Let’s Be Honest
Let’s Be Honest

I’ve been quiet on my blog.  The truth is that I haven’t felt great, and I kinda grew up on the concept of “if you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say nothin’ at all,” (thanks Thumper).  I want to be real; but I don’t want to be a drag.  This summer I felt like a drag.  All I had to say was, “I’m thankful I get to stay home next year,” and “I don’t feel real amazing.”  That got old to think about, so I assumed my friends who would read it […]

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Hair Advice from a non-hairdresser!
Hair Advice from a non-hairdresser!

Since I am in the not fun part of my chemo round, I figured I would post something that made me happy…how to have a good hair day.  If you have hair (sorry, Mike) then this may help you get the long curls that you wanted and have them actually stay curled.  I have been wanting my hair to grow ever since Mike proposed to me in 2008, and my hair just grows painfully slowly.  A friend of mine did share with me that her hair has grown as long as a mermaid’s because she […]

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Summer Bucket List
Summer Bucket List

Summer Bucket List 1. Go to the pool. 2. See Cars 3 and Despicable Me 3 3. Go to the zoo. 4. Get rid of neuroendocrine tumors in my liver. 5. Go to the aquarium. You know, just a typical bucket list for the summer to make sure we do all the fun things we want to before school sneaks up on us in the fall. I’m sure your summer list looks very similar. Well, maybe number 4 looks a little different. I mean, let’s hope everyone isn’t having to worry their pretty little heads […]

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Pausing a Chapter
Pausing a Chapter

I don’t really want to say that I’m closing a chapter because I’m not quite sure how long this work hiatus is going to last.  Today is a bit of a mix of emotions because it’s hard to imagine not being in the classroom teaching kids how to solve trig equations, but I know in my heart of hearts that making my focus my family and personal health is what’s best for me.  I’m SO excited to get to become a stay at home mom, but I’m so loyal to Mill Creek it’s hard to […]

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Extra!  Extra!  Read all about it!
Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

Mike is the researcher in our family.  I don’t want to read anything about cancer.  I feel like I just find it depressing.  I don’t know what applies to me, what is terrifying and what even makes sense.  All the medical mumbo-jumbo is hard to read, interpret, and it’s really hard to keep your spirits up when you’re reading about cancer.  Mike can sort it all out and he can relay information to me on a need to know basis.  Currently we are in a game of Whack-a-Mole.  Apparently, through all the blogs that Mike […]

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It Has Been a Hot Minute
It Has Been a Hot Minute

I just haven’t had time to write.  Being back at work has been good but tough and reassuring me that taking next year off is the right decision.  I find myself getting annoyed with cancer because it tries to control my life.  We mark on our family calendar what weeks I’m on chemo, and we tend to hesitate when we have something fun planned on that week because we’re not confident I’m going to feel up to doing it.  That’s annoying!  No, cancer!  You don’t win!  You aren’t going to control what I want to […]

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AFC tryouts…right around the corner!
AFC tryouts…right around the corner!

For those that don’t realize (or possibly care), the tryouts to become a 2017 Atlanta Falcons Cheerleader are on Sunday, April 2nd at the Georgia International Convention Center. For more specific information, go to:  http://www.atlantafalcons.com/cheerleaders/cheerleader-auditions.html These ladies will go through preliminaries, semi-finals, interview and a final audition before they hear the 32+ ladies that will be announced.  It changes from year to year on what they are looking for and how many they want to take.  Sometimes they take a Promo Squad which means these girls will get a uniform and handle promotions and other […]

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Don’t even know where to start…
Don’t even know where to start…

I need some balance up in here. I’ve been trying to find a moment to post an update this March, and I just haven’t found the time.  It’s been a lot.  I went back to work, I got recognized as Georgia’s Cheerleading Coach of the Year, I got back into the swing of teaching, I started a round of chemo (round 13), I had surgery to remove/shrink the lump on my face, and I got back to work (again) today.  It’s a lot.  I feel like I can’t get on my feet.  Last week was hard […]

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Guess Who’s Back?  Back Again.
Guess Who’s Back? Back Again.

Remember that Eminem song?  Guess who’s back?  Back again.  Shady’s back.  Tell a friend.  Well, I am back, ladies and gentlemen.  Back to work.  I have mixed feelings (if I’m being completely honest).  On the one hand, I am very thankful that I am healthy enough to be back to work.  This is good.  This is important.  On the other hand, I’m going to miss having the extra time with Baker (and Fischer, although Fischer was in Pre-K each day).  I love me some carpool.  Is that bizarre?!  I love having Baker with me and going to get […]

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Now You See It, Now You Don’t
Now You See It, Now You Don’t

In honor of the circus coming to town for the last time in the history of the circus, today I’m performing a disappearing act!  Now you see it; now you don’t!  I’m referring to that big lump on the side of my face.  Ugh!  Can a girl just catch a break, already?!  I do a darn good job of hiding this puppy by curling my hair, parting it a different way or just not pulling it back, but I’m sick of the darn thing!  I can hardly wear my glasses because this lump on the […]

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Priorities
Priorities

I firmly believe that if it’s a priority, then you will make it happen.  There are only so many hours in the day, but if something is important enough then you will find the time to get it done.  If you are not fully committed then it’s easy to make excuses why you can’t make it happen.  For example, working out.  Not everyone enjoys working out, but the truth is we all should include it in our weekly routine.  It’s good for you!  Walk.  Run.  Lift weights.  Dance.  Play.  Whatever.  Being active has always been […]

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Shout out to the hubs!
Shout out to the hubs!

When you are going through the muck with illness, there is someone that doesn’t get the credit they deserve…your caretaker.  In my case, this is Mike the Trainer, my hubby.  Yes, yes, I’m sure you’re thinking, “here we go…a sappy post about your husband…no one cares,” and you are…right!  Totally sappy post about my husband, and I’m just praying that someone cares.  I know Mike will at least read this; I know he reads my posts because in my stocking this year he put in an Elf Lip Tint!  Ain’t no way he knew what […]

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Mascara that you need…assuming you wear mascara.
Mascara that you need…assuming you wear mascara.

I want Rodan + Fields Lash Boost.  Every time I see a post (which is a lot because I think every other one of my friends sells R+F) of the Lash Boost, I’m jealous!  I am a sucker for great lashes, and God did not bless me with to-die-for lashes.  I have lashes, so I’m grateful for that; but I want amazing lashes!  I just can’t swallow spending hundreds on stuff to make my lashes grow…it doesn’t seem financially responsible when I’m a part time high school math teacher.  I mean, if I were still […]

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What good stuff can we brush off on our kids?
What good stuff can we brush off on our kids?

My mother claims that I came into the world saying, “hi world” happy and ready to go. It’s interesting to me how kids are hard wired. Siblings all cut from the same cloth but can all be so different. When kids turn out “happy” was that nature or nurture? When our kids behave or get praise from a teacher is that because we as parents did something right or because they are just hard wired that way? We all probably believe that it’s a combination of both. Wouldn’t it be great if we knew when […]

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Fried onion baked chicken
Fried onion baked chicken

I found this fancy pants recipe from Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian…it’s his finest dish that he creates. Please insert the laughing, squinty-eyed emoji here because this is so far from the truth.  Where’s a buzzer sound when you need one?! Some of you may be saying, “who the heck is Geoff Zakarian?” Or “what is an Iron Chef?!” Well the reason I can reference GZ is because I love to watch cooking shows! Why?! No clue because I don’t think I’m going to bake one of their dishes…ever. It takes them 5 minutes to cook […]

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