Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Winter? 2.0

It is the first day of winter and we turned on the A/C again because it was too hot. Winter? Where are you?

Saturday, November 13, 2010


We finally turned our heater on. I would consider that winter. :) I know, I know. Not officially. I love this time of the year. It feels very much like home to me. And not to forget the smells this time of year.

Sunday, November 7, 2010


I've had an itch to blog again but with my hectic schedule lately I don't know if I can manage. Perhaps I can start slowly. Three sentences isn't bad.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Hello Again

The most amazing thing has just happened to me. I'm not really sure why I feel compelled to write a post about this especially since the few followers I had don't read this blog anymore. Which, let's be honest, is completely my fault. I suppose I'm compelled to write this down so I can remember this feeling for as long as I can and access it whenever I want.

I was having dinner with one of my co-workers. She's a ton of fun and I can't wait to do it again. (Thanks Maria!!!!) Let me say that it must've been fate or something that I even answered my phone. If I don't know the number I usually let it go to voice mail. See, back in 2006 I moved home from San Antonio. I currently still have my SA number. When I get a call from an unknown SA number I assume it's the wrong number. Yet, this time I answered. One, because one of my students this year moved to SA earlier this year and I thought there was a chance it was his family. Two, I answered because "something" made me. The voice on the other line came from someone much older than my student. (I teach second grade :)) He asked if I knew who it was and of course I didn't. He went on to say that it was D, a student that I had 7 years ago in fifth grade while I taught in San Antonio. As stated in the post that I linked to this one, D left a lasting impression in my life.

Naturally, as educators we aspire to inspire everyone of our students. But not often does the student inspire us. I was lucky enough to have had this happen my second year of teaching. I kept in touch with D for the rest of my time in SA. Taking him to movies and dinner. He even helped me move into my last apartment. I was his unofficial "Big Brother". As D got older, he needed me less and less, and found other great and positive teachers that helped him. Finally, I moved home and D and I kept in touch through an occasional email here and there.

I have to admit that when I realized it was D I internally cheered like a little girl. Here was this student that had changed me and my teaching 7 years ago. He went on to mention that he was graduating this year. He told me all about school, picking a college, his girlfriend and family. And then it happened...that amazing moment. He finally said what he had wanted to say. His reason for calling. With the help of one of his teachers he tracked down my old co-worker/best friend/"sister" and was able to get my contact information. He said he wanted to send me pictures. Pictures of important events in his life. He also mentioned something I had completely forgotten. He said he had my contact information in a journal I gave him back in fifth grade that he had kept until just recently. (He thinks his girlfriend misplaced it.) But it was what he said next that moved me to tears. Tears that have kept streaming down my face for the last hour and half. He said that he wanted to find that journal because it meant a lot to him. So much that he never wrote in it. All that is written is the page I wrote on where I had dedicated the journal to him. Can you believe that I didn't remember that? But the emotion behind his voice when he said he was sad he couldn't find it made me lose it. I told him how much I appreciated that and how proud of him I was.

There are so many things that I can share about D that will help you all understand how incredible this student was. But in the end, what matters is that I know. And now, you all know a little bit more.

I am just about to end my 10th year of teaching. I've had tough classes, demanding students, and emotionally draining work environments. But to me, all of that is worth the struggle when you hear from a student like D. I can only pray that every teacher have his or her D sometime in their career. It's the most amazing feeling!!!!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

My Heart is Happy and Full

This week was my best spring break!!!

I had a "TO DO" list this week. Funny how the contents of this post were not on that to do list. Although I did manage to cross off some of my chores, I am returning to work after spring break with a a happy and full heart.

Not that this past week didn't come with some heartbreaks...Why UTEP? That game was yours for the taking! March Madness is definitely upon us. Yet, this week I managed to open my heart up and let love in. I know what the few that read my blog may be thinking. Um, Patty. Didn't your boyfriend move in back in July? Yes, yes he did. But the person I am resisted him and all that he is for months. And though things have gotten great with time it wasn't until this week that I realized my heart is so happy and so full.

Strange. When I had lunch with my cousin she laughed because Matt shows all the qualities and characteristics that most women swoon over. And here I am, living the fairy tale and not realizing it. I could try to tell you what it is that Matt does for me, but it's somewhat difficult to put into words. The easy stuff: he lets me watch sports while he does the cooking and washing of dishes, he tells me he loves me all the time and means it, not one day goes by he doesn't say how beautiful or cute or sexy I am (which for me is hard to hear sometimes). He's good to my parents and nice to my nieces and nephews. He helps around the house by doing laundry, cleaning, and like I said above the cooking and dishes. And I suppose what made me fall in love with him again was how he didn't give up on me when I wasn't so nice.

This week was my best spring break!!!!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Spent TOO Much Already

Been shopping two days in a row. I've spent too much money. I've eaten way too much. There is a reason it's good to only have breaks once in a while. If you're too busy working then you don't have time to spend money and gain weight!!!! And to think, it's only day two of spring break. Yikes!!! Spending time with my family and boyfriend...priceless. Ha ha, y'all saw that coming.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Of Course

Yup! It was strep throat.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Are You Kidding?

Only I would have a fever Valentine's Day weekend. :( It's my first Valentines with Matt where we actually get to be together. We were long distance last year. Here's hoping I get better.

And wishing you love and happiness this weekend and always!!!!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Super Bowl Action

No, my team didn't make it to the Super Bowl but we're celebrating anyway! So head on over to my house for some yummy food and great company.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

I LOVE Cranberry Orange Muffins

As I mentioned many moons ago, my family and I are HUGE fans of sports. And when it is that in between when football is about to finish and basketball is midway done there is a lot of overlapping. So needless to say that we have had TONS of get togethers revolving around sports. Usually each of us bring a dish to share. Translation: run to the nearest store and buy, buy, buy. Since yesterday's was last minute we all decided to buy something to bring. We headed over to our Super Target to get our food. I was in charge of dessert. Target makes delicious cakes. I am not at all a buttercream fan but Target makes a yummy kind. Wasn't in a cake mood so I wandered over to their donut and sweet bread display. The Target Lady said she was about to take it all out so whatever we could fit in a box she would mark down for $2.29. YAY! My sister and I jam-packed 2 boxes of delicious sweets. And luckily, there were 3 huge cranberry orange muffins just for me!!!! Don't worry...I haven't all 3. I'm going take my time so I can make them last.

Sunday, January 17, 2010


Another year older. At what point can I still keep celebrating and having birthdays but not saying I'm getting older? I suppose that 's wishful thinking...