Sunday, September 30, 2007
About Paris, I really had no idea we were close until we landed! It was so foggy and raining, we landed and that was the clue were we were in Paris. So no Eiffel Tower as of yet.
We were there about 30 minutes and bussed to our plane to Budapest. It was very uneventful. But I was so tired, I think I slept the entire way. We arrived in Budapest and cleared customs. Hurray, my luggage was there. Only 2 people lost there luggage. They found one of them in Paris and the other is totally lost. Now, being the good person I am, Mike and I offered to ride the Amtrack type train back to Paris and retrieve the luggage. Nope, they will send it to Budapest. After getting all of the luggage that came with our plane, we got on the bus... a small nice bus and started to Ukraine. Now, the driver (they looked like retired KGB) must have been paid by the hour, because we were the only ones going less than 50 mph. We stopped for a meal, not sure which meal it was, but it was 5pm here. We ate at a Buffalo Blill place. How ironic. Anywho, I had Hungarian Goulash. Its bean soups to those in USA. It was good, but lots of spices.
We went through the Hungary border into Solovokia. We were in that Country for about an 1 1/2 hours. We stopped at a Wal Mart-ish type store to get the 2 people without luggage some essentials. Back onto the bus and to the Border. We crossed from Solovokia to Ukraine. Each border crossing took about 30-45 minutes!!! The Nehemia Center is about 3-5 miles from the Solovokia Border, The entire bus trip was about 7 hours!!!!!!!
We arrived at 12pm. Which was about 4 am USA time. Hot sweaty and ready for a hot shower. We all got settled. Mike carried most of our luggage up the 4 flights of stairs to our room! Its nice. We even have a bathroom with a shower. Its very clean and modern by the standards here. Compares to about a Motel 6
Today is a day of "rest". We will go to Church tonight. I am speaking! Didnt really know that, but hey what the heck. I guess we are to share how God speak to us. Well, if you know me, everyday is different! haha, thunderstorms and all!We also went for a walk to a small part of town. Its now about 1:30 pm. I have a Bible School Mtg, then we are off to Church. The country side is beautiful. They have lots of farm land and vineyards. The vineyard are just beautiful growing up the hills! They grow a lot of wheat. They wheat is not bailed, but in old haystacks. The cars are all very small and gas is about 37.00 whatever they call their money per liter. The weather is cool, but I am wearing a tshirt and yoga type pants and Im very comfortable. English is spoken by a very few. Budapest was really pretty as we were driving through. There are still alot of the Russian Housing Apts around Budapest. Also lots of factories. We will be in Budapest next Mon and Tues, before we fly home on Wed. Oh, not pics just yet. I left my camera on the bus. I think. I cant find it as of now!!!!! Yukky. The minister here that rented the bus for us yesterday, will call them in the morning. If not I will buy a new one here.
Thats about it for now.
I will post more tomorrow.
PS to my class: I know you are all being the sweet wonderful kiddos that I know you can be.
to my sister, more email to you later
to my boys, Momma misses you, have a good week., Stay strong
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Thats 49+1. Maybe in a little bit, I'll write it another way, not just yet.
Anyway this is me right now- the picture that keeps moving down my post as I type. My family would know it better as 'thunderstorms in my head'. School was a total mess. We were going somewhere all morning and they sat and stared into space all afternoon. I guess its back to reading on the floor, criss cross applesauce! Good gosh! At least that way I can get them to listen. Whats the deal with this. I guess they know I am going to be gone and they are a bit wacko? Beats me!
So I am hopping for a better tomorrow. I got a nice pedi/mani afterschool. My friend S. Riggs gave me a gift card for a pedi or mani. She is the sweetest thing! I, being a respectable MD, haha have just diagnosed her with gall bladder issues. She is off to the real Dr. tomorrow. Maybe we will both be out 2 weeks. About 5 yrs ago, I thought I had a pinched nerve in my back, nope, it was gallbladder! Saw the Dr on Mon, ultra sound on Tues., Surgeon of Wed, preop on Thurs, gall bladder out on Fri.
