Monday, November 28, 2005

Happy Belated Thanksgiving!

Oh my goodness, I would just like to start this post off with saying that I JUST erased a really long post I just wrote on accident... so here is attempt #2

I had so much fun in Michigan! I can't wait to go back in 25 days! I was with the people I love the WHOLE time I was home, I ran around like a crazy person, it was awesome. It went by way too fast. I'm so excited to go back for Christmas because Joey is coming to visit! I can't wait for everyone to meet him!

Let's see, what did I do... the night I flew in Mom dropped me off asap to Malarky's where I met up with Michelle, Ray, Josie, Aimee, Matt, Kim, Michael, and Veronica. It was SO GOOD to see everyone! It wasn't a late night because everyone had work the next morning (and I was exhausted!). Wednesday I slept in and went to my grandpa's to see the whole fam. My aunt and uncle and cousins were also in town from St. Louis, so it was great to see everyone at once. Wednesday night I went out with everybody mentioned above and Kevin and Barry to Pier 500 which was TOTALLY DEAD, but we drank a lot and good times were had. Thursday was family day of course and I ate lots and lots of AWESOME food... my aunt made the BEST stuff this year, it was so yummy! I also got a lot of sister/Steve/Natalie time which was extremely awesome. Friday I shopped a bit with my sissy, but it was too crazy for me, and there are NO good malls downriver so it didn't last long. Friday afternoon was the traditional making of the pierogis for Christmas at Grandpa's. We made a TON because I told Joey I'm going to stuff him with nothing but Polish food when he comes home with me :) Friday night I went to see Harry Potter for the second time (so good!) with Mom, Rachel, and Steve. Saturday I went and got my bridesmaid dress fitted for Michelle's wedding (I LOVE IT), then went to lunch and shopping with Aimee, then went to hang at Kim and Mike's new house (SO PRETTY AND BIG AND I'M SO JEALOUS!!!) We met up with Matt at the new fancy restaurant McDonalds on Eureka (have you seen it, it's crazy!) and then met EVERYONE else at Prushs' for a good night of karaoke :) Whew... Sunday morning I met Josie for breakfast and then headed to the airport where I cried on the phone with Joey for 2 hours straight because I was so sad to leave. I feel better now that I am back, but I do miss being home!

Anyway, my pics aren't as good as I would have hoped because I had a crummy disposable camera. My digital has been broken for awhile, and I think I've decided today to get a new one before Christmas so this time I can take a bunch of good ones. I had such a blast at home... I have the best friends in the world, they really made my visit so special! I LOVE YOU GUYS!

I'll be back home in 25 days... Joey will be there in 29 days... I can't wait!

MY GIRLS! Aimee, Me, and Kim... I miss them already!

I'm not a fan of this pic... but I had to post one of me and Michelle!!!

Me and Caitlin resting after eating the BEST Thanksgiving dinner EVER!!!

Natalie getting ready to go out in the 0 degree windchill weather we had on Thanksgiving!

Me and Josie :)

Mom and Natalie blowing out Mommy's birthday candles

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Dad's visit

So, I said that I wasn't writing again until something remotely fun and/or interesting happens. Well, my dad called me last Wednesday night and asked me what I was doing for the weekend. I said nothing, so he told me he was coming to visit on Friday! Very fun.

Friday night, me, my dad, and Joey went to dinner. I was so excited for him to meet Joe! They hit it off immediately... not that I had any doubts... Saturday, the three of us went to Stone Mountain. I've been meaning to go to Stone Mountain since I moved here, but haven't had the time. I'm SO GLAD Joey suggested it! It was beautiful, and the weather couldn't have been nicer. See pics below. After Stone Mountain we went shopping for a bit, then headed home to drop my dad off... we tired him out. Then me and Joe went to the Gwinett Gladiators game. The Gwinett Gladiators are a minor league hockey team here in Georgia. They are AWESOME! The game totally rocked. They are my new favorite Georgia team! I think I'm going to be cheering for them more than the Thrashers this year... we can also go to as many games as we'd like because the tickets are $16 on ice level which I can totally afford. Next month we're going to the Thrashers vs. Wings game downtown. I'm extremely excited for that... and even though I spent a TON of money on the tickets, I'm sure it's going to be worth it!

Joe has 4 and a half days left of his preceptorship. It's like student teaching for nurses. I'm SO EXCITED for him to be finished! It hasn't been the most pleasant experience, and he's done so awesome. I can't wait for him to have a normal schedule and not work on Sundays anymore... we can actually enjoy our weekends fully :)

I go back to Michigan in a week! WHOO HOO!!!!!!! I am so pumped. I can't wait to see all of my friends :) Christmas will be even better to be home because I can actually stay more than 5 days. Ok, I'm so tired I can't think straight. I hate how it's pitch black at 6:30 in the evening, and my body makes me think it's like 11pm. Yuk. Anyway, I should go spend some QT with my dad. He's leaving in the morning. It was so great to see him!

