Passing on an award, and divulging my deepest secrets!

I've had a rough week. Rough as in five referrals in two days. Rough as in every other kid who opens his or her mouth wants to either complain or give me attitude. Rough as in parents are emailing me asking "how their child is expected to pass my class at this point if I won't let them make up the work that was due months ago." The end of the day rolls around, and I just feel like crying. I didn't sign up for this abuse. The Lord must have sent a memo to some people this week telling them that I needed encouragement, though, because over the past two days, I've gotten not one Versatile Blogger Award, but two! On Tuesday I got a nice email from Jo of In Corners of My Mind, and today Kelly at Corner of Main shared the award with me. 


Whoever started this award as a way of encouraging fellow bloggers: to you, and the kind people who pass it on, I say thank you. I think it's an awesome idea. 

That said, I'm choosing to share the love with these kind and friendly bloggers who are either new-ish to me or I don't think have received the award before. If I'm wrong and you already have...that's okay. I hope you appreciate the acknowledgment all the same. :)

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Sweet, hilarious Faith. She could write about moldy turnips and I would enjoy it.
Jamie has a great sense of humor and an adorable little son.
Jen & Katie @ Paisley Print Shoes
Jen and Katie are two sisters that I'd accept into my own family in a heartbeat. 
Mallory @ Purplest Pecalin
Mallory lives in Oregon, which isn't conducive to the craft night that we think we should have together.
Elz @ House Pour
 Elz's witty comments here just about always make me laugh.
Anna's a kitty person. Enough said.
Jess is incredibly kind-hearted, and she and her husband are also fixing up an older-than-them house.

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I am also supposed to share 7 things about myself. I've attempted to choose seven quasi-interesting-or-maybe-not-interesting-at-all things most of you either A) wouldn't already know about me (since I tend to share my personality freely on this here blog) or B) never needed to know about me. Are you ready?

1. I eat Shredded Wheat for breakfast every morning. Blissfully plain, boring, bite-size Shredded Wheat. NOT the impostor kind that has been tainted with frosting. Gag. No, really. Sicky sweet cereal really makes me gag. But don't go thinking I'm super healthy or anything, because...

2. I have a stash of Twizzlers and Hershey chocolate bars in my desk at school. Some things are just necessary to get you through your day, you know?

3.  I have a pink Discover card. This used to garner a lot of exclamations from cashiers, but apparently I'm not the only cool one anymore because people have stopped commenting.

4.  I have known Rick since I was 12. We were in a musical together. We not only held hands during a dance scene, but also, at one point during rehearsals, I tattled on him to my mother, the director. Why? Because he wouldn't participate in whatever we were practicing and I was apparently a conniving brat. This rendered him afraid of both me and my mom for several years.

5. I love to sing. But not in public. I'm getting better at not being a total basketcase when singing solo or with a small group, partly from being on the worship team at church. However, I have always started shaking badly when I hear my voice alone and people (other than Rick or my family, obviously) are looking at me. An audience of One, people keep telling me, but my vocal chords still rebel. 

6. When I was younger, I wanted to be a librarian. I had visions of a job where you just got to read all day, and to prepare for my Chosen Career, I arranged all of my books alphabetically by author and even developed a check-out system. Babysitter's Club and Boxcar Children, anyone?

7. I've lived in New York my entire life, but I've been to Disneyworld at least 11 times. The combination of nostalgia, cheery atmosphere, and just plain fun makes me love going back again and again. I know it's totally some peoples' idea of a manic tourist trap there to suck you out of every dime, but I adore it. I get teary at the sight of Main Street, USA and at the end of Fantasmic when good conquers evil, in natural Disney style. Go Mickey!

Do any of my 7 things surprise you? Can you relate to any of it? Do share. :)

Thanks again to Kelly and Jo for the kind gesture! :)


  1. I'm sorry the children are acting up. :(

    I do enjoy that you also need sugar to get you through your day. Says the girl with a stash of Dove chocolate.

    I'll have to check out the blogs that I'm not currently reading this week-end!

  2. Anonymous10/27/2011

    I'm blushing! Thank you for the award! And thanks for making me laugh nearly every time I read your blog!

  3. Congrats on the award! 11 trips to Disney...wow, do they give you a discount?

  4. Re: DisneyWorld (WallyWorld to me). My son and wife spend every anniversary there and every niece and nephew gets taken at age 6 or 7 (boys)...

    We all love the place.

    And I really enjoy your blog...

  5. I'm sorry you are having a rough week. I know exactly what you are going through, it's been a bad week for me as well. I hope it all passes soon though, I'm sure you are an amazing teacher and mentor to those students!!!!! :)

  6. So sorry your week is a pooper. Big virtual hug coming your way (or if you're not a touchy-feeling person) a giant high-five. :) Isn't God good bring us encouragement when we need it most?
    And THANK YOU for the award! It's my first so I'm excited (and nervous so I hope I don't botch my acceptance speech).

  7. I hope your week ends on a high note. You and your blog are a highlight each day/week. I think your are wonderful and you never cease to make me smile. Thanks for sharing!
    Happy Thursday!

  8. I HATE terrible weeks. I'm so so so sorry you are having such a bad one. :-(
    BTW, I'm the girl who eats FROSTED mini wheats. I love them.
    AND - WE LOVE DISNEY WORLD!!! AUGH!!!! Seriously, I so understand the whole nostalgia and just the feeling of being there. I get giddy just THINKING about it.
    THANK YOU FOR THE AWARD. Erin, you are amazing. (PS please email us your address!)

  9. Sorry the kids are being so poopy =( From one teacher to another... this too, shall pass =) Praying your load is lightened!!

  10. I didn't know about the Shredded Wheat or the stash of candy... but other than that, no surprises :) although I HAVE known you since we were 4 so I probably don't count!

  11. In regards to number 6....

    Remember the book chain that you, Brendan and I made when we were little? We couldn't add a book to the chain unless we had read it. I think we stayed up all night reading so we could mak it as long as possible. I think it stretched from Brendan's room...through the closet into your room...out the door and down the hall....into your parents room...around to the far side of the room the back up across their bed and back out into the hallway to Brendan's room. We rock haha

  12. Aww I'm sorry for your poopy week :( My mom always says the parents are the worst part of teaching.

    Fanks for the mention though :) sorry my witty comments have been nonexistant... I've been subbing nonstop! Monies for rugs and pretty things though!!! :)

  13. Congrats on the well-deserved blogger award! There must be something about this time of year, because Andy's kids are crazy too.

    So funny that you tattled on Rick when you were 12. You must have been way less awkward than I was at that age to have found someone who knew you then and would still marry you. :)

  14. Thanks so much for passing the award along to me! :) You're too kind. And you're right, I've never received it!

    Also, I LOVE Disneyworld too. Since I live on the West Coast, Disneyland is closer, so I've been there a handful of times! As always, I love reading your funny posts.


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