Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Fun in Branson...Grades for this Semester

 Well, time sure does fly when you're having FUN!! I can't believe Pat and I just got through celebrating our one year anniversary!! On Friday the 13th but we had good luck the whole day :)  We spent three nights in Branson, MO. We left on Thursday May 12th after we dropped Holly off at school. We loved our hotel, it's called the AmazInn and Suites. The beds had pillowtop mattresses and they were sooo comfortable. We were tempted to steal it and bring it home with us, lol.
  The first thing we did when we got to Branson was check into our hotel room so we could drop all our stuff off and not lug it around with us. We go to a Golden Corral to eat lunch because we are both starving. They are having a contest between the waitresses and want us to fill out a card and turn it in. We turn it in and this guy, Michael is telling us about the tickets we can get cheaper through him than if we bought them from the individual places. Well come to find out, they were wanting us to go and listen to a timeshare thing. So, anyway because of me we were going to have to go at 9:00 the next morning to listen to this. They gave us our tickets for the Baldknobbers show that night but we had to go to the presentation to get the rest of our tickets.
  We really enjoyed the Baldknobbers!! They told some very funny jokes (that I can't remember now!) and sang some really good songs. When we left the show, it was pouring down rain and we got our feet soaked before we made it to the car. We got up at 7:00 Friday morning to eat breakfast and go and sit throug our dreaded presentation. We got there about 15 minutes early and found where we were supposed to go. Luckily for us, the presenter didn't make it and we DIDN'T have to sit through the presentation!!! We were sent to another place and we got the rest of our tickets.
  We went to the Wax Musuem and took a few pictures of me and Pat with some of the wax figures.  After that, we went and watched the Acrobats of China at 3:00 pm. It was really awesome. I can't believe some of the stuff they could do. After it was over, we went on a tour at the Stonehill Winery. We got to taste different wines and a 100% grape juice that they make. We ended up buying three bottles of wine and one bottle of grape juice. We went and watched the Presleys' at 8:00 that evening. It was pretty good but we both liked the Baldknobbers better.
  Saturday we watched an IMAX movie. That was my first time of watching one. We watched Born to Be Free which was narrated by Morgan Freeman. I enjoyed it and I wouldn't mind buying the movie when it comes out on DVD. We went to Ripley's Believe It or Not. It was pretty interesting and we took some pictures in there of some pretty neat things! That night we went and watched John Conlee and Gene Watson in concert. I really enjoyed it!! They are both great performers and they did a great job of keeping everyone entertained.
  All in all, it was a great anniversary trip. It sure went by fast. We had to leave early Sunday morning because Pat had to go to work. He wasn't able to get if off because too many other people had requested it off. He was pretty tired when he got home that night.  I hope we get to do something again next year for our anniversary. I sure enjoyed this one :)
  Well another semester has gone by. I finished this one up on May 6. I was very excited to see that I made "A's" in all my classes. I hope I do as well in my summer classes. I'm taking physical science lecture and American Sign Language. I'm getting closer to getting my degree. I enjoyed my first internship. The teacher and students were all great. I already miss them :(  I asked the teacher if I could come back next year and help out in the classroom and she told me she would love it if I could. So I definitely will be there. I learned a lot from her during my internship and I feel I can learn even more from her!!
  I hope everyone encourages their chilren and grandchildren to read during the summer while they are out of school. I will be taking Holly to the library and to bookstores this summer to let her pick out books. I also plan on reading some books for pleasure (when I can!). Check out www.scholastic.com/summer to join the Scholastic Summer Challenge.
 Til next time,


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Where Did the Time Go?

It's hard for me to believe that 2010 is gone and that January 2011 is almost over as well. I managed to make "A's" in both of my college classes I took last semester. I miss my friends I made in my Comp II class!

  I'm looking forward to this semester though because I get to do my first Internship at a school. I will be going one day a week for 8 weeks. I'm looking forward to being involved at a school again. I miss my old job and I'll be so glad when I finish getting my teaching degree.
  My daughter, Holly, is all excited about her Prom. She has been looking at dresses in magazines and trying to decide which one she wants. She is also saving up money to get her hair and nails done. I'm excited for her to and in some ways, sad. Next year she'll have another Prom and then she'll be graduating :( My "baby" is almost all grown up.
 I'm going to be going on vacation in a couple of months. I doubt if I'll go anywhere but it will be nice to have a week away from Wal-Mart! I'm hoping Pat, Holly and I can  go somewhere in May for a nice vacation. Pat and I went to San Antonio last year for our Honeymoon and we had a lot of fun. I'd like to go somewhere different this year. He's trying to get me to go somewhere on his motorcycle but I'm not too thrilled about that idea!! I'm scared of riding on them.

