Friday, November 30, 2007

How you doin?

Hey, little guy! How are you?

"I'm sexy Ms. A. Sexy."

Promiscuous kindergartners. Life just gets better and better every day.

TG it's Friday! I stayed out a little bit too late last night after my very successfully planned (if I do say so myself) happy hour. Most of my favorites showed up. My only problem (and this happens everytime) is that when I go to happy hour, it tends to turn into happy three hours, followed by happy four and so on. Oh well.

It's the weekend!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Rockin' the wee world

In high school, I had three best friends. Being the ultra cool kids that we were, we decided to add the word "angel" after the first syllables of our names. For example, I was AshAngel.

We proceeded to run around the halls of USCHS yelling out LeaAngel, AshAngel, and AbAngel like people actually cared.

Anyways, we angels have grown up, and the one and only LeaAngel, has her very own clothing line. You have may seen ads in People, or USWeekly.. or perhaps you noticed the pictures of Leanne's things at Sheryl Crow's baby shower.

Regardless.. if you are ever in the market for ultra cute baby clothes (Modeled by my other old BFF Elisabeth's little son) you need to check out

Tell them AshAngel sent you.

BBC FOREVA! xoxoxox

my spooners

A recent, surprising picture. Sage usually prefers
to be the little spoon. Of course, she's usually
spooning with me.

Out of the mouth of babes

This blog appears to be turning into a G-Rated "kidfest." I do have other interests, but when you spend 7:30-3:30, Monday through Friday with children ten and under, you don't have interesting stories about conversing with adults. I'm lucky if I talk to 5 people over 8 years old on any given day (although, from the looks of things, I appear to be writing this blog for my own reading enjoyment... i.e., I can't tell if anyone is actually visiting).

Today, while administering a cognitive assessment, I realized just how old I really am (or just how young kids really are these days). I showed a student an array of pictures on a page and asked her to point to three which go together. She pointed to two things, and then said, "yes, the other is this weird looking computer type thing."

She was referring to a typewriter. Later, I said to another student, we're going to go down to my office to listen to a cassette for the next part of the assessment. He said, "What the heck is a cassette? That's so late 90's."

Lets just say that it was a low moment in my day. Kinda like that one time one of my kids asked me if I was alive during the ice age- and if I was, that I was SOOOOOOOOO lucky. My opinion of children was later redeemed though when I went up to the special education office and talked to two other female students. They were talking about "High School Musical" and one of them said, "Did you know Ashley Tisdale is 24?!?!? That is like so old!" The special ed teacher shot them a look and said, "excuse me, how old do you think I am?" She got 18. Then she asked, "how old do you think Ms. A (aka me) is? I got 15. I almost hugged them.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

It's raining legos

Do you ever have one of those Tuesdays that feels like a Monday?

Pick me! Pick me! I have them quite frequently. Today was one of those days.

After staying up well past midnight to watch another piss poor steelers performance, I was exhausted today (alright, the game was necessarily terrible, but we got the ball about a kajillion times and couldn't actually score until the last 12 seconds of the game? I realize the conditions were bad and the entire thing resembled a game of extreme drunk slip and slide, but if i'm going to stay up past midnight on a school night, i'd like a little more action; i.e., scoring, touchdowns, field goals).

Anyways, I begrudgingly got out of bed, plastered on a smile and headed into work this morning. Things didn't really get any better. Within 30 seconds of the buses pulling away from the school, we had to deal with a fight. A fight that lasted most of the morning and well into the afternoon.

By three o'clock, I was trapped in the principals office with one of my kids who proceeded to melt down over the fact that everyone was out to get him and trying to frame him. Mind you, the actual fight ended about 6 hours ago. Fast forward to 3:15 and it's raining legos in the office. Glass was punched, four chairs were kicked across the room, desks were thrown- among other items. All the while i'm sitting there trying to ignore the entire event while working on a 504 plan. It's more difficult than one might think to write a 504 plan when there are legos stuck in your hair and flying down your shirt.

You better believe that when the clock struck 3:59:59, my coat was on, my bags were packed and I was out the door. There are some definite perks to being in three different schools. I have 6 days before i'm due back to the land of flying legos.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Feeling charitable?

Warning: this is totally addictive. However, you are doing a good deed while improving your vocabulary. Bonus!

Go Steelers!

Today was a relatively uneventful Monday. There were a few freak outs and melt downs (the kids, not me), but any day that doesn't involve weapons is a good day in my book.

I've still got the SARS cough. People actually asked me to leave work today. Several times. They didn't' want my germs. Now if only my principal felt the same way.... hmmm.

In other news, it's STEELERS day. As a huge steelers fan, who is greatly disappointed by the piss poor showing last weekend, i'm hoping we can keep the Dolphins on their losing streak. After dinner @ Chevy's with Mari, my butt will be plastered to the couch to watch my favorite boys.

But first, a meme:

I give you money and send you into the grocery store to pick up 5 items. You can only pick one thing from the following departments.. what is it?
1. Produce: Spinach
2. Bakery: baguette
3. Meat: Pork Loin
4. Frozen: Pizza
5. Dairy: Mozzarella

Let's say we're heading out for a weekend getaway. You're only allowed to bring 3 articles of clothing with you. So, what's in your bag?
Crap, only 3?
1. Jeans
2. My cute herringbone flats
3. Cashmere sweater

If I was to listen in on your conversations throughout the day, what 5 phrases or words would I be most likely to hear?
1. Like woah
2.No you didn't!
3. I'm tired
4. Oh my god
5. Friday, Please?

