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Thursday Thirteen – my 43rd Edition – Thirteen Places I’d Like To Travel

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

Thirteen Places I’d Like To Travel to and Visit

(Some are places I’ve never been, and others are places I’d like to Re-Visit

  1. ITALY – What’s not to love about Italy? I’ve never been, but it’s #1 in my list of places I want to visit.
  2. AUSTRIA – I love the photos I’ve seen of it.
  3. ALASKA – Since I was there in September, I don’t want to return real soon, but in a few years, I’d like to go back.
  4. HAWAII – Such natural beauty.
  5. – North Georgia mountains – Another beautiful part of the country. I drive through little bits of them sometimes on my trips to and from Georgia. I’d like to find a mountain cabin somewhere and spend a few days hiking and exploring.
  6. New York City – I want to see a Broadway show.
  7. Australia – I’d like to throw a few shrimp on the barbie and enjoy that culture for awhile.
  8. Maine – I’ve never been that far northeast.
  9. Sunburst Campground – When I was in middle school or high school my family camped out there. I don’t even know what state it is in, but I remember how it looked and how COLD the creek water was.
  10. Indian Springs Campground in Georgia – and old-fashioned camp meeting place that I’ve attended a few times in my distant past. I’d like to go there again.
  11. A Caribbean Cruise – I’ve done this twice before – once with RT and another time with my daughter many years ago. I’d like to go again sometime.
  12. Grand Canyon – I want to do the mule ride to the bottom and back – camp out in the bottom. I went there with RT years ago when he was on a business trip, and the vastness of the canyon was amazing.
  13. Seattle – Don’t know why, but I’ve always thought Seattle sounded like a nice place to visit.

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Thursday Thirteen – 42nd Edition – My 13 Favorite Education-Related Posts of 2006

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

Here are thirteen of my favorite education-related posts from 2006.  This was suggested by aquiram at “Education in the Twenty-First Century” in last week’s Carnival of Education.  It sounded like a good idea.  So here goes:

Perhaps in succeeding weeks I’ll do my thirteen favorite political posts, or my thirteen favorite “that’s my life” posts.  We’ll see.

1.  The Words That Strike Fear in the Hearts of Teachers  – Whether you’re a teacher or not, you might identify with my reaction to these words.  (January 26, 2006)

2.  Getting Whupped! – You never know what children go through at home before coming to school. (February 4, 2006)

3. How Do You Spell “Penis”? – Seems like a perfectly legitimate question for a first grader. (March 18, 2006)

4. A Totally Unscientific and Irrelevant Study of Second and Third Graders’ T-Shirt Slogans – self-descriptive.  They’re funny, cute, obnoxious, and/or puzzling.  (April 20, 2006)

5.  The Truly BEST Reward of Teaching – I’ll never forget Alicia. (May 25, 2006)

6. What Do Principals Look For in a Teacher? - I must’ve been on summer vacation because I didn’t have an educational post in June.  So I choose two posts for May.  Forget all that “philosophy of education” stuff.  In this post I tell what principals REALLY should look for in a teacher  (May 2, 2006)

7. The Writing Workshop and a Gift - I write about a professional development activity that is interesting and helpful!   (July 27, 3006) 

8. A Test for Aging Teachers - Here’s the scene:  You’re in a restaurant and an adult walks up to you and says, “You were my second grade teacher!”  Children change, and you have no idea who it is.  What do you do?  (August 15, 2006)

9.  Recess – Memories of Bygone Times – (September 24, 2006)  Remember recess?  It’s in danger these days.

10.  Did You Really Have to Tell Me That?  (October 10, 2006)  Sometimes kids provide TMI!

11.  Being Evaluated – Is there ANYTHING more Time-Wasting and Aggravating?  – The title says it all.  Thank goodness it’s over with for five years.  (November 4, 2006)

12.  Walking in Memphis – He sounded like Johnny Cash, Looked Like Jerry Springer, and Sang Eric Clapton -  What happens when a group of 10 teachers goes to Memphis for a workshop (December 9, 2006)

13.  And to round out the thirteen, I’ll take a post from November that tells a story I love.  The story comes from my niece who is a teacher, a mom of three and just happens to have a new blog (Sleepless Juggler)   Cows Have Many! – I still chuckle whenever I see that three-word sentence.  (November 25, 2006)

 

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My 41st Thursday Thirteen – Thirteen Beauty Products I Like

