Sunday, December 31, 2006

New Year's Resolution




Well, I can't believe 2006 has nearly come to an end. I have made some fun memories this year! Highlights would be my Girl Weekends to Whistler and Seattle this summer. All the fun memories and laughs with good friends! Finally, the Kenny ROgers concert with my Dad, where he got a lot of attention from Kenny Rogers! It didn't seem that long ago that I set my 2006 New Year's Resolutions, and here I am reflecting on the success I have had with my New Year's Resolutions! Looking back a year ago, I set the following resolutions for myself:

1.) Keep my Scraproom Better Organized as I am working on projects,in hopes that I will do more projects.

2.)Leave work early a minimum of one day a week, and use that time to be active at the gym and creative in my scrap space.

3.) Don't sweat the small stuff.

Well, I would like to say that I was very successful with my 2006 resolutions. I completed many different scrapbooking projects this year. I have been going to Bikram's Yoga on a weekly basis, and have tried many different type of workout routines this year such as running clubs, aquafit, and many other activities that have kept me very active and feeling better. My New Year's Resolutions have impacted me in a very big way and I have realized now that it is very important to take care of myself.

So, it is now time to think about my New Year's Resolutions for 2007! I would like to continue with the resolutions from last year!

But, because they are suppose to be NEW for 2007! I have set a couple of new ones!

1.)To drink more water!

2.) To begin taking steps to complete my Master's in Education.

I believe it is important to keep my resolutions manageable, so I don't set very many. But, I will do my best effort to work towards these!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Celebrate Good Times!!!




Well, tonight I can say that I am finally done my report cards! I am getting better at this whole reporting out thing, which is a blessing considering I am at the beginning of my career. My principal had very good things to say about them, as she could tell that I really know my students and said the parents will be able to tell that I really know my students. Julie is a very supportive sister, and she helped me proofread them, so there were very few mistakes that I had to change once my principal checked them over! It was great! It always feels good when the sets are completed and out of my mind, as I can move on to better things.

I am very eager to get back at making things in my craft space! I have been very tempted to work on christmas projects as I use the same room for my report cards. But, I resisted the temptation!!!

This week is a very busy week ahead of me. Tuesday night, I am going to my friend Frances's Choir Concert in Richmond. It is a sold out show, so she is very pleased that I am able to go see her and that there were tickets left so that I could go. Wednesday night my Mom and Dad fly in for Christmas and it is my school's Christmas Concert at the Massey Theatre in New Westminster!!! The students are very excited and some how the line dance is coming all together and it is going to look great! Thursday is just a regular work day, but usually a somewhat quiet day considering the students are pretty exhausted from the night before. Finally, Friday our principal is providing lunch for all of for working so hard on our report cards and suriving all the disruptions for preparation for the Christmas Concert! She takes such good care of all of us!

It should be a busy week that will just fly by!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Report Card Season!




Well, I am heading into the last week and weekend to work on my report cards. I think they are going quite well, as i only have the student behaviour, LA, and math comments left to do. I have a template ready to go, so it is just about going into the program and doing what needs to be done. I have been trying to do a little bit in the evenings this week to help cut down on the time spent on the weekend. But, I will still be spending a good chunk of the weekend working on the reports. It is exhausting when you feel like you don't get a lot of down time. Yes, I did a lot of stuff this weekend, but they are constantly on the back of your mind that they need to get done, but who really wants to do a whole bunch of work on your own time. Anyways, I suppose I have whined enough about the time it is taking to complete them, but by this time next week they will all be handed in and I will be able to unwind and get all my Christmas shopping out of the way!

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Holiday Spirit Fun With Friends!




Last night, was the monthly movie night that I have with my friends Frances and Jenny. Since it was the beginning of December, I chose a Christmas movie to watch. So, I chose "It's A Wonderful Life"! It is a great movie and has a true holiday spirit message! Then today, I went to the annual Christmas Craft Fair at the Coquitlam Rec Centre with my friends Tara and Julia. However, it didn't seem as big this year? Not sure if it was because we came on a Sunday or not. I bought one Christmas present, and then bought this treat for myself for working hard on my report cards. It is a necklace that is made out of a domino. (Handpainted) It is a unique piece of jewlery that I have seen a few members on staff wear, so I couldn't resist to buy one for myself. I am also thinking that I might have the students in my class make these for a mother's day present too!(Always thinking like a teacher!) Back to my report cards!