  I'd like to go back to Eureka Springs. Holly and I went there a few years ago and visited the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. We both enjoyed it except for the heat, we went there in July. It would be fun to go back this spring. I have always had a soft spot for big cats. They are such beautiful animals!!

  I haven't had any story ideas lately. That makes me sad :(  I wish I could get myself motivated to write. I think having to write all those essays last semester put me off writing. None of them were ones that I could be creative with. We had topics we had to write over and that was not fun. I can understand how students feel when a teacher tells them what to write about. It is more enjoyable if you like what you are writing about. I will have to remember that when I get my own classroom :)

  I'm hoping to post on here more often but between working, going to school, homework, and laundry, I don't have a lot of time.

 Until next time,


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Everything happens for a reason...

Not sure where this came from but thought I'd share it anyway.

I believe everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you can appreciate them when they're right. You believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.

Little Sister

Little Sister
by Lana Pearson

My little sister is cute as a bug,
when we play together, I trip over the rug.

My little sister always makes a mess,
that's why I hate when she wears a dress!

My little sister always rides my bike,
so then I'm stuck riding her trike!

My little sister loves to go to the zoo,
when she smells the penguins, she says, "ugh!"

My little sister can be such a brat,
when I turn my back, she chases the cat!

My little sister can be really mean,
she even made my hair turn green!

My little sister looks just like Little Bo Peep,
she even has her own flock of sheep.

My little sister likes to sneak into my room,
so I chase her around with mom's broom!

My little sister can come in handy,
cuz people like to give her candy!

If I Had a Little Mouse

If I Had a Little Mouse
by Lana Pearson

If I had a little mouse,
I'd hide him from my cat.

If I had a little mouse,
I'd let him sit in my mat.

If I had a little mouse,
I'd buy him a cage.

If I had a little mouse,
People would ask me his age.

If I had a little mouse,
I'd give him a piece of cheese.

If I had a little mouse,
I'd hope he didn't have fleas!

If I had a little mouse,
I'd give him a bath.

If I had a little mouse,
He'd help me with my math.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Blind Date

The Blind Date
by Lana Pearson

  Stephanie sighed in relief as she got the last paper graded. It meant there was no work to take home and do over the weekend. She would have time to rest and relax before Monday. Stephanie enjoyed being a first grade teacher but some days it felt like a never-ending job. There were always papers to be graded, progress reports to fill out and lesson plans to make.
  Stephanie glanced at the clock and it read 4:30 p.m. Good, I have time to stop by the house and change clothes before I meet Diane and James for dinner. I wonder what James is like? Is he short or tall? Does he have light or dark hair? The only thing she did know was that he wrote children's books. Her friend, Diane, planned to introduce them to each other over dinner. Diane thought they would make a good match.
  Stephanie gathered up her purse and left her classroom. She met, Jane, a colleague in the hall, "Bye, Stepanie. Have a good weekend."
  "Thanks,see you on Monday."
  Stephanie changed into a flowered sundress then dabbed some perfume on her throat and wrists. She grabbed the directions to Guiseppe's off the top of her television. Diane and James planned to meet her at the restaurant.
  Thirty minutes later, Stephanie was close to tears and ready to bang her head against the steering wheel in frustration. I am lost, she thought, as she circled the same block for the third time. She pulled her car over to the side of the road to look at the directions again.
  I am going to be late if I don't figure out where I am soon. I don't want James to get the wrong impression of me if I show up late for our first date.
  Stephanie noticed a tall dark haired man coming down the sidewalk toward her. She locked her doors then rolled down her passenger window a few inches. She waited until he was even with her car before saying,"Excuse me? Could you please tell me how to find Guiseppes'?
  "Sure. You need to turn around and go back the way you came. Turn left at the first stop light. Guiseppe's will be on the right between the Sunshine Candle store and Sage Woman."
  "Thank you. I don't think I could have found it without your help." Stephanie smiled and waved at him, before she pulled away from the curb. She turned her car around and found the restaurant with a few minutes to spare.
  Stephanie told the waitress she was meeting some friends there and she took her to the table where Diane was seated. "I talked to James earlier and he said he may be late beause he planned on walking here. He only lives a few blocks away so he should get here soon. How was your week?"
  It was long and tiring. I'm ready for summer break. It's only two weeks away and I'm counting the down the days until they get here."
  "Good evening, ladies." Stephanie heard a familiar voice say from behind her. Her heart skipped a beat when she looked up to so the stranger standing at the table. She was glad to see him again.
  James, hi, I'm glad you're here." Diane said. She stood up and gave him a hug. "Stephanie, this is James." He shook Stephanie's hand before he sat down. Diane went on,"I'm sorry but I can't stay. Bob has a business dinner meeting tonight. He needs me to be there to act as the hostess. I know you two will have fun without me. Good night."
  "How long have you been a teacher?" James' question broke the silence Diane's abrupt departure had left.
  "This is my second year. I like it better than I did last year. I am more confident in what I am doing and it's made a difference in my teaching. Do you like being an author?"
  Yes, I do. I always knew I'd grow up to be a writer. It's in my blood. My parents are both fiction writers. Most of the people they were friends with were other writers so I was surrounded by them. I'd sit and listent to them plot stories and wrtie scenes. It was fascinating for me and I soaked it all in." James' blue eyes sparkled with warmth as he spoke.
  Stephanie was surprised at how comfortable she felt with James. I feel like I've knowh him forever. He didn't make her feel awkard as most men did.
 Stephanie found James to be a charming dinner companion. He made her laugh at his jokes and treated her like a lady. After they finished their meal, James asked her to go for a walk. "I need to walk more than I do. I sit at a computer too much. I need to try to keep my girlish figure." Stephanie laughed at the way James tried to make his voice sound like a woman's.
  It was still light outside when they left Guiseppe's although the sun had started to set. The temperature had dropped some so it was cooler out. A light breeze blew in their faces as they walked.
  They followed a walking trail behind the restaurant. Honeysuckle vines grew along both sides of the path. Stephanie breathed in the sweet aroma. "I love the smell of honeysuckle," she said." I also love this time of year when all the flowers are in bloom. I like to walk barefoot through the grass and feel how soft it is on the bottoms of my feet."
  "I enjoy this time of year, too. I find I have a harder time concentrating on writing. I would much rather be outside doing something." He gave Stephanie a boyish grin. "Don't tell anyone but I do sneak out to the park to play a little basketball."
  Stephanie was becoming more atttracted to James the longer she was in his company. He reached over and took her hand in his. Her skin tingled where their skin met. They walked hand in han back to her car. "Would you like to go out again next weekend?" His question thrilled her, maybe this means he attracted to me, too.
  "Yes, I'd love to" He bent down and placed a gentle kiss on her cheek. He then opened her car door and helped her in. He then told her good night and shut the door.
  Stephanie drove home with thoughts of James on her mind. She couldn't wait until their next date. I'm glad Diane talked me into meeting him. He turned out to be more than I expected. I will call her tomorrow and thank her for introducing me to the man of my dreams...

