Thursday, February 28, 2008

We Count for Something!

Well, our blissful week as a Nielsen family has ended. I must say that I watched less TV this week than I have in a long while. When I got home today, I turned on the TV and said to myself, "Now that Big Brother isn't watching." Strange, huh? I think that came from my subconscious mind. The only things I watched this week were a movie (Twister) and One Tree Hill. That's it. It was a little depressing. I kinda got the feeling that maybe Eli was watching more TV since our ideas have some (very miniscule) sway in the overall television ratings process, but that really doesn't matter since we only have three channels. He swears he wasn't watching any more than usual.

Was this week our fifteen minutes of fame in the overall scheme of things?

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Futbol time!

Eli made his debut as the ACA boys' soccer coach tonight. I must say that while they lost the game, it wasn't too shabby. For the most part, those boys looked pretty good out there. Of course, he's not home yet, so I guess I'll hear more about that later. I'm very proud of him.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Lunar Eclipse

Last night we went and made an appearance at the bro's house and discussed the mechanics of a lunar eclipse. Then we went to the Huver's house out in Hillcrest and watched it happen. It was pretty cool. There were about 8 people hanging out in the driveway just staring up at the sky. It made me feel nerdy and smart. Haha.

Monday, February 18, 2008


Went to the doctor today. My thyroid is looking good. We had a nice talk about keeping my asthma in check and about watching for the signs that my thyroid is out of whack again. I've been feeling good for a while. ::knock on wood::

Last night was our first Financial Peace University class. I'm sad that Matt and Stephanie won't be attending with us, but I guess you have to do what you have to do. They're still young! They would have us beat by 3 years if they started now, but they're looking to buy a house and put down roots. I don't blame them.

Dearly Departed closed yesterday afternoon. The cast did such an excellent job. I saw the show 10 or more times (no kidding) and I was still laughing by yesterday afternoon. It was bittersweet, but I guess it's always that way.

I'm looking forward to the summer musical now. I have my heart set on the part of Smitty (but I would settle for an ensemble part). :)

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Book Talks

I felt really guilty leaving my students with the sub today. He seemed like a really nice guy (he's a pastor at one of the area churches) and I hope that the kids behaved for him. I didn't really give him a whole lot of direction. But I think that's okay.

I'm finding that I really like the people involved in the Theatre Tuscaloosa. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming, and quickly become a family. I've only been helping these last two weeks, and everyone treats me like I've been there the whole time. Today, a retired doctor who volunteers his time working tech crew started talking to me, and he called me by name. I didn't think he would know who I was since I had never spoken to him. But he probably didn't think I would know who he was either.

On another surprising note, I've had some really good conversations about books with the actors and crew. Books that I read. Kids' books. Teaching books. Young adult books. Reference books. I like to talk about books, but it usually falls on deaf ears (or blind eyes, as it were). I have been very surprised. One of the guys told me that he went out and borrowed Eats, Shoots, and Leaves, by Lynne Truss, from the local library after our conversation last week.

I'm proud.

Saturday, February 9, 2008


The flu has been going around...badly.

Thank you to the lady in front of me at the drink station in McDonald's the other night. She handed me napkins and a straw so that I wouldn't have to put all my stuff down on the wet, messy counter. That little bit of kindness made my day.

Also, I've been working hard to get enough sleep. I'm working behind the scenes at Theatre Tuscaloosa. It's a 2-week gig, and I'm almost halfway through. Next Sunday will be another LONG day, since the last day of the show is the first day of Financial Peace University. Yay!