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‘Twas the 14th of December…

‘Twas the 14th of December

and all through Newtown,

people where gathering

prepping for guests coming ’round.

Presents for kiddos were wrapped nice and tight

ready to be opened in just eleven more nights.

But evil was lurking in this sleepy ‘berg,

for one troubled child demanded to be heard.

He came to the school to inflict terror and pain

and now we’ve learned twenty-six more angels’ names.

Let us remember their beautiful faces

and though they left Earth, they arrived in God’s graces.

He’ll keep them and hold them and make sure they’re loved

until they’re reunited with their loved ones above.

So mourn for the losses, grieve for your kids

but find comfort in knowing they’ll always be His.

 

I don’t have children of my own, but I have a bunch of nieces and nephews.  And while I realize that’s not even remotely close, I know that if anything ever happened to any of them I’d be devastated. Half of ‘my kiddos’ are old enough to be in school.  They are old enough for the tragedy in Newtown to strike a special chord in my soul.  Because I realize that I could very well be one of the people grieving the loss of a child they love.

And as the friend and relative of teachers, I could doubly be one of the people grieving. A friend, a cousin, a sister.  It’s all too much to take in.

We have to do better.  I don’t have answers or solutions.  I just know our friends, our families, our children deserve better than what we are currently providing.

Let’s focus on what’s truly important right now – each other.  Love. Peace. Kindness.

Because truly, kindness can change the world.

Neglected….But for a GREAT Reason

Man, I feel like I’ve been ignoring this for a while.  Moving and starting a new job in July side-tracked the whole blogging thing for a while.  And now I have TWO sites to update.  The second site is OUR WEDDING SITE! You can check it out here.

So, if this doesn’t get updated as often as it should, bear with me – I’ve got a lot going on!

 

This One Time at the Keyhole….

After spending time beating myself up for not being able to come up with anything remotely interesting to talk about this week, I took to Facebook and asked my friends and family for help (letting them know upfront that whatever ideas they submitted would absolutely be ripped off, with no type of compensation).  I even went so far as to guilt people to help (I’m awful, what can I say)?

While I was given some interesting topics (someone mentioned craisins: friend or foe?) I decided I felt too bad actually ripping off someone else’s idea.  So, I let the weekend come and go, and still didn’t have anything… or so I thought – cue Saturday night.

Brett’s nieces were over at the grandparent’s house for the night, so we met up with his sister and brother in law for some dinner and drinks.  As per the usual course when we’re all together, we headed on over to our favorite dive.  Brett and I were there a week earlier and it was dead.  Completely.  There was the bartender, us, and two other people – and those two were weirdos.  Seriously.

So, after the poor showing the previous week we were looking for a livelier crowd Saturday night.  And it was a bit livelier.  There was a kickball team there and it seemed like they had been there for awhile, so we went to sit outback (plus, the guys wanted to smoke their cigars).  As the night went on, people trickled in and out of the bar and came outside, chatted with us, etc.  You know, typical bar stuff.

What was not so typical had me speechless.  Our friends left, and it was just Brett and I sitting outside, enjoying the weather before the (predicted) storm hit us (it never did, by the way).  As we’re sitting there, one of the kick ballers comes outside again, and the three of us start chatting.  Mr. Kickball sits down in the chair beside me and slowly reaches his arm out and takes my drink out of my hand!  AND THEN DRINKS IT! Once he takes a sip, he really tried to hand it back, as if we were bff’s all of a sudden and it would be totally fine to share a drink.

Of course I immediately tell him no thank you, and that he can just finish it.  He even tried to argue about it with me saying. “what?  it’s not like I have herpes.”  Uh, thank you for clearing that up, however, rando, I will not be sharing drinks with you – so you can go ahead and keep that.  In fairness to my sticky fingered foe, he did try to make it up to me by offering to by me another drink.  Which I also turned down.

I do think he realized how awkward that entire situation was, though, because he got really quiet.  Sat my/his drink down and then just sort of slowly walked away, kind of watching Brett to make sure he wasn’t about to get beat up for theiving my drink.  This thought was further acknowledged when we went inside the bar to pay our tab and my drink’s assailant rushed out.

After two awkward Saturday encounters there, I think we might need to change the day of the week we go there.  No thank you awkward male humans!

Am I the only person this has ever happened to?  I wouldn’t be surprised if I was, these are the kinds of weird things that happen in my life.

Spring Break

Spring Break is almost here and I know most people are really looking forward to it (especially my teacher friends)!  Some will be traveling and others will simply being catching up on things they feel they’ve neglected.  As for me, I will be making sure I don’t make any missteps and compromise my upcoming GRADUATION!!!!!!

Today, I received my graduation tickets and I could not be more excited – I even did a song and dance in the kitchen, much to Brett’s amusement.

In addition to making sure I graduate, I’ll also be job searching – something I dislike only slightly less than moving, which I will do almost anything to get out of doing.  While losing my job was definitely a shock, it puts me in a unique position to pursue whatever field I desire – perhaps something degree related?!?!  I’ve already reached out to my contacts and I’ve begun updating my resume, so I believe that I’ll be able to find something.

Also, during the break I will be doing something really exciting – something that I’ve thought about doing for awhile, but never had the courage to follow through…. I’ll be auditioning for X-Factor!!!  I was going to audition for American Idol last summer when they were in St. Louis, but I was too scared.  I figured that since I’m not working right now, this is the perfect time to face my fear and do it.  Best case, I make it through the first round of auditions.  Worst case, I don’t but I’m a better person for having done it.

I’m really nervous, but I’m also pretty excited about it.

I hope you have a wonderful break as well, however you chose to spend it!

Penguin Awareness Day!

Did you know that today is Penguin Awareness Day?  Well, it is!  So, Happy Penguin Awareness Day to you.  If you’re anything like me, you love penguins.  Maybe you don’t love them to the extent I do (I mean, I once had a room dubbed “the penguin room” in my house), but you probably like them.  You’ve probably seen Happy Feet, Madagascar, or March of the Penguins.  You have probably seen penguins at the zoo.  And around Christmas time, you have probably seen them on a card standing next to a polar bear.

If you don’t already know, let me be the first to tell you – penguins DO NOT hang out with polar bears.  Not because they don’t like polar bears, but because penguins do not live north of the equator (except for in zoos).  Penguins are only naturally found in the Southern Hempishere; Antarctica, Australia, South America and yes, even Africa!  In fact, most of the penguins you see at the zoo are African penguins.

So, in honor of PAD, here are some fun facts about and even more fun photos of my favorite animal, the penguin.

1. The emperor penguin is the largest of the penguin species and can weigh up to 90 pounds. The fairy penguin is the smallest and weighs only 2 pounds.

2. Penguins are found only in the Southern Hemisphere. While most people associate penguins with Antarctica, they are much more widespread and penguin populations can also be found in South America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

3. Penguins use sign language to communicate with each other.

Adelie Penguin, smallest of the Antarctic penguins.

Emperor Penguin.  These guys can grow to 4ft and weigh 90 lbs!

Yellow-eyed penguin, found in New Zealand.  This is the most rare penguin, and their numbers are dwindling (only 1,500 breeding pairs), due to deforestation in New Zealand.

So, there are some pictures and facts about my most favorite animal, the adorable penguin.