Sick days

November 17, 2015

This is why teachers go to school sick. This and the difficulty finding a reliable substitute.

In all my years of teaching, I believe this is the first year that I made it to November before missing a day of work due to sickness, “professional development”, other work-related reasons, or mental health days. But I got blind-sided by a kidney infection, sinus infection, strep throat, and double ear infection. I firmly believed these were reasons enough to keep my dragging behind at home.


I didn’t run or lift a single weight all week long. I walked a lot, slept a lot, drank a ton of water and tea, and dreamed of sugar plums or whatever the song suggests. I thought about doing some laundry and visualized vacuuming the floors. Satisfied with a job well done, I spent the rest of my 4-day weekend recovering from 15 weeks of school stress. Now I might make it to the big holiday break without causing tears—mine, my family, or my students.

Let’s hope the next few days are better than right now.


Alabama v MSU

November 14, 2015

First of all….check out #42. Keith Holcombe. I’m going to pull the old aunt card and say “I remember when he was THIS little and I watched him grow up”. Now he’s all tall and big and kicking people’s asses on Alabama football turf. I’ve mentioned him a few times. His parents are close family friends. They are living the dream and we are having a blast watching him do great things as a redshirt freshman. Alabama and Mississippi. Two states usually fighting to NOT be 50th on the good list and to NOT be 1st on the bad lists. Some call us the armpit of the South. Whatever. In terms of football, Mississippi and Alabama always have interesting games. Mississippi State University always give us a very tough game, no matter if they are having a winning season or […]

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Decking the halls 2015

November 10, 2015
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This is as close to being done as it’s going to get tonight. We started off with a very sleepy Stephen. He worked off night shift this morning at 5am and he’s been awake ever since. We went out to the man cave to get down all the junk. Boxes everywhere. We had some tree trouble. Klassy. Good excuses to use his power tools and head lamp. Holiday movie marathon is in progress. Frankie had to offer some expertise. This is the G-rated version of “The Chronicles of Elf and Bear”. Bedroom tree. Ready for cold weather. Until then, at least it looks cozy. Diva room tree. More to come in the next few weeks. I know this is insane for some people, but we always decorate early in November and it just works best for us. Happy Holidays!!

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Rainy running before breakfast

November 8, 2015
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Lately, I’ll take anything but the heat and humidity. Fall rain is pretty close to perfection. I took these on the Riverwalk path in Tuscaloosa. After a gorgeous 4 miles, I ran some errands and came home to make this. Our local grocery store sells pork steaks. These are boneless cross sections of a Boston butt which means they have great marbling and taste fantastic grilled. We had these earlier this week so I used some leftover pork with farm fresh eggs from Miss Emily at the Tuscaloosa River Market. Fall is definitely here, judging by my increase in miles and in a strong desire to wear flannel all the time. Happy Sunday!

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Alabama v LSU

November 7, 2015

4 years ago, it was the Game of the Century. We were ranked #1 and #2 in the BCS, the decider of who played in bowl games and national championships. ESPN Gameday was in Tuscaloosa. Verne and Gary were announcing for CBS. Tshirts were flying everywhere in anticipation. It was a lot of hype. We lost. We lost hard. And we came back and kicked major ass the rest of our games and still finished #2 to play LSU in the 2011 National Championship. We won. We won hard. I still have it recorded on the DVR. No shame, because it was an EPIC game for Bama fans. That was then. 4 years passed and the annual meet up between the 2 teams didn’t have much hype. Until this year. #2 and #4 in the Playoff standings met again. And […]

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