Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

Writing writing writing

I stumbled upon a new blog, YA Highway!  I'm sort of in love with it.  I've been working on a YA novel ever since NaNoWriMo.  You can read my intro here.

I'm stoked to keep revising my novel.  I feel like it has potential.  The characters are becoming more defined, with personalities and mannerisms.  The plot continues to develop and at times it surprises me.

Well, that's all I can write today.  It's finals week, and I am booked solid!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Bordeom Busters!

It's the week before finals
and all through the office
not a student was stirring
not even a novice

Their backpacks were thrown
on the floor without care
in hope that their teachers
would not find them there...

Ok, that's truly terrible, but I'm incredibly bored!  Kids are all working on projects or papers, so I've been finding other ways to pass the time.  Could, blow off work with me!

 Fan-flipping-tastic.  These kids are super creative.  They could give my class a run for their money, for sure!

This one is pretty old, but I like a good throw-back now and again! 

Same house, different music, still awesome!

I hope you enjoyed my boredom busters!  Now, GET BACK TO WORK!!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

10 on Tuesday

Happy Tuesday!  For today's 10 on Tuesday, here are 10 awesome ways to use pallets to decorate your home!

10.Rolling Outdoor Table as seen on joy ever after

This cute little table, made of two pallets and some basic wheels, can add a little flair to your patio!

9. Rustic Table as seen on Sew Homegrown

Again, just two pallets, and wham-boom!  A table!  Plus there is some additional storage for magazines or books.

8. Pallet Desk as seen on IKEA Hackers
Pallet + Legs = practical desk with built in storage!

7. Pallet Pet Bed as seen on Etsy:

 Of course, you'll make it and then your cat won't sleep in it...

6. Shoe Storage Rack

Admittedly, not the prettiest of pallets, but slap a little paint on there and wham-o, a shoe rack fit for a queen...or shoes.  Whatever.

5. Photo Shelf as seen on AmandaCarver Designs

For a cute way to display photographs, this shelf adds a touch of rustic beauty to your home.

4. Pallet Sofa as seen Cuarto derecha
 This one uses 6 pallets, topped by a simple foam cushion.  Add some color with pillows or cute slip covers!

3. Coat Rack as seen on Shelterness
I love this!  It couldn't be simpler.  We have a coat overflow problem at my house, and I will definitely be doing this project soon!

2. Pallet Christmas Tree

Pure cuteness!  This would be a perfect gift for the folk art lover in your family!

1.  Pallet Coffee Table as seen on Espritcabane
Love, love, love!  From the colors to the little drawers, I am in LOVE with this table!  This is going to be my NEXT next project.  It just looks so homey, and so pretty!

That's it for this week's 10 on Tuesday!  Have some pallet love?  Leave me a message, and be sure to follow my blog!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Momma Monday

I have the greatest kid in the whole world.  It's not an exaggeration, it's the honest to Bob truth.  She's phenomenally helpful, her language skills are way above average, and she's freakin' adorable.  Basically, I won the kid lotto.

I also have the ability to annoy the utter crap out of her.  Like, seriously.  She's not even two yet, and  I already get the eye rolls, the sighs, and the "Stop Mom!"s.  I expected this to happen at some point, but I was looking toward the teenaged years, not the toddler years!

Anyway, I've decided to share some Little Toots highlights in honor of Momma Monday!

See how much I annoy her?

Mmmm, pizza!

My all-time favorite!


Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Bentley Saga - Homeless dog becomes local cause- UPDATE

12/2/2011 An update on Bentley: He's been adopted!!  A Lake Placid man has welcomed Bentley into his family.  Hooray for happy endings!!  There are still so many animals in need of loving homes.  Please visit your local shelter and adopt a companion animal!!

Homeless dog becomes local cause

A few weeks ago, my husband got a mass email from one of his colleagues, asking if anyone would be willing to adopt Bentley, a 10-month old Boxer/St. Bernard mix.  There was really no response, so another email circulated.  And another.  Then there were rumors that Bentley was in danger of being put down, since he had been at the shelter for two months.

I had my husband forward me the email so that I could send it around to the folks I work with.  I know we have quite a few animal lovers on campus.  I also told my husband that if Bentley was in danger of being put down, then we had to go get him.  I'll be honest, we have a teeny tiny little house, jammed packed with two cats and a Great Dane/Husky mix, not to mention a toddler (although I did just mention her, huh?)  But who could resist this face?

I had a number of people call me about Bentley, and I directed them to the SPCA Shelter where he is being held.  Apparently Bentley wasn't in immediate danger of being put to sleep, so interest once again began to dwindle.  He is still at the shelter, waiting for his forever home.

This is the part where I urge you to go to a shelter to adopt a pet.  Please don't buy "designer" dogs.  Please don't purchase a puppy from a puppy mill!  There are many sweet and loving animals in your local shelter, just waiting to be loved!  We adopted Frankie from a not-for-profit shelter called Precious Pups.  They didn't charge us a penny (although we donated money to cover the cost of shots), and we got an awesome companion.

 If you are looking to add a pet to your family, PLEASE go to a local shelter!  If you can't own a pet, volunteer your time!  You won't regret it, and you'll earn major karmic points (plus a spot in my heart).

If you live in the Northern New York area, stop in to visit Bentley at the Ogdensburg SPCA.  He's a sweet dog!