reflections, modifications, and further idea sharing. Their students understand that working together increases intellectual ability because their teachers model it. These are the teachers that improve their instruction after years in the classroom and get "better" after 25 years in the profession. These are the ones who raise test scores the logical way--critical thinking!
Others look at collaboration as treason, a detestable cooperation where enemies are constantly lurking, ready to attack and steal from them. These teachers jealously guard their ideas, lessons, and classrooms. As administrators force them to "collaborate" their participation becomes "cooperation" in the truest limit. They hide. They tremble in fear when others walk into their classrooms. Sometimes these are teachers are strong by nature and some learn trial by fire.
There is a third type of teacher that doesn't understand the definition of collaboration; these are the teachers that have created the feelings of treason from the main bunch. These are the takers, those who take assignments (not ideas) and never return the favor.
Obviously, you know where I stand on the issue.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
My machaca con huevos were served with tortillas, rice, and beans. At first, I thought it was kind of strange and asked several times if this was really "lunch" (we were eating at 10:30 am), but Des said no.
The beans were to die for and reminded me of Carisha's dad's beans...
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
As with Robyn, Melissa, and Nicole, I am going to try to blog every day of November for the official NaBlPo 2009. I've never attempted it, but I have been trying to write more blogs and actually share pictures (I think I did a pretty good job in October--22 posts!).
I use to scrapbook and that is why I took 1,001 pictures of everything. With the combination of school (work and MA classes), scrapbooking has gone away; now I take pictures with the plan to blog them. Some day when I graduate (and don't talk myself into going again), I'll scrapbook again.
Anyway, for the month of November, plan to hear from me every day!