Friday, December 29, 2017

Giving Back: my ideas for the upcoming year

I have always had a strong sense of community.  In high school, it was heightened even more by one teacher.  Ron Poplau.  He even has a book, all about community service and how it helps everyone.  I didn't know he had a book until I googled him so I could link him to this.  He did retire in 2015 from teaching.  But here is something I found for him from 2005.  In 2005, he had been teaching for 43 years, so that makes it a total of 53 years before his retirement.  Just think of how many students he has impacted and made their lives better.  Also, he was teaching when my mom was at the high school.  My mom and I shared two teachers.  The girls PE teacher and social studies teacher.  My mom and I graduated from the same high school, which I think is actually pretty awesome.

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How are you going to help your community this year?
Here is my short list of items that I would like to do with my family or groups I belong to that will help others:

Donate Blood
Collect Cars for Henry's Haul (toy cars)
Create homeless bags to give out to...well...the homeless....
Volunteer at the Spay and Neuter Clinic again and maybe at the Great Plains SPCA (Where we adopted our cats and guinea pigs from)
Helping out at Harvestors Food Drops

I need a group to help me create the homeless bags, I know where to go to distribute them.  (We get a lot of homeless in our office and they let us know where their camps are)


Thursday, December 28, 2017

actual goals for 2018


I have five overall goals for the year:
Say No to Things
Help all of my teams achieve championship status
Start Teaching
Volunteer Work
Travel (more)

For January, I have some smaller achievable goals:
No eating out - menu is already planned
Classes finished
Cancel Uverse on 1/15/18



Wednesday, December 27, 2017

new years goals

New Year's is almost upon us.
This is the time of year when people set up resolutions.
Do most of those resolutions fail?  Mine do.
Mine fail because I do not think of a plan ahead of time to make them succeed.
Here is what I am going to do:
1. Write it down!  I am going to write mine in the blog.
2. Make them fun and things you actually want to do.
Why set a goal to run 5ks when you hate running and have no desire to run a 5k?
That's a goal setting you up for failure.
3. Make sure you have a positive spin on your goals.  If you put them in a negative frame of mind you will think of them negatively and not achieve them.
4.  Plan out what you are going to do to achieve the thing.
5.  Set small, specific goals with small rewards at the end.
6.  Share your experiences with others!  Inspire others, help others, help each other.


I'll share my goals later, after I nail them down a  bit more.
What are your goals? 

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

keeping it toasty

The temperatures have finally dipped below freezing.
Our office is having a hard time maintaining a decent temperature.
But 62 is better than 10, right?  That's true, but I shouldn't
have to work in my coat and my hands turning red because they are cold, right?
We didn't have a lot of clients today.
Tomorrow it is supposed to be even colder. 
Hopefully, they get the heat issue fixed and we can keep warm.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

first snow on Christmas eve

Happy Christmas Eve!
What do you do to celebrate the day?!
We take it easy around my house.
Tanner has to work.
Alli and Peyton attended the football game.
My mom and I went to see Pitch Perfect 3.
That's our Christmas Eve tradition, seeing a movie.
What's yours?
Kitten says "hey"

Saturday, December 23, 2017

the vixens can party

My KCRW team, the Victory Vixens, celebrated the season with a holiday shindig.
We had food, secret santa, copious amounts of liquor and good people.
The Christmas tree bread was fantastic.
My secret santa know me well.
Our hostesses little pug!
The fridge
Ugly Sweater Cookies
The flat faced cat!
We pretty!

And the next morning, I woke up to cuddling cuteness of cats.