P.S. I bought my Christmas tree today!!!! It's so going up RIGHT NOW!!

RIGHT when we got there... I went picture crazy yesterday!

Me and Dad!

Me and my baby in front of Stone Mountain

This is a pic of what me and Joey are standing by in the picture RIGHT before this one. See how the mountain is in the background... Now THIS picture is from on top of the mountain looking back to where we were... We were high up!!!

SO pretty!

Me :)

Joey and dad on top of the Mountain

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

2 more weeks!

Till I go home to Michigan! I am so pumped...

So, I feel I have been overdosed with wedding talk lately. Everything I read, or every person I talk to, somehow fits some kind of wedding reference in. It's weird. Something is in the water... it's ok though because I am so happy for my friends! So Kim and Mike are now getting married on July 1st which is exactly a week after Michelle and Ray’s. So, I will be in Michigan for two whole weeks doing wedding stuff… how fun!

This past weekend was pretty uneventful. Joey had to work both Saturday and Sunday (boo) so we really didn’t get to enjoy this beautiful weather! It was so pretty out this weekend. In the 70s, and all the trees have turned… so beautiful. Yesterday, I was listening to Christmas music in my car with the windows down and no jacket on... it was crazy. On Saturday, Joe told me he was going to try and surprise me by getting a flight back to Michigan for himself the Tuesday to Wednesday before Thanksgiving just so he could be there when I got there and meet all my friends. HE’S THE SWEETEST EVER! I am so lucky. Unfortunately it’s not going to work out because this Thanksgiving is going to be one of the worse traveling holidays in awhile… bummer. It’s ok though, because he’s coming after Christmas and staying for New Years, so that should be a blast. I think Aimee is having a murder mystery dinner party for New Years… I’m all about it.

I'm going to see the Rockets with Joey's Mom, sister, and his brother's girlfriend on November 20th. That should be great! I've never gone and I have always wanted to go back home.

NOTHING remotely exciting is going on right now... I'm not going to write again until I have something cool to write. My life is boring. My boyfriend and I work too much. I can't wait until Christmas break so I can actually RELAX for once and get the hell out of my apartment for over a week... my apartment annoys me. If I come home one more evening to construction workers on ladders staring in my windows screaming Spanish to one another, I might not make it.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Kimberley and Michael are ENGAGED!!!!

My friends are engaged!! I’m SO happy for Kim and Mike! It’s been a long time coming… they both deserve all the happiness in the world! I was so excited to find out that the wedding is going to be this summer. Now I have two summer weddings to go to! The first is Michelle and Ray’s in June (which I’m singing in!) and then August 5th for Kim and Mike… but Kim tells me to keep that date flexible. I’m so excited to go home in a little over two weeks! I can’t wait to see that ring!!!!!!!!! :) I love you both so much!

Aimee is awesome. She’s such a great friend. I feel the need to make a special mention of her here because I think she’s feeling neglected by me because of my preoccupation with the hottest man alive. I love her so much. I’m so excited to see her SO SOON. I think about you Aimee all the time and I’m so lucky to have a friend that has ALWAYS been there for me. She’s been the one that I’ve always been able to call crying about things that other people would probably think I’m crazy about. She’s never judged me and has always been so supportive in everything I do. She’s a treasure. I’m so glad I’ve been blessed with her friendship. Here's a pic of us from like 4 years ago... I have no good recent pictures of us! That makes me sad... I definitely need to take like 50 of JUST me and her when I get home. :)

People… I am so happy. I know I keep writing this over and over lately, but I can’t get over this feeling. Today I came to school and other teachers kept telling me how great I look because I couldn’t stop smiling. I keep singing to my kids in my class… they think I’m insane. This morning, one of my little girls was whispering to the person next to her “Ms. Beavers is really happy.” I guess it shows. I’m sure you all want to slap me by now… I’M SORRY! I CAN’T HELP IT!

I’m SO PUMPED to go home in 18 days. In my last post I said how now it’s hard to leave because of Joey, but although I will miss him, I can’t wait to see my friends. I almost started crying yesterday just thinking about all of them! Tuesday evening when I get home (the 22nd) we’re all going out! I want to see everyone all at once! I know it’s still a school night for most of them, but Southgate has a half day Wednesday, so no excuses. Michelle agrees with me.

