Thursday, August 7, 2014


For whatever reason, 45 feels like a "big deal" birthday.

My first thought is of people I have met along the way who never saw this particular birthday.  With that thought, I am filled with gratitude that I am healthy and, well, around.

My next thought is how vividly I recall turning 40, and how it does not feel like it was 5 years ago.  I was not exercising, packed on some serious pounds thanks to depression meds, and was needing a bit of a change before all that got out of hand.  And change I did.  Exercise has been a consistent part of my life since then.  Zumba, Werq, Strong, RIPPED, walking, and running have been in and out of my days as needed.  I keep somewhat regular doctor appointments and take most precautions offered.

In theory and if I am so blessed, this is mid-life.  Some inventory of what I have done with the precious gifts I have been given is in order.  These are NOT in priority order, and some of these far outweigh others.

-Graduating with honors from high school, college, and two graduate school experiences
-Receiving National Board certification...twice
-Maintaining a thoughtful teaching career for twenty-three years spanning a wide range of experiences
-Granddaughter, daughter, sister, niece, aunt, great aunt, cousin to some pretty amazing people
-Successful (surfing the ups, downs, and in-betweens) marriage for twenty-two years
-Supporting an active and intentional life of faith, with the guidance of the Catholic church, including fervent, sincere, and frequent prayer
-Mothering two extraordinary boys for seventeen years in a world that may or may not accept their differences
-Accepting leadership roles since grade school and the responsibilities a leader has
-Fighting for what I believe is right--even when I see the eyes roll, even when I know I need to shut up, even when I realize the fight might be a waste of energy, even when the fight is for others and not for me--telling it like it is
-Building wonderful friendships that allow me to walk a tightrope knowing that their net is always there for me
-Conquering the stormy sea of grief, OCD, and anxiety, holding in the the boat for dear life and praying that it won't capsize, bailing out the waters of depression

If this is halfway, I'll take it with very little complaints.  

Friday, June 6, 2014

100 Happy Days, Days 46-69

Day 46: Watching my school kids let loose and be silly

Day 47: I made this money you didn't.  Right, Ted?  We outta here.

Day 48: Finished Ig's NYC album!

Day 49: Truth

Day 50: Two-handed Bud Light at Schooners with my co-workers

Day 51: Scott wins the MSC raffle for the day!

Day 52: Veggies popping up

Day 53: This never gets old

Day 54: A gift from a former student

Day 55: Ellis Island simulation day: My little German immigrant

Day 56: Eggo Thick 'N Fluffy Waffles...mmmmmm

Day 57: Making cards, right down to the envelope, makes me happy

Day 57, Part 2: Chicago at night from a plane...amazingly large

Day 58: Clint and Emily's beautiful wedding

Day 59: Angry Orchard at the Harrisburg Airport

Day 60: Who cares what the school calendar says?  Fairview after school.

Day 61: Pictures like this remind me of how far we have come.

Day 62: A beautiful corsage and thank you note from one of my students

Day 63: Awww yeah.  Anderson opening day!

Day 64: Coming in to 602 on a Sunday at the end of the school year and being far from the only one here

Day 65: The "Warm Weather Wipe Out" selfie

Day 66: Year 23.  Done.

Day 67: Having stuff on the calendar for Mrs. Plato's Summer School ensures less arguing...and soothes my OCD

Day 68: A garage sale find.  Who latches onto it? And what's his first song? "Reindeer are better than people.  Oh Sven, don't you think I'm riiiight?"

Day 69: Summer is here!  Kids Run for Fun!

WHEW!  Finally caught up!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

100 Happy Days 32-45

Day 33: Organizing Alphabet Stickers (of which I have a ridiculous amount)

Day 34: Today, I finally felt the significance of the lyrics: "No longer riding on the merry go round/I just had to let it go." and "When I say that I'm okay/Well, they look at me kind of strange/Surely you're not happy now/You no longer play the game." 

Day 35: The return of the green!

Day 36: McTeacher night with some of my favorite people

Day 37: The day the Papertrey server died and the longest group text ever between these two craft-addicted crazies

Day 38: The chain

Day 39: National Scrapbooking Day car selfie

Day 40: Doing my favorite thing: scrapbooking

Day 41: A start to a healthier path

Day 42: Struggling with the DVD subtitles actually made this feel like a Disney Sing-Along video

Day 43: Letters of appreciation from my students

Day 44: Another happy Meijer customer

Day 45: Mother's Day rainbow cake with Funfetti icing

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Catching up with 100 Happy Days

Day 22: Steak on a snowy April day.

Day 23: Sunshine at the end of my work day...summer's coming!

Day 24: My happy board at school

Day 25: A delicious beverage

Day 26: A winning Battle of the Books team

Day 26: An Easter basket tradition

Day 27: A relaxing pasttime

Day 28: The best Easter basket inhabitant

Day 29: When amazing things sprout from the dung of tragedy

Day 30: Love these cookies!

Day 31: My husband, Mr. Clean :)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014