Monday, July 17, 2006

Class with Donna

**Edited - completed class projects shown in the slide show now. I had some scrapping time this week and am glad to have finished it. Each "page" has a large journaling tag tucked in with ribbon tied.
Had a pre-paid class with Donna Downey on Saturday. Pretty fun! A little disappointed in the level of the project for the cost, but very glad she used BG Urban Couture papers instead of the pictured ones in the brochure. I love those! Also, seemed the chatter was geared towards those staying all day, lots of references to "if you were in the morning class," and even some clips you needed only in the morning class pack. Got great ideas, took photos of what the other classes did, too. Kinda neat stuff, esp the Freeze Frame project. Not difficult, but lots of fun Heidi Swapp chipboard involved. My project, still not finished as I have no theme yet, is pictured in the slideshow. Horizontal chipboard covered envelope book. ;) That's Allison from my CKU dorm, Donna D and me in the photo.

Friday, July 14, 2006

The first step to fixing a problem

is to admit you have one, right? Well, I'm a bad blogger. I have had so little time and energy lately, and when I do have time or energy for blogging (hey, it takes THOUGHT, ya know!), I don't think to do so. So, bad blogger, me, hi, nice to meet ya. Anyway, so what's up?

Here, nothing and everything. Major life changes going on. Remaining optimistic in the midst of my panic. Hopeful. Scared shitless. Glad for some things. Mad about some others. We'll see what happens. Say a prayer for us and wish us well.

Fun stuff? Hmmm....going to a prepaid class with Donna Downey tomorrow. Someone had to want to buy my slot in order to cancel and get credit, and I'm not just giving them my money, so off I go. It's just under 2 hours east; the husband, girls and I are driving together, just to get a break from being here. He'll take the girls to lunch then maybe Barnes and Noble kids area while I'm in my 2-hour class. Hopefully, it'll be ok. Donna should be fun. I hear she rocks!!

Been teaching a lot at A's. Teaching two classes right now, and did both this past week. Another Wednesday night, if it makes, and another the following Monday. Working lots of hours, too. The husband is sitting for the Praxis I exam on Wednesday, so if my class makes, we gotta find a babysitter or I gotta find someone to teach the class, and I'm the only person who has taught it - all 6 times so far. If it's just a couple of people registered, I think Carla will bump them to the August class, and she'd have done that anyway, not just cause I have a conflict. Monday or so, I should know. We have to give 48 hours notice to people for changes.

Ummmm....the husband is all registered for the Kaplan University online Masters in Education program. It's a pilot program in Iowa only right now; it's for bachelors degree people not already in education to get the grad degree in education in a particular (really shortage area) subject area. Thank goodness, the husband is a math major geek education person from undergrad courses, and 7-12 math is a shortage area. We're having to secure student loans (UGH), but are hoping to figure out the loan forgiveness program in exchange for teaching so many years here. But we're not sure about that. Also, if one job opportunity comes through as we pray, there is tuition help. So, again, say a prayer for us!!

Ok, it's late, but I wanted to update a bit anyway. Let me see if I can dig up posted images of more recent layouts to share.