Saturday, September 10, 2011

10 Years Ago...

It's hard to believe that it's been 10 years.  I'll never forget where I was and what I did all day that day.
I was 21, and in college.  It was a Tuesday morning, so I had my my Foundations of Education class that morning.  I was walking home from class when one of my roommates, Melissa, pulled up and picked me up.  She told me what was happening.  The planes had crashed into the World Trade Center buildings (they hadn't collapsed yet).  We went home and I spent much of the day sitting at my desk trying to do homework, but I had the radio on and was listening to the news.  It was suggested that everyone go to the gas station and fill up their cars.  Melissa and I got in her car, sat in a long line of cars and filled her car with gas.  Then we went back home, got my car, and did the same thing (we also went to the store and picked up a TV, since we hadn't gotten one for our house yet).  By the time we got home and got the TV set up, I think it was late afternoon, early evening-ish.  We turned the TV on, and finally saw the devastation.  I think this is when it fully hit me what was going on.

A little while after 9/11, my mom found a place where you could order bracelets that had the name of a firefighter who lost his/her life during the events of that day.  My bracelet was for a man named George C. Cain, who was a FDNY Firefighter with Ladder 7.  I was curious about the man whose name I wore on my wrist, so I got online and searched his name and learned a little bit about him.  He was 35 years old, loved his niece and nephews, and loved skiing.  He was just getting ready to end his shift with Ladder 7 when the alarms went off.  He was inside one of the buildings when it collapsed.  His body was not recovered until a few months later.
In my searching, I found his mother, who I wrote to.  She sent me a letter back and included George's prayer card, which I still have and look at often.

I wore my bracelet 24/7 for about 5 years.  I finally took it off because after many, many times of it getting caught on things and being pulled open (it's a cuff style bracelet), I was afraid it was getting weak and would break.  I've kept the bracelet, though, and have decided to put it back on for this 10th anniversary.

Ten years later, I think about the events of 9/11 often, and I never forget Firefighter George C. Cain, and the sacrifice he made to try to save others.  He was a true hero (as were all the men and women who lost their lives on that day).

I went to New York for the first time near the 6 month mark after 9/11.  I stood in the line to walk through ground zero.  I knew the devastation was huge, but seeing it in person, helped me see just how massive it really was.  They were shining the 2 beams of light during that 6 month mark, and we went up to the top of the Empire State Building to see the lights.  Seeing it all in person was such a profound experience after having watched it all on that little 13 inch TV back home.

This year, I will be thinking about that dark day and praying for the almost 3000 lives lost and those who risked their lives to save others.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday - a day late because I kinda fell asleep waiting for the pictures to load. ☺

Today, for your viewing pleasure, the reason I've been absent from blogging lately:

My new classroom when I first walked into the room (full of "stuff", some of which is older than me!):
Standing in the doorway to my room, I was literally met
with a wall of "stuff".

Don't be fooled by that big empty space there in the middle
of the floor!  I forgot to take pictures before we had
already moved 4 tables out of that space.

Piled on the counters...stuff...

Art cabinet, stuffed with...stuff...

Construction paper...shoved all over...

An empty space! Except for the piles on top...

More stuff...piled to the ceiling...

Cabinet filled with stuff...

More stuff...

Long unit of shelves...stuffed with boxes of...stuff...

And now, the room after much (much, much, much) purging of "stuff" and organizing of what's left:
The new view from the doorway!

Again standing in the doorway.

Calendar/Circle area.


Purged and reorganized art cabinet.

But I ask...How much paint (↓↑) does one classroom need? 
I threw out half of the paint that was in the cabinet, and I
still have 2 whole shelves full of paint!

These books are now covered by a curtain to deter little
ones from pulling out every single book. ☺

View of the room from my desk!
A big thanks goes out to my mom, who spent 4 looooong days in this room with me! ♥ you Mom!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

And the winner is...