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

  BEAUTY PRODUCTS I LIKE

1. Bare Minerals “warmth” (or is it Bare Escentuals – I haven’t taken the time to figure out the difference yet – I think one is a division of the other – but who knows? 
2. Bare Minerals foundation
3. Bare Minerals eyeliner  
4.  Bare Minerals eye shadow
5. Revlon “Wine With Everything” lipstick #520(I wore this for YEARS and have only started trying some other shades recently.  I still love the Revlon brand, though)
6. Revitalift mask(love it! My daughter-in-law gave me one, and I’ve been hooked every since)
7. Mary Kay facial cleanser (Been using this for over 20 years!)
8. Mitchum anti-perspirant for women (clear gel)
9. Almay oil free make-up remover pads
10. Paul Mitchell Super Clean Extra hair spray (the ONLY hair spray I can find that doesn’t feel too stiff and doesn’t build up in my hair)
11. Estee Lauder “Pleasures” cologne
12. Curel Natural Healing Lotion (with lavender, chamomile, and oatmeal)
13. Herbal Essences shampoo/conditioner
   

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Thursday Thirteen – (My 40th Edition) 13 Christmas-y Things I Enjoy

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006


 
Thirteen Christmas-y Things I Enjoy

  1. The yearly Christmas parade.
  2. The children’s Christmas program at church
  3. Singing Christmas carols at church
  4. Making dinner for my family (R.T., our two children and their spouses and the two grandgirls)
  5. Shopping with R.T. The man knows how to shop!
  6. Wrapping gifts
  7. Squinting when I first look at the Christmas tree so I can see how evenly the lights are distributed
  8. Putting the old, familiar and treasured ornaments on the tree
  9. Seeing my collection of nesting Santas
  10. Buying something that I know will be perfect for whoever I’m shopping for
  11. Christmas Eve candle-lighting service at church
  12. Feeling so close to my family
  13. Two weeks off work.

 

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Thursday Thirteen – (My 39th Edition) My 13 Favorite Christmas Customs

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

My Thirteen Favorite Christmas Customs

1. Christmas Eve candlelight service at church.

2. Singing Christmas carols in church with piano accompaniment. Christmas carols are some of the most beautiful music ever!

3. Decorating the Christmas tree with our special ornaments. Almost every single ornament has some special significance to me.

4. Sending and receiving Christmas cards – although I have to admit I don’t send cards every year and most certainly won’t send them this year.

5. Decorating the house – I love Christmas decorations.

6. Drawing names on my side of the family – We have over 50 members in my family. So drawing names is the only sensible ways to handle gift-giving.

7. Buying gifts for my family. I love trying to pick out just the right thing for each person.

8. When I was a child – a small bottle of Welch’s grape juice in my stocking each Christmas. They don’t make those little bottles anymore, though.

9. Driving around a couple nights before Christmas and looking at all the decorations.

10. Buying gifts for family and some “angels”.

11. Christmas dinner – turkey and dressing, cranberry sauce, sweet potato souffle, pecan pie.

12. Sitting in front of a warm fire with R.T.

13. Advent Wreath & Devotions.

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Thursday Thirteen – 38th Edition – Thirteen Questions I Have

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

Thirteen Random Questions on my Mind

1.  Why does my skin break out in rashes this time of year – and the only thing that soothes it is smearing body lotion all over me?  Can a skin rash be caused by cold weather?

2.  Why can’t all the countries in the world just get along?

3.  Will I find two Fisher-Price Kid Tough Digital Cameras for a reasonable price for my grandgirls?

4.  Will I make it to work on time for tomorrow’s 7:20 a.m. faculty meeting?

5.  Will the dog sleep through the night?

6.  What should I wear to my niece’s wedding on Saturday?

7.  Is there any way I can do the gazillion things I need to do tomorrow after work?

8.  What is the strange smell that’s in the house tonight?  Is it just the ashes in the fireplace or is there something burning somewhere?

9.  Why is that when I needed to buy a furnace filter this evening, neither Kroger nor Target had the size I need? 

10.  Why do neither Kroger nor Target carry the specific dog food that RT wants for Jake? 

11.  What do I need to do to make my nails stronger?  They’re so thin and pitiful!

12. Why does my hair look really good one day and absolutely awful the next?

13.  Why do people eat more than they need?

 

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Thursday Thirteen – 37th Edition – 13 Reasons I’m Glad I Re-Married R.T.