Friday, December 01, 2006

Deck the Halls




Well, it is December first and I am all decorated for Christmas. I bought my first Christmas present two weeks ago. Julie and I hung out and had a pizza and pop night, and we decorated my place together!. It doesn't take long when there are two of you and the fact that I don't have a big house to deocrate! However, I am realizing after tonight that I have quite the collection of Christmas things. But, it has all come together nicely. I even had cookies made for me, by Julie, so my place smelled very holiday like too! Now all I have to do is get those darn report cards done, and I am ready for the holidays!

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

Well, I am pretty confused as to what season we are in at the momment. It is still fall, as I keep telling my students. But, winter has hit early this weekend. It has been snowing on and off since Saturday. The one thing that I do have to be thankful for is the fact that I don't have to worry about the shovelling or commuting aspect of the snowfall. My poor sister has been out shovelling two or three times today now, and she says she is fed up with the snow! Apparantely, we are suppose to have flurries overnight as well. So the real problem will be commuting to work tomorrow morning. I am not lookinf forward to that. I will get up early, and give myself lots of time to get organized and take my time getting to work.

The snow didn't scare me away from heading to Yoga today. I went to the 2:00 session, and we had a different instructor then normal. They all have their strengths which is great, as he helped me on the spinal twist that I always feel really awkward in. It was odd today, as the class is normally filled with mostly females, but today their was half and half. It is amazing how much more my body has become stronger and flexible since I started last year, and all I have been doing is once a week sessions! I feel so good after that it motivates me for the rest of the afternoon.

So, with the burst of energy I decided to tidy up my scrap space in preparation for the upcoming two report cards weekends. Yuck! The one thing about my job that I don't like. It will most likely take up both weekends. But, I plan to have some fun activities in and around the weekend, so that I don't spend the entire time working on them! One of them being getting my place all decorated for Christmas! I can't wait!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Happy Blogversary!






Well, who would have thought that I have been updating this blog for a whole year! My actual blogversary date was on November 13th, so I am a little late in celebrating. But, I have been out having too much fun, to be here at the computer updating every week. I thought I would share some photos of some of the different activities that I have been up to over the last couple of weekends!

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Lest We Forget



Today is a specail day we should not take for granted! It seems more and more that we are becoming immune to violence. But, no one would want to personally experience the devastation of war!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Home Sick



Well, the sick season hit early for me this year. Usually, I have enough anti-bodies to make it through until January, but not this year. I woke up early Tuesday morning with a very high fever, and had to take Tuesday off. I slept for almost the whole day. It was ridiculous how much rest I needed, but as a result I started to feel a bit better on Tuesday night. The fever is gone, but I still have a sore throat and a sinus cold. However, I am taking lots of vitamin C and resting on the sofa today to make sure I am all healthy again. There is no great time to be sick when your a teacher. But, this week now I have already missed three meetings being sick, and I am not there to help my students get ready for the Remembrance Day Assembly, or the observe the student teachers on their lessons. The class will be reciting the poem In Flander's Field. So, I have lots to prepare for and catch up once I get back to work.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Wet and Rainy Weekend!

Well, there is something said for just taking it easy and resting at home. This past weekend the rain has kept me indoors, and for good reason I think. Last week I was suffering with a cold. But, lots of rest and fluids, and I am actually feeling like I am on the mend, and no longer have a cold.

Friday night, I had a great visit with Grandpa and Grandma. They were so excited to see Julie and I. We had some good laughs and some home cooked food. That is always very enjoyable. Julie came over to my house, and we rented the movie America Dreamz. It was an interesting satire of the whole Amreican Idol series that has been on Television for a few years now. We made plans to visit Dinno, Shirley, and Lisa next Monday on the holiday. Lookng forward to that!

Saturday night I attended Sara's soccer fundraiser. The hockey game was on, so the time was spent catching up with Sara, as I haven't seen her in a very long time, and watching the game. We even managed to get a little bit of dancing in at the Foggy Dew. However, I don't think I will wear a sweater the next time. Walking back to the car was a terrential down pour.

Sunday I slept and napped for a lot of the day. I cleaned up my place, and finished the laundry for the week. Watched the movie my Big Fat Greek Wedding.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Happy Halloween!