My mom and I have drawn the winner and...drum roll please...she is Kathy from Just Stuff From A Boomer!
Congratulations and if you email my mom your address (, we will get your Frankenmuth goodies out to you pronto.  Thank you everyone who entered.  You never know, we may just do this again sometime.  After all, it would be a grand excuse to go to Frankenmuth again!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Giveaway Reminder!

Just a friendly reminder that tomorrow is the last day to enter to win some Frankenmuth, Michigan goodies!

You can view my original post here.

Don't forget the rules!

1.  Be or become a public follower of my blog AND,
2.  Be or become a public follower of my mom's blog AND
3.  Comment either on my original giveaway post or my mom's giveaway post.  You do not have to comment on both posts, just one or the other.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Giveaway Time!

This here's my first giveaway, but it's not just an ordinary giveaway!  It's a double-blog giveaway!  Yep, that's right, my mom and I are co-hosting this giveaway!

A couple of weeks ago, my mom and I took a little trip to Frankenmuth to celebrate my new job (You can read about our trip on my mom's blog.  I have plans for my own post about our trip, but just haven't had a chance to work on it yet).  While we were there, we decided to do this cute little giveaway.

Here's what you'll get:
Gifts from Frankenmuth!
The ornament that Bronner's gave us (beautiful blue with sparkly snowflakes),
a Michigan bookmark,
Strawberry Rhubarb Jam (made at the Bavarian Inn),
and some Michigan Wild Cherry Tea.

1.  Be or become a public follower of my blog AND,
2.  Be or become a public follower of my mom's blog AND
3.  Comment either on this post or my mom's giveaway post.  You do not have to comment on both posts, just one or the other.

That's it!  Easy as pie!  

You have until 6:00 PM EST on Monday, August 22 to enter.  We will put all the names in a hat and draw the lucky winner Monday night.

Good luck!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

I've been cat sitting my brother and his girlfriend's cats.
This is their new kitten, Ethel (Their other cat is my Lucy.  She loved
my brother so much, she moved with him when he bought his
house.  There really was no other choice
when it came to picking out this kitty's name. ☺)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Just had to put a school picture up, because I GOT A JOB!
Yep, I'm still pretty excited about finally having my own classroom
again! ☺

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Novel Films Blogfest

So Madeleine over at Scribble and Edit is hosting a fun blogfest...and I've decided to join in.
The blogfest is running from August 1-3 and asks:
 How many works of fiction have you seen BOTH the film/TV drama and read the original book, play or comic story?
I started thinking and trying to make a list in my head of anything I could come up with on my own, but then I started thinking of books I've read, but not seen the film, or films I've seen, but not read the book (wow, did that make any sense at all?).  Then, I did a little searching online and found even more. Some of the books I've listed are not fiction, yes I realize that, but I thought they were still worth a mention. ☺
So, here are my lists:

Books I've read and watched:

  1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  2. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare (no film, but saw live on stage in Stratford, ON)
  3. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  4. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  5. Charlie & Chocolate Factory  by Roald Dahl
  6. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
  7. The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
  8. The Five People you Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  9. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  10. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  11. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  12. Helen Keller by Helen Keller (film version The Miracle Worker)
  13. Holes by Louis Sachar      
  14. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
  15. Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  16. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  17. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  18. Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
  19. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  20. Polar Express by Chris von Allsburg
  21. Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
  22. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  23. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  24. The Tempest by William Shakespeare (again, no film, saw live on stage in Stratford, ON)
  25. To Kill a Mocking Bird By Harper Lee *my absolute favorite book*
  26. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  27. Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer
  28. Winnie-the-Pooh by AA Milne

