Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Visit from the Grandson with cookie recipe

Our Grandson is staying with us for a few days.  One of the perks of having the summer off is being able to babysit while his family is waiting to move into a new house.

His cute 7 year old smile.

The first morning we made pancakes.  He asked if I remember how to make Mickey Mouse pancakes like I used to.  I don't remember ever making them for him but I didn't mention that to him.  

Micky Mouse pancakes for breakfast

At the convenience store:
     Clerk to are such a cutie.
     Boy....everyone ALWAYS says that

After watching a commerical telling about a contest with a $10,000 prize, the boy stated his desire to enter and win such contest.  I asked him what he planned to do with his winnings.  His reply:  I would give it to you grandma!

Every trip to Grandma's must involve cookies.  I let him help.  His and Grandpa's favorite cookies are No Bake Cookies (recipe below)

Making cookies


We removed a tick from his head, played Wii and computer games, watched lots of Disney channel, rode the 4 wheeler around the yard and lots of other fun things.  It is great to have him here.

No Bake Cookies

2 cups sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1 stick margarine
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 1/4 cup oats

Mix sugar, margarine, cocoa and milk in large pan over low heat until all melted.  Bring to a boil.  Boil 3 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Add peanut butter and oats.  Mix well.  Drop by teaspoon onto wax paper.  Let cool and set.

Thursday, May 13, 2010


With state funding cuts and lack of payments, my school district has made the decision to eliminate the program I work in.  I have known this for several months.  After surviving two rounds of layoffs I am secure in the fact that I have a job for next year.  Yesterday I finally learned where it will be.  I haven't been notified of the exact position but I do know that I will be working in another building than the one I have worked in for the last four years. 

I never wanted to leave my current position but I know that it is inevitable and I'm ok with that.  I am very sad to leave my coworkers though.  We have a team that works so well with each other.  We are all friends and we love our jobs.  It is very sad that we will all be separated by circumstances beyond our control. 

I have no doubts that I will like my new position in the new building.  I know I will make new friends among the coworkers there.  I will be fine. 

But I am very sad.  There are only a few more days with my current class of kids and only a couple of more days than that to work with those wonderful women.  None of them will be going to the new building with me.  Not one.  I will only know one person there and she will be new like me.  I won't know where the bathroom or the break room are, or the best place to park.  I know I'll be ok but I am just very, very sad.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

What I did between 3:30 and 6:30 (in bullets)

  • got off work
  • went to my car
  • car failed to start
  • called husband
  • went back into work to wait for husband
  • chatted with coworkers
  • went outside to greet husband
  • watched husband test battery
  • battery dead
  • watched husband jump battery
  • drove to w@l m@rt with fingers crossed
  • pulled up to service center
  • left husband to buy battery
  • went to phamacy
  • bought two new meds to replace the one med that insurance won't pay for ($37.00 copay as opposed to $25)
  • went back to service center
  • saw car still sitting in parking lot; battery not changed
  • went to w@l m@rt Subway and ate pizza (yummy!)
  • went back to service center
  • car still not moved
  • stood around for 1 1/2 hours waiting for battery to be changed
  • paid for new battery that only took 10 minutes to change and 2 hours of waiting
  • drove home.
  • set radio station and clock in car
  • noticed that gutters needed cleaned out
  • carried lunch box and jacket inside
  • informed husband that rain is in the forcast and gutters need cleaned
  • checked facebook
  • checked blogs
  • checked email
  • checked facebook again
  • swept nasty gutter gunk off the front deck
I am wiped out!  So glad that we ate at Subway and I don't have to cook.