Those babies hurt! Good luck ...... S. Riggs, dont be going to the DR with wet hair! hahahaha
OK off to bed, too much to do tomorrow and too little time. Oh, If only I didnt have to teach the children and I could just pack and get ready. Whatever
On a more serious note pray for Copeland. She is a newborn that was born with trisomy18. You can see this precious baby at the family blog. Read about her, it really puts my whining in perspective! God Bless this family with strength and the ability to let go when He calls for her to come to Heaven. http://www.conorbootheandgirls.blogspot.com/
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
My sister just got back for a trip to Colorado.
Now, those of you that know me, know that I don't rough-it, ever! I thought about it once, but that passed in about 5 sec.
So, she was telling me that they stayed in a rustic cabin, COLD water only, fire burning fireplace only, and the two bedroom , was a sheet between 2 beds. Absolutely not my kind of camping! yucky!!!
I would have taken a look and found the nearest resort. My sister like to rough it, but even that was a bit much.
My idea of roughing it.......Now, this is my ideas of roughing it. A big sprawling log home. Nope not our, just my dream. I love the Aspen trees and would love to live here. Maybe when we win the lottery.
So anyway, the TU Hurricanes lost to OU. I really didn't think they would win, but you never know. OU is a big big school at the top of NCAA division I and TU is a small private school at the end of the division I . But according to my youngest they had fun. If you know Lance, this story is about par for him. A friend of his works for an Oil Co. in T-town. Somehow they talked the boss into buying two of the $10,000 parking spaces as close as you can get to the stadium. So they park the ole Dodge Ram in one spot and pitch their tent, unpack their cooler, put out their chairs, fire up the generator and plug in the TV. Needless to say most of the people that park in the area are donors with Lexus, and Mercedes. I bet they are quite a sight. I have not seen them yet. Makes a momma proud huh Thanks goodness the Fraternity House is within walking distance!
I had a wedding tonight, easy, easy, wedding. These people just did what they were suppose to do! The ushers remembers to go get the parents and grandparents, whew! I wish they were all like that.
I should have cleaned house today, I don't like to leave town with a dirty house. I don't know why, but I want it clean when I leave. Tomorrow I have to go write 10 days of lesson plans!!!Good grief,Ill be there all afternoon! I went to Target to get my Rx's refilled before we leave....Blue Cross/Blue Shield, the morons, would not fill the Cymbalta. Its due to fill on Oct 4, oops we will be in Budapest!!! No Target Pharmacy there. We tried to get a vacation waiver... No! So, hubby will call the on Monday and have a 'visit' with them. We by gosh pay our payment each month!!!! Don't even get me started there! I have everything else about ready to go.
Passports-check, money-check, clothes-check, camera-check, VBS done- almost check, I need to finish packing and get my nails done after school one day.
Off to bed, I'm pooped
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Now I was scanning on the web, as I was waiting for me nighty med to kick in, and I saw this cute little pic. I saw it on thedecoratedhouse , it cracks me right up. Maybe its really the two small glasses of wine and then the Freckles Frozen Custard with rapberries on the way home. beats me, any way I love the pic...
Off to bed
She is the cranky sister... no treats for her! Maybe her dress is itchy!
Now, I dont have to do the whole thing. Oh, my gosh now I will have to teach littletownbiglife , how to do the same thing!
We are off to Harwelden tonight for a reception. Its for those that braved the hot, HOT temp at the PGA last month. After the day at school I just finished, I'm really hoping for something sweet to drink with an umbrella in it. Are you getting my idea??
Be back soon...
Aren't you just so proud!
Sunday, September 16, 2007
I ran errands yesterday, it seems everywhere it went someone asked me what happened!
Sleepy Sunday... thats been the rest of the day. We met Lance at Hideway after Church and pigged out. Fried mushrooms, no one does mushrooms like this. They are yummy! Then I had a pizza of the gods! Oh my gosh. It had artichokes, garlic sauce, cheese, yummmmmm! I have enough for lunch for 2 days. So my tummy is sooooo full.