Well, I survived the hariest day at school for the Fall (besides the first day of school). The always good time Halloween Party! The students loved the Halloween Centres, and they didn't even know that they were learning, as they were completing the activities! It was a fun day, and my student teachers were a great help! Here are some favourite shots from the party, and my Halloween costume. I went as a butterfly this year! Everyone loved the hot pink wig. Some how I think I suit it!

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Have a Safe Journey Mom and Dad!

Well, this weekend has been quite the busy one! Friday was a professional development day, so it feels like I had a bit of a long weekend. Since I had a break from the students. Friday night I went downtown to Richards on Richards to go see the band Five Alarm Funk. Now that was a great band, but the venue was horrible! It was jam packed on the dance floor, and the view upstairs was awesome, but it was so hot up there that I couldn't stay up there. I enjoyed the band, but we wanted to get out and do some dancing, so we ended up at the Plaza Club. We danced the night away. I didn't get home until 3:00a.m. (I haven't done that in a long time.

Saturday, I spent the whole morning and afternoon with Mom and Dad. We all went out for breakfast. We haven't done this in a long time, and we had a fun time reminising about different family fun we have had. (This has been happening a lot since, we have all been watching our family home videos that Dad just had transferred to DVD. Mom helped me make an apple pie, so I had a yummy dessert to take to my friend Frances's house for dinner, for our monthly movie night. Uncle Dinno stopped by for a visit. It was great to see him. We will be heading over to his house for Halloween. Should be a fun time! Have a Safe Trip Mom and Dad! See you for Christmas!

The movie we watched last night was called Cinema Paradise. It was an Italian film with subtitles. But, the funny thing about it was that they had also dubbed the voices in English, and there were English subtitles, so it was funny to be watching. A few of the characters had Brooklyn accents. Didn't really go with the characters. But, I enjoyed the movie and would recommend it to others.

Sunday I slept in! Lovely! I met Julie for lunch and we did our grocery shopping together. Julie can come with me any time as she pushed the shopping cart for me!!

The student teachers are back with me for the next three weeks. I am learning lots as a result of having them in my class. It is a great tradeoff!

Have a Great Week!

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Funny Blog Cartoon

Monday, October 09, 2006

Thanksgiving Dinner








Well, I was lucky enough to have two Thanksgiving dinners this weekend! My friend Debbie hosted a turkey dinner for all her single friends, and then I had the traditional family dinner tonight!

This year was a big dinner as Mom and Dad invited Russ, Isobel, Grandma, Grandpa, Oma, Jo-ann, Dave, Julie, and I to the dinner. We had great food. Mom cooked Tommy the turkey perfectly, and we had great dessert. Homemade apple pie and pumpkin pie. Delicious!

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!





Thank-goodness for long weekends! This past week was a busy week for sure, but I am in a lot better place this year as far as exhaustion goes then other years, so I must be getting better at the whole managing my time thing! This week was a particularly busy week, as I was at work until 6 o'clock three nights and 5 o'clock the fourth night. Meetings galore and meet the teacher interviews. Whoever says that teaching is a 9:00-3:00p.m job has definitely not known a teacher.

Well, I gave my students the traditional"What are you thankful for?" journal entry yesterday, and it was great to see all the things that my students were thankful for. In particular, with one of my new students who finds school to be a real challenge, and he said he is thankful for school. So, this got me thinking to all the things that I am thankful for, so I thought I would answer my own question that I gave my students.


There are many things in my life to be thankful for, but some of them to be honest I take for granted because they have always been there for me. The most important thing that I am thankful for is my family. My Mom and Dad have helped me to reach many of the life goals that I have because they raised me in a loving, caring, nurturing, and consistent environment with clear rules and expectations. I am also thankful for my caring sister, who I get along with so well!! We have our moments, like every other sibiling, but it is great that we can get together and have a good laugh!! I am also thankful to have grown up with an extended family where I get to visit with my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins on a regular basis, eventhough at times we have to deal with family politics.

I an very fortunate to have a caring group of friends. They are all very supportive through lifes ups and downs, and always are fun to be with. They make life an fun adventure! Without them I would not have girl movie nights, rollerblading, running group, lovely dinners out, getaways like Seattle or Whistler, spa nights, card and scrapbooking parties, walks, runs, coffee shop talks, or girls' nights out.

