Monday, September 29, 2008

ok, new link

so i found out the link below for donations was not i called Renee and found out another way --

go to then click the pretty button with the present on it that says "Make a Gift Now" -- once there, you click on the part that says "Make An Online Gift to Support ReTeam Marathon Team/Team Member" and a box will appear -- type in Renee Crinnion


Saturday, September 27, 2008

life & times of me....

I am still open to people donating to my friend Renee and doing a drawing!! For every $2 you donate, I will put your name in, and, seeing as no one has donated :( you have a grand chance of winning!! For my scrappy pals, it will be something scrappy -- something new & fun (not quite sure yet!) and for my non-scrappy friends, it will be something cool (like a gift card someplace!)...

you can find all the info here

classes have been tiring -- lots of stuff has been due lately, but i am getting it done & doing well, so i am happy :) just this past thursday i had to do a presentation on a lesson plan, and the teacher wrote "you are a natural" on my paper, so i am super happy about that!! i still have a few biggies left to finish this term, but there are only 3 more weeks of these classes...

danielle had her BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!! she sent me a message with a photo and he is ADORABLE! now i really need to mail that baby book, lol

not much else is new, any local readers can contact me about october 4th at 2 pm -- i get to do a "house party" about clorox green works far only renee is coming, but i am hoping to get a few others :( some things to give out, and all i ask is everyone bring a snack to share :)

have fun & be good!


Friday, September 12, 2008

My Friend is Running for a Cause

Can you help her out?? This is the e-mail she sent me, and has given me permission to list her name! I hope that some of my friends can help her out! If you decide to donate, please post here as well, and I will do a drawing for a prize!! She did tell me, too, that if you donate, to please include that you are making a donation in the subject line so she can get it from junk mail (if it goes there) easily...

Hello Everyone!

I know I am terrible about keeping up with people, so I apologize for that. Some of you may already know, but I am currently in training for a marathon to help SSM Rehab Foundation. The run is in San Antonio, TX, where it will be a balmy 65 degrees. I would love it if any or all of you could donate financially or for a garage sale that will be held on October 25th.

Fell free to pass this on as well!

There are two ways to donate:
1)By mail, let me know I will send you a form!
2)By going to the link below, putting my name [Renee Crinnion] in the Team Member box when it asks to whom you want to donate.

I want to thank you in advance even if you just read this! If you have any questions, feel free to or shoot me an email (

Thanks, Renee Crinnion

What SSM Rehab Foundation is and does.

SSM Rehab Foundation is a local nonprofit organization that directly supports SSM Rehab, the largest physical rehabilitation provider in the metro St. Louis Region. SSM Rehab Foundation provides funds for programs and services to comfort and care for patients, purchase equipment, and support caregivers. We also help patients already living with financial challenges -- the uninsured, the under-insured, and those on Medicaid -- made only more difficult by accident or illness.

SSM Rehab Foundation supports the entire community that makes up SSM Rehab -- patients, family and friends, and staff.

Some of SSSm Rehab Foundation's programs and services include:

Angel Fund: Home equipment like a tub transfer bench is often necessary before a patient can return home, but oftentimes it can be a financial burden if not covered by insurance. The Angel Fund buys such necessary equipment for patients with financial need.

Caregiver Training Classes: A bimonthly class held in partnership with SSM Home Care that gives family members and other caregivers training on transfers, skin care, home modifications, and more.

Carepages: This web-based service is provided free of charge, and provides an easy and non-intrusive way for families and friends to get updates on their loved one, as well as post messages of support.

Community Care Fund: Created in Fall 2005 in response to changes in Medicaid/Medicare, the Community Care Fund provides outpatient day-hospital and other rehabilitative services to those who would otherwise go without, and for whom outpatient therapy is critical to improving their function and quality of life.

Thursday, September 11, 2008


i have been feeling pretty emotional today, reliving the feelings i had 7 years ago and how crazy scary that day was...the kids were making storyboards of the events in language arts, so i have been seeing a lot of the photos as well...and no matter what happens in the world or in politics, i will always be proud to be an American!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


every once in awhile my ankle gives me pains...last night & today have been yucky!! my ankle hurts, which makes me walk funky, which makes the arch of that foot hurt...i don't like it :( i have an ankle wrap i have been using, and i am icing it right now, and i am going to take 2 tylenol in just a sec...hope it stops hurting!!


Tuesday, September 09, 2008


class was funky tonight, lol...lots of odd writing (about spices & veggies) that ended up sounding slightly dirty, lol...

school was busy today -- our coordinator came by today to visit with the teachers, so a few of them were slightly freaked out, but they all did well :)

now i am home, and just about ready for bed!


