REALLY lost track of time – and had a lack of motivation, too. But, I really want to write – so I am making it a goal to write/blog at least once a week. For me. That’s it. It would be fun to blog and make money, but I don’t think that I am experienced enough. Or devoted enough, either. And I like the freedom to choose my own topics. Or, not have a topic at all.
Meaghan and I would like to begin writing some children’s books. Our inspiration and ideas come from our pets – Ben and TJ. We are also inspired when we read the books in the “100 Book Challenge” with Thomas; it’s a program that the elementary school participates in. The easy readers are indeed that – and easy enough for Meg and I to pen. Now, let’s find a photographer and/or illustrator…there are a few possibilities in our family. Goal: begin over the holiday break. Check.
What have I been up to? Keeping up with my 2 part-time positions. Enjoying my role as substitute teacher for the fourth year in a row. It’s nice to know all the kids in all the classes! Should be all done till the New Year now…unless an emergency would arise. (I only cover one school.) There are some headaches with my other position, but that happens at work, doesn’t it? It’s a good job with good pay – so that is my motivation…too many people are struggling with no jobs or low paying jobs…I need to be humble.
Feeling a sense of accomplishment: made a beautiful Jesse Tree with my sixth grade PREP (Parish Religious Education Program). It took some patience and time to work on the Bible passages, but we did it. Next week will be our pizza party and we’ll work on a Nativity scene and story to hang on the wall in our classroom.
Another accomplishment: John and I “catered” the local district volunteer fire companies’ Christmas party on Tuesday evening. (Very uncertain about the correct wording in that sentence. It’s a total of 6 fire companies.) It was like planning a family event for us;) Good news: the total bill was UNDER the budget allotted AND there was plenty of food for everyone!!! We did not cook everything from scratch, but we did make sure that it was all high quality. Menu: cold cuts (real turkey, ham, salami, American cheese, Provolone, and Swiss), rye and white breads, rolls, pickles, mustard, mayo, cole slaw and potato salad…we did run out of the cole slaw and potato salad when it came time for seconds and thirds…oops. Meatballs in tomato sauce. Baked ziti – and that was homemade! Found an easy recipe and made 4 batches for the party, and 1 batch for my children at home. Chocolate chip cookies and sugar cookies for dessert – thanks to the Pillsbury Dough Boy’s refrigerated tubs of cookie dough at BJs. Easy and delicious – and economical, too. (Cookie plates were EMPTY quickly.) We think we saw EVERYONE come up to the buffet table TWICE – and some made one or two more trips after that. NICE!
This weekend will mean shopping, wrapping, decorating…Baking will wait till the holiday break and the kids can be my helpers. Mainly, my eaters. I think I will send out cards – but for the New Year…maybe include a photo or two from Christmastime. I like to keep in touch with family and friends. And I wait everyday to check the mail for Christmas cards. I hang them up right on the front door for everyone to see. So, thanks to all who are taking the time to write and send out cards…It is appreciated!
Looking forward to all the simple joys of the holidays: the beautiful Christmas hymns at church, the holiday shows on TV, time with family and friends, our family pollyanna, leaving a try of goodies out for Santa and the reindeer, sleeping in a few mornings, staying up late, making cookies and candies, reading and snuggling with my kids (any and all of them!), crocheting, cuddling with the hubby, driving around to admire all the Christmas lights/decorations, eggnog, candy canes…the list can go on and on….
Alas, I did have a moment of mourning: the season of pumpkin spice cappuccino at WAWA is now over:( It’s a favorite of mine. Uhhhhhhhhh…move on to hot chocolate now.
Dinner out tonight – a holiday celebration for work. Happy Holidays!!! See you next week!!!