So Close

When my husband got out of the military, we moved in with my relatives while we looked for jobs and a place to live.  Unfortunately, it took longer to find these things than we anticipated.  But now we are getting close to finally having a space of our own again and getting our things back.  But we have run into one set back after another.  My parents offered their old home that they have been renting out.  The girl that was already living there had to be evicted because she was no longer paying rent and that was an ordeal all in of itself.  When she finally left, she had trashed the house so for the last few weeks my husband and I have been diligently cleaning it up.  We are now maybe a week away from getting our things delivered!

I’m so excited because this means that I will get my books back!  I have books that I read over and over.  I miss these books.  They are my favorites.  My husband is excited to get our bed back and his TV.  Anyone who has had to live with someone else for a while will understand the simple joy of having one’s own things and space.  I can’t wait!  I’ve been planning where all the furniture will go, but I’m more excited about getting my office space back.  Soon I will have my monitor back which means that my edits will go faster.  Right now, I just have my laptop so that makes for a slow process.

I can’t wait to finally move in!  I love the unpacking process.  I know, I’m strange.  Ha-ha.  It will be just like Christmas!

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WTF Mate!

Ok so check this out.   Yesterday was a teacher workday for my school.  I wasn’t there for most of the day because I was at a workshop.  I decided to stop by and make sure that there wasn’t anything else that I needed to do before I went home.  I was talking to the teacher I work under (I’m a teacher assistant) and I asked her how was her day.  She then proceeds to tell me that we (the staff) are no longer allowed to use punitive forms of punishments anymore….anigif_enhanced-29664-1412900735-2Now before some of you get upset, we don’t physically harm the children.  We take away their recess by making them walk laps.  We use the color coded red, yellow, and green system.  And some classes use the Dojo app where students can earn or lose points based on their behavior in class and whether or not they do their work.  Well now we can’t take away their recess because they “have to be free to play”.  If a student gets on red they have to be able to earn it back and we are no longer allowed to take away class points from them.  Let me as you this…how in the hell are we supposed to keep discipline and order in the classroom if there are no negative repercussions for their actions?  Positive reinforcement only goes so far and in the real world there are positive and negative consequences to your actions.

The only thing this new ruling accomplishes is to further tie the teacher’s hands.  Sure we can call the parents but for a vast majority, the parents are a part of the problem.  You know the ones I’m talking about.  The “not my angel” parents.  Then you have the parents that have just given up.  The kids know that they won’t get into trouble so what good will threatening them with calling their parents do.  Ug!

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Please pray for the teachers at my school.  Things are about to get rough.

So Long Old Man

Throughout our lives we have two families.  The ones that we are born with.  The other is one that we create for ourselves.  This other family is usually made up of our friends, and sometimes even our friend’s parents.  Well, this past Friday I lost a member of my created family.  His name was Mr. Weaver and he was the best adoptive grandfather anyone could ask for.  He looked the way a grandfather should, big belly and all.  Mr. Weaver was also my husband’s adoptive grandfather too.  Whenever I couldn’t find Dmitry, my husband, in or around the house I would look across the yard and there he was with Mr. Weaver in the workshop.

Mr. Weaver lived a hard life, but he never wished for anything different.  That man had some stories.  He was always there to offer words of wisdom and he was my go-to man for anything farming related.  His wife was also adopted by me and my husband.  My heart goes out to her and her children as they go through this trying time.  But we all know that Mr. Weaver is happy in the afterlife and what more can we hope for.

So goodbye, Old Man.  I will miss you terribly.  Don’t worry about the Misses, Dmitry and I will take care of her.

 

Love you.

Liebster Award

I was nominated Grady P. Brown by for a Liebster Award.  This award means that I have to answer eleven questions, tag eleven of my fellow bloggers and ask them eleven questions.  Here are my answers to his.

 

1.) Do you enjoy anime and manga?

Oh god yes! Sometimes I can’t find one when I want to.

2.) What is your favorite pet?

I guess I should say my two dogs. I have pugs. Their personalities are much bigger than their little bodies.

3.) What country would you want to visit the most?

Hmmm…that’s a toughie. I have a list of places that I want to go. But if I had to choose I would have to say Russia. My husband is from there so I would love to meet the rest of his family, but not in the winter. No thank you.

4.) What would you describe as your favorite vacation experience?

It would be a mix of fun things to do and down time.

5.) If you enjoy superheroes, who is your favorite one?

Who doesn’t like superheroes? My favorite has always been Rogue from X-Men. People don’t realize just how powerful she actually is. Plus every now and again she has to deal with having too many voices in her head which is something that I can relate to because I have depression and completely understand how that feels.

6.) What is your opinion of pit bulls?

I don’t think they are as bad as people think they are. A dog is only as good as its owner.

7.) What kind of music do you enjoy?

