Saturday, March 19, 2011

Books are...

I recently joined in on a bookmark swap thanks to Patti who got me creating a project again. I had visions of what I wanted to do, but never really a plan. Finally I sat down and just made them. Here is the result:

Some had the pink ribbon, others had the saffron, just because of how much I had. It was nice to use up beautiful ribbon that I'd been saving for a special project.

I gave this one to a friend when I returned a book she loaned me:

After reading Three Cups of Tea and then this book, Stones into Schools I am so intrigued by Greg Mortenson. It is amazing what one person can do. It also makes me look at the students in my class in a new light. They don't realize all that they have in their classroom, and how some children WISH they could go to school.


Friday, March 18, 2011

MS Awareness Week


This week it is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week. Not many people understand MS, and I certainly didn't when I was diagnosed 5 years ago. But I am one of millions who is living with Multiple Sclerosis.
I was diagnosed with MS after suffering an episode of optic neuritis - a partial loss of vision in one eye. It had nothing to do with my eye, that was perfectly healthy. The vision loss was coming from the optic nerve in my brain which THOUGHT there was something wrong with my eye. An MRI confirmed the diagnosis. Five days of steroid IV treatment later and my vision had improved, though it wasn't until my eye checkup this past summer that I was told that I had regained 100% of my vision in the affected eye.
The thing about MS is all the unknowns. I don't know if it is a symptom when I can't remember a word, or if I trip, or when I'm just exhausted. Most people don't know that I have it when they look at me because I look like everyone else, and I'm lucky enough to not need a cane or be in a wheelchair. Through it all I do my best to do as my first doctor told me: "Keep your life free from illness and stress," but let's face it I teach 6 and 7 year olds. That's a breeding ground for both!
I live with MS everyday. It is a part of me. But I do what I can to find a cure, like participating in WalkMS to raise money for research and programs helping those affected by MS, offered by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
For the second year I have formed a team for WalkMS in my city. I don't have as many walkers as I would like, and fundraising is tough in these times, but right now my team is on top...I like winning, especially when it is for a cause near and dear to my heart! If you want to check it out, head HERE.

So that is what MS= for me. Does it = anything for you?

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Bathroom nightmares (and dreams)

This post has nothing to do with stamps or stitches, just my life. Which has not been simplified in the least, despite my one little word.

At the beginning of this story, I present to you my bathroom: old, small, but fully functionally with the necessities.

Yesterday I was home looking forward to some time to blog a bit and just enjoy life. No class this week + finished report cards = happy me! I heard an irritating drip in the kitchen sink, so I investigated. Water was dripping, not from the faucet but from the trim above my cabinets, so basically my CEILING! I called my dad (DH was at work), called the plumber, and panicked. Apparently the water had been leaking under the sink in the apartment upstairs, and that is directly above my kitchen cabinets and sink. Hence my leak.

Everyone is now wondering, "what does this have to do with your bathroom?" Well in order to do a good job and properly fix the problem (old copper pipes that are slowly rotting and cracking) we should replace all the copper pipe that is running horizontally...above my bathroom. As I sit here typing the AMAZING plumber has removed the pipe and is putting in pvc. YAY!
My bathroom now:
A lovely site to feast my eyes on as I rinse shampoo...once we tack plastic up that is.

But looking on the positive side, the pipes won't leak on my head.
I know out of this we will end up with a better bathroom than I've had for 5 1/2 years. But its hard to see it now. I just want a sink with a cabinet below, a fan to vent out the steam, and a shower that is easy to clean.

Anything else I should dream of?


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Candy winner

After working hard on report cards this weekend, I just realized that I never picked my blog candy.....

So the randomly chosen winner is Donna S who said:

Love the sentiment and wonderful card! Thanks for sharing and the chance to win candy!

Be on the lookout for an e-mail Donna, congrats!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Nautical Thank You

Wow, I'm overwhelmed by ALL the comments I got on my OWH bloghop post. It was lots of fun hopping and checking out all the creations, especially since I had no homework for my masters class last week. Tomorrow is the last day of this class, followed by a week of next week, so that means TWO WHOLE WEEKENDS without homework. Woohoo! Of course I need to work on 17 report cards....

I just sent off 30 of my 50 thank you notes. This was the last design that I included 10 of:

This weeked I also finished my friend's wedding invitations. She wanted a nautical theme (though the wedding is being held at a vineyard, nowhere near water!?!) and I made these gold embossed anchors before I knew how many invites. I had 14 extra so I used them here and embossed the sentiment to match. Both the card and anchor are matted on navy, though it looks black in my horrid picture. I needed to balance out the gold at the bottom so I did gold eyelets up top. I don't use eyelets enough these days I think, so they may make more appearances in future projects.

Now it is time to veg and watch some American Idol. I thought I would hate it this year without Simon, but I'm loving the panel of judges this year nevermind the very talented singers!