Friday, January 20, 2017

Inauguration and Other Stories

Today is January 20, 1017.

Around 12pm EST, in Washington, D.C., the United States will have a new President. We will have a new President. I will have a new President.

Whether you (or I) voted for him or not, he will be our President. As you know, I keep my political thoughts to myself (most of the time). He will be President for at least 4 years, maybe 8. We have to support him and believe that he's going to do what's best for our Country!

Today, I'm watching ABC News. It's what I watch every morning while I'm getting ready. It's what I've watched for years. You can hear as you listen to the reporters that some of them are excited about the events of today. You can also hear the disapproval of the new President in the voices of others. I know that news reporters are supposed to be neutral no matter what, but it's interesting to listen to. I'm sure that it's happening on CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, and all the other stations too.

I have watched all the Inaugurations since Clinton. Some of the Presidents I wanted to see in office. Others I was hoping they would only get 4 years.

In other news..... yesterday, I said I was going to share information and stories about all the things I do in my life.

Today is one of those days.

The Princess is going to be watching the Inauguration at school today. The school sent home a permission form, but it only had to be signed and returned if you would NOT allow your child too watch. It's HISTORY in the making.  Why would I not let my child watch, whether I agree or disagree with the President? It's HISTORY! You should always make a point to watch history!

Funny story.... and it might be a "you had to be there" thing.

I own 4 sweatshirts. This is new for me. In the past, I had ONE and I only wore it when it was snowing. I never used to get cold..... before I lost over 200 lbs.

Earlier this week, it was warmer and I didn't need a sweatshirt; so we washed all of them. I don't dry them. So I went to grab one yesterday evening to put it on. It was inside out. I thought I'd be smooth and just flip the sleeves and the hood as I put it on. It worked pretty well with the sleeves. head got stuck. Tony and the Princess were already out by the van and I was yelling for help. I couldn't get my head unstuck. The Princess came to my rescue. I'm just glad she didn't take a picture of it first!!!

Final thought for today....

If you wear glasses, know where they are at all times. Last night, Tony was sitting on the couch. He took his glasses off and put them on his leg while he was talking on the phone. When he finished talking, he started squirming around on the love seat. I asked what he was looking for. He said, "Where are my glasses?" I cracked up.  They were on his FACE!! 

Ok....that was another "You had to be there" story.  I have a lot of those.  But.... that's what's going on in Leslie's World today.

What funny things are happening in your world today?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

While I'm Waiting

About 5 minutes about I published the post Making Room for God's Plan, I got a phone call.

The previous day, I had applied for a job at a local Charter school.... teaching English. I hit publish on the post. Seriously, no more than 5 minutes later, the phone rang. They wanted to interview me.

It was the shortest interview in the history of interviews. It only lasted 10 minutes, max! I left feeling pretty confident. However, now, I'm in the waiting game. 

I don't like that game.... so..... I always find things to do while I wait.

Here are the things I'm doing. Over the next few days, I'm going to give you more information about all of these things (like links to how to find me and things like that)!! 

1. Substitute Teacher--I am working in the same county where I live and where I used to work. Last year, I covered two long term (8 week) assignments at two different schools. I usually work about 3-4 days a month. I'd love for it to be more. If you are a teacher in my county, let me know and I'll come in for you when you need to be out.

2. Tutor--I have been a tutor for a few years now. I tutor middle and high school students in English.

3. Travel Agent--I have only been doing this a little over a year. I have a lot more information to come about this.

4. Crafter--I scrapbook. I make things with my hands. I make things with vinyl, like decals. I have been doing this a little over a year too.  I have more information about that too.

5. Blogger--I have been blogging since 2010. I am just now working at consciously doing it on a semi-regular schedule. I'm trying to build readership and find things to write consistently.

6. Mom/Wife/Daughter/Sister/Aunt/Friend--We all already knew this one!  I just don't get paid (not money anyways) for doing this one!  I have lots of stories from this!

Hopefully I will hear something from the interview soon. But, while I'm waiting, I'm staying busy. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Making Room for God's Plan

About 18 months ago, on June 10, 2015, I did something I didn't really want to do. I walked out of my job for the final time. I had resigned (effective on the last day of school) a few weeks earlier.

