I need to vent (and express gratitude too)

Consider this a vent session ….. beware, it might get wordy.

There are not enough hours in the day. My to-do list is rapidly growing and tasks are multiplying. Somehow, someway, though, I will get done what I need to get done.

I watched a short snip-it of Katie Couric’s new talk show (appropriately named Katie …. genius, who thought of that one?!) earlier this week and lo-and-behold, guess who was the special guest? None other than E.L. James, author of 50 Shades. I was *NOT* impressed with Katie’s interview skills or James’s interviewee skills. Katie was too “giddy” and giggled way too much. As for James, she’s obviously British and has the personality to match. Her body language signaled she’d rather be at Escala or in Charlie Tango. I can’t say I blame her. Supposedly there is a fourth book coming out, I think it’s a hoax. Unless, of course, it’s true and you know I’ll purchase it immediately. I’m still not interested in watching the movie though, because whomever plays Christian and Ana are not going to be up-to-par for my extremely high expectations.

From 50 Shades to mission trips ….. what planet did I come from?!

The missions fundraiser at my church is this weekend and plans are being finalized to make it a great success. Sunday school rooms will be emptied Thursday evening and Friday we’ll begin to set up tables, chairs, decorate, and enter all items into the computer system. Speaking of items, I am incredibly grateful to all of the precious folks who’ve sent donations. I’m blown away by your generosity and humbled that you would support something that means so much to me. Thank you.

On the topic of missions, the mission trip to Haiti is quickly approaching (we depart THREE weeks from today). While I’m elated to return and see my Haitian friends, I am also extremely nervous. There have been significant changes (increases) to our budget, causing me to stress about collecting additional funding. Our project location has been announced, causing me to stress about buying additional supplies and simply “surviving” this mission experience. We’re going remote — think “out in the boonies” — and will be sleeping on cots surrounded by mosquito nets, meals prepared over a fire pit (and served by a gracious Haitian … smile), and showers will be in the form of a five-gallon bucket. My home away from for 10 days will look something like this:

Notice there are no windows …. no doors … and some rooms don’t have a roof. Tarps will be needed to prevent flooding if it rains (it is hurricane season, afterall). One of the team leaders and I agreed months ago that we’d like an adventure. Who says God doesn’t have a sense of humor?!!?!

In addition to packing suitcases with donated medical supplies, over-the-counter medications, school supplies, athletic equipment, and other items for the children’s hospital and local schools, I am also shopping for the mosquito net “tent” (pictured above) and acquiring the necessary supplies the team will need in the field. Last year, I stayed at the Methodist Guest House in a suburb of Port-au-Prince. Thinking back, the Guest House might really be the Haitian Hilton. This year, we will be in the community of Mellier (I think it’s pronounced Mill-Lay), the epicenter and most damaged area in the 2010 earthquake. I think the majority of reconstruction in the area is complete (from the labor and love of other UMVIM mission teams) and we will be one of the last teams to work in this area. Needless to say, the amenities on this trip will *NOT* include wi-fi or electricity. Therefore, my personal blog and the mission team’s blog will not be updated. In fact, I’m not taking my laptop or DSLR camera either. Instead, I’m taking pictures with a smaller point-and-shoot camera.

While I am in Haiti, please continue to visit this blog. I’ve asked several friends to guest post while I’m in the remote regions of Haiti and they’ve all said yes. They are all precious and wonderful and invited to my house for sweet tea and hugs.

If you read my post last Friday about the middle school dance, you have a pretty good idea of the fun I’m having with this long-term sub assignment. In fact, things are going really well. I’m in constant communication with the teacher on maternity leave and keeping her updated on activities at school. She’ll return the second week of October — the same time I leave for Haiti — and I’m hoping for a smooth transition. The students are wonderful. Speaking of students, one of them has already made me cry. For the purpose of this post, I’ll call him Spikes since he wears his hair gel-spiked. Spikes walked into advisory (think home room, a time for announcements, and lasts only 25 minutes) very quiet and I knew something was amiss. While the other students were reading, he walked over to me and whispered, “Miss H, I don’t feel good. My head hurts.” I sent him to the school nurse. A few minutes later, after the bell rang for second period, I went to check on him. The nurse let me in and silently mouthed – thank you. Spikes was sitting in the corner behind a partition and visibly upset. I don’t have a second period class (it’s my conference time), so I sat down beside him and we had a little chat. Turns out, he banged his head against the locker door above his that morning and it really hurt. Even worse, nobody was home or available to bring him some headache relief (i.e. Tylenol or similar). Both of Spike’s parents work in the Metroplex and were unable to leave work. I felt even worse for him. Spike’s always making me laugh, making me smile, and we joke because I constantly call him the wrong name. We’ve unofficially officially changed his name and he answers to both ….. he’s awesome like that! But that morning, my little buddy was upset. Not just a little upset, but big alligator tears upset. Miss H (that’s me) doesn’t do blood and she doesn’t do tears. He wanted headache relief and I wanted my Mom. I’m such a grown-up, right?! He cowboy’d-up, though, and went to his second period class. Walking back to my room, a few tears slid down my face. He broke my heart. Right. In. Two.

