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Life’s Lessons February 25, 2010

Filed under: frustration,general information,ME — Katie @ 2:43 am

Warning: Whining ahead.

Throughout the course of our lives, we all learn valuable lessons that we wished we could’ve learned an easier way. We often learn from our mistakes and, though we’re grateful to have learned a lesson, we wish we could have avoided the mistake. I have a great deal of mistakes under my belt… and also a lot of valuable lessons learned.

One of my most recent valuable lessons learned: Don’t buy a car! Ever! You should just ride a bicycle. Or walk.

Okay, so that’s not really what I’ve learned. What I’ve learned is that when my mechanic tells me something, I should write it down so that I don’t forget that my timing belt needs to be replaced until after the belts breaks and ruins my motor. Yeah, that’d be a good idea.

It wouldn’t be such a big deal if I hadn’t just had a lot of major work done on my car… most recently, I had the clutch replaced. That’s not a cheap procedure. I’m just not willing to shell out the cash to replace a timing belt and repair the motor (nearly $2000 of work) after just spending around $1000 for a new clutch, $200 for a new starter, over $800 in tires over 4 years, and all the other crazy things that have happened to my car.

So, basically I am stuck with one option: get a new car. Seeing that I’m still in school and have no real income, I’m not sure how that’s going to happen. What I’ve decided is this… for now I’m okay. I’m borrowing my mom’s car and she’s borrowing one of my sister’s family’s spare trucks. There is no rush for me to get a new car, which is great because I have no way to pay for a new car! My plan is to just be patient and see what God can provide! My guess is that something awesome will happen in the 11th hour and I’ll be grateful I waited. My inclination is to just go find a way to buy a new car and put myself into more debt, but… I’m going to hold off on that.

So, here’s to lessons learned.


Fever 2010 February 22, 2010

Filed under: delerium,family,frustration,general information — Katie @ 9:16 pm

I find it strangely coincidental that I am reading a book called Fever 1793 (about the 1793 Yellow Fever epidemic in Philadelpha; written by Laurie Halse Anderson) and that I woke up today with a 100.5 degree fever.

Yesterday I felt “weird” all day, but figured the busy week was just catching up to me. This morning, I woke up with my ears aching (sure sign of a fever for me), a headache, a cough, and a sore throat. I was supposed to be at my placement (2nd grade) today, but couldn’t go because of the fever. So I went to the doctor to make sure I didn’t have the flu and to get some drugs.

As I was driving home, I felt extremely tired. I was just ready to come home and crawl into bed and sleep for a few more hours. Then, about half a mile before pulling into my driveway, my car started to make this soft grinding noise. I thought I hadn’t completely shifted gears, so I slowed down. Then an emergency light came on. Then my battery light came on. Then my battery died! In the middle of the street!!! My phone wouldn’t work, so I just sat there… sickly and irritated, waiting on someone to help me.

It didn’t take long for someone to see me and pull over to help. This nice older man PUSHED my car into my uncle’s driveway and then drove me home. Thank God for the kindness of my neighbors.

My mom says “If it’s not one thing, it’s four.” She’s right.

But I’m not complaining. A day of rest and some car problems never killed anybody.


I sold my pants to Kenny Bania! February 18, 2010

Filed under: 1 — Katie @ 4:50 am

I sold my pants to Kenny Bania….. and other random remarks.

1. Now that another week has begun (and is halfway over), I haven’t had time to watch the Olympics so I can critique them. HOWEVER. I did notice a lot of product placement in the opening ceremonies (hello, Sony video cameras….) which annoyed the crap out of me. But, I’m not even going to go there today.

2. In other news, today is Ash Wednesday. That means the beginning of Lent. I have chosen a rather unconventional behavior to give up for Lent… but it’s one I hope I don’t return to in 40 days. More on that, later. Let’s just say it involves James 3 and Proverbs 15:1.

3. An interaction between me and a student, who I’ll call…. Uncle Leo….

Uncle Leo: Ms. Lewis, can I go to the bathroom?

Me: We just went! Did you not go before we came in the classroom?

Uncle Leo: Yes, I did.

Me: Well then you shouldn’t need to go now.

Uncle Leo: But I gotta go bad, Ms. Lewis!

Me: Can you not wait?

Uncle Leo: No… I gotta go (indicates “#2” with his fingers)

Me: (I just grinned…. laughed….) Make it fast.

4. LOST blew my mind this week. I’m glad the numbers came back… and I’m now more confused about Locke… and curious about what Sawyer’s up to and what the heck he’s thinking.