I am also very thankful for my career, as it gives me excitement in my life and I am able to support myself and my lifestyle with the wage that I earn. There are not many people my age who have degrees and live in an apartment on their own, that they own on their own. So, I believe I do have a lot to be thankful for because I know that there are people who don't have all these things and at times I take some of these luxuries that I have become acustomed to for granted.


Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, September 29, 2006

Where did September Go?

Wow! What a month! I can't believe that this weekend we will be heading into October. This great weather that we have been having has definitely made it feel more like summer than fall. But, that hasn't stopped from things going into full swing back at work. I am getting to know my new class and am looking forward to the upcoming year with them. The students have kept me on my toes for sure, but I have been getting them used to the new routines and expectations, and this past week was one of the best weeks so far. ! But, that is what September in the classroom is all about!


The new news on the school front today is the fact that I will be taking two student teachers on Monday. This practicum is their short 401/402 practicum from SFU. So, they are getting into the classroom, and may teach a few lessons here and there. This will be a great opportunity for growth on my part because it will give me an opportunity to explain why I do things in a particular way in the classroom. So it should be an interesting term ahead, which will allow me to grow professionally as a teacher as well!

Sunday, September 24, 2006

What Kind of Heart?

Your Heart Is Blue

Love is a doing word for you. You know it's love when you treat each other well.
You are a giving lover, but you don't give too much. You expect something in return.

Your flirting style: Friendly

Your lucky first date: Lunch at an outdoor cafe

Your dream lover: Is both generous and selfish

What you bring to relationships: Loyalty

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

More Pictures from the TOTALLY AWESOME Concert!



Oh My God!! We all just got back from the Kenny Rogers Concert and we couldn't have asked for a better show and present for Dad if we tried. It all started out when I bought tickets back in late July for tonights concert. My Best Friend Sara bought her tickets months before and was farther back then we were. Our tickets were front row centre in the 750 seat theatre at the River Rock Casino! We had a perfect view of Kenny Rogers and he had a perfect view of us! We couldn't stop laughing when we saw our tickets we were all very excited.

Kenny Rogers likes to see his fans, and so he had lights on the audience so he can see his fans enjoying the concert. Well, for some reason or another he picked Dad out of the front row to tease the entire night of the concert! It probably had to do with the fact that Dad was the only male in the front row of our section, and belive it or not he likes to ham things up. He called him by his first name throughout the entire concert, and kept throwing 10.oo at him for every Kenny Rogers song he recognized and could name. It was hilarious. The Kenny Rogers Fan that Dad was and being put on the spot he couldn't remember some of the songs it was hilarious!!! We helped him out, and as a result Dad scored 140.oo of Kenny's money just for knowing and enjoying the concert!! Dad was tickled pink! As Dad was the only one out of the 750.00 guests of the concert that got this special attention!

At the end of the show Kenny Rogers made a point of shaking Dad's hand to thank him for being a good sport, as he did tease him a lot throughout the show!!!

The last song Kenny sang was Islands in the Stream, and he throughout signed autographed tamberines. Julie scored an awesome Tamberine, and you can see her enjoying playing along to the song!!! It was a very entertaining concert and I am so glad I had an opportunity to enjoy it with my family.

I would definitely go to another concert again!!!

Kenny Rogers Concert was AWESOME!!!!






Monday, September 04, 2006

Teacher's Gone Wild in Whistler!



Well, Labour Day Weekend is quickly coming to an end. The last official long weekend of summer, and for us teachers the reality has sunk in that we will be heading back to work tomorrow. But, a group of us decided that we couldn't dwell in self-pity over the entire long weekend. We had to get out and enjoy this last long weekend of freedom and no worries of work.

Debbie a friend that I work with at Spencer asked me if I would like to join her and some friends for a weekend at Whistler. We all decided that it was a great way to keep our mind off of thinking about work! Michelle has a friend with a Condo in Whisltler that is right in the Village! It was awesome, as we could just walk to everything. The condo was fully equipped, so we did most of our cooking on the barbeque outside. It even had it's own private hot tub. The condo slept eight.


We got to do a little of everything from going to the night club on Friday night, sleeping in, a six kilometre hike, shopping in the village, day at the beach, and dancing the night away in our Condo. We had a rule that we weren't aloud to talk about teaching over the weekend. However, we all seemed to manage to break it throughout the weekend. But, imagine if we didn't have the rule!