I didn't want to do it. My flesh was terrified. I'm sure I've shared that here. Tony and I had discussed it and prayed about it. We felt it was the right thing to do. We knew God would supply. He has. We have not gone without anything we have needed since I resigned.

When I left the classroom that day, I was leaving a classroom I had been in for 3 years. I had been teaching a total of 4 years. I had a lot of stuff. When I say a lot of stuff, I mean a LOT! I put all my files and notebooks and books in crates and boxes and tubs. It took me 2 loads with the seats laid down in my minivan.

For the past 18 months, all of that stuff... all the boxes, all the crates, all the tubs.... have been sitting in my office floor. If I needed something from the office, I had to move 4 years of teaching stuff to get to it.

Over the past week, I have been cleaning. I put all the files in the filing cabinet. I got rid of some of the old paperwork. I donated some of the old books. I cleared out the floor.  I even vacuumed the office.... since we could finally SEE the carpet in there for the first time in almost 2 years.

After it was all done, I teared up. I told Tony that I feel like I am giving up.

I recycled the boxes. They are gone.
I donated the books. They are gone.
I threw away the papers. They are gone.

For 18 months, I had everything ready. If I had been offered a classroom, I could have just loaded up my van (twice) and put everything in my new classroom.

As I looked at the trash and recycling and donations, I knew that I couldn't get all that back.

I told Tony I was giving up. He said, "Boxes are superficial. We can get new ones. You can still be in a classroom tomorrow, if you get a job."

That made me think.

Sometimes, you have to get out of God's way. If you want something so badly, sometimes you get in the way.

God has a plan for my life. I have no idea what it is.

Now... my office is clean. I can get in there to do some scrapbooking. I actually have been scrapbooking for two days now.

I have officially (and physically) made room for God to put me where He wants me.

I am making room for God's plan!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Last Night It Snowed

All week, the weather forecasters called for snow.

Some called for 4"; others called for 8".

In reality, according to the weather reports this morning, we got about 2-3". A "cone of warm air" snuck in and pushed the higher totals of snow to the north.

Surprise! Surprise!

It snowed more to the north than at my house!!

Well, at least we got snow! It's beautiful outside!

It is still snowing a little bit now. That will all be gone before noon today.

I went out on the front porch earlier when I got up to get some pictures. It never fails when it snows that someone decides to walk through MY snow!!  It's MY yard! It's MY snow!  But, someone always walks through it before we get outside. That's why I went out earlier for pictures. :)  I got ahead of them this time. :)

I am a "snow-fectionist".  I want the snow to stay pretty and pristine without footprints in it. I always ask Tony and the Princess to walk only on the sidewalk and stay in each other's footprints.

Of course, I always give in and we end up messing up the entire yard..... but I really do love for it to be pretty and perfect for as long as it can be.

For the first time in 2017, it snowed last night! 

Enjoy it!
Stay warm!
Have fun!

What is your favorite part of the snow?

Friday, January 6, 2017

Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

I live in NC! I live near Charlotte. 

Sometimes we get snow.  Sometimes we get ice. Sometimes we get rain. Sometimes we get nothing!

For the past week, the forecasters have been predicting snow. It's supposed to start late this evening and go into the morning tomorrow. Some say 2-4". Others say up to 6".

Me? I want as much snow as possible!  :)  I love snow! 

The only difference in this year and all the previous years is that I get cold now. Actually, I stay cold now. I wear hoodies and long pants all the time. I wrap up in blankets when I'm on the couch. I freeze often! 

I used to make fun of people who were cold all the time. My sister is one of them. I think I may still be warmer than her, but I'm cold all the time. That does NOT mean I don't want snow!!

Living in NC, people go nuts when they hear about snow! 

The hardware stores have lines of people getting ice melt, snow sleds, and shovels.

Grocery stores have people lined through the store waiting to check out with basics like milk, eggs, and bread. I guess if we get snowed in, we can all eat French toast and drink milk. Some people only get bread and milk.... they get to eat milk sandwiches.

I hope that we are going to get snow! I love to take pictures of everything covered in white! It's so shiny and beautiful! I guess that's because one day I would love to be a photographer.... of nature and people!  (I need to learn to watermark my photos and then I may post some of them here just to show what I have done with my current camera!!)

What do you like to do when it snows?