, pub-8087192757053655, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0 Director Jewels: June 2009

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

rescued from dark despair!

One of my AGDT students arrived practically in tears at my 2:30 class yesterday. When asked what was wrong, she explained that her miniature "Nellie" doll had just accidentally rolled down the drain in front of my house. Poor thing, she was trying so hard to not be completely devastated, but having been an American-Girl-obsessed-8-year-old in my lifetime, I understood what she was going through. We decided to get through class and then see if we might be able to get the doll back.

Class ended a few minutes early, so the girls and I headed out to the drain. We tried flashlights and I was lying on the concrete slab trying to see inside, but the angle was such that all I could see was the little ladder inside the manhole. This gave me inspiration and I ran back to the garage to get the best tools I could find...a hammer and a screwdriver. The screwdriver proved ineffective, but the hammer was very useful in prying the manhole cover partially off the hole. WOW, those covers are incredibly heavy!!! By the time I had gotten a corner lifted, one of the moms had arrived and came over to help me drag it off. I was pretty afraid someone was going to lose a toe, but thankfully we were okay. Once the cover was off, we could look down inside the hole - and great joy! There was Miss Nellie O'Malley, resting facedown on the ground far below us. The girls were so thrilled to at least see her, but I still had to get her out.

(Nellie is the little spot of blue on the left side of the photo).

I ran into the house to get tennis shoes and then carefully lowered myself into the hole.

Nellie was unscathed aside from a bit of grass debris in her hair and on her dress.

I brushed her off and handed her up! Getting out of the hole was a little more difficult than getting in, but it was definitely worth it when I heard the cheers and saw the look on Holli's face when her doll was saved.

So the adventure ended. Crazy thing - I'm dying to go back down in that hole and explore. It's creepy...but definitely cool.

Monday, June 22, 2009

AGDT summer classes are here. Back when I was planning them, it seemed like they were so far away. Well, they're here! yay. The kids are fun, as always. But the exhaustion and lack of time are here, too. Oh well. Someday I will catch up on everything. At least, that's what I will tell myself forever.

My sparkly Times Square page is giving me fits. The sparkly paper will not accept my normal adhesive, so I bought a liquid glue today. Hopefully this will force it into submission.

Hobby Lobby has scrapbook paper and wall art on sale this week, so I also bought almost all of the supplies for my scrapbook room wall words project. I'll post pics once it's done.

Last Friday, we spent the day working in the yard - ripping up the old, dead shrubs in the front yard, and replacing them with new beautiful shrubs and flowers. It was a long, tiring day, and both Andrew and I were rather sunburned, but the result was worth it. I now have such pretty flowers! I don't remember what they're all called, but they are purple and pink and gorgeous! I even got a little "Knockout Rose" bush. It's adorable and I ♥ it!!

I have progressed to page 134 of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. 23 days and 2 and 3/4 books to go. There is hope yet.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

It's SO hot outside! ugh.

13 completed pages now reside in the Honeymoon album. Progress = yay! :) The page I'm currently working on is our first walk through Times Square. It's going to be all glittery. I love sparkles.

I went shopping "just because" for the first time in MONTHS and found all kinds of really cute clothes at Target. This dress - - I have already purchased in 3 colors and am considering a 4th. It's possibly the best summer sundress EVER. I am quite dismayed though, because while it is DEFINITELY hot enough outside to wear them, in my place of employment, it generally feels like it's 40 degrees. I wear a thick sweater almost all the time. Sadness.

Happy Birthday today to my Daddy!!!! :)

Garage sale at my house Thursday-Saturday this weekend! I am fully aware that no one reads my blog; but if they did, I would offer for them to sell their stuff in my sale as well. I'm currently trying to go through the house and purge as much as possible. I'm tired of having stuff piled up in every corner of every room. However, I LIKE all of my things so much that it's very difficult for me to imagine actually letting anything go. So I'm trying to find a healthy balance, and clear out as much as I can. We'll see how it goes.

Back in December, I decided to re-read the Harry Potter series before the new movie came out. Well, here we are, 28 days from the movie, and I am roughly halfway through HP & the Prisoner of Azkaban (book 3).'s time for a crazy reading frenzy. There was definitely a time in my life when this would have been a piece of cake, but I don't know if it'll happen this time. Hopefully! I really want to revisit the world of the books before seeing how badly the screenwriters have trashed the story.

The library is strangely quiet this afternoon. I probably shouldn't have said that. Now we'll be overrun with screaming children. Oops...

Thursday, June 11, 2009


The last five minutes before lunch are quite possibly the worst part of the day. There's nothing that can be completed this quickly, but I'm still supposed to be working. So I try to look busy and productive. It doesn't always work out. Like the times when I end up blogging instead.

7 pages of the Honeymoon scrapbook have been completed. Only 43 to go. The whole book has been sketched, and the overall design is done, I just have to put all the pieces together. Finding the time to do this is the problem.

I'm pretty happy that I'm not involved in community theatre this summer. I am already so far behind on practically everything! I can't imagine my state of disaster if I were spending 4 hours a night at rehearsal. I will be selling tickets for Footloose at BSCT, but that will only be 2 weeks and I won't even need to stay the entire evening. Hm. I wonder if I am doing concessions as well.

All right, it's 11:59. Close enough for me! Panera Strawberry Poppyseed Salad deliciousness, here I come! :)

Saturday, June 6, 2009

some people are excited for the day after Thanksgiving.

Not me. I count down the days to a different shopping event - the first weekend in June. It's LAKEWOOD GARAGE SALE DAY, everyone!!!! I am about to depart (waiting on Terra and Kayte to join me), and hope to find many amazing goodies for amazing prices at today's sales. Woohoo! I'm excited. :)

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

I hate being sick!

But on the plus side, I get to stay home from work and eat popsicles all day. I guess life could be worse.
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