All kinds really, although, I don’t like most of the music they put out these days.

8.) What makes you laugh the most?

My dogs. They are funny.

9.) What is your favorite season of the year?

Fall. I just love the colors, the cool weather, and Halloween is my favorite holiday.

10.) How would you describe as the perfect villain?

I think the villains who are trying to do something good but go about it the wrong way are much more compelling than those who are just evil for evil’s sake.

11.) What is your favorite dessert?

Anything with chocolate in it but my grandmother’s chocolate covered cookie balls are my all time favorites.

 

Here are my questions

  1. What is it about what you do that makes you passionate about it?
  2. Is there anything about your life that you would change?
  3. What makes you the happiest?
  4. What is your favorite book and/or movie genre?
  5. Is there any genre that you don’t like?
  6. Are you where you thought you be at this stage in your life?
  7. Is there a particular time period that you find interesting?
  8. What do you wish they had more of on TV?
  9. Do you even watch a lot of TV?
  10. What is your guilty pleasure (no judgment. I like Disney movies)
  11. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

I nominate

Russel Ray
Sister Abigale
Michelle Smith
The Witch’s Way Homestead
Tinkerbell
Kendall F. Person
Burgess Taylor
bookgirl
Luther Siler
Morgan Bradham
Brian Marggarf

 

Enjoy!

Why I need an Editor….

I know that many self published authors forgo using an editor.  Most likely because of the cost of hiring one.  But after getting my novel back I realize that it’s money well spent.  You see, for years I have been putting the comma after someone speaks in the wrong spot.  Don’t ask my why I just have.  When I saw the corrections in my manuscript I was confused.  But after flipping through the books on my shelf, I realized that I did make a mistake.  See people!  It pays to use an editor.  Plus, if you’re confused about why they did something you can ask them.  At least mine has no problem with it.  An editor is more than just someone you pay to correct your work.  They are someone who knows about writing, and can help you to improve your writing.  So thank you Christie!

What a Dreary Day!

I don’t know about you guys, but I am more than ready for it to be fall.  I’m tired of this bouncing back and forth with the weather.  I wish it would just hurry up and cool down so I can break out my jeans.  I have cuter close for the colder months than I do for the warmer ones.  Don’t ask me why.

Today is cloudy here.  It’s a good day to curl up with a cup of tea or coffee and a book, but I have work to do.  So here I am, sitting in the living room, working on my edits.  I almost forgot that I promised to post something this weekend.  But I remembered so yeah me!

Oh…apparently I’m doing really well in job.  Well that’s what everyone keeps telling me.  I’m glad that someone thinks so because I don’t.  I’m on my own a lot because the teacher that I work under is barely in one place long enough for us to talk.  I told her that from now on I will stay behind after I clock out if I need to talk to her.  She told me I didn’t have to but honestly, when else are we supposed to touch base.  Getting up early is also becoming easier, though the drive will always be killer.

I’ve also started working on the story outline for my next book but I’ve had to put it on hold till I get done making the corrections for TLG.  I did make it up to chapter 6 though.  I think that my next book may be longer than my first.  That’s fine with me but we’ll just have to see what happens when I start writing it.

Anyways, I hope you guys are having a lovely weekend and take care!

Ponds

Old Shows and New

Wow I am on a roll today!  Three posts in one day.  Well I guess I had to make up for my two week absence.  So anyways….DOCTOR WHO IS BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tumblr_miu47ppMi41qg2jf6o1_250I was starting to get antsy.  I like the new Doctor.  I think he’s doing a wonderful job.  He’s a bit more grumpy than 11 (my doctor) but there’s still enough humor and mystery to keep me entertained.  I am excited to see where this season go especially when it’s just a set up for the shows new direction.  Yeah!

Fall is just around the corner and you know what that means?  All the good shows are back.  I can’t wait for Arrow and I’m even excited for the Flash.  Supernatural is coming back too and I think for it’s final season.  I know I may get a lot of flack for this but about time.  Honestly, I started to fall out of love with the show after season five.  They could have ended it there and I would have been completely happy.  I never expected a show like that to have a concrete ending so it would have worked.  Please don’t hate me but it’s just my opinion.  I may have to go back and watch the seasons that I didn’t just so I’m all caught up.  I still haven’t decided whether or not I will watch the final season.

Outlander has turned out to be a pleasant surprise!  The only thing that’s getting me is that I’m impatient to see certain things.  The show is based off of a book series in case you didn’t know.  The funny thing is that I don’t have this problem with Game of Thrones.  I guess it’s because they are starting to deviate from the books a bit.  Which honestly, they probably don’t have to do but that’s television for you.

Well I guess I should get off now.  I feel like I have sufficiently made up for my absence.  Plus I have to start cooking dinner.  Take care everybody!