Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Has it really been two years?

A lot has changed since the last time I wrote here two years ago.  A lot has changed and much has stayed the same.  

I'm still happily married to Mr. Strong.  In fact, we just celebrated our 9th anniversary.  I love that man and I love that he puts up with crazy me.  

I'm still running.  In fact, I've run two marathons.  And that is all the proof you need to know that I am completely unstable and should not be left alone for extended periods of time.  I have the sticker on my car but stick a fork in me I'm done.  After losing four FREAKING four toenails because of bruising, I can safely say that the half marathon is my upper limit now.  I'm comfortable with that.  Running 26.2 really is a bat crap crazy idea.

Miss Poopy is still peeing on the floor as adorable as ever.  She is getting a little grayer and a little fatter but that doesn't stop her from barking at birds and airplanes.

I still love photography and I am on my third year of posting a picture every day.  It helps with my memory and it keeps me in the process of learning.  Except when I get lazy and just post a picture of my dinner or of a random flower in the yard.

But what is different is that I am no longer a principal of an elementary school.  Yep.  That is right.  I met with the new superintendent and I asked to be moved back to assistant principal.  I had simply had enough of the crap from a few board members and some of the faculty.  I've been moved to a new school and I had a great year this past year.  The thought of moving all the way back to the classroom has been entertained.  I still get entertained by some crazy interesting parents but the stress is so much better.  I've even been carded whilst buying wine this past year.  Possibly that guy was slow but I will still chalk it up as looking younger and less haggard.

Three out of four kids have graduated from college.  And the six foot tall baby youngest one will be a senior in college.  We now/will soon have our kids living all over the place -- New York, NY; New Haven, CT, Atlanta, GA and LONDON.  We are extremely proud and we have had to work hard to not bring all their accomplishments into every conversation.  Plus, it makes me think that we didn't totally screw them up.  And because Mr. Strong and I are gluttons for punishment because who needs down time, we are soon going to be foster parents to an 8 year old girl from my school.  I always did say I wanted to bring some of them home.  She is adorable and says many funny things on her visits.  I think she'll be good for us.  We hope to not increase her need for therapy.

I've not been writing like I love.  I do keep a journal with embarrassing parts for my children to have to read upon my demise and I write a little with each picture I post but I've missed real writing ha! as if this is real writing... just humor me.  I'm setting a goal to increase the number of hours in each day get back to the writing I've missed.  I'm trying.


Michele said...

Welcome back! You were missed.

Have you had your running shoes fitted correctly? I went in for my first pair and walked out with a pair one size larger than I normally wear. The sales guy said that is normal for running shoes so you don't bruise your toes. Though I can't image why you would want to go back to a full marathon.

Congrats on the job. Also, fostering a little girl. You will be amazing at it.

Brian Miller said...

that paper boat pic is cool...and good on you moving to where you want to be...i am a sped teacher now...go figure...

ouch on the toenails....

and thank you for fostering...smiles.

Unknown said...

Welcome back! Sounds like you've had a wonderful couple of years.

Beth said...

@Michele - Yes! I've gone to several places to get fitted for shoes. I either get blisters or bruises. Stupid shoes. Stupid running.

erin said...

Hi!! So good to see you in my google reader (that will soon be extinct). I'm not writing either right now, but read from time to time. Perhaps I will take it up again when school gets out (2 more days, 2 more days...)


K Dubs said...

Welcome back! :)

I've been entertaining the idea of being a foster parent, and really think I'm going to do it. Too many kids need a safe place. If I can help even one, then I've done good.

ChiTown Girl said...

Wow!! Welcome back!! Glad to hear things are still going so well for you.

LOTS has changed for me since you've been gone, including the fact that I recently ran my first 5K =)

I hope you'll be around more regularly. I'm hoping to hear all about your adventures in fostering.

♥ Braja said...

Hey you :)