Tuesday, December 30, 2008
First, I am sure you are surprised that is spent already. Well, let me tell you what, it definately was not spent unwisely. We had been thinking and plotting what we would buy with any financial shower that came our way, and I am sure you could guess what.
You got it!
And before I tell you what books we got, I just wanted to thank you both (Grandma Hunt and Grandma K,) for instilling in Heather and I a love for books and learning. We were never dorky to you guys, for loving reading and for adoring learning new things. You encouraged us and helped us in any way you could. Thank you for that.
Drum roll please.....
The following are the books we were able to purchase (um, and one dvd,) with our Christmas money:
"The Soul of the American University: From Protestant Establishment to Established Nonbelief"
"The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945"
"Conquests And Cultures: An International History"
"The Road to Serfdom: Text and Documents--The Definitive Edition (The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek)"
"Capitalism and Freedom: Fortieth Anniversary Edition"
"East of Eden"
"Sense and Sensibility"
"Of Mice and Men"
"The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds"
and the dvd
"Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed"
And in case you (other people who are reading this) were wondering, yes, Ian and I did receive books that we asked for, for Christmas. Uhhum.... Here THOSE book titles are:
"The Grapes of Wrath"
"Food Network Kitchens Favorite Recipes"
"Guns, Germs, and Steel"
Anyways, that is unrelated. I just wanted to let you know, grandma's (and grandpa K too!) that we really appreciate the gift and it was put to, what we think is, a good use. And I think you would agree!
We love you both so much!
But the evil Twitter had other plans. Let me explain.
All last night I was receiving text updates from Twitter, even some this morning. Then, magically, they just stopped! And people WERE updating because I checked online. So, somehow, the great folks at the online company have some sort of Bug up their sleeve. I spent a good 2-3 hours messing around with it. Usually I wouldn't really mind. I got it so that I could update my own blog, not read other people's sentiments.
However. Today, one of the blogs I read's little boy son become even more drastically ill and I was on the edge of my seat waiting to hear how he was doing. Then, when I came to find out I wasn't getting the updates like I signed up for, I sat at the computer checking back in to see any news.
It was not a fun day.
I don't deal well with being frustrated. At all. In fact, it's probably my biggest weakness. If you ever see me get REALLY really angry, it's probably because I am frustrated. And I am probably frustrated because something isn't working like it's supposed to. (no for all of you judgy mcjudgerson's, that isn't code for "isn't working out like how I want it to.") I really mean it. If something is supposed to work one way, and then it doesn't that is when I get the most frustrated.
Like with the twitter
Or with our Wii, when I push a button and nothing happens, and then I die. Not fun
Or with a recipe (if I follow it directly)
Or really anything that says "Hey! I am going to work this way, so trust me!" and then it doesn't.
Seriously folks, steaming mad.
All that to say, though I love the whole Twitter thing, if they don't fix it soon I might just explode. (sorry for the dramatics....kind of.)
Also, please don't comment about how I need to work on this.. I am well aware of that. Be nice with comments please.
Posted by Brittney Galloway at 6:07 AM
Monday, December 29, 2008
It's called "Twittering."
What, you ask, is twittering? Well, let me tell you.
It's basically the web's way of letting me talk to myself, and maybe, JUST maybe, you'll get a kick out of it.
Still don't get it? Well that's okay. My lovely Grandma reads this blog so I will explain it in her terms.
See right over to the right side of the screen? It says "Twitter updates." Whenever you come to the blog, make sure you check that column to the right, because I can update that little column SEVERAL times a day, and, (are you ready for this?) I can do it from my phone!
So, when I happen to have really weird things happen to me while at work, or in the store, or while driving... you, dear readers, are going to get to learn of it first hand! I send a text to a special number, and, VOILA, mini side blog of the interesting/not so interesting happenings of my day.
For all of you computer newbies, this is all you need to know.
If you want to take it a step farther, and you have text messaging on your phone, you can get a twitter account and "add," me, and you will get my updates sent to you as texts!!!!
Oh it's so wonderful.
For instance, MckMomma's, a blog I read, had to take her baby boy into the hospital, and I spent some of my morning in prayer for Baby Stellan. But, avast, when I had to make a run to publix, I couldn't very well lug my laptop on my shopping cart. Wouldn't you know though, as I was reaching for two cans of garbonzo beans, my phone beeped! It came, bearing tidings of great joy! Stellan was fine. And I could go about my shopping, feeling relieved and considerably less anxious about the state of this little boy.
