Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Bullying: Will it ever stop?

Many of you probably saw or heard the news yesterday about the high school shooting in Ohio.  Five kids were shot--3 wounded and 2 dead.  Wow, my heart hurts for everyone involved, including the shooter and his family.  I can't help but to wonder what was going on in this boy's life to think that opening fire at a school would be something to resort to?  There is still a lot to unfold as to exactly why this 15 year old kid did such a horrible thing, but bullying is involved. 

Being a victim of bullying myself as a middle schooler I know how awful kids can be.  I can remember dreading going to school because of the mean names kids called me and the horrible things they said about my family.  I don't think about those times often, but doing so now brings back a lot of sad memories.  Gosh, back then my self-esteem was so low and I was ashamed of who I was and of my family.  I hated being Ashley Pride.  Isn't it terrible how kids could make me feel and think so low about myself and family?  I can remember my mom telling me to ignore them, and on one occasion going to school about it.  The administration brushed it off as the boys having a crush on me.  Yeah right, that was totally not the case.  I got through it though, and because of experiencing it myself, I have a lot of compassion for kids who get picked on.  Still though, resorting to physical violence is never a rational answer for bullying.  That will never be justifiable. 

As a teacher, I don't tolerate any type of bullying in my class.  No way.  That garbage doesn't fly with me.  Some of you are probably asking yourself, "How much bullying can there really be in 2nd grade?"  And you're right.  There really isn't too much.  But even in 2nd grade it still exists.  We talk about bullying and what to do if it happens to you.  My students also know we always follow the golden rule: treat others how you want to be treated.  It sounds super cheesy, but it works!  I think this needs to be instilled in kiddos at a young age and carried out through middle and high school.  But I'm a realist, and I know this doesn't often happen. 

I've been doing a lot of subbing in high school since I've been tracked out.  I was helping out in the front office the other day and a mom came in with her daughter to talk about some things going on through Facebook.  A principle was called, all involved parties were brought to the office, and it was handled.  The secretary told me that they deal with bullying on Facebook a couple times a month.  This made me so happy that I teach elementary and the kids aren't old enough to have Facebook.  I wonder in Facebook was involved in yesterday's shooting? 

Bullying is a BIG problem.  Kids have committed suicide and have killed others because of it. But it doesn't stop at kids.  It effects all of us.  You can learn more about bullying here, here, and take a stand here.  And please, pray for all those involved in the Ohio shooting.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Monday Confessional Link-Up!--Week 1

It's confession time, y'all!!  And not just mine.  This week I'm linking up with Mo over at New on U.  We've got a "share fest" of confessions going on.  She's got one in particular that is just AWESOME!!!!

Check it out!

1. I confess....that I went to McDonald's at 9:30 last night.  I ordered a number 2: quarter pounder with cheese, french fries, and a Sprite.  Then I scarfed it all down while watching last week's episode of Desperate Housewives on DVR. :)

2. I confess....that I rarely wash my face at night.  I know, I know, so bad, right?!  I just don't. 

3. I confess....that I almost NEVER make my bed.  Why bother when I'm going to be back in it in like 14 hours? 

4. I confess....that I've used my credit card to buy lattes at Starbucks.  I've learned the hard way why this isn't a good idea. 

I confess....that sometimes I'll call Sprint to fuss (a nice term) because I know they'll take money off my cell phone bill.  I can remember about 6 years ago I called to complain about a hidden fee and somehow managed to get my bill reduced to like 40 bucks.  I called last month about a $36 activation fee for my iPhone (which is so WRONG since I had just paid over $100 for the phone) and they credited my account 50 dollars.  Hey, I'm a school teacher people!!! 

There you have it, blogsters!!  Now head on over to New on U to check out some more confessions or to link-up and share your dirty (or funny) laundry!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

My Weekly Confessions

I was blog surfing last night (one of my favorite past times) and I came across this blog New on U.  Mo has a cool blog, and I especially like her weekly postings called Monday Confessional.  Each Monday she confesses things about herself as if she were revealing them in a confessional to a priest.  So I thought to myself, "Hey Self, this is a cool idea and a way to let readers in on some of the weird strange odd  interesting things that you think or even do each week. 

So starting today I'm going to have a weekly post sharing some confessions to my wonderful blog followers.  :)

1. I confess that...I'm wearing the same socks I had on yesterday.  I was running late this morning and they were just there.  I did smell them beforehand and they weren't stinky.  How 'bout that!! ;)

2. I confess that...I'm doing Internet dating again after I swore it off forever!!  It's just so convenient and easy and fun.  I'm not taking it too seriously though.  I don't so much mind not having a boyfriend and if I meet someone then that's awesome, but if not...so what?!?

3. I confess that...I'm afraid to run a marathon because I am not strong enough mentally to handle it.  The distance scare me.  10 miles is the furthest I've ever gone and it was hard as hell.  How could I ever possibly go 26.2? 

4. I confess that...I don't like how big my smile is at times.  Sometimes when I'm really happy and laughing I'll cover my  mouth so people don't see how big it can really be. 

5.  I confess that...I feel kind of embarrassed for sharing numbers 2 and 4.  

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

More Instagramming Fun

I think it's okay to admit that I am completely and totally in LOVE with Instagram.  I've mentioned this app more than once on my blog.  It's just so cool fun rad awesome AMAZING!  I can make collages, add captions, create reflections, apply filters, and I'm sure there's way more you can do that I haven't stumbled across yet!  I can take a drab photo and bring it to life.  Make you go,  "Ohhhh wow, what a cool picture!!"  

The really cool thing about this app (besides being F-R-E-E) is you don't even have to take the picture using the app itself.  Take it on your camera phone or take a picture using another app and then later gussy it up in Instagram or just upload it as is.  Lots of options! You can also follow your friends or other people and see how artistic they can be with their photos. 