5. There was something really funny that I thought about that led me to start writing this post…. but, I can’t remember what it was. At all. All I know is that it was funny.

Upcoming in March:

SPRING BREAK. Also known as catch-up week for me. No trips this year.

Alice in Wonderland.

That’s all.


Oh, Canada! OH. Canada. Oh, CANADA! February 13, 2010

Filed under: fun times,general information,ME,reviews — Katie @ 1:18 pm

I hate the Olympics. I think that makes me Un-American or, rather, Un-World. But, I can’t help it. I just don’t really care about the Olympics as much as other people. You know what I do like? That Morgan Freeman/Visa 2008 Summer Olympics commercial. That was good. I don’t think Morgan Freeman is doing any commercials for this go ’round and, frankly, that upsets me. Correction: Morgan Freeman IS doing a Visa commercial for the Winter Olympic Games! Maybe this won’t be so bad after all.

The list of reasons I hate the Olympics is really too long and annoying to post here. But the main reason I hate the Olympics is because of the RIDICULOUS amount of money spent on the Olympic Games. RIDICULOUS. The Greeks didn’t even wear uniforms in their Olympic Games – they knew how to save a dollar.

And what is with this whole massive opening games ceremony? Why can’t we just light the torch and get on with the show? Okay, okay, it is beautiful. I won’t lie, the Beijing games’ opening ceremony was quite beautiful and I might or might not have teared up a few times. The opening ceremonies are just a way for a country to shake it’s tail feathers in front of the whole world.

With all of that said, it would not be right for me to complain without offering some sort of suggestion on how the Olympic Games could be better. So, for as long as the 2010 Winter Olympic Games continue, I will be offering my advice to the powers-at-be, in hopes that the 2012 Summer Olympic Games can be that much better.

Day 1, Suggestion 1:

The only entertainment you need at the opening ceremonies is comedienne and actress Wanda Sykes.

Come on, you know she makes you laugh!

I believe it is my American duty to say a big “GO U.S.A.” to end this post. No matter how much I dislike the Olympics, I still want my team to win.


Friday to Friday… to Friday February 12, 2010

Filed under: fun times,general information,ME — Katie @ 12:21 pm

It has been quite a week. Here’s a quick re-cap:

1. Started my placement on Monday. I am in 2nd grade at Southview Elementary two days a week. I love it! My teacher is easy to work with and the kids are great. Southview is a Title I school, which is the type of school I [think] I want to work in when I first graduate. These kids are “at hope” and need lots of attention and guidance, but it’s totally worth it.

Some funny things that have already happened:

– While writing a list of weather conditions in their daily journals, I overheard one group discussing whether a “brainstorm” was a weather condition or not. It was hysterical!

– I have been asked if I have any kids or a husband about 10,000 times.

– One little girl tried to kiss me on the cheek! It was so cute and totally awkward all at the same time! Teachers must have a 6th sense that lets us know when little bodies are coming in for the kill because I quickly realized what was happening and gently pushed her away and said “Don’t you give me any germs!!” I don’t ever want to deny affection to a child because you never know how much or how little affection they receive at home. Sometimes, a teacher is the only source of kindness and affection a child sees all day long. I am not available for kisses, but I am always available for side-hugs. 🙂

– Just so happened to walk by the nurse’s office right in time to watch a kid puke.

Those are just a few of the funny things that have already happened. I am sure that my list will just get longer as the semester goes on!

2. Tim Walsh, our new worship leader, started on Sunday. EXCELLENT. Worship was so great on Sunday. Working with him is so natural and I’m looking forward to getting to know him & his sweet family!

3. The tendinitis foot seems to be getting back to normal. I haven’t worn a brace at all this week, which was probably a bad idea…. but the foot feels like it’s getting better. Thank you, Jesus.

4. I had a facebook message conversation with Michael Shepard (of Lovedrug) in which I implied that he was being a virtual creeper. About two minutes after I sent him said message, I realized who he was. There go my chances with a rock star. Oops. 🙂

5. Speaking of facebook, it changed. And I don’t like it. But, I think this new layout is going to help me break my facebook addiction, so I’m okay with that. Google Buzz also came out and, to be honest, I haven’t found a need for it. It’s just one more social network that I’d have to keep up with. Make it go away.

6. Tuesday night, the women in my family and I went to Sips ‘n Strokes. Hilarity ensued.

7. It is apparently supposed to snow today…. we’ll see. All I know is that classes are canceled which means I have more time to do homework. How sad is that?

