Sunday, February 28, 2010

A Little Craft Project

I've had a nice, relaxing weekend, with not too much schoolwork to do. That's one of the benefits of a new school term because I don't have essays to grade yet. It takes a couple weeks before we get done writing one and the grading frenzy begins. So, I spent most of yesterday afternoon working on a craft project, creating an organizer to holder papers and pens on my desk downstairs. I purchased this plain white organizer from a scrapbook store in Fort Collins...




And then covered the whole thing in paper and embellishments and added some photos to get this final product...







I've also been busy baking this weekend. I used some leftover bread that I didn't want to go to waste to make a batch of bread crumbs and then still had bread so I made an apple bread pudding. Then, I made homemade cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting yesterday. Mike has made a big pot of ham and bean stew and a fresh loaf of bread for dinner today too, so we are eating well.
I spent 1.5 hours at the dog park this morning with Aspen too. The bad news is that it was very muddy. The good news is that the city is putting down mulch to deal with the mud. While we were there, the Sheriff's Work Crew arrived with wheelbarrows, rakes, and a truckload of mulch and started hauling it in and spreading it around. Most of the other dogs were content to play elswhere and ignore the workers, but Aspen was fascinated and kept trying to sneak out the gate when they opened it for the wheelbarrows. As a result, they had to assign one man from the workcrew just to stand and guard the gate to sheperd Aspen away and let the wheelbarrows through...They were all laughing and making jokes about my dog and her attempts to "break out," which is ironic given that the workers weren't exactly voluntary themselves.


Anyway, looking forward to a couple more lazy hours this afternoon and then I will have to turn my attention toward preparing for the week...Have a good week everyone.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Update

Well, the second trimester is over! I'm 2/3 done with another school year, and only 1 more term to go! I've been grading papers like crazy, but now for a couple of days I don't have anything to grade...if only that would last!

It's been snowing off and on again here, but the good news is that it's starting to warm up slightly during the days. Enough to form icicles on the gutters during the day, which come crashing down outside the back patio door at least once a day.

I've been fighting a cold this week in addition, so it's been a challenge, but I'm starting to feel better finally. And, it's only two weeks until spring break!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine!

Happy Valentine's day everyone....It's a cold, clear day in Colorado, but everyone is going to have a good day hopefully. The city of Loveland was featured during CBS's Sunday Morning show this week to discuss our Valentine's hearts displays and remailing programs, so that was cool.

Mike and I actually celebrated yesterday with a lovely seafood feast at Pappadeaux's in Westminster and some window shopping. Lobster, calamari, crawfish foundeaux, all sorts of good foods, and we have enough left over for dinner tonight too! Today, it's back to work for me grading papers and Mike has a concert today. Hope you all enjoy your day!