dear june, where did you go? love, molly

Seriously, where did June go?  I absolutely cannot believe that it will be July 4th weekend this weekend!  June has been absolutely fabulous and, as much as I hate to see my summer fly by, it also means that I am closer to seeing my wonderful boyfriend!  It was great having my sissy down visiting, we did a lot of relaxing and a good bit of wedding planning stuff too 🙂  I can’t believe my baby sister is getting MARRIED!  I am so excited!  Speaking of Woo, I just got back from spending the weekend in Ohio for her graduation party.  It was nice to see my family and lots of family friends.  I ate and drank entirely too much, which is why TOMORROW I must get back on my workout plan!  Like I said before, I don’t really care about losing weight or anything like that, but I feel so BLAH right now because I haven’t worked out since before Nashville….

I am kind of excited to {hopefully} enjoy a fairly quiet July.  I would like to spend some more time at the pool and with my Atlanta friends 🙂

For once, I don’t have much else to blab about (other than missing my honey dearly which I’m sure everyone is sick of hearing about lol), so here are some fun pics for ya!

(i LOVE pinwheels)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bizzy beeee

For those of you that thought teachers got a break during summer, you might be right in most cases.  But, for those of you that know me (or anyone in my family really), we are not “break” kind of people.  We always have to be doing something.  Which is why I have two jobs and various other things going on this summer.  To recap my last few weeks, I’ve been working at the Y a lot, the zoo a little, and I spent a fabulous loooong weekend in Nashville with some of my favorite friends and country music singers (and lots of booze, food, and adventures).  And now, my sissy is here hanging out for the next week before we both head to Ohio for her graduation party.  OH and super exciting: she is OFFICIALLY A NURSE!!!  She found out she passed her boards while we were in Nashville so we celebrated extensively 🙂  I am so proud of her!  And kind of scared for everyone she will be taking care of (JUST KIDDING!)  She will soon be off for training in Texas then to DC to work in a hospital!  The Miller girls are just going to take over the country so watch out!

Nashville in a nutshell:  lots of food, jello shots, jim, captain, ghetto pong, dizzy bat (no thanks for the old lady!), flip cup, cowboy boots [and “bustard rotes”], sweating, singing, dancing, meeting new friends, karaoke kab {BEST. INVENTION. EVER.}, are you happy?, and best of all, some amazing new friends that unfortunately live a thousand miles away in New Jersey [and no, they don’t fist pump or wear mile-high poofs].  Overall, it was an awesome weekend that took several days to recover from, but I think it’s safe to say we all had a great time!  There were a few minor mishaps but we won’t go into detail 😉  People are just silly and strange to me sometimes…

I am glad I have been as busy as I have, otherwise I think I would go crazy being away from Brandon this long.  It has been about 3 months since I have seen him, which is definitely longer than we have ever gone.  I feel terrible too because I know he is having a really rough time there between long, hot days at work, terrible hours, and not having anyone that he really likes on the trip with him.  I wish I could do something other than talk to him on the phone and send him letters/packages, but contact is so limited and there’s not a lot I can say or do to make him feel better.  I just can’t wait until he gets back and we can see each other!  We did get some *hopefully* very good news about changing bases when he gets back to the states…and after this next year of teaching I will *hopefully* be off to an exciting new place to live 🙂

As I said, I have been working at the Y quite a bit, which is nice, but I don’t love it.  I mean, I like it, it’s a job, and it’s easy, but it is definitely not like most of the places I have worked before.  Like I said in my previous post, it is super unstructured which is so strange to me, as I have worked in a school and at a summer camp, where it has always been a pretty consistent schedule.  Also, the people I work with are nice, but I don’t really feel “at home” there like I have at most places I have worked.  I think I compare this job too much with my other Y job, where I was a camp counselor.  I absolutely LOVED my camp job and LOVED the people I worked with there…we all hung out and were friends.  So, while I am enjoying staying busy and making some cash, I don’t think I will be too disappointed when the summer is over and I am done there.

As for the Zoo, I haven’t been there much, but I did drag my sis there last night to work the Dreamnight event, which is basically a “wonderland” type event where children with all kinds of chronic illnesses can come and have an exciting, magical night with their friends and families.  If you see any pictures floating around on the internet of Alice in Wonderland and a yellow feathery princess butterfly thing from the Dreamnight event, that is me and my sister 😉  I won’t say that the costume was comfortable, but it was definitely worth dressing up to see all these incredible children having fun and smiling as wide as they could!  You should google search Dreamnight at the zoo, it’s a pretty cool concept!

Anyway, I have probably bored you to death with my ever-so-exciting life, so I will say goodbye for now, hopefully my summer starts to settle down a bit!

