*Squee*

Aug. 20th, 2009 11:12 pm
prettypenny: (Spirit Fingers)
I am currently playing around with my new Eee PC!
It's just so cute and...wee!!
prettypenny: (Purple)
A measure of how dry it's been in my area:

It just started raining outside, and Jason and I got so excited that we sat out on the porch laughing and watching it rain for a good ten minutes. And we were not the only ones in our apartment complex to do this. I counted five other families watching the rain and one girl dancing in it.

YAY!

Jun. 2nd, 2009 07:48 pm
prettypenny: (Spirit Fingers)
My application to Texas State was accepted! I'm officially a graduate student!!
prettypenny: (Purple)
I finally heard back from my mom. It turns out that Darryl overdosed on cocaine. He's still in ICU, but he's doing much better. However, while they were running tests and looking him over, the doctors found a large tumor wrapped around an artery in his back. Apparently, it's already responsible for shutting down one of his kidneys. They're doing a biopsy to determine whether or not it is cancerous, but either way...there's really not a lot that can be done at this stage. It's too large and unfortunately placed to be removed, and even if it's "benign" it's still shutting down vital organs. After what happened with Sarah, Darryl says he won't do chemo unless the doctors are sure that it will help.

I can't help thinking that all this is pretty moot if he can't cut out the drugs. How many times has he been off and on the wagon? At least three that I know of, and goodness knows how many times before I was old enough for my mom to start telling me stuff. I guess I just don't see this episode as something that's going to help him admit his problems and finally stick with a program. In fact, these sorts of terrible events are likely to encourage him to do the exact opposite. I know it sounds harsh and horrible, but I hope he gets better more for my grandmother's sake than his. She's already so unstable (mentally and physically)...I don't think she could withstand the death of another of her children.

I also worry about my mom. She has always been the type of person we could all go to for advice. She is kind, sensible, and a fantastic listener, and (despite being the youngest daughter) her family frequently leans on her for support. I cannot imagine what she is going through right now with her brother in the hospital and everyone calling her to talk/cry/whatever. I called her the other day to see if she needed anyone to talk to, and her voice sounded so sad, as if she were fighting not to cry. She has sooooooo many other problems that she's dealing with all on her own, and I just feel helpless.

*I really want to give my dad a stern talking to, but I don't think that would do much in the way of good.*

I hope I won't offend anyone with this. I do love my uncle, and I am sincerely hoping for his recovery. It's just that (excepting the tumor) we've been here before. This is just a shitty situation all around.

FINALLY!

May. 20th, 2009 11:20 am
prettypenny: (Spirit Fingers)
The last exam! Finally! We've got ten more days to go, but this feels like the end. It is the true end to my first year teaching. After this, it's just ten days of team teaching small TAKS classes. No more lesson planning or grading until August!

Explanation of the Ten Days The article's pretty negative, but it's all I can find.

This is the first week since I got this job that I have been able to read for fun. Last week, I made a list of books that I would like to read (or re-read) over the summer break. Yesterday, I went ahead and dived headlong into it. Since there is no guarantee of free time during these next two weeks, I decided to start with a re-read rather than starting a new book that end up being delayed.

Just for my own reference, I'm posting my summer reading list below. Most of these books were gifts that I have not yet had the time to tackle. I have bolded the books that are completely new to me, and I may come back and add as I think of new additions.

The Lord of the Rings (JRR Tolkien)
The Harry Potter Series (J.K. Rowling)
The Once and Future King (T.H. White)
John Adams (David McCollough)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams) + the rest of the series
Ladies of Liberty (Cokie Roberts)
Lion Among Men (Gregory Maguire)
Catch 22 (Joseph Heller)
River of Doubt (Candice Millard)
The Keep (F. Paul Wilson) + every book in this series
A Revolution in Eating (James McWilliams)
Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
The Hobbit (JRR Tolkien)
Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
Little Dorrit (Charles Dickens)

+ Fred's sci-fi box (I have no idea what's in this box, but when my father-in-law heard that I like science fiction, he handed me this gigantic box of his favorites. I have only read a few of its books so far, and they have all been excellent, so I think it's time to finish this up.)