It was a great time, and as we left we were planning our next weekend away. The one thing that I have learned this summer is the fact that you don't need to go far away to feel like you have had a real holiday, you can be a tourist in your own town and still get a "getaway".

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Summer Quickly Coming to an End!

Well, once again I have been very busy having fun outdoors that it has been difficult getting to the computer to sit down and take some time to update the blog! Summer continues to fly by and it is hard to believe that in the very near future I will be heading back to work. Although I am looking forward to that, it will be an adjustment to get back into a routine.

Since my last post, I wen with my sister up to my Uncle Russ's for three nights. We stayed in his monster of a house on Canim Lake. That was a blast. I got some deccent Water Skiing in during that time. It was unbelievable, I actually got up my first time in the deep water on the one ski, and that is an accomplishment considering that I haven't skiied in at least four years. We went tubing with Isobel's grandchildren, as well. They treated us very well, and we had a very good visit.

Since I have been home. I have had lunch with friends Mandy and her four year old daughter Kenzie and 8 month old daughter Ava. We played at the park and Kenzie's new trampoline. I went for lunches with different friends, and one of those days included a shopping trip downtown and all the way to the Lonsdale Quay. That was a whole lot of fun!!! I attended a couple of barbeques with friends. Once of them was a surprise birthday, and we actually surprised him. It was all Sara could do to keep it a secret from her boyfriend Dave.

I went to the beach a couple of days, at White Pine Beach. I am getting quite a bit of colour on me. But, yes Oma I am using sunscreen! I even went out on a Monday night downtown dancing at the night club Plush. Now, that was fun! As, I won't be able to do that once school is back in session! Danced the night away!

I am now trying to get back into a work routine now. I am going to bed at a more deccent time, and trying to get up earlier in the morning. Thtat should help me once I am back at work. I also started Aquafit Deep Water Exercise class with my friend Tara. I love it! I have always loved swimming, and this is a workout in the water lead by an instructor. You don't get all sweaty like with a regular workout because you are in the water, so that is more enjoyable. I am hoping to continue this into my routine once I am back at work, as it is going to be more difficult to do the running club once the weather starts to change!

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Summer Vacation Flies By....

Wow! It is hard to believe that August has already arrived. I am not sure where all the time has gone. But, I have been having a lot of fun since I have been feeling a lot better which is probably why I haven't updated for awhile!

I finally got to go see Devil Wears Prada! Now that is a great movie! Great message in that movie, as it is so easy to get caught up in material items.

I went to Seattle for two nights and we literally shopped until we dropped. It was a good time! I found some good bargains! My favourite purchases had to be the sketcher running shoes at the Seattle Premium Outlets by the Tualip Casino! Buy one and get the second at half price. I couldn't even buy one pair for the price of two here! They will be great for the fall, as they are dressy runners and look great with my Gaucho pants and various casual work clothes!

I have been doing a lot of scrapbooking and cardmaking. I even started my Christmas Cards. Sara and I set a record last weekend when we scrapbooked about four pages in our best friend scrapbook that we have been working on together since we both started scrapbooking. We were so pleased with ourselves because it is only ten years later, but we have almost completed our highschool graduation pages! It is a record, hard to believe, but we justify it by the fact that we have to create double the pages because we have identical pages in each of our books.

Julie and I had a great visit out at Dinno and Shirley's! Yummy dinner, and a walk at crescent beach! Gotta luv the Blueberry pie from Whitespot!

I even had to get the dust off my rollerblades, and went rollerblading at Rockypoint. Let's just say I need to get back into my cardiovascular fitness because I wasn't doing so well in that department!

It was my turn to host a movie night. I made a roasted chicken on the barbeque, it was delicious! We watched our Seattle Trip on DVD, as I made a video like the one I had made for my students!

Then Yesterday, I had a picnic with friends from Herbert Spencer. I had fun playing with the two babies, and neither one of them fussed when I held them. But, still not ready for my own yet! Then started the long weekend with a Pool Party. It has been great so far, and the activities still keep coming, as I am looking forward to my holiday with Julie up to my Uncles and Aunts house on Canam Lake. We will get to get do some water sports like we did growing up! So, it should be a good time!

