Wednesday, October 26, 2011

the non-snow day


Today was quite possibly one of the most disappointing days in a very long time.

We did NOT have a snow day.

Now, if you had watched the news in the past week, you would have thought that not only would we have a snow day, but maybe more. The dire predictions of the snow were not to be ignored. The flashy graphics on the weather segment spelled out exactly how many inches of accumulation everyone would get. The anchors this morning wondered why they had not heard from several school districts in the area. And wouldn't you know...NOTHING!

Yes, some districts had a 2-hour delay. And one up in the mountains was CLOSED today. Did we have a delay? Did we have a snow day? NO!
I'm still a little bitter...

I just wish the newsies would realize how much the disappointment hurts after you get all psyched up to be off school for the day. It's painful.

So here's to more accurate weather forecasting...

Friday, October 21, 2011

where has the courtesy gone?

I witnessed the saddest thing today. I went to pick up some dinner, and was standing off to the side waiting for part of my order to be ready. I stood there and watched several people pay, and then sit down to eat. One of these ladies paid for a bottle of seasoning to take home and then proceeded to walk off with her dinner, leaving that bottle behind. The cashier kindly said something, but the customer didn't hear her. After a minute, the cashier had a break between customers, and so she picked up the forgotten bottle of seasoning and dashed out to the ladies table and delivered it to her. The lady's response:

"Oh. My bottle."

No "thank you", not even a "thanks". I watched her for a minute, waiting to see if she realized  what she'd done and then maybe she would say thank you to the cashier that went out of her way to bring her the bottle. Nope. She continued right on with her conversation.

How sad is that???

I just shook my head. I thought about saying something to the lady, but she was with her whole family and I didn't want to cause a scene. But if I ever do that, I hope someone calls me on it.

What has this world come to?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

home on the range

Today, I was teaching my 2nd graders the song "Home on the Range". Nothing new there - as an Elementary Music teacher I get to do this all the time. In fact, I have big lists of songs to teach each different grade level.

Anyway, We finished singing "Home on the Range", and one of the little guys looked up at me and said:
"I think that is a really excellent song."

He he - they make me giggle sometimes!

You should come hang out in elementary with me sometimes - we have lots of fun!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

fall color

This weekend I went up into the mountains. It was about a 2 hour drive from home, and even though the trees are starting to drop their beautiful leaves, some of the scenes were amazing.

Here are a couple pictures:

The Arkansas River

Old railroad tunnels, north of Buena Vista, CO

North of Buena Vista, CO

North of Buena Vista, CO

Cottonwood Lake

Family rockskipping championships at Cottonwood Lake!
Howard, CO; taken on the drive home
It was a great family weekend.Very relaxing, and lots of fun playing with the nephews. A fine way to end Fall Break, if I do say so myself! Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, October 8, 2011


Well, the change is coming.

No, not THAT change, but I guess it would be accurate to say that it is coming too. Just not right now...

What I am referring to is the change of seasons. For the past month, I have had my heating and A/C system turned off. It was cool at night, and I just opened the window and enjoyed the fresh, cool, night air. Before that, I had the A/C on. Granted, it didn't run a lot, but it was on. And sometimes when I came home from school all hot and bothered, you can bet that I cranked on that "down" button to cool my house off.

But now, the change is coming.

Today my friend Dianne posted this picture on Facebook, and I stole it. But I AM giving her credit, and it is a great representation of what everything looked like today. Dianne's backyard:

Now today is October 8, and it pretty much snowed all day. It didn't snow hard, but it did snow.


I have mixed feelings about the snow.

I love that everything looks so fresh and new. I love that the weather is cooling off, and that even though it will warm back up, the heat of the summer is gone. God Bless America, I am SO ready to not wear summer clothes to school. But this is a mixed blessing, because now Mr. Bob will turn on the heater. My school has an old-fashioned boiler to heat the school, and it really does a good job. Often times, TOO good of a job. And then sometimes the (insert name of mechanical part here) will stick open and oh my word the heat. I have learned to never wear sweaters to school, because it may mean being stuck in a HOT room with 20 kids and an over-working heater while wearing a long sleeved sweater.

I bet that's what hell will be like...

But I am looking forward to being cozy inside,while it is all blustery and snowy outside. THAT is my favorite part of fall and winter.

So, here it comes people. Get out your snow boots, snow shovels, emergency car kits, and gloves.
Get out there and make a snowman! Throw some snowballs! Drink some hot chocolate!