Monday, September 08, 2008

missed a day! & a prayer request!!

oh well!!

yesterday was really nice...i had to be at church to be installed as the power hour teacher, so meghan and her friend nikki came along (meghan comes to sunday school anyway)...went up and had a nice was so sweet because meghan and nikki were tired and cold so they woudl lean on me during church...but meghan did an awesome job following along and participating in the service (she does not attend church a lot)...then was power hour and it was so fun!! i had 6 kids! yay! we did some stories about Jesus loving children and how Jesus loves all of them...they made paper plate faces and decorated paper "frames" that i am going to hang cute!

after power hour i came home and did homework and later went to target and dierbergs to get food (we were low!)...

today was kind of long at work -- i wasn't able to keep as busy since the boy i work with was gone...i did my life skills classes and some other stuff -- our supervisor is coming tomorrow to meet with each of the teachers and some are a little more freaked out than others!! but i did get to work on homework for awhile this morning when i had nothing else to work on...

stormed this evening -- a cold front came through -- even the tornado sirens were going off...i am a chicken, so i went to the basement and cleaned out a box of scrapbook stuff while the storm raged outside! now i am blogging before i finish my homework that is due tomorrow night -- i have written the first part (a summary of an article) and i have my ideas sketched out for the reflection part, so it should go pretty quickly :) then to save and print! i need to read for both classes, but that just may not happen this week, lol...

saturday is my PRAXIS exam -- please say a prayer for my mind to be useful while i take the 2 hour test that proves i know enough to teach middle school language arts!!!

Friday, September 05, 2008

croppin' away!

made a page tonight...and a mini book (LOVE the new jenni bowlin books!!)...and completed most of a k&co make in take thing...

had a ton of fun -- talked to kathy in arizona on the phone...talked and laughed with everyone there -- barb, tina, kathy, cathi, and carol (plus missy & jan and all those other ladies!!)

toodles :)

Thursday, September 04, 2008


taco bell for dinner after is 10:15, i should be in bed, but i have been home less than a half hour, so i need some time to unwind...i hate thursday nights!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

just keep swimming...

well, i am going to (attempt to) post everyday this is going to be a long month, but just the short time to post a quick thought or idea helps me keep a little sanity in my day -- plus, i am learning that you learn writing through writing (duh) and by writing yourself, you learn to better teach writing...

my classes have quite a bit of reading a week -- especially teaching writing, lol -- and some has been useful, but there has been a lot of repetition...

i have homework done for tomorrow night, i need to still do some reading, but that will probably get done before class tomorrow night while i am waiting for class to start (last week i was there an hour early to get a parking spot...)...

now to try and get some sleep so i can just keep swimming ;)

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Chasing the Boys (writing from class)

It was second grade, so I was 8 or 9 years old. My teacher was Mrs. Nolan – she was one of those teachers that everyone said was mean, but she really wasn’t. Our classroom was on the bottom floor at Trautwein Elementary School. All the second graders – 4 or 5 classes – would have recess together two or three times a day. The playground, “blacktop” and mulch, was filled with shrieks of laughter and the squeak of swings going back and forth. On a hot day, any legs in shorts or a skirt was guaranteed a good searing on the slide, and, if you played on any of the bars, your hands would be darkened with rust and smell like metal. Balls bounced with games of foursquare. Girls could be heard chanting the favorite jump rope rhymes of the day – “Cinderella, dressed in yella’, went upstairs to kiss a fella’! Made a mistake, kissed a snake, how many doctors did it take? 1…2…3…4…” – until their friend stumbled, then fits of giggles would erupt.

Even with all the equipment and toys, the game we all loved in second grade was chase. The boys chased the girls; the girls chased the boys.

“Jenny, get Jeff! Watch out, Mariann, Anthony’s coming!! Jeremy’s coming, Kelly, run!!”

There was not a “goal” other than to run and have fun. Lots of skinned knees and scraped elbows from falls, and many bumped heads due to abrupt stops. I remember that I fell and lost one of my front, bottom, baby teeth during a game of chase. Although we loved the game, the recess aides did not!

The aides finally were driven crazy enough, and everyone got in trouble! During of our recess times, the boys went to one room, and the girls were in my classroom. With our fat, red pencils and wide-lined penmanship paper, we had to write “I will not chase the boys on the playground” what seemed like 50 times. I can still picture the perfectly printed words in white chalk on the green chalkboard for all of us to copy.

Did we play chase after that? I have no idea!!

Monday, September 01, 2008

blog readability test

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Your result for The Harry Potter Husband Test...

Mrs. Harry Potter

Your perfect HP man is Harry Potter.

You like a guy who's not afraid to fight evil when evil picks a fight. There's a lot to say for bravery in the face of overwhelming odds, even if it does come with a prejudice against people who don't fit into his conception of "good guy" and a penchant for hurling objects across rooms when he gets angry. But in fairness, for an orphan who's spent the better part of his life being hunted by the most evil wizard in existence, he's turned out pretty well. Just be prepared to name your kids after everyone he's ever lost, because he's got a bit of an obsession about the past.

(Fanart by hito 76 Used with permission.)

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