Now, don't you feel like saying Huzzah also?
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Our family usually does Christmas Eve, and Christmas morning, and then it's all done, just relaxing family time.
Well, let me tell you what.
Over 72 hours of Christmas festivities and I am wiped out. I am just glad that my parents decided to combine Christmas Eve and Christmas morning into one late night activity.
This morning I woke up and feel just absolutely exhausted. I have spent most of the time snuggling on the couch under a blanket, watching my dad play with his wii. Took about an hour long nap, and woke up thinking "wow, I really need to post something." After all, I vowed to have 100 posts done by the 1st of January, 2009. I am so close to actually achieving a goal I have set for myself.
I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.......stay awake?
-Watch the move "The Coneheads." Ever, or for the first time ever. Nope, never could have guessed that one.
-Play a "fighting," video game, with my mom, sister, Ian, and myself. Nope, never could have forseen that little adventure. Lots of shrieking and yells of "Iaaaaaan! Stop it!" ( he really was much better than us. )
- Hear my 24 year old sister say the following in a conversation:
Mom: Heather, can you say the blessing
Heather: My whole life is a blessing, so really.
Mom: ..... (blank stares and then laughter ensued,) ( I prayed, haha, )
I can't wait to hear all about ya'lls Christmases. More to come in the next couple of days.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Carli (Sid Jr.'s girlfriend,)
And let's not forget the two VERY cute puppies that the Galloway's have....
We are celebrating our first married Christmas with his family AND mine!
We are lucky enough to have our families only 2 miles apart from each other, and are taking advantage of that little distance to spend Christmas with both of them
Wednesday the 24th- Christmas eve with the Galloway's, service, dinner, hanging out, teaching mom Wii games
Thursday the 25th- Christmas day with the Galloways + mom and Heather coming over for lunch
Friday the 26th-lunch with the grandparents, Dad's flight in, "Christmas Eve" with the Cummins
Saturday the 27th- "Christmas Day," with the Cummins
It will be alot of fun I am sure, but I am sad to have to split my attention away from just "my" family. I love them and our traditions so much. But I am sure that Ian feels the same about his.
Monday, December 22, 2008
90 you say! Shocked I am sure, but that is the number of the combined weight gainage of the husband and the wife in the first two years.
I am just glad that Ian and I have not come, and will not come anywhere close to that. Especially since my sweet tooth is, is, is...
That's what it is. Epic. But, I know that my cravings for all thing sweet and delicious are totally under control (despite what an observer might think.) Unfortunately, I have unleashed the beast in my husband and we have both been worried that it would reverse the massive weight loss he achieved 4-5 years ago. Have I not told you about that?
70 pounds. As a senior in high school. That is how much he dropped, 70 pounds. He's my hero, and I am so glad I have him around to help make healthy meal choices and to encourage me not make bad eating choices. Lucky, lucky me.
I mean it.
Our good friends, John and Staz, (you know, the crazy wedding in Rhode Island, read HERE to refresh your memory,) told us something very interesting.
John, the guy Ian roomed with in Jordan and then spent a ton of time with in his senior year, who is also about the same size (at the time of his wedding in August- 6 foot 3, 175 lbs,) informed us that he has put on 55 lbs. In just 4 months!
I was shocked.
And then a little worried for them.
But overall, I am glad to know that we are doing the right thing and that six months later (That's right people, it has been over 6 months of marital bliss,) we are healthy and making smart choices.
It is oh so sweet.
And so is the fudgy brownies and cherry vanilla ice cream that we just had for dessert.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
My Class and I have been talking about song lyrics, the patterns that they form, and rhyming schemes that are present. More specifically we have been reading through Christmas song lyrics. Here is their finished product:
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I will be long term subbing (so the same thing I am doing right now, same pay too,) until April 9th.
I will be in a third grade classroom across the hall from the first day of school in January until the last day in February. There is a weekend, and then on that following Monday, the second of March, I believe, I will begin in a fourth grade classroom. I will only be there for a month, or until Spring Break, but still!
Praise God for working this out! We were going to be alright financially, but this added bonus will be a huge bonus. It will give us some breathing room. A chance to save. And a chance to work on getting rid of any student debt.
Must go pick up kiddos from PE.
