March 21, 2010

Tomorrow brings change...

Tomorrow I will go to work and actually be counted in the ratio as a working trained preschool teacher. Yay! I'm excited and a bit nervous. Mostly nervous because I'm an assistant teacher until I complete my degree and my lead teacher is only going to be there half a day and she's not done with the training yet. I don't know how it is going to go.
Another change is tomorrow is Monkey's first day at preschool. I'm worried he'll cry all day. I'm hoping he'll have fun playing with the other babies. I'm excited to see how this plays out for us.

While I'm typing this my son is taking 10-15 steps at a time using his push walker. He is so proud of himself. I'm trying to catch in on video but he stops and crawls over to me when he sees the camera. That little stinker. Also he has 2 teeth that have come through on the top and two more top teeth that are trying to make a break for it. So he is busy and uber cranky.I can't wait for teething to be over. He can't even use his binkie without discomfort which messes with his sleep. My poor baby.

March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patty's Day!!

There are 4 things you must never do: lie, steal, cheat, or drink.
But if you must lie, lie in the arms of the one you love.
If you must steal, steal away from bad company.
If you must cheat, cheat death.
And if you must drink, drink in the moments that take your breath away... Brianne Kelly Darragh

March 16, 2010

I can't really think of a title...maybe this could have been 2 posts.

I was reading one of my favorite blogs and she posted a link This link made me think of the things I want Monkey to learn from his daddy and me. Here's an example of a few things I hope he learns in addition to the 10 in that list.

1. Be kind for the sake of being kind.
2. Be yourself.
3. Stand up for yourself and your beliefs.
4. Know what you believe and why. Don't believe something "just because".
5. Respect others and yourself.
6. We're family and family is always there.

I love my best friend Melonie. We've had our ups and downs but we're always there for each other. She took Monkey and me to dinner tonight to celebrate my new job. Melonie just plain rocks.She's there for the good, the bad and the ugly. You got to love someone the cleans up your puke and still respect you in the morning/afternoon. * If nothing else that New Years cemented our friendship even more. *
** Melonie, you are a strong beautiful person. Thank you for your friendship.**

March 15, 2010

Today is an even better day!!!!!

I have a job!!!! I start on Thursday! I am SO excited, in case you can't tell. I haven't worked in awhile so I'm looking forward to it and the paycheck. Plus Monkey will be going to school 3 days a week. I think it will be great for him. Since I'm starting back to work, I've got a ton of clothes to wash and cleaning to do so things will be easier. I'll be working till 6:30. I hate working till 6:30 but seniority dictates who goes home early.

I've been trying to post since Sunday but I get online and open the post box and nothing. So now that I have the job news and I took a ton of cute pictures of Monkey on Saturday so I can share those with you as well. I'll try to find something "clever" or fun to blog about soon.

March 11, 2010

Today is a good good day.

I went on two job interviews today! I'm feeling pretty good about myself and that things are looking up! I haven't blogged much lately. I've been keeping my sisters daughter, Baby K as well as taking care of Monkey. Oh man, it's exhaushting!Thankfully, my child slept from 10:30 last night till 7:30 this morning!!! Yay!! I don't really have too much to say right now. Monkey is sleeping now so I'm going to work on his scrapbook. Hope everyone is doing well. I'll write again soon.

March 8, 2010

March 8th is IWD

International Women's Day has been observed since in the early 1900's, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.

Great unrest and critical debate was occurring amongst women. Women's oppression and inequality was spurring women to become more vocal and active in campaigning for change. Then in 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights.

In accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, the first National Woman's Day (NWD) was observed across the United States on 28 February. Women continued to celebrate NWD on the last Sunday of February until 1913.

n 1910 a second International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen. A woman named a Clara Zetkin (Leader of the 'Women's Office' for the Social Democratic Party in Germany) tabled the idea of an International Women's Day. She proposed that every year in every country there should be a celebration on the same day - a Women's Day - to press for their demands. The conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, representing unions, socialist parties, working women's clubs, and including the first three women elected to the Finnish parliament, greeted Zetkin's suggestion with unanimous approval and thus International Women's Day was the result.