8. Dreamed I had a black widow spider as a pet last night. I don’t even want to know what that means.

9. LOST this week was re.donk.u.lous. Seriously. It was over as soon as it started. I wish I had some elaborate theory on how things are going to turn out, but I’m so lost… no pun intended. Here is what I think:

– Sayid is not infected with the same thing that Rosseau’s team had. Remember, she had to kill the members of her team (except Alex, of course, who was taken) once they became infected. Sayid cannot be killed, so he is infected with something else entirely. He is not Jacob, either. Whatever has happened to him is bad for the Others, which is why they want to kill him.

– Jack is going to join forces with/become/emulate/follow Jacob at some point. I feel like this is almost a given, since Locke and Jack are enemies and Jacob & the Man In Black (MIB) are enemies (and MIB is currently imitating Locke).

– What is happening off the island is actually happening in 2004. When the atom bomb went off, September 22, 2004 began again. What is happening then is what would have happened if the plane had never crashed. As we saw this week, Jack and Kate are beginning to recognize people. Kate was struck when she heard Claire call the baby “Aaron.” I have no clue why this is happening or what it will mean… will the 2004 versions get to the island?

10. I. AM. TIRED. Monday & Tuesday with second graders and then two days of intense classes and assignments have me beat. I fell asleep last night somewhere around 9:30. Craziness.

That’s my week in ten items or less. It is Friday at 6:21 am and I have lesson plans to write….. hooray.


Friday to Friday February 5, 2010

Filed under: frustration,general information,mindful living — Katie @ 7:56 pm

Last Friday, my left foot started hurting after I walked all over campus and Tuscaloosa for about two hours in less-than-sturdy shoes. I immediately recognized the pain as a tendinitis flare-up, as I have had problems with this foot before. I thought the pain would go away in a week’s time, but it has not. I was on crutches for a few days and will probably resort back to using them tomorrow. The pain got better on Monday/Tuesday, but walking to Graves from the Ferg did me in on Wednesday.

This is just a bummer because I love walking. I like taking the long way to get to my car. I like parking on the top deck so I have to walk up and down three flights of stairs. I like my classes in 313 Graves because I, again, must walk up and down three flights of stairs. I like taking the tunnel from Graves to McClure because it means going down a flight of stairs, up a flight of stairs, and down again to get to my destination in the library (it’s a maze, really). I like walking the fifteen-minute route to Shelby on Wednesday mornings, even if it is freezing cold. I like walking to and from Adams. I like walking my dog. I like walking aimlessly around the mall or in Target or at any store. I just really like walking. A whole lot. And right now, it hurts to walk. And that angers me.

Rant: over.

In other news, I am sure that I am the healthiest person alive. Over the past few weeks, I have become obsessed with pumpkin yogurt for breakfast.

1/2 c Fat free vanilla yogurt (tried it with plain and… yuck. It was so gross!)

1/2 c pumpkin puree (can be canned – just make sure it’s the pumpkin puree, not the gooey sugary pumpkin pie filling)

1/2 – 1 tbsp cinnamon or nutmeg

1 tbsp honey

YUM. O. Fiber-licious, plenty of vitamins, and deliciously tasty! I have been eating it almost every day for a few weeks. I also have carrots at lunch most days which makes me wonder if my skin is going to start turning orange!


Though it costs all you have… January 28, 2010

Filed under: 1,jesus,ME,mindful living,spirtual matters — Katie @ 1:38 pm

… get understanding. – Proverbs 4:7

Lately, I’ve been re-reading the book of Proverbs. I don’t really know why… usually, I’m an Old Testament story person. I’d rather read Exodus or Chronicles or about Abraham or Esther than read a collection of random sayings. To be completely honest, I’d rather read the Old Testament than the New. I also really like the Psalms. And I like Hebrews. But, Proverbs??  Proverbs does not have a story, a plot, or a true main character (other than “Wisdom”). It’s in the Old Testament, but that’s just about the only favorable trait I can find. But no matter how out of character it is for me to want to read it, I still read it. And I love it.

I think I love Proverbs because I stink at all the things the book talks about. I stink at “keeping my foot from evil” (4:27), “giving freely” (11:24), providing “a gentle answer” instead of a “harsh word” (15:1), and “seeing danger and taking refuge” (27:12).

If my life had a little more Proverbs in it, it might turn out just a tad bit better.