Lately, I’ve felt like I’m taking two steps forward and five back. I can’t get ahead.

This past week, I began a new Bible study in Sunday school; worked extra hours after school; went to Wednesday night small-group; and created a display board and wrote a speech for a global missions event yesterday. 

The new furniture arrived Tuesday, but the old stuff is still here and we’ve not yet moved the TV to the other wall. Until that is complete, the new stuff is covered with sheets of plastic and in the middle of the house between the kitchen, dining and living rooms. Eeek!

no wonder the house is a mess, my face is breaking out, and I have stomach ulcers

I just realized the calendar on the fridge is still showing December 2011. I’m more than five steps behind, more like five weeks!

The long-term substitute assignment I began in November ends Friday, also the end of the six-weeks. Which means Yours Truly will be buried up to her eyeballs in paperwork, parent notifications, and verifying grades for report cards. I’m a glutton for punishment because I accepted another assignment that begins next Monday and lasts through April. There are 13 teachers currently pregnant at one middle school. Don’t worry, I refuse to drink the water … that’s got to be the cause of their condition!

On a brighter note, I’m preparing for two mission trips in 2012. The first one is March 10-17 (spring break) in Kentucky. A group from my church will be working and staying at the Henderson Settlement in Frakes, located in the Appalachia Region near Cumberland State Park. While the Appalachia is one of the most beautiful places in the U.S., it also one of the poorest. Originally, I didn’t think I would join this team, but my Mom was interested and I didn’t want to prevent her from having this experience. I consider it a privilege to serve fellow Kentuckians and make an impact in my home state. Plus, this will be my Mom’s first mission trip ~ what a blessing this will be!

The second mission trip is in October and I’m co-leading a team to Haiti. Alan, the other team leader, and I have been working with our pastor to coordinate specific details and attend special trainings and promotional events. The event yesterday was to promote global ministries in the Central Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church, and it was a compliment to our church that we were invited guests and asked to present. We’re hoping the “seeds” we plant will encourage other congregations to grow and develop their ministry outreach programs.

If you’re interested in joining our team and traveling to Haiti in October, spots are available. Send me an email, contact me on Facebook, or leave a comment on this post if you want more information.

Supposedly, there is a popular football game on the tee-vee tonight. Did you get that memo? Super Bowl commercials are usually the most popular, but I’m looking forward to Madonna’s half-time performance. Of course, let’s hope no “wardrobe malfunctions” occur.

For some unknown reason, the school district I work for is closed tomorrow. A day of rest after the Super bowl? I won’t argue! I’m going to savor the fact that Husband has to get up and go to work while I’m warm and toasty tomorrow morning. My plan is to sleep till noon (or after) and reheat leftovers for supper. Lifting a finger is  NOT on my to-do list. Heck, we have a TV in our bedroom, I might stay in bed all day!

So, who will win the Super Bowl?

New England Patriots        ~ or ~         New York Giants