Saturday, June 20, 2009

Vacation Approaching

Jeremy and I head to Kansas for vacation soon. I am sure you are all jealous of that destination :) I am excited, however. My Grandpa Ediger is celebrating his 90th birthday! He has been working to recover from a stroke a few months ago. It will be good to see him and give a hug. My other Grandpa wanted to get his family together before he died. He is not sick and not dying, but I am sure as you get older you just never know. Either way, I love the fact that we will ALL be getting together. It has been probably 10 years since that side of the family has all been in one place. There are three days of fun planned for that. And one big slide show :)

This weekend we went pseudo-camping with our church's small group. I say pseudo because I didn't want to camp with the forecasted storms and wussed out. Others braved it. We did go have supper and hang out last night. We are headed back out tonight to bond some more. We weren't planning on staying tonight anyway becuase we are helping at the Awakening (youth service) and packing for aforementioned trip. I don't know how much posting I'll be doing in the upcoming week, but it may not be much different from a normal week as little as I blog anymore. I hope everyone has a great weekend and week ahead.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Great Read

For my book club selection the book Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah was chosen for this month. The woman who chose it said she read the synopsis online and thought it sounded really good. Then, when she got it at the library realized it was 430 pages! It was worth every page. Here is a brief description:

"From the New York Times bestselling author of On Mystic Lake comes a powerful novel of love, loss, and the magic of friendship. . . .

In the turbulent summer of 1974, Kate Mularkey has accepted her place at the bottom of the eighth-grade social food chain. Then, to her amazement, the “coolest girl in the world” moves in across the street and wants to be her friend. Tully Hart seems to have it all---beauty, brains, ambition. On the surface they are as opposite as two people can be: Kate, doomed to be forever uncool, with a loving family who mortifies her at every turn. Tully, steeped in glamour and mystery, but with a secret that is destroying her. They make a pact to be best friends forever; by summer’s end they’ve become TullyandKate. Inseparable.

So begins Kristin Hannah’s magnificent new novel. Spanning more than three decades and playing out across the ever-changing face of the Pacific Northwest, Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the bulkhead of their lives.

From the beginning, Tully is desperate to prove her worth to the world. Abandoned by her mother at an early age, she longs to be loved unconditionally. In the glittering, big-hair era of the eighties, she looks to men to fill the void in her soul. But in the buttoned-down nineties, it is television news that captivates her. She will follow her own blind ambition to New York and around the globe, finding fame and success . . . and loneliness.

Kate knows early on that her life will be nothing special. Throughout college, she pretends to be driven by a need for success, but all she really wants is to fall in love and have children and live an ordinary life. In her own quiet way, Kate is as driven as Tully. What she doesn’t know is how being a wife and mother will change her . . . how she’ll lose sight of who she once was, and what she once wanted. And how much she’ll envy her famous best friend. . . .

For thirty years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship---jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they’ve survived it all until a single act of betrayal tears them apart . . . and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.

Firefly Lane is for anyone who ever drank Boone’s Farm apple wine while listening to Abba or Fleetwood Mac. More than a coming-of-age novel, it’s the story of a generation of women who were both blessed and cursed by choices. It’s about promises and secrets and betrayals. And ultimately, about the one person who really, truly knows you---and knows what has the power to hurt you . . . and heal you. Firefly Lane is a story you’ll never forget . . . one you’ll want to pass on to your best friend."


I was captured by the story from the beginning. It probably helps that I have absolutely nothing to do right now. It is a good dramatic read if you are in the mood for that.


Weekend Update

We had a busy weekend. Jeremy's dad had surgery on Friday at Cleveland Clinic. So, mid-morning we drove up to Cleveland. We stopped at Lodi Outlet Mall on the way there to grab a bite to eat and see if there were any good deals. Jeremy found a good deal on a polo shirt and khaki shorts; so, it was worth the stop. Once at the hospital, the waiting began. I have learned that is what you do when someone you know is having surgery - wait. So, we waited for the surgery to be done, then we waited for his recovery period to be done, then we waited to see him. He was in good spirits, with little evidence of the drugs they had given him. Although the surgery went smoothly, the transition afterward did not. For some unknown reason, they did not have a room available for him - they were full. So, he was stuck in this tiny little cubicle area in recovery all night and most of the next day. It made it difficult to visit. On Saturday, we saw him a few more times. He had a little more pain, but was doing fine otherwise. We said good-bye around 3:30pm and headed to the Indians vs Cardinals game. It was a good weather day (I thought) - cool, somewhat cloudy, and no rain. The Indians, however, did not cooperate with a win... lost 3-1. We drove to the Yohs house so we didn't have such a long trek home that night. On Sunday, I woke up and went for a walk - beautiful, cool, sunny morning! Then, we went to Salem's outdoor worship service. It was a great experience to be out in God's natural world worshipping Him. Not much else happening.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Cool

