Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Mr. DeBoer

Guess who was asked to return to Shakopee Middle School next year, FULL TIME?

Yep. This guy…

It looks like it was a blessing in disguise getting cut from Burnsville. Turns out, they've got bigger problems then we do. A quarter of a million dollars problems.

As for Shakopee, they're stable, they're growing and they just resigned a hell of a teacher.

Good teachers mold young minds. Great teachers change lives. My husband, Mr. DeBoer, is a great teacher.

And I could not be more proud.

Thursday, March 15, 2012


This is just the best email forward I have ever gotten. Period. End of sentence. No further explanation needed.

I am in the process of making good old fashioned paper copies and slappin' 'em up everywhere.



Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old. This is something we should all read at least once a week!!!!!

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written.

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Change the way you think.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month...

6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. Release your children when they become adults, its their life now.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first pay cheque.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Just because you believe you are right, doesn't mean you are. Keep an open mind.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. Your job is to love your children, not choose who they should love.

35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come...

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.


Thanks Cousin Penny!

Thursday, March 8, 2012


I will turn 30 in exactly two weeks. I think I'm old enough to make my own decisions. And I've decided it's okay for me to drink a soda (or two or three or four).

My vice does not affect you in any way. I'm not recruiting you to drink with me. I'm not peer-pressuring you to take a shot of caffeine. I'm not toting any benefits whatsoever of my habit. I'd appreciate some reciprocation. 

Look. Big picture? I could be doing crack or making meth. I could be chewing and spewing. I could be drinking and driving. I could be watching rated R movies but I'm not. I'm merely drinking a beverage that I enjoy. And you know what, I don't even enjoy it as much as I could if I allowed myself what I really want. Don't get me wrong, Caffeine Free Diet Dr Pepper is mighty tasty but it doesn't hold a candle to a sugary Pepsi heavy. 

I know soda holds zero nutritional value. I know it sucks the calcium from my bones. I know it's basically a legal addictive stimulus. I know there are wiser (free) beverage choices I could make. I know it's not good for me but you know what? Neither is speeding and I guarantee everyone reading this post speeds.

So to those of you who want to put me through the calorie-counting, label-reading, plant-growing, granola-crunching ringer (*cough* Shawn, *cough* Mandi, *cough* society), I ask you this: Is there an iota of a spec of a granule of a chance that you do something others may not agree with? And how does it make you feel when that is questioned? Uh-huh. Burns a little doesn't it? Stings even?

Everyone has habits. And it's a well known fact that when you eliminate one habit, often times it's replaced with another. Therefore, to curb an invitation to pick up huffing, I think I'll just stick to my soda.

C.Y.A. (Cover Your Ass) Epilogue: I hereby officially and publicly apologize to anyone and everyone I may have offended in the past by suggesting they choose an alternative choice to something they just chose. 

Monday, March 5, 2012


I'd like to thank the academy, my agent, my family, my fans and all those that voted for me. What? No one voted for me? Shit. Well, then, I guess I just owe Traci some thanks for giving me a wonderfully mindless thing to blog about… myself.

So here’s how it works:
1. Link back to the person who gave you this award.
2. Complete the questionnaire.
3. Share 7 random thoughts about yourself.
4. Award 5 blogs and let them know in a comment or email.

1. Name your favorite song.
This is literally an impossible task for me. It changes hourly depending on my mood, the weather and my credit card balance… luckily I received an iTunes giftcard for Christmas so here's what I've purchased recently:
Cover of the Rolling Stone – Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show
Drive By – Train
Slow Ride – Foghat
I Won't Give Up – Jason Mraz
Bad, Bad Leroy Brown – Jim Croce
You Don't Mess Around with Jim – Jim Croce
Some Nights – Fun.
We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monae) – Fun.
The Winner Is – from the Little Miss Sunshine soundtrack

2. Name your favorite dessert.
Currently… Oatmeal Creme Pies

3. What ticks you off?
That is a loaded question so I'll stick to one genre: driving. I'm no Raymond Babbitt, but I can drive. Unfortunately, many cannot. To these idiots I say, get out of the fast lane, stop stopping when you want to merge and stay the hell off the road.

4. When I'm upset…
I turn beat red, my heart pounds in my chest, I start to shake and then depending on my mental state, I cry. I'm a crier. Shawn doesn't fall for it anymore though. (Dammit.)

5. What is your favorite pet?
My Norman.

6. Black or White?
Black. No good can come from anything white: clothes, snow, frosting…

7. Biggest fear?
Losing my Shawn or my Maci.

Seven random thoughts/things about me:
This is much harder then I thought it would be. I feel like I'm an over-sharer so it's taken me a while to think of things some may not already know about me. Or should I say, things that people don't already know about me that I'd really care to share.
1. I like things linear. If it's not a right angle, it's a wrong angle.
2. When I was young, I wanted to be Jacques Cousteau.
3. In high school, I was both band president and volleyball captain.
4. I part my hair to my right and cross my legs to my left.
5. I probably watch five hours of TV a week.
6. I would love to take my family and live abroad.
7. I make myself balance my check book without a calculator. It's simple math people.

My 5 blog award winners:
1. Penny
2. Sara
3. Jordan
4. Drew
5. Wildcard (Let me know if you blog and are not on my blog roll or if you've updated your long lost blog recently and I should add you back to my blog roll. I'd love to add to my arsenal of procrastination.)


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