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Nov. 4th, 2012


Ghostly image?

Someone took this picture at Memory Grove....Memory Grove is a lovely place with memorials to veterans of different wars.  It's got lots of trails.  It's haunted by a few ghosts- one story is of a bride and groom who were thrown from their buggy when the horse bolted, and both of them were killed.  Their ghosts have been seen searching for one another.  On the ghost tour, we get off the bus, and take one of the upper trails that simply loops back up to the parking lot.  I encourage people to take as many pictures as they can.  This picture was sent to Story Tours.  I don't know if they took this on MY tour in particular, but dang, it's cool!  Zoom in on the fiery looking light farthest to the right.  There's a silhouette in front of the light.  

Oct. 21st, 2012


Ghosts I get, people are crazy

I never did finish writing about the Paris ghost tour.  Let me give you the not so great highlights of the event, because it's definitely come into play this year on our ghost tour.  

It's not the ghosts you have to be afraid of...Collapse )

Jul. 12th, 2012

Ghost Stories

Haunted Paris Part 2

Our first stop after leaving the "Irish" pub was a square not far away containing a lovely fountain.  This square had apparently once been a mass grave.  People would die, and bodies would be dropped right there in the square.  It was a haunt (pun intended) for sorcerers looking for bones for spells and scavengers of human and animal variety.   It was also home to many people who decided that having a house on the edge of a mass grave was cheap real estate.  One day, a boy was in the basement of his home when the wall collapsed and thousands of skeletons fell into the house and crushed him.  After that, people decided that maybe the mass grave wasn't a great place to keep bodies.  They moved them to the catacombs.

The catacombs was a tourist spot that I wanted to see, but we didn't have time.  This is a maze of piled bones all kept underneath the city streets of Paris.  The catacombs is where we heard about our very first Paris ghost.  Apparently, a guard in the catacombs had heard that there was a secret passage through the catacombs that led to a monastery where the monks were making alcohol.  Armed with only one lantern, he wandered off in search of the secret passage.  The lantern went out.  His body was found months later as he had wandered and died in the darkness among the bones.  Now, his ghost is said to haunt those who wander off the beaten path there in the catacombs.  He asks for help out of the darkness.  

Jun. 27th, 2012

Ghost Stories

Haunted Paris!

The Paris ghost tour was my fifth ghost tour.  This doesn't count the MANY times I've been on or told stories with the Salt Lake City ghost tour.  We've done the ghost tour in Hawaii, New Orleans, Salt Lake City, Park City, and now Paris, France!  After five times, I think we can consider it a THING.  If we travel, we do ghost tours.  Assuming we can find one.  

Read more about Haunted Paris...if you DARE! :)Collapse )

Jun. 17th, 2012


My Trip to France!

As I mentioned in my last post, my husband and I had the opportunity to go to France...the chance of a lifetime for us!  My husband was going there for work, so we went a week early, and caught the sights!  What an adventure!!!  

Here's what we did!

You know you want to see our trip pictures!!!Collapse )

Apr. 16th, 2012


Updates on my crazy life!

Some of you have asked how things are going, and so I thought I'd better give you an update!  

Going back to work on a regular schedule after 17 years of being a stay at home mom is a real adjustment!  I had settled into patterns and schedules that are suddenly gone, and I have to replace them with new ways of doing things- dumb things like when to get groceries, and so on.  I'm working things out, although the housework has suffered some- it's mostly because I don't want to do it in the first place that gets me in trouble. :)  

As far as the job goes?  I really like it!  I like these kids!  I have fun talking to them and joking with them.  I love teaching again.  I haven't lost ALL of my teaching skills, and it makes me excited to work on a new lesson, and decide how I'm going to present things. It helps that we're in the animal unit because I can do fun things like show the Shelob scene from the Lord of the Rings when we're talking about spiders.  

Not to say that this job doesn't have challenges.  I'm coming in the middle of the year, and I don't have the control over the classroom that the other teacher does.  She's got them whipped into shape, and they definitely don't respond the same way to me.  I need to get my mean teacher voice back.  They're still responding to me, however.   They like me, and are doing the work, and are involved in the class.  It's not complete chaos.  I think it will be better next year when I can start with them from the very beginning.  

The other challenge is just the nature of these kids.  They break my heart.  Since starting, I've had one suspected pregnancy, one student came to class stoned, three students have run away from their foster/group homes, six have been pulled out for drug testing, two have been written up for gang activity, one was in a serious fight.  They're all pretty streetwise, and street tough, and it's not a world I'm used to at all.  Two boys today were pulled into the office for exhibiting gang colors.  I had NO IDEA there were even gang colors.  Who knew that green duct tape on the backpack was a gang thing?  I'm REALLY out of the loop.  I don't know their stories, and I think maybe it's better when I don't.  I can see them as just kids, and talk to them and laugh with them.  I come home and thank my girls for being SUCH GOOD GIRLS.  I'm so lucky I've never had to deal with some of these issues!  

It's been over a month, and I still like going in to work.  I'm going to call that good.  

Mar. 4th, 2012



I got a job last week- NOT the job I wanted or expected!  

Oh yes, you really want to hear about where I'm going to be working....Collapse )

Dec. 15th, 2011


Doing a Happy Dance!

For the last two weeks, my husband has been away on business in Thailand.   This is not so fun right at the start of the Christmas season.  He's missed chocolate day, and two parties, and my daughter's birthday, and doing all of it without him has been pretty lame.  Today, however, he got back home!!  Safe and sound!  He's already asleep after an obscenely long flight.  I'm glad to have everyone back together the way it's supposed to be.  *happy sigh*  

Nov. 2nd, 2011



This one is from ratherastory.   She asked me five questions, and these are my answers:  

Questions and answers! Collapse )

I'm not going to post up all the rules and suchlike, but if you do want to play, let me know, and I'll send them to you, along with some questions as well!  

Oct. 22nd, 2011


The radio interview!

My husband found the podcast (I know some of you did too but I had trouble with Google Chrome recognizing the website)of my recent radio interview, so now I can post the link to the interview!  The interview is on segment 2 of the podcast!  http://kcpw.org/blog/cityviews/2011-10-20/cityviews-102011-profiles-of-breast-cancer/

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