Friday, May 3, 2013

Five for Friday and Currently

Happy Friday!  It has been quite a busy week for me, and I'm thankful that this week was a 4 day week and I'm currently enjoying my 3 day weekend!

After reading Doodle Bugs' (Bugs's?) post, now I want an instagram account.  I've never had any desire to have an instagram account.  Ugh.  NOOOOOOO.  I will not give in!

1.  My week started out with picking up this guy.  He's a dog I'm fostering through a rescue group until he finds a home.  His name is Edison, and boy is he keeping me on my toes!  He has separation anxiety (spending 3 weeks an a crate in an animal hospital would do that to you, I guess) so we're having issues with him wanting to go in his crate when I leave for work.  (I'm supposed to work on crate training him through the rescue I'm fostering for, so that's why he's in a crate.)  I've tried everything I can think of- giving him a special treat, leaving plenty of treats and bones in the crate with him, turning on the radio, but he just doesn't want to go in.  He tries to bite me and the crate door.  It's very frustrating!  He's VERY sweet, though.  We spent some time in the yard this afternoon playing fetch and tug of war, and it was fun.  He wants so badly to do a good job for me.  He wants to cuddle and be right near me.  And he's very smart- so smart he found the bottle of dog aspirin the other night and ate a few, forcing me to induce vomiting to remove the aspirin from his stomach.  OMG.  But he's going to make someone a great dog.

2.  Coming home from agility class the other night, I was rear-ended by some jerk in a teal truck.  And the jerk drove off.  And I was unable to get his license plate number.  So I posted a note on my neighborhood's Facebook page, and it turns out that this guy has hit several other people in the neighborhood.  Another person said he hit him and 10- yes, 10- other people.  And drove off from each one of them.  So if they can catch him, it's a hit and run- and that's a felony.  So I'm bound and determined to make sure this jerk ends up in jail.  Don't mess with a redhead!  (I do have a name of the person who hit me.  So I'm making it available to the police.)

3.  I found out on Saturday that one of my friends from high school passed away.  I was very sad to hear of his passing.  He was the first in our class to pass away, and is honestly the first person I've known personally that was this young.  He was 28.  I had to call a friend of mine and let her know, and that was really difficult. Then another friend of mine called me, very upset.  So last weekend wasn't really a great weekend for me.  Luckily, 2 of my friends and I went out for a bit Saturday night, which helped distract me a bit.  I didn't get to go to the visitation or the funeral, because it was up in Northern Kentucky (where I'm from) and I had to work since it was on a Monday.  I also had a meeting for my practicum, so I would have had to turn right back around and come back.

4.  I spent some time working in my yard again this weekend!  I hate the process of working in my yard (particularly mowing the grass and edging!) but I love the results!  (Except for the inevitable sunburn.  That's no fun.)  I did some weed pulling and mulching 2 weekends ago, and today I followed up by planting a few flowers and cleaning up my patio.  It looks much nicer now! :-)

This is my pergola in the back yard.  I love having a porch swing!  I dug out around the pergola last year, but I laid down some landscape fabric and planted some tulips.


I planted this clematis today.  Eventually I will finish the pergola and it will climb up it.   

I also planted a few more dahlias.  These are pretty cute, but nowhere near as pretty as the dahlias in the front of the house! 

5.  We spent our week having some Derby fun!  And we had a BLAST.  We made Derby hats, had a parade, drank "mint juleps" (minty-lemonade), and did some Derby Mad-Libs.  Almost everything we did came from my Derby unit.  I will write a full post on all our Derby fun as soon as I find my camera.  I really got some great pictures, and now I can't find my camera!  Uh oh!  I don't think I left it at school, but I can't find it, so I'm slightly concerned that it's there.  (Crap!  Now I'm worried about my camera!  I wish I could get back into my building so I could look for it.  I can't stand not knowing where things are!)


And now onto Currently... 

Listening:  I LOVE the Big Bang Theory.  And last night, Bob Newhart was on the show.  He was hilarious.  I was rolling.  I mean, every episode is great, but I think this was one of the better ones. People have told my dad for years that he looks like Bob Newhart (and he does.  The resemblance to younger Bob Newhart and my dad is uncanny.  Actually, Bob Newhart reminds me of my grandfather.  My dad looks just like my grandfather, so... this must be my dad when he's 83.  He he he.)

