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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Say "Thank you!"

Most of you know that my incredible husband is a triathlete. Today was the Iron Girl Triathlon at Lake Lanier. It is an all women's triathlon- a long sprint (that's the distance for you non-tri-ers out there... ). Well, Chris was a mentor on the Summer TNT (Team IN Training) team and had a few mentees participating in today's race. I thought it would be fun to volunteer at the race (which it was quite fun).

I had to be at the race site by 5:15 this morning. Therefore, we got up at 3:30 this morning so that we could be there by 5. Do you know the last time I saw 3:30? I can't remember. Anyway, it felt like I had just gone to sleep when the alarm went off. We made it there and I think I was one of the first volunteers to check in. The first duty that I was assigned was Body Marking. This meant that I marked the race numbers on the participants. I marked many bodies, many were first timers. I really tried to be an encouragement to these ladies. All the ladies did say thank you when I finished writing their numbers on them with an industrial size Sharpie. Our friend Katie asked me after the race what I marked her with because it didn't come off in the shower.

This is Mary, the TNT coach body marking... Chris didn't get a pic of me body marking.

After the race was underway, I was given another assignment. If you don't know anything about triathlons, you swim, then bike and end with the run. There's an area called Transition area, where you keep your bike and you basically end and start each activity. Well, right where the ladies were to come out on their bikes and return on their bikes (the mount and dismount lines) there was a speed bump, not too far from it. Speed bumps can be dangerous to a cyclist so my job the rest of the race was to warn the ladies about the bump. So every time someone was coming, I yelled "bump" or "Watch out for the speed bump" or something similar.

Now, I didn't volunteer for the thank yous, but it definitely made me feel good when the ladies on the bikes said thank you to me for warning them about the bump.

Long story short, thank your volunteers, if you're any type of racer. It makes them feel good! :)

Thursday, June 26, 2008


This week has not been very exciting. In fact, it's been downright boring. I had a staff development to attend on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. I did sneak out early on Wednesday to go to the Braves game. The Braves game was fun! I got to see Rebecca, which was fun. :) We were lucky that we were in the shade and that there was a breeze where we were sitting. The game was a good one and we won, which makes it even better! We're going back to the Braves game next Wednesday and Friday. I LOVE to go to the Braves game on the 4th. In my opinion, they have the best fireworks on the 4th.

This is from a few weeks ago. Chipper didn't play yesterday, though he did come in to pinch hit.

Friday, June 20, 2008

This week...

I have watched many, many, many episodes of Jon and Kate. In fact, I think I've watched just about every one that has been on this week. I am just in love with those kids. They are so funny! Chris has come home to find me watching it most every afternoon and even asked if that was all I watched now. I think he secretly enjoys watching it too. He'll do something on the computer and every now and again, I'll catch him looking up from the computer and watching it with me.

Well, this week I have finished many things:
~I finished watching Season 2 of the Tudors. (Can I just say I <3 Henry Cavill???) It was VERY good. Incredible acting (I'm beginning to believe that Jonathan Rhys Meyers is as crazy as King Henry VIII was), incredibly gorgeous costumes, magnificent scenery, a very handsome Henry Cavill, interesting story line (of course, Anne Boelyn was quite scandalous) and of course, many heads rolled...
~I finished reading Sushi for Beginners. It was okay, entertaining. It's not that I didn't like it, I just didn't love it, either.
~I watched all 3 of my movies. "Chicken Little" was very cute. I love Zach Braff. "No Reservations" was cute also. Chick flick... pretty predictable, but entertaining. I actually just finished "Atonement." It was good. I felt at times it was hard to hear what the actors were saying. It was kinda a depressing type movie.

Those are my thoughts my finishings. I have new books (went to the library today). New movies on the way ("The Ex," "Juno," and "Wimbledon").

any thoughts on any good movies or books I should check out???

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Cupcakes and more...

Yesterday I was visiting with my evil step-sister and I realized how much we have in common and how much I wish she lived closer. (She lives in SC). Anyway, she was showing me this really cool blog Bakerella, and so when I got home last night, I thought I would check it out. While looking at it, I noticed the Hello Cupcake! book which reminded me of my friend Carrie's blog about the book and making cupcakes. So... I started looking around this morning and discovered quite a few fun blogs and links (check out my favorite links).

The Full Mommy was one that I found that I really like and want to share especially with all of my mommy friends. Even though I'm not a mommy (yet), it's good to keep up with some really cool things for moms.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Summer Time

Being a teacher has it advantages (and disadvantages). The biggest advantage (in my opinion) is SUMMER. This is the first summer in a long time that I have not had many commitments. Last summer, I was in class most of June working on my EDS degree. I graduated in May so no classes for me this June.

Summer is my favorite time of year. I actually like the hot weather (yes, I'm crazy). I love the long days, barbeque, grilling (anything and everything) and most importantly homemade PEACH ice cream. My husband and I LOVE to grill, cook, bake, eat and entertain. Today is Father's Day, which means, my daddy is coming over here for dinner (usually Sunday night dinners are at his house). My brother and his girlfriend will also be joining us. Unfortunately my evil step sister (it is a term of endearment) and her husband live in South Carolina AND work at a church, so they will not be here. Our menu tonight consists of Cuban burgers, potato salad, deviled eggs, baked beans and PEACH ice cream.

Another reason I love summer is that I have a chance to read. I love to read but don't get around to it much during the school year. I had a fun day on Friday when I went to Target and made a LONG list of books that I would like to check out from the library. Currently I'm reading Sushi for Beginners by Marian Keyes. It's an okay read... not a favorite (so far anyway). But it is entertaining. I also have Double Cross by James Patterson checked out. That is a book I will read in one day.

For those of you that know me well, you know that I also LOVE movies. Summer is a time for me to catch up on movies that I wanted to see but haven't yet. My husband isn't so much a movie person. He will watch one with me (at home), though he'd rather watch the Braves. It's very rare that I get him to actually take me to a movie. (I do go with other friends). We are members of Netflix, which is quite nice. Currently I have 3 "girly" movies. Well, 2 girly movies and 1 kid one that I've wanted to see. I have "Chicken Little" to view. Zach Braff does the voice for Chicken Little and I LOVE Zach Braff (big fan of Scrubs). I also have "No Reservations" and "Atonement." I will have to let you know what I think of these, as I watch them this week.

My final reason (for now) of why I like summer... staying up late. IF you know me well, you know that I like (and need) my sleep. I'm a very grumpy person without at least 8 hours. I love to stay up late and summertime allows me to stay up with my husband and then also sleep in and get my 8 hours.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Jon and Kate + 8

So, I've been hearing about this show for a while now... and this week, while home I have literally become addicted to the show. My week started with me being sick and not wanting to get off the couch. With not much to watch on tv, I decided to see what the fuss was about. It just so happened that their very first show was on Monday. Followed by the second show on Tuesday... I am truly amazed at this family.

For those of you that have not seen the show, Jon and Kate have two sets of multiples- twins and sextuplets. I'm loving to watch the kids. 1. They are super cute and 2. it's interesting to see how the family functions and 3. I'm enjoying watching the kids' personalities develop and start shining through.

I recently saw a blog complaining Kate and her rules and how uptight she is with the kids but ... seriously... if I was a mother of 8 kids, I would probably be the same way! With that many kids and that much chaos, I think you need to be like that to keep some semblance of order!

What do you think?