Friday, November 21, 2014

No. 45

Wow. This book was monumentally bad.

Brad is constantly harassing me because I just pick up random books. But It usually works out, and I end up exposed to books I would probably have otherwise missed.

This was not one of those times.

I have no idea why I saved Marilyn Sachs' Thunderbird from the give-away pile.
I truly don't mind young-reader books. They are often entertaining and quick to read. But I immediately realized this was not a young-reader book. I think it was for children, complete with cheesy illustrations:
But, it was a really crappy book for children. The plot was awful. The writing was awful. 

I would definitely have put it down, but after just a few minutes of reading, I was already nearly halfway done! Plus, I had to know what happened :)

And now I can say that No. 45 is done! :)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Lunch walk

I've started a new practice this year at work. Instead of just sitting during my lunch break, I try to get out and get some fresh air at least once a week.

It's not for exercise - no sweating involved in these ones. It's to clear my head and move my body.

I went for a walk yesterday in nearby Cook Park. There was a huge pile of leaves in the parking lot:
The lower park is closed to cars for the winter (since the river often floods into the parking lot), so the place was totally deserted... and gorgeous!
Except for some geese:
Since it's been mostly cold and dry so far this season, the often-flooded lower trail was dry... and gorgeous!
I listened to an NFC podcast and thoroughly enjoyed the brisk air and sunshine.
I saw just one jogger on my entire park adventure. So peaceful.

Then I had to stop to take a picture of this beauty back at the school. The sweetgum trees are amazing right now... gorgeous!
I'm so glad I decided to do these walks, and I hope to keep going throughout the winter months. You know what they say: "There's no such thing as bad weather... just bad clothes" ;)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Where have I been?

Do you guys know about Pentatonix? Of course you do... I'm the one apparently living under a rock.
The a capella group's Mary Did You Know has been floating around Facebook the past couple weeks, and I finally took a listen last night. Wow. They are really good. Now I want all the songs :)

Check them out!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

No. 44

Izzy, Willy-Nilly by Cynthia Voigt is my 44th book of the year.

Izzy is a high school student who leaves a party with a drunk classmate and ends up losing her leg after a serious car crash. The story follows Izzy's hospital stay and recovery in the weeks following the crash. Her friends don't stick around, but a different girl enters her life and helps her heal emotionally.

It's a good story of her inner battles, family issues and physical trials. I enjoyed the quick read.


Monday, November 17, 2014

Night of the Livin' Blues

I go to a lot of THS band programs, partly to support my students, partly to support my mom and partly because I like to listen to music. But this annual event was a first for me: Night of the Livin' Blues... an evening of hot jazz and cool blues.
The cafeteria is transformed into a nightclub for this guitar-and-jazz feature. The groups alternated between the guitar stage and the jazz stage:
Mom purchased a table for the family, and we had great seats!

This was really top-notch entertainment, especially the guitar ensembles. Thanks to Mr. Jerry King, we have an exceptional guitar program at THS. He's retiring this year, and I hope the program continues.

The evening, which is a fund raiser, included yummy desserts and drinks and raffle tickets for purchase.
I didn't win, but Mom did! She was MCing and kept pushing the raffle, telling the crowd that her seven tickets for $10 were all going in the Seahawks basket. She gave ME her tickets so it wouldn't look bad if she won... while calling her own number. WELL... she read off the numbers and it was one of her tickets!!! I claimed it so no one knew :)  HA!

This was a fabulous evening of dessert and music! :)

Sunday, November 16, 2014


It was SO cold Friday night, but my Tigers were playing in the playoffs, so instead of staying warm and cozy inside, I put on all my clothes and went outside!
I had my thickest poly-pro tights, my quilted "ranger" pants, tall socks and boots (with Little Hotties inside) on the bottom. On top, two poly-pro tops, a heavy-weight quarter zip, a fleece vest, my puffy jacket and my THS Football jacket - and a hat, scarf, three pair of gloves and Little Hotties.

AND... I was sitting inside my very warmest winter camping sleeping bag. Cozy!
Dad apparently didn't look at the forecast and was woefully under dressed. When I left during the third quarter (because we were totally blowing out Sunset!), I left my sleeping bag with Dad.
Tigard is on a roll! We're four years undefeated in league play, and so far, we're still kicking butt in the playoffs.

Next up is Jesuit in the quarterfinals this Friday at THS. GO TIGERS!!!

(THS Football Web site)


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Ice Day 2014

Thursday's apocalyptic weather didn't materialize as expected, but roads were slick enough and the predictions scary enough for most area schools to close for the day. 

I will never complain about an extra day off work. After working in TV news for nine years and having to work nearly 'round the clock on bad-weather days (and election days, and national tragedy days...), any extra time off is welcome and enjoyed to the fullest.

I know lots of parents whined about school being canceled "for no reason." Get over it. School's canceled during snowy/icy weather is for student safety. If we'd had class and things had gotten crazy as expected, people would have been screaming then, too.

As a wise woman said Thursday, "Some folks are annoyed that schools are late or closing when 'nothing's happening at my house!' Perhaps it's not about you..."


I digress... 

The roads might have been just a touch too warm to ice over where I live in Tigard, but everything else was plenty cold, and the freezing rain piled up!
Throughout the day, I watched all outside surfaces collect an ever-thickening layer of ice. 
My poor plants were so heavy and droopy by the end of the storm.

I finished one book and started another, all while wrapped in a blanket, cuddling with Gizmo in front of the fire.

I also dragged my butt off the couch for a short run on the treadmill - 5 miles while watching Law and Order: SVU.
Sally's Baking Addiction's recipe of the day was homemade chicken pot pie. I happened to have some leftover chicken in the fridge from something Brad made Wednesday, and I had time to cook a more complex meal, so I figured it was fate -- Brad would eat one of his favorites for dinner!
I used my own super-simple crust recipe and tossed in a bunch of extra veggies I had on hand. Brad said it was very good! I guess it's a keeper :)

What a happy, unexpected extra day off :)