Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wind Storm!

The Chicago area has been hit by a huge wind storm. The forecasters claim that yesterday was the worst, but today is much worse as far as I am concerned. We lost have the shingles on our garage. That will all have to be replaced. Am hoping for a little help from the homeowners insurance!!

My trip to Notre Dame was a bust. First of all, the ride there was hell. We got stuck in Chicago traffic and then when we finally did reach the tollway, we were diverted back onto the Dan Ryan because of an accident. So we had to get into the Indiana traffic before we could get on the tollway. When we finally made it to the tollway, there was construction! UGH!! We finally made it to the hotel with only about 30 minutes to spare. Just enough time to change and meet the shuttle. The first conference was a huge disappointment. And although I was promised great food, they had absolutely nothing I could eat. When we finally got back to the hotel, we went in search of food. I ended up with a sad looking spinach salad with a disgusting dressing. They booked us into the old people's hotel, so we had no pool, jacuzzi, nothing! We wandered over to the next hotel where there was a Halloween party going on put on by a local radio station. It was good for a bit, watching all the weird and funny costumes. But the music was way too loud so we ended up back in our rooms pretty early.
Saturday wasn't much better. There was only scrambled eggs for me for breakfast. Then we left for the next conference. The speaker was awesome. Dr. Adolph Brown, Real Talk. He kept us interested and engaged. At lunch, they gave me a plate of fruit. That was it! I was starving. The afternoon went downhill. They made it a question and answer session. So we left! We were going to leave Sunday morning, but since there was nothing to stay all afternoon for we decided to pack up and head home. Oh, I forgot to mention that the heat did not work in my hotel room so it got a bit nippy in there Friday night. We didn't hit any major traffic heading home so that was good. I was happy to be back in my own bed for the night. Plus, I could actually eat!!!!
Well, so much for great all expense paid conferences!!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Don't know what's up with blogger!

I tried to post all my pictures for my last entry but blogger wasn't cooperating so I am going to try to post them on this entry.
Notice my handsome supervisor!!!

All but the bindings!

Well, I have two quilts finished except for the bindings. I HATE HATE HATE putting on the bindings. It is my least favorite part of the job. I wish I had a binding fairy who could do it for me! I will get to them eventually. The Our Lady of Guadalupe quilt is for the Pastor at the school where I teach. His birthday is in December so I can procrastinate a bit longer on that one!!! The Harry Potter quilt was for my son's girlfriend, who has since moved on, so I think I will donate this quilt to the auction at my school in the spring or I will try to sell it. I am not sure which yet. I might make more money selling it than giving it to the auction and then I could just donate the money. We'll see. I hate to get the blasted binding on it first!!!
This weekend I am travelling to Notre Dame University with a coworker for the Excellence in Education conference. We were nominated and chosen to go and it is an all expense paid trip. I was looking forward to it when I was chosen but now I don't really relish the drive. It will be nice to stay in a fancy hotel having the room all to myself though!!! And no cooking!! Even with my funky diet restrictions, they assured me that they would provide excellent meals for me. Hmmm, I'll let you know about that!!!
I don't look forward to returning to school on Monday and dealing with all the paperwork from Friday. It takes days to get caught up again!! Plus, this weekend, we have to finish report cards. At least they are done online so I will just take my netbook with me and finish them in the hotel room in the evening.
When I return on Sunday, I have to rush off to confirmation. I am a sponsor for a former student so and it just so happens that confirmation falls on the same weekend as this conference. There goes my weekend!!!!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Please help my school win $20,000

Hi everyone, I am asking everyone who takes a look here to please click on the Our Kids deserve the best and vote for my school. We are really late getting into the running so I need a lot of help. The school with the most votes wins the money. My school is very small and we have a very diverse population. Many of our children attend on scholarship. Just like everywhere else in the U.S., our school has been hit hard by the economy. Many of our parents have lost their jobs and are barely making ends meet. This money could really help out our school. So please post this on your blog if you would like to support my school. Thanks to everyone that helps!!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Where did the time go?

I don't have any pictures to show today. I am lucky that I even have time to attend to my blog. I haven't been very loyal! I have finished the Harry Potter Quilt and will try to get a picture of it up this weekend. I have a 3 day weekend so I might have a little time to do things that I want to do instead of just school stuff. Although, I have an ample amount of that to do too!!
My sister encouraged me to start selling my things so I am seriously considering that. If I decide to open an etsy site I will certainly post that here!!! Anything to bring in a few extra dollars with the dear hubby still unemployed.
I have a lovely group of children this year in my class. So talented too. I am really looking forward to doing lots of fun projects with them this year!
I hope anyone who reads this will stick with me over time. I hope to make this a better blog if life would just slow down a bit!!!