Tuesday, May 14, 2013


For today...Tuesday, May 14, 2013

On My Mind...I am still unemployed and somehow I thought that would equate to my spending more time writing on my blog but that hasn't happened for whatever reasons!...I have sent a few resumes out for positions with no responses back and also interviewed with a hospice home care agency for a per diem position, that interview resulted in my attending their weekly "team" meeting and "shadowing" one of their social workers on a visit.  That was almost 2 weeks ago and the HR lady said she would call me the next day.  Well she did to tell me that she was going away for a few days and would call the following Tues which was a week ago today.  She seemed pleased with everything though and said she is checking my references and doing a  background check before she sets me up for orientation.  Very positive but as I think the song goes "the waiting is the hardest part".

Outside My window...sunny but a lot cooler than it should be.

What I'm listening to...I've decided to continue to listen to audio books since they are such a habit of mine; it just just takes me longer to get through them but I do!  Right now I am listening to Under the Dome by Stephen King, in anticipation of the upcoming miniseries in June.  I'm also listening to something called a "playaway" when I go for my daily walk (hey I have  to do something  with my time! lol) (A playaway is this little ipod-size thing they have at the library that you put your own AAA battery and earphones into)...I'm currently listening to Summerland by Elin Hillerbrand on the playaway

What I'm reading...Because it's not enough that I'm listening to 2 books, I'm also reading a 3rd!  After seeing the movie "42" (which everyone should see, by the way), I became interested in Jackie Robinson and am now reading a biography about him.  I did recently finish two really good books which I highly recommend, both of them were quick reads for me: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom.

What I'm Watching...Both Survivor and The Amazing Race just finished up and I was happy with how they both turned out, I think it's the first time we were all rooting for the same people!; DWTS is winding down and while I really liked Ingo when it first started, I think it's just time for him to go now.  I really like Ally, Kellie, and Jacoby, not a big fan of Zendaya; watching the daytime shows, The View, The Chew, The Talk and Ellen; also still love The Big Bang Theory and looking forward to So You Think You Can Dance starting again!

Around the house...not as neat as you would think considering I have nothing else to do; laundry waiting to be folded and more to be washed.

In the kitchen...Pork chops will be going in the crockpot for dinner tonight; quick dinners the rest of the week because of baseball

Coming up this week...baseball games tomorrow night, Fri night and Sat night; orientation at the middle school Thurs night; Tucker's running in a 5K to benefit cancer on Sat and we're celebrating Mother's day and my s-i-l's birthday on Sun (Michael had to work on Mother's day so we postponed it)

Picture thought
(and yes he did catch the ball!!!)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Monday, March 25, 2013


For today...Monday,March 25, 2013

On My Mind...for those of you who don't know,I lost my job two weeks ago. The new administrator has been there for about a year and in that time about 3/4 of the department heads have left either on their own or like in my case they were really reaching to find something.I lost my part-timer about a year ago (she left for a full-time position)  and I had been telling them I was overwhelmed and needed help so rather then get me someone they decided to get rid of me!  So back unto unemployment I go. It will be a struggle but we've made it before and we will make it again. I'm hoping to pick up some per diem home care until I find something....also my thoughts are with a friend of mine whose son is stationed in Afghanistan. The prison where he is stationed  was taken over be the afghans yesterday and she has not heard from him since.

Outside my window...supposed to be spring but still a little chilly for my liking!  they're saying maybe the 50s tomorrow!

What I'm listening to... no audiobooks for me right now! The View is on the TV and I can hear the dishwasher churning away upstairs.

What I'm reading...just finished  44 Charles Street by Danielle Steele and now reading The Autobiography of Mrs.Tom Thumb (fiction).

What I'm Watching... Amazing Race,Survivior,and DWTS.No Idol for me this season;couldn't take Nicki Minaj. 

