Monthly Archives: May 2008


It’s Friday.  Not just any Friday mind you, but my last day at the job I have loathed for the past 8 months.  YEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I gave my notice at the beginning of the month that I would not be returning next year, and last week found out that my kids’ class picnics were during the time that I would be working the last 2 days of school next week.  I walked into the office and told them today would be my last day.  They complained because they can’t get any other poor saps to cover playground duty, but I told them I WAS going to my kids’ class picnics.  So there.  Nee ner nee ner nee ner.  I wonder if they’ll think I’m smiling too much today.  🙂


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Things I Hate about Public School #?

Sorry folks, but I had to post this one…

Yesterday, I had nothing to do at work/school so I went to TM’s classroom and caught them just as they were going out for recess.  Because I was bored out of my mind I figured I’d join them.  So we get outside and one of the little 4 year old girls has the enviable job of reciting the playground rules to the rest of the class.  There’s the usual “no throwing sand”, “no shoving”, “take turns on the slide” and then…”no playing transformers”, “no playing star wars”, and my favorite, “no bad guys”.  Wow.  Seriously people.  Let’s suck the fun out of everything.  No bad guys?  What do they play?  I’ll tell you what they played.  Nothing.  They all moped around because they weren’t allowed to play.  8 and 1/2 school days left until Summer!!  Yahoo!!

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Ok, this may seem like the same picture 20 times, but I’m out of control.  I LOVE MY NEW YARD!

First before:


Woo Hoo! 🙂


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Rants and cupcakes

Yesterday DQ had a birthday party to go to.  Actually, let me back up.  Two weeks ago TM had a birthday party.  At this party, for a 5th birthday incidentally, there was a bounce castle, caricature artist, face painter, puppet and magic show AND massages for the parents.  All in the backyard.  I am so not kidding.  DQ’s party was at a bowling alley, so not as extravagant but with her ENTIRE 1st grade class.  There were thirty kids.  I cannot compete with this.  Because my kids are young, I am just beginning to experience the birthday party madness.  When I was a kid (am I really so old to be telling “back in the day” stories?) a big birthday party was usually a pool/slumber party at whoever’s house, but I don’t think I ever went to one that the whole class was at.  No bounce houses or face painters or magic shows and they were so much fun.  DQ’s birthday party this year was the four of us going to the aquarium and out for dinner.  We’ve had parties for her before, but with no more than 5 friends.  Maybe it’s me, but these huge massive parties with huge massive budgets are begging for discontented kids.  How do you top that year after year?  Also, if you’ve been reading this blog for very long, you know that I did not carry a great deal of love for our previous city of residence.  Well, DQ’s party was in said city.  I was not within city limits for more than 5 minutes before I was honked at, flipped off, nearly run over and yelled at.  It was like a big giant “welcome back” party for me.  I called Pip and told him how I had forgotten how much I deeply cared for and missed our previous city.  He laughed.  Makes you grateful for the present. 

I also made some cupcakes yesterday for our school’s bake sale.  I really love baking, so this was fun.  I made Gingerbread cupcakes with lemon royal icing.  The recipe is Nigella Lawson’s from “How to be a Domestic Goddess”.  Though the recipe contains all manner of evil, it is sooooo good.  For the test cake I made during the week, I used the icing recipe in the book, but for the cupcakes I used royal icing because it holds up better.  Seriously, if you are at all partial to gingerbread (or even if you’re not) you should try this cake. 

And, just so I can write it, THE SOD IS BEING INSTALLED AS I TYPE!!!!!!!!  Pictures soon. 🙂

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