I have a few questions for you. Some serious, some not so serious.
Let's start with the casual questions and then I will segway into the more formal ones.
Little Drummer Boy, our music director pointed out that you are probably not real, but I don't know. Could you have been real? Are you real?
What did it smell like in the stable? I mean, I can use my imagination, but I would really like to hear some descriptive words thrown in here.
Or how about, how did it sound? Was the caucophony of animals as loud as "Away in the Manger," makes it out to be, or was it more along the lines of "Silent Night?"
What song were you playing? I would just really like to know what you were rocking out to. I don't suppose it was to Chris Rice or Michael W Smith. Maybe to Jars of Clay, that's right up your alley right?
What were you thinking when you marched in there? Were you scared, because I would be terrified. Shaking in my flip flops, wet my pants kind of scared.
You seem like the brave type.
Did they all look up at you when you came in a "rum pa pum pumming?" I imagine their attention was otherwise involved, but maybe they were just checking in order to keep Him safe.
What did you see in their eyes?
They are human after all.
And finally, Little Drummer Boy, what gave you the idea to play your best for Him? A little baby. In a manger, without the usual hubub of birth surrounding Him. You played your best for a baby.
No matter what, I want to play my best for Him, no matter what the circumstances.
aka the not so talented pianist.
Monday, December 15, 2008
No cards this year.
I take that back. A man that Ian met ONE day at Liberty sent us a card. Seriously. They only met and talked that one day. And he sent US a card. Nice man.
YOU people however, have sent no cards. Maybe you haven't mailed them out yet. Well if that's the case, you are alright. But, if you did send them out, and said to yourself "Eh, I'm already sending one to her parents," please please PUhLEAse reconsider.
I don't have much joy right now people. Take pity on my poor, unemployed, living in a hippie town, far away from my friends and family, self. (also, be glad I decided to spell check that last sentence because without the commas it makes alot less sense.)
That's all for my whining/asking for a lovely holiday favor blog post.
I'm just reminding ya'll that we're up here.
Posted by Brittney Galloway at 4:45 AM
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Both, but I could drink hot chocolate by the gallons and egg nog in sips only.
2.Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
Santa was never a real figure in our house, but the presents are definitely wrapped!
3. Colored lights on house/tree or white?
White, but when I was a child we always had colored lights. I about had a cow, when around age 16, my mom tried to add some sophistication to our tree with white lights. Now, I love them!
4. Do you hang mistletoe?
No, I don't need a reason to kiss my sweet husband.
5.When do you put your decorations up?
Usually on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, but this year it was on a Friday evening. We don't have a ton, just enough to appear holiday-ey. A tree and decorations, stockings, and a table centerpiece.
6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
Probably ham. I'm obsessed with it. You can imagine how hard my time was when I worked at a Jewish-Kosher camp.
7. Favorite holiday memory as a child?
Christmas morning in general. Having to lay still and quiet in bed until a semi appropriate time, run out and wake up my sister, get anything around for my parents that we could (coffee, toast, juice,) and stare in wonder at the presents that my parents had added during the night. It was always a magical time during the dawn of Christmas morning.
8.When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
I think I was 2 or 3. Whenever my sister started questioning it, they just went ahead and told me as well. Santa was always a make believe character that, in telling stories and singing songs about him, seemed to just add a little more sparkle. But he wasn't the bringer of presents. And I'm glad that's how I was raised. It made me more grateful for all of the sacrifices my parents were making.
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
Yes, pajamas every year.
10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
Lights, then "cranberry" strands, matching sets of ornaments, then mismatch of ornaments. We don't have a tree topper yet, but back at my parents' house, my sister and I took turns every year putting on our angel.
11. Snow. Love it or dread it?
Only time I ever saw snow was when I was in the Middle East, visiting Ian. I liked it alot. Until I realized that I had no real closed toed shoes. How do you say "oh crap," in Arabic?
12. Can you ice skate?
Yes, and I love it! I can't really do any tricks, but I am very fast. One year my cousin fell and got his face sliced open. Still never deterred me.
13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
My American Girl Bitty Baby. Man did I love that thing. Ask anyone. I loved her and loved her and loved her. And I would get 1-2 outfits every year for like 4 years and all of that is saved in a hope chest for my daughter. One day she will love her a bitty baby as well. Perhaps I should send my doll in to get cleaned up and repaired. It's just a thought.