Friday, December 22, 2017

work christmas party

The office that I work in has four people in it.  If our manager is in the office (maybe 1-2 times a month), we have five.
One of my coworkers, LaTanya, planned three fun games for us to play and it definitely livened the spirit in the office.
First thing when we got in the office there was an email waiting for us.  She hid a bunch of reindeer all over!  We went around collecting the reindeer and the person with the highest point total won.
The game was pretty flipping adorable and I kept the instructions for it as this is something I can utilize for a fun activity in the classroom when I start teaching. :)
Somehow, we ended up being lucky and did not have clients in the office until almost 9 am.  This gave us time to have fun and play this game.
We had so much food for lunch!  Lots of sweet and savory items.  Jennifer made a pickle bacon cheeseball and it was amazeballs. I made the easiest thing in the world, Rice Crispy Treats! Ebony made five layer brownies and we all went to heaven.
Here is the thing about our parties, we all cannot party at the same time and usually have to eat the food by ourselves.  I had lunch at the same time as Ebony and Aeriel, so it was nice not to be in there by myself.
LaTanya set up two more games in the breakroom!
The stocking in the pictures was filled with items and we had to guess them.
This game was hard and it took a while to get them.
She had put a snowglobe, a card, a bow, playing cards and other small items like that.

The other game was "Name that Christmas Carol".  It had alternative names for popular Christmas Carols.  I ended up missing two of the twenty.
The two I missed were "Ancient Benevolent Despot" and "Hollowed Post Meridian".  Without using google, can you name those songs?

What does your workplace do for the holidays?
Does the company throw a party for you or are you responsible for doing it on your own?

Thursday, December 21, 2017

writer's workshop: grinch

I have no Christmas tree this year. 
I have a ton of decorations and I keep buying more.
Time just got away with me.
I'm not a Grinch, I swear.
I still have the holiday spirit!
I have a funny from this week.
All of the local Lil Caesars are shut down.
I'm sure they are shut down elsewhere too,
but they didn't pay their taxes. Whomp, whomp and were shut down.
The employees might not get their 27th paycheck.
But here is the letter posted on the door of the Lil Caesars by my house.
I can't even with it.
I ran into the door and it got my hand pretty well.
Who the heck does that?
The Vixens got our new uniforms!
I think they are badass and love them.
This picture is from 2013.
We had decorated Gingerbread Houses at a friends.
Peyton made a pooping Santa and stole the show.
It was pretty hilarious.

Happy Winter Solstice! 
Our Northern Hemisphere days will only get longer from here on out!
Happy First Day of Winter!
I do actually hope it gets cold soon!
Kill all the bugs!
Wait, was that grinchy to say?

Top Ten Thursday: Christmas Song Story

Top Ten Thursday is a little different this week.  Check out Part-Time Working Hockey Mom's blog for full details and to join us.


Here is your task if you choose to accept it:
December 21st, I'd like to try something a little bit different. No list this time. You choose one of your top ten Christmas songs or just pick one you like and create a back story.  We want to hear about the characters in that song, and especially all the fun they had last year! Your story is only supposed to contain ten sentences. OK?





So.... I get to make up a back story for this song.  One that I picture in my head whenever I listen to it.
Here is what I picture:
It's snowy, lots and lots of snow.
There are no people.
It's just buildings and streets covered with snow.
We see all the of beautifulness.
All the humans are in their homes and preparing for Christmas.
Sometimes we see glimpses of them through windows.
Everyone is happy.
Then, when the music changes, it is now pictured the same snow, but the city in ruins due to the Bosnian War that took place.
But then, it brings you back to hope at the end.  Where things will go back
to the beautiful snow covered city it once was.

I ran out of lines to tell my story....

What's your favorite Christmas/Holiday song and what is the background story you want to make up for it?

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

I'm going to try this Wordless Wednesday out for the first time.
It's hard for me not to say anything though.
I want to give explanations.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

girl scouts: volunteering things....

On Saturday, we visited the Spay and Neuter Clinic of Kansas City. 
This clinic offers low cost vaccinations, microchips, flea medicines and spay/neuter surgeries for
pet owners that might not be able to afford them otherwise.
This makes me raise the question of why people are getting pets when they can't afford them and it makes me feel a bit judgmental. 
Anyway, I am happy to help the pets out as much as I can.
The girls took a tour of the facilities and then helped with a service project.
The girls lint rolled the blue towels that they use on the cats/dogs during surgery.
The girls made cones of shame and little cloth ties that go around their necks to protect them from the cones plastic edges.
We separated the glossies from the regular newspaper.
We also took syringes out of the packaging and tightened the caps down.
This allows the doctors to quickly administer vaccinations. They said they vaccinate up to 60 animals a day.