Hubby was out late last night. He went with a bunch of guys to Cookson Hills, in NE OK to put some lights on poles to light their parking lot. He left yesterday morning at 7ish and got home about 12:45 last night. So he's snoozing on the couch.
Yippee Skippy... Tulsa Univ won their game yesterday. Thats where hubby works. Ryan grad from there in 2004 and Lance will grad in December. So its blue and gold around here. My heart is still black and orange, but we spend most of our time at TU. Football, basketball, etc. So good day on the field. Next week: OU. I dont think TU will win, but you never know.
I have always had 'canker sores' and now I feel a fever blister coming on my lip! So, I am thinking that I better get to WalMart and get something. I have an upset tummy. It could be I ate too much or they are in my tummy too. This has happened before.
Off I go,
Friday, September 14, 2007
No pic tonight...
I got this fromhttp://www.tuesdayupdate.blogspot.com, how do you make it with just the name??????? anyway here it goes.
1. I met him/her in the --town of Collinsville, where I got my first teaching job.
2. We dated -- ok, sit down for this...6 weeks before we got engaged
.3. I knew he/she was the one-- the minute I met him.
4. The thing I like best about him/her ... he is quiet and introspective and very loving and handsome and sweet and spoils me tremendously. Gee, Im mushy tonight.
5. When he/she proposed-- most people thought 10 yrs age diff was too much, not my Dad, he said it would take someone that old to handle me!
6. The song we had/want at our wedding - and oldie..."You Decorated My Life".
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to reading a magazine and going to bed, tomorrow my plans include running errands and Sunday, I want to eat at Hideway Pizza!
For those of you not inclined to do this one, I give you the Food Fill-In Friday!
1. Chips or chocolate? Chips, the new flour tortilla ones... yummy
.2. Pickles on your hamburger? yes only dill
3. Baked potato: with everything or everything, no onions!
4. The perfect meal - my Mom's roast ,potaotes, carrots, and lemon meringue pie!!!.
5. Martinis, wine, beer or .. the other night I had a cosmo, pretty yummy.
6. Your favorite pirate is (technically not food, but still yummy) I don't really get it but Ii guess that mean hunky man that played a pirate. I detest those kinds of movies, the men in the house would rent them, but I would read or sew. beats me.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to magazine and sleep, tomorrow my plans include shop and stuff_ and Sunday, I want to eat pizza at Hideway Pizza_!
Thats it for my part. So tired... off to bed
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Well, I look a bit like a deer in the headlights. But, this is the cut. The color is a bit darker. and the hair is flat after all day at school. But you get the general jest! Its 'stacked' on the back. but my bruised and sore arm would not reach back there.
OK... I back. My brother in law came over for a visit. He lives in Wash State, with my sister in law, nephews and niece. He is going back Saturday and its always great to visit a while.
I'm glad tomorrow is Friday. We have a lot to do at school. We have been reading Babe Ruth and the Ice Cream Mess. So we are having a mom come in tomorrow afternoon to make ice cream- the crank kind. This will be really fun for the kids. Wild but fun.
This weekend is get ready to go weekend. I have a wedding to do on the weekend before we leave so its this weeked or never. I need jeans and socks. Some lotion for Bath and Body, some id bare minerals, batteries for the camera and a good book.
I' m thinking that a 1 hour layover in Paris just might not be enough time to make the connection. hmmmm that would be too bad. We really need about 4-5 hour layover. I could make it to the Eiffel Tower take a pic, to match the one from 29 years ago (honeymoon) and then get back to the airport. hmmm sound good to me!!!!!
I gave up on the first class/business class upgrade! It isn't going to happen. darn it! Oh well, this is a Mission trip not a vacation/leisure trip.
I really want to go to an orphange! But, then I would cry and try to bring ome home with me.