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

On September 5th, I remarried R.T.  We had been married for 28 years and divorced for 9 years.  There are lots of positive things about remarrying my ex-husband.  Here are thirteen:

1. We have a shared history.
2. RT was my first and only true love. I love the man.
3. The kids don’t have to split up their holidays to accommodate visiting us separately.
4. The grandkids can visit us both at the same time.
5. It’s fun doing things with RT. We laugh a lot when we’re together. He has a funny sense of humor.
6. RT knows me better than anyone else in the world – and loves me anyway.
7. He’s the only person I’d want to grow old with.
8. He makes me feel young – even though he calls me “Grandma Carol” all the time. He loves the way the grandgirls say “Grandma Carol” and he tries to imitate them. It’s endearing . . .well except that in Alaska he referred to me by that name so much that one of the fishing guides started calling me “Grandma Carol” which was pushing it just a little too far!
9. I KNOW he’s as crazy about the grandkids as I am.
10. He’s a “get-it-done” person. The man can get more accomplished in one day than anyone I’ve ever seen. He’s the ultimate multi-tasker.
11. We share the same spiritual/religious background – we both grew up in the same church (United Methodist).
12. We have similar tastes in just about everything – recreation, food, furniture, to name three.
13. He’s still very romantic. I love cuddling with him.
 

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Thursday Thirteen – 36th Edition – Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006

What I’m Thankful For Today

1. My husband’s love
2. My daughter – she’ll most likely call me this afternoon (they’re visiting with her inlaws this Thanksgiving)
3. A visit with my son and daughter-in-law at my mother’s house – I’m thrilled that they’re making the 3+ hour car ride to be there with my extended family.
4. My husband’s plane (makes the trip to Georgia only 45 minutes rather than 3+ hours). We’ll take off around 9:00, and be at my mother’s by 10:00. Then tomorrow, the trip from my mother’s to RT’s mother’s house will be less than an hour. And the trip home on Saturday will be quick, too.
5. My mother who will have the most tender turkey and delicious cornbread dressing imaginable 6. My two grandgirls – although I won’t see them today, I’ll see them tomorrow, and I’m excited about that!
7. My brothers and sisters – I’ll see all but my oldest sister and youngest brother today.
8. My good health
9. RT’s and my Log cabin
10. My inlaws – I love them. I’ve known them since 1968, and they’ve loved me through all the ups and downs since then.
11. Good weather for traveling this weekend.
12. Five days off work.
13. Good friends, living in America, a good church, a good pastor, and life itself.

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Thursday Thirteen – 35th Edition – Thirteen Recipes I’ve Posted

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

THIRTEEN RECIPES I LIKE THAT I’VE POSTED

Cooking is one of my hobbies. I enjoy trying out new recipes and preparing meals for family and friends. I’ve posted some of my favorite recipes. Here are thirteen of them.

1. Rice Bowls (Freeze for quick meals later)

2. Hoppin’ John (So easy – so good)

3. Easy (and MOIST) Coconut Cake (double the frosting, though, to have enough to cover the cake)

4. Pesto Dip (Fancy for entertaining)

5. Chicken Cobbler

6. Ricky and Lyn’s Sweet and Sour Chicken (Great to freeze for quick meal later)

7. Easy Fruit Cobbler

8. Chicken Noodle Soup (The ultimate comfort food)

9. Corn Salad (This is so good I plan to make it for Thanksgiving)

10. Chicken and Dumplings (My favorite!)

11. Chicken Enchiladas (Absolutely SCRUMPTIOUS!)

12. Blueberry-Orange Jam (great on bagels)

13. Orange-Feta-Walnut-Field Greens Salad (Light, elegant, EXTREMELY easy and delicious)

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Thursday Thirteen – 34th Edition – Thirteen Reasons I LOVE the Color YELLOW

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

Thirteen Reasons I love the Color YELLOW

1.  The sun appears yellow – and I love the feel of the sun’s warmth on my skin.

2.  When I was a little girl, my mother always made yellow dresses for me.  Blue for Debi, pink for Beth, and yellow for Carol.

3.  I went through a “color analysis” about 20 years ago, and it indicated that a soft yellow was part of my “color palette.”

4.  Yellow roses are my favorite flower.

5.  The full moon appears yellow in the sky.

6. I love bananas, and bananas are yellow.

7.  Sweet Stuff and Sunshine both like yellow.

8.  Yellow evokes a sense of happiness and brightness.

9.  Stars appear yellow in the sky.

10.  My bridesmaids’ dresses in 1969 were a golden yellow.

11. I  love gazing into a glowing campfire – all red and yellow and orange and blue – and it provides light and warmth and calmness.

12.  I once had a yellow bedroom – a yellow quilt and shams on the bed with yellow accents (candles, flowers) around the room, along with yellow rugs and accents in the adjoining bath.  I miss it.  When RT and I build our new house, one of the guest bedrooms/baths will be done in yellow.

13.  Yellow is a color that suggests light – not just light as in the opposite of dark but light as in the opposite of heavy.  It’s a refreshing and LIGHT color.

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