 I recommend adding the app on your iPhone and playing around with it.

Take a peek at the fun I've been having.

**The photos in Alaska were taken by my little sister and texted to me.  I added the text later.  There was no reason to apply a filter.  Why would I ever change such beauty?!

cozy, Sunday night fire

Megan and me at Mura in North Hills--Raleigh, NC

mura martini
lemon twist martini


Thursday, February 16, 2012


I've been on a mini blog hiatus.  Not really all that much to say.  Happens to the best of us.

So what's been going on with me, you ask?  I'll catch ya up!

Since I last posted I'm back to my old running self.  My back feels better and I got over that dreadful cold.  I managed two runs last week.  A short 3 mile hill run Thursday and then a 9 miler on Saturday.  I just know the Lord created last Saturday just for me. :)  The weather was perfect.  Overcast, with a cold front moving in.  Erin and I beat the cold weather and had an amazing run.  My calves are still a little sore from that run.  A week off will do that to you though.

I tracked out last Wednesday and had two workdays Thursday and Friday.  Last week was hard for me.  My very good friend and co-worker, Megan resigned from her job.  Her husband was relocated back to where they are from in Texas.  I've known they were leaving since Thanksgiving, but all that time still wasn't enough to prepare me for how sad I would be.  I had Megan's son, Liam in my class too.  I love that child so much.  He's so sweet, loving, smart, and an all around neat kid.  He has so much potential and will do amazing things in his life.  I'm going to miss them both so very much.  Fortunately, they are in town for one more week and I'm going to meet up with Megan next week for a last hang out.  Plus, I'm going to make my way out to Texas to visit them one of these days!  Megan is going to help me find a road race to run out there too! :)

I had to get a couple pics of them on our last day before we all tracked out.

Aren't they just the sweetest!

I took pictures at Megan's going away soiree my 2nd grade team had for her. (This was a couple weeks ago but still deserves a spot on the blog!) We all met up at Sparians in North Raleigh for bowling and beverages.  So fun!  We're all horrible bowlers by the way!

 Emily, Angie, Megan, Me

 Emily, Angie, and Megan

 Angie and me

This cake was sooooo good!


That night was a lot of fun. :)

I've been subbing since I'm tracked out.  I've been lucky enough to sub high school too.  My favorite.  :)  I've been an art teacher all week while the real teacher's been away with jury duty.  Eek!!

What else.....

I donated blood today for the very first time.  It was great and I am totally going to be doing it again.  I'd tried a few times in the past but my iron was always too low so I wasn't able to.  My friend told me to eat a cheeseburger because red meat has lots of iron.  Hey, no problem there!  :)  I took pics of my donating blood adventure today.

Valentine's Day came and went.  I miss when I was younger and my mom would always give my siblings and me V-Day socks.  This year I was forced to settle for this instead...

Okay, so maybe I wasn't forced. ;)  Erin and I headed to Ruckus for drinks and garlic knots.  We were surprised too by the live music.  Live 90's music at that!  :)  Ohhh yeah!

So that about sums up my days since I last posted.

Until I write again...

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Week 5: What a BUST!

Week 5 of my 1/2 marathon training plan was nothing to write home about. It started off pretty promising though!  Erin and I hit the pub run in Raleigh last Monday (1/30) and ran 3 miles. (We showed up a little late so we ran 3 and not 4.)  Easy run!  Tuesday and Wednesday were rest days for us.  After 6 consecutive days of running we really needed two days off.  On Thursday we ran in the evening so we ran sidewalks.  Within the first three minutes of the run I noticed a pain in the lower right side of my back.  It went away pretty quickly so Erin and I kept going.  We ran 4.5 miles that night.

Fast forward to Friday morning around 6 am.  I was messing around in the pantry, and after leaning down to pick something up I had a HORRIBLE pain in my lower back.  The same spot that hurt briefly the night before on my run.  Uh-oh!  The pain continued through Friday, Saturday, and part of Sunday.  That meant no running for me.  :(  No bueno all the way!  I missed out on 15.5 miles of running and logged only 7.5 miles for the week. 

My back is feeling so much better, but too bad I have a disgusting cold holding me back now.  I was in bed last night by 8pm.  The powers of Nyquil and the effect it has on me.  I could barely hold my eyes open 20 minutes after I took it.  I still feel pretty blah today.  I'm hoping to feel better by this afternoon and get in a run. 

In the meantime, I'm going to continue loading up on cold meds and cough drops. 

P.S.  I was watching Grey's Anatomy the other day---LOVE this season, and they played a song I hadn't heard in ages.  A VERY GOOD song at that!!  Give it a listen...you won't regret it!  It's by Rilo Kiley and is called Portions for Foxes.  The name of the song is weird and so is the video, (Very strange video--I just watched it for the first time!!) but the song is so good!!! 

Friday, February 3, 2012

A NEW Love

Introducing: Griffin House.  I stumbled across him on a run the other night.  I was just making my way down the road and there he was.  Out of nowhere he pulled me in!  I HAD to know just WHO this guy was.  I quickly found out and haven't been able to stop thinking about him since.  It's LOVE already!!  sigh......yes, this one is a keeper.  :)

I'm addicted to listening to Pandora!  It's like the BEST thing ever.  I've got a music channel for every mood.  Mumford and Sons has been the channel I've been tuning into lately on my runs.  That's how I found Griffin House.  He randomly popped up on their station.  The song I heard is called The Guy That Says Goodbye to You is Out of His Mind.  Right up my alley if you know me!! ;-) Anyway, if you're like me and always looking for new AWESOME music, check out the video to the song.  His lyrics sure make a gal feel good about herself!