Better get to bed.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
I had duty and went back out the door to go get a CD for the lunchroom. As long as they are quiet, they can listen to tunes. Well, there is a stop sign that sit on a silver dowel rod on a X bar thing. Its about 3 ft. tall. Painted the same color as the wall and floor.Its right in front of the desk where the kids put their tickets. Its not hard to see if the stop sign is on it... today it wasn't. I ran into it and landed on the floor. I push myself away from the wall as I was falling and landed on my buns. So far so good. Nothing bleeding, nothing broken, oops.. I wet my pant! Yep, right there in the cafeteria! So, I was sent to the office to assess the bumps and bruises! By the time I got there a bump was coming up on my arm. So, off the the administration building... next to the workers comp Clinic, gee. I have a bruise on my leg with a hematoma, a bruise on my arm with a hematoma, and sore muscles, from head to toe!!!
I was actually feeling better yesterday and today from the fibromyalgia! Well, crap! The Doctor I saw at the Clinic told me to double up on my Ultram tomorrow at school. Good thing I have an aide in my room. No really, I will be fine, just sore. Its a long way down to the 'ole ' floor at
49 + 1.
On a better note, tomorrow is haircut day. I would love to go short short. But I am a chicken!! I also think I want it to be a bit more brown with gold highlights. Hmmm, guess you will have to just wait and see. My hairstyist would love to cut it short too. But right not I can slap a headband on and go. So, I thinking that might be better for the trip??? Men never have these decisions. My hubby just buzzes his a goes!
Got to go, we are eating dinner with my brother in law and mother in law in Owasso. Hubby will meet me there.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Saturday, September 8, 2007
1. I admire _____.
2. I crave _____.
3. I dislike _____.
4. I enjoy _____.
5. I wonder _____.
6. I want _____.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to _____, tomorrow my plans include _____ and Sunday, I want
1. I admire my yaya friends.
2. I crave lots of carbs, pies and cakes
3. I dislike meat that touches bones ,tags on clothes, itchy stuff
4. I enjoy a good book, quilt and hot tea.
5. I wonder what heaven is really like.
6. I want a monogram sewing machine
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to hubby being home, tomorrow my plans include ---oh, thats really today hmmmm. Getting school stuff finished, getting a movie and snuggling in a cozy quilt, and Sunday, I want to go to Church and hang out at home.
We were looking forward to a nice Saturday morning with homemade waffles, reading the paper and catching a nap. Well, the phone rang this am at 6ish, TU was flooding in some of the buildings. SO, hubby called his 'crew' and off he went to check out the damage. I believe he said Keplinger Hall, not sure. I went right back to sleep after I found the rain poncho's and kissed him good by. So I had coffee, and english muffin with jelly. Im being lazy in my jammies still this am. Lots of rain this morning. I beleive about 4-5" so far. We need the rain, but with that come flooding.
Off to do some chores around the house.
ps. nothing plucked last night!!!
Friday, September 7, 2007
Ok I know my nearest and dearest friend aka "yaya's", remember this and Im sure my mom and sister do too.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
THEN,I saw this T-shirts that has the store logo. No, its not a weird place, its a very up-scale eating establishment in Tulsa...downtown. So I bought a t-shirt $12.00. I could not pass it by. I cant WAIT for Halloween. Or can I wear it now???? It has the name of the restaurant on the back. Lola's at the Bowery. Tulsa.... SOOOOOOOOOO cute. Isn't that hat the cutest. Well, I just had to show it off. AND I was going to be so good and not spend $$$$$. oh well.
Today was a great day. I went to the DR. to have a meds checkup. All my fibromyalgia med were changed last month. Anyway, I was concerned about the letter I got in the mail that said my tryglecerides were really high and my cholestrol was high. But, alas I was not fasting and my doc said, I am good to go!! hip hip hoorah. I don't eat much red meat, and I eat mainly fruits and veggies. I could be a vegetarian. I have lost 7 lbs. yea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My meds have left me a bit 'sluggish', if you know what I mean. My family will catch right on to that, as its always an issue when I travel. But, my doc told me to keep taking my 'colon cleanse' and I will be just fine now and on the trip to Ukraine. Speaking of that trip. I dont think there is anyway to upgrade to business class!!!! So, too bad for me.
My best friend FINALLY came up with her own little blog SOOOOOOOOOO cut, scoot on over and say hi. Its on my blogs I like-- at 'littletownbiglife', she is a hoot.
Bedtime is scootin right on up, off I go