In happier news, my students are doing a special activity this week that involves Washington, D.C. We’ve read a skit that takes place in the city and I’m excited to share the photos I took from my trip this summer. Students will outline their own travel itineraries for a two-day vacation. In addition to their independent research, I brought my trusty-rusty street map, train schedule, and even D.C.’s travel brochure for them to use. For an extra treat, they’re designing a postcard that they’ll “mail” to the school principal explaining the trip they’ve planned. If you sense a little excitement in my voice, you’re right. I always tell my students that I’d never ask them to do something I’m not willing to do myself, so I’ll design a postcard too. Yeaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!

I had a post drafted for the Me, Myself, and I link-up but the more I worked on it, the more I hated it so I deleted it. I didn’t post anything yesterday, nor did I participate in the link-up. I’m a terrible person and blogger and should be sent to my room immediately. Somebody pass a cookie under the door, please.

Ohhhhhh, speaking of cookies, I found a recipe for cake cookies that I’ve made several times and I swear they are like crack for fat people. I’ll have to take pictures the next time I make them and post the recipe. It’s seriously good. I found this recipe on Pinterest. Three ingredients plus icing and you’re done. The secret, I think, is *NOT* to over-bake. They are dee-lish.

I miss my Mom and Dad.

I need a nap.

I’m hungry.

I ordered business cards for my blog. It’s not a business, but I’ll be a “cool kid” at the next blog meet-up.

I want a dog.

I’m done with random notes about myself.

Please continue on about your Wednesday.

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  1. revlara September 19, 2012 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    A window into my own thoughts: feeling the pressure…fatigue…anxiety…anticipation…and joy. Appreciating you…and working on my enthusiasm for mosquito netting, bucket baths, and the rest of the “adventure”you two have signed us up for. It’ll be great…hot, dirty, uncomfortable…and blessed!

    • Nicole September 19, 2012 at 12:11 pm - Reply

      I can only the imagine the stories we’ll have to tell upon our return ……. that is, if you’re still speaking to me after 10 days of bucket baths and mosquito netting!!!!!!! Love you, RevL. =)

  2. lovelylici1986 September 20, 2012 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    Hahaha. Oh, myyy.
    50 Shades – Bleh! I’m appalled by the attention the poorly written trilogy is getting. I don’t get it at all. And OMG. I spotted a copy of the first one on my mother’s dresser. I kinda wanted to die. Or burn it. Something…
    Katie Couric sucked? Well!
    Haiti – You go, girl! I’d never go to Haiti. It doesn’t seem very nice. A lot of people from there come here to live. Legally and illegally. The people here kind of hate them. It’s kinda sad… But I understand it. We can barely make it here. It’s really rough when we’re overcrowding, and people keep coming in. *sighs*
    Spikes – You’re such a softy, Nicole! Cute.

    • Nicole September 20, 2012 at 2:53 pm - Reply

      OK, Miss Sassy Pants ….. love you by the way! Don’t knock my 50 Shades, I secretly want to become the modern day Doctor Ruth because of those books. Seriously, some people NEED to read those books and then put words into ACTION in their bedrooms. Just saying. True statement: I was not impressed with Katie Couric. I loved her on the TODAY Show, but not so much on the mini-Oprah attempt. Haiti is near and dear to my heart. Very sad situation for the entire country and their immigration issues are similar to others: people merely trying to survive. It’s a tough world we live in. And I don’t have the answers to all life’s questions. Just trying to do a little good in a big world. *heavy sigh* As for Spikes, he’s still my buddy and back to his normal self today. That kid cracks me up!!!!


      • lovelylici1986 September 20, 2012 at 3:29 pm - Reply

        Hahaha. I hear ya! A lot of people love it, so there must be SOMEthing to it, even if it isn’t beautiful prose. Haha.
        I haven’t seen Katie’s new show. Doesn’t it break your heart when people are awesome to you, then they change something, or you see them in a different capacity, and it just kills it for you? Like J.Lo. Loved her in Selena. As a singer? No. Please stop. Haha.
        Yeah, it’s a sad situation in Haiti. They just keep getting hit, again and again. I get wanting to leave. Heck, I wanna get outta here nooowww. But I know I have to save, save, save first. Blaaah! Money. Every problem begins and ends with it, right?
        I love students like that! I’ve come across a few in my JA volunteer days. And in my work as a live-in for young women. When they hurt, you hurt. Lord help me when I have my own children!
        Hope you have a great weekend! 🙂

        • Nicole September 20, 2012 at 3:46 pm - Reply

          You have a great weekend too, Sweet Friend. =)

  3. Brenda Farris September 23, 2012 at 10:52 pm - Reply

    I had a rough weekend too. Shades makes everything better though!

    • Nicole September 24, 2012 at 8:01 am - Reply

      You’re totally right, Brenda …….. Mr.50 makes everything better!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahaha


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