Thursday, May 04, 2006

Monday, May 01, 2006

Go to my Myspace!

I've started a new site at myspace. Just go to:

http://www.myspace.com/sarapirklehughes

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

How Bacon and I are spending our Spring Break

Well, I'm halfway through my three-week-long Spring Break, and as of today, I really have nothing to show for my time off. I had visions of scrapbooking, vidding, and sorting through all the junk in our apartment to give to Goodwill, and all I've done is watched t.v. and played Legend of Zelda, the Windwaker (thanks to Amy and Jamey who got me hooked when I went to Alabama last week). Bacon has been loving having me home - as soon as Scott gets up in the morning, Bacon moves from his spot at the foot of the bed right up to Scott's pillow and snuggles in for another two or three hours with me. At 9 or 10 we get up, have a nice long walk, then come in for a bowl of Count Chocula and an hour browsing online. Actually, while I'm browsing, Bacon takes his position at the window, watching for squirrels or people walking their dogs and as soon as he sees something, he loses control and starts barking like he's on crack. Here he is in his lookout pose (which has become his primary stance in the past 2 weeks)


Right now, as I write this, he's freaking out because there's a squirrel on the fence across the way and Bacon is convinced that the squirrel is teasing him. He keeps running toward me and pawing me, then running back to the window and howling, then hopping from the futon to the armchair and then running into the kitchen to get some water because his throat is so sore from barking, then resuming his post, all the while wagging his tail and panting happily as if this is the most fun any creature could possible have on a Wednesday morning. In some ways, I believe that he thinks he is protecting me from that squirrel, but it's more than that - he's engaging in his own little game that he's created simply because I lifted the blinds one day to let some natural sunlight in. He's so proud of himself too - man, I love my mittle mountain lion!

Well, time to actually try to get something done around here - there's a whole corner in our bedroom that's been collecting junk for the past two years - I avow to sort through it all, throw most of it away, and donate to Goodwill anything that is remotely usable.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Bragging on my Baby!

I'm so excited for Scott - he's done something that many of us only dream of doing - he lost a ton of weight. And he did it by exercising and cutting back on the Krispy Kremes, rather than doing a crazy crash diet. Plus, he's been able to maintain the weight loss (though, I have to admit, every now and then I get nervous that he'll lose more weight and then weigh less than me). So, in honor of his great accomplishment, I thought I'd post some before and after pictures so everyone can see how great he looks.

Before After


Doesn't he look great? Yay, Baby!

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Yay, I remembered my old password!

It's been so long since I last blogged, primarily because I forgot my password, so I couldn't get to my dashboard, so I couldn't post. Other reasons also include how ridiculously busy I've been this semester. I found out the day before the Spring Semester started that GCSU needed me to teach a class, so I had less than 24 hours to put together a syllabus that didn't include any reading for the first three weeks (since the bookstore needed time to order my books). Needless to say, I was expecting to take this semester off, so the fact that I have to drive to Milledgeville twice a week after teaching at Montessori all day has turned me into a silly, sleepy ball of chaos - I feel like I'm constantly running from one place to another without sitting down to breathe.

On top of that, I've been trying to exercise more, and yippity skippity doo, as of yesterday, I have officially lost the ten pounds I gained after I got married! (it took about 6 months to gain, 2 1/2 years to maintain, and 6 months to lose).

Here is a picture of me from New Year's, when I had lost about 7 pounds, so imagine me 3 pounds lighter! (I know it's hard to imagine - if that hot girl to the left lost 3 more pounds, she'd disappear!)





I wanted to post a couple other pictures from New Year's Eve because we had so much fun! So here they are! (Hey, better late than never!)



Here are Willie and me after the midnight toast - and as you can see, we were quite toasty! (and why is his hand on my stomach?) After this picture was taken, Willie proceeded to profess his undying love for everyone at the party, then he tackled Ross on the balcony and threw up a little bit.


Bacon hid under the table for most of the night - I'm sure it's intimidating to be a small fuzzy creature among large, drunk, less fuzzy people who want to pick you up all night. And poor thing, he could barely see what was going on because his face fur was so overgrown! At least he got a lot of Totinos Pizza rolls that night! (which could be why he stayed so close to the table)

Well, I wanted to add some more pictures, but the computer is freaking out, so I better post before I lose any of this! I am seriously going to try to blog a lot over the break, especially because I'm not writing everyday with my middle schoolers (you know, since we're all out of school for three weeks).

