Monday, March 9, 2009

Spring Break

I hate to start my posts apologizing for my delinquency, but here I am again, the time has flown by and I have not had a chance to blog. So, here is a smidgen of what has been going on.

Spring Break was the first week in March and like every year it sneaks up on me. I always say I am going to enjoy Spring Break and go somewhere warm – enjoy the benefits of having the week off, but then before I know it the week is here and I have yet to make plans. Next year I am going to do better - the day that I submit my Winter Syllabus to the copy center I am also going to book a flight to someplace warm. So, with that being said, obviously I had to fill my week with other events, which was not hard, but at times it was cold. :(

One of the major events that filled my week was completing the bathroom. Everything is finally done! On my Monday of Spring Break I installed and painted all the floor trim. It is amazing how that finishes off a room. I also spent loads of time caulking everything – I loath caulking and the more I do it, the more I can’t stand it. One of these nights when I can’t sleep I am going to end up buying that silly looking caulk tool off of the infomercial, just out of desperation. But, nevertheless, the tub and surround has new caulk and all the trim work and new fixtures are caulked in.

As a break from my caulking insanity my friend Paulette and I went to a Griffins hockey game. We had a wonderful time and really great seats. The game was quite uneventful as the Griffins had a shut-out until the last few minutes of the game. However, McCarty, who is somewhat injured right now, was sent down to the Griffins to heal and he spiced up the game a bit. A good time was had by all – who wouldn’t enjoy a good hockey game with a good friend and yummy popcorn!

And as if I didn’t have enough of a hockey fix from the night before I finally got a chance to go see Matt play hockey. Although the game was not as fast paced as the Griffins it was fun to watch nevertheless. I was super excited when my hockey star had a NHL style assist and had some mighty fine face-off wins. I took my camera and was going to take lots of pictures of Matt in action, but I had to have both hands on my hot cocoa for warmth – the arena is less than warm when they play at 10 at night. Next time I am able to go I will for sure bring gloves and the camera and everyone will be wowed with action shots.

The end of Spring Break week was filled with working on the laundry room in my basement. For all my fellow Michigan friends who have cement basements and your washer and dryer down there you can agree that it is not the most welcoming place to being doing a less than fun task. So, I tried my hardest to make my laundry room a little more bearable. There was not much that I could do, but my parents helped me paint the cement block walls bright white with dry-lock. That made a huge difference in how light and bright it is. We also painted the floor with the same cement floor paint that I have throughout the storage areas of my basement. And last, but not least, Matt helped me run new wiring so that I could position my washer and dryer side-by-side. The room looks so much better now. Not good enough to make me enjoy doing laundry, but good enough to make it tolerable. I think as I get used to it, I might install some shelves to organize my laundry accoutrements.

It is amazing how quickly a week can fly by when you are supposed to have time-off. Today it is back to teaching and the task of keeping everyone on task for 6 more weeks. After the taste of Spring Fever we had last week Friday, it is going to be just as hard for me to concentrate as it is for my students.