#1. I love Maria's school.
She is happy.
I am happy.
There is a warmth and sincerity in the students, families, teachers, and staff, that makes being there a pleasure. And Friday, when we left, I realized that as much as I am looking forward to Fall break, I do not feel worn-out and overdue for a break from school... which is about the nicest thing I could say about that!
#2. Before Fall break, there was Pumpkin Patch and Crazy Hair Day!
We were trying for a beehive hairdo, but there is never enough time in the mornings, so we let all those yarn extension ponytails just hang down... and it looked pretty crazy!
#3. I wish I could show all the pictures, all the cute kids in the T-shirts they dyed, sporting their crazy heads. They were having a fabulous time running around, enjoying the pumpkins, crafts, and games set up by parents.
#4. Fall Break! Fall Break! Falalalalala-La Fall Break!
#5. Sorry. Didn't mean to rub it in about how we are on Fall Break.
#6. Don't be too jealous. I still got four other children to wake-up, M-F. Poor guys.
#7. Glue + Swabs = Refrigerator Art!
#8. She made me feel like a rock star when I told her I was one of the moms that cut all those swabs. *blush*
#9. Orange tie-dye is an awesome save for an old shirt that was very, very stained.
#10. Seventy children painting, playing, smiling, gluing, snacking, together in their custom made pumpkin shirts is adorable. Totally adorable.
#11. I am fighting an impulse to wake everyone up and drag them to the beach for an early morning walk.
#12. I am fighting an impulse to crawl back to bed, and snoooooooze.
#13. We have been listening to this: "The Langley Schools Music Project. LOVE.
#14. We watched this: "Mighty Uke." More LOVE.
#15. Colleges. College Applications. Grades-transcripts, test scores, choices, options, letting go, stepping in, stepping back, moving forward, deciphering, growing, deadlines, "prowling"... what a journey.
#16. Fall Break! Fall Break! Falalalalala-La Fall Break!
#17. Cleaned our bathroom.
#18. I want to go to the San Diego Zoo.
#19. I want to get the transmission replaced in the Jet Puff Odyssey. Poor-poor Odyssey. Poor-poor me, driving with that piece of
#20. Fall Break! Fall Break! Falalalalala-La Fall Break!
#21. Who am I kidding? Laundry, paperwork, and chauffeuring never take a break.
#22. I want a guidance counselor.
I want answers, suggestions, encouragement.
I want to put something out there.
Chickenblog gives me a lot, and I am
Let me be frank: income.
Do you think I should open up the ads?
Would I really be selling-out if Puppy Palace and Taco Town bought space on Chickenblog?
Many successful bloggers use ads, take money, earn a living through ads.
I am realistic: traffic here has not achieved levels that would support a puppy, or buy us tacos, but maybe... maybe there is a way to make my deep thoughts contribute to the bottom line. Maybe?
#23. I really don't want to work at Puppy Palace, so it would be really amazing if somehow the thing I already work at could generate taco money, and keep the Bird House singing.
#24. I worked at a taco town, in high school. And a department store, for a credit card, and a bakery, a theater, in a copy room, at a high school, for a magazine, for an urban research firm, in a restaurant, and one summer picking peppers.
#25. I was technically fired from the pepper picking job. Apparently I was kind of shabby as a fourteen year old day laborer.
#26. Other skills I have include: cutting swabs, taking pictures, collecting pets, piling papers, feeding children, ordering pizza, comparing schools on College Prowler, and making lists.
#27. I can make numbered lists, and I can color code the subjects. I have my own crayons.
#28. I hope you are getting some breaks, enjoying this Fall season, and making some happy plans.