Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Answer Key

Here are the answers from the truth/lies exercise...

1. Believe it or not, true. Granted, it didn't take much to top the heap at MCHS. I did have a perfect 4.0...that was in the days before weighted gpa's.
2. Oh, yeah! I wanted to be James Carville.
3. False! I LOVE all of them, even hot dogs. Mmm....hot dogs.
4. Again, false. It might be my LEAST favorite book ever, and my project relied heavily on stick figures in a comic book I had to make.
5. Sad but true.
6. True, and I don't care what you think about it!!!!
7. Nope, green.
8. K-Mart, yes. Wal-Mart, not unless I am desperate. I feel panicked in there.
9. Definitely true
10. I believe M&Ms are a complete waste of calories. I will eat peanut ones or peanut butter ones, but the plain ones are so unsatisfying.

Now you know.

I can't really write tonight. I think I have an infection from a pedicure I got and I am miserable. I am going to pop some ibuprofen and chill on the couch.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Truth and Lies

Today, I am going to tell you five truths about me and five lies. You have to decide which is which. Some are probably really transparent, but others might not be. The point is to really challenge myself to be a little more creative in how I perceive myself.

1. I was the valedictorian of my high school class.
2. When I was in high school, my career ambition was to be a political speech writer. My hopes were dashed in my first semester of college when I was unfairly given a B in government.
3. I do not eat shellfish, mushrooms, or hot dogs.
4. My favorite book of all time is The Red Badge of Courage. I did an awesome project on this book in eighth grade and have loved it ever since.
5. My shoe size is 5 1/2.
6. I wear purple eyeshadow regardless of it's ranking on the in-style list.
7. My eyes are blue.
8. I love to shop at Wal-Mart.
9. If I could have dinner with any three people, they would be Paula Deen (provided that she cooks), Bill Clinton, and Mary Magdelene.
10. M&M's are my favorite candy.

Tomorrow I'll share the answers...

Monday, January 29, 2007

Writer's Block

I had some ideas earlier about what to write tonight, but they've all disappeared. I decided to search online for some prompts to try to spur something, but I'm starting to feel a little brain dead. I am craving some coffee but I do need to sleep tonight. Anyway, here's the prompt I hijacked from writersdigest.com....

Your family gathers for the holidays and you’re looking forward to the feast. At the table, grandma--who knows you hate being the center of attention--asks you to stand up and name the five things you are most thankful for. Instead of the usual, you decide to name a few silly things. What are they?


1. Post it notes...because I am terribly forgetful anymore and the little yellow stickies help jog my memory. I like them so much I own them in many sizes, shapes, and colors, and seem to have them floating around every room in my house.
2. Flavored coffeemate...vanilla chai spice in particular. It is a little indulgence. I deserve it.
3. Splenda...because I HATE the pink stuff.
4. Hair color...because my soul knows I am a blonde even if my roots don't.
5. The Food Network...it inspires me to cook grand gourmet meals, though what actually makes it to the table is usually something blah like grilled cheese and tomato soup.

There...I did it. I wrote something, even if it was silly and pointless AND I didn't mention my children or my husband.. Now, I am going to go soak in a hot bath and see if I can't rejuvenate a few more brain cells.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Getting Started

Well, I spent several hours (divided up into many smaller chunks, of course) getting my blog ready to go. I think I was just delaying the inevitable task of actually writing something. Now, there's not much preparation left to do, and I feel compelled to get started. For real.

So, ahem, uhm...what am I supposed to say, anyway? I showed John the short little posts I had done on Friday night and he said, "Do people really read that?" I'm not sure how he meant it...was what I was writing too silly for publication or was I being ridiculous to think anyone would care that I cleaned my bathrooms Friday night? Yes on both counts, I am sure.

I guess I'll just start at the beginning with who I am and why I'm writing. I'm Elly, a teacher, a wife, a mom. I have three little ones under the age of two, so most of my "spare time" is dedicated to diapering, cleaning up spills and spit up, and doing laundry. I have realized recently that I am suffering from a great brain drain. That is, I used to be smart. I used to know things. Now, my brain is mush. I've decided to reclaim it. Part of that process is to write more, since writing is something I used to do and once thought I possessed some talent for. Please, don't judge me based on this post....I said I'm working on it.

Anyway, more about who I am...I am a reading teacher at a small school in Frankfort, KY. I work primarily with struggling middle school readers. I think this accounts for some brain drain. I don't get to have many higher level discussions with my kids about what we've read. However, I do love what I do. As far as the "wife and mom" role goes, I have been married to John for six and a half years. Our daughter, Audrey Elizabeth, is two and our twin boys, Jackson Hays and Samuel Clayton, are four months old.

Beyond those three descriptors, I am a Christian. I grew up in a little Baptist church in Eastern Kentucky, but John and I searched long and hard and found out that, to our shock, we are really United Methodists. John Wesley had so many ideas that we already held in our hearts, but we didn't know what it all meant until we began worshipping at Methodist churches. We were very active at Trinity Hill UMC in Lexington for the five years we lived there, but had a little struggle finding a good fit when we moved to Frankfort. We've recently started attending St. Paul United Methodist here and are finding it to be a wonderful, loving home, with an awesome pastor, Rev. Marcia Woodyard. Women like her are part of why I love the Methodist church...I can't imagine her sweet spirit and powerful, God-inspired words being silenced because she's a woman!!!

I am a liberal Democrat. Yes, you just read a paragraph about my faith, but I KNOW that the two aren't mutally exclusive. My husband says I'm nearly a socialist, I'm so far left in terms of social policy. This is probably true. I believe the government has a responsibility to care for the people. I'm excited that the presidential election is not too far away and I love all the wonderful candidates we have to choose from, but secretly, I am pulling for Hillary....if for no other reason than to have a few more years with Bill, my favorite political figure of all time. Barack Obama rocks my world, too, but I worry he's a shooting star. Hillary is the real deal, I'm sure.

Other random facts...I'm not terribly creative. John disagrees with me, but I know better. I can't draw, I don't sing, and I don't do crafts. My creative outlet is cooking, but time and energy are my enemies in that area. I love to travel. More accurately, I love to plan trips, but we can't always afford them. I've been very few places, but I long to see so much more of the world. I love to read and I am a movie freak, particularly old classics, romances, and really smart comedies (saw Little Miss Sunshine last night...loved it!). I love rock and roll, particularly from the 70's, old old old country music, and singer-songwriters from just about any period. No rap, please! I hate to clean house, am not good at decorating, and hate calling people on the phone.

Well, I got started, anyway. I'm going to try to write daily, and I promise I'll try to make it less random. I will try to write about things other than my children, though they do so many things that are worth sharing, I'm sure I'll have to do that occasionally. I'm hoping to regain some of those hormonally depleted brain cells, so I am sure I'll do a good deal of rambling and if anyone reads me, I'm sure they'll think I need to be committed. And they just may be right...

Friday, January 26, 2007

Hot Date Night

We are child-free tonight. All night. So, what do we do? Go eat a pizza and come home and clean the bathrooms. Wow. If I'm really lucky, maybe I can dust a little, too.

I'm not sure how good I'll be at this...

It took me an hour to think of a name for this blog. That isn't a good sign. Will it take me days to create posts??? My weekend goal...come up with something worth sharing. We'll see!