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Lip Prints

I don't remember where I got this from, but it is too funny not to share!

Lip Prints

According to a radio report, a middle school in Oregon was faced with a unique problem. A number of girls were beginning to use lipstick and would put it in on in the bathroom. After putting it on, they would press their lips to the mirror, leaving dozens of little lip prints.
  Finally the principal decided that something had to be done. She called all the girls to the bathroom and met them there with the janitor. She explained the lip prints were causing a major problem for the janitor, who had to clean the mirrors every night.
  To demonstrate how difficult it was for him to clean the mirrors, she asked the janitor to clean one in front of the girls. He took out a long-handled squeegee, dipped it in the toilet, and then cleaned the mirror. Since then there have been no lip prints on the mirror.

 There are teachers, and then there are Teachers!!

Little Mouse

Once upon a time,
there lived a little mouse.
Inside a shoe box,
in a little boy's house.

She loved to go outside,
to run around and play.
But she had to wait
until the cat was far away.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

What's New

It has been a while since I have posted on here. I have some great news! I got married back in May of this year. I'm happy to be married again. I spent ten years alone after my first husband and I divorced.

I have also started back to college again. I am hoping to get my teaching degree within the next few years. My husband,Pat, is proud of me and supports me going to school 100%! He is hoping once I get a teaching job, he can retire, plant a garden and take care of our home :)

I don't do as much writing as I used to do, not that I did a lot but I used to set aside time to do some writing. I have started a newsletter for the direct selling company that I am working. It has been taking a lot of my time plus having to write essays for the Comp II class I am taking.

This year has flown by. I work at a Wal-Mart part time and I only have 7 more paychecks til Christmas! I can't believe it is that close. I haven't even started my shopping yet. I guess I need to do that soon and get it over with, lol.

I had a dear friend pass away about a week and a half ago. She was 93 years old. She was a sweet lady who cared about others more than she did herself. She will be greatly missed by all of us.

My husband's dad passed away a week after he and I started dating. His mother had passed away a couple of years ago, so I didn't get to know my in-laws well at all. We go to dinner with his two brothers every other weekend so I have got to know them somewhat. I text and facebook with his sister since she lives in another state.

Well I'm going to try and post on here more often. I just need to get my brain in gear and start writing stories again!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Most Embarrassing Moments

Did you ever have a most embarrassing moment that you wish never happened? Here are three embarrassing moments from my younger days that I want to share with you.