Books I've read, but not watched:
  1. Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Clearly
  2. Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
  3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  4. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  6. Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss
  7. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
  8. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  9. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Books I've watched, but not read:
  1. 101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith
  2. Beaches by Iris Rainer Dart
  3. The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
  4. Forrest Gump by Winston Groom
  5. Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  6. The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
  7. It's a Wonderful Life by Philip Van Doren Stern
  8. Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
  9. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (I'm sure I must have read this, but I just cannot remember)
  10. Jurassic Park by Michael Chrichton
  11. Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
  12. Nanny McPhee by Christianna Brand
  13. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux (I LOVED this live on stage, how have I never read it?!)
  14. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
  15. Shrek by William Steig
  16. Stuart Little by E.B. White
  17. Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  18. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
This "watched, but not read" list is sadly longer than it should be, but honestly, there were some titles that I didn't even realize had started out as books!  Well, my "To Read" list just got a bit longer! ☺

How many have you seen and read?  
Any recommendations of books and/or their partner film/TV version to check out and then add to my list?

Monday, August 1, 2011

Today is a Very Good Day!!

I just wanted to share some good news:


I got a call last week on Monday for an interview, had my interview on Thursday, and got the call today!
It's teaching ECDD (Early Childhood Developmental Delay), special education preschool, which is exactly what my degree is.  And it's local!  It's right here in my own neighborhood, so I don't have to pack up all my things and move!

I may have done a bit of a happy dance when I got off the phone, and I may have a permanent grin plastered across my face this afternoon, but I think I deserve it!  I've been searching for this job since I moved back from Georgia 2 loooooong years ago!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

I love this picture of my little Lucy!  She had climbed into
my bag I took to work back then.
She must have wanted to see where I went every day!

Friday, July 22, 2011

My Beautiful Birthday Gift

So, yesterday was my birthday.  I'm thhhh.......I'm thhhhh.....shoot I can't say how old I am, the words just won't come out of my mouth!  Let's just say a decade ago I was celebrating my 21st birthday.

It was sooooo hot yesterday (Michigan is not used to the triple digit temperatures we had yesterday!), so my mom and I decided to go to the mall to escape the heat.  That plan didn't exactly work since the mall was hot and stuffy, but on the bright side, we found the Target exclusive The Best of I Love Lucy DVD set I wanted (thanks mom for buying it for me)!
We tried again at dinner to escape the heat by going out to dinner.  Again, our plan didn't work since the restaurant's a/c was on the fritz.  Oh well, my nachos were good anyway!
Back home after dinner, my parents gave me my gift...a real Ricky Jr. doll from the 50's!  Of course this prompted us to have to watch my favorite episode ever of I Love Lucy - Lucy Goes to the Hospital (I love Ricky at the hospital when he's got his "woodoo" (" know v-o-o-d-o-o- woodoo"...I love Ricky's accent!) make-up on!

Anyway, back to my new little guy!  There's a website I've found called Doll Reference and under their American Character (the company that made Ricky Jr.) section they have a description of the different Ricky Jr dolls made (they varied almost each year they were made from 1952-1956).  My guy happens to be from 1954 and his description from Doll Reference is as follows:
1954 Ricky, 17 & 21" tall, all vinyl with rooted hair, wore shorts with suspenders in a hen print, white shirt with name embroidered and sandals. 
Picture from
Doll Reference website.

My Ricky Jr.
Cute cheeks!
Full length

His sleep eyes still work!
His name is embroidered on his little shirt!
Ricky Jr. with a replica ad and hangtag (you know
the tag that hangs from the doll's wrist) from my book,
Lucille Ball Treasures.
Captions in my book for the ad and hangtag:
Ricky Jr. Doll Hangtag
"Little Ricky" truly was the world's most popular baby after his birth in January 1953.  For young I Love Lucy  fans, a doll was manufactured in his image, so lifelike it drank, blue bubbles, and even wet its diaper.
Ricky Jr. Doll Advertisement
Lucille and Desi are shown in this ad for the Little Ricky doll, and a child model demonstrates how fun it is to play "Mommy."
If you couldn't tell, I'm in LOVE with my gift!  I'm not sure where he'll sit on display yet, so for now he's hanging out on my desk, on the shelf above my computer, so I can just glance up and admire him whenever I want!