Gotta Luv The Summer!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Mini Paper Bag Album




Summer Holidays are so much fun because you can really make time to do the things that you really enjoy! Today was just one of those occasions! Mom came over today to do some papercrafting. Together we made one Paper Bag Engagment Album for a daughter of one of my Mom and Dad's friends, and two engagment cards. I also got very excited about a project that I saw on the Craft TV weekly site. It is an online TV show dedicated to scrapbooking and papercrafts that you watch on your computer. Well, I became very intrigued by a project that was made out of one paper bag album, since I seem to be on the paper bag album kick right now. I visited it and was inspired to make this little booklet. The best part of the whole booklet was that it used a lot of my paper scraps that I have accumulated from making all the larger paper bag albums and the cards! Very fun and easy to make!

Monday, July 24, 2006

Busy Creating

Well, I have been on the mend for awhile. I have more energy now than I did immediately after the surgery. I had no idea that I would take this long to recover. Since I was told by my doctor to take it easy when it comes to doing physical activity, I decided why not resort to being creative in my scraproom. However, what made this time different than all the others was that I was going to be scrapbooking and creating for a possible profit.

My friend Tara who makes beautiful jewlery offered to sell some of my products that I make at the Art Show she was selling in. The first weekend, I was unable to get any items to her because the projects I was working on took much longer than expected, and my energy couldn't keep up to the work involved. However, this weekend I had some projects to sell. I made four pregnancy paper bag album, one engagment paper bag album, and two large alterned journals, and three altered purse journals.

Well, much to my surprise I sold two purse journals, one paper bag pregnancy album, two large altered journals, and two purse journals. I couldn't believe it! Unfortunately, I didn't take pictures of the two large altered journals or the purse journals, but when I make some more I will be sure to post them!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Follow Up Doctor Appointment!

Well, I had my follow up appointment with my doctor today regarding my tonsillectomy. He told me that my tonsils are healing very nicely! He answered all the questions that I had regarding the surgery etc. He was very thorough and I would definitely have no problems recommending him to others. However, the news that surprised me was that he also told me that although I am feeling a lot better that I am still not able to do strenuous exercise for two weeks. I apparently am still at a risk for bleeding, which is kinda scary because I was considering getting back into my running routine now that I have the MP3 player all filled with music upbeat music. So, that has set me back with the whole work out routine.

But, to be honest although I am feeling better my energy levels aren't quite where they need to be yet anyways, still taking a lot of naps!

Saturday, July 15, 2006

On The Mend

Day 10- Post Surgery.

Well, I am starting to feel much better after my surgery on the 5th. But, it has been an up and down rollercoaster of healing. I was hoping that by today (before this whole ordeal started), that I would be able to take a Kayaking course with a friend of mine from work. But, unfortunately I had to cancel because my voice doesn't have the stamina and my throat is still very sore! This is definitely the ordeal to have done when you are an adult. But, now that I am starting to feel better and see the light at the end of the tunnel, I will be able to look forward to a great summer with no worries!

Thank-you to all of you for the emails, phone calls that I couldn't return, cards, and good thoughts, as all of these made my healing more bearable!

Monday, July 10, 2006

Tonsillectomy Healing



Well, I have been out of comission lately when it comes to feeling like doing anything. I am now on Day Five of my healing from my tonsil surgery. Let's just say it hasn't been a "walk in the park" or a "piece of cake", just to use a few common sayings. My doctor told me that it was going to be a painful recovery, and let me tell you he was kidding.

When I came out of surgery on Wednesday, I was pleasantly surprised by my pain level. I wasn't feeling great, but I still ahad the drugs in me from the procedure, plus the two Tylenoyl three that the nurse gave me in recovery. It pretty much went downhill from there. For the first two days, I had a fever and fluid in my lungs, as I guess I got that from the anesthetic. This was followed by me being sick. Let me tell you it isn't nice throwing up with a very sore throat. It is all I can do to swallow, as each time it feels like a knife. I have already lost 7 pounds because I cannot eat.

I was pleasantly surprised on Saturday when I was starting to feel better. I ate my first meal, mashed Kraft Dinner! I really thought wow I am tough and I have beat this. But, in my notes from the Doctor, it said that day 4 and five are usually quite painful, after my great day on Satuday I thought naw I am on the mend I will be find. Well, let me tell you... this is not what happened. I have been a textbook case when it comes to the healing process.

Thank goodness I have a prescription mouthwash that numbs the pain, and Tylenol 3 to take when needed. However, for the most part I have only need two extra strength Tylenol.