I will update soon… hopefully with some new pics. My camera is broken, so any pictures that I have been taking are all on Joe’s camera, which takes me awhile to get to my house to download on the computer… bear with me here people. Peace.

My hot boyfriend... who looks cranky here, but he really wasn't! :)

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

I can't believe it's November

So… I haven’t written in awhile. I’ve been busy! Well, kinda. I really haven’t done anything that anyone would find incredibly interesting/exciting, but I have to say I am really enjoying life right now :)

I’m determined to turn into crazy workout girl. Joey wrote a workout for me yesterday that I am super pumped about so hopefully I will stick with it! He is a genius when it comes to that stuff… his first degree was in Exercise Physiology, so I tend to listen to him when he tells me what to do.

I’m turning into this crazy domestic person. I actually spent 6 hours on Sunday cleaning Joe’s room and doing laundry… and to top it off, he didn’t even ask me to do it, I did it FOR FUN. I emphasized the ‘for fun’ there because anyone that really knows me knows that I don’t do anything remotely domestic for fun, other than cook. This is crazy. I’m convinced that women have some type of hormone in them that makes them act this way. Mine must have been dormant for the past 5 or so years…

Work has actually been pretty good. I’m still not getting everything done that I need to be getting done, but I’ve accepted that me completing everything on my to-do list will probably never happen. I’m still not sure if I’m going to stay with Atlanta Public Schools next year because of the distance from where I live and such, but I’m weighing out my options. I’d like to move a little north. I need roommate to make this happen. I could put an ad in the paper, but I’m afraid that I’m going to get Single White Femaled or something… have y’all seen that movie? Scary.

Three weeks from today I’m going to Michigan!! WHOO HOO! I can’t believe I’ve been gone for 4 months already… by the time I get home it will be closer to 5. It’s strange because ever since I moved here I’ve been basically counting the days until I get to go home, and now that I’m crazy in love (whoa, I totally just typed that for everyone to read), I don’t want to go home as much. The Thanksgiving visit will only be for 5 days, then I’m going back for Christmas for about 2 weeks. I’m hoping Joe will make it up for at least a few days because I want him to meet EVERYBODY! I believe Chrissy and I are driving up together. That will be fun. Road trip! And I can save on gas… God knows I can’t afford to fly. I also can’t leave my cats here for almost 3 weeks by themselves. I’ve been a bad mommy lately, I’m never home so I’ve been coming home to destroyed things in my apartment from them telling me they’re mad at me.

Ok, that’s about it. I will write soon when I have done more exciting things than cleaning, working out, and staring at Joe all day…  I hope everyone had a great Halloween!!!!

God Blessed the Broken Road

I set out on a narrow way many years ago. Hoping I would find true love along the broken road. But I got lost a time or two, I wiped my brow and kept pushing through. I couldn't see how every sign pointed straight to you.

Every long lost dream led me to where you are. Others who broke my heart, they were like northern stars. Pointing me on my way into your loving arms. This much I know is true. That God blessed the broken road that led me straight to you.

I think about the years I spent just passing through. I'd like to have the time I lost and give it back to you. But you just smile and take my hand, you've been there you understand. It's all part of a grander plan that is coming true.

Every long lost dream led me to where you are. Others who broke my heart, they were like northern stars. Pointing me on my way into your loving arms. This much I know is true. That God blessed the broken road that led me straight to you.

Now I'm just rolling home, into my lover's arms. This much I know is true. That God blessed the broken road that let me straight to you.

Sunday, October 23, 2005


This has been like the BEST weekend ever! Let me start at the end of last week...

Joe and I went to Kennesaw Mountain. Kennesaw is about 20 minutes north of Atlanta and where Joe lives. It is SO PRETTY UP THERE! You actually can hike up the mountain, but since we decided to go at the last minute, we just drove to the top. You can see the city from there... it's beautiful! And yes, I FINALLY have some pictures!

Thursday night I got a call from Becky saying that her and Roberto (her AWESOME bf) were coming to Atlanta to escape hurricane Wilma, just in case it decided to hit Florida. Friday I met them out at a bar where Roberto's best friend bartends. It was SO GOOD to see her!!! I love this girl. She is doing amazing. I'm so happy she got out of Southgate 4 years ago... it has done her wonders! She's SUCH A SWEETY!!!! We caught up a bit and then I headed out to Kennesaw to go out with Joey, Brent (his awesome roomie) and their neighbors. Good times were had. :)

Saturday Joe and I drove to his Grandpa's and had lunch with his whole family. I am in love with his family. They are all SUPER sweet people that have made me feel totally welcome... I feel so lucky! After that we headed back north and had a pretty uneventful Saturday afternoon, but it was so nice to just chill for once! I needed it. We hooked up with Becky that night in Midtown. Seriously people, the best Saturday I have had since I moved here. It was SO MUCH FUN! A group of us went to a few bars and had a great time. Again, pics below. I was so excited for Becky to meet Joe... you know, the "Southgate" connection there. I want him to meet everyone at home SO BAD, but since that can't happen for at least 2 months (wink, hopefully) it was GREAT that Becky got to meet him and spend some QT.