14. What is the most important thing about the holidays to you?
15. What is your favorite holiday dessert?
My Momma's molasses cookies. Delicious!
16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
17. What tops your Christmas tree?
Nothing here at the apartment, but at home it was an angel.
18. Which do you prefer giving or receiving?
Definitely giving, and I am not just saying that! I love finding someone the PERFECT gift that is just going to make their day. Plus, I love wrapping.
19. What is your favorite Christmas song?
O Little Town of Bethlehem -reminds me of the simpleness of Christmas. And Carol of the Bells- it is SO beautiful.
20. Candy Canes. Yum or Yuck?
I think yum, but very rarely do I eat the whole thing. Usually I eat the straight part, but when I get to the hook it gets too messy and I give up.
21. What do you want for Christmas?
My dream gift would be a subscription to People magazine, but that is like 120 dollars so that isn't going to happen. Ian and I really want a Wii, but we'll see. With no job, I am not expecting much and that's okay.
22. Do you attend an annual Christmas party?
No, still developing traditions of our own first.
23. Do you dress up for Christmas Eve or wear PJ's?
We dress up for church and then wear pajamas at home.
24. Do you own a Santa hat?
Uh, I don't think so. I wasn't called "fat head," for most of my childhood for no reason. I'd have to buy a jumbo one and that would just look ridiculous.
25. Who do you normally spend Christmas with?
Saturday, December 13, 2008
We had planned on it for awhile, but it just so happens to fall on the weekend that I really needed my Momma. Good food, fun conversation, and watching of The Nativity Story always is fun. More to come from our weekend later!
A song of ascents.1 I lift up my eyes to the hills—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Well, I probably should have done just that.
Yesterday, at the end of the day, I lost my teaching job to the "budget crisis." I'm pretty heartbroken over having to leave my kiddos (and for losing the potential income.) But I know that for every thing, there is a reason. God is in control, and though I may not know exactly why this is happening, I do have an inkling of an idea. More 0n that later.
For now, please pray for us. This isn't really the "best" time of year to lose your job, (though I think that argument could probably be used any time of the year,) and there aren't really any job prospects on the horizon.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
EVEN, the kid who wrote about how Fall is his favorite time of year because he gets to use his gun to hunt deer-and then once they catch deer, he and his dad (father/son bonding maybe?) get to gut it and bury its guts in the ground.
I was kind of appalled.
Then I focused my attention back on Reba and was happy again.
On another note, my day was WONDERFUL and the kiddos were great. AND I got my insurance packet, so, pretty soon, I am going to be a married, INSURED, teacher. It's pretty amazing, let me tell you what.
Also, next week, I get my first and second paychecks.
Watch out, because I might just catch flame.
I am that on fire.
Or, at least I feel like it.
One good day down, hopefully four more to come.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Figuratively too, because it's been a really rough week. Here's the story:
On Wednesday, Ian and I hit the road to go to his parent's house. Traffic was horrible, and it took us nearly 3 and a half hours to do our 1 3/4 hours trip. We had a wonderful dinner with his parents, then headed over to my parent's house to hang with my momma for a little, then back to his house for some much needed rest.
I woke up at 4:45 on Thanksgiving morning to take my momma to the airport (to see my daddy,) and I was feeling kind of off, but I figured it was the early morning thing. Came back home, crawled into bed and slept for several more hours. Only to feel even worse when I woke up. Thanksgiving morning was fun though, hanging with the in-laws and one of my new "brothers," cooking and just relaxing. Around noon I decided to lay down for a little because I SERIOUSLY wasn't feeling good, and as I snuggled into bed, I took notice of what kind of pillow I had been sleeping on all night. A feather pillow. And then it dawned on me. It was my allergies!
Well, by that night (during our watching of the movie "Australia,") my throat was closing up and my breathing very labored and raspy. Everything went to my lungs, which I am not sure it has ever done before. I spent the next 48 hours in medically drugged haze as I recovered, but I had lost my voice, energy, and all will to eat, and gained a raspy cough.
We headed home on Saturday night because I desperately wanted my own bed, and spent all of Sunday recuperating for Monday's work.
Monday was not fun because I had no voice and just wanted to sleep, but we (including my students) made it through, and these past two days have been me on the mend and school is finally falling into a pattern.
Well, expect more from me the next couple of weeks, because I still want to reach my 100 post goal, by the end of this year.