But, honestly the worst part of all of this is my inability to talk! I do love to talk, and I whisper a little, but I am mostly communicating like I am playing a daily game of charades. I will have to say that my sister is the best at it she gets what I am saying the first time round. Anyways, I miss talking to you all.

My Mom and Dad have been excellent in the good care they have been giving me. I am still staying at home, and proably won't go back to my house until I am eating regular meals. I can't wait till I am back to normal.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Girls Are Like Apples

Girls
are like apples
on trees. The best ones
are at the top of the tree.
The boys dont want to reach
for the good ones because they
are afraid of falling and getting hurt.
Instead, they just get the rotten apples-
from the ground that aren't as good,
but easy. So the apples at the top think
something is wrong with them, when in
reality, they're amazing. They just
have to wait for the right boy to
come along, the one who's
brave enough to
climb all
the way
to the top
of the tree.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

SCHOOL'S OUT FOR SUMMER!

Yes, I made it! I survived another school year! The year ended very smoothly, and I was overwhelmed by the thoughtful gifts that all my students gave me. But, it didn't take very long for me to get right into the holiday mode. I came home on Friday and had a 3 and a half hour nap. Did that stop me from sleeping that night, not at all. June is a GO GO GO month, and when it is all done I am exhausted. The last few days I was going on pure adrenaline. I have been sleeping a fair amount. But, I have begun the summer activities too!

I hung out with my friend Tara on Friday night. She is such a good listener, and very supportive! We started the evening with a good chat session, and then continued onto seeing the Break Up. It was a funny movie, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. It was good to have a good laugh at the things people go through with break-ups.

Canada Celebrations downtown at Canada Place with my Best Friend Sara was fun. I had to get my Canada Day Flag and Maple leaf tattoo. We shopped along Robson, and then ended the evening with fireworks at Langley Airport. They were quite good.

I am looking forward to a picnic lunch tomorrow with my friend Jen and her children. Then just around the corner is my surgery. I am having my tonsils on this Wednesday. I am very nervous about this, but I am sure my Mom and Dad will take good care of me as I recover!

HAPPY SUMMER VACATION!

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Bridal Shower



Today I through my first Bridal Shower for my friend Debbie. She is getting married on July 15th in Winnipeg. I invited a few people from work to come celebrate. It was a fabulous afternoon of conversation and fun! I even was able to find a cake that was pink and brown. Debbie's colours of her wedding. There was lots of food for everyone and now I have lots of leftovers for lunches this week, which is great because it is always so difficult to decide what to make for lunch as June nears.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Finally... I am in the Millenium now with High-Speed

Well, it is about time! I am now able to work on my blog, and talk on the Internet all at the same time! I thought it would never happen! I have been using dial-up since I moved in, as I thought it was good enough. But, time has changed and I needed new up-to-date (like 5 years ago) high speed Internet. I can't believe the difference in speed from dial-up! Now I can surf to my little heart's desire, and I don't have to worry about tieing up my telephone!

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Happy Father's Day!


Well, today is the day we celebrate the importance of our father. My dad is very special to me, as he has always put his family first. He was the provider for the family, and would work very hard so that we would have all the great things like the house with our great backyard to play in, the motorhome for all our great camping trips, and the boat for all are fun times at the lake are just a few of the major things that we have. He would race home from work, so that he could coach our softball teams. He would come to my brownie meetings to teach us about fire safety. He always volunteered at school whether it was coaching or helping out on sports days. Once summer he drove home to work four shifts for an extension so that we would have a longer summer vacation at the lake.

My Dad does a lot of great things for me. There is his expertise in fixing things like cars, house stuff, and computer problems that I come to rely on so much, and which would appear sometimes to take for granted. But, I don't. I really appreciate all the help and support that my dad has given to me with all of these things and many more.

Whether it has been driving me all the way out to Surrey in the Snow to get to class, or up to SFU in the snow to get to my class that was then canceled. The favourite shopping trips where we go out together to get one thing, but then later come home spending way more money on something that was a way better deal or much fancier. My stero system in particular. His soft spot for his girls is never missed, as we get spoiled with technology type gifts like our steros or cameras, for example. Or, the looks I was able to give my Dad, so that he would buy me the shoes that I just had to had when I was in elementary school.

He is my Dad and I love the whole package!

Happy Father's Day!

Rachel
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