So, at my tech-y workshop this week, I have been working on my Moodle site. This is kinda a webpage-like thing for my school kids. It could be very cool to use, if my kids use it. I guess I'll find out how many of them have home access to the internet once the school year starts. We also learned about SmartBoards. These are expensive white board looking devices. You project your computer onto the board and the board becomes a touch space. You can "draw" on it with your finger or a faux marker. You can move things by touch and drag. It is really neat. It also costs about $1500 easily, so we'll see when that happens :)

In addition, I was talking to a guy beside me yesterday and he said his wife had turned her blog into a book for them. He gave me the website (www.blurb.com) to go to. Apparently, you download their free software, download (upload?) your blog onto this, and then work on formatting your pics and text. You can then have it printed and bound. I wondered if this could be done with our Colorado blogspot year. I already printed tons of pictures, but it would be cool to get our actual blog writing into a hard copy. This may be a new project for the summer. I thought this may be something fun for life in general if you kept up with a blog and added all the pictures you wanted. You could basically have a yearbook of each year of your life - or just events. You can also create all text or all picture books, poetry books, cookbooks, etc. You can also buy books other people have made - kinda pricey to buy others' stuff, but they would make unique gifts. It is fun to just preview all the stuff on the site. If you are bored, you can get lost for awhile on this site. At any rate, just thought I would share. Enjoy!

Jeremy is at Cedar Point with the junior high youth today. It was raining today when I drove to my workshop. Hopefully, it will not rain on them (or be lightening) all day.

Monday, June 8, 2009

I may be biased....

I updated you a few weeks ago that Owen, my cousin's baby, came home. He was born at 26 weeks and 4 days. He has been covered in prayers by many since his birth day, and God has given us much to be thankful for. Mandy and Quentin took him home on May 16th, which was a few weeks earlier than his expected due date!
This is the most recent picture posted on Facebook. I may be biased since he is my cousin's baby, but he is sooo precious!
I am really hoping that they get to come to Kansas for our family reunion this month, but I am sure that is a big decision. If not, I appreciate the occassional pictures and updates that pop up. So, for those of you who have been praying, please continue, but add some praises in their as well :)

DONE!!!

I am officially done with school. Well, I was officially done when I left on Friday, but this is my first non-school day. On Friday, I drove to Nicholasville, Kentucky (just outside of Lexington) to visit my friends, Kendra and Molly, their husbands, and their babies. It was a looooong trip - 4 hours to be exact one one way. It will be awhile before I trek down there - no offense to my friends because I had a good time. The other option would be to stay longer if I go. I ate a corn dog at Sonic when I got there. Well, I actually ate 2 corn dogs. The lady gave me one and then came out a few minutes later and said they had done my order twice - score! I love crunchy corn dogs!

On Sunday, the youth invited the parents to worship with them in the Awakening service. I thought it went really well. Right after we had a bbq to get to know parents and parents to get to know the youth helpers. It was very low-key and enjoyable.

Jeremy has been working, working, working on school presentation stuff. The presentation is today at 5:30pm. Hopefully, it goes well. It will mark the end of classes and the honor of receiving his professional certification in GIS. I am proud of all his work and time he has put into that. He will move on to .... that is the big question. There is the possibility of pizza delivery man for the summer while still on the job hunt. Please keep that in your prayers.

I am doing nothing this summer... unless someone really wants to hire a part-time employee to work from June 30th - August 15th. Pretty sure that I will not be a prime candidate. I really only applied at Target, so my effort has not been great. Today, I went to the gym, need to fold clothes, should grocery shop, and ... read or watch movies. Later this week, I did sign up for some professional development at school, so that will keep me moving. I usually feel elated and bored for the first week or so. Then, I find my rhythm of doing nothing, but not being bored for about a month. Then, I start getting bored, but dreading school. I should work on lesson plans for next year. We'll see when I start feeling motivated for that :) Well, that's it. I hope everyone has a great day.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Tired

I am tired, yep. Days when I don't do a whole lot of anything make me tired. I had no exam periods today where I was giving an exam - how lucky if I was a student! Unfortunately, I had to come to school from 7:20am - 3:00 anyway. I did get grades (with the exception of finals) entered. I did pack up all my stuff that was on my desk and laying around. So, I feel ... done. BUT, I am not. Three exams to give, two exam days, one teacher work day.

Jeremy is working very hard on his final two projects. It feels like I never see him. Soon, we will both be done and I'm sure we will see a lot of each other!

A little update on my cousin's little baby some of you have been praying for. Owen went home toward the end of May. I recently saw pictures of him. He has super chubby cheeks! He still has a little oxygen tube, but looks incredible healthy :) Continue to pray for them as they adjust to life at home.