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Christmas pictures, etc.


Well, I haven't posted in several weeks, and I don't really have a good reason - after all, I've been off work ever since the last post. However, Scott and I have been all over the state visiting people and having people visit us, so I guess that's a good enough excuse. I got a digital camera for Christmas, and now I can post my very own pictures, so I figured I would just post a few from Christmas and then next time a few from New Year's (both Eve and Day - I had a blast on both of those days, catching up with old friends). This first one is our family portrait - don't we look professory in our jackets?

Jenny got Dance Dance Revolution (Mario Mix) for Christmas and we spent hours playing it - I got some great video footage to embarrass everyone (which will show up on a DVD later!). I spent four hours doing DDR and I was so sore the next day - especially my calves! Word of advice - if you're going to do DDR, try to stretch before and after your workout. Here are Brad and Jenny doing some fancy footwork. Check out the Bease taking a long winter's nap on the far left.

Finally, Amy's new boyfriend, Jamey, made an appearance the day after Christmas and everyone got to know him. He's such a sweetie, and he really fit in well with our family. (Although it is a bit strange how similar he is to Scott - not only in the way he looks, but also how he acts. Can anyone say doppleganger?) What was funny was that Scott shaved his beard off like two days before Jamey showed up, and Scott was kind of relieved that he'd done that because they really would have looked alike. In fact, I think Bacon was a little bit confused because when Jamey and Amy left, he started going into hysterics and I think for a little while he thought Scott and I had abandoned him.

Anyhoo, more pictures later - right now I need to walk Bacon and then Scott and I are going to Fazoli's for spaghetti!

Monday, December 12, 2005

Air guitar like a superstar

This is just a shout out to my twin sister, Amy, because I miss her and can't wait to see her at Christmas! (Plus, I thought the picture - circa 1986 - was cute). As far as I can tell, Amy's in the Nike shirt and I'm in the sunglasses -- don't we look like we're about to party? You know, it's funny, we were so broke back then - if you look at the house in the background, you can tell it's a craphole, but it didn't really matter to us. I can remember during the winter it would get so cold there was frost on the inside of the windows and we could see our breath while lying in bed. We called that house "The Yellow House" and there was only one source of heat: a tall olive green heater in the hallway that had a gas fire inside it. Before school my mom would wake us up and she'd already have our school clothes laid out in front of the heater and all four of us kids would crowd in the hall to change because it was too cold to change in our rooms. In the summer we played outside a lot because there wasn't really airconditioning in the house (there was a window unit in the kitchen, but the rest of the house was hot). As a kid, I never knew that other kids had any more or any less than we did - materialism wasn't a concept I understood. Sure, that new pair of sunglasses was awesome or if we got new toys we were totally psyched, but we didn't care if our jeans had holes or our hair was clean (in fact, I hated washing and drying my hair because it would get so tangled).

Now that I teach kindergartners, I see some of that same carefree attitude toward clothes and possessions, but not as much as I'd like. A lot of the little girls I teach are very aware that their clothes cost a lot of money and they'll brag about where they bought it: Gap, Old Navy, etc. Sure, some of the kids are just excited that their jackets have Tinkerbell or Barbie on them, but some of the others are very aware of namebrands. These little children are walking advertisements for Tommy Hilfiger, Polo/ Ralph Lauren, and Calvin Klein. Some people may argue that because I teach private school the children are more aware of money and consumerism, and that's probably true in some aspects. But at the same time, I wonder if the whole country isn't just more aware of labels? Or were my childhood peers like this in the mid-80's and I was just oblivious to it? (I do realize as I write this that Amy is wearing a Nike shirt in the picture - but I can almost guarantee she didn't know what the shirt said and I'll bet my parents didn't buy it for her). I don't think I was aware of namebrands until I was 11 or 12 and only then it was because I was being made fun of for not wearing the right brands. I just hope that children aren't being consumed by consumerism at younger ages. I hate to think that childhood innocence is being erased by companies trying to make a buck.