All the princesses at the event last night made me think of these gorgeous castles I have had sitting in a photo folder from some of the travel websites I look at:

…a little thunder amongst my glorious rainshowers

Well, I apparently spoke too soon.  Literally the day AFTER I wrote my last post I found out that my principal is getting transferred to a different school within our county.  Now, to further expand upon this, my principal is wonderful.  She has been my only principal, so I can’t really say she’s the best, BUT she did earn Principal Of The Year last year, so that should say something!  She is definitely one of those far-and-few-between administrators who is ALL about the kids and not at all caught up in the “power trip” of being in charge.  Of course there are some petty things that I would change about how she runs our school, but overall, she’s pretty darn good.  So my coworkers and I are devastated that she has been (forced to) transfer to a different elementary school.  My county has been doing some *interesting* things anyway, so this just tops it all off.  Actually, I take that back.  Not only are they taking our wonderful principal, they are “replacing” her with a principal about which we have only heard horrendous things (things that cannot be said around young ears to say the least).  I guess the county’s mission is to try to use the good principals to “fix” the bad schools, and think that the good schools will do fine with a bad administrator (although I have heard the superintendent is partial to the way our soon-to-be principal runs things, so who really knows).  At this point, my hope is just that our school unites and works together to be a solid, functioning unit.  I’m sure we have not heard the end of this though….

Another little rumble of thunder is how much I miss my honeybee.  It has been tough the last few days with our schedules not completely coinciding, his text messaging not working, lack of internet access in Afghanistan, and my general brattiness (I take full responsibility of sometimes just getting frustrated and being a queen brat…thank goodness he is wonderful and forgives me for it when I apologize).  I am just missing him like crazy and can’t stand the fact that I have NO control over when we get to talk [control freak right here, in case you didn’t know…]  I love him to the moon and back and can’t wait to see him again…

Anyway, back to my glorious showers…Nashville is right around the corner and I CANNOT wait!  I am not even going to expand upon this because I will end up writing for an hour.  And really, all I want to say is that I CANNOT wait!  (Did I say that already?? lol)

Also, I started working at the Y Friday which is going well.  It’s one of the easiest jobs that I’ve had…I get to hang out with kids all day 🙂  It does get a little overwhelming sometimes when there are a lot of kids and they’re all doing different things [including throwing temper tantrums and/or screaming] BUT that is just something I am going to have to get used to since it is not a structured setting like a classroom or summer camp.  The kids are sweet and I am liking working with the itty bitties {babies} more than I thought I would.

Speaking of the Y, I also started my *Kanye West get right for the summer-all them mocha lattes you gotta do pilates-workout plan* today…meaning that I just hope I make myself workout after work more often than not.  I have a free gym membership so why not take advantage of it??  I am not really worried about losing weight [although I wouldn’t be upset if it happened]…I just really feel a lot better when I am active and burning some calories!  I had a good little workout today, especially since I hadn’t worked out in awhile.  It’s funny because I have been seeing ALL kinds of people talking about marathons and halfs and triathlons and such on facebook and I always feel guilty because I’m like, dang I need to run/bike/swim/lift/etc more…but really, I have ZERO desire to run a marathon.  I give mad props to those that train and do them, don’t get me wrong.  I just cannot justify spending that much time of my day running.  Like I said, I enjoy my “me time” spent at the gym and feel great afterward…I just don’t need 3 hours of running to make me happy.  {Again, KUDOS to all of you who do it, you rock!}  I found this quote on a blog I read sometimes and it made me smile because it’s fantastic:

Some other quotes and pics that I am in love with right now….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

when it rains, it pours

Well, I commonly use this phrase, “when it rains it pours,” but usually when a series of bad things happen.  I was trying to think of a title for today’s post, and this is exactly what came to mind, but in a positive way, like raining blessings 🙂

To begin with, I got my GACE test scores back today and passed, woohoo!  This means that I will be certified to teach not only PK-12 art, but also early childhood (I think it is K-5 here in GA).  This will be very helpful later when either A. they actually cut the art program or B. I move and am trying to find another job [which I feel may be fairly soon…not until after this coming school year of course].

Second, as I already said in my last post, I have another summer job at the Y.  I went and filled out my paperwork and did my drug test today so I am ready to rock and roll…I will be headed there Friday to begin!  Like I said before, it will be nice to have a little extra cash coming in, but it will be even better that I am keeping myself busy and doing something productive and hopefully fun!

There are a few other smaller things that are big happy faces for me too that just build upon the great things that are happening– some good news from Brandon about bases and the fact that 3 training days are down and only 2 left to go 🙂  These classes are about 20% helpful and interesting and 80% dreadful.  I am really trying to have a good outlook and get the most out of them, but it really is hard sometimes.  I did get my wireless internet fixed on my school laptop, so if nothing else, these days were good for that!  I think if the school we’re at wasn’t so dang far away I wouldn’t have quite so much of a problem with it either!

Anyway, what else is going on??  Not a whole lot really, I spent Memorial Day weekend here in Atlanta….I worked at Brew at the Zoo Saturday which wasn’t bad at all, I was in charge of the beer trailer, lol.  Would’ve been a fun event to attend, but getting paid for watching drunk people and overseeing the alcohol distribution wasn’t too bad of a deal 😉  I spent Sunday and Monday at the pool, my new favorite spot {didn’t realize how much I missed one when I lived in houses downtown!}

I am going to vent for just a minute–yesterday was Memorial Day, and having a boyfriend in Afghanistan and tons of friends and family in the military, I was VERY irritated that I saw more statuses on facebook about Jim Tressel resigning from OSU than I did about the reason we celebrate Memorial Day and how important our military/veterans are!  Ok that’s all, BUT if you read this, please say a quick prayer for all the military and military families!  I ❤ America, k?  And if you don’t, get out!

This is the aircraft that Brandon works on ^