So, what 3 things do you find yourself doing every single day, and if you didn't get to do, you probably wouldn't be in the best mood?
1. Laughing
2. Relaxing with the kittens (its the crazy cat lady in me)
3. Eat Candy

We're talking a 3 hour block with nobody around. What 5 activities might we find you doing?
1. Reading emails, blogs, etc.
2. Watching TV (or DVR'ed tv more likely)
3. Cleaning
4. Reading
5. Cooking/Baking something

We are going to the zoo. But, it looks like it could start storming, so it'll have to be a quick visit. What 3 exhibits do we have to get to?
1. Polar Bears
2. Giraffes
3. Zebras

You just scored tickets to the taping of any show that comes on t.v. of your choice. You can pick between 4, so what are you deciding between?
1. The Daily Show
2. Any cooking show on the food network
3. Jay Leno
4. David Letterman

You're hungry for ice cream. I'll give you a triple dipper ice cream cone. What 3 flavors can I pile on for ya?
1. Cookies and Cream
2. B&J's Half Baked
3. Chocolate Fudge Brownie

Somebody stole your purse/wallet…in order to get it back, you have to name 5 things you know are inside to claim it. So, what's in there?
1. wallet
2. cell phone
3. cotton candy lip gloss
4. Altoids
5. business cards

You are at a job fair, and asked what areas you are interested in pursuing a career in. Let's pretend you have every talent and ability to be whatever you wanted, so what 4 careers would be fun for you?
1. Magazine Editor
2. Interior Designer
3. Photographer
4. Business Woman (only if I could wear cute suits- and if I magically could do math)

If you could go back and talk to the old you, when you were in high school, and inform yourself of 4 things, what would you say?
1. Take advantage of parental funding and no job. It was the best.
2. Do something with your hair, and put down the hairspray.
3. It's not cool to want to be a witch (of course a preppy normal witch) who hangs out in tree houses a la the craft. oops. I think I just wanted purple contacts.
4. Eat like a cow. Your metabolism was ON POINT. Not anymore my friends, not anymore.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Sad but true

"Everybody knows how to care for children, except the people that have them."

This is why I have a case of the 'Mondays' on Sunday night.

I'm really hoping that tomorrow is not another Monday spent scouring the adjacent forest in 3 inch black pumps- searching for a gun, that was allegedly brought into school by a ten-year-old.

Luckily, there was no gun (it took four cops and one school psychologist in aforementioned black pumps to figure this out). However, we did manage to find a 3 inch long hunting knife in an eight-year-olds backpack.

Oh, just another day in the g-h-e-t-t-o.

Toot my magical flute

The cats love this tree....

The family came up to visit today. Mom, Dad, Erinn, and Grandpa.

We lunched at the Boatyard Bar and Grill, and then walked around downtown Annapolis.

Brook and Tom found this fabulous shop off the beaten path that I am pretty obsessed with. It's called Mary & Blanche, and it's quickly becoming my mother's favorite store. My brother is going to love his Christmas stocking this year.

Anyways, i'm pretty proud of my Christmas decorating (Okay, it's not fabulous, but i'm working with a 600 square foot hole in the wall apartment here...), and I'm 100% in the spirit after the stroll through downtown. I thought I should post some pics of my attempt to Christmas this joint up a little.
My mantel....

Happy Thanksgiving.... a few days late....

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

It's a little late, but I just finally uploaded my pictures and wanted to say goodbye to Thanksgiving. Christmas... here we come! I've already decorated my apartment and started on my Christmas cards (see what happens when you're house bound with what feels like SARS for a week).

I am not even remotely looking forward to work tomorrow. Back to the grind, back to hanging out with 10 year olds all day.

Turkey.. yummy

Saturday, November 24, 2007

It worked...

I'm technologically challenged, but my post was published.

As a quick sidenote-

Oh' Snap, otherwise known as Snap for short, is the white and tan cat.

Sage, known as just plain Sage, is the grey cat.

Oh Snap

My first post.

I don't know what has inspired me to write a blog. I think it's the week long sickness that i've been suffering (badly, very badly). I've barely left my home in over a week (aside from a two day reprieve to stuff myself with turkey- while sick- while barely breathing- while unable to enjoy the tastes and smells of my parents' extensive wine collection).

Anyways, i'm not really a crazy cat lady... but I am the proud owner of two adorable six month old cats, who will most likely grace the pages of this blog quite frequently.

The name stuck b/c two weeks before my 26th birthday, I brought home two, adorable, 8 week old kittens from the shelter (which btw.. I may be a crazy cat lady, but at least I saved some lives people). As any new mom would do, I quickly texted a picture of my two kittens to my nearest and dearest friends and family (or my entire contact list- but that's besides the point).. and my brother shot back with an oh so friendly..."what! only 26 and already turning into the crazy cat lady." Yup, that's right folks. I may be crazy- crazy in LOOOOOOVE. :)