When I was around 12 or 13, we had a family get together at one of my aunt and uncle's house. It was a nice summer day and we were having a cookout. Many of my family members were sitting out under a group of shade trees, talking and joking around with each other.

Me and my cousins, Diana and Karen, decided we wanted to swim in our aunt and uncle's pool. I didn't have bathing suit so I borrowed one from my aunt Lorraine. (This turned out not to be such a good idea, let's just say that she had a lot more on top than me).

The three of us were having a good time playing and splashing around in the pool. We had a beach ball that we were hitting back and forth to each other. I jumped up to hit the ball and went under when I landed. When I stood up, I had water streaming into my eyes and I couldn't see (side not, I am also very near sighted and without my glasses, I'm blind as a bat). I was close enough that I could see and hear Diana and Karen laughing their a**** off. I asked them, " What's so funny?"

They didn't answer me, they just kept on laughing. Water from my hair was still running into my eyes and I still wasn't able to see anything. I was also still trying to figure out what they thought was so funny. I could see some of the other family members sitting outside were staring at me, too. I still didn't know why until my aunt Barbara hollered from the back porch step, "Hey, Lana, are you going to stand around all day with your boobs hanging out?"

I looked down and to my horror the bathing suit top had gone to the middle and sure enough my breasts were hanging out for everyone to see. I quickly pulled the bathing suit top back over them and gave my two cousins (who were still falling over laughing) dirty looks. My aunt Barbara pinned the bathing suit top real tight for me and it stayed in place for the rest of the time I was swimming.

I can laugh about this now but at the time I wanted the ground to open up and swallow me.

The next embarrassing moment happened about four or five years later when I was in high school. My boyfriend, Blake was at my house and we were in my room listening to music. My parents had gone to bed early (my dad was and still is, a truck driver for McKee) because my dad had to leave out the next day. My sister, Lisa and our cousin, Diana were in the living room watching tv.

It was about ten o'clock when someone knocked on my bedroom door. I thought it might be one of the girls but imagine my surprise and shock when I open the door and see my mom standing there - - naked! I tried to keep myself in front of her so Blake can't see her. My mom was looking at me like I was stupid as I bobbed around trying to stay in front of her.

She said, "You need to turn that music down. It's too loud and I can't sleep." (Side note here, our stereo console was one that was in a cabinet, it was about three feet long and a foot wide. It had a record player, radio and an 8-track tape player (some of you may be too young and don't know what this was, lol). It was located by bedroom door.) My mom reaches around me, turns the music down and that is when she sees Blake lying on my bed. She turns beet red and hurries back to her room across the hall.

I turn around to see that Blake has his head leaned back on my bed with one arm thrown over his eyes. His face is as red as my mom's was. I knew without being told that he'd seen my mom naked. I could hear Lisa and Karen in the lviving room laughing. They had seen everything.

After Blake left, my mom came into the living room where all us girls were. She asked Lisa and Karen why they didn't tell her Blake was still in my room. They said they tried to but she was so mad she didn't hear them. It seems my mom thought it was after midnight and that Blake had already left.

For many years after this, it embarrassed my mom and my boyfriend (he ended up being my husband of course, now he is my ex-husband) to mention this. At the time when it happened, I didn't think it was funny but now I can look back and laugh about it. I have even told my kids the story of their dad seeing their grandma naked. They think it's pretty funny, too.

The last embarrassing moment I am going to share with you happened when I was 10 yrs old. I had been outside playing and when I came in, my dad was sitting on the couch in just his underwear reading a newspaper. He was scratching himself and I said quite casuallhy to him as I walked on to my room, "Whatcha doing, dad, masturbating?"

Mind you I didn't know what this word meant. I had just finished reading the book Summer of '42. Hermie and his buddies did this in the book but I only thought it meant scratching, I had no idea, at the time, what it meant. (Side note: If you have never read this book or watched the movie, you should, they are both very good.)

My mom came to my room and asked me if I knew what that word meant. When she told me, I never wanted to face my dad again. I couldn't BELIEVE I had asked my dad if he was doing that. It took a while for me to look my dad in the eyes. I wonder if he even remembers it? I'm hoping that he doesn't.

Years later, my mom told me that when I said that to my dad ,his eyes bugged out and his face turned bright red. I wish now I could have seen it. I bet it was a funny sight.

Thanks for reading this. I hope you got a laugh out of it. Once again, I have changed all names to protect the innocent. If you'd like to share your most embarrassing moments stories with me, I'd love to read them :o)

This would also make a great writing prompt or exercise. So sit down and think about your own most embarrassing moment(s). Even if you never share it with anyone, it might get your creative juices flowing. It sure did mine :o) You never know, you might be able to incorporate an embarrassing moment into one of your fiction stories.

Have a great day and keep on writing :o)