Loving:  3 day weekends are the best!  We didn't have school today because it's Oaks Day, so Derby weekend around here is always a 3 day weekend.  It's the best.  :-)  

Thinking:  See 4 above.  Flowers are awesome.  A mowed yard is awesome.  The process isn't quite so awesome.  But I'll live.

Wanting:  I have a few spots in my yard that need more flowers!  I'm trying to figure out how to have a yard that has flowers blooming in every season.  So far, I've failed, but I'm really trying.  I won't be happy until my yard looks like something out of Better Homes and Gardens.

Needing:  See 1 above.  Poor Edison.  I feel so awful leaving him in the crate during the day.  But I don't crate my dog, so I really have no idea how to crate train a dog.  I'm not sure if I'm doing it wrong or not!

Summer Bucket List:  I haven't been to a beach since my ex and I went to New York in 2010, and it was cold, since it was September and all!  So I am in serious need of a beach!  My best friend lives in Virginia Beach, and I fully intend to visit her this summer sometime.  I haven't been there since she moved in 2011.  Bad friend.  (It didn't help that I was in school all summer last year, so I didn't have time!)  

Make sure if you link up with Currently that you follow the rule of 3!  Sometimes I see that people don't, and it makes me a little upset.  :-/  

Hope you all have a great weekend!  I will be spending mine panicking about my camera.  I have the pictures to make Mother's Day presents next week on it, and I NEED them.  Plus, it isn't mine.  It's the camera for my classroom.  So yeah... panic time.  No bueno.  





10 comments:

  1. I love that I found a blogging friend who combined their Currently post with Five for Friday! :)

    You HAVE to join Instagram! It's so much fun! And, it's a great way to have pictures ready for blog posts!

    I hope I find you there!

    Abby
    Third Grade Bookworm

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    1. I saw that you did the same thing! :-) Aren't we just so crafty!

      Oh goodness, don't try to convince me! I'm going to stand strong. No Instagram! :-) We'll see how that goes!

      Erica

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  2. Hi Eirca! Thank you for stopping by my blog. I'm really happy to find you and will visit often. I am very sorry about the passing of your classmate. Every day is a gift, isn't it? Every time something like this happens, I want to hold my dear ones closer. Take care!

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    1. Yes, definitely! A friend and I were discussing how we would make an effort to attend any reunions that our class had because we don't want the only time we see former classmates to be at funerals. I just feel like we're too young for this! But you're never too young, I guess.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Erica

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  3. First of all, I am sorry to hear about your classmate. I can't believe someone hit you this week too and drove off! However, I am excited to find another first grade blogging buddy!! Yes, three day weekend are great! I am looking for that summer break in 15 school days though. I am in need of a big break! I love your blog and I am your newest follower!

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    1. Thank you. Yeah, it was a bit of a crazy week. I'm waiting on the cop to call me back so I can give him the info on the guy who hit me! We still have like 23 or 24 more days left (I have totally lost count!) but I still feel like I have so much more to teach so I'm ok with that!

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Erica

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  4. Hey Erica,

    I wanted to stop by and say hi! Thanks for stopping by our blog. SO funny to find out you are from the Louisville area, I frequent the Louisville because my sister in law and her family live there.
    Have a great week. Oh, and you need instagram so you can link up on Tuesday, better than Pinterest.

    Alison

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    1. I'm feeling a lot of Instagram pressure here! :-)

      So cool that you visit Louisville a lot! It's awesome here! I'm technically from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, but I chose to go to school in Louisville and stayed. I love it here.

      Erica

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  5. I've never heard of Oakes Days....sounds interesting! I hate yard work as well, good thing I have a handy hubby! Here's some more Instagram pressure...it is TOTALLY wort signing up for. Even if you don't post pictures. It's like reading blog posts without any words that are full of pictures! You're missing out : )

    Lindsay
    For the Love of First Grade

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  6. I think it's wonderful that you are fostering a rescue pup. I wish I had some advice for you. For my baby I put some peanut butter in a Kong toy and she'll do just about anything for that! :) I was also hit by a driver who took off once (on Christmas Eve no less)-I hope you catch your jerk. :)

    NotJustChild'sPlay

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