Coming up this week... baseball practice tonight and Wed, soccer game tomorrow night, no school for Tucker Thursday and Friday, 5th grade car wash, bake sale,and plant sale on Sat (let's hope the weather cooperates!)and Easter at my m-i-l's on Sunday.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Quick Takes

1. As something new at work, we as department heads have to work a 12-8 shift every two weeks.  Today's my lucky day so I'm at the library this morning returning books, getting new books, and taking advantage of their faster computers!
2.  I had hoped to be better about blogging with the new year but so far I haven't other than to start my new list of books read in 2013.  I really need to get better about doing it because I feel like we are missing out on whole parts of our life and the memory, sad to say is not what it used to be!  the blog has really helped me when I've gone back to scrapbook events and sad to say, I'm behind on that too!  Like 4 years, almost 5 years kind of behind!  I think the last time we scrapbooked I did Tucker's kindergarten graduation and now he's moving up middle school next year!  Yikes!
3.  On to other news... for the one person who doesn't follow me on facebook ...keeping us busy has been our little artist!  He will receiving an award from the CT Association of Schools for his (and I quote) "ever developing artistic talent and fine character" in February!  He just received an award from the Board of Education for receiving the February award, if that makes any sense!

Oops! I'm being thrown off the computer!  Apparently I've exceeded my time and there are people waiting!  (which is actually fine with me because the guy next to me smells kind of funky!)

Friday, January 4, 2013

Books I Read in 2012

1. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
2. New Moon by Stephanie Meyer
3. Emma by Jane Austen
5. Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer
6. Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
7. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
8. Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
9. Night Road Kristen Hannah
10. Beloved by Toni Morrison
11. Captive Queen by Alison Weir
12. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
11. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
12. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer *
13. Crossed by Ally Condie
14. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
15. Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire
16. Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
17. Holes by Louis Sachar
18. The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Ransom Riggs
19. Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner
20. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K Rawlings
21. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rawlings
22. The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman
23. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rawlings
24. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
25. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
26. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rawlings
27. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
28. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
29. The Third Angel by Alice Hoffman
30.  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rawlings
31.  Moon over Manifest by Claire Vanderpool
32.  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rawlings
33.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowlings  *
34.  The Host by Stephanie Meyer  *
35.  The River King by Alice Hoffman
36.  The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
37.  The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis
38.  The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
39.  Shiver by Maggie Steifvater 
40.  Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantal
41. Seriously...I'm Kidding by Ellen Degeneres
42.  Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
43.  The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
44.  Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
45.  The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall
46.  Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James
47.  Fifty shades Darker by EL James
48.  Fifty Shades Freed by FL James 
49.  The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. salinger
50.  Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell *
51.  The Sign of the Beaver
52.  I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb
53.  Knit Two by Kate Jabobs
54.  Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout
55.  Where the Heart Is by Bille Letts
56.  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
57.   11/22/63 by Stephen King *

* indicates favorite books

Monday, September 24, 2012

Thoughts on a Sunday Afternoon

-I missed doing a Daybook this week because it was a busy week so I thought I'd take a few minutes now to get down some thoughts.
-It seems strange but I have 5 kids here now, including Tucker, because his friend William and the three neighbor kids are here.  I'd go upstairs and carry on but I was down here when they came and Nava (the little girl) keeps coming over and talking to me and asking me questions.  The boys can fend for them selves I know.
-I had to laugh when I called William's mom this morning to ask if William could come over.  You may remember William....he and Tucker were inseperable from K- 2nd grade and then drifted as friends sometimes do.  Well they are in the same class this year and when Tucker told me,  I said to Michael I wonder how long it will take before William will be over again.  Turns out it was 3 weeks.  And he just asked if can come over next weekend "I like coming over here, Mrs. Doyle".  So nice to hear!  :)
-We had the annual carnival at Tucker's school yesterday and it was the perfect Fall day for it!  Somehow I ended up doing the Spin Art Booth  and getting splattered with paint! But it was a lot of fun and the kids had a blast!
-Survivor started this week and Blair from the Facts of Life is on it and they are so mean to her already because she is "older".  The ones who are being mean to her are so young they don;t even recognize her as a TV star.  There's one guy who does recognize her and he's nice to her but stuck in the middle.
-Can't wait for Dancing with the stars and Amazing Race to start!  Though I'm not looking forward to Bristol and Pamela dancing around again!  I've started watching The Voice and Glee also.
-I'm still making my way through Gone With the Wind; not really doing a lot of reading mostly because I'm working on Christmas presents and that takes up a a lot of my time.  I'm only about halfway through it. 
-I guess that's about it for now.