Dear John(ny)


photo credit: USA Today

Dear Johnny,

As a transplanted Texan, I cheered as loudly as my native-born husband the night you were named the 2013 Heismann Trophy winner.  We were proud!

That pride is dissipating, young man.  Your behavior in the off season prior to yesterday’s game against Rice was concerning.  Your behavior on the field during the game yesterday? Embarrassing.

I’m sure your parents brought you up better than that.  I’m sure your coach and your teammates have shared their disapproval of your taunting the other team, and the 15 yards you cost them in the final minutes of the game.  I’m sure you’re going to hear a lot about how many other people are disappointed in your behavior.

The thing is, kid: you’re a good athlete.  And, like it or not, you’re a role model for the youth of our country and our state.  Question is: do you want to be a positive role model or a negative one?

My sincere hope is you’ll choose to change your behaviors and be a positive role model.  As an educator, I can honestly tell you that today’s kids need positive role models because the world is filled with negative influences.  Educators, your teammates, your coaches need you to turn it around, young man.

We know you can do it.

The choice is your’s.


Mission: Accomplished!

ImageThree years ago this month, Celeste, Letty, and I sat on the grounds of the state capitol and dreamed of the day we’d all do a 5K together.  We were in Austin for a 4-day training and had strolled up Congress Avenue after the day’s work was done.

Today was the day that dream came true!  This photo was taken after we had crossed the finish line at the Culinaria Wine & Beer Run. Celeste & I have entered several races since that afternoon conversation.  This was Letty’s very first race and she did great!  It was awesome to experience this with my friends and colleagues.

Here’s to many more dreams that become reality!


Reflecting on my first week of a new contract. One word: New.

New boss
New campuses
New math intervention program
New workspace

I wasn’t sure how I would react to all this “newness” and, truth be told, I didn’t act well initially.

I’m okay with change when I know what to expect. Of the four new items I received this week, the new campuses is what caused me the greatest stress. I was incredibly sad to lose my campuses from last year. I enjoyed the teams I got to work with and was really hoping to move forward with plans & ideas in the new school year.

On the upside, I get to take all those plans & ideas and share them with two new campus teams. I meet my new principals next week, the teachers come back to work the week after. It will be a fast year, they always are.

I’m glad to be back and very thankful that the “powers that be” wanted me back.

Here’s to a new school year!

The Rambler

Weather forecasters are saying we’re in for another 9 years of drought.  Nine years!  Yowzers!  I was talking to Hub about our yard and how we really need to explore xeroscaping because there just isn’t going to be any water to spare for water-thirsty grass.  As long as we can get rid of the nasty Hackberry trees in the back yard, I’ll be happy.

Speaking of the nasty Hackberries … I spent the better part of the early afternoon sawing away at this past week’s storm damage.  One of the trees split in half and so I wanted to be sure to get the loose branches cleared from the tree.  Next up: hack the branches into smaller pieces so the trash guys will take them.  Hub wasn’t too happy with me when he saw all the branches stacked in the back yard.  His concern was I could have been hurt by falling branches.  A reasonable concern, but I did take precautions and stayed out of the way of everything that could possibly fall on me.

The weather is cooler today than it’s been over the past several months and so I definitely enjoyed spending time outside during the day and not breaking a sweat … even with all the sawing and hauling I did.  Nice!

Headed upstairs to pull out my NYIP lessons after I finished clearing the storm damage.  It’s been several months since I’ve even pulled the books & CDs out and so rather than picking up where I left off, I thought it best to refresh my brain and start from the beginning.  I can’t believe how much I’d forgotten!  So, while the facilitators were discussing the photos in the lessons, I popped open my photo folders and started evaluating my work since I started my classes.  I can definitely see improvement in my shots.  With regard to the 3 questions, I can honestly say I have several that have nailed them.  This makes me feel better about what I’ve been producing than I did before I restarted my unit.  I’m eager to complete the first unit and submit my project for evaluation.  Shouldn’t be too much longer before I can do that.

Hub & I have a freelance job to work on.  It’s an outside assignment for his sister.  She wants a portfolio of photos of the missions in the area.  It’s been so smokey and hot lately.  Hope the air will start to clear once the “cold” front blows through.  I’m kind of excited to start it but want to make sure we’ve got everything in place so I can get the shots I really want.

We headed over to Gruene a couple of weeks ago and I headed out to Landa Park last weekend by myself.  I got some good stuff from both outings, but that’s not what my sister-in-law asked for, so I’m not even going to show it to her.

Have the Florida-Alabama game on.  It’s not going the way I hoped it would.  Always sad when the Gators lose in the Swamp. 😦

I’ve been thinking about next month’s half marathon and my very sore & blistered toe and how I’m going to crank out 9 miles tomorrow.  I’m taking Tuesday off to take Carl to the doctor and so I’m seriously thinking I’m going to move my long day back two days and swim tomorrow.  But the weather’s turned so lovely and cool and I don’t want to pass up a chance to run tomorrow morning.  Maybe I’ll do 3 and then head to the pool.  I plan to ride on Monday.  The hard part for me is the discipline in following through on my plan.  I can do it.  The question really is … WILL I do it?  I’ll have to let you know on Wednesday.

I’ve got a triathlon in February to also train for and I haven’t been in the pool or on my bike in a long time.  Time to crank my training into gear to incorporate both races.  I have an 8k at the end of this month.  Wrote a question on the race director’s wall asking to verify the location.  Was pretty disappointed when I went back to see if there was an answer and saw that my question had been deleted.  If the race fee was refundable, I’d pull out of the race because of their rudeness.  Unfortunately, race fees are rarely refundable.  So I’ll show up, have fun with my friends, head home, and really think long & hard before signing up for a race again produced by that krewe.

It’s going to be a tough week next week at work.  I set a pretty ambitious schedule for myself.  I’m sure I can get everything done that I’ve planned.  The reward will be sleeping in next Saturday.

I mean, hey Saturday’s going to be a special day and I want to enjoy my reward.  After all, you only turn 48 once.

Don’t cry for me San Antonio

Won’t meet my 15 mile run/walk goal for the week but I’m not pouting.  I’ve done something a whole lot more incredible for me:  I’ve got 7 days of certified heart-pumping cardio workouts under my belt!  I’m on a streak and I’m not about to let it lapse.  Yay, go me!

Got the Colonel and a few of my friends talked into the Los Chupacabras de la noche trail run on the 22nd.  How fun is that going to be?  Trapesing around in the dark for an hour or so and then eating barbecue at 10pm?  Hilarious!  Bonus: Mum, Princess, & I are heading to the WNBA All Star Game the next afternoon.  Can you say, “Lisa’s gonna sleep good?” So can I!

I received a phone call yesterday afternoon asking if I’d be interested in tackling a project in conjunction with C & I.  I laughed when I told Hub that I at least had a week to rest before being asked to get back to work.  Complaining?  Heck no!  I love staying busy and this project has the potential of opening lots of really great opportunities for me.

No wine this week?  Not a problem!