12 years/5K/Parade

WordPress just told me that I have had this blog for 12 years!  This blog is older than one of my kids!   Every time I come on here, I wish I blogged more.  Maybe the summer will make it happen.  After all, I graduated and now I have some down time, looking for a teaching job.  If anyone knows of any job, please shoot me a message.  I will certified to teach Business Education and Computer classes to high school students in Missouri and IL!

Yesterday, I ran the Shriners 5K This race was to raise money for Shriners who provide medical treatment to kids and also the Belleville  Parks and Recreation programs.  This was an exciting race to run, first because it was I think my second race after the injury (I do not remember my first race though) which means it was my slowest 5K ever!!!  It was also very hot, I started sweating just waiting for the race – I love a challenge!  My kids were there to cheer me and made for me a poster.  The whole 5K route (we turned at the midway point) was lined up with people waiting for the Shriners Parade, and finally, while I was running, one of the kids from one of the schools I substitute at, gave me a shout out!

After the race, we went and sat and waited on the parade, this is one of the longest parades in the US, so I hear! We were there for 3 hours. I love to go to parades to see the beautiful floats.  This was a little disappointing as far as floats were concerned, and also, I know school groups need to raise money for their sports or club, but it was a little annoying when they kept on interrupting the parade to sell their wares.  My kids left with a lot of candy (of course, that is why they go to the parades).

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Allergic

Are you Allergic to anything? When I go to the doctor and I am filling in those forms, I always write NKO because I do not think I am Allergic to anything. I know people are Allergic to cats, medicines, soap, some foods, lotion, you name it! I think one of my kids is Allergic to something that Zagbys uses, maybe their cooking oil. We went there twice and on both times, they broke out in a rush after eating their food so we stopped going there.
Today was my first full day at my new ‘job’ and one of my workmates asked me if I was tired and I was like…NO!! I went back home and crashed. Was watching that show where lottery winners buy homes and fell asleep. I am not sure why I was watching, I am not winning the lottery soon because I do not buy lottery tickets. These people’s lives change in a minute but I wonder how some of them maintain those humongous houses they are buying, I am just asking, #nothating.
have a great weekend and thanks for reading.
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The Crown!

The Lord was good to me, I got a free day today. School was closed and I got to sleep in, the calm before the storm. My kids went to school though, it was so cold I must say. To add salt to injury, we are on a boil order. Talking about Ameren, I still do not understand why our water bill is over $100. I remember when I got my first bill when we moved here, it was $25 and I was screaming. The sad part of all this is that 60% of that bill is the sewer…I just don’t get it.
I am still facing the dilemma of whether to join a gym or not. I usually like running outside during the summer and fall, something like from May to November. So, I am wondering is it really worth it to join from January to April? Just four months? But I seriously need to go running and it is freezing cold outside.
I just finished watching The Crown! I can’t believe I have to wait for one whole year for the next season and what is even worse, we will have a new Queen and Duke…something about it will be a different time. I don’t want a new Queen and Duke, I want Claire and Matt! oh well, I am sure the new actors will be great! I have to watch the “mystery man” episode again…I just read that I am not the only one who spends more time on Wikipedia than watching the show, I have to fact check (not that Wikipedia is the most accurate source out there) but I have to check and see if Prince Charles really went to that school. More than 15 years ago, we visited London and it happened to be ‘the changing of the guard’ day and we actually went to (outside) the palace to watch it! Keep looking up and thanks for reading.pexels-photo-260024.jpeg

New Day!

Today I officially started the last part of the exciting journey! I have asked God for this opportunity for the longest time. A dream of mine is coming true It all started when I started working as an Aide in a middle school in Kentucky. I loved it so much. Through that whole experience, I realized that I could help kiddos become better students and do well in subjects like Math. (who knew!) Then I moved to IL and I got a tuition-free opportunity. The Lord does work in mysterious ways. I remember I was a little mad that I would not be able to go to a school I liked in KY (which I would have had to pay for) and then He opened this door. I am excited and nervous! I get to teach accounting and other subjects to high school students. I am trusting the Lord. Do not give up on your dreams. #dreamscometrue Keep the faith and thanks for reading.

Goals

Goals, resolutions, words, whatever you call them! I know many people say that they do not make resolutions because they break them before Valentin!e’s day! That should not stop you from trying! At least they haunt you every other day and you might try and do something about it. I have a few simple goals for 2018! The first one that I have shared with my family is to lose 50 pounds. Yes, I have always known I was overweight and although I do not freak out about it, I think about it one or two times a day…especially when you see pictures of yourself and you are like? wow! just wow! What am I doing to myself? I was doing great last year and then I had the mishap! I had injury and did not go out running for 4 months. That really set me back a few, okay, a lot of pounds. I am happy to report that I am not great and ready to tame this beast (yes, the beast comes in many forms)! They say that the goals have to be smart. Specific – lose 50 pounds, Measurable – lose 50 pounds in one year Achievable – I think one year means about a pound a week. I think that is reasonable – which brings me to realistic – I think losing 50 pounds in one year is as realistic as it is gonna get. I am going to be running and eating a healthy diet (it becomes a little fuzzy here but I will share my diet plans soon) I am not trying for one of those loose 10 pounds in one week (and then get it back)and finally Timely – I would like to post next year on this date that I lost 50 pounds!! I know people have different meanings for the SMART acronym but this is what works for me. Do you have any goals to share? Keep looking up!IMG_6654

Conversation

Wow! Happy New Year! Just had another birthday! Each year I have a conversation in my head! I tell myself, that this year I will blog more than last year. Unfortunately, I end up blogging even less than the year before. I find it sad! Sad because I write so many blogs on in my head! I have a beginning, body and end, but I never put it into writing. I actually have an excuse for the second part of last year. For some reason I decided that I needed to be done with college. I am not sure why I did not decide that a little earlier in the course. It is like all of a sudden I felt the need to tame this beast and be done. I registered in three colleges and completed 27 hours! Folks, it can be done. I spent most of my time sitting on a chair completing assignments. I am proud of myself. I only managed to forget to submit an e-mail to a professor letting him know what project I had chosen and it cost me 13% of my grade! My FB friends know this story but I still managed to pass this course(but that is another story for another blog) Now, I am on the last leg and I am looking forward to it. I have a few goals for 2018 but I will share them with you next time, I really hope it is soon. Have a great 2018, I would like to know what your goals are. Keep the Conversation going!

Summer!

 

Kenya
Giraffes are so graceful and beautiful!
This summer has been a roller coaster but the Lord is good. It started off with us leaving for Kenya for a few weeks and me wobbling in town with my moon boot! It made for long stares and I would surprise the starer by saying “hi” and now they do not know what to do or say. (fun times) I will do several posts on Kenya later.
I cannot believe summer is almost over! I am getting ready to start my last semester of school and I just discovered that I have to do 12 credit hours that I did not think I needed to do. This is on top of the 12 that I had registered for. It is going to be a very busy semester and I am thinking of quitting Facebook until I am done. Have you ever quit social media for anything? I know people do quit social media to meditate or pray etc.
Then there was the Kenya elections! I am not sure what to think or say but I am definitely praying for peace and if you think about it, please pray for Kenya.
Keep looking up and you can do this!