I think that should do it for now.
prettypenny: (Ovaries)
It's finals time at last!!

My students all finished the review yesterday, so today is a relaxing, watch-a-movie day. The only movie I have in my room is National Treasure - Bleh. Unfortunately, with seven class all watching the same movie, I saw it way too many times last finals week. Now I can quote it. As if I wanted to be able to recite the entirety of stinking National Treasure. You know, I think I sort of liked this movie the first time I saw it, but each successive viewing has made me more and more certain that it is a festering pile.

I'm just ready for the end of the day. Next week is final exams and graduation...should be a breeze. Of course there are the "ten TAKS days," which I'm not even going to go into right now, but I'm still putting off thinking about that.

Success!

May. 13th, 2009 12:34 pm
prettypenny: (Purple)
It's been just over a month since I joined the gym down the road and started working out on a regular basis. Even though I've lost four pounds so far, I was beginning to feel down on myself because, in spite of my hard work, I'm still pretty doughy and weak.

Then this morning I had a revelation! I'm wearing a very clingy wrap dress, which I love, but is hardly the most comfortable thing to wear when I'm carrying some extra weight. Today I am wearing this dress without control-top pantyhose, and I cannot see the tummy bulge!! Also (and this may just be my imagination) I think my butt is higher.

I know I'm not were I want to be just yet, but I'm actually starting to feel really good about where I am. I'm fantasizing about wearing shorts for the first time in over a decade. I want to buy a new swimsuit and laze around by the pool. I know it's early, but I'm so excited I can hardly wait!
prettypenny: (Devil Me!)
I could cry.

The girl I've been irritated with all semester, who I thought was always laughing at me and mocking me, and who always seemed to dislike my class...she just wrote me one of the nicest notes I've ever gotten from a student. I feel just a little ashamed and absolutely paranoid. She has a lot of friends in class, so maybe I was making too much out of the giggling. Maybe she just has a snarky sense of humor. I suppose I can never know for sure.

This has reminded me of my own senior year. My english teacher (whose name completely escapes me now) was always on my case about something. I admit, I was tardy almost every day, and I talked to my friends non-stop during class, but I still liked her as a teacher, and her class was one of my favorites. Now I'm sitting in her position and wondering if she thought about me the same way that I had been thinking about this student.

But then maybe this is nothing like that at all.

Day off

May. 4th, 2009 05:59 pm
prettypenny: (13)
I had an appointment with a dermatologist this morning ("suspicious" mole), so Jason and I both got subs and took the day off! My appointment was done by about 11:30, so we had lunch, ran some errands, and kicked around San Marcos for a while. Jason took this semester off of school. Today we went up to Texas State so that he could get his major changed from anthropology to studio art. It was a pretty nice day, and I felt like we actually got some stuff done.

Then I got home and checked my e-mail. I was supposed to have my students' grades posted by 8:00 this morning, and I completely forgot! I just e-mailed the registrar and told her I'd posted them late (ahem...by about nine hours), and now I'm just hoping I'm not in any shit for this. It was such a good day! I can't believe I did that.

Now Jason's sitting on the couch freaking out about how many years he just added to his college sentence.

Shiny new

May. 3rd, 2009 06:06 pm
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*sigh*

I finally started poking around on Dreamwidth and fiddling with my journal, and now I've got it just how I want it! Looking around, it seems like ther is (or will be) some pretty nifty features, so I plan on sticking around. I may even purchase a paid account next check.

Now I've just got to get my profile done and start finding everyone else.

Testing

May. 2nd, 2009 07:33 pm
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Just testing the crossposting from dreamwidth.

Honestly, I'm not really sure what I'm going to do with this thing. I mean, I've been with LJ for over five years, and I'm not big on having a bunch of different crap that I feel obligated to update. But we'll see.

I am kind of irritated that I couldn't get my LJ username. For whatever reason I kept getting error and invalid messages when I tried. So (for now) it's PrettyPenny at DW.

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