Following the decision agreed at Copenhagen in 1911, International Women's Day (IWD) was honoured the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on 19 March. More than one million women and men attended IWD rallies campaigning for women's rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination. However less than a week later on 25 March, the tragic 'Triangle Fire' in New York City took the lives of more than 140 working women, most of them Italian and Jewish immigrants. This disastrous event drew significant attention to working conditions and labour legislation in the United States that became a focus of subsequent International Women's Day events. 1911 also saw women's 'Bread and Roses' campaign.

On the eve of World War I campaigning for peace, Russian women observed their first International Women's Day on the last Sunday in February 1913. In 1913 following discussions, International Women's Day was transferred to 8 March and this day has remained the global date for International Wommen's Day ever since. In 1914 further women across Europe held rallies to campaign against the war and to express women's solidarity.

On the last Sunday of February, Russian women began a strike for "bread and peace" in response to the death over 2 million Russian soldiers in war. Opposed by political leaders the women continued to strike until four days later the Czar was forced to abdicate and the provisional Government granted women the right to vote. The date the women's strike commenced was Sunday 23 February on the Julian calendar then in use in Russia. This day on the Gregorian calendar in use elsewhere was 8 March.

1918 - 1999
Since its birth in the socialist movement, International Women's Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration across developed and developing countries alike. For decades, IWD has grown from strength to strength annually. For many years the United Nations has held an annual IWD conference to coordinate international efforts for women's rights and participation in social, political and economic processes. 1975 was designated as 'International Women's Year' by the United Nations. Women's organisations and governments around the world have also observed IWD annually on 8 March by holding large-scale events that honour women's advancement and while diligently reminding of the continued vigilance and action required to ensure that women's equality is gained and maintained in all aspects of life.

2000 and beyond
IWD is now an official holiday in China, Armenia, Russia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. The tradition sees men honouring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc with flowers and small gifts. In some countries IWD has the equivalent status of Mother's Day where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.

The new millennium has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women's and society's thoughts about women's equality and emancipation. Many from a younger generation feel that 'all the battles have been won for women' while many feminists from the 1970's know only too well the longevity and ingrained complexity of patriarchy. With more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increased critical mass of women's visibility as impressive role models in every aspect of life, one could think that women have gained true equality. The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women's education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.

However, great improvements have been made. We do have female astronauts and prime ministers, school girls are welcomed into university, women can work and have a family, women have real choices. And so the tone and nature of IWD has, for the past few years, moved from being a reminder about the negatives to a celebration of the positives.

Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women's craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more.

Many global corporations have also started to more actively support IWD by running their own internal events and through supporting external ones. For example, on 8 March search engine and media giant Google some years even changes its logo on its global search pages. Year on year IWD is certainly increasing in status. The United States even designates the whole month of March as 'Women's History Month'.

So make a difference, think globally and act locally !! Make everyday International Women's Day. Do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding.

please read this..


This isn't my story to tell. I'm passing it on in hopes someone will read this and help Bobbi.

March 6, 2010


I got sick. It was gross. I felt like death. I'm feeling better this morning. I was looking forward to taking Monkey for a walk and maybe going to the park. Everyone woke up in a good mood. Yay! Then Monkey threw up his bottle while I was attempting to feed him some oatmeal and pears. He's never thrown up before! I mean yea when he was little bitty he would spit up every now and then but that was rare! As a nanny and preschool teacher I've seen tons of kids puke. It was gross and I felt terrible for them but seeing my own little man get sick was heart wrenching. He doesn't have a fever which is good. I'm hoping this bug works through him as quickly as it did me. He's napping peacefully on the couch next to me. Hopefully with a little rest and some extra love he'll feel better soon.

March 3, 2010

28 and counting....

I turned 28 today. 28! I'm two years away from 30 and 8 years away from 20. When the freaking heck did this happen?!? My high school reunion is in August. I graduated in 2000. That was 10 years ago! OMG! I know I sound like I'm freaking out about my age. I'm not. I'm just surprised. I don't feel almost 30. I feel young for the most part. I'm stronger now and maybe a bit wiser. Maybe.