Yep – I am still crazy…Becoming PTA president at the Middle School

As any of you who follow my blog know, I have been on the PTA executive board at my kids’ elementary school for the past 8 year (the past 5 as an Officer). This past year, I was PTA president at the elementary while being treasurer on the middle school PTA board. Whoa. That was a lot of work.

As the school year wrapped up, I began looking forward to being on just one PTA board as both kids will be at the middle school next year. And since I want to spend more time on my writing, I thought it was the perfect time to step back from big roles and decided I would be the secretary for the middle school PTA. This was the one officer role that I thought would be the easiest and take up the least amount of time – definitely less time than treasurer or president.

Then our nominating committee at the middle school struggled to fill the officer positions. The current president will no longer have a student at the middle school but she doesn’t want to leave the PTA in a bad spot so she has volunteered to stay on next year as first VP and train the next leader. But no one stepped up for that position.

I kept my mouth shut and stuck with secretary as I figured they would find someone. I was also at the time in the midst of the elementary PTA’s big spring fundraiser and couldn’t think about next year. When the festival was over and they still hadn’t found someone…well, I began to think. I know. That is a dangerous thing.

And what can I say. I am crazy. I obviously don’t know how to says no – just ask my mom or husband. They both will agree that no doesn’t seem to be in my vocabulary when it comes to volunteering. So, after some consideration and a conversations with my husband who last year supported my decision to be president but this year wasn’t as on board, I once again decided to take the plunge. I decided to agree to be president of the middle school PTA.

Because I had already been slated by the nominating committee for the secretary position, I had to nominate myself at the next PTA meeting. You can always hope that someone else will raise their hand and volunteer but it never happens.

Now I have to figure out what to do and how to handle not having a second VP who would be in charge of fundraising. But we have many of the other positions filled and as I said, the current president will be there to guide me. The good news is the middle school PTA is not as busy with activities as the elementary school is.

Really after all of this, all I can say is gee, I must be crazy.

#AtoZChallenge 2019 recap

This April, I participated in the A to Z challenge where each day (except Sundays) you post on a new topic following the letters of the alphabet. So April 1 the topic started with A, on April 2 the topic began with B and so on.

This was my sixth year doing the challenge. The organizers of the challenge suggest you pick a theme for your writing. The first year I didn’t do a theme. The next year it was TV shows, followed by characters, antagonists and then songs about magic. This year I chose Character Flaws as my theme.

Part of the challenge is also to visit other blogs. You never know when you will find a new favorite blogger. In past years, I have done better at this but this really has been a busy month. I did make it to some blogs and even some that were very interesting.

As always, I enjoyed the challenge and look forward to doing it again next year.

For any of you who have missed out on my blogs from the A to Z challenge, here is a recap of what I covered.

Character Flaws A to Z Challenge Posts

A is for Argumentative 

B is for Bossy

C is for Callous 

D is for Disorganized

E is for Envious

F is for Frivolous 

G is for Gullible 

H is for Humorless 

I is for Impulsive

J is for Judgmental

K is for Klutz 

L is for Lazy

M is for Materialistic

N is for Needy

O is for Obsessive

P is for Paranoid 

Q is for Questioning

R is for Reckless 

S is for Stubborn 

T is for Temperamental 

U is for Uncouth 

V is for Vindictive 

W is for Worrywart 

X is for Xenophobic 

Y is for Yelling

Z is for Zealous

Recipe of the Month – Avocado Egg Rolls

I love egg rolls. I love the traditional style or Southwestern or even these which are a version of the ones served at the Cheesecake Factory. Actually this recipe is a combination of two things I love – avocados and egg rolls. Yum. And these are pretty easy to make – only taking 20 minutes.

Ingredients

1 cup vegetable oil

3 avocados, halved, peeled and seeded

1 Roma tomato, diced

1/4 cup diced red onion

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Juice of 1 lime

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

8 egg roll wrappers

Cilantro Dipping Sauce

3/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, loosely packed

1/3 cup sour cream

1 jalapeno, seeded

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 clove garlic

Juice of 1 lime

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. To make the cilantro dipping sauce, combine cilantro, sour cream, jalapeno, mayonnaise, garlic and lime juice in the bowl of a food processor; season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium high heat.
  3. In a medium bowl, gently mash avocados using a potato masher. Add tomato, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper, to taste, and gently toss to combine.
  4. Working one at a time, place avocado mixture in the center of each wrapper. Bring the bottom edge of the wrapper tightly over the filling, folding in the sides. Continue rolling until the top of the wrapper is reached. Using your finger, rub the edges of the wrapper with water, pressing to seal. Repeat with remaining wrappers and avocado mixture.
  5. Working in batches, add egg rolls to the Dutch oven and fry until evenly golden brown and crispy, about 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  6. Serve immediately with cilantro dipping sauce.