September 30, 2015

September.15

Adventures this month:
  • Birthday fun for me - spending the day in Carrollton with my parents (new boots, shopping, bean soup at Herrera's), McKinney evening with Matt on my actual birthday - Landon Winery, dinner at Harvest, and pie on the porch from Emporium Pies.
  • Labor Day weekend getaway to Natchitoches, Louisiana
  • Tech game watching with friends every weekend so far - Guns Up!
  • McKinney Oktoberfest fun x3, better than ever, we went down to the square every day of Oktoberfest this year, Saturday was especially fun with a pretzel party at our house to watch the Tech game too.
  • The volunteering year began - I'm working a the Plano Family Literacy twice a month for Junior League, took my first class with local leader Florence Shapiro through JLCC's "Go Govern" program, and got trained for my first city-service gig on the Library Advisory Board.
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September 12, 2015

Louisiana Labor Day


Some pictures from our getaway weekend/my 35th birthday/start of school celebration over Labor Day weekend. Natchitoches is fairly close, quaint, and cute. We had a great stay at the Andrew Morris House B&B, ate lots of delicious southern food and got our fill of plantation homes. It was also their zydeco festival weekend which made for fun people-watching too. We love LA!
Favorites:
-Food at The LandingPioneer Pub, and Sam's Southern Eatery - po-boys!
-Cane River Creole National Park - cotton gin at Magnolia Plantation, big house and gardens at the Oakland Plantation and other sites on the heritage trail
Hatchet-throwin' @ the fort
Cooling off - 90s + humidity!
Breakfast @ the B&B

September 3, 2015

35!

35 has arrived! At about 50 hours and over $500 donating time or money 35 times last year was a fulfilling goal. Can't wait to see what fun is in store this year.
5 + 30 = A great new year

Giving 35 = 35/35
Donating time or money 35 times before my 35th birthday in September.
  1. 9/8/14 - $ for North Texas Giving Day
  2. 10/11/14 - $ to help send 5th graders to camp 
  3. 10/16/14 - 2.5 hours for Get Out the Vote with Collin County League of Women Voters
  4. 10/18/14 - $ to neighborhood Boy Scouts 
  5. 10/26/14 - 3.5 hours on the cleanup crew for JLCC's American Girl Fashion Show
  6. 10/28/14 - 5 extra hours at work for book fair family night 
  7. 11/7/14 - 2 hours selling wristbands at the school carnival 
  8. 11/14/14 - $ for startup costs to the Grayson College GSA club Matt advises 
  9. 11/22/14 - food donations for local church door-to-door food drive 
  10. 12/2/14 - 3 hours Christmas caroling through the feeder neighborhoods for my school, so fun! 
  11. 12/7/14 - 3 hours running the tech for the Dad's Club Frozen movie night at school 
  12. 12/30/14 - $ to the Red Cross 
  13. 1/13/15 - 3 hours judging school science fair projects and volunteering at Math/Science Night 
  14. 1/20/15 - $ to Frisco Education Foundation for the Richard Dungan memorial scholarship 
  15. 1/24/15 - $ to JLCC's Trinkets to Treasures 
  16. 2/2/15 - $ to McKinney Education Foundation 
  17. 2/13/15 - 2 hours volunteering at school for the PTO sock hop 
  18. 2/28/15 - $ to McKinney's Samaritan Inn
  19. 3/3/15 - 3 hours volunteering at school art show 
  20. 3/28/15 - $ to MISD Special Olympics fundraiser 
  21. 3/30/15 - $ to Junior League of Collin County annual campaign 
  22. 4/2/15 - $ to Yellowstone National Park Foundation 
  23. 4/7/15 - 1 hour at Spring Creek spirit night 
  24. 4/10/15 - $ to Grayson College History Club 
  25. 4/10/15 - $ to Sherman History Museum 
  26. 4/27/15 - $ to Nepal earthquake relief 
  27. 4/28/15 - 3 hours at school fitness night 
  28. 5/5/15 - 3 hours preparing and presenting at Region 10 Tech Conference
  29. 5/7/15 - 2 hours helping with registration for new kindergarteners at school 
  30. 5/13/15 - $ to Texas Library Association 
  31. 5/29/15 - 4 hours at 5th grade promotion night 
  32. 6/24/15 - 2 hours at MISD edtech conference
  33. 7/6/15 - 6 hours at Texas Library Association committee meeting (not including the drive to and from Austin)
  34. 8/10/15 - 1 hour at city library board association meeting
  35. 8/11/15 - 1 hour at school community outreach - popsicles with the principal at local apartments
Here's to 35 more!