The past few days I keep having these "I am so freaking happy" moments. You know, when you get caught in a moment where you're like, "I feel so incredible right now... I'm not stressed about anything, and it's wonderful!" I haven't had one of those moments since freshman year of college... not that I can remember at least.

30 days til I go home!

Me and Joe on top of Kennesaw Mountain

Joe at Kennesaw Mountain

Becky and Roberto

Me and Becky!

Becky and Joe

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

I'm sick AND have insomnia

I'm allergic to Georgia. Since I moved here I've been sick at least once every 3 weeks... it sucks. I'm pretty sure it's allergies because every time the weather changes my nose plugs up and my throat closes. Yuk! So, I'm playing hookie from school today. I didn't feel very well yesterday either and took it out on my kids... I so didn't want to do that today! I was going to attempt to get some good sleep but couldn't fall asleep til around 3am, and now I'm up at 9... way too early. I should totally have slept in til 1. Bummer. I drank a half gallon of tea, I think the caffeine did me in.

ANYWAY, Happy Birthday to just about every one of my family members! October is crazy. Last week was my Grandpa's birthday, tomorrow is Katie's, Saturday is Courtney's and next week is Nancy's and Rachel's. I've been sending out cards like a crazy person. I love birthdays :)

Today I am going to attempt to get some things done... I need to birthday shop, I need to regular shop, I need to fill out report cards, I need to go to the library and return a 3 week overdue book, I need to workout, I need to go to the post office, and I need to get some food in my apartment... or maybe I will just say screw it and do some scrapbooking. Hopefully I will be feeling better to get SOMETHING productive done today.

I have to say people, I was not too impressed with The Da Vinci Code. Some of you may think I am insane, but I put off reading this book forever just because I've had about 3000 other books to read, and when I finally do read it, not only does it take me like 2 months, but I'm not that impressed! I mean, it wasn't bad, but I was expecting greatness... bummer. I just started reading Bridget Jones the Edge of Reason. I'm on like page 8 and I already think the book is great. Probably because I totally relate... such a great book ladies, check it out.

OH! I forgot to say that I think I'm not moving now until June. My apartment complex is letting me stay on a month-to-month basis with the same rent $$ until June... probably because of all the construction going on. This is a plus, because other than the $70 water bill (don't get me started), I actually like living here. It's too far from work and from a certain someone, but it's huge, I love it, and I have Allison my saving grace next door. So I'm excited that I don't have to try and figure out how to move all of my stuff (and I have A LOT of it) all by myself in December or January. At least in June I will be on summer vaca. and can take like a full week to move if I want... major bonus.

I need a vacation SO BAD! If someone doesn't go on Spring Break with me I am going by myself. I haven't been on vacation in forever and I need to go party for a week somewhere... so let's go people!

34 days til I go home!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

I'm having a bummed out day

It's probably from the lack of sleep. Don't read too much into that... I've just been staying out WAY too late and eating like crap which is making me feel like complete garbage. I did work out yesterday though. Joe let me come with him and his roomie to the gym and worked me out. I felt completely retarded at first because Joe is a workout god, but he kept telling me how awesome I was doing AND I kicked his butt in cardio which made me feel better :)

Other than that things have been going really well. I can't believe I have a boyfriend (yes, I said it, boyfriend) it trips me out. I always said that when I met the right person for me I would know automatically. How right I was, is an understatement. I love spending time with someone who makes me constantly laugh and feel so good about myself. I haven't had a boyfriend that I have actually liked (key phrase: actually liked) in like 5 years. It's crazy. I forgot what it was suppose to feel like. It's all that gitty singing on the mountain top stuff that makes people want to vommit. I love it!

School/Work is the same... I'm super tired and slightly annoyed today, so it's not a good day for me to talk about it. So I won't. I can't wait for the weekend and it's only Tuesday... major bummer. Hopefully this weekend I can actually get some work done because lately, I've been a bit preoccupied... :) I need some new pics, my blog is boring without pictures, I will work on it!

Thursday, October 13, 2005

I'm in trouble...

