A little known fact...

August 29, 2010

Last week was insane. I forgot how much I dispise the first few weeks of school...especially since I am not teaching a subject I really like. You might have seen on FB or Twitter that I was freaking out at the beginning of the week, well I was told I might get moved to Kindergarten. I personally don't care if I get transfered again, but I do care if the grade they want to put me in prevents me from participating in Internship and graduating in May. I'll cut a limb off of anyone who gets in the way of my completion of school. {I've been in school literally since I was 3 with no break other than a few summers...I want out asap!} Rumor has it that I will be left alone good/but not excited about it. Ya see, I am teaching Science and Social Studies and realized pretty quick like that I am a ELA {English Language Arts} gal all the way. I grew up with a grandmother who was a librarian and a mother who reads constantly and a whole shelf of every children's book you could think of...ofcourse I am a reading person and not a analytical math/science person.

Then mid week a friend of mine called to talk about something funny and we wound up talking about how our church was doing a baptism at the river Wednesday night. Her son was being baptized and she was going to be re-baptized and suggested I come along. You  may not know this but I was saved quite some time ago and have attended church all my life, but due to my intense fear of public speaking/standing in front of a crowd and having anyone touch me in more than ankle deep water{a good friend of mine attempted to practice baptize me in high school and I nearly choked to death haha} I have shyed away from baptism. For some odd reason when she suggested I use this opportunity to finally go through with it I jumped on it and called the church. I was all excited too until I got there...then the anxiety set back in. Which led to me giggling like a mad woman for about 30 minutes. But I did it, and you know the oddest thing...I felt the weirdest sense of relief and calm after I came out of that river. Like something that had burdened me with mass guilt was finally gone, which it was in fact. My fear of baptism has plagued my mind for years.

Now for Sunday{today}...I decided to nix my old couples Sunday School class and search for a new women's class. {when we first got married we attended a newly wed class that was quickly merged into a young married class...then our original class disappeared...then Jer went to teach 7th grade boys, which left me alone in a world of not so twenty somethings an babies galore}   But today I tried out a women's class who is studying the book of James and I just absolutely loved it! I am actually sad that I have to miss next Sunday to go home for the weekend. Our class is also going to a Beth Moore conference in December so I will have to search out any fellow bloggers who will also be there. Oh I can't wait!


Last night when reading through my Google Reader I found a post that thelittlethingswedo.blogspot.com did and featured jewlery by elephantine from Etsy. I saw this necklace and can't stop thinking about it.
It is called "the year of wonder" and is a silver necklace/pendant and the pendant is a sideways tear drop. I just keep looking at it and thinking how pretty and tiny it is and how much it describes this past year with starting grad school/teaching/transfers/Nanny dying/all the other big changes that have occurred. It has been a insane year, and I really think this necklace pretty much sums it up...a straight year wondering what is going to happen next and wondering why things happen the way they do. Let's just say that the new year's calendar starts in September for me this time. Where I stood today a year ago is completely different from where I am today in the present.  


I also cooked lunch today! So here is a Sunday Lunch post. Bet you thought I was never doing one of those again. Recipe from Simply Recipes.com

Croque Monsieur

2 Tbsp butter

2 Tbsp flour

1 1/2 cups milk

A pinch each of salt, freshly ground pepper, nutmeg, or more to taste

6 ounces Gruyère cheese, grated (about 1 1/2 cups grated)

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (packed)

8 slices of French or Italian loaf bread

12 ounces ham, sliced

Dijon mustard


1 Preheat oven to 400°F.
2 Make the béchamel sauce. Melt butter in a small saucepan on medium/low heat until it just starts to bubble. Add the flour and cook, stirring until smooth, about 2 minutes. Slowly add the milk, whisking continuously, cooking until thick. Remove from heat. Add the salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Stir in the Parmesan and 1/4 cup of the grated Gruyère. Set aside.
3 Lay out the bread slices on a baking sheet and toast them in the oven, a few minutes each side, until lightly toasted. For extra flavor you can spread some butter on the bread slices before you toast them if you want.
(Alternatively, you can assemble the sandwiches as follows in step four and grill them on a skillet, finishing them in the broiler with the bechamel sauce.)
4 Lightly brush half of the toasted slices with mustard. Add the ham slices and about 1 cup of the remaining Gruyère cheese. Top with the other toasted bread slices.
5 Spoon on the béchamel sauce to the tops of the sandwiches. Sprinkle with the remaining Gruyère cheese. Place on a broiling pan. Bake in the oven for 5 minutes, then turn on the broiler and broil for an additional 3 to 5 minutes, until the cheese topping is bubbly and lightly browned.

If you top this sandwich with a fried egg it becomes a Croque Madame.

Makes 4 sandwiches.