So, I'm in trouble... but I guess it's in a good way... I have actually met someone :) I've been getting hostile IMs and phone calls all week from all of my friends asking about him, but as you have probably noticed, I haven't been too keen on talking about it. Not because I don't like him, but because I do!

His name is Joe... and he's awesome :) We've been talking on the phone and via email for about 2 months now, but on Saturday we finally went out, and I have to say it was a fabulous first date. I talked too fast and was a tad hyper (as most of you know I get when I'm nervous) but I'm pretty sure he didn't fault me for it. He's really funny and intelligent and sweet and... I'm just waiting to figure out what's wrong here... I asked him if he was an axe murderer or rapist, and he said no... so I think I might be in the clear :)

So if you are one of the many that are feeling neglected by my lack of info. the past week (Aimee), don't take it personal... I've been freaking out a tad... again, in a good way :) I don't want to give TOO many details because I'm sure he's going to read this and think I'm the biggest dork :) So anyway, I figured it was about time I let you know what's going on! I'm a happy girl! Hopefully this will turn out well, I've got my fingers crossed.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

The visit... and my life update

It was SO good to see my family! We had a lot of fun. Now I just wish I could see some friends back home, I miss you guys! Things here have been good... super busy as usual, but good. The job is still the same (a lot better). I'm still trying to figure out where to move in December. The weather has actually cooled off a bit and is suppose to be cool all week!!!! YIPPY! Well, cool here is still in the 70s, but hey, the LOW 70s! So I'm all about it...

Last night I went to see the new movie 'In Her Shoes'. It was SO GOOD! It's like the best movie I've seen in a really long time. Jacqueline got free sneek peek passes from her work so the whole gang got to go, it was awesome.

Tonight I'm starting a new bible study with some people from Highlands (my chuch) which should be cool, but I'm SUPER sleepy and would also just like to skip it so I can actually have a night off... Joanne would beat me up though :)

HOCKEY SEASON STARTED YESTERDAY!!!!!! So excited for that. Hopefully I'll actually get to see some Wings games, but I'm not sure if they play them here ever. I'm really excited to go to the game in December, I got my tickets in the mail last week :)

Ok, I know this is a super boring post, but I'm am SO TIRED! Someone kept me on the phone way too late last night :) I'm off to nap. Here's the rest of my pics from the family visit.

Shopping at IKEA!

I miss her already!

Natalie eating a lemon at Olive Garden... the girl actually EATS lemons :)

Rachel and Natalie

Me and Natalie

Sunday, October 02, 2005

I love my family

Can't write much, but I wanted to post some pics of my Mom Rachel and Natalie's visit so far. Yesterday we went to the Atlanta Zoo and did some major outlet shopping. It was SO fun! I love having them here! I can't wait to go home for Thanksgiving :) I will post more when I get them!

Mom, Natalie, and Rachel in front of the elephant exhibit

Me and Natalie after her bath! :)

Natalie in the petting zoo

Natalie and Rachel at the zoo

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Love Song (Third Day)

I've heard it said that a man would climb a mountain

Just to be with the one he loves

But how many times has he broken that promise

It has never been done

I've never climbed the highest mountain

But I walked the hill of Calvary

Just to be with you

I'd do anything

There's no price I would not pay

Just to be with you

I'd give anything

I would give my life away

I've heard it said that a man would swim the oceans

Just to be with the one he loves

But all of those dreams are empty emotions

It can never be done

I've never swam the deepest ocean

But I walked upon the raging sea

Just to be with you

I'd do anything

There's no price I would not pay

Just to be with you

I'd give anything

I would give my life away

I know that you don't understand the fullness of My love

And how I died upon the cross for your sins

And I know you don't realize how much that I gave you

But I promise I would do it all again

Just to be with you

I've done everything

There's no price I did not pay

Just to be with you

I gave everything

Yes, I gave my life away

Monday, September 26, 2005

My stomach feels icky

Blah... so I was so excited for these two days off, but now they're just stressing me out, because when I have too much free time, my brain likes to start playing tricks on me, AND the weather is gloomy and rainy... blah.

So this apartment thing is stressing me out. I need a roomate. I have no money. and I looked at other counties for possible jobs for next fall and I would be taking around a $4000 paycut OUCH.

I have about 5 bazillion things to do today, and it's already almost 1pm and I'm STILL in my PJs doing nothing... I feel so icky, I should go workout, but it's taking all the strength I have to actually leave my computer screen. I need to go read the Duckett girls' blogs because they both inspire me to work out. Missy needs to be a motivational speaker on working out :) I ate SO MUCH this weekend, that's probably my problem... most of it was carbs... I don't eat that many carbs anymore, so that's probably why I'm so lethargic.

Sorry for the annoying complaining, I'm just in a mood! I need to stop NOW! God has incredibly blessed me over the last week, so I need to stop being such a dork and GET OFF MY ASS AND GO DO SOMETHING.

Ok, I'm going to go start cleaning/grading papers/running errands/doing laundry/and HOPEFULLY working out. I SOOOOOOOOOO can't wait to go home for Thanksgiving! I'm homesick! I miss Southgate! (whoa, did I just write that?)

Saturday, September 24, 2005

NEW PICTURES!!! (finally)

So I finally got my disposable camera developed... yippy! I love pictures. Now I have to get my digital camera that I paid waaaaaaaaay too much money for back up and working. This past week FLEW by! My attitude adjustment was in full gear, and let me tell you, what a difference that made! Good things keep happening to me!!

After I got home from school yesterday, Allison called with some FREAKING AWESOME news. This Monday and Tuesday I have no school (NO WORK, NO KIDS) because the Governor of Georgia is trying to conserve gas because of Hurricane Rita. I don't think a Republican has done something SO AWESOME before!! :) So I am FULLY enjoying my 4 day weekend right now. I did absolutely nothing too productive today, but I did have an AWESOME 2 hour workout.

Last night I went to Tutu Tango in Buckhead with Joanne, Jennifer, Lake, and Zakiya. It was really fun! That place was totally a Shauna type of bar. Very chill, good drinks, not too loud to sit and talk. My friends are so awesome... I'm so happy that I've met such GREAT people!

Thursday my Mom, Rachel, and Natalie will be here! Which couldn't happen at a better time because now that I don't have to go back to work until Wednesday, I actually have time to clean my apartment... which is currently pretty gross. Tomorrow Joanne is going to teach me how to play racketball :) That should be interesting... Tomorrow night I have a meeting, then I think (hope) I am going out because did I mention I HAVE NO SCHOOL MONDAY OR TUESDAY!!! Ok, sorry, I'll stop.

Well, that's all I can think of for now... MSU football is 4-0 so far this year... HOW AWESOME IS THAT!!! I'm totally bummed I haven't been able to actually watch the games (being that I'm in Georgia) But next week, when we play UofM, the game is on ABC, so I'll be able to see us WIN!!! I also bought Wings tickets for when they come here to play the Thrashers in December (SO PUMPED)! I hope you like the pictures...

Me and Joanne at Tutu Tango last night!

Zakiya and Jennifer at Tutu Tango

Lake, Darrell, and me at Dave & Busters

Shawn, Lake, and I during my 'Julia Stiles in Save the Last Dance' moment... hahahaha

Holley, Lake, and Lavasia

Me, Joanne, and her friend Mary at the CORN MAZE (so fun!)

Monday, September 19, 2005

My life is CRAZY!

I've never been so busy in my life! I would tell you about last week, but it feels like years have gone by since then and the details are fuzzy, so lets just focus on this past weekend.

Oh my gosh, I honestly have NO CLUE where I was, or what I was doing on Friday... hmmm, let's try Saturday... I went to a Corn Maze with Joanne (my twin) and her friend Mary. It was sweet! It's still warm here though so it's really not feeling fall-ish to me yet. For instance, it is currently 92 degrees outside. I heard it finally cools off a bit in October. I'm used to the weather, it really doesn't bother me... wherever you go there is air conditioning! We're going to go again when it cools off a bit so I can get my fall fix!! I do miss Michigan's fall!!!

Sunday was church and then lunch with a bunch of people from church who I just met and are AWESOME. Sunday night I went to FUSION, tonight I'm going to scrapbook, tomorrow I'm going to a home party that is sorta like Pampered Chef, but I'm not sure because I've never heard of it before... I need to be home before 10 because tomorrow is also the Nip/Tuck premier! WHOO HOO! Wednesday is girls night (AND THE LOST SEASON PREMIER! I thought it was Veronica Mars as well, but my Mom told me that isn't til next week, bummer), and I think I actually do not have plans as of yet for Thursday... BUT I heard there is a Third Day concert downtown. Friday I'm going out with Jennifer, Lavasia, and hopefully the rest of the teacher gang to Buckhead... and Saturday, I'm sure I have SOMETHING because that would be just insane if I didn't have plans :)

My Mom, sis and Natalie are coming in a little over a week. Natalie turned 2 on Saturday!!! Below are pics from her party that my sister sent me the same night (good job Rachel!). Work wasn't as bad today as it has been because I decided I needed an attitude adjustment and needed to quit my CONSTANT complaining/venting to basically anyone who would listen to me... If you are constantly telling yourself (and others) that you are miserable, you're going to be pretty miserable. Not to say that my job is the best situation, but I need to make the most of it. It's only a year (8 months actually) and Joanne says that anyone can do ANYthing for a year. I believe her. Whatever job I get next year is going to be CAKE!

I finally got to talk to Michelle recently, that was awesome, I miss her! I miss everybody at home, but it's hard to really dwell on it because I'm so freaking busy, I guess that's a good thing. Pretty soon I will be home for Thanksgiving! I can't believe I started working almost 2 months ago already... I can't believe I've lived here for almost 3 months!! Anyway, these posts have not been as exciting as they used to be... well, those weren't really exciting either. I PROMISE to try and post more pictures, I never take any anymore! I need some NEW pics of ME! I have long hair, and thanks to Weight Watchers I'm actually fitting back into clothes that I haven't fit into for over 2 years now... WHOO HOO! About time. It's easy to lose weight when you don't have your Polish family around trying to feed you 24 hours a day... hahahaha :)

The Birthday Girl!!!!!

Blowing out her candle :)

Saturday, September 10, 2005

No title: because I can't think of anything clever

Oh my goodness, I have not posted in what feels like 18 bazillion years! Sorry for that. I've been incredibly CRAZY busy for the past few weeks... time has flown by. My Mom came to visit last weekend for the long Labor Day weekend, it was AWESOME! We bascially went shopping everyday and just hung out, but it was definitely my idea of a good time.

I can't wait to go home to visit in November! I really miss everyone, I can't believe I've been here for 2 and a half months already... it's crazy. I've met a lot of really awesome friends! I recently got involved with a small group of girls from the church I've been attending, and they're all AWESOME! They're all young, single, professional women... just like me! :) I've been really blessed with all of the people I've met down here, I don't feel lonely at all.

So anyway, as for plans for the future. I've pretty much decide to stay in my same apartment complex (my lease is up in December, and if I want to re-sign, I should do it soon). It's going through a 6 million dollor renevation, so if I stay my rent is going up $120 a month, but it's pretty cheap right now, and for the size of it, it will STILL be cheaper than others around Atlanta. Plus everything in my new apartment will be NEW! I saw the new model and the entire kitchen is new (cabinets, flooring, all appliances) and everything else throughout the apartment is new (windows, floors, carpet, walls), so I'm pretty excited to stay... until June at least. My job has gotten a bit better... the children aren't as crazy as they were at first and I'm getting to actually like them! The school isn't that much better though, but I've found that I'm not the only one who feels this way... so it makes me feel better that I'm not alone. In the spring I've decide to apply to Fulton County Schools, which is the county I live in right now, but it's not inter-city, and a lot of the schools are in middle-upper class neighborhoods, which I SO NEED right now. I'm burnt out with the inter-city kids, this is my third year... I'd be taking a pay cut, but not a significant one, and I think I'd be A LOT happier, so hopefully I can get a job somewhere in Roswell or Alpharetta... I REALLY want to move there.

My Mom, Rachel, and Natalie are coming to visit in 2 and a half weeks! I'm SO pumped for that! They're staying a full week... I can't WAIT to see Natalie. Her birthday is the 17th, I can't believe she's going to be 2 already! Since I've turned 21-22, time has seriously flown by... I can't believe I'm going to be 25 in March, that's crazy to me! Anyway, I don't have any new pictures because they are all on a disposable camera that I need to get developed, but when I do I will post some. It has a bunch of pics from when I went out with my friends from work to Buckhead (that was crazy!) and some of my class, and some from when I went to see Phantom this past week with Allison. I promise to be better about posting from now on... I've never been this busy in my life, but that's a really good thing, I feel important :) hahahahaha... I miss everyone in Michigan!!!!!! and the few friends sporatically placed around the country... love you guys, we'll talk soon!

Monday, August 22, 2005

Looks like somebody's got a case of the Mondays!

For a Monday, this one wasn't half bad. For some reason I went to school in an incredibly good mood and therefore had a good day. I rushed out of school as soon as the kids left so I could make it to the gym before my dinner date with Allison tonight, but when I got home to change I noticed something odd... there were NO STAIRS going up to my apartment on the 3rd floor! Supposedly we were "notified" of this last week sometime, but today was the day that they were ripping out all of the front decks with the attached stairs that led to the parking lot. Now I live in an apartment building where my door is on the outside... there is no inside hallways or anything like that. So I came home, got out of my car, and then said very loud so that all of the workers could hear me "ummmm, how am I suppose to get up there" Of course the only person that speaks English says to me, "oh, we need another hour" WHAT?!?!? It's 97 degrees outside and this guy expects me to sit out here for another hour. Hmmmm, I don't think so... So I go to the main clubhouse where they call the foreperson's cell phone and say "this lady has to get into her apartment!!!" He tells her to tell me to come back and they'll help me out. So what they do is put a bunch of wooden beams together that I'm suppose to tight-rope walk on floor by floor until I get up to my door. I do this. It was freaky... and I do this while 10 Hispanic men are trying to make sure I don't plummet to my death. It was seriously one of those moments in life where you're like "Am I being filmed?? Really. Because if I'm not, I should be".

Anyway... I'm suppose to go out to dinner with Allison tonight, but have not yet heard from her... after my half bag of pretzals I'm not feeling so hungry anymore. My sissy sent me some new pictures so I will post them including a few new people that I haven't posted pictures of before! Whoo hoo! I'm sure you're all overjoyed. So this whole entire post is basically pointless... so here are the pics :)

Natalie with her Grandpa... my Dad!

Natalie and her Daddy STEVE! I finally post a picture of Steve!! I miss him.

Natalie painting, wearing the smock I bought her from Paris before she was even born!!!

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Aimee's post

What a good post, check it out: the one from Friday, August 19th entitled "Being a Teacher"

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

2 down 190something to go...

So, the second day of school is over... it went much better than the first. The first was CRAZY! I called my Mom after and was like, "ummm... Mom? I was just wondering why I went into teaching considering I HATE children. I mean really, hate children. I want to lock them in closets." I feel better today. I had a lot more planned out so things went more smoothly (and I don't really want to lock children in closets). So, I am addicted to the show 24! Where have I been for the past 4 years?!?!? I consider myself the TV show connoisseur, but I totally missed the boat (more like ship) on this one. I rented season 1 from Blockbuster last week and have been going back like every other day. I am psychotically obsessed. Actually, I recently read the definition of psychotic, which states: "Psychopaths are manipulative, charming, glib, deceptive, parasitic, irresponsible, selfish, callous, promiscuous, impulsive, antisocial, and aggressive individuals who have no concern for the welfare of others, experience little remorse or guilt as a result of their injurious and antisocial behavior, do not tolerate delay of gratification, and persevere despite punishment." I guess I should stop using the term psychotically obsessed. I mean, I guess I do not tolerate delay of gratification in a sense considering I go every other day to 1-3 different Blockbusters to actually find the episode DVD I need, but if I hurt someone in the process, I'm sure I'd feel bad about it.

Ms. Beavers' Second Grade :)

Sunday, August 14, 2005

New Natalie Pictures

I had to do a lot of threatening but my sissy FINALLY sent me some new pictures. I'm so jealous that they all get to be together! I MISS MY FAMILY LIKE CRAZY!!!!! P.S. Where is Steve? Doesn't he want to be posted on my blog? I bet if you show him he's not on here he will be very sad... this is not my fault, I cannot take pictures of him all the way from Georgia.

My FAVORITE girl!!! I miss her SOOOOOOO MUCH!

Natalie and her Grandma... I miss my mommy :(

Natalie and her Mommy! RACHEL your hair is getting LOOOOOOOONG!!! I totally LOVE this picture!

Friday, August 12, 2005


Thank goodness the week is over... it was a tough one... I'm so tired! I was going to come home right after school today and vege out the whole night, but I decided it wasn't such a great idea because I wasn't done at school til 5-5:30ish and if I left the city at that time I wouldn't get home til around 8 because of traffic... so, Jennifer, LaVasia and I went to Applebees for happy hour :) I had ONE drink and I was quite tipsy, I was shocked at this, but then realized that I really haven't drank in like 2 months so my once strong tolerance is now GONE, which I don't really mind all that much, it's way cheaper to drink only 1 or 2. After Applebees I met Meghan from MSU at her friend Matt's and we went out for a bit. Matt and I talked for 2 hours straight about politics and some on religion (mostly God) we basically didn't agree on anything... but it was nice to have some intellectual stimulation. Now I am home and I just wanted to post so you could see pics of my classroom!! IT IS FINALLY DONE!!! I still want to add stuff to the walls, but it has vastly improved. I'm excited for the kids to come on Monday.

My classroom BEFORE!

These pictures don't even justify how DISGUSTING this room was... I should have taken pictures of the roaches I found living inbetween the papers on the shelf... that was fun.

My classroom AFTER! :)

My reading center... I still need bean bags and/or big comfy pillows, but